Two Endings

Aldnoah Zero and Captain Earth just wrapped up. But I don’t worry about that, because Argevollen’s not going anywhere, which is more of a good thing than not.

My brother and I usually watch these shows back-to-back, saving Aldnoah for last because it is the better show, in a I’m-trying-to-be-objective-here manner of speaking. However, I had the sneaking suspicion that Aldnoah Zero was going to end in a downer and a cliffhanger, because that is what split-cour shows usually do (Code Geass, Gundam 00, Fate/Zero), so I decided to go with it first.

Well, I was right. Important “characters” die, and I put air quotes around that word because reasons, and we’re left scratching our heads as to what would happen next in the second season.

Then we watched Captain Earth, and the reason why I’m able to write this post and not be a bitter rambling jerk on Twitter is because of that finale. Simply put, I hated one and loved the other.

Let’s start with the bad news: (oh, and spoiler alert, duh)

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Selling Character in the First Episode

A first impressions post! I wanted to tie this with what I’ve been learning in writing flash fiction, so that I don’t forget it! It’s also great to know that what you’ve learned in creating could be applied in consuming. That is, the better you can cook, the more you can discern how a dish was made when eating it.

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Quick Thoughts on Argevollen

I’ll make this quick.

  • The setting is modern but some elements seem anachronistic: the blue-uniformed soldiers (Who don’t wear helmets), a wall (as if that’s going to stop robots), and generals who seem to be stuck in the 19th century.
  • The main character’s unit is quite gender-diverse. There’s a female commander, a female squad leader, and even female mechanics. They’re also more than just pretty faces, which is A Good Thing.
  • The other major female character who isn’t a soldier seems to have motivations of her own. She’s definitely serious at her job and might get headhunted by Anaheim Electronics in the near future.
  • The good guys’ mechs look like Wanzers from Front Mission. They even have cockpits that look straight out of the 90s. I dig the shoulder cannons. The opposing faction’s mechs look straight out of Code Geass: Akito of the Exiled. You know what I’m talking about. Thankfully there’s no rollerblading… for now.
  • I really like that scene where the main character tries to punch the enemy and misses because he was compensating for his old mech’s feedback. Whoever this director is, he gets mechs.
  • The Argevollen’s biggest strength may not be firepower, but handling. Which is how I would like it.
  • It’s a straight-laced, unpretentious war story. We don’t have enough of these nowadays. I hope this show stays grounded.
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On Outgrowing Anime

At the start of the Spring season, I tried watching an episode of Daimidaler. I couldn’t finish it.

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Effortful Friendship


Rather than love or romance stories, I wish we had more stories about friendship. After all, I believe that friendship is the bedrock upon which a stable relationship rests. I watch so many shows and movies with couples who can’t stand each other, and I often wonder, how the hell did they get together in the first place?

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Aikatsu, the Super Idol Anime


This is an idol anime.

I’ve been watching Aikatsu, Sunrise’s multimedia ploy to part elementary school girls with their lunch money. With more than 60 episodes, it’s become my full-length, four-cour anime to complete for this year. I’m 14 episodes in, and it’s been a fun ride so far.

I picked Aikatsu up in the middle of Wake Up Girls, another idol anime. To adopt a dichotomy from mecha anime, Aikatsu is about super idols in contrast to Wake Up Girls’ real idols. WUG is an underdog plot about a ragtag group of novice idols led by a former top idol, and the tone of the show aims for realism, exposing the darker underbelly of the idol industry. Aikatsu, however, is about a girl trying to be the best idol she could be in a world where idols are the greatest thing ever.

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Gundam is saved, forever and ever,


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