Weekly Anime Watches: 12/31/18

(Starting with this edition, I am going to stop throwing in every show that I am watching for Mecha March. I do this because I want there to be less spoilers as we head forward.)

I hope everyone has had a Good Christmas! I am not sure what to say on my end other then it was ok. Very laid back and we did our typical “eat prime rib” and “go to a movie” Christmas stuff at my house. We’ve been doing that since Lord of the Rings came out years ago. Not very exciting stuff, but we watched Aquaman. It was ok.

Have a Happy New Year, everyone. See you all next time in 2019 for some more blogging fun.

-Episode Watches-

Golden Kamuy S2 Episode 12 (Finale)

This episode felt more like a mid-season finale instead of an actual finale, so I hope that there is more to come in the future. So, Golden Kamuy season three please! That being said, it was a pretty good season finale. There were a lot of good twists and betrayals, a lot of good and meaningful conversations between people, nd some good humor. So you know, a typical Golden Kamuy episode. It was only missing the cooking scenes. Asirpa and Shiraishi were taken from the group and now, after being shot in the head, Sugimoto is going after them. Also, now the mysteries of the gold are completely lost as well. There are a lot of things that still need to be resolved, so there needs to be more. Leaving off here is kind of painful. Maybe I should read the manga.

Space Battleship Tiramisu S2 Episode 13 (Finale)

Yet another final battle this week. This episode felt like the end of Char’s counter attack with everybody was using their thrusters to stop the villain’s/Cadillac’s mech from hitting Earth and destroying it. Except, this show had to go the Tiramisu route and Subaru was hacking the mechs controls through a NES Controller to make it blow up. Surprisingly this moment allowed us to see the protagonist’s growth when he allowed the others to take credit for the mech’s destruction. Then both the “villains” and the heroes went their separate ways threatening to kill each other. Actually a fitting finale for this show. I wonder if there is a season three. I’m pretty excited about that now.

Thunderbolt Fantasy S2 Episode 13 (Finale)

Well, this was the best sort of season finale for Thunderbolt Fantasy stuff. I mean, it was all about the climatic battle between Shang, Lin, and Lang vs the former Monk with a seductive, killer sword. Glasses cop just showed up to be killed and be used as a message to Shang and crew to make sure they encountered this Monk character. Needless, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting end for the gun. Then the battle happened and Shang, Lin, and Lang pulled off as many tricks as possibly to fight this sword because the Monk and the sword are a very powerful foe together. The crew wins with the monk and the sword sealed into the sorcerory index, and we get a cliff hanger for the next season. I can’t wait for that to happen!

Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho Episode 3

If there is a way to put some hard shonen aspects together with shoujo and magical girl aspects, Saint Seiya is doing it’s best to do that right now. Once again, I am not a Saint Seiya expert so please correct me if I am wrong. Sho seems like the perfect female shonen hero to me. She only knows how to control her powers unless she focuses on her love for her sister. Then, she is able to control her cosmo power and perform a magical girl transformation into a Seiya. She is also motivating to other people, because Athena was losing her battle against Sailor Moon villain wannabees until Sho showed up. Sho also did the dumb thing to jump right into the villain’s layer after

Bloom Into You Episode 13 (Finale)

Remember when I said Bloom Into You was around the same level of His and Her Circumstances for me? You know, when all that emotional drama was happening and the cast was putting together a play that we never got to see? I should have knocked on wood when I wrote that, because the same sort of thing happens here. The play was not performed and there was little to no resolution for Touko’s confused emotional state. Ok, maybe saying that isn’t fair. Yuu did push her plan for a more complete ending for the play and she did start her approach with getting Touko to figure out who she is when they two went on there Zoo date, but there wasn’t any resolution. I suppose that is ok, but it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. *Sigh*

JoJo Part 5 Episode 13

This was the best episode of JoJo that has been had during this part for a while. Why? A lot of things. For one, there is an awesome battle with the villain and his Mirror Man stand that involved everyone taking a part in that villains take down. Far from one of JoJo’s most predictable fights, so that is good. Also, people are starting to trust our main protagonist who was thrown into the mix more. Even the angry former cop. Last of all, they got the key to the vehicle to get Trisha to safety. Everything worked out, so we only have more craziness to look forward to. Those poor villains.

Binge Watches-

Tiger and Bunny Episodes 21-25 (Finished)

With arcs centered around other heroes and the media forgetting about Tiger while also making him a fugitive and all the heroes captured with Tiger and Bunny to save the day against evil robots created from Bunny’s parents robot formula, Tiger and Bunny finished up on some fantastic character based arcs. These arcs were also were Tiger and Bunny looked it’s best from a visual perspective. The city scapes are amazing, all the action was well choreographed, the characters were never off model. The only complaints I have where the obvious cg head shots from our characters when they had their helmets off. It’s a good series, everyone should watch it.



Baki: The Grappler Episodes 1-6

Talking about Baki is kind of strange. I know it’s an older series, but there is no legal way to watch the original right now. This edition on Netflix tries its best to get the audience up to speed with a lot of flash backs, which is nice but it slows everything down a little bit. So the show itself is simple enough to explain. After fighting somewhere and being broke somewhat, Baki, the strongest high schooler ever, is warned about five death row inmates from different countries that are super strong and decide to show up to Tokyo for death matches. That means that a lot of these episodes are dedicating to establishing Baki and the death row inmates before the tournament starts in episode 5. There are a lot of bloody and dark fights in this show and I can’t help but be entertained by all of it. I guess Baki appeals to my dark side.

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Anime Watches: 12/31/18

      1. Oh, yeah. I haven’t seen the original OVA or read the manga, but I remember seeing clips of the 00s remake a long time ago. It’s crazy how many manga there were for it and how old the series is as a whole.

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      2. Of course. I know we’ve both covered older series on our respective blogs, and I think it’s great you mix up the older and newer series on Mechanical Anime Reviews. I agree that some older manga should be released and maybe making some faithful adaptations in anime. There are a few I could mention that could work as anime.

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