Sep 17th, 2017
The opposite of FOMO. This is the ‘joy of missing out.’ It’s wishing you could skip out on plans, only to have your friend cancel an hour before. It’s also dropping Sagrada Reset instead of wasting 24 weeks of your life tuning into it again and again praying that it will get better.
Yeah, we’re still salty at that one…
Don’t say Clarity has never taught you anything.
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CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Awkward Much?” – Fun fact, Koi To Uso isn’t just stale in its approach – it’s also cringey now too.
MADE IN ABYSS – SHINING
I find it a little disheartening when viewers are genuinely more sold on how “dark” a series gets rather than how it specifically constructs and illustrates characters, ideas and tones. There’s a lot of unsung value when a well written scene lands its emotional notes, or the way a director conveys their vision of their narrative’s world that makes it feel truly visceral.
Episode 11 may not have been the emotional gauntlet of last week, but it was still close – touching and sharp and full of solid character dynamics that leave you ready for more once the final credit rolls. Outside of the base strength of the episode’s premise, Made In Abyss’ writing and aesthetics were once again on point. Lots of compelling eerie shots, great expression work, and graceful shaping of Reg’s passion to save Riko all rounded this out to make it a pretty enjoyable experience:
THE SMALL DETAILS OF MADE IN ABYSS (OR, LAYERS OF STORYTELLING IN MADE IN ABYSS CONTINUED)
BEAUTIFUL DANCING DISPLAY
There was a whole lot I liked about last week’s Welcome to the Ballroom, from the crisp use of its cast to the generally sharp direction and close-knit dance moments. And there was also plenty of the small dashes of character acting and observation of conversational breaks that make this show’s conversations seem so much more natural. I’ve said before that realism isn’t always good or necessary in fiction, but it certainly can facilitate certain goals, and it’s perfectly appropriate for this kind of intimate and precisely focused character drama:
Welcome to the Ballroom Episode 10 Review: Voltage
RESPECTING HERO ACADEMIA’S SYMBOLISM
There’s a decent amount of craft that goes unnoticed when constructing an excellent action show. They tend to be more “delicate” than shows in other genres – what they are attempting to create is a very well paced sense of atmosphere and intensity, and when a show like that gets sloppy in its execution, it can easily lose sight of itself. Thankfully My Hero Academia never has to worry about that problem – consistently nailing its action fundamentals and also going a step further to provide some solid symbolism to top if off:
The Scars Of My Hero Academia
What to say when all the ice melts in your mixed drink…
Watered down. Just like this week’s Gamers. Typically Gamers can at least muster up a dish of comedy and charm that’s worth engaging with on its base level, but lately it just feels…well stagnant. I think it’s fairly safe to suspect that our misunderstandings won’t receive a satisfying resolution at this rate, and that our writers really have zero intentions of providing any more value outside of forcing them.
What to say when you leave the house…
Did I lock the door? We’re assuming Re:Creators didn’t after its finale. While it’s easy to get caught up in the more sentimental goodbyes and the corresponding shots of our group’s future, Re:Creators did leave the door open at least a little to fit an OVA in, and possibly a second season. After all, Megane still is out there…
CLARITY: ONE THING TO KNOW
There’s finally clarification to when Princess Principal actually occurs. No, not just which century, we’re talking the exact year.
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