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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Old Harry's Game S3 [Reecey]


Old Harry's Game
Series 3

(Review by Reecey.)


Consider this your regular warning that this is a comedy series about hell. A lot of bad things are going to referenced in a humourous manner.

There, you have been warned, so let’s get back to work, shall we?

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Defenders.


The Defenders.



Marvel is certainly prolific, I'll give them that. Between their multiple cinematic releases, video games, big budget television shows, and growing number of small budget Netflix offerings, this one shared universe has been almost unrivaled in its output for years now. The most recent shot in Marvel's never-ending barrage of entertainment is The Defenders, a low budget crossover series combining Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, or 'Marvel's current Netflixers.'

Despite a relatively poor last offering in the form of a terrible Iron Fist series, buzz for The Defenders was pretty high, with a lot of people genuinely excited to see Matt, Jessica, and Luke interacting, with Danny as an unfortunate extra who they could, at the very least, mock.

So, did it live up to the hype?

Ehhhhh.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Fate/Apocrypha E9: Hundreds of Flames and Hundreds of Flowers


Fate/Apocrypha
Episode 9
Hundreds of Flames and Hundreds of Flowers.



It's truly amazing to me that in an episode with so many battles going on (six in total: Karna vs Vlad, Atalanta vs Spartacus, Semiramis vs Astolfo, Mordred vs Astolfo, Achilles vs Chiron, and Shirou and Shakespeare vs Frankenstein), so little can actually happen. It's like watching a battle shounen show devised by someone who has only ever had battle shounens (or anime, or fiction at all) described to them.

Look. I don't ask for every episode to radically change the status quo -- although, honestly, in a series like Fate/Apocrypha, I really should be asking that, since it purports itself to be a story of war and tragedy -- but I do insist on some kind of semblance of story and structure. Twists; a certain amount of back and forth; some kind of struggle; someone to root for. This episode fails to provide that: Instead, things just happen, and then they stop happening.

Continuing on immediately from last week's episode, this week sees Shirou (backed up by Shakespeare, Caster of Red) confronting Frankenstein (Berserker of Black) in the forest. As the two fight, it occurs to several people that Shirou is wholly unlike any normal Master. Meanwhile, Astolfo's (Rider of Black) assault on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon ends in disaster, and as he's beaten by Mordred (Saber of Red), Sieg must come save him. Jeanne attempts to locate Shirou, only to run afoul of Semiramis (Assassin of Red), who's intent on keeping them apart. Meanwhile, Karna (Lancer of Red) continues to duel Vlad (Lancer of Black), Atalanta (Archer of Red) duels Spartacus (Berserker of Black), and Chiron (Archer of Black) duels Achilles (Rider of Red).

Seriously, these summaries are predominantly composed of me clarifying everyone's designations. Sometimes, I have to remind myself, because I keep forgetting that Astolfo and Achilles aren't lancers.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Game of Thrones S7E7: The Dragon and the Wolf


Game of Thrones
Series 7, Episode 7
The Dragon and the Wolf.




Well, we're finally here, at the end of series seven. I say 'finally,' but it feels like this series has come and gone in the blink of an eye. It turns out that everyone having the power to teleport really does wonders for your pacing. Who knew?

(I gripe a lot about the teleporting, and it does cause some serious problems in the story by making distance and geography seem meaningless, but one thing I do like is that we now don't get entire series of people trekking across the bloody Riverlands.)

Saturday, 26 August 2017

What We're Watching 26/8/17


What We're Watching
26/8/17



Killjoys.

Killjoys has had a stellar (get it, because it's set in space, it's -- it's set in space) third series, and its most recent episode -- a quieter affair about the characters confronting their pasts and futures -- sets us up pretty well for the all-out war between the Quad and the Hullen that's coming in the next episode.

Well. Except that, I suppose, that war isn't going to happen, because this series is made on a shoestring budget and all of its scenes in space look like they're being rendered on a PSX, so there's no chance in hell that we're actually going to get the pitched space battle the series has been promising us.

This current episode also reveals that Aneela has replaced (?) Dutch, and possibly was masquerading as her for the entire episode, so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


Re:Creators.

Re:Creators has continued knocking it out of the park with its most recent episode, which gives us both another compelling team battle (Yuya, his boyfriend Sho, Blitz, and Weird Eroge Girl vs Altair), and a much more personal confrontation between Selesia and her comrade/love interest from her own world, Charon.

Aliceteria's death at Altair's hands came as a huge shock to me, since the only character the show has dared kill off so far was Mamika, who was marked for death the moment she appeared; but even more shocking than that was Selesia, our main character, sacrificing herself to stop Charon.

I honestly have no idea where the series is going to go from here, but there are still several episodes left, so presumably either Selesia is going to be resurrected somehow, or our focus is going to shift away from her and onto the Creations as a whole.


Dark Matter.

Dark Matter has ended for the year -- expect a review sometime soon -- and surprisingly, it hasn't managed to outpace Killjoys in the 'which is the better space opera' stakes. That's more down to how strong this series of Killjoys was than anything else, though, as Dark Matter has still delivered a lot of quality stuff, with a corporate war; an ongoing conflict between the Raza and Rio Ishida; and a set of ominous prophecies for the future slowly coming true.

None of which are more ominous than the prophecies about the Black Ships, revealed in the finale to be a fleet of eldritch aliens intent on fleeing their dying universe and consuming the energy of the one in the show (which, er, may or may not be the same as the Killjoys universe).

Interestingly, the show has continued its attempts at trying to change its core cast, only to, once again, completely fail. Well, maybe next time, Dark Matter. I believe in you.


Friday, 25 August 2017

And Another Thing! - Complaining More About Marianne Curley's Old Magic. [Reecey.]


And Another Thing!
Complaining More About Marianne Curley's
Old Magic.
(Continued Review by Reecey.)




Now, let me complain about Kate some more.

Hell, I’ll complain about her gran, too, her family is totally messed up in ways that only ever come from poor writing.

See, if you recall my editorial James Potter - JK Rowling’s Accidental Wife Beater, then you’ll be familiar with exactly how this sort of thing can occur. Only in this case, Marianne Curley doesn’t have the excuse of writing a fairly lengthy book series and having to make retroactive changes to some of her characters.

No, this is just a writer completely ballsing it up in a single shot.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Old Magic [Reecey]


Old Magic.
(Review by Reecey.)



So, when I wrote that editorial about Hermione in June (Why I Liked Hermione Granger (And Why I Hate Her Now)), I mentioned Old Magic. I also said I might review it one day.

Today is that day.

First, a quick note, I said the protagonist lived in New Zealand, actually, it was Australia.

To be fair, it was a long time when I last read this book through to completion. Although, I read my physical copy into tatters, so you may still judge me harshly if you wish. You have that right.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Fate/Apocrypha E8: The Beginning of the War


Fate/Apocrypha
Episode 8
The Beginning of the War.



Exciting news, friends, Romans, countrymen: We are now officially thirty-two percent of the way through this accursed series. Is that a significant number? Not even slightly, but it does mean we're approximately 1/25th further through than we were last week, and that warrants cracking open a bottle of bubbly and crying into it.

This week's episode promised action, and battles, and cool battle action, and I guess it sort of followed through on that promise. As the Red Faction, led by Shirou, launches an assault on the Black Faction castle, all the Servants (bar Jack, thank god) are mobilised. Cornering Vlad (Lancer of Black), Atalanta (Archer of Red) and Karna (Lancer of Red), the latter the strongest Servant of Red, seek to use teamwork to overwhelm the enormous power he wields. As Achilles (Rider of Red) flies out, he is lured away from the battle to a private confrontation between himself and his old mentor, Chiron (Archer of Black); meanwhile, Avicebron (Caster of Black) mobilises the enslaved Spartacus (Berserker of Red) to wreak havoc on the Red Faction. Sieg, arriving at the battle, convinces another homunculus to help him free the others. In a forest, Frankenstein (Berserker of Black) comes face to face with Shirou, who offers to let her join the Red Faction.

I always feel like ninety percent of these summaries are just me listing the endless, interminable designations that all of these characters have.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Teen Wolf S6E14+E15: Face to Faceless & Pressure Test.



Teen Wolf
Series 6
Episode 14+Episode 15
Face to Faceless & Pressure Test.




Well, the show is certainly making this easy on me. Getting an eight-hundred word review out of two whole episodes, aired back to back, should be ridiculously easy, even given Teen Wolf's tendency to be heavy on ominous hand-waving and light on anything of actual substance.

In the aftermath of the death of two young werewolves, Scott meets with Gerard and Tamora, hoping to come to a peace agreement -- only for it to become clear that Tamora is uninterested in peace, and for the meeting to go sharply sideways when the faceless fear creature appears in the tunnels, driving Tamora's hunters mad with panic. Meanwhile, Liam is cornered by the now radicalised lacrosse team, who publicly beat him in an effort to make him shift. Afterwards, two werewolves, accused of the murder of several of Tamora's hunters, take shelter in the Sheriff's station, only for it to be swiftly blockaded by Tamora and her hunters. As the clock ticks down to Tamora storming the station and a traitor amidst the sheriff's deputies causes trouble, the fear creature appears, driving two deputies to take their own lives. Elsewhere, Deaton, Cody, and Mason discover the identity of the fear creature: An Anukite, a double-faced shapeshifter that drives people mad with horror.

So, my views on these episodes are largely positive, but we're going to have to address the elephant in the room: Having several heroic white law enforcement officials being threatened by a villainous, gun-toting black woman.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Game of Thrones S7E6: Beyond the Wall


Game of Thrones
Series 7, Episode 6
Beyond the Wall



Jon is such a gigantic failure. As a military leader. As a hero. As a king. As a person. He has failed at nearly every endeavour he has applied himself to, and someone else has always had to bail him out and pay the price for it -- and now, and now, his utter incompetence has finally had a lasting impact. Just not on him. God knows, this show can never let any negative consequence stick to Jon.

Ugh.

Let's get on with it.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

What We're Watching 19/8/17


What We're Watching
19/8/17


The Defenders.

I wasn't actually aware that The Defenders was out until someone told me yesterday. Since then, I've had just enough time to watch the first two episodes, and so far, my verdict is that it's a bit too messy to really be enjoyable.

Because episode one and episode two are mostly set-up, meaning that we have four distinct plot threads with four distinct characters plus their supporting casts, with lighting and colour cues used to distinguish between them, and with the majority of the interaction coming from incidental meetings between supporting cast members.

Even when our four main cast members do start to meet up with each other in episode two, it sometimes feels oddly forced and jarring: While Matt meeting Jessica was pretty well done, I think, Luke's encounter with Danny feels like a bizarre confluence of coincidences that didn't really amount to anything.

Still, apparently Sigourney Weaver is going to call someone a 'baka' at some point, so I have that to look forward to.


Re:Creators.

Re:Creators has now entered its final arc, with all the Creations fighting against Altair -- well, almost all. Several people from Altair's side have now defected to the good guys (including Blitz, after what might actually have been the most emotionally charged scene of the show), but she still has Charon on her side, at least.

(Charon, who may or may not be brainwashed, or who may just have been evil all along, and Selestia hadn't reached that point in her canon yet. He certainly has an evil looking mech, a purple, black and red Dark Vogelchevaliar.)

The show still has a ways to go, being only on episode eighteen, so it seems likely that something will interrupt and stop this battle, instead of it being an uninterrupted six or seven episode long fight.

Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones has had an odd seventh series. While it got off to a good start, it's now becoming readily apparent that Benioff and Weiss have no idea how to juggle all of the plot threads set up, and are rushing their way towards the end.

(Presumably they really want to get started on that godawful slavery show.)

Because the truth is, you could have easily gotten two ten episode series out of the war between Cersei and Daenerys, with Jon trying to stay neutral and prepare for the White Walker invasion, before reluctantly siding with Daenerys -- leaving one seven to ten episode series for dealing with the White Walkers.

Instead, the storylines are clumsily mashed together, which is how we've ended up with a few episodes about the war between the queens, and then that entire storyline being abruptly derailed to have more stuff about the White Walkers. Disappointing.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice


Hellblade:
Senua's Sacrifice



Was ... Was everyone except me aware of this game? I swear, I'd never even heard of it before it was already out and getting reviewed, and even then, I only actually heard about it because of the controversy over Jim Sterling's initial low review score for it. Were it not for that, this game would have completely gone over my head, possibly for months.

Which would have been a shame. A perfect game, Hellblade is not -- it's nowhere even in the vague ballpark of perfect -- but a meticulously researched, artistically driven game that clearly had a lot of passion and care put into it by developer Ninja Theory it is, and it's one of the most devastatingly realistic portrayals of psychosis in fiction, and certainly the most realistic in video games. It was only able to achieve that feat because Ninja Theory consulted heavily with neuroscientists, the Wellcome Trust, and people who suffer from schizophrenia.

It's also worth mentioning that this game was worked on by just twenty people, a comparatively tiny amount for a triple-A game.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Dark Shadows (2012) (Review by Reecey.)


Dark Shadows (2012)
(Review by Reecey.)



Let’s start with this basic fact about the film Dark Shadows: Everything that happens in this film is Barnabas’ fault.

Everything and absolutely.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fate/Apocrypha E7: Where Freedom Lies


Fate/Apocrypha
Episode 7
Where Freedom Lies.



So, in last week's review, I said that we were now set-up for a battle between Mordred (Saber of Red) and Chiron (Archer of Black), which despite being a totally random match-up, is at least a potentially compelling one, given that they're the two most sympathetic Servants in the cast by quite a wide margin. Similarly, I said we were set-up for a battle with Sisigou on one side, and Fiore and Caules on the other, which is -- less compelling, but never mind.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Teen Wolf S5E13: After Images



Teen Wolf
Series 5, Episode 13
After Images



As we head into the thirteenth episode of Teen Wolf, we all have a very tense, suspenseful question on our minds: Will anything actually happen in this episode?

Well, the answer is yes! Or sort of. I'm beating an old drum here, but Teen Wolf has a terrible problem with not being able to decide between episodic and serialised storytelling, and that's a problem because while each form of story has to achieve a similar goal with its episodes -- telling a discrete arc that builds to a climax -- the methods they use to do so are very different.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Game of Thrones S7E5: Eastwatch



Game of Thrones
Series 7, Episode 5
Eastwatch.



We are now officially in the second half of this series, and man, it has flown by -- and yet, oddly, it almost feels like not a lot has happened, even though this series has, objectively speaking, been jam-packed, with several engagements between Daenerys' and Cersei's forces, Jon going to Dragonstone to negotiate with Daenerys, Sam learning some vital information, and Bran and Arya both returning to Winterfell.

Fans who aren't suffering from anterograde amnesia will remember that last week saw Daenerys and the Dothraki kicking Jaime's behind up and down the Reach in what was probably the biggest battle of the series so far; Sansa being understandably upset that one of her siblings is an assassin and the other one hasn't even the most basic decorum; and Cersei meandering around with Mark Gatiss, one of the two showrunners of Sherlock, and promising him cash.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Telltale Games' Batman: The Enemy Within E1: The Enigma


Telltale Games' Batman: The Enemy Within
Episode 1
The Enigma.



It's no secret that Telltale Games' first Batman-related outing failed to impress me: Not only was it aggressively more of the same (if you've played one Telltale series, you really have played them all), but its story was horribly mishandled and had a terrible tendency towards trampling over canon -- and not in a cool, transformative way, but in a 'rakish, ex-prizefighter Penguin' sort of way.

Well, the bad news is that I'm already predisposed towards not liking this series, either, largely because it was released alongside the reveal that another Tales from the Borderlands isn't on the cards right now. Still, let's do our best to put that aside and, with eyes unclouded by hate, take a good look at Telltale's second Batman series.

Friday, 11 August 2017

What We're Watching 11/8/17


What We're Watching
11/8/17


Jikan no Shihaisha.

Jikan no Shihaisha has just hit the end of its first arc -- an arc which rather bafflingly functions like an accelerated version of every shounen battle anime ever made -- but still insists on being frustratingly vague about things. Is Aisrehdar good or evil? Who knows. Is Mina really Victo's wife? Who knows. What are the Horologues? Who knows.

I don't even think the writers know.

Still, we're embarking on a new arc, now, as Victo, Kiri, Mina, and Blaze are all heading off to try to regain Victo's lost time. I admit, the little family unit the show has made -- with Kiri as the youngest child, Blaze as his older brother, Victo as the father, and Mina as Schrodinger's Mother -- is pretty cute, so I'll forgive it a lot of its sins.

Which are many, incidentally. So very many.

A family unit.


The Mist.

With just two episodes to go, this series has finally revealed the plot twist we all saw coming from, like, episode two: That Adrien, professional demisexual dude (and that's -- that's actually basically the sum total of his personality), was Alex's rapist all along. The show laughably presents this as if it's a shocking twist, and to be entirely fair to it, it was trying really hard to make it shocking, primarily by not foreshadowing it at all, ever, until the five minute expository sequence where we're told.

I suppose that, also, is an achievement of sorts: To not foreshadow a plot twist at all, and yet have it be entirely obvious to everyone watching.

In other highlights, we have Nathalie, previously the only interesting character in the show, losing all semblance of depth; Eve locking Jay in a cupboard; and Shelley showing some delightful hints of turning into a compelling character, seconds before she's clubbed to death. Good going, show! It's what Stephen King would have wanted, if he was alive today, which he is, so good for him.

Good for him.


Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi.

Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi has, some five episodes in, finally revealed the backstory of that waifish green-eyed girl who follows Hell Girl around, even though none of us care about said girl's backstory, none of us care about girl, and actually her backstory is more confusing than anything, since she seems to suddenly and unexplainedly manifest crazy fire manipulation powers four minutes from the end.

It's odd, because the green-eyed girl (she has a name, I just never learned it or any of the character's names) is clearly an attempt to inject a plot into a show that doesn't really need or suit a plot, since it's main mode is a series of smaller stories about the people who use Hell Girl to get revenge, rather than necessarily being about Hell Girl, her team, or any of the supernatural shenanigans surrounding them.

Still, we get that backstory, and said backstory is 'sometimes people are murder-y.' Honestly didn't need to spend a whole episode on that.

I will never learn any of these character's names. You hear me? Never.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Darkside Detective [Reecey]


The Darkside Detective.

(Review by Reecey.)


I like American style detectives.

You know the kind, shabbily dressed, trench coat, crappy office, bad jokes, looks like they’ll talk about a dame being obviously trouble from the moment that she walked in …

One day, the law allowing women to marry fictional robot men will be passed.

... the whole Noir shebang. Maybe it’s because I watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit a lot as a child, or maybe I’m a reincarnated pair of legs with a cigarette holder, but whatever it is, it just speaks to me.

So when I see a game that has a shabby trench coat wearing detective called McQueen in it who is fighting supernatural crime on Steam, it’s a match made in heaven.

I was not disappointed, I can promise you that.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Teen Wolf S7E12: Raw Talent


Teen Wolf
Series 7, Episode 12
Raw Talent.



The early episodes of a new series (half-series?) of Teen Wolf are always awkward to review, on account of how basically nothing ever happens in them. Honestly, I'd challenge anyone to point out where this episode actually moves the plot along, because to my eyes it seems to be forty minutes of people pottering around being foreboding at things. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fate/Apocrypha E6: Knight of Rebellion.


Fate/Apocrypha
Episode 6
Knight of Rebellion.



We're kicking off the second act of this utterly ridiculous, terrible show this week, and we're doing it the only way Fate/Apocrypha knows how -- by jumping the shark. Again. Several times over. Because why wouldn't it? Why would it even bother at a pretense of quality.

With orders from Shirou and the rest of the Red Faction, Sisigou and Mordred (Saber of Red) head to Sighisoara, chasing down rumours of a serial killer that has murdered every magi to enter the town, and who has been stealing and eating hearts, with Sisigou guessing that the serial killer is a Servant. Meanwhile, Fiore and Chiron (Archer of Black) are also dispatched to investigate, with Caules setting out after them. Elsewhere, Avicebron (Caster of Black), Vlad (Lancer of Black), and Darnic plot to use Gordes -- now useless to them after the death of Siegfried -- as the core of Avicebron's Noble Phantasm, while Shirou's Servant, Semiramis (Assassin of Red), completes hers: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Game of Thrones S7E4: The Spoils of War


Game of Thrones
Series 7, Episode 4
The Spoils of War.



So, we've now officially reached the halfway point of the series. Well, ish -- by my reckoning, we've watched about two-hundred-and-fifteen minutes, and there should be about two-hundred-and-seven more to go. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Voltron: Legendary Defender S3


Voltron: Legendary Defender
Series 3.



Fandom's proclivity towards confusing what they want, what they think, and what they know is a curious thing. Prior to watching this series, I encountered a storm of seeming-spoilers online, as people rambled about a plot twist late in the series -- only to discover when I actually watched it that that plot twist hadn't even happened, it was just a fan theory that people had seen and taken as hard fact.

A peril of the post-facts world, I guess, and although it leaves me in the odd position where I'm reviewing yesterday's canon rather than today's reworked, re-filtered canon, it does at least mean I wasn't spoiled, so that's nice.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Editorial: 4 Really Good Visual Novel Openings


Editorial: 4 Really Good Visual Novel Openings.


Today was nominally going to be a Castlevania review, but as focusing today is basically impossible, I'm here to instead offer you some really good visual novel openings, because I've spent today watching visual novel openings and because this blog's remit is open enough for me to just do whatever.

Go figure.


Dandelion - Wishes Brought To You.



Dandelion - Wishes Brought To You is a game about a bunch of cats and rabbits that are transmogrified into a gang of attractive young men, and also there's a wizard, and some kind of deal where they vanish after a certain amount of time? It's been a while.

What it's definitely not is a dramatic enough story to warrant this slick, fast-paced opening, which includes its very own Standard Anime Villain Shot, of all things, and seems intent on convincing you that this is a story that is heavy on intrigue, action, and drama. Also, photographs. Also, small furry animals.

This is a pattern that's going to be showing up a lot in this editorial, and I think the only conclusion we can come to is that the otome market is just not playing around when it comes to openings.


Collar x Malice.



I've never played Collar x Malice (which is only on the PS Vita, which I don't have, and not yet available in English anyway), but apparently it's about detectives, and some mysterious incident, and people in animal masks, and all those other things that scream 'intriguing psychological drama' despite the fact that it's probably not an intriguing psychological drama.

The opening certainly makes it look like a psychological crime drama, though, with a heavy tilt towards surreality, mystery, and people angrily pointing guns at each other, overlaid onto a song that wouldn't sound out of place on a Psycho-Pass soundtrack, and shot through with plenty of imagery involving flowers, coins, cats, and so on, and so forth.


Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel.



The only opening on this list that doesn't come from an otome game, this is coincidentally also the worst opening on this list -- although that probably has more to do with it being a Type-Moon property and with Type-Moon being just terrible.

Still, it's a decently dramatic opening, with lots of people looking ominously at the camera and/or charging big energy attacks, and it even has some genuinely pretty good visual moments -- such as the very beginning, which depicts shadowy people loping through a drowned Tokyo -- to create a sense of intrigue.

Unfortunately, it's a Type-Moon game, and so terrible. Just so we're all clear on that.


Yuukyou no Tierblade - Lost Chronicle - .



Full disclosure: I have very little idea what this game is about.

It's post-apocalyptic, apparently, and sort of fantasy-y, and there are giant robots involved, and the main character is from before the apocalypse, and there's a bunch of dudes with different giant robots, and they're all doing stuff.

You know, the usual stuff.

The opening is gorgeous, though, promising soft, gentle, pretty fantasy shenanigans, and would have single-handedly convinced me to play it if this game had ever been released in the West and if it wasn't on the Playstation Vita, a handheld console that neither I nor anyone else I know even owns.

Still. Super pretty.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

What We're Watching 3/8/17


What We're Watching
3/8/17


My Hero Academia.

So, I've finally caught up on My Hero Academia, and I have to say, I've really enjoyed it so far -- but I admit I enjoyed the first series more than the second.

It's not that the second series was bad, it's just that it had a stretch of episodes (specifically, the ones covering the one-on-one battles in the School Festival) that just sort of dragged, with the show trying to pack in a lot of one-on-one battles (I think we had Midoriya vs Shinso, Iida vs Hatsume, Bakugou vs Uraraka, Midoriya vs Todoroki, and Bakugou vs Todoroki getting a heavy focus, and a good dozen more briefer battles) that never really felt that distinct from each other or that interesting.

The show picked up pretty sharp-like with the internship arc, an arc focusing squarely on Midoriya and Iida, with a kind of mini-villain detached from the main plot in the form of hero-murdering ninja Stain, and that was exciting enough that I ended up mainlining that entire arc all in one go.

I'm actually kind of disappointed that I have to wait a week between episodes now.


Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is nearly at its halfway point for this series, and it's actually been really good so far: Cersei, now queen, has been set up as a significant threat to the ambitions of both Daenerys and Jon; the White Walkers are nearly at the Wall; and we have strife in the North with various fraught family reunions, including Bran having apparently forgotten that it's rude to casually remind your sister of her violent rape.

Good going, Bran. You know everything now, except basic common sense, apparently.

In just a few days, the show will hit its halfway point proper, and it seems determined to do so with a bang -- and by 'bang,' I mostly mean 'dragons causing problems for Cersei.'

Speaking of, man, I thought Dragonstone was near Storm's End, but it's apparently literally right next to Kings Landing. That's convenient, I suppose, if not also rather dangerous.


Teen Wolf.

Teen Wolf has started again, and it's just as incoherent and poorly thought out as it was when we left it -- although this time it appears to have a villain more terrifying than 'some men with horses.' What that villain is isn't clear, but it seems to be some kind of spider-related fear creature.

(We know deities exist in some form in this universe, so you may as well bring in a god and go out with a bang, Teen Wolf.)

The series is slated for nine more episodes, but a reboot has already been announced and is presumably well into production at this point, so one way or another, it seems unlikely that this show is going to be off our screens for very long.

And Now, A Word From Reecey


And Now, A Word From Reecey.


Sorry, there won’t be a proper post from me today, I’ve had something of a hectic week and a stressful day.

I will, however, offer you a list of the things I plan to review over the next month as penance.

For your consideration:

The Darkside Detective 10/8/17

Dark Shadows 17/8/17

Old Magic 24/8/17

Old Harry’s Game Series Three
31/8/17

Starting a schedule seems like a good plan, and this is a good first step in achieving this. Who knows? Maybe I can eventually contribute -gasp- multiple times a week.

I’m looking at you, Sundays.

So, again my apologies, and I look forward to sharing these reviews with you!

Have a nice day!


Editor's note: Stay tuned today, though, because we'll have a What We're Watching up before long.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Fate/Apocrypha E5: Will of Heaven


Fate/Apocrypha
Episode 5
Will of Heaven



We're now officially one fifth of the way through this accursed hellshow. Hooray. It also marks the end of this story's first act, with a major change in status quo, at least one reveal as to what on earth is even going on, and the two factions set to clash in Sighisoara, which is an actual city -- one that we even mentioned before when we were talking about how traveling in this series makes no sense.

All of that makes the episode sound much more exciting than it is, so let me be completely clear and up-front: This episode is boring. Like the entirety of this series thus far, it's just twenty minutes of nothing. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Teen Wolf S6E11: Said The Spider To The Fly


Teen Wolf
Series 6, Episode 11
Said The Spider To The Fly.



What an unwieldy title.

Anyway, hello, everyone. Teen Wolf has returned for its final stretch of ten episodes, and since we've been reviewing it as an ongoing almost since the creation of this blog (way back since series four, I think?) it seemed only right that we return to covering it for the duration of its swan song, however much of an unforgivable mess that swan song will be.

And oh, man, it will be a mess. Hamstrung by the same problems that faced the first chunk of series six (having Dylan O'Brien, one of its main stars, busy with other commitments, having several of its other more interesting cast members having peaced out, and struggling to combine the serialised storytelling it really needs with the episodic storytelling the showrunners clearly want), the second act of series six also has to deliver both a satisfying conclusion to the story and plenty of fanservice (of the wholesome 'having old characters return' type, with Derek, Stiles, Jackson, and Ethan all confirmed to be returning -- although not Kira, unfortunately). Interestingly, MTV has already announced that they intend to reboot the series very soon, so I guess that's a thing.