When it comes to live action movie adaptations, comic book fans can be a bit frustrating sometimes. Most times i cannot understand why they have to nitpick at each and every little detail of a comic movie, not because of any particular failing displayed by the movie but because of some unfair and unnecessary comparisons they keep making with the comic book.
These so called failings are almost always non existent and will usually come down to a particular comic book fan’s presumptions about what the movie should have been like. It can be frustrating interrogating a comic book fan, attempting to understand the primary reason they would choose to cast a fairly impressive comic book movie in such bad light, only to get a rather loose description of the movie’s failings, not in relation to other movies but the comic.
These kinds of explanations can exasperate me, most because most of these movies will kick off with a ‘Based on comic book’ message at the start. which doesn’t mean that the producer is literally going to transfuse the comic book to the movie, but rather the directors are going to take the general concept of the comic book and maybe even its characters, but beyond that can choose to do what they want with it.
I have had this argument many times before, and my answer to such complaints about comic book movies is usually the same; that while comic book fans and their zeal will determine whether or not a movie gets to production, they only form a small fraction of the target market that the directors and writers are aiming for; and Holly wood knows that the wider population of movie goers will only judge the movie as just that, a movie, without making biased comparisons to the comic. And most times this pays off, with comic book movies raking in hundreds of millions.
Anyway, if it seems like i am rumbling on off topic, i am not. I am saying that i get exasperated when comic book fans fail to separate their vision of what a comic book movie should look like from what the producers choose to create. I am saying that it is important to watch a comic book movie as though it were independent of the comic book, allowing for a more objective view of the movie’s quality.
What i am also saying is that there are instances where i can understand the complaints comic book fans raise about live action adaptations.
Why? Well i am an anime and manga fan, and if there is one sector where comic books shine while anime and manga languishes in the dark, it is live action adaptations. Let’s face it live action anime adaptations have proven to be rather abysmal creations time and time again.
Something isn’t clicking in this particular industry, and while recent movie releases might call for a more sanguine outlook on the industry, it is none the less difficult to deny how much of a disaster the live action anime adaptation industry is.
To put it simply, these movies are horrible-most of the time anyway- whether it is an original Japanese adapted story or a western attempt at bringing an anime story to life. And the reasons for these failures will vary depending on the circumstances.
So first and foremost, let’s look at this situation from the anime point of view. Does anime actually play a part in live action adaptation failure? Yes it does, and here is why.
Let’s not beat about the bush, the problem with anime is that it is quite a complex entertainment medium. You just need to watch enough anime to realize this as fact. I wrote a post about [what makes a good anime] recently, and while i do believe that all those points about characters and story line and the whole lot matter, their is an X factor that is necessary to bring anime to life.
Anime is anime because it is anime, and by that i mean Anime stands out from every other media because it has a look about it, a feel to it that is different from your average cartoon. Anime is…well, different. And that is the problem with live action anime adaptations, bringing this X factor to the screen. I will use two well known examples to illustrate; dragon ball evolution, and the reason i might not watch Shamalayan’s After earth, The last air bender.
Last air bender was a terrible movie, both as an live action anime adaptation and a standalone movie. But think back to the months before its release. Sure we all loved avatar because of its stellar storyline, and that is what the movie screwed up most, completely shredding the series’ story. But that wasn’t what we where fretting about when we first heard the announcement that the series would be coming to the big screen.
Most of us didn’t even fathom the possibility that the director could mess up story wise, after all most of the work had been done for him. What scared us was whether or not the movie could capture the feel of avatar, those sinuously trance inducing movements that made the action scenes so great, the fluid motion of the bending and the demonically fast yet logically structured nature of the bending.
That is what many of us cared about, that the bending wouldn’t be up to par. Because most people that haven't watched the series would dismiss the importance of the concept, after all, how many characters had they come across in movies that could throw fire and water around? That wasn’t important to them, and it was simply a matter of great CGI.
But we otaku knew better. We knew that elemental bending wasn’t the simple concept of throwing elements around. No, bending was more than that, and it was its infusion of elemental manipulation with martial arts along with the dance like movements that allowed it to excel and in some instances drive the series. That proves how important the look of an anime is.
Most of us were quick to proclaim the movie a success the moment we saw the avatar trailer. Why? Because the bending looked perfect, exactly as we had pictured it. This is in contrast to DB Evolution. Forget about what you thought of the silly story line, the characters or the general execution. The fact is this dragon ball movie failed first and foremost in infusing the element of dragon ball into the live action setting.
This is why, unlike most people, i do not disparage dragon ball evolution as garbage. It was a bad dragon ball movie, but as far as i am concerned it was entertaining as a plain old martial arts movies. The moves were choreographed okay and the CGI was pretty good at that time. It was a martial arts movie, not dragon ball.
That is a fact difficult to explain to a non otaku. After all the characters were named accurately as they would be in the dragon ball anime and the concept of the dragon balls reigned within the movie; so they do not understand what we mean by this not being a dragon ball movie. They do not understand that what they watched wasn’t anime, that there is an element of dragon ball sorely missing from this movie.
Basically anime is difficult to capture on screen, to bring it to life. Here is the thing about anime; imagine a scene where an average character barges into a room and stares down at another character; that in itself doesn’t sound like a complex enough scene to try and explain why anime is so difficult to capture. But a similar scene in a normal cartoon wouldn't have the slightest similarity to the same scene in the anime.
Sure both have two characters staring at each other, but anime has a unique approach to its scenes and stories, the way it uses the lighting, the angle of the cameras, the shots….there is a reason we otaku do not accept a comparison between anime and cartoons. The fact is these two are so different at their core,
not merely in plots and characters but the…i have no other word to use but ‘feel’.
This is what most live action adaptations simply cannot convey on screen, the feel of anime is always missing. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that anime is simply too unique, and while one or two adaptations might somehow manage to capture it, most miss the mark by a mile. Its the reason i love super sentai; it is the closest thing to anime coming to life that i have ever encountered.
Actually pacific Rim is the closest thing to anime i have ever watched on the big screen. Whether he meant to or not, Guillermo captured the essence of anime in this movie. Of course none anime fans wouldn’t get, but so many scenes in this movie had me smiling because of how anime like they were.
Anyway, i had two more points to make about this topic but this post has already run too long, so i will tackle what the directors themselves do wrong in adapting anime to the big screen in the next post.
Another week has come and gone anime and manga and what is chronicled below are the series, anime and manga that i came across in these seven days and what i thought of them. Feel free to tell us about your week in anime and manga, how far you have gone in whatever series you follow and so on. I for one would like to know what to avoid or pursue.
---Kamisama No Inai Nichiyoubi- This is the best anime i have watched this week. The story follows a world where people no longer die. Sure you can kill them, but once dead they revive as the undead, not zombies i might add, simply not dead. As one of the characters, the awesome Humpnie Herbert said, all blowing off their heads and limbs does is make them immobile.
Think Torchwood, which i don’t watch but heard that they did a similar story line. Grave keepers are beings with special shovels. They are the only ones capable of giving the dead ‘peace’; in other words an undead buried by a grave keeper finally finds rest. The conflicts arise from those that wish for death, despising themselves, and those that accept freely given immortality and hence seeking to murder the basically innocent emotionless grave keepers.
It is an intriguing story, not merely because of the setting, but the characters and their personal stories. They drive this show. While i was still doubtful of its quality in the beginning, i was sold on the very shocking episode 3. It wasn’t ATTACK ON TITAN mind blowing but it was none the less mind blowing, enough for me to start taking this series seriously.
From where i left off a new arc was about to begin, with the gang preparing to enter Ortus, a city of undead, stupid when you consider that two of them are grave keepers.
Rating: 5/5, great show, i applaud that third episode, totally didn’t see that coming, well, i didn’t see both of those things coming.
---Red Data Girl- RDG confused me somewhat this week, not that the story faltered in quality. But the genre seemed to change a little too suddenly, like i thought it was one type of story; then the series moved to Tokyo and it seemed to be something completely different. And that is what i saw this week, Sagara andSuzuhara agreeing to move to Houjo academy in Tokyo, the school their parents have wanted them to go to all this time.
We find out the reason why pretty quickly, that the academy is no normal school and that the students can get quite vicious and competitive. Cleary this is an opportunity for Suzuhara to find herself as vessel to a goddess and for Sagara to make himself worth his task as a mountain monk and her servant. The relationship between these two still keeps me entertained. I am still acclimating to the sudden change in the story though.
I wasn’t too happy about how they wrapped up the Wamiya storyline, though. But i am excited about the revelation the goddess makes to Sagara about her purpose and the plea she makes to him.
---Medaka box- I only began watching this series because of the praise i remember my brother heaping upon it. I have actually started with season 2 because it is what i have, and i cannot say i am completely sold on the idea. The series comes off as rather silly, and on the one hand that makes it funny, but on the other hand, nothing really draws me to watch it.
Like i said, it is funny, especially where i am, with Zenkichi the destroyer fighting the newly created abnormal (i think her name was best pain), and the contention between Kurokami Mugoi and her successor (blackwhite? these names are silly). But…i don’t know, i will finish it but with little conviction to do so.
I have had some fun with manga this week, probably because i have had a bit more time on my hands to read it.
---MAGI THE LABIRYTH OF MAGIC- I am loving the magi manga, whether or not it exceeds the anime in terms of quality as i have heard from many i am still to make my mind up. Either way the considerable number of chapters i have read in the past few days attest to just how amazing this story becomes in the future, which is why i am not sure i am excited about the supposedly anime only second season of the magi anime i have been hearing about.
Mori continues to shine for me as an awesome character, though proving to be more intriguing at the moment is the mysterious Hakuryuu. I have just finished the Aum Madaura arc, and the transformation the prince undergoes in a period of 15 or so chapters is astounding. i am quite excited to see where this particular story line with his mother and the Kou emperor goes.
Sinbad has managed to seem more conniving than i remember him being in the anime, though to be fair all he does is to protect the kingdom of Sindria. None the less it was good to see that Aladdin saw through his schemes to tie him down.
Seeing the group split up and go off on their own separate adventures reminds of Hunter X hunter, where Gon and gang split up after saving Killua. I am curious as to how the manga will handle their respective adventures.
Rating: 5/5, magi has been a stellar manga for me this week; the visions we saw of Aladdin's ‘village’ forebode an interesting yet dark future.
---Divine Bells- if Magi hadn’t been so good, Divine bells would have been the best manga (manhwa) i had read this week. I am seriously surprised at how fast this story moves. last week i was reading about the divine bells taking new forms and the king learning to contend with new enemies threatened by his kingdom’s recent show of strength.
The few chapters i read this week were already revealing to us what happened three hundred years ago when the god like beings were sealed into the bells, what led to the sealing and the ruling emperor who not only oppressed the priestess Gabi into taking action but might be responsible for manipulating the current emperor in the vicious actions he has undertaken lately.
Already the story is moving into a new arc, with the king summoning his secret corps and preparing to begin the journey to search for Gabi. I am intrigued by the underlying drama of the story, the politics regarding the king’s step brother’s current kingship, a step mother that might have initiated the plotting of his downfall, and the actions being taken by the various kings to control their god like divine bells.
This series has proven itself more than interesting to me, especially the revelations about the the fact that the king’s current state of weakness might be a facade, that despite her evil ways, there is more to the intentions of his step mother than mere envy due to her son being passed over for king, this young ruler’s continuous doubts over the loyalty of his step brother…this series is fascinating.
Rating: 5/5, i like the considerable number of mysteries that are littered across this manga and how quickly but steadily they are revealed while bringing about new questions.
---Deus Ex Machina- just when i thought i was out of chapters, another one, chapter 22, was released. I need to figure out if this manga is weekly or monthly. Either way, while i am still on the fence about this series, this week’s chapter was pretty impressive, giving use a glimpse into Machina’s past, what she went through as a little girl, the death of her father, mistreatment at the hands of his widow, her step mother, a wicked woman hell bent on using the Exequia name to prove the potential and usefulness of clock workers to society despite the casualties involved.
It was an interesting insight into the cold somewhat cruel character that is Machina, especially how she met Deus. This chapter seemed to forebode that Deus, despite his peaceful demeanor was designed to be a powerful tool of conquest. I am curious as to where this is heading, especially in the context of chapter 21, during which the villain of the story stumbled upon a secret within the Exequia mansion.
---Beelzebub- I loved this week’s Beelzebub chapter. Just when i thought the arc was coming to a close, events suddenly explode into a whole new realm, with both the Solomon Company and Akaboshi making a move during Oga’s fight. With each new chapter i become that much more curious as to what objective these mysterious figures are trying to accomplish.
Clearly their is a link with Lucifer but i am starting to think that she isn’t at the center of their plan. Then there is this mysterious Fuji who will apparently bring about order.
---Fairy tail- Surprisingly entertaining chapter this week; i wasn’t blown away but i enjoyed the experience of reading the 19 pages. The fight between Natsu and the giant bird was awesome, the mystery at the end of the chapter, with the eternal flame disappearing only intrigued me further. We are back in unpredictable territory, unsure as to what is going to happen next or where this arc is going. According to the title of next week’s chapter, we are probably going to find out who the voice Natsu has been hearing belongs to.
Now that i think about it, the eternal flame probably didn’t disappear as much as it did transform into another most likely human form. I still think it is Igneel or Atlas flame or someone connected to them.
Rating: 3/5, decent chapter, i want to see a great Erza Vs. Minerva fight though.
---A fairy tale of the Demon lord- This manga is strange, i am not really sure what to say about it even after 15 chapters of reading. There is a demon lord, a princess he captured, the several knights that have come to save her that he has killed, the nameless night that is to be his final opponent, who has fought thousands of dragons, defended something called Yggdrasil, receives some sort of mission from Odin and…a lot of it doesn’t make sense.
Yet because it is colored, i will read further; besides the nameless knight has this really cool sword that changes shape and powers.
Rating: 2/5, i am not impressed, okay i am impressed with the pretty amazing art work. But the story makes little sense to me.
Seriously though, this manga looks amazing.
---Bleach- I wasn’t amazed by this week’s bleach chapter. I like Toushiro and Rangiku and i was looking forward to their fight with Bazz, and it wasn’t executed badly. I simply wasn’t too sure as to what the hell was going on.
Rating: 2/5, i am still quite excited about this war.
Well that is it for this week, i am curious as to what your week was like in terms of anime and manga, what you watched, read or discovered. If any of the series above do not have synopses, it is because i spoke about them LAST WEEK.
Okay Fairy tail is officially back in my good books; I have been on the fence for a few chapters, unsure as to whether or not i had any interest in where this was going. This chapter gave me some hope that we might be in for a really interesting ride. Not that the chapter was mind blowing or anything.
It's just that....i was entertained while reading it and it has been quite a while since 19 pages of a fairy tail chapter excited me.
Natsu meets up with Lucy, Wendy and Flare, and together they head to the eternal flame, which turns out to be the entire frozen mountain. Just then Gray, Charlie and Happy arrive on the scene, fleeing the giant bird that ate Doriate. Gray believes he can melt the ice now that he knows how to conduct it through his body.
While he accomplishes this mission, Natsu takes on the bird, engaging it in a short but intense fight that bring the bird to its knees.
Natsu then joins Gray as he attempts to the melt the ice.
He melts the ice indeed, but the flame within disappears the instant it is freed.
This chapter was more action than anything, with the only progression in the story occurring at the end. But i liked it. For one thing the art was better than what we saw last week. And the action sequences with the bird were actually well choreographed and interesting to read.
Like i said, the battle was short yet intense enough to illicit some excitement. We didn't get any shots of Erza but maybe that is good. Hopefully Hiro dedicates the next chapter to their fight.
Though now that i think about it, Natsu and company will most likely interfere. After all without the mountain to obscure the way, i wouldn't be surprised if Erza and Minerva were just a few hundred meters away.
That doesn't sound so bad actually, since i do not think we have seen Natsu Vs. Minerva yet.
The eternal flame is a mystery. I was surprised at how MASSIVE it was, and i have to wonder how the heat waves of a roaring mountain high flame didn't cook everything in the vicinity, the village included.
I have a feeling all that happened is that on melting the ice, the generated water simply quenched the flame.
It is possible, though it is a strange wonder that ice could freeze a flame in place. We now know that the voice Natsu heard was emanating from the flame. I still think this is related to Igneel. I cannot think of anyone fire related character that could be within or connected to the flame.
I am starting to enjoy the mystery shrouding this arc, so many questions yet unanswered while raising new
ones. Seeing Leon on the cover made me wonder how the hell he lost to Gray and Juvia in the tournament. After seven years of growth he should have been miles ahead of both of them.
RATING: 4/5, this was a decent chapter, with great fights and an intriguing mystery at the end.
Highlight: Finding out that the mountain was the flame.
Predictions: There is every chance that the reason the village was frozen was to protect the flame. Maybe it was already on the verge of disappearing for one reason or another and someone took steps to prevent that. I wouldn't be surprised that Gray unleashed a disaster when he melted the ice.
Ooh, atlas flame.
I was disappointed at how short this Manga was, not that it isn’t still ongoing; it is. But it was just about to get good, or rather i was just starting to get into it before there was suddenly no more, and i usually like to read a considerable chunk of a manga before i can make my mind up about how good it is, unless the story is gripping enough to intrigue me from the get go, which Deus Ex machine didn’t.
Machina a member of the CWA, the Clock workers Association, an association created to reign in the activities of clock workers. IN times gone by when war ravaged most of the land, the powerful Exequia house rose to the fro, inventing, developing and mass producing the powerful humanoid machines known as clock workers, the purpose of which was to use their mechanical bodies to bring death upon the enemies of the empire enmass.
Years later, the war ended but the clock workers persevered. Built to war but with no battles to fight, many of them went rogue and either committed evil under the aegis of criminal elements or brought about death in their unique ways based on reasons governed by their unique personalities.
It has been the objective of the CWA for years to find and destroy all remaining clock workers causing havoc in the world. Machina, a young girl, armed with a shotgun and her own clock worker, Deus, a holy book wielding machine, traverses the continent fighting clock workers from all walks of life. Along the way she meets new people, connects with old acquaintances, many CWA agents like her, all the while fleeing from the shameful past that comes with the name Exequia, much hated and despised by most of the known world.
Deus Ex Machina is the story of a girl and her clock worker trying to overcome past hardships in the face of a new and dark foe.
It would be premature to call Deus Ex Machina a good series or a bad one, considering that it is only 22 chapters long so far, but rahter than wait until their is substantial material upon which to make a review, i will give my opinion based on what i have seen so far, though that might change with time.
The first criticism i was ready to aim at this manga was its rather nebulous and wonky art. But that was only in the first five chapters; things seemed to clear up in the following chapters, revealing that it wasn’t the art that was bad but whoever did the cleaning of the scans.
As it turns out the art in this manga is quite descent, especially in the depiction of the some what western style world that Machina and her cohorts inhabit. There were some less than stellar moments during the battles, where things didn’t exactly make sense to me; and while this is most observed in the first five chapters i cannot entirely blame the cleaners because even the depictions didn’t exactly make sense.
A number of panels later on also prove to be difficult to interpret, usually involving Machina and her shot gun. Most times i cannot differentiate bullet trajectories from random lines in the page depicting movement; it actually reminds me of BREAK BLADE and the problems i had with interpreting bullet related panels. None the less the art is clear enough that you can follow events with one or two glances.
Of course Deus Ex Machina is quite wordy, so you will not be flipping for one page to another in mere seconds. There is quite a lot to read, providing explanations about the CWA, the empire, continent, clock workers, a basic break down of the manga. Most of this information is delivered through dialogue which can last several pages, but it is informative.
Some of the panels will elicit confusion because of how they are arranged, especially when trying to figure out what element in a panel comes first, what follows and which of the two links to which image in the next panel. This is observed most in action scenes, especially with panels that have a large image, usually focusing on the specific action of a character, imposed over another smaller image in the background displaying the same action from a another perspective.
A considerable portion of the first few chapters of this manga focus on Machina’s battles with clock workers, allowing us a taste of what exactly is involved in a battle between these machines. Any story progress that occurs here focuses on Luke, the little boy that is seemingly endeared to Machina and her mean nature. Her interactions with him and the life lessons he learns from those around her in relation to how Machina treats him allow for an fairly interesting story to develop, though mostly secondary and not nearly intriguing enough to keep you hooked to the manga.
This manga, as far as the story is concerned, is mostly character based. 22 chapters in and any mysteries that have developed have revolved around machina herself and her past. Beyond this though, the manga is mostly one clock worker battler after another.
There is an attempt to infuse an investigative element into the story, with Machina and Deus doing less fighting and more investigating, what with the clock workers taking actions based on actual human like personalities, requiring an analytical mind to pin down the purpose of whatever violence a clock worker commits.
I do not think there is an underlying plot building beneath what we have seen so far, and based on the current chapters we are going to delve into the currently introduced character’s pasts and what they mean to the future before we can have a primary plot develop. For now though i would describe this story as Luke’s journey to convince Machina to accept him as an apprentice and train her in her craft.
He takes up a considerable portion of the non action scenes in fact, which means he will play a bigger role in the future than just being the pet that chases Machina and gets stung repeatedly.
Rating:6/10 i will wait and see to make my judgment.
This is why i am still sticking to this manga; Machina, while the primary protagonist, comes off as quite annoying, with her attitude becoming increasingly nastier and meaner with each passing chapter. We of course get hints that she wasn’t always like that, dismissive of the sufferings of others, showing little concern for human life and the safety of innocent lives when fighting clock workers, constantly throwing little kids that bother her into the river.
She mean, cold and raw, and despite my distaste with her initially, she is a major reason why i am still reading this manga. She is mysterious as many protagonists should be. We know what it means to have a last name like hers, and clearly her coldness emanates from her past and the distaste and hate she has received from a population that has grown to detest the murderous monsters her family created.
Deus comes off as the more interesting character though. A clock worker, we are yet to understand why he carries around and reads a holy book, considering that he is a machine. We learn early on that he isn’t a battle clock worker, more of a diplomatically inclined machine, yet he has proven competent in dismantling clock workers. HE and machina share a past, one that allows him to show more restraint no matter the cruel words she aims his direction.
There relationship is quite interesting. IN most anime and manga series of this type, the protagonist is usually the only one that treats that hated or feared entity, a demon, robot, spirit, whatever, with respect, as thought it were human. Machina treats Deus like a clock worker, a servant that she expects to follow her every command without fail, despite Deus’ own clear intelligence and capabilities.
And for some reason he accepts and takes her abuse. None the less the two form a dynamic pair. The question is where Luke the orphan fits into the scheme. Machina shows little restraint through out this manga in treating him like worthless trash, pretty much saying those exact words each time Luke acts like what he is, a little boy, with weaknesses and failings logical for his age.
The series does a good job of creating its characters, especially the director of CWA, the little girl no older than Luke (who i think is ten years old) but with a crazy look in her eyes and somewhat maniacal smile.
Verdict: Overall this is a good series, not brilliant but doing a good job in its 22 chapters to create a world worth my time. The mysteries are starting to unravel regarding the war that led to the creation of the clock workers, and a new villain has emerged on the scene, one that knows of the secrets of house Exequia, secrets that haven't seen the light of day since before the war.
RATING:> I am using a ten star here because it allows me more wiggle room to describe this manga’s quality numerically. 7/10; there is great potential here, and at the very least Deus Ex Machina has managed to make me want to read more.
I came across this Manga while searching for GAMARAN (which i am yet to finish) and while i was skeptical at first, i have seen enough to recommend this series.
I initially meant this post to be about manga and anime updates from the week, but i realized that required a considerable amount of research to provide an accurate picture of the anime and manga world this week. Rather i will leave that up to you, the reader. If you happen to be aware of any specific manga and anime updates this week, i would appreciate it if you posted them below, allow the rest of us less inspired persons to none the less stay up to date with the manga and anime world.
Anyway, what i am going to make this post about instead is conveying a basic idea of what anime and manga has been like for me this week. This isn’t merely an attempt to log what exactly it is i am reading and watching. Rather you can look at it as a weekly recommendation page, which is why it would help if you posted what you experienced in the world of anime and manga this week.
You could tell us about the latest chapter of a specific manga you read this week, letting people that might have picked up and dropped that particular series know that things get better, possibly even worse in the future; maybe even encourage otaku that haven’t given the series a try the push they need to give it a chance.
A basic idea of what is happening, especially what got your attention; the manga and anime you encountered this week might help in giving us, who might be ignorant of the title, a better picture of that particular anime or manga. You never know, we might end up giving you some recommendations in return, maybe warn you off a manga that might have been fooling you into liking it, or advising you about which episodes of an anime you should skip, either because they are filler or they are not worth it; maybe even encourage you just as you consider dropping that manga that has began to disappoint you.
Basically, tell us what your week was like in manga and anime, be it good or bad; and that includes anime and manga news.
Anyway, this was me this week:
Anime has been quite slow for me this week, with very little anime titles actually enticing me into reaching out to them. I dislike that, not having an amazing anime to be excited about, which is why i am regretting having rushed through Kaiji. Anyway:
Shingeki no Kyojin: It would be easy for me to say that this week was epic with regards to anime, because i hadn’t watched SNK for several weeks now and actually had 12 episodes to catch up on, yes 12 whole episodes, from episode 9. The fact is because this is SNK i watched it all in one bloody day; you can imagine how much work i got done on Monday. Basically nothing.
None the less it was great to enjoy SNK to the fullest, to watch so much of it that i had pretty much had my fill by the end of the day. Of course the fact that i watched it all in one day doesn’t improve my week, as i had little else to watch.
Anyway, waiting until i had enough episodes to binge on SNK was worth it. THAT FEMALE TITAN…my jaw was hanging from my mouth for the several minutes it took for her to completely and utterly destroy and mangle those squads. And the animation…i had pretty much forgotten why i loved this show so much; the animation with the 3D gear was amazing.
More character and plot development occurred than i expected in 12 episodes, making me wonder if this anime isn’t moving a little too fast. With a monthly manga (the best manga are monthly) i suspect SNK isn’t going to continue beyond season 1. Most likely we are going to get an anime only finale when the anime catches up to the manga, which i suspect will be very soon.
Maybe if we are lucky, they will allow it to continue in the style of Full Metal Alchemist, with a story that diverges from the original. Either way, great show, not only because of the titan, but the introduction of one of my new favorite characters, Hanji, and the phenomenal growth we are seeing in Armin.
Naruto: Another reason i might find to celebrate this week is Naruto. Ever since the fillers ended, the series has been going strong. I do not expect any episodes from now on to match the epicness of episode 322 and the apocalyptic event that is Madara, but i have to say i am enjoying the tailed beast battles so far.
Poignant this week was the glimpse we got into the world of the tailed beast, particularly the nine tailed fox, allowing us
the opportunity to feel a bit of sympathy for the life it has experienced, and take into consideration the possibility that maybe the Biju are only perceived as evil because of how horrendously humanity has treated them.
I cannot wait to follow this line of reasoning onward. I am yet to watch this week’s episodes, but i am on the edge of my seat for the conclusion of the battle with the monkey. Tobi is proving to be underwhelming so far.
Rating:> 8/10, the flash backs got a little bit irritating.
Ergo proxy: I seriously do not know how long i am going to be able to tolerate this show. Truth be told the only reason i have not dropped it is because of the fairly positive reviews i keep coming across about this series. But really, this show feels like its dragging its feet, and i have only just crossed the half way point of part one. Basically i have only seen scant amounts of this show, yet every time i watch an episode, its end doesn’t leave intrigued enough to watch the next one, which is why i am watching it at a snail pace.
In the last episode i watched this week, the dude in red (whose name i forget) stumbled into a war on the way home. The only memorable thing about it was the appearance of the proxy, the destruction that followed as well as the brief battle between both monsters.
For one thing, the episode seemed ridiculously rushed, the appearance and disappearance of these warring armies seeming like it came out of nowhere. I still have no logical understanding of what the hell the proxy is, despite the fact that it was the first thing to appear in the series. The female lead’s continued surprise over the existence of life outside the dome make no sense. Unless i am mistaken, at no point in the first few episodes was it stated that life only existed within the dome.
The interaction with the weird statues needs to stop; they proffer too many obscure clues and references without actually making any concrete statements or providing us with any solid information about this bloody world. Seriously, this show feels like it is simply dragging. And i had such high hopes for it the first time i watched it a month ago.
Red Data Girl: I actually just began watching this show, only two episodes which i watched back to back; proving its superiority to Ergo proxy, because nothing about any episode i have watched in that show spurs me forward to watch more; whereas RDG has proved its self more than intriguing in just two episodes for me to commit to it. From what i can understand, a girl named Suzuhara is endowed with strange spiritual powers.
Whenever she comes into contact and tries to use electrical devices they die. She is introduced to a classmate her age named Sagara
Sagara has been forced to move to the region and attend the school to aid Suzuhara, basically as her manservant. Neither of them understands the true nature of their situation or why they have been forced into their current positions. Sagara is fiery and stubborn, displaying open hostility to the shy soft spoken Suzukara, blaming her for his current position and choosing to rebel whenever he gets the chance.
While the story RDG has indeed piqued my interest, especially the last episode i watched when they went to Tokyo, it is Sagara’s relationship with his father that I find most interesting, that is if i am not making too many presumptions about what happened in the first episode, when Sagara’s dad brings him back to the house after he ran away, all bruised and battered, with the somewhat hard to believe excuse about him falling from a mountain.
Rating:> 7/10I am intrigued by this show.
Manga proved to be more fruitful this week, and that might partly have something to do with the return of bleach, which i for one enjoyed.
I began reading this Manhwa two days ago and as of the moment i am thoroughly impressed. The style is somewhat similar to Tower of god, which make sense since, if what i read is to be believed, someone involved with the TOG project is involved with Divine Bells as well. Either way i love seeing Manga in color. The story is actually about Divine bells as the title suggests, eight of them granted to the six nations of that world.
Each bell chooses its master and when that master dies, a ceremony is carried out to choose the next successor of the bells. The bells only choose kings and the number of bells each nation owns is used to determine how much power they have, and as such the most powerful nation has three bells. These same three bells have always chosen the same line of emperors from the same kingdom for centuries now.
The story revolves around the smallest nation that has never once been chosen by the bells during the selection ceremony and its very young king. There seems to be a conspiracy. The previous king had a son with a concubine and upon his death, it has been the mission of this illegitimate son’s mother to place him on the throne, going so far as to try and assassinate the young king a year before.
It doesn’t help that the illegitimate son has proved himself to be worthy of the title of king as opposed to the wimpy young king. Note that i am using titles rather than names because this is a Manhwa, and as one would expect, the names are bloody complicated.
Eight chapters in, i am impressed. The manhwa actually reads a lot like a Korean historical drama but with supernatural elements. And the pacing is alarmingly fast. Eight chapters in and we are already learning about the truth behind the Divine bell selection ceremony of kings, the truth of what the bells actually are and catching glimpses of what happened centuries ago when the bells were first fashioned.
I am loving the mystery and intrigue, especially the king’s relationship with his step brother. The young man seems to have no interest in claiming the throne, despite the actions of his mother. This is one of the better manga i have read in a while, not to mention that it is in color.
This manga had some promise at the start. But i am feeling less than motivated to continue reading it. Basically a young man died and was condemned to hell during the Edo era, has spent his days being tortured under the cruel hand of two of heavens soldiers; until the day he is offered a way out. He will return to earth for 108 days, in that time he is charged with collecting 108 sins using a special sword that can attack the demonic figures that attach themselves to
evil humans and entice them to do evil.
If he can defeat all 108 demons, he will be freed of hell. However the sword feeds on evil and because he is evil, there is a chance that the sword, which is wooden, might consume him and his sin when he activate its power in battle. He is also prohibited from hurting humans no
matter how evil or violent they get, otherwise the wound that killed him, decapitation, will recur, ending his life and sending him back to hell.
This manga is getting boring. Last time i checked up on it, Togari was fighting another serial killer with a specially empowered demon. The art is starting to look a little too sketchy for my tastes. I doubt i will be reading this manga for much longer.
Rating:> 3/10, this is getting repetitive.
The problem with witch hunter is what seems to me like a rather sporadic schedule of release, or at least that is what i became used to, so much so that i stopped looking out for new chapters. I only stumbled upon these additional chapters totally by accident while browsing a manga site. Actually i am not even sure whether witch hunter is weekly or monthly.
Anyway i was lucky enough to find five or six chapters already released. These chapters were actually mostly uneventful, basically continuing Tasha’s training from the last time i read the series. It seems though like this is going to be an entire training arc rather than a few chapters, and despite expecting more out of these chapters, they were not as bad as i thought they would be, mostly because of Tasha actually.
Here is the thing, Tasha is the primary protagonist of the series and witch hunter basically revolves around him, it is his decisions that affect the future of this universe. But here is the thing, we have not seen or heard from Tasha i what seems like AGES.
First we had those 15-20 chapters introducing to us Xing’s past and the business with his brothers and time in the empire (or is it Yue, i seriously confuse these three), which were awesome; the best flash back i have ever encountered, anime or manga. But no Tasha here obviously. Then we had that massive war, with witch hunter moving to strike at the witch forces attacking multiple targets around the world, including the Bai long empire.
This event took place over another 20-25 chapters and while i was excitedly anticipating it, it followed a serious battle that hospitalized Tasha ( i think Arthur, the coolest character in the series so far, took cut hand off), meaning we still had epic battles with Xing, Taras and the rest but no Tasha. It kind reminded of that time in Naruto Shippuden when Kishimoto seemed to forget about Naruto’s existence.
Anyway, it was nice to get some chapters solely focused on Tasha. I would have tired of the training if i had read these chapters once a week or even a month. That would be torturous. This wasn’t so bad. And we did get some information regarding Tasha’s relationship with Halloween and how her undying loyalty to him is all but faked by magic.
I would have liked to get a little bit more information regarding the war. We have not seen or heard a peep from the outside world ever since Tasha forcefully and illegally disserted the witch hunter organization. But all in all these chapters were entertaining, not as good as i hoped they would be but not bad.
Rating:> 6/10, less Tasha Vs.Hwan duels next time
Ever since i began reading bleach on a weekly basis i haven’t been able to get enough of it. While this wasn’t the action packed bonanza some hoped it would be, it was still just as entertaining, learning exactly where the Quincy's mysterious home dimension was located. It seems like next week we will be getting some interesting battles.
I do not see Hitsugaya, or really any shiningami gaining any ground seeing as they are unable to use bankai. Still i am excited to see Utakata fight, and of course there is the monster Zaraki, hiding somewhere in soul society. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that his shikai form ate him and is now rampaging across soul society, that or he will spend the next dozen chapters struggling to control his shikai while soul society burns.
Undeniably i am excited to see Ichigo do battle. If there is one thing Kubo has done right in this arc, its managing to get me excited about ichigo, the main character once more.
Gangsta: A tried this out, gave up after five chapters. It is seinen about a killer swordsman and a male prostitute, both gangsters and hooligans that take on mercenary jobs for the police, eliminating certain criminal elements for a price. They meet a female prostitute during one of their jobs. The swordsman, who is dumb (i mean he cannot speak), can’t bring himself to kill her. She becomes the secretary of their little company.
I failed to get into it, even with its decent art work.
Soul Eater Not!:
So i enjoyed the soul eater manga finale so much that rather than backtrack and read the previous chapters, i decided to march ahead and check out the author’s newest project, basically a spin off of soul eater taking place a couple of years before the start of soul eater with NONE OF THE ORIGINAL CA
ST. I emphasize that because it was the first thing to put me off.
Getting used to an entirely new cast of characters and class of weapons and meisters proved difficult to me. The entire series is actually more slice
of life than anything; yes, you heard me right, SOUL EATER THE SLICE OF LIFE VERSION, basically following the high school life of some unknown teen that joins DWMA.
I was bored, and the only highlight of the few chapters i read was the the glimpse we caught of Maka giving the new lead a helping hand on the stairs of the school, and black star pummeling someone in the hallway. Other than that i have absolutely no reason to read this series. I mean, really, what the hell did this guy do to soul eater? I get that it is his own series but really?
Actually i get it, Soul eater Not! AS IN ITS NOT SOUL EATER; how clever of him.
Anyway, that was me this week in terms of manga and anime. There was no Beelzebub this week, which i could live with. Last week’s chapter wrapped the arc up nicely. And fairy tail was, well, fairy tail; nothing really to talk about. Gray and Doriate fought, The art kind of sucked this week.
Anyway Bleach and Attack on Titan stood miles ahead of everything else i came across this week. Soul eater Not! on the other hand irritated me, the worst thing i encountered this week.
What was your week in anime and manga like? And is their anything new, manga and anime, that you would recommend or advise against?