12 Days 2019, Day 3: “Because I’m the Hero” – Prescribed roles in Endro!

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Yesterday we looked at how two different anime utilise a similar character dynamic, today we’re going to talk about a show which directly uses those dynamics as part of its text. Endro! is a show which relies heavily on RPG tropes for its premise, the end result of this is it eventually becomes a discussion on prescribed roles within these settings. How does it feel to be heroic in a world where the role of Hero is one which is defined and predestined? And how does it feel to be the villain?

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12 Days 2019, Day 3: “Because I’m the Hero” – Prescribed roles in Endro!

12 Days 2019, Day 2: An Angel and a God – Character Fascination in Comet Lucifer and Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

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So another sort of vague self imposed rule I apply for these is to only write one post about any specific anime, in order to maintain some variety to proceedings. With that in mind let’s talk about Comet Lucifer again. Kind of. What we’re actually doing today is discussing how it relates to the series I coincidentally watched right afterwards; Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. On the surface they have absolutely nothing in common, but both shows are very much built around one central character, to the point where how much that specific character clicks for you is probably going to determine your experience of the show.

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12 Days 2019, Day 2: An Angel and a God – Character Fascination in Comet Lucifer and Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

12 Days 2019, Day 1: Tactical Bread Delivery

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Here we go again. For the fourth year in a row I’m taking part in the 12 Days of Anime. As always I’m keeping the theming kind of loose, it’s just “12 posts about anime related things I experienced this year which were interesting in some way”, but I generally try to keep things positive and highlight stuff that was good. With that in mind for this year’s first post we’ll be talking about… a show I was largely apathetic towards? Continue reading “12 Days 2019, Day 1: Tactical Bread Delivery”

12 Days 2019, Day 1: Tactical Bread Delivery

Granbelm Episode 13: A Better World

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So here we are, at the end of Granbelm. While for the most part I’ve loved the show a lot there’s  always been an edge of caution to this; As good as it’s been the possibility of the entire thing going sideways into suffering porn has always been hanging out at the edge of everything, and a lot of that was always going to come down to how it ended. A chance to end on a high note or throw everything away at the last moment. It stuck the landing.

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Granbelm Episode 13: A Better World

Granbelm Episode 12: A Thousand Years

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This episode managed the improbable feat of actually making me feel sorry for Suishou. So that’s impressive. She’s always been more of a force of nature than a coherent character, gleefully antagonising everyone else because well, she’s the antagonist. An implacable obstacle to the others because that’s what the story called for. This time around we finally got to see what’s driving her and it turns out she’s having a pretty miserable time of things herself. Continue reading “Granbelm Episode 12: A Thousand Years”

Granbelm Episode 12: A Thousand Years

Granbelm episode 10: Dolls

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This show sure does look nice huh

Well this is late but what the hey. My excuse is that a lot happened in this episode and I needed time to mull it over (it’s acutally just procrastination but shh). Being this late means I’ve already seen episode 11 at the time of writing but I think most of my takeaways from this one haven’t changed too drasticly so let’s do this anyway.

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Granbelm episode 10: Dolls

Granbelm Episode 9: Truth

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Somewhat obviously for an episode putting Suisho at the center of things there was a lot of deception at work this episode. These lies were also coupled with a lot of reveals though, as Kuon and Nene managed to push what’s really going on further into the light. Continue reading “Granbelm Episode 9: Truth”

Granbelm Episode 9: Truth

Granbelm Episode 8: Absence

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This week’s episode was heavily focused on the gaps left by things that aren’t there anymore, and how the absence of something can be just as revealing as its presence sometimes. Continue reading “Granbelm Episode 8: Absence”

Granbelm Episode 8: Absence

Granbelm Episode 7: Hot and Cold

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The inevitable showdown between Anna and Shingetsu finally became unavoidable this week, and the show didn’t pull any punches. While not a single long battle like Nene’s the majority of the episode was once again devoted to a single climactic fight. As always the show’s visuals were firing on all cylinders too, pushing things to even higher levels of visual spectacle. Continue reading “Granbelm Episode 7: Hot and Cold”

Granbelm Episode 7: Hot and Cold