Orenchi no Furo Jijo Episode #12 Anime Review

Orenchi no Furo Jijo Episode #12 Anime Review

Orenchi no Furo Jijo Episode 12

The horror story version!

What They Say:
A hot boy mermaid named Wakasa has taken over the bath of a teenage boy named Tatsumi! This cute but selfish freeloader is a perfect match for the cool but tender and caring Tatsumi. Let’s see how they get by together!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
What a lot of shows prove is that you can do a lot with a little, if you have the right people doing it. This series definitely does that since we get this one starting off like a horror story and you realize just how much fun it can be in that direction. With Wakasa home alone, everything just seems like it’s so much scarier, even or especially for someone like Wakasa. The things that run through his mind are definitely amusing to watch unfold as he imagines all sorts of scenarios of being left to bandits, terrorists and aliens. What makes this extra fun is that it gets him out of the bathroom briefly, not that we see much of the rest of the house since it’s dark and late at night. But when you realize we haven’t been out of the bathroom since we first saw Wakasa at the riverbank, it just makes the show all the more impressive in a way.

In Summary:
Wakasa’s self-contained solitary drama here is a fun one as he deals with being alone late at night and everything seems to set off his alarms. With worry about Tatsumi being gone to all the sounds that he hears, and a journey down the hall that goes awry, it’s simple stuff but fun stuff that lets Wakasa stretch his “acting” muscles a bit. The reunion itself is certainly cute as well as everything is settled nicely enough, making it a little heartwarming.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Advertisements

Two ‘Total Recall’ Motion Posters Unveiled

Two ‘Total Recall’ Motion Posters Unveiled Motion posters aren’t exactly burning up the internet, but we do get some over time and they can be nicely creative and you can imagine them being really useful and slickly designed down the road when we live in a Minority Report future that’s coming. That said, Sony Pictures has unveiled two motion posters for Total Recall, which is due out on August 3rd, and they utilize the main poster artwork that was released earlier this week in a decent way while giving people plenty of opportunity to point out that yes, Colin Farrell is just a bunch of pixels.

Falling Skies Season 4 Episode #8 – A Thing With Feathers Review

Falling Skies Season 4 Episode #8 – A Thing With Feathers Review

Falling Skies Season 4 Episode 8

The twisted things we do for love.

What They Say:
A Thing With Feathers – An alien attack leaves Maggie fighting for her life; Tom and Dingaan must rely on an enemy ship to rescue them.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With its focus on action the last time around, Falling Skies worked better than it has in awhile and that made for some pretty fun scenes overall. It doesn’t really change the feel or nature of the series, but man it left me wanting more of that and about zero when it comes to Lexi and her stuff. Of course, the show also threw a few of the characters to the wind as Ben and Lexi end up in the Espheni ship whie Tom is trapped underground. The dead litter the streets from the attack that was put into play and while there are losses, there’s still a bit of a sense of victory with what they did considering how bad things looked. Everyone getting out of the shelter after what went down has them hitting the streets looking for the survivors and that means a lot of searching and digging to try and find them. While we know that Tom is alive, there’s a limit to how long he’ll last in this situation. Oh the tension.

The Lexi part of the show is one that takes a kind of expected turn now that she and Ben are on the alien ship and while he’s hopeful in trying to get her to realize her humanity and return with him, she’s totally gone over to the other side now, reminding me a lot of Karen in a way. She’s got a different kind of soothing intensity about her now, almost a fanaticism, which makes her even more unappealing as she intends to show Ben the future. And it’s a kind of grisly, warped and dirty science fiction future as we see how the Skitters are basically farming some remaining humans into forced evolution for the Espheni so they can be a part of their larger war and plans. While Lexi sees it as a final peaceful solution, and isn’t deterred by Ben’s emotional side, he’s still intent on making her see the reality of it because family is family. And Lexi has been so separated from her family that she can’t understand things in the same way, even with all that Matt has been through.

The recovery side with the survivors has them bringing in the few they find and we get some standard stuff here which lets Anne actually be a doctor again and Weaver taking control of the situation by handing out assignments and keeping people moving and doing with what needs being done. While Pope is in the mode of writing off Tom, as one would expect, Matt’s definitely not giving up and even gets a good slug at Pope before he and Weaver go off digging. Since Weaver is like a second dad to Matt, it makes a lot of sense that they’d work together to find him. Tom, for his part, is naturally doing his best to survive, especially since he came across Dingaan and he’s intent on getting both of them out there, no matter how wounded Dingaan is and how hard it is for him to breathe.

What the two run into while down under there is kind of amusing as it goes on because they realize that one of the things that’s on top of them is Espheni equipment. There’s an initial kind of panic, but Tom’s curiosity gets the better of him and he starts poking and prodding, which in turn leads to an access hatch opening. Getting inside of an ESpheni structure definitely shows some interesting things, but naturally Tom takes things too far as he pokes and prods more and has a thin snake like thing attack him and get into his arm, knocking him unconscious. Tom has a habit of poking the wrong things so this isn’t a surprise. Dingaan’s attempts at getting it out is pretty grisly but it fits in with the kinds of disturbing things that the Espheni use to achieve their goals.

The show also follows another subplot, the main emotional point of the episode, as when the survivors find Maggie after the attack, she was injured pretty badly and is apparently paralyzed. She has a way of potentially being healed with Denny providing a bit of fluid from her spikes that will do its alien magic. But Maggie wants none of that for obvious reasons, though that doesn’t stop Hal from lying about her response in order to save the woman he loves. Considering the things people do to survive and the pacts they make, Hal pretty much crosses the line in a big way here, but it’s what you do when you’re in love and looking to hold onto what little you have after the world ends. Not that it goes well and things just get worse for Maggie, which when Ben finds out about it after getting away from Lexi, well, his puppy love has him willing to put some of his spikes directly in her in order to save her. That sounds kinkier than it should. With a little help from Cochise, its not as horribly removed from Ben as it could be, but you really have to question what they’re all doing by putting one in Maggie with the way it will change her and the way she really refused plainly to become that. A twisted love to be sure.

In Summary:
Episodes like this remind me that the show would probably be more interesting if it had a canned laugh track associated with it. This episode works through some of the main story points going on with Lexi explaining the Espheni plan, or at least part of it. That has its own weirdness to be sure and I still can’t figure out what the real point of it is. Pope and Sara connect more this time around, Hal and Ben show that they’ll completely go against the wishes of someone they love in order to save her by making her what she hates and we get an extended underground story with Tom and Dingaan that has its weird moments and an extended emotional piece from Dingaan that humanizes him – and probably means he’ll be killed off soon. There’s not much in the way of real progress here, and too much time stuck in one place considering the battle of the previous episode. But mostly it just makes a number of characters unlikable when it was mostly just Lexi that filled that role.

Grade: C-

Madman Acquires ‘Lupin the 3rd’ Live Action Feature

Madman Acquires ‘Lupin the 3rd’ Live Action Feature Madman Entertainment has made a pickup that I hope finds its way to North America as well as they’ve grabbed the 2014 live action film adaptation of Lupin the 3rd. The project was filmed during fourth quarter of 2013 where they filmed in Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. The film is directed by Ryūhei Kitamura, whose last directing project was 2008′s Midnight Meat Train and he has some good credits to his name with both Alive and Versus. Madman Entertainment will be doing some limited theatrical screenings for the film in Australia and New Zealand and will be bringing the film out on DVD, digital and Blu-ray in 2015.

The film stars:

Shun Oguri – Lupin III
Tetsuji Tamayama – Daisuke Jigen
Gou Ayano – Ishikawa Goemon
Meisa Kuroki – Fujiko Mine
Tadanobu Asano – Inspector Koichi Zenigata

Plot concept: Can the world’s slickest thief triumph again?

Lupin, the world’s greatest gentlemen thief, and his partners-in-crime are at it again. In a gripping heist like no other, they must infiltrate a remote high-security facility to steal ‘The Crimson Heart of Cleopatra’. But with Inspector Zenigata hot on their tails, can they pull off this daring feat?

‘BlazBlue: Alter Memory’ Anime Opening Gets Faylan Promotional Video

‘BlazBlue: Alter Memory’ Anime Opening Gets Faylan Promotional Video Singer Faylan has certainly been adding some interesting songs on the anime side since her career began and the latest one is for BlazBlue: Alter Memory, where she snagged the opening sequence song. The release is set for October 23rd from Lantis with a 1200yen price attached to it and Lantis has put out a new promotional video of the actual music video that was done for the song that plays into some of the thematic color aspects of the series.

Faylan has done some interesting songs over the years, from Mobile suit Gundam Age with insert songs and an ending but also something as offbeat as Qwaser of the Stigmata and Samurai Girls. But he’s also done some really interesting stuff with Broken Blade that still stands out while also doing one of the many Katanagatari ending songs.

Check out the promo video below.

Series concept: In the year 2199, humanity eagerly waits for the dawn of the new century, following the end of a series of devastating magic wars. When the world’s most wanted man, Ragna the Bloodedge (also known as the Grim Reaper) make a move to destroy society, a group of ragtag fighters come together to stop him.

‘Godzilla’ Set To Conquer In 2014

‘Godzilla’ Set To Conquer In 2014 While it’s been in the talks for awhile, the date has now been set for the Warner Bros. release of the Legendary Pictures film for Godzilla. The big budget tent pole film is now set for a May 16th, 2014 release and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. except for Japan where Toho will be handling the distribution of one of their biggest and most well known brands. With Toho having been involved in over twenty-five films and so much more, it’s not a surprise in the slightest.

While details aren’t nailed down, it’s expected that this will be given a 3D release.

“The film is directed by Gareth Edwards, who earned worldwide acclaim for his feature directorial debut, “Monsters.”  Edwards directs from a screenplay by David Callaham (“The Expendables” films), David S. Goyer (the “Dark Knight” trilogy) and Max Borenstein (upcoming “The Seventh Son”).  Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, along with Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Brian Rogers.  Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher will serve as executive producers alongside Doug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.”

Sket Dance Episode #29 Anime Review

Sket Dance Episode #29 Anime Review Guest stars dominate Sket Dance once again in a very positive way.

What They Say:
Dante is back, and this time he’s missing something from his pencil… But could he have a crush on someone? Plus, Bossun and the gang discover another of Captain’s amazing talents, and try and put it to good use, but…

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sket Dance is a show that I do continue to find that in general I enjoy a lot more when it splits its stories, though the previous episode with the student council won me over pretty well. With the cast of characters they have, fleshing some of them out over several episodes and a span of time works pretty well in small doses. This episode brings a couple of them back in play for some fun which the Sket Club has to resolve. The stories are simple, but they go pleasantly dramatic in its own high school way, at least after we deal with the problems of someone stealing Himeko’s sweets out from under her nose.

The opening half brings Dante back into play again and that means we get a number of quick anime and pop culture references, including some plainly spoken Naruto ones, as we ferret out the reason for Dante being there. Because of his minimalist approach to speaking, it’s definitely a challenge and we end up with Bossun and Himeko drawing it out more than he does. What’s cute is that Dante has fallen for someone and is going through one of the many love rituals out there, except that the thing he did in hiding the name on a piece of paper in a pencil, has been stolen. There’s plenty of amusement as the group tries to figure it out who took it and to try and get the pair together. It’s not deep by any means, but it hits the right comedic notes, especially when they try to shake down those that they think are responsible for the theft.

The second half brings Captain back into play and she’s just as adorable as we remember, especially with the way she’s such a foodaholic and consumes so much, so quickly, without any real damage in a way. She’s just a vacuum with it and doesn’t even realize what she’s doing. But that discovery is something that is done very comically as they show just how fast she can eat and they realize they can use her skills at a ramen stall that Bossun frequents that has a bit of a challenge for people. All the discussion about food and her skill is definitely fun to watch, but the restaurant owners expressions during it as he realizes he may lose this particular challenge are even better since there’s a whole lot of fear and worry. It’s silly overall, but it’s exactly what it should be.

In Summary:
Sket Dance works a couple good stories here that are just plain fun and amusing to watch. Bringing back both Dante and Captain for separate stories with a continuous thread between them about food and Himeko’s chocolates works well since it doesn’t really dominate it or even become an important. The individual stories are definitely fun though as we see Dante’s true love, the wackiness that ensues, and the absolutely scary potential of the Captain’s mouth, at least when it comes to food. It goes big and epic in that rather comical way when she faces a true challenge, but it hits all the right notes in doing so. But why, why did it have to be eggs?

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.