F*ck this, I am not going to put up with any more of that shit Satelight keeps throwing at me.
In the most blunt, one-liner to describe this plot-related episode, it sucked so bad that even the good parts went down with it.
But in slightly better news, my screencaps will no longer look as crappy now that I figured out how to save them as .png files! :D
Ah, before I get started on that, I would like to thank everyone who commented for my last week’s post. Really, thank you so much cuz it made my horrible weekend a whole lot better.
I would especially like to give a special shout-out to my fanfiction idol, LGB (lol, she has such cool initials xDDD). WAAH! And I’m so glad you like my posts! && thank you for leaving me such a wonderful, long and insightful comment! I always, always look forward to them from you (whether it be here or on ff.net, which, btw, I’m sorry for being so inactive, forgive me~ T_T ) and I promise to return to the fanfiction world to give you the hugest spam review war to show you my appreciation! HAHAHAHA! >8D
Ack, I sincerely apologize for not replying back to you all! I’m truly sorry! >.< Things should settle down soon within the next few weeks so I’ll get back to doing that when I can. Again, gomen! And thank you for reading my posts! ^^
As much as I am pissed off as hell over Satelight and their unrivaled stupidity, I do give credit to them for following the dialogue faithfully. But at the same time, it’s utter crapdom. The fight itself was good, Tadase’s line delivery was good. But this…
Wtf are you screwing around with me for?! Dx
Amu has been standing looking like a bimbo ever since Tadase showed up to save the day. Yes, I do understand that she can’t do much as the boys duke it out. I do get that. I do.
But at least give her a different expression instead of one that makes her look as if she isn’t conflicting with herself over their fighting. All I got here was “Tadase-kun and Ikuto are fighting… *shocked sadness*” What the hell happened to her trying to stop them at the beginning of Doki? Compare that to this, what the hell happened to that Amu?
And don’t give me the excuse that she does the same helpless standing-on-the-sidelines shindig later at the tower either. In that situation, it was appropriate because there was the whole issue of “Why must boys fight each other? Why can’t a girl fight?” that was occupying her mind. Of course, she was too confused to do anything then. She also had to figure out how to save Ikuto at the same time.
This, however…has nothing, absolutely N-O-T-H-I-N-G substantial to explain for it. It’s just dumb, it looks stupid and what’s worst is that at this screencap, I realized we got pretty bad animation, as well. Everybody gained a few pounds again and the fat is evident in their cheeks (minus Ikuto but damn, he’s sick).
You suck, Satelight. You royally suck. Dx
Alright, Ikuto trying to fight the brainwash was pretty okay but you can tell that they got so lazy with it. Screw it, they didn’t even try to make it look good. They just suddenly showed him struggling. That’s all.
Hell, my screencaps tell the story better than the goddamn episode does. XP
Somebody get me my paper shredder. But before that, my sledgehammer. I need to slam his head hard and deep into the concrete. I NEED to see this bastard beaten up before the end of the series. Don’t care if this is shoujo and/or he later gets his redemption or not, this asshole NEEDS to get thrashed. (Xiao in an angry mood = Xiao in a very violent mood)
What’s even more depressing is that my hate for Satelight has escalated to almost the same level as my hate for bastard director. Satelight, don’t make me swing my hammer your way! D8<
Y’know, I’m so pissed off at how Satelight screwed up Amu’s character throughout Doki! (especially in the most recent episodes) that all I can say here is “You should have done that two episodes ago, bitch!”
Anime-Amu is very annoying right now. -_-#
Ok, so the “Believing in somebody is blahblahblah” tagging here was just meant to fill up episode minutes like the fight and flashback scenes did.
But this was lame. Completely lame. Screw the fact that this is aimed at the little kiddie audience, it was fuckin’ pointless to see these two lecture the even stupider adults with mahou shoujo peptalks. It doesn’t even have anything to make it believable cuz while in the manga, we had taiyaki kid give Amu some vague advice which she later expands on pretty well by herself, here they are just shouting out pretty words. Shallow, unsupported, generic shoujo crud. What’s worst is that Satelight has even upped Tadase to some sort of unknown magical male heroine status when it’s not even his job to yell out speeches.
Though I guess while watching him say “Believing in others is what makes us stronger” or whatever, it gives the sense that he has matured quite a bit between the time he spent at Kukai’s and now. It shows that he’s taking a step away from his immaturity and trying to do the right thing. The downside is, it makes him seem a bit hypocritical as well. Because he was always saying he wanted to be strong but he couldn’t believe in Ikuto. Yes, it’s not all his fault that he stopped believing (blame falls to Ikuto for not saying anything either, bad Ikuto!) but still…sometimes, Tadase doesn’t have the right to say a lot of things until he can prove he’s earned those rights back.
And hey, just to make it clear (like I always say), this is not Tadase bashing. But you can’t make up excuses for characters even if you love them to bits. If you don’t believe me, then I don’t really need to prove it to you but I’ll just say that Ikuto and Utau were almost just as dumb as Tadase was. Ikuto always keeps to himself and takes full burden for everything when he shouldn’t. Utau’s too goddamn stubborn and overly confident to want to confide in anyone, which didn’t give her the right to scream around “How can you possibly understand me?!” when how can people do that if she doesn’t even tell them about herself?
Ah, yea…kids are dumb. Just remember that SC! is a series that focuses on children maturing so you can’t be too critical of them. They don’t know any better so that’s why they have to get hurt and experience some harsh reality slapping them in the face before they can understand and become smart.
*breathe* Ok, rambling aside for a moment…
Platinum Heart. Shiny. Bright. And it’s pink and yellow. The attack kinda reminds me of a water fountain. *shrug*
Meh, it’s okay. I don’t have much of an opinion on joint-attacks as Amu did these many times before. With several others besides Tadase, too. Though I guess you can say they were more tag-team than joint-attacks but whatever. They’re practically the same thing. I go “Oh! Joint-attack!” for a second and then my excitement leaves me just as quickly. :P
This is stupid. She’s reaching for it at one point and then stops to watch it glow right in front of her. It’s just floating there right in front of her, perfect opportunity for to grab it, and she doesn’t do it. What. the. fuck.
Yes, at this point, my hope of seeing the taiyaki kid has dwindled to almost nothing. I’m not optimistic about any possible chances he will appear in the anime because we already delved too deep into the plot, gone pass the point in the manga where he was the most significant so far. Unless Satelight plans to have him show up later (which I doubt because this is an anime adaptation, not an animated copy of the manga), taiyaki kid is probably going to be manga exclusive.
Don’t like it?
Well, suck it up and deal. I’d rather have a good ending without him then a bad ending with him. (I’m sorry, please excuse my crankiness)
Now let’s bring in manga comparison time:
See here vs. Amu de-Charanari-ing while still in mid-air? Which one is obviously the better one? And if you get the wrong answer, I’ll smite you down (ok, no I won’t, but I’m just mad so let me be mad).
I hate this. The way she looks like she can’t do anything here…well, I guess it’s reasonable since the Embryo undid her Charanari but this is stupid as hell. I would have preferred Tadase catching her after she’s been thrown back by the Embryo instead of her acting so Mary-Sueish and calling out for Tadase like she couldn’t do anything else (y’know, she could’ve tried to Chara-nari with Ran again). No, this has nothing to do with my shipping bias. But the way Satelight has gone from portraying her as kick-ass, “don’t need no boys to protect me” Cool & Spicy Amu to damsel-in-distress Amu infuriates every fiber of my being. It doesn’t matter if she’s falling from 50-whatever feet from the sky. It pisses me off! D8<
This has happened many times before in a lot of magical girl anime I’ve watched but never, I hoped, I prayed and I begged to whoever would listen to my inner desperations, that I would never have to see Amu fall into the same trap that so many heroines before her had done. Because Amu is extremely different from all those preppy annoying little good-for-nothings so she shouldn’t receive the same shit-tastic “the boys will always save the girls” treatment.
Perhaps I’m blowing this too much out of proportion (due to my rage, I remind you) but I don’t care. I am seriously offended by how much Satelight has made a character I love and respect so much turn into a person that has qualities I utterly loathe seeing in a girl. Helplessness, taking on all the blame for herself, etc. It disgusts me.
That is not to say I’ve abandoned any hope for getting my real Amu back (hell no, I love Amu too much to just give up on her because of Satelight xP) but anime-Amu is an Amu I just can’t accept right now. It’s not Amu. Even though Amu in the manga has had her moments of loss and confusion, they were something I can relate to, understand, and defend about. Manga-Amu is realistic while anime-Amu is a poor rendition of the original gone wrong twice and is currently hanging by a very thin thread which is threatening to snap and let her fall into the pile of generic shoujo fail.
I hope they turn this around very soon. I’m not going to stop watching SC! or anything but I just can’t stand seeing her like this.
Another fail that made me go apeshit. Right, Amu didn’t die from the fall but because Satelight chose to prioritize holy jello crown, it cost us seeing Ikuto dragged away in a truck AND Amu crying out for him. Oh, don’t forget that Amu in the manga was also worrying and panicking like she never seriously done so before in her life. And I am a hardcore Amuto fan but that is not the issue here. When you animate crucial scenes like this from the manga, then you better make damn sure on your life that you do the details from the manga close to near perfection. This goes for every character, every shipping (YES DAMMIT I NEED TO SEE TADAMU DONE AS IT IS DONE IN THE MANGA, TOO! Dx), everything here counts.
Manga-Amu was distressed, in turmoil, and lost over what she should do.
Anime-Amu is catching her breath and just so glad that she got saved.
*will cry for him since anime-Amu won’t*
Damn, my VAIO desktop’s HQ screen makes the video look too good it makes me want to cry again. Ikuto’s sweating like he has some fatal fever. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! DON’T DIE, IKUTO! DDDDDDDDDDDx
…I give up. From this part of the episode on, everything besides Amu apologizing and explaining things to Tadase is shit.
Y’know, if 78 didn’t happen (which it didn’t, but I need to blame something), then the effect of Amu’s apology wouldn’t be so half-assed.
I’m sorry but try as she might, Amu’s “regretting” expression during this scene did not come close to even close of how hurt and sad she looked when she apologized to Tadase in the manga. And here, Tadase is looking at her with such a sad, almost clueless face. Then again, it might just be me being angry…but this just proves that when it comes to mahou shoujo, an anime will always fall short of the original (especially if it’s adapted from a manga).
And Satelight being so retarded had to prove that point, too. Oh, joy! You guys are such wonderful bastards like the studios before you!
This is better.
Yea, the whole second half is filled with flashbacks of Ikuto staying in Amu’s room but I didn’t mind that. Not because I’m an Amuto fan but I thought it gave a good boost to support Amu’s explanation of all that happened. This was pretty much skipped over in the manga so it would give Satelight an excuse to use it to take up screen time, even if it meant doing a half recap episode.
Honestly, if they weren’t going to show a recap, then we would have 10 whole minutes of Amu and Tadase just sitting on a bench, looking sad, and Amu talking. That’s it. That would have been boring. It’s not like either one is suddenly going to smile and be happy again or anything during the whole time. So the recap was necessary (because there was nothing else they can really put in there).
Oh, and Amu does it again. “I hurt you both. I’m the worst.”
*flings stuff at the wall*
I, of course, still think that Tadase’s friendship handshake was done better in the manga (ha, you must be so annoyed with hearing me say “manga” all the time). Because at that time, he wanted to make up with Amu really quickly and I gained a lot of respect for Tadase after that. It’s not that Tadase wanted to just forget that incident, no. It’s just that he already understood that Amu never meant to hurt or lie to him and that she took Ikuto in because she wanted to help him. That’s the kind of person that Amu is. She can’t leave others who are in trouble alone.
And normally, knowing guys, they’d hold grudges for a very long time over stuff like that. Because guys are so moody when it comes to girls they like. Thank god, Tadase is so understanding. That’s what I really like about him. Now if only he could get over his own moody grudge against Ikuto. *sigh*
Anyways…not saying that the anime did it bad or anything. Tadase did thank Amu for telling him the whole truth (and woot! She even finally said that she disagreed with him over Ikuto! YES!) and forgive her and all. It just wasn’t as good as the manga, imo.
Ugh, and I’m sorry but I kinda want to bring this up because I’m finally letting a little of my shipping bias take over for the sake of it: Am I being a little too paranoid when I see Amu blushing while taking Tadase’s hand?
I know Amu blushes more than the average girl does (heh) but when I watched her smile like that, I couldn’t help but wonder if Satelight suddenly turned their favor over to Tadamu for a moment there. To me, the atmosphere didn’t seem like anything romantic or anything but Amu does still have feelings for Tadase, y’know. I felt it more from Amu’s side than Tadase’s. She was so afraid that he’d hate her over keeping the secret and when it turned out for the better, she looked so happy. Not saying that’s wrong (god, just put yourself in her shoes and wouldn’t you feel the same way?) and it’s probably just a huge rush of relief over anything else but still seemed like a genuine Tadamu moment.
It’s rather unconnected, though. They’re still not mutual…ah, and again, I had to remind myself that they’re both still little kids. Hmm.
& don’t give me such a weird look (whatever shipping fan you may be). It’s natural to worry about your own shipping. I’m not looking to compete on that with anyone or give them reasons to shoot me down. I just like pointing out details.
Well, moving along, Tadase wants to save Ikuto from Easter now. Yay! ^^
I’m pretty sure this was done purely for the fangirls to go “KYAAA!!!” at his unbuttoned shirt. *rolls eyes*
*sigh* Ikuto looks so drained. Ikutooooo!!!! ;_________________;
Ok, back to raging…
WTF ARE YOU ALL LOOKING HAPPY FOR?!
This is NOT the time to be relaxed and cheery when someone’s in danger!
F*CK YOU, SATELIGHT! I was so prepared to be emo and angsty and you ruined it and made me angry instead! I don’t mind a filler follow-up if you make them somehow relevant to what’s happening now but to show Amu and Tadase walking to school as if “Oh yea, Ikuto got kidnapped by Easter and is suffering under their control right now but let’s just casually walk to school and plan things there”. You’re just asking to get skinned alive
and so is Amu if Utau suddenly came back and saw her like this. How will that transition well into what Tadase has to say about his past with the Tsukiyomi family, which is supposed to be tragic and sad? HUH?!
Oh, now I’m even more mad because we still didn’t get to the chapter about the two families yet and already everything is starting to fall of the tracks.
I had to listen to about a dozen depressing love songs after watching this on live stream to get me back into the right mood. That’s how angry and upset I was over this stupid change.
And screw that last freeze frame at the end. *tears it up*
Shut up, pedobear. Be useful and actually be a pedo for once and go fetch the taiyaki kid with the stones you grow in your own office.
I sympathize with you, hun. The rest of the world is being an idiot and only Yoru is acting the proper way. Stupid rest of the SC! universe.
I’m done! I don’t care from at this point! *heavy sigh*
Ah, I almost forgot to mention so I better do it here: We’re getting another character song album and a new Utau song has already been confirmed! WWWAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! xDDDDDDD (lol, the only thing I’m happy about in this post and it isn’t episode-related)
I’ve read on YesAsia’s description that You-kyan (Yuichi Nakamura aka Ikuto’s seiyuu) is also going to be on the CD though if he’s singing I’m not really sure but it will be interesting if he does. haha
Ahhh, I can’t wait. I especially want to hear a Amu and Rima duet. Kanae-san and Sayuri-san~! KYAAA!! XDDD
Yep, it’s coming out on August 5th. I’m can’t wait to get it! x3
Ok, back to business…
One word: Nikaidou.
Nikaidou can drive. Nikaidou has a car. Nikaidou will be chaperon for the Guardians in their Easter infiltration field trip.
I love Nikaidou. 8DDDD
But it’s mostly a Chara filler, I’m guessing. Whatever. Anything would be better than this episode (and Yoru and Kiseki teaming up is awesome! Yoru even gave up the stupid tuning fork to save Kiseki
and the yaoi fangirls will go wild). I guess I’ll keep my expectations for any Tsukiyomi-Hotori past revelations low since it wasn’t shown in the preview but yea…
I’m tired. Will have a CD review up soon.