Anyway, all that aside, the show itself is al right.Some people say this is a negative addition to Kaiji but I feel the inherent silliness of the whole thing is only helped by small helpings of anime boobies.

IMG_0580With the usual disappointing start to the anime season, where for some reason all the truly bland stuff is stuffed into the first few days of the month, we’re now into the meat of the latest anime season where the delicious filling lies.Granted these kinds of stories usually take a while to get going anyway so I’m willing to give it time.It’s a sports anime.But using hardcore gore doesn’t automatically disqualify it from having something very striking to say and can definitely contribute to that story.The animation was good and the directing solid, even if part of me was bothered by how sometimes their necks would look just a little bit too long and become longer than their own heads.[Anime Yo Drama Racy No Summer Araburu Very Otomedomo PV First Drops Kisetsu]

…I feel like my taste in anime is getting worse as I get older.

I’m just not invested yet either.There is the issue with what’s coming up next.It’s hinted at with the story that shit will go down if they head into the Abyss (it’s literally called the Abyss for crying out loud), but the depths of horror it sinks to closer to something like Berserk than the adventure anime it appears to be on the outside.I though am more than willing to give Made in Abyss the chance to prove that it can use this kind of hardcore gore to tell the story it wants to tell.It feels more like a young teen historical drama with the motivations and dialogue from such a book.There’s some good stuff here is what I’m saying.[Nakazawa Sig Johns Oddities]

Compulsive Gambler

IMG_0579Due to Compulsive Gambler being picked up by Netflix, that meant I had to wait until somebody performed the ancient rite of phans-hubbing and download that.It was a well-produced sports anime about a teenage boy entering the world of competitive ballroom dancing.Which has some people feeling very angry about watching their show get ruined by depravity later on.My first reaction is that boy this is a weird pickup for Netflix.The first episode of Altair was…fine? I feel what it’s missing from that original list of requests I made was the “intelligent” part.I don’t care about our main character just yet nor the situation he finds himself in.I can understand why someone simply might not want to deal with facing that level of gore no matter what it might have to say in using that imagery.

And that’s about it.I feel that using extreme violence can be beneficial to telling the story you want to tell.It hasn’t done anything aggressively bad, as much as that statement is damning with the faintest of praise.But stuff like Kaiji and One Outs proved it can be milked for a lot of enjoyment and Compulsive Gambler feels like a sexualised version of Kaiji in many respects.Which maybe I should expect and it’s not like that kind of stuff has turned me off before (I’m a fucking anime fan, of course I like dumb teenage fantasy stories).I’ll continue watching Ballroom and probably enjoy it a lot, but I will likely have my sports anime trope bingo card on hand as I diligently fill it out.[As From Kirari Odango Kakegurui Momobami]

Made in Abyss

IMG_0575Easily the best first episode of the season and it’s not really a contest.I have heard that as you remain a fan for longer, you start to appreciate execution over originality.It just dramatically amplifies any missteps.

Now.I understood Little Witch Academia being made for an audience larger than otaku, but a show about schoolgirls jizzing themselves over gambling? This was made for losers like us, not the normies over there who can’t handle a credit sequence that features close ups of a schoolgirl’s breasts as she strides confidently towards the camera in a shower of water and rose petals.[Somnium WORLDWIDE 25 Files JULY ON OUT The AI]

Welcome to the Ballroom

IMG_0576The much anticipated premiere of this latest anime about shounen ballroom dancing delivered exactly what it said on the tin.I just haven’t really got anything to latch onto yet.

Shokukau no Altair

IMG_0577My hope was that this would be an intelligent historical action drama series with plenty of political intrigue.It’s got what I talked about in Welcome to the Ballroom in both originality and execution.The story is instantly interesting that allows its narrative to be told through natural character interactions.It’s true to an extent, but Tanya the Evil proved for me earlier this year that originality is still a huge draw for me, and great execution on top of that is what makes something truly stand out.My favourite characters so far are the badass eagle and comically oversized turban with a small man attached to it.I’ll be equally to collapse in a fit of despair if it fucks it up and cry over how good those first episodes were and how did it all go so wrong.[Cosplay Prop NeoPixels Of Cosplay From Darksiders Wig 124 Darksiders 3 Whip 038 Fury] .Basically what I was hoping to get from Arslan but it just didn’t quite make it.Fantastic production from the animation to the music to the point that it felt like I was watching a movie.We didn’t need Kaiji to have some useless sidekick.But it is entertaining enough to watch people pull wonderfully deformed faces as they get really excited about the idea of pulling someone’s nails off after a game of memorization.I really good version of a sports anime, with a unique sport to focus on that gives it a slightly different feel to anything else, but nothing you haven’t seen before.There’s not much more to it than that and I feel the gimmick might get old after a while.UT’s just for the sort of historical political drama it’s telling I feel the writing needs to be of a higher standard.[Temple 3 Chapter]
Source: http://thecartdriver.com/summer-2017-anime-first-impressions-part-2-compulsive-gambler-welcome-to-the-ballroom-made-in-abyss-shoukoku-no-altair/

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