Thursday, November 23, 2017

KONOHANA KITAN: The Transient Guest {Episode 8}

I've been collecting a lot of different images from the series, and I'm excited to start working on my flower article for it. It'll take time, as I'm not well versed in the language of flowers, but there's no time like the present to learn.

I loved this weeks episode, mainly because it was just slightly more complex than the previous ones. There were multiple characters shown, and then it was revealed that they all shared deeper connections. It was just very heartwarming to see the extent of these bonds, and how Yuzu and the other employees at Konohanatei are able to impact their guests.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Medaka Box: Chin Impalement

"If a character rested their head on top of mine, their chin would literally pierce through the top of my head, through my skull, into my head, puncture my brain and kill me. That's how pointy their damn chins are. Instant death, instant brain ramen." - me at this frickin show
I can't say that I was super impressed by this series. I feel like I'm at the point in my otaku career that I have really refined tastes, and most of the older and more obscure series just don't really do it for me. It feels like torture sometimes to marathon an old title, especially when compared to the joy of a simulcast.

Medaka Box is an anime about the student council president Medaka Kurokami, who implements a box where people submit their problems. Then she (while dragging along her childhood friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi) solves all of their problems while also making them better people.

The concept itself sounds good. I remember hearing about it and thinking it would be cool. I was gravely mistaken. First of all, the problems that are being sent in are very, very stupid. As in, Medaka is fighting delinquents while also reforming them, and it's all orchestrated by a guy who didn't like the delinquents. His plan backfired on him by the way. Not really a surprise. But I digress.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

KONOHANA KITAN

"I can only compare it to the feeling of sitting outside in the rain. The sound is everywhere, but you're dry. The mug is warm in your hands, and you close your eyes to listen. Yes, this is what it should be like. You're happy and at peace to have dwelled in this moment in time. Things will not always be like this. This too shall pass. It was beautiful while it lasted. Let us relish this."

The whole monster and animal girl craze has gotten majorly out of control, and to be honest, anything involving that has been a major turn off for me. The fandoms are just too weird, and the shows themselves are bizarre. A Centaur's Life and Monster Musume. That's literally all the proof I need. So when I saw that this was essentially an anime about fox spirit girls, I internally groaned and thought about how I was going to complain about this series and how crappy fandoms ruin everything.

However, as soon as I watched the first episode, I was blown away and hooked. I've been eagerly waiting every week for a new episode, and I've genuinely been enjoying KONOHANA KITAN. I think that it doesn't encompass any of the weird things the hybrid fandom brought to the table, and it has such rich character development and a beautiful plot line. The artwork is also incredibly captivating, so much time and effort have been poured into this anime. A lot of good shows have come out this season, but KONOHANA KITAN is definitely one of my very favorites.

BLEND-S is the ultimate battle anime

Look if this image isn't convincing enough then IDK what to tell you.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

King's Game

Image result for kings game animeRemember when Corpse Party was a thing? Oh hey, it's kind of back, but not really. King's Game was originally a game that has been adapted into an animation this season, and the premise looked pretty interesting. A classroom of students receives texts from a mysterious "King" with instructions and challenges they must follow out. However, if they fail to do as the text says, they face brutal and deadly punishments. Gore potential, horror, psychological terror, all of these juicy genres seem to be combined in the premise.

No. Absolutely not. King's Game fell through on everything except the gore, which is just distasteful. Let me explain EVERYTHING that this show screwed up on, and where I think they could have actually done a freaking hell of a lot better. Please read this at your digression cause things are gonna get hella nasty my dudes.

First of all, the gore is the only saving grace. That and the sick opening sequence. We see people mangled, explode, broken, twisted, ripped apart and in their most disgusting states. In the first episode or two, it's gross and horrifying, and it actually seems pretty interesting. However, as the series progresses it just gets really boring. They also try to combine the deaths with emotional plot points, which make them seem pretty dumb. All of the gore also seems melodramatic at certain points. There isn't a lot of build up to them, they just happen and there's blood everywhere. When they repeat the same thing in that sort of manner, it's lackluster after a while. It's the same issue that Corpse Party had, the deaths got boring after a while and they were gross instead of terrifying. It was okay, and made it tolerable to watch, but definitely not the best.

The plot for King's Game is just bizarre. Not in the sense that it's weird, but rather it feels very inconsistent and lackluster. Generally, half of the episode is dedicated to the main characters first King's Game experience, while the other half is what's happening in his new class. I think that this could have potentially been an interesting approach, because we know that everyone in the first class will die. Yet at the same time there's a certain hope that we'll be wrong. There's also the compare and contrast feature of showing how mistakes the first class made are being repeated. So as it is, I would say it's 4/10. The two different time lines just break up the flow. I would have preferred to just see the original story without the second class, because the first class was just way more interesting. They didn't have any prior knowledge, they were experiencing terrible things, it was great. Well, great for the viewer, not so much for the students. The second experience just seems to pale in comparison.

A sub point to the previous one is how they tried to make every death or sacrifice very noble and emotional. There also had to be some tear jerking scene, which really just felt stupid and insincere. A lot of characters were so selfless, it was unrealistic. I personally have a view that everyone is selfish and does things that trace back to their own benefit. Beyond my own views, this show still is unrealistic as the characters don't even make sense. One girl goes blind, so she decides to drown herself in the ocean. It doesn't make a lot of sense, the motives for what characters do are weak and poorly explained.

On the topic of things that are unrealistic, the girl who walked into the ocean disappeared. I'm not a scientist, but I know that bodies float in water, especially if they just drowned themselves five minutes prior. And where the fuck are the police in this universe? If classrooms full of students are being brutally killed, there should be investigations. Everyone should know about it, the phones should be checked, and the students shouldn't be going back to class. That among many things just don't make logical sense.

I really, really don't like that one weird girl in the second experience. The one who kissed the main character, I haven't bothered to remember her name because that's how little I care. Here, a gif of her in the margins. Got she just oozes suspicious. Her personality makes no sense, and I'm not sure if it's leading up to the next point I want to make or if they just want to make things creepy. There's no character depth, everything is dramatic all the time, and they fit into stereotype too well.

The final point I wanted to make about this show is what the message was. If I understand correctly, they're trying to at least partially make the point that everyone is corrupt, and in the right situation they become animals. We see a lot of different characters trading in others for themselves, or doing crazy things, or just becoming depraved people in general. However, if this was their point, they completely defeated it by having characters who remained virtuous and good people. People who sacrificed themselves for others. So, that changes their point to be some people are good, and some are bad at heard. No shit, that's life, some people are one thing and others are something else. It's such a god damn boring point to make. If they want to have something interesting and philosophical, they should stick with it. I would have much rather seen a bunch of selfish ass, manipulative people duking it out while pretending they care, but they all really try to back stab each other. That was some people, but for the most part there were a ton of good people which just ruined it.

Overall I'd say it's not that great, it actually feels just like Corpse Party. they tried to make a psychological thriller, but they didn't have the ability to do that and fell back on mindless gore instead. I'm planning on watching it until the end just to see how it's going to play out and if there will be a major plot twist (like the MC being the King). I wouldn't recommend it, but if you like lots of blood and gore it's worth at least checking out the first episode.