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Thu, 08/27/15"Overlord episode 05"
Thursday, August 27. 2015 | Comments (2)
In Episode Five, Ainz starts moving the forces of Nazarick outside of the tomb to explore the surrounding area. After the daily report is delivered by Albedo in Ainz's office, Shalltear stops by to give her regards to Lord Ainz before joining Sebas on a mission.
It works as well as the last time Albedo and Shalltear were in a room together.
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Wednesday, August 19. 2015 | Comments (3)
Recap: In episode 3, Momonga, calling himself Ainz Ooal Gown, rescued Carne Village from a massacre by soldiers from the neighboring kingdom. After the carnage was over, the village was approached by the head warrior of the Kingdom of Re-Estize, Gazef Stronoff. He has been sent to investigate the attacks on outlying villages, but has been assigned a pitifully small force to use. Before he and Ainz can talk, more enemies are seen surrounding the village, accompanied by some kind of magic construct.
As episode 4 opens, we learn that the soldiers are actually sent by the Slane Theocracy to the south. They are an elite unit sent to Re-Estize with one goal:
Back in the village, Gazef informs Ainz that only the Slane Theocracy could deploy a large number of magic users. And, since Ainz doesn't know why the Theocracy is attacking Carne Village (which has no strategic or financial value), there can be only one reason for this bait and switch attack:
Ainz refuses to hire out to Gazef to assist in the battle, but gives his word on his own name that the villagers will be protected. He also gives Gazef a gift:
Gazef, sensing the strength and ability of Ainz, gladly accepts the gift and heads out with his men to challenge the Theocracy.
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Thursday, August 13. 2015 | Comments (0)
I reviewed episodes 3 and 4 of Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa and I'm having trouble getting motivated to write it up. The anime is still in the mode of introducing most of the characters, and as many people have pointed out, it's working like a "Monster of the Week" series right now. Not very interesting. Again, I want to remind anyone interested that the manga, somewhere around this point of the series, kind of "re-arranges" the story. This makes the manga even more interesting, except for one particular subplot...but I'm getting the impression that the anime is eschewing some of the more interesting bits in order to present a moe slapstick comedy.
I think I might just do a summary of the next few episodes, focused on introducing all of the characters.
Tuesday, August 4. 2015 | Comments (0)
I finished the manga. Considering you know the ending from the first chapter of the manga, mangaka Eiji Masuda almost managed to keep the entire ten volume run not only interesting, but engaging. The biggest hangup was a very trope-ish "misunderstanding" that extends the story an extra twenty chapters. The manga also manages to keep the harem elements to a minimum; most of the competition is a rivalry between two characters. But, it looks like the anime is going to continue pushing the harem element. For the record, here's what the art in the manga looks like:
And here's one of the glamour shots:
Read on to find out more about Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa!
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Tuesday, August 4. 2015 | Comments (0)
In Overlord episode three, Momonga is trying to learn more about the outside world by using a remote viewing artifact:
It takes a while, because he no longer has the "game controls" at his disposal...Momonga has to figure out how the mirror really works. He finally zooms in on a nearby village, where it appears there is some kind of activity happening in the streets. After zooming in to first-person view, Momonga and Sebas discover that all the movement seen from above is actually a group of soldiers butchering the inhabitants of the village. Momonga is disturbed to discover that he feels no shock or repulsion at seeing people graphically slaughtered with swords and axes, and chalks it up to his conversion to an actual undead. He is intellectually repulsed by the actions of the soldiers, but attaches no real emotion to the thoughts. He decides to ignore the event and move on with his surveillance, when he sees one of the villagers mouthing the words "Run! Escape while you can!" He follows two girls, one older and one much younger, running from the scene into the nearby woods; pursued by soldiers. The older is struck in the back while protecting the younger, and Momonga decides to intervene. He recalls a moment from his early days playing Ygdrassil:
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Monday, July 27. 2015 | Comments (0)
I really doubt I'll write this up. Although there is a good chance I'll do a post on the manga when I finish it. Pete mentioned this series on Ani-Nouto, and it sounded interesting enough to try out. I've watched the first three episodes of the anime, and it's clear the production staff are trying to cram the entire manga run (which is completed) into one series. The manga is something like 80 chapters or so in
As Pete mentions, the art is different in the anime, although you can tell the studio tried to emulate Eiji Masuda's style. Unfortunately, they not only transformed Masuda's stylized art into a moe-fied mishmash, they also took a lot of the darker humor out of the story. The manga is mostly a straight-up comedy/romance laced with some harem elements, but the anime plays up the harem a bit too much.
Our hero, Asahi Kuromine. In the manga, he's taller and has black hair. While he's called a wimp by some of the more aggressive cast members, he actually comes of as fairly normal. His plot-driving handicap is that he can't keep from displaying his emotions clearly on his face, and consequently can't keep secrets, either. In the scene above, he's responding to a friend about to pick a card in Old Maid.
Asahi has a crush on Youko Shiragami, a mysterious girl who only speaks in honorifics, arrives at school before everyone else, never eats lunch, constantly covers her mouth with her hand, and leaves after all of the other students. He finally works up the nerve to confess his love to her after school (or give her a letter, anyway), only to find out her deepest secret:
She's a Morrigan Aensland cosplayer!
No, even worse, she's a vampire (and her design is clearly based on Morrigan). She covers her mouth and speaks in honorifics because when she talks using her native Kansai-ben she tends to relax and show her fangs. And now that her secret is out, she has to return home, thanks to a promise made to her over-protective father. Asahi, unable to bear losing the object of his crush so soon, promises to keep her secret, because he wants to be friends with Shiragami. Also, Shiragami turns out to be as oblivious as Kuromine is obvious.
And so we get the plot of the entire storyline, although thankfully the author disposes of the need to keep the secret after the jokes run their course. The manga transitions to farce a few volumes in, which works better, given the subject matter, than the two-note situation comedy that is set up. As I mentioned, the manga changes quite a bit as the mangaka finds the right pace and style for the story.
Hopefully, the anime will settle down soon, as well...it doesn't have the interesting art and darker style to keep people interested like the manga does. Which is probably why they tease all the other characters who show up in the OP, more than the main characters. There's a good chance I'll write some more about this series, but I probably won't do episodic writeups.
Saturday, July 25. 2015 | Comments (0)
Episode Two of Overlord starts right where episode one left off...Momonga-sama, the Guild Leader of Ains Ooal Gown is meeting some of the "floor guardians", the former user-created NPCs that populated the guild hall. Shalltear Bloodfallen, a true vampire and the guardian of the first, second and third floor catacombs, is the first to arrive at the arena:
She immediately gets into an argument with Aura. Momonga remembers that the guild member who created Shalltear was the younger brother of the woman who created Aura and Mare, the crossdressing dark elf twins who guard the Arena Floor, and they fought all of the time. We'll meet the other ambulatory guardians in a moment, but for now, Sebas gives his scouting report to Momonga and the guardians. The Great Tomb of Nazarik is now surrounded by flat grasslands instead of the swamplands that it normally occupies. Momonga orders Albedo and the guardian in charge of defense, Demiurge, to enhance the fortifications and information network of the Tomb; and orders Mare, who appears to be a specialist in defensive magic, to mound dirt around the walls of Nazarik to disguise it as a hill. He then asks each guardian how they see him, and gets quite an earful. Sebas, in particular, has something interesting to say:
The former NPCs seem to have some knowledge that the world they once occupied has ended, and they are now in a new situation. Momonga uses his guild ring to teleport away; he's very troubled by the glorious views the guardians have of "the creators", his former guild mates; and especially himself as the guild leader.
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Tuesday, July 21. 2015 | Comments (2)
Well, this is unexpected. I wasn't planning on even watching any of the series of the current anime season, but I couple of comments and screenshots convinced me to give Overlord a try. I'm really glad I did (I even started reading the light novel series that provides the source material); the show has been quite interesting. I'm still going to put up a warning that I might drop out of the series, but I just finished the third episode and I still can't wait to see what's going to happen next week.
Background: 110 years in the future, the fully-immersive, neural network interlink MMORPG (or "dive" MMORPG, DMMORPG) Yggdrasil is launched. And right here I have something I'm going to ding the anime for: they skimped on some pretty damn important details. In the book, you find out that the game is almost 100% customizable. You can modify how your character looks with uploaded graphics, you can create your own ai scripts, you can upload your own graphics into the game for crafted objects; in your guild you can even create your own NPCs with their own scripts and unique looks. However, created NPCs have limited animation and no voice support (because it's a plot point). There are three broad categories of races, the important one being the monster races (for plot reasons). The leveling system is jobs based, with thousands of jobs available, so it's very easy to create a unique character.
The story starts a little over a decade later, when most players have left Yggdrasil and the game is about to be shut down. Momonga, the Guild Leader of the guild "Ains Ooal Gown" (pronounced "eye'ns oh-owl Goh-n", more or less, and immediately forms the phrase "own goal" in my head) has invited the three other members of the guild out of the original 41 who haven't quit the game to join him during the server shutdown. To be clear, none of the other three have logged on recently, but at least one shows up.
That's Momonga, a magic user playing as an undead lich (known as an "overlord" in the game...hint hint.)
This is HeroHero, who logs in to the round table room of the player-made guild hall, The Great Tomb of Nazarik. He complains briefly about the amount of overtime he's working, then apologizes and logs off to get some sleep. As frustrating as the short visit is, Momonga curbs his anger. The two rules of the guild Ains Ooal Gown were that you had to be a functioning member of society with a real job and everything, and you had to create a non-human character.
Left to his own devices for the last thirty minutes of Yggdrasil, Momonga grabs the guild weapon, Staff of Ains Ooal Gown, and decides to visit the throne room.
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Monday, July 6. 2015 | Comment (1)
Thirteen episodes from when we started, we reach the end of the series. Not the end of the story, of course; I think that's been discussed...but we don't know yet if KyoAni is going to do a second series. There will be an OAV released with the final BD (or packaged with the BD, I'm not sure which) that will probably finish out the original Hibike! Euphonium novel. Again, this is all as far as I understand it. KyoAni hasn't departed significantly from the novel, but they have done some things differently.
Not very much happens in the final episode. Most of it is KyoAni showing off their art, their animation, the attention to detail, and the effort put into making the sound as real as possible. There are also a few hooks that lead to second-series information, or rather information that doesn't get covered until later books. This final episode is very much about experiencing what happens. It's a series of images and sounds, with very little narrative.
This is actually a little sad. KyoAni did some of their finest work with Hibike! Euphonium, and I'm going to miss it.
Let's get started!
Day of the regional concert; 5:00 AM.
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Tuesday, June 30. 2015 | Comment (1)
This was the most important moment in episode thirteen, and we don't get to find out why. We can speculate, and there is at least one possible explanation hinted at in the show, but we know so little about Asuka, despite all of the little hints dropped.
I expect Wonderduck might have quite a bit to say about episode 13 when he gets a chance to watch it, because very little moves along, plot-wise. We finish the story, and there aren't any surprises.
UPDATE: Considering I'm not going to get the finale writeup done in a timely manner, please check out Wonderduck's Your Weekly Asuka.
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