The Book Burner
Alex: I don’t quite understand Episode 6. So, to save myself being stupid, i’ll just skip it. The leads vanish with no reference to them, and we get a short about completely unrelated characters. I was rather relieved when they returned unharmed in Episode 7.
Episode 7. We’re at the halfway point.Just like Sacred Seven, it’s just…so hard to wrap my head around the decision to make this span 13 Episodes. It has a plot with potential to create a vast amount of interesting case-based episodes, yet it restricts itself because it doesn’t know if it’ll sell well or not..>_> It’s sad that it’s confining itself to the pit of averageness for eternity, really. Episode 7 was another interesting case based episode which just furthers my point…;~;
A Determined One Sided Crush
Alex: Why do I feel like i’ve been here and done this before..? Ohana and Minchi fight, make up, everything goes perfectly at the wedding and then Madam Manager drops the bombshell at the end of the episode. It’s taken its sweet time, but things FINALLY start moving rather than chugging at a pleasant yet dry pace.
Bad Luck Often Brings Good Luck
Mimi: Gomen for the lateness of my post! But wow, this episode is awesome on all sorts of levels! Tiger’s “brilliant” plan to convince everyone is to joke around with them as always, saying stuff that only the real Tiger would know. But it’s ultimately Kaede who changes everyone’s memory back to normal, which leads to the priceless picture of a little girl scolding her dad dressed up in a superhero suit after saving him. Really really amusing stuff.
The fight between Tiger and Bunny is just epic. If they pulled those Matrix-like stunts earlier in the show when they were still partners catching lowlife villains, imagine the ratings they’d get on Hero TV, MAL, and…well…anywhere! I just loved the action and visuals, even if it did come down to a cheesy one-on-one collision in the air where both of them gave it their full power. I mean, wow. Just what is the very final battle going to look like compared to this? Needz more Lunatic epicness too.
Life means no do-overs. Right, Kurisu?
Alex: This…was such a powerful episode. Christina is one of the strongest characters i’ve seen in anime, and this episode just pushed Steins;Gate to my top 3 in favorites. With the 18 year old pervert genius girl having no way out of this dead end fate that she found herself trapped into, she saw only one solution: remove herself from the equation.
But, this doesn’t save Okabe. I was right, Christina does have a weaker version of the reading steiner, as she confesses that she remembers everything to Okabe…and confesses her love.
If you weren’t touched at this episode, then you probably havn’t let yourself get into the power of this anime. The relationship between Okabe and Christina is beyond explaining, something which has gone across many, many worldlines and defied fate itself. The amazing chemistry the two of them share, and the amazing voice acting and writing of the anime only helps to get the point that this is a very special couple across even further.
But, at the end. Hasn’t Okabe gone too far..? He’s gone to the 1.1% worldline. He’s opened the gate of Steins, and let the chaos within flow out, as Suzuha arrives yet again to request Okabe’s assistance in stopping World War III. I have no idea what to expect.
Alex: Now that the initial shock of how amazingly cute Yune is has passed, the only thing that’s kept me watching it is the Claude x Camillia undertones, and these episodes really build on them. Especially with the flashbacks that are going on lately.
In some of the flashbacks from these two episodes, you start to wonder just who Camille is. The looks she gives Claude makes you wonder if she ever saw him as more than his plaything, but then on occasion she gives him looks which you reserve for your loved ones.
The series is actually starting to get a little bit old and stale now…we’ve gotten over all the big things that it had to set itself apart at the start, and to be honest, it’s turning into a bit of a drag to get through. I’m gonna drop this from the blog and do one final review at the end of the series.
Alex: Huh. This is actually a really good example of how to do a bonus episode. Whilst this one didn’t tell a story that’s never been told or touched upon before or anything like that, it used the theme of music to tie Yune together with everyone else, featuring songs from people who i’m assuming to be popular artists.
It also hints more at a relationship between Claude and Camille. But just like every other episode, it’s something which…well…which you need to watch to appreciate. It’s the mood and the atmosphere that they’ve created in the episode which make it special, and it’s impossible to speak about.
Negotiator Meowth! Scrafty Persuasion Tactics
Alex: Whilst the actual episode itself was rather mediocre, you could see that it was clearly aiming to do one thing and one thing only: Establish the fact that Team Rocket is up to something big yet again, and that they went as far as to kick Meowth out of the group when he failed and almost gave them away. With nobody else to turn to, he tags along with Satoshi, Iris and Dento as a thanks for nursing him back to health after he was savaged by the cold weather. So, with an unlucky addition to the trio, they press on towards Raimon City, as Team Rocket’s plan nears completion.
It clearly involves the subway trains. Somehow. That’s only really backed up by the fact that in two weeks time comes a double-parter about the Battle Subway. But, what on earth can Team Rocket do with trains? Bomb them? It doesn’t help that I still have no idea what they did in their earlier arc against Team Plasma…all I can say is that i’m actually excited about this. It could turn out to be really well done if everything goes just as planned and we don’t have another tsunami or earthquake or bombing or whatever in Japan.
I kinda wish Iris did catch Meowth, though…would put the whole “Is this another con” situation at ease.
The Decisive Don Battle! Satoshi VS Iris!
Alex: Ah, finally this four parter ends with one of the best battles yet. Iris and Excadrill go head to head against Satoshi and Pikachu, and after a good battle with actual technique and flair, Excadrill comes out ahead. Everything I had to say on these battle episodes is on the other 3 posts, considering they ARE getting just a tad repetitive…im glad they ended with a bang.
Everyone goes their seperate ways, and unsurprisingly Belle goes with Luke and Zorua for a little longer. It’s a short post, but expect the next episode up within the day- the awesome folks at RG subbed two episodes at once.
Taiki’s Decision! Surpass the Strongest Apollomon!
Mimi: Yay! With this, the seven Death Generals are finally defeated! Er, sort of… DarkKnightmon doesn’t even care because he’s going to revive them in the next episode anyway (lol). The next battle is going to be quite a big showdown. I wonder why he just didn’t order them all to attack Xros Heart in the beginning when they were weaker. I’d be like… “SIGH, those meddling kids and their stupid Digimon are back. Quick, go ambush them, get back to your kingdoms, and collect my negative energy so I can get D5 over with sooner to re-watch Digimon Tamers.” Or something like that.
I’m liking Yuu’s new (or actually, old) personality already. Anything is better than that cocky attitude that nearly killed his awesome sister. I’d say that Damemon’s scene was sad if I didn’t know he was going to appear in the next season with a grown up Yuu (ok fine, it was a little sad). I wonder how he’s going to be revived. I somehow doubt that the Digimon goddess who reincarnated Baalmon is going to accept Damemon as her warrior. =P
Taiki VS. Yuu, Showdown of the Boy Generals!!
Beelzebumon, Fade into the Light!
Mimi: AWESOME. It is episodes like these that remind me of why I love Digimon so much. When it really gets intense, it can be an amazing and highly entertaining show. I’ve just been waiting for this stuff to happen, such as Yuu’s change of heart and Lillithmon’s defeat, which are great scenes. The character development really pays off here, from the humans and their Digimon working together as a real team, to Beelzebumon and Lillithmon settling their affair that started a long time ago. However, it’s a shame to see Beelzebumon go down with her. He was my absolute favorite Digimon, dangit! T_T And he…was kind of cute with Minervamon.
These episodes are definitely getting more complex. Not only did they have to defeat Lillithmon, but they also had to protect the castles and rewrite a program to fake Taiki’s death so that the gate would open, all of which contributed to building up a tense atmosphere. And of course, we also have that really sad character death to top it all of. Despite that part though, I enjoyed every bit of these episodes. They’re the best ones so far in terms of atmosphere, craziness, and advancing the plot.
According to this news, Digimon Xros Wars is going to get another season. Thank you Firechick for bringing this to my attention. =) I’m kind of surprised though, as I was expecting to wrap up my blogging for the show quite soon. Wouldn’t this also make Digimon Xros Wars the longest series in the franchise? I’m not really sure what to think about it. Aside from Yuu, the new characters don’t look all that appealing to me, and there’s no more awesome Kiriha or Nene. Then again, Digimon Xros Wars might continue to improve and *hopefully* adopt a more unique story-line. No more of this repetitive business of visiting kingdoms and zones with specific themes. Meh, it’s one of those things that I’ll have to wait and see. What do you guys think?