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12:10 pm, Jun 29 2021
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The schedule. I don´t have hope for the TV season but the movie slate looks solid.

Biohazard: Infinite Darkness is clearly a movie that was sliced into 4 pieces because Netflix and I have no hope that it can turn out good in the traditional sense but it could be entertaining. Vendetta bordered on so bad it's good and Damnation was actually ok. I at least get how RE could make for a good anime, unlike Scarlet Nexus this season. Or most game to anime conversions.

Getter Robo Arc None of the 3 OVA runs by the same director were as good as they could have been but the 1st and 3rd were good enough. Let´s see if this final one will be the best of them. None of these 4 share a canon btw. A by now deeply confusing canon and the original manga lacking an ending will be the major hurdles.

Kaizoku Oujo I have to give something a chance so it’s going to be this.

Sonny Boy The pilot was a bunch of nonsense. I wonder if this original will eat itself like the similar Wonder Egg Priority? 5/10

Let’s clean up the disc/streaming releases from seasons past:
I wouldn´t have finished Eden if it was a film but Netflix got me by cutting this into 4 parts. 5.5/10
Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi turned out to be a cliché driven teen soap opera that misuses paraplegia to milk it for melodrama at every turn. Watch the downbeat live-action film from 2003 instead. 5/10
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway released 3 decades too late as none of this can affect the anime canon in a meaningful way and it’s debatable how good an adaptation the trilogy starter is but I would rather watch a frustrating "Tomino Gundam" film that most of the other anime the IP released over the last decade. The female lead is a train wreck though who has no reason to be in the story and not just Tomino is to be blamed here. 6/10
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final is of course live action but I need to say something positive in this writeup. The film is destined to be the least good of the 5 films due to being very crammed but it’s still good. 8/10

This season´s films:
Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru might turn out interesting due to its writer Dai Sato. Gundam: G no Reconguista will release its 3rd compilation movie in July and the long-delayed Shika no Ou: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi looks interesting in general. I am less crazy about Hosoda than most but still like enough of his films. Let’s see about his Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime but it would be nice if he did something other than young adult fiction for a change.

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7:59 pm, Jul 21 2021
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Kaizoku Oujo will debut on August 14th and the Japanese premiere is next season so I can wrap this sorry season up for myself.

Star Wars: Visions was revealed to come out September 22th. A fully to mostly non-canon anthology. Anthologies are always a mixed bag but some shorts are destined to strike out and who knows if some aren´t prototype pilots. We need a better SW anime that the failed Resistance by Polygon but it can´t be blamed on them. May The Schwartz be with this one.

Biohazard: Infinite Darkness has a pointless plot with a forced 3rd act and is the 2nd RE anime in a row that ends with a human villain who mutates into a Tyrant but not all is bad and all this nonsense is Capcom writing to a T. The CG animation is good, the bizarre adherence to military tactics is welcome and the ending kinda reveal-retcons why Leon has been such a dour guy in all his appearances since RE4 and the first anime set in 2005. TRICELL also cameos, lol. We´ll see if RE adaptations will get good one of these days but this was fine. About on the level of the 2nd anime entry. I just hope that female characters can stop being sidelined in the anime/manga. The next film needs to release as just that as Netflix or Capcom clearly sliced a film 4 in parts with this one. 6,5/10

Getter Robo Arc Studios usually try to make the first 2 episodes look like something but Arc already enters its budget slump from the word Gō and some of the scene transitions are comically bad. This is more importantly an adaptation of part 5 of 5 and none of the other parts were accurately adapted so even people who followed the previous anime adaptations will be lost. I´ll check back at the very end so see how this concludes as the original was unfinished due the mangaka passing away in 2003. Watch the admittedly chaotic 1998/99 Getter Robo: Armageddon OVAs instead. The passion is clearly there and the anime mostly sticks to the manga but This Ain't It, Chief. 5/10

Blue Period. debuts next season so it is automatically saved. Thank Zodd.

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