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

Granbelm episode 6: 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 episode 6: 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!