Collaboration: Dororo Episodes 11 & 12: I can’t believe we won’t be able to hear the OP anymore (AND ANNOUNCEMENT)

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Ignore the fact that we went 3 weeks without a post. Or rather, don’t because obviously you can see that there’s been nothing for 3 weeks. Or maybe you can’t because you don’t read my posts? ARGH!

Well, either way, the excuse this time is that I was too busy. Don’t worry, we’ll catch up.
(Episodes 11 & 12 of Shield Hero was great too, check it out here!)

AND OF COURSE, BEFORE Y’ALL LEAVE THE POSTS RIGHT NOW, HERE’S THE ANNOUNCEMENT:
INCOMING NEW COLLABORATION! NOT JUST ME AND THE DUMBO THIS TIME, WE HAVE TWO NEW CHALLENGERS! LOOK FORWARD TO THE POSTS THAT WILL 100% NOT BE DELAYED THIS TIME! I THINK!

Right, now those of you who want to leave can leave now.

(Please don’t leave ;.;)

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

*cough* Gotta get the post going. You know the drill by now.

The legend:
Can’t believe I got so busy we didn’t post for 3 weeks
Can’t believe he tried to bully me for 3 entire weeks while I was too busy
Someone writing a post at midnight yet again

1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?

Plyasm:
Very nice. Animations continue to be at the quality you can expect from studio Mappa, and the plot has definitely thickened to a high. I can’t wait till I watch episodes 13 & 14.

Astral:
Wow… it’s been a few days and i’m still reeling from this set of episodes. I mean seriously… and I thought the Mio arc was intense. The confrontation of feelings and emotions that has been brewing for 12 episodes finally reaches a peak as Hyakkimaru finds himself face-to-face with his family. And wow… I really can’t describe with words how absolutely fantastic these episodes were. Both of these episodes had me absolutely on the edge of my seat, and i’m so very excited that we’ll be getting another 12 episodes!!!

As Astral said, we would be getting another 12 episodes. That’s right, not only is Shield Hero having another 12 episodes, so is Dororo. Our journey with Hyakkimaru is not over yet! I’m so glad it’s a two-cour and not a rushed one-cour.

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)

Plyasm:
It fit my expectations! We saw Hyakkimaru vs his father, and even more than that, Hyakkimaru vs his brother as well. His mother continues to be the poor soul tormented by her guilt, and I didn’t expect her to stab herself at the end.

Astral:
I knew a confrontation was coming. I’ve seen the signs for weeks now. But never did I imagine things would escalate this far, or end up this crazy. From heart wrenching drama to breathtaking action, these were a couple episodes to remember.

This series has continuously blown our minds away with each episode, and I think it’ll probably not change going into the second half, knowing MAPPA.

3. How does this episode compare to the source material? [Only for stuff seen/read before]

Plyasm:
I expect some sort of explanation or more exploration into what the goddess of mercy has been doing, and how it relates to that statue, and we hopefully will get more thicc plot.

Astral:
I don’t even know anymore. After a climax like this, I can’t even fathom where things can possibly go anymore.

Wow, Astral just gave up using his brain altogether. To be expected, but still, I’m disappointed.

4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?

Plyasm:
Probably to Tahomaru’s decisions to fight his brother. He turned his sword against his brother as well as his own morals.

Astral:
What would other people react to differently, huh…? That’s a tough one. I think… well, I for one was initially upset at Tahomaru’s decision to oppose Hyakkimaru, but after thinking it over, I do kind of understand where he’s coming from, even if I don’t like it much. Maybe that’s just me overthinking things though.

Wow, OK, I honestly didn’t expect Astral to have been able to come up with reasoning like this, but it seems, ladies and gentlemen, that Astral does indeed have the bare minimum of intelligence.

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

Plyasm:
I really like Tahomaru over these two episodes, to be completely honest. He did what he had to do in order to bring the greater happiness to his people. His utilitarianism is arguable, but he did what he believed was right, even going as far as to brandish his blade against his own brother. He has also seen quite a bit of character growth, from being sheltered to making an important decision despite it being against his personal morals, he has truly grown.

Astral:
Hyakkimaru really shone in these episodes. It’s always great when he gets character development, but when it rains, it pours. His growth, his thoughts about his newly-discovered family… everything is just piling on each other, and he really grew a lot just through these episodes.

Not much to comment here, he didn’t really make a bad choice, Hyakkimaru has indeed been through a lot and grown a lot.

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?

Plyasm:
The fights against the fox spirit thingy was definitely the high, in terms of visuals and animations but for the high of plot point I would choose Hyakkimaru’s mother stabbing herself, as well as the greenish reveal of the goddess statue. What does that colouring mean?

Astral:
Man, seeing Hyakkimaru fight is always a high point, but the fight between him and Tahomaru, though short, was definitely a highlight. So many emotions and tensions were swirling during this scene, it was both well-written, and well-choreographed.

Oooh, I completely missed that scene. I was too busy thinking about Tahomaru’s decision to appreciate the swordplay between the two. RIP Tahomaru’s right eye though.

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)

Plyasm:
Low point would definitely be animations for certain scenes but hey, we can’t have everything, sacrifices has to be made(JUST LIKE HYAKKIMARU HOHO)

Astral:
Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything at all. It was perfect.

8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?

Plyasm:
None really, but the utilitarianism being perpetrated throughout by both Daigo and Tahomaru and even his mother is something I can feel. A lot of times, if you are in a authoritative position, you are forced to make decisions that go against morals “for the greater good”. It may not be something you like, and you might feel shit about doing it, but sometimes you just gotta do it.

Astral:
That’s another tough one… With everything that went down in just two episodes, it’s hard to pick just one point to touch on.

….so? Just list them, dammit! Instead of giving us nothing to go on…

9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

Plyasm:
If I was tahomaru, honestly, I would have done the same, given the same circumstances. To make an entire country suffer just because of your own selfish moral high ground sounds…bad. (Please don’t scold me ;.;)

Astral:
I think the situation that really took me the most by surprise was when Hyakkimaru’s mother betrayed him by breaking the final seal on the demons. All through the show so far, we’ve seen examples of strong women, from Mio’s kindheartedness, taking in so many kids and caring for them as a mother would, to Dororo’s mother sacrificing her body and strength for her daughter’s sake. I think in Hyakkimaru’s mind, this had built up an impression of what a “Mother” should be, yet when he finally found his own, she cast him aside. If I were Hyakki… I probably would have broken down pretty bad, then.

????????????????????????What? Hyakkimaru’s mother broke the seal on the demons? What’s Astral on about now?

10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:
Is this Kurama?
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Astral:
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I loved this sequence. The power of her words combined with the music, and the framing, was just excellent.

Iz good choice. I can’t even say anything bad about it.

Well, that’s it for the post for this time, look forward to the collaboration coming soon!
Thank you all for reading!!!!!

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Collaboration:The Rising of the Shield Hero Episodes 9 & 10: Building up for that climax

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY! Listen!

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Thank you all for tuning in!

Me and Astral and finally almost caught up with the current episodes! Wow! I’m surprised that it only took us this long, really. Both of us are busy as hecc and we are both taking turns to be busy and stuffs so hey, I’m glad we finally almost caught up. Just 1 episode behind now.(which is actually what we want, so people can digest the episode before we release the posts, just that we don’t want it to be this long)

Either way, Dororo episodes 9 & 10 were great. See Astral’s post(link here)[I’m an idiot because I forgot to put in the link yet again….]. Do it!!!! There was a shocking reveal too.
And of course, Shield Hero is not that far behind either. These two episodes were great too in their own right.

Now then, let’s just get on with the post shall we?
(I’m trying a new type of formatting to make it look just a teeny bit better, hope it works!)

The legend:
A busy person
A busy and stupid person
A busy person rushing out with writing this post

1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?

Plyasm:
Episodes 9 and 10, in general, are a buildup of tension and background knowledge while the real climax comes. Each episode does have its story, and for some reason they are still quite addictive to watch, but they both play bigger roles in the general scheme of things. If you actually paid attention to all the things that happened in these two episodes, you would realise that something big is brewing. And that something is coming soon. I expect episode 11-13 to be the biggest climax for the series yet, due to my prior knowledge of what’s to come. Either way, well done Kinema Citrus, I can’t wait for the next episodes.

Astral:
As always, I really do love this show. It’s turned out to be a whole bundle of fun, and i’m really glad to see one of my favorite LN series taking shape. We finally got to see Melty as well, thich is fantastic!! I love Melty, and I definitely can’t wait to see some more of her in the future.

Oh no. Astral is going to put his hands on another girl. How dare you switch waifus so easily!!!
*press F to pay respects to the abandoned Raphtalia

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)

Plyasm:
Fits my expectations well. Animations returned back to consistently good, and music is finally getting used more. ❤ Kevin Penkin.

Astral:
Honestly, i’d been waiting for Melty to come into the scene for a while now. It’s been a while in the works, but I was definitely satisfied with how it ended up.

**press F to pay respects to the abandoned Raphtalia

3. How does this episode compare to the source material? [Only for stuff seen/read before]

Plyasm:
Very good adaptation, yet again. The confrontation with the two heroes was very well done, and at the same time, it’s a reflection for us. Underneath every isekai fantasy we’ve watched, haven’t there been villagers/common people suffering from the thoughtless “hero” actions that the protagonists do?

Astral:
Kinema Citrus is doing a great job sticking to the source material. As far as I can recall, it’s pretty much identical, which i’m just loving. Sticking so faithfully to the original work, it’s giving me such nostalgia, in a good way.

I don’t trust mine or Astral’s memories. There’s probably some discrepancy that the smart folks have figured out that we can’t. Sooooooo. If any of you noticed anything different, just say it below!

4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?

Plyasm:
Hmm. Probably to the confrontation with the other heroes. I nodded my head when Ren admitted his mistake and realised the consequences of his actions. Good boi Kirito.

Astral:
You know, I think some people might be pretty upset at how Naofumi treated Melty, who obviously really wanted to help him out. But honestly, I think that, given his past experiences with the Royal family, he’s god(got, you idiot) good reason to be suspicious when one suddenly is trying to help him.

I agree with Astral, and I actually talk about it in question 5. Honestly, I’ve not talked about this yet, but I really like the opposite sides of the isekai story we are so used to being shown in Shield Hero.

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

Plyasm:
Melty!!!! She’s great. There’s a reason why she’s the preferred next in line ruler for a matriarchal country, and she displays all the proper qualities of a ruler. Can’t wait to see more of her.

Astral:
It’s so good to see Melty finally taking her place in the series. She’s a super fun character, and I really can’t wait to see more from her, especially given the contrast between her and her slut of a sister.

Ok, but for real though, Melty>Malty. Melty is a great character, and she is a refreshing change of the royal family for now, until you see more of the queen, who has already shown how great she is.

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?

Plyasm:
When Naofumi encountered the Church of Three Heroes as well as when Melty wanted to chat with him after coming clean as a princess. His reactions are all very justified after everything that has happened to him. In fact, I would not have liked this series if he somehow got around to forgiving the royalty for all that has happened to him.

Astral:
The high point was definitely seeing Motoyasu get rekt in the crotch (again). It’s just… so satisfying.

Ah yes, he got a groin guard and everything and still got destroyed. Very nice.

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)

Plyasm:
Seeing Malty’s face again. B I T C H.

Astral:
Well, the animation quality seems to have taken a bit of a dip these couple of episodes, but you know what that means? Some juicy good stuff is definitely on the way.

I can’t agree. The consistency is better.

8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?

Plyasm:
Again, when he rejected the conversation with Melty. I too, would refuse to talk with someone with a negative feeling inside of me.

Astral:
I liked how Naofumi is slowly having a group of people realizing that he’s actually a pretty good guy. The young soldiers who joined up with him are pretty chill, and I’m glad they were able to look past their prejudices and the rumors, to see who he really is.

Ah yes. Rumours can only go so far. Especially if the rumour is just completely not true.

9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

Plyasm:
Confronting the two heroes on their “deeds”. I would definitely try to make Itsuki understand that what he’s doing has real consequences and not just a game where if you win a fight you get good stuff.

Astral:
It’s always kind of painful to see how poorly Naofumi is treated. He managed to keep his cool (with some help) after being snubbed by the nuns at the hourglass, but i’m not sure that I would have. At some point, enough is just enough, you know?

Ooooh? Astral admitting to having anger management issues. That’s not good.

10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:

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I chose this scene because this character is going to be very important. And the scene made it out to be so as well. Look forward to it!!!

Astral:

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I picked this one based not off of “beauty” but more just how adorable it is. Filo is so happy to have a friend, and Melty genuinely cares about Filo, too. Very heartwarming and wholesome.

Wow, Astral the pragmatic screenshot chooser. So good.(not)

Scene is good though.

Well, that’s all I have for now, buuuuuuuuuuuuuut be sure to look out for episode 11 that will be on Astral’s blog. Both series are really heating up now!

See you next week!(hopefully)

Collaboration: Dororo Episodes 7 & 8: Dororo never ceases to amaze

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DID SOMEONE SAY…DORORO??!!

Hihi! Very sorry for the late release. Astral was busy for a bit, and then I was busy for a bit, and things just ended up being dragged till now. Either way, what matters is that we made it here, right?…right?
*Hopefully this never happens again.

Before we begin, if you want to check out the reviews for episodes 7 & 8 of Shield Hero, the link to that post is here!(Click it! Check it out!)[Will update once Astral’s post comes up]

Now, after the great episode 5 & 6 for Dororo, it really is quite hard to top that. The emotional value and quality of animations for those episodes were just spectacular. And yet, episodes 7 & 8 does not disappoint and still amaze me in different ways.

To fill in more details, it’s time to bring out the questions!

Legend:
Me
Some boi
Me as I’m painstakingly editing this post to hopefully get people to comment :<

 

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Very nice episodes. 2 seperate stories, with episode 7 linking up much more to episode 6 than 8. However, they each have their good merits, and the flaws of episode 7 were complimented nicely in episode 8.
    Astral:
    I freaking love this show. While episode 7 wasn’t quite what I felt I needed after the insane ride that was the previous episodes, Episode 8 brought it right back into form, and I seriously just love this show so much. The characters are so good, the animation is unbelievably good, and the artstyle is lovely. There’s almost too much to comment on, but it’s all amazing.

    I have to agree with Astral here. Dororo did so much right in episode 8. Well worth the slight dip in quality in episode 7.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Well, apparently the lord and his “new son” can wait. For now, we continue on with Dororo and Hyakkimaru’s journey. To be honest, this makes me really think there’s going to be 24 episodes. Which would be amazing. Please, MAPPA?
    Astral:
    Like I stated above, Episode 7 was a bit of a letdown for me. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it didn’t quite do it for me… but Episode 8 made up for that pretty well, so it’s all good.
    Astral is a spoiled kid!!!!!
    For real though, I can’t find any problems with these two episodes. There are some issues with episode 7, but honestly, it isn’t that big and are easily complimented by what episode 8 achieved. So yea, I can’t understand why he would think that way.
  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why)
    Plyasm:
    Can’t even guess now. But I hope to see much more good stuff like what has been given to us so far.
    Astral:
    At this point, I don’t even know anymore. I thought maybe we’d see more of Hyakki’s father/brother in these episodes, but that certainly wasn’t the case. Maybe the spider lady will come back at some point? Maybe a stretch, but that would be cool.
     

    Oooh, I would love if we can see some of the previous characters again in some way. I agree with Astral on this one.

  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Probably to the spider ghoul’s relationship with the man. To me, it feels very surreal, and is actually a sharp contrast to what was shown in episode 6, which is humans being cruel to other humans. In their relationship, they have shown the fact that even monsters are just trying to live(some of them) and not all of them wants to kill others. Yes, there are also “good” monsters.
    Astral:
    This is one i’m not sure about. Maybe i’ll ask a question instead… was it ok for them to let the demon spider go? Not only does she have something that belongs to Hyakkimaru, but also consumes human vitality. Though she seems to be changed, or at least not your typical demon… what do you guys think?
    Pretty sure the spider was just a ghoul and not a demon. There are ghouls and demons in the world, and they are different. I think.
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    Saru. I like the way he speaks(not your normal Japanese speaking) as well as his relationship with the nee-chan. His entire existence reminds me of “The Jungle Book”, unironically. Just a very nice character overall, and definitely the better of the kids when compared against a certain Dororo.
    *SARU IS THE BETTER SOUNDING NAME FIGHT ME
    Astral:
    Man, this show really has a pair of powerhouse lead characters. Both Hyakkimaru and Dororo are just so great to watch. Every episode it’s very difficult to choose between them, since they’re both very interesting and mysterious in their own ways. But, that’s a good thing.
    Astral the big cop out boi!
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    Hyakkimaru recognising the relationship between the spider ghoul and the man, as well as the fight against the centipede demon. First up, seeing the spider ghoul’s soul change colours from red to a lukewarm orange from Hyakkimaru’s vision was just heartwarming. Second of, HOLY SHIT, I cannot believe they hand animated the freaking centipede. That shit is long and large, the amount of work put into it must have been insane. All the budget saving from episode 7 definitely went into episode 8.
    Astral:
    That demon fight in episode 8 was A+ golden sakuga with a side of whipped cream. Watching that enormous thing flowing so smoothly was just… Mwah! So good! The animators at MAPPA seriously need a raise for what they’re doing in this show.
    ^
    Just remember, someone had to hand animate that. Not use a poor modeled 3DCGI, they had to draw every leg of the centipede, every inch of it’s body. Geez.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Although I personally did not mind it, the animation and pace in episode 7 was not the best. But, as said above, these kinds of episodes have to happen in order for episodes like episode 8 to happen too. Not every studio has all the budget in the world.(*cough* ufotable *cough*)
    Astral:
    Episode 7 was a bit slow for me, i’m not sure why. I still enjoyed it, but it felt like there was a bit too much excess downtime where characters were just kinda standing around doing nothing.
    Again, Astral is right here, but can’t blame MAPPA.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Can I be pretentious here and say the man’s decision to save the monster? No? Damn.
    Alright, I can relate to Dororo not killing the spider ghoul. Clearly, she is not a threat to the people around her based on everything that has happened so far.
    Astral:
    I really loved the scene where Dororo was talking to Saru about his parents, and comforting him. We don’t know what’s really up with Dororo’s folks, but seeing the poor kid crying silently later on was so touching…
    Aww. At least Astral has a heart.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    If I was the man, I would honestly not stick around the spider ghoul. I mean, sure she has proven herself to be nice after all, but at that particular moment when she first revealed herself, I would be scared. Plus, I honestly don’t believe in the same things as the man. He has a very idealistic view.
    Astral:
    I won’t question the guy who picked up the Spider lady. After all, finding a sickly woman collapsed at the side of the road… I think a lot of people would be tempted to help. However, after finding out she’s a demon monster who sucks people’s souls? I’m not sure if I’d have been able to stick around with her after that…
    Seems like oddly, we both thought of the same thing this time.
    *I swear we didn’t look at each other’s answers when we wrote this.
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:

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Same as last time! We had the wheat field, and now we have a cliffside pathway. Also, this scene came directly after something…

Astral:

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I just love the shading on the rocks, the layered steam in the air, all contrasted in front of the blue sky.

Astral chose a nice screenshot, that’s for sure.

And now for something I couldn’t fit into the question and answer format!

I CANNOT believe Hyakkimaru said Dororo’s name. I died for a moment and came back when he said it. That was so good!!!!!!!!!

Like, I’m actually in blissful shock right now. That was really good.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to more Dororo and writing about it.

And hopefully this time we wouldn’t be late, heh.

Tell us what you thought about these two episodes yourself below!

Collaboration: The Rising of the Shield Hero Episode 5&6: Introducing…bird waifu!

Hihi. Before anything else, I would first like to apologise for the late post. We had a minor miscommunication and therefore the posts got split apart instead of posted at the same time 😡

Well, these two episodes were a return to form for Shield Hero, while Dororo reached a minor peak. If you want to know what I mean, check out the Dororo review post here.
I’m honestly hurting inside just thinking about it.

Enough rambling, on with the episode(s?) review!

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Astral gives me a huge headache sometimes…

As always, the legend:

Me
That one guy that somehow got himself a concussion but still plays games anyways
Also me

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Good episodes. I feel like the pacing has at last stabilised. The introduction of Filo to Naofumi’s party was smooth and natural, and so far, the supporting cast has been great as well. It’s overall, nothing spectacular, but very good nonetheless.
    Astral:
    All I can really say is that i’m extremely pleased with the adaptation so far. They’re doing such a good job bringing each of these characters and scenarios to life on the screen… it’s absolutely lovely, seriously. Overall, I think our delay actually worked in our favor, as these two episodes work pretty well in tandem, helping us get acquainted with Filo, the loveable-yet-slightly-annoying bird loli.

    He’s learnt to use big words! I repeat, he has learnt to used big words!!

  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Definitely fit my expectations. Not much to say here other than that.

    Astral:
    Filo is about exactly as I expected her to be, honestly… Adorable, slightly annoying, and overall an unstoppable bundle of energy. The show still looks great, sounds great, and is just fun to watch, honestly.

    How dare you say Filo is annoying. She’s great! She brings much needed energy to the kinda depressing duo and she’s also good for bringing out more jealousy from Raphtalia. I bet you just find her annoying because you love your racoon waifu way too much, you creep.

  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Only for stuff never seen before]
    Plyasm:
    I only faintly remember Filo’s arrival, and mostly what happened after she got into Naofumi’s party, to be honest. It was a good adaptation, that’s for sure, and they did a good job at bringing her to the screen. I…don’t quite remember Naofumi and Motoyasu having to do a race to decide the lord of the village…I feel stupid. Any confirmations from people that have read the source please?

    Astral:
    As I mentioned before, they’re doing a great job with this adaptation. As a big fan of the source material, i’ve been extremely pleased with each subsequent episode… and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, to be honest.

    Guess we are both looking at this with some rose tinted lenses. Hopefully our reviews don’t seem too subjective!

  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Seeing filo in human form for the first time. I’m sure most of you rolled your eyes and thought it was just fanservice. I mean, it is fanservice, but it is fanservice that has a purpose and drives the plot forward so….it’s good fanservice 😉
    Astral:
    I think some people might be a bit annoyed with how Naofumi kind of escapes the traditional “hero” archetype. He’s not always in it to save people, he always expects a reward, and has no problem exploiting or extorting people to get what he wants… But I like that about him.

    Ah, yes. Totally forgot about this because I’m actually used to protagonists that aren’t your conventional “Oh yes let’s save the world just because” kinda people. I mean, after all, my favourite protagonist is Tanya, who is quite the anti-hero protagonist…if you can even call her a protagonist.

  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    Smith bro.
    “How big a bite can she make anyways?” Famous last words.
    RIP baguette sandwich, you looked really good too…

    Astral:
    At this point, do I even need to answer this question? Obviously, it’s still Raphtalia. I mean, she’s basically the greatest thing to ever grace this planet… But in all seriousness, it’s good to see someone not only supporting Naofumi, but truly understanding him. Her willingness to stand up for him, not to mention her determination to get him to actually look her way, is just fantastic.

    GUYS, WE NEED TO GET A RESTRAINING ORDER ON ASTRAL BEFORE HE DEFILES RAPHTALIA!

  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    Got to be the racing. It shows just how oblivious Motoyasu is to the lies of Malty, and also how detached he is from the real situation in this world. Plus, seeing Malty finally starting to be put down just feels satisfying. Like, come on, I’m pretty sure all of us hate her.

    Astral:
    Definitely the part where Filo nailed Motoyasu in the balls. That was hilarious and he totally deserved it.

    I’m just surprised he doesn’t mention Malty at all. I mean the ball kicking was pretty good and all but like, cmon.

  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Hmmm. I…can’t really think of anything. Even though there were no extraordinary moments, the consistency made sure there really isn’t anything to complain about in these two episodes.

    Astral:
    I was a little annoyed at how they montaged through some stuff, though it’s understandable why they did it. But in a show that looks so good, a series of still-frame images was a bit off-putting.

    I…barely noticed the montage though. Even though it’s a montage, it was in a good place and helped with the pacing. We aren’t here to sit through training arcs, we are here to be introduced to a new character.

  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Filo kicking Motoyasu’s balls. GOTTEM.

    Astral:
    Honestly, Probably Filo kicking Motoyasu in the balls. It might sound weird, but sometimes my internal “douchebag detector” kinda goes off, and it’s very tempting…


    1 kick to Motoyasu’s balls = 1 Naofumi saved.
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  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    Seeing the other two heroes help me in the castle during the spoil split, I would have probably said thank you or at least made some effort to reparate my relationship with them. It’s just me though, if I were in Naofumi’s shoes at that particular moment.

    Astral:
    Naofumi is honestly doing a pretty dang good job dealing with that cunt Myne. If it were me, I don’t know if I could have remained nearly as calm and collected as he manages to do…

    Oh, nevermind. He does actually mention her. Huh. Well I think the main reason why he’s so good at dealing with her now is that he’s just used to dealing with her shit. Conditioning does wonders.

    JUST LIKE HOW I’M USED TO DEALING WITH YOUR SHIT ASTRAL

  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:

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This is honestly a VERY nice looking baguette. I’m hungry now.
And no, I’m not pulling your legs this time. This is good.

Astral:

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He chose an interesting one here. This scene wasn’t particularly impressive, but I like the reflection. I’ll give him half a point for that.

Well, overall these two episodes were just a good return to form. I hope this trend just continues and we get more good stuff from Shield Hero.

Our next posts will hopefully not be delayed this time. Thank you all for patiently waiting!!!

I’ll make sure the idiot doesn’t get himself another concussion next time.

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Astral on his hospital bed, colourised, 2019.

Collaboration: Dororo Episode 4: Breaking the sword…and the trapped soul

Before I begin this post, thank you all for the likes and views! My dead blog is actually reviving…haha.

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REVIVE, REVIVE!!!!

Time for the next one! In other news, I might be able to finish up a post that has been in draft for ages soon. Yes, I’m actually writing blog posts again! Wow! Amazing!

Anyways, this episode is already the 4th, meaning we are 1/3 of the way there, or 1/6 if we are getting a 2-cour. (I doubt we are only getting one cour though)
That said, Dororo has managed to maintain it’s high quality episodes jam packed with T H I C C P L O T. I’m loving it.

Shall we get to the episode review already?
If you are looking for episode 4 of Shield Hero, of which I actually have some interesting thoughts on too, it’s over at Astral’s blog here. Read it! It’s a good episode too! As always.

As always, the legend:

Me
That one stupid guy that I’m collaborating with
Also me

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Dororo still remains an incredible series, with amazing action direction yet again as well as great plot. I really just found myself fully enjoying the 20 minutes of watching this, gripped by what’s happening on the screen. Very nice.
    Astral:
    Well, we’ve got a rather interesting episode this week. A pretty good one, to be sure, but one that was rather different than the previous episodes we’ve had. Definitely as bonkers, however i’m not entirely sure where I stand on it as a whole quite yet… Hopefully these questions will help me sort out my feelings. 

    Hmmm. Interesting thoughts from Astral to be honest. Didn’t expect him to be so conflicted.

  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Well, their journey did continue. However, it seems the monk is no longer with them. Bummer. But then again, I guess it would be pretty cheap if they have someone as strong as that monk with them…
    Astral:
    I think this episode was extremely different from what I was expecting, especially given the context of the previous episode. What happened to the old monk? Not even a mention of the prosthetics maker this time? It seems almost a bit disjointed from the main story that’s been building up so far.
     

    To be honest, yea, I feel Astral here. However, I think it’s pretty natural. The last episode was probably an arc by itself. They have already concluded introducing the prosthetics maker, and having the monk with them just wouldn’t make any sense, given how the monk is currently.

  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Only for stuff never seen before]
    Plyasm:
    Well, now that Hyakkimaru got his hearing back, I can’t wait to see what he does with it. What would the ultra-hyper Dororo have to say about it? Even though their journey is steadily moving forward, I can’t help but hope it continues forever, while still wanting Hyakkimaru to get all of his body back at the same time. Next episode, I expect the lord to start to interfere with them, as the ending scene seemed to suggest.
    Astral:
    At this point… I don’t have a clue, honestly. With this episode coming out and distorting most of what I thought was going on so far in the show… I don’t really have any Idea where things could go from here.
     

    Pffft. Astral just not even thinking anymore from shock. Classic. Also stupid. 😉
    Astral is a stupid counter: 11

  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Hmmm. Probably to the guy’s persistence to get the cursed sword. I thought it’s actually quite understandable, since he has been broken since long ago. The sword’s desires have long since taken over him and therefore he isn’t human anymore. The fact that the guy didn’t slaughter his sister actually surprised me, I half expected him to go berserk just to get to his sword again.
    Astral:
    You know, I’m not really sure on this one… Perhaps the samurai brother having to kill the architect. A lot of times in our lives, we’re forced to do something to protect the things we care about, only to find ourselves bogged down deeper and deeper into the muck by what we’ve had to do. 

    Hmm. Interesting choice by him, to be honest. The mental struggle by the samurai brother is something, that’s for sure.

  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    It’s actually Dororo this time! Whoohoo! The little bugger has finally done some good things. Such as moving the plot along. Or resisting the pull of the sword. Or just overall being pretty darn cute this episode. I’m starting to like him.
    Astral:
    Most of the focus of the episode this time was on the Samurai brother, to be honest. His own personal character arc was pretty interesting. Heading to war for duty and honor, killing an innocent man in order to protect his sister, and becoming possessed by the demonic weapon and destroying everything he had been trying to protect… I kinda wish we could see more of him, honestly.

    Oooh, he chose the samurai brother. I actually wanted to choose him. It’s interesting, really, I still don’t know the fate of the brother or the sister.
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    The first fight between the swordsman and Hyakkimaru for sure. The action direction for this part was brilliant and I just couldn’t take my eyes off the action. Very nice.
    Astral:
    Again, the action. This show handles action with a touch and a care that is rarely appreciated these days. Everything feels so deliberate, every strike and movement has meaning, and finally being able to see Hyakkimaru go blade-to-blade with someone was just awesome.

    I see we are in agreement here. Very nice. If you are not seeing Dororo, you are missing out on this great action.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Hmm. Hard to say. Overall this episode was wrapped up nicely, but I guess it would have been nice to get more closure to what happened to the sister. She had a rough life.
    Astral:
    My main complaint with this episode is that it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given the context of the previous few episodes… it feels like we’re missing part of the story, and that keeps bugging me while watching it.

    He has a point, but as I’ve explained before, it isn’t too much. I expect them to give more context next episode.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    I’m rummaging through my brain, but I really can’t think of any for this episode. Damn.
    Astral:
    Hmm… i’m not really sure on this one, actually. Lemme take a raincheck this time…


    This is a draw on the copout. RIP.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    Being Dororo when Hyakkimaru is coming at you(or the sword). If it were me, I would probably run just like Dororo. Hyakkimaru is one scary person when he’s seriously trying to kill you.
    Astral:
    I’ll go with when Dororo got himself possessed by the sword… Honestly if that happened to me, I’d probably be trying a bit harder to get someone to help me out. He was kind of complaining at the sword, but I would have probably at least tried calling out for help of some sort.

    Haha, Astral’s right for this. Dororo was kinda dumb, but still, maybe his speech was sealed?
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:
The accidental flasher.

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I’m just kidding, yet again. It would actually be the last scene with the paper cranes. I love the symbolism here.

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Astral:
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So Astral chose the fighting scene huh. Understandable, but I still like the paper crane symbolism more.

More fun facts!
I still kinda remember how to make paper cranes. It was during a lesson in…secondary school I believe? Either way, it was a lot of fun, and I know you need to start with like a square paper and everything.
Have the wikihow link for how to fold paper cranes in case you are interested.

And this is a bit late to say this now, but Dororo is actually a re-adaptation of an old series. I really like what they are doing, considering it’s been…50 years since the original anime showed. Damn. It’s about as impressive as the Hisone to Masotan(Kitsu link)’s ED being a cover of a 50 year old France Gal song.(link to that as well here, I love the dance!!!)(link to original song)

Either way, that’s about it for this episode. We both had different feelings about this, what did you think of this episode yourselves? Would love to see.

Collaboration: The Rising of the Shield Hero Episode 3: The first wave of cannon fodder(literally)

BIG, STUPID EDIT AFTER POST CAME OUT: I forgot to finish the title…..oh my god. I guess this is what I get for writing the post at 4AM. Title is now complete.

Hello! It’s finally back to The Rising of the Shield Hero for me! Whoo!

Except, well, doing Dororo is great too.

Either way, let’s not waste any time at all and get right into it now, shall we?

EDIT: SOMEHOW MY SHITTY BRAIN FORGOT TO PUT IN A SECTION FOR ASTRAL’S POST. Please check out Dororo’s ep 3 reviews over at this link! It’s a great episode as well. Please check it!

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Obligatory smiling screenshot. Thanks for all the support shown to us so far ❤

Legend:
Me
Astral
Editorial department of brain me at 4AM

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    Overall, a much slower episode in my eyes. There were high points, for sure, but for some reason I can’t shake the feeling that things are just…slow.It was still a good episode, that’s for sure, but still…
    Astral:
    Gosh, I just loved every part of this episode. It was so wonderfully wholesome at the start, with a very powerful finish to round things out. Seeing the relationship grow between Naofumi and Raphtalia is just fantastic, and I can’t get enough of these two dorks finally being animated and on screen. An overall very good episode once again.Now that I’ve read what Astral wrote, I feel like he’s right. Seeing your favourite characters be animated on-screen is something that always feel good.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    To be honest, I expected a little more high energy throughout the episode to keep up with the high note that the last episode ended on, as well as good climaxes. The episode delivered in the form of an interesting climax, but the high energy I was expecting wasn’t really present.
    Astral:
    Again, I kinda knew what was coming… but goodness, was Raphtalia cute in this episode. This episode pretty much blew me away with the deliciously beautiful action sequences, adorable raphtalia, and general quality of the episode as a whole. Great job.Man…he’s just going to keep talking about Raphtalia isn’t he?
  3. How does this episode compare to the source material?
    Plyasm:

    If my memories don’t fail me(sorry, it was so long ago that this chapter was released), the adaptations stuck mostly to the source. The only difference this episode might be when he got part of the knights to stay and help, which, if I can recall correctly, didn’t really happen in the manga. It’s quite a nice change though, and shows that not everyone is hostile towards Naofumi and can listen to reasoning.
    Astral:
    I’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again… they’re doing a really, really great job with this adaptation. I’ve been waiting for this for so long, and i’m really quite happy with how faithful it all is to the source material.This feels like mindless praising, to be honest. Add one to the counter?
    Astral is a stupid counter: 9 (Ha, you thought I forgot about this didn’t you?! GOTTEM!)
  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:

    Hmm. Probably the three other heroes killing the boss and calling it easy. I’m sure it’s easy to get riled up and think of the three other heroes as pricks who don’t care about the sacrifices, but to me, I can understand why they think that way–given the amount and type of information they were allowed to perceive, as well as their personalities. Either way, they did do their job as they were supposed to, and they did defeat the boss.
    Astral:
    Hmm… that’s actually kind of a tough one. Perhaps the scene where Naofumi is confused over everyone getting obsessed with Raphtalia? But that’s because I know the source material, so I kinda know what’s going on…Heh. I know there’s a hidden meaning behind it, but it’s been so long I forgot about it. Looking forward to actually seeing the reason again to refresh my memories.
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:

    To be completely honest, to me, not much happened this episode, and for some weird reason my mind was just focused on this one villager with the curly hair. It’s fabulous and I suppose he’s my favourite character in this episode.
    Astral:
    This section will probably just be my Raphtalia section from now on. I love Naofumi to bits, he’s such a great antihero protagonist, but Raphtalia is one of my favorite characters of all time, seriously. Her unflinching determination and resolve to stay with Naofumi, and her ability to see past prejudice to uphold her sense of justice… I just love her so much.More like, your entire review since episode 1 has just been Raphtalia and Raphtalia only. Geez, like an animal in heat. He’s not wrong though
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:

    The high point has to be the tower fight followed by the bombardment. Very well done actions in those sections and the music is just *muack*.
    Astral:
    The scene with the waves. Man, that was really well done. I mean, seriously, that whole scene in the town was so action-packed and quite nicely animated… and let’s not forget that GORGEOUS Kevin Penkin OST, yeah?I suppose we both agreed on the exact same thing. It’s quite easy to pick this out from the rest of the episode though. It’s just that good.
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:

    Alright, in this particular episode, there were several low points. In several scenes, it just feels way too slow and things felt bland. Examples include when Raphtalia looks at the village or when she was leading the villagers to evacuate. Though, these scenes are far and few between and plus, the action + the good first half more than makes up for it.
    Astral:
    I think there’s a few points in the show that are a bit difficult to comprehend if you haven’t read the source material. It’s nitpicking, really, especially when it’s doing a lot right, but some explanations, dialogue and exposition have been cut for the sake of the Anime that help a bit with understanding how the world works in Shield Hero.Eh, definitely nitpicking, in my opinion. Worldbuilding that doesn’t rely on a narrator or a info dump is definitely better, and Shield Hero does that right. Just because there isn’t explanations for every little thing doesn’t mean people can’t infer. In fact, trying to infer the right things is half the fun, don’t you think?
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:

    Raphtalia’s decision to strike out at the knights. God damn, they are such pieces of craps. Using bombardment without even confirming if the villagers are still in there? Despite knowing that the shield hero was still in there? Her rage is completely justifiable.
    Astral:
    Definitely Naofumi’s decision to prioritize saving the villagers over going to fight the Waves. I’m kinda similar to him in that I can’t just look away when people are suffering or in danger. I’d rather miss out on a little personal glory in exchange for saving lives.Wow. Selfless. Either that, or he’s promoting himself to any possible suitors out there. Ladies look out, we’ve got a boyfriend material here~! Be sure to swipe right!
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:

    Meeting with the three heroes at the church. I would probably at least explained to Raphtalia what happened, but I totally understand by Naofumi didn’t. His heart was still not ready, since the betrayal wasn’t even that long ago.
    Astral:
    For the sake of diversity in my answers, I’ll go with the decision of the knights. I would definitely have been one of the ones to stay behind and help the villagers, rather than continuing on towards the heroes. It may sound like lip service, but I have some confidence I’d make the right choice in that situation.Same as above. Also, repeating your point yet again? Geez. Gotta add one.
    Astral is a stupid counter: 10
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)
    Plyasm:

    Man, it has to the hair.

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    My my, such lucious locks. But of course, let’s not forget the green(?) afro man as well.

    ….I’m just pulling your legs again. It’s the bombardment, actually. At first, I didn’t remember it, and I thought it looked really pretty, like fireworks. Oh how wrong I was.

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    I swear, this looks just like beautiful fireworks. Well, fireworks eventually turned into guns so…I guess this checks out?

    Astral:
    This was my favorite scene by far this episode. I just love Raphtalia so freaking much!!!

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    Nice choice, to be completely honest. Her determined face is great.(I’m somehow getting Rem flashbacks from the words)

    Well, same point as above. 

 

And with that, that was the review for the episode done.

Of course, there’s extra things I want to say and yada yada. Can’t be a good post otherwise without stupid rants, amirite?

Alright, here’s another thing I thought of as I was editing and writing this post. It feels like the soundtrack is underused. Yes, underused. Don’t get me wrong, the soundtrack is amazing, but so far it feels like they’ve been holding back too much on the volume and quantity. Please, I want more Kevin Penkin goodness.

Also, noticable 3DCGI. Reee.

That’s about it! Hope you enjoyed reading, because I enjoyed writing and watching, as always. If anyone here has read the source, could you confirm on the knights part? My memory is really getting bad. Also, what do you think about Astral’s (clearly too much) affections towards Raphtalia? Should we put out a restraining order? Or should we commend him for only increasing the Astral is a stupid counter by 2 this time?

Either way, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW ABOUT WHAT YOU FEEL, THANKS. I’M WRITING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I KIND OF REALLY WANT COMMENTS AND I DON’T KNOW HOW ELSE TO GET MORE COMMENTS AT THIS POINT, PLEASE DON’T HATE ME KTHXBYE XOXO ❤

-Plyasm, barely alive at 5 AM

See you in the next post!

Collaboration: Dororo Episode 2: The blind, and the blinder

Welcome all! Thanks for all the support for the collaboration so far!
Honestly, I half expected 0 views since my blog has been dead for so long but nope, you are all amazing people.
*Except for the fact that I didn’t really get a lot of comments, I want m o  r e… But let’s not be greedy now.

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Have a smiling Dororo as thanks for all the support for both me and Astral so far!

Anyways, as you can see from the title, yes, I am doing the second episode of Dororo! Whoo!
You know, I kinda requested to get the first episode of Shield Hero since my blog was more dead than Astral’s, but I sort of regret it now. Dororo was so good…
Can’t cry over cried milk now. Let’s get right into the review itself!
(Oh and the second episode review of Shield Hero is via the link here. Please read it too! Second episode of Shield Hero was just as good. It’s just that I’m biased towards Dororo.)

Same as previous, here’s the legend:
Me from the past
The copycatThe stupid
Me from the present

Hello, Plyasm from the editorial department in the brain here. Seems like the copycat has taken some defense against my jabbing of his copying from the last episode review, so now, let’s switch up the counters a little. (And come on, this is fun.)
Astral is a stupid counter: 4 [Inherited from the Astral is a copycat counter]
Astral is a copout counter: 1
Now, resume the review!

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:

    As good as the last episode. Action sequence was great, animations was mostly good, soundtrack too…I am still a sucker for the opening and ending songs. The plot progressed quite a bit this episode, and I like that. Overall, this episode was as bonkers as the last, so if you haven’t watched Dororo yet, do it NOW.
    Astral:
    I asked for more of the blind bard, and I was not disappointed at all. I’m glad he’s come back into the story, and seems to be here to stick around for a while. He’s cool. Apart from that, our nameless protag finally has a name!!! Very exciting. Also, did I mention that this show is absolutely nuts? Every single moment has so much going on, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with what’s going on at any given time, and at the end of the episode I feel almost out of breath. Ply will probably complain about me mentioning this as well… but it’s hard to talk about the show without mentioning the OST. It is just amazing. The OP is so good; I get chills every time I hear it, and the ED is just so dang good, as well.No, I won’t complain about you mentioning it. Instead, I’ll complain about how excited Astral is in writing this. So excited, his writing became incoherent. Tsk.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    The episode definitely met my expectations. There was more characterisation of the now named Hyakkimaru, we got more insights into what actually happened to him as well as what he can actually see. Very nice name for the main character. Dororo is beginning to grow on me as well.
    Astral:
    CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! My favorite thing ever, basically. I’m a sucker for character moments, as you guys probably know… and we got a lot of them this episode, interspersed between the insanity, of course. Dororo backstory, BAM! Return of the Old Man, BAM! Cameo from prosthetics guy, BAM! Name for our nameless protag, BAM! Constant character moments really help the episode flow just right.
    Not much to say for this one, except for WATCH DORORO PLS KTHXBYE XOXO ❤
  3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why)
    Plyasm:
    I’m expecting the trio(with the addition of the monk) to meet up with the prosthetic limb maker, who, I believe, is probably the one who brought Hyakkimaru up after he was sent away. We will probably see more character development for Dororo as well? But most importantly, I’m very interested in what exactly Hyakkimaru got back.
    Astral:
    He got back his Nervous System, ya noodle. That was pretty obvious. Upcoming scenes of Hyakkimaru learning how to deal with pain/feeling? Also, what’s he gonna get back next? If it’s a 13-episode show, will he kill 1 demon per episode, the final one being a showdown with his father? Only time will tell…
    No it wasn’t obvious, you dolt. All we saw was some kind of shock, how do you know if it isn’t an organ or a limb? If it isn’t the nervous system, you are going to have to bash your head against the wall.
    Astral is a stupid counter: 5
  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    This is a little hard. Probably when the people saw the weird dude with the bell? For me, I was actually already thinking that the “monster” was harmless. Mostly because, well, the monk didn’t kill it the moment he “saw” it. Other people might have had the same reactions as Dororo and thought that the “monster” was what the villagers were talking about.
    Astral:
    I thought it was pretty clear when we saw the lady initially that she was trouble… I mean, look at those eyebrows! But… If I were Dororo, and knew that Kyakki was blind, but clearly only shows hostile behavior towards demons and ghouls, I don’t think I would have stood in his way when he went to attack her. But I think to a lot of people, that might have made more sense to do.
    “Hurr durr I’m smarter than the kid”-Astral 2k1819
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    Astral is a stupid counter: 6
  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    Hyakkimaru still for me. Him trying to show concern for Dororo even though he doesn’t really know what’s happening was the sweetest thing ever. And god damn the reactions he has to some things is great.
    Astral:
    I still really like Dororo. His constant energy and scheming is both adorable and hilarious, and i’m excited to learn more about his past hinted at in the episode. What happened to his parents, what lies in his past, etc.
    I’m still of the idea that Dororo, although his name is on the anime, isn’t the real main character. Hyakkimaru is so much more interesting to me, and I am frankly, just not all that interested in Dororo, even if I like his character.
  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:
    Again, the fight scene. But…this time, I’ll pick something else over it. I believe, the high point of the episode is actually when Hyakkimaru finally gave his name. It was a great moment, and his name was very nice, hence it’s the high point for me. But still, the fight scene was amazing in it’s own right as well. (A fight in a bamboo forest is just like every kung fu movie ever made!)
    Astral:
    I’m also gonna say the fight scene, but I’m going to highlight a different piece of the fight. I love how Dororo uses it’s environments and set pieces in the battles. In the first episode, Hyakki used the bridge as a weapon against the monster; in the second, the monster used severed bamboo as a weapon against Hyakki. It’s not just a battle between Monster and Man, it’s a battle of wits and skill, not to mention determination. Very well done.
    Clearly, Astral didn’t read what I wrote before writing the word “also”. I clearly said I picked something else over it! Not reading in 2k19?
    Astral is a stupid counter: 7
    *I like his choice though, pretty good
  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    Still the same possible improvements as last time. Animations are a little shaky at times, but at this point it feels more like a charm than anything.(To be completely honest, at this point it’s probably an intentional decision so that the transitions is smooth, the action scenes brilliant and overall cohesiveness is good.)
    Astral:
    I kind of feel like my biggest gripe with this episode isn’t really much of a gripe at all. I think it’s possible that they could tone down the frenetic pacing just a bit, to help the audience cope a bit better with the ridiculous chaos happening on-screen… but that’s just a minor gripe, and I still like the show even with the bonkers pacing.
    The pacing is just right for me though… I don’t feel like anything is really that rushed, they just skipped over parts that might drag the story down without adding much. Every scene in the episode so far has had a role to play, even the one where they ate fish together, which shows that Hyakkimaru is capable of emotions and also display some of their character interactions between him and Dororo before we actually get to the next part in the story.
  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Dororo’s reaction to Hyakkimaru not doing anything against the bell “monster” while raising his sword against the “lady”. To be completely honest, I would be fooled too, not just Dororo. Ah shit, does that make me as much of a fool as Dororo?
    Astral:
    I think I can actually kind of relate to the villager’s reluctance to let go of the demon… though horrendous and cruel, the demon had, in fact, brought quite a bit of prosperity to the village. Having to think of providing for their families and children when times are hard, it would be easy to be tempted by the promise of easy wealth.
    I actually have to sort of agree with Astral here. I can sort of understand the villagers’ decision to do this. Still though, it’s stupid to cooperate with a monster no matter what.
  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    I would pick the faceoff with the “lady” the second time round. The freaking dude just let a demon escape! He even made up some shitty excuse that all the villagers will die if he didn’t help, even though in the end, it’s all greed. If I was Hyakkimaru(and had hearing), I would have sliced this dude right then and there. Sheesh, what a piece of trash can.
    Astral:
    I have to wonder at Hyakkimaru’s decision to allow Dororo to follow him around. Clearly, he’s always been a bit of a loner, so I do find it a bit strange how accepting he is of a kid suddenly hanging around him, even if he can’t hear what he’s saying. In his shoes, maybe I would have tried to shoo the kid away, since I would know that running into monsters again is likely, and the kid would be in danger.
    Astral is a stupid counter: 8
    Hyakkimaru can’t see if Dororo was a child in the first place, stupid. Furthermore, he’s not the one being a loner based on his thoughts, it’s just that no one really stayed around him for long, except for a few. So he was probably intrigued by the soul that decided to stay near him. And since Hyakkimaru believes in his own abilities so much(judging by his actions and behaviour), I doubt he would cast another person away.
  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot) 

Plyasm:
Can I use the opening again? No? Then I’ll use the ending.
I mean, come on. The ending is just as beautiful. See for yourself:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDow6LWVRYw

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Protect this smile.

Hyakkimaru’s smile. Too good.
Astral:
The fight scene in the forest. Holy cow, was that some stellar animation, and the way they used the set pieces was just fantastic. I loved every moment of it, and it deserves some recognition.

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Woah, nice choice.

To be honest, MAPPA killed it with the opening and ending animations.(*cough* If you can’t tell by how much I’m just milking it for pictures *cough*)
This show is going to be a nice watch throughout the season. I think.

And that’s about all!
Overall, the episode was as good as the last, and I definitely look forward to more. Meanwhile, Shield Hero has been pretty amazing too, so I’m glad our choices for this season were good.

Astral is a stupid counter: 8
No change to the “Astral is a copout counter”.
I expected Astral to do better now that I’ve converted the counter but…shake my head. And don’t forget, if Hyakkimaru didn’t get his nervous system back in the next episode, Astral has to bang his head against the wall 😉

What did you guys think about the episode? More importantly, did you enjoy it as much as we did? Let me know in the comments below.

-A loving the opening song Plyasm

 

Message from editorial department in Plyasm’s brain:
There’s actually a reason why the title of this post was called Blind and the Blinder. Stems from what the monk said about Hyakkimaru and his hearing–that they can see what normal people can’t see, and that normal people are sometimes more easily tricked. This makes the normal people more blind than the blind people in a sense. Well, not that I actually have any deep life lessons here but I’m sure you guys can figure something out.

Collaboration: Rising of the Shield Hero Episode 1: Start of the legend

Hello, everyone!

It’s me! I’m finally back!

…you still remember me right? I haven’t faded into obscurity yet, right?

Right?

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Tee hee ekse dee~ [Anime: Oreigairu]

*cough* Back on topic. So Astral and I decided to do a collaboration together for this season. The initial idea what to do Shield Hero and 1 other show. After much discussion, we decided to do Dororo since the summary looking interesting. (And boy did we make the right choice)

So yup. The post of the first episode of The Rising of the Shield Hero(Kitsu Link) is on me, while the post for the first episode of Dororo is with Astral. So if you want to check that out as well, head over there via this link. (Check it! Please do! Dororo was amazing!)

This is going to be a rotation, meaning I would get the second episode of Dororo, and Astral will do the second episode of Shield Hero, and so on. (If you are just here to look at Astral’s words, they’ll be here, be patient)

Anyways, let’s get to the episode review ~

First up, there’s a set of common questions that we decided that we have to answer.
Before you check it though, let’s keep a “Astral is a copycat” counter, shall we?
Astral is a copycat counter: 0
Now, let’s begin!
Legend:
Me of the past
The copycat
Me of the futurepresent

  1. What are your general thoughts for this episode?
    Plyasm:
    It was an great episode for me. The animations, voice acting and soundtrack are all on par with Made in Abyss’ so far, and that is great news, since it is literally being done by the same studio, Kinema Citrus.
    Kitsu link for Made in Abyss

    Generally, since I’ve read the manga, I already know what to expect, but this brings back a lot of memories about the start. Very nice.
    Astral:
    I have been following this series for so, so long. I started when it was still releasing as a webnovel, and i’ve watched it grow into a light novel series, and now an Anime. And I must say… I’m not disappointed. The show looks GORGEOUS, for starters. The music and the voice acting is on point as well; Kinema Citrus really knows what they’re doing. I’m super excited to get Raphtalia into the story as well, seeing as she’s got the same seiyuu as Mai-san from last season. Considering Naofumi is voiced by the same seiyuu as Sakuta, we already know they have chemistry, so i’m looking forward to seeing how they interact.


    Even though I have no idea who this “Mai-san” is, I can tell he’s about as happy as I am, just that he used…bigger words. I hope most of you(yes you, readers! I CRAVE your comments) enjoyed it as much as we did and are also looking for more.
  2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does)
    Plyasm:
    Yep, it not only fit my expectations, it far exceeded them! I might just be biased, but come on, who can deny the general goodness of this first episode. What’s more, it’s a 50 minute special!

    Astral:
    You know, I was expecting it to be good, and it sure didn’t disappoint. And to have a 50-minute first episode just to get us right into the thick of things… very, very good choice. It really brought back the way I felt when I first read the webnovel so many years ago… the nostalgia is so, so good.
     

    Other than adding an extra sentence, I think we can all agree that Mr. Astral here did a little…borrowing yea? Heh.
    Astral is a copycat counter: 1

  3. How does this episode compare to the source material?
    Plyasm: I feel like there’s some differences to the manga, but then again, the manga isn’t the source, the web novel and light novel(probably light novel) are the sources. The one thing I felt was different was probably the scene where the 4 heroes all come together to match their general facts? Although, it might just be my memory failing me, I don’t quite remember that scene happening in the manga. Maybe it’s a manga only thing, maybe it’s an anime only thing, either way, it differs in that aspect.
    (My memory is not reliable, at all)
    Astral: This has got to be one of the best adaptations I’ve seen, at least in recent years. Not only is the overall quality outstanding, but it follows the original story extremely well, bringing back the same feelings I felt during my first reading of the story. The intro was absolutely spot-on.
     

    Nothing much to say here. If there’s avid readers of the light novels out there, what did YOU think of the adaptation of the source? I’m interested, since I’ve never read the light novel myself.

  4. Which scene do you think other people would react to differently?
    Plyasm:
    Definitely the entire transformation of Naofumi. The entire….fiasco before his transformation aside, I’m sure many people would be thinking that Naofumi’s change to a much more mean, realist person is jarring and just done “for the edge”. To me, it’s quite natural as an effect of what has happened to him.
    Astral:
    I’m gonna agree with Ply here. I know the internet has definitely taken up the betrayal scene as a new point of controversy, but honestly, I’ve always felt like it was pretty fitting. I mean, Naofumi is a pretty trusting, kindhearted guy at the start, which makes the betrayal only cut deeper. And really… there are definitely plenty of scummy people out there who won’t hesitate to lie for their own gain, so it’s not even that unrealistic, either.
     

    This is what it is. 😉
    Astral is a copycat counter: 2

  5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
    Plyasm:
    As of this episode, it would be Naofumi. His realisation, from an otaku drunk on the ecstasy of a new world, to when reality hit him, really drove him the meaning of “character development”. Isekais might not be as idealised as we made it out to be.
    Astral:
    Well, Naofumi is really the only character we’ve gotten to know particularly well, so… I choose the Weapon Shop Owner. Yeah, that’s right. Branching out here a bit. Anyways, he plays a very important role in the story. He’s the only person who doesn’t blindly listen to rumors, and treats Naofumi as a human, the only person to show him kindness in his lowest point. It’s fair to say… he may have saved Naofumi, in the end.
     

    Astral is a copycat coun-
    Oh wait, he didn’t actually copy me this time? Interesting…
    But I guess his choice was pretty top notch. Smith Bro ❤

  6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why?
    Plyasm:

    When “that” happened. When Naofumi was hit over the head by the hopes and dreams that he have had, which promptly knocked him out completely, and threw him into the valley of despair. The hints were all there throughout the episode, but Naofumi was too blind and naive. Poor boy.
    Astral:
    Obviously the high point is the betrayal. It’s one of the driving forces of the episode, and the series as a whole. The emotional beating that Naofumi takes during this is immense, and affects him almost permanently. It’s a very important part of the story, and they did it right. 

    Astral is a copycat counter: 3
    You know, even if you paraphrase my points, it’s still my points. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point)
    Plyasm:
    If I really had to pick, it would probably be the pacing somewhat. Just a very small nitpick, I feel the pacing is just a tiny bit too fast. Maybe show more of the transition parts? It’s hard to pick out faults from this episode, ok!?
    Astral:
    A low point… Was there one? This was a really good episode. If I had to pick one thing specifically… I honestly can’t think of much. I’m copping out.
     

    *sigh* I guess I’ll add a counter for this as well.
    Astral is a cop out counter: 1
    Jokes aside, I think we are both probably wearing rose-tinted glasses for Shield Hero, since we like the series a lot. If you feel like there’s something that can be improved, let me know in the comments below.(In case you still don’t get it at this point, yes, I WANT YOUR COMMENTS)

  8. What situation/decision/action is the most relatable to you in this episode and why?
    Plyasm:
    Relatable, huh…probably Naofumi’s naivity as well as the other heroes’ misunderstanding of Naofumi, to be honest. Dunno why, but I feel like I’ll make the exact same mistakes as them if this were to happen to me.
    Astral:
    Naofumi’s anger. I think he was justifiably extremely upset by the betrayal, and constant poor treatment by everyone. At times when I’ve felt betrayed by people I trusted, I’ve also been extremely angry and bitter… I relate to that a lot.
     

    Well, I would be surprised if…elements of my answer were to show up in Astral’s. I mean, it says relatable to you, and I’m not him, so…yea.
    OR AM I????(cue illuminati music)

  9. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
    Plyasm:
    The accusations part. I would have gotten myself killed after getting angry, no joke.
    Astral:
    I really think that I would have acted pretty similarly to Naofumi in that situation. I’ve never been one to sit by quietly and let my name be defamed… probably not the best of traits, as it’s gotten me into trouble on multiple occasions.
     

    Astral is a copycat counter: 4
    Geez, stealing the same situation as me, eh? To be honest, I was deciding between the accusations and the shop haggling part for this. And by shop haggling, I meant Naofumi teaching the merchant a lesson with balloons.(Now that I see this, I feel like that was a weird sentence)

  10. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

Plyasm:

 

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True love

Shield Bro x Smith Bro ❤
JK, it’s probably this:

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I really am a real sucker for these scenary shots.

I have to say though, there really a lot of screensaver worthy screenshots that can be made from just this episode.Kinema Citrus sure knows how to do that.
Astral:
This is my favorite screenshot from this first episode. The solitary figure, in the fog and rain, struggling just to kill the weakest monster. It was very well-delivered and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Very nice. Another desktop picture it is.

 

Well, I be damned. He really chose a nice screenshot. I was actually also deciding between this scene or the plains scene, but I figured I liked the overview better than the solitary forest.

 

And thus we end!
Spectacular! Here’s the counter tallies:

Astral is a copycat counter: 4
Astral is a cop out counter: 1

Tsk, tsk. I expected more from you, Astral. This was fun though….both to watch and to write about. It’s good to expand my blogging brain for the first time in….6 months(sorry)
Right. Here’s some other thoughts I had that couldn’t really fit into the common questions.

For one, Kevin Penkin is now my second favourite OST composer. Besides the god Sawano Hiroyuki, of course. He really outdid himself with the soundtrack of Shield Hero. It gave the proper feelings that the shield hero was feeling throughout the episode. From happiness and joy, to a sense of urgency when he woke up, up till the extreme betrayal and loss of faith in humanity.

And for two…did you know? The voice actor of the kirito look-alike loner who plays a VRMMO is Harem King Matsuoka?! What a perfect choice, and an amazing reference to…a certain anime. Did you also know? The voice actor of the Smith Bro is the same as the voice actor of Agil?
Illuminati actually confirmed??

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With that said, I’ve been hyped for shield hero’s rise, and now he is, finally rising up!
Let us all enjoy the future Rising of the Shield Hero! (HEH PUN INTENDED I’M SO GOOD)

Can’t wait for more.

See you all in the next post!

-A totally not Astral Plyasm

This is a clickbait title. Click me!

 

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Kininarimasu! [Anime: Hyouka]

You are now checking out the post, that is for sure. But is it really because the title of this post is somewhat click-baity?

The idea popped out of a certain poo poo’s mind after having conversed about some of the titles for anime in 2018 Spring Season being somewhat plain and obvious but strong and truly representative. This is where we gather up around the imaginary Aniblogger Coalition meeting table to share our views on some of the titles across forms of multimedia which managed to hook us in with just one look.

Baiting us is one thing; keeping us with them is completely another, but we are not going to even talk much about the end result.

Heya! Welcome to one of those good times where collaborations do happen! This post is made in a spur of the moment but it is finished so quick because we all have our ideas to pitch on the table.

The coalition for this specific time:

Myself (Plyasm) and my wormhole — you are in it too, for now.

It’s time for the rest to enter:

— AstralGemini[He claims this is his shocking pink]

— Shokamoka

— Moyatori

— MagicConan14

*All of them chose their own colours willingly. And Shoka is a lazy bastard that stuck with the default black.

We are each to pitch up to three titles that we feel to be somewhat attention-worthy from just looking at them; all before everything else, content wise, skew our views in the end. This will be long since there are five of us so let’s not waste time on this post with a title bearing similar quality.

What you have just read above is actually written by the same poo poo that he called himself, Shoka. He tried to imitate my writing to write the starting of the post and hey, I gotta say he’s pretty good at trying to be me. Either way, in case you have no noticed yet, the text that we each write will be colour coded by the colours above. This is a pain to do one by one to follow what we had on the google docs but it will be worth it, I suppose.

Here goes the actual post!

Continue reading “This is a clickbait title. Click me!”

The Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower movie experience: Slightly confusing but still the same Fate quality

Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – I.Presage Flower

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/25537/Fate_stay_night_Movie__Heavens_Feel_-_I_Presage_Flower

Introduction


So, after watching the No Game No Life:Zero movie finally, another anime movie approached. It was the latest entry into the Fate series: Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower, part 1 of 3 movies that will adapt the last route in the Fate/stay night visual novel. Being the last route available for people to see, many that have played the visual novel have heavily hyped up this movie and the route in particular, stating that it is the best route in Fate/stay night, and that this would be a fantastic movie. Before we go into details about my movie experience though, I gotta say that I quite literally marathoned the entire Fate franchise(with the exclusion of the 2006 Studio Deen adaptation) just the day before I watched the movie. Well, the schedule was tight since I wanted to watch with friends, so I had 1 day and a half to finish Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works and their season 2s respectively(I had already watched Fate/Zero’s first season though). It was a hell of a marathon and I really enjoyed it. Both of them were respectable anime in their own right and I’ll probably write posts on them sometime but let’s just skip over the details for now. After quite literally finishing all I need to watch 2 hours before the movie was going to show, I was prepared. And here’s what I got out of the movie:

 


Ratings


Art: 10/10

Prestine Fate quality arts, character design, and all round. It’s basically the same as Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works, so there really isn’t anything to critique here. If I really have to comment though, there is definitely a step up even from Unlimited Blade Works as the animations were even smoother and the art looks even better.

 

Sound: 8/10

So… the movie cinema was preeeetty bad this time I suppose, or should I say the crowd that went to watch this time. There were slight murmuring throughout the movie and people talking. Some people really don’t have movie etiquette and it kinda made it hard to concentrate on the sounds part. At the same time, the music and voice acting definitely isn’t bad.

 

Story: 8/10

Compared to the other stories and other routes in Fate/stay night, this was definitely one of the more confusing. There were a lot of new things that was not in the previous routes and wasn’t present in Fate/Zero either, and made it fascinating but at the same time that much more confusing to watch, since you quite literally don’t know what’s happening and why that’s happening. It was definitely not newbie friendly either and definitely should NOT be the entry anime to the Fate series, as you would literally not know a single thing of what’s going on if you didn’t watch Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works first since they skip past most of the repetitive explanations and focused on what separates this route apart from the rest instead. However, if you have context, you definitely can enjoy this movie and the plot is of course, Fate quality great. I pretty much liked it myself and I would like to see more.

 

Comedy: 9/10

It was great. The movie had several funny moments when there should be, and everyone in the cinema enjoyed it. Hey, guy in front. I know it’s really funny, but you don’t have to laugh so loud you know? In particular, the return of the Yorokobe Shounen scene from Unlimited Blade Works caused most to at least snigger.

 

Tension & Darkness: 10/10

This route is clearly the most dark and sinister in all of the routes, with so many bad premonitions given to us so far, as well as many events that have not happened before suddenly happen, and those are not exactly nice events. Throughout the movie, with the exception of the pretty boring needed introductions(which was relatively the same as Unlimited Blade Works), was really tense and I could feel myself very drawn into the movie. The atmosphere was great and one that you would expect from a Fate series, only more.

 

Overall: 9/10

Because this particular route is split into 3 different movies, this first part has mostly been setting up and building the plot before the climax. As such, there is much left to be desired, however, it is still good in its own right.

 


Endwords


Having watched the movie right after a Fate marathon, I can now safely say I am a fan of the Fate series now. It has been a great journey and now that I’ve invested into part 1, I definitely can’t miss part 2 and part 3 now. Well, that is not to say that I wouldn’t watch it if it wasn’t split apart either, it was still very enjoyable to watch and I recommend anyone who has watched Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works to go and watch this movie. Great job, ufotable, for another great addition to the Fate series.

 

BONUS: the poster I got.(now on my wall, of course)

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I still really suck at photography so don’t mind the really bad quality… Actually, do mind. I’m sorry.