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Railgun 03 – Marvelous!

Well, the plot isn’t anything super exciting but it was laced with a little bit suspense. Who has the ability to be invisible? Out of possible suspects, most of them have alibi, and that one person doesn’t even have the right ability level, so who could it be?

Of course this is not a suspense show so we find out soon enough. However, last episode and this episodes serves to build up the arc about people able to use ability beyond their original capability. In the manga, two volumes and we reached the center of the conspiracy, here, I’m thinking they will stretch it out as much as possible. That said, it actually helps with these episodic stuff to see the cute adventures of the 4 girls. The group dynamics is quite different than the manga.

The thing to look for is the animation. The scene with the rain hitting the bus window is realistic and I feel it probably required a lot of work to make it look so real. Not only that, but the city is detailed and beautiful, a marvel to behold. It is rather weird that they live in “Paris” even though they’re in Japan, but it is simply wonderful to see the buildings, structures, statues, clock, bridge and all the other landmarks so well animated. The shot selections are also great. It feels just a tiny little bit like a Ghibli work. Except of course, here, computers probably helped a lot.

That matters not to me. I was enjoying the upscale look so much that I wish I was a girl attending that school and living in that city. Marvelous!

Bamboo Blade Ep 08 – Being cute is charming with or without swords.

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What is it about girls with weapons that attracts men?

Last season we had Claymore, and this season we have Bamboo Blade. Now, these shows are shows that couldn’t be as far apart from each other as possible, but at least they have one thing in common – girls/women with swords.

It’s unfair to compare Bamboo Blade with Claymore because Claymore has a great plot, strong characters, desperate situations, smart strategies and emotional depth. Bamboo Blade at its best is a light hearted comedy with quirky if somewhat cliche characters, and at its worst…Well, I actually haven’t found anything bad or awful about this show yet.

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