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[In which I review] New anime, Fall 2011

dshaffer

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...SO watching Horizon, I am completely, and totally lost. Is anyone able to actually explain what just happened, and why?
That old man didnt seem like a bad sort, so why's he doing this, or is this good old Bushido Loyalty coming into play?
 

CynoT

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I just caught up with Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wings, and I am very very impressed. Ignoring the visuals and music, I am very impressed that they have managed to craft the story such that I want to know the backstory. A lot. What was the significance of the Grand Lake? The sadness of Fahrazan (sp?)? What happened over a century ago when the first Exiles returned? The happened to the previous Augusta? What the hell is Dio doing here and why is he such a well-adjusted person here (well, kinda)? Who were the Kartoffels? Who were Fam's parents and what were they doing that day?

(If I misspell the names, meh, I'm writing this from memory and can't be bothered to rewatch the episodes just to find the official spellings.)

I'm not sure if I care about Princess Millia right now, but I do want to know what happened to the first princess now. But even then, I can see Millia maturing up into an interesting character. I'm going to watch this to the end.
 

Dulahan

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There's a new manga called Last Exile - Sunadokei no Tabibito, which looks to be covering the events between the end of the first series and the start of Fam.

Damn it...

I don't like Comic format storytelling. But damned if this won't be the third Manga I'll ever grin and bear and read. -.- (Berserk and Claymore the other two)
 

JELEINEN

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...SO watching Horizon, I am completely, and totally lost. Is anyone able to actually explain what just happened, and why?
That old man didnt seem like a bad sort, so why's he doing this, or is this good old Bushido Loyalty coming into play?
Here's how I understand things...

In the distant future, the earth gets messed up so everyone leaves for someplace else. Big war screws that place up, so they come back, but only a small part of Earth is habitable (basically the Japanese islands), so they make a parallel world and reboot history to fix the problems with time the war caused. Everything goes OK, until the 15th century, when the parallel world collapses and the people living there conquer the people living on Earth for living space. So Japan, the only place people can live, is under the thumb of foreigners and blowing up the reactor and stuff was all an act of rebellion.
 

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I thought the parallel world collapse was part of the big war screw up?

My understanding was that they were replaying human history in order to regains their past level of development, but half way through the westerners (The Testament guys, I'm assuming) went off the script and conquered the rest of the world.
 

JELEINEN

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I thought the parallel world collapse was part of the big war screw up?

My understanding was that they were replaying human history in order to regains their past level of development, but half way through the westerners (The Testament guys, I'm assuming) went off the script and conquered the rest of the world.
It is a war in the divine states (Japan on the real earth, so basically they were the ones who went off script) that causes the parallel world (the Harmonic Divine States) to collapse in 1413 AD and that's when the people living there invade. They start to resume history in 1457, but then they stop getting updates of anything past 1648 (they were only ever allowed to look 100 years ahead at a time).

The Testament faction (which are basically all the various types of Christianity and Muslems) are the ones who still want to follow history. The Anti-Testament faction (the rest of the major world religions) do not.

Take that with a grain of salt though, since I've been getting my info on bits and pieces that were fan translated from the novels, so accuracy isn't guaranteed.

Speaking of which, those novels are huge. There's 4 in the series and each is around a thousand pages long (in Japanese, so they'd be significantly longer in English). I doubt we're going to only get much more than just a teaser of the story in the anime.
 

Jhiday

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Resurrecting this thread, because we're somehow getting a couple of latecomer shows, and it's too early to start the next Winter thread.

High Score
(8 3-minute episodes, airing from late November to January)

What's it about ?

Cheap-looking adaptation of a 4-koma gag manga about assholes in high school.

Characters

Megumi, our "heroine", an alpha bitch who tramples over everyone else at her school, sometimes literally.

Masamune, her self-centered boyfriend, who devotes his whole screentime mentioning how handsome he is.

Endless scores of one-note victims complete the cast.

Production Values

Over the course of these review threads I've seen my share of shoddily-animated shorts, but this one takes the cake. Ugly character designs, barely any animation at all, this just looks awful.

Overall Impression

It is possible for this kind of shorts to be decently entertaining despite the shoe-string budget (Nyaruani was nearly okay on average, for example). There have been a few decent series about utterly unlikeable leads. And I usually like Eri Kitamura quite a bit.

But this is just dire. There's absolutely nothing to like here ; presumably the lead couple's antics are supposed to be funny, but there's just no actual jokes there to be found. There's jerks for three minutes, and that's it.

This is not the Worst Anime Ever, because I've witnessed stuff where the very premise was loathable. This is just a terribly-looking comedy that utterly fails to be funny. But you shouldn't really bother with it.



Kyousogiga
(one-shot 25-minute episode, aired on the web a few days ago)

What's it about ?

A girl has gotten stranded with her two younger brothers on a wacky parallel version of Kyoto. They're kinda wreaking havoc on it through demented chase scenes, but the higher-ups of the place think she may be the reincarnation of their Divine Creator figure...

Characters

Koto, our heroine. Somehow she got her hands on a weird transparent mallet with colored balls inside. Anyway, she wants only one thing : to go home, and doesn't care about anything else in the plot.

Myoue, one-third of the triad in charge, who took the three siblings under his wing (although the property damage exasperates him a bit). Doesn't think she's a reincarnation either.

Yase, the second third of the triad in charge (the third one's a bit of a non-entity), and the big proponent of the "reincarnation" theory. She really wants to make it work, despite Koto's obvious disinterest.

By the way, the original Koto was the mother of the triad.

Rounding up the cast are a couple of law enforcement people who are ordered to stand down and can only bemusingly watch Koto and her brothers' rampage.

Production Values

The selling point here is clearly the demented and hyperactive animation... so it's then quite a shame for it to air over an eyebleed-o-vision webcast. There was clearly a lot of money spent on this, but it's wasted on this format. The eventual BluRay should look great, though.

Overall Impression

I have watched a short anime tour-de-force with impressive production values that managed to skillfully and unobtrusively weave exposition about its rich world into an enthralling chase scene. But that was Noiseman Sound Insect, more than a decade ago ; Kyousogiga clearly aims for something similar but doesn't quite manage it.

I think the problem is that it's so wrapped up in its energy that it forgets to deliver crucial exposition (Koto is stranded in a parallel workd and wants to go back !) properly until the halfway point ; the stakes are thus muddled for far too long for me to really care. One-note characters are kind of a given in this type of exercise, but they fail to entertain much even on that level.

It's a shame, because there was potential for a fun mindless piece here ; but the screenplay definitely needed a few rewrites to streamline it and make it more compelling. As it is, it's just kinda there.
 

JELEINEN

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Totally agree on High Score. Man that was awful.

Loved Kyousogiga myself. It was a fun 20 minute romp, but you're totally right about the crap format being a waste.
 

Do Deca Hedron

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Since there's no other thread to make this observation.

Fate/Zero Episode Eleven. Spoilers for not just the episode.

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Did anyone else notice that an adult Waver marches in the Ionian Hetairoi? Nice little bit of foreshadowing to how their relationship turns out.
 

Wolfwood2

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Fate/Zero Episode Eleven. Spoilers for not just the episode.

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Did anyone else notice that an adult Waver marches in the Ionian Hetairoi? Nice little bit of foreshadowing to how their relationship turns out.
Looked kind of like him, anyway. By the way, just how old is Saber supposed to be?
 
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