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Kimetsu no Yaiba ep 12. Man, this dialogue…

More Zenitsu screaming this ep. I’m guessing his gimmick is that he’s at his best when he’s unconscious? Which means he’s just gonna be screaming every waking moment. Tanjiro explaining out loud, mid-fight, that he’s been in pain the whole time was a pretty bad case of "tell, don’t show." As usual, the CG and effects are nice when given a chance to shine, but all the screaming and the constant exposition are tough for me to get through. I think this is a drop.

Hopefully, Fire Force and MHA will be at least a little more subtle. I heard Fire Force is going 4 cour.
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Hmm. I know we’re supposed to really dislike Todoroki’s dad for being abusive, but truth be told… his mom doesn’t seem any better. Given that she was the one who intentionally burned his face with boiling water.

I figured that it was going to be a Zuko type of thing (especially considering how similar he is to Zuko in every other way), and that his dad was the one who burned him. But knowing his true backstory, both of his parents seem incredibly dickish, so I don’t get why or how his mom is supposed to be the better one of the two.
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Like, I get that she was physically and mentally abused by Endeavor, but taking it out on her son by permanently disfiguring his face for life? That’s a dick move.
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I read the manga after hearing about this. It’s fun. And educational! =D

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I believe we’re supposed to sympathize with her as someone who was abused until they broke.

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Yeah. Time is weird. Though I’ve noticed that if you account for how the medium has to translate things, it’s not as time-warped as it appears.
Like showing different character actions which would technically be happening at the same time, but can only be shown one at a time. So 3 separate people doing something over 5 seconds becomes 15 seconds of footage.
Or they have to translate what would be an instantaneous thought into something slower so we can understand what they’re thinking. "I’m surrounded. But if I can shift my weight onto my right side and deflect these on-coming blows, I’ll be able to set up a counter to escape this situation!" Less than a second’s thought, but needs to be spoken so we know what’s being thought.

Though yes, when they get to the moment of actually speaking to eachother and the time doesn’t pass. Then it’s just Timey Wimey~

Additional: That video is funny~ "Man hell nah bro! I know I’m not trippin! Time this shit bro."
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So, here is an interesting thread on the Netflix NGE script.

If this post from SA is to be believed (there are some people who corroborate this, but who knows), it’s that Khara (the studio behind the Rebuilds) did not like the reaction to an early American screening of 3.0 (localization handled by Funimation). So they decided to re-dub and re-translate everything for scratch. Changing and removing iconic lines, and making bizarre decisions with the localization.

I kinda want to believe this, if only because the idea that Western anime screening audiences were so bad that they ruined that franchise forever is a concept I can buy. I believe that how people act towards the media they consume actually does have an effect on the industry, and this affirms that belief, so I choose to accept it.

But who knows, really.
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Hyouka ep 21. This show is frustratingly good at what it does.

The cold open shows that Mayaka’s frustrations with Satoshi have been building up for a long time, and now their relationship is about to explode. That, and the opening scene were pretty dramatic, and reestablishes that Mayaka is the most emotionally volatile of this group. For whatever reason, this show feels like it needs to frequently reestablish who the characters are and they’re not even that subtle about it, but at least this sequence was fun.

Maybe I’m misremembering but Hotaro bringing up how Satoshi had changed since middle-school seemed to come out of nowhere? I guess this establishes how Mayaka grew to like him since younger Satoshi was a lot like current Mayaka; exultant in victory, graceless in defeat, committed and cared about the challenges they face. Now, Satoshi is a coward; he hates to lose so he never tries. That’s why Satoshi is afraid of committing to Mayaka, because he doesn’t think he can be the man she think he is. But as frustrating as that is at times, I’d rather watch these dumbasses than a show where their waifus just fall out of the they sky and love them unconditionally forever. I’d rather watch a show that acknowledges that relationships need work.

The scene with Eru and Mayaka shopping was cute. Mayaka being so committed to this one act of expression that she struggles to pick out a ribbon was a nice contrast to the previous scene with their boys. And beause the show can’t help itself, it had another scene where Eru sort of confesses to Hotaro, and he kinda got it this time? I think? The final shot where they’re purposefully putting distance between themselves makes me want to think he got it, they’re just shy.

The rest of the ep wasn’t as fun. Heartbreaking, actually.

As usual, this ep’s mystery wasn’t much of a mystery. You just know who did it right away, but Eru always hopes for and brings out the best in people, so Hotaro goes through the charade for her. It’s a sweet gesture, shows much he cares about not only Eru but his whole social group.

As the "investigation" went on, Satoshi’s selfishess drew in more casualties, and the scenes got angrier and more painful. Mayaka’s inevitable arrival just made it more depressing. Satoshi’s empty smile. Mayaka putting on a brave face, knowing what must’ve happened. Eru, who was so happy to see Mayaka’s earnest investment in this expression of her feelings, feeling like she had stolen her friend’s hard-fought happiness. Hotaro knows he can’t fix the problem, but he knows he has to do something. He wants to do be there for Eru.

This was Hotaro’s strongest moment yet – using his gift not just to solve some random puzzle, but to protect the people who are important to him. He may never solve every problem perfectly, he may never be the man Eru thinks he is, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try. And that’s what Satoshi has to learn, there is value in the attempt.

Most adolescent dramas are about the process of growing into a more mature person, but one of the things that makes Satoshi so weirdly compelling as a character is that this is not his story. He is watching his best friend live that fairy tail. Even when he tries, he can’t enter that world. Satoshi is so frustrating to watch when he puts on his act, but I also can’t blame him for doing it.

But hey, in the end, he did make the call. I want to believe this show is going to give him some proper closure in the end, but it probably won’t, because it’s not his story.

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Hyouka ep 22. Damn, what final scene. There’s more I could talk about in this ep, but my god.

"This is my place. All that’s here are water and soil. The people are growing old and tired. I don’t think that this place is the most beautiful. I also don’t think that this place is full of potential. But… I wanted you to see it. This is all of me." Eru bears her all for the boy she loves. And in return, Hotaro tells her that her world is beautiful to him, pledges that he’ll be’ll there for her and be what she needs him to be…

… in his head. But y’know what, as much as I hate anime romances for not committing, I can buy this ending. He can’t actually say it yet, but they’ll get there.


So, that’s Hyouka. This show was way more depressing than I thought it would be, but it’s still fantastic. Understated, graceful, and grand. Intimate character work and consistently good visual storytelling. I feel like I can put this ahead of every tv series by KyoAni I have seen. If you’re in the mood for a more meditative character story, this is as good as it gets.
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