October 11, 2013

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Added 39 images from Hagure Yuusha. Total number is now 2691.

I actually watched it, all the way through, last night. It was better than I remembered. Akatsuki is still an arrogant perverted jerk, but not as annoying as I had remembered him being. And the plots swirling around him made somewhat more sense than I remembered.

But he's the star and he's on camera a large percentage of the time, and generally I don't use images including guys (though there have been rare exceptions). Plus, a large percentage of the scenes with girls and not with him or the other guys in the show featured levels of nudity that I generally don't use. So it was only 39 images, and about ten of those came from the OVAs.

UPDATE: His special technique where he removes a girl's underwear while fighting originally struck me as being completely gratuitous fan service.

Well, it still is. But it actually makes some sense. He isn't just doing it because it's sexy. It's also a way to end a fight with a girl without him having to beat her black-and-blue.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Site Stuff at 08:37 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Akatsuki is a decently thought out protagonist, but the LNs weren't well setup for being adapted to an anime.  Thus, a lot of focus on the ecchi.  I didn't mind too much, but they tried to do too much and it was just a mess of a story line.

Though humiliating his opposites into quitting is definitely within his normal operating setup.  It's actually a good tactic.

Posted by: sqa at October 11, 2013 09:01 AM (rdcLU)

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As is often the case in shows like this, it suffers from far too much talking during battles. I would say that's the biggest failing in the show. It's an incompetent way to do plot exposition, but it works slightly better in print than it does on screen.

This also suffers from something that's common in low-budget chinese kung-fu movies: "Why didn't my special dragon poison kill you?" "Ha! My mongoose technique protects me against it if I use the right doubletalk approach!" and so on. It's kind of like called attacks, except far more talkie.

Akatsuki does a lot of that when he's doing magic-that-isn't-really-magic. It's a way to excuse deus-ex-machinas, except that in print you do it as part of the description of what's going on, rather than making someone voice it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2013 10:20 AM (+rSRq)

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