Steel Bar Combat!


Rail Wars is an okay show. I’m not sure what convinced me to watch the show. (Besides that Fukuyama Freakin’ Jun and Horie Yui are in it.)

The red-headed, trigger happy female lead, Sakurai Aoi, is starting to grate a bit on me. She surprisingly stubborn in her perception of the main character, Takayama Naoto, as a coward despite him having the will and courage to step in front of a knife to prevent a civilian from receiving a fatal injury (episode 5). Did she already forget that? Sometimes I wish characters were given a bit more believable personalities, otherwise this credence of mine in the show is going to be destroyed in less time than it takes to cook scrambled eggs on high heat.

I may have over-hyped the show for myself. I was hoping for a Toshokan Sensou type thing to occur. Instead I got a run-of-the-mill anime with a couple of savory ingredients.

If you were interested in the worth of this show, I’d skip it unless you needed some filler between the heavy-hitters of this season. Although, I suppose marathoning it now with 8 episodes to burn through might make one think to just finish what they started, since this show is going to be done soon. I’d be powerful impressed if this show managed a second season due to trains. Not even the regular fanservice was delectable enough that you’d buy the discs just for an uncensored version.

I was able to detect a Chihara Minori in the idol character’s singing style. Her output and timbre are unique enough compared to her contemporaries. But you’d never be able to tell if your only exposure to her was Nagato Yuki. Which did make me wonder what I was about to hear when I heard Nagato’s character album.

Steel Bar Combat!

Sword Art With Traps


I was sort of wishing for this trio to all wear that same pompadour that the farthest guy sports on his head, but then it actually would have downplayed how ridiculous they actually look. Because pompadours are indicators for revolutions in a convoluted society drawn of conspiracies and demons influenced by jelly-infused doughnuts.

And, oh lordy. Kirito-KUN really got to show off his MANliness while carefully examining HIS outward appearance. I knew it was coming, but it seems they also asked Kirito’s seiyuu to sound more feminine. We just might have another comrade for the Fukuyama Jun and Kamiya Hiroshi, two seiyuu who have the ability to voice female characters. Even if it’s actually not that hard to hear the straining of male voices trying to hit the female voice registers and tonality, you’ve gotta applaud these guys. Welcome to the circle, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu. It’s hilarious to witness Kirito resort to imitating female verbal mannerisms and gestures to play right into the mechanics of being a trap. The benefits of hanging around lots of women, I guess. Almost felt like he was trying to combine Silica’s movements with Asuna’s dialogue.

I really hope they play off of the trap version of Kirito. It’ll be the first obstacle we get to watch him overcome during the airtime of the show, instead of being force fed another story that he had a father/mother/cousin that dolled him up pretty at some point because reasons. Anything, please. Kirito needs some hardship.

Seriously. 3 episodes for Shinon’s introduction, and 1 for Kirito. Come on A-1 Pictures, get a little creative. I hope the next one shows us Kirito needing training wheels for a bit. If it were me, I would have spent more time on showing Kirito awkwardly handling a gun. That was the first hint of him developing a brand new skill instead of having one convenient plus, one after another. In fact, spend a few episodes with him trying to deal with it. We know he’s going to off-hand the gun, give him a D&D-esque penalty. Have him fighting while needing to pull off that one clincher shot that fails. It’s important to have him develop character while we’re actually watching him. Stop with the “Oh, right. I have skills.” routine.

Also: Sword Art Online uses Thunderbird Tension Technique on audience! It’s mildly affectionate.

I couldn’t help but facepalm during the meta-game status quo exposition. Oh well. I suppose this is for those in total game-mechanics blackout?

Shinon is voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki. I suppose I’ll cut the show some slack. (Yes, I know everyone spells it Sinon.)


Sword Art With Traps

The Dead, Diseased and the Moé – Part 134

Lelouche is back! No. I’m lying, unfortunately. He’s in a new show called Chuunibyou demo Koi ga shitai that is filled with that horrible disease called moé. I’ve been infected for several years now, and goddamit, I know most of you are, too. I’m happy that Fukuyama Jun’s gets to play another straight man protagonist.  It’s mostly his performance as Takanashi in Working!! that I hear during this show. This immediately reminds me of the crossdressing episodes. (Dammit.)


The Dead, Diseased and the Moé – Part 134