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Sabagebu! & KR Gaim & Crap, Oh My!

August 11, 2014

1407791734123Okie doke, let’s do a super mega ultra alpha omega phi psi epsilon super again special awesome mass catch up reviews dump.

Speaking of dump, let’s start with the stuff I’ve dumped.

Argevollen and Aldnoah Zero. I’ll admit, I gave Argevollen another look, despite what I said about ep 3. I skimmed episode 3 which seemed okay-ish, but then ep 4 came out and I’m now definitely dumping that show. It seems that in ep 4, they’ve reached a base/temporary safe haven and the show’s just turned into a dating sim. Same with Aldnoah Zero actually. I liked episode 3 of that show; it reminded me of the early days of Code Geass. But episode 4 just devolved to typical harem crap. Aldnoah Zero, you disappoint.

Welp, now that we’ve got those two out of the way, let’s get on to the good stuff. Anime-wise, we’ve got Sabagebu! 5 and 6. Episode 5’s typical. It starts with a weak-ish temple/monk/zen buddhism story, a surprisingly funny story centering around toilet humor, which is not something I normally dig but the gags here were… golden. The third story’s the obligatory action story. It was decent. What Momoka does at the end isn’t that surprising, considering her character, but then she died and went to hell, which was pretty awesome.

Sabagebu! 6 changes the format up a bit, with the student council president chick interacting which each Sabagebu! member, which took up a bit more time than usual, resulting in this episode being a 2-parter rather than the usual 3. The first story was a bit middling to start but ended well enough. Then the second part makes up for it with a yakuza movie style thingy. Spoiler, surprisingly, Platy doesn’t kill everyone. But then someone dies the same well they died in a previous episode, which doesn’t have quite as much impact this time. But eh, tis all good in the hood.

Next up is Kamen Rider Gaim 39 & 40. Y’know, I was taking a break from writing this and was listening to the Seasonal Anime Podcast – Summer First Impressions over at Deadlight’s Anime Blog, where flawfinder recommended it. Welp, that surprised me that he’s watching it. I wonder how far he’s gotten? But that motivated me to finish up this post, so here goes.

Spoilers ahoy btw.

We’re nearing the final stretch now. Apparently, the series is slated to end in September. Hopefully it’ll be late September. Episode 39 sees the return of Professor Ryouma. Well, technically he returned since episode 38, and he’ll return again in ep 40, but darnit, it’s ep 39 and he’s here. It’s a pretty straightforward episode really. The good guys and Ryouma go to his old base. Along the way, they note how the city’s abandoned and then just blame Ryouma on a kneejerk reaction. But Ryouma calmly points out that the reason the city’s abanadoned is because the alien Overlords destroyed America and opened up dimensional portals all around the world. He then goes on to logically point out that they only did that because of an attempted missile strike by humanity. Which, as Ryouma rightfully points out, was instigated by him scaring the leadership of humanity. So yeah, everything is his fault. And it’s cool because he seemed so happy to realize that.

Ep 40 sees the villains finally outright spelling it out to the hero that he’s mutated. They offer him to join them in taking over humanity, since humanity will hate him anyway. But he’s like, “Fuck you! It’s not like I care about humanity in the first place. I’m just saving it because that’s what I wanna do!” <- This makes more sense when you watch/think about it. It's not some lame Kamina thing where he’s spouting utter nonsense.

So ep 40’s straightforward too, but how the series will end… who’ll be the end boss… it’s all still up in the air. Ryouma’s return to the series after his absense, show’s him catching up on all the plotting that’s been going on. So he could be the ultimate big bad. But then again, there’s a relationship where the alien Overlord is manipulating this dude, but this dude claims to be the one in charge, and magazine scans indicate said dude might get a new form. Considering we’re nearing the end stretch, him getting a new form might indicate that he’s the baddie. So who’s the baddie? Who’s the baddie?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2014 10:57 PM

    I’m stalled at Episode 11 at the moment. I didn’t get into the show right away, so it takes a bunch of motivation to get me to sit down and watch it, especially given how long it is.

  2. August 11, 2014 11:24 PM

    Yeah, the initial premise of the show is kinda dumb. And it IS a children’s show. But ep 11 oughta be the end of the first cour. Now that everything’s established, well, I think the next couple of eps are decent but somewhat filler-ish. Once those are done away with, the show really picks up. I’m interested to see your views on that. On your blog perhaps, heh.

    • August 11, 2014 11:31 PM

      To the show’s credit, despite the merchandise driven nature of it, you generally don’t see some of the dumber gimmicks after their initial appearances. For instance, the Pineapple Arms. On the other hand, there’s no avoiding that Kaito has a giant banana on his head.

  3. August 12, 2014 1:16 AM

    There should be a Sabagebu x Gyo crossover OVA. SabaGyobu. The girls “pretend” they’re being chased down by those diseased, metal-legged aquatic creatures and they… make out. Or something. I’m still working out what it would all lead up to. They’d probably all get killed, one-by-one, and turned into dead chicks being carried around by robot legs. The platypus would be the only one who survives.

    That would also make a kick-ass video game. It would have bosses like a giant whale that, when killed, bursts open to release a swarm of smaller monstrosities.

    Are you watching Ai Mai Mi: Mousou Catastrophe?

    • August 12, 2014 1:43 AM

      I think Landon is. Y’all should pester/stalk him until he writes for Mecha Guignol.

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