Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 11 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 11

What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 11.

Seems like Squad Jam 2 has been going for an eternity, does it wrap up in this episode? Nope! It’s the Squad Jam that never ends!

Is that a bad thing? Hell no! Especially not here, this episode has probably the best action set piece of the whole series (so far). It’s bold, it’s loud, it’s over-the-top and it’s just so well animated!

Brutal af.

High praise, but haven’t you complained in the past that this series’ action is at times implausible. That’s because early on I was approaching this series like it was a video game—and therefore thinking about the limitations of the current generation of video games. But that’s the absolute wrong way to look at the action in this series—this is more akin to a ludicrous Michael Bay action film, just with cute anime girls in the roles usually reserved for some generic white dude.

Who would have guessed this was based on fan-fiction?

So in changing how you approach the action scenes you’ve appreciated them for what they are rather than what you ~thought~ they should be? Exactly! And at just the right time too, it’s difficult to articulate how terrific the action scene with LLENN on foot versus Pito and M in a military vehicle is!

Well it’s your job to articulate it, so try your best! Right! So it’s one close call after another as LLENN uses her fast and fancy footwork to dodge M’s driving and Pito’s wild firing, until LLENN’s luck looks like it’s about to run out as she’s struck by a bullet and lays bleeding out in a lake. But it ain’t over til it’s over as Fuka has recovered from her previous injuries and comes to rescue LLENN in a military vehicle of her own—accompanied by a couple of cheekily suggestive comments about “not going home tonight” and “love hotels”.

😉

Okay, well explained, but why mention that last part—doesn’t really seem like it has any bearing on the action? In my Episode 9 review I hypothesised that Karen (the irl LLENN) may possibly be queer, or closeted. Maybe this was just a cute little joke, but I like to think that the writer is hinting at something by having Fuka make these suggestive ‘jokes’.

Sounds like ‘head cannon’ to me, but hey this is your review, you can talk about whatever you want. So what happens after Fuka’s rescue of LLENN? More action! Chases, explosions, ramming, running, out of bullets, face-to-face, cliffhanger ending!

Being stepped on by a loli, I know this is someone’s fetish.

So pretty positive all things considered then, anything you didn’t like about the episode? I love how crazy Pito is, and I know this series needs an ‘antagonist’ of sorts, but I don’t get the reaction a lot of other players have towards her—acting like she’s a monster or she’s evil because she’s enjoying killing other players. Last time I checked, it’s a video game; none of the people she’s killing are actually dying in real life. If they all knew the external circumstances around her actions and what her end goal was maybe I could understand their hostility towards her unique brand of crazy but as far as they know she’s just a sadistic player—hardly worthy of such ire.

Well it is a video game, so I’d hope so…

But other than that a great episode? Yup! Maybe a bit lacking in the character development department and I miss not having scenes in the real world as they’re my favourite but being that this is the penultimate episode I’m not going to complain too much about that, it was an action-packed extravaganza and I can’t wait to see the conclusion to that cliffhanger ending!

Me, waiting for the next episode!

Previous Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 5.5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review


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My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 11 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 11

What’s the show? My Hero Academia 3rd Season, Episode 11.

And so does the battle continue between All Might and All For One? Continues and concludes. This is a very jam-packed episode!

And is it any good? You should know better to ask that by now… it’s very good, it’s a damn near perfect conclusion–except for one or two kind of hard to overlook flaws that stop it from achieving legendary anime status–at least at this point in the story.

Why do I have the feeling the ‘flaw’ you speak of is to do with the latter part of the episode? We’ll work up to that then… let’s just start at the beginning… We start off with a flashback to when All Might was just a weedy looking high-schooler by the name of Toshinori Yagi, who after being noticed by pro hero Nana Shimura, becomes the newest vessel for the power One For All, a.k.a the power All Might gave to Midoriya back in Season 1. I’ve truncated the flashbacks into a couple of sentences not because they’re unimportant but because they’re short–but frequent throughout the episode. A lot of what we’ve come to know and love about All Might came from Nana, which is a kind of humbling thought that this all powerful ‘Symbol of Peace’ wasn’t just formed out of nowhere but had his worldview molded and honed by another.

But back in the present day? Right, All Might is torn to shreds, at the end of his rope and almost out of time. All For One is vastly overpowered–at least in the stolen quirk department—and as the world looks on via news helicopter footage, things seem especially grim for the ‘Symbol of Peace’… the crowds rally round him, so too his fellow pro-heroes, but it’s not ’til All For One drops a bombshell intended to cripple All Might emotionally do things “get real”.

Oh? What is it? Tomura Shigaraki, the hand on face bad guy who’s been the mastermind behind so many of the recent attacks on UA High School since the first season–well it turns out this dastardly far-gone villain is actually the grandson of Nana Shimura!

Oh snap! Snap indeed. Except it doesn’t have the debilitating effect on All Might that All For One probably planned. Foolishly, the arch nemesis mentions Midoriya–as if to rub salt in the already gaping wound–but there is something All For One didn’t count on; the power that comes from protecting an ideal, from protecting the future and from protecting everyone. With his last ounce of strength All Might takes on All For One with an attack unlike any other–and wins! But not without great cost, he is now completely without powers–all of the responsibility now falling to Midoriya.

Well you certainly talked fondly about the episode. What was it about it that you didn’t like? There’s a quote from the film The Dark Knight that I think is somewhat apt. “You either die a hero, or live long enough to become a villain.” And while I don’t foresee a villainous turn on the cards for All Might, having him survive (albeit sans powers) is kind of a cop-out in my opinion. It doesn’t completely rob the episode of its standout moments but it does eliminate a lot of the stakes that were built up. I have a quote of my own in this situation, “heroes don’t retire.” And here, more than anywhere before in anime, do I think All Might dying here would have been the absolute right decision–emotionally, narratively and even logistically.

‘A Heroes Death’, I can see the appeal. But instead we’re left with a preview for next week that just has All Might in a hospital bed with bandages round his head, like this is some Saturday morning cartoon. I feel like they had the chance for some dark and challenging story telling with a satisfying and complex pay-off but they abandoned it in favor of the status-quo.

The more I let you ramble on the more these so-called ‘positive reviews’ devolve into verbose criticism. I should learn to quit while I’m ahead… If I’m overly critical it’s only because I see the potential for something more only for it to be sidelined. Don’t get me wrong this is still a truly great episode, among the best this season–it’s just… not as great as it could have been. I’m hoping the stakes for the hero world that were so deftly raised throughout this arc aren’t completely mitigated by All For One’s defeat. Having All Might survive means there has to be narrative consequences or else the only purpose this arc had was a symbolic transferring of power between All Might and Midoriya and while that’s important I don’t think it’s enough.


Previous My Hero Academia Reviews:

Season 1 (20 Question) Review
Season 3, Episode 1 & 2 Review
Season 3, Episode 3 Review
Season 3, Episode 4 Review
Season 3, Episode 5 Review
Season 3, Episode 6 Review
Season 3, Episode 7 Review
Season 3, Episode 8 Review
Season 3, Episode 9 Review
Season 3, Episode 10 Review


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Comic Girls Episode 11 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review of Comic Girls Episode 11

What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 11.

And what’s it a– No! I don’t want to do this! I don’t want this gorgeous show to ever end! I love it so damn much!

So I take it we’re at the penultimate episode? Yes, sadly, we’re almost at the season finale and all I can think of is how much this show has grown from where it was, I’m like a proud parent who has watched his child blossom from a cute anime girl to a cute anime girl with a lot of deep character development and introspective narrative.

I’m sure that sounded better in your head. So what’s this episode about? As I recall the last few episodes were kind of a bit weaker than the show at its best. To be fair this show at its best is better than nearly everything out there so even at its weaker moments–not counting the first couple of episodes–this show is still excellent. This week however, perhaps sensing that melancholy and channeling it we’re given an episode that trades in a lot of the usual comedic qualities for something more nostalgic and contemplative.

You still haven’t said what it’s about… The girls have to fill out their career forms, a.k.a pick three careers they want to consider for the future. Naturally this leads to Kaos-Chan doubting her potential and the others nervous about what kind of future being a mangaka can be in the long run. Meanwhile the Dorm matron has some unfortunate news to break–the manga dorm is to be closed at the end of the year.

Oh! So do the girls band together to try and raise enough money to save the dorm?! Nope, they help the Matron clear out the storage room. It’s all kind of sad, but in the best possible way–after all change is a great catalyst in this world and can bring new things!

I feel like you’re setting me up for something so I’ll bite, “like what?” Inspired by some motivational graffiti in the storage room–written by one of the previous inhabitants–Kaos buckles down and works hard to complete not one, not two but four manuscripts for her editor to read!

And how’s that go? Most of the comedy in this episode comes from this scene towards the end of the episode as her editor is her usual brutally honest self about the ~mediocre manuscripts~ Kaos has turned in–that is until the last one. It’s a manga with personality and wit and charm and heart. It’s something she just threw together when she didn’t know what else to write… it’s a little story about female mangakas living in a dorm together and it’s called Comic Girls!

Hmm, didn’t you predict a few episodes ago that her big breakthrough would be writing a manga about her dorm life? I did, I’m surprised you remembered but yeah it makes the most sense in the context of the narrative and as contrived as it may seem to an outsider it’s such a sweet and well-earned moment when Kaos finds out she’s going to be published in a magazine I couldn’t help but shed a tear–as I’m sure I’ll shed a many more next week in the finale!


Previous Comic Girls Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 11 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 11

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 11.

The last episode ended on a cliffhanger did it not? Indeed, The Gourmet was holed up in his father’s company’s skyscraper as the CCG approached with a more ‘scorched earth’ approach as opposed to ‘subdue and arrest’.

Ah… so safe to say there’s a lot of casualties as a result of this episode? I could be wrong—and I’ll probably be proven wrong next episode— but this episode appears to have the highest body count of any episode this season!

These fucking guys…

Anyone important? Probably… but there’s so many damn characters in this episode and I can’t remember most of their names and to be honest I can’t be bothered looking it up.

Wow. And you want to do this blogging thing professional, huh? Shush you. Besides, the only really meaningful ones are creepy sadistic fuck Kijima and creepy sadistic (and beautiful) fuck Hariu and while the latter I’m kind of sad to see die, the other one totally got what was coming to him!

I mean I wouldn’t mind poking a hole in her myself, just not the lethal kind…

Right and what about our main cast? What do they get up to this episode? Nobody is exempt from the carnage—that said none of Haisie’s team suffers any significant damage. Ginshi finally works up the courage to use The Nutcracker’s quique and Saiko gets a chance to shine!—except it’s all kind of presented in an underwhelming fashion and is very rushed, like the events of this episode feel more important and need way more time to breath than the brief 20~ish minutes allows.

Oh that sounds disappointing… so what about the central point of this arc Haisie and The Gourmet? It’s really really good… except…

Sick burn, bro.

Except what? It suffers from the same problems the rest of the episode does, its hurried and that in turn effects everything from the dialogue to the quality of the flashbacks and the action scenes. It could have been truly amazing but in this truncated format it’s just kind of a shadow of what could have been.

Kind of poetic.

That’s just an assumption though. You don’t actually know if it’s rushed—you haven’t read the manga after all. That’s true, but if I’m wrong I’d happily retract these statements but I really don’t think I am. The point of an anime adaptation is to animate a manga’s story and art, but things move so quickly here it’s like watching someone flip through the pages rather than meaningfully elaborate on the content.

This flashback was kinda amazing, more of this please!
I actually really loved this ‘flashback’, very stylish!

This reviews kinda negative, huh? You always seemed to defend this show but has it finally worn out it’s welcome? I wouldn’t go that far, I still really enjoy this show and it’s characters and the setting and this arc is really satisfying in a lot of different ways but the execution is significantly lacking—something that gets harder and harder to defend week-by-week.


Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review


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