12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 8: Mammo’s Journey

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Overman King Gainer has a lot of characters. It probably has more characters than are strictly necessary for its central story, but they sure are important to its secondary one. While the main crux of the story is protagonist Gainer getting his life together and coming to terms with his parents death while defending the Yapan Exodus in the titular mech King Gainer, it’s also a show about the Exodus itself. While Gainer takes center stage King Gainer is at its heart about the journey the people of the Exodus are on, searching for a new home in a world of seemingly endless frozen wastes.

Viewed from this angle the many seemingly superfluous characters are actually integral to the series, because it’s as much about the people living within and interacting with the moving city as it is about Gainer. However this extensive cast of characters does mean that many of them have very little screen time, and the show puts in a surprising amount of effort to ensure this time is used well, background characters have their own things going on, rather than just existing to interact with Gain, Gainer and Sara. All this is exemplified by one character, who isn’t even a character, Mammo the stuffed Mammoth. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 8: Mammo’s Journey”

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 8: Mammo’s Journey

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 7: Porun Defence Squad Assemble!

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Continuing my slow and meandering trip through older Precure series this year I watched the franchise’s second entry, Max Heart. A rare direct sequel (I believe there’s one more a few entries on) Max Heart has something of a mixed reputation, with most of what I’d heard about it beforehand leaning towards the negative. Honestly though I liked it a fair bit, while it dragged a bit early on it more than redeemed itself in the second half. I liked Hikari, I liked (most of, Baldez sucks) the new villains, and I particularly liked what it did with Porun. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 7: Porun Defence Squad Assemble!”

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 7: Porun Defence Squad Assemble!

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 6: Short Awards 2018

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Recurring feature time! In previous 12 days runs I’ve used day 6 to highlight a few of the most interesting short anime to air during the year, it’s a good tradition so lets keep it going.

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12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 6: Short Awards 2018

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 5: Last Period is more Higurashi than Higurashi

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So last year I wrote about my return to Higurashi after a few years and how doing so really rekindled my love for the series. Since then a few things have changed. I still love the series to bits but the last post is somewhat incomplete now. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 5: Last Period is more Higurashi than Higurashi”

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 5: Last Period is more Higurashi than Higurashi

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 4: Utawarerumono

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Every now and then you stumble across a series which fill a space you didn’t even know was there, but which you can’t imagine how you went so long without filling it. This year I discovered Utawarerumono. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 4: Utawarerumono”

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 4: Utawarerumono

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 3: Card Captor Sakura, Clear Card and the Spirit of a Series

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I’m going to open this one up with a bit of an anectdote. Back in 2007 when I played Pokemon Pearl for the first time, having not played the previous generation in a year or so it felt much the same. Obviously there was a lot new there but at its core it hadn’t changed that much. On a gameplay level the series is fairly incremental but the interesting bit here was that I didn’t really notice much of a visual leap either. It wasn’t until I eventually unlocked the pal park and had to go back and prep my mons for transfer that I noticed just how much things had actually progressed. Because the spirit of the game hadn’t changed it felt like the same game and my memories were filling in the gaps. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 3: Card Captor Sakura, Clear Card and the Spirit of a Series”

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 3: Card Captor Sakura, Clear Card and the Spirit of a Series

12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 2: Ouka Ninja Scrolls and Weird Sequels.

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Every now and then a sequel pops up to an older series, sometimes it’s expected, sometimes it comes way out of left field. This year we got a new Basilisk for some reason.

The Original Basilisk was released back in 2005 and I haven’t seen anyone talk about it in years. A sequel over a decade later is a hard enough sell as is, especially for a franchise that hasn’t had much enduring popularity. It’s especially weird when said sequel seems determined to actively not be what fans of the original are likely to want.

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12 Days of Anime 2018, Day 2: Ouka Ninja Scrolls and Weird Sequels.