SSSS. Gridman – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? A boy with amnesia is sucked into an ancient computer and transformed into a massive robot so that he can stop kaiju from destroying the city. When the battle is over the world resets and the casualties histories are altered.

What are your first impressions? The kaiju fights are impressive. Tower blocks come crashing to the ground. It’s total destruction. There is obviously something more to it though with the way the city returns to normal the next morning and everyone’s memories are erased except for the members of the Gridman Alliance. My gut feeling is that it’s all a virtual world, but at this stage, who knows.

Favourite character so far? Calibur, the quirky Samurai is by far the coolest character. He can transform into a giant sword for Gridman to use. He also kind of reminds me of Lupin III.

Who do you want to see more of? Rikka is probably the most interesting character. She’s been pulled into this crazy situation by the location of the ancient computer and is, therefore, the most reluctant hero. Surely, that is what caused Yuta to pass out outside her shop and lose his memories. Rikka also has some history with Akane, which could get interesting.

Are you going to continue watching? I will, but mostly because I’ve formulated a theory and need to see if I’m right. Normally, I would bond with the characters and that would be more than enough to keep me going. However, other than Calibur and Rikka, I don’t really feel anything for the cast. That can change, but that’s how I feel right now.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 16: What is the last anime you watched?

What is the last anime you watched? At the moment, I’m currently working my way through the new season of anime. I think I have about twelve different shows on the go… but the most recent anime I’ve completed was Dominion Tank Police.

Why did you watch that? I watched it as a part of the Otaku on Writing podcast where we watch, review, and analyse classic anime to inspire original fiction. We take it in turns to nominate an anime and this one was my choice. I had a lot of fond memories of Dominion Tank Police because it was one of the first anime I saw.

It’s certainly pretty out there, but I didn’t remember just how out there it was. There were certain images that stuck with me, for example, the Cat sisters teasing the SWAT team so they could make their escape, and I vaguely remembered the land mines…

Sadly, like a couple of other anime we’ve rewatched, Dominion Tank Police didn’t really stack up against my memories. The first half was particularly odd and had little to no story. It was just a series of gags. The second half was actually much better and as a stand-alone, it would have been very good.

Anything else you’d like to say? Be careful rewatching old anime that you used to love, sometimes it’s better to settle for the nostalgia. Also, if you like classic anime and are interested in writing, you should definitely check out our podcast – Otaku on Writing. You can also subscribe to it using Apple Podcast.

Otaku on Writing Podcast (Episode 21)

Following on from the obscene discussion of Dominion Tank Police (you might want to check out last week’s episode!), we shall attempt to brainstorm some ideas for another collection of stories. This is going to be interesting!

One line pitch! Otaku after dark…

Any other news? Did I mention that we love reviews? If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review on iTunes. It helps others find us. Also, if you’ve read any of the Otaku Stories, you can leave a review for them too. Hooray… reviews… Thank you very much.

And now for our regularly scheduled entertainment…

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 15: What anime has the best soundtrack?

What anime has the best soundtrack? This is a tough one. I actually just changed my mind typing this first paragraph. Originally, I was going to go with One Piece. Not because I think that it technically is the best soundtrack, but because there are specific tunes that signal certain events and it really hits the feels, every time. That said, before I change my mind again, I think Akira has the best anime soundtrack.

Why is that? Well, everything about Akira is spectacular and the soundtrack is no exception. It uses all sorts of different styles of singing and instruments. I’m pretty sure there is some Mongolian throat singing in there… The use of percussion instruments is amazing.

It is an orchestral soundtrack that is up there with the Hollywood greats. There are delicate moments with soft and melodic tones. Then there are bizarre and twisted scenes with music that fits it so unbelievably well. It all just perfectly comes together to make Akira one of the all-time greats.

Akira is thirty years old and still stand up against the tests of time. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if that continued. The opening scene, which really sets the tone for the whole movie, is amazing. It changes pace and focus continuously and the music keeps up, building on the images.

Anything else you’d like to say? I know I mentioned Akira as my first anime and that was two weeks ago, so if you still haven’t seen it yet, there really is no excuse. Go and watch it. It is that good.

The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!!

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It’s always nice to receive feedback. Even better if it comes with a fancy logo and a chance to make up stuff. So, without further ado, I would like to thank A Winter’s Reverie for the nomination and the awesome selection of questions to answer. I really enjoy their posts. Their passion for the subject material definitely comes through in their writing. Thanks and keep on keeping on!

Like most things there are rules, so here they are? 

  1. Display the Award Logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them seven questions.

All right, here are the questions A Winter’s Reverie asked me to answer. 

  1. If you could Blue-Skidoo into your television or monitor, what show would you choose and why?
  2. Once inside your show, what would you do?
  3. If you could meet one fictional character for a date at a coffee shop, who would you choose?
  4. What are some of the questions you would ask?
  5. You have been placed in a fighting game and your about to do your signature move. What is the name of your move and what do you do?
  6. Your opponent’s life bar just depleted and you won your match. What is your winning phrase?
  7. Can you dig it?

Don’t worry the answers are coming. Just sit back and enjoy… Continue reading “The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!!”