Blade & Soul Discussion

Topic started by takashichea on March 23, 2014. Last post by takashichea 1 month ago.
Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Welcome to the Blade & Soul discussion thread.
Come here to chat about the latest episodes, the characters, plot, or the series in general.
Blade & Soul (ブレイドアンドソウル)

Producer: Gonzo
Type: Video Game based Anime Series
Genres & Themes: Fantasy

Plot: Alka is an assassin for the Clan of the Sword. She's on a journey to find the woman Jin Valel, who killed her master Hon. Jin is demon-like woman who controls the Energy of Chaos and kills without feeling - not unlike how Alka has learned to kill in her work as an assassin. On her journey, Alka encounters three strange women, each great warriors in their own right, and grapples with her slain master's wish that she leave the life of an assassin behind.
— Anime News Network

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Post by LHWKnight (2,693 posts) See mini bio Level 12

First episode was pure hype, the main character Aruka is ruthless and this anime is full of some Femme Fatales. This seems like it will be a fun little epic so I look forward to the next episode.

That guys pissed himself lmao

that is what he gets for being a peeping tom.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

Pilot was ok. Few things of note.

This is based on a game http://us.bladeandsoul.com/en/ which is a NcSoft game. I have played a few of their games but not this one.An since they killed one of my favorite mmorpgs City of Heroes purely because it was not a big hit in Korea, but was making money in the states.They are on my will never get a dime of my money again list. Also note they stress in the credits NcSoft Japan. NcSoft is based out of South Korea an they call the shots from there to any branch . An if the branch does not jump so high when they say jump the branch in pruned.

Now Gonzo is doing the animation an man o live are they overkilling this. It looks as good as many anime movies if not better! Story wise its not bad, wronged female with a kink for cutting throats.Many were calling this Boob and Soul for um some reason or another.Pilot is well worth watching for the animation quality but the story so far is passable.Shame NcSoft if part of it cause if its good enuff for me to buy now I will not.But I will watch it online tho.

Also this is my 1st post using Opera browser an so far so great.

Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

I can see why they called Boob and Soul because of the predominant female cast we have and outfits. Makes sense it was based on a game because this is geared towards male demographics. This show reminds me of Queen's Blade except Blade and Soul has less kinkier, ridiculous, and revealing attire.

Besides that, I thought those guys would be the supporting characters. They were all expendable and killed within the first episode leaving the female chief (who I don't see the 2nd episode preview) and Alka.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@takashichea: Yup she wasn't in the 2nd episode. Watching this because of GONZO they do good work normaly. Even taking a thin mmorpg background story an making a silk purse. Or something like that. Animation quality an ilustration style is amazing. Movie quality.

Still chuckle at the NcSoft Japan mark at the into right under the NcSoft normal logo.Kinda pandering is kinda lame. What Japan players of the game already know what any one with a case of the internets knows.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_%26_Soul .They would do better not to pander I think. Then again im watching this because of GONZO .

Story wise is um bit lite. Main character has less facial expressions than all the other characters. So it feels disconnected for me a bit. Sure the animation is great but story is very lite .

Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Watched the 2nd episode. It seems the story is revolving around her and not using much supporting characters in her journey. The ending song was strange with its CG. Pretty much, it's fan dance with boob jiggle and CG effects. I agree with the disconnect since it still does the world building from a tight knit, small village to a bustling city with parts focus on the slums.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@takashichea: Less the story really gets awful I will watch it threw the season just because of GONZO. Would be a shame if it is just episodic or all tied to the mmo main characters an every one else is left in the dark. Which is the way it feels atm.

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,734 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Im liking the first 2 epps, lots of action, good kill scenes.

Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Awesome, a total of 4 folks watching this show. Then, I better get serious and start uploading the screenshots from Crunchyroll then once I get the Spring 2014 Simulcast Guide done today.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

3rd episode was better.

Drunk pistol girl returns. An we learn the lack of expression is not just to save animation costs! So I will keep watching Boob & Soul err Blade cough Blade & Soul.

Also does this basic plot lay out remind any one of some old western with a very eastern name? Plot seems familiar.

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,734 posts) See mini bio Level 20

This show gets to the point quick, straight action and plot development.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

4th episode was good.

Tho it now confirms what i thought of the over all pace an plot. This is the mysterious wander plot used a lot in westerns. The wanted stranger with a bounty on their head an a heart of gold like substance sometimes or lines with or some such.

Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I'm moderating your wiki submissions as of this moment. Thank you for editing Alka's page. We have a discussion thread on Blade & Soul. I hope drop by when you have time. You're free to comment on anything related to the anime.

Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Good episode that brings Alka's past. With this episode, it definitely puts the trope, Expendable Male, because the characters who risk their lives are all male.

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,734 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Poor little boy

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,734 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Episode 5 came out of no where. That dude was nuts and I feel for the chick who died.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

5 felt lackluster to me.

It lacked connection to characters other than the village people. Who really didn't care if what they were making was bad for others.The girl sudden shift felt forced an it was like she had the ol red shirt on from the start.

Again this could have been a western. But this one probably for me was the worst episode. Even tho it had characters we knew a little about it all felt like filler an not the good kind. Also animation quality dropped a bit adding more to the filler feel.

Post by takashichea (11,161 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Finally, they kill a girl in this show, but I felt bad for her. The guy deserves it. This episode felt like a filler because not much plot was advanced.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

6 other than the animation did not impress me.

I mean it felt flat an disconnected again. were at the half way mark ( if its 12 episode or 13ish kind ) an sure some episodes felt good an had a old school redone western feel to them. But the last two episode felt like filler an thats never ever good. Again GONZO does great animation but it feeling more " Boob & Soul" more an more now.Rather not watch just for the animation tho I'm not above that.Just was hoping for bit more story development.

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,734 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I liked the last epp better than the stand alone ones about orphans or random villages who hire Alka. Focusing on Jin was pretty interesting

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