Ongoing Investigations: Case #220

narutaki_icon_4040 I finished up  Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones much more quickly than the first GBA game. I can attribute it to a couple of things, loving the character relationships more and finally getting a handle on how the game is played. Plus, the first was 30 chapters while this was only 20.

But I actually think the game was easier than the first, too. I don’t think I have gotten that much better, and yet I was able to beat many chapters in just one go.

I loved that I was able to build up Eirika as a badass fighter who was not overshadowed in the story by her warrior brother. And of course she marries General Seth in the end.

I was disappointed that some of the relationships I worked on building up to A rank did not result in the characters getting a combined ending.


hisui_icon_4040 With our new SWAT Reviews already started this season I decided to make all my Ongoing Investigations about series that just finished up this week. Now the one person who regularly reads this to figure out what to watch from last season will have a better idea of what to do.

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet was a solid show. It was nice to see an original science fiction setting with mecha that generally made everyone happy. I think there were a good deal of people who were hoping for more or something grander. But making everyone generally happy as opposed to ecstatic is a fairly admirable and seemingly unobtainable accomlishment. The pacing in the middle could have been stronger. I know that two episodes that were mostly slice of life with fan service scenes in them hardly did anything to win over people who wanted more robot action, world building, or character growth. Well those episodes had a bit of the last two things but Belly Dancing Amy made some people forget that. In their defense it did seem a little gratuitous despite having a strong emotional pay off at the end.

People were expected a Tomino level bloodbath but overall other than a one major death it seems like we don’t loose anyone that important. I guess that shows that the Urobutcher was really only involved with the first and last episodes. Or maybe just maybe writers can do things outside of what the fandom expects them to do. But that is just crazy talk.

I think the most common complaint was “When the fudge did they decide to make the Pirate Queen Lukkage a plot important character?” She went from a one-off villain to important side character really out of nowhere. This is not One Piece and she is not Buggy the Clown.  I did not have a major problem with her but she did seem to come back to prominence for no real reason other than her two flotation devices (and I’m not talking about the ones attached to her Lobster Yunboro.)

The question a lot of people seem to be asking is should there be more Gargantia? It has a distinct ending that has no major or dire cliff hangers. But at the same time there are a good deal of elements that could be developed into news shows if they wanted them to be. In a way that is probably the best way to end a series you want to continue. It makes people excited when they hear about a new series but not bitter until that announcement. So I hope to see more of this setting but I am satisfied it that is all there is to this tale.

The Ongoing Investigations are little peeks into what we are watching and reading outside of our main posts on the blog. We each pick three things that we were interested in a week and talk a bit about them. There is often not much rhyme or reason to what we pick. They are just the most interesting things we saw since the last Ongoing Investigation.

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S.W.A.T. Reviews: Spring 2013 Pt. 2

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. Here are 8 from the new season:

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Listen – Episode 1 of Devil Survivor 2 The Animation from Pony Canyon with the opening “Take Your Way” by livetune adding Fukase from SEKAI NO OWARI. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Episode 1 of Majestic Prince from Dogakobo and Orange with the opening “Sayonara tte iu” by Chiaki Ishikawa. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Episode 1 of The Devil is a Part-timer! from WHITE FOX with the ending “Sankaku e.p.” by nano.RIPE. It is streaming on Funimation.

Listen – Episode 1 of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet from Production I.G with the opening “Kono Sekai wa Bokura o Matte Ita” by Minori Chihara. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Episode 1 of The Severing Crime Edge from Studio Gokumi with the ending “Kimi to Futari” by Karin Takahashi × Yurika Endo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Episode 1 of Muromi-san from Tatsunoko Production with the opening “Nanatsunoumi Yori Kimi no Umi” by Sumire Uesaka. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Episode 1 of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU from Brains Base with the opening “Yukitoki” by Nagi Yanagi. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – Episode 1 of Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live from Dongwoo Animation and Tatsunoko Production with the opening “BOY MEETS GIRL” by Prizmmy☆.