Akame ga Kill! – Episode 1 Review and First Thoughts

Blood. Darkness. Violence. Corruption. Boobs. These are all things that Akame Ga Kill! is apparently full of.

Just based on the synopsis of the series that I read before I watched it, this was definitely not what I expected. It starts out with Tatsumi, the main character, fighting a giant crustacean-esque creature called an Earth Dragon, part of a group of animals known as Danger Beasts. The Danger Beasts make no real comeback into the episode at all except by an offhanded mention, and instead you see that the world is instead very malevolent and twisted, to the point that, honestly it seems that no one can be trusted.

(This is the Earth Dragon)

The premise of the show is that Tatsumi joins Night Blade, a group of assassins who are trying to clean up their government by taking out the corrupt officials. The plot seems kind of generic in how it’s delivered, but I think it shows a lot of promise. I would rate this episode a 7/7.5, because while it IS kind of generic, I think it’ll open up into something that will be worth watching. On top of that, it is actually very well made as far as the art goes. Every person who got cut in half died beautifully. ^_^

So, as far as first episodes go it was a little weak (honestly if they had split this episode into two, I think the emotional draw to the events that happened would have been much greater than they were), but I think the real action will start now that he has joined Night Blade. I’m hoping it does anyway, because, given where it is now, it could easily degenerate into generic, run of the mill “villain of the week” killing, and I’m just not looking forward to that haha. Hopefully it goes deeper into this interesting world it’s laid out and brings some backstory to the table!

– Tyler

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 1- Review & First Thoughts

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The moment I have been waiting for is finally here, and the little girl in me is screaming. I awed at the new animated scenes from my childhood, and recognized the familiarity.

The episode opens up the scenes from Usagi’s dreams of the moon kingdom and of a Princess and ,from what we can assume, a Prince. We are then quickly introduced to our main character Usagi ( Sailor moon of course) being her normal klutzy insecure self, and of course her furry friend Luna. Salior V is also plays a very big part in the episode even though she is mentioned in the background for now. Usagi envy’s the popularity and freedom Sailor V seems to have, and she wishes she could have that power. We are also introduced to Tuxedo Mask and Motoki, the two potential love interests, and “The Bad Guys” which I am sure we will see later.

The story follows closely to that of the manga and, for returning viewers, that of the first original episode. An evil source is trying to obtain the Silver Crystal, so is Tuxedo Mask. Someone from the evil side of things conjures up a being to take over a jewelry shop to feed off the power of young girls. Usagi then obtains her powers from Luna and becomes a magical girl! The story plays out by Usagi saving the day abd defeating the demon that has taken over the store and everyone returns to normal. The episode end with a hint that we may be introduced to Sailor Mercury.

Thoughts

No. The first episode isn’t anything impressive.

When Sailor Moon came out in the 90’s it really reformed everything about the “Magical girl” genre. SO as long as you slapped on a salior outfit via transformation scene people were impressed. The manga and even the first run of the show was kind of dull in the beginning too, but what Sailor Moon Crystal’s first episode did so well was hint at what is to come. The first thing you saw in this episode was the freaking moon kingdom. We know nothing about that yet, and Usagi’s recurring dream also bring to light that there is something bigger here.

The first episode gave just us something to build off of. It also really cleaned up everything I remembered about the series. The animation and art style play true to the original series, and I am excited for some awesome fight scenes guys. So those of you who have only heard of Sailor Moon … cause who hasn’t, and are just now getting into the hype, I promise you the best is yet to come.

As I, or Tyler, reviews this series we will try to keep it as if this is our first time ever being exposed to Sailor Moon. When giving our thoughts we may compare the old and new series, but will try to keep spoilery details out.

-Gates

Kill La Kill – Episode 1 & First Thoughts

Kill La Kill! I don’t think I am the only one who can say that this show isn’t what they were expecting!

           It definitely doesn’t fail to impress though! This show is something I’d expect by a studio birthed from ex-Gainax members. The Gurren Lagann comparisons will be inevitable, mainly because the cel styles are incredibly similar. Not only that, but the humor is similar to GL as well. I believe this show will come to stand strongly on it’s own though, and is a beautiful first project by Trigger. 

           The story is nice, and I can sense some potential feels moments coming on in the future, but for now, hilarity and over-exaggeration ensues at this hellishly and sadistically outrageous school. Killing students, uniforms that give you superpowers, and a giant red scissor (not scissors) that can deflect any attack are rampant in this new series, as well as a talking (and revealing) sailor outfit and turns our modestly clothed protagonist into a scantily-clad revenge-driven heroine. 

           Of course, it’s riddled with fanservice, as we could expect from these creators, but it’s done in a way that doesn’t take away from the story. The characters are all adorable, and I can see this being a show I can really get into. All in all, Kill La Kill is going to be another show I can’t wait for the next episode to come out. I hope you all enjoy it too!

– Gates and Tyler

Servant x Service: Season One Wrap Up

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“LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

The first season of Servant x Service has come to a close, and I’m saddened to see it go. Right at the story gets to an emotional high point, the season ends. the last episode ties up the main arc (of what’s been introduced so far), so it makes me wonder what the seconds season is going to have in store for us,

I’ll try to avoid big spoilers. Hasabe feels like he’s partly responsible for Lucy’s…issue, and the way they tie that up is incredibly cute. This series has me wanting more at the end of every episode. The first few episodes are kind of slow, but it keeps building momentum until the season finale, which totally leaves you hanging.

If you haven’t watched this yet, or maybe even heard of it, you seriously need to check it out. It should definitely be on your must watch list. Granted, it is a slice of life show, so there aren’t really fight scenes, or any violence, but it keeps you wanting more.

– Tyler and Gates

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Free! Season Wrap up

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To summarize the first season of Free! up in two words: “feels hurricane”. The last half of the show is what really brings it all together. The build up to and participation in the regional and national tournaments. You see that everything they’ve striven for has come to fruition.

Free! starts off with four of the main characters, Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rin,  in their young swimming club days. Then it quickly flashes to the future when the boys are now in high school and their swimming together is in the past. Rin has came back from Australia and has sworn off swimming and attends a school away from Haru and the others. One day Nagisa convinces the boys the swimming again, and then other characters new and old join along the journey. Rin then sees his old friend and rival swimming again, and has to do everything to beat him, so he joins his school’s famous swimming team.

The past bonds of theses characters are explored through out the season. Rin and Haru’s relationship with is the main focus of the show. “Something” had happened in the past and their reason for swimming was lost. With the help of Haru’s new teammate Rei (essentially the noob trying to replace Rin’s spot in the group), the reason of conflict becomes clear. The group then spends their club time preparing for the tournaments, while Rin spends his trying to one-up Haru, something he thinks will give him the happiness he wants.

This last episode ties together and resolves most conflicts that came up during the show, and the tensions between Rin and the guys is finally closed as well at the National swimming competition.

We really enjoyed watching this anime this season. This was defiantly a new genre for us to get into, but it wasn’t that hard to enjoy. How all the characters and themes of the show are wrapped together in the end is great. There are so many cute and heartfelt moments in the show that we would recommend Free! anyone.  Yes, yes there are SO FREAKING MANY moments you can scream “GAYYYY!” at, but really after you turn off that weird fangirl side of yourself… the show, the STORY is amazing. Also watching the community and memes that came out of this show were hilarious, but after a while you just need stop looking at Tumblr…. And come on .. please have a second season!!!

Anyway, this concludes our wrap up review of Free!.  We plan to get back to regular posting as soon as the fall anime season rolls around.

-Tyler and Gates

Silver Spoon Ep 5 – Review

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Crop circles, snacks, and stealth: It’s a new episode of Silver Spoon!

The episode leads off with Hachi and Keiji running through a field and then being approached by a lot of lights over the horizon. Time then rewinds to earlier that day, when the group all sees a giant crop circle in one of the fields. When they get back to the school, they all circle around a computer and fight about what it might be.

Meanwhile, Keiji gets a call that “it” is going to be in “area 51” at 9pm that night. They then begin to formulate a plan to go out in see it, a plan that runs into hitch after hitch. They get spotted while sneaking out, but manage to get away into the forest.

One by one the group dwindles down, be it from strawberry thieves, ripped pants, or policemen with dogs. Eventually they get to “Area 51”, which is in the middle of the field. Lights show up (this is the same scene from the beginning), and it turns out, to Hachi’s surprise, to be a tractor.

As it turns out, Keiji and everybody else knew what it was. This was a very good episode, and the tension was kept high, even though it obviously wasn’t aliens. :b We’re really excited to see where this show is going to go!

– Gates and Tyler

Silver Spoon Ep 1&2 – Review

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Before the new episode is released today Tyler and I would like to get caught up with the reviews of the first two episodes!

Silver Spoon is about Yugo who is attending an Agricultural Boarding High school. Yugo is the last person you would see attending a school like this because, unlike his classmates, Yugo knows NOTHING about agriculture.With in his first week he chases a calf all the way off campus and a girl (Aki) on a horse comes and saves him.

How the school works is that they have agricultural labs and then class work, they also must join a club on campus. They also are separated in to groups for their labs, which they will see these people for the rest of their time at the school.  You see how much Yugo doesn’t know during his labs when he finds out where an egg from the chicken comes from. Yugo knows  he will have no problem doing the actual class work, though he isn’t as “agriculturally smart”. His classmates also wonder why he is even there if he doesn’t know anything about agriculture. It is hinted towards that he doesn’t want to be home so he chose the only school that would let him in from his test scores.

Yugo is also faced with the challenges of picking a club to join, and adjusting to this new life style. You meet other characters in the show from him going around wondering what club he can join, since he can’t avoid it. He ends up settling with the equestrian club because Aki (the girl who saved him) persuaded him to join. So, it is seen that there is potential shipping between the two. As he gets on to a horse for the first time by himself he accepts that he could see him self having this career and lifestyle.

The show is deliciously adorable, and a really light watch. It also seems that this is the school the the whole cast from Harvest Moon attends! Anyway Tyler and I are really excited to watch the rest of this show this season.

-Tyler and Gates