(Hy)Lights #26: The STRAIN (First Impressions)

Hello, folks!!

Looking for a vampire series that isn’t all about shoddy-written romance or lots of sex? (And yes, you can use a break from all the sex.) Want something more out of the vampire genre? Like tension? A surprising good story? That’s on a cable network? Then look no further than FX’s The Strain.

What is The Strain, you say?

Well, The Strain is a new TV series adapted from a trilogy of novels entitled The Strain Trilogy written by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Logan. Two other books, The Fall and The Night Eternal followed after the first novel. The series does have Del Toro and Logan involved as creators/executive producers of the project as well as writing and directing the pilot with Lost producer Carlton Cuse is also involved as a producer here.

A Boeing 767 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

I have heard about The Strain novels for some time and wonder how will it translate into TV, considering the creature du jour is a form of vampire and I think this is the right time to release it since the vampire craze has been going on a decline since 2012 but the thing is will it be a transition for the better?

Well, from watching the pilot, I say that this is looking quite well.

First off, I like that the suspense and tension builds up so well into the mystery of what cause these people to die or convert into a vampire. The horror elements felt as they were genuinely haunting, not in the sense to scare me but more of staring at something horrifying but not put off by it.

The human elements of more of a mixed bag for me, as one hand, characters like Dr. Goodweather, Setrakian and some of the crew of the Canary project do carry some of the show in terms of the main plot. But character sub-plots like Goodweather’s ex-wife, her new man and them going through this divorce and their kid is involved with the whole “you care more about your work than you do me” shtick and this one character named Gus, who is type-casted gangbanger character who somehow gets involved in this ordeal can be meandering and mostly predictable. That’s not to say that the whole season is going to be like this…..at least, we hope not. Although, the second episode has improved from the pilot, expanding on how the disease has a dire effect on its remaining survivors, going more in-depth with Setrakian’s character and even the side character Gus was decent at best.

I still have hope for this series to be a great show for FX as they do carry out some great series on their network, especially their dramas (although I’m hearing mixed things about Tyrant and I’m mixed on that, too.)

As for if I plan to keep watching the show, yes, I do plan so.

I’m quite invested in this series enough to want to know what’s going to happen in the coming of weeks ahead, albeit some mishaps in the character development department. For those that want their horror fix, this could peek your interest for you.

The grade it gets so far is a High SOLID B (8.5/10).

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the effected into one huge world takeover.

 

THE STRAIN – courtesy of FX Productions

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: BLACK BUTLER: Book of Circus

My, oh my!

Haven’t it been a week since I reviewed this title in particular? Or more like, the first two series in particular. Yes, you already knew that I’ve gave Black Butler Season 1 and 2 the Anime Discovery review treatment, and now, this last entry into the TOTS Summer 2014 Edition, we check out Black Butler: Book of Circus.


Director: Noriyuki Abe

 

Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino

 

Screenplay:
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Ichiro Okouchi
Yuka Miyata

 

Music: Yasunori Mitsuda

 

Original creator: Yana Toboso

 

Character Design:
Chisato Kawaguchi (sub)
Minako Shiba

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Internet Streaming: FUNimation.com, Hulu

Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment

Plot Synopsis: In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!

First Thoughts: So, yes, this series takes place where Season 1 has left off as if Season 2 never existed (and also I heard a lot of people did not like Season 2 at all and they were harsher on it than me) and everything is back on status quo with Sebastian continuing being the unseen force of a butler and tolerating everybody else. This episode has a fun atmosphere that didn’t completely distract the overall plot of the series and it does retain that mystery vibe that makes the show for what it is. It is more of a set-up to what comes next into the upcoming season. Characters are still likable so far, A-1′S animation is still superb (I’ve been saying a lot of positive things about A-1 Picture shows lately) and the opening theme, in my opinion, is actually better than the first two put together.

So, all-in-all, this could end up being even better than the first season overall but I’m not willing to make too much of a bit on that. But still, this gets a solid CONTINUE WEEKLY for me. This definitely has potential to soar high in being a great chapter to an otherwise decent series.


And that’s actually it for TIME OF THE SEASON this season. Yep, this is all the shows I’m covering. Any future thoughts on that….yeah, I might tweet them as it goes along @MAK2HybridMedia.

 

And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, being one hell of an anime reviewer!!!

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: PERSONA 4 the GOLDEN Animation

You know, I have been traveling to this mysterious TV world before in my many (but on-hold) adventures of anime reviewing and battling the strangest beings there. Although the first time I tried going inside, I ended up paying for a new TV set I didn’t want and going to the hospital to check for internal bleeding.

Anyways, here’s Persona 4: The Golden Animation.


Chief Director: Seiji Kishi

 

Director: Tomohisa Taguchi

 

Music:
Shoji Meguro
Tetsuya Kobayashi

 

Original Character Design: Shigenori Soejima

Character Design: Yuu Shindou

Persona Design: Shigenori Soejima

Persona Design Concept: Kazuma Kaneko

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Daisuki, Aniplex Channel

Licensor: Aniplex of America

Plot Summary: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family’s circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.

First Thoughts: So Persona 4 rides again as an anime adaptation but with a little change this time with it being the animation studio (A-1 Pictures, as AIC is apparently R.I.P. – are they really out of business though?), the episode count being 12 episodes as opposed to the 24 the first series got and a new added character to mixed things up and I did like the Persona 4 anime when it first came out, despite some minor problems in there although I didn’t play the game nor do I care to. But as for this series’ first impression? Yeah, this is a reboot but it didn’t felt like I was watching the same thing but it wasn’t entirely too different from the first series. It does have a steady faster pace, as in, they probably going to cut some of the filler and add on more with the new character Marie and as for her, she seems…..um…..OK-ish for the time being. For the animation, I really couldn’t tell some of the difference from A-1 to AIC as they both have the similar style and feel to them and of course, the music is still plenty great to listen to and hopefully can be as good as the music in the first series.


However, I’m going to go with CONTINUE BI-WEEKLY. Why? Because while I find no big faults in here, I’m not really much of a hurry to watch and finish it. There is some good in here but not enough to watch it on a weekly basis.

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the PERSONA into the TV World.

*tries to go inside the TV world again but TV falls on my leg*

I’M FINE!!!! Ow, my leg.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: Terror of RESONANCE

Nothing says summer like a bunch of high schooled terrorists in Tokyo, right?

Right?

RIGHT!?!?

How can I transition well from this scenario? Hey, Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno are BACK!!! (Again). This is Terror of Resonance.

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe

Music: Yoko Kanno

Character Design: Kazuto Nakazawa

Art Director: Hidetoshi Kaneko

Cgi Director: Yuushi Koshida

Director of Photography: Hitoshi Tamura

Animation Production: Mappa

Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment

Internet Streaming: FUNimation.com, Hulu


Plot Summary: In an alternate iteration of the present, Tokyo has been hit by a terrorist attack that has devastated the city, with the only evidence of the culprits being a confusing video uploaded to the internet, which only spreads paranoia throughout Japan. Unbeknownst to the authorities is that the terrorist masterminds who call themselves “Sphinx” are two teenaged boys, who go by the names Nine and Twelve, who apparently should not exist and have decided to wake up the world with their heinous plans of death and destruction with their fingers on the trigger.


First Thoughts: I know for those who read my reviews that I’m a huge fan of Shinichiro Watanabe and I loved almost every one of his works (hell, Space Dandy 2nd Season TOTS review proved that) but I got a feeling most people might be turned off by this series due to……well……you know, terrorism, 9/11, high school kids being the terrorists……but yet, I wasn’t exactly shocked by this. I knew coming in it would be like this and as it goes on, I want to see more of the show. I know, I know, once again, Watanabe has smitten me into his stories but he has a way of drawing you in the story and characters. Speaking of characters, Kokonoe and Kumi, or “Twelve” and “Nine”, as they are called respectively are both characters I’m actually really invested in knowing about, although I will say while Nine is OK as a character, I actually liked Twelve more because he’s a type of silent but stealth character type that attracts me more and Lisa, the main girl who was being bullied in high school is also another typical character but once again, it never seems to annoy me. Then again, I have become more interested in knowing about these characters in recent anime rather than go for the action firsthand, which was done fantastically with the opening scene and props to MAPPA, the studio behind Watanabe’s other previous show Kids on The Slope, for animating it very consistently. And of course, with the music being done by Yoko Kanno, I got to say….this is a good score, I like it but it hasn’t hit me where I would love it yet, but I’m sure with 10 more episodes on the way, I can like it.

So, yes, as you expected I like the first episode of Terror of Resonance and I will CONTINUE WEEKLY with this as I think the show will continue to get more interesting as it goes along. So, basically, I’m in Watanabe Heaven with this and Space Dandy for 2014.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the terror in TOKYO!!

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: ARGEVOLLEN!!!!!!!

I feel like every time the title of this show comes out, you just got to scream out its name like ARRGHHH VOLLLEN!!!! I wonder why this isn’t a pirate anime. *suddenly remembers One Piece* Oh, nevermind. Anyway, ARGEVOLLEN!!!


Director: Atsushi Ootsuki

 

Series Composition: Tatsuo Sato

 

Script: Tatsuo Sato (ep 1)

 

Storyboard:
Atsushi Ootsuki (ep 1)
Hiroaki Yoshikawa (ep 1)

 

 

Music: Kotaro Nakagawa

 

Character Design: Yūichi Oka

Animation Production: Xebec

 

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks

Plot Synopsis: The story takes place in a world where two countries, Arandas and Ingelmia, have been warring against each other for a very long time. Tokimune, a young man belonging to the eighth autonomous unit of Arandas, saves a girl named Jamie when she is attacked by enemy forces. In order to survive, he rides the new weapon Argevollen and fights.

First Thoughts: Wow, we just got back to the good ‘ol boring mecha anime, have we? Despite the name sounding very amusing, the anime in question is not. What we got here is just the typical mecha war story of some guy just getting into this war of something and if you felt like you seen this before, you probably already have. For some reason, I was really getting Nobunaga the Fool vibes from this….and this is not a good thing. I ended up dropping The Fool after 3 episodes and I haven’t even bothered looking back at it because it just feels so bland. The whole set-up and execution is really dull and tired and the animation is just the same and I’m surprised that this wasn’t a Sunrise anime…..it’s from XEBEC!!! Yeah, you remember Xebec, the ones that made Martian Successor Nadesico & LaGrange: The Flower of Rin-Ne, you know, two mecha shows that were more INTERESTING than this show.

You know what, if you want something mecha this season or any new good mecha series, just watch Aldnoah.Zero or better yet, continue on with Captain Earth. Yeah, at least that got some action and characters you give a shit about.

This gets the THE 3-EPISODE TREATMENT as in I’m giving this 3 more episodes and if it doesn’t get interesting in that time, I’m not checking back. Then again, I said the same thing about Mahouka and that’s a piece of shit and I’m still watching it due to completion.

 

I think I have more faith in ARGEVOLLEN!!!! Than I do with Mahouka.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the ARGEVOLLEN!!!! Into your AGREVOLLEN!!!!!

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: DRAMAtical Murder

Um…….*checks info on show* OK, this isn’t a SHAFT anime nor is it directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. That’s the good news. The bad news is…….I don’t know what to make of this. Again, another anime has stumped me. Am I that easily confused? Or this stupid? No, really, I’m asking you.

This is DRAMAtical Murder.


Director: Kazuya Miura

 

Series Composition:
Kabura Fuchii
Touko Machida

 

Screenplay:
Satoko Sekine
Touko Machida

 

Music: Yuuki Hayashi

 

Original Character Design: honyalala

 

Character Design:
Etsunobu Iwanaga (sub)
Yukiko Ban

Animation Production: NAZ

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensor: Unlicensed (at the time of this review)


Plot Summary: Aoba lives on Hekishima, a small island to the southwest of the main islands of Japan. He lives with his grandmother Tae while working part time at a junk shop. The popular pastimes on the island are the ongoing turf war called “Libstease” and an online game set in the virtual world of “Rhyme.” Aoba isn’t involved in either, preferring to live peacefully, until one day he is forced into a Rhyme battle.


First Thoughts: OK, maybe this isn’t as confusing as I made it out to be. The anime itself is based off of a Nitro+ChirAL visual novel game and boy, does it show. The mention of the virtual world “Rhyme” does remind me of something like Log Horizon and Accel World as this aspect was the only interesting thing happening in the series as everything else just really felt unmotivated, including its characters. The main lead, Aoba, is just another male character with really feminine hair with not much of a personality and of course, there’s a whole bunch of handsome dudes that some of the girls will squeal over but who cares about them? Anyway, the show does managed to draw you in this world of “Rhyme” and what goes along it although you might need to repeat watch just to get it. The animation and artwork is a little eccentric to say the least. I have never heard of Studio NAZ, whose only other work is Hamatora and I’ve never seen that but it is pretty off about it. The music is actually one of the better things about the show as it is something more digital, more of a style that I feel like should be more appreciated in music scores, whether it be TV, film or animation.


However, I’m just gonna WAIT TO MARATHON because while the premise sounds good, it doesn’t exactly excites you to watch it that quickly.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Rhymes and Reason into this world.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: Akame ga KILL!

You know, upon watching the first episode, I ask myself two things:

  1. I know some Twitter people I follow talk about this anime getting made and how much they enjoyed the manga and also said this show might have a Toonami airing in the future.
  2. Who in the hell would fight in a sweater and cardigan?!? That’d be like fighting somebody wearing what your next door neighbor might wear.

Anyway, here’s Akame ga Kill!


Director: Tomoki Kobayashi

Series Composition: Makoto Uezu

Music: Taku Iwasaki

 

Original creator:
Takahiro
Tetsuya Tashiro

 

Character Design: Kazuhisa Nakamura

Animation Production: WHITE FOX

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks


Plot Summary: Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.

First thoughts: Well, there’s blood and gore and girls! There you go! 10/10. GOODBYE!

OK, seriously, the show does have a way of drawing you in although I do see some Shonen-like trappings in there (like seeing a well-endowed woman and saying ‘BOOBS’ a lot. We get it. She’s….well, grew in some areas. That’s not really helping here and also her name is Leone in case to clarify it) and some few things that just seems rather stupid and convoluted….and also the main character Tatsumi is naïve as all hell. But however, when Akame and her group of assassins finally appear in, that’s when the good amount of action delivers and there be a lot of blood and gore and one twist that I didn’t expect, but then again for those that read the manga, you probably knew it was going to happen but I’m watching this solely based on an anime standpoint, not just an anime adaptation front so this is all new to me. Also, the animation is fairly good but not something I expected from WHITE FOX, the studio behind Steins;Gate and the poor man’s Black Lagoon, Jormungand. Music-wise, I like the ending theme more the opening theme as the OP really didn’t appeal to me to any sort of way and it sounds awfully generic.

As for it overall so far, I would still consider to watch this despite some of the problems it has but hopefully it could get more interesting in the long run since it is mostly a 2-cour show from what I heard and it doesn’t always act like a typical shounen series and actually progresses more into its story and characters (especially its characters).

So in other words, this gets a CONTINUE WEEKLY.

Yep.

I’m watching this every Sunday it comes on. Please don’t blow it.

 

 

Anyway, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the—BOOBS, I mean WOMEN!! – Oh, fuck, I’m gonna lose my female fanbase, won’t I?

Wait, do I even have a female fanbase?

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: SHONEN Hollywood

Get ready to jump and dance and sing for this next anime entry on Time of the Season!! Wait, me dancing? And singing? That’s two things that I don’t do in front of audiences….although I’m not doing this live. I’m still not doing that, though. Anyway, here is Shonen Hollywood.

Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi

Series Composition: Ikuyo Hashiguchi

Music: Tetsuji Hayashi

Original creator: Ikuyo Hashiguchi

Character Design: Kei Tsuchiya

Animation Production: ZEXCS

Internet Streaming: FUNimation.com, Hulu

Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment


Plot Summary: Fifteen years ago Shonen Hollywood was a legendary boy band which would pack the Hollywood Tokyo Theater night after night. Nowadays 17-year-old Kakeru goes to that same theater each day to practice in the shadow of that tradition. He was aimlessly working a part-time job until he got recruited to be a potential idol singer, and now he and four other young studs are practicing to become the next how new thing to drive girls’ hearts wild.

First thoughts: SO………Yeah, this show. I admit the concept of this story is pretty alright with the pop idol business aspect and the wanting to be famous. It’s like a coming of age story but with boy bands. The problem with this is……no one in this anime is that interesting and I barely have any concern for most of the characters. Most of the boy band members has one-dimensional personalities that are just, “I want to be an IDOL!!” and I really don’t know who’s who, although I really don’t care less because they are just a bunch of boring pretty boys (and yes, if they were girls, I would say the same thing) and if you just want some eye-candy from the main characters, you’d be better off watching Free instead (and I don’t care that much about that anime). The animation and art work is fine as this is one of ZEXCS’ works that doesn’t make me want to throw something at the screen and the music…..ugh, it’s not that bad but it is very, very, very (times infinity) lame.

If I had a choice, I would just WAIT TO MARATHON THIS because while this really didn’t click with me, I think I need more episodes to convince me to watch it all the way through.

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the pop idols singing into one stage.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: SPACE DANDY (Season 2)

Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the show that started it all is back for a 2nd season. That’s right. The Dandy Man is back again on Toonami (with an English dub) and of course, simulcast in Japan the day after. This is Space Dandy (2nd Season).


Chief Director: Shinichiro Watanabe

Director: Shingo Natsume

Script:
Dai Sato
Keiko Nobumoto
Kimiko Ueno

Character Design: Yoshiyuki Ito

Spaceship Design: Thomas Romain

Animation Production: BONES

Broadcaster:
Adult Swim
(US)
Cartoon Network
(US)
Toonami
(US)

 

Internet Streaming:
FUNimation.com, Hulu

 

Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment


Plot Summary: Space Dandy is a space hunter, someone who is paid to search for new, undiscovered alien species. It’s an industry where the prize goes to the person who finds aliens the fastest. Dandy searches unknown planets for strange beings with his companions, QT the worn-out robot and Meow from Betelgeuse. Meanwhile, they’re being chased by minions of the Gogol Empire, for reasons that are still a mystery.

First thoughts (well, the second time): Now if you want to know my first initial thoughts of the first season, LINK is right here and getting back into what I think is one of the best anime to premier in 2014 and I’m not saying that because I happen to be a fan of Shinichiro Watanabe (although, this summer, I might as well be in Watanabe heaven.) but because the show does have a good balance with the episodes being wonderfully comedic, outlandishly weird and even heartfelt in some episodes. Like I said during the first time, it does remind me of the show Sgt. Frog a lot with meta and 4th wall humor. Now maybe I’m just repeating what I said before but yeah, I still have a lot of love for this show. Sure, it’s a bit crazy and nonsensical but hey, sometimes we need a little of that in our anime now and then. They just know the right amount of insanity to put in there because so many shows can dangerously add too much in there and it becomes more annoying than funny. Animation is still excellent from BONES, the English voice acting from the FUNi dub is still superb with Ian Sinclair, Alison Viktorin & Joel McDonald as our main three, respectively and of course, the music is still kick-ass.

So….what should I rate th—It’s CONTINUE WEEKLY!!! You knew I was going for this rating.

 

And with that said, I’m MAK2.0 aka The B-L-E-U-H-I-……It’s Blue Hybrid, you get the point.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: ALDNOAH.Zero

I’m going to be prepared for a lot of bad shit to happen, won’t I?

Come on, I know who the main people involved in this is and what else they did together in the past, particular one show that I love watching last year and especially from one writer I’ve been praising for the last few months.

Yes, folks, this is Aldnoah.Zero.


Director: Ei Aoki

Series Composition: Katsuhiko Takayama

Music: Hiroyuki Sawano

Original creator: Gen Urobuchi

Character Design: Masako Matsumoto

Animation Production:
A-1 Pictures
TROYCA

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Daisuki, Aniplex Channel

Distributor: Aniplex of America

Plot Summary: In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission discovered a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Soon a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.

First thoughts: Let’s see: A planetary war between Earth and Mars and one of their representatives, Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia (really? Princess ASSeylum?) goes down there to settle things down there but guess what? TERRORISTS!!!! STUFF BLOWING UP!!! And a bunch of another things that’ll probably leave you scarred and holding your loved ones near the end and yes, a scene like that actually happened. The subplot with the kids on a field trip to see this conference is more on the ‘meh’ side but I take it as it is, even the kid knowing that some bad shit was going to go down. As I threw some hints about who’s involved in here, it’s directed by Ei Aoki and the original story credit is from Gen Urobuchi, the two whom worked together before in Fate/Zero (HA! Fate Zero, Aldnoah.Zero, they both have zeros!! Tee hee!! – I’ll stop.) Although Urobuchi is involved in writing some of the episodes, particularly the first one and like I said before, it’ll leave you in the fetal position, scared for your life.

So, is this show worth a watch? Definitely, yes! I will say it does get a little predictable in some cases, like you can see it coming a mile away but it does get you interested to see how it goes along in its 24-episode run. I do say that it does have more of a feel of Fate/Zero than Gargantia (and keep in mind, I actually like Gargantia.) The animation is quite superb and this is a joint-production of A-1 Pictures & Ei Aoki’s new animation company TROYCA and of course, the music is wonderfully done by Hiroyuki Sawano and Kalafina, singing the opening theme to the series.

The show gets a CONTINUE WEEKLY from me. Sure, it starts out slow but in the long run, it could be something worthwhile seeing.

 

And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Olympus Knights into the crossfire!