Musings and Reflections – Fall 2018 Week 2

One phrase impressions

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (#2) – Derrida’s really obsessed about Mage, really.
RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (#3) – A new incompetent villain! Yay!
RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (#4) – Derrida’s actually quite good at what he does.

Sword Art Online: Alicization
– Familiarizing with the new world.
Shingeki no Kyojin 3 – Not particularly final-episode-like.
Banana Fish – Ash can’t have any breather, can he?
Golden Kamuy 2 – Cool action.

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (Ep. 2)

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida Derrida, Vidaux, Mayuka

  • Is zombie robot a legit costume for Halloween? These robots are surprisingly ineffective and easy to kill, provided that they were originally intended to participate in wars. Or are they not durable enough because of the same production philosophy that’s so apparent these days – they make things brake so we would need to buy more of them? Anyway, the way these yellow things explode out of the damaged robots definitely looks cool.
  • So I assume that the shabby state of the world is such because the robots managed to almost eradicate humans. In other words, just as Derrida guessed, the robots malfunctioned. Then please tell me, how is this blond old dude able to remain rich if his own company is directly responsible for almost destroying everything? He seems to be as well-off as ever and I can’t comprehend that. It’s as if nobody cares about the world and about the reason why it became so devastated.
  • Well, Derrida met a guy just a moment ago and he’s already offering the whole army of robots to him? Isn’t that too soon by all means? Of course. Vidaux is a good guy, but Derrida doesn’t know that.
  • It’s strange how Derrida thinks that one girl is more important than the whole world. You know, taking care of Mage (and I doubt that a young woman that Mage is at this point needs Derrida’s care to begin with, but I’ll let it slide) also means not allowing people to commit genocide. A world that sucks also means life that sucks for Mage (and himself) but I doubt he understands that.
  • She says she’s Ange. What is this – a crossover with Princess Principal? If yes, I’m all in!!
  • At least during ED ABe’s artstyle gets through. But as much as I respect him, the ED is so incredibly low-effort that I’m petrified. And I thought that in anime things should move by default.

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (Ep. 3)

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida Assassin

  • Vidaux says that the assassin is one of the most skillful and deadly. Well, he escaped with only a minor gash in his back, so doesn’t that invalidate his opinion? Or are all the assassins in this timeline pretty bad?
  • Well, I got to admit that the show is pretty boring. Stuff happens but I don’t really care. Did anybody seriously believe that Mage was actually dead? This “she’s dead” thing is just a useless detour that does hardly anything apart from showing that Derrida is almost pathologically obsessed with Mage.
  • Actually, there’s not a single character that I would love to see a story about. Maybe Mage may be redeemable at this point but her sole charm is the fact that she hasn’t shown up yet, and mysteries are always interesting.
  • I can bet anything that the effects of grenade explosions don’t work like that. A girl is thrown out of a window in a way that she’s able to grab the sill, but no, she doesn’t have even one scratch.

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (Ep. 4)

RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida Derrida

  • Oh, they addressed the fact that Derrida’s former company is thriving in this timeline despite being responsible for all this stuff. I still find the reasoning unsatisfying but I guess corruption is a really powerful thing. I could start thinking about such stuff like the fact that the government could’ve said they know nothing, they only contracted the company and only it is responsible for everything but I don’t think it’s worth it. Again, we receive another explanation for that and while it should make sense, I doubt that anyone would kindly forget that people who almost destroyed the world are living happily ever after. And why would the government involve themselves in such a shady business? Governments love order and bureaucracy above everything else so the decision to make some chaos to me doesn’t seem valid.
  • Dear Shaft, is that you?
  • I’m surprised that Derrida actually proved to be useful. Finally. Both evading the zombie-robots and infiltrating the facility shows that he can be surprisingly competent in areas that don’t concern basic survival. I doubt 10 years of cryo-sleep have kept him up-to-date with the state of informatics in this world (let’s just compare a flip-phone with a smartphone) but let’s assume that the war stalled the progress a bit and Derrida is smart enough.
  • Speaking about the art, everything is very bleak. When outside, the backgrounds look ok but inside everything is just empty. I guess any production will think twice before spending money on backgrounds instead of on everything else but as they are now, the backgrounds are as boring as the story itself.
  • Finally time travel steps in, but everything remains as shady as ever. I’ve no idea neither about the mechanism nor the implications.

Sword Art Online: Alicization (Ep. 2)

Sword Art Online: Alicization Kirito Eugeo

  • All the basic stuff. The episode was more concerned about reintroducing Kirito to the game world rather than continuing the story. The thing is that we already have a decent grasp about the world from the first episode so it isn’t all novel to us as it is to Kirito. For example, we already knew that that giant tree is very hard to cut down. Sure, we see Kirito’s reactions to all this supposedly new information but it isn’t anything new we couldn’t have guessed. The episode is certainly needed because we have to get accustomed to the idea that Kirito’s stuck here, but it isn’t exciting.
  • Kirito’s interactions with Eugeo weren’t that interesting though they do have chemistry. The only interesting part is the question what Kirito is doing here now and how does he retain his memories of the real world. Did the injection last episode was that powerful?
  • Knowing that it’s another time Kirito’s stuck in a virtual reality without a log-out option, the guy’s pretty chill about everything. I wonder how death works in this world.
  • Isn’t it weird that everybody in the game has a different outfit but Kirito’s apparel matches Eugeo’s to a T? Damn those limited dressing choices in the game!

Shingeki no Kyojin 3 (Ep. 12 /49/)

Attack on Titan Season 3 Eren, Jean

  • It should be hard on Erwin being left behind. Running such a dynamic and very autonomous organization as the Scouts already seems like a big deal. It seems like Erwin is more cold-headed than the Commandant before him, as we saw in the last episode. The commandant needed many defeats and countless dead bodies to resign, and Erwin is willing to partially step-down after only losing his arm. And to some extent that’s a good thing. It’s one thing when you see some half-known comrades die and completely different when you lose a part of yourself, literally. Erwin should know some humbleness and also clearly understand the fragility of human body. Even if he’s not able to fight anymore, he still has a sturdy head, and at this point it’s probably the most important attribute for a leader to have. There’re others who can fight, but few who can think. And because of that I doubt that Hange would be a good leader. Sure, she has some brain, but her emotions and desires often are too unpredictable and possibly dangerous for everybody. I’d call Levi a far better option. But, thank goodness, Erwin’s still alive and kicking.
  • Strange. The episode is like a weird intermission. So far the show avoided pretty much any situation that could bring back memories and now we get an episode that basically rides on the power of nostalgic recollections. Sure, it’s nice to see Sasha craving meat, but other stuff like Jean and Eren getting into a fight feels slightly out of place. Sure, it’s true that not a very long period of time has passed since the beginning but because we hardly ever saw Eren and Jean fighting lately, I assumed that they have matured and forgotten any unwanted antagonism. The same goes for the reminiscences about the time when Eren, Mikasa and Armin were kids – it’s just doesn’t seem right after all these complicated matters with the Reiss family, Kings, Queens, basements and stuff. Generally I do like such retrospective inclusions but not in such an abrupt way – nobody had any peaceful flashbacks for a very long time. It’s just like stopping a car – you brake more or less gradually, and don’t slam the brakes with all your might no matter how fast you’re travelling. It’s just not well-connected with the stuff we’ve been seeing lately.
  • The final moments before the ED were some classic Attack on Titan – guys screaming (sometimes without using comprehensible words), epic music, dudes getting pumped before a battle, and, of course, insane amounts of teasing – I don’t know what I’ll do if after all this time the Scouts will find Eren’s basement and a chest in there, and in the chest a single piece of paper with a message written on it: “Haha, LOL. Dad.”
  • I’m glad I usually don’t skip the ED. That was some good work integrating a preview. The sad part is that the next episode won’t air any time soon.

Banana Fish (Ep. 14)

Banana Fish Ash almost dead

  • Engrish aside, I quite like the new OP. The first one had a purpose to introduce us to the setting and the characters and this one doesn’t need that anymore so there’s more space for expressiveness. It might actually be a rare case of a second OP that I like more than the first one, but I need several more episodes for it to settle in.
  • Ash has 50% chance to survive? Any normal person would’ve died? Come on, since when an anime protagonist can die in a middle of a series?
  • Oh, looks like that long-haired Chinese dude (whose name I still don’t remember, sorry about that) took care about his brother. Well, so the better. One straightforward villain out of game and one manipulator getting more power should make things more interesting. The same Chinese guy during his talk with Eiji said lots of true things. He’s completely right that Eiji at this point can’t exactly be of any practical use to Ash and he is a burden more times than not. Still, the assumption that Ash doesn’t want such a burden is incorrect. Ash does need a friend, so Eiji can be confident about that. But I can definitely agree that Eiji can be extremely irritating when he tries too hard.
  • The brief scene with the nurses (and the following stuff) getting a crush on Ash was extremely out of place. Good comedy can be implemented in any kind of show, but a sudden burst of unfunny jokes doesn’t and can’t work at all.
  • Apparently if you know about the first few numbers of the Fibonacci sequence, you have an IQ of 180. Seems legit. But can’t Ash be anything bad at?
  • A few minor quips. Are these two left handed? Still I’m pretty sure the standard handshake 99 of 100 times is done with right hands. At last that’s how I do it. And why do all the bad guys need to be smirking all the time? What is this – an anime?
  • The ED also isn’t half bad, though I prefer more motion. The imagery reminded me of Spice and Wolf and a visual novel Katawa Shoujo (Lilly’s route to be more precise). Oh the memories…

Golden Kamuy 2 (Ep. 2 /14/)

Golden Kamuy Season 2 Last Supper

  • Yeah, I like the OP quite a lot, but visually it’s as weird as the show itself. If the OP rightfully represents the show, then this season will spend half of its time preparing and eating food, and other half will be shounen battles. What I don’t like are the scenes that were copy-pasted from the main show. Yeah, it’s kind of a valid way to stitch the OP harder to the show itself but I prefer the usual convention of making the animation of OPs unique. Recently Mahoutsukai no Yome also did a similar thing, and I wasn’t satisfied. Well, maybe if the selected scenes are great and memorable, then it can make sense. Yet, this taxidermist walking in his costume to me was more disgusting than remarkable in any other sense. Reused scenes make the OP not as special as it could be. OPs can become their own unique creations, being connected with the main show only very loosely. I guess this time Geno Studio thought more about saving a few bucks rather than making a true piece of art. Still like the song though.
  • I didn’t expect to like the action as much as I did. Well, you don’t see that often a wild chase in little wagons on rails inside a coal mine. It’s just like a warped Wild West, more like Wild East in this case. When I think about it, a crucial role was played by the soundtrack. It wasn’t anything super-memorable but it did manage to pump adrenaline quite high. Kenichiro Suehiro is just a very talented dude. Without his input I probably would’ve thought the action segment was simply ok.
  • So yeah, another insane man died. I guess soon we’ll get another nutso antagonist whose actions would make no sense. Sugimoto’s and Hijikata’s groups started talking to each other, so that’s good, the show can get more consolidated because of that. The problem is that pretty much none of the supporting characters are deep enough to be interesting – they all have a few quirks but that’s the end of their characteristics. Well, I might be criticizing the show for what it isn’t but more rounded characters are always better than simple 1D cardboard cutouts. Anyway, if the current developments mean more action and less dumb comedy (which I sadly doubt about the latter), I’ll be satisfied.
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  1. I like the OP and ED for Banana fish also I was sad to see the first ones go but then I got on board with these pretty fast.
    I haven’t tried REride yet it was on my list but as the episodes stack up I might not bother.

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    • The OP and the ED are probably the only things that I really like about the whole show. Not that it’s bad, just the quality of them is constantly good.

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    • And about RErideD, I’ve no idea what was the point in releasing first 4 episodes as a batch and then continuing normally. It’s either everything in one go or everything in a usual weekly manner. But oh well, it seems like you might not be missing that much.

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  2. It’s really annoying that we again have to wait another six months for the continuation of Attack on Titan. I never skip the Ed’s either, but this time I honestly thought that the episode was broken in some way lol 😂😂 They really did that very clever, and I’m also wondering what that scene means for the future. Oh well…the waiting game begins again…..

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    • Yeah, it’s frustrating to have to wait so long. This season in retrospect seems so short. And the ED actually startled me quite a bit. It’s a good way to tease people, but yeah, the wait is going to be very long…

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