S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2016

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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.

Sentence: Free to Go

First impressions of Thunderbolt Fantasy from Pili International Multimedia. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Mob Psycho 100 from BONES. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Battery from Zero G. It is streaming on Amazon. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi from EMT Squared. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of 91 Days from Shuka. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Orange from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Cheer Boys! from Brain’s Base. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Sweetness and Lightning from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of DAYS from MAPPA. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Morose Mononokean from Pierrot Plus. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Maho Shojo? Naria Girls from Studio Bouncy. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Alderamin on the Sky from MADHOUSE. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Time Travel Girl from Wao World. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Taboo-Tattoo from J. C. Staff. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of ReLIFE from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Berserk (2016) from Millepensee. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Qualidea Code from A-1 Pictures. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars from Actas. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of This Art Club Has a Problem! from Feel. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of hitorinoshita The Outcast from Emon Animation Company. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of New Game! from Doga Kobo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Handa-kun from diomedea. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K from J. C. Staff. It is streaming on Funimation. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Bananya from Gathering. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Hisui Dream Diary #3

I don’t regularly remember my dreams or keep any sort of dream journal but I have learned the trick to remembering your dreams is to repeat what happens in the dream to yourself out loud as soon as you wake up. It commits the dream to a longer term part of memory. And so I do not know how often I will be able to write posts like this but I consider this part one of an irregularly updated ongoing series. It is all dependent on when I remember dreams that are worth talking about on the blog.

Just because I documented the greatest dream that will ever be does not mean that the Hisui Dream Diary segment has to come to an end. If nothing else the hits on the blog show that the dream I recently had is far more of a universal dream than anything else that has been documented in this segment before.

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Berserk Season 2, The Revenge of Fetus Baby!

***This was our 2010 April Fool’s post***
(For actual Berserk Season 2 info go here)


BEWARE OF SPOILERS

hisuicon It is truly a shame when a classic anime is forgotten. The Berserk anime used to be praised up and down by the fan community; on everyone’s 10 top favorite anime lists. But the second season has gone largely undiscussed online which is a travesty. I hardly saw any fanfare on the Internet and only one or two episode blogs seem to have reviewed any of it. As I understood it, Berserk sells well for Dark Horse but I guess that is more among comics and graphic art fans than anime fans. I hope that after Narutaki and I do this review more people will go back and check out what they are missing. Berserk season two meets if not succeeds in surpassing the high bar of dark fantasy that the first season established.

narutaki Well, perhaps it is just because the follow up to the extremely popular first season was a long, long, long time coming. I think people just got tired of waiting and finally moved on, but they should really reconsider and come back to Berserk. Another worry that many could run into is whether or not a second installment like this can really live up to it’s predecessor. But much to our surprise, not only does the second season sport the high standards of the first but you have a great studio behind it, and some grand new editions that both come from the manga and are completely original.

hisuiconSeason two picks up right where season one left off. We have Skull Knight busting in and saving Guts and Casca on a horse that looks exactly like Fuunsaiki. After getting cleaned up Guts vows to take down the God Hand but first he has to go through a training arc. Guts gets swordsmanship lessons and life lessons from a most unusual source. I would say who his teacher is but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Guts then has to enter a tournament to recruit new allies and friends to take down the dreaded God Hand and their sinister minions. But of course they have some laughs and make a few missteps along the way. All of this building up for the big showdown at the end, which ends on another cliffhanger.

narutaki Eventhough the series starts very much where it left off and moves right along from the manga, it’s nice to see their own touches here and there which get stronger as the show goes along. This was especially seen in the new cast and the return of some favorites. I never would have expected there to be an essentially zombie version of the Band of the Hawk. You might think that would destroy the impact of their beautiful-horrific destruction at the end of the first arc but the seance scene and then the later resurrection episodes are so spectacular that you’ll be happy to have them back. I also really liked the addition of Guts’s philosophical musings, it gave at introspective feel to some of the major twists.

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