I’d really recommend this. I found it really enjoyable, though not without its flaws.
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So, let’s continue to talk cartoons.
I’ve been really enjoying the anime Dororo. It is very gory, and the lion’s share of that gore is the suffering of innocent people. I found it tasteful in that its focus is clearly to show sympathy/horror while samurai getting diced was just artful splatter because fuck them but it’s pretty intense misery all the same.
The pitch for Dororo is that this guy makes a deal with demons as a result his son loses most of his body parts to them an instant after being born. To regain his missing parts the son, Hyakkimaru, must go on a quest to slay each of those demons, and also he gets a small child following him around for comic relief. And this is true for the original manga and the original anime adaption.
The modern one, though, when considering the important question, “how would you tell a blind deaf quadriplegic kid this or, really, anything?” realizes the answer is “you can’t” rather than “telepathy!” And that’s how we get him wandering around running into monsters, murdering them for trying to murder him, and then being intensely distressed when sometimes, for reasons he can’t understand, that means he regains body parts and senses he didn’t know he ever had, with reactions varying from wtf??? :( to GREAT HOW DO I UNINSTALL IT. As a result, spunky kid sidekick Dororo turns out to really earn having their name be the title, as they’re the one making everything happen while Hyakkimaru is tugged along behind them.
An interesting then vs now comparison of a scene from the opening episode:
And with all that said, I’d now like to have a spoilerific chat about the character Mio and the roles (and fates) of women. (more…)
So, Steven Universe.
Steven Universe is an experience.
The opening episodes are generally regarded as poor, to the point of people making “How to Watch SU” Guides designed around reordering the episodes to get new people to stick around. I believe the general consensus is it takes 10+ episodes to pick up, which isn’t quite as dire as it first sounds due to them being eleven minutes long.
After it picks up, though, it really picks up!
And now, the finish! (more…)
Bunch of people tripping over their attempts at realism, an increasing amount of stuff that’s just humans having relationship drama, and a fic about something horrifying that apparently happened in the anime after I stopped watching. (more…)
A shiny gardevoir pokefucking fic. Several outright disasters. Some that sort of but don’t quite work without more polish, and one that actually got polished up.
Lot of fic that isn’t really fic. (more…)
This is terrific. (more…)
A PMD fic that actually kept my attention!
A lot of grammar errors but some rather unorthodox first-pokemon-gettings as well, including one where the pokemon gets to have a name of their own. Also, a straight up isekai fic and it doesn’t even involve better!Ash.
A reasonably varied bunch! Also, the counter-reviews are getting particularly mad. (more…)
And now it’s reply time! Some authors are angry. Some authors are fine. Some third parties are not okay with some authors being fine and would rather insist they’re idiots who can never improve, and somehow that makes me the terrible one.
Arg, something messed up and the document reset, so I may have lost some reviews. Edit: okay, found the original, none were lost!
A story where pokemorphs coexist with various civil rights movements without there being the slightest connection, one where cutting edge technology lets battles be even more boring, porn, Hala using the tapu to victimblame, extremely dubious car-related events, and various crimes against punctuation.
Let’s start off on a high, if pre-2019, note:
Penguins are just so, so adorable doing anything.
And now, onward into January. (more…)