End of February Update 3/6/16

A week into March and here I am with February’s recap! What did you expect? Me to show up on time? Haha. Hardly.

Anguish statements aside, hello everyone, I’m back. And I’m so glad to be here!! Remember me being sick in January? Well, Mr. Stomach-aches stopped by for no apparent reason other than to spread his good name, so that’s what has bugged me up the past several days (that and music/school-related happenings). It’ll be another slow week of recovery, so once again, apologies if I skip by most of your posts. I hate doing it, but it’s what I’ve gotta do to stay afloat.

As for updates, I can successfully say a fair amount has transpired this past February!

Recently Finished:

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth – There’s not much to say for this one that I haven’t already covered in my review (click me). It’s a nonsensical recap only meant for hardcore collectors/fans of the series, and as such is absolutely skip-able. On another note, YouTube recently did take down the “Canon in D” credit theme and WOW, that made me pretty ticked!

Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo. – This was the crux of all psychological response this past month (my first-ever comprehensive review here!). Loaded with twists and turns that illogically fit in the current Rebuild story, it’s ultimately just a prequel to the beginning of the end. After waiting a whole year for its localization, I can soundly say that it was worth the wait, though. However, while I applaud the bold choices made in 3.33, I voice a lot of concern for not only the Rebuild series, but for the franchise as a whole (click here). The final film is really setting itself up with a huge-ass checklist of glossed-over history that I’m nearly positive won’t get touched on. And that’s the saddest part. Will it be worth the wait? At this point, only God knows.

Evangelion: until You come to me. –  You might recall this one being bunched together with another Eva short called Another Impact, but this was easily the more beneficial and emotional of the two. Looted with possible hints to the fourth film, it was a side project of Anno’s team that succeeded brilliantly. Read about it HERE and listen to someone’s breathtaking AMV with a different cover of “Danny Boy” attached to it HERE. I highly, HIGHLY recommend checking out both (honestly, the AMV is better)!

Asuka Langley Soryu AMV “Oh No!” by Marina & the Diamonds – Guilty Pleasure Alert! This came up on YouTube so being the lost lamb I was I clicked on it. BEST. ASUKA. AMV. EVER. The creator CLEARLY knows their cinematography, matching up the perfect scenes of our red-haired girl to this empowerment song. Call me crazy, but baby, I’m addicted! Click here to listen! 

The Rose of Versailles – My V-Day marathon finally concluded, totaling 40 episodes in two weeks for this historical shoujo classic! This anime offered oh-so very much to the famous anime tropes we’ve come to know and love/hate in many of today’s shoujo anime. Namely, the “strong woman” that is Lady Oscar, a bravado of devotion to loyalty and justice, while struggling against the cult of domesticity and finding love for the first time. Additionally, flashing through history once again with the French Revolution is a dark thing to leave behind. Am I glad it’s over? So very much so, yet it’s an adventure I’ll never quite be able to shake off for its strong impression. You can bet a review is coming soon!

Someone’s Gaze – This one’s a bit obscure, but once you hear it was directed by award-winning Makoto Shinkai, I’m sure you’ll leap for it, too! Not to mention, it’s only 7 MINUTES LONG AND IT CAN BE FOUND ON YOUTUBE! Now there’s no excuse to check it out! Shinkai’s works are famous for crunching an incredible amount of relatable scenarios and emotions into a small film run-time to create an overwhelming effect. While I’ve only seen this one and Voices of a Distant Star, I still highly recommend it. And once you’re finished, come back and let me know: Did you immediately call your dad first or cuddle with your cats after you watched? 🙂 CLICK HERE TO WATCH Someone’s Gaze!

Wolf Children (rewatch) – So I had stomach aches, my mom was taking care of me, spring has FINALLY arrived (how long it stays, who knows), cleaning the house – It’s time to rewatch Hosoda’s beautiful gift that is Wolf Children. My sister ended up joining me for the second half, and I got to say, this second time around was much better than when I initially watched it. Perhaps we become less critical when we watch things by ourselves, I have no clue, but it was a nice watch. Very nice. I think this sums up my week quite well, actually, kinda knockin’ me back on my feet. #growingupsucks

Sword Art Online Volume 4: Fairy Dance Part 2 – Okay, this one’s not an anime, but I FINALLY FINISHED MY SAO READING!! I’ve been doing this side research project on the franchised, mainly its difference between the infamous anime adaptation vs the original light novel interpretation of the Fairy Dance arc, and I can finally say I’ve concluded the note-taking part. Now it’s time to compile my efforts into my thesis and BAM put this sucker out on the blog! It’s come a looong way (doesn’t help that I’m a slow reader AND that it’s SAO) but within March, my mini-series will finally be released, and I hope you enjoy my analysis and efforts!

Currently Watching:

Cowboy Bebop – The Bebop train is ridiculously slow – thanks family. Since last month, only three more episodes have been covered. We’ve all just been so absorbed in our own schedules, but we have agreed to set aside next week towards finishing. We learned of Faye’s past (or lack thereof) and have also discovered the reason for Jet’s metal arm. There was also a nice episode about an old man who just wants to play chess. That was sweet.

Erased – Of the two simulcasts I am following, this one definitely steals the spotlight. Intense thriller vibes, sadistic characters, underlying mystery that’ll leave you holding your breath through the next episode, one mom so evil she’ll make you cringe and another mom so righteous you just wanna give her a big ol’ hug  – Erased has all of the good stuff, my attention included. Come next update, the show will have concluded, so I hope it pulls out everything its got for these next couple of weeks. I can’t wait for more!

Dimension W – I started off really enjoying the premise of this sci-fi. The balance between its decent main cast and episodic nature made for something I could just turn on each week, enjoy what I got, then dismiss it until next weekend. The show is starting to draw out its true intent – the focus shifting to these ‘coils’ – and it’s cause me to need to follow more intently. Is that a bad thing? Well, not necessarily, it just still leaves me scratching my head as to where it’s going sometimes. I’m sure Mira will eventually be leaving Kyouma as part of the plot or whatever, but other than that, I can’t say that I’m still gripped. A survival game/chase is beginning on Easter Island, the original root of coil experimentation (I think . . .), so that ought to be exciting. I just wish they didn’t add 10 new characters. Sheesh.

Currently Reading:

Seraph of the End (manga) – With SAO out of the fight, I can finally return to reading stuff I actually enjoy XD. I’ve read the first 1 and 1/2 volumes of the manga series and so far things are pretty static. The art style of the characters is really pleasant, as expressions are easily defined and the outfits are always cool. It is a little hard to envision the ruined world of Japan even with the drawings, though. The anime did a fair job at this, so I was hoping the manga would be even better, but my feelings remain mixed. Moreover, I just can’t wait to catch up to the anime’s second season and beyond, because while what I got in the first was O.K., it was enough to push me to uncover more. Also, sometimes this “trope trash” is a nice relief after revisiting the freakin’ French Revolution.

I once again would like to apologize for the lack of material lately. If I’m not busy, I’m suddenly ill, and vice versa. There was also a period after 3.33 where I just didn’t want to do much of anything. Ah feels ~ what crazy things. But do not fear, for I have the rest of my March posts all lined up . . . I just need to write them 😛 Haha, it’ll all be fine. How are all of you? Did you watch anything cool lately and want us to know? Drop a comment!

For those who stuck around until now, I HAVE been greatly considering creating a Twitter account for the blog to meet the demands of a certain group of kind folk!! The only thing holding me back is the fact that, yes, it’ll ultimately be another thing to add to the list of daily tasks. At the cost of building on friendships and making new ones (and attracting new cafe-goers, huehuehue) most of me thinks it’ll outweigh the pitfalls. We’ll just have to see! Until next time, this has been

– Takuto, your host

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16 thoughts on “End of February Update 3/6/16

  1. I had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the much delayed 3.33, but after reading up on the direction the story has taken I have lost much of my enthusiasm. Eva seems to be a franchise that delights in trolling its audience.

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    • Yeeaahhhh. It’s been very… meh. What makes me sad is how much more money and success the franchise would’ve made had they just readapted the original series. At least, I could’ve been very happy with just that. But nope, we get something new. New things scare us and turn us off, and 3.33 did that to many. It’s like, I want to have hope it can still be fixed, but this has been one too many impacts of you catch my drift. Like the Rebellion film, watch at your own risk.

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  2. Glad to know you’re feeling better! 😀 Can’t wait to see more of your content and yes! I think I hear a yay for Twitter >:D

    I’ve watched wolf children so many times already, it’s still so great every time I watch it xD Cowboy Bebop! I watched that on TV back when I was a wee youngling, maybe I should go back to it (since I never really finished it).

    If it’s ONLY 7 min long, why not? lol I’ll definitely be checking that one out sometime soon :3 Maybe after Naka-kon and school finals~

    Those are the two anime that I’m watching this season too, the only ones actually…I also started reading the manga for Dimension W but volume 2 isn’t coming out until..later this year…so sad. I also just watched Noblesse OVA and it’s pretty good. Only one episode out (i don’t know how many it’s going to be) but yeah, if you like humans – vampires – something greater than vampires I’d definitely check it out!

    I heard that GATE was really good and getting so dark but I’m waiting until that finishes. My brother is in GATE hell and I don’t need any more suffering because of anime XD so i’d definitely recommend that one (did you watch the first season, it was good)

    ‘trope trash’ LOL that sounds about accurate xD

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    • Hey, thanks! And Twitter…still heavily contemplating it! This is my second time for Wolf Children and I thought it was a lot better than the first for some reason. Maybe it’s because the end is less sudden for me? As for Bebob, haha we still haven’t finished it – But next week we will!! I do hope you check out Someone’s Gaze. It’s a purty one indeed. Is the manga for Dimension W better than the anime so far? I realize it’s just volume, so not a lot can happen, but yeah, better or worse or meh?
      I really want to check out Nobelesse OVA! It looks super awesome and thought-provoking. Funny, I also have my brother watching GATE. He’s waiting for the second to finish airing so he can just marathon it, but oh god, he loved the first half. I just hope it turns out as good as everyone makes it out to be XD
      Hehe, yup, rolling in that garbage LoL

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  3. I still think you’re watching a lot despite being very busy, haha 🙂

    Erased in by far the only one I have been watching this season, I haven’t had a chance to check out Dimension W though!

    And I actually can’t wait for your Rose of Versailles review, because its so old that people don’t talk much about it nowadays. (I mean I haven’t watched it but I need a new perspective on so I can decide myself :D)

    I personally can’t wait for Crimson and Kausus to peer-pressure *coughs* I mean, persuade you into joining the ani-Twitter community while you hopefully meet them at Naka-kon! xD But just to even out the balance a bit, I’d understand if you don’t, with you being so busy and all. So, don’t feel pressurized! (I feel like I am contradicting my own stand here HAHA)

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    • Looking back, yeah, it’s a good amount of stuff lol, maybe that’s why I was so busy, whoops! I absolutely love Erased, so at least you picked a good one and stuck with it, haha!
      Excited for a review?? Wow, I’ve never heard that from anyone before. I’ll have to spend extra time during the editing process just for you then so it all turns out right!
      And hahaha, the pressure is on!! I’m really excited to meet them, and as for Twitter, anything can happen 😀

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      • Haha Erased did seem to be a good pick for the season to stick with episodically (even though I’d much rather prefer marathoning an anime haha.)
        Yep, I definitely am! Its rare to see reviews of rather old anime around here nowadays, plus its an old shoujo and its Takuto doing the reviewing :p definitely something to look forward to ^^
        Hahaha I pretty much enjoyed the entire process of watching Crimson hunt you down (since I was basically checking Twitter every free moment I got) :p I am so glad the three of you were ‘reunited’ 😀 I don’t know if you know this but the entire WP blogger Twitter-verse were literally cheering when we saw the pic hahaha 🙂

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      • Naw, hopefully it’ll be out sometime soon!
        And YES, merging with the gang was so awesome!!! Well, awkward because there were so many people and we each came with our own group, so there wasn’t really time to spend together, but the brief meet-up was more than worth it. We were talking about you, hyukhyukhyuk~~ Oh, they posts a picture? Gosh, I hope they got my good side xD

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      • Hahaha yeah even if it was brief, it’s still an achievement of a blogging milestone 😀 O.O b-but what is there to talk about me?? Now I am curious~ xD Hahaha there’s no need to worry, they did get a good shot! You were a really good Mika! XD

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      • Very true, and I’ll hold the moment to heart for the longest time 🙂 Oh, we said … Good things … Many good things, yes~
        And are you serious? We looking at the same picture? Hahaha, well thank you very much!! It was my second time cosplaying and I swear I’ve never gotten this much attention before @_@ But it felt good! Thanks again, now I’m blushin’!

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      • Hahaha I’ll take your word for it then :3 still, I am pretty envious and I wish I was there, but unless ‘teleportation’ can be invented soon, I am afraid its gonna be really hard (though not impossible! xD)
        Ahaha yes we are absolutely looking at the same picture 🙂 You’re welcome, you deserve that compliment ^^

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