March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 20: The Harrowing Death of A World Unexplored

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March Comes in like a Lion’s episode this week comes to a head on Shimada’s match, but not before establishing the sacrifices he took to get there. While Shimada has long since decided the path he’d take at his proverbial fork in the road, the crushing weight of his past decision looms over him as residual feelings of regret. The exploration of these feelings through his dreams serve to enhance Shimada’s characterization while contextualizing his pain in a way that hits home for most people—a very simple, yet deeply humane fear of making the wrong decisions explored through the infinite world of ‘what if’ scenarios.

Through the introducing dream sequence of the episode, Shimada explores the ‘what if’ of the path he didn’t choose. As his ex-girlfriend beckons him over with a child in hand, Shimada comes to the startling realization he is in fact dreaming. That his hometown, his friends and family, his ex-girlfriend and any possible future with her, were all thrown to the wayside for the sake of an uncertain future. Everything about his dream—the hauntingly beautiful sunset, the bittersweet guitar melody, and Shimada’s sad monologue—evokes a sense of the harrowing death of a world unexplored. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 20: The Harrowing Death of A World Unexplored”

Little Witch Academia, Episode 5: Kick Back, Relax, and Shoot Some Dragons

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This episode of Little Witch Academia was a lot of fun, with plenty of explosive action and comedic dialogue to get the momentum of the narrative rolling. But for as whimsical as the plot may seem—and believe me, the show revels in it—there’s some strong hints at the depths of drama the show is capable of handling.

The show persisted with its whimsical tone through the colorful cast of characters. There’s a whole lot of personality to these seemingly simple girls and it’s the small things like how they interact with their environments that reveal it. We start with an unexpected homage to the Powerpuff Girls, but with its own hilarious twist. Kagari concocts the formula with vicious delight: “Sugar, spice, and everything nice.” The cake batter erupts onto her face, covering her in a thick layer of goo. Things like Sucy taking a lick of Kagari’s failed experiment, Jasminka hounding away at a bag of potato chips, and Constanze using a microwave to show off her resourcefulness add a layer of delight to the already joyful atmosphere. They’re all characters that are awesome in their own right.

Constanze pulls out a friggin’ magic shotgun to blast dragons later on in the episode.  Amanda churns in for some playful banter, teasing Kagari’s ineptitude as a witch. She’s just kicking back and relaxing while Kagari is taking everything seriously. Their banter escalates and they inevitably find themselves at each other’s throats. Joyful music began to contrast Kagari’s plight to hint at an impending subtle drama that’s about to unfold.  There’s a lot of underlying friction between the two, but its explored and handled in consistency with the shows lighthearted feel. Continue reading “Little Witch Academia, Episode 5: Kick Back, Relax, and Shoot Some Dragons”

March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 16: There’s No Shame in Asking for Help

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March Comes in like a Lion was unexpectedly calm this week. The explosive fight between Shimada and Gotou in episodes prior had me under the belief that this next battle of theirs would be one of equal magnitude. Instead, the focus wasn’t on the battle itself (the match had virtually no screen time), but on the preparations of what’s to come. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 16: There’s No Shame in Asking for Help”

Scum’s Wish Episode 3: The People We Love

This week’s installment of Scum’s Wish had some very uncomfortable moments in love as characters began to express their curiosity for each other in daring and bold ways. We built up to the moments that led up to last episode’s cliffhanger, seeing just what exactly drove Ecchan to give into her desires. Continue reading “Scum’s Wish Episode 3: The People We Love”

PalpableEmoji’s Winter Season Week One Round-up: 2017

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Curious about what’s worth watching this season? Feel like you’ve been missing out? I’ve got your back. The purpose of this post is to provide a quick rundown on my opinions for the season thus far. My aim is to have a place for people to able to sift through to pick out shows they may enjoy. Continue reading “PalpableEmoji’s Winter Season Week One Round-up: 2017”

March Comes in like a Lion: Episode 12 Review

In the solitude of Rei’s apartment, the ambient noise of his daily life sets in, becoming unbearable to his senses. This is when a creeping realization sets in: now that he knows what it’s like to belong, he can’t tolerate being alone. The Kawamoto sister have added color and flavor to a life that would otherwise be filled with white walls and cheap ramen. He has experienced the vibrance of their home and tasted their homecooked meals. Stagnation threatens these strong bonds he has established with them. He can’t afford to linger in the depths of his own despair anymore. This week was the first time we’ve seen him press forward with resounding conviction. You could practically see the determination in the gleam of his eyes. Who cares if the themes of the series are painted in bold broad strokes for everyone to see? The show revels in it, allowing the audience to get a firm grasp on the weight of the moment. We don’t just see Rei’s drama unfold, we get to experience it in all its vivid detail. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion: Episode 12 Review”

First Impressions: Masamune-Kun no Revenge – Episode 1

Going into Masamune-Kun no Revenge, I’d be lying if I said I expected anything more than an average series. Before I divulge my thoughts any further, I should mention I’m not completely unbiased: I knew just exactly what I was getting myself into as I’ve already read the manga. While I wasn’t impressed with it, the series does contain enough entertainment value to warrant giving the anime a try. The story doesn’t have much to offer besides that as its message, layered in a multitude of inconsistencies and convenient plot devices, comes off as radical nonsense. Continue reading “First Impressions: Masamune-Kun no Revenge – Episode 1”