September 15, 2014

Arpeggio of Blue Steel -- finished

And I'll give them credit: they kept surprising me. I never knew what was going to come next, but I always like what it turned out to be. This was excellent story telling from start to finish.

I think my favorite character was Hyuga; she's a kick. And another way they surprised me:

Now the bad:

So obviously they were hoping to do a sequel, and maybe explore some of that in greater depth. I-401's trip back to Japan will be much less hectic

Another complaint:

I rather like the fact that

UPDATE: Iori didn't get enough screen time.

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I ended up with 39 frame grabs, but most of them are ship avatars.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 11:51 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Anime production started about a year into the Manga, so it diverges pretty wildly, so a few plot holes did show up.
There might be a sequel, though, as it did pretty well.
I also appreciated actually combat tactics.  Until, well... Deathstar mode.  

Posted by: sqa at September 15, 2014 03:01 PM (gWcVa)

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I just took a look at the Wikipedia article about the series and manga, and yeah, it seems like they're only distantly related. Takao's story, in particular, is entirely different.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 15, 2014 03:25 PM (+rSRq)

3 For what it's worth, they've already announced that they're doing both re-cap and new-content movies for Arpeggio.

Posted by: DiGiKerot at September 16, 2014 11:03 AM (iNA6E)

4 Anyone know what rendering package they used for this series?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 16, 2014 12:49 PM (+rSRq)

5 Production was from Sanzigen, which did the 3D CG for animes like Girls und Panzer & Dog Days.
They do something different with their cell shading than others, but I don't know if it's a custom rendering set or package, or just custom scripting.  All I know, is their animation & rendering has looked a whole lot better than all but the movie-level work.

Posted by: sqa at September 16, 2014 07:47 PM (gWcVa)

6 I was curious what software they used. Any idea?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 17, 2014 04:30 AM (+rSRq)

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