Coppelion Episode 2 Review

I know this episode aired a long time ago, but I haven’t had time to review it, so please forgive me ^^’.

Starting the review, one of the good things I found in this episode is the OP song. I really like it! The music’s rythm and melody (as in the music itself, not the lyrics ’cause I was finishing a paper when I heard it and didn’t read them ^^’) really go along with the show’s theme.

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Man, a highschooler with a badge and a gun… badass XD

Man, Ibara's so cute!

Man, Ibara’s so cute!

Taeko's an animal lover huh?

Taeko’s an animal lover huh?

In this episode, things finally get interesting, with a few survivors appearing. Apparently, they were locked in a prison nearby when the meltdown occured, and took advantage of it to escape allong with other prisioners. They managed to find a radiation-free room inside an old hospital, and took refuge there. They even managed to rig a few solar panels to provide electricity to their refuge. BTW, is it just me or this series reminds me of the Fallout games? XD

WTF? What are those antennas?

WTF? What are those antennas?

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You gotta love the background artist!

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Anyway, in this episode we get more insight regarding the truth behind Ibara’s, Aoi’s and Taeko’s past. We learnt in the first episode that they were genetically engineered to be radiation resistant, and in this episode the name Coppelion is explained. It is a bit of a wordplay on Coppelia, a French ballet comedy about a dancing doll, hence the name Coppelion, an analogy to the “dolls” that are our three heroines. It is also stated, at least for Ibara, that all of her life was passed training for this rescue mission.

So, a wolf can be so obedient as to wait for someone he just met and search for someone just by her smell without training?

So, a wolf can be so obedient as to wait for someone he just met and search for someone just by her smell without training?

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but this series really brings out the theme of humanity, what means to be human in the form of 3 cute highschoolers; They are faced with a constant doubt about their humanity, if they really are just a bunch of puppets. Also, they are faced with though decisions, like choosing to save a young girl instead of it’s mother, and that might bring about a great growth of the characters. I really have high hopes for what this series will be able to pull off in these philosophical questions.

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Tough choice…

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Also, one of the things I noticed the most was that the producers gave much more screen time to Aoi and Taeko, something which you migh recall didn’t happened much in the first episode. We finally see more of their personality, mainly Aoi’s gentle and caring side; to be honest, I find them to be really are good characters, but Ibara is still the best XD.

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Regarding the more technical aspects, I can’t stop praising the director… He did a wonderfull job with this series, nothing was left out: crumbling floors, hair fluttering, light flare effects and glare, everything was just perfect, I really can’t say anything bad about it. Also, I really like they’re choice of colour palette. It is mainly brownish tones, wich intensify the idea of lonelyness and desolation of the city, while also choosing very bright and vivid greens and blues for the grass and the sky respectivelly, in a way showing that nature has thrived in the past 20 years.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the review! Stay tuned for more 😉

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Hikigaya Haru

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I just love these guys…

Here are two videos from Animenzzz and TheIshter. As a pianist and anime lover, they are two of my idols. They’re just awesome! I really love hearing them play… They create some of the most fantastic piano arrangements of anime soundtracks, and they are also very skilled pianists! If you guys are reading this, YOU ROCK! Keep it up!

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Coppelion Episode 1 – First impressions

Ah, schoolgirls with guns… Not enough of these shows nowadays :D.

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One of the most striking aspects of this episode (and I hope of it’s series’) is it’s art. The backgrounds are just simply beautiful! Vibrant with colour, warm… It makes me want to go there to bask in the sun while I doze off :P. You can clearly see how much time and effort went to designing these, in my opinion, award-winning sceneries, which contrast with the use of 3D or “stock-like” images used in most recent anime.

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The story has a pretty weird feel to it… I find it dark, mainly due to the series’s setting and lack of background info, but there’s this warm vibe that it gives off. I really can’t describe it better. To put the feeling into words, imagine someone is telling you a creepy story while you’re basking under a tree, in the middle of a plain in mid-summer. Yes, the feeling is that weird. It also touches some interesting subjects, like the humanity of lab-bred humans, and what makes us human. That’s really evident when Ibara injects herself with some nutrient-serum instead of eating, and one of the girls freaks out, because she wants to believe she’s still human, not just a lab rat.

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Regarding the characters, Ibara is just amazing! She’s sure of herself, while also being kind hearted. She disobeyed her orders just to give a rad-poisoned man a slight chance at survival, only to later point a gun at her boss claiming that she would save every single person she would find. From the entire cast, she’s the one who stood out most, and I believe she’ll be responsible for most of the series’ success.

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The other two “main” characters are so unmemorable that I can’t even recall their names… There’s the moe-girl and the other one. Really, I hope that in latter episodes they give those two more depth and/or screen-time, because they are in risk of staying forever in Ibara’s shadow.

Overall, this episode was pretty interesting, and really hooked me up to the series! I hope that it won’t let me down 😉

Now, something not Coppelion-related, it is the first time I’ve decided to give such a big and incisive review. Do you like it? Do you prefer reviews lighter and/or with more pics? Leave your opinions in the comments please ;). Also, I’ve been neglecting my blog lately because my midterms are starting, and my workload is getting bigger and bigger with studying and coordinating a student research program at my uni. Sorry!

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Hikigaya Haru

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Ultimate Madoka PVC Figure (Good Smile)

I’ve been searching around amazon for new figmas, and this one really caught my fancy. I’m a fan of the Madoka series, and this one is one of the best figmas I’ve seen of the series.

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The quality of the figure is just awesome, the amount of detail is really superb. You can clearly see that every nook and cranny was thought of, and that really makes a figure of outstanding quality.

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To me one of the most important features of a figure is the facial expression, and I must say that this one is perhaps the best I’ve ever seen. It’s incredibly close to the anime art, and very detailed.

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You  can buy it at amazon.com here, and, at the time I wrote this post, it was 50% off! This figure costs over USD$200, so it’s a real bargain! I’ll surely try to get one sometime 😉

 

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New Season of Suisei no Gargantia green-lit!

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Gets Sequel Green-Lit - News - Anime News Network

GREAT NEWS!!!

Suissei no Gargantia’s season 2 has been green-lit! I hope they finally show us the “homeworld” of Ledo, and delve more deeply into it. I find it a bit dark, ruthless but at the same time effective… It’s interesting 😀

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Source: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Gets Sequel Green-Lit – News – Anime News Network.

Infinite Stratos 2 – Episode 1 review

One of the titles I waited for the most this season! I Just love Yumizuru Izuru’s work!. So, without further ado, let us proceed to the episode!

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The IS design is truly awesome!

The IS design is truly awesome!

Although the series’ illustrator changed due to problems between the author and MF Bunko J (the publisher), it wasn’t that noticeable in the first episode. I honestly am not bothered the least by the change (the same can’t be said about the light novel).

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As usual, Cecilia is a perv…

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Although I’m a Charlotte fan, I can’t deny that Rin has a unique appeal… Just look at that belly… Man, she’s hot! Also, it’s impossible to resist that teary-eyed face… Rin, you’re unfair XD.

Yandere Charl... Scary :O

Yandere Charl… Scary :O

Since when is that a problem? XD

Since when is that a problem? XD

Badass duo!

Badass duo!

Charl, you look WAY better

Charl, you look WAY better

Ichika, densest guy ever!

Ichika, densest guy ever!

Bastard! Hands off my Charl!

Bastard! Hands off my Charl!

All things considered, it wasn’t a bad episode, too much fan-service though. Although I feel that they shouldn’t have rushed the summer festival scene. I actually liked that part in the novel, and that makes me feel that the anime is lacking in regard to the novel.

Since this is the first episode of the new season, I understand why they didn’t add much drama to it, IS being a Slice of Life and Harem series after all; However, I hope they focus more on the drama parts of the novels, those chapters always kept me on the edge when I was reading them.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my first ever episode review. Don’t forget to leave a comment or a critic 😉

 

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Hikigaya Haru

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