Archive for March, 2011

Level E 10 – Don’t Mess with Mermaids

Posted in Level E with tags on 03/15/2011 by Shinmaru

I like the hitman look the mermaid has going on this episode. Fitting her fins into those shoes must have been a bitch, though.

Anyway, I’m kind of impressed that Level E manages to pull off a solid serious episode involving the Color Rangers. What?? I think it’s because this episode is made with slightly more style than usual. The gun scene is particularly killer (pun intended, direct your tomatoes in this direction). The gun point of view, silent screaming and then the blood spatter on the screen — good, visceral touches right there.

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Fractale 8 – I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, But …

Posted in Fractale with tags on 03/12/2011 by Shinmaru

. . . more Nessa, please?! Or, to be more exact, more Nessa blowing shit up. I still don’t care about bouncy, happy-go-lucky retard Nessa.

I think Digiboy is basically spot on with his post about the episode. How is the audience supposed to care about what is happening when there are three episodes remaining, and we have but the vaguest idea of what is going on right now? There’s a lot of stuff thrown out there: The Fractale system, Lost Millennium, technology vs. nature, the key to the world, clones, virgin detectors, and so on and so forth. But that’s the problem right there — a lot of what’s used to cobble together the plot feels as if it’s just thrown out there with no regard to forming a coherent, cohesive narrative.

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We owe a bit of help.

Posted in Serious Business on 03/11/2011 by Shinmaru

I am not certain how many people there are who both read my rinky-dink little blog and are somehow unaware of the earthquake in Japan at this late stage of the day, but take a moment to read if you haven’t heard the news yet. It’s a terrible situation, although thankfully Japan is more prepared for this than anywhere in the world, so while the damage is truly terrible (hundreds of Japanese are dead), it is not nearly as bad as it could have been if an earthquake of this magnitude had struck elsewhere in Asia (or many other places in the world). And, thankfully, everyone I know in Japan — personally or as online acquaintances — seems to be OK. Hopefully, it is likewise for all of you.

Like ExecutiveOtaku over at THAT, I also encourage anyone with the means to do so to donate to your relief effort of choice. If any of us can lend a hand to our friends all over the globe, then I think we’re obligated to do so. The response after Hurricane Katrina was massive, after all, so should we not repay the world in kind? Personally, I donated to the GlobalGiving relief fund; it seems like a reputable organization to me. The Red Cross is also an option, of course, and I’m sure there will be plenty of other charitable organizations pitching in to help out. Even a few dollars is helpful.

Hopefully the relief effort goes as smoothly as possible in these trying times.

Kimi ni Todoke 34 – Joe Is a Fucking Idiot

Posted in Kimi ni Todoke with tags on 03/09/2011 by Shinmaru

If you’re like me and thinking of dinosaurs every time you look at these characters, then you probably hoped Kazehaya would suddenly spring up, whip out his toe claw and rip open Joe’s throat. I think Kazehaya is a dorky little wad of bland, but if he would have done that, then he would have my support for life.

Anyway, what, things HAPPEN in this episode?! Are we sure this is still Kimi ni Todoke? At least, things start to happen before Joe comes in and fucks everything up like he has ever since he toppled out of his mom’s gaping womb. Has Joe ever contributed anything of worth to anyone in his life? I doubt it. All he does is fail miserably and wander around waiting to start his next retard apocalypse. At least Pin inadvertently made Sawako feel better after crying. Joe delayed Sawako and Kazehaya getting their freak on for yet another episode. Way to go, fuckshit!

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Level E 9 – Sexy Time

Posted in Level E with tags on 03/07/2011 by Shinmaru

What would be the female insectoid equivalent of a cock block? Because Baka and company totally pulled that off on Saki.

Sure, she gets laid and contributes toward the growth of her species, but according to Saki’s talk with her mother (and they must be really close if that conversation didn’t turn awkward in a hurry, or perhaps these insects are just really open about sex because humans are the universe’s prudes), doing the nasty isn’t the height of ecstasy for them. No, it’s the feeling of watching an entire species die in the afterglow of mating that’s the best part (I imagine each generation’s queen smoking some sort of space cigarette while this is happening). But that’s not going to happen now . . . I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of a frustrated, horny insect, let me tell you.

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Fractale 7 – Creepy Old Man

Posted in Fractale with tags on 03/05/2011 by Shinmaru

Damn this old man and his Master Asia cosplay! He dishonors the title of Undefeated of the East!

Seriously, though, I guess no matter how old a guy gets, he never loses his taste for the titties. His doppel is freaking stacked, my god. I suppose when your spinal column is comprised of data, then you don’t have to worry about the strain of carrying prize-winning melons around all day. But why is he seducing little boys and putting dresses on them? You gotta get action where you can, I guess. Yuck.

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Kimi ni Todoke 33 – Miss Kuronuma, Tear Down that (Flimsy) Wall

Posted in Kimi ni Todoke with tags on 03/03/2011 by Shinmaru

I thought the aluminum can wall a rather appropriate metaphor for the wall between Kazehaya and Sawako: It’s hollow, malleable and easily kicked aside by anyone with the intelligence and will of a small child. So I am glad Sawako has decided to graduate to the status of small child.

In all seriousness, though, even my bitter heart could get behind the ending of this episode. As I’ve written in the past, I think Kimi ni Todoke is at its best when Sawako triumphs over the social paranoia that keeps her back, and not when it puts her through a needless emotional wringer. Sawako’s “FUCK THIS SHIT” moment is great, and something that had me cheering despite my feelings about the most recent episodes. She’s finally doing something for herself instead of kowtowing to people’s imaginary feelings. Good for her.

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