April 15, 2014
April 13, 2014
I'm in love! Twintails and good trigger discipline!
April 12, 2014
So we've got an antagonist. Nasty woman with huge boobs, a dragon researcher who wants to dissect Eco. Bah.
This show feels like a transparent attempt to remake Zero no Tsukaima. It's got all the same ingredients, except they're all mixed around. Eco (the dragon) is very much like Louise, and Mariya Ise is doing her very best Rie Kugimiya imitation on the voice. (When I first heard it I thought it was Kugimiya.)
And we've got a princess. And we've got a maid. And we've got a dragon in human form. And they're all at a school. And one of the girls is tsundere. And so on.
The naming sequence, on the other hand, was right out of Magician's Academy. Ash kneels down and looks at the girl and says "Your name is Eco" and then she glows and his arm glows. And we're told that their astral flows are bonded, whatever that means.
All of which is to say that this is just about as derivative as it can be.
That's OK; it's still fun. It just isn't particularly profound. But that damned teacher could ruin the show.
April 11, 2014
April 10, 2014
April 09, 2014
This was really good!
I somehow had the impression this was going to be a slapstick comedy. But it began light and then got serious. It isn't silly at all.
The basic conceit of the series is that some people have the ability to become weapons, and other people known as Meisters learn how to wield them. Obviously the weapons are doing something magical, but not clear that the Meisters have any equivalent.
When a weapon transforms, their consciousness continues and they can move and control themselves to some extent.
Our protagonist is Tsugumi, and she's a weapon. But at the beginning she hasn't learned to control her transformation -- which is part of why she's at the school. At freshman orientation the new students get told that they need to pair off for training. But what with one thing and another, Tsugumi ends up tripled, with two Meister candidates named Meme and Anya.
We do get to see Tsugumi do her full transformation in this episode and it's pretty cool; turns out she becomes a halberd, which is a fine weapon no matter how you look at it. It's certainly nothing to apologize for. Anya was wickedly good with it, too. Evidently she's had training fighting with pole arms. (I liked her smile when she saw that Tsugumi had become a halberd.)
My biggest surprise in the show was seeing a character who had the same voice as Mami Endo from Mouretsu Pirates. It's not the same character, by any means, and she's only in two scenes, but I expect she'll be around some more.
I'm definitely hooked and will certainly watch more of this.
UPDATE: I suppose I should make something clear: I never watched the original Soul Eater so I have no baggage. Taken on its own, I really liked this. The concept is intriguing, and I'm looking forward to seeing why Meme was admitted to the school, and I imagine that we're going to get some wonderful training scenes. Anya's fighting in the first ep was magnificent (and really well animated).
UPDATE: From what I'm seeing on other blogs, people who did watch Soul Eater don't seem to happy with this one.
UPDATE: The character with Mami's voice is named Maka, and apparently this was a cameo. (There were several cameos which I assume were characters from the other series.)
They completely skipped episodes 194-199, which is Mirai no Trunks returning to his own time, and the entire Afterlife Tournament. (It's kind of a shame; I thought Paikon was pretty cool and they cut him out completely.)
It picks up with Gohan going to high school, and they compressed ep 200 and half of 201 into this episode. And according to the next-ep preview they're going to be all the way up to ep 205 (when Goku announces that he's coming back for the tournament) in the next episode.
They're really cooking. The rest of DBZ not covered before was 98 episodes (194-291). I wonder how big it'll end up with all this clipping?
There surely was a lot they could cut out. They shrunk 193 eps into 98 before; they should be able to do at least that much cutting this time around (considering how much filler and flab there was in the Majin Buu arc).
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