The first of many…
Arthur Dent rather famously asked, once upon a time, “What is normal, anyway” Well, Vogon’s and Infinitie Improbablity Drives notwithstanding, to say nothing of giant penguins, the world of the Nasuverse is hardly normal. Stick around as we will be restoring normality as soon as we know what is normal anyway…
“…outweigh a millenium-old-dream?”
Feed, burped, changed, or inherit my mother’s legacy to be a cup?
So in this place, what is normal anyway? When you have families of mages, thousands of years old, fighting tooth and nail and Noble Phantasm over the possession of a magical wish machine, normal can mean being able to have lunch at the local burger shack without a billion angry swords appearing from the sky and asking if you want fries with that…So in this respect, wishing for something that is much closer to the average person’s daily walk, when your hip deep in the angry sword festivities, might be asking for a bit much. So, if that’s you, what can be your normal?
Mom said she’d be picking us up soon, anyone seen her?
Ah, one again, Silver Link brings the cool toys. Thou it surely was not the stomp that happened in the GRRR!Sabre Archer!Illya sequence during the last series, that shouldn’t stop anyone from thinking it wasn’t an awesome fight. They love to move the camera around, and they love to bring the surrounding into play. Sometimes battle’s that involve flying contenders can lose some appeal, but they mixed up the aero action with plenty of ground smacking. Miyu left some of woods untouched, but don’t I think she was trying for deforestation! There have been some rather lackluster animation the past few shows, with some abrupt character models. But I think they more than made up with this. Well, CGI car was CGI, but that was a sweet move. Iris, you need to go on Top Gear. “Ahhh, going a bit off road here. Oh, where did that tree come from? I’ll never beat that Ramsey now”
Because you’re the one hurting
When I’m at work on any job, I tend to get very possessive of how it get’s done. Not all the time, but it does happen. And I can get quite moody in seeing it done the right way. So much to the point that Heath Ledger’s Joker makes comments. The times when it doesn’t happen with me? When another player on the field is “too focused”. That’s when I step back, appreciate the look in the mirror, and become the calm one. So with that in mind, it was great to finally see the much needed empathy come out of these characters. What is normal, anyway? Well, starting off with the need to feel and be felt, helps a great many other processes come along nicely. Especially when you’re a little angry ball of mana that needs to be replenished. It’s a crazy thing…Chloe and Illya both felt the exact same thing, the desire to be loved and to love in return. To belong. It was good to see the resentment boil away.
But how about dat background? I love how the series came to the emotional conclusion that both Kiritsugu and Irisviel both started. A thousand year old plan…cancelled because these two wanted to give their daughter something better, and wanted something better for themselves. It does make me wonder why Mama is holding cards so close to her vest, and how much she’s willing to let the girls do more heavy lifting.
“What’s a cow?”
Well, this one had all the boxes checked for me. Great combat animation, good character development, furthering the background and exposition, and a great emotional script. Then it’s time for another bath and LOLiservice. I made it no great secret that I felt upset with the adaptation the past two or three episodes, and even though this was mostly the same style, there was some subtly at play they used to make it fit the screen better. Miyu’s gasp, instead of repeating the words The Holy Grail War, fit’s the scene better, and instead of another blatant fansevice kiss, they toned it down, and kept the it on character and mood. Chloe’s replenishment didn’t need to be overplayed in that manner. My only complaint coming out of this episode is everyone’s complaint. Only ten episodes?! What do you folks think?