Weekly Digest: 4/15/12 – Ozma, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Area no Kishi, Saint Seiya Omega

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If you didn’t believe what’s old-school is new again, who would have suspected that in 2012 we’d have an anime introduced with “Oh, Shounen, burn the cosmo of your hearts!”?

Ozma – 05

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Well, the great Dick mystery is solved – it is him, and it isn’t.  Gido took Dick’s body, but according to Maya, Dick’s consciousness was killed in the process.  That’s pretty harsh, but also consistent with where the story has been headed.  We have a bunch of clones – the “Ideal Children” – who came to realize that all their genetic robustness was gone, and the wildling “Natura” were better able to adapt to the hostile world they shared.  Classic Matsumoto, really.  As was the Shangri-la in the caves underneath the desert, some sort of natural lab where all of of the planet’s life could flourish in mysteriously benign conditions.

We were this close to finding out just what was the deal with Ozma before Danga showed up with his fleet, but it’s obvious that the sand whale (who pissed him off?) is the key to whatever Maya has planned.  And as one of the “original humans” and Queen of Theseus, she seemed to be the only hope for some sort of future that reconciles the Natura and the Ideals.  I hadn’t guessed that she was a clone herself, transferring her consciousness to each new body as it was cloned, but it makes sense in this mythology.  I still wish this had been a movie or a longer series, because it feel rushed as a six-part series.  There just hasn’t been enough time to develop the characters beyond the simple mechanics of their role in the plot, and I suspect as a film the story would have been streamlined considerably to allow for more such development.

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE – 27

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Now that was an interesting twist.  I figured Obright’s death warrant had been sealed when Remi Ruth accepted his proposal, but not – fate and Sunrise flipped the trope and killed her instead. It’s interesting to see a woman die protecting her man in  anime, and pretty uncommon.  That’s about as heroic a death as a maintenance tech is likely to get.

As for the rest of the episode, I thought it was rather good – one of the best of the series right down to the episode title, “Aki Yuuhi wo Mita” (I saw a Red Sunset) in fact.  The battle sequences were rather elegantly choreographed and there was a certain poetry to the way Asemu and Zaeheart were maneuvered into working together one more time to save the Earth.  I must say, however, that it’s a miracle the Vagans must me one of the most incompetent fighting forces I’ve ever seen – ever one of Ezelcant’s master plans seems to end up in a disaster for them (though they did have a Plan B this time – or was it Plan A all along?).

So now we’re left with the finale of Asemu’s arc, and things have moved to Earth at last.  Most of Zeaheart’s close associates are dead but he survives, thanks to Dole.  Asemu sees his first sunset, Ezelcant’s landing capsules are there too, unbeknownst to Flit and the Diva.  Asemu’s had a rocky road but at least he seems to have grown some in the end, though I’m a bit disappointed if his great insight was in finding what was worth being a warrior for – I’d hoped he might buck tradition and find a destiny as peacemaker.  But judging by the preview that’s not likely, so perhaps it will fall to his son to assume that role…

Area no Kishi – 15

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The mystery of Tsujido High is solved – their #10 has the somewhat dubious ability to fire a throw-in with laser-like speed and accuracy for 40 yards.  If I had a guy who could do that I’d certainly do what they did – kick the ball off your opponent and try to get as many throw-ins as possible.  That’s how they score most of their goals including their first one here, though their second did come in the run of play.  That first goal was the result of Enoshima’s defenders forgetting that the offside rule doesn’t apply on throw-ins, an interesting loophole to drive a plot through.

I’m not sure I like the device of using the annoying broadcast club guy to describe every second of the match – I was right along with the Enoshima cheering section when they told him to shut up – but I did think the fan comments during his player introductions (“Who’s he?”  Lose some weight, Araki!”) were the funniest moment in the series so far.  The match itself goes especially poorly, with Enoshima down 2-0 at halftime and playing a man down after Hino is goaded into two yellow cards by an old rival on Tsujido and gets himself tossed – setting off a rather fierce rebuke by Kondou-sensei.  For some reason Uryuu sets Iwaki’s head straight at halftime (that’s your opponent, Einstein) and he inserts Kakeru and Kota into the match after the break, along with backup keeper, Lee.  Looks like we’re headed for more drama with Kakeru acting Suguru-like next week – I hope this time we get something a little less superficial out of that this time, and a real exploration of Kakeru’s character instead.

Saint Seiya Omega – 03

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It’s getting harder and harder to see a way to keep shows like Saint Seiya Omega in my blogging schedule, which is a shame because this episode was excellent.  The Palaestra Arc begins, and with it come all the trappings – the gruff male instructor, the tsundere but hot female classmate, the arrogant rival student who resents the new kid with his fancy Pegasus Cloth.  It’s all in the service of Kouga trying to find his way back to Athena, and he receives the information that she’s at her temple – but that he can’t see her until he becomes a Gold Saint.  Helping him along the way is going to be Yuna (Yukino Satsuki)  who looks to be the main crush as well.  Kouga is instrumental is getting her to buck the rules by taking off the mask that all female Saints are supposed to wear – any man who sees their face must be “killed – or loved”.  A concession to modern gender politics there, perhaps.

As a relative neophyte to this franchise I’ll be following it with some interest, as things at Palaestra look as if they could get quite interesting and I certainly enjoy a well-produced old-school shounen.  With the schedule being as packed as it is, though, it’s likely I won’t have time to blog it for this season, anyway.  As always, that’s subject to change along with my whims.

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5 comments

  1. I

    I have reached a stalemate with AnK.

    On one hand it's one of the few shows I may ever watch again were Shizuka Itou voices a lead character.

    On the other everyhting about the football in this show feels like a blasphemy to the sport I love. The animation is average best which certainly isn't good enough for sport like football which is built on constant movement on the pitch by the players, but it is the strategies used during matches which seriously riles me up.

    1. A football cannot be thrown like a "laser." Because of the lightness of modern footballs, only a hard kick from the tip of a boot to the center or near center of the ball can make a football move faster than players reactions.

    2. The strategy of Tsujido to leave the wings open is not a strategy as players can simply run through the wings and either dart into the box for a near post shot or provide a cross for a player like Takase to head in. The reason this didn't happen was because Tsujido's full backs either teleported in front of Kaoru or move incredibly fast to block him without him noticing and no one yelling man on.

    3. The basics of defence in football is to hold up a line, mark and chase any incoming players and not leave holes in their half of the pitch. This is taught to defenders from day one. This is difficult to do in real life especially against teams like Barcelona that move passes around very quickly, but to let players simply rush into your own penalty box without even a marker is the stupidest thing possible in football. It is not done.

    4. I stopped watching at Hino's first tackle.The rule in the manual of refeering in football states that if a player is tackled by another and loses the ball, then unless there was physical harm done on the player(studs up, stepping on him, body contact first, etc.) then play is continued. What makes this more unbearable is that an exactly similar tackle is done on Araki but no whistle is blown, but in the case of Hino he cleanly took the ball and was given a yellow card. I'm not saying football is a fair sport, refeering decisions are always under great scrutiny and cause a lot of controversy (the past 3 weeks has had numerous examples) but to provide a yellow card for a clean tackle is simply not done, even at this level.

    5. There were scenes of Enoshima's players simply watching those of Tsujido run past them. Again blatant stupidity which is completely unrealistic at any level of the game.

    I have always felt that the football is the weakest link in this show and this episode made it worse for me. Sports anime can be unrealistic, like PoT or Slam Dunk but this feels like bull strategies are being passed off as actual ones. PoT had the most ridiculous shot making, but it was funny because of it. This isn't.

    Whoever made this manga should go on a hiatus for a year and learn something about the sport he's done a rubbish job of portraying so far.

  2. A

    "I figured Obright’s death warrant had been sealed when Remi Ruth accepted his proposal, but not – fate and Sunrise flipped the trope and killed her instead."

    I knew that proposal scene before the big battle was a certain death flag! Although I didn't expect Remi to die in the slighest

  3. A

    For gundam age, I wouldnt say disaster since it was most probably part of the plan all along. Just to get their members to land on earth.

    Overall, i felt this episode was abit weak, and could have shown more asemu fighting zeheart. Their reconciling felt too quick.

    But the animation was splendid. And LOVE the sunset scene with the Age 2 DB, and the diva in the background.

  4. F

    I am no longer capable of rationally discussing Gundam AGE.

    My sole reaction to this episode was a very rude gesture in the general direction of Sunrise Headquarters in Japan.

  5. S

    Enjoying Age. Still not among my favourites of the Gundam metaseries, but definitely an enjoyable romp.

    And now I'm starting to be a bit interested in Saint Seiya…I've only read bits of the manga but might just try out the anime.

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