Kyokou Suiri Episode 6~7: Magical Girl Iwanaga Kotoko

Episode 6 and 7 were both delights. While watching episode 5, I said that I’d probably enjoy watching the three of the characters talk with white background for a few hours. And these episodes (especially episode 6) were the closest that we ever got to that. Both of the episodes continue to have the fun conversations with the three core characters (whom I continue to repeat how interesting of a character dynamic that they have) and the little cut in for explanations are still enjoyable.

The focus of both episodes continued to be within the Nanase Case. In episode 6, the team went to the crime scene where the death happened with the help of ghosts there and in episode 7, the team researched the death of a police guy. Individually the episodes were both fun. 

Episode 6 was mainly a repetition of everything that we know except we got to see how Kotoko solves cases. Talking to ghost things wasn’t anything out of expectations and was something that I was expecting her to do. We saw Saki shaking in fear and Kotoko casually cheering up the depressed ghost. This is just what the show has been throughout 6 episodes. But of course, we got to see Magical Girl Kotoko so that whole scene was completely worth it. What was new was the slight glimpse of the past that we got to see with a more clear description of Kuro’s abilities. I think both were interesting additions, but nothing much is to be said about the two other than how smile provoking the conversation between Kotoko and Kuro was. 

Episode 7 was really fun to watch especially visually. In Kotoko’s room, we got to see her eyes and legs disassembled. The most interesting thing about this that happened without much mention was how Kotoko acts extremely casually without her legs or legs around Kuro, but puts them back on when Saki came in her room. This causality that was seen with Kuro putting his hands on Kotoko’s legs and now this, really makes me want to know what happened between the time skip.

I’m a little bit conflicted about the police guy dying. I mean I’d be surprised if anyone was shocked too much by him dying. He served almost no purpose in the story other than the occasional dialogue with Saki and he was extremely boring anyways. So in that sense, I am a little bit happy that they moved the story forward by killing him. But, I am a little bit disappointed that his sole purpose was to die. I guess that impact was why they gave him empty screen time without too much importance. I kind of just feel like I wasted my time watching that dialogue.

Other than that, the episode’s content was much in line with how the show has been for a while. Obviously, the police guy dying made the rumours worse making the ghost more powerful than before. The whole arc has been a lot of generic that I would have liked it to be, but hopefully the resolution is interesting enough. Kuro does provide an interesting option in episode 7 about attempting hundreds of solutions which does sound interesting. 

My problem with both of the episodes is that I am finding all of this pretty repetitive. We’ve been looking at this Nanase Case for 4ish episodes up until now, but no new information to the case has really been given. Most of the exposition is just a repeat of everything that has been said in the previous episode with the slightest alteration due to an event. In the end, even that alteration ends up being the same explanation of the same information. Hopefully this gets resolved soon…

Kyokou Suiri Episode 5: At least they don’t have PTSD

I know I am a little bit behind, but I wanted to talk about these episodes individually because there is so much to look at. And episode 5 is no different. This episode had a lot I enjoyed and a lot I didn’t so much.

The episode first starts off with a fight scene that looked really weird. The animations when Kuro was walking around the ghost or when they were fighting was extremely off pace and janky. Normally, if this were to happen in any show, I would have been really bothered by this. But throughout the fight, Saki and Kotoko kept saying lines like “he has no martial arts experience,” “it looks like he could go down at any moment,” “he’s tripping over his own feet.” So this made the whole clumsiness and the messiness of the animations feel like it was in place, weirdly enough. 

Then while Kuro is fighting, Saki starts to have some mental break down after seeing him die once. The dialogue here felt a little bit out of place here. I mean, if someone sees a person killed and gruesomely murdered for the first time, I don’t know how they could even talk, much less about marriage. I think it might have been better to just leave the scene silent, especially when the whole blood returning animation that they did (which was really interesting to look at.) Then she just kind of goes back to being normal immediately after that shock and shivering in that scene. But hey, at least she doesn’t have PTSD.

The show then moves onto a flashback scene of how Kuro became immortal. And I actually kinda liked this scene. The whole scene was created really well to make his past as eerie as possible. There was that mysterious music playing in the background, keeping tension high, with Kotoko narrating the event similarly to how she narrated the case in the Giant Snake arc. The visuals were mostly super gory as well. We saw everyone falling out, spitting blood before dying, and some die ones had their eyes gouged out in all black. That shot near the end of the scene where Kuro stabbing himself painlessly then hiding his hand was really nice to add. The way that the story panned out was extremely believable too without losing shock. At first I was just kind of expecting him to have accidentally run into these monsters and eating them but this knowledge gives Kuro’s actions a little more meaning than before. Though, I wonder how he doesn’t have PTSD from these events or how he is still able to act normally and smile at Kotoko or have different emotions when he seemingly went numb from all the pain. It’s crazy how he hasn’t broken yet. 

My only problem with this scene was the visuals. There was that whole monochrome with blood look. I get that being monochrome is like a common way to show flashbacks and singling out the color to the blood gives it impact. It wasn’t extremely bad or anything, but it wasn’t able to I’ve any of the impact that it was probably trying to give because of this. I did like that the colors of the borders got reddish as kids started dying at the dinner table, but it wasn’t anything too special to make up for the mundane look of the scene.

The sound effects are also a problem that is kind of recurring in the show. The sound of the light coming off the knife before the Grandma stabbed Kuro or that sound when Kuro stabbed his hand all sound extremely cheap and out of place. This problem wasn’t just in the flashback, but most scenes in the show with hitting or stabbing sound effects aren’t very good. I wish they’d have got something better, since every other aspect of sound in this show (voice acting, sound track, OP, ED) all sound fantastic.

Something really minor but the way that the other kids that ate the meat started shaking in like this weird 2 frame motion was weirdly hilarious. Same with all the blood colors. It just kinda looked like random red sauce pouring especially with the squirting sound effect. I honestly don’t know why I find humor in these types of things. 

The rest of the episode was great. The dialogue with Kotoko, Saki, and Kuro in one room was the exact type of scene I was excited for immediately as I saw Saki even appear in the third episode. The whole scene is actually just exposition of the ghost, but the way that Kotoko tries to explain to Saki how they are in “another world” was so in character. The little doodles that they show throughout the conversation really keeps the dialogue from dragging and keeps the mood light hearted enough. At this point, I’d even watch a new show with the three of them just talking in white background. 

I expected the ghost to be more unique, rather than the normal ghost lore of popularity = strength. I mean Hanako-kun already has that department covered. But it was what I expected after seeing that wiki page so it’s not like I’m too bothered by this. I just hope that the way they deal with is clever and it most likely will be given all the routes the show can travel to. 

How Aria’s Setting Elevates it to a Masterpiece

For my money, Aria is one of the best iyashikei slice of life out there. And what really elevates Aria from a run of the mill SOL show to a top tier one, is the setting.

All three seasons of Aria are set in the future, and we watch the character’s lives in “Neo-Venezia”, a city in “Aqua”, which is the anime’s name for Mars. Furthermore, in this universe, the characters call Earth, “Man-Home.” Already from the beginning, the anime has unique terminology and is set in a strange location which we are never given a long exposition for. Instead, we get to explore the culture and the setting of Neo-Venezia along with Akari, our main character. 

As the name would suggest, Neo-Venezia has resemblances to the city in Italy, Venice. Because Mars is a planet that is filled with water, the architects of the planet have made a large city with the exact same concept as Venice, in which there are no car lanes or bicycles, but instead bodies of water where gondolas are placed. The main cast are all gondoliers, and it’s great because being able to see the great scenery and explore the lives of gondoliers.

Of course, the setting is nowhere near as important as the characters of the story or the music, since they are what truly carry any slice of life show. But the reason why the setting in Aria is so great is because it makes the show interesting. Iyashikei anime have no real plot, and that’s the point of an iyashikei. Something to watch just for relaxing purposes, with no story and no stakes in the plot. But what happens often as a natural result of this is that the show is boring as hell. How Aria manages to prevent that is by having a really interesting setting, that we viewers get to slowly explore through the 3 seasons of the show. 

Another good example of a show which uses a similar tactic in order to keep the show interesting is Flying Witch, where one of the main girls is a witch, and although many parts of the anime is not magic or fantasy related whatsoever, we’re constantly kept entertained by the occasional magic elements of the show.

What makes Magase Ai so Good

Last year, aired a show called Babylon, and for 8 episodes, it was an exciting, mystery-thriller that kept you on the edge of your chair each episode, with interesting story, likable characters, and a new twist every episode. And for the majority of these twists, the character that made it possible and kept the show so exciting was Magase Ai.

One of the best things about Magase, especially in the very early parts of the series, is that we have absolutely no idea behind how she is doing things. There are various events in which you can at least make guesses as to how events have occured, but with the suicide happenings with Magase, it’s a complete mystery. She’s the character who clearly feels out of place, but in a good way, adding another layer of mystery to the show. 

In episode 3, when the show reveals that the suicides in the show so far have been deeply involved with Magase, the animation is super high frame quality, and with the great combination of montages of hints in the show so far, it makes for an extremely hype moment, and most likely one of the most exciting moments in the entire series. 

Although I did find myself a little disappointed when the show revealed that Magase basically just had superpowers, she still continued being an excellent antagonist through the rest of the series(and by that, I mean up to episode 8. We do not talk about the rest of the series in this neighborhood…) Not only that, but the show properly acknowledged how insane and overpowered her power was, through her uncle’s monologue concerning Magase. 

There’s plenty more things that I could say about Magase, but I’ll end it with how damn crazy she is. Magase is absolutely terrifying and insane, and we get a front seat view of that in episode 8. For practically no reason but to fuck with Seizaki, she cuts off all the limbs of one of his respected coworkers, while Seizaki screams in the background. That scene was definitely one of the most unexpected and shocking scenes of the show, and although the dialogue she says about “what is good?” is practically meaningless and insignificant, it gives atmosphere to the absolute insanity that we are witnessing. That scene is probably one of the most heart clenching moments of last year, just because you go “AAaaaaAAahhhh” when watching it. It’s painful, horrible, and so much fun. 

Babylon’s Disappointing Second Half Doesn’t Stick its Landing

Babylon was a thriller mystery show, and for 7 episodes, it was by far the most interesting and intense anime of its season, and to me, 2019. It kept me on edge every episode with a new twist. The simple yet effective and sleek art style, interesting characters, unique yet catchy soundtrack, and the rare adult-oriented crime investigation plot managed to develop a following even within the western anime community, and I was definitely one of its biggest fans. 

After its first half ending at 7 episodes, Babylon took a break, before heading into its second half, involving more politics and the story beginning to spread at a global scale. Unfortunately, it is in the last 5 episodes that Bablyon disappoints. Not only are the writers clearly out of their comfort zone, but the show begins to focus on what were its weak points in the first half. The last episodes are boring if not funnily bad, and in the last episode it presents a weak and uninspired ending.

Although I really did like the first half of the series, if I had to choose a part of it that didn’t hold up as much as the rest, it would indefinitely be the politics. There’s a debate that goes on between Itsuki Kaika and Japan’s representatives, and the points that are presented by the politicians are the most basic, unsophisticated, undeveloped arguments that even a group of middle schoolers could come up with. It’s definitely not a debate that you’d be expecting on something as important as it is, and it shows the lack of competence for the writers in this subject. But it isn’t terrible, and it frankly doesn’t bore you enough for it to stand out or drag the show down. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the last 5 episodes.

Babylon’s second half focuses on how Japan’s adaptation of the suicide law begins to affect the rest of the world. But man, is it unrealistic. Not only are there already places in the world that already have adapted the suicide law, but there is no way that the leaders that aren’t under Magase Ai’s control would act the way that they did. Practically all of episode 11 shows the leaders of the world come together to discuss what “good” is, and it’s visually presented as a very deep, intelligent, mind blowing conversation, but it couldn’t be further from that. If what was being discussed was at least thought provoking, then the visuals could have been justified, but from how shallow it is, the episode is nothing but embarrassing.

By emphasizing on the political side of the show, Babylon loses its best qualities. The (good)edginess, and amazing moments with Magase Ai. Although she does play an important part in the plot overall, and has some appearances, her impact on each episode and the occasional amazing twists that she brought are completely gone. 

There’s still more I can complain and rant about, but honestly this post is getting a little long, and I want to talk about the ending, so let’s do that.

The ending! 

Fuck!

I can’t express in words how underwhelming this ending felt. Although Magase Ai did feel untouchable for a while, I thought that in the end she would be taken over(and most likely killed) by Seizaki. But instead, Seizaki dies and Magase lives on. Now I’m not one to really complain much about who the author decides to kill and spare, and what they want their work’s message to be, but to be frank, I’m fucking pissed and am going to complain. 

Essentially, the president of the United States is hypnotized by Magase and is about to kill himself in public. If he succeeds in doing so, then the general public will believe that suicide is good. In order to prevent this, Seizaki kills the president himself, and kills himself. At least what I interpreted from this, was that Seizaki killed himself because he basically became a public embodiment of evil, and by committing suicide he brings down the act of killing oneself to his level. He also has an encounter with Magase before he kills himself, but that’s heavily implied to be a hallucination, although I think Seizaki may have been acting in order to make himself look as worst as possible before killing himself.

But was there really a need for Seizaki to kill himself? To me, it feels rushed. Like this had to be the finale, and so Seizaki had to make a move that would end everything and represent suicide badly. But frankly, there really wasn’t a need to do that. I mean, Seizaki had yet to kill or at least arrest Magase, and in the end she’s fucking alive and well! In my opinion there’s no way that Seizaki would kill himself there, he had strong beliefs and willpower to be able to overcome the situation of assassinating the president, and continue on with his investigation. After all, the situation probably would have been understood by all of the higher-ups. It definitely wouldn’t have been clean, but with faking punishments and various complicated processes, I feel like Seizaki continuing on his life and the investigation would have been more than possible. But instead, Babylon tries to have a clean cut ending with Seizaki killing himself, and it feels lazy, unnecessary, and unsatisfying.

The concept of the ending isn’t terrible, and the execution isn’t too bad either. But it’s just so…. Lukewarm. Even if you disagree with my ‘could be’s for Babylon, I think that most can agree on how lacking the ending felt. The anticlimactic finale of Babylon, to me, fully represents the disappointing second half of the season.

Babylon was a disappointment. To me, it had more than enough potential to become the best anime of 2019, and yet even after taking a break, it managed to fuck up so badly that it went from a strong 9 to a weak 7 by the end of its run. I’m upset, depressed, and angry. 

There’s still things that I want to talk about, especially why the show got ruined, namely the fact that the second half is literally written by a different person. But this post has gotten way too long, and I’m tired.

I’m curious as to what others think about the second half, especially the people that enjoyed it, unlike me. So please, feel free to leave a comment on what you thought about Babylon and its second half.

Kyokou Suiri Episode 4: “Talk about a lack of personality…”

In the first episode, what I thought Kyokou Suiri would be was a show which I greatly enjoyed every episode. The characters were unique and amiable while the atmosphere and events were still intense. I had no doubt in my mind that this show would be one that I would love.

That doubt, however, slowly started to appear more and more as I continued on to later episodes. In my previous post, I expressed some of my worries about how the show immediately gets boring as soon as Kotoko leaves the screen. And this episode was no different. Not to my suprise, the new character, Saki-san joined Kurou in the “characters who leech Kotoko for survival” club. 

The characters being boring this way was something to be expected. We already saw how boring the show got when Saki was talking to the other police as their conversation seemed to drag on forever without any interesting ideas, backgrounds, or settings. As for Kurou, we just haven’t seen him alone without Kotoko. But I’m sure everyone noticed his rather boring style of dialogue and appearance (which grankly does bounce off Kotoko fairly well). Sure, it may not be a bad idea to have a rather calmer character in front of a colorful and vibrant character (such as Kotoko) since too much flair in characters can make the show’s cast a little bit messy. But even such, these calmer characters must have an interesting personality to keep the audience entertained. What makes this problem more crucial in Kyokou Suiri is that the youkai cases take on more of an omnibus styled structure that ends in an episode or two, which it is hard to get invested in too quickly. 

She didn’t change her expression once

A perfect example of all these flaws coming together was shown in this episode. After Kotoko left Saki’s house, Saki started investigating the death of Nanase Karen, a former idol who supposedly died of a horrible accident. The show uses this opportunity to give the audience information about the cases though a monologue within Saki’s thought. Although it succeeded in giving the audience information, it failed in giving the audience enjoyment. There were two major problems in this scene: the lack of an interesting setting and the lack of an interesting personality. The former is commonly occurring with many shows nowadays, with exposition scenes happening in locations like cafes or houses for an extended period of time. Saki’s scene fails to be even slightly interesting with her setting since the scene merely shows her sitting down in her room which even Kotoko described as “lacking personality”. What makes shows like the Monogatari series so good is that even in scenes with extended dialogue, it keeps the viewers entertained through extremely unique and good visual presentation. This show fails to do so. The latter comes from Saki herself. Saki literally has no special trait about her. She is literally just “the ex.” Without Kotoko to talk about Kurou with her (which also makes no sense since she broke up with him 2 years about and ran away from him), she is just a cop with no emotions. With her narrating a setting the viewers haven’t had too much time to see or be invested in, the case itself isn’t able to pull through Saki’s lack of character.

Now let’s take the scene that comes prior when Kotoko is researching Nanase Karen. Kotoko looks through a computer, in what seems to be a room in a small computer cafe, searching through the same wikipedia page that Saki saw. This scene was vastly better than the one with Saki because of multiple reasons. First, as she browsed through the wikipedia page, the show switched the shot over to Kotoko while showing multiple facial expressions that were very expressive and fun to look at. Second, Kotoko’s setting was a lot more interesting than Saki’s. The small crowded computer room is one that exists in Japan for many who don’t have homes. As the viewers who haven’t seen Kotoko’s house, it was much more refreshing to see these types of small information on Kotoko life unlike Saki’s house. Finally, unlike Saki, the viewers know that Kotoko is an expert on these Youkais. We see from this scene that she found something out about Nanase Karen as she sees the photo on the wikipedia page. Because much of the information that Saki saids in her scene is repetitive to the police scene or Kotoko’s scene, I think a much better way to have handled this scene would have been to just follow Kotoko leaving Saki’s house to the computer room, have her explain what Saki did, and after realizing something, move on to request for Saki’s help. This would have allowed the viewers to continue to watch Kotoko while keeping Saki’s character more refreshing with the character dynamic with Kotoko.

These two faces easily top any other moment in the episode

Regardless, all the positives stayed positive. The sound track was all fun. Kotoko’s facial expressions are great, and the case was somewhat interesting enough to keep me entertained. The opening of a show that Nanase Karen was in just randomly playing in the middle of the show was so out of nowhere that I just started laughing. I’m hoping the show gets to the level I expected it to be when I watched the first episode. But as it is now, I expect this to be a rather okay show with a very lovable main character.

What makes Arifureta the best show of 2019 (accidentally)

I love Arifureta. It’s dark sometimes, it’s cute sometimes, and it’s action-packed sometimes. But most importantly, it is absolutely hilarious. 

You may avoid this show immediately just the tags. These types of isekai shows have never really be well received. And many may have heard about how bad this show is. Even from the episode list, something beyond belief will appear on your sight: the show has a recap episode after episode five. Five weeks in and they are already behind schedule. The best way to describe Arifureta is that it’s a real life incarnation of Jiggly Jiggly Heaven from Shirobako. Behind schedule, ugly, and deserving of criticism.

But is Arifureta really as shallow as it may seem?

By all means, Arifureta did not leave a good first impression. In any other show, I would have stopped watching after the first 5 minutes. The show had nothing going for it other than the violence which frankly wasn’t very shocking, it had horrible shot composition that made it really confusing to watch, and worse yet, the setting we were introduced to was horrendous: a dark cave that is so dark that you can’t see the surroundings even with full brightness in a dark room. But this show was different to these other isekais.

After a confusing opening sequence of blue rocks and flames, Hajime, the main character, runs to some hole to protect himself from the animals trying to kill him. After going through a torturous experience in the cave, Hajime finally loses it. In the most edgy sequence that I have seen in my life, Hajime goes crazy. Seeing his reflection in the water, he starts yelling “I don’t want to die. DIE!” Witnessing this craziness, I slowly started to understand. 

This beautiful oxymoron being yelled obnoxiously by Hajime is where I finally understood that Arifureta wasn’t an edgy isekai show; Arifureta was a self-aware caricature on these types of isekai show. By self-aware, I mean accidental and it is amazingly hilarious.

There are also other signature yelling moments of Hajime such as: TRANSMUTE TRANSMUTE, Get away, get away, get away, I’ll frickin eat it, and Shut up! I’m pissed off cause I’m so damn hungry.

It doesn’t end there. There is, of course, Arifureta’s most signature moment: the CGI. CGI has always existed in anime; ranging from horrible dance sequences in love live to gaudy pedestrian walking in bad rom-coms to moments (or rather every single moment) of Berserk that makes your eyes go Berserk. But Arifureta manages to one up all of these shows. The CGI monsters in Arifureta are so gaudy in their movements to the point of hilariousness, that you can’t believe that this thing is happening in front of you. That’s right. The monsters in Arifureta moves like actual monsters. The head first dive of the monster head, crashing into the ground on the first episode was a spectacle to behold. In fact, the CGI monsters in the show were so monstrous that they decided to commit a full episode in to fighting one! 

This was only the first episode. From here on out, Arifureta takes similar shape and remains consistently hilarious most of the time. The only significant thing that changes how the show is presented is the addition of new characters.

But at the core remains Yue. Arifureta’s best character.

I know for a fact that Yue was manufactured to be that perfect waifu character -cute, obsessive over the main character, and sexual aggressive. This was the type of character that was meant exactly for the type of people that would willingly watch shows like this. And while I’m not usually one to willingly watch these shows, I will say I fell for that trap. Yue was so loveable that it was the centerpiece of what held the show together from falling especially when the show started getting ever-so-slightly better (in the right way). I even bought the seventh volume of the manga just because it has Yue on it. 

No, I did not open the plastic cover yet. 

How did you feel about Arifureta? If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend you avoid it and never watch it unless you wish to entertain yourself on the limits of how bad a show can get.

Thanks for reading!

Kyokou Suiri Episode 1~3: Kotoko is this season’s best character

Kyokou Suiri turned out very similar to what I had hoped for. From being super natural triller to a fun witty comedy, the show was quite a joy for the first three episodes.

Right off the bat, I can say that my favorite thing about this show is Iwanaga Kotoko. First, her character design is absolutely fantastic. Her whole outfit with the frilly dress and beret hat with the huge ribbon on the back really goes well with her curly hair and general young-ish look. Her eyelashes are also very unique in the way they surround her eyes being colored like her hair. Her expressions are really pretty fun and expressive (the cat face at the end of episode three got me laughing quite a bit. Her personality is also really fun. The way she acts so happily around Kurou and the way she talks to the youkai all come off very playful. I mean she waited two years for Kurou to break up with his girlfriend to get the chance to ask him out. Although it was very dialogue heavy, the first scene where she confesses was really fun because of her personality and the way she spoke. The voice acting is another part that I think fit very well with Kotoko’s character. Her clingy and outgoing personality is portrayed really well by the upbeat yet slightly deep tone of Kitou Akari. I can go as far to say that Kotoko is definitely my favorite character this season. 

The concept of the show is also interesting. Unlike most mystery shows that spend its time on trying to solve the case, Kyokou Suiri’s mystery spends its time making a solution for the case. Kotoko’s only reason for solving these cases are to convince the youkais of what happened so they don’t have to be restless. This means she has no real incentive to find definite proof for the answer, just the most convincing one that fits the given info. Although I felt a little bitter since I hoped to find the real motives of the killer, their conversation in the car about possible solutions afterwards cleared that up for me a little. I don’t know how well this concept will hold up in the future, but from what I’ve seen it’s definitely interesting enough to keep me entertained and I’ll just have to accept that a hard solution in this show will never be given.

I liked how they separated the episodes even though I know that both the ending of episode two and three were both made that way to create that cliffhanger. Although the snake arc ending only around 5 or so minutes in the three episodes was somewhat frustrating, I think this allowed the time skip to fit in a little better. After finishing the second episode, I had fully expected the third episode to start off with a solution to the case that would be given very quickly, (which I was not wrong) then move on to the aftermath of the case with more scenes of witty dialogue between Kotoko Kurou, then end with some foreshadowing of the next event. This would be more typical and would allow the arc to end on a more smooth note along with the episode. But because there is a sudden two year time skip, I think that having an episode start in such fashion may be a bit too sudden and boring to watch, especially with the police scene that happened in the middle of episode three. Do I think that they could have done it better? Yes. But at least as it is now, the viewers are kind of eased into the next episode even with the confusing time skip. 

I think the worst part about the show is that it can get slightly boring. The whole show really relies on dialogue to the point where I’m surprised this isn’t a light novel adaptation. Although the dialogue can be fun with interesting characters like Kotoko, without her, the show seemed to drag a little.  When the cops started talking in the later bits of the third episode, I couldn’t care the slightest. This may be because I didn’t pay enough attention to realize that the cop girl was Kurou’s ex but regardless, hearing a random conversation of characters I didn’t care about, just sitting and eating for 10 minutes, was awfully boring. Again, had I known that the cop girl was Kurou’s ex a little sooner, I may have found her trauma to be a lot more interesting. But it’s hard to remember those details two weeks.

A lot of things are still left unexplained and the way that Kurou and Kotoko kinda continued on after the events of the first episodes left me with questions but having the third episode end the way it did, I can’t wait to see the character dynamics with the new character. To me, Kyokou Suiri looks like a fun show with a few holes that won’t be too bothersome.

ID:Invaded Episode 1 and 2 – the most interesting show of the season

ID: Invaded started off with one of the most interesting scenes I have seen in awhile.

As a person who had absolutely zero information what the show was about, the opening sequence of the show left me completely unknowing of the situation. Regardless of this disadvantage, the show was immediately able to hook me with the visuals.

Just like how the main guy is left without his memories, we are too, left without any notice of what is happening. There were almost no explanation on the surroundings  nor the reason for him being here. For awhile, the viewers and the main characters are stuck without any prior knowledge, causing us to direct all of the attention to exploring the world that has been left with us. I think this was a really exciting way for the show to start off, especially because the presentation of the world visually through the artwork and camera work that really flowed well together. The way that he caught the shoe after kicking it off the wall, or stretching it out to grab another part of the house were cool to see visually. 

Many talked about how the first few minutes were awesome while the rest of the show was left with bore. Although I agree that the first few minutes were definitely the highlights of the show, I don’t necessarily think that the rest of the show was boring or confusing. Many seemed to be complaining about the fact that the show is very dialogue heavy within the police investigation room. While I agree and understand this, because of the confusion from the start of the episode along with how interested I was at the show conceptually, the expositions were something that I welcomed. Granted, this may be because I went in to this show completely blind and had no clue what was happening in the first five minutes other than “this looks hella cool” but I believe that going with the “show don’t tell” would have just left me more confused that I needed to be. Although I do like it when shows don’t treat their viewers as they are stupid, what I like more is when a show knows when to be artful and when to bring it down a little. In fact, in this show, I think they choose the right time to bring in the dialogue. Right as I got used to the world a little and saw the bloody girl lying on the floor (which left me with more confusion as I’m not a genius detective), the show gave the viewers explanation. So I felt it was more like my curiosities were being relieved rather than interrupted. And just finding out that this is a mind of some serial killer just got me really interested.

This worlds that they showed alone in the first 2 episodes were extremely interesting. I would go so far to say that this interesting concept is what makes up the show as a whole. Throughout the episodes, they showed two different worlds with the split up bodies and the drills, both reflecting the state of the criminal that they were chasing. The whole setting over all was just really interesting. The futuristic set-up of the office looked fine. Since it is a world where you can materialize the minds of criminals through advanced scientific advancements I don’t hate how they designed it like a normal sci-fi control room. Though I would have liked it if they made it more closely related to the materialization concept or something. But hey, I can’t think of anything specific so I don’t blame them. 

The way they dealt with the crime flowed very smoothly in and out of the dream world and the outside world. The way how the police room was jargon heavy and tense while the dream world was somewhat tense was a good contrast that got more wanting to be invested in the show a little more 

But it wasn’t as though the show was perfect. Although conceptually and visually it was able to hook me in, I found that how they handled the events and the characters in the show (who were mostly unappealing or boring) were all very bothersome. For example, the actions of the police officers really pissed me off as they were extremely amateurish. Starting from the girl character that seems to be more dumb than brave to the vertern who is leaving a rookie officer alone, vulnerable to attack when he clearly knows that the criminal is near by. He also does something “against the regulation” but he faced no punishment at all nor is it even mentioned later. This may be handled in the next episode as we don’t really get a full look at the aftermath of the event, but I’m highly doubtful that the show is going to. It’s not as though it is too big of a deal, but it gets harder for me to fully invest myself emotionally to an event when I don’t know what consequences are happening to those who are arrested or those who go out of regulations. Anyways, I expect that this show will never really look at the aftermaths or recall past criminals when handling such issues very often. 

I’m also curious as to why the guy is actually doing all of this. From the show we know that he murdered someone, but he isn’t given much of a reason to help out the police. Much of the later bit may focus on his reason for doing so like a possible shortening of his sentence, trying to find someone, trying to look in his own mind or something like that. They also didn’t explain why it was his elbow that was missing in that world even though he seemed to wonder about it. But I guess that was just random.

But more than all that, the far the worst part of the first episode was the rookie police girl. I hated the newby girl character. Characters like this are always seen in shows like this. I really don’t want her to be annoyingly push her idea of “justice” when the show can look into the interesting concepts that it has at hand. But the way she was captured immediately didn’t really made me care whatever happened to her. I’m going to be pissed later on if she starts fighting the main guy because he “was a criminal” or something like that. Although this type of thing is probably inevitable if the righteous girl is one of the central characters of the show. Hopefully they can make her more than just a righteous Mary Sue character before something like this happens.

Although there are such flaws the concept itself is interesting enough to make me continue watching the show. So I suggest those of you who like these sci-fi type of shows and this concept sounds interesting to you, you should check this show out.

In-depth Analysis of Nekopara (Episode 1)

nekopara was okay. i thought it would be about a guy fucking his cats, but unforunately this show ended up showing some like normie shit about a guy grooming his cats. from what i could tell, this is some like slice of life shit….. i think like the cats are doing work and running a shop, and then they find a shota cat? something like that… honestly i think that shows like this are not good because they don’t develop their characters, and it’s just overall the characters are nothing but typical anime character archetypes like the tsundere or the genki girl. the main problem that i find with shows like these are that they confuse iyashikei(psychologically “healing” shows) to boring garbage nothingness. It’s not enough to just have characters with no personality acting out the same, tired out jokes that a million other anime have done. Of course, maybe I’d have a different opinion on this show if i actually watched it, but i’m a busy man with better priorities.

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