Anime Movie Review: Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade

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Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade is the Kickstarter-funded sequel to the acclaimed “Little Witch Academia”, released in 2013. This sequel has proven to be a worthy heir to its predecessor. The story continues to follow the story from the previous movie. Akko Kagari, the nerdy Lotte Yanson and the gothic Sucy Manbavaran, continue their magical education at Luna Nova Magical Academy and appear to be performing inadequately.

They create a monstrosity out of “brownie and a poisonous mushroom”, poisoning their classmates. They are punished (again) for their poor behavior and are tasked with organizing this year’s “Witch Festival”. Joined by thief Amanda O’Neill, Constanze Braunschweig Albrechtsberger manufacturer and seller of illegal high-tech devices and Jasminka Antonenko food thief.

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Akko takes Charge

Akko decides that she will take charge and change the narrative of the tradition festival, showing witches in a positive light. She shows that she is immature and self-centered. She ignores the opinions of her friends and alienates them in the process. Feel down and out after a series of setbacks Akko becomes inspired by her idol Chariot. She heads to the library and begins to study magic in preparation of the festival. Akko invites her friends to join her, she along with Amanda use a rod to steal some magic for the festival.

During the festival, things start off well. However, several of the towns boys harass them and steal their magical rod. The stolen rod’s magic awakens a sleeping giant that attacks the townspeople. Ursula, the teacher of Akko uses her magic to distract the townspeople and include the attack into the festival itself. Together the witches come together to subdue the giant and improve the perception of the Witches.

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Predictable but well done

Overall, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade takes what made the previous movie in the series so exceptional, and expands on the world and the characters. Studio Trigger continues to impress with their animation style that made other series like Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt stand out Anime. The fluid nature of the animation with the muted color gives a lively feel. The series alludes to the “history” of witches being persecuted.

I think it should have expanded on this aspect of the universe, instead it was glossing over it. Finally, the rules of magic haven’t been explained. The series doesn’t leave the viewer completely ignorant of the magic system, but adding more depth would have been appreciated. While the story was predictable and the characters were formulaic, LWA remains a standard for good anime.

Little Witch Academia Episode 1 Review


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Attack on Titan Season 3, Episode 15 Recap & Review

Episode 53, Perfect Game

I’m a little annoyed that Attack on Titan has clearly dragged the conflict on too long. I don’t know why they didn’t just have fewer episodes. Also the animation seemed worst this episode and I hated the CGI. The series has animated the Colossal Titan before, they should do it more. Anyway, Armin freezes up when tasked with leading. He leave Jean in charge. Jean orders everyone to ride on top of Eren to preserve gas. Armin is still responsible for coming up with a better plan.

The results of the explosion from the Colossal Titan on Hange’s squad remains unclear. As Levi considers rejoining his comrades, stones fly towards him with devastating force. The Beast Titan wipes out many of the scouts on the front lines. The Beast Titan picks up another bolder and plans on shooting a “perfect game.” Not to nitpick but, how does the Beast Titan know about baseball? It’s possible of course that it’s part of the culture or maybe something that use to exists in the AOT world.

Anyway, the scouts are trapped. Erwin joins them on the ground. The Beast Titan has them defeated. Eren and the others attack the Colossal Titan. It doesn’t have any effect as Bertholdt simply kicks Eren onto the top of the wall. Jean comes up with another useless plan and the Armored Titan re-emerges. Erwin decides that their only plan is to charge the Beast Titan. The problem is he needs to convince the other scouts to ride out to their deaths. In order to do this Erwin must be the leader of the scouts, meaning that he will die first.

Erwin gives a powerful speech and is successful in convincing the scouts to ride with him. Erwin’s leadership is in stark contrast to Armin’s lack of leadership. If Armin is going to replace Erwin the he will need to at least emulate some of what makes Erwin a great leader. Their styles are going to be different, but good leaders share similar qualities and right now Armin is missing a lot of these qualities. Despite the slow burn I’m still excited for the next episode. Erwin and the scouts are probably goners. How will Levi react to Erwin’s death? How would Armin?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 5 & 6: Recap & Review

The demon in human form

Episode 5, My Own Steel

A new trope seems to be more frequent in anime and manga, “focusing on the villains perceptive.” This makes the series more than just a kill all the demon series. It will still be that of course. However, by given the demon’s backstory reminds us that he was once human. Like many he was a victim of a demon, before he became one. Tanjiro is a different kind of hero, he’s full of kindness and sympathy. Whether this series makes that a weakness remains to be scene, but so far it appears that it’s an asset.

Tanjiro getting his Kaugai crow

Speaking of kindness, one of the new Demon Slayer members turns out to be an ass. He abuses one of the twins, grabbing her by the hair. Although she does seem to care. He’s likely to have a terrible backstory that explains his behavior. One of the other new members seems like he’s a bit of a coward. We get more details on the world of Demon Slayer. The Corps have ten ranks with the lowest being “Mizunoto.” Of course this is were our new heroes start. Each will have to choose and ore, because their sword will be made for them in a few days. It isn’t made clear which ore they should choose.

The blacksmith, Haganezuka

Interestingly, they are each assigned a Kaugai crow for communication and uniforms. Tanjiro returns home to Nezuko and Urokodaki, who’s understandably happy he survived. He informs Tanjiro that he believes the reason Nezuko sleeps a long time is because she doesn’t eat humans. This is both a good consequence for not eating humans and a convenient way to keep her out of the direct story. 15 days later, Tanjiro gets his sword from the odd, Haganezuka. Tanjiro gets his first mission, from a Kaugai crow that actually can speak.


Tanjiro in uniform

Episode 6, Swordsman Accompanying a Demon

Tanjiro puts on his uniform. Urokodaki explains that it’s made out of special fabric that low-level “demon’s talons or fangs couldn’t even manage to tear it.” Tanjiro’s Nichirin sword is a rare color (Black), such that it’s considered to be wielded by weak swordsmen. He then gives him a “Cloud Mist Pine box,” to put Nezuko in. He heads to the town to begin his mission. Kazumi explains what happened when his girlfriend, Satoko vanished. Tanjiro track’s the demon scent.

The demon kidnapping a girl

Another young girl is abducted by a demon that can liquify itself and pass through doors. When Tanjiro smells the demon he gives chase, however, he can’t see them. He stabs the ground and rescues the girl. He gives her to Kazumi as he prepares to battle the demon. Said demon reappears now split into three. He uses eighth form water basin and cuts off the arms of all three demons. However, the attack is too “shallow,” and fails to do serious damage.

Nezuko showing companion towards humans

The demon mocks them, claiming that they already ate Satoko. Kazumi begins to cry, as Tanjiro gets overwhelmed by the demon. Nezuko joins in. The demon is surprised that a demon and swordsmen are teaming up together. We get a flashback of Urokodaki telling Tanjiro that he used “hypnotic suggesting on Nezuko.” He told her that “all humans are your family,” and “that demons are her enemies.” Muzan Kibutsuji the first demon is the only one that has the means to save Nezuko. This information isn’t useful now, as Tanjiro has to get stronger first.

Yet another factor is introduced for keeping Nezuko demon urges in check. Whether, her sleeping long periods and hypnotizing are significant enough to tame her completely. Some might see this as an easy way out of potential conflict. However, I think that they will introduce conflict later in the series.

One Punch Man S2 – Episode 5 Recap & Review

Metal Bat verses Garou

Episode 5, The Martial Arts Tournament

Metal Knight arrives and tries to defeat Elder Centipede, failing miserably. This episode is filled with a large list of new heroes and monsters. Most of them will be red shirted and exists to be fodder for the stronger characters. Anyway, Metal Bat and Garou square off, with Bat doing far better considering his injured state. Garou admits that Metal Bat would have defeated him if he could have landed a hit. Metal Bat is actually about to hit Garou with a major blow when his sister Zenko arrives.

Fubuki verses Do-S

She gets in the way of Garou as he tries to kill Metal Bat. Garou leaves seemingly having a soft spot for children and goes to find Watchdog Man. Metal Bat collapses. Pineapple and Mohican are attacked by Rhino Wrestler and easily defeated. Two other monsters Phoenix Man and Sludge Jellyfish attempt to recruit Garou into the Monster Association. I don’t know if I missed it, but this is the first that I heard of the MA. It seems that like the Hero Association, the monsters are trying to gain notoriety. It’s unclear whether they are ranked or not.

Lightning Max verses Ring Ring

Many monsters (Martial Gorilla, Do-S, Hundred Eyes Octopus, Pure-Blood, and Make Plasma) arrive simultaneously overwhelming the heroes. Fubuki makes an appearance saving a hero from Do-S. Meanwhile, the Fighting Tournament begins and we are introduced to a massive group of heroes. Lightning Max returns, while new fighters Bakuzan, Suriyu, Ring Ring, Hamukichi, Choze, Zakkos and Snek enter. Saitama is assumed to be “weak” and is paired with Zakkos.

Saitama defeats Zakkos

After the credits, Saitama defeats Zakkos with one slap. The outcome between Zakkos and Saitama was always going to be predictable, I do have an issue with putting part of the episode after the credits. It’s not the end of the world but I often turn the episode off before the credits (mostly to avoid seeing the trailer for the next episode). Anyway, it’s a weird thing to do, I wonder why they made that choice.

Dororo Episode 17 Recap & Review

Hyakkimaru kills the demon

Episode 17, The Story of Questions and Answers

Jukai returns. He’s continuing his mission to proved prosthetic limbs to the dead. He is attacked by a ghoul on the battlefield. Hyakkimaru intervenes. Jukai remembers his experience with Hyakkimaru. Of course Hyakkimaru has change significantly. He now has real human skin, ears and now can speak. At this point it seemed like Jukai wanted to say that he was Hyakkimaru’s father, but he doesn’t. Anyway, Hyakkimaru demands a new prosthetic that he can use for fighting.

Jukai destroys the prosthetic

Jukai is reluctant to do this out of fear of Hyakkimaru having to confront his family. In this series it’s been telegraphed that Hyakkimaru is on the path to becoming a “demon.” However, no one seems to really talk to him about it until now. Jukai even goes so far as to cut the prosthetic with his ax. Suddenly they are trapped in the cave by a landslide. He tells Jukai that he wants his body back because it’s “his.” Is Hyakkimaru better off without his body? Does he actually become less human the more real his body becomes?

Hyakkimaru slaughters demons

If you consider the behavior of the other humans in this series even if Hyakkimaru becomes a mass murder he won’t be much different from most. The main demon is a tree called Ayakashigi. It gives “birth” to demons through the fruit. It’s gross or creepy. Or both. Anyway, Hyakkimaru kills many of the demons and finally kills the tree. While watching him fight, Jukai begins to cry. He believes that Dororo will keep him human. Hyakkimaru asks his name. Jukai refuses to give saying he’s nobody. Hyakkimaru says that Jukai is “mama.” It was a funny and sweet moment.

Hyakkimaru calls Jukai “mama”

Tahomaru has resigned himself to defend Daigo at all costs. He and a small army are send to hunt down Hyakkimaru. Meanwhile, Hyakkimaru somehow finds the Cape Hakkotsu and is rowing a boat to rescue Dororo. A few weird things in this episode. First, Jukai doesn’t make a new prosthetic leg for Hyakkimaru. Second, Jukai is bitten by one of the demons and seems completely unfazed by it. Did it kill him? I don’t know it seemed like odd narrative choices. Anyway, this was largely a lovely episode.