Dragonaut: The Resonance Episode 3 D:

October 21, 2007 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Dragonaut | Leave a comment
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… :< At about 11 last night, if you listened close enough, you could probably hear my groan of anguish world wide. This episode was a big, bad disappointment to me. I’ll explain why when I get there.

The episode starts off where we left off. Spirytus has transformed and soon after Toa transformed into her badly CGI’d form to go speak with him. They talk, but the ISDA dispatches some helicopters to try to destroy Spirytus. This doesn’t work as Toa (called Album in Dragon form) disabled them.

…The ISDA gives the other dragons (Machina, Amedaus, and Howling Star) the go ahead to actualize. So they do. Okay, fist before the actualization the Dragonaut’s go into these special chambers and change into battle suit. Oh lawd, they stand there trying to be cool-looking, but they just come off as extremely dorky.

So, much to my displease, these dragons aren’t just normal space dragons. They are part MECHA dragons. They have a little compartment for their Dragonaut riders to ride in. I was very unhappy, since I dislike mecha things.

The next 15 minutes were hard to capture. The dragons flew so fast and were trying to capture Album and Spirytus. In the moment, Kazuki’s dragon Gio is awakened. He says that Album/Toa is calling to him.

Jin and Kazuki who are watching the fight from the ground witness a very naked Gio walk past them and actualize. Jin does a running jump thing onto Gio in his actualized form. Kazuki emo’s about it since Gio is his dragon.

Jin touches Album and is transported, mentally, to her mind. She says that since Jin has seen her transform that she cannot continue to be with him. She then approaches Gio, who claims he was born to protect her.

In the end, the other Dragonauts end up destroying Spirytus while Album and Gio get away. Jin is knocked into the ocean and goes all emo about being alone again.

This episode was filled with EMO by the way. It was everywhere.

Bamboo Blade Episode 2

October 21, 2007 at 1:54 am | Posted in Bamboo blade | 2 Comments
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The episode starts off with a younger, cuter, more loli Tamaki watching a TV show. It’s a lot like gundam-esque power rangers. But She is absolutely absorbed into it.

The episode then officially begins where we left off. Tamaki challenges Toyama and goes to get into some borrowed Kendo gear. The problem is that Tamaki is a little short and the hem of the trousers drag on the floor. This plays to her disadvantage later.

Her fight with Toyama begins. You know what made me smile? It wasn’t all speedlines. It only used speedlines when they made a hit. It was wonderful in-the-moment fighting! Loved it. Anyway, Tamaki is obviously winning even though Toyami is not following proper kendo procedure.

Near the end Tamaki uses a thrust which she had been forbidden to use on anyone that is not a mature man. Her thrust hits Toyama in the throat! As someone who has been leopard punched in the throat I can vouch for how much that would hurt! Hell, hit the right spot and that would kill anyone.

The battle is over. Tamaki even agrees to join the club to make sure Toyama never comes back. They are all friends at it’s just lovely. The next day at lunch the kendo club is sharing their food, but it turns out Tamaki only eats rice and dried plum. The rest of the club commences on feeding her. Her facial expression during that whole thing was rather comical.

Ishida-sensei challenges Tamaki at practice to test her skills. It turns out he is really out of form since she beat him easily. But everyone in the kendo club is training hard. At the end of the episode we learn Tamaki eats rice and dried plum at lunch everyday to honor her mother and father. Who, I would assume, are dead.

This is the anime that no one seems to be paying attention to. It saddens me because I like it so much, but it’s their loss. It’s not generic like Jyuushin Enbu and it’s not mecha like Gundam 00 and it’s well…It’s admittedly not AS funny as Minami-ke. But it’s pretty damn good!

Kaiji Episode 3

October 21, 2007 at 1:40 am | Posted in Kaiji | 1 Comment
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This particular episode of Kaiji starts off where all good ideas do, at the men’s urinal. Yup, anything from marriage plans to raising abortion fund start at the urinal. But not this time, Kaiji and Furuhata are just taking a piss.

Turns out silly Furuhata gave one of his cards to Andou. You see, Andou goes and challenges someone to try to get a star for himself and screw over Kaiji and Furuhata. It doesn’t work. He loses and now they are down one card and a star.

But it’s fine. Kaiji has a plan. A relitively wise plan considering Kaiji doesn’t strike me as the educated type. He sends Furuhata and Andou to go find a guy with 8 cards while Kaiji goes to find stars to buy.

Kaiji’s star hunt goes poorly because it is far to early for people to begin selling, but the other two men complete their job successfully. A man with 5 stars has 8 cards. Now is where I feel I should explain Kaiji’s brilliant tactic.

This man follows the balance theory. He thrives on it. Which means that he has one card missing from rock and paper. So naturally he’s going to want to even it out by getting rid of one scissors too, you see?

Kaiji challenges him. Kaiji wins. Kaiji tries again. Kaiji loses. The man has now fallen into Kaiji’s trap. Since Kaiji has played the same card over and over again the man challenges him once more. You see, since Kaiji and Furuhata combined decks they have lots of paper.

Kaiji beats the man twice, earning him two more stars. Here is where I’m confused, Kaiji is out of cards…so…What can he do? Yes, buy some stars. But…This doesn’t leave much of a plot for the anime. Seriously. They buy some stars and then what? It’s over. Even if they lose stars there’s no way they can play to get them back either.

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