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Persona 4 the Golden Animation – 12 Welcome Home

As Narukami said, “I’m home.”

Over the course of the series Marie has been through a lot and we’ve been there with her. She was our cipher to see different sides of familiar characters, her amnesia was the impetus for Golden’s main plot of making memories, and she served as McGuffin turned powerhouse once she faced herself with a little help from her friends. Marie was slyly made one of the gang when she appeared on the TV and was rescued from her Shadow in the Hollow Forest. The first part of this episode really harmonized beautifully with that prior event. I don’t feel that Marie confronting Izanami was redundant; it was foreshadowed, not forced. Throughout the game and the prior series there is the distinct pattern of people becoming near victims in the TV, being saved and then joining the team. What keeps the cycle fresh is the variety in each person’s personal issues. The setup and explanation for Marie’s arc is done in a more protracted way in this series; most of it coming in these last few episodes and neatly tied up in this finale. The unique details of her personal struggle still follow the same pattern, but offer a novel look at personhood, agency and inner strength. All the grandiose talk about “truth” and having faith in humanity’s wish at the core of Marie’s self-actualization are inspirational and aspirational. Marie is certain of who she is and is no longer afraid of her feelings by the end of her story.

Where the others were able to become heroes and champions always pushing through the fog to grasp truth, Marie experienced apotheosis. As strange an unattainable as this is, I find it inspiring in perhaps the best way, without trying or being preachy. The characters (Marie included) are cool and go through these engaging struggles and change because of them, they don’t become someone else and I don’t need to either. Embracing your failings, loving yourself for who you are doesn’t mean you refuse to change or grow. The characters in this show are brave enough to stare there ugliness in the face and forgive it- forgive themselves; that is the key to victory over the self. The final battle ends with a short sell on dynamic violence and heroic bravado, it ends with Marie hugging herself, showing that love and acceptance. The message I get and feel is so well conveyed is that, by being one’s true self, pushing aside lies and really knowing who you are and what you want, we can be happier people and help others around us to do the same, if you like that sort of thing. Whatever.

The denouement was well executed, which hasn’t always been the case in this series. The way we see with the passage of time; that things change, but remain the same, is charming, warm and reassuring. Somehow, the creative team did an excellent job of making it seem like Narukami had been gone a long time. The slight changes to all the character models earn a lot of praise for that. The nostalgia of the reunion wasn’t drudged up either, it was conjured. Everything just felt right: Rise’s heart was on her sleeve; Teddie acted unexpectedly to Yosuke surprise; Yukiko started cracking up at nothing; Chie’s enthusiasm never waned; the detective prince found herself out of the loop in an otherwise normal social situation and Kanji finally got it right- almost. Nanako even looked like she had grown some and Doujima was more open. Marie’s new persona, as the thinly veiled goddess of local weather, Mariko Kusumi, parallels the others’ changes neatly with her cheery, but not-too-cheery disposition. The voice actress gave a great performance for her final big scene.

For being the Persona 4 I remember while saying something new and different, I give this episode 4 out of 5.

Dream Boat – Moon Speak 06

Join Sono and Ammit as they discuss Tuxedo Mask and the awesome women with whom he shares the screen from Queen Serenity to Queen Beryl.

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FU Gaim – Gaim 46 – RX! 083

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Aleph, Ammit and Jonathan discuss and review Kamen Rider Gaim 46 with special guest Hannah!

Just some of the topics discussed are:

-How awful this show is as a Kamen Rider

-Poor use of mythology in a narrative

-Urobuchi’s ailment and how it affected

 

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Dream Bound- Sailor Moon Crystal 6 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 6- Tuxedo Mask

Ambiguity, threat escalation and wide ranging impact make this episode an exciting answer to my previous complaints. By the end of the episode more questions about Mamorou Chiba remain, even as Usagi finally realizes he is Tuxedo Mask. He is a desperate person, who is willing to take desperate measures. His kindness and care for Usagi are a mix of self-motivated interest and genuine care for her, but what does he want? The preview lets us in on that, but we’ll leave the particulars to next week, because what is important is how things unfolded in the episode proper. He and Usagi are connected by their dreams of the Moon Kingdom; even new viewers I am sure, have seen the similarities between the princess and soldier in Usagi’s dream and her and her and Mamorou. The story is telling us, quite openly, that they are deeply connected to each other and the Moon Kingdom. We have seen that the other Sailor Guardians are also connected to the Moon Kingdom because they have glimpsed the palace at different times during their introductions. The revelation that Luna’s base is under Crown Arcade and is accessed by the Sailor V machine and the glimpse of Sailor V at the end of the episode with a white cat connect Usagi’s world in a very satisfying way. How everything is connected is still nebulous, but there is a plan and some solid structure upon which this story is all being hung. Queen Beryl’s appearance alongside Soizite also made the Dark Kingdom feel more real and a lot scarier, especially when Soizite had cast a pall over thousands of people in his plot to find the Legendary Silver Crystal and absorb human energy for their master. The doubt and uncertainty which stymie Usagi seem so realistic given the threats she and her friends face. The way she wavers is handled in just the right way too, where the viewer can have sympathy for her, cheer her on to step up and be proud of the team for doing what they must with or without her. Watching Usagi struggle to grow and change has been extremely satisfying and I am so excited to see more.

A return to form that has me really excited for the next episode gets this episode 4 out of 5.

Ererything Is Un- Persona 4 The Golden Animation 11 Review

Persona 4 the Golden Animation – 11 Let It Out! Let It GO!

OK. I will.

Please change your narrative flow P4GA team. The current set up is not making me want to continue watching the series. Poorly constructed cliffhangers are frustrating and anti-climactic. Perhaps the structure of this episode was meant to mirror the first episode, but that one had two endings, while this latest episode had one and one half. The pacing just felt interrupted, not compelling, as if this team hasn’t made (at least) the previous ten episodes. I hardly quit media (because I am very selective), especially of a story I enjoy, but the thing about secondary or tertiary media is that if it is ineffective or poorly executed, it makes it easier to quit. I know I enjoy Persona 4 and I don’t need prove it to anyone by sticking with a show I don’t like. The first half of this episode was really good,  it firmed my desire to play Persona 4 Golden, if only so I and my real life can present the issues of timing in how I experience the story. I think I’m done. I might just go watch more Sailor Moon instead, there is a dub of the 90’s anime now, maybe I’ll go in on that.

For just ending and giving me no reason to want to come back, I give this episode 3 out of 5.

Kamen Rider Drive: Full Trailer

Brand New Love Song

Earlier this week, we got the full trailer for Kamen Rider Drive, and it gave us a good look at the show we’re going to be spending the next year with. Let me tell you, I’m pretty damn excited and I want to go over some of the things we saw and what they might mean for Kamen Rider Drive.

We open up with just how wide the scope of the attack by our villain/monster group, the Roimyūdo, is. We see many different people being attacked, and connect this directly to our central protagonist, Tomari Shinnosuke, by seeing him screaming and running toward an attack. We’re then graced with several large explosions among city buildings, and then we cut to a much wider shot over Japan and part of China where we see both countries lit by many simultaneous explosions. Our first look into this world is one that presents just how vast the…

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We Want Drive – Gaim 45 – RX! 82

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Aleph, Ammit and Jonathan discuss and review Kamen Rider Gaim 45. Aleph steps out feeling a little under the weather, but Jonathan and Ammit stick around to slobber all over the extended Drive trailer.

Just some of the topics discussed are:

Kaito’s Misogyny

The show’s misogyny

How the dichotomy between Kouta and Kaito could have been better portrayed

How AWESOME Kouta’s declaration to Kaito was before their fight started.

Ammit predicts how the fight will end. It looks something like this:

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What do you want to see happen with Mr. Belt in Drive? Comment on the speculation post and let’s have some fun talking about all the fresh new possibilities as speedy as we can!

Check out Sono’s many thoughts on the Drive trailer.

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