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September 11th, 2017

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02:26 am - Anime Night Notes
So because I'm playing kind of a rough game (Nier Automata, a game about pushing all your emotions into a pile and setting them on fire) and the BF's been distant since we spend most of our time in separate rooms (not purposely, it's just how the apartment is laid out) we've decided to set at least one night aside a week to sit out in the living room and watch some anime.

I don't watch a lot of it anymore because I'm usually too busy with games, so I picked some stuff off Crunchyroll to make a queue with and off we went.

We have some stuff already in the queue...

- Log Horizon
- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
- Maoyu
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2
- Ace Attorney: The Anime

but we decided to go for a run of all episode 1s this time. I've jotted down my thoughts on what we watched beneath the cut.

Gundam Build Fighters

Crunchyroll says: "The time is the near future. Years have passed since the 1980s, when "Gunpla"--plastic models based on the "Mobile Suit Gundam" animation--created a huge boom. Now, a new wave is sweeping the world, in what could be called a second Gunpla boom. Its popularity is driven by "Gunpla Battle," in which assembled Gunpla can be controlled and made to fight. With the introduction of this revolutionary Battle System, its popularity has expanded to the point that a Gunpla Battle World Tournament is held each year."

Sqrlmog says: "This is the most lavish toy commercial I've ever seen, and believe me I lived through the eighties, I know my lavish animated toy commercials. It's a show about a boy named Sei Iori, who can build Gundam models but can't pilot them in the weird VR fighting arena -- by the way, what kind of toy battle game lets you actually BREAK your enemy's toys when you win? -- and his new friend Reiji, who I am convinced is one of the Fey Folk.

Consider: He appears out of nowhere, dressed in strange ways. He doesn't understand human customs like "paying for things". He takes debts WAY too seriously. He can ride any steed you give him, including a Gundam. He appears mysteriously out of nowhere when called upon and leaves as he arrives. And he likes makes weird bargains. Dude is Fey as hell. This is my headcanon even though the show will prove it untrue."

Princess Knight

Crunchyroll says: "Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Silverland, a princess named Sapphire was born. Thanks to a mischievous little angel's prank, Sapphire ended up with both the blue heart of a boy and the pink heart of a girl. Thus, the little princess would be as rambunctious and brave as she was gentle and caring. However, all was not well in Silverland: only a son may inherit the throne. To stop the evil Duke Duralumon from becoming next in line to inherit, the King announced that Sapphire was a boy. Now several years later, everyone in the kingdom sees Sapphire as a swashbuckling prince."

Sqrlmog says: "Classic Tezuka manga, animated with all the pacing and dignity of a Youtube Poop. This thing moves so fast, is so silly/serious/silly and is so densely plotted (and the dub is so over the top) that both the woof and I felt like we had just been viciously beaten in the face with a copy of the Princess Knight manga. It's a FUN show! But it's going to be a Sometimes Food of an anime if I ever saw one."

ARIA - The Animation

Crunchyroll says: "Akari Mizunashi, at the age of 15, has left everything behind to travel to a sparkling planet covered in water, Aqua. More than anything, Akari wants to be an "undine" - a female gondolier who navigates the canals of the Aquan city of Neo-Venezia. As she begins her training with the prestigious Aria Company, will she be up to the challenges that await her on the path to achieve her dream?"

Sqrlmog says: "A friend of mine has been reccing this show at me for like the last four years solid now, so when I actually saw it on the list I had to pop for watching it. It's a slow, peaceful, relaxing show and that's really what I feel like I needed now and again. Some good laughs, some beautiful watery vistas... the only thing I don't like in this show is the freakish lump of a ... cat??. It's a hideous, loathsome little creature that the camera LOVES to focus on. I want it gone, but it's the "Aria Company President" according to Akari so ... ugh I guess it's here to stay."


Crunchyroll only has the desc of Season 3, so...
Wikipedia says: "Two idols, Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amō, collectively known as Zwei Wing, battle against an alien race known as Noise using armor known as Symphogear, which uses the power of music to counteract the Noise's destructive capability. However, Kanade ends up sacrificing herself to protect a girl named Hibiki Tachibana, who ends up with a piece of Kanade's Symphogear relic, Gungnir, embedded in her chest. Two years later, Hibiki awakens the power of the Gungnir relic inside her body, gaining the same Symphogear armor that Kanade had. Using the power of song, Hibiki and her fellow Symphogear wielders must fight to protect the innocent and defeat those who would use the Noise for evil."

Sqrlmog says: "This is the only show we watched two episodes of because the first one ended on such a batshit insane note we HAD to see what happened next. Symphogear was pitched to me as "a super robot show without the robots", which turns out to be true. People summon massive weapons and ridiculous battle-armor for the purposes of fighting hideous monsters which they proceed to PUNCH IN HALF YEAHHHHHH and it's all done with the POWER OF MUSIC. I love this show and I've only seen two episodes of it. I'm excited to see where it goes.

Surprisingly bloody and violent though. These are, as the BF put it, heroes of the old tradition. You save lives at the cost of your own, because that's what heroes do. I expect more casualties and wrestling with the hard facts of violence in between HYPER COLORFUL SPECIAL MOVES THAT GET THEIR OWN STILL-SHOT IMAGE WITH A LABEL ONSCREEN AWESOOOOOOME.

Also the support staff is basically the support cast of a Braves show like Gaogaigar. Y'got your chief who's all about hot blood and big hair and who keeps the end of his tie in his pocket to show you're not supposed to take him seriously, and you have a Wacky Genius Scientist who invented the power to fight aliens with music. She's also the primary source of breasts on the show, although all the Symphogear wielders are sort of ... uhhh. Music only resonates within a heart when the concert hall is built like the Sydney Opera House, let's say.
There is way less gratuitous cleavage and way more gratuitous cleaving, though, so I'm happy."

So it turns out everything we picked was a success! Now we just have to get back into the other shows we were watching, too.

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