Spring 2018 Grab Bag Week 9: Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru, Piano no Mori

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I’m a bit behind on these shows, but the post must go on.

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru Episode 8

I’m going to be honest. I actually like this second arc a lot more than the first arc, even if it gratuitously uses chess pieces to show off how smart characters are. I was a bit skeptical about the idea of the trapped genius, but I’m actually fine with the way in which the series seems to be jumping between two time streams to tell its story.

There’s no way Zhuo Lu isn’t Remedius in disguise. I guess the series isn’t really trying to hide that fact. Remedius was listening to the story of the mythical Zhuo Lu, and none of the other rebels are blond. I think the idea of the sheltered genius sympathizing with rebels and fighting back is nice. It’s almost like Iron Man.

I’m less interested in the stuff about the Magatsushiki, though. I’m sure it’ll all come together eventually, but it feels like a mechanic of the setting that hasn’t been explained well.

Piano no Mori Episode 7

The time skip in this series isn’t super surprising given the older Kai we’re shown at the beginning of the series. Part of me feels like it’s a shame that Shuuhei hasn’t really progressed in the time skip, but it fits with his personality.


I have to sympathize with Shuuhei here. The whole “play from the heart” thing is the kind of advice that’s really easy to give and very difficult to interpret. Be specific, darn you.

I always like stuff like this. Talent can only do so much, so it’s great that Shuuhei acknowledges Kai’s efforts.

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru First Impressions (2): Kept in the dark

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I never expected to see a line like this in an anime. I’m having a hard time watching this series. I feel like I don’t know enough about this world, and the story wants to march along despite that fact. And this series seems like the kind of show that benefits from really strong world building, so I’m quite confused.

Is there a point to this romance? I get that Gaius is in some kind of stable relationship, but these scenes feel like such a waste of time. They would make a lot more sense if Jiv is actually going to betray Gaius later or something. There’s a really weird scene in the battle at the end of the episode where the focus suddenly shifts to showing Jiv, so I get the sense that I’m supposed to be suspicious of her.


This scene really felt like the show’s way of insisting that it’s a sci-fi show rather than a fantasy show. You’re not fooling anyone.

Okay, I get the “brain vs. brawn” dichotomy of Gaius and Gigina already. What the heck is a chemical manipulation type?

This is not the conversation I expected to see…

I was actually okay with this scene. In an earlier scene Gaius mentions that he happened to train under a “great master”, so the combination of that conversation with this one is probably supposed to introduce the main characters a bit. It sounds like the two trained under this Diorg person, and that person’s job was passed on to them. I’m guessing it was the result of some kind of tragedy? They don’t seem too sad about it.

Given that the only thing we’ve seen in this series so far is the fight against the black dragon, this girl’s accusations seem pretty clear. So, the confusion of the main characters seems like unnecessary mystery that doesn’t add anything.

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru First Impressions (1): Definitely a science show

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Curses, I’ve been baited by scientific terms yet again. I could easily hate on this show for being a bad science show, but it’s clearly a fantasy show, so I’m willing to give it a chance. The science talk is just an excuse to smuggle magic into the world. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I think it depends on where the series goes with it. I wish the episode hadn’t started with so much (seemingly) meaningless jargon, though.

This introduction makes it really hard to realize that this series is set in an alternate world.

If anything, though, the episode did a good job of showing off how ridiculous science names can be. Are there Defensive Jushikiists? We only hear about the Offensive Jushikiists in this episode.

This scene would do a better job of introducing its world and the main characters if it explained why the two weren’t getting paid. What exactly did they do wrong? Am I just supposed to assume that they’re typically troublemakers and broke some rule fighting the dragon?

So, do these guys fight dragons or do they fight other Jushikiists? I feel like I’m just supposed to assume that they fill the common trope of working as “odd job” specialists.

Too many things in this episode felt like they shouldn’t have been introduced if they weren’t going to be explained. I get that Gaius is supposed to be the rational/scientific one while Gigina is supposed to be the traditional/spiritual one, but those descriptions seemed like they were just shoved in my face.

Gate S2 Episode 16: Dragon fight begins

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The kill order? I mean…she is a bunny girl too…

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Guess so. An order to kill Noriko disguised as an order from Pina? This feels like the weakest plan I’ve ever seen…and yet, it seems to be working.

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So Itami goes on an unsanctioned operation and immediately gets backup? This has to be the most influential otaku I’ve ever seen.

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Looks like this guy was important after all.

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And suddenly political negotiations. What exactly are they looking for in these mines? Coal?

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Aaaand it actually rains…nice.

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What a convenient thing to say when someone has just been ordered to kill you…

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A real warrior would know that people only show their true feelings about death when faced with its reality…instead she reveals herself because Noriko randomly mentions letting herself die.

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I guess she must really not want to kill Noriko if she’s being so bad at her job.

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At this angle, there is literally no way he hits her. I’m pretty sure his gun is pointed at her scabbard right now.

 

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I can’t tell whether everything is going according to Tyuule’s plan, but it looks a lot like she didn’t realize that the Japanese could actually do forensic analysis. Then again, tracking things back to Zolzal probably won’t help since he won’t know anything. Maybe they’ll go confront him and they’ll notice Tyuule acting strange while they’re talking…or something.

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Meanwhile, Zolzal is being distracted by meat.

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This entire scene was really cool to watch…using the fighter jets to scope out the dragon’s specs.

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Wait, you’re leaving them alone, Yao? What if your clansmen show up and think they’re intruders?

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Yeah…like this.

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Convenient dragon saves the day…I think?

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I think I’d actually go to therapy if I got to shoot a rocket launcher…

So the preview seems to suggest that next week’s episode will end the battle against the fire dragon…if so, that’s a lot quicker than I expected. Also, who’s the blue face in the preview? New character or just new transformation?

Cross Ange Episode 4: Sabotage

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Well, lack of World Trigger this week has brought me back to this show (it just doesn’t know when to quit). Not much has really changed this week…the team went from hating Ange for being a whiny brat to hating Ange for being a berserker that out-performs them. Hard to believe they’d take out an ally, but I guess it sorta is a competition for compensation for these missions…

Anyway, it looks like the guy from the opening song will finally come into play. I guess he saved Ange from drowning in Vilkiss after she crashed. What exactly will his role be? And why did he tie her up (he looked a bit surprised to see her, but I guess it could just be surprise for seeing her awake)? The preview suggests the start of a romance with some tender moments talking to each other…

Cross Ange Episode 3: How many do you need to kill to make a point?

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They sure killed off a lot of characters this week. Looks like that should be it for the time being…I guess it was intended to be a jolt to kick things off. It seems like Ange has shrugged off the probability of going “full Luke fon Fabre” since her self-destructive phase seems to be over fairly quickly. I would hope that means she’s less insufferable as a character…these first three episodes have been pretty tough.

I covered this episode so I could hit the three-episode mark. Given what I’ve seen so far, it’s doubtful that I’ll keep posting on this show (still need to decide whether I’ll keep watching). I’m still lost as to what direction this show seems to be heading. Presumably all of this so far has been an introductory phase, which would mean that the actual point should be coming soon. I would assume it’s some sort of revolution, but that would mean Ange would have to go through an entire ordeal to get all of the Norma on her side…

Cross Ange Episode 2: Rebellious phases

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They really do enjoy trying to rape Ange on screen, don’t they? Probably my main point of contention with this show (among other things). Besides that, this episode is a lot of Ange acting like a spoiled brat because of her time being a princess (I’m reminded of Luke from Tales of the Abyss). Also, how lame is it that the giant dragons are called dragons as an acronym? Honestly, what else would you call them?

From the preview, it looks like getting someone killed isn’t enough to make Ange lose her rebellious edge just yet (you’d think it would be). I guess next week will be a lot of blame being thrown her way until she finally breaks…looks like it will lead to her first kill. Hopefully she finally cuts her hair (just like Luke) and puts all of her whining behind her…I’m being reminded of things I don’t want to remember (if she’s a clone of the real Princess Angelise, I’m walking).

Cross Ange First Impressions (1): Let’s not comment on that last scene

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I’ve always had a soft spot for mobile suits that can transform between a mobile suit mode and a flight mode. The story is a familiar setup of the princess, Ange, who falls from grace after she is discovered to be a Norma, humans that can disrupt mana. They made this “twist” pretty obvious with her excessive racism toward the Norma child on the street in the beginning of the episode. She is brought to an island with a bunch of other Norma girls who are tasked with fighting dragons…for whatever reason. They’re going to have to explain that one…why do dragons factor into the picture?

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I can get behind the opening song for this show. It’s not super stellar, but it’s alright. The visual aspect of the opening song is pretty suspect, though, including one part that reminded me a lot of Gundam Seed Destiny (Commie seems to have had some fun with that scene as well). Was it just me or did the soundtrack seem a bit off in some parts of the episode? There was a song that seemed to have a vocal part playing during the lacrosse game…it felt strange hearing that when they’re just standing around talking about the game. A lot of the scenes in this episode were just sketchy to me…I’m having a hard time staying convinced to continue covering this. I’ll probably be choosing between this and Gundam Reconguista.