Black Bullet Episode 11 – Thoughts

After several weeks of set up, we finally get some action. Rentarou’s adjuvant separates from the rest of the squad. While they’re having a field day, the rest of the fodder characters get destroyed by the Gastrea invasion. While I don’t really care for the deaths of those characters, there was something haunting about their squad leader. Just minutes ago, he was making commands to fight against the Gastrea, and now here he is, driven completely mad and lost the will to live. After seeing how helpless they were against Aldebaran, he gives up resisting their inevitable doom. (more…)

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Black Bullet Episode 10 – Thoughts

I guess I’ll start off by noting the drop in animation quality once again this episode. I found it to be pretty distracting and took away from some of the viewing experience. It was present in a few other episodes, but I don’t think it was as noticeable as this one. I don’t want to criticize it too much though. After the Tina arc, we’ve had a couple of slower paced episodes where high animation budgets weren’t required. Now that the stage has been set though, it seems like the last few episodes will be more action oriented and require that extra animation budget. (more…)

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 10 – Thoughts

Once again, a crisis has been averted thanks to Mr. Tatsuya. Even though he wasn’t on the scene, it seems like he dispelled everyone else’s spells to allow Miyuki to stop the fire. After last week ended on such a cliffhanger, I can’t help but say I was expecting a bit more from this. Regardless, the episode continued to take things slow as the Nine School’s Competition still has yet to begin. (more…)

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Black Bullet Episode 9 – Thoughts

While there wasn’t too much progression in the story, we did get some needed character development in this episode. This episode managed to balance comedy and develop characters’ stories in a more natural way (at least in my opinion). I was a bit nitpicky about how Black Bullet had handled their introductions/explanations of concepts and characters but I was actually impressed with this episode. (more…)

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Episode 9 – Thoughts

I think at this point, I’m enjoying the witty comments people make about the show rather than the series itself. Things just seem to be progressing very slowly considering how long the first arc was. The second arc seems to be on pace to be just as long. There’s a lot of unneeded fluff throughout the episodes which makes everything drag on.  I don’t mind the comedic moments so much. However, I find the long scientific explanation of magic concepts/spells to be over the top. (more…)

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Black Bullet Episode 8 – Thoughts

We’ve just concluded the Tina Sprout arc of the series and a new threat has been detected. There isn’t too much I have to say about it since it’s just another Gastrea attack. The Gastrea being the main antagonist feels rather lackluster since they don’t have any personality for us to understand them better. Perhaps there’s more to them aside from being space creatures sent to destroy humanity (conspiracy theories). Until more gets revealed though, I’m finding it difficult to have an interest or any real feeling of threat from them. (more…)

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