S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2015 Pt. 1

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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.

Listen – First impressions of God Eater from Ufotable. It is streaming on Daisuki and MyAnimeList.

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

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!

What do the characters we hate say about us?

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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