Musings and Reflections – Summer 2018 Week 11

One phrase impressions

Shingeki no Kyojin 3 – Crystals and weird titans.
Yama no Susume 3 – Even mountaineering isn’t omnipotent.
Banana Fish – A well-deserved breather.
Sirius the Jaeger – Random orbs and random flashbacks.

Shingeki no Kyojin 3 (Ep. 8 /45/)

Attack on Titan crystal Eren

  • The team is standing straight and I just happen to notice that Eren’s abs are more detailed than his face. I guess that’s one good thing about him because otherwise he’s been very passive this season. And then he actually became useful. Sure, before this situation he hasn’t been able to produce these crystals but oh well, even this convenience is far better than to watch Eren sit and cry.
  • That huge-ass titan is seriously extremely huge-ass. Though I found it hilarious that it crawled like a caterpillar by ploughing a path with its head. The CG, while obvious, in this case worked pretty fine. Emphasis on the difference between the CG titan and the normal environment was just enough to make the titan creepy and alien. I guess the CG became far more accomplished compared to the last time we saw Colossal titan because that time to me CG seemed more distracting than offering something beneficial. And this time it’s the opposite case.
  • I think I liked the episode mainly because many of the characters (Historia, Hange and Armin) voiced out my previous concerns – everything from the unpredictability of the superpowers to the still unexplained case of Eren’s basement was at least mentioned. Well, one thing is to mention a problem and another to actually solve it but for now I’m just happy that the show is self-aware enough to acknowledge that there’re dire things that need to be addressed.
  • Where is Krista the shy girl? She completely transformed and little by little starts replacing Mikasa as the main girl of the show. While I appreciate Historia’s determination (nobody will fool such a queen), I still would like to see more of Mikasa, and especially Mikasa that receives some charartcer development and doesn’t just do whatever that keeps Eren safe.
  • So, the next episode looks very likely to bring more of the action only this show can provide. Very good. By the way, the title of the next episode – “Kabe no Ou” – reminds me of only one thing.

Yama no Susume 3 (Ep. 11)

Yama no Susume scenery

  • Well, it seems like even some mountain climbing can’t really sort out all these misunderstandings, particularly if some stubbornness is in the picture. It’s almost funny how various absolutely unrelated circumstances enforce Hinata’s frustration about her relationship with Aoi. I guess if you really want to find something irritating, you’ll find it ridiculously easy. Such innocent details like Aoi having a sleepover with Kokona or the fact that the other three girls got one seat while Hinata was forced to sit separately just ask to be included in a conspiracy theory. And then naturally Hinata starts avoiding Aoi or simply tries not to have anything to do with her, for example by taking different routes while climbing. The saddest part of it all is that such things really happen between people and that’s most unfortunate because reading too much (and nothing more) may lead to seeing situations in a completely different light and deciding that a particular person isn’t that good friend after all, though such an opinion may be completely unfounded.
  • It’s a weird feeling that even when all 4 girls are finally gathered together, the party still feels incomplete. I guess I warmed up to Honoka surprisingly quickly and now I already miss her. At least the old good Kaede is doing what a senpai should. I’d guess that Hinata’s trauma will be one of the key elements in Aoi and Hinata making up, and that could easily span for the remaining of the season. Sadly that would leave Honoka completely out. Unless Hinata’s knee would get so unwell that the best option would be to call Honoka’s brother and his fancy car.
  • The soundtrack seemed to be on the run this time. It doesn’t shine that often but when it does, it elevates the show quite a bit.

Banana Fish (Ep. 11)

Banana Fish Ash and Eiji cute

  • Isn’t it funny that the show itself is self-aware enough to accuse Eiji of being plain and having no personality? The good guy protagonist trope is strong.
  • Oh, even shoujo sparkles are there. Anyway, I kind of liked the slice of life atmosphere, it feels fitting after all the action and suffering. Eiji and especially Ash deserved to have at least a little time to take a breather. Still, even when the environment is apparently safe, the darker background never leaves the picture – Ash can’t escape from who he is and what he has done. And, of course, what he is about to do. He’s still not far from being a kid, and all these responsibilities and dangers aren’t the healthiest stuff for a still developing individual. But Eiji manages to comfort him, and that’s sweet enough to motivate Ash to move forward.
  • I started to wonder how much the particular flavor of this show is due to the absence of any prominent female characters. Maybe it’s just weird to see a completely guys-only anime compared to the usual romcoms or girls-working type of shows. It might be too melodramatic but I wouldn’t abhor a direction that would bring in some kind of female love interest (even one-sided) of Eiji (take for example Shorter’s sister) that would transform him from who he is now. Well, the show itself probably knows better what to do and what not to.
  • About that stuff about the stocks, I wonder why did Ash mess with Golzine’s money only now. I assume that he knew all the codes long ago, and he also declared his quest of revenge not that recently. Making Golzine lose a fair amount of money in my mind would’ve been a decent starting move – the guy would’ve been confused about who did that and might have started acting without cold nerves and thus made some mistakes. Well, it’s still good that Ash has some tricks up his sleeves but I don’t really get the procrastination.

Sirius the Jaeger (Ep. 10)

Sirius the Jaeger Yuliy and his dad

  • As clear as always – the crew went down a dungeon to retrieve something important, but what that strange orb really is and how does it work – apparently it’s not the concern of the show. On the other hand, it’s something similar to Schrodinger’s cat – if you don’t explain what it is, then it can be anything. And when the time comes, the orb can be a solution to all the problems while not being a total Deus ex Machina. Is it better this way? Not really, an ass-pull is always going to be an ass-pull.
  • By the way, the entrance door seemingly was a locked with such an intricate lock that the vampires couldn’t even think that there was a door to begin with. Well, to my mind if I see a geometrical pattern that seems broken, and there are moving parts that may restore the order – why not try? A 5-year-old could’ve unlocked such a door.
  • Well, I don’t remember when was the last time I was so irritated and annoyed by an anime character. I hope we won’t see this mad scientist again. Is it supposed to be funny – his character design, his incompetence, his constant blabbering? I don’t know, I had an urge to shut him up by dropping the show. I don’t suppose that was intended by the staff. And who would attack two guys on foot by a tank? It’s just excruciating.
  • Is this vampire boss now supposed to be a sympathetic character because he has inner struggles? Well, 10 seconds of inner monologue doesn’t make a character good, it’s only a (possible) foundation.
  • Yuliy just stepped into that blood water. I’ve no idea why doing that is painful (the first idea was that it’s acid but that would have left Mikhail without his feet, and that’s not the case), but it clearly is. And because of that it’s odd that Yuliy stepped into it. He disn’t know anything, he had no idea that stepping in would accomplish anything apart from burning his own feet. So, what’s the point? Unless he’s an M.
  • What a convenient flashback in the lake. Does anybody have any idea how to justify it besides the convenient “it’s magic!”?
  • Yuliy insists that he’ll find another way to seal the Box/Arc. He doesn’t even know that it’s possible. Of course it is (power of friendship and stuff) but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.
  • Actually I’m very glad that only two episodes are left. It’s been a very frustrating experience.

 

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  1. I really enjoyed this episode of Attack on Titan. The new big Titan was extremely unsettling and it will be interesting to see how they are going to be dealing with it. I agree with the thing you wrote about Mikasa though. She was one of my favorite Attack on Titan characters, and she has hardly had any significant screentime or things to do. I hope that she is going to play a bit of bigger role in the upcoming episodes 😊

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    • Just finished the next episode of Attack on Titan and I can confirm that Reiss the titan can be even more unsettling. A lot in fact.
      Yeah, Mikasa deserves all the screentime she can get.

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      • Lol….yep, I finished that episode yesterday, and I know exactly what you mean…also….very gross😅😅
        Well…fingers crossed for Mikasa hopefully getting more screentime 😊😊

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  2. I’m a bit behind on Banana Fish but I agree that it is strange that there are so many men. I know there is a subgenre of male romance (I think?) but other than a few females there are really no main female characters which is a bit strange. I wonder if it went the direction like yaoi manga/anime where mostly the whole cast are men.
    Or if like the time period most police and detectives were men.

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    • I’m afraid to speculate about stuff I hardly know but I think that such as it is, Banana Fish was created to be as bold as possible (for the time period, that being 80s and 90s) but also as marketable as possible, too. Even now for me such a story feels novel enough so then it must have had at least the same amount freshness. But oh well, I actually have no grounded idea.

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