Before I begin this post, thank you all for the likes and views! My dead blog is actually reviving…haha.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)
Plyasm: The accidental flasher.
I’m just kidding, yet again. It would actually be the last scene with the paper cranes. I love the symbolism here.
So Astral chose the fighting scene huh. Understandable, but I still like the paper crane symbolism more.
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.
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!
Legend: Me Astral Editorial department of brain me at 4AM
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.
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?
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!)
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
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
Most beautiful scene?(screenshot) Plyasm: Man, it has to the hair.
….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.
Astral: This was my favorite scene by far this episode. I just love Raphtalia so freaking much!!!
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 ❤
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.
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!
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.
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 ❤
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
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
Astral is a stupid counter: 6
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
…you still remember me right? I haven’t faded into obscurity yet, right?
*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
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.
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
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.
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
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 ❤
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 ͡°)
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)
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)
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)
Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)
Shield Bro x Smith Bro ❤ JK, it’s probably this:
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.
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??
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)
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]
*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.
As you would have already guessed, yes, this is the second post for the day. Horray! Instead of simply Day 7 of “Music Week”(which you can read here), you get a bonus-special…something absolutely amazing! *This is absolutely not because of my inability to find a song for today
What is it? The impatient ones amongst you might already be asking. Why, it’s a lovely little initiative started up by our folks over in the discord server–a collaboration!
In fact, this collaboration is the reason why our discord server exists in the first place. It is the start of everything, quite literally. Without this collaboration, I wouldn’t have started the discord server with the 5 of us and naturally, others wouldn’t be able to join either.
Reminiscing aside, it’s time to finally get on with what the collaboration is about.
The entire premise is quite simple, really: the people participating were to write a short story of no more than 10k words. We were each assigned a random genre of anime(yes, anime) to write a story on, along with the common theme of the need to include a “couple” and a “park”. Now, I wouldn’t spoil which genres each of us got, and I wouldn’t say mine until the end of the story, so expect each story to be vastly different 🙂
First up, we have Irina and her wild ride right here. Just when you thought her talents have their limits, she breaks you expectations and goes for more.
Next, we have Astral and his fantastic story here. I loved the progression, the characters, and everything that has to do with it.
After Astral, we have Keiko’s story here, imbued with her very best, and one that I enjoyed reading a lot.
But of course, last but not least, you have me. What is my story like…? You will have to read it to find out, but know that it’s not for the faint hearted…
*Please go read the stories that the others wrote, because they deserve your recognition!
Well, before we begin the story, I feel compelled to talk about certain things related to this collaboration. Such as the people who would have been able to join but couldn’t due to circumstances, they deserve some time in the limelight too!
We have Shoka and his issues with parents and blogging preventing him from doing anything really, hence his recent inactivity…
We also have Iza, who sadly couldn’t join us in time because of real life.
And then we have the loyal TPAB who wouldn’t forget his promise with Iza and thus wouldn’t be joining us this time.
All of them participated in this small project/collaboration in one way or another, and of course they were integral parts that made this possible today. TPAB especially, since it was his idea that brought us together.
And yes, this collaboration took forever to come out. The initiative started August last year and was planned to finish within the year. Yes, it started over half a year ago…
If there’s anyone to blame for how long it took, it’s definitely me. I procrastinated too long in writing my story during the time, along with other issues. Well. At least the project is out now right? Right…?
I think I’ve taken up too much of your time just going on about what the collaboration is actually about instead of actually letting you read my story, so I’ll stop now.
Before you read, there is one FINAL THING I have to say, and it’s quite important. First, there are 3 different ways you can read this story, with the first being just reading on, and reading the story from this post itself. Another method would be to download the rtf format using the link here, and using a word processor such as Microsoft word to read it. And the third way, would be to access the Wattpad site for it. Yup, I uploaded it on Wattpad, for certain reasons I will get to later. The link to that is here.
Second thing I have to announce would be that this is actually part of a series of stories I will be writing named <<Narratives of Glauvania>>. The short story is but the starting of the series, so if you want more, the link to the continuations in at the end of the post.
Without further ado, please enjoy yourself with the story. And if you think you would like to try your hands at writing a story too, go ahead! Before that, however, please leave your thoughts of our stories below!