[Anime] Nana Maru San Batsu: “Don’t treat it like a flimsy tissue you could throw after using it once!”

It is good until halfway of season. After that, it became cheesy mediocre your usual sport anime with cringe protagonist and his so-called rival. To be honest, I’m a bit skeptic about the characters. Koshiyama was your supposed beta herbivore Japanese guy. He was a nerd, smart, liked to read, and didn’t like the spotlight. Then fate (heh) chose him to be one of the players in the demonstration of his school quiz bowl circle. With his wide knowledge, he successfully answered the difficult question right and thus pulled the interest of our heroine, Fukami. You could guess the rest, it was as cliché as your favorite textbook. But it was fine. The pacing and storytelling were rather good so even cliché like this can pass without much criticism.

The problem is later. The story told us that he didn’t like the spotlight, he didn’t even have friends and eat lunch alone in the library. But somehow, he overcame that problem without much trouble. Like… umm… sorry? If you wanted to make him feels like an ordinary guy, maybe not too popular, but not hated either… the least you could do was give him people who were not close enough to be a friend, but not far enough to be an only acquaintance. I mean, quiz bowl is pretty much a game that you can only win by getting in the spotlight. You have to chase away your nervousness (no overthinking and second-guessing yourself is okay) and quickly push the button. You have to be at least fine under pressure. And character Koshiyama at first didn’t seem to be fine at all. But this problem was shoved aside just like that. He somehow overcame that obstacle easily and it made his earlier personality feels like a joke.

Don’t tell us he was a pathetic nerd who couldn’t even make a friend if you just then shoved it aside for the cringe plot you thought was more important than proper character development! You could always make him ordinary without making him that pitiful!

Then, the plot development of the so-called rival was pushing the heroine role to the side. Fukami was the one that pulled Koshiyama’s interest in the quiz bowl. But when his rival appeared, her role gradually disappeared like the first part of the story didn’t matter anymore. Not surprisingly (cause this is shounen, and boys should be more skilled than girls #pfft), her skill wasn’t as good as the other monsters. Yeah, she was still good enough to be considered above average. However, compared to so many skilled people in this story, she became a rather mediocre player. Add that with leveled up Koshiyama, she was almost nothing except pretty face (maybe later in the manga they would make her better, who knows, but for now in the anime, she is not).

The most annoying part is… I already tried to overlook the flaws of this anime from the very first episode and they somehow wanted me to overlook more!? The seiyuu for Fukami, THE HEROINE, was bad. It was not how I imagine her voice sounds like when I saw her image in the poster. Yeah, that was rather subjective. However, the way she talks was often a bit monotone too. I mostly blame the director though. How could you let this pass, what did you direct during the recording session! And they just became lazier because the few last episodes, seiyuu for Koshiyama slipped up too.

So, yeah. The only good part is the few first episodes. For me, at least.

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[Movies] Special Correspondents: “It’s a character development, sure.”

I actually like this movie quite a bit. Unfortunately, the ending and the conclusion left too much bad taste for me to remember that nice feeling. They rushed the story from the middle part until the end and it doesn’t even make any sense. Yeah, they went to Ecuador, and yeah, as expected they got caught for real, then BAAM suddenly happily ever after.

The heck? Are you kidding me?

Not to mention, the character development for Finch just made him worse for me. He was okay before, I could sympathize with him even when what he did was only whining about his no good wife and their marriage problem. But after the character development, he became so stupid (reckless and careless) and annoying. And since Frank felt guilty about what he did in of his ignorance, he became too meek to control his partner’s idiotic behavior.

I feel like they switched the roles. Frank, at first, was really annoying. He was an arrogant jerk, who couldn’t care less about others. But then, he grew. He realized his wrong-doing and became well, not so arrogant.

Meanwhile Finch, at first, was your average nice guy. And they changed him. He became disagreeable after he realized his wife really didn’t love him. AND HE DID SOMETHING STUPID OVER AND OVER AGAIN AFTER THAT.

Finally, they got home; somehow thanks to Finch (Frank was like secondary-not-really-important character in this part). But I won’t forget that he was the one who was being too careless in the first place and (one of) the reason they got trapped. And I’m not sure if what he did was brave or not. It was too reckless. They were lucky they could get out of there unharmed.

…or maybe I should say it was a miracle.

P.S.

I wonder which news I should take as truth and which were not. Internet really doesn’t help. With how much useless information we have to read every day, it sometimes doesn’t even matter whether they are true or false.

[Movies] Zootopia: “We’ve taken the guilty ship.”

I like the premise of the story. That is, you can’t judge a book by its publisher. Because publisher doesn’t publish the book that you want, they just publish the books they think you want. And it’s not wrong. It’s a logical move. The only problem with this practice, there are always something unusual and unexpected you can’t guess.

So, what the heck I am talking about?

Of course, I’m talking about Zootopia. The premise of the story is good, simple but good. And the plot is interesting–enough. However, I have one problem with the culprit or… the antagonist. I mean, since the bad guys were from the same species, it feels a little bit like they just exchanged the roles of the Cinderella with her step sisters. Or little red riding hood with the wolf.

Why it felt like they blamed it to only one person—or in this case, one species even though we know the fault in our stars—cough—pardon the lame joke. Even though we know the fault actually lies in our society.

Yes, I know it doesn’t mean to be like that. As Judy said, there was mean bunny, as there was mean fox. But since the bad guys (the main antagonist and crew) were composed by only one species, you couldn’t help but think they are the bad one. Like we thought the wolves are bad because we read the little red riding hood story, or the cats are stupid after we watched Tom and Jerry.

It wasn’t that simple, right?

I know maybe they did it just because it was easier to understand if the bad guys portrayed by only one species, to avoid confusion, etc. And if we wanted to make some excuses, it was a family related kind business; you can’t trust strangers with such thing, yeah. But well, I still don’t like it. Since it gave too much hint to the otherwise potential twist.

Well… there was still one nice twist. Thank goodness it wasn’t with the power of LOVE and PEACE.

P.S.

I know in Zootopia universe they were living together in harmony. But what the heck did the predators eat? Was there any meat? Meanwhile the bunnies still ate their carrots happily.

(Answer: They were evolving to have a sweet tooth).

[Anime] Black Lagoon: “Rock and Groove.”

Black Lagoon – Second Barrage… I wonder why they didn’t change the title to R2 or maybe Rock and Revy or Double-Are. Seriously… why named it Black Lagoon if you didn’t even tell the stories about them? In S1 they always put focus on Revy (and Rock), sure, but they at least, still gave enough screen time for Dutch and Benny. However in S2… nothing. Just nothing. They were too busy wasting the good characters just for developing bad characters. I didn’t know what the author/director/writer was thinking when they made this.

To be fair, yeah, Revy is not that bad. Rock is not that bad. But they, sure, loved to whine about their life. I’m sorry to say… but I don’t give a crap about your viewpoint, your belief, your oh-s0-wise-words. So stop… stop spouting your philosophical nonsense as if they were the truth of the world. I’m not sharing your view, and you won’t persuade me!

Not to mention, for the story that is supposed to be realistic, Black Lagoon is nowhere near it. Destroying enemy base with only one… or two people? They didn’t even get any scratch even when many bullets passed around? And I’m not sure where they packed their ammo because from what I could see it was almost like unlimited.

The character development is bad, if there was any. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel the change within Revy’s personality a bit too forced. Why she grew to be a softie all of sudden? Why she was attached to Rock that much? I watched the previous arc and she was still the same as always, but then baaam! suddenly she was being overprotective of Rock?

And Rock got his chardev in S1 Eps 1-2, after that… he was a stagnant character who didn’t even know where his stand though liked to force his opinion on others without thinking, without knowing anything, without even considering his own strength. Did you have the right to judge other? To give value with your own view? Could you please at least defend your opinion with your own power? Lucky he was the main protagonist (maybe I shouldn’t use that word since I don’t give him any sympathy), so the Author won’t make him die just like that.

Dutch and Benny of course didn’t get any development. They focused to the antagonist or that main char’s arc too much they didn’t even have time to develop the main char’s story. It’s laughable really.

The only savings… or maybe the only remarkable thing about this show is the art. The animation is very fluid and nice. The character designs are good too. You can tell the difference between—important—characters (with the small fries) easily. And although the color looks a bit too bright in my opinion, it’s fine.

[Anime] Jormungand: “She is loco, I said…”

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Her name is Koko

She is loco

I said, “OH NO!”

Ah. What a masterpiece. Really, really masterpiece. I wonder what was the Author thinking when they wrote this. Was they really thinking the plan will go that smoothly? And it’ll bring the peace we longed for? I’m very sure they were not brave enough to guarantee that considering what Koko said in the end.

“Future? Who knows what the future will bring?”

It’s a cowardly line after all the big talk.

I very much agree with Kasper though. Weapon isn’t only gun, tank, jet-fighter, bomb, etc. Even swords, spears, wooden clubs are enough for war. Did you really think people can suddenly appreciate the beautiful sky after ignoring it for so long? I don’t think so.

Who are you to decide the world’s future? Who are you to decide the fate of humankind? Who are you to decide peace? Who are you to decide the sacrifice? Who are you to say it’s better for them to die in the long run? It’s a small price to pay, you say? The end justifies the mean, you say? BUT WHO ARE YOU TO DECIDE THAT!

Then again… if you think this show as a big joke, some parody we can laugh about… yeah, it is funny enough. The punch line is definitely good. Playing god, eh? It’s something human often do from a long time ago. Maybe it’s a sickness human could never recover.

Unfortunately, there’s no scene where she fell after flying too high. The sun will burn your wing if you play too close, you know. So, I don’t think the author meant it to be a joke. And yeah. It’s really a masterpiece example of human’s arrogance.