ANIME, DISCUSSION – If you have followed through the second season of the Attack on Titan series, the ending theme and its animation visuals are full of references but for us, viewers, we have little to no clue as to what they represent. I’ll be going detail-by-detail of what I think about the ending theme’s visuals and make sense of it all.
ANIME, DISCUSSIONS – After listening to the opening theme song for the anime series, Guilty Crown, which is My Dearest by the Japanese band supercell, I couldn’t help but get interested in this show. The visuals and lyrics of the song felt tied to the story of the show and I had to know what was the whole deal.
ANIME, DISCUSSION – Ymir as a character has unexpectedly grown in terms of character development. In the first season, she was nothing short of this douche-y tomboy who had a thing for another female character, Christa. However, as we see her in every episode of the second season, she has indeed grown.
DISCUSSION – When I mean “deep anime”, I am referring to anime series that tend to use wordy, complex and metaphorical dialogue and processes that might seem to be a headache for a casual viewers to understand.
After watching the first episode of the anime series, SAGRADA RESET, I was left thinking to myself – “what makes a complex anime series great or bad?”
I want to put the Monogatari series as an example for this article. The charm of this anime series is not mainly because of the fighting, the softcore ecchi but the witty, and intelligent remarks the characters give whilst they communicate.
Over the course of time, people have always said that it takes away some sort of realism when a male high school student converse as if he was writing an essay about social norms but that’s just it – this is what makes the anime great. Coupled with great humor, some ecchi, and seriousness, the Monogatari series shaped up to be one of the most head-turning anime series every time they release a new season for it.
The good thing about anime series that tend to go in-depth is that we learn more and more about the world they are in and we can further understand the events unfolding around them.
But an anime series with characters that talk seriously and in-depth doesn’t work if they don’t include one important aspect – how do viewers relate to these characters?
Sagrada Reset lacked in character depth to be able to appeal to the majority of its viewers for its first episode. The dialogue was interesting and deep coupled with the great usage of metaphors and short moral stories but in the end, it was for naught as these characters were not, in any way, relatable to anyone at all.
It felt like someone wrote an essay about astrophysics and it was read aloud by a toddler. It doesn’t feel, in any way, somewhat real in order for the viewers to relate with these characters. But then again, anime is a story-form based on mostly fiction so it’s not really expected to be real. However, we should at least be able to relate with these characters but the anime series fails to do this in its first episode.
So what’s the bottom-line here?
An anime series can have deep, complex, wordy, and interesting dialogues and characters but in order for it to sell to most people, it should be at least relatable.
Series that pull this off are the Monogatari series, Hyouka, Oregairu and many more.
These anime series pride themselves in having witty and wordy dialogue, intricate scenarios and premises whilst maintain entertainment by keeping their characters in check.
However in the end, it all comes down to what a person is interested in. Is he/she a casual viewer? Or does he/she long for more deeper and intricate story lines in order to pique his/her interest?
I, for one, am the latter.
I love stories that go deeper and explore ideas that I’ve never thought of before. It makes me think and ponder about how things are possible or not.
What about you? Do you love stories that are more deep and intricate? Or do you prefer stories that cut to the chase with all the actions and the like?
Leave your opinion in the comments below!
DISCUSSION – It has been a long time since I have followed closely with the releases each season due to being pressed for time. In this article, I will be sharing the different anime series that I am quite excited and intrigued for this spring season.
1. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2
After receiving a lot of hype for its first season, it is not a doubt that Shingeki no Kyojin will be part of this list.
The first season ended up with people asking a lot of questions: the titans in the wall, Eren’s basement, Annie being a titan and more. All of these questions need to be answered by this second season.
I hope that is the case for this season and there will be no similar cliffhangers or plot holes for us to banter about.
2. DanMachi: Sword Oratoria
DanMachi’s first season had some sort of arguments whether it was great or not. Was it just another Sword Art Online copy?
For me, it is not the case since this is the kind of setting the anime series is in. It is not similar to Sword Art Online’s case where the characters are trapped. No, the setting in DanMachi is the characters’ reality.
This season of DanMachi will apparently focus on Aiz Wallenstein, the female swordsman (best grill) and her adventures in the Dungeon.
3. SAGRADA RESET
The story is set in a town where almost half of the population possesses some form of special power. The story centers around two high school students: Kei Asai, who has the ability to remember everything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can “reset” time to a maximum of three days.
Time travel has always been a wonderful and interesting concept to me, especially when it’s in a story.
The whole pairing of a guy who possesses a sharp memory and a girl who resets time makes me wonder about the possibilities.
Say that you witnessed someone’s death – the girl can reset the time whilst the guy can remember every specific detail and work out some sort of plan to avoid such event.
But then again, that would cause some time travel problems which would require a whole other article for me to explain in.
Quite excited for this and I cannot wait.
4. Alice to Zouroku
The story centers around a girl who has the power to make her imaginations into reality. She and other girls who possess the same power are locked up in a research facility and are treated as subjects.
Sana has a specific power where she ignores the laws of physics and can bring anything into reality (literally).
However, she escapes the research facility and meets an old man named Zouroku (oh no) who takes her in (oh no), to his annoyance.
I am quite intrigued at two things: first, how her power actually works and secondly, why does this old man take her in? Just because? Or does he have ulterior motives?
Because of these two things, I am putting Alice to Zouroku as one of my anticipated anime series for this spring season.
5. Tsuki ga Kirei
Tsuki ga Kirei catches my eye because of three things:
Firstly, it is a romance anime and I have a knack for anime series in this genre. Secondly, the studio working on this is feel. which worked on Oregairu’s second season. To top it all off, the director is the same one who did Angel Beats.
This is a wonderful thing because, judging from the preview video alone, it is going to be a slice-of-life, romance anime series which might have similar vibes to Angel Beats and Oregairu.
Tsuki ga Kirei will be one of my most anticipated anime series for this season because of these reasons.
What about you? What anime series are you excited for this spring season? Share in the comment section below!
FIRST LOOK – A surge of Mass Effect: Andromeda videos have been uploaded to Youtube, as of late, by various channels. Since I am unable to purchase a copy of this game, I will basing my thoughts from the various videos I have viewed in entirety on the first two missions of the game.
I would like to point out that I have never seen nor played the Mass Effect trilogy and thus I have no prior knowledge of the game’s universe. The basis for this article is only the events that happened during the first few missions of the Mass Effect: Andromeda game and nothing else.
The game begins in the Milky Way galaxy in the 22nd century, where humanity endeavors to colonize the far-distant planets of the Andromeda Galaxy. The player assumes the role of either Scott or Sara Ryder who joins the expedition and wakes up in Andromeda after a six-hundred year cryo-sleep.
Personally, a setting where humans are about to colonize far-distant worlds in space and you, as the player, are one of the key figures in making that a possibility, is something I adore a lot.
In this game, you play the role of Pathfinder in either Scott or Sara Ryder. As Pathfinder, you are to scout out new worlds where colonists can be safe to set up outposts and start colonizing. It is also set in a time where humans have contact with other alien species and have started cooperating with them. According to the backstory presented in the game, there seems to be a technological breakthrough after humans went to Mars and discovered alien technology.
In terms of story line, Mass Effect: Andromeda does a great job of getting you into the role where you explore the entire galaxy in search of worlds fit for human colonization. The game allows you to choose your dialogue creating different scenarios throughout your gaming experience. It also gives you a sense of urgency as resources are running short for the expedition therefore forcing you to quickly scout out one world after the next. Though, it does not affect the gameplay too much sadly.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is a open-world game where you can select any world you want to go through your ship, the Tempest. The player is free to complete the main objectives, side missions, and other odd jobs that are scattered all throughout the Andromeda galaxy.
In a part of the mission, the character you play as will somehow be incorporated to an artificial intelligence therefore boosting your abilities in different ways which affects combat and storyline. Honestly, this is a bit of a dark spot for me as there is no clear information from the two missions how such a thing is possible.
After looking at the first missions, Mass Effect: Andromeda shows a lot of promise and gives you the feel of space colonization. Fight off hostile aliens, a little bit of politics, and survival – it is one interesting and entertaining game to play.
I do hope to own a copy someday and experience it to the fullest but I can only look through other people’s experiences for the moment.
DISCUSSION – As of late, various anime series have gotten really popular to the point that they have been adapted into many media forms. While this is certainly a sign that anime has gone global and is being adored by an even diverse, bigger audience, there are some problems.
Why do we love an anime series? One of the main reasons why is the storyline. When things get adapted into a new media form, there are some changes needed to be done to make the story “work” in the media form it is being adapted into.
For example, let’s say we have a successful visual novel like Clannad. In a visual novel, the reader gets to choose what path the main character takes thus changing the events, relationships, and the like in a story.
What if during your walk-through of the Clannad visual novel, you chose to end up with Ryou – one of the main heroines of the game. Sure, we could have that in the anime adaptation but what about the rest of the gals? How would the story pan out? Would it be appealing to you, the viewer?
Before the anime adaptation is set into motion, things have to be changed in regards to the story and character development since we can’t have every single route of a visual novel adapted into anime – otherwise, it would’ve been a harem.
Same goes with a live-action film adaptation, it needs to work with the media form and its intended audience.
In the Hollywood film, Edge of Tomorrow, where Tom Cruise played as the main character, the director based the film on the 2004 light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
In this film, the planet Earth is under invasion by alien species called Mimics. However, these alien species and their appearances are very different from the manga and light novel adaptations of All You Need Is Kill.
In the manga adaptation, the mimics appeared as some sort of spherical floating creatures resembling that of bacteria. However, in the Hollywood film, they have changed their appearances to some sort of cunning wolves of metal and electricity. Instead of floating, they are fast objects that would kill you in a heartbeat before you will even notice.
It is these minor changes that make an adaptation sell. The audience in the West would not have been entertained by floating balls in the sky as the film’s main villains. To make it sell, they needed to give a feeling of thrill and action that would be familiar to a western audience.
The reason why live-action film adaptations of anime fail to live up to expectations is because they are too reliant on the original source. Directors need to understand the source material of the anime they are adapting then change some minor details so that it would actually work in a film media platform.
Let’s take Death Note, for example. Seriously do we actually need to fit every detail of a character’s description from the anime series? I mean, it doesn’t make sense when it becomes a live-action film adaptation. It does not give appeal and it is just downright cringe or hilarious watching this.
And we’ve got a CGI-Shinigami in the live-action film… Seriously, it is just too cringe and hilarious that probably most viewers wouldn’t even take this film seriously.
We could’ve gotten a human who could fill Ryuk’s role, yeah? Hell, we could have Tom Hiddleston play as Ryuk or whatever name change we could do to fit a more global audience.
The bottom-line here is that most live-action film adaptations of anime and manga stick too much to the original work without consideration if the actual film will come out good or not. There are some anime and manga that won’t work if you adapt it as it is. That’s why we call it an “adaptation” – to adapt something from its original media form in order to appeal more audiences.
What about you? Do you think all live-action film adaptations of anime and manga need to follow the original work? Or do you think people working on the film need to understand their based storyline more clearly?
NEWS – Civilization’s Youtube channel has just published a video yesterday unveiling the newest addition to the roster of civilizations, Persia.
In Civilization 6, the Persian civilization is lead by Cyrus the Great.
Cyrus’ leader bonus is called Fall of Babylon. It allows the player to declare surprise wars with less diplomatic penalties and gives all Persian units bonus movement after declaring war.
With this leader bonus, the player can freely declare war on any other civilization in the game without suffering the heavy warmongering penalties. It’s quite a pain when you really need to declare war on someone but you just can’t due to the fear of being denounced by everyone in the game. Worry not, for this bonus will save you from those pesky peace-loving hippies.
It allows gives you a head start with the bonus unit movement. This bonus movement allows you to mobilize your units more quickly and hopefully start dealing damage to your enemy.
This leader bonus is historically accurate since it contradicts Tomyris’ leader bonus which she dislikes surprise wars. In history, Tomyris and Cyrus were not exactly in the best of terms so it is quite nice how the developers added this in.
The Persian civilization bonus is called Satrapies. You receive a free trade route after completing the Political Philosophy civic and receive more bonuses from internal trade routes.
This bonus is extremely beneficial in a scenario where there is no safe trade route other than your own cities, most probably happening during a war. You can be at war or be under pressure from surrounding barbarians and still have a fairly healthy economy.
The Persian civilization’s unique unit is called the Immortal. It is a melee and ranged unit which replaces the swordsman and has a strong combat defense. Judging by the reveal video, this unit has a ranged attack of two tiles.
This unit is extremely useful if you want to dish out some damage without getting hit yourself. You can range attack a city and when it is down to low health, you can most probably melee attack in order to capture it. Still not sure regarding the melee part though but since it is a swordsman replacement, it wouldn’t make sense if it didn’t have a melee attack.
Lastly, the Persian civilization’s unique improvement is called the Pairideza. This improvement provides culture, gold and appeal. It gets bonuses from adjacent districts and city centers. Provides more yields in later eras.
This improvement could prove useful if you are going for the culture victory or you are just short on gold.
That’s all the current information regarding the new civilization.
How will you lead your civilization? Will it stand the test of time?
REVIEW – Over the span of four volumes, Rooster Teeth has been constantly improving its animation as seen through their animated series “RWBY”. From the clunky and robotic movements in its first volume, this show has come a long way.
After watching the entire volume, I can sum the whole plot in just a few words: “The fairy tale is over”. In the first three volumes, we were always fixated on team RWBY and their antics at Beacon Academy. They experienced a lot of happy, thrilling, and depressing moments but not quite as much as a huge pitfall like in the fourth volume.
The fourth volume takes place after the events in the fall of Beacon.
Ruby Rose along with Jaune, Nora and Ren have taken it upon themselves to seek revenge upon the people responsible for destroying what they love. Yang is recovering after losing her arm in a fight against the White Fang leader. Weiss has been snatched away by her father and is living the life in Atlas. Blake, still reeling from the events, has fled to her hometown of Menagerie.
Out of all the four volumes, this has to be my most favorite so far. It focuses on each of the characters’ development and reactions to the events during the fall of Beacon.
Jaune, being the most affected by these events, is still not coming to terms with Phyrra’s death. This is clearly seen by how he has kept mementos of her on his person – like her weapons, the training lessons and many more.
Ruby has shown to have matured in this volume as the fairy tale is slowly crumbling around her. Unlike before where she was surrounded with friendly people, she is now stranded in a world where there’s too few good left.
Blake has succumbed to her former self and has started blaming herself over what happened to Yang and the events during the fall of Beacon – how she was helpless and unable to do anything useful.
Nora and Ren have been given deeper backstory on how they ended up with each other.
The animation has been done wonderfully considering how fluid the characters’ actions have become and how the environments are getting even more detailed by each episode.
The soundtrack for this volume has been rather done well by Casey Lee Williams. The melodies and lyrics used in each song have clearly set the mood of the entire volume – one filled with chaos, fear and yet hope.
In this volume, we’ve seen more new places like Menagerie, Mistral, Atlas. We’ve also learned more of the world’s history such as the two brothers of light and darkness and how they are related to the Grimm.
This entire volume has been basically a setup for future progressions in the fifth volume. It is the build up towards the endgame wherein the forces of good and evil will clash to settle things once for all.
It was a wonderful watch and I can’t wait for the events that’ll unfold in the fifth volume.