Alice & Zouroku Ep 4 – Gunfire and a Stern Talking To
Anime / April 25, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 4, Something Not Human, Minnie (Miriam) C. Tachibana literally tightens her grip on Sana. Ryuu Naitou and Shizuku Ichijou launch a search and rescue mission. Sana, Zouroku Kashimura, and Sanae Kashimura learn about Sana’s true nature. Zouroku finally reveals his super power! Ichijou raises the roof! What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts What Happened As Naitou and Ichijou launch their search and rescue operation, Minnie C. reiterates that she’ll do anything to see her dead husband again — as she pulls the slide back on her sidearm. She begins berating Sana for trying to act human when she’s clearly not. She’s “just” a phenomenon that learned to imitate humans. Sana begins to fall prey to Minnie C’s negative spin as the woman tranquilizes her. At the same time, Zouroku is taking Naitou to task for clearly have an agenda beyond just keeping Sana safe. Naitou confesses Sana is likely not human; and that he reports to a government official who thinks that Sana and those like her can integrate…

Re:Creators Ep 3: A Winged Horse and Temporary Partings
Anime / April 24, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 3, “Don’t worry about what others said. Just be yourself,” Selesia Upitiria finds herself in debt to a man she really can’t stand. Selesia’s creator Takashi Matsubara goes to unusual length to upgrade his character. Selesia and Meteora Österreich decide it might be time to live with someone besides Souta Mizushino. Military Uniform Girl speaks to someone who’s not there. What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts What Happened Yuuya Mirokuji, having interrupted Selesia’s fight with Mamika, demands the Magical Slayer make up her mind to attack him or not. Before he can press the issue, Alicetelia February swoops down on her winged horse and takes Mamika to safety. Selesia does not like him, but she’s too injured to do anything about it. Besides, the sirens signal that the authorities are coming. They withdraw. They retreat to a restaurant, where Mirokuji eats quite a lot and Selesia tries to heal even though Meteora doesn’t have any healing magic. Mirokuji lets Meteora bribe him with food, and he shares what he…

Alice & Zouroku – Back into the Fire
Anime / April 20, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku’s third episode, Cards, Zouroku Kashimura demands that Sana apologize for raining pigs down on his place of business. Shizuku Ichijou reveals that this isn’t the first time she’s met Sana. Cleo doesn’t like Minnie (Miriam) C. Tachibana; why would there be discord within the Dreams of Alice? Ryuu Naitou has an idea that shocks Zouroku and delights Sanae Kashimura and Sana. The Directory and Minnie C. make their move against Sana. What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts What Happened Shizuku Ichijou, the traveling companion of Zouroku’s friend Ryuu Naitou, helps Sana calm down while the others clean up the pigs. She reveals she had met Sana before; Sana doesn’t remember, but Ichijou was the one who helped her escape. Men from her agency take the pigs away for humane testing. After all, Sana created living creatures out of nothing, and they want to understand more about her power. Ichijou checks with her partner, Noriko Yamada, who had also helped Sana escape. They’re putting together a way to track Sana. Zouroku…

Re:Creators: Selesia’s Creator and Magical Slayers
Anime / April 19, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 2, “……. that wasn’t funny,” Meteora Österreich reminds Souta Mizushino where they first met. Along with Selesia Upitiria, they build theories to explain their predicament — in the hopes of finding a way forward. They track down Selesia’s creator and decide to meet in a public place. That’s where Mamika Kouki, a Magical Slayer under Gunpuku no Himegimi’s influence, confronts Selesia. The city may never be the same. What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts What Happened As Meteora describes her home world, Mizushino remembers that it was from a game he played years ago. Mizushino doesn’t know how to react when she says she remembers, too, and calls him the hero. The conversation turns uncomfortable when they declare they’re going to use his home and their base. Meteora insists on pulling her own weight, so he asks her to tidy up the room. She tries Restoration Magic, which takes time to work. It’s as much an experiment in the effectiveness of her magic as it is a fulfillment…

Re:Creators: A Broken Tablet Wreaks Havoc
Anime / April 18, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Re:Creators episode 1, “I will remember everything that happened to me,” Souta Mizushino tries to watch his favorite anime, only to have his tablet glitch-out and pull him into the anime world. There, Selesia Upitiria, the main character, fights a strange mage, Gunpuku no Himegimi. Can Mizushino survive in between such titans? Especially with a mech in the mix? Even if he does, what will he do when the battle spills into our world? Why does Meteora Österreich use modern optically guided missiles if she’s a mage? And just who’s side is she on? What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts What Happened A bespectacled young woman in a white dress throws herself from the train platform in front of the train. Mizushino makes it clear he’s just the narrator telling a story — an amazing story at that. This story starts with him at his home workstation. He’s trying to start a new drawing, but he’s experience artist’s block. Looking for inspiration, he watches the…

Aliens, Gears, Game Creation, and Worlds in Collision: Spring 2017 Anime Preview Part II!
Anime , List / April 17, 2017

That period between seasons so often makes me anxious. Will I find anything I want to watch? Or more likely, how will I choose what not to watch because I don’t have time (having a real life and all)? Not sure we’re going to get anything with the philosophical or theological depth of Saga of Tanya the Evil or the social commentary of Concrete Revolutio, but who knows — Re:Creators shows promise! This season has at least eight shows that I’m really looking forward to. Here’s the second four: KADO: The Right Answer Shown on Crunchyroll Thursdays 10:00am EDT What do you get when The Day the Earth Stood Still goes on a date with Arpeggio of Blue Steel, hits it off, gets married, and has a child? You get something that would look like like KADO: The Right Answer! But instead of the robot Gort we get Kado, and instead of the ambassador Klaatu we get Yaha-kui zaShunina. The animation, in terms of beauty of the models, fluidity of movement, and polished look comes straight out of Arpeggio of Blue Steel. So much so that when I compared the companies involved on Anime News Network (click here for KADO and here for Arpeggio),  I was surprised there…

Alice & Zouroku – Giant Pancakes and Flying Piglets
Anime / April 14, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 2, Dreams of Alice, Zouroku Kashimura leaves a sleeping Sana home for his granddaughter, Sanae Kashimura, to babysit. Sanae ends up enduring piglets raining from the sky, an attack by a giant pancake, and a whirlwind teleportation trip around the world. As the corporation’s Director pieces together the clues leading to Sana’s whereabouts, Zouroku reaches out to an old friend for help. Then the piglets attack where he least suspects! What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I Liked in this Episode What I Liked Not so Much in this Episode Thoughts about the Episode Related Posts What Happened Not wanting to awaken Sana, Zouroku leaves for work knowing his granddaughter, Sanae, will be there soon. Sanae thinks Sana’s adorable, but the Red Queen’s dream accidentally sends Sanae into a memory with her grandfather, where she created small graves for her pets and her parents. Startled awake, Sana panics and demands to know who Sanae is. The granddaughter eventually talks her down with the promise of food and a generous dose of empathy. Unfortunately, Sanae tries to use a pig hand-puppet to win Sana’s trust,…

Alice & Zouroku – A Chilling Escape and Mayhem in the Streets
Anime / April 13, 2017

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious! Quick Summary In Alice & Zouroku episode 1 (The Red Queen Escapes), the Red Queen Sana attempts a daring escape in a cold rain. She comes up short because her captors at K & C Pharmaceutical Corporation of Japan wouldn’t give her enough food to sustain her powers. Later, after trying to befriend Zouroku Kashimura, she has to defend him against the psychic attacks of her old friends Yonaga and Asahi Hinagiri. The aftermath landed all of them in a police station — but not for long. Later, deciding she trusts Zouroku because of what she read in his mind, she tells him of the corporation and what it’s doing to her and the others like her, called collectively the Dreams of Alice. Knowing what she’s up against, will he help her? And if he does, what can he do against the power of K & C Pharmaceutical, a company that can order even the police around? Amazon is taking pre-orders for the manga Alice & Zouroku Volume 1 and Alice & Zouroku Volume 2. Check them out if you get a chance! What’s In This Post Quick Episode Summary What Happened in this Episode What I…

Titans, Heroes, Queens, and Swords: Spring 2017 Anime Preview Part I!
Anime , List / April 11, 2017

That period between seasons so often makes me anxious. Will I find anything I want to watch? Or more likely, how will I choose what not to watch (having a real life and all)? Not sure we’re going to get anything with the philosophical or theological depth of Saga of Tanya the Evil or the social commentary of Concrete Revolutio, but who knows? I might be surprised. Plus, this season has at least eight shows that I’m really looking forward to. Here’s the first four: Attack on Titan (season 2) Shown on Crunchyroll Saturdays 10:30am EDT If there’s a series that’s received more press this season, I don’t know what it is. The first season was a huge success in terms of its sheer adrenaline rush. The writers were masters at cliffhangers! And so far, the second season (we’re up to its second episode as I write this) is picking up right where the first left off. Literally, in this case. Seriously: the first episode happens just hours after the ending of the first season. There are three things that struck me about this season. First, we meet a gigantic beast titan that talks. Not only does it talk, it’s very articulate….

Flowers Already? Winter 2017 Anime Season Review Part II
Anime , List / April 10, 2017

Important! There may be a few incidental spoilers here, so please be careful! Winter 2017 gave us some enjoyable series. The ratios of series I started to those I dropped was pretty good: I only dropped two! One them, Seiren, would have been in this post. I dropped that show not because I thought it was terrible, but because I didn’t think it was compelling. Sure, Hikari Tsuenki was sexy and fun to watch, but I just wasn’t that interested in her relationship to Shouichi Kamita, who didn’t strike me as a very strong male lead. If you liked Seiren, you might be interested in its soundtrack: I not only finished the other three shows in this review — I thoroughly enjoyed them! And here they are: Interviews with Monster Girls This show starts with a simple premise: some humans are affected by genetic conditions and become vampires, succubi, snow women, or a dullahan. Historically, society not only pushed those folks aside; they were often killed. Modern Japanese society’s a little more polite about such differences, but there’s an unstated backdrop of exclusion at the beginning of this show. Instead of following where that dark path could have led, we meet Tetsuo Takahashi, a…

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