Bleach Filler Arc is Done

October 9, 2008 at 4:34 am (Anime, news) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Episode 189 :

Yes kids from next week the real Bleach is back, i.e the campaign vs Aizen. No more annoying Lurichiyo and her 2 gay Shinigami bodyguards and no more Amagai Shuusuke.

Yeah its about time

Yeah its about time

Its just the filler arc and I’m fedup having to cover my eyes and unapprove comments that contain spoilers from the manga, so this time I’ll spoil it for you ūüôā

Ichigo beats Amagai, in that dramatic clich√© move that’s been used since Rurouni Kenshin : they run into each other, then end up facing the opposite direction with their swords out some distance away from each other, then one suddenly drops and is “defeated”. That wasn’t enough to kill Amagai however, so Yoruichi and the other captains show up and pwn him. Not through fighting, but in the mind as they reveal the truth to him. Turns out Yamamoto only killed Amagai’s father out of self-defense, as he was driven mad by the Bakkoutou shit and actually attacked him first…so..Amagai’s basically an idiot. He then uses his sword to commit suicide, with his last scene shown above.

Now we have stuff to look forward too. Not to mention an upcoming movie, Bleach : Fade to Black- I Call Your Name coming out on December 13th. Here is the plot summary :

A mysterious reiatsu explosion occurs in the center of Seireitei in Soul Society, causing it to be destroyed. At the exact same time, a major change overwhelms Kuchiki Rukia, which leaves her losing something important inside. Urahara Kisuke sends Kurosaki Ichigo to Soul Society to investigate the disturbance. Upon reaching Seireitei, Ichigo is set upon and attacked by shinigamis, once allies, who have no memory of him and Rukia. Now alone and on the run, Ichigo must find the missing Rukia and uncover the cause of the mysterious incident before it’s too late.

Great. Now we just have to wait 400 days to see the subbed version of it : S


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More Slaps in the Face from the Producers of Bleach

April 26, 2008 at 4:50 am (Anime) (, , , , , )

Well early Thursday morning I watched the first filler episode of Bleach, only to be hit with the following facts :

1) Its not just a set of filler episodes, its a fiiller ARC. Dumb observation you may think, but there were loose filler episodes in the past.

2) There are new cool, but toned-down beginning and ending themes which suggest the previous point as other new characters were shown

3) Amagai Shuusuke is…awkward. His zanpakutou is like a fricking knife or something and so far he isn’t really convincingly cool. One of the lower seats of the 3rd squad even said that “he lacks poise”.

4) Last not certainly not fucking least, THE NEXT EPISODE WILL BE ON MAY 7th.

Yes. Its the beginning of the already unwanted¬†filler arc and they’re already¬†taking another break. I’m this close to abandoning Bleach. Have they no respect for their fans? We’re not asking for shit like, naked pictures of Matsumoto, but just to see something worthwhile after waiting a week to see the show. Lately however its been shit, or nothing.¬†¬†What a waste. I’m open to suggestions for something better to follow weekly..

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Bleach Fillers From Next Week – Enter Amagai Shuusuke

April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm (Anime) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yep. No more relevant content will be seen on the anime “Bleach” for quite some time. They’re going to introduce some lame looking new 3rd squad captain called Amagai Shuusuke in Episode 168 on April 23rd as mentioned before.

But, it was inevitable. The Hueco Mundo arc was one of the best, and ended beautifully with Ichigo destroying Grimmjow, holding out his hand to Inoue and telling her to come with him.

End of Hueco Mundo Arc

The only thing which is sort of weird, a minor plot hole if you will, throughout the entire arc is….why didn’t Aizen, Gin or Tousen just come out in Las Noches and kill Ichigo? Anyone of them easily can, and Inoue is central to their plans so the idea of him just being a unworthy challenge not posing any serious threat to them is moot.

But anyway, when you’re badass enough to stifle people just by your presence, you can afford to do illogical shit.

The fillers I guess won’t be too bad. At least the production crew can go bananas over putting in all the shit that wasted our time for the past few months in entire episodes rather than just stealing 5 minutes of each episode that actually had some excitement. What worries me is the length of this “filler season”..we all know how painfully long the Bounto arc was : 44 episodes, and now with all the work of introd

ucing new captains and getting the audience back in touch with seemingly discarded characters like Kon, etc…will this last until the end of the year?..One of the final shots of episode 167 dims the hopes of many fans in getting the viewing of the fillers over with ASAP. Nel actually said “Me and my buddies won’t be around for a while because the higher-ups said so

Nel, Ichigo, Rukia, signalling the start of filler episodes

How long is this “while” going to be? Well, we can only wait and see, and hope Amagai Shuusuke, Matsumoto’s boobs and the countdown to the release of the subbed 3rd Bleach movie, “Diamond Dust Rebellion” keep us entertained in the meantime..

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Sucks

April 5, 2008 at 8:19 am (Anime, Entertainment, Misc, Movies) (, , , , , , , )

“Neon Genesis Evangelion (śĖįšłĖÁīÄ„ā®„Éī„ā°„É≥„ā≤„É™„ā™„É≥, Shin Seiki Evangerion?), commonly referred to as NGE, Eva, or Evangelion, is a commercially and critically successful, influential and popular Japanese anime that began in October 1995;”

“A titanic and compelling show. The most controversial series ever made. The greatest anime of all time. These are just some of the things you will hear if you mention Evangelion”

” Mere words cannot do Eva justice. Neon Genesis Evangelion is just incredible. I am in asolute awe of its genius and depth. I loved the combination of religion, philosophy, and science fiction. This series stands as the best anime ever.”

“Evangelion is a genius work of storytelling. The way it can make 26 episodes make one great story with the most definite solution to a problem (mankind) I have seen yet, makes me feel really happy inside.”

“If u had to pick among all of the Japanese anime ever created… Neon Genesis Evangelion has to be one of, if not THE most influential animes ever created. “

These are just some of the things people are saying about NGE on the net. Its basically a global worship of it. And I can go on until tomorrow finding quotes.

It baffles me though. Why??? Well,¬†I think I qualify as¬†an almost veteran-level Otaku now.¬† Just some of what¬†I’ve seen and continue to follow include :¬†

  • Sailor Moon
  • Dragonball/Z/GT
  • Inuyasha
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Jigoku Shoujo
  • Death Note
  • Naruto/Shipuuden
  • Fooly Cooly
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Bleach
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Elfen Lied
  • Tokyo Majin
  • Gundam Wing
  • G Gundam and..over the Carnival holidays..Neon Genesis Evangelion

So I’m no n00b. However, I’m yet to see what’s the big deal about NGE. It isn’t deserving of most of the worship of anime fans as its been subjected to, and for crying out loud, stop saying its the work of a genius.

I really did try to like NGE, after having read some of the above comments about it. But I tried and failed, as not only does NGE not live up to its hype, but I think it SUCKED, to the point of, after watching all 26 episodes and the movies, being angry for wasting approximately 1000 minutes of my time.

NGE is a mishmash of religious symbols with inexplicable, very loose or even non-existent¬†connections to the actual storyline, bundled together with a cast of some sick, seemingly sociopathic and weird characters, plus a large dose of confusing science fiction. And¬†I’m not just deducing all this based on the fact that after much thought, research and second viewings of episodes that I still don’t understand what the fuck most of what was injected into the story means as it was said :¬†

Because Christianity is an uncommon religion in Japan we thought it would be mysterious. None of the staff who worked on Eva are Christians. There is no actual Christian meaning to the show, we just thought the visual symbols of Christianity look cool.

Kazuya Tsurumaki, Assistant Director of Neon Genesis Evangelion

“Evangelion is like a puzzle, you know. Any person can see it and give his/her own answer. In other words, we’re offering viewers to think by themselves, so that each person can imagine his/her own world. We will never offer the answers, even in the theatrical version. As for any Evangelion viewers, they may expect us to provide the ‘all-about Eva’ manuals, but there is no such thing. Don’t expect to get answers by someone. Don’t expect to be catered to all the time. We all have to find our own answers.”¬†
Hideaki Anno, Director of Neon Genesis Evangelion 

Not that I needed to find quotes from the people that actually thought up NGE to support my opinion, but wow. “Find our own answers”?¬† Sounds like lecturers who come to class, don’t do¬†anything remotely relevant to the actual course they’re lecturing for, and then when students complain they say that they’re not into spoonfeeding.

Calling evil robots names of angels from in the Bible,¬†including the scene of a 14 year old masterbating over an unconscious girl and having vague endings isn’t “classic” to me. The Human Instrumentality Project is a bunch of artsy-fartsy bullshit that makes no sense to anyone not fond of thinking in the extreme abstract.¬†Anno urges us to find our own answers because he himself has no answers for the very thing he created. Viewers on the other hand see NGE, not understand half of it, and thus equate this¬†misunderstanding and vagueness to a great work of art. I appreciate the fact that the characters were complex, but who really cares? Is this a soap opera? Is it really a selling point to say that they’ve taken an extraordinary amount of screen time delving deep into the psyche of….animated characters? The protaganist, Shinji Ikari, is as annoying as they come. In the final episode/movie, he behaves like such an absolute pussy that it was painful to continue watching.

Its stated on Wikipedia that

“Hideaki Anno, the director of the anime series, had suffered from clinical depression¬†prior to creating the series, and the psychological aspects of the show are based on the director’s own experiences with overcoming this illness.

Um,¬†I guess that meant he¬†just injected his own crazy talk he used to mumble to himself when he was depressed or high¬†into the dialogue after¬†they ran out of money towards the end of the series (“There were serious budget and schedule restraints in the later episodes of the series”)¬†and needed something to¬†“to help distinguish”¬† EVA from…well other anime that make sense. Interestingly, the themes of the last several episodes reflect the preceding sentence.

¬†All in all, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a bunch of bullshit, on a level as verbose as its title, designed to wow us into thinking it should be placed on a high pedestal over other anime as one of outstanding artistic integrity, when in fact its just an average mecha anime, thinly veiled with nonsensical messages pulled out of Psychology¬†textbooks and Religious texts, injected with the “personal experiences” of its director, at an attempt of making it much more that it actually is.

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