(Hy)Lights #23: 3-in-1 Music Reviews: Supermodel, G I R L, & Cocaine Piñata

You know, ever since making (Hy)Lights, as limited as the reviews are in this venture, I want to explore more into more movies, TV and music and to some extent, I did but not as much as I did with Anime Discovery (and considering I even put two anime titles on HyLights before with Deadman Wonderland and Fractale) but this time, I’m getting back into another medium I don’t cover much: music.

 

Music, to me, is mostly the hardest subject to cover or at least, to do it in a full review although I did before with Childish Gambino ROYALTY mixtape and Kanye West’s Yeezus but then again, those are hip hop albums which are mostly my primary preference in music although I will stress that I have listened to more genres of music (hence my review of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories last year, which some of you should listen because it’s fuckin’ excellent) and sometimes I’ll have little to say, which is why this time around, I’m going to review 3 albums but these are going to be shorter than the usual review, depending on how I feel about the album overall.

 

First up, the new album from Pharrell Willams, G I R L.

Now, Pharrell has been giving a lot of attention for the past year and a half although he has got a successful career as a producer (via The Neptunes or himself) prior to this album but that is all thanks to the successful animated movie called Despicable Me and it’s even more successful sequel Despicable Me 2 and the song from the second movie’s soundtrack Happy, which is easily one of the catchier songs of the album and that you can’t escape from it, even if you try to remove the music from it, it still look actually happy.

 

Although if you add something else in it, it could be very different than what you already heard.

(Special thanks to Jordan Cobb from Starman Cinema: starmancinema.wordpress.com)

But as the album as a whole? Yeah, it’s quite good. I like the fact that most of the selections is very soulful and very energetic than most pop R&B albums or songs try to be. Does it get a little tiring? Sure, it doesn’t leave you tired of it as Pharrell’s signature style of producing makes you want more of it. It never felt as phoned in or lacking any flair or thought during the making of the album. Personally, the tracks I like from the album are, “Marilyn Monroe”, “Hunter”, “Gust of Wind (with Daft Punk on the track as well)”, and maybe “Gush” and yes, I do happen to like the song, “Happy”, although I’ll say it did suffer from overplay on the radio and/or internet. I would compare to his previous solo album, In My Mind, but I think some people forgot about that album, not because it was good or bad……..well, it’s been 8 years ago. The whole album is worth a listen while some tracks are definitely better in some repeats, as long as you don’t overplay it.

 

 

My next album to review is Foster the People’s Supermodel.

 

Hey, everybody remember that song, “Pumped Up Kicks”, way back in 2011…..although I think I heard it later in 2012? Yeah, to me, Foster the People is that band that many recognize for that one song of theirs (and then unfortunately might be forgotten by the masses), which was quite the popular song at the time and I consider it one of my favorite songs from their first album Torches and now 3 years later, comes their second studio album Supermodel and how well does it fare?

Well, it does manage to hold my attention to some of the songs but a little less than what Torches did. I don’t really listen to a lot of indie pop/rock music but it did felt like something I expect from it but I don’t find myself to hate it but it is mostly what’s expected in some songs or just very uninteresting songs to listen (something you would skip to get to the next song), mainly the first single of the album, “Coming of Age” and “Goats in Tree” although “Best Friend” does pick it up and “Pseudologia Fantastica” definitely delivers on being a good track and the rest of the songs on the album are just as good if not better with my favorites being “Are You What You Wanna Be?” and “Nevermind”.

The album as a whole is possibly something I only go for half of the songs but if indie pop is your thing, you’ll get a kick out of it.

 

And last but definitely not least, it’s Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata


“B-Bl-BLOOD GUSHING!! I THINK I HEAR SIRENS!!”

Not gonna lie, I’ve actually being looking forward to this album for some time prior to the release. I only heard of Freddie Gibbs for a short time and through some tracks and he’s actually a good rapper. He has this classic gangsta feel to most of his music but it doesn’t feel like a throwback. Madlib, on the other hand, I’m more of a fan considering I have enjoyed most of his work in the past and him collaborating with other rappers such as Madvillain (with MF DOOM) and Jaylib (with the late J Dilla) and I have heard of MadGibbs’ EPs Thuggin, Shame, & Deeper (which those songs are included in the album) before listening to the whole album and I’m glad to say that Piñata does the job well.

The album is really a Blaxploitation film on wax and Freddie’s lyrics mixed in with Madlib’s eccentric production definitely brings their A-Game, which made the project worthwhile the wait. The album’s production is quite reminiscent to the early 90s hip-hop albums with this type of production but as I said before, it doesn’t feel like it’s dependent on that; it manages to have stellar production and hard-hitting lyrics. The best example of that is “Real”, a diss song aimed at Young Jeezy about how he fucked over Gibbs when he used to be signed at Jeezy’s record company and him putting up a front about it. I could list out what tracks I like from there but the majority of them I already love, especially “Broken” featuring Scarface (oddly enough, there’s a track called “Scarface” on there….kinda weird), “Lakers”, “Robes” and yes, even the skit “Watts”, which I still put on repeat because I really dug that track.

My final say on this album is that it is a must-hear for some hip-hop fans. Personally, I love this album and at a time, it does feel like the second coming of “Madvillainy”, but I wouldn’t go that far….well, maybe, but still I really dug the hell out of this album.

 

 

FINAL SCORES:

Pharrell Williams – G I R L 8/10: Solid B

Foster The People – Supermodel – 6.5/10: OK

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Piñata – 9/10: First Class

 

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

 

G I R L courtesy of Columbia Records

Supermodel – courtesy of I Am Other / Columbia Records

Piñata – courtesy of Madlib Invazion

(Hy)Lights #22: Rick and Morty

Wubba lubba dub dub?

Wubba lubba dub dub.
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You know, there’s something about time travel in most things media that I don’t get a lot. I’ve see many things in media about time traveling from the Back to the Future trilogy to The
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to any other various shows, specials and jokes about the subject and there is a little show on [adult swim] called Rick and Morty.

 


 


Rick is a mentally-unbalanced but scientifically-gifted old man who has recently reconnected with his family. He spends most of his time involving his young grandson Morty in dangerous, outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes. Compounded with Morty’s already unstable family life, these events cause Morty much distress at home and school.

Now I’m going to get the things that did interested me into the show. Yes, I fully admit that I was interested because it was from Dan Harmon, the creator of one of my favorite sitcoms on-air, Community, and also, it was from Justin Roiland and it was based on his Channel 101 shorts The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti and another thing about that is Roiland was also the voice of Lemongrab from Adventure Time and he deliver a great line, such as:

Anyway, to the show, this is actually pretty funny in its first season, consisting of 11 episodes, and the humor don’t slow down by the episode. It generally keeping going episode after episode of very absurd humor where some cases it does get very dark (and damn, it goes into a very dark territory. Remember dem “Cronenbergs”? “I’m Mr. MEESEEKS!!”) And on the other hand, it doesn’t go into “too cynical” and/or “mean-spirited” territory. It was more balanced that way and its good that it kept it that way. Hell, I felt like it was gradually funnier than most current running Adult Swim shows and Season 4 of Community (which I didn’t hate, but it was “meh” at best and the 5th season was satisfying to say the least).

As I said about the show earlier, the same can be said for characters on the show from the two title characters from the father Jerry (who is equally lame but in a hilarious way), the mom Beth (very level-headed and sometimes good comic foil) and Summer (whom I can say that she has some standout episodes that are either centered on her, mainly episodes 7, 9, and 11), as they do get funnier by the episode count doing some of the most absurd shit through time-travel, going to other dimensions, watching TV from other dimensions, beating up the devil with the sounds of DMX, hanging with the Meeseeks, turning all the people in the city into large Cronenberg cockroaches. Basically they have done some freaky shit…freaky funny shit though and it does the job.

Yeah, yeah, yeah….I know the animation style isn’t exactly eye-orgasmic and it is simplistic but it fits within the context of the show and it works it off very well. It is much like Bob’s Burgers style of animation but it never bother me a bit.

As for the voice cast, I’m really impressed with the dual roles that Justin Roiland filled in being both the voice of Rick and Morty and he does have some good range as Rick although when I heard Morty a bit, I can sense a little Lemongrab in him but that’s just some nitpicking and I think he did well on both roles. Chris Parnell is acceptable as Jerry although it does feel like type-casting a bit considering as a character, Jerry is quite close to Cyrill from Archer (which I still need to catch up….damn, I’m behind on some shows). I’m also glad to see Sarah Chalke in more roles, too, considering the last things I’ve seen her in are either Scrubs or How I Met Your Mother (I don’t know which season…..3 or 4, I think) and Chalke is another stellar performer and also Spencer Grammer as Summer is also pretty worthy, too. Oh, and I did notice that I spotted one of my favorite English anime VAs Kari Wahlgren playing a reoccurring character, Jessica, the guy that Morty has a crush on.

FINAL VERDICT: Rick and Morty is definitely one of the interesting new animated shows to come out in the past year for Adult Swim and it was definitely one of the funniest to come in 2013. I’m glad this show got picked up for a second season but knowing Adult Swim, I don’t know when they might air it but I’ll keep watch on that. I would definitely tell people to watch this (with caution to most people by the way).

 

Therefore, Rick and Morty earned the grade of

8.5/10

Low FIRST CLASS

 

RICK AND MORTY is available for streaming on adultswim.com and on YouTube. As of the date of this review, no DVD/Blu-ray release has been planned yet.

 

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


 

RICK AND MORTY – courtesy of Justin Roiland’s Solo Vanity Card Productions/Harmonious Claptrap/Starburns Industries/Williams Street

(Hy)Lights #21: The CROODS

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Most people often look at Dreamworks Animation films as nothing but cheap gags, throwaway jokes, and stunt casting. Well, that may be the case for them in some of their movies (Shark Tale) but as of recent years, they have begun to make some heart-felt and genuinely great movies like Kung Fu Panda, Rise of the Guardians & How to Train Your Dragon. Besides, the stunt casting and all the other aforementioned traits of past Dreamworks movies usually are what Blue Sky Studios actually does that now (unless that Peanuts movie is genuinely good the next year)

Note that with The Croods is the first Dreamworks Animation movie to be distributed by 20th Century Fox after ending their run with Paramount Pictures on Rise of the Guardians, which was on a disappointing note (financially-wise, that is. The movie is still excellent by the way.)

The Neanderthal family the Croods lives in a cave, protected by the father Grug in accordance with the rules of survival that he has learned. His teenage daughter Eep is rebel and questions why the family lives in the dark. One night, Eep sees light and she finds the Homosapiens Guy that can control fire and is intelligent and tells that their world will end. When their cave collapses, Eep seeks out Guy to follow him to the new world. But the stubborn Grug does not accept the change of rules and wants to find another cave to protect his family.

First things first, the story’s setting in the prehistoric times are quite an interesting way to begin the story of this family who kept surviving in the dark, mostly by staying in the cave all the time; holed in with nothing to do but wonder about the world and what could be worth exploring beyond. There is the aspect of Eep, the character who wants to explore outside the cave, see what’s going on with the world but her dad, Grug, is the overprotecting father archetype always put these notions in the family’s head that if you discover something new, eventually you’ll die. The strongest strength of the storyline is the exploration of their surroundings as they travel to the new world with Guy, however, the most expected/predictable part of that is Grug being his overly protective self, not that’s the negative part of the story but it does seem more like “I can spot that a mile away”. The humor, for the most part, was actually pretty funny and it’s something that all families can enjoy without too much adult innuendo that kids won’t understand or anything too pandering to the young audiences (cough *Smurfs 1 and 2* cough) and I couldn’t find anything too crude in there, either that or it’s just not that noticeable.

For characters, there wasn’t anybody I hated although one character grew on me and it was the dad, Grug, whose attitude around Guy was starting to bug me a little but eventually as I said, he grew on to me and as for Guy, I actually like him as he’s the type of character that relies on his brain rather than brawns, a contrast to Grug but eventually combining them both later on really pays off. Eep is also another character that happen to like as she relates to most people wanting more out of life than just being in that one particular place. The rest of the family characters are also okay, too.

 

For animation, the artwork and animation movements were crafted for 3D and very fluid. However, I could say more about that but unfortunately, the time I got to see this movie in 2013, it was only in 2D showings but if you got a 3D TV (mainly anybody living off well, so basically no one), buy that on 3D Blu-ray.

The voice-acting work was pretty exceptional, too, as there isn’t many characters to voice so it doesn’t feel too crowded. Ryan Reynolds playing Guy might be the only character he plays to fit the part and is genuinely funny when he needs to be (although it didn’t help with that other Dreamworks movie he was in later that year – Turbo) and as for Nicolas Cage—yessir, that Nicolas Cage—the guy was actually great in this role because most of the time, I forgot Nicolas Cage in the movie and also Emma Stone, as lovely as she is, fits her voice into the character of Eep. Other notables (or the other three) are Catherine Keener as the mom, Clark Duke as the son and Cloris Leachman as the mother-in-law.

FINAL VERDICT: The Croods, to me, is an enjoyable Dreamworks flick. Maybe not up to par with Kung Fu Panda & Rise of the Guardians but more like Megamind or Monsters vs. Aliens it is something to watch with the family to have a good time with.

 

And with that said, The Croods get the grade of:

7.5/10

Low SOLID B.

 

The Croods is available to own on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Digital. It is also available on Netflix for Streaming.

 

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

 

THE CROODS – courtesy of Dreamworks Animation LLC. / 20th Century Fox

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: MEKAKU CITY ACTORS

I don’t know why but the title of the show reminds of Harajuku Girls…….anybody remember that? A bunch of Japanese/Japanese-American backup dancers associated with Gwen Stefani. Actually, does anybody remember Gwen Stefani? Well, yeah, from No Doubt.

Well, anyway, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS.

 

Director:
Akiyuki Simbo
Yuki Yase

Original creator: JIN

Character Design: Gen’ichirou Abe

Animation Production: SHAFT

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Daisuki, Aniplex Channel

Licensed by: Aniplex of America

 


 

Plot Summary: The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes.

 

 

Thoughts on it so far: Damn, this has got to be the SHAFTiest anime that ever SHAFTed from Studio SHAFT and Akiyuki Shimbo. Yeah, that guy is at the helm of another anime from the same studio (SHAFT) and the same production company (Aniplex Japan and it’s licensed by Aniplex of America in the U.S.) and you know what? This is actually better than their other effort Nisekoi (yeah, I still say that anime sucks and after seeing the latest episode, I confirm that), however, everything about this show isn’t exactly mind blowing. First off, once again, the main character Shintaro is a shut-in (yep, that again) who hasn’t left his house in 2 years and very dependent on his computer and his cyber girl Ene, who is pretty much a vocaloid (a singing voice synthesizer, sometimes in the form of a young Japanese girl and at least it isn’t his sister) and she can get bothersome to me. Yeah, it does get slow from there. He leaves his house and yeah, shit goes down and now he’s part of it. I hope they can keep my attention for 10 more episodes. For the animation overall, like I said, this is usual for SHAFT and/or Akiyuki Shimbo-helmed anime, as in weird palette and designs, very colorful and highly experimental.

 

Thankfully, it looks like I’m going to give it a CONTINUE because the show does keep my interest and I’m willing to watch more of this.

 

Plus UPDATE: I’m thinking about dropping Mahouka after watching the second episode and this show is already a better bet than Mahouka.

 

Well, folks, that is going to be it for me…..that is, until the season is over. Yeah, I know I haven’t gone through every anime airing this season but I think I’ve looked at enough anime for now.

 

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

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: No GAME, No LIFE

I’m really starting to get why I don’t play that many video games as I did when I was younger.

  1. I might get sucked up in another world, against my will and might die.

     

  2. I’ll still get my ass kicked on online games.

     

  3. There are some cheatin’ motherfuckers out there

     

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka

Series Composition: Jukki Hanada

 

Music:
Ayako Sasō (super sweep)
Fumihisa Tanaka (super sweep)
Shinji Hosoe (super sweep)
Takahiro Eguchi (super sweep)

 

Original creator: Yuu Kamiya (light novel)

Original Character Design: Yuu Kamiya

Animation Production: Madhouse Studios

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensor: Unlicensed (at the time of this review)

 


Plot Summary: Based off of the light novel by Yuu Kamiya, No Game, No Life centers on a brother- sister hikikomori (shut-in) duo who have notoriously spawned urban legends all over the Internet of their gaming skill. One day, they encounter a boy named “God” who summons them into an alternate world. In this world where war is prohibited, sixteen different races fight for control but competing through various games. Humanity has been driven back to one final city. Will Sora and Shiro be able to save humanity from the brink of extinction?

 


Thoughts on it so far: Yeah……I don’t know about this one. Another ‘trapped in a video game’ anime and yes, it is based on a light novel…….just like most of the anime airing this season. Welp, this is in fact a wish-fulfillment male fantasy anime, only thing is, at least it knows what it is aside from trying to give an illusion that it’s more than that and so far, the two leads doesn’t look like they’ll fall in love with each other…..because they’re related, as in brother and sister and thankfully, no incest so far (although I can do without the panty shot in one of the first scenes in the episode). As far as it being fun, I can sense that but it’s more of ‘meh’ than actual fun. I don’t know, maybe it’s me or I haven’t sense any fun moments for me in this Spring Season. I think the show is more fun for gamers (I don’t know either for casual, medium and/or hardcore) but for anyone else, they might take it or dump it. Also, the artwork from Madhouse is a bit jarring as most of the palette and the colors be either too bright, vibrant, or pinkish and I swear I might go colorblind from watching this.

 

Now, as for if I’m going to continue it, I would but this is more of WAIT TO MARATHON because I’m not exactly on the train of “it’s good” nor the train of “it sucks”.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format (and I’m too lazy to come up with a custom outro.)

 

And what’s next……Another anime from Studio SHAFT (which I hope it’s better than their recent effort)

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: NANANA’s buried Treasure

Hey!! We’re gonna be exploring to find treasure in an adventure anime!!!

Kick in some music!!

“Come along and bring along all your hopes and—” NO!! Not that song.

“Ya-yo Ya yo!” —- UH….FUCK NO!! Definitely not that song.

This is an adventure anime, not an anime about pirates that’s been sailing the sea for 600+ episodes. This is a NoitaminA show. It’s only 11 episodes and concise.

Director: Kanta Kamei

Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata

Music: Keigo Hoashi (Monaca)

Original creator: Kazuma Ōtorino

Original Character Design: Akaringo

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Aniplex of America

 


Plot Summary: Disowned by his father, Jugo Yama has run away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryugajo. She was murdered ten years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Jugo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he’s not the only person searching.

 

Thoughts on it so far: The show does have a promising storyline and plot from the looks of it and the first episode was just a taste of what could happen. I like the whole ‘finding treasure’ angle meaning that they can explore worlds, bond with one another and all that Indiana Jones-esque stuff….then I realize I got ahead of myself and remember Galilei Donna and how that turned up. I liked it but it wasn’t close to what this anime is (or at least what I hope to be). The story of how Nanana won’t rest until they find her killer so she can move on is one of the few good points in the show. Jugo and his story of him being disowned by his father……I really couldn’t care less about him or that. Hopefully more characters show up here and I can feel more invested than I already do.

 

Yeah, I’m actually looking forward to more of this. This is definitely a CONTINUE WEEKLY for me. I hope they can keep up the pace with this.

 

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the treasure into…..well, for a ghost of this dead girl.

 

Next up, a title that features a brother-sister hikiromori duo who are urban legends in the videogame realms……and hopefully they’re not incestuous.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: PING PONG The animation

I journey again into the world of noitaminA anime and this will be the first out of two anime from this block from Fuji TV. And yet the weird thing about this anime I’m checking out? This is a sports anime from the director of The Tatami Galaxy.


Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Music: kensuke ushio

Original creator: Taiyo Matsumoto

Animation Production: Tatsunoko Production

Internet Streaming: Funimation.com, Crunchyroll (non-US)

Licensor: FUNimation

 

 

 

Plot Summary: Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They’re both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile’s personality always enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.


Thoughts on it so far: Yeah, I’m gonna be honest and I’m not going to have much to say about this but I don’t watch a lot of sports anime because my interest in it is very little in it and the only thing close to a sports title I’ve watched is “Initial D” (Yes, drifting does count as a sport) and for future references, I’m not checking out “Baby Steps” or “Haikyuu!!” due to lack of interest. The show does pretty alright with itself even if it feels like a lot of sport movies I’ve seen in the past, although none of them had anything to do with ping pong. I really look at this than just another sports anime but more of a character piece but with ping pong. Also, the animation is a change-up from what I’ve been watching lately and also very akin to Masaaki Yuasa’s direction and art style.


So, with that said, I will give this show a CONTINUE
with the exception of if you don’t have the FUNi EVS service, you have to wait a week before catching the first episode. Same for free Crunchyroll users.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the ping pong balls in the game.

 

After that, we’re going on a journey to find buried treasure!!!!

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: Soul Eater NOT!!

About a year ago in 2013, an anime called Samurai 7 ended its run on newly [adult swim] run, Toonami and it’s been about almost a year then since it came back. An anime called Soul Eater took its place and at first, I thought the show seemed like a typical generic shonen anime but actually it turned out to be a good show at the end. But now, in 2014, a spin-off of the same series has arrived in anime form, but does it have what it takes to be good…….or NOT!?

Director: Masakazu Hashimoto

Series Composition: Masakazu Hashimoto

Music:
Asami Tachibana
Yuuki Hayashi

Original creator: Atsushi Ohkubo

Animation Production: BONES

Internet Streaming: Funimation.com

Licensor: FUNimation

 

 


 

Plot Summary: The Death Weapon Meister Academy—DWMA for short, is a special institution for humans who are born with the power to turn into weapons and the wielders of these weapons, called meisters. While the students of the “EAT” class train themselves to become warriors of justice, the “NOT” class is for those who just want to control their powers with the intent to not become a threat to others and to themselves. Tsugumi Harudori is a halberd demon weapon who takes part in the NOT class and befriends two meisters, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn and is indecisive about which one of them to choose as her partner. The series follows the daily lives of Tsugumi and her friends as they learn the ropes of the DWMA and have occasional encounters with the characters of the main series.

 

Thoughts on it so far: Welp, unlike many people (mainly fools and dumb motherfuckers), people really wanted to be just like the original Soul Eater because if something changes, apparently it must be bad. Yet here’s the thing: I said that I didn’t think the original Soul Eater was going to be good when seeing it for the first time and now I feel the same way with this one. The three main characters do have likability in them (albeit one of them being a typical absent-minded character and an airhead), although it can take time adjusting to them and as for the cameos of the original Soul Eater cast and the cries of “how come Soul didn’t speak?”…….Well, it’s only the first episode and he might have a speaking role later but the show can’t be too dependent on the first series, we got to know more about the 3 main characters than just whining about “MOAR BLACK STAR!!” I will say that I’m not really a fan of the new character designs. I don’t loathe it but it felt like it loses some of the uniqueness in the original show although some designs from there are still intact. The moe design doesn’t mean it’s bad. Unneeded, but not horrible.

 

This could turn out to be like the first series for me, which is why I’m going to CONTINUE BI-WEEKLY, considering that this one isn’t exactly high priority but it’s worth taking a look at.

 

And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the souls and weapons to one meister.

 

And coming up, for the first time since ever (I think), we’re going to be looking at an sports anime…..from the guy that brought you The Tatami Galaxy & Kaiba.

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: Black BULLET

* Don Lafontaine voice* in a futuristic world where there are giant spider monsters called by a virus and one guy that can take them on and his partner, who may or may not want to fuck him. Wait, what? Is this based on a…….yep, it’s based on a light novel.

 

Director: Masayuki Kojima

Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata

Music: Shiro Sagisu

Original creator: Shiden Kanzaki
(light novel)

Original Character Design: Saki Ukai

Animation Production:
Kinema Citrus
ORANGE ANIMATION STUDIO

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensor: Unlicensed (at the time of this review)

 


Plot Summary: In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live within a wall made of Varanium Monoliths, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the “Cursed Children”, children born with the Gastrea virus who are able to control it—which gives them superhuman abilities—were discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus’ intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize in fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the war, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter in his childhood friend Kisara Tendō’s Tendō Civil Security, along with his Initator Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo Area’s destruction.

Thoughts on it so far: OK, one thing I know about most anime recently is light novel adaptations and how sometimes they are either “meh” or OK at best (Accel World) or just really awful (Sword Art Online, I could say something about Mahouka but it has headed towards that direction.) First off, the plot and storyline is hardly original (dystopian Tokyo, lone survivor from an attack that killed his parents, devoted his life to kill those in the name of humanity, a society takes him in, give him a shelter, a partner, the whole nine yards) but then again, that’s what everybody says about anything nowadays, so that argument is pointless to bring up. The main character Rentaro isn’t much of a blank slate character (thank Based God) but he isn’t that interesting of a character to begin with. He also has a loli sidekick Enju Aihara…….you know what? I’m gonna say it. That girl went Rentaro’s D so fucking bad and the show isn’t being subtle about it and I hope with the addition of Kisara, there isn’t some annoying love triangle in the mix. For the first episode, the action animation and the art was stellar courtesy of Kinema Citrus but it felt like too much was crammed in the first episode that you might forget about some details. I know I did.

 

Would I continue with this show? Well, actually, I would but it’s more of CONTINUE WITH CAUTION. Show got some potential but I fear it might become awful in the long run.

 

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Black Bullets into that Gastrea’s head.

 

 

And coming up next, it’s all about revisiting an old series that I first on Toonami a year ago………NOT!!!!

Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Spring 2014 Edition: Selector infected WIXOSS

Now, let me ask you this question that many people are wondering about ever since watching the first episode?

Does the title sounds like it’s a game made for the Nintendo Wii or Wii-U?

Get it? WIXOSS? Wii-Cross? Wii Cross?

HA! This joke is stupid and yet I don’t feel stupid.

Director: Takuya Satō

Script: Mari Okada

Music: Maiko Iuchi

Animation Production: J.C. Staff

Internet Streaming: Funimation.com, Crunchyroll (anywhere except U.S.)

Distributor: Funimation

 

 

Plot Summary: WIXOSS is a card game that’s popular with teenagers. Supposedly there exist “LRIG Cards,” female character cards with wills of their own. Special girls can hear the voices of the LRIGs, and those who possess them are called Selectors. These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It’s said that whoever triumphs in these battles will have their wish granted. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find a LRIG card. She names hers Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.

 

Thoughts on it so far: Apparently, in the anime universe, we are now in the Madoka Age. Much like the Evangelion age, people said X show reminds me of this show that came out before and this isn’t the first time to happen before. Remember Day Break Illusion? Yeah, me neither and I never saw it. I really don’t have much to say for the show except it does feel like a card game anime with the addition of magical girls on there. Albeit, it has a dark atmosphere and vibe towards it but I’m really not impressed with what I saw. I’m not appalled by it but it’s merely just dull and forgettable, aside from nice visual values coming from J.C. Staff. The main girl Ruko being a Selector could be something that look at and for fuck’s sakes, her avatar Tama is just annoying to me.

 

You know what, given the 12 episode count and the fact I got more anime to watch than this, I’m going to WAIT UNTIL IT FINISHES.

Yeah, that’s it.

And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the cards into the game.

 

Hopefully, next time, I’ll look into a title that one person I know talk about all the time on Twitter (It’s not a dig at you, man. But you know who you are.)