Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
I actually thought that once I stopped working I’d throw myself wholeheartedly back into blogging and clearing my anime watch list. A lot happened over the past weekend (
distractions) that I even forgot that a new episode of Shingeki no Kyojin had been aired ( blas-phermy) and yesterday was a lazy and miserable one ( excuses). Actually I never watched any new episodes until last night so I’ve caught up now.
Instead of titles coming off my watch list, it’s just piling up plus there are mangas to be read – Korean and Japanese dramas to be watched. I start working again next week so I’ll see how well I can cross some things off my list.
Shingeki no Kyojin (ep. 16):
This would have gotten a full, individual post but there isn’t much really that I have to say about it – that’s not to say the episode wasn’t good but there isn’t much to be discussed (at least not for me) because the pace slowed again. It was all about the recruits making their decisions about which branch of military they’d choose – and Erwin’s raw effort to get some to join the Corps. Once you’ve decided to be in the Corps, that’s basically embracing the prospect of death. Erwin was not gentle with his speech and the other soldiers thought he should have been gentler in an effort to persuade the recruits but there is no point in sugarcoating what they’ll be facing – or pumping false optimism. What they need to have is the strong will to survive and courage (
and the SKILLS. Lawd, they need the skills).
I felt for Jean in this episode – the others too but Jean was who I really cared about. He’s one of my favorite characters. I really respect him. When the recruits were walking away and he stood there thinking; ambivalent about the choice he’d made, I teared up (
probably it was the music). I thought he would have walked away at one point but he stayed. I had to applaud him. He’s really brave and although he’s afraid, he’s still willing to sacrifice himself for humanity – as long as he knows his death won’t be meaningless. I love Sasha too, I really wanted to hug her during this episode.
We already know Mikasa and Armin would have joined the Corps (THUG LIFE). Connie also joined but that hadn’t been his original plan. Like Annie, he chose the Military Police – to make his mother proud and have society think more of him. I’m happy that he made his own decision to join the Corps. I don’t think he’ll die.
On the other hand…I have a strange feeling that Jean might die. If that happens, there shall be weeping.
Next episode will give some well anticipated action since the Corps team is moving out. So I’m excited for that.
Kamisami no Inai Nichiyoubi (ep. 4):
After watching the fourth episode, I don’t think I have the strength to continue because I want to strangle Ai. I had a terrible headache just because I couldn’t kick her. Why did Hampnie have to die at a time when I needed him the most to do what I can’t??
Ai, Dmitrieyvich (
or whatever the hell his name is) and Scar left the village in an old van and there was a young man in the back. On the way there, he told them that he resided among the dead; who had built a “country within a country”. Because of their desire to keep living, they built a great city where the dead could continue living normal lives and I actually like their fashion – it resembles the Victorian style with the masks and style of dress.
Grave keepers are not welcome in their city and everyone of them that has been lured to bury the dead have been buried themselves (irony). So Ai, WITH HER SMART SELF, decides that she wants to stay in the city. Dmytrievich agrees to this and Scar understands that she mustn’t give in to the urge to bury the dead. Dmytrievich leaves to get the car fixed so they can leave and warns Ai not to leave the house.
I don’t think I have to go on about her being STUPID, and putting her life in danger by disobeying Dmitri. I wanted something bad to happen to her so she could learn from her stupidity. But conveniently, the mysterious redhead man who lured Ai away only did so to warn her to leave while she could.
I won’t even get into the part where Ai chased him just because he took her flyer. There were flyers LITERALLY on the ground and like an ass, she ran down “the dark and lonely alleyway” for a piece of paper – copies of which were at her feet, in the safety of the crowd. Logic!
The episode ended with him telling her that she needed to get out of the city. I think he’s a living among the dead and that there’ll be more of him but I doubt I’ll be sticking around for more episodes. Oh, there is also a princess.
And that’s it. There are more series I caught up with and finally started but I’ll leave those for another post.