The tone in Overlord II’s final episode is pretty amusing, and I wish the rest of the series had felt the same. There’s even some Gilgamesh shenanigans right at the very end, but that’s all I’ll say about that. I’d really rather move onto newer and better shows! Um… like these series that simply build upon… older… existing series. Whoops.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Die Neue These
I don’t think I can do a weekly post on this anime, because there’s simply no way I can spend any decent amount of time talking about battle strategies. When there’s character development, sure, that’s right up my alley. But when it’s Reinhardt schooling a bunch of chump admirals on the finer art of war, what can I say? Nice spindle formation there, ol’ chap! You got them good! But don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this opening episode. It just doesn’t exactly play to my blog’s strengths. Sometimes, I’ll click on another blog’s post, and all I’ll get is like a tiny paragraph. If that’s all you have to say, then why even bother? Sure, it’s their blog and they can run it however they want, but I can’t do that. It just feels… wrong. But I digress. And if I may, allow me to nitpick this first episode for just a moment.
I always find it odd how military geniuses like Reinhardt and Yang Wen-li are portrayed. It’s fine for them to be geniuses, but it doesn’t stop there. Not only are they impressive on the battlefield, they’re surrounded by abject idiots. What do I mean? Well, the Free Alliance has decided to attack the Galactic Empire with a three-pronged attack. Not only will they surround Reinhardt’s fleet, they have twice as many ships! Man, our military genius has his work cut out for him! Eh, not so fast. Ignoring his admirals’ advice, Reinhardt charges forth to engage the enemy’s 4th fleet right away. This prevents the 2nd and 6th fleet from being able to maneuver in time and have him surrounded. Not only that, he jams their communications, so the 4th fleet can’t request for backup. Now, why would you opt for a three-pronged attack if your foe can counter you so easily?
Afterwards, we see the vice admiral of the 6th fleet leisurely enjoying his meal when his lieutenant commander suddenly shows up to urgently warn him about the precarious state of the battle. The former thinks the 4th fleet is still engaged in battle with the Galactic Empire. His subordinate, however, believes that their allies have already been defeated. As a result, they must join up with the 2nd fleet before they are picked off one-by-one! But before these two can even settle their debate, Reinhardt has already flanked them for a pre-emptive attack. How can these chucklefucks be so blind? It’s not like you can’t see a giant mass of ships coming your way. How can you miss tens of thousands of giant ass spaceships? Again, the problem isn’t that Reinhardt’s too smart. The problem is that his foes are too dumb… until Yang Wen-li shows up! Anyways, the first episode ends here.
This opening episode has great animation and a pretty decent soundtrack. Not only that, I can never really be unhappy with a show about adults doing adult stuff when you consider how anime is just saturated with juvenile nonsense. But if I have to be honest, some of the characters are made to be too stupid for me to swallow.
I enjoyed the first anime adaptation, but only because it had a heavy dose of Rize. Every time she appeared, she imbued the story with a decent amount of psychological depth. I especially loved the final episode of the original Tokyo Ghoul. Then Tokyo Ghoul √A happened. All of a sudden, the show devolved into shounen schlock except it had that cringeworthy edginess to it. Or maybe Tokyo Ghoul was always shounen schlock, and I had just been fooled by the Rize dream sequences. Either way, it doesn’t look like Tokyo Ghoul:re is going to give me what I crave.
The first episode doesn’t feel as stupendously mind-numbing as what I got from the early goings of Tokyo Ghoul √A, but it isn’t particularly interesting either. For some reason, Ken is now calling himself Sasaki Haise. Not only that, he currently works for CCG, the guys who hunt ghouls. He serves as the mentor for the Quinx Squad, a team of investigators who all appear to have ghoul-like powers of their own. Hm. Eh, whatever. I never finished Tokyo Ghoul √A myself, but I heard that the series ended with Ken standing before a badass CCG dude. I can only imagine that he lost and somehow got his memories erased. Whatever the truth happens to be, I don’t find the prospect of him slowly regaining his memories and returning to his ol’ Anteiku buddies (remember Touka?!) all that compelling.
I was, however, slightly amused by the homage to The Silence of the Lambs in this opening episode. Torso, a rather notorious ghoul, has been on the prowl, and he only targets women. True to his namesake, he likes to steal their torsos. If you don’t recall, the serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs liked to skin his female victims. Unable to track the ghoul down, Ke-… I mean, Haise goes to visit a deranged doctor slash ghoul. First, the doctor scares Haise’s partner by threatening to eat the kid, then they go about psychologically profiling Torso. But yeah, other than this short scene, Tokyo Ghoul:re’s first episode doesn’t do much for me.
Gundam Build Divers
Right off the bat, I know this show isn’t for me. Why? Well…
Homework? We talkin’ about homework? Just do it right before class starts! Anyways, I’d totally play a mecha-themed MMO. The idea sounds a whole lot more fun than actually watching this anime. After all, it feels like I’m watching one long, extended ad for Gunpla nonsense, because that’s what it is. Our hero goes up against a smurfing jackass, but manages to prevail because his Gunpla hasn’t given up. Groan. I know, I know, this is a show for kids.
Anyways, it’s just too bad that Japan is so big on mobile gaming, and as a result, a big budget mecha-themed MMO from a Japanese developer is unlikely to come to fruition. Hell, don’t count on seeing any big budget MMO from Japan period, which is remarkable considering how much anime loves MMO-related stories. Of course, Final Fantasy XIV is the big exception. Also, Bandai Namco apparently made a free-to-play Gundam MMO, but that’s exactly what I mean. F2P MMOs are terrible.
That about wraps it up for tonight. I couldn’t even get around to Lupin III. There’s just not enough time in a day to watch every single thing that comes out.