Girls, Dragons, and Giant Mecha Robots! What more could I ask for?

It’ll probably take about six episodes to realize Cross Ange handles everything it presents with the finesse of flamethrower. To some degree that’s what makes Cross Ange slightly unique. It feels like blatant shock value which worked sometimes, and other times made the show unwatchable.

If anyone is wondering does this anime display sexual exploitation? The answer is yes. Very bluntly and it’s highly questionable. Ange get naked against her will on numerous occasions, Salire gets spanked, and there are plenty of Yuri scenes.

Exploitation is the practice of taking advantage of something for personal gain and Sunrise clearly wanted to create an anime that has a lot of tropes and themes mashed together while hoping for the best.

We got Dragons, Mecha, Ecchi, and Yuri blended together with themes like sexuality and racism.

Cross Ange is unapologetically all over the place like an M.C. Escher painting, but nowhere near a masterpiece. Cross Ange does shine brightly with its voice cast. Nana Mizuki voice actress for Ange and Yui Horie voice actress for Salamandinay really deserve praise.

The Aftermath of Episode 1…


Violated & Broken

We begin with the story of Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi. She was the princess of the Misurugi Empire and on her sixteenth birthday her life took a turn for the worse.

You see, the world has two races and the people who can use “Mana” are the cream of the crop. The “Norma” are considered degenerates because they are unable to use Mana. The sole purpose of the Norma is to fight Dragons, and since they are immune to Mana they’ve gone so far as to separate both races. Mana users are safely living in the Misurugi Empire, while Norma are sent to the island of Arzenal. The Mana users look down upon the Norma with anger and disgust.

Angelise during her baptizing and coronation ceremony was exposed to the entire Misurugi Empire as a Norma by her brother Julio. Julio wanted control of the empire for himself and banished Angelise to the island of Arzenal.

It’s sad to see Angelise’s own people turn on her, but that’s how deeply rooted the racism is. Angelise went from golden child of royalty to scum of the Earth all because she was a Norma.

Angelise immediately realizes her new life is not one of royalty, but of cruel survival. Some viewers might detest the scene of Ange getting violated and the aftermath of episode one really can be a deal breaker for some viewers. But, Angelise needed her world of intolerance to be shattered. Let me be clear, no one deserves to be violated like that, but in terms of the plot this traumatic event laid the ground work for what’s to come and Ange had the challenge of being a Norma ahead of her.

Character Growth


Ange was once a Royal Princess, but now she’s a rebellious Pilot of Villkiss.

Characters in Cross Ange may appear edgy and ruthless, but you shouldn’t judge these characters based on what you see on the surface. For example, Hilda started off as a coldhearted cynic and your typical mean girl leader. However, she has her reasons for acting the way she does and in Episode 9 Hilda has a revelation about her place in the world. She has a change of heart and by the time Cross Ange reaches its conclusion Hilda’s redeeming qualities standout.

I’ll say that Ange herself endured very graphic and traumatic events in order to become someone who couldn’t be bought, bullied, or negotiated with. In short, Ange wanted to watch the world burn and went about her own business while not caring about anyone, but herself. I can understand why she cannot sympathize with those unwilling to stand up for themselves. Thankfully, kindhearted souls such as Momoka, Task, or Salamandinay pulled her out of reclusion.

The character growth deserves some praise because with a lot of muddle plotlines and the story not being focused you’d be surprised at how some of the characters just leave a good impression.

Chris was my favorite character and her motivation for turning on her friends was very personal, but to some it might seem superficial. In Chris’s defense, its tough being in a friendship that feels like no one respects you or is willing to listen to what you have to say. It’s even worse when you are peer pressured into acting a certain way and doing something you really don’t want to do.

Cross Ange in the beginning has a lot of explicit stuff. The fanservice in the form of comedy gags, sex scenes, flirtatious behavior, and humiliating or even torturous punishments can get frustrating and redundant.


It’s Twister with a twist.

Embryo Seductive Villain Extraordinaire


Hello Ladies isn’t this birdie cute?

Embryo was a different type of villain since his motivations are extremely egotistical and the world reflects his hypocritical beliefs. His vanity ultimately leads to his downfall, but he had a way of seducing women. His goal of creating a new world by merging the two existing ones comes across as complicated. The only reason he wants to destroy the two worlds by merging them is because they don’t live up to his vision of perfection.

In addition to creating a perfect world he wants the perfect wife. He admires Ange’s strength and courage and deems her worthy to be his wife. His attempts to sway her sound charming, but he strongly desires to have sex with her which makes him a pervert. For some reason Embryo can make a girl feel immense pleasure and we see him use this ability on Ange to the extent that it’s borderline hentai.

When Salire, Ersha, and Chris join Embryo I liked how Embryo had different ways of messing with their minds. He’s a master manipulator and anyone with Mana was under his command. So, he even makes Momoka turn on Ange at one point.

Like a true coward he rather let others do his dirty work and you can’t kill him unless you find his original body and Ragna-mail.

When Task gloated about having sex with Ange it really got under Embryo’s skin. So much he attempted to rape Ange in the finale and claimed he must purify her. Okay, that’s bad writing and at this point the audience already knew he wanted to have sex with Ange.

Also, the running gag of Task finding his face stuffed between Ange’s legs was done repeatedly and got annoying. Cross Ange does beat the dead horse on a lot of things and the story failed to maintain any coherence.

IT MAKES NO SENSE!

The story of Embryo creating two types of humans really makes no sense.

Embryo is conducting a science project for the perfect human and trying to create a utopia. But, the perfect human doesn’t exist since even when you give the humans the power of Mana they immediately turn against their fellow man. Embryo by design has revealed the evil of mankind and continues to perpetuate a false utopia by teaching Mana users to hate all Norma.

The Dragons are actually the good guys.

So, the perfect utopia is based on the suffering of the Norma and the murder of countless Dragons.

The only reason the power of Mana exists in the first place is because Embryo ravaged the Dragon’s world and captured their God. The Dragon God Aura is basically being used as a power source.

Also, Dragons are human beings? Wait what? This never gets fully explained it just is…

Anyway, the audience is introduced to the second world and it’s completely inhabited by Dragons. The Dragons basically run a peaceful society lead by Salamandinay.

In the end the world-building has no rhyme or reason and it got way too complicated. But, at least the characters somehow keep the ship afloat and they are well designed as they develop into people Ange can finally trust. If you just ignore the story completely and focus on the character conflicts you’re in for a much better viewing experience.

Final Verdict


Uh I can explain…

Cross Ange at times cosplays as a deranged version of Gundam Seed. The animation could have been better and fight scenes did feel a little copy & paste. But, I liked the colorful and fast paced action that was complemented by the engaging soundtrack. Whenever someone sings you know a powerful move will be unleashed.

I stand by what I said earlier. Cross Ange handled everything it presented with the finesse of flamethrower and thankfully things didn’t burn to the ground. By the time we got to our conclusion I was feeling like this…

They pulled off a happy ending that caught me off guard. Even characters that switched allegiance to Embryo got redemption and lived. I’ll conclude this review by saying Ange’s new world has tolerance hand in hand with forgiveness.

Score/Grade: 5/10 (Mediocre)

Positives
Characters Grow and Change (Especially Ange)

Happy Ending Actually Worked

Blatant Shock Value (When it was used properly)

Negatives
Fanservice Grows Tiresome and Redundant

Story and World-Building Made No Sense (Thanks a lot Embryo)

Sexual Exploitation

Lack of Focus Causing Thematic Content to Fall Flat

Finesse of a Flamethrower Can Make Things Unwatchable

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In a recent interview with Anime News Network the Director of Kill La Kill Hiroyuki Imaishi explained that originally the cast was supposed to be all male. Interesting, huh? I’m glad they went with a balance of male and female characters.

Satsuki Kiryuin and Ryuko Matoi are great characters and they raised the bar for what to expect in an action anime. The intense rivalry between the two of them will be hard to forget and it was a special moment when they put aside their differences to fight a greater evil.

In my opinion what made their rivalry and eventual alliance impactful was the fact that they were ass kicking girls. Satsuki’s leadership by any means necessary and Ryuko’s rebellious nature was refreshing to watch.

I like how the female characters are powerful, but do not dismiss the men of Nudist Beach and the male members of the Elite Four.

For example, Gamagori served as Lady Satsuki’s impenetrable shield and his personality matches his role as Disciplinary Chair. If anything Sangayama was the most successful member of the Elite Four with a victory over Ryuko. Inumuta’s hacking skills proved quite useful and Mikisugi and Tsumugu had DTR’s!

Studio Trigger should be proud of Kill La Kill. It was an entertaining slugfest that feels completely original. If you’re interested, read the full Anime News Network’s interview with Studio Trigger’s Directors Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill La Kill) and Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia)

The Welcome to Honnouji Academy Arc


What was the curriculum at Honnouji Academy?

Kill La Kill begins with a simple revenge plot as Ryuko Matoi comes to Honnouji Academy in search of her father’s killer. Ryuko travels with one half of a scissor blade and she can hold her own in a fight. What makes Honnouji Academy special is students are wearing Goku Uniforms (Goku Seifuku) and these combat uniforms enhance a person’s physical capabilities because they are made with life fibers.

What are life fibers? Life fibers are alien fabrics that feed on living organisms.

Even with Senketsu Ryuko is not overpowered and has to learn how to harness the power of her Kamui. She gradually gets stronger and suffers crushing defeats. Her best friend Mako Mankanshoku understands Ryuko and is there for her no matter what. Mako’s humorous scenes give fans a break from the action. Hallelujah indeed!

If you’re wondering what’s a Kamui? Well, it’s only the best uniform ever because it’s made completely of life fibers and Senketsu is a sentient being with emotions.


Ryuko wearing Senketsu and less is more.

The Honnouji Academy arc features the first clash between Satsuki and Ryuko. It was such an engaging fight.

The animation throughout Kill La Kill can be a topic of controversy. For me, the action scenes were magnificent in their own unique way. Now, when you go into the comedy scenes it’s clearly bad animation, but that’s why I found it funny. Some people might not find the comedy routines funny since they hate the animation quality.

The fanservice is actually woven into the plot and most fanservice scenes in Kill La Kill carry significant meaning, but some viewers might be overwhelmed.

The musical themes for every character added extra characterization and Kill La Kill has one of the best soundtracks to date.

I’ll jump right into the Battle Royal and Ryuko had to face each Elite Four member one by one. I’ll say these battles were all unique and those upgrade moments as Ryuko and Senketsu are getting stronger feel triumphant. Senketsu Shippu has to be my favorite.


I want to be a jet!

Without a doubt the fight between Jakuzure and Ryuko was intense. Jakuzure’s attack repertoire included Beethoven’s classical masterpiece and yet she still lost because Ryuko claimed the music sounded like ass! Who am I to doubt our hero’s tastes in music, right? Besides, let’s use another upgrade Senketsu Mubyoshi! That’s right; we play our own damn music and cancel out Beethoven with some kickass J-Rock.

The Honnouji Academy Arc gives us flashbacks into the Elite Four and why they are invaluable members of Satsuki’s entourage. The gloomy ending to this arc and the introduction of Nui Harime certainly shocked the mess out of me.

Kill La Kill allows the audience to rally around Ryuko and the good guys. The plot is silly and over the top. Don’t take it too seriously and just be entertained.

Here are some memorable quotes from Lady Satsuki and Kill La Kill is full of great lines.


Satsuki loves tea.

“ASK NOT THE SPARROW HOW THE EAGLE SOARS!”

“FEAR IS FREEDOM! SUBJUGATION IS LIBERATION! CONTRADICTION IS TRUTH! THOSE ARE THE FACTS OF THIS WORLD, AND YOU WILL ALL SURRENDER TO THEM, YOU PIGS IN HUMAN CLOTHING!”

The School’s Raid Trip Arc!


Make a move I dare you.

Round two of Ryuko vs. Satsuki doesn’t disappoint. The standoff between these two opposing forces highlights what Kill La Kill is capable of. I like how Ryuko and Satsuki unleashed hell upon Osaka, but their clashing ideals actually impacted me the most. The dialogue these two exchanged hit harder than any blow. In the end both sides agreed to retreat and live to fight another day.

The takeover of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe was fun and if you want to find the most humor look no further than Takarada. He was equipped with the best Gold-Mecha Crab money could buy and Sangayama handled him with creative usage of a kendo stick. I enjoyed how everything was set into motion and the simple revenge plot changes dramatically.

Kill La Kill raises the stakes and Ryuko joined Nudist Beach in the fight to save humanity from life fibers and Ragyo Kiryuin.

I’ll add that the Elite Four keeps getting upgrades to their uniforms and that displays their character growth.

Satsuki’s Rebellion & Evil Ryuko?!

Kill La Kill was never dull because they took numerous chances and having Satsuki wait until the time was right to strike was wonderful. When Satsuki explained her motivation behind stabbing her mother in the back the audience witnessed the humanization of Satsuki Kiryuin. The goal of Honnouji Academy shows Satsuki’s great genius as a military leader. Every student was like an armed solider, but the biggest mistake Satsuki did was trying to control Ryuko. Satsuki ended up apologizing for that.


Stabbing Suckas in the back like a boss!

The idea of making Ryuko the bad guy for awhile was another daring move. The execution of putting Junketsu on Ryuko can be a little sloppy and covering it up with a sexy Yuri scene doesn’t help. However, the way Evil Ryuko’s personality was mostly intact and how she fought for the bad guys was a solid change of pace. Satsuki puts on Senketsu and the role reversal worked like a charm. Mako and the power of friendship brought Ryuko back to her senses as Nui paid a heavy price. Remember don’t make Ryuko put on shit she doesn’t want to wear!


The Nightmare Face

The Final Battle & My Final Verdict!


Reminds me of when the Grinch partook in the Christmas feast with the Whos of Whoville.

Ryuko and Satsuki worked together with some Kingdom Hearts like action and they blow up the primordial life fiber with a little help from the Great Naked Dagger!

Ryuko makes this declarative statement against Ragyo’s tyranny, “PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE AND CLOTHES ARE CLOTHES!”

The level of heroism was amazing during the final battle. What resonates so deeply is how far Ryuko has come and in the final showdown her resolve was amazing.

When the curtain closes everyone is returning to a normal life and we see Satsuki with a haircut. But, I strongly suggest watching the special episode and it’ll be a graduation ceremony you’ll never forget.

Ryuko and Senketsu are neither human nor clothing, but at the same time they are both human and clothing and everything else! That’s how they roll!

Some of my major gripes with Kill La Kill were how they handled Nui and Ragyo. Nui sacrificing herself seemed undeserving of her character and Ragyo performing a Mortal Kombat Fatality on herself was a salty move if you ask me.

Kill La Kill breaks the mold with style! Ragyo says, “la vie est drôle” (life is amusing) and Kill La Kill brings amusement in the form of non-stop craziness. Remember “Don’t Lose Your Way!” and it’s okay to be different since that’s exactly what Kill La Kill set out to accomplish.

Score/Grade: 8/10 (Good)

Positives
Fun and Original

Story Feel Fulfilling Without Getting Too Serious

Characters Have Distinctive Personalities

Great Action

The Soundtrack Was Amazing

Negatives
Animation Can Stir Controversy

Fanservice Maybe Too Much For Some Viewers

Nui and Ragyo’s Unworthy Demises

In my opinion and through my own experiences Love can be complicated. Every romance anime will feature complications that take two potential lovers on a journey. The journey can be emotional and heartbreaking. Hopefully your faith in love will be rewarded with a satisfying ending to the journey. The best romance story makes the audience feel invested in the two lovers. Will they be together? Will they drift apart? Will they pull an Archie and have him end up with Veronica instead of Betty?

I’ll start by saying Golden Time made the audience aware that with love you have to take the good with the bad.

In every romance anime you want the two potential lovers to establish wonderful memories, but what happens when one lover loses all of those memories? Golden Time for me represented a special bond between two lovers and that bond was unbreakable despite memories being lost and found.

Love & Memories


Kaga Kōko and Tada Banri join hands and come together in a celebration of love.

Golden Time understands and exemplifies two key things throughout a magnificent 24 episode run: Love Is Acceptance and You Always Need Friends.

Golden Time has plenty of suffering, but the point is you don’t have to suffer alone. Your friends will be there for you when you’re feeling down. For example, when Tada freaked because his memory was returning Linda rushed to his aid and calmed him down. Tada has lots of breakdowns, but like true friends Mitsuo and 2D-kun accepted him for who he is. They are not judgmental and encourage him to be with Kaga. Kaga learned to accept Oka-chan’s friendship and the two girls bonded big time during Episode 14.

Golden Time demonstrates that if you can make sacrifices for the person you love then any turmoil will be conquered. Love conquers all when you are willing to make sacrifices and accept your significant other for who they are. I have no doubt that Kaga and Tada by the end of Golden Time accepted each other and are willing to make any sacrifices to maintain the promise they made to each other.

The promise between Kaga Kōko and Tada Banri was as long as they remember one another; the two will stay together for the rest of their lives.

I strongly recommend watching the video below and see if you can feel all warm inside.

Now, let’s get into the plot of Golden Time.

Tada Banri has just got accepted into a private law school in Tokyo. How wonderful right? Well, not exactly since the guy suffers from retrograde amnesia.

(Yes I had to look up what retrograde amnesia is, don’t judge me!)

In short, retrograde amnesia is a type of amnesia that makes someone lose memories that revolve around a very traumatic event. Thankfully, this amnesia is temporary.

In Tada’s case the traumatic event was falling off a bridge shortly after graduating high school. But, instantly you have to wonder what was he doing on a bridge at night? Well, Tada was waiting for high school sweetheart Linda to either accept or reject his declaration of love.

Linda is Tada’s first love, but I’ll proceed with the beginning of our plot.

Tada as a result of falling off this bridge is unable to remember anything from before the accident so naturally Tada looks at college as a fresh new start. He even meets a friend named Mitsuo Yanagisawa as the two dudes instantly get along. I’m talking bromance. You think sometimes everything happens for a reason and the memories of the past belong in the past.

Enter Kaga Kōko


Kaga Used Rose Smack… It’s Super Effective!

So, yeah when I first saw this lovely girl smack Mitsuo with a bouquet of roses I was applauding and laughing. That’s one heck of a first impression and I believe Tada fell in love at first sight.

Kaga has style, and yes she can be extremely emotional. There were times where I hated her actions and other times where I loved her actions. Kaga can be impulsive, but she makes up for it by genuinely learning from her mistakes. I will say that Kaga like a lot of the characters in Golden Time are not perfect and they acknowledge their own flaws which is a major strength throughout Golden Time. These characters want to be good people, but they are human and make mistakes so the audience can sympathize with them.

Now, naturally Mitsuo wanted nothing to do with Kaga during Golden Time’s early acts. According to Kaga they were supposed to get married and they were childhood friends so it made sense. Mitsuo promised her, but someone forgot to tell Kaga that he made that promised when he was a kid. You cannot hold him to that and Mitsuo got pissed off. He told Kaga to get lost and that he wanted nothing to do with her.

Kaga’s first heartbreak…

Thankfully Tada was there on the rebound and expresses that he does not want to be in the friend zone. Kaga decides to date him and the two of them fall in love.

Everything is going perfect.

Plot Twist in 3… 2… 1…


Do I know you? You look familiar.

That’s right folks the picture above is Tada meeting Linda again. She’s attending the university and she’s a sophomore in the Festival Club. She invites both Tada and Kaga to join the club and now we have ourselves a love triangle.

The rest of the cast of Golden Time are great supporting characters. When everyone is together and hanging out I’m reminded of the sitcom Friends. We get comedic moments to balance out the drama and I sing the praises of the supporting characters because they care about Kaga and Tada. Golden Time did an exceptional job in making these friends crucial to Tada and Kaga’s character development.

When Kaga and Tada broke up the supporting cast was hurt and that’s what I like to see. The main characters actions having a direct impact on the supporting characters. Oka-chan, 2-D-kun, Mitsuo, Nana, and Linda were left to pick up the pieces, but good friends don’t only pick up the pieces. They put them back together because they want the Kaga and Tada to be together.

I applaud how the supporting characters stand up for themselves whenever Kaga or Tada waiver and they give the two lovers strength when they need it the most.

The Past is History. The Future is a Mystery. But, the Present is a Gift.


Who would you choose?

Golden Time’s love triangle was another strong aspect of the show and I love the symbolism of the bridge during the final episode. In some moments we were introduced to The Ghost of Banri’s Past. The final episode features Tada watching his past unfold, before being able to move onto his future.

I’ll add that Tada had a Forest Gump moment and Linda encouraged him to run to Kaga.

Without detailing the entire finale the bridge was symbolic of Tada’s two different paths. The path of the past needed closure and The Ghost Banri’s past was still waiting for Linda.

Golden Time gives fans Linda’s answer as she accepted Banri’s declaration of love. The Ghost of Banri’s past receives closure and therefore, Tada Banri can truly accept himself and be with Kaga Kōko.

Final Verdict


Do your best Senpai!

Golden Time has Golden moments and as a whole this anime won my affections. There’s something special about this group of friends and I cherished every moment they had together. Tada Banri with his memories conflicting found a way to overcome his identity crisis and accepted himself. He found the love of his life in Kaga Kōko and the two live happily ever after which is good.

You cannot appreciate Golden Time without understanding that every love story is a journey. The complications of Tada losing himself, his friends, and the love of his life were compelling and heart wrenchingly satisfying. Thankfully, there are fun moments like their trip to the beach or Kaga’s exorcist walking that balance things out.

There are a few flaws like the supernatural element can get confusing. Since, The Ghost of Banri’s past was a real jerk sometimes, but then decided to let Banri live his life? Not sure what changed.

Then you consider that we should have gotten an ending that was even more “Golden” with Tada and Kaga getting married. Something like five years later we are taken to their wedding scene and we find out where everyone stands.


Golden Kiss Activate!

Grade/Score: 9/10 (Good)

Positives
Faith in Love Rewarded

Love Triangle between Tada, Kaga, and Linda

Supporting Characters

Balance of Drama and Comedy

Happy Ending is Good…

Negatives
But, we deserve more of a Golden Resolution

The Ghost of Banri’s Past can be confusing

Originally when Death Note aired I was in high school. I was a skeptic and decided not to watch it, even though all my friends were. I just didn’t like the premise. Death Note sounded ludicrous to me.

Writing down someone’s name in a book and then that person dies is not only overpowered, but how are you going to stretch that to thirty-seven episodes?

One of my closest friends has encouraged me to watch Death Note for a while now. But, I just never got around to doing it.


This was extra motivation for me to watch Death Note for the first time.

• I’ll be honest the first three episodes of Death Note lay the groundwork exceptionally well. But, nothing really hype worthy has happened yet.

• It’s interesting enough to keep watching since it’s a psychological thriller blended with a detective drama/murder mystery.

• Maybe it’s the amazing soundtrack that creates the illusion of greatness. When Light was writing down names at a relentless pace that music was edgy and godlike.

• Death Note has a lot of thematic meat and viewers might get overwhelmed. Morality, Justice, God Complex, and Corruption are themes that Death Note covers with a heavy hand.

• The themes being explored carry the anime since the major characters feel excessively complex to the point that they are unreliable. What I mean by “unreliable” is that you cannot take them at face value and their complexity makes them unpredictable.

• For example, Light Yagami would fall under the category of The Madman.

• He once was an honor student and his life was progressing smoothly, but deep down his resentment toward how unjust the world is was slowly eating away at him.

• But, when exactly did killing one criminal on TV turn into mass murdering every criminal and becoming a God? I cannot expect Light to answer this question pertaining to when he transformed nor will he ever acknowledge his own mental state.

• That’s why Light is unreliable because I don’t know if obtaining the Death Note turned an ordinary honor student into a murderous God. How do I know for sure that Light before obtaining the Death Note didn’t always considered himself as a God? Was Light always on the brink of madness or was he corrupted by The Death Note and Ryuk?

• L is unreliable and would fall under the category of The Liar.

• L is the world’s greatest detective, but he’s shrouded in mystery and misrepresents himself by not showing his face and altering his voice. From what I’ve been told L’s obscurity allows him to think better as he hunts down Kira.

• But the audience cannot possibly know what is going on inside L’s labyrinthine mind and will he always play by the rules?

• The problem is I cannot relate to L and Light.

• They are way too complex and seem out of the realm of reality. I cannot rely on them to operate conventionally which to some is exactly why these characters are amazing, but for my tastes they are devoid of human empathy. They have no charm.

• L operates on structured justice and the law will take its course. While Light is more extreme and takes the law into his own hands.

• But, I saw that girl in the intro and wonder how is she caught up in everything?

• I HATE Light Yagami. (Guess my name goes down in the Death Note, right?)

• Light Yagami is a young and arrogant smartass.

• L was right to claim that Light has a “naive” sense of justice.

• Nothing is worse than someone who uses power irresponsibility.

• Light immediately lets the power go to his head. He claims he will become a God. Light will usher in a new peaceful world and he’s carrying out divine justice.

• Light’s rhetoric has already begun to sound like madness.

• Ryuk, The Death God gets the plot moving by dropping the Death Note into the human world. Why you ask? He was bored and wanted to see what kind of human will inherit such great power.


I can imagine some Creepypasta story revolving around this guy.

• Like Ryuk, I’m watching Death Note and decided not to choose a side. I just want to be entertained and I could go for a few apples which is clearly symbolic.

• The interaction between Ryuk and Light are full of good lines and it’s very interesting to see who’s really in control of things. If you ask me, Ryuk knows Light is full of vanity and wants to continue to push him further into madness. Light continues to dig himself deeper into a murderous hole and there is no turning back.


It may look like an ordinary Drawer and Diary… Seriously, couldn’t Light just keep it under the floorboard?

• It’s a race between L and Light as whoever can identify their rival first will kill him.

• Death Note wants the audience to question their own morality and side with either L or Light. Who’s really fighting for justice?

• L’s methods are indeed unconventional, but his willingness to think outside the box already has rattled Light.

• The Irresistible Force Paradox comes to mind when thinking of L and Light.

• It’s too convenient for Light’s father to be in charge of the Kira case.

• I’m not too thrilled over the “Shinigami Eyes” either since that’s a convenient power.

• The “Shinigami Eyes” make things too easy.

• Light by trading in half of his lifespan will obtain the power to actually see a person’s name and lifespan. Sounds like a last resort.

This wraps up my First Impression of Death Note. I’m not sold on it, but it does come across as thrilling and full of interesting themes. Feel free to share what you think of Death Note and what should I expect. Also, stay tune for a Review on Golden Time.

Michiko & Hatchin is my second installment of First Impressions. Like my first impression of Brynhildr In The Darkness I’m providing my general thoughts and I want to share with you all a little bit of what goes through my head. I’m covering the first three episodes of Michiko & Hatchin and I hope my notes provide some insight. Also, if you’ve seen the anime I’m covering feel free to comment on what I should expect and how do you feel about the anime.

• Michiko & Hatchin displayed their first scene of episode one with confidence. Michiko’s escape from prison was full of action movie shenanigans and with a little bit of luck Michiko Malandro was on the loose.


Inescapable prison you say? Well, guess who just escaped. I’d give the security a thumb down.

• The security was honestly pathetic and Michiko barely struggled, but sure enough she had other failed attempts. So, remember perseverance always pays off in the end.

• Michiko’s character comes off as persistent, rude, and there’s no doubt about it… She’s a harden criminal that will do anything to achieve her goals.

• She escaped prison to find Hiroshi Morenos’ daughter and to see for herself if Hiroshi is dead. Sure enough she believes Hiroshi is still alive.

• I’m Puerto Rican so instantly my Spanish senses were tingling. The last names of both Hana and Michiko are clever and allow me to break down what I observed.

• For example, I noticed that if you take out the “s” from Hana’s last name you get the Spanish word “Moreno” which means dark skinned person.

• It’s no coincidence that a dark skinned and very sexy woman named Michiko Malandro came and saved Hana Morenos.

• If you take out “ndro” from Malandro you are left with “Mala” which is the feminization of the word bad in Spanish.

• For now… I perceive Michiko as a bad person and she must have committed serious crimes.

• But, c’mon I know there’s always redemption in these kinds of freedom stories. Michiko has her own personal cross to bear and Hana is her responsibility.

• I’m looking forward to Michiko’s redemption and I wonder if Hana will come of age.

• Hiroshi is the thread that connects Michiko to Hana.

• The stakes so far have been relatively simple and escaping from the cops seems like the tip of the iceberg. When does that crime syndicate come into play? Will those tattoos start becoming a real factor?

• Unfortunately the action sequences have been clumsy. Michiko rode her motorcycle up a staircase is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Then the cops tried to do the same only to be thwarted by Michiko.

• Atsuko’s credibility as an anti-hero goes out the window by the end of episode two. She looked like a fool. But, I guess I won’t jump to any conclusions. Atsuko does know Michiko from her childhood and comes across as a wildcard.

• I expect Michiko & Hatchin to dive deep into culture. I see some cultural ties to South America and if you want to be specific, I’d say Brazilian culture will be strongly infused into the anime.

• Let me return to Hana and episode one.

• She narrated a typical day in her life and it’s clear she’s being tormented by her foster family. In that abusive environment everyone treats her like trash and they hate her. They make her do all the housework and she clearly is suffering.

• Her foster father is just trying to collect the child support and the entire household could care less about her wellbeing.

• Father Pedro Belenbauza pretty much is a corrupt priest and uses the church to obtain wealth and status. He parades around the fact that he’s given Hana a home. He has “saved” her life.

• Father Pedro prevents Hana from telling the inspector about any abuse by bribing her and reminding her that the streets only bring about despair and cruelty.

• According to Father Pedro girls Hana’s age are either forced into prostitution or die.

• Hana’s foster siblings are evil. They beat up Hana and they are spoiled brats.

• The foster mother is an arrogant prick who set up Hana for a brutal punishment.

• When she told Hana to throw out the family cat it was like giving her enough rope to hang herself with.

• There were some extreme cases of abuse and I found myself suggesting… we needed two more episodes of “abusive household drama” and then have Michiko save Hana at episode three.

• The foster family dynamic could have taken a psychological approach and even go into neglect.

• I know we have to get things moving along, but so far nothing really has gotten my attention in Michiko & Hatchin other than the abusive family. I wanted to really feel Hana’s breaking point.

• It was told to the audience that this kind of abuse was everyday life and when Hana lashed out on her foster sister, it was a result of years of abuse.


This could have been the ending to episode one.

• I feel sympathy for Hana because she certainly suffered abuse. Her foster family can burn in hell for all I care and I was glad she fought back.

• I wanted to learn more about the household and at least have Michiko search around for Hana while dodging the police.

• Instead by the end of episode one Michiko busts inside the house during breakfast and rescues Hana.

• At least she announced over the phone that she was coming right? She gave the priest time to load up his shotgun. But, it was hilariously bad execution during this entire scene since the priest could not aim at all.

• Much to my chagrin Michiko was pretty much in point blank range. The priest has to be the worst shot in the world since he missed three or four times with a shotgun.

• In episode two the priest with a pistol further displayed why he should never be allowed to bear arms by missing at least six more times.

• It’s worth mentioning that when Hana pictured someone saving her. It was a man with the same tattoo, but it was on his right shoulder. (Perhaps a glimpse at Hiroshi?)

• Episode two introduces us to Atsuko and we figure out Hiroshi died eleven years ago. Keep in mind Hana is nine years old going on ten.

• Michiko gives Hana her nickname. Hana is now “Hatchin” starting from episode two.

• I’ll add that episode two is basically a direct continuation of what happened after Hatchin is taken by Michiko.

• For the most part Michiko claimed to be Hana’s mother. But, when she was talking to Hana in episode two, she asked where Hana got her chin from. Michiko does not show any affection toward Hana. She does not come across as a mother who has reunited with her daughter. It’s more like she’s babysitting Hiroshi’s daughter out of some misguided love and obligation.

• Whoever Hiroshi is I can say one thing… He certainly has some charm that compels Michiko to take care of his kid. He’s probably still alive messing around with some other chick.

• For some reason I found that scene where Atsuko lifts up the foster daughter’s skirt creepy and I guess she was looking for the tattoo…

• But, seriously are you going to tell me that both Michiko and Atsuko thought that four-eyed black-haired brat was Hana? They clearly saw from the baby picture that Hana has blonde hair which makes it so obvious.

• For both of them to get it wrong initially doesn’t add up. I’ll let Michiko slide since she does not always think her actions through. But, Atsuko? I don’t know… she seems pretty shady and dirty.

• Episode three really was a huge improvement.


Yes, I work here now and he’s my boss. Why? Because I have to pay for my Jordans!

• The owner of this Chinese Restaurant was a unique character. Dine & Dashers beware the penalty for not paying for a meal is death!

• Always work hard for the things you want! Don’t steal them.

• Michiko stole the Jordans for Hatchin. Hatchin was forced to accept them because her other shoes got stolen.

• Hatchin decided to get a job and pay for them. Hatchin was mature.

• Hatchin accepted the conditions and her employment is very respectable.


You thought I was joking? Hatchin is rocking these Jordans. Don’t hate because she’s fresher than you.

• Hatchin has integrity and determination. She cuts her hair in this episode and the new look symbolizes a new life for Hatchin. She already proved that she’ll be more than willing to pull her own weight and not let her past define her future.


The face you make when your boss gives you more work.

• The fortuneteller/gypsy woman element in this episode was perfectly executed too. The fortuneteller was creepy and ugly, but at the end of the day she made money by suckering Michiko.

• But, then again you’ll see in the episode that the fortuneteller wasn’t crazy after all and it sure did look like Hatchin was going to die.

• Hatchin acquired a special stone from the fortuneteller that was said to ward off all evil. When Hatchin was confronted by a gunman; she tossed the rock at him.

• The rock made the gunman drop his gun and Hatchin bought herself enough time for Michiko to save her life.

• Following the altercation Michiko and Hatchin find themselves knocking on Hiroshi’s door. Or at least that’s what Michiko thought based on sketch identification that lead the two travelers to this place.

• The whole role reversal was pretty clever. At first it was Hatchin who immediately dismissed the fortuneteller’s prediction of the future.

• Michiko was gullible enough to believe and pay for the fortunetelling services.

• By the end of the episode, Hatchin had a change of heart. She actually believed the fortuneteller was correct since she almost experienced the entire fortune except dying.

• On the other hand, Michiko was pissed off and in disbelief. She was upset that the married man at the door was not Hiroshi. Michiko thought she’d been lied to by the fortuneteller.

Overall Michiko & Hatchin has room for improvement. It can feel like a clumsy action movie if you only watch the first two episodes. But, episode three provides a glimpse at what kind of person Hatchin wants to be. She will oppose Michiko.

I’m sure there are deeper emotional moments to come and more lessons to be learned, but the search for Hiroshi keeps the anime moving. I’m thinking in these three episodes Michiko and Hatchin both escaped their respective prisons. But, eventually they should feel the need to hunker down and find stability to complement their freedom. If searching for Hiroshi continues to lead to nowhere then what’s the point of being free? I wonder… who’ll get fed up first.

I do have concerns about pacing since the first two episodes didn’t give the audience any chance to really digest anything. It introduced an interesting abusive household, but immediately rushed to the next stage and left me wanting more. Michiko & Hatchin are together and episode three really was good, despite stumbling out of the gate.

On another note the opening and ending music is enjoyable. Feel free to watch and listen as this has been my First Impression of Michiko & Hatchin. Take care and I’ll be back with more.

The trope of characters being purposely overpowered can get exhausting and I’m convinced that overpowered characters never tell an interesting story.

The initial “Alice in Wonderland” tone combined with interesting exposition explained a world called “Little Garden” in great depth. I thought Problem Children was going to excel in just ten episodes. I had pretty high expectations and I thought I was going to get an exceptional anime.

I was wondering will these three characters that have nothing in common, work together, and overcome their differences. I knew that their powers alone were formidable, but if they combined their efforts anything was possible.

Well, not only was I disappointed, but my expectations crumbled. I found that Problem Children suffered from rushed plotlines that were scattered onto the canvas. When they came together it felt like not every character got enough justice.

Izayoi is a problem everyone else not so much…


For you taking on a Water God was the most crowning achievement of your life, but for Izayoi it was just Tuesday…

I’ll start with Izayoi since his “gift” is unknown and therefore as a result he’s the most overpowered character in Problem Children. His sole motivation is having fun and he’s an arrogant punk kid who needs to get knocked down a few pegs. Izayoi was barely challenged in the course of ten episodes and never mind working together with Asuka and Kasukabe… he pretty much handled the brunt of the action in Problem Children. Sure, they worked together for the grand finale, but his two allies looked terrible since they were not on his level.

Asuka

I have powers too!

Give me some more Asuka please. Seriously, by far she had the most conflict to deal with. The “gift” of authority allowed her to command others with her words. Before entering Little Garden she was tired of getting anything she wanted and her life of privilege was hollow. Her powers were a curse, because no one ever challenged her authority. Keep in mind her moments felt rushed and it frustrated the hell out of me. The most frustrating thing was when she was in the face of the giant fighting robot called “Dean” and her goal was to gain control of the robot.

This was supposed to be the true test of her powers and she was going to gain a huge confidence boost.

Sure enough, we never see how many attempts it took to control “Dean” or what she said. How much did she struggle? We were robbed of her accomplishment. You would think Problem Children would know the significance of this moment as Asuka wanted to understand and help others. Instead, we go ahead to her saving her allies and she was using “Dean” like a pro, but it’s a shame to see her not get that moment of triumph.

Trust me a lot of things happen off camera in Problem Children and it was well worth seeing.

Kasukabe

If you ride a Griffon you should be the coolest person ever… Too bad this is the highest point for Kasukabe.

I respect Kasukabe for wanting to make friends. Her “gift” allows her to be able to talk to animals and use the power of animals. Sadly, Kasukabe was always getting beat throughout Problem Children. The whole tournament she entered was a waste of time since she ended up forfeiting the final match.

She really did not accomplish much other than being able to ride the Griffon and I’ll let her have that. I would have loved to see her do more, but remember we have to get plenty of Izayoi and his broken unexplained non-sense.

Asuka and Kasukabe are much more interesting characters with genuine back stories, but Problem Children wanted us to focus on the least interesting character… The one who can do anything he wants when he wants… Ugh.

Kasukabe’s “gift” was actually in the form of a pendant around her neck and she was able to overcome her illness before entering the world of the Little Garden.

Oh Yes! Black Rabbit!


I’d much rather listen to what Black Rabbit has to say.


How cute! But, seriously Black Rabbit is probably the only reason I kept watching.

Black Rabbit has all the powers you’d imagine a rabbit would have plus an awesome spear that can control lightning. With her enhanced speed and hearing she’s probably the closest to Izayoi’s level. All you need is Izayoi let’s make that clear, but I just loved Black Rabbit.

Black Rabbit can send you to the moon; do I need to say more?

I love that even though she’s our fan-service character she can really hold her own. Don’t underestimate her just because she’s cute and she played a vital role. Without her none of the “Gift Games” can take place and she’s a lot smarter than she lets on. She summoned our three heroes in order to have them join the “No Name” community.

In a world where games decide your status and you can pretty much bet anything, communities are fighting to see who shall reign supreme. Of course Demon Lords have found a way to be unbeatable and they are conquering communities left and right. She represents the “No Name” community with pride and I have to admit her loyalty goes without question. She could have left the “No Name” community that was reduced to a wasteland and served as home for children.

But, she stood and recruited the Problem Children for the greater good. She has to do her best to keep them in line and she puts up with a lot of crap.

Black Rabbit you’re the real MVP.

The character designs are vibrant and the animation always turns it up a notch. Like I said, Little Garden was a great world and it was explained very thoroughly. I wanted this anime to be very good.

Sadly, the storytelling is scattered and Izayoi was too overpowered. Some of the best moments felt unfulfilling. What makes matters worse a lot of important things happen off screen and they have to pull out all the stops to make sure they explain everything. I get it, the ten episode limit, but that means we have to settle on startup villains to cap off the season.

The villains were boring and they were a trio of anime stereotypes. The trio consists of a small evil loli, a sexy seductress, and the gruff elf warrior. They really failed and I did not care for them.

Sure, they were cleverly infused with the whole myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and I praise Problem Children for incorporating legendary tales into their villains and other characters. However, the villains themselves were bland. In other words, the villains did not live up to the legends they were representing.

For example, The Evil Loli was the representation of The Plague. But, you see if she was a reoccurring character then I would have been impressed. Since the “Black Death” seemed like an inescapable fate that loomed everywhere. The character would have been better if she loomed everywhere.

Final Verdict

Like No Game No Life, Problem Children failed to establish anything really meaningful. But, I’ll admit they did get me hyped at the end when the letter comes down since I’m guessing that’s an invitation to face the Demon Lords. I see potential in Problem Children, but the character development needed to be better. Izayoi was solely defined by his powers and he comes across as a flat character.

The idea of me wanting them to all work together and collectively overcome their differences was not prevalent at all. Instead, we get the trope of one overpowered character that solves everything because he can. The sun rises and sets on this character while everyone else cannot seem to reach his greatness. It’s not a good story or rather this sells Problem Children short. Ten episodes felt like a sloppy start to something that has real entertainment value and it can be more than just a “Spot” generator.

(The pro-wrestling term “Spot” means a planned action or set of actions during a match that is meant to get the crowd excited. I’m saying Problem Children managed to only generate moments or “Spots” of excitement, but the overall value of the anime was inadequate)

Grade: 3/10 (Inadequate)

Positives
Fully Detailed Animation

Asuka, Black Rabbit, and Kasukabe are major standouts

Infusion of The Pied Piper of Hamelin myth

Negatives
Izayoi is too broken and hogs all the spotlight

Rushed Plotlines that feel scattered

Startup villains are bland

Most characters are way behind Izayoi

Ten Episodes of Wasted Potential… Where’s Season 2?

I will be back with more since I’m still working on other stuff and I plan on doing a First Impression of Michiko & Hatchin.

Until next time… Enjoy the intro to Problem Children.

I’m going to try and do more first impressions. In theory, I’ll watch the first couple of episodes and then give my first impressions of the anime. The format will be bullet points since these are general notes that I’m taking. Some minor spoilers.

• The Plot was very well orchestrated and from the first episode the tension was very balanced with some lighter moments.

• I loved how Ryouta deduced that Kuroha did not know her multiplication tables which shows us that he’ll have to be the brains of the operation.

• However, the next scene featured Kuroha easily beating Ryouta in arm wrestling and he was shocked at how strong she is. She will definitely be the brawn and beauty of this anime with romance between her and Ryouta slowly developing.

• Also, Kuroha cannot read Kanji and I liked how Ryouta managed to save her from embarrassment.

• Speaking of saving people. We learn from Episode 2 that Kuroha is trying to save as many people as she can. She has a heroic nature and it gives her life meaning.

• I even loved her cute little superhero theme song she was singing before Ryouta caught her being girly for a change.

• Humanity vs. Witches has plenty of thematic potential. Episode 2 had a very terrible scene and I’ll just say it ended pretty bad for one of our witches.

• Until I get a better explanation of what a witch is I’ll call them mutants since I get an X-men vibe from this anime.

• By the way Kana is my favorite character so far. She’s like the Stephen Hawkins of anime. She’s completely paralyzed and oddly enough is dressed like a Rozen Maiden doll. She must talk via an electronic device and type in what she wants to say.

• Her special mutant powers allows her to see into the future and see when a person is going to die. Hence how Kuroha knew when Ryouta’s death was going to happen in the first episode.

• The goal of Kuroha getting involved with him in the first place was to prevent his death which Kana foresaw. Episode 2 shows that Kana reads the future and Kuroha goes out to save the day.

• The opening made me wonder if we are going to get a more serious harem that gives the audience substance. I mean, an opening with no lyrical music was impressive to see and the techno and strings combination worked well with the images shown.

• This opening makes me excited to watch this anime. (Rave On!)

• For the female characters their lives seem to be full of despair as they are implanted with some device in their central nervous system or spine.

• My Brother and I made an interesting theory. Perhaps these mutants are brought back from the dead or they are made with the genetic DNA of dead people. Which would explain why Kuroha looks like Kuroneko, but at the same time she’s not her.

• Kuroha might be a clone made from the long decease remains of Kuroneko.

• Brynhildr’s opening shows that either death or destruction awaits our magical mutants and our male lead will be in the middle of it.

• There will be a fight against a very powerful white haired magical mutant that will determine some serious stakes.

• When trying to introduce science fantasy and science fiction elements I hope not to be overwhelmed by the fanservice, but I do expect it. The first episode gave us a very sexy swimsuit scene as Kuroha cannot swim (Hint: Cats can’t swim either…)

• The boys at that school are really perverted. She nearly drowned and they are thinking about touching her boobs…

• The general plot is very interesting since it all begins with Ryouta who knew this girl from his childhood. Her name was Kuroneko and she believed in aliens. Ryouta fascinated with this wanted to see the aliens for himself and spend more time with his best friend. Kuroneko comes across as a mysterious child, but when she and him were crossing a dangerous ledge Ryouta falls. In an attempt to save him Kuroneko reaches out to grab his hand. They take a very nasty fall and Ryouta awakens to find out that his friend did not make it. He grows up with guilt and decides to fulfill their promise of proving aliens exist. He joined the astronomy club and as the lone member he looks up at the starry skies. He’s basically still depressed and living with guilt. He did a great job on his exams for NASA and he wants to become a researcher.

• One day, Kuroha the new girl in town comes in and she looks exactly like Kuroneko. Our main character literally gets freaked out and stands up in the middle of class demanding that Kuroha show her armpit. He was hoping Kuroha was Kuroneko since she had a very notable birthmark of three dots that formed a triangle on her armpit.

• So, to speed up the summary of episode one I’ll just say it was pretty cool how Kuroha’s magical abilities was revealed and the interactions between her and Ryouta was done with great attention to detail.

• As a very cute female lead, Kuroha makes me interested in learning more about the mystery behind who she is? What is she truly capable of and why can she use magic? What will her fate be and maybe she’s Kuroneko after all?

• Our Male Lead Ryouta Murakami comes across as an conventional male lead in a harem, but his deep rooted guilt for letting his childhood friend Kuroneko die gives him an extra boost. He has room to grow and he will be tested. In two episodes he comes off as bland and unknowingly has gotten himself involve in some deep trouble.

• My Favorite Character so far is Kana Tachibana

• Episode 2 introduced her very well and she loves cake in a blender.

• With the ability to foresee when a person will die Kana gives Kuroha a chance to save lives. I find it interesting because Kuroha and her escaped with other mutants. As a result they are forced to live in hiding from the human army and scientists that will kill them on sight.

• Anyone else that is seen with them will die too. Ryouta has gotten himself into some deep waters and it might be too late to swim back since he’s feeling more and more in love with Kuroha.

• He is questioning if those feelings are for Kuroneko.

• Episode 1: Was generally a smooth entrance into an interesting anime that has the potential to get really bloody and it may explore darker themes. I liked the tension this episode presented and it made me want to learn more. I found the interactions between Kuroha and Ryouta to be very well thought out and genuine. Not much flaws. But I do see some pitfalls down the road. For example, will the fanservice feel forced? I’m sure this show will give us some sexy situations, but will it serve its role and give us a break from the tension? So far, only time will tell. In addition, perhaps this anime is very ambitious in giving plenty of mysteries at risk of leaving the audience “in the darkness” for too long.

• That pun was 100 percent intended, come at me bro!

• Episode 2: Added a few more plotlines to get us moving forward and showed us how our mutants are going to be dealt with once captured. It explained the ability to see people’s deaths thanks to our new character Kana who instantly will inspire sympathy. With the army and scientists conducting a manhunt for Kana and Kuroha it’s just a matter of time before they are discovered. I like that Kana does not want to weight down Kuroha and encourages her to make the most out of life by actually going to school like a normal girl. Kuroneko’s dream was to one day see the ocean. Ryouta wants to show Kuroha the ocean as a means to honor his childhood friend and possibly try to confirm once and for all, if Kuroha really is Kuroneko. It’s really romantic, but it doesn’t feel forced either which is pretty good and it serves as an improvement from Elfen Lied. I’ll add that there are no wasted moments in this show so far and everything contributes to telling a very mysterious story.

• A fun fact since I mentioned Elfen Lied. The Brynhildr manga is brought to us by Lynn Okamoto, the manga writer for Elfen Lied. Brynhildr is still ongoing, so we’re probably going to be left with a cliffhanger in this anime, which is fine.

• I do see some comparisons with Elfen Lied in terms of the possible clashes against humanity. I want to know what are the witches capable of before comparing them to the Diclonius and how threatening they were. Also, whether or not Brynhildr can live up to Elfen Lied is yet to be determined. When comparing the start of both anime, Elfen Lied came out swinging; whereas Brynhildr wanted you to get enveloped in the mystery of everything revolving around Kuroha/Kuroneko. But, interestingly enough I might not see this as a narrative once I finish it. Maybe this can be a very good deconstruction of what makes up a person’s identity.

• The whole childhood friendship of Kuroneko and Ryouta reminds me of Kohta and Lucy. I’ll say Brynhildr did a wise move in starting the narrative at the beginning of Kuroneko and Ryouta’s childhood friendship. That way we’ll constantly question if Kuroha is Kuroneko. Episode 2 begins with a dream as the two children were looking up at the stars. By constantly building up the past the audience will be more incline to work their way backward to what happened to Kuroneko.

This has been my first impression of Brynhildr In Darkness. Let me know what you think. I’ll be glad to shed some light on this anime in the form of a review once I finish watching it.


Check out the opening to Brynhildr.

This time for the Sayonara I decided to figure out what Chinese Zodiac animal our Characters of May are. Now, I had to cheat a little bit because in order to figure out what animal you are in the Chinese Zodiac Table you must know what year you were born in. Unfortunately, I have no idea what year all of these Characters of May are born in and therefore I resorted to another solution.

By knowing the ages of our Characters of May I deduced that I can use our current year 2015 minus their age to get the year they were born in. Just pretend they are living in our time period.

For example, Keima is seventeen years old therefore: 2015 (Year) – 17 (Age) = 1998 (Birth Year)

Therefore Keima was born in the year 1998 if he was actually living in our time period.

Keima’s Age: 17 (1998)

Ran’s Age: 16 (1999)

Kane’s Age: 23 (1992)

Alphard’s Age: 22 (1993)

Saito’s Age: 34 (1981)

Results
Keima Katsuragi was born in the year 1998 and therefore he is a Tiger.

Ran Kotobuki was born in the year 1999 and therefore she is a Rabbit.

Kane Blueriver was born in the year 1992 and therefore he is a Monkey.

Alphard was born in the year 1993 and therefore she is a Rooster.

Saito was born in the year 1981 and he’s also a Rooster.

Keima The Tiger

Keima’s Lucky Colors are blue, grey, orange, white.

Keima’s Lucky are Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Keima’s Lucky Flowers are yellow lilies, cinerarias

  • Interestingly enough people born in the year of the Tiger are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and self-confident.

Which captures Keima’s personality quite nicely.

  • They are very charming and well-liked by others.

Well, in Keima’s case that’s not always true since he spends more time with his games than the actual girls around him.

  • But sometimes they are likely to be impetuous, irritable, and overindulged.

Yep, that’s true considering if you interrupt Keima’s time with his games he’ll be in a foul mood.

  • With stubborn personalities and tough judgment, tigers work actively and boldly express themselves, and do things with a high-handed manner. They are authoritative and never go back on what they have said.

Whenever Keima attempts to fill a girls heart with love he becomes very expressive and when Keima can see the ending his actions are very heavy handed. I agree that whatever Keima sets his mind to he will pursue that with 100% effort. In fact, Keima exercises tough love when necessary and I don’t ever recall him going back on what he’s set out to accomplish.

  • Tigers are not motivated by money or power.

Keima’s motivation is his own personal Dating Simulation Games.

  • Tigers love be challenged and will accept any challenge if it means important value to them, and they do not like to obey others.

This is actually how things started with Keima. He was the self-proclaimed God of Conquest and when Elsie requested his assistance in capturing loose souls Keima took on the challenge. He was very confident that he will be able to capture loose souls and make girls fall in love with him just like he does in his dating simulation games. No doubt, Keima hates it when he is told what to do and he rather follow his own path.

Ran The Rabbit

Ran’s Lucky Colors are red, pink, purple, blue. (Seriously? All those colors)

Ran’s Lucky Numbers are 3, 4, 6

Ran’s Lucky flowers are plantain lilies and jasmine flowers

  • Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert; quick, skillful, kind, and patient; and particularly responsible.

Um… Ran gentle or quiet? No way. I’ll agree she’s alert and quick whenever she sees a sale on new clothes or a cute guy. To call someone skillful depends on what you consider a skill. Ran’s skills besides her natural athletic ability must be her ability to always be there for her friends. I do consider Ran a natural born leader and to me that comes across as invaluable skill. I agree that Ran is particularly responsible whenever she values something important. God knows she is not responsible in school.

  • However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Generally speaking, people who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign have likable characters.

Ran definitely is superficial because she worries about her appearance as the number one gal of Shibuya. Her stubbornness often gets her into arguments with her family and the brief moments where she shows her melancholy conflicts are the moments where you wonder why does Ran work so hard to keep up her reputation. Overly-discreet? No, Ran will much rather be in your face about what she feels. I agree, Ran is mostly likable as she stands as a very independent female.

  • Ladies belonging to the rabbit zodiac sign, apart from a pretty and modest appearance, have a pure heart.

I have no doubt that Ran’s heart is pure and she works pretty hard to make sure she looks pretty, but I doubt that she’s ever been modest about her looks.

  • Rabbits are faithful to those around them, but reluctant to reveal their minds to others, and have a tendency to escape reality.

That’s a very good way to describe Ran. Her faithfulness to her friends goes without question and she will do anything for them. However, during the finale of Super Gals Ran was having a tough time opening up to her friends and sharing what she was thinking. She feared change and the ever so inescapable truth of things will always change made Ran want to escape reality. She saw all of her friends growing up and becoming something different that she wondered if she’d be stuck being the same old Ran Kotobuki. Nevertheless, Ran understands that if she never loses faith in her friends that they will be there for her too when she needs them.

  • They are too cautious and conservative, which means they miss good opportunities.

Well, if you consider her off and on relationship with Kuroi Tatsuki you can argue she is missing out on the opportunity to be in a loving relationship with a very good guy. In a way, Ran is remaining cautious with her heart because her pride won’t allow her to get her heart broken, but at the same time Tatsuki has been the best thing in her life.

Ran does become a police officer and it so happens that Rabbits will make good police officers and they will excel in law enforcement.

Kane The Monkey

Kane’s Lucky Colors are white, blue, gold

Kane’s Lucky Numbers are 4 and 9

Kane’s Lucky Flowers are chrysanthemum flowers and crape-myrtle

  • People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty.

Kane has his own wit and level of intelligence. Sure, you don’t expect him to get a genius score on an IQ test, but he’s very good with common sense and understanding people. His personality was definitely magnetic and I can see him messing with Millie every now and then with little quips.

  • Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others.

Like I said, Kane for the most part is fun and goofy enough to pull practical jokes and I can honestly say he doesn’t mean to hurt anyone, but I do recall times where he and Millie were upset at each other over misunderstandings.

  • Those born in a year of the Monkey are fast learners and crafty opportunists. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature.

Kane’s fast learning ability is prevalent when he took command of Swordbreaker at a young age. To call Kane an opportunist is quite accurate because he does take on Intergalactic Missions to make a little extra cash. I agree that Kane does have an eccentric nature and it make sense that Kane has a small circle of trusted friends.

When it comes to careers, Monkeys do work very hard and I would say Kane works very hard. His career path involves engineering and air traffic control which are two great jobs that fit Kane’s skills.

Alphard The Water Rooster

  • Smart, quick-witted, tender-hearted, and compassionate

I’ll agree that Alphard is very smart and her quick wits shine in combat. Now, I like to think Alphard was once tender-hearted and compassionate, but she grew cold and merciless once Canaan was introduced as another successor to Siam.

Saitō The Gold Rooster

  • Determined, brave, perseverant, and hard working

Saitō believes in swift death to all evil and he is determined to protect his beliefs until he dies. The Zero Stance requires bravery to use and his perseverance cannot be underestimated as Kenshin and Saitō have battled numerous times. Never underestimate a hard working husband.

Alphard and Saitō’s

Lucky Colors are gold, brown, and yellow

Lucky Numbers are 5, 7, and 8

Lucky Flowers are gladiola and cockscomb

  • People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented individuals. Roosters are very confident about themselves.

Saitō has to be very good at observing things since his style of swordsmanship requires him to note his opponents movements for a proper thrust. In Alphard’s case one does not become leader of an criminal organization without being observant to all the details. I would never question the hard working natures of either of these individuals. Saitō strives on becoming more resourceful hence he developed the Zero Stance to one day defeat Kenshin. I will also say that Alphard has proven to be a very resourceful mercenary. Again, why would I doubt their courage or talent since they are quite the formidable adversaries against their respective protagonists (Kenshin & Canaan)

  • Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Um… that’s quite the opposite for both Alphard and Saitō. They choose when to be active and if you consider them harming others as amusing then congrats you are a little bit of a sadist. But, certainly these two Roosters prefer to stay away from the crowd. No way, Alphard rather let her actions speak louder than her words and she has a lot of dishonesty attached to her methods. Saitō can be talkative since he does like to judge who you are and what you stand for, but he isn’t afraid to use any means necessary to defeat you. I will say on the loyalty factor, Saitō by far is more loyal than Alphard since Saitō once fought under the banner of the Shinsengumi.   Also, appearances for these two are more of a ends to a means or necessary evil. Like Saitō wears his police uniform because he is required to do so and it actually helped him sell the charade of being a police officer when in actuality he’s a spy. When it comes to appearance Alphard is not vain since she’ll easily dress in whatever is necessary to get the job done. She dressed in a sexy dress to keep up the appearance of a woman of fortune in the eyes of the public. But, in stark contrast and what will come off as a far cry from her sexy dress appearance was when she shot off her own forearm… Now her appearance features one less forearm, but its a necessary appearance because she lurks within the shadows to one day confront Canaan.

  • Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don’t. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Again, I wholeheartedly disagree with this assessment. Saitō and Alphard rather stay quiet and let actions speak for them. In fact, they are not vain or boastful as they do not need to flash their accomplishments nor brag about their skills.

  • Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others which annoys people around them at times.

No, the less attention the better when it comes to these two roosters.

  • Roosters are more motivated than other animals in the Chinese zodiac, making their careers a priority in their lives. Roosters are hard working, multi-talented, and can deal with a variety of jobs.

I don’t doubt that these two are highly motivated individuals and their careers have served as a priority. Saitō was a member of the Shinsengumi and now serves as a spy for the government. In both careers he lived only to abide by his belief of swift death to all evil. Evil beware Saitō will not rest until you are purged from this world. For Alphard her talents allows her to take on any mission and I’m sure she can handle anything that may stand in her way of global terror as the organization known as Snake has been responsible for spreading the Ua virus.

These two as Roosters would make for great police officers or soldiers. I’ll add in mercenaries too since these two make killing look easy and they are so ruthless. I think they would make for a good couple.


The crimson eye of Lucy looks upon us…

The Bloody Tale of Elfen Lied

Our bloody tale begins with Lucy being held in captivity and that instantly reminded me of Mewtwo from Pokémon: The First Movie. In the next moment guards are getting dismembered and decapitated. I praise Elfen Lied for not holding back when providing unadulterated horror. People who dislike gore should stay away from this anime, but I give credit to the creators for satisfying bloodthirsty fans.

Lucy has escaped and she brings death with every step she takes. The gruesome deaths of many guards captured my full attention. I mean, blood was everywhere! When you start listening to Lilium (The Male Version) it adds a somber feeling to this massacre. The song seems to be encouraging Lucy to kill these people. It makes me wonder… Does Lucy have this song playing in her head and once it starts playing she cannot resist the urge to kill people. I know one thing for sure, I would have run for my life.

From that opening scene the last thing the guards saw was Lucy’s naked body and I think that’s meant to establish some sort of arousal for the audience. The nudity in general might be arousing, but don’t be surprised if things take a turn for the worse and you might find yourself in an uncomfortable position.

Elfen Lied does a great job in messing with your mind. Psychologically Elfen Lied wants you to look into the abyss and figure out what will it take for you to stop liking what you see. You know that moment when you turn our head away and realize…

But, wait I’m forgetting something really important.


Right when I thought Kisaragi was going to be a main character her head gets ripped clean off her shoulders.

She was so distraught about messing up and she really was sorry for spilling that coffee. Lucy why did you do it?! She only wanted to be the best assistant she could be.

*Cries for at least an hour*

Kurama was literally telling Kisaragi to run away with so much fear and concern. I think that was the trigger for Lucy. You see, Lucy has a sadistic way of killing people and once Kurama showed so much concern for his assistant that sealed her fate. Lucy was going to make sure to take things nice and slow.

Seeing that crimson hand print and Kisaragi completely unaware of what was going to happen next instilled fear. I’ll admit the first time I saw this I thought maybe Lucy was going to spare her?

Boy was I wrong… Before things went to bloody hell Kurama said, “No Lucy don’t do it!” Then off goes Kisaragi’s head and you could feel the malicious intent to hurt Kurama. Oh and I loved how the head was facing the audience at home. Thanks for the nightmares Lucy…

Adding insult to injury Lucy uses Kisaragi’s headless body as shield. Lucy literally walks through a firing squad and leaves that handprint on Kurama’s back.

Okay, when Lucy was heading toward the cliff I knew her escape was guaranteed. Of course a sniper gives Lucy one last parting shot which was meant to kill her, but she lives because she turned her head at the right moment.

Kohta and his cousin Yuka end up finding Lucy the next day as she washed up on the beach.

Lucy’s naked glory is worth mentioning because of how unrealistic Kohta’s and Yuka’s first encounter was. First of all… No one else was on that beach? But, then Lucy was treated like a puppy when Kohta and Yuka attended to her. Kohta was dumfounded, but all he says is “Excuse me?” I know he was turned on when he saw Lucy’s naked glory! It’s okay for Kohta to get excited since that’s a naked girl after all. He didn’t even blush at that moment.

Elfen Lied slips up by their lackluster storytelling and sometimes the characters reactions feel awkward. Sometimes events in Elfen Lied may feel forced, but overall the action and gory scenes satisfied the closet sadist in me. I loved that Lucy performed fatalities that would make Ed Boon take notes.

But, back to the first encounter. Yuka’s reaction was even worse. She demands her cousin to take off his clothes on the spot. Hello?! Am I the only one thinking maybe they should just walk away? Leave the naked girl alone? Yuka, you and your cousin do not have any obligation to put clothes on Lucy, but I guess they did the right thing for courtesy’s sake.

When you think about it Kohta and Yuka take in Mayu and I believe they take in Nana too.

I have mix feelings about Kohta and Yuka basically running a shelter for the homeless & trouble youths.

I also, should mention that it’s no shocker that Kohta knows Lucy/Nyu from their childhood. I’ll get more into that and puppies later.

Nyu pees the floor?! Bad Nyu! Bad!

*Rolls up a newspaper*

The Intimacy of Elfen Lied

Okay it’s time to discuss the intimacy that Elfen Lied has to offer. Now, the Diclonius are a new species that threatens to wipe out mankind. Therefore, humans have naturally developed a hatred toward Diclonius.

Diclonius telekinetically control their invisible vectors. The vectors are capable of severing limbs from a distance and launching projectiles with deadly speed and force. The only visual difference between Humans and Diclonius are the horns.

Lucy kills you with an intimate touch that you cannot see. Before Lucy ripped off Kisaragi’s head Lucy’s bloody vector print was on her shoulder. Kisaragi was trembling and it wasn’t an instant rip, it was a slow decapitation.

Lucy wants to be intimate just before killing you.

In Bando’s case Lucy is standing over him and she asks him, “Do you enjoy this?” Lilium was playing again which is basically the music that puts Lucy in the mood. She slowly stabs out his eyes and follows with the creepy words, “Fun’s over” before choking him with her vectors. For the most part choking someone is the most intimate way to kill someone.

Some Fun Facts

If you’re a male and you survive being attacked by a vector you are now infected with the “vector virus.” Men infected with the “vector virus” can now only sexually reproduce Diclonii.

Kurama has the “vector virus” and he produced the most powerful Diclonius ever, his own daughter Mariko.

Diclonius born from humans are called Slipelits from the German poem “Elfenlied” which is translated as Elves’ Song.

Darker Themes Explored

The thematic themes of social alienation and prejudice are present and serve as the driving force throughout Elfen Lied. Lucy was turned into a murderer because she was tormented all her life.

Lucy hates humans because when she was a child she was alienated and bullied. These bullies took things way too far when they killed her puppy. Needless to say Lucy’s murder cherry was popped and she killed the bullies. I remember blood being splattered everywhere.

Vengeance was so sweet and I was right there with Lucy. Those bullies were assholes and Elfen Lied made me believe they deserved to die.

However, that’s Elfen Lied’s brilliance in a nutshell. Whenever you genuinely start liking something they make it so that you don’t like it.

I like that Lucy kills the bad people until she kills an innocent person. But, wait… I’m contradicting myself.

Just a minute ago I was on board with her ripping out Bando’s eyes and choking him, but when she kills an innocent office assistant I’m crying my eyes out.

I also felt horrible for poor Nana…

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In those hollow moments when you have no legs or arms you look back on your life and wonder what were you fighting for? It’s okay Nana. Look up at God because he has forsaken you.

In general Elfen Lied wants you to become selective and conflicted over what you want from Lucy.

I should mention that Lucy killed Kohta’s family and her reasons for killing Kohta’s family was due to misguided jealousy. Kohta claims he cannot forgive Lucy, but then they share a heartfelt kiss and hug. Kohta understands Lucy has lived a life of suffering and it seems like they can be together if they put the past away. But, alas romance and happiness are fragile things in Elfen Lied.

I should note that the anime and manga have key differences. Lucy dies in the manga while in the anime she might be alive? Kohta and Yuka get married in the manga and they have a daughter named Nyu. (WTF?!)

The theme of children being manipulated or abused can be really scary to dig into. I mean, Kurama experimented on his own daughter and as a result she has bombs implanted in her body.

Kurama took advantage of Nana’s affection and made her believe he was her father as a means to motivate her. He knew Nana had no chance in defeating Lucy, but Nana’s love and affection was her downfall. She paid a heavy price for trying to make her “papa” proud.

Elfen Lied isn’t afraid to say humanity has done some unforgivable actions such as child molestation. Mayu was the victim of child molestation from her step-father and her own mother would not protect her, because she was jealous of the attention Mayu was receiving.

The greatest evil mankind has ever done is either child molestation or genocide. Both of which are prevalent in Elfen Lied with genocide being mutual. Humans want to exterminate Diclonius and Diclonius want to exterminate humans.

The Diclonius on Diclonius violence was definitely Elfen Lied’s strongest aspect. Diclonius are being taught to hate themselves. Both Nana and Mariko had their perceptions clouded before fighting Lucy and humans hope Diclonius kill themselves.

Humans are cowards because they fear the Diclonius. Humans try to control what they fear and humanity’s attempt to control the Diclonius comes across as deplorable.

Final Verdict

Overall I can say Elfen Lied was memorable and it confronted darker themes with visceral imagery that can make some viewers feel disturbed. The storytelling could have been better and Kohta and Yuka are obscure. By the end of the anime they feel like distant family members for Lucy and it makes me wonder. Did Lucy found serenity once the grandfather clock started ticking again? Does she have a home and family waiting for her if she’s still alive?

The animation quality was creative and certainly leaves nothing to the imagination. Nudity and blood came together quite well. I will say the voice acting was indifferent which is not good enough for this anime. If we got better voice acting and more realistic reactions to certain situations this anime could have been a masterpiece.

We have good sounds because the music box of version of Lilium was extremely emotional. The music box version of Lilium juxtapose to the Lilium in Lucy’s mind presents Elfen Lied as a bloody tragedy.

The psychological horror goes beyond the dismemberment of human flesh and uncovers the actual horrors humanity is capable of. Elfen Lied takes us through the darkest corridors of the human mind. The audience should question their own humanity, but even more so attempt to sympathize with the suffering of others.

Elfen Lied for me accomplished a lot in thirteen episodes and even with a cliffhanger ending I believe we have a good anime that’s just not for everyone.

Score/Grade: 9/10 (Good)

Positives

Amazing Imagery

Lucy’s cold demeanor toward humanity

The dark thematic content explored

A Bloody Tragedy worthy of discussion

The Diclonius Characters are fully brought to life and they inspire real sympathy.

Negatives

Indifferent voice acting

Awkward reactions mostly by Kohta and Yuka

Storytelling stumbles

With the month of May approaching its time we send off our characters of April. So, in light of the upcoming NFL draft I thought I present a Mock Draft. This Mock Draft will include my rankings of all Four Characters of April and ultimately I want my number one draft pick to be a character I can build a spinoff series from.

For those unfamiliar with the NFL Draft I’ll explain. The NFL draft is when NFL teams select fresh college talent. These college prospects are drafted in order to make an NFL team better or at least that’s the plan. You never know if that college prospect will become the next star or the next bust.

The number one selection is granted to the worst NFL team. The first round draft order goes from the worst team all the way down to the best team. (Last year’s Super Bowl champion automatically gets the last pick in the first round)

Now, there are ways you can move up in the draft or even have multiple picks. But, let’s say the worst team in all likelihood will use their number one pick and draft the best college player that suits their needs. It’s quite possible that a team will attempt to draft a franchise Quarterback.

For example, in 1998 The Indianapolis Colts selected Peyton Manning and for years the Colts had their Quarterback until they decided it was time to get another franchise Quarterback. After parting ways with an aging Peyton Manning the Colts drafted Andrew Luck. So far, Luck has performed brilliantly making the Colts a Super Bowl contender.

With that being said, I’m on the clock. This Mock Draft will determine which of the Four Anime Characters of April will be my Franchise Anime Character. I believe a Franchise Anime Character has what it takes to build a spinoff series.

Draft Board

Ioryogi

Suigintou

Souther

Kanetsugu Naoe

Rank 4
Ioryogi

I rank Ioryogi at number 4 on my draft board because I think his hotheaded tendencies will wear on me. The idea of having him star in his own anime about his love with an angel, and the eventual war with heaven intrigued me. I liked to see him not as plushie and in his true form too. However, whenever he supports Kobato that’s when Ioryogi truly shines. He will do anything to help Kobato and he teaches her lessons in order for her to complete her mission. I cannot seem to make him stand alone without Kobato and in a spinoff series Ioryogi needs to be the star. However, Ioryogi seems destined to share the spotlight with Kobato and I like that Ioryogi and Kobato are an inseparable pair. Ioryogi may not be my franchise character, but I respect his loyalty to Kobato and how together they can overcome anything.

Rank 3
Kanetsugu Naoe

Kanetsugu has all the character traits that make for a good lead role in a comedy. She comes across as a loveable and ditzy hero who will get into wacky situations. Ideally she will have to work for her success. But, I cannot ignore that my ideal Franchise Anime Character has to have a decent level of intelligence. Kanetsugu may never be able to overcome her stubbornness and foolish antics. In addition, she might let all the stardom of being the lead character go to her head. I’m of the mindset that Kanetsugu might be too overconfident for her own good. In the end, Kanetsugu may not be my franchise anime character, but that does not make her any less of a Samurai. In fact she’s a Master Samurai of Love & Justice.

Rank 2
Souther

Souther does represent the Nanto Star of Leadership. Souther is a great leader and that makes him an ideal choice for a Franchise Anime Character. Other Nanto Warriors can look at Souther and marvel at his greatness. I think Souther has the appearance of someone who will take on all challenges and laugh in the face of adversity. But, remember being the star of an spinoff series takes more than just leadership. Souther has to open his emotions and let people fight alongside him. To be honest, Souther is his own worst enemy, because he refuses to love. In most anime love is a fundamental component that makes a Franchise Anime Character reach his/her maximum potential. Souther may be able to forge an empire, but it will crumble without loyal retainers. Souther will always be a legendary villain and the fallen Emperor has his place in history, but I cannot imagine a spinoff series revolving around someone who rules with an iron fist and cold heart.

Rank 1
Suigintou

With the number one pick of The Characters of April Draft… I select, Suigintou from the anime Rozen Maiden. I’m very happy to call Suigintou my Franchise Anime Character because Suigintou has a tragic and compelling story. I rally behind Suigintou because she’s the incomplete doll trying to find her place. The love she has for Father combined with the strongest desire to become Alice makes her the ideal selection to start a spinoff series. In addition, the nature of the Alice Game lends itself to a spinoff series featuring Suigintou as the main character.

Now, I understand that Suigintou has a twisted devotion to her Father and that she will resort to any means to become Alice. But, she has the potential to achieve her goals and at the same time destroy herself in the process. She has all the strength she needs, but I always thought Suigintou has low self-esteem. The need to prove that she’s not junk leaves her vulnerable and I can see Suigintou needing to love herself before becoming Alice.

Ideally, Suigintou’s dark appearance and most notably her black wings reflects a soul struggling with all the flaws and imperfections. Suigintou just wants to be loved and her hatred for Shinku creates additional drama. I think Suigintou has this emptiness inside of her and for awhile she thought it could be filled with the burning desire to become Alice. Everything she did was for Father, and she wanted to become Alice for him.

But, it wasn’t until she met Megu that she started to feel some sort of fulfillment. Megu was the one to fill the void in Suigintou and a tremendous change occurred when she began spending time with Megu. I saw in Suigintou benevolence and that’s what I believe my Franchise Anime Character needs.

Suigintou is not perfect and in fact, she’s someone who lives with many flaws. But, despite all the flaws she developed a desire to protect someone she cared about. She learned compassion and no longer desired to see Father, because she had a renewed passion to fight for Megu. Her motivation to collect all the Rozen Mystica’s changed from becoming Alice to healing Megu of her heart illness.

Suigintou among the Four Characters of April is my Franchise Anime Character because Suigintou reminds me that no one is perfect. Suigintou reminds me that we all can change and become better. In other words, Suigintou reminds me that no one is too far gone. We can all put the past away if it means striving toward a better future.

Thank you, for taking the time to read this and feel free to share who would you draft as your very own Franchise Anime Character to star in a spinoff. Also, as a Reminder to you NFL fans, the Draft starts Tonight at 8:00PM on ESPN.