What, a journal entry that isn't filled with a dozen screen shots from Fate/Grand Order? What madness is this?
This madness is me actually doing something else for a change. I know, it's shocking, but keep calm, relax, start breathing. It's not the end of the world, even if it's raining brimstone outside.
No, instead, I want to talk about some anime. Well, one anime and one anime-esqe show.
First, an actual anime. And no, it isn't the latest Fate series. I haven't watched it yet.
The anime I'm talking about is My Hero Academia. Many of you should already know about it, but just in case, it's a world where almost everybody as a special power called a "quirk", which allowed for a budding superhero gig to actually be a payable position.
I will admit that I attempted to watch it when it first came out, but dropped it after the first episode because I think it was the designs of All-might and Deku that turned me away. As it received a second season I gave it another shot and eventually the designs grew on me, as well as having a great cast of characters. Honestly, Deku is a great protagonist because he's not your typical shounen protagonist. Sure, he's got a power that let's him punch things better, but that isn't really his main ability. It's his ability to look at a situation and come up with half-decent plans, as well as being able to inspire his classmates.
Also, Urarka is best girl and, in this series, isn't going to stuck on the side line as the designated cheerleader. Her fight with Bakugo proved she can hang with the big dogs, as she was the only person in those fights to bring him to his limit.
So, yeah, the show has won me over, and I think it's because of it's heart. It's an endearing show. Also, I've been doing the English dub and I think the VA is spot on. The actress they got to do Tsuyu is actually Monica Rial, and she does a fantastic job with her. I honestly didn't recognize her as I tend to associate her with cutesy characters with semi-squeaky voices (though if you want her to do that while being completely evil, go watch Saga of Tayna the Evil.)
I also like the songs they've used, though I think the first opening song as the best, but all of them are good. And, of course, people already have English covers of them, including the ED for season two.
In this case, this one is done by Amanda Lee, and apparently she's been upping the production value of her videos as, for instead of limited animation and static images, she upped it to more animation work.
Next up is Castlevania on Netflix, the anime-esqe animation. I say that because this is pretty much a US production, commissioned by Netflix and done by a production studio that's done mostly kids shows.
This is not a kids show. I wouldn't even have any kid under thirteen watching this. This is a Castlevania series that embraces it's dark and horror roots, and nobody is safe, not even children. There's a mother and her daughter that are killed early on in episode one and it happens on screen.
Now, despite what you think, Castlevania is not basing it's events on the first game staring Simon Belmont. No, the events here are based off the game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which stars Trevor Belmont, Simon's grandfather. And he's an asshole. Basically his situation to the invasion of evil is to try to get as far away from it as he can. But destiny tells him "no" and forces him into situations where he must fight the forces of evil.
One interesting aspect about the series is it's portrayal of Dracula. Yes, he's still the main antagonist, and yes, he's evil, but the very first episode is all about him. And what they did with him is something spectacular. They made him sympathetic. What he does in the series is not for petty, stupid reasons like "because" or "evil", but because of revenge.
If you know the lore well enough, you know that Dracula married a human woman named Lisa, who would birth Alucard. The first episode shows how they met and her death, which would drive him into that murderous rage. Though he is taking it a bit to far where, instead of taking revenge on the people who killed his wife, he attempts to kill the entire country. Yeah, we can only take the sympathy so far, guy.
My major complaint, however, is that the series is short. It's only four episodes long at 23 minutes a piece and feels more like a prologue than anything else. Luckily a second season is on the way, which will be eight episodes long, so that's nice. If you have access to a Netflix account, you should go watch it.
And that's about all I have here. Hope you have fun. Perhaps I'll have more F/GO images. Or maybe different images that go in the gallery because I'm seeking validation from other people. I'm just that kind of person.