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Anime Spotlight #64

Aaatt Laaaaaaaaaaaaaasssstt!!!  The Azur Lane animation has arrived!

On first glance, Azur Lane on the whole appears very similar to Kantai Collection; WWI/WWII-era warships are now young girls and women fighting against anthropomorphized alien beings bent on subduing Humanity.

While Kancolle focuses on the Axis Powers warships at that time, Azur Lane brings in all players of that era in history and has them repeating, for the most part, what their warship likenesses did back then.  The naval powers’ names have changed, in this near-future Earth, and there are minor differences in how some events play out, but aside from that Azur Lane progresses much like a re-telling of WWII-era history itself.

The baddies of Azur Lane are the so-called Sirens (“Seiren,” as they’re called in Japanese).  Their purpose appears to be to blockade Humanity from all waterways, and to play with Humanity like pieces on a giant chessboard.

Once again, shipgirls generally adopt traits specific to their warship counterparts before them:  Notable examples include USS Eldridge’s design paying homage to the Philadelphia Experiment conspiracies centered about her, HMS Unicorn carrying with her…a toy unicorn (of course), physical relations, and distinctions, between the IJN ships Amagi (nine-tailed crimson BB), Akagi (nine-tailed crimson CV, once an Amagi-class BB), and Kaga (nine-tailed azure BB, who then became a CV of the same class as Akagi), and…of course…the cultish meme herself — USS San Diego, the ship that earned the most stars in WWII…and garnered one of the stupidest claims to fame along the way (hence why she’s such an idol, yet also so air-headed).

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Anyway…, the first two episodes are out right now so go ahead and watch them!

Anime Spotlight #63

Finally a great reason to work out….

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One thing about about doing field work all summer…, I got to watch a lot of Anime…!

Including Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?!

It’s an Anime about working out and getting fit, but not only does it show you how to do certain exercises properly it also goes into proper dieting techniques!  It’s like an Anime personal trainer for Weebs!

Also…, I get the feeling this Anime may have been made by the same dudes that made Shimoneta….  Anyone else getting the same vibe…?

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Regardless, I’ll definitely pass on armwrestling Hibiki….

Anime Spotlight #62

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To be honest…, I didn’t expect My Hero Academia to be as great as everyone else says it is….  Pleasantly surprised to be wrong, though!

Without getting into three seasons’ worth of spoilers, this show can be summed up nicely as:  It’s not the skills and abilities that make a truly great person, it’s having a truly great heart that really matters.

That’s Deku….  In a world full of people with superpowers, Deku is a completely normal person.  So, to become a hero himself he has to work at least twice as hard as even the weakest quirk-bearing person just to be able to squeak by at school let alone become the world’s greatest hero.  Yet, that’s what makes him the world’s greatest hero; to borrow from Sora from No Game, Deku’s able to become anything because he was born with nothing.  Most everyone else wants to be a hero for all the fame and fortune it’ll bring them; Deku, and his idol “All Might,” are heroes by their actions and deeds — they don’t care about the fame, and aren’t seeking it out, and so, as Lao Tzu wrote, their infamy becomes everlasting.

Because I have no care for the relationship and social aspects of My Hero, it kind-a goes without saying for me, at this point, that I find this show worth watching purely for it having important life lessons in spades.  For that same reason, I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t watched it yet to go ahead and do so!

 

Anime Spotlight #61

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A g-wrench, a piece of bismuthinite, a cleaning robot, a hand-held vacuum cleaner, and a winch-and-pulley system team up to fight for fun and glory against other gijinka-like teams within ten-minute action-packed snippets of show called Fight League:  Gear Gadget Generators.

A piece of lost tech, found by chance by the wrench-girl, turns her team of losers into nearly unbeatable winners.  But, that bismuth chip, called Monachrome, has quite a past of her own, which comes to bite back later on and turns Wrench’s fun times into very serious business indeed.

Fight League‘s a great Anime for those pressed for time watching episodes; each is only ten minutes long!  It’s Kill Me Baby! quick, but with the added bonus of a plot to get interested in.

Gundam references galore, by the way!!

 

Anime Spotlight #60

What a crack-pot of characters…!

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For me, Soul Eater is only good because of how hilarious it is.  The last time I laughed so much watching an Anime was when I tried watching Kill Me, Baby!

Special students who can be matched with a special weapon in human form attend a school headed by Death himself.  There, they train and hope to capture 100 damned souls, then the soul of a witch, to achieve their highest possible forms.

Maka, and weapon Soul Eater (hence the Anime’s title), are just such a pair.  They’d almost completed their goal by episode 1…until they fluffed it up by taking the soul of a non-witch — now, they have to start all over again!

At least they’re not Star and his partner!  It’s amazing how they can’t even get one soul, and the show’s over 20 episodes long in all!

Finally, there’s “Death the Kid” and his two weapons who take the form of two sisters when in human form.  He’s easily the most powerful student at the school, being Death’s own son, but he’s eternally held up by his deathly obsession with symmetry.  People with obsessive-compulsive have absolutely nothing on Death the Kid’s need to keep everything in his life symmetric — even while his own hair betrays him!

Spoilers aside now…, if you’re up to laughing up some organs then definitely give Soul Eater a watch!  And, when you’re done with that then also feel free to watch the spin-off called Soul Eater Not!

 

Anime Spotlight #59

Time to break this break I’ve had from posting here!

Let’s look at some pretty girls flying some heavily-altered fighter jets!

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Mating Arpeggio of Blue Steel with Sky Girls yields Girly Air Force — and it’s fairly girly, indeed!

The main girl is Gripen, who’s based on the Cold War-era Swedish fighter jet of the same designation.  In this Anime, a Swedish Gripen was R-n-R’d to become a hybrid Human-Xi craft capable of fighting the Xi itself — the technologically-advanced alien race plaguing humanity in this show.  Gripen the girl is a gynoid created using Xi technology, who is wired to fly the Gripen — or, is supposed to!

See, poor Gripen can only fly well when her favourite guy is close to her.  And, she’s the only one who’s like that; the other two hybrid-jet girls don’t have that “issue.”  So, the guy in question eventually has to sit in the cockpit with Gripen and try to stay conscious for as long as humanly possible — which is a lot harder than with normal jets because these hybrids can maneuver like the Xi can, easily topping 10-G’s and going far beyond the human limit of gravity tolerance.

Inasmuch as the show reminds me of Arpeggio and Strike Witches, I found it to be a rather enjoyable Anime.  Maybe you’ll enjoy it, too!

 

Anime Spotlight #58

It’s Yu-Gi-Oh‘s kawaii little sister-anime!

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What if Yugi were a girl?  Well, you’d have something like Fantasista Doll!

Young girls, and some boys, use an app-based card game to battle other app-holders for possession of their opponents’ cards.  The cards themselves are young girls in their own right, who won’t blindly follow their card-master so the master must earn the undying loyalty of those cards they own, and the rest are special-ability cards that the girls can use against their opponent.

Uno Uzume’s character is best described as “what you’d get if Haifuri‘s Akeno Misaki played card games competitively instead of pursuing a life in the Navy.”  She has a clue what she’s doing, yet, at the same time, not really.  When she wins a battle, it’s often from sheer dumb luck than anything else.  She’s hardly ever down on herself, and thinks of her cards as part of her family as opposed to mere cards to be used towards a card-master’s end-goal.

And, because this wouldn’t be the truest stereotypical Magical Girl Anime without it, Uno’s gotta be routinely visited by some random handsome dude giving her a quick pick-me-up before f-king off again….

The Rafflesia Man from Fantasista Doll

Anime Spotlight #57

Feminists harping on Alita and Shield Hero better stay the hell away from this Anime below!

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A “Claymore” named Theresa strolls into town one day and murders the f–k out of a handful of Youma; a girl is freed from a Youma’s slavery in the process, and she masochistically clings to Theresa’s side.  She eventually warms to the girl, and gives her the name Clare since she’s become her other half; when the day comes for Theresa to be put down, she and Clare run off and escape the Organization at least for a while.  However, Theresa finally meets her match and is killed; Clare then turns to the Organization, and, using Theresa’s blood, becomes a Claymore herself.  Things then come full circle for Clare as she saves a young man’s life, and then chooses to hang with her despite her wishing a normal life for him.

“Claymore,” also the name of this Anime, is what Human-Youma hybrids are called; I presume they’re called that mainly because of the “claymore” longswords those particular girls wield to fight and kill Youma.  Because people tend to damn what they don’t understand, Claymores in this show are usually feared — even if they know the Claymores cannot harm them.  Claymores are employed by the “Organization,” a cabal of, presumably human, men who create Claymores from abandoned young girls and train them to be endlessly loyal to the Organization and to kill Youma wherever they appear.  Being half-Youma, Claymores must watch how much power they use in combat; using enough of their power may cause them to “awaken,” thus becoming fully Youma themselves.

Don’t worry, I haven’t spoiled much for you here.  There’s 26 episodes, subbed or dubbed, available to be enjoyed, so go ahead and check it out!  You’ll be glad you did!

Anime Spotlight #56

I’m pretty sure many support mains feel this guy’s pain…

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Yup, we’re going there!

“Blame everything on your support — the Anime” is probably the most concise way of getting the gist of Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari).  Another way one could put it is, “Why men are going MGTOW — the Anime.”

Shield Hero follows in Goblin Slayer‘s footsteps by ensuring only those who aren’t “NPC’s” will be able to enjoy it in its full glory, by slapping a hell of a first episode down on our faces.  Those who can’t or won’t face reality are never gonna appreciate the Truths those Anime have to give in their later episodes; brilliant, in my opinion!

For example, while Naofumi — the titular “Shield Hero” — is slapped with a false rape claim and is then forced to eke it out alone.  In passing episodes he slowly learns how to trust people again while working to keep himself free from further being dragged through mud.  Thanks, Raphtalia!  Best girl, hands down!

In the end, Shield Hero is exactly about learning to face Reality and being able to succeed in spite of it.  Like in the show, this is done with one or more good and honest friends and the ability to show those who treat you a certain way, whether well or ill, with the courtesy they deserve — though, if you can, prove yourself the better man against assholes by overcoming them through good deeds!

 

Anime Spotlight #55 (7.1?)

Remember ViVid Strike!…?  Well, say hello to Vivio’s “mom”!

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It’s been three years since I first saw ViVid Strike!, so how I missed all the “back-story” of that Anime until very recently is beyond me….

Welcome to the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha universe!

This whole story begins way back around the time of Cardcaptor Sakura, or a bit afterward, with Nanoha and Nanoha A’s:  We meet fourth-grader Nanoha as a normal girl (no surprise there), who, one day, just so happens to happen upon an injured ferret who, in reality, is a mage, named Yuuno, from another world (also not very surprising).  Nanoha then becomes the Sailor Moon version of Cardcaptor Sakura and tries to collect a number of crystalline relics for her ferret friend — in a race against a troubled adversary whom she ends up defeating and then befriending.  Nanoha, and the once-adversary Fate, then have to face off against a grimoire’s quartet of avatars, in A’s, all while the grimoire’s afflicted owner is blissfully unaware of everything going on (until the end, when she uses her power to fix the broken grimoire at long freaking last…).

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In Nanoha StrikerS, Nanoha and her magical friends are all grown up and subsequently stupidly powerful.  So, it’s only natural that they wanna spend substantial time training newbies in magical girl-ness (“gayer-than-rainbows” gynoid Subaru among them) all-the-while some bad guy’s trying to kill them all off.  It is during this series that some of the familiar ViVid Strike! characters are introduced — including Vivio (a test-tube baby who manages to escape her captivity), Lutecia (a summoner child with “troubles,” is a teenaged Sister in ViVid who helps organize the “fight-of-ages” between Fuuka and Rinne), Nove (owner of the gym Fuuka attends, who’s a teenaged “numbers” test-tube creation based on Subaru in StrikerS), and even Miura at the very end of StrikerS (she appears as a little kid in a photo with Vice during the end-credits of the very last episode).

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Finally, we have Nanoha ViVid!  With this series come fresh new animation style and story into the mix.  This series, in short, is the primer for the events of ViVid Strike!, and more of the familiar ViVid fighters are introduced alongside being re-familiarized with some of the “old favourites.”  Many of the “numbers” from StrikerS are now Sisters of the church of “Sankt Kaiser,” and Nove is working to become a coach and trainer for fighters.  Vivio, Nanoha, and Fate are now a proper family, and Vivio herself is beginning her training with Nove as a celebrity fighter.  Miura is being trained by Hayate’s grimoir’s avatars Vita and Zafira, and has yet to transfer to Nove’s team.  Einhart is this series’ Rinne, feeling she has to be the strongest person alive and that the whole world is against her — though, she has a far more “sway-able” heart than Rinne it seems; only two episodes in, she’s already trying to work alongside Nove, Vivio, and the others.

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All caught up, now!  Now…, consider how ALL this would be very different if Yuuno had the magical prowess to collect the “jewel seeds” on his own…!

If you were like me, and happened to watch ViVid Strike! before all the Nanoha lead-up series, well thankfully ViVid is stand-alone enough that it doesn’t really matter.  That said, as I’ve found, knowing where those characters ultimately came from made re-watching ViVid afterward a lot more enlightening.