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

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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)

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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.
    Join our campaign today!

  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: 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: 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