Anime Discovery II: ANOTHER – #122

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Another year, another Halloween, another time to scrounge around the horror anime genre and another time to either be shocked or disappointed in a title and guess what the anime in question to review is?

Well, the title of it is a no-brainer but still confusing to say when bringing it up.

When Kōichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kōichi is immediately drawn to her mysterious aura, but then he begins to realize that no one else in the class is aware of her presence.

However, there is more to the story than that as a legend in Yomi North Middle School in 1973 that a student named Misaki died and now in 1998 (where the show placed itself in time), his ghost haunts the school and rumors of a cause have begun to rise as classmates start dying left and right and how can this be stopped?

I was a bit skeptical about the show at first but hearing the overall mystery of the show gotten me intrigued and for the most part, they have done an excellent job on that aspect as everything about the class and the recent murders but when it gets towards the end, it hesitates for a bit as just went into a perplexing yet lackluster mess. The show does leave you wondering about those unanswered questions although it’s likely that you will never, ever, ever get the answer to them. Also 12 episodes for the whole series are adequately paced and never the feeling of it being too short or too long came into mind.

Oh, for the characters…..let’s face it, most of them are going to die anyway so for them to try some character development for most of them would be a waste of time as they are basically standard character types from Mei being the stoic, doll-like, silent character to Koichi being that guy who could be the root of the problem and sees everyone dying in a really fucked-up way.

Did I forget to mention that the characters die in many ways from something as simple as a heart attack to more brutal ways like having an umbrella stab you in the neck or crushed by a broken elevator? (Yeah, I’m not saying what character got those deaths as that’s for you to find out.) Yeah, now I need to make sure the elevator in my college won’t break and it only has 2 floors. Some deaths are plausible while some just seems a bit too cartoony and out-of-the-blue….so like death itself.

Animation-wise, the visuals were mildly gorgeous done by famed animation studio P.A. Works and you do notice their standard animation visual style, as in very vibrant and colorful but with blood and gore this time around.

Musically, the opening theme “Nightmare Contagion” by ALI Project has their usual flair of theme songs in an anime being fast-paced and ominous especially for this show particular. “Anamnesis” by Annabel is more of a different contrast than the opening but I think that it’s actually a good way to end an episode after experiencing the intensity of what just happened before. The musical score for the series is decent at best, capturing some of the horrifying moments on key.

As for the English dub by Sentai Filmworks, it was satisfactory. Not too many good parts but never any horrible parts as some of the performances are pretty much type-casted with Greg Ayres as Koichi and Monica Rial as Mei but those two brought a good performance out of themselves. The rest of the cast was either forgetful or were mostly flat and stilted in some of their scenes.

FINAL VERDICT: Another does its premise justice and you want to know more about the mysteries behind it and it is very well-executed throughout but midway, you are going to wonder what the hell is going on. It does have the typical trimmings of anything horror-related in an anime, although I’m not sure why a beach episode is on there. (Cause ANIME, now SHUT UP!!) I could see myself telling people about this, but I would say to stream it first than buying it.

So would I give this a good or another bad grade? I would give it ….

7.5/10 – High OK.

 

ANOTHER is available on DVD & Blu-ray from Sentai Filmworks. Streaming options are available on Crunchyroll, Hulu & The Anime Network.

Oh, and here’s a little treat for some of you.

ALSO…SPOILERS!!!!!


 

Until then, I’m MAKasscre 2.0. AKA The Blue HORROR and……make sure to not die when you walk outside.

 

ANOTHER – animated by P.A. WORKS / distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS

31 Days of Horror: PET SHOP OF HORRORS

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Mark King:

I do another anime review for Another Castle’s 31 Days of Horror event and it is on PET SHOP OF HORRORS!

Originally posted on Another Castle:

It’s been said that a pet can cheer you up whenever you’re feeling depressed or down. If you happen upon one of Count D’s pets from Pet Shop of Horrors, though, just make sure you don’t get too attached. Originally aired in March 1999, Pet Shop of Horrorsis an anime miniseries based on the manga series by Matsuri Akino and animated by studio Madhouse. 15 years after the series release, the 4-episode miniseries maintains its original allure through clever storytelling and character development, while still being creepy as hell.

Story

A pet shop owner by the name of Count D sells unlikely pets to people who want something a little more out of the ordinary, typically following a personal tragedy. However, in order to obtain one of Count D’s oddities, a contract stating the pet shop can’t be held responsible for any unfortunate incidents that may come. Soon, homicide detective Leon Orcot begins linking several odd…

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AURA FACTION: Story 5 / Lost BETWEEN the Isles

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WARNING: The following written material that you’re about to read may contain acts of violence, graphic language, and sexual content. This is meant only for MATURE AUDIENCES. Reader Discretion is advised.

PREVIOUSLY (or here’s the tl;dr version) ON: AFaction

Panic ensues at the Hybrid Society as humans were rampaging all around town, causing havoc and killing Hybrids and allies all over the city.

Many in the Faction struggled to survive the whole ordeal with one unfortunate exception…….

…….as in Sayuri and Sei ran into some trouble with this hustler named Willis Lam as him and his gang kidnapped Sayuri and let Sei to die in an underground explosion. She was hospitalized and Sayuri is on her way to be sold as a sex slave.

 

And now…..

 

“SOLD!?!?” Sayuri screamed at him as she’s tied to a bed.

“Yes, my dear woman.” Lam said to her, “Sold as in somebody wants to buy you to do whatever the fuck they want with you. Well, actually, we know what they want to do with you.”

She screamed at that as she tried to yank the rope but it wouldn’t budge. They knew she would try and do something like this and so they brought something to inject inside her to shut her up. “Hey, HEY, bitch!!” Then Lam slapped her across the face. “Look, when your friend couldn’t pay for that gas—“

“BULLSHIT!!! We didn’t take it!!!” Sayuri said but then she was slapped again.

“Either way, you belong to us now and your friend isn’t gonna save you this time. Hell, we made sure your friend didn’t make it out alive of that explosion.” He said, “As far as I’m concerned, the bitch is probably dead now!!”

“FUCK YOU!!” Sayuri shouted and spat on him, “You don’t know shit!! Sei made it out on more dangerous shit than this. She’s gonna find me and when she does, she is gonna kick your slimy ass and your asshole gang!!” Then Lam grabbed her by the throat, ease into her face and said to her, “Oh, I see you’re not gonna comply to us, aren’t you? You know, that sassy-ass mouth is not always going to save you!!” Then he punched her right in the stomach and before he left the room, they brought in someone in with a bag over their head as they are a captor themselves. “Here’s a friend to keep you company as, you’re going to be somebody’s new fuck toy after tonight!! Enjoy your company!!!” As he evilly laughs out of the room and they removed the bag from her head and it turned out to be somebody that the Faction knew for a short time. “Wait…….I think I recognize you. You’re that girl my friends rescued…..NANA?”

As she turned to Sayuri and sees a scar on her right side of her face and tears was coming down her face. “Help.”

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In the hospital, there lies Sei in a bed with nothing but a hospital gown with bruises. Her signs show that she is responsive and breathing but suffer from shell shock from the explosion. As soon as the others (them being Jin, Jiro, Cyan, Seiki, Leon, Hybrid X & Miki) heard about what happened to her, they rushed to see where she’s being admitted at.

“Excuse me?” Jin asked the administrator. “We’re looking for a Sei Goto. Has she been check in here?”

“Are you any relation to her? A family member?”

“Well, I—“

“Excuse you, Ohi. I’ll do it.” Hybrid X said as he approached the desk. “Excuse me, miss. We are the Faction, a top agency all around the globe and one of our local agents has checked in here and we need to see how she’s doing ASAP.” The administrator then checked the room number for them, “She’s in Room 244. Second floor to your right.”

“Thank you, miss.” He said and then looked at Jin, “Yeah, we got it.”

 

They went into Sei’s room and she hasn’t woken up yet.

“Oh, shit……..Sei is all sorts of fucked up,” Seiki said, “You think she’ll be able to pull through?”

“Argento!” Jin said to her, “Look, I’ve known Goto all my life. I know in a minute or so, she’s gonna pull through. She has survived worse things than this.”

“But what’s worse than being caught in the middle of an underground explosion?” Leon asked. Then immediately Sei woke up screaming and panicking like she was still underground while Cyan and Seiki tried to calm her down. “Sei! Sei! Calm down!! It’s just us!! You’re safe right here in this hospital.”

Sei kept panting in stress as she was coming to the realization that Sayuri has been kidnapped and that’s when tears came coming down her face as she went from screaming to crying. “Sayuri…….I was an idiot. I WAS A FUCKING IDIOT!! I didn’t……..I didn’t…..”

“I thought we were in the clear. I was gonna keep her safe and I had it planned out but….” Sei took a pause and bury her head in shame. “Why did we have to run across that guy?”

“What guy?” Jiro asked. She then sighed and said his name, “Willis Lam.”

“Willis Lam!?” X said to them, “Oh, god….if he has her, then chances are that Sayuri’s chance of survival is slim to none. Lam is not only a known hustler but a pimp and abuser as well since he’s into the Hybrid/Human sex trafficking business.”

“Jin, Jiro.” Sei said as she struggled to get up. “Let me be the one to bring him down. I’m going after them and when I see Lam’s face, he’ll pay for kidnapping her.”

“Are you serious?” X questioned her sanity. “Goto, you’re a fucking mess. Besides, they might recognize you and that could give them more incentive to off Sayuri. I know she and you are very close and that’s the reason why I CAN’T LET YOU IN THIS!!”

“I’m not asking your permission for this. I’M TELLING YOU!! If they hurt Sayuri, I’m gonna–” Sei screamed at him.

“You got no authority over Hybrid X or your superiors!!” Miki said to her, “Miss Goto, let the other agents deal with this. You are in too deep in this.”

 

“With all due respect, Miss Maeda, I really don’t give a shit about what you got to say to me right now. If you excuse me—“ Then Miki got Sei’s arm in a tight arm and this is an injured arm meaning it’ll hurt more than before. “Look, you did this to yourself, acting like a damn cowboy out there and at what costs? Sayuri ending up sold to some strange guy only to have her blowing or riding him!!”

“SHUT UP!!!!” She screamed at Miki. “WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT SHIT!! Jin and Jiro are right there and you don’t even give a damn to consider their feelings.”

“Sei,” Jiro said, “We exactly don’t wholly agree to what Miki is saying but she was right about you acting like a cowboy. Jin and I know that you really care about Sayuri and you would do anything to save her but now it’s not in our hands anymore.”

Then Jin said to her, “I also think it would be best if we listen to Hybrid X right now.” As she leaves the room, the look on her face is discouraging and unsure as she wasn’t exactly agreeing with this. Everyone except Cyan, Seiki & Leon left the room as the three of them helped Sei get back into the bed.

“Yeah….I’m starting to like that Miki girl even less than before. Maybe even more or equal to Hybrid X.” Seiki said. “I know I wasn’t there when that shit happened to you but I’m sure it wasn’t your fault.”

“It was.” Sei said, “I thought I had a good plan on escaping from the riots….I just—“

Then Seiki then said to her, “LOOK!! I never thought I would say this to you of all people but that shit wasn’t entirely your fault. I never seen you like this before!”

“Argento, it takes a lot to break me and me losing Sayuri was a big one.” Sei said.

Cyan stepped in and said to her, “Sei, I know at first we haven’t been on terms as much but a few days ago, you did told me that you can’t let all those bad experiences get the best of you. Remember?”

“True.” Sei said, “And I admit, I was pissed off at you when I thought you assumed I was some emotionless Robocop.”

“OK, I’m sorry about that and I was wrong for saying that. You show that you really care for Sayuri like she was your own sister and how you would do anything to save her and that really shown me a level of respect for you.” Then Cyan grabbed Sei’s clothes and her gun and handed them to her, “So, you think you’re up for it?”

Soon, Sei’s sad look was turning into a smirk, “You know what? You’re right. I’m not gonna let this shit defeat me!! I will save Sayuri. I’M GONNA RESCUE HER WITH OR WITHOUT THE FACTION’S HELP!!”

“See there? That’s the old you talking.” Seiki said.

“YES!! And I—OOOWWW!!! Fuck! I forgot that I’m still partly injured from that explosion and also I need some help from the three of you.” She told Seiki to keep watch for any visitors coming in her room and that she wanted Leon and Cyan to infiltrate Lam’s apartment buildings down in McAllister. They’re thinking of a sure-way plan to get her out of there.


 

Back at the Apartment buildings, we see Nana and Sayuri in a room together and Nana trying to figure out what’s going on. “WH-WHA- What happened? I barely remember how I got in here.”

“I think I did.” Sayuri said. “They chloroformed me, dragged me here and chained me in nothing but a T-Shirt and panties on.”

“Well, at least that didn’t happen to me.” Nana said. “Yet.” As Sayuri finished that sentence for her.

“Sorry. I’m not actually hopeful here.” She said to her.

“I can’t believe I’m in the exact situation again.” Nana said, “It feels like yesterday this all happened.”

“Um…Nana, how did you get here in the first place?” Sayuri asked her.

“Some guys broke into my apartment those Faction guys got me in hiding. I don’t know how they got in here but it seems like I’m not safe anywhere, especially since…….” She took a pause at that since bringing up Psymon, the friend that got killed her, brought back that memory of him being gunned down. “What about you?”

“Me and a friend tried to escape through underground but obviously that didn’t work.” Sayuri said worryingly, “I really hope Sei is still alive.”

“The question will we still be alive after some guy is gonna buy us?” Nana said, “And I really don’t want that to happen.”

Meanwhile in the other room, Lam is in the room with some of his hired thugs and a few buyers for the girls, especially one familiar face. “Really? Why do you care about that other girl we got in there? Especially since we found out that girl is part of that Faction group that’s on your and our asses?”

“Let’s just say that girl owes me something big time.” And it was revealed that Coren Ramsey is one of those buyers. “And believe me, I got unfinished business with that girl.”

“Well…..” Lam said awkwardly like he was more weirded out by that, “If you say so, then I’ll get you that pink-haired girl. You sure you don’t want the other one?” Ramsey gave a quick thought on that and said, “Well…ah, the hell with it, I’ll buy her, too.”

“Excellent.” Lam said.

“And I’ll throw in some extra cash since you did had a loss in your family. Once again, my condolences to you and your brother.” Ramsey said to him. “They really shouldn’t have happen to him, especially in prison.”

“Yeah, I can’t believe my dumbass brother got himself killed in there.” Lam said.


 

Meanwhile, Sei was getting ready to raid on the Lam apartment buildings by masquerading both Leon and Cyan as potential buyers but with Cyan, they had to dress her up as a male, meaning they had to get everything from a fake mustache, fake beard, a fake penis and to compress and seal her breasts to make sure that she was a man (that and losing the bra helps, too) while Seiki is making sure that the other guys aren’t on their tale as Sei does this behind their backs.

“You think they’ll buy me as a guy?” Cyan said in the car dressed as a male gangster with Leon and Sei as they are riding down to find Lam’s apartment. Leon then said to her, “Hopefully, they’ll notice that fake penis we put on you and the fact we had to suppress your breasts.”

“That and this beard is fucking itchy. How do guys like this shit?” she asked, “It feels like grass is growing on my face.”

“Cyan, the beard is a way to distinguish yourself as an adult man. Something about it makes you feel manly inside even.” Leon said to her, “Hell, I started to get more respect when mine came in.”

“OK, you two.” Sei said to them, “Now all you have to do is go in there, be interested in buying some girls to take home and make sure you pick Sayuri, outbid whoever tries to get her and make sure she comes out of there unharmed.” As she hands them a briefcase of $5 million in cash. “Now I got this from the evidence locker back at the Faction as bait but don’t bet it all unless you really had to.” “Gotcha.” Cyan and Leon said as they exited out of the car but Sei grabbed Cyan at the last minute to tell her, “Cyan, please…….please get Sayuri out of there safely.”

“Sei, we will get her out of there.” Cyan said, “You can count on us.” As she went ahead with Leon and Sei is whispering to herself, “Sayuri…..please still be alive.”

“Hey, was Sei alright, back there?” Leon asked, “She seemed tenser than she usually is.”

“I don’t blame her.” Cyan said, “In her eyes, Sayuri is like family to her and I can tell that if something were to happen, she would go ballistic. Believe me, I know the feeling.” They soon got inside there and the first thing they notice that it was surrounded by goons everywhere and that almost makes it impossible to sneak in as not even a fly on the wall could get in there undetected. “Hey!!!” one of them stopped Leon and Cyan at the door.

“What’s your reason for being here?”

Leon said to them, “We just here to buy some hoes, man. That’s all.”

“Nigga, that’s what they all say. You got hoe-buying money, man?”

“Oh, we—“ Cyan said but she then forget to disguise her voice and she quickly recovers with her gruffly sounding voice, “I mean, hell yeah, we got some fuckin’ money right here, man!!” As she proudly showed them the briefcase. “All day, e’ery day, motherfucker!!” As she sells the tough guy gangster act a bit too seriously.

“Well, my niggas, you can come on in and browse around our selection of women we got in store.” They looked around and around for her and they saw a bunch of girls, either from broken-down girls with homelessness etiquette, scared women who seemed to flinch whenever someone approached them or self-defensive since most of them got beaten up in there and it wasn’t a pretty sight.

They were a few customers just thirsty for some ladies and Sayuri and Nana were not looking hopeful at the possible outcome, especially with who shows up the next minute.

“Evening, gentlemen!!” Ramsey bellowed across the room. “And to you, too, ladies!” That he said with a devilish grin. With fear in her eyes and body, Nana proceeded to hide behind Sayuri from him. She kept saying, “Oh no, please no!!” silently as she has a very intense fear of him and part of the reason why she’s been hunted down recently. However, Ramsey might’ve heard that from afar. “Oh, what do we have here!!!!” he shouted.

“It seems you got caught in something again. Am I right, Miss Maizumi? Well, it’s different this time since you don’t have anyone to fight for you……or for you to suck their di—“

“Hey, lay off her!!!!” Sayuri screamed at him. “What kind of a man are you picking on her like that?”

“Oh, I see we got a little badass over there.” Ramsey said.

“Ramsey, that’s the Faction bitch….at least their mascot or something.” Lam said to him and that led to Ramsey saying, “Oh, you must be the runt of the Matsuda siblings. I guess big bro and sis couldn’t help you either since…..well, you’re here on your lonesome.” As most of the people took notice of the argument, Leon and Cyan tried to went closer to Ramsey and see who was he harassing.

“You know what? I WANNA START THE BIDDING NOW!!” Ramsey said, “Especially with those girls right there. Oh…..you two are going to make a nice addition to my surroundings.”

“OK, who the fuck is he talking to?” Leon said to her as he went to get a clear view of what’s going on. “Hey, Cyan…..I see Sayuri right over there and I see some other girl with her hiding from her and…….oh shit.”

“What?” Cyan said.

“Remember that girl you and your crew went to rescue?” he said.

“Oh no…..don’t tell me?”

“Yep, her ass is in here, too. So we need to save both of them and I hope we got enough money for that.” Leon said.

Sei went ahead to call them on their phone. “Any news? You found Sayuri?”

“Sei, good news is that we found her in there.” Cyan said to her, “She hasn’t been sold to anyone yet.”

“Oh, thank God.” As Sei sounds relieved to hear that. “Well, we gave you enough money to ‘buy’ her and we—“

“Well, here’s a problem of that.” Cyan said. “Nana, the girl we rescued before, is also involved in this and Ramsey is looking to buy the both of them and I think he might be loaded with cash.”

“Look…..if he bids on both of those girls, outbid him and if…..and I mean if he finds out about them, I will storm in there and take care of this myself and if that happens, the two of you grab Sayuri and Nana and disappear fast!!” Then she hangs up her call and went to her glove counterpart to get her handgun and cock it in case someone were to get the drop on her, although that might happen in about….1 second.

Someone bangs on the window and that startles Sei got a bit as she grabbed her gun.

“WANT SOME CRACK!!!” some girl was shouting at her.

“The fuck!?!” Sei screamed at her, “WILL YOU GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!!”

“Hey, lady, the fuck you doing in that car? You playing with yourself?” she shouted but then Sei got out of the car with her gun aimed at her, “If YOU DON’T GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, I PUT THE GODDAMN BULLET BETWEEN YOUR EYES!!” Then her cellphone rings and it was Seiki calling her.

“Argento, what do you want?” Sei said.

“OK…….That’s a hostile way to answer the phone.” Seiki said.

“Um, you got any reason to call me right here right now?” Sei asked her.

“Well, the rest of the guys are about to check up on you in your room and guess what? You’re not there!! And if you aren’t there, my ass is gonna get fried for it!!” Seiki said to her, “And believe me, if X or that bitch Miki yells at me, I’ll throttle the fuck out of them.”

“Look, just stall them in any way you can and keep them out of that room!!!” Sei said, “Got it?”

“All right, all right, all right.” Seiki said, “Just……make sure you, Sayuri and Cyan come back safe.”

“Thank you, Seiki.” She said as she hung up.


 

“What is with this guy and you? Does he have a personal vendetta against you specifically?” Sayuri asked. “It might as well be,” Nana said, “That and also Psymon was actually investigating him and his organization while protecting me at the same time.”

“Oh……but didn’t him and his friends used Red Mist smoke bombs?”

“It was a cover for him to steal some files of his and transfer them to the Faction agencies.”

“But here’s another question. Why did Ramsey hint the fact that you and him were……well, you know?” However, Nana chose to remain silent on that but the blushed look on her face has gotten Sayuri questioning it for a millisecond. “Wait!! You and Psymon—“

“Look, we did it only once.” Nana said, but the look of her face and twitching eye indicated that it wasn’t just once. “FINE!!! We had sex more than once and……I was the one that made the first move and the rest is history.”

The bidding was about to begin and Leon and Cyan are up and ready to outbid anyone for Sayuri and Nana. Lam brought out his little gavel and stand to do his little auctioneer act. “OK, fellas, you know the rules of the game. Make sure your ass actually have the money on you and if you don’t, my guards won’t hesitate to throw you out on your ass.”

And soon the bids begin at $1000 and many people are betting wildly up to $10,000 to 20,000 and there were a lot going up for them but both Leon and Cyan kept it going by betting higher and higher until a few of the bidders dropped out and call it quits. Both of them and Ramsey kept betting for the highest bid until that were reaching for almost $900,000 and Ramsey has just bid over $1,000,000 for both of the girls.

“Well…….you got any more ammo for me, bruh?” Leon said.

“You really got nothing else for us, dude.” Cyan said to her.

“Oh, really?” he said to them. “2 MILLION FOR THE GIRLS ALL OR NOTHING!!!!” As he laughed and boasted to them. “Oh, I got nothing, huh? $2,000,000 doesn’t sound like nothing? It definitely sounds like I just kicked your ass in this.”

“Well, unless you got something more than 2 Mil, Ramsey gets those girls.” Lam said, “And it looks like you about to run out of mon—“

“4 MILLION!!” Cyan screamed at them. “For both of those girls!!!”

“Hot damn!! $4,000,000? SOLD to those two eager gentlemen!!” Lam said.

“WHAT!?!?” Ramsey screamed out. “Sorry, Ramsey, you got to admit that those 2 guys outbid you good. Now I think you two gentlemen needs to get acquainted with their new girls. Excuse ourselves, boys.” They soon left the room but Sayuri and Nana were still less thrilled about being sold and they were getting very defensive.

“OK, look. While I’m not being sold to Ramsey, you fuckers better not try some creepy shit on—“ However, before Sayuri can finish her sentence and defending herself and Nana, Cyan took off the fake beard and reveal that it was her and Leon that outbid Ramsey.

Nana gasped at them and said, “Wait, you’re that girl who saved me before!!! You’ve come to rescue us!! Oh, thank you!!” As she jumped on Cyan and kissed her a lot for saving her and thanking her over and over and over again. “Wait…..it’s just you two guys here?” Sayuri asked them.

“Where’s Sei? Is she still alive?”

Leon then said to her, “Yes, she is but she did get badly injured during that explosion. She’s been a lookout for us since we had to sneak her from the hospital.”


 

However, Sei is limping her way at the building undetected and as soon as she was about to enter, the phone rang and it was Seiki at the phone. “Argento, not now, we’re about to—“

“Listen, I got no time to argue with you as they are gonna pull a raid down where you at.” Seiki said to her. “WHAT!?” she screamed at her, “A raid? You mean just shoot and blow the place up? Even though they got lots of innocent women down there?”

“From hearing about it, it’s gonna be a massive one and all of you need to escape out of there clean where Lam, Ramsey and/or X won’t find you.” She said to her. “It could be a matter of minutes.” Sei didn’t respond to that as there’s someone pointing a gun at her and they grabbed the phone from her while Seiki is waiting for her to say something. “Sei? Sei? You there? Sei, the fuck? Are you there?”

“Miss Goto is not here right now. She’s pre-occupied with something.” Then they went and smashed the phone and knocked her out, dragging her inside the building. Meanwhile, as Leon and Cyan plan to escape with Sayuri and Nana, Lam showed up at the window and shoots it, having his boys strapped to the toe and aiming it at everyone in there. “So…..you really thought you was going to trick my ass? Really? Mr. Leon Garret of the Faction?” As he slapped him but luckily for Leon, he turned into metal so he’ll feel the pain of it. “OK, smart-ass. Just for that, I’m gonna kill you first.” Then tried to knock him out again, but still forgot he’s part metal.

“Fine!!! I wouldn’t kill you yet but I bet you stop fucking around if I aimed this gun at one of these ladies and yes, I mean, you too with the fake beard and mustache.” As Lam pointed his gun at Cyan then the guys dragged Sei in the center, broken arm and all.

“Sei!!”

“SAYURI!!” then she gets knocked down again. “GET THE FUCK OFF ME, YOU BASTARDS!!” But Lam grabbed a shotgun and got it aiming at Sayuri’s head, “Now……you better not try and make any sudden moves or your little friend is gonna have her head missing from her body and the same goes to this one, too.” As he was pointing at Nana, too. Then all of a sudden, the lights goes off and flickering as Sei struggled to get up and grab a knife and threw it at Lam’s arm as Sayuri knees him in the crotch, grabs Nana and makes a run for it.

However, he got three of his men to chase them while the others deal with Sei, Cyan & Leon.

Sei stood up with her one arm as a guy came running with an axe and she began to lead him on into a sturdy stairway and as she sees a ladder to an attic, she grabbed it and swing on it, duck and knocked out one of them. One guy was pulled out a gun and began shooting at her but he kept missing and hitting mostly the walls and some drunk guy in the arm to the right. “OWW!! You gangbanging wannabe-motherfucker!!” Then Sei grabbed a handgun and then shot him in the junk, although she wasn’t really aiming at it in the first place. “OHH! You bitch!” Then she shot him dead to end his suffering. She is still being chased by Lam and his goons while chasing the girls.

Meanwhile, Leon and Cyan was fending off the rest of them with Cyan duck and dodging attacks from a guy with a whipping chain. “AIIEEE!! I get the guy with the whip? What kind of shit is this?” and Leon’s metal power was waning down and he had to save it for when he needs it, which meant those guys brought a lot of pool cue sticks and was beating him harshly with it. “At least you don’t have a stick up your ass.”

“Come on, you bitch!!!” One shouted at Cyan as he readies his whip and went to strike at her. However, she kept evading the hits as she grabbed a machine gun. “Fuck you!! Fuck you!!” he kept shouting out curses at them while firing from a handgun he got with him, thinking it might give him more power but all it did with made him look like a moron and eventually as he ran out of bullets, Cyan shot him point blank in the head.

“OK, fuck it.” Leon said, “I’m using it now.” He then transformed into his Hybrid mode and knocked a guy with his metallic fist. Some other guys tried to get the jump on him and overpower him but he easily threw them off, even as much as nailing one guy to the wall. “OK……didn’t really expect that to happen.” He went over to Cyan, who was busy pistol-whipping one goon until he was bleeding. “OW!!! DAMN!! Shit, bitch!! OW!!” But then Cyan’s cellphone rang, she answered it and it was Seiki.

“GUYS!!! GUYS!! YOU THERE!!” Seiki screamed at them.

“Yeah. We’re kinda in the middle of fighting these guys and getting the hell out of here.” Cyan said.

“WHAT DO YOU THINK I WAS CALLING YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE!? X has placed a raid where you’re at. They are going to shoot up and bomb the whole place without hesitation. I called Sei about it earlier but I think she—“

“Yeah, we know.” Leon said, “They caught us and now Sayuri and Nana are on the run from Lam and Sei is catching him down and—“

“Wait, wait, wait….that girl Nana is involved in this, too?” Seiki said, “Look, you got about 15 minutes before that come, maybe even shorter. Point is, you gotta get the hell out of there! FAST!!!” Seiki then hung up the phone.


 

For the time being, Sei is busy lurking throughout the building looking for Lam and he was still looking for the girls. “Hey!! I promise that if I ever find your asses, I won’t beat the living shit out of you…..much.” And Sei actually did heard that through the echoes/acoustics of the building. “Lam, you do one thing to those girls, I’m gonna shoot you right in your balls and they will hurt…..very much.” That might have to wait since two of his goons found her first and begun shooting at her right away so she ducked and covered herself from the gunshots and she went into her Hybrid phase, forming a black diamond skin cover on her where she can blend in the darkness of the room and deflect any harm from them.

She punched one in the dark while trying to shoot her and she used him as a shield against the other guys while they were busy shooting up a storm. However, they just shot their own guy and even they seemed dumbfounded by that. Eventually, Sei grabs his machine gun, shoots one of them in the chest and another one in the head.

More guys came running in and this time they decided to go with their fists than guns and for half of that time, it didn’t work since Sei just shoots most of them. “Damn it, out of bullets.” She throws the gun at them and she head-butted one of them with her diamond head, causing his head to bleed a bit. One guy choked her from behind while another one used a brick to beat her with a brick on a rope but she threw the choking guy in the crowd and pulled the guy with the rope and started to beat him with his own brick, even so to bashing and bludgeoning his head with it.

“The fuck? Is that bitch crazy?!”

“WHO GIVES A FUCK!!! JUST FUCKING END HER!!” one guy said as he charged at her but then as that happened, part of the floor cracked as his foot is stuck and as the wood cracks some down, it began to come down as a whole, taking him down along with some other red shirts.

 

Sayuri and Nana are still hiding from Lam and it looks like he’s getting close to them.

“Hey!!” he screamed out while holding a shotgun. “YOU 2 BITCHES ARE GETTING ON MY LAST NERVE!!” As he just shoots up the place in his havoc mode and getting more furious every last second. “YOU GOT ONE MORE CHANCE TO GIVE UP!!! IF NOT, I’M JUST GONNA SHOOT BOTH OF YOU DEAD!!”

Just as Lam went to reload, he sees them in front of them and quickly went to take a shot at them but he was a bit off as he missed and they kept running but he grabbed Nana and took out a switchblade. “HA!! I got one bitch!! Now you! You cause me a lot of fucked up shit to happen over the last few hours!! If you don’t comply, I’m gonna cut this bitch and maybe she’ll see that boy she fucked in the afterlife!”

“SAYURI!!! PLEASE, HELP ME!!!” Nana screamed. “Shut up, bitch!!!” he said while he punched her in the stomach. “Now, you got a choice. Make it wise.” As soon as he said that, something in the dark shadows was lurking onto him and as it went creeping, Lam was stabbed in the shoulder as Nana kneed him in the groin and ran fast as she could and as it turns out, it was Sei lurking in the shadows.

“You….motherfucker…..you are really going to get your ass kicked.” Sei said to him.

“Oh, honey, we are beyond words at this point and just so you know, as soon as I kick your ass, I’m still going after your friends and I will kill them and I’m making you watch.” She threw the first punch at him and made him bleed on his lip. “Pretty sneaky, huh, bitch?” Then he grabbed her broken arm and break it some more, throwing her against the wall. As Lam pulls out a knife, Sei drop-kick him and snatches the knife with her good arm and used it to stab him in the shoulder.

“OWWWW!!!” he screamed out and then she said to him, “I got one arm down and you about to know the same damn feeling!!” She got her brick-rope and swung it at his face and completely injured his right arm. “FUCK!! MY ARM!!!” Now he’s really getting pissed off from her and proceeds to straight-up attacking her from punching her to throwing her downward to the next floor and he went to finish the job but she kept a good grip on a stair rail as she pulled Lam with her to fall and he was the first to impact her fall.

Both were in pretty bad shape as Sei was limping her way to a gun she saw while falling down but then Lam pulled her from that gun as he went to get it but Sei stabbed him in the leg, dragging him further away from it but he kept putting the pressure pain in her arm that she couldn’t take it anymore and that’s when he grabbed the gun.

“HA!! You know what? I’m just about sick of your ass that I’m gonna shoot you right here right now! Besides, you die knowing you fail to save your friend is more satisfying as I think about it.” He cocked the gun and is about to pull the trigger……but the gun is empty. There are no bullets inside them. “The fuck? No bullets? SON OF A BITCH!!” He threw the gun in anger but as he did, there was one bullet left in there and it went and ricochet everywhere, shooting himself in the kneecap. He screamed mercilessly as he was bleeding and crying for help and cursing at the world. “WHY ME!! WHY!!! FUCK!!! OH GOD, this pain is killing me!!!” We then see Leon and Cyan coming down to help Sei and she is still struggling with her arm and everything else. “Sei, you alright?” Cyan asked her.

“Damn, we really need to take you back to the hospital.” Leon said.

“Well, hello to you, too, Leon. But where’s Sayuri and Nana?” Sei asked.

“They’re right behind us.” She said. “We just need to get out of here. We got about….2 minutes until X and his raid crew show up. We need to jet outta here NOW!”

“HEY!!!” Lam said screaming at them, “What about me, you fucks!!”

“Well, what about you?” All three said as Sei, Cyan and Leon all grab their handguns, cocked it, aimed directly at him, and they easily shoot him cold dead, even so much to putting a bullet in his eye. They hear the sirens coming closer and they needed to make a getaway out of there before it began.


 

A swarm of Hybrid officers have the place surrounded and were looking for hostages or anyone to shoot at. Luckily, the latter didn’t happen as most of the shooters are merely dead and they found the girls somewhere and had all of them escorted into a women’s shelter at downtown McAllister.

Before Sayuri and Nana go to them to ensure that they are all right, Leon said this to them, “OK, when they ask you about how they got killed, tell them that the gunfight was too intense for you to remember a familiar face.”

“That and Sei wasn’t really supposed to be here.” Cyan said. “We should get her back to the hospital before anyone notices.”

“Wait!!” Sei said as she’s resting. “Do you mind if I talk to Sayuri before she goes to the Faction?”

“All right.” Cyan said without hesitation, “But you got about 3 minutes.”

Sei walked up to Sayuri, and the first thing she do is hugged her like she has never hugged anybody before. “Sayuri…..I’m so glad you’re safe. I should’ve done more to protect you. I’m so sorry that I……I….” She said as tears was coming down her face. “I really fucked up things, have I?” Sayuri wiped the tears from Sei’s face and said to her, “Sei, you’ve done nothing wrong or irredeemable here. You tried to save me and even though the first time was a bust, you did it in the end with some help along the way. I really appreciate that and the fact that even though you’re in need of a hospital again that you went your way to save me.” Then she hugged Sei back and kissed her on the forehead.

“But for real, you do need to get back to the hospital. I think you might be bleeding again.” She also said to her. “

“Yeah, maybe I do….oh shit, Leon?” Sei said.

“Yeah?”

“Please catch me.” As she falls down from light-headedness. “She’s gonna be alright, isn’t she?” Nana asked them.

“Hopefully…..” Cyan and Leon said to them. Soon, they left on their way to the hospital as Sayuri and Nana went to see the Faction to tell them about what happened in there. In a short minute, she sees Jin and Jiro arriving on the scene and they were relieved and happy to see her alive and kicking and both siblings also shared an emotional moment with her as well.

Meanwhile, one of the coroners reported the dead body of Willis Lam and as they identified his body, one of them called someone on their cell phone. “Yeah, Ramsey? That guy is straight-up dead all right. At least you didn’t get someone to kill him this time and now he’ll never know you killed his brother in prison.”

“That is such a shame. For him, anyway.”

“And you aren’t pissed about that girl out of your clutches?”

“Actually, that girl isn’t worth shit to me anymore. I got bigger fish to fry than them and let’s just say that someone’s aura is about to get disturbed in a matter of days.”


 

NEXT TIME

“We really could use your help for this.”

“I want us to move in together.”

“I GOT SUSPENDED FOR A WEEK!!!”

“Who the fuck are you and what are you doing here? And give me a reason to not kill you?”

“Excuse me, what the hell is going on here?”

“YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO US ANYMORE!!!”

“So…..the two stars of the Faction are fucking each other?”

“Why is a wolf hybrid like you doing fooling around with a panda hybrid like her?”

“ARRESTED!?!?”

“Oh fuck!! Those memories!! That pain!! My hand!!”

Confidante Confidential

© 2014 Studio Katana / K2 & The Faction Project

A Night of the LIVING DEAD [2014] (or Zombpocalypse Now REDUX) – HM Movie Reviews

While I have said in the past that people have been worn out by vampires, however, we are still in a stage of horror that doesn’t show signs of slowing down and that is the ZOMBIE sub-genre of horror. Yes, from the big screen with movies like Zombieland, World War Z & Warm Bodies to the small screen with shows like The Walking Dead and videogames like The Last of Us & Dead Island, zombies in the past few years has become very popular in the horror genre and once again, we at the Hybrid One are going into the smaller branch once again with Shattered Images’ Films’ A Night of the Living Dead [2014]. Yes, a remake of the classic 60s’ George A. Romero film.

Now, wait, I know what you’re thinking. “Oh no, another fucking remake of a horror movie.” OK, well, this is more of a re-imagining but nowadays sometimes remakes don’t always have to follow every nook and cranny of the original (that would be mostly boring and you rather watch the original) but with a little twist now and then, it could work.

The plot of the movie follows a father (Jerry) along with his two daughters (Melanie & Barbra) visiting their mother’s grave and what they discover is a horde of zombies are rampaging and they take shelter into this house of strangers.

Like their last effort, New Blood Rising, this is a little-to-no budget movie but it has a higher budget than Rising and it does shows as an improvement in their filming but they never had to be that expensive to deliver horror to the audience (like most horror movies do today) and it worked for them. I will say that the zombies did have that effect on the viewer although if you’re not a fan of the slow-walking zombie, then you may not like it as much. It is much of a throwback to those classic Romero zombie movies but more updated for much or less.

The characters are give or take as they were there to serve their purpose of trying to survive and not get killed by zombies and staying alive. None of them bothered me that much but most of them aren’t that compelling either but my guess is either way, you would know that when you first take a good view of them. The pacing of it is about as fast as their last time, only having a runtime of 79 minutes and it benefits that it never doesn’t have much of meandering subplot points.

Acting was a bit alright for everyone involved although there was one time where Jerry (Lee Godwin) has an emotional scene when he was in the house and in some part, there was one unintentional chuckle but the rest of the time, he does a decent job.

FINAL VERDICT: Like New Blood Rising, this is an adequately well-made movie done on the cheap that has love for the original movie and never tries to be just a re-tread for the film.

Night of the Living Dead 2014 rises from the grave to a

7.5/10 – OKAY.

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the zombies from the dead to terrorize us all!! Wait, that isn’t a good thing.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 2014 – courtesy of Shattered Images Films / Cullen Park Prods.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: PSYCHO-PASS 2

“No Gen Urobuchi??!!! No Production I.G.???!! THIS IS GONNA SUCK!! THIS IS SOME BULLSHIT!!! AARRGHH!!” – The reaction I sense whenever I hear that Psycho-Pass 2 is going through some big changes in its production and how it’s getting annoying by the day.

This is Psycho-Pass 2.


Series Director: Kiyotaka Suzuki

Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani

Series Composition: Tow Ubukata

Script: Jun Kumagai

Original Character Design: Akira Amano

Character Design: Kyoji Asano

Art Director: Takahiro Matsuura

Story Concept: Gen Urobuchi

Animation Production: Tatsunoko Production

Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment

Streaming: FUNimation.com, Hulu

Plot Summary: Having learned the true nature of the Sybilla System, Akane Tsunemori chose to obey the system, believing in both humanity and the legal order. She’s part of a new police section and spends her everyday life facing down criminals. Unbeknownst to Akane, however, a monster who will shake the system to its core is about to appear before her.

Thoughts on it so far: OK, hearing that this might be a disappointment because you-know-who is not writing the series but instead it’s the screenwriter of the Mardock Scramble movies and the animation studio changes from I.G. to Tatsunoko Pro does aggravate me a bit. I get with him if he only writes the minority of a show, most of it is going to disappoint. I get that with Aldnoah.Zero but it’s not like it’s gonna go up to shit’s creek because he’s not involved. Now saying that, maybe you think to yourselves “Gargantia’s not so bad now, isn’t it?” and their expectations going low on PP2 but then again, I wouldn’t set them as high as most people did. Anyway, the show is now back to status quo after what happened in the first season. Will they try to follow up what happened back at Season 1? I’m not sure but going into a slow build does help the show for a while and this whole “evil inspector” plot-line? Yeah, it’s fine and all but I hope they don’t really stick to that all season and I hope Akane doesn’t continue to be But answer me this…..does this really needed a sequel and of course, a movie coming up that Urobuchi is writing and I.G. animating? Well, I guess if PP2 is sour enough, maybe those fans will like that more and can breathe with comfort.

CONTINUE. Yes, despite all of what I said and many others say, this show is worth watching through beginning and end. (Oh, and just so you know I liked this opening song better than the first one in the first season.)

And behold, we are at the end of the—

 

WAIT!! WAIT!! WAIT!!! You forgot about one more show you left behind.

“But we got no more shows to go through. Some we wanted to do aren’t streaming in the U.S. and—”

“I don’t mean those shows. I meant that one show you should’ve reviewed a week ago. That one about mutant roaches.”

“Oh……that one……..well, shit.”


Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki

Series Composition: Shogo Yasukawa

Music: Shusei Murai

Original creator:
Kenichi Tachibana
(art)
Yū Sasuga
(story)

Character Design:
Masanori Shino
(main)
Satoshi Kimura

Producer:
Hiroyuki Oomori
(Warner Bros. Japan)
Masahito Sakai
(MAGES)
Masaya Shinozaki
(Shueisha)
Satoshi Tanaka
(Good Smile Company)
Tsutomu Yanagimura
(Animatic)

Animation Production: LIDEN FILMS

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

(As for the time of this first impression, this show is unlicensed)

Plot Summary: Twenty years ago, Shokichi Komachi was part of the Bugs 2 mission to Mars that discovered Terra Formars, human-cockroach hybrids that resulted from a terraforming accident. Shokichi was one of only two survivors. Now, the AE virus that came from Mars is raging wildly on earth. Shokichi boards the spacecraft Annex 1 to go back to Mars to find a sample in order to create a vaccine. They will face an unanticipated accident, a multinational conspiracy, and even more advanced Terra Formars.

Thoughts on it so far: At first, you think “this guy is just going to fight to get money to save his best friend / crush / girl he really wants to fuck but SPOILER ALERT!! She dies (Technically not a spoiler, but at least that storyline is put to sleep) from some alien virus and they need to go to Mars and not get killed by these big fucking cockroaches. OK, the starting set-up is mostly clumsy for the first part and after 3 episodes, I’m not even sure if to continue this. By all means, this isn’t awful but mostly underwhelming and all sorts of ‘meh’ from the story to the characters who I can’t even remember most of their names. Oh yeah, one more thing. WHAT’S WITH THE [bleep] CENSORING? I heard of cutting some small parts out but this is just too [bleep] ridiculous? I get it is very gory and bloody and violently, but I wouldn’t know from it due to the large-ass black bars that cover up the whole screen.

TRI-WEEKLY. Yeah. That or wait until the uncensored version comes to Crunchyroll. Either way, you’re not missing much.

 

AND THAT IS IT FOR TIME OF THE SEASON FOR THE YEAR!!!

At least, until I do the recap and ”Best of, Worst of” 2014 Anime list.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: PARASYTE -the Maxim-

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*watches first episode* OK, I’m hooked on this.

That’s all I need to say at this point.

This is Parasyte -the Maxim-.


Director: Kenichi Shimizu

Series Composition: Shoji Yonemura

Music: Ken Arai

Original creator: Hitoshi Iwaaki

Character Design: Tadashi Hiramatsu

Art Director: Fuminao Akai

Animation Production: MADHOUSE

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

(As of the time of this first impression, this show is unlicensed)

Plot Summary: Shinichi Izumi is a normal high school boy whose right hand has become infected with an alien parasite that names itself “Migi” (“right”). Migi is the first parasite to develop a symbiotic relationship with its host, as he and Shinichi slowly develop a grudging friendship. Migi isn’t the only Parasite on earth, however, and as cases of Parasites killing humans begin to emerge, humans seek to kill off Parasites. Shinichi and Migi find themselves caught in between these two sides of the struggle over planet earth.

Thoughts on it so far: Oh yes. YES. YES!!!!! MADHOUSE, you are once again the masters of making anime with Parasyte. I guess after those stints with two crappy shows this year (No Game No Life, Mahouka – Yeah, I still stand by saying that) and you ending Hunter X Hunter 2011 (yeah, never cared for that, either) this year, your animation quality has stepped up with this entry. Anyway, on the show, the horror element is set on right with the case of these Parasites being a major but hidden (for now) threat to the show and the body humor of the show is pleasing to hear as something like that can be easy to mess up. The blood and gore moments are very substantial as there isn’t little and not too unnecessary that it takes you out of the picture. This season has been getting mostly surprising good shows this time around and I’m glad to actually do this segment at this time around.

So yeah. CONTINUE. Please. And also, somebody out there, license this show and give it an English dub.

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and make sure you don’t have a parasite growing in your junk or anything like that.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: CHAIKA the Coffin PRINCESS Avenging BATTLE

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HEY!! It’s that show that aired in the Spring season this year that I binge-watched all summer because I kept hearing good things about it. 2nd SEASON AHOY!!! Plus, I already decided not to watch the sequel to Selector infected Wixoss this season so this one is feeling in their slot.

This is Chaika: The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle.


Director: Soichi Masui

Series Composition: Touko Machida

Music: Seikou Nagaoka

Original creator: Ichiro Sakaki

Original Character Design: Namaniku ATK

Character Design:
Nobuhiro Arai
Takuhito Kusanagi (Feira Design)

Art Director: Kouji Okamoto

Animation Production: BONES

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

(Season 2 is unlicensed as of the time of this review, but we’re sure Sentai Filmworks is going to license it since they already have Season 1)

Plot Synopsis: A continuation of the show’s previous season – i.e., Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru’s adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru’s source of income.

Thoughts on it so far: Now that I think about it, I think I rather just binge-watched this than doing it on a weekly basis. The show isn’t bad by any means as this is a good show but hearing that it’s the best of the year….yeah, I’m not feeling you on that part. It just feels like another average anime series but this time, it’s a barrage of some typical anime aspects such as the moe girl protagonist, the medieval setting, the magic elements, the other two companions, and of course, there is a Chaika army as well…..it’s not anything that compelling but it’s serviceable to some people that loved the first series. It’s the same animation as before from Studio BONES and this is okay at best, it’s just out of all the current anime shows animated by BONES this year, this would be 3rd out of the 4 shows they made (and yes, Space Dandy is obviously first and guess what? Captain Earth is 2nd!! And no, I’m not trolling with you!!) that has some great animation.

In other words, I’m just going to MARATHON the show every other week or so. I think this is a show that’s better for binge-watching reasons.

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Chaikas into…..well, they’re everywhere. I’m not gonna catch them all. You’re on your own with that.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: RAGE of Bahamut: GENESIS

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I’m starting to realize that I like the fantasy medieval genre more in animation, especially in anime than I have in live-action fare. Also I’m really digging the name of the show and it brought back the old Geneon logo from the dead.

 

 

This is Rage of Bahamut: GENESIS!!


Director: Keiichi Satou

Series Composition: Keiichi Hasegawa

Music: Yoshihiro Ike

Character Design: Naoyuki Onda

Art Director: Goki Nakamura

Animation Production: Mappa

Licensor: FUNimation Entertainment

Streaming: FUNimation.com, Hulu

Plot Summary: Based on the popular social card game developed by Cygames, Mistarcia is a magical world where humans, gods, and demons mingle together. In the past, the black-and-silver winged Bahamut has threatened to destroy the land, but humans, gods, and demons overcame their differences to fight together and seal its power. The key to that seal was split in two, one half given to the gods and the other to demons, so that they would never be united and Bahamut never released. Now, two thousand years later, the world is in an era of peace – until the day a human woman steals the gods’ half of the key.

Thoughts on it so far: ACTION!!! ADVENTURE!!! AFRO-HEADED PROTAGONIST!!! The one anime this season to have it and this is the one (at least the one to have an afro-headed lead) that got it down from the captivating action animation as this is another project helmed by MAPPA and out of the two they got this season (the other being GARO: The Animation), this is the better animated project of the recent studios’ shows. The writing and dialogue has an enchanting mix of thrilling drama and kinetic humor from our lead character Favaro Leone and his bounty hunter adversary Kaisar. Oh, and upon watching the 2nd episode, the opening theme is metal as HELL and I love it!!! This might be the best opening theme song in an anime I heard in the season and probably for the year.

A DEFINITE CONTINUE. A fun and adventurous ride you definitely need to check out for the season and one of MAPPA’s better animated Fall shows (GARO is still good, too. Check that show out as well.)


Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the rage in one format.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: When SUPERNATURAL BATTLES become Commonplace

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, BASED TRIGGER has return for another anime series!!!! The savior of anime has returned!!!

And what new original series they got for us coming this ti—Wait, what?

It’s based off a light novel? *Shit*

And what’s it called? *whispers Japanese name of it*

I meant in English. When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace? Huh?

Chief Director: Masahiko Otsuka

Director: Masanori Takahashi

Series Composition: Masahiko Otsuka

Music: Elements Garden

Original creator: Kota Nozomi

Original Character Design: 029

Character Design: Satoshi Yamaguchi

Animation Production: Trigger

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

(At the time of this first impression, this is still unlicensed)

Plot Summary: Six months ago, the five-member literature club all awakened superpowers. Unfortunately this has not led to them having anything else interesting happen in their lives, like epic battles or saving the universe. They go about their ordinary lives, just happening to have superpowers, waiting for the call to battle to finally happen – assuming it ever comes at all.

Thoughts on it so far: I know what you’re thinking. I am constantly kissing ass to Studio Trigger because of the one anime they made last year Kill La Kill…….which was the BEST DAMN ANIME OF 2013!! (Hell, maybe best of the fucking decade!!!!) Anyway, this is Trigger’s first foray into adaptive works and I wasn’t really anticipated for this one due to me not knowing about it that much of the original material. Plus, I had more shows to look forward to than this and this one is….OK. It has a good amount of humor and silliness but it does get a little obnoxious sometimes yet it never gets into where you completely hate the characters and while you say most of them get too goofy and nonsensical, that’s just them getting the tone of it right. The writing is smarter than what it should’ve been but not really enough to be engaged fully into. The animation is slightly different than what I seen after Kill La Kill. It looks mostly basic character designs with some of Trigger’s trademarks into there.

Meh. I’ll probably continue it BI-WEEKLY. Show does have a good thing going on but only for a brief moment now and then.

And you all thought I was going to praise the hell out of it!!

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Supernatural Battles into that place that across the street behind the McDonalds.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: TRIBE Cool CREW

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Hmmm….what is this colorful and bright feeling I’m experiencing right now? These people dancing their hearts out with a team name that sounds like a 90s new-jack R&B group? And also, I occasionally mess up the name every now and then.

This is A Tribe Called Quest— erm, I meant, Tribe Cool Crew.


Director: Masaya Fujimori

Series Composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka

Original creator: Hajime Yatate

Character Design: Yoshiaki Yanagida

Art Director: Takashi Nishimura

Animation Production: Sunrise

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks

Plot Summary: Haneru is a middle school student who loves dance to the point he can hear rhythm in the sound of chalk during class. One day after school, in the secret spot where he practices dancing, he meets Kanon, who’s there to practice as well. The have a great time dancing together, and eventually face off against rivals in dance battles as they grow up.

Thoughts on it so far: Wow, this is actually a very light-hearted and fun series to watch. Hell, it feels like something that would air on Cartoon Network and/or maybe on Saturday mornings. (Too soon?) Sure, this might feel like the anime equivalent of those Step Up movies, although I might be exaggerating on that. Anyway, the main characters Haneru and Kanon are very likable, kind-hearted, and sweet; as in something I don’t see in recent anime that much without them being too overbearingly cute that it annoys you. The dancing sequences can be a little clumsy with its CG usage and the animation isn’t nothing special but I will say this…..SUNRISE, you actually made a fun show this season!! You did good but I still say fuck you for Cross Ange.

So, I will definitely CONTINUE
2 Live Crew—erm, damnit. I mean, Tribe Cool Crew. It may not be for everyone but it is damn good fun and perfect to watch with your kids (if you got any….or nieces and nephews).

 

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing the rhythm and beat to your reviewing needs.