Kamen Rider Drive NewsDrop – unkamenCast-RX! 079

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The Kamen Rider Drive press conference was yesterday and a lot of preliminary information is out. Remember Gaim’s press conference was… not deceitful, but it didn’t accurately represent what the show would be, so don’t be shocked if some of this changes in the show proper. Sono and Ammit discuss all the juicy news that.

Check out the walled garden of Toku news from which Ammit got Drive information.

Or mainline it like Sono did on Tumblr.

Sono’s Kamen Rider Drift is so awesome, I know not how to contain it in this page, so you’ll have to see it in all its flashing glory on Tumblr.

Heart and Brain are in red and purple. Chaser is behind them Tomari (Drive), Kiriko and Jun Honganji crouching by Tridoron.
What a POSTER!

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Dangerous Moonlight – Moon Speak 04

Join Sono and Ammit as they discuss and review the brand new show: Sailor Moon Crystal. A franchise veteran and uninitiated whelp bring different perspectives to this over all strong first showing of the renewed show.

This episode we discuss the quasi-filler awesomeness that simultaneously re-states the status quo and sets the board for things to come. We learn stuff, get glimpses of mysteries to come and we get to see Usagi’s amazing MOON TWILIGHT FLASH!

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A Sloppy Cliché – Persona 4 the Golden Animation 7 Review

Persona 4 the Golden Animation –7 It’s Cliché, So What?

I don’t know what the team’s goal was for this episode. It felt disjointed in both content and presentation. The music video of Adachi’s memories was nebulous in direction and therefore effect. What was the purpose? If seeing Adachi’s life was intended to make Yu Question his own actions and motives equally to or more than Adachi’s verbalized accusations, I have a heard time believing that. A waste of four or so minutes is not the kind of thing this show needs; I feel a monologue or dialogue over that section would have helped a lot, but I suppose the team deserves credit for making a bold choice. Too bad it was a misstep. Another mar on the episode was the seemingly off message brutality Yu displayed towards Adachi. I lost count of how many time he hit him, but it seemed uncharacteristic and didn’t really match with the tone, especially because as soon as he and Adachi seem to be making headway in understanding each other, he gets taken over by the eye in the sky. The idea that the two of them took such different paths while being so similar was well presented and it was neat that it was acted out by Yu using Adachi’s Persona. The best thing in this episode, which was unfortunately not interwoven well, may have been Marie chiding Yu for not accepting all the consequences of his actions (somehow hurting Adachi in the course of doing what he saw as kindness and helping Marie) for good and ill. She doesn’t drone on about opportunity costs or eating one’s cake and still having it, but succinctly shakes him from self-doubt and accepting Adachi’s path of isolationist inaction. I think a lot can be read into seeing that dichotomy and making a choice.

For nicely representing a cliché message that resonates with me, but mucking it up with unorthodox chronology that adds little to the narrative, I give this overly-ambitious, mediocre episode a 3 out of 5.

Kouta’s Bogus Journey- Gaim-40-RX! 078

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Ammit and Jonathon discuss and review Kamen Rider Gaim 40, which leads to a lot of discussion concerning philosophy and religion and big tech companies. It sounds weird, but it all makes sense.

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Romantic Moonlight- Sailor Moon Crystal 4 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal- Act 4 – Masquerade Dance Party

The character layering and interaction are back of course, and I imagine that technically it could become rote for the group to grow and adjust to new members as the Sailor Guardians increase their numbers, but it is still fun to watch. The first half of the episode feels expository, but not tediously so. The fact that this episode was likely to lead nowhere in getting the McGuffin doesn’t help and the fact that everyone was taking seriously the idea that here is a “Country D” was hard to swallow. Really not much was accomplished besides formalizing the status quo, but charm and fun were certainly not lacking.

This episode was a little bit filler and a little bit romance. But the romantic aspect shone so brightly as to dazzle the critical eye. The warmth and beauty of Usagi’s blossoming feelings for Tuxedo Mask is well executed on at least two levels, it adds to them as characters and served a mechanical function for Takeuchi to work in an upgrade to Sailor Moon’s powers. Additionally the growing connection between Usagi and Tuxedo Mask raises the stakes for her, given his ambiguous statement to Luna that he could be an enemy. Not only do the Sailor Guardians actually know that the Four Kings are actively working against their interests, but now he is this unknown quantity. The stage is set for a lot of drama. Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon could find themselves in love and on different sides of a battle. How will that affect the Sailor Guardians and their mission? The show has hooked me by raising these questions.

I give this episode 3.5 out of 5 for being flawed, but so charming and engaging that I want to see more. Bonus points not included in this review for the new Moon Tiara’s beam canon that blasts moonlight – it’s spectacular!

Apathetic And Evil- Persona 4 The Golden Animation 6 Review

Persona 4 the Golden Animation –6 See? I Told You Yu!

Time skipping, and protagonist shifting can be a risk, but I think the insights into who Adachi is are a vital component of making this show more than just a comedic teen eye-candy festival, which is how it began.

The murders are introduced to the plot in a grimly off-putting way that underscores Adachi’s callous indifference and sets him up as a solid counter-piece to Narukami, Marie and Teddie, who are thematically linked as main protagonists. Bored and full of contempt for everyone, Adachi chafes at the kindness of others, refuses to actually connect with people and seeks to destroy the things that irritate him. A perspective that orients everything around the self lead to Adachi’s sentiment, “Why help someone? They could betray you, so it’s better to do nothing.” This flies in the face of the main cast’s sentiments which lead them to reach out to others and help them. The vulnerability and lost position of weakness from which characters like Marie and Teddy start, cause them to be humble and empathetic. Their friends help them to accomplish good things and direct themselves to be a positive force in the world, however small. Adachi sees himself as a big fish in a little pond and that arrogance is what allows him to lash out at his inferiors. I don’t think every episode needs to be like this, but the tone was consistent with the rest of Persona 4, while authentically presenting Adachi as a sick creep. The inclusion of the scene where Adachi is distressed over Nanako getting hurt, is an interesting touch, which I see as meant to humanize him after the jarring scene of him pushing Saki into the TV. It doesn’t belie his self-centered destructive attitude or what he did, but he isn’t a flat soulless monster.

This episode gets a 4 out of 5 for telling a compelling, cohesive story, despite shifting direction, thanks to the emotional context which threads this darker, weightier content to the quiz shows and skin shots.

The Final Movement – Kiva Class 9 – unKamenCast-RX! 077

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This episode covers Kamen Rider Kiva 47-48. This is the end of the show and the beginning of the rest of life for these characters with whom we have spent so much time. Listen in as Kika gets a loving send-off which touches on its Aurthurian flavor and sets it among the highest ranked Kamen Rider series. If you have something to add to the discussion please feel free to challenge any points raised or heap love upon the body of work.

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