Thursday, September 3. 2015 | Comments (0)
Episode Six is rather talky. I considered doing Six and Seven together, but while I was reviewing the episode I decided it had enough material to keep it separate. I may change my mind by the end of the write-up, though.
Lord Ainz Ooal Gown, a.k.a. Ainz-sama, a.k.a. Momonga, now travelling as the dark warrior Momon; and his minion Narberal Gamma the battle maid (now known as Nabe the battle mage) are travelling with the four-man adventuring team Swords of Darkness (Silver-ranked adventurers) and the pharmacist magician Nfirea Bareal. Momon has partnered with the Swords of Darkness to escort Nfirea on a herb-gathering mission, and to seek out out and slay nearby monsters for bounty rewards. Considering Nfirea is the grandson of Lizzy Bareal the legendary pharmacist, who coincidentally became aware of an extremely rare potion acquired from a certain dark warrior, Nfirea probably has ulterior motives in recruiting Momon and Nabe.
On the road, Lukrut the ranger continues to proposition Nabe:
As the adventurers approach the forest that lies between the city and Carne Village, Ninya the Magic Caster describes the guardian of the forest; a monster that keeps truly dangerous beings from using the forest as sanctuary. The "Wise King of the Forest" is a great silver beast with a long, armored tail that can use magic. Ainz makes a mental note that slaying or capturing such an animal would clearly raise his fame in the area.
Meanwhile, back in Nazarick, Demiurge is trying to find Albedo, and has tracked her to Ainz-sama's bedroom.
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Monday, August 31. 2015 | Comments (0)
Episodes Five and Six of Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa... accomplishes a few things. Easiest to overlook is that Aizawa, Shiragami and Kuromine are all established as close friends, set aside somewhat from whatever happens with all of the other characters. I had mentioned in the first episode writeup that even though there are harem elements to the story, the romance is essentially a love triangle; and there it is. Every other female is tangential; even Mikan, who has as strong a claim on Kuromine as the other two do.
In episode five, we finally get answers to why Youko Shiragami is the way she is...which is to say, what does being a vampire mean in this universe? First of all, she comes to school early and leaves late because her skin is really sensitive to the sun, but when the weather report says it's going to rain all day, she can finally come to school at the same time as everyone else:
She also didn't realize that UV rays penetrate clouds...as Aizawa points out, "I would think you would know that, considering you're a vampire." Aizawa decides to teach Shiragami how to use stealth and speed to hide in the shadows on the way to school. This works well until some street vendors get in the way:
Thankfully Shiragami is, as she finally explains, *half*-vampire. Her father is a vampire and her mother is a human. So garlic makes her eyes water uncontrollably and crosses make her really cranky. These challenges can be overcome. But the bridge across the river can't. Vampires get really queasy over moving water; and while the river isn't so bad...there aren't any shadows to hide in. Aizawa and Kuromine spitball ideas to help Shiragami: she could wear a spacesuit, or they could build her an external unit like Aizawa's, or wrap her in UV-resistant film. It's too bad there isn't a sunblock that works for vampires...
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Thursday, August 27. 2015 | Comments (3)
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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Monday, August 24. 2015 | Comments (0)
Jitsu Wa uses several different stories from the first half of the manga run to introduce new characters for the next few episodes. (And by the way, I just re-read the manga at a different site that had a few more chapters available than did the first site I read at...I'm not really sure where it finishes now...) In episode three it's time to re-introduce Asahi's childhood friend Akemi Mikan.
Mikan is desperate to catch Asahi and Youko in any situation that she can twist into an Asahi-embarrassing incident. When Shiragami misses a day of school, Asahi panics, thinking she has been made to return home by her father. Koumoto-sensei informs him she just has a cold, and sends him to Youko's house to give Shiragami the day's assignments. Mikan tortures the information out of Asahi's friends and foils Aizawa's attempt to stop her by conjuring visions of Asahi getting a little to friendly with Youko during the visit. Thankfully, Youko is over her cold, and her desperate attempts to clean her apartment before Asahi arrives (Koumoto-sensei phoned her in advance) result in a natural trap for Mikan:
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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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