Posts Tagged ‘Death Note’

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S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2015 Pt. 1

July 15, 2015

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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 Gangsta from Manglobe. It is streaming on Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Ushio & Tora from MAPPA. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Seiyu’s Life from Gonzo. It is streaming on Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Snow White with the Red Hair from Bones. It is streaming on Funimation.

Sentence: On Parole

Listen – First impressions of Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace from Lerche. It is streaming on Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers from Passione. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of GATE from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Death Note live-action drama. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

Listen – First impressions of Classroom Crisis from Lay-Duce. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Chaos Dragon from Silverlink. It is streaming on Funimation.

Listen – First impressions of Overlord from Madhouse. It is streaming on Funimation.

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Ume Note: Kimi ni Todoke tips its hat to Death Note?

January 8, 2011

Kimi ni Todoke’s 2nd season starts off with a 0 episode devoted to a sorta recap of the 1st season while also giving us a closer look at Kurumi. Kurumi has excellent growth in the short time we meet her, but that doesn’t hinder her mean-spirited, though cleverly hidden, nature. She becomes a character that you really enjoy seeing as she progresses forward. But enough of that seriousness, I laughed quite hard to see what I could only describe as a mini-Death Note homage in this episode!

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What do the characters we hate say about us?

November 23, 2009

This week we look at the characters we hate and once again ask you the readers decide if that it means anything about Narutaki and I. It is often said that what we hate the most in others in what we hate about ourselves. Does the fact extend to anime characters we hate? Do the characters that get under our skin the most provide some insight into our psyche? Does it tell us something different then what the characters we like or are they merely opposite sides of the same coin?

If there is one thing the internet has enough of, it is hate. Hate for shows, hate for people, and plenty of hate for characters. Unfortunately, we will be spreading such ire today. What would our former post be without its companion piece? However, I would like to point out this post isn’t about bad characters or poorly written development, it is about characters we dislike for inherent flaws in their personalities. I would even argue, if I can passionately oppose a character that means they are actually written rather fully. Once again we are trying to explore what, if anything, it means to dislike a character with such fervor. This, much differently from the previous post, can get a bit hairy and quite intense at times. But we will do our best to be respectful. Maybe.

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Special Screening: L Change the WorLd, A 12-year-old’s bad fan-fiction?

May 6, 2009

SPOILERS, SPOILERS. TRUST ME YOU DON’T CARE.

Since it went over so well last time, we saw the film at the same place we watched the second Death Note movie. Once again not too crowded, though more so than when we went the other time. I didn’t go into this movie with many expectations, I had heard and read a bit about it before hand. Though frankly it would be hard for me NOT to go see a movie all about L. So with only mild hopes I braced myself for this film. Somehow the reviews didn’t do the movie justice. It was much worse than I could have imagined, it may have physically injured me at points. The only thing that prevented me from plain giving up on it was that I committed myself to writing this review! How dare you film, how dare you make me write a word against L!

W.C. Fields said, “Never work with animals or children.” L, or should I say Kenichi Matsuyama, should have listened to him. The fact an L movie was being made was hardly a surprise to anyone. He was clearly the most popular character hands down. They had the prefect place to add in one last hurrah before his ultimate end. When I first heard about the movie I was cautiously optimistic. L has to solve his last case against terrorists with a super plague having only a few days left to live. Sounds fine. Then I heard it was a stupid action movie. I was fine with that. Although L was almost always playing mental games in the manga, they also made a big deal that he was amazingly physically fit and even a martial arts master. I thought that people went into the movie expecting another mind game but got a cheesy action movie and were overly harsh. No they were overly generous. Everything that could make a movie bad was bad in this lemon of a movie. When my favorite original character was a vehicle you know you are in trouble. And before you ask it was not a cool talking car.

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