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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 02 – Emiya Visits the Rip-Off Church

October 19, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 I just went to a showing of the The Tale of The Princess Kaguya in Manhattan with Vinnie, Ink, and Walter Amos after watching this episode. At our meal before the movie the topic of conversation inevitably turned towards the new anime season. Because I was involved we started to discuss Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. Ink was commenting that only a few episodes into the story the production already seemed far more involving the original Studio Deen adaptation. The superior animation and more delicate direction is surely a key factor but I think that this episode truly bring to light the most important difference. It is the focus. Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven’s Feel are all parts of the same game but they have very different themes. Or at least different answers to the question “What is a hero?”

This version takes care to just try to adapt Unlimited Blade Works with a laser focus. Everything that reinforces that theme from the story is played up and everything that detracts from that goal is dropped. At the same time it is informed of what came before it and what will come after letting all the key reveals be set up elegantly before the are unveiled. Even all the little elements that make it clear that this was the studio that made the Fate/Zero anime add to the story.

This may not be the Unlimited Blade Works the fans deserve but it is the version they need.

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S.W.A.T. Reviews: Autumn 2014 Pt. 2

October 15, 2014

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The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful. These are the first batch from the new season and now we’ve broken them into (helpful?) categories:

Sentence: Free to Go

Listen – First impressions of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis from MAPPA. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Akatsuki no Yona from Pierrot. It is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of GARO: The Animation from MAPPA. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Hi-sCool Seha Girls from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Your Lie in April from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Parasyte -the maxim- from Madhouse. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: On Parole

Listen – First impressions of Lord Marksman and Vanadis from Satelight. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Shirobako from P.A.Works. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

Listen – First impressions of Laughing Under the Clouds from Dogakobo. It is streaming on Hulu and Funimation.

 

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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 01 – People Almost Forgot Shiro is the Hero

October 12, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 Of course they realease two hour long Unlimited Blade Works episodes in the two weeks where it would hurt the most. It is not only the beginning of an anime season where I am behind on SWAT reviews but I just survived a four day long New York Comic Con. This is going to be a bit of an endurance run for me but if nothing else these posts help me organize my thoughts a bit. If the post kills me then at least I died in the service of Type-Moon. But enough crying over my schedule. Lets talk about the episode.

I know people are surely saddened by the fact that Rin is not the protagonist of the story but such are the disappointments of life. As much as certain vocal people might want Shiro to disappear he is the hero of this story. I actually like him so I am hardly broken up about it. I am curious to see how the fans who really only know Fate/Zero take to him. He is much more the shonen hero as opposed to the seinen protagonist like Kiritsugu. How many of them will stick with this very different main character especially when the story is so much more focused on him?

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S.W.A.T. Reviews: Autumn 2014 Pt. 1

October 7, 2014

Follow us directlyon Stitcher, or on iTunes

The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful. These are the first batch from the new season and now we’ve broken them into (helpful?) categories:

Sentence: Free to Go

Listen – First impressions of Tribe Cool Crew from Sunrise. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Gugure! Kokkuri-san from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Joker fromShin-Ei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: On Parole

Listen – First impressions of World Trigger from Toei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

Listen – First impressions of I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying from Seven. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Denki-gai! from Shin-Ei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Wolf Girl and Black Prince from TYO Animations. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace from Studio Trigger. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Orenchi no Furo Jijou from Asahi Production. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

 

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