Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 4, Soldier

You know things are going to be serious when you go straight into the opening titles.

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For the first three episodes of season two we’ve had a quite a different experience to that which had in season one. These three episodes of character development of characters we’d previously learned to treat as secondary have been some of the best, but episode four gives the thrill that made Attack on Titan the hit it is in the first place.

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Spring 2017, Week 2 and 3 Roundup

Of course I couldn’t get through the whole of April posting at least once a day. I’m obviously disappointed, but things have ramped up again with work so I suppose I’ll just have to chalk it down as one of those things. Further to finding myself busier with work, I’ve also fallen a bit behind on the episode reviews for this season – I will be trying to do as many as I can, but hopefully you’ll appreciate it if I miss out the odd one each week! I am after all still trying to write a diverse range of articles, and I just don’t have time for them all!

Today I’m going to try to compensate for my lack of episodic positing in the last few days by doing a double week summary – as with my article for the first week of Spring 2017 I’ll give a short overview of my thoughts before letting you know where I rate it in comparison to everything else.

Attack on Titan, season 2

Episode two and three maintained the tone set out in episode one of the season. We got more build up and characterisation, which in the case of Sasha was particularly good, but I the pay off for these episodes is coming late. If you’ve seen episode four you’ll already have seen this, but also I think some of the ramifications of events in two and three will be seen most heavily later in the season and even in season three. Thoroughly enjoyable and with production values through the roof, this gets a comfortable second place.

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Scary imagination

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The only anime I picked up from the second week of new shows, but this one won’t be giving us any surprises. Older brother is light novel author with a shut in sister who secretly draws the erotic insert art for his work. Besides the threatening undertones of incest that might crop up here, I actually found this pretty enjoyable. The comedy is pretty cheap and the characters are hardly original, but it’s a light watch that’ll probably make you smile for one reason or another. I can’t see this ever reaching number one in these articles, but it’s sits happily at number four this week.

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Episode Focus: Clockwork Planet 3, Conflict

Every so often I feel completely let down by anime. As if I’ve been shown the carrot to get me into the paddock only to be hit with the stick. That’s how I felt about this weeks episode of Clockwork Planet – as if I’ve denied my carrot and hit with stick, how sad.

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The point I’m getting at here is this: there were moments in episode three of Clockwork Planet that threatened to get me excited, but in the end I found myself as disappointed as I had been with the first two episodes of the series.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 3, Howling at the Moon

I’ve been falling behind a bit with my episode reviews in this past week, but I wanted to write this one up straight away because Tsuki ga Kirei is showing itself to be the dark horse of Spring 2017!

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At the end of this weeks episode we’ve reached a bit of crossroads – on the one hand we might be heading for nine episodes of coming to terms with the idea of a relationship or alternatively, nine episodes of seeing a relationship flourish (my preferred option).

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Why Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was almost a good movie

Sword Art Online is the marmite of the anime world. Very few people feel anything other than immense adoration or intense hatred towards the franchise. As one of the few that does sit in the middle, it’s pretty easy to see things from both sides: virtual reality gaming is an interesting and fun concept, it’s a pretty anime and there are some fairly interesting characters. On the other hand the pacing can be poor and we have the go to example of a ridiculously overpowered protagonist.

This evening I went to see the latest instalment in the franchise, the two-hour long movie: Ordinal Scale. And once again, having seen yet another part of the SAO story, I still feel indifferent towards it in terms of quality.

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Official poster for Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

For those of you who don’t know much about the film, here’s Aniplex’s synopsis:

In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

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And the results are in!

So about a week ago I asked you all to help me out and choose what non-seasonal show I should watch next. Thanks if you voted and if you missed out then don’t worry, I’ll be giving you all another chance to decide what I do with my free time sometime in the future!

In case you missed the original post and can’t be bothered to look back on it the five options were:

  • Hyouka
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Air
  • Higashi no Eden
  • Kill la Kill

And the winner, by only one vote, was Spice and Wolf! It’s been on my plan to watch list for a long time so I’m looking forward to get start with it in the next couple of days. If you’re disappointed or didn’t vote, as I say I will be doing some more of these in the future – possibly on themes – so keep your eyes open for that!

 

Episode Focus: Attack on Titan S2 3, Southwestward

Attack on Titan is one of the most exciting anime to air in recent years for two reasons: first, it kills important characters with unflinching brutality and secondly, it makes you think that it’s going to kill characters off at any moment without warning.

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The one moment of action this week came from the Garrison regiment.

Given a plot synopsis of episode three of season two, you would be forgiven for thinking that nothing happened. A titan might speak to Connie, two teams go searching for the breach in the wall not finding one, Hange theorises that Eren could plug the hole in Wall Maria and the forward team camped at a ruined fort are put under siege by a group of overly aggressive titans while the Beast Titan makes a get away.

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Episode Focus: Tsuki ga Kirei 2, A Handful of Sand

Our weekly dose of pure slice of life romance is back this week with episode two of Tsuki ga Kirei. Nothing that happened in this episode was particularly surprising and because of that nothing was disappointing.

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Not disappointing for me, but this may have been disappointing for Kotarou.

It’s time for the school sports festival and as we saw last week our two lead characters feel very differently about sport. Akane, one of the starts of the track team, is excited, if nervous, for the event and everyone has high expectations on what she can do in her events. Contrastingly, Kotarou doesn’t care one bit about the festival and is more focussed on his novel submission for the best newcomer award.

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Episode Focus: Clockwork Planet 2, Purge

Earlier this week I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself enjoying Akashic Records’s second episode after it’s dismal opener. There was then some hope for Clockwork Planet’s episode two ahead of airing yesterday, Unfortunately, I found myself to be disappointed.

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At least she’s building a character profile.

This week we got to see a bit more of Marie and Halter as they attempt to stop the military conducting a purge of Kyoto. Most of this episode saw them running around the core tower trying to reactivate the power and figure out a way to search through half a million parts to find the problem in less than half a day. Back with Naoto and RyuZU, the slice of life, fan service continues as our automaton protagonist enrols at school before going clothes shopping with Naoto.

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Attack on Titan challenge #8 Character you’d least mind dying

A bit of a grim theme for #8 of the Attack on Titan blogging challenge as I have to choose a person I wouldn’t mind dying – and to keep things anime friendly, I should really only choose based on events that have already happened in the anime (that is up to episode two of season two). There is however, no shortage of characters, important or otherwise, dying with little warning in Attack on Titan. 

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Frankly, this was a stupid title to add to the challenge because I don’t want any of the ‘good’ guys to die and the bad guys (apart from Annie) haven’t made themselves known to the world yet. The things I do for this blog…

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