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
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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!

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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!

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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.

Imouto sae Ireba Ii.: By a creator, for creators.

I’ve only just finished the 6th episode but I really have to comment on just how accurately this anime is portraying the process of creation so far. Although the focus is on light novels and the novel-writing industry, I can’t help but link it to the creative industry in general.

Before I go on, here’s a SPOILER ALERT for anyone out there who hasn’t watched Imouto Sae Ireba Ii. yet, and let’s be on our way.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/35413/Imouto_sae_Ireba_Ii

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Kakegurui: Anime original = Bad?

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34933

Kakegurui took the summer season by storm with its great animations, soundtrack as well as a very exciting plot. However, with its ending episode, many have yet again bashed the anime just because of its anime original ending. Was it really worth the criticism? In this special review of the final episode, I’ll try to explain the many things surrounding it and give a more or less stand on how I feel about anime original endings.

Of course, this means spoilers so do not read on if you have not watched Kakegurui yet. Continue reading “Kakegurui: Anime original = Bad?”

Made in Abyss: Adaptation in the true sense

It’s finally time for Made in Abyss to receive its own special review from me! Although I am extremely busy nowadays, after seeing the latest episode from Made in Abyss, episode 10, I feel like I just have to make a special review for it.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MADE IN ABYSS! PROCEED ONLY IF YOU HAVE WATCHED UNTIL EP 10.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34599/Made_in_Abyss

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Feels Friday: Angel Beats!’s Yui

Hello and welcome to the second Feels Friday. Before we begin talking about the particular topic for today, this post will contain spoilers for Angel Beats! so if you have no watched that anime yet, I wouldn’t recommend reading any further, but I would recommend that you watch that anime, as it was really good.

On this week’s Feels Friday, we have: Angel Beats!’s Yui. Angel Beats! was a beautiful anime about the afterlife of a particular group of students, and it left many people in tears in its wake.(I was one of the many) With a popularity rank of #5 on MAL, this anime is one of the must watches in terms of sad anime. And because of that, we definitely need at least one Feels Friday post on it, yea?

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Feels Friday: Tsuki ga Kirei’s brilliant ending

Welcome to a new series that will be on my blog from now on: Feels Friday, where I will pick out a certain anime/manga that gave me the feels to talk about. It will be focused on what exactly the anime/manga did right that caused the feels, what I myself felt about it, and will probably be a short discussion and thought sharing. This idea came to me after crying for the umpteenth time on a good show(I’m a crybaby, I know), and this series will have infrequent updates, as with my blog in general(so don’t expect to get one every Friday you greedy people).

But of cause, this series will contain spoilers so if you want to avoid them, avoid this series. Consider yourself warned.

On this week’s Feels Friday, we have: Tsuki ga Kirei’s brilliant ending. The anime about a simple high school love, and ended so well that it’s rating jumped up to 8.38.85592l

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Re:Creators: Breaking boundaries with Meteora

Whoop de Whoop, it’s a special review for the latest episode of Re:Creators! This review will contain heavy spoilers for the latest episode of Re:Creators(Ep 13), so be sure to watch that episode before reading this or get ready to be spoiled!

Some complimentary information about Re:Creators before we get started:

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34561/Re_Creators

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