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Short Peace Final Impressions

While I wasn’t a huge, huge fan of Memories, if you’ll recall, I was still really interested in seeing this in theatres despite it’s short length. And while I found the entirety to be underwhelming when everything was said and done, I was still glad that I did.

Some scenes present such big scenes such as the fire in Combustion or the trash lion in Possessions and seeing those actually bigger than yourself gave the movie a really cool effect. Would I have found it as visually stunning, in that case, watching on my laptop or my tv? Probably not.

My favourite was definitely Possessions/Tsukumo. It was the most lighthearted of the three with a protagonist who said little and only had but a few minutes to win us over and boy did he. The use of CG was wonderful and I’m still having a very hard time comparing it to anything else I’ve seen or know about. It was fluid and blended so nicely with the occasional drawn backgrounds.

Combustible started off really cool visually. And the story seemed really interesting, especially because there was so much focus on Waka and I hadn’t expected that. However it definitely felt too short to me. The scene where Waka decides to turn back, to wait and the reflection of the fire in her eyes, the draw of it. The “if I wait he’ll come for me and if he doesn’t I can escape the life I don’t want” decision she made that would have such a catastrophic result. However, despite that she still attempts to flee and ultimately dies. We don’t really hear what her reason for doing what she did was and both die really unceremoniously.

It really, really reminded me of the last part of Memories where it just ends on a kind of “did they die?” note. I had wondered the same thing for this one but it seems impossible that they didn’t die from such an explosion. I guess I respect the “you may be the hero of your own story but that doesn’t guarantee you a happy ending” nature of both Combustion and Cannon Fodder but it’s still rather unsatisfying. Especially for such short movies.

Gambo was pretty intense. While I loved the first movie and had mixed feelings about the second, the third was just too much for me. It was violent and surprisingly scary. Mostly in a gross way, I’ll admit. The whole pregnant slave thing made me really uncomfortable and after that there was no way for me to really get excited about the movie after that. I didn’t find the animation as smooth as the first one but it still grew on me, I guess. I do respect the feral and vicious nature of the movie though. They may not be my type of thing but it was entertaining? Squick aside, anyways.

And lastly, a Farewell to Arms. Easily the weakest of the four if only because unlike the similar Magnetic Rose, it lacked emotion and oomph. Things just kind of happened. And sure seeing the Gonk constantly surviving and chasing them was kind of thrilling, it ultimately went nowhere. The result after all that action and death is just a cheap laugh at the end. Which I guess is kind of a message and appropriate reaction in its own? For something to be so serious and go so badly and just end on an awkward laugh?

So I was glad I could experience the first two movies on a big screen. The first was lovely and the second being a bit longer would have done it some real favours but was still decent enough, I guess? Three wasn’t my cup of tea and made me really uncomfortable at times. And four seemed longer than it needed to be without any real purpose.

Despite that, it was still an experience to have and while I can’t see myself rewatching any but the first any time soon, I’m still glad I saw them. But with this I think we can finally be sure that Otomo’s stuff is wasted on a pleb like me.

Loli Salad’s Bi-Monthly Music Feature: Volume #09

I had to shoehorn some Touhou in because fromadistance has ruined all Touhou music for me.  It’d be nice if I could stop being disillusioned sometime soon.

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Madder Red is the Colour of Heroes: A Very Personal Look at Heroes, Fictional and Real

This is a really odd post for me to write. Especially here. Let’s be honest content quality (AND quantity, really) is not the highest priority here and sometimes some things are a chore to do (lookin’ at you SATB 21) but this is very different to me. It’s something I’m writing from a very different place. It features a lot of personal things, references to real world, ongoing tragedies mixed awkwardly to why I admire and respect some characters to an insane degree.

It’s not my intention to come off as disrespectful though. This post is a collocation of events that started weeks ago along with things I’ve only realized as late as yesterday. There’s not much point to this big long spiel though. I just wanted to get some very personal things off my chest.

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Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best 21

It would have been easy to fit this in the Feature but eh from the looks of it, this series could really be ending soon so I’ll just stick it out.

As I was filling in the info for this, I noticed the site copy and pasted some stuff from the last album. Haha. Not the first time their own site has been incorrect but I guess at this point it’s not top priority for them.
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Another Kagerou Project Groove Coaster Promotion

Last summer Groove Coaster released a few KagePro songs are DLC you could purchase for the game. If you bought them and played within a certain timeframe, you recieved a cute lil Ene avatar to play as. They released another pack recently and I’m not sure if there was a promotion then but there IS one one right now!

Purchase the fourth DLC pack play any of those songs and post your ranking to Facebook or Twitter before May 11th and you’ll receive another brand new Ene avatar to play as. Not as cute as the first one but hey, I’ll take it.

Each pack is 4.99 and features four songs.

Pack #1 contains:

  • Kisaragi Attention
  • Kagerou Days
  • Yobanashi Deceive
  • Children Record

Pack #2:

  • Konoha’s State of the World
  • Imagination Forest
  • Lost Time Memory
  • Otsukimi Recital

Pack #3:

  • Ayano’s Theory of Happiness
  • Artifical Enemy
  • Yuukei Yesterday
  • Headphone Actor

Pack #4:

  • Shounen Brave
  • Outer Science
  • Summertime Record
  • Blindfold Code

Remember though, only pack four will get you the special Ene avatar and you have to post your score before May 11th. The campaign page lists in detail how to do this but I always forget. Just go to rank after playing the song, pick the song and there should be two buttons that lead to twitter and facebook. Allow access and you’ll have your Ene almost instantly. Even delete the post after if you like.

Personally pack three has some of my favourite tracks though Ayano seems really unfitting. Now they have just about every song with a PV. Toumei Answer being the only one that isn’t here I think. But like Ayano, it would be pretty unfitting. Yuukei Yesterday and Headphone Actor are really fun though!

Guest Post: No Game No Life Impressions

(Fang note: for the first time in the prestigious six and a half year run of Loli Salad we actually have a guest post to share today! My good friend John from Video Game Choo Choo is here to give us another look at the… uh… “critically acclaimed” No Game No Life)

As one of the world’s foremost Video Game Men, I take many things upon myself that the average mortal wouldn’t dare to attempt. But not even I, an immortal hero, could dare trudge through the bog of depravity and depression that is the anime “No Game No Life”. I’ve seen glimpses of “bad tity anime” before, but they pale in comparison to this train wreck. I’m on a government watch list for watching this show, and I honestly wish I was in jail instead of writing this so there was no way I could ever have to deal with No Game No Life again.

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The Defense Witches Experience

You may be asking, “Fang-tan, why are you doing a review of an iOS game? And not even a very new one? And one you haven’t yourself actually beat?”

Well, my good nameless and faceless chum, that is because I have sunk hours upon hours into this wretched game and I figured it better to share my story with the world rather than let it disappear into the abyss, letting the embers of embarrassment and what’s left of my tarnished dignity smoulder away into the night.

This isn’t really a review at all.

This is the tale of a simple game and the reasons why I hate it.

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Miraculous Ladybug: Recent News and Thoughts

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You know, when I put the current poll up it was only because of the Wakfu kickstarter. In jest I added the Miraculous Ladybug bit because we’ve been waiting a long, long time for our French Toei cartoon, right? Well, never would I in a million years have guessed that the poll spoke true and it’s prophecy would ring out across the land. Sirening the end of an era of waiting, bringing forth a new world of darkness and despair.

Our French Toei cartoon is dead.

Well, the cartoon isn’t dead. It’s not really a… ‘cartoon’ cartoon any more. It’s entirely CG. News was scarce for a long time. Zagtoon flip flopped around and it was unclear what the future of the series was, as the series was pushed back farther and farther from the original posting of that wonderous pv around the end of 2012. Now it has recently come up that the series will be airing soon but as completely CG. This is, apparently, due to budget and they could not afford otherwise. I seem to recall the series was rumoured to have an unusually large budget though? So I wonder if that’s really the case. I saw an article about the series mention that they wanted to appeal to children of the world and since it IS airing on Disney over here, I imagine that had a big thing to do with it. There was mention of keeping Toei’s style (I can’t recall if that’s the best wording to use) and direction but from the CG teaser, that didn’t seem overly abundant.

You may be asking yourself, what is Miraculous Ladybug? It is a french multi-media series that started as a comic about a girl named Marionette Cheng who lives in Paris and after coming across a pair of magical earrings that gives her the power of luck and allows her to transform into a superhero. The PV was super cute and made even better with the addition of Toei’s signature style.

What is Toei? Really? Toei Animation is a company that known for, in recent years and related to the style of the show, Precure, Saint Seiya and my personal favourite, Kyousougiga. Among countless other shows that I’m sure you know and love.

The result was an absolute dream. A beautiful looking French magical girl show that was planned to simulcast across the world. I believe that part still holds true. I’m very disappointed as I know many others are. These things happen I guess.

If this ends up being false (which seems highly unlikely at this point, let’s be real) I’d be beyond happy.  Will I still watch the series? Eh. Probably. To be honest, I’ll still PV it and it’ll still probably be really good. I just think they might have shot themselves in the foot with the CG being more appealing to children of the world thing. Kids today could use a flashy superhero/magical girl cartoon. I might be biased. I try to look at it from another point of view but it’s so difficult after such a long wait and such a disappointing result.

The original translation of this news came from here with some evidence from here and the fact that the site for the show/Zagtoon no longer lists it as a mix of CG and 2D but solely CG that was changed when they released as CG teaser for the show.

Spring 2014 First Impressions

(feauturing: Akuma no Riddle, Gokukoku no Brynhildr, Isshuukan Friends, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, No Game No Life, Love Live S2, Mekakucity Actors)

(waifu status: it’s nio)

I can’t tell if I’m just getting cynical with age or a lot of stuff really is especially dumb this season. Good thing I only watch the best shows and have impeccable taste in all things ever.

(I also marathoned S1 of Jojo so I could watch S2 of Jojo and I am but I’m not adding that because I’m not well versed enough in Jojo or hotblooded manly shows to talk much about it)

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Animal Crossing New Leaf: The Return

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