Attack on Titan Episode 5 — Human after all

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The defining feature of Attack on Titan is how utterly human all of its characters are.  Some of this is a function of the sheer power that the titans exude, which frames everything the characters do as ultimately futile.  The majority of this realism, however, comes from the actions the characters take themselves.  All of the characters deal with themes like loyalty and honor, and are forced to reconcile them with their ultimate mortality—the simple fact that their flesh and bones can be consumed in an instant by any one of the marauding titans.  This theme of a conflict between human realities and its ideals reaches its apex in this episode. Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 5 — Shounen done right

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Hataraku Maou-sama! is a show that thrives on unpredictability.  This episode, we are treated to a classic shounen-style battle, magic and all, that is full of witty dialogue and whimsical one-liners.  With this episode, director Naoto Hosoda assures us that the well-timed comedy that brought us into the series from the premiere isn’t going anywhere; given the direction of the last two episodes, it’s a gesture well taken. Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 4 — The Arrival of Lucifer

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After managing to end the previous episode on such a perfect melding of the romantic comedy and shounen plotlines, director Naoto Hosoda goes batshit insane in this episode, basically saying “fuck it, we’re going into full-blown shounen mode”.  Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 3 — Earthquakes, Earthquakes Everywhere

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With this episode, Hataraku Maou-sama! seems to have embraced a sort of schizophrenic storytelling style, making active strides in developing both the shounen-style epic struggle of good and evil as well as the light hearted character-centric romantic comedy.   Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 2 — A wild tsundere appeared!

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Previously I had mentioned trepidation at the tainting of this world with the matters of Ente Isla, and although Hataraku Maou-Sama! has managed to avoid any major pitfalls thus far, it still seems surprisingly unsure of where it wants to go in the future.  Continue reading

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Episode 1 — Ashiya is a FOB

ImageThe plot of Hataraku Maou-sama isn’t particularly unique: Some great, almighty being (in this case Satan) finds themselves in a refugee-like situation in the modern world, and must work their way back up to the top.  It allows the series to give a quick background, give the protagonist a MacGuffin to work towards, and move into the meat of the story within 10 or so minutes.  The real strength of Hataraku Maou-sama lies in the interaction between the characters, and the way in which the characters interact with the world they find themselves in.   Continue reading

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