Monday, May 23, 2011

Saiyans want you to stab-stab-stab your troubles away

A 38 year old named Mitsuru Imai was convicted today to a 3 year prison sentence, which is suspended for five years because he stabbed a 57 year old man with a kitchen knife. Here's the kicker, Imai claims a Saiyan from the Dragonball series, not a specific one, told him to do it.

The judge deemed that he was not quite guilty for attempted homocide, but also not guilty of temporary insanity. So, if Imai doesn't commit a crime within five years before his prison sentence, he won't got to prison. This lax sentence kind of makes me want to commit crimes in Japan, seriously.

I, however, see flaws in his story. Saiyans don't normally use weapons to attempt to kill people. They fight, with their fists, like real men! So in theory, he would tell the man to beat his victims not stab them. Imai, there are holes here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

I'd read it: Barcode Geass: Lelouch of the Sales

I was "meh" about the whole Code Geass series, though I did watch all of it. But today they are launching a little 4 Koma reimagining in Japan--Barcode Geass: Lelouch of the Sales. As a poor son of a bitch whose worked time in sales, I'd read the shit out of this. It's pretty much Lelouch working part time in a convenience store. I do wonder if he gets a Geass power that scans barcodes and such, lol.

Which working in any store would be handy. Given what Code Geass was about, I figure that this has the potential to be a really interesting story. Now i any translators are reading this, make go with the translations!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Berserk 321 - The Sea God (3)

The chapter starts off in a little more badass manner than usual with the barrier holding against the spawn of the Sea God, however, the pirates just come busting through it since it's effectiveness is pnly half against real people. But how how pirates that have been merged to their ship are real people, I don't know. The real badass part is when the Captain Pirate and Ishidoro get into a screaming match and Ishidoro leads the charge in.

We then change back to Gutts who is trying, and failing, to kill the trilobytes trying to escape the stomach acid. They become so heavy that they bring the mast down and Gutts gambles on the fact that he can cut open the stomach. His gamble was correct and they get "burped" into another part of the body.

The Sea God has a serious demon tapeworm problem though. He provides them with nourishment, they defend his insides. Gutts and shierke press onwards saying that they will have to fight through many of those nests and that is the last we see of them for the chapter.

Back outside, the crew is attempting to hold the pirates charge back, in which Serpico helps blow them back with his wind and the "Great Mustachiod Horseman" (Yeah, lol) cuts them down. The chapter ends with Ishidoro and the Pirate Captain clashing swords.

They next chapter may actually be an Ishidoro fight. :D As Gutts' apprentice, he really needs to do something badass to save face.For the first time since this Sea God crap started, I'm actually looking forward to the next chapter. Too bad Miura is a total cockblock and isn't releasing it till June 24th. But if I understand correctly, it'll return to bi-weekly after that.

Download it here!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Omnipotent Body Shuttering Gasm: Madoka Magica

My previous post about my thoughts on Madoka Magica, thoroughly unspoiled by spoilers and general ignorance based based on my taste in anime can now be clarified as I have now finished the series. Open to close. There's a reason the title is as it is, it is how I explained how I felt about the ending to my Co-Author Hickshooter after he had several turns of "Guess the gasm that show just gave me." (Game spawned from the term Angst-gasm, which is how we refer to the ending of the Berserk Anime).

There are few words, the comments from before told me shit gets real after episode three. Which was mostly true aside from a few major tripfests with the artwork in the beginning. The series progressively turned towards despair, but I've seen my fair share of sad things in anime. I didn't become truly affected until the tenth episode. Basically, when some shit got explained.

Madoka Magica is a solid lesson to me that I shouldn't judge anime by it's cover, I've been trying, but Lord do they make it hard sometimes with lolita outfits and varying hair colors.

I'm not known for being into decoding deep symbolism in anime, but I believe if you are into that, there is enough in Madoka to keep you entertained and thinking for several watches over. Not just in the dialogue, but in the artwork as well. The meaning in the dialogue is pretty straight forward, as dialogue usually is, but I do believe that there is some meaning hidden deep within the art of the witches.

Critical thinking material aside, the music was set on God mode pretty much the entire time. I won't lie, I'm in love with the violin and was happy to hear some old classics thrown in there.

For fun, I'm going to sum this up with my review system I use for reviewing things.

-5 Pink and blue hair colors.
-5 Lolita dress
-5 Transforming from normal to magical girl mode was generic as shiiiit

+5 Girls were the age they looked
+5 Witches trip my face off
+1 I wish I could curtsy and rifles fell from my dress
+5 Stopping time to steal weapons, lawl
+20 I had to collect my brain after episode 12
+10 Music was inspiring.

-16/+46 I say I liked it, a lot. I hope to see more like it. Not necessarily Magical Girls, but super awesome angsty deep anime.