Whew! What a crazy week of overtime at work and gnawing my fingernails waiting for my fansubber to finally release the next Kaiba. Yet exhaustion is no bar to my verbal diarrhea! Do mind the spoilers as usual, dear reader.
By the way, here’s the picture next to “orgasm” in my dictionary:
Yes. Fuck yes. You go, girl.
Strike Witches (episode 04)
I said last week that I’d give Strike Witches two more episodes to win me back. This week’s was rather average, to be honest, but next week’s episode is tantalizingly titled “Swift, Gigantic, and Soft“.
I, uhm… Oh my. They’re not talking about cake, are they. Blimey.
At least the series’s format is becoming clearer: Miyafuji joins Witches, goes through training, and every week experiences some personal conflict with a new Witch. Said conflict is resolved either through Japanese fine cuisine or Neuroi-killing catharsis. Still, I miss the solid characterization that a greater focus on Miyafuji provided in the first two episodes. There’s a dozen half-naked girls whose backstory Strike Witches is slowly unleashing on us, but I’m not sure I’m up to the task of remembering it all. The camera always panning up from the girls’s feet via their exposed crotches does not help my focus either.
This week’s Witch In Trouble is Trudge, the Strike Witches’ ace, pictured above in action. She’s technically not from Germany – that would entail dealing with the historical ramifications of Nazism not getting its arse kicked in WW2 – but rather from Karlsland. Ah, artistic license, where would we be without you? There’s also a subplot featuring Perrine the haughty French bitch (not an insult, she’s a doggirl! With black labrador ears!) getting on Miyafuji’s case for being too friendly to the Major.
That subplot and its lesbian undertone irritates me nearly as much, in retrospect, than the countless crotch shots that are delivered every week right on schedule. Do you really need to add a hint of Sapphism to a show that’s already pandering to the fanservice-hungry by trotting out sexualized underage girls who greet each other by grabbing the other girl’s boobs?
Ah well. Strike Witches managed to sustain my dwindling interest for the week. I’m just… I dunno, waiting for something, anything, to happen and show me why I should care about the culturally-diverse cast of characters – or the fate of humanity in this alternate universe, for that matter. Patching up the humongous plot holes would help too. Never let it be said that I’m a snobbish prick who doesn’t give every a show a chance.
Code Geass (episode 15)
The two questions that Code Geass has yet to answer are:
- Will Lelouch destroy Britannia and take over the world before one of his bazillion opponents finds a way to kill him?
- What the fuck is Geass?
Episode 15 tackles the latter by revealing some of C.C.’s captivating backstory, but not before Lelouch erupts in a triumphant manly roar of victory after (mistakenly) thinking he managed to kill Daddy-O:
… Hmmm. Why does that picture seem oddly familiar?
Karen’s still alive and (relatively) well after Suzaku could not muster the ill-will to stoop to Lelouch’s level and inject her with Refrain. Yay! Now can we get to the part where she melts him and the Lancelot to a puddle, please? Don’t tell me it won’t happen, the new opening credits have made it very clear that there’s a showdown in the cards before the series ends between Guren and Lancelot. Anticipation level: steadily rising.
On a side note, poor Ohgi. First he got shot by the woman he loves, and when she finally returns ready to make up, he throws himself in the way of a fistful of knives to save her and falls off a cliff. Ouch. Give the poor a bastard a break.
Sekirei DD (Double Dose – episodes 03 and 04)
Reasons why I still watch Sekirei:
- Dozens of groups are subbing it
- Seo-san’s seiyuu also voiced Kamina in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- The fight scenes are dynamic and fluid, when they don’t resort to flashy action-lines backgrounds
- Occasional flashes of unintentional comical genius, example here
Other than that, it’s a Fate/stay night clone down to the exact plot points. When you add Sekirei to Strike Witches and Koihime Musou, I feel confident in proclaiming summer 2008 as the Summer of Fanservice Harem Shows. I’m sure someone, somewhere, is very happy. It ain’t me!
Sigh. I’m not that picky with fansubbing groups, but when a great show pops up I tend to choose my fansubber quickly and stick to them: I hate switching mid-season and having to get used to a new purple flashy font or a new way of translating names. Of course, without fail, I pick the group that has the worst fortune and whose members get run over by bulldozers or whose servers get hacked. So I’m out of luck for this week’s Someday’s Dreamers episode.
This ain’t a diss against fansubbers: it’d take a hypocrite of massive egoism to criticize a group of people who use their free time and money to bring me entertainment that would otherwise be unavailable to my Westerner palate. No, I wuv all fansubbers… I’m just in withdrawal over my favorite new show, that’s all.
At least there’s no dearth of massive mammaries to comfort me. Or a little mancake, if you swing that way.
Today’s Karen is: READY (to tackle Otakuthon 2008 tomorrow)