The Anime Everyone is Talking About, the Latest Episode – Related Secondary Title

Short comment about how awesome this episode was.

This sentence is a general indicator of my reaction towards the episode as a whole.  Some things happened here and there, but the overall impression that I got is that The Animation Studio Everyone is Talking About is totally on the ball this week.  The majority of the other blogs totally disagree with me, and even their respective comments are totally divided as well.  To not sound too divisive on the subject, I assure that my general indicator was felt by the majority of viewers, so that my taste in anime is very agreeable.

Diving into the meat of the show, the episode starts off like this.  Last episode we were left with the main character and the supporting cast having just wrapped up minor event, but this week opens with just the main character in a bizarre situation that seems to lack context, but sooner or later, you know shit is about to go down.

Main character just got owned pretty hard.

Oh man! I can’t believe shit just went down!  The big bad didn’t really show up in full, but there’s enough obstacles in the way of the main character that he can’t really achieve the goals that he set from the first episode.  Another complication arises when the supporting characters are affected as well, and they have no choice but to deal with it with mister main character.  At first, the main character seems to lack empathy about the situation.  All he cares about is his goal, but that attitude is obfuscated by the fact that shit clearly went down, and his aloofness makes him clearly similar to all the other ordinary high school students in other anime.  Why can’t he be anything other than an ordinary high school student?  Ordinary High School Student main characters are so cliche.

Anyways, I’ve already used the word cliche once in this post (and now twice as of the end of this sentence), and the episode is barely 10 minutes in.  To distract the reader, let’s put in some more screenshots!

Despite everything, the main character is turning out to be quite alright.

New details are added into the story, and provide just enough material to speculate about the show.  I could very well spend the entire post on how this particular element is symbolic of the main character’s development, and that he’s anything but a typical teenage boy.  Based on that brilliant author whose books are now public domain, the connection between that boy and the downfall of the character in that brilliant author’s book is no accident. Shit just went down, but it’s only going to get a lot worse from here on out.  That boy is in a lot of trouble.

Yo meme, I heard you like memes, but we need to go deeper. Also, >implying this isn't a meme.

This paragraph doesn’t have anything to do with the screenshot above, but due to the way the episode develops towards its climax, there isn’t really any screenshot I could have used that fits, because I already used the most appropriate one in the beginning of the post.  So instead, I’ll just talk about how the characters have finally banded together and formulated a plan on how to overcome the obstacle.  The bad guy finally shows up, but only for a very short time, because he’s brooding and evil, and the more we see of him, the less we like him as a character.  This other blog already doesn’t like him, and I can see why.

This scene was soooo good. SHAFT, are you even trying?

The climax of the episode was really well done.  The action moves pretty quickly from one revelation to another, from one reaction to another, and all that shit that went down in the first place is on pace to being resolved.  However, there are a few loose threads that were introduced when the new details were added that I can’t really explain without pulling something out of my ass, so I’ll leave it to future episodes to explain it for me.

By this point, it’s 3:40am, and I needed to have this post out yesterday, because I didn’t post anything all of this week, and I need to look like I’m somewhat active so that Anime Nano doesn’t pull me from their database.  This post is approaching 1,000 words, but I still haven’t wrapped up the episode or put my final thoughts, so I’ll shortcut it by filling out the rest of my post with screenshots throughout the episode.

My waifu. Do not steal.
Of course, he will be dubbed by Crispin Freeman. Not that I have anything wrong with that.
The Anime Everyone is Talking About is a masterful deconstruction of The Genre Everyone Loves.
I didn't want to caption this, but if I didn't, the screenshots wouldn't be framed together, and the effect would have been lost.

Final Thoughts: by reserving this section for final thoughts, I can finally write in my own voice, as my writing style is more fit for subjective interpretations than pseudo-intellectual analysis that comes off as objective and academic as a result.  I could sound smart if I wanted to, but why would I want to do that?  I could very well go on and on about how much I love the main character after this episode.  He really turned the corner on me, and I can’t wait for him to continue being awesome.  As for the story, the episode really seemed to fit in with the way the show is pacing.  Considering that it’s an adaptation from the light novel, I can see that the show is on pace to cover the first two volumes, one for each cour.

I have enough knowledge about the anime industry to say that the writers really planned out this episode well within the context of the rest of the series.  I’m not caught up with the untranslated editions of the novel, so I can’t make any comment about how the characters are supposed to turn out, but I can say with confidence that the anime does its job as an adaptation, transferring the story into another medium with a reasonable amount of success.  The original light novel’s author really comes out in the dialogue, particularly because the main character’s numerous internal monologues come straight from the prose.  Either way, the story-lover in me was treated to something really nice and juicy this week, and I can’t wait to write the post for next week’s episode.

And I would have already read it. Twice.

61 thoughts on “The Anime Everyone is Talking About, the Latest Episode – Related Secondary Title”

  1. Generic comment disagreeing with the premise of your post and suggesting that I have bedded your mother.

    [Indication that this post has been moderated by the original author of this post.]

    1. First and only warning from original author. Retort suggesting that I bedded your mother first, and that your sister took pictures.

  2. This comment acknowledges the points you have made and agrees with them all. This sentence asserts my enjoyment of reading your posts.

    1. Statement of gratitude for reading my post. Statement hoping that you return to read more of my posts in the future.

    1. I know which screenshots that I wanted to use, but I really wanted to be more specific about which frame in those scenes to use, but by then, I have already re-watched this episode at least eight times. Not that I care, the episode was pretty awesome.

    1. Sarcastic statement that this post is not meta enough for you. Encouraging that you should read more anime blogs on top of WoW/LoL ones 😀

  3. “Quotation from your post.”

    I attempt a saucy comeback. Can’t forget the smiley! 😉

    Time to gush about how great this post is and how insightful you are!

    1. I am utterly embarrassed by such flattering words. I politely ask that you stop gushing, so that I can stop blushing!

      Admission that I could never reach the same levels of insight as yours and others. I humbly attempt to play myself down because I’ve only been blogging for less than a year.

  4. This is a spam comment that somehow made it past the Akismet filter. You can increase your manhood, make money by buying stocks online, AND win the lottery in some foreign third-world country by going to http://thi obscure/uasflk2z

  5. Subtle comment pertaining to the declining anime industry because of your lack of taste in anime. Something about Fractale and saving the anime industry.

    Say that I wish every male main character were voiced by Norio Wakamoto to fill in the void of my meaningless life so as not to look like a complete douchebag.

    End on a passive aggressive note.

    1. Accusation of Yamakan haters for being on a giant bandwagon.

      Subtle troll-bait that Fractale was a masterpiece and Phryne is a pure goddess.

      1. Original Italicized sentence

        Italicized reply to original italicized sentence

        Mention of straws being grasped.

  6. Psuedo-intellectual response eviscerating your obvious inability to break this episode down properly, followed by a personal anecdote in an attempt to soften my opinion (which only serves to make me look like more of a gigantic douchebag).

  7. Description of a personal story using words learned from a word-a-day calendar that I feel is related to topics brought up in the post, but couldn’t have anything less to do with it. Post author has difficult time responding & dismissing me, due to friendship.

  8. Eloquently phrased sentences of praise. Agreement with general statement, disagreement with minor statements, acknowledgement of difference in opinion. Closing remarks of praise for lightening the mood of the comment.

    1. They are pretty good, man. I can’t wait to read the fanfiction involving the main character during that less-fleshed out part in the story between his backstory and the actual line of action that dictates the rest of the story as depicted by the anime series compared to the light novel.

    1. I am making an inside joke referring to our conversation on skype. It almost makes it seem like we’ve known each other for a long time, but I only met you today! Nobody is the wiser!

  9. Statement that appears to have nothing to do with what was in the post but is in fact a reference to something you said on twitter that you have since regretted saying

    1. Reminder that I have since protected my tweets, and that your argument is less effective as a result, even though it doesn’t really make it so.

  10. Excitement over having read all your reviews related to my interests and expressing how I want to add your blog to my bookmarks. I may or may not actually make an account and sign in to join the real fuss, but I might as well say so, just in case! =D

  11. An antagonist statement that addresses semantics rather than actual content. This sentence is a link to an encyclopedia of grammar usage; here I point out your mistakes in grammar. I criticize your lack of understanding of grammar – you obviously cannot write anything worthwhile with grammatical errors.

    Here I address you good-day, and I say that I will not be visiting this blog again because it is inconsequential. I bring up another small point as a final jab; I am quite obviously quite the intellectual. I then go and post a link to your blog on a forum somewhere and criticize it there, as well.

  12. Statement on how blog post seemingly captured the style of three different old-time/established bloggers at the same time lampooning the same styles in a semi-sarcastic matter.

    Offer comment despite being a non-relevant non-anime journal blogger.

    1. Self-admission of copying the style of said old-time/established blogger in the above post. Half-assed attempt at making an excuse to not going by my own style. Picture of anime character shrugging in an image macro, “It can’t be helped.”

  13. Reply stating how I loved your post and made the new episode of the show even more enjoyable in retrospect, while alluding to how much trouble I had with walls of text for once.

  14. Insert praise about post and its originality and its application in the aniblogsphere. Comment about scene in episode. happy smiley. Some ‘awesome”s and “great”s here and there. *head nodding action* (insert Msn emoticon here)

  15. Comment about the yaoi in this week’s episode and how the characters should’ve banged each other already. Trying to convince you that the anime is a yaoi anime. Ignoring the existence of the females in the episode, especially the main female love interest. Insert “main male protagonist x male protagonist’s best friend/enemy”

    1. Utter denial about the show being a yaoi series. Links to PWP fic involving male protagonist x love interest’s shotacon brother, anyway. It’s not pretty.

  16. Weeks-late comment from having been linked to the post by a friend. Largely dismissive tone, followed by admittance of having dropped the show and only skimmed the post. Random mention of unrelated blogger friend with assumption that everyone knows everything about me.

  17. random snippet of the post that isn’t out of context per se, but definitely a side point that shows I skimmed this since I only got here from a tweet fully 6 fucking months later.


    1. Defensive reaction indicating that the screenshots perfectly separate what would otherwise be a giant wall of text. Challenge to provide a link to a blog with episodics with comparable word counts.

  18. Attempts to think of something to add, but isn’t clever enough, so grasps at a really tiny point to agree/disagree with and makes a short paragraph out of it. After realizing it would look bad to show too much partiality/offend the blogger, makes sure to format comment to end with “nice/great post” and an overall agreement. Checks back for reply four times a day for a week, until giving up with the conclusion that the comment wasn’t clever enough.

  19. Indication of having been sent to this blog by a random internet celebrity that you may or may not have heard of.

    1. Proposition to provide pictures of internet celebrity giving said recommendation, otherwise accusation of said recommendation confirmed to be complete falsehood.

  20. Statement introducing myself as a huge fan of the show and how I agree with poster’s thoughts 100% with said episode, smileys optional. Comment date stamp more than half a year since posting date.

  21. Surprised reaction as the words “anime deconstruction” managed to bring him here also surprised reaction from not knowing such an amazing thing existed. Apology regarding the fact this comment has been posted on such an old post.

  22. Exaggerated regret for lateness. Re-hashing of show’s main plot points which I barely remember in a desperate attempt to post something relevant.

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