Damn nice week so far! 😀
Junji Ito collection, ep 5: The first part of the episode had some very, very creepy body horror/alternative universe scares, while the second part of the episode had that voodoo doll kid from the first ep make another appearance and screw around for a bit. Horror and humor, I’m satisfied 😀
Darling in the FranXX ep. 4: This was a really fun episode: I mean, OK, they’re really going all-out with the sex metaphor with the co-pilots, the heroine outright asks the protag if he wants to “ride her,” and when the action starts our hero, Hiro, starts talking about how he feels like he’s “inside” the heroine (Zero-2). But the heart and soul of this episode is in the right place, IMO. It turns out that Hiro was having trouble piloting the mechs because he wasn’t really devoted to the job and didn’t know what he was fighting for. But when the authorities threaten to take Zero-2 away, he realizes he has feelings for her, and that gives him a reason to fight. So she breaks away from her captors, takes Hiro to her mech, and together they defeat the big Monster of the Week their comrades were, of course, having trouble with.
I guess that’s the biggest problem with the show so far–it’s kinda formulaic (Hiro’s team members are having trouble with a monster, and everything seems lost until Zero-2 and her mech arrive to save the day). Even so, it’s still entertaining, cause the action is great. In this episode they have to fight a giant worm monster and find its weak spot, and they manage to do so with Strelitizia (the main protag mech)jumping into its mouth and just blasting straight through it length-wise until they find its heart and blow it out the other end. Pretty sweet! And the main theme of this episode–the protagonist initially being diffident and cowardly, but finally manning up, accepting his responsibilities, and finally heading off into battle on behalf of his love interest and his friends–is something I really like seeing. Even though Hiro came off as a “beta” at first, it’s always nice to see guys like him engage in positive self-improvement and focus on overcoming the challenges they face. One of my favorite tropes in entertainment. So yeah, I’m again satisfied 😀
Oh no! Star’s on vacation this week. I’ll get to her the next~
Finally got back to Ys 7 and beat it. What a fun game! While the plot is, again, generally simple “JRPG for kids” fare, there was one plot twist I didn’t see coming, which was a pleasant surprise. It all ends well, with the hero saving the day, as you’d expect, though the ending is a little bittersweet and almost made me cry ;_; The gameplay is smooth and super fun, I didn’t get as frustrated as I did with Napishtim, though there were some tough parts. There’s also quite a lot to do for Ys game, lots of quests and abilities to power up and such. I paid a little under 20 bux for it and put 30 hours into it, DEFINITELY got my money’s worth 😀
A Brother’s Confession by Robbie MacNiven. This is another 40k story, though about the Ultramarines rather than the Space Sharks, and I got through it in under an hour. It’s still very good, though–one Ultramarine confesses to his chaplain (remember, the Space Marines are as much religious monks as they are superhuman warriors) that he killed a comrade in a recent battle, but as he recalls the fight-a struggle against Chaos cultists–it becomes apparent that there was more at stake than one Marine’s life. The story is so short that I don’t want to give any more away, but suffice it to say it has all the great action Robbie is known for. I suppose it was weak in characterization–I couldn’t really tell the chaplain or the penitent apart from any other given Space Marine–but no biggie, I can understand skimping a bit on characterization when the story is so short. I’d give this 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 😀
Got some work done on my project and should be able to start fiddling with it in earnest next week. I also got another PP fanfic out, w00t!
Also got into a tl;dr argument with some fascist alt-right bozo on Tumblr. That was amusing for a little bit, though it took more time than I’d like. On the other hand, I did put down some writing that will come in handy later on, so I might have saved some time in the long run. That’s the only point in interacting with those types, really.
That does it for this week, on to the next~ One more thing: If you like my entries, consider buying me a Ko-Fi! You don’t have to, of course, but any donations would be appreciated 🙂