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

Free! Eternal Summer: Episode 1 – Review & First Thoughts

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My favorite hit of last summer is back! A whole year has has past for this anime it is feels like it never went away!

The new series sets it self up nicely. The Iwatobi Swim Club is desperate as ever for new recruits, while Rin has been promoted to Captian of the Samezuka Academy Swim Team. Also ‘Ole Captain Goro has bought and rebuilt the childhood swim club of our familiar cast, and has let Iwatobi use it during the winter season to prepare.

After the usual swim competition between Haru and Rin that leads to a tie, The gang meets (Rin … kind of forced) back up at Iwatobi to reveal their opening of their pool. Far too cold to swim, Rin then reveals his dreams of swimming professionally is determined by nationals this year. The episode then ends with us, and Rin, being introduced to a new character, Sousoke. Will this be a new rival for Rin ?

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Thoughts

This was the best possible way to bring back the series for another summer. It felt as if the series never ended. In away I am glad we are not watching the usual “Rin’s battle against Haru”, and we get to see that the characters have moved past that… but of course we will see some friendly competition.

The series is setting it self up for some interesting conflict. Will Haru ever act as seriously about swimming like Rin does? How is Rin going to make it this year being Captain and trying to achieve at Nationals? WHO IS SOUSOKE!?  … and those muscles.

More than ever am I glad to be able to watch Free again, and I look forward to this Eternal Summer!

-Gates

Oh … and hey internet.

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Our Hiatus

So, this whole college adjusting to college thing is a lot harder to handle what Tyler and I thought it would be, and yes the blog will take a hit from it. We will no longer be posting reviews for the summer season n here. BUT what we will do is tweet and tumble about the anime we are watching, and then at the end of the summer season we will write up a recap and announce the 2 shows we will review for the fall season.  We will start regular posting in the fall!

So! What anime series are you looking forward to watching this fall??

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-Tyler and Gates

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CATCH-UP Joint Reviews: Servant X Service – Ep 4&5 Silver Spoon Ep 3&4

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Episode 4 of SxS might as well be called the Hasabe and Lucy shipping episode. Chihaya declares herself Hasabe’s rival, and keeps warning Lucy to be on the look out for his real intentions. As the day goes on, the group meets the section leader, who comes to work as a remote control rabbit. After being chastised by everyone, he suggests they all go out drinking together. The episode ends with Lucy being drunk, and Hasabe taking her home. Where this will take us, nobody knows.

Episode 5 starts off with Lucy waking up in a house, and a girl sleeping next to her. The girl wakes up and says she is Hasabe and not to tell anybody at the office about being female. BUT IT’S A JOKE… seriously our jaws dropped though. The REAL Hasabe walks in and you find out the girl was Hasabe’s older sister. She is also shipping Hasabe and Lucy 😉 You also have another jaw dropping moment when Chihaya admits she is Taishi’s girlfriend, but it’s laugh off by everyone in the office. But really … Chihaya and Taishi are dating. You see their relationship outside the office hiding that they are dating even in front of Toko. It will be fun when that unravels in front of the office

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Now getting back to Harvest Moo….I mean….Silver Spoon. First, we learn about pigs. Then about Ban’ei races. Hachiken still has the feels for Ali, and tensions get a little hot with Ichirou. Also! You meet some of Ali’s family, learn a little about being a vet, and learn some more about Ichirou. That’s about where episode 3 ends.

Episode 4 starts out with Hachiken getting the top test results in his class. He then proceeds to find a brick oven, and gets everybody in the mood for fresh pizza, something they’ve apparently gone without their entire lives. He then goes about collecting the ingredients, a journey that has several humorous twists. He ends up needing the help of a lot of people, so he has to make a lot of pizzas. Of course, it all ends well, and the pizza is delicious. Even the teachers love it.

– Tyler and Gates

Servant x Service Ep 3 – Review

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So, we were right… Servant x Service is going to be about boobs. Lucy’s boobs, specifically. This episode has some building connections, although not much else happens.

Hasebe is the overly flirtatious male in the office, always getting girls emails; even though he never uses them. Then he realizes he never got Lucy’s email, so he starts asking her out to dinner and tries to get closer to her. Surprisingly enough, he never gets her email because he forgets to ask, every time. Potential shipping? In the end Lucy tells Hasebe her breast size to pay him back for his recent kindness, and as she walks away, he realizes he forgot to ask for her email again.

– Tyler and Gates

Servant X Service Ep 2- Review

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Now, having not watched many “slice of life” anime, we are trying to get use to the fact that there won’t be an overall arcing story, the show is seriously about them working as civil servants. Since the show doesn’t have really any plot arcs, it really has to focus on the interactions of the characters and their back stories.

Something I find really funny and interesting in this episode was the interaction between Megumi and Lucy. Megumi starts asked Lucy why she wears so much black and that dressing more professionally will look better. This leads into anfunny conversation about Lucy’s breasts and how she would look perfect as a character from an anime that Megumi also cosplays from. Yes, Megumi… quiet, gentle, Megumi…cosplays. This is an interesting find, because we never saw it coming, but throughout the show it becomes more apparent as she tries to recruit people to cosplay. HOPEFULLY we will see more of that later on.

Also, in this episode, you meet Toko, Taishi’s younger sister. She is a high school girl that comes by the office to make sure everyone is doing their job, and that they are well educated civil servants. She is seen as an annoying brat, but, once you find out that she is there to learn everything her brother knows cause she loves him and is afraid to lose him, you understand her and her brother’s character. And young Toko IS SOOO FREAKING CUTE!!!

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Overall the show is great! It’s a really fun watch, and we’re interested in where the characters are headed!

-Gates and Tyler