Anime Spotlight #20

Hands up if you’ve seen this Anime!  Anyone…?

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A woman becomes a shikabane right before giving birth.  However, the boy she sires is still very-much alive and human.  He is taken in by a monk with a hentai addiction and a shikabane-hime that serves him in secret.  The boy, because of his birth, has garnered a fascination with dead things, where even his pet cat is brought back to life within his own mind.  However, it’s the monk’s shikabane-hime that grabs his attention one night and from then on he starts meddling around where he shouldn’t and ultimately becomes fully involved in the secret world of the monk and his kin.  The shikabane-hime was eaten alive by seven shikabane during a raid of her house.  With a burning desire to exact revenge on those who did this to her, she became a shikabane herself.  A powerful bond with her childhood friend, now a monk, allowed her to become a shikabane-hime instead.

That’s the gist of the plot for Shikabane-hime.  The main characters involved are:  Makina, the shikabane-hime who kicks undead arse with two semi-auto pistols (and neglects to wear panties during the opening sequence).  Her “contracted monk” is Keisei, who works for an occult organization called the Kougon Sect.  Finally, there’s Ouri, the boy born of a zombie-mother who eventually becomes Makina’s contracted monk upon Keisei’s death.  The primary antagonists are the “Seven Stars,” comprising seven shikabane including a woman who, theoretically, was somehow able to become a shikabane despite harbouring no lingering regrets or desires.  Unlike most shikabane, these individuals have retained the full mental faculties of their prior human forms beyond their respective deaths decades ago — the woman, though, was shut-in her whole life, so her shikabane personality hasn’t changed much either.

Definitely not your average zombie show!  It’s not even your typical Anime zombie show…!  This show has two seasons, and at least the first season has been dubbed.

 

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Anime Spotlight #19

Girls und Panzer — possibly the coolest Anime, ever.

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Is it Tankery?  Tankwondo?  Or Sensha-do?

School girls live on large, aircraft carrier-like ships, where they can learn to drive well-known WWI/II- and Cold War-era tanks and proceed to shoot each other with said tanks in special tournaments on land.  What could possibly go wrong here?!

Well…, physics apparently.  While some of the moves the girls pull of in their tanks are possible, others certainly are not (at least, not without a whole lot of skill or plain dumb luck).  The on-tank, roller-coaster traverse scene is one such example; in that particular case, it’s the getting-on the roller-coaster tracks that’d be the greatest challenge; once on, the tiny tank in question could straddle the rails as shown — friction could be a problem, though, and it’d be interesting to see if friction between the tank and rails is comparable to that of an actual coaster train.

It’s kinda like a World of Tanks game, derp-wise, but Anime-style….

And then there’s Mako Reizei….  She’s arguably my favourite Tankery girl on the show, namely because she’s surprisingly intelligent (and witty) and she doesn’t know what a “morning” is.

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I hear you, Mako….

‘Nuff said.

 

Anime Spotlight #18

Well, it’s about time I made a post on this show…:

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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Syukufuku wo! means “God’s Gift upon this Wonderful World!” — in other words, we’re talking about the Anime show called KonoSuba.

KonoSuba is meant as a comedic twist on the plot concepts used in the show Sword Art Online that preceded it.  It’s set in an MMO-type world where a number of species and classes of people can interact and complete quests for rewards.

If Kazuma’s brief life on Earth was anything to go by, one would expect him to be the most useless member of his new band of misfits.  However, he certainly surprised me by quickly becoming quite a reliable member of his new team once he arrives upon that Wonderful World with Aqua in-tow.

Aqua, despite being a goddess, can only really be counted on to provide supporting magic for her crew; that said, the magic she can bring to effect is rather impressive and potent.  Megumin is only as reliable as the first explosive spell she can manage to cast, in which case one must hope she hits something with it.  Finally, Darkness can’t make her myriad of attacks hit their mark even if her life depended on it; as a result, she channels her inner masochist and becomes a human shield for her team (the only thing she can do effectively).  As a result, in order for the team to succeed, Kazuma needs abilities that can pick up the slack; though he fights well and good when he needs to, and is even quite cunning to boot, the abilities he learns often end up being wasted on “parlour tricks” such as relieving cute girls of their undergarments.

It’s a wonder those four can ever complete any of the quests they undertake!  Though they have their own respective incompetencies, the fact remains that they can still be relied upon to do what needs to be done.

There’s two full, entertaining seasons out so far.  Let’s see if there’s a season 3!

Anime Spotlight #17

“I, Robot” — Anime-style:

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aka, “Dimension W.”

Dimension W, this Anime’s title aspect, is a fourth spatial dimension independent of the three we experience daily as well as of the dimension taken by time.  But, Dimension W is linked to the other spatial and temporal dimensions and as such is able to store and release multitudes of energy.

In other Words, Dimension W is an invisible realm that, in this show, people are able to siphon limitless, free energy from to satisfy all of Earth’s power needs.  This energy is drawn out using devices called “coils” — and “Dimension W’s” ‘Dell Spooner’ counterpart absolutely despises these devices!

As with Dell of “I, Robot,” a major accident in Kyouma (of “Dimension W”)’s past is the source of this lingering loathing.  And, as with Dell, circumstances conspire to bring Kyouma to work with a robot who embodies that which he detests.  The ‘Sunny’ of “Dimension W” is a gynoid named Mira.

Of course, there’s also an over-arching mystery to solve.  Like with “I, Robot,” in “Dimension W” it starts with the suicide-death of an important inventor.  Starting to sense a pattern…?

Despite the myriad similarities, though, “Dimension W” is still wildly different from “I, Robot.”  The plot of “Dimension W” revolves around the coils, not robots.  Of course, the setting is in a futuristic Japan, instead of New York.  Also, the minor plot points in “Dimension W” are quite unique to the show.

This show has actually been dubbed, so that’s nice….