50 Questions

Originally done by Ace Railgun, and subsequently popularized among anibloggers like MarthTsurugiarashix, and Yumeka, “50 Questions” offers a look in the little details that makes each anime fan unique and is also a good way for someone like me to make a post when I’m too conked out on pain meds (see author’s note at the end of my previous post) to keep focus on any new anime. So, here’s a mixture of anime and personal questions, without further ado….

1. Who is your favorite male anime character?
Haruaki Yachi, from C³: CubexCursedxCurious. I guess I just appreciate that, unlike 99% of all anime male protagonists, a naked girl appears in his kitchen, and he takes it like a boss! :3

2. Who is your favorite female anime character?
Tooru Ichii, from A Channel. I’m infatuated with this girl, she’s so cute and I love the way she’s so protective of Run. And it drives me mad when she puts on such a tough exterior when she’s really incredibly sweet on the inside!
 3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?
My musical preferences change like the damn seasons, but right now I really like the Guilty Crown soundtrack. Lots of concerto sounds and Bios is really trippy to me. Makes me feel so epic when I’m simply walking to class but listening to it with the volume cranked up! (My taste in music is admittedly crap, but it’s what I like, so…)

4. What is your favorite anime opening song + animation?
The second opening to C³: CubexCursedxCurious, Kirika’s dance and the reverse snow fall are stunning to watch, and Shirushi is one of my favorite songs of all time.

5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?
Right now, it’s most likely the Kill Me, Baby ED. Although it needs more Agiri, I love the dance and anyone who can do this in real life is a god to me. This song is also pretty catchy as well.

6. What is your favorite anime scene?
The scene from episode 22 (or close to that)  of Lucky Star, where Konata Izumi’s mother visits her family in ghost form. It was very touching and always leaves a tear in my eye as they finish off with Konata and her father wondering what to do with the haunted picture he took using his new digital camera, in which Kanata posed in the background, unbeknownst to her husband or daughter.

7. If you could meet an anime character, who would it be?
Hmmm, Tooru Ichii. No, wait, Lelouch vi Britannia. Hold on, Ika Musume. Actually, Black Rock Shooter. Acccck! This is too hard…really? Only one?!

8. What anime character is most like you in terms of personality?
The more I thought about this question the harder it became, so I asked a friend. After a while of thought, she came up with the answer: a mixture of Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Azusa Nakano (K-On!), you’re serious when you need to be, but when it comes to comparison, no one can compete with your confidence.
I’m like “seriously?”. I always see myself as shy and kinda quiet, but maybe that’s just with people I’m not so comfortable around…

9. What is your favorite thing about anime?
That’s there always something more to watch or enjoy! And even if you can’t access something you haven’t seen, rewatching anime is just as enjoyable!

10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?
Too much anime, not enough time :3

11. Who are your favorite anime couple?
I’ve never really thought about it, but I’d have to say… Horizon Ariadust and Tori Aoi from Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. I love the idea of him taking on the world to save her and then to retrieve her personality remnants.
 12. Who is your favorite anime animal?
Easy, Sakamoto-san from Nichijou. How can you listen to his smooth tones and not love the coolest cat in Japan?

13. What anime would make a good game?
I’ve always wanted a real, playable version of “The World” from the .hack series. Not a story-mode driven game, but a fully opened RPG MMO. Maybe throw in a conspiracy or two to make it interesting.

14. What game would make a good anime?
I honestly can’t think of a game that wasn’t already an anime that would make a good anime… I don’t play very many video games, though the few I play, I play A LOT.

15. What is the first anime you watched?
I can’t be certain, but (with like 60% probably) I’d have to say Dragonball. Seeing as it was the most likely anime to be watching on TV when I was little. Other early anime include G Gundam, Zoids, YuYu Hakasho, and a little Sailor Moon, though I don’t remember much of Zoids or Sailor Moon, simply that I would watch them.

16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?
I honestly hope to raise my kids on anime, seeing as I want to be animator. Watching anime for me is like researching, studying different animation styles and how they work with the genre of anime they portray is good to know for any aspiring animator. For example, a simple style like Kill Me, Baby works to play off the comedic nature of the series, while a more detailed, hard-lined design of a series like Guilty Crown helps portray the stark reality of the world they live in.

17. What is your favorite genre of anime?
Slice of life, it’s my bread and butter. Gimme a good slice of life series any day, it warms my heart and makes me happy. It also doesn’t give me the anxiety of longer, more action-based shows.

18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?
Least favorite would be… shounen, simply because the popular ones are too long and have some of the worst plots in my opinion. (Read this before you comment with your annoying butthurt) That being said, some of my favorite series are shounen, but they’re limited compared to series like Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. FMA is only like 60 episodes, but the plot moves every step of the way. This is a little off topic to the question…

19. How open are you about watching anime with the people you know?
You get one chance, if you can’t shut up or generally ruin the experience, don’t expect me to hit you up for an anime showing anytime soon. You should also be okay with me pausing some to take screenshots :3

20. Have you ever been to Japan?
No, but I’m planning on studying abroad for a semester in Fall 2013. Hopefully going to Ritsumeikan University’s College of Image Arts to learn animation.
 21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?
Right now, Kill Me, Baby! It’s proof that what works in a manga doesn’t necessarily work in anime.

22. What anime was better than expected for you?
Nichijou. Going in, I knew it was funny, but I had no idea I’d spend hours hunched over on the floor from laughter.

23. What is the best anime fight scene?
Any fight scene from Ben-to, there’s something primal about fighting for your meal, using your hunger to power your ambition and drive to win.

24. Who is your anime waifu?
Tooru Ichii (see question #2) :3 though I’ve “adopted” Tsukasa Hiiragi, Azusa Nakano, and Chris Yukine. :3
The first step to Waifu Recovery is to admit you have a waifu, step two is acceptance. I accept this part of me, which leads to step 3, understand. You need to understand why you chose to have a waifu (though I developed mine inadvertently). For me, Tooru is a placeholder in my mind for the girl that I hope to meet one day and marry. Smart, maybe a litte shy but irresistibly sweet, cute (to name a few qualities). If that makes any sense…

25. What was your favorite video game as a child?
Pokemon, still is…

Now for some more personalized questions, most are taken directly from Ace Railgun or others, or I changed them to make them easier (or more fun) for me to answer.

26. Most Embarassing moment?
I can’t really pin down a most embarrassing “moment”, but 5th-6th grades were probably the most embarrassing time of my life.  This was when my muscular dystrophy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) became very pronounced and I walked on my toes all the time. My heel never touched the floor and elementary school kids did as elementary school kids do, attributing various not-so-empowering reasonings to as to why I “walked funny”. The most awkward was the rumor that it was because I was holding in flatulence… Though I had it corrected and only partially stand on my toes today, I endured teasing and misunderstanding through middle school and most of high school. Luckily I had good friends who would actually listen to why I stood like I did, and thought nothing less of me because of it.

27. Can you drive?
Yeah, I have a license and a hatchback (I need the room to carry art supplies), though when I can, I bum rides because I’m not good with directions and I’d rather enjoy the ride than have to focus on driving. I’ve only had two accidents, the first one when I hit a tree in the dollar store parking lot, no real damage other than a few scratches to the hood, but the second time I rear-ended a truck after having to stop short behind the truck that had to stop for a car cutting through rush hour traffic. My car was totaled but no one was hurt and the guy’s truck didn’t really get damaged.

28. Are you mature?
Maturity is relative, and like my answer to #8, I’d say I can get serious when a job needs to get done, otherwise I’m pretty laid back (unless you’re being a dick, running up and down the hallway at 3 in the morning on a school night…if you lived in my dorm, you’d know exactly what I’m talking about).

29. What year were you born?
1992, my parents didn’t vote in the general presidential election because I was also born on election day :3

30. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
Not that I really prefer one over the other, but cats make better in-house pets (and I’ve always wanted a kitty to call my own :3)

31. Describe yourself physically?
6 foot and about 1 and a half inches tall, only 120 pounds. A side effect of my muscular dystrophy is that I can’t gain any muscle mass and since I have a fast metabolism I don’t have body fat. I get thrown around easily, but it’s okay because I have a cute demeanor. I’ve also shrunk about 2 inches in the past year…which is strange.

32. What would you name your first child?
I probably shouldn’t be naming my first (or any) child, they’d mostly be names like Azusa, Tooru, Fu, Chris, (you get the picture). I should stick to naming pets. But I will say this about having kids, I’d rather have a daughter to dote on, because I’ve taught children’s classes before, and boys don’t gain any common sense until around age 20 (and some still don’t). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to keep a young boy (various ages) from ramming his head into a wall. For no reason, other than he could…girls seem easier to handle and reason with (at least for me), plus it’d be less awkward (I’m a lot like Konata Izumi’s dad if I think about it).

33. What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I’ve broken my leg twice while simply walking. Not kidding, just walking. In August 2010, I was walking through church when what sounded like a gun shot (to me) came from my foot. Turns out that because of my muscular dystrophy, my foot was turning on itself and putting all the weight on the small bone on the outside of my left foot. After healing and returning to normal shoes, I broke it again in December 2010. I then wore a cast or a brace until May 2011, which started a series of surgeries over the summer to place pins in my foot that would prevent it from turning. Now my foot gets sore whenever the air pressure changes or when I step on a loose manhole.

34. What is your worst habit?
Procrastination, if I can get started, I’ll keep going until I finish, but that’s the problem, I’ll put off something saying “Oh, I’ll just relax for a bit, then hit that” or “I’ll have plenty of time to do it tomorrow” (I sometimes do this with anime reviews when I’d rather play games or do nothing…doing nothing is quite the past time for me).

35. Do you drink or smoke?
No, never. Smoking is like signing your death certificate, and it’s bad enough I have to breath in the second hand smoke from people on the streets (I think of it has puffing out little doses of cancer for whoever has the misfortune of being downwind). And as for drinking, I don’t have a problem with responsible drinking, but I’d rather never touch it myself. I’m already chemically dependent on caffeine :3

36. Do you have a tattoo?
Nope, and never will. Too scared of needles, and besides, who would want a permanent anything on their skin forever?

37. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Most definitely a night owl, why, in fact, I wrote this post at 3 in the morning (not kidding).

38. Have you ever slept past midday?
More than once a week…

39. Do you regret anything?
I try not to regret the past and instead learn from it, there are things I’m ashamed of, but nothing I can’t grow from.

40. Can you count the number of friends on one hand?
While I’d say I have different levels of friendship, from friends I’ll be hanging with 20 years from now to people that I converse with sometimes merely by proximity in class, I mostly definitely have more friends than I can count on my fingers.

41. Do you wear glasses?
No, I had to wear reading glasses for a month because I was getting a headache from doing test prep quizes every day in junior year, but other than that, I’m the only one in my house that doesn’t need glasses and one of the few in my whole family.

42. Are you a picky eater?
Not picky, but I get hungry in moods. By that, I mean that although I like fried chicken, sometimes I don’t want it. I’m (hypothetically) game for anything, but sometimes I only want certain things.

43. Would you die for someone?
For a certain someone, of course…

44. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’ll take Haruhi’s power to alter reality, thank you!

45. Do you believe in the supernatural?
Not really, but it’s not like I won’t piss myself when someone else dies in Another.

46. Would you rather be rich or famous?
Rich, simply so I could easily provide for my family and feed my anime addiction.

47. Have you ever committed a crime?
I don’t think so, unless you count PIPA or SOPA-esque crimes. In which case, every damn day. (But media companies need to understand the benefit of sharing their product and the growth produced by 3rd party generated content. )

48. Pirates or ninjas? (Time traveler or ghost?) Esper or Alien?
I’ve seen enough Melancholy to confidently answer “alien”.

49. Does someone have a crush on you?
I wonder…probably not, I’m not the “dreamy” type. Though it’d be nice to know if someone could possibly have deeper-than-normal feelings for me.

50. Are you in a relationship?
Nope, never have. I don’t date really, I hate seeing the “dating culture” in America. I’ll only date someone if I feel like I could start a lifelong commitment to that person, too often I see people dating for the status. That’s not to say I haven’t had a few crushes in my life, but I’ve gotten over them. I’d much rather start a relation with a good friend than go and “pick up chicks” like I see most guys do. Though, to be honest, I’ll probably be infatuated with her for quite some time beforehand.

Take me as I am, I may not be perfect, but I'm the best me I can be!

Well, there’s some answered questions about me and then some. It’s been fun, especially the parts where I ponder my being while hopped up on narcotics :3 I’m more than happy to answer additional questions or go more in-depth on a topic if asked. This’ll probably clear up a few gender confusions I’ve seen as well (yesh, in fact I AM a guy…though very very VERY effeminate).

As far as my health goes, my surgery went off without a hitch and now I’m trying to gather my wits together so I can stay awake for an hour to review a show. I also need time to download here (not under normal connection circumstances), so I’ll get back on the regular schedule soon. I’m also wanting to make a new banner with video to go with it this week using my time off, provided a few other things can get done as well, I’ll have that ready (hopefully) by next week.

Thanks for reading and thanks again to Ace Railgun for starting this “50 Question” phenomenon, it’s been really fun and I’m sure someone is really enjoying these glimpses into anibloggers’ personal lives.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: Those Lined Up Above the Horizon/Final Review

Back with the final episode of the first season of the Fall 2011 series, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. Now that Tori and Horizon are reunited, it’s time to book it and get back onboard Musashi.  The Far East ground forces are able to make their retreat from the K.P.A. Italia and the Pope on the airfield, but the captain of the Pope’s airship sets off to stop the escape of Horizon and their lost Deadly Sin Armament. After failing to ram the floating city, all cannons are locked and loaded, ready to blast Musashi out of the sky. It’s up to Horizon to boost the power of Lyte Katarripsi, but she still can’t do it without Tori’s help, thanks to his energy reserve sharing.  Along with decimating the K.P.A. ship, Horizon also regains a part of her original soul, and, for the first time, feels the emotion of sadness. Tori stands gently by her side, promising to recover all of her lost emotions.

The battle isn’t over, or rather, it’s just begun, because now Musashi stands against not only the K.P.A. Italia and Tres Espana, but also the P.A. ODA, who make a surprise visit, to show that Musashi’s stealth shield is useless against them. Bringing a dire warning of the fights to come for the currently festive citizens of Musashi, who are celebrating the safe return of the dear Horizon.  In style, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon leaves season 1 mid-battle, as Tres Espana forces (more like their baseball team, really) begins an assault on Musashi. But the students aren’t hesitant, and quickly jump into battle to protect their home.

While confusing at first, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is finally moving into a forward step plot that explains (or at least recognizes the newness of new things) and shows character development (did you see that? Tori only made a few sexual remarks to Horizon, that’s called self-restraint *jk*).  Supposedly, the original novel included a long preface explain the Horizon universe, as well as the Testament which determines the path of human history and is set to end sometime during the series. This hasn’t been explained (or even touched) in the anime series, so I can understand why a majority of viewers are put off and don’t want to continue. I personally am advocating perseverance, as I feel like, given time, patience will pay off and Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon will be a series you’ll be glad you didn’t miss. Season 2 is slated for Summer 2012, can’t wait.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

(I know, this really isn’t a “Final” review, as there WILL be a second season. But just think of this a final thought on season 1.)

Fall 2011 Final Review

Back for a final review of the Fall 2011 season. For simplicity sake, I’m dividing this post into “finished” and “continuing” series. Series that have reached a definitive end (even if just for now) and don’t have any rumor of possible continuation, are deemed “finished”, and series like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon and Guilty Crown, which are most definitely going to be continued, are deemed “continuing”.

For “finished” series, this season I followed Shinryaku!? Ika Musume, Working’!!, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Ben-to, and Tamayura~hitotose.  Shinryaku!?, Working’!!, and Tamayura are all continuations from previous seasons or OAVs, while Boku wa, Ben-to, and  are original premiers.  The more comedic series, Shinryaku!?, Boku wa, and Working’!!, offered a refreshing break in-between more action or character-driven series like Ben-to, and Tamayura.  But that’s not to say the comedies didn’t offer their own substance in way of character development or excitement.  In general, the series I would like to see more of, and think there’s a chance of a continuation are Boku wa Tomodachi ga SukunaiC³and Working’!! (I feel like there’s still room for fresh material to continue the story of the Wagnaria crew).  Ben-to and Tamayura~hitotose both reached logical, definite conclusions, and I’m satisfied with their endings. I’m almost apprehensive of asking for another season of Ben-to, as this may not live up the enjoyment of the first season (but I’m all for more Asebi, so I’d be willing to try it if it did get a second season).  Shinryaku! Ika Musume, while amusing to me, is really a hit-and-miss sort of comedy style, and it’s quite fortunate to have gotten this second season.  I’m not hopeful for a third season, but if the hit-and-miss hits enough people to generate good revenue, enough to justify a third season, more power to them.

(I’m not used to giving ratings, but I’ll see how this goes.) Overall, for “finished” series this Fall 2011 season, I’d give an 8.7 out of 10.  A lot of the series, as stated, are continuations from previous seasons or OAVs, so they bank on previous success.  But there was quite a good bit of excellent new material to give a nice blend of old favorites and fresh series to keep me thoroughly entertained.

 

On to the “continuing” series, Guilty Crown, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, and Gundam AGE.  Ultimately, the only two I’m eager to see continue are Guilty Crown and Kyoukai Senjou, as they are the only ones to truly not make me cringe 90% of the time.  Guilty Crown was poised to become the next Code Geass, but, as many other blogs will quickly remark, this just wasn’t the case. Ohma Shu is no Lelouch Lamperouge.  But I do admire the unique premise, drawing voids that take on form depending on the owner’s heart is very interesting and I’ve been surprised to the individuality and applications of the voids Shu has so far drawn.  While the main protagonist leaves much to be desired, the 11th episode, marking the halfway point of the series, shows him finally acting the part of the hero. My fingers are crossed that this will continue into the Winter 2012 season.  Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon also broke it’s pre-determined impressions, as many, including myself, spent much of the series wondering what was going on.  While normally this would be considered a minus for a series, Kyoukai Senjou pulls it off in such a fashion that makes me overlook the confusion and enjoy it more so now that everything just seems to be happening in a way that makes me happy to understand.  While this is a confusing idea to some (trust me, I’m still wrapping my head around it), I’m still looking forward to the second season, announced to air in 2012.  Finally, there’s Gundam AGE, my most disappointing series this season.  Not that there’s inherently anything wrong with it, but if you’ve seen other Gundam series such as Gundam 00, Gundam AGE seems to spit in the face of previous success. The character designs are very childish, as is the dialogue, and I’ve never found myself rooting for the bad guys because I can’t stand what they did to the Gundam design.  I’ve really only continued watching because, steadily, AGE is recovering ground inch-by-inch. Supposedly this series is going to span three generations, i.e. Flit’s son and grandchild eventually become the focus. I’m hoping for Flit to leave the cockpit soon, I honestly can’t stand the thought of someone as generally annoying as that child piloting (what is, in my opinion) one of the greatest machines ever imagined.

Rather disappointing “continuing” series, compared what I expected going into Fall 2011.  My rating is a 7.0 out of 10.  Passable because the tail-end of the season sees some remnants of what I hoped for going in.  For Guilty Crowns sake, Shu better man up or shut up, take a lesson from Dan the Man and use some “GUTS!”.   Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon needs to do nothing but continue the great plot movement of the last 4 or so episodes in the first season (I fear the first episode of the second season will be a recap of the first season, if anyone involved with this show is reading, please don’t do this, just jump right back into the story).  Gundam AGE…*sigh* just, stop ruining what I like about the Gundams. If Flit is going to lose, don’t let it be because of something so simple as type-disadvantage.  If Flit is going to whine, let someone else b**** slap him. And if the UE is an alien force, give them a good reason for attacking human colonies (may I suggest reading the Ender’s Game series? very good example of extraterrestrial misunderstanding).

Next season has less in store (for me, anyway) than Fall 2011. I plan on following Kill Me, Baby! and Another for sure. As well as continuing Guilty Crown and Gundam AGE.  There’s a high possibility that I’ll pick up others perhaps a few episodes in if I get good impressions and have the time.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Additional note, just finished Azusa Nakano’s Speed Draw :3, you can check them out here. Enjoy, and Happy New Year.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: Those Who are Joined Beyond the Boundary

Hey minna,
back with another episode of the Fall 2011 series Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.  Tori has finally reached Horizon, just as Futayo rises from the ashes to take down Muneshige and recovers his Deadly Sin Armament.  The T.U. Pope has totally forgotten about everything except the battle lines on his base, as Neit prepares to fight to buy time for Tori and Horizon, who is still trapped within the Testament Union’s barrier. A barrier that makes whomever comes in contact with it relive their sins, before killing them in their despair.

Convinced the world is better if she were to simply allow her death to proceed, Horizon refuses Tori’s flirtatious offers to come with him back to Musashi.  After seemingly endless back-and-forth, Tori is finally able to reach out to the piece of Horizon that still resides within the automaton.  Convincing her of the love he still has for her, Tori is able to finally make Horizon agree that it’s best for her to leave with him and continue living. But not before Tori accidentally reaches through the shield, taking himself and Horizon back to his greatest sin, the day he caused Horizon’s death….

After coming to understand how each felt for the other after that day, Tori and Horizon agree to continue living together, so they may find the place where their divergent paths overlap.  Now, using Muneshige’s Deadly Sin Armament, the Pope’s defensive field is rendered useless, and Musashi needs to either finish off the Tres Espana and K.P.A. Italia troops, taking the Pope’s Armament with them, or make a hasty retreat to continue collecting the Deadly Sin Armaments from the other Divine Entities before the apocalyptic event that was started by that tower of light in Mikawa.

Personally, I’m glad to see some dynamic plot development, and am willing to overlook the confusing first 8 or 9 episodes if they keep up the pace.  Now that Horizon is rescued, it’s time for Tori to focus on collecting the remaining Deadly Sin Armaments, and Horizon’s stolen emotions as well (for Tori’s sake, let’s hope she becomes more sociable, and less robotic).

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: Musashi’s Mr. Impossible

Hey minna,
back with a series that’s finally coming into its own, and a new episode of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.  Musashi’s battle to save Horizon is going strong, even though Tori’s army is pinned down. As Masa, piloting her God of War, launches Neit at break-neck speeds towards the battlefield, making mincemeat of the Testament army as she unites with Tori, allowing them to move on to the Testament Union and K.P.A. Italia’s forward base, where they are holding Horizon.

Just as the armies make contact, Pope President Innocentius of the Testament Union unveils his Armament of Deadly Sins, the lust armor, Stasis Porneia.  Using Stasis Porneia, the Pope is able to render the Far East’s offensive weapons useless, as it has the ability to stop anything it considers an enemy within a 3 kilometer radius, even punches and kicks lose momentum once they make contact.   But never fear, for Tori has unbeatable happiness to power their offense, literally.  As viceroy of Musashi, Tori has access to 1/4 of the city’s ether supply, and using a contract through the Asami shrine, Tori makes himself a conduit through which his army can receive unlimited external energy to power their fighting, despite Stasis Porneai’s effects.  Even the need to sacrifice is nullified, so long as Tori remains happy, but it comes at a cost…Tori’s life is not staked in his happiness.

While Musashi now has power to stand up against the K.P.A. Italia’s top-notch forces, but Stasis Porneai’s effect still in place, they can’t quite get the strength to break through.  Until  Masazumi debuts on the scene to challenge the Pope President to a duel, using his short temper to their advantage.  The Pope accepts and drops Stasis Porneai’s field to rush to his fight with Masazumi, even though it was just a ruse to get him off the battlefield.

Now the real fighting begins, as Noriki and Kiyonari take down Galileo of the K.P.A. Italia, and Futayo takes on Muneshige of the Tres Espana and his Armament of Deadly Sin.  Armed with her father’s prototype armament, Slicing Dragonfly, Futayo puts up a good fight, but Muneshige’s experience fighting her father gave him the knowledge to render her weapon’s special ability useless.  With Futayo down for the count, Muneshige prepares to fire his Lypee Katarrispi at Musashi, giving them an ultimatum, evacuate and live, or stay, and be unable to defend Horizon if rescued, without being able to leave dock, Musashi will be a sitting duck to Testament forces.

Finally, everything comes together to produce a battle that lives up the expectations I had going into Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.  It only took 3/4 of the season to get there… Now I look at the big questions, does Musashi have a contingency to face the Lypee Katarrispi? How do they keep the Pope President from re-lauching Stasis Porneia’s effect?  And what about that bullet-hole like thing that appeared in Horizon’s book? Is something else happening?

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: The Trumpeter at the Start Line

Hey minna,
back with Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, where the action is finally living up to my expectations, and, for once, they explain the things I don’t know! Although, in my opinion, it’s a little late to start a serious sequence of events, I’m letting it slide because it’s shaping up to be quite an epic battle.

With Neshinbara at the helm of the Musashi offensive, Tori leads the ground forces in their rescue operation.  Facing with the K.P.A. Italia and Tres Espana “fortress”, all the Testament Union has to do is hold off Tori’s assault until Horizon commits suicide.  Not at all daunted by this measure, Tori rushes into battle, literally.  Thanks to Adele’s retro-armor, they successfully stand against the defending pillar’s armaments.

Meanwhile, Musashi defends against the Tres Espana’s air forces, who bombard the city’s defenses, only to be pushed back by Lady Musashi and Asama’s defense and counter-attacks. After the Tres Espana airship launches one of its God of War machines, it’s up to Margot and Malga to protect the skies. Touch and go, the witch couple pull it through in the end with some encouragement from friends back home.

Back to the ground forces, who aren’t making as much progress, but still holding their own. Until Testament Forces start rushing onto the field and the “Fortress” splits Tori’s army in two, but all is not lost.  Rising over the horizon, Mitsotsudaira, riding atop Nao’s God of War, nearing the battlefield after launching from Musashi and flying through now clear airspace.

Finally, what I’ve been hoping for in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon since the beginning, too bad it’s close to ending…but with battles and fighting this great (not to mention they’re taking time to explain a few things now), I find it hard to complain yet.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon: The Summit’s Flower

Hey minna,
back with a series that I’m glad I can finally make sense of, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.  With the decision as to whether or not Musashi will take on the Testament Union in its goal to bring together the Deadly Sin Armaments and save Horizon standing at 1 win, 1 lose, and 1 tie.  The King of Musashi declares that the best way to decide this, is with a fight. The students take on Futayo Honda, captain of the guard, winner decides the fate of Musashi.

So, I think I’ve figured out the point of these first 9 episodes, they’ve introduced the entire cast, the background information happened before our eyes, and they’ve kinda shown what these fighters can do.  But I’m still left wondering, what’s with all the in-fighting? I’m really revved up for some real fights that will actually decide stuff.

After Kimi takes down Futayo Honda with some eroctic dancing, the stage is finally set. It’s been decided officially that the King of Musashi will appoint Toori and Masazumi as viceroys of Musashi, until such a time Toori can be properly declared king.  Does this mean the prologue is complete?…I certainly hope so.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku