Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Sword Art Online episode 21 discussion

Episode 20 discussion can be viewed here

The scientists could have chosen to be fairies, but they chose to be tentacle monsters. In fact, there is no reason not to be fairies unless they like that kind of thing. It can't be because they like being the bad guy because none of the other players will see them. With Asuna's scene, it continues to show just how far ALO is willing to go. The only thing is, she thinks she can save the other 300 players. Telling the authorities might have a team set to save them, but Nobuyuki would have a fail safe to delete or set everyone free depending how merciful he is.

So I wonder how Kirito will beat the system this time. With the barrier and the limited flying power, he can't possibly get to the top of the tree. So the first scene next episode should have him falling to his first death. Well it's not like an invisible wall is enough to stop him from trying.

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Zetsuen no Tempest episode 8 discussion

Episode 7 discussion can be viewed here

So after reading some of the manga, the main difference I can see is Mahiro's kindness. He's still out to avenge his sister, but he hasn't shown any real kindness like in the anime. The whole flashback in episode 4 isn't in the manga and he didn't give any kind of offering to the dead. It's the same with episode 6, Mahiro doesn't leave the talisman because Yoshino wasn't kidnapped so he didn't have the chance test his friendship. It might be that the manga never gave Mahiro the chance to be the good guy, but the manga portrays him purely as avenging his sister. I prefer it this way as the random acts of kindness seemed wrong for his character.

Back to episode 8, Hakaze's plan is pretty simple. Threaten Samon and hope to be brought back to the future. She was so confident because the thought of being dead was so impossible, but as it turns out, she really is dead in the present. Although she is alive in the past, she's dead in the present. So it's very likely she would still die within the two years. As long as she obeys the laws of time, she can come back somehow.

Having the tree of Zetsuen revive to fight the tree of Genesis is reckless. If Genesis is willing to cause many deaths because of the revival of Zetsuen, it would only get worse when it is actually revived. But if the iron syndrome is caused by Genesis, what is the real offering to Zetsuen? I can only see it as a similar civilisation offering. Maybe they aren't polar opposites, but rivals even though Zetsuen has always been made out to be evil.

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Uchuu Kyoudai episode 33 discussion

Episode 32 discussion can be viewed here

Hibito had the perfect chance to inspire future generations to have an interest in space and he chose to say "Ya~y" as he obviously enjoyed himself. It's kind of self compared to Neil Armstrong's "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That quote managed to link everyone to that single moment showing anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Yay is not inspirational in the same way as Neil Armstrong was, but it was perfect for his character and shows simply happiness. Hibito just wants to enjoy himself.

Although the quote wasn't inspirational, it was at least good for comedy and he became a bunny.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Sword Art Online episode 20 discussion

Episode 19 discussion can be viewed here

So Kirito's dual blade skill is back even after everything supposedly corrupted in the first episode of entering ALO. I thought that would mean he'd not be able to wield two weapons again, but I guess it just means he doesn't have the system to support him. He still seemed over powered, but that was because he had the element of surprise. Despite him being over powered, I still really enjoyed the fight. He's really making a name for himself and Nobuyuki must have noticed him by now. I think showing off and increasing his harem is his top priority right now.

Asuna is actually trying to escape. Completely unexpected when she has no weapons and probably no wings. She can have a little hope until Nobuyuki takes her back to the cage. The only possible thing I think she can do outside the cage is find the other 300 players who are under human experiments. Other than that, I don't know what she could do. It's not like she'll be able to enter the battlefield with Kirito.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Zetsuen no Tempest episode 7 discussion

Episode 6 discussion can be viewed here

Mahiro really doesn't understand love, but he know's he has an interest in Aika. I wonder if Aika or Yoshino had explained his feelings, would they have ended up in a relationship or would he brush them off as something else. Yoshino and Aika would probably have broken up since I see their relationship as a way for Aika to experience love only because it's impossible to meet boys under Mahiro's protection. It's also very exciting to go behind Mahiro's back.

How could she not have a boyfriend?

Yoshino and Aika tried so hard to get their first kiss, but Mahiro went and ruined. Then Aika decided to call it off. Now I'm not sure if they've had their first kiss. Aika might really be an evil temptress who's cast her spell on Yoshino. Mahiro is easy to understand as he himself and his life is straight forward. He was a rich boy and had no friends because of his parents and that must have led him to pretty much giving up on anything he deemed unimportant. Aika however understands the situation far better than even Yoshino and Mahiro. Even with the same education as Mahiro, knowing the situation so well is too suspicious.

Evil temptress
Sunflowers are watching

I've read in forums about the anime being different to the original manga so I'm planning to start reading the manga up to where I am in the anime. This way, I'll still be able to theorise when the anime airs, but I get to see any major changes they made to the story.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Uchuu Kyoudai episode 32 discussion

Episode 31 discussion can be viewed here

Being able to see Hibito continue his journey to the moon and how he's recording himself with the other members makes it more realistic to the real world. The camera gives them a nice slice of life feeling and a link back to Earth. The launch would be popular in the news leading up to and after the success of landing on the moon. After that the only reason they'd need screen time is for when they make any relatively important discoveries on the moon.

Linked to Earth

We learn about Azuma's feelings about being an astronaut and why Hibito was allowed to go first. Azuma had already gone into space and if he had wanted to, he would have easily received the place later given to Hibito. Azuma is very reserved and seems to desire a simple life without too much celebrity status. It makes sense that he wouldn't be able to cope with the pressure of making mistakes. He is easily happiest whenever with the ones he loves. All of his answers are simple and to the point as if he wants to escape from them as quickly as possible. He must have known his family would also be included in his fame, but he will always be able to protect them.

Smiling Azuma

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Sword Art Online episode 19 discussion

Episode 18 discussion can be viewed here

I had the idea that Kirito's illusion ability would be to transform into another race or at most a monster similar to his size. He seems overpowered again, but no one is questioning it so it must be normal. Leafa was a little hesitant, but I see that more as something she has never seen before and is unsure about the outcome. Kirito was so into the battle, I thought he could even lose his mind to the beast. SAO left him with a strong desire to live, and with reflexes it would be a lot easier than concentrating on the battle. He did bite Leafa's hand so maybe he lost his common sense.

Help papa
Demon Kirito

Now Kirito also has the ALO world to save along with Asuna. It wouldn't be a bad idea for him to join up with the Salamanders, but leaving Leafa isn't something he would do. Well, as long as someone beats the game, similar to SAO, everyone should recieve the ability to log out. This is assuming the code is working properly because although the game will be "finished", it doesn't mean the event will work the same as last time.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Zetsuen no Tempest episode 6 discussion

Episode 5 discussion can be viewed here

Junichiro identifies the bones by the nicely shaped skull and that's not something Samon could replicate if Junichiro kept quiet about his interest. If Hakaze really did die, the tree of Genesis would most likely choose another mage to grant devine protection to. This is also a likely scenario if  for some reason Hakaze betrayed the tree. As Hakaze is not technically dead on the island, she has the possibility to escape even though she's identified as dead on the mainland. I think she could be in a closed off space, but that doesn't explain how the bottle managed to get to Mahiro. Assuming Samon isn't lying, he had the bones collected and believes she's dead himself, but after the mages talked to her in the aquarium, he must be setting up counter measures just in case.

Hakaze's skeleton

I guess Mahiro's one kind act in episode 4 wasn't a one time thing after all. While I didn't think he'd just leave Yoshino to be kidnapped, I didn't expect him to leave everything for Yoshino. Maybe he can't bare to lose his only "trustworthy" friend. At least this will be the case until he finds out who Aika's boyfriend is. It's been confirmed that Mahiro and Aika aren't blood related so a relationship was possible and while Aika was willing, Mahiro obviously wasn't. I was so sure he wanted a relationship and with Aika's offer, it's strange for her to end up with Yoshino.

Aika's offer

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Uchuu Kyoudai episode 31 discussion

Episode 30 discussion can be viewed here

Hibito is finally in space so now we can get back to Mutta's goal. We saw how excited Hibito was when talking to a real astronaut and when at full speed in the rocket, but when it comes to Mutta, I can't imagine him expressing as much excitement. I enjoyed Hibito's launch and I can't wait to see Mutta's launch. Deneil will teach him flight skills like he did with Hibito so I expect to see him in a later episode.

Mutta's goal

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Sword Art Online episode 18 discussion

Episode 17 discussion can be viewed here

She should have entered Kirito's room to see how he was doing. He was depressed the last time she went in there, but a new day brings new possibilities. Kirito isn't the type to sit around depressed doing nothing, so I think he could have been asleep or changing clothes at worst. Finding out would be too simple though since we don't want her to lose hope on her love so soon. She abandoned her teritory so she needs something to make it worthwhile. The accomplishment of helping someone would be worth it.

Enter his room Suguha

Asuna now knows Kirito survived SAO and should now wait for him. Nobuyuki has full control over her and the other 300 players. The rest of the players might also fall under the same problem, but after Kayaba's first stunt, extra security would prevent anything like that happening again. I just hope she doesn't try to recklessly escape even if she knows the code.

Trapped queen

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Zetsuen no Tempest episode 5 discussion

Episode 4 discussion can be viewed here

Mahiro's one kind act in the previous episode is completely forgotten and he's back to the ruthless fighter to avenge his sister. He let them all go unharmed so it isn't like he's a killer yet, but he was ready to do it. The Kusaribe clan talked to Hakaze and now know she's alive, but are still confident about their position. They mentioned something about how the tree of Genesis sides with the princess which gives her more luck than everyone. Although she can't use magic on the island, she supposedly has the luck to escape a different way. That will be Mahiro and Yoshino. It only supports Aika's statement,"Everything happens for a reason".

Ready to kill

I don't like Junichirou's voice, it isn't cute at all. I had high hopes seeing his cute appearance in the opening scenes, but I'll get use to it. Ignoring that, he's verified Hakaze's body as being dead. I wonder how he can be so sure when Hakaze is really alive. The bones are suspicious if there's no flesh on them. It might be that she would fully decompose, but without DNA or something specific, he couldn't possibly know the real owner of the bones. So they're good fakes or Hakaze really is dead.

Junichirou Hoshimura

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Friday, 2 November 2012

Uchuu Kyoudai episode 30 discussion

Episode 29 discussion can be viewed here

Of course Apo was going to be alright, he was just a plot device for Mutta to get the best view of the launch. Apo wasn't suspicious of Deneil Young despite being a strange old man, but he has always acted the same to everyone who doesn't seem dangerous. Even if he is a NASA employee, his eratic driving and acting so secretive should have made them worry a little more. Everything worked out for the best so no problem.

Apo and Serika

Although it's nice to see Hibito finally launch, it was just too simple. I wanted something to go wrong for them to overcome, I guess that was the weather. It was still too simple and in reality they did nothing but hope for acceptable launch conditions. I still want Mutta to go to Mars instead of the moon. I don't know what more astronauts being there will acomplish when going to the moon would be much more beneficial.

See you later Hibito

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