Cop Craft Episode 4: And suddenly vampires

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Kei attempts to disarm the bomb

I honestly enjoy watching the dynamic of the main characters, but I have a hard time getting behind this show’s pacing. After an extended betrayal in the previous episode, this week’s episode largely forgets about it and resolves its main conflict in a few minutes. I think that this can be fine in some cases, but I got the impression that the “heavier” scenes in this episode didn’t have time to sink in.

Tilarna faces off against Zelada

I feel like I have too much trouble with the fight scenes in this series. The flames take up so much of the screen that it’s hard to tell where they’re hitting. It also seemed like Tilarna’s movements were a combination of stills and jumpy cuts. It seemed better than the previous episode, but that’s probably not saying too much.

Tilarna remembers her friend

I honestly feel that Leahyah’s sacrifice could have benefit from a bit more development. As it stands, her entire connection with Tilarna and her eventual sacrifice cover about a minute of run time. It’s hard to feel too bad about it. That being said, I did like the scene where Tilarna lies about Leahyah’s death to Kei. I’m not sure what to fully make of it, but my interpretation is that Kei basically knows what happened despite that.

Tilarna returns

So yeah…I guess we’re getting started on a completely new arc now. Cool? Casual Tilarna is pretty funny, to be honest. In all fairness, I understand her reasoning for staying. Zelada certainly doesn’t seem like the type of character who would die so easily.

Tilarna wonders about the mummy

Honestly, I look forward to seeing how Semania’s magical phenomena map to things on Earth. As it stands, I get the sense that there’s too much of a divide. Tilarna tends to throw out a lot of undefined magical terms, so I think it would be cool if they were just a different pathway of advancement.

Tilarna protects Cecil

Tilarna ends up building a funny relationship with Cecil, but I guess we’re right back into the swing of things. Cecil’s poor assistant sure got taken out quickly. I feel like I came out of the previous arc without much information about how Semanians work, so I hope to see more of it in this vampire story.

Cop Craft Episode 2: Basically zombies

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Kei tries to stop Tilarna

I think this series is interesting so far. It takes itself pretty seriously, but it seems entertaining to watch. This first arc is moving more quickly than I would have imagined, but I guess it’s working to push Kei and Tilarna together sooner. If there was anything I’d particularly pick at, I think it would be the jargon it’s trying to build. It doesn’t spend too much time explaining itself, so much of it just sounds like nothing.

Tilarna threatens Kei

I did find the action in this series to be a bit weird. It’s strangely jumpy to the point where it feels like the series is trying hard to make sure the audience doesn’t see Tilarna’s sword. I’m not sure if that’s intentional for some reason. From what I’ve seen so far, it just makes the fights hard to track.

People die when they're killed

This autopsy scene and the funeral later in the episode felt like somewhat random references to Rick. For being Kei’s entire motivation, Rick sure doesn’t come up much.

Kei returns for Tilarna

The whole deal with Kei’s cat seemed like a distraction, but I did like that the story tied it back to Tilarna. Kei seems to be a softy at heart, but he’s currently being fueled by vengeance. Seeing him go back for Tilarna like she’s a lost cat seems to help with that.

The villains are introduced

So from what I gather, it sounds like the bad guys are trying to use a bomb to infect normal people with fairy dust (whatever that is). Doing so allows this Zelada guy to take control of them. But for what purpose? From what I’ve seen so far, it seems like a fairly generic “take over the city” motivation.

Kei finds the culprit

I don’t know if I should be impressed or disappointed that Kei finds the culprit so quickly. Is this just meant to show off the power of Earth technology in comparison to otherworldly magic?

Tilarna dashes out

Having Tilarna trick Kei was pretty funny. Given that Kei has no reason to listen to every idle comment that Tilarna makes, she seems to be placing a lot of trust in his memory take advantage of it. To be honest, I didn’t even notice when she mentioned that her sword was more important than her life.

Summer 2019 Random First Impressions Part 2: Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo, Cop Craft

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As usual, I watch too many things, which can only mean that there are more first impressions posts. Enjoy?

They are the literature club

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo First Impressions

I can’t see myself being able to talk about this show regularly, but it was exceptionally entertaining. It certainly has an odd premise, and it comes off like it should be a gag series. However, the first episode had a strange sense of realism to it. While the circumstances are definitely played up, I could believably see it happening. Played out to that effect, the episode became a lot more entertaining.

Lewd material in literature is okay

The series follows a group of high school girls in the literature club. As part of their perfectly responsible club activities, the girls read some more…racy(?) novels. In response to an upcoming book, the group discusses things they would want to do before dying. The story is basically set in motion when one of the girls states that she would want to have sex.

Sex is important for literature discussion

Although the first episode doesn’t get too far into the cast, I found the characters to be surprisingly charming. Each of the characters has a unique personality, but they seem to realistically have a common interest keeping them together. I also really liked seeing how the story unfolded from a single moment. Each of the plot lines seems incredibly unique, but they also feel like convincing and logical progressions. That made the overall viewing experience more enjoyable for me.

They are the literature club

It’ll be interesting to see where the show goes from here. If the girls just run on parallel plot lines, I think that it might actually be really cool if the stories fit together as well as this first episode did.

Kei and Rick together in action

Cop Craft First Impressions

I would make a reference to Bright, the Netflix movie, but I never watched it. That being said, this series certainly feels like it has a similar premise. Set in a world where a portal to another dimension appears on the Pacific Rim (cough), the story follows Kei Motoba, a detective for the San Teresa City Police who is desperately searching for the man who killed his partner in a failed bust.

Tilarna introduces herself

Joining Kei is a knight from beyond the gate named Tilarna Exedilica. Presumably, she’s the other world’s version of a police officer. While she is clearly fascinated with the human world, she attempts to assist Kei with his search. Rather than doing it for revenge, she is attempting to find the kidnapped fairy that was being trafficked as part of Kei and Rick’s bust.

Tilarna wants to find a good partner

While this first episode definitely had a lot of familiar elements to it, I had fun watching it. I guess I tend to like the buddy cop dynamic, and I think Tilarna is cute when she’s trying to touch human things. I also thought it was funny when she scared herself by pulling the emergency brake in Kei’s car and then blamed it on him.

Tilarna smells something

I found it a bit weird that there’s an explanation before the opening animation about the setting of this series, but it doesn’t actually explain the terms that are used in the episode. The terms “Semani” and “Farbani” aren’t really elaborated within the episode, but I guess I was able to gather that Semani is likely the name of the world on the other side of the gate while Farbani is a major kingdom. I haven’t decided whether I think that’s a good or bad thing.

Tilarna jumps into action

I guess we’ll see Tilarna and Kei in action next week. It’ll be interesting to see whether the two can work together.

Sword Art Online Episode 24

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Yup…Kayaba Akihiko is officially Ovan now (minus the enormous man crush). I dunno if they had to make Sugou quite as insane as he was…but I guess it’s the idea of comparing to Kayaba, who at least had an order to the madness (and possibly still has a master plan left). But seriously? Kirito went hardcore god mode for this fight (did anyone else notice that making Sugou level 1 isn’t exactly honorable for someone of his level?).

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Now I have to be worried. There’s a full episode left and Asuna has been saved. What could possibly be happening in this final episode? Is it just a really long ending to the story or are they preparing for the cliffhanger ending? Surely they wouldn’t…right? There’s a lot left unresolved. What happens with the mind-altering research now? Are all of the captives free? Yup…definitely worried.

Sword Art Online Episode 23

Man, I was thinking Leafa and Kirito would make it to the end while everyone else held off the guardians. But my prediction was off by one! Darn. But things basically are going as planned…this week was getting Sugu back and getting to the top of the tree. I was expecting the admin card to be used for freeing the other trapped people, but I guess not quite yet. And Recon gets to confess before the show was over…Sugu’s got someone to fall back on, it seems.

Finally time for the boss battle? Wow…Kirito actually followed the rules this time. How about that? Will they be able to free Asuna first? To let her get some vengeance in this battle…she wasn’t so helpful in Season 1’s boss battle. She needs to get back into play, you know? Man…why doesn’t Kirito just buy another sword for his inventory? Use your dual sword skill.

Sword Art Online Episode 22

Finally…Suguha finally finds out. It was just so darn frustrating to watch all of the show’s measures in avoiding using Asuna’s name (with Yui’s Mama and Kirito never calling her by name). I suppose her reaction is to be expected…her life is quite a lot of suffering right about now.

Kirito also finally dies for the first time…that time with Heathcliff didn’t really count because he broke the game…this time, there were no excuses. You know…for a moment, I actually thought he might have a chance of succeeding. For all I know, the remaining episodes were: final battle on 23 with epilogue on 24 and 25. Now, I’m afraid we’ll get another troll cliffhanger at the end of 25…but this time, we have to wait for a new season. But that wouldn’t happen, right?

So let’s go over things. We have the admin key, which will likely be used to free Asuna when Kirito reaches the top (wonder if he’ll free her before fighting the Fairy King, though…let her vent some of that repressed anger). We also have Suguha, who needs some time to be depressed before rejoining Kirito for the final battle. Assuming the show follows the book this time (as opposed to skipping to the end again *cough*Heathcliff), we have some time before the advance team is prepared for the push for the World Tree, so Suguha’s got some time to recover. Sound good?

Sword Art Online Episode 21

Wait…it’s not gonna be something like “Suguha is heartbroken about her brother, so she turns to Kirito in game…but nope! He’s actually the same person!”, right? That’s a pretty high level of troll on her…it’s almost unfair. Anyway, Asuna’s escape seems to have failed…but she managed to find the other players that were trapped, finally answering that question for me.

Looks like she managed to swipe a key card too…can she use it to bypass the cage lock? I assume she plans on using it on the console in case there isn’t one next time she escapes. It makes no sense for Sugou to give his admins access to the cage. Then again, I can’t believe they wouldn’t notice. They capture her and at that moment, a key card goes missing? It’s not that hard to figure out, right?

What’s the point of Kirito’s outburst at the end of the episode? Is it just some dramatic way to end it? Because even the god mode character shouldn’t be able to break through the barrier just like that, right? I assume the next episode starts with him hitting the limit and falling all the way down. We’ve only got four episodes left…seems like enough time for him to gather everyone from all different races and make a push for the top. He’s a frontline from SAO, so it shouldn’t be a problem for him to rally everyone, I would think.

Sword Art Online Episode 20

Kirito has the Yuld to get all the ladies…told you the character fit his farm style. Easily got that money. Anyway, a quick little detour for Kirito and Leafa. Now they have strong allies for the final fight (because it’s gonna happen). Glad Kirito didn’t say “because you’re like a sister” when Leafa asked why Yui was fine with her…that would have been lame. Though the response wasn’t all that much better haha.

Also, Kirito’s dual sword ability came back? Or did he just break the game and use two swords for a second? Why didn’t he do this earlier? He’s back on the path to becoming the chosen one again for Alfheim. He’s gotta get it back for good at some point, right?

Looks like Asuna finally got out. She’ll have at least a little time to roam around, it seems. Either she’ll be captured again and forced back or she’ll stay with everyone but be unable to fight (possibly because she’s been stripped of all abilities and items…possibly even the ability to hold items or gain abilities). But based on the title of next week’s episode, she’ll find Kirito and Leafa when they get to the base of the tree and tell them the evil plan.

Sword Art Online Episode 19

I’m surprised Kirito was having so much trouble with that group of people. I know he can’t be all-powerful, but those mages took a lot out of him. The obvious reasoning would be that magic is overpowered as usual, dealing absurd amounts of burst damage like in most games, which is why his health went down so far and why they needed that three-tier defensive position. A more funny explanation is that there was no magic in Sword Art Online, so Kirito’s ability to resist magic in Alfheim Online is basically that of a new player’s.

But yeah…Kirito’s been interrupted by this business with the Salamanders. He’s gotta stop a war…or at least help the Sylphs in it. I find it funny that he manages to choose a race that has absolutely no participation in any of these “big events”. I’m sure the Spriggans are all people who sit in dungeons and farm all day long…with their racial bonuses and all. It makes sense, though…this way Kirito is fighting for the Sylphs despite not having any real obligation to help them.

Anyway, during this whole detour, will Asuna become involved? I’m still curious whether she gets out…now that I think about it, she may be able to escape the cage, but she’s still locked in the game, so she can’t truly be free. If anyone knows about Code Lyoko (an artifact from my childhood), it’s the same basic scenario.

Sword Art Online Episode 18

Ahhh…you were so close Suguha! Just open the door! I’ll be upset if there’s one of those awkward conversations between the two where one of them goes “you remind me of my brother/sister” and the other responds with “what’s he/she like?” That would just depress me.

Anyway, so the “beater” of Alfheim is the renegade…kind of stupid, really (though understandably something people might think). Personally, I would pick a race in game for its benefits…so I guess it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to assume many others of the same race would have similar interests as I do. But doesn’t that mean I’m competing with them?

More importantly, Asuna found the code to the door…much earlier than I expected. Does this mean she gets to escape and join Kirito now? The opening seems to suggest she stays locked up…so maybe she gets caught? But that would be too depressing. Personally, if I were trying to troll the viewers, I would make it so that the guy changes the code every time, but that’s just cruel, right? I guess she gets out long enough just to talk with Kirito and reassure him…that’s the most logical thing I see happening. I would hope that sort of thing happens soon, but I guess Kirito and Suguha have to deal with these reds chasing them next week…