Granbelm: Chasing the Ideal

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If you die in the Granbelm you’re fine actually.

Weirdly enough that’s sort of novel these days. I apreciate the show continuing to not be suffering porn. Nene got over her loss last week surprisingly quickly, tracking down Mangetsu more out of curiosity about the person who beat her than anything else, and even offering her assistance going forward. Being able to fight on her own terms for the first time was clearly a cathartic experience which has allowed her to open up to others a little more. She’s even able to finally acknowledge Kibou’s friendship, she might be out of the contest but Nene’s in a far better place than she used to be.

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Granbelm: Chasing the Ideal

Granbelm Episode 5: A short girl’s long fight

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This episode was one long drawn out battle and it was spectacular. The show’s always looked good but they definitely went all out this episode. Beamspam happened, big fancy magic sigils were cast, it was generally a good week for cool robots.

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Granbelm Episode 5: A short girl’s long fight

Granbelm Episode 4: Teaming up

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As expected this week’s episode was fairly Nene centric, although not necessarily in the way I’d expected. Rather than having her act as the central figure of the episode she was instead the central obstacle for the other competitors to deal with as she finally came out of hiding and revealed her Armanox’s special ability.

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Granbelm Episode 4: Teaming up

Granbelm Episode 3: Reasons to Fight

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This episode was definitely another excuse for some breathing room, taking time to establish a few of the characters outside the main pair a little more. Last week told us why Mangetsu wants to fight, this time we found out why everyone else is getting in on this.

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Granbelm Episode 3: Reasons to Fight

Granbelm episode 2: Magnets, Magic and Questionable Motivations

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Granbelm’s first episode was super flashy but didn’t quite have enough substance to pin down where the show was actually going. Episode two remedied that nicely. Eschewing last week’s cool robots entirely in favour of taking some time to actually establish the concept a bit more beyond occasional shouting in between cool robots blowing things up. I liked this episode a lot more and am now fully on board. Continue reading “Granbelm episode 2: Magnets, Magic and Questionable Motivations”

Granbelm episode 2: Magnets, Magic and Questionable Motivations

Granbelm Episode 1: Wow Cool Robot!

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So I guess we’re doing that episodic blogging thing again. Hopefully it works out better this time around. Granbelm is uh, hard to pin down actually. So this could end up being another space fishing level debacle. Or maybe it ‘ll turn out great, only time will tell. Continue reading “Granbelm Episode 1: Wow Cool Robot!”

Granbelm Episode 1: Wow Cool Robot!

Endro! Episode 1: Best Short Anime of the Year.

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You’ve got to admire a show that’s willing to commit so much to a dumb gag.

I was cautiously optimistic about Endro ahead of this season, it managed to shatter those expectations entirely. I’ve always been fond of cutesy shows like this but in recent years they’ve kind of left me a little cold, so I didn’t want to get too excited for what might end up being just OK again. Luckily it’s great.

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Endro! Episode 1: Best Short Anime of the Year.