It’s been a little while! I’m not dead, just busy, and having more ideas about things to write than I have time to write them. I was, however, more than happy to accept the invitation from my buddies Flawfinder and Deadlight to return as a guest to their Seasonal Anime Podcast, and talk about some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) non-sequel new series from the Summer season.
You can listen to the podcast on Deadlight’s blog here: http://deadlightanime.blogspot.com/2014/08/seasonal-anime-podcast-summer-first.html
I had to squeeze two smaller shelftops’ worth of figures on here for this photo (some figures are hidden in the back and not visible), but the point stands: I need more shelf space.
Froggy-kun over at Fantastic Memes wrote a post the other day asking “Anime Figurines – Are They Worth It?” My answer, as it is to most questions, is “it depends.” Many of the downsides are pretty obvious – they’re expensive, they take up space, they don’t really do much, they can be fragile, the list goes on. So what’s the appeal of it? Why do people even buy figures at all? I, as far as I am down the so-called “slippery slope” of figure-buying, still occasionally find myself looking at my shelf full of figures and asking myself what I’m doing with my life. Why am I even spending my hard-earned money on all these useless things? Here are a few of the things I tell myself in response.
NOTE: If you’ve seen Shin Mazinger Z, you noticed that there’s something I pretty blatantly handwaved over in my previous Mazinger posts. If you haven’t, I would heavily advise you to stop reading before the break unless you want the crap spoiled out of the best part of an already amazing series. I’d also advise you to just watch the show already, but if you’re comfortable with your poor taste, then that’s your own choice.
It’s been pretty obvious for most of the series now who Imagawa’s favorite character is. With significantly greater screen presence than anyone save Kouji Kabuto himself (and maybe Tsubasa, but I’m not as sure of that one), Dr. Hell’s right-hand wo/man has been given the lion’s share of directorial love. Baron Ashura gets all the best backstory. Baron Ashura gets all the best cinematography tricks. Baron Ashura gets all the best fanservice scenes. Baron Ashura is, quite simply, the best. Continue reading
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This is it! We’ve reached the epic final showdown – the final battle with the final Pillar Man for the Red Stone and the fate of the world. Continue reading
The final battle of Shin Mazinger Z is so awesome that not only does it span the final five episodes of the series, it wraps around and reaches its ultimate conclusion in parts of episodes 1 and 2. And it’s not like the Shingeki type of long battle where it takes forever because nothing happens. There’s amazing stuff going on pretty much constantly, wherever you look, from all characters.
Oh, look, it’s this joke again. Continue reading