#kirigen down (again)

For the next few days #kirigen will be down while I find a different web host. Hopefully for not much longer than it already has been but really, who knows. I actually had a new project for it though so I’ll do my best to get it going again.

Do You Need To Watch Psycho-Pass 2 Before the Movie? And also: Impressions of Psycho-Pass the Movie

I’m going to give you the shortest possible answer: no.
Absolutely not. God no. Nobody should watch Psycho-Pass 2.

Psycho-Pass 2 and clouded my hue judgement of the show so badly that I thought all of Psycho-Pass was dumb and bad. But you know what? Upon my third watch of the first season, I realized it’s one of my favourite anime and I actually love it. I could easily go for a fourth viewing in a few months or hell even in a few weeks. I, uh, just won’t watch S2 again. Twice was enough. Never again, thanks.

If you want to skip what is quite possibly the worst sequel to anything ever (and really, who could blame you?) but still kind of want to know what happens, highlight below for the major events that happen in 2. But I assure you, other than a new face or two popping up, none of this is too terribly important to the movie.

  • Shimotsuki, the girl who survived the Rikako case in S1 and appears at the end as a new inspector, is Akane’s partner that serves as a foil to Akane’s unwilling acceptance of the Sibyl System. Akane resists and fights in her own way, by serving but not without stopping to question or to try and dish out her own justice. Not Shimotsuki though. Shimotsuki absolutely follows the rule book to a tee and HATES Akane doing things her own way. She also finds out about Sibyl and does not take it very well (her role is to show reflect how society might accept Sibyl because they sure as heck won’t be like Akane) but eventually becomes another tool for Sibyl. She’s also unflinghingly a huge bitch and seriously does anybody fucking like Shimotsuki? Like god, you were supposed to be Akane’s cool new partner not awful in every sense of the word. Goddamn. Even if you just watch the movie, she’s still an awful person in that so you’ll get The Full Shimotsuki Experience regardless.
  • There are three new enforcers. One doesn’t show up in the movie because he was clearly a vampire super evil and was actually a child of one of the brains in Sibyl. They tried to make an symptomatic person (like Makishima) and guess what they made the most evil puppy killing machine ever (he’s some how even less nuanced as the villain is in Erased after the revea,). Has dumb hair. He dies. Easily worst part of S2, imo. 
  • Other new inspector, Hinakawa, is a cutie-pie who is shy and good at holos. He doesn’t do much in the movie though. Other is Sugo who does some stuff and accidentally kills an inspector and whatever. He also doesn’t do much in the movie.
  • Bad guy in S2 is a guy named Kamui Kirito who MIGHT have been interesting if he didn’t have to compete with Douchey McVampire and they had an additional 12 episodes. As much as I hate Makishima, at least he had good schemes. Kirito kind of just does things the directors thought would be cool and then justify later. He gets some people blown up (there’s a new Dominator gun in S2 but just a new mode in the movie) and does Bad Gatchaman Crowds. He isn’t mentioned at all in the movie if I remember correctly.
  • Akane’s grandma dies and evil vampire conviently forgets that the best scene of s1 was Akane watching someone she loved die already. He isn’t good at having motivations for killing people (much like the writers for S2, heyooo) and I blame it on the puppies.
  • Even though he shows up repeatedly in the opening (I seriously wrote two posts analysing the opening alright) , Kogami isn’t in S2 other than hallucinations had by Akane in times of crisis. Akane doesn’t smoke but she lights cigarettes so that she can have the scent of him with her and that’s hella adorable though.

Shimotsuki

Akane needs to mess this face up

So there you go. No need to watch S2. There’s one good scene. Here, I’ll even link it for you. It’s the ear scene. Something called the ear scene is the best part of Psycho-Pass 2. Don’t waste your time on this season.

NOW my thoughts on the movie itself. If you’ve gotten this far and you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading so you can go enjoy it in all of it’s beautiful glory.

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie Final Impressions

I don’t have much to say here because, well, blogging is hard enough for me as it is lately. That’s why I’m going to make this as short and sweet as possible.

  • Felt too long. It should have ended on Sunny Day Song instead of what it did. The last song wasn’t particularly good. Certainly not strong enough to end their part of the franchise on.

  • Rinpana is a boring ship.
  • Honoka is the worst. I may like Maki the least but goddamn Honoka is just the worst Main Character kind of character.She’s downright insufferable and because this movie focuses on her so much, I just ended up disliking her more than ever before.

  • I assumed that it was just Honoka imagining her self to comfort herself (both when she was actually lost and then just emotionally so) but she actually had the mic so was it actually time travelling Honoka or what??And also future Honoka looks super homeless so yikes.

  • Third years had the best song and performance. It was fun and cute and everything I could want from Love Live. The second years was bleh because the second years themselves are bleh (except Umi).The first years was pretty good too, far better than the 2nds, and I teared up when Rin started because even though Rin had a centric song before it was bad and this is the finale so seeing her lead made me really happy.

The most impressive thing the Love Live movie did was offer something that I haven’t really seen in anime like this before. There’s a billion anime about following your dreams and pursuing your goals but there’s not really any about… stopping.

Not giving up on your passion, per say, but accomplishing your goal and knowing that you have to stop or give up. Especially where they have to make the choice to do so rather than not having a say (like Go! Princess Precure).

I can’t imagine Chihaya from Chihayafuru going through a final arc where they give up karuta, you know?

Anyways, the movie was fine. It would have been better if it hadn’t come out in Canada so long after the announcement of the split (when it came out in the States would have been bice) but I guess I’m glad I could see it at all in a theatre.

Though I don’t have the strong emotional attachment to Love Live that some of my friends do, I still think enjoy it a great deal and this was a great send off.

Hopefully Sunshine can stand on its own now.

  

  

RWBY Episode 38 (S3, EP8) Impressions

I haven’t posted anything in the new year yet and the first thing I actually do is RWBY? Oh what a cruel and twisted world we live in.

To be honest, I’m in a bit of a rut right now. This blog is nearly nine years old. Nine!! So this has happened before but this time may be the final nail in the coffin. I just don’t have the drive or determination to continue this any more. There’s lots of stuff I’d like to write and go in depth about but I simply can’t. When I start trying to write anything, I just lose all motivation. Even when I’m excited all day to come home and write it!

So I’m giving myself until March 7th to try and find my determination. If I can’t well then I guess that’s that. Well, whatever. On with this attempt to try and accomplish something.

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Noragami Aragato Final impressions

The obvious flaws in this season, though a step up from the dreadful Yukine arc of the first season, did not stop me from enjoying the hell out of this show. Each and every episode kept me hooked with rapt attention. Despite the great shows that aired this year, this even became one of my favourite shows to have an aired this year. A true AOTY contender, if only for me.

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12 Days of Anime: 12 – KUMA SHOCK

Yuri Kuma Arashi

Yuri Kuma Arashi was the perfect show for me. And yet… I just could not come to love it. Because despite everything… it lacked heart. It’s characters did not feel real and endearing to me. Though I was happy, and pained, to watch their tale, in the end the most important thing was them and they just fell flat for me.

But though Yuri Kuma may not be my AOTY, I think I’ll always remember it in high regards. After all, it would be the finale to my 12 Days if it wasn’t special in some way, right?

The last episode was… well, it made up for a lot of bad the show had done. There were lots of cliffhangers and twists that felt there for the sake of having cliffhangers and twists. Maybe it was because it was Ikuhara’s first 12 episode show that the pacing was so bad. Maybe with 24 episodes, my problems with characters would have gone away and the twists and turns wouldn’t have felt so forced.

 But alas, we cannot change what is already done.

Yuri Kuma Arashi

Anyways, episode 12 features two major events. One is Kureha becoming a bear and joining Ginko in an absolutely beautiful scene where they kind of just ignore the haters so much they fuck off to gay heaven or something.

The second is my favourite scene in the entire series (and there was a lot of great lesbian bear storm action for me to eat up so this is a big thing to claim) where a rando, Ai Uchiko, rises above the hate surrounding her. She may become the evil they hunt next but she’s doing what she believes in.

Ai and Konomi

To the bear they’ve tortured and used, she offers her love. In the end, Kureha and Ginko have inspired at least one person (and at least set doubt into the hearts of some of the other girls) to change. To give up their hate and ignorance and embrace that which they don’t understand, even in the face of the danger their fellow humans may present.

That scene was beautiful to me. The whole episode is. Yuri Kuma Arashi is worth everything just for that final episode.

Please read my actual post about the episode where I go into detail about my feelings for it (as well as link to a lot more cohesively written pieces that illustrate why YKA hates yuri anime as much as I do and why it’s so great).

12 Days of Anime: 11 – What is a Hero?

I was hesitant to include Insight on my list but since I’ve already included one AOTY, why not, right?

Just like Crowds I have trouble thinking why this anime is so good and why I just love it. But in my heart I know that it’s good and great. And I did enjoy pretty much every episode, even when things got tense and tough.

Maybe that’s a part of what makes Gatchaman Crowds and Insight so good though. That it lingers in the back of your mind, remebering watching it and realizing how good it is while watching.

My favourite scene of Insight was when our heroes go toe to toe with Gelsadra near the end. It was obvious during the fight who it really was. It was such a fantastic detail having Gel’s movements be the same as who it really was. But it made it so much harder to watch.

That whole scene, during the reveal, with her commentary and hearing our beloved and precious hero face her punishment for not acting sooner, hearing her in pain and suffering was too raw and hard to watch. Which was the point, of course.

But it’s a scene that’ll stick with me for a long time.