December 03, 2003

Chrono Crusade Episode 02

Chrono Crusade

"Contractor"

Chrno is a devil. Thus he is dangerous, because even though he's cute, he's still a devil.

I just saved you twenty minutes.

Let's set that aside for a moment. While Chrno looks fine with his little demon ears, Joshua (introduced at the end of the episode) looks absolutely ridiculous with whatever ears those are that he has.

Okay, back to the story and everything else. This episode is pretty much the same thing as the last episode. Chrno and Rosette fight some personality-deprived demon using their sanctified (or somehow holified) bullets. Rosette always gets into trouble, and the Elder (their engineer), has made a new type of weapon. Obviously this can't continue for the entire series, but so far it's back to back almost identical episodes. In fact, even the policemen are a carryover.

Oh, and don't forget, Chrno is a devil, and is very dangerous. Does it sound like I'm beating a dead horse?

Just passing on the experience.

Rating: C+

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Green Green Episode 08

Green Green

"Oh My! Oh My! In the Morning Shower"

Oh god! It's the recap episode. That means if you've been following the show, you get two experience three things: 1. All the things you enjoyed from the previous episodes, 2. All the things that made you ill from the previous episodes (i.e. everything with Yuusuke's friends), and 3. Anger at not getting a new episode, being forced to watch a stupid clip show instead.

Some shows like to put some cool new footage (traveling, more often than not) in between the clips. Green Green has its own unique solution. As much fanservice as possible! Definitely the most in any episode yet.

Pretty much a non-episode.

Rating: D+

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Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 06

Fullmetal Alchemist

"State Alchemist Qualification Exam"

Haha! Al's metal helmet can show crazy facial expressions to match Ed's. That's some good stuff. Looks absolutely ridiculous, but amusing nonetheless.

It's another flashback episode this time, so it makes me feel a little better about the whole thing. They gave a nice fleshed out backstory (which continues in the next episode) for Ed and Al, and how they came to be where they are now. This is a very feel good story, as there's no real adversary in this episode, we just get to see how good an alchemist Ed is.

This show's production values really are top notch, and it really is fun to watch. It's silly, touching, and genuinely put a smile on my face, and there's not really much better praise I could put on it.

More episodes like this one, and more series like this one, and I'm going to lose my prejudice against anime based on games. (Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration.)

Rating: A-

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December 06, 2003

Green Green Episode 09

Green Green

"Walking Right Ahead in Kimodameshi"

What the heck is that bear doing?

The animation for this show is about the same as usual, except the particular effect used to show light (from lamps or whatever) shining on characters faces really works in weird ways. In a show that looks overall very clean and well done, the cheap brightening and shadowing that results from it takes away from the presentation.

Another episode of Green Green down without getting any sort of character or relationship development. Not only that, this felt like a rehash of the other episode where Futaba and Yuusuke are in the forest together. So it looks like with three more episodes to go, it'll take the grace of god to save this show.

A real high point for the show after the recap episode last time. I'm amazed how much time they're wasting in a twelve episode show. Of course, it doesn't seem like they really had much material for this show, other than deviant behavior and fanservice.

Rating: D

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December 07, 2003

Lunar Legend Tsukihime Episode 02

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

"Black Beast"

Now I know what this show is about! See, there's this woman--well, but she's actually a vampire! Yeah, so this vampire woman, you see, she's one of the good vampires. There are good ones and bad ones, you know (or perhaps varying degrees of bad, from a human standpoint). Anyways, so there's this good vampire woman, and she's trying to stop the bad vampires! So, what we've got, esentially, is the story of a vampire turning against her own kind.

If that's not an original idea, I don't know what is!

Wow is this a slow-paced show. I don't think it really takes away from it, though, as the slowness is well done. As I mentioned before, with the art, acting, music, and all aspects of the production, it all fits into the texture of the show. Err, well, all of it with the exception of the school stuff, which is yet another original twist.

It's still too early to really say what the heck this show is about (other than general premise), but I was impressed by the gutsy decision to have a brief vampire confrontation, and finish it with no resolution! Most series are far too worried about hooking viewers to not offer a little bit of closure (at least for an episode) this early in a show.

Though, maybe if it wasn't so slow, we'd be farther along.

Rating: C+

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Green Green Episode 10

Green Green

"Stumbling Around in the Library"

The art is a little off in this episode, for some reason. Character designs are a little off (especially in some faces), as are general body shapes (some of the girls now have some really weird curves).

I haven't mentioned it before, but I absolutely cannot stand Midori's super-nasally voice. Yet another reason I want Yuusuke to hook up with Futaba in the end, but I'm sure my wishes will not be granted.

Alright, I refuse to review the plot of this episode without spoilers, so either be spoiled or live with it.

I was wondering how exactly Yuusuke was supposed to learn what the audience has already known for ten episodes (that in a previous life he was in love with Midori, but their love couldn't be, blah blah). As it turns out, kissing Midori was all it took! And now he remembers everything, and apparently they were really in love in their past life, because it looks like he's now crazy about Midori, despite the fact that he was making a lot more progress with Futaba, and if it wasn't so completely obvious that Midori is the one he's supposed to get in the end, you might even think that this show was about him and Futaba!

Ten episodes and a flash of light. Insulting.

Rating: D

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December 08, 2003

Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 07

Fullmetal Alchemist

"The Night the Chimera Cries"

I was very impressed by the use of shadow in the latter half of the episode. Just more evidence of the exceptional production values of this show. Everything goes along very smoothly until Ed's voice actor completely manhandles his last bit on this episode, where he has to cry. It's a terrible piece of acting, and the upbeat closing theme comes in too quickly.

Some spoilers follow.

Well, I guess I should just expect from here on out that every person Ed and Al meet up with that seems good in the beginning, is actually a terrible person. I don't remember exactly, but I definitely had some suspicions that this was going to happen after watching the previous episode. The depths that the alchemist in question goes to in this episode is really pretty sick, though he does have a good point that what he did was very much the same as Ed and Al's attempt at human transmutation. There's an important difference, however, being that Ed and Al did it for love, and he does it more for self-preservation.

The results of the transmutation are pretty disturbing though, and it really makes you wince to see and hear it.

We're also introduced to a new player in the story (are we back to the present yet?), a mysterious guy who hates alchemy, but has apparently been given a brand by his brother, that grants him the use of alchemical powers. He sees the alchemists as blasphemers, and has some sort of religious anti-alchemist fanaticism. We'll see where that develops.

Overall, this show continues to be very good, and has some really disturbing moments (which are surprising, from the overall tone of the rest of the show), that help it stand out from the pack.

Rating: A

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Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien Episode 05

Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien

You already knew that the three years in between the beginning of the show and Suzumiya's accident were unhappy ones. After all, for some reason, Mitsuki got a job (qutting swimming and school) as did Narumi. And, of course, Suzumiya isn't awake yet. So in this episode, we get to see some of the things that happened in the gap.

You know this is a downer of an episode, when the happiest thing that happens is finding out the origin of the octopus and the dolphin cups. Narumi is dealing with life terribly. He doesn't go out, he can barely take care of himself, and in general, looks like the most pathetic guy on earth. Mitsuki is doing everyting she can to take care of him, but is increasingly torn by her own feelings for Narumi (which come out most obviously to the comatose Suzumiya). Also, we get an incredibly depressing scene of Narumi regressing in his acceptance of Suzumiya's state, topped off with her parents telling Narumi not to visit Suzumiya anymore, for his sake.

There are even more scenes like that in this episode, which really establishes a new low point (emotionally) in the series. It might be a downer, but this show really is great, and its story will move you.

Rating: A+

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Green Green Episode 11

Green Green

"Weakened to the Destiny"

My destiny is to watch this show for one more episode after this one.

Maybe I shouldn't be so cruel. This episode was actually good! No, really! The show takes a drastic turn after the revelations of the last episode (Yuusuke finally getting clued into what the audience has known since day one). The story goes from overly-fluffy fanservice and other disgusting acts to a romantic comedy about whether or not one can go against their destiny. Turn this episode into episode three and start the series over, this is so much better!

It's too late for that, but we get more of what's important, Yuusuke destined to be with Midori, with Futaba on the outside looking in. Ah well, better late than never, I suppose.

Rating: A-

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December 09, 2003

Green Green Episode 12

Green Green

"Goodbye to Kanenone"

I forgot to mention in my review of the last episode that I was completely wrong about Reika's character. She's actually the Keeper of Destiny, some sort of omnipotent power that observes the flow of destiny (assigned especially to Midori and Yuusuke's relationship). I like Reika's role now a lot better, as Midori's friend and supporter. The Keeper of Destiny wanting to see destiny changed? Hm.

The last two episodes of Green Green, I've been thinking to myself, "You know, it's not really like Ah! My Goddess, but this show really reminds me of it." Then in this episode, when they're walking outside, where Yuusuke needs to help Midori, I was thinking to myself, "Please don't go find a tree, please don't go find a tree." And then, inexplicably, they go to a tree.

Now the real spoilers.

I have to give Green Green props for not going for an overly happy ending. In the end, Reika takes Midori away, as she cannot stay in the present (because she uses her life energy to save Yuusuke's life). But because she gave him her life, literally, she will live on forever inside Yuusuke (yeah, one of those things). It doesn't look like that makes things any better for my favorite couple, Yuusuke and Futaba, but it doesn't really seem like the creators of the show felt like that had to be, and I kind of agree with them.

Green Green 2! No, really, please don't do it.

It wasn't a terrible show in the end, but it really had some terrible moments. The last two episodes are definitely the best of the bunch, and I really wish they had explored that more, given Futaba more of a chance, and done more of the love story, than the crazy pervertedness.

In the end, Green Green was a show about whether or not you can overcome destiny, and its answer is a very waffling "maybe". After all, you might say that Midori overcomes their destiny by saving Yuusuke's life, and living forever in his memory, but I'd say that's a copout. Are they really trying to say that you can't beat destiny? Because that's a pretty sad ending to this show. It seems to me the creators couldn't decide, and didn't want to end strongly in either direction.

Rating: A-

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Chrono Crusade Episode 03

Chrono Crusade

"The Servants"

Looks like we're getting rolling now, as we have a cliffhanger story in this episode. I'm happy for Gonzo that they were able to reuse the radar pinging effect from the eyecatch of Full Metal Panic! in Chrno Crusade' s ending credits.

I was a little underwhelmed by Azmaria's character design. Her voice actress is also very similar to Tessa in Full Metal Panic! (another white-haired, soft spoken female of great importance), and she falls into my most hated of all character archetypes, the weak girl.

It's nice to see Rosette in a different costume for a chance, wearing a nice cocktail dress while she's working undercover at a hotel. Chrno doesn't need to change, he is a demon after all. This episode doesn't really flow very well, with a bunch of different scenes, themes, and other stuff thrown together. Not to mention the only thing that really keeps you going through the episode is the certain knowledge that something bad will happen by the end of the show.

It was a bit of a chore to get through this episode, but the problem is probably because we are overburdened with exposition at this point. Once we get more of it out of the way (and I get the feeling we have more long explanations in the near future), maybe the show can move a little more.

Rating: B-

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December 11, 2003

Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 08

Fullmetal Alchemist

"Philosopher's Stone"

I like how this show sets up everyone that isn't Ed and Al to be pretty much as evil as possible. There's no possible way you could feel sympathetic to the military, which is basically using the alchemists for their own nefarious purposes. That makes watching much easier, you know with that whole concept of gray thrown out the window. Subtle is definitely not a hallmark of this show. A guy with a big X on his face, suppose he's evil?

Oh, and you know that whole thing about all the people Ed bumps into turning out to be evil? Yeah, let's just leave it at that.

Winry makes her first appearance for a while in this episode, which was inevitable, given her place of prominence in the opening credits. This was another one-shot, more or less filler episode. I suppose this is okay, as this is a long series. I should mention we're still in flashbacks at this point, and I don't know if we'll ever get out of them.

Rating: B

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December 12, 2003

Lunar Legend Tsukihime Episode 03

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

"Mystic Eyes of Death Perception"

Three episodes of Shingetsutan Tsukihime, and the thing that stands out the most to me is how consistent the pacing of each installment is. Definitely feels like we're getting one part of a story after another, rather than one or two one-shot episodes, then a three episode story arc, or something like that.

On the other hand, this is one of those really slow-moving anime series, where it feels like the first three episodes could have been condensed into one, and you still wouldn't really know what's going on. But like I've said before, the show seems perfectly happy to move slowly, using it to build up atmosphere.

We have a few story hooks so far, but not enough has been revealed to really grab you yet.

Rating: B

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December 13, 2003

.hack//SIGN Episode 1

.hack//SIGN

"Role Play"

I know it's not episode four yet, but I think any review of .hack//SIGN has to start with its music, composed by Yuki Kajiura. Bandai certainly knows that they've got a strong score, and it is showcased throughout the episode. In fact, scenes without musical accompaniment feel empty and hollow without it, which indicates the fact the show relies too heavily on its score.

The visuals range from being very good, boasting high production values, to being almost ludicrously bad. There are some terrible visual effects sprinkled throughout, while the overall world look and character designs are very unique and appealing.

This show moves slowly. It seems like it's almost worn as a badge of pride that so little information and dialogue can be doled out. Each line is delivered as though it were some sort of devine proclamation. It doesn't really seem like we're supposed to care about it that much, though, as the music frequently plays louder than the spoken lines. In fact, the music does much more to set the tone, and describe the plot than the characters' speech.

.hack//SIGN's creators obviously are confident enough in their product that they didn't feel the need to impress right away.

Rating: C+

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December 15, 2003

Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien Episode 06

Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien

This episode seemed a little light on actual content, with just more slow progression of the relationship between Narumi, Mitsuki and Haruka. A few hints are dropped that Haruka is getting better (she refers to the passing of time during the episode), though she's obviously not fully recovered yet. Also, Narumi is embarking down the path of being with Mitsuki, while also wistfully reliving his relationship with Haruka (sure to be a recipe for disaster).

Mitsuki's character is now well defined by her passive aggressiveness. It can be fairly aggravating watching her act, as her childhood strength seems to have given away to this whiny, pity-me attitude. At the same time, you can't help but grone at Narumi's indecision. If there's one character that seems to know what she wants, it's Akane, but she still hasn't played a big role so far.

I think we watched Narumi go to the hospital three times in this episode, and all the repetition, paired with the slowness of the show, is lowering my enthusiasm a bit. Hopefully, the next episode will be a little more heart-wrenching.

Rating: B

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December 16, 2003

Chrono Crusade Episode 04

Chrono Crusade

"Sinner"

Four episodes into Chrno Crusade and I think I'm allowed to not give it the benefit of the doubt anymore. (One might argue my standards are ridiculous though, as most anime don't seem to hit their stride until the episode count hits the teens.)

This show is pretty blah, so far, with a legendary demon hunting his own kind, paired up with a bright, bouncy nun (the only refreshing part of the show). As it's a Gonzo show, the action sequences look good, have good production values, and are generally interesting. The plot, on the other hand, is so blah that I can't really be brought to care. Not only that, we have a genuine transformation sequence in this show! (That's an immediate foul in my book.)

As I'm no longer being introduced to new characters, I really wish a story arc would get underway, so I could figure out where exactly all this is going. Every anime seems to think that its plot/concept is overwhelmingly original, so they should be allowed to take their time going through the same paces we've seen in about a dozen other shows, instead of getting to the point and actually showing us what's different and interesting about it.

This episode was not very good, but maybe when this show actually starts, it could redeem itself. Seems hopeful, given all the angels and religious types running around.

Rating: C

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December 17, 2003

Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 09

Fullmetal Alchemist

"Silver Watch of the Dog of the Military"

This has to be the happiest group of coal miners I've ever seen. Last time I checked (or at least, surmised), coal mining wasn't exactly a job that made people happy or cheerful. This bunch seems to have something to live for. They seem at most mildly incovenienced by their living conditions and other problems.

Another rehash episode, where Ed shows that he doesn't want to just be a dog of the military, and wants to help normal people. He's a good guy, get it? (Seriously, though, how many episodes does Al have to suggest that maybe he should become a state alchemist, and Ed responds that he should be the only one to have to be a dog of the military?)

But here's the good part! At the end of this episode, we've finally caught up to where the show started at! Flashback over!

Now that we've got all that extremely long exposition out of the way, maybe something good will come up in the upcoming episodes.

Rating: B-

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December 18, 2003

.hack//SIGN Episode 2

.hack//SIGN

"Guardian"

I love Yuki Kajiura, but I swear the opening theme to .hack//SIGN has the stupidest lyrics I have ever seen. (It doesn't help that the lyrics are almost completely unintelligible, either.)

How come I must know where obsession needs to go?
How come I must know the direction of relieving?
How come I must know where the passion hides its feelings?

Deep in the night (far off the light)
Missing my headache
Visions of light (Sweeter delight)
Kissin' my loveache

Okay, for starters, "the direction of relieving"? Are you kidding me? Let's not even get into what the heck her "loveache" is. (What's the rating on this show, anyways?) Okay, maybe I shouldn't make a habit of criticizing the lyrics of anime intro songs, but you have to admit that these are pretty bad.

.hack//SIGN takes place almost completely in the World, an online game in the future. It seems like the people who came up with the plot and dialogue for .hack//SIGN have heard the concept of what one of these games is like, but don't really get it. Normally this wouldn't be a problem (how accurate is anime, anyways?), but the fact that the dialogue gets bogged down in these boring characters pontificating over the aspects of this game really kills the show. The fact that these characters that look like cool mages, swordsmen, or whatever, are actually normal people, is not really the most exciting idea. Do I really care that Mimiru just came back from taking a bath? Not really.

The show really hits a low point when they begin to discuss the ramifications of resetting a single-player RPG. Um... yeah. Oh, by the way, he played this game a long time ago, before we had games we could play together. By my watch, that means the early eighties.

Also deserving mention is the wonderful voice acting in this show. Usually, anime voice actors overact their parts (just a tad). Luckily, .hack//SIGN employs voice talent from the Matrix school, so it's all as deadpan as can be. Maybe the same excuse can be given, since they're all avatars in a computer game. This is actually a larger problem, because facial expressions are very toned down, and sometimes the sleepily-delivered lines can have more emotion than their characters show.

Other than that, the art is still pretty good, with the exception of Tsukasa, who seems to look weird from every angle he's drawn from. Maybe his first episode look was just the wrong one or something.

Here's a pronunciation question. The wonderfully Engrish pronunciation of "the" as "za". Now, as a native English speaker, when I form the "th" sound, my tongue is against the back of my teeth, while when I make the "za" sound, it's a bit farther back. How the heck can you get this wrong?

Maybe if the show wasn't so terrible, I could comment about more relevant things.

Rating: D

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December 19, 2003

Lunar Legend Tsukihime Episode 04

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

"Garden of a Cradle"

It must be that the slower each episode of Shingetsutan Tsukihime is paced, the cheaper it is to make. Something like that. That's the only way I can possibly explain why this show is so slow. Luckily, it doesn't drag to the point of irritation, so you just sort of feel like the show is taking too long, without being too painful.

The problem is that absolutely nothing happens in a thirty minute episode. The few things that do happen feel like they could have easily been shown in about five minutes.

This episode is sort of like a bridge episode from the opening story arc to whatever is coming next, where the main character thinks that all the craziness is behind him, but the audience knows that he's nowhere near the end.

A few hints of story, but nothing concrete. Pregnant pauses abound.

Rating: B-

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December 27, 2003

.hack//SIGN Episode 3

.hack//SIGN

"Folklore"

This is one of those episodes where nothing much happens. Here's a plot summary: Mimiru and Bear are trying to meet Tsukasa offline. (They also come to the realization, that there might be some difficulty to this, much to the surprise of the audience. Hah.)

The design for Tsukasa's Guardian has to be one of the most uninspired things ever. Perhaps this is just an early judgement, and someting will change my perception in the future (like, for example, if it were to completely change). Speaking of Tsukasa, he falls into one of the most boring character archetypes, one who is being pulled along in momentous events, and more or less whines about it.

This episode is all about the characters finding out stuff that viewers knew, or suspected, since about five minutes into the first episode, when Tsukasa explains that he is unable to log out. Three episodes later, we're still pretty much there.

On the plus side, the music is still excellent, as are the visuals (what's the deal with Subaru always carrying the axe around?), but at this point, there still isn't much happening.

Rating: C

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December 28, 2003

.hack//SIGN Episode 4

.hack//SIGN

"Wanted"

Another episode of .hack, still not much story movement. The animation and sparse dialogue/story serve as a nice background to the music of .hack//SIGN. This episode is pretty much a rehash of one or two episodes ago, where Bear and Mimiru are supposed to meet up with Tsukasa, but then bother him, making him run away.

Trying to suspend my disbelief for this show is proving harder and harder. The idea that the system administrator somehow will go and read the logs of the game is somewhat absurd, when you consider the purported complexity of the World. Then you throw in silly game references, and it's very hard to accept the show's foundation.

Are we watching a fantasy anime, or are we really just watching a bunch of people playing a video game (a dramatically less interesting proposition, as what's the big deal, unless the World itself is some sort of sinister force). The problem is that we're supposed to care about Tsukasa's player (or Bear's or Mimiru's). We never really see them, though, and it is hard to differentiate their in-game character from their personality. How do we empathize with them, then? For me, personally, not very well.

It might go better if the plot started moving, and I wouldn't have to focus on these very boring characters.

Rating: D+

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December 29, 2003

Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien Episode 07

Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien

I'm not sure if Mitsuki says anything other than, "I'm sorry" in this episode.

This is one of those episodes where the main character does one wrong thing after another, while the audience is screaming at him to not be a moron. (It can be argued that the whole show is sort of like this with Narumi.) Either way, Narumi's feelings are obviously going all over the place, as he continues to indulge himself by visiting Haruka in the hospital, neglecting his girlfriend (who is becoming more and more depressed).

At this point, I'm not even sure which pairing I'm cheering for. Clearly I should be sympathetic to Mitsuki, who is basically being cheated on for Haruka, but Mitsuki's so passive aggressive I find it hard to really want her to come out on top. Of the relationship!

On the other hand, you can't really support Haruka either, because she basically has no clue what's going on, other than that her boyfriend is acting weirder and weirder (and seems to be growing less fond of her).

Either way, Mitsuki resolves (for the moment), the living situation problem that has been weighing on her and Takayuki by moving in with him. Of course, they still haven't talked about it, so you might say that they're still just as screwed up as before.

Rating: B+

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December 30, 2003

Chrono Crusade Episode 05

Chrono Crusade

"Militia"

There's probably a new genre that Chrno Crusade could fit into. Were I to name it, I'd call it "techncal Catholic action" (again, not a typo). The "technical" aspects of the show aren't really all that important to understand what's going on, but listening to the various phrases bandied about make it feel like the otaku-like jargon in mecha shows. Just replace gears, and fusion reactors with pseudo spiritual energy and holy water.

I think the main plot of the show starts off here, with Rosette's ultimate quest described vaguely. Though, the actual story of the episode winds off in a different direction, and it ends up being more about Azmaria (yawn) than Rosette. At least with the story moving forward, we've broken the mold of the first couple of episodes, and can hopefully find out more about the world and setting of Chrno Crusade.

So far the show seriously underuses its unique setting, as most of the stuff that we see in this episode could take place in any number of time periods (overly high tech training equipment, generic looking church buildings).

All in all, I have very mixed feelings about this show so far. On the one hand, it seems to have the potential to be a different and entertaining show, but it just sort of comes off as nothing special. Some character development could probably give it a kick in the pants.

Rating: C+

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Lunar Legend Tsukihime Episode 05

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

"Bow of the Sky"

If there's one thing that Shingetsutan Tsukihime is good at, it's framing shots. The show has an exceptionally good aesthetic quality that the slow pacing really brings out.

However, if there's one thing that it is bad at, it's having things happen.

Like I've said in a few reviews now, this is a really slow show. The plot inches along, as our heroes go in search of Roa, and make just about no progress. Looking back, I have to believe that some stuff happened to take up the episode's time, but I really can't put my finger on anything. Other than a few quick revelations that aren't really all that surprising (or things about various characters' relationships that weren't already obvious), we slowly move through this plodding, but gorgeous show.

Rating: C

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