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Review: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

An anime about magical books set in early 20th century England? Sign me up!

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian ( or Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian as everyone seems to write it as) is about Huey, a young English lord who inherits guardianship over a vast archive and a girl called Dalian. Long story short, the archive is actually full of magic books containing forbidden knowledge, Dalian basically is the archive and, as guardian, Huey (assisted by Dalian) has to seal magic books away to stop them from falling into the wrong hands.

The story consists of episodic mysteries laced with the odd fight scene, just to remind you that that shooting a dragon with a gun will never be quite as effective in killing it as reading it a really old book.

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Even though it’s by Gainax, the animation didn’t particularly stand out to me and I can’t remember a single bit of the soundtrack for the life of me, other than that I didn’t really like the opening or ending. *shrugs* It’s not like any of that took away from the viewing experience so it doesn’t really matter.

The characters themselves are entertaining enough to keep me interested in the mysteries throughout the series, even if Huey isn’t anyone in particular to write home about and Dalian is more or less your cookie-cutter tsundere loli. There are other recurring characters that are equally entertaining, if not more so in the case of Armand’s love life.

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If you like golems, homunculi and automatons with emotions, the mysteries will not disappoint. Unlike certain mystery shows *cough cough* I found myself able to piece clues together and find out the truth myself, but I never figured it all out way before the protagonists. The signs of a well written mystery fiction, right there.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the production team were quite of how to make an ending that would encourage people to check out the light novels. I’ll give them credit for not just leaving it mid-arc, like Pandora Hearts, but it’s still one of the most lacklustre original endings I’ve seen in a long time. From episode 11, I just became very confused and only mildly interested in finding out how everything ties together. I think there were about 5 characters that were just shown and not even properly introduced. Where the hell did they come from!?

In a nutshell: magic books & mystery in 1920s England

 

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian should  be available to watch on Funimation (and I think Crunchyroll) but that doesn’t include to anyone living in the UK and probably other regions (for some reason) and so you might have to rely on good old DVDs…


Sorry about that. I kind of forgot that I hadn’t actually scheduled this post for last night. Anyway, it’s here now.

Because of NaNoWriMo, I won’t be posting anything next week and there probably only be one more post this month at most. I keep you updated on Twitter.

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Milpom

To investigate various unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my previous post about Naria Girls.

MILPOM★Milpom is a six episode ONA by Bandai Namco that was originally released in 2015 but only made it onto Crunchyroll about a month ago. I was mainly drawn to the key visual’s unusual art style.

The first thing to address is that the show is stop-motion, rather than hand-drawn (at least, for the most part). Yes, that still means it’s anime, angry reviewers that only gave it 1 star. The animation is choppy and the camera-work isn’t the best but I quite like the cartoonish overlays and bright colours they go for with the dolls, given that they would otherwise probably be terrifying.

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The actual ‘story’ follows a girl called Milpom and her friends Silky, Cacao and Happy as they mess around Harajuku (or somewhere in Tokyo). Since each episode is only five minutes long, it usually amounts to them simply talking about a particular topic, while supposedly doings something else.

Surprisingly, it’s much more entertaining than it sounds, but that might just because, as someone who used to attend an all-girls school, I can relate to the accuracy of the discussions and the characters’ behaviours, both of which would otherwise seem far-fetched to a normal person.

The masks were weird but the explanation they give for them makes the show seem much deeper, just because they bring up the concept that everyone puts on a persona in public and whatever else it was they said.

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In a nutshell: totally accurate representation of teenage girls

If you’re interested in spending half an hour watching kind-of-pretty-but-a-tiny-bit-creepy visuals and ultimately pointless girl-talk, Milpom can be found near the bottom Crunchyroll’s shows list.


Haha! I posted on time this time! May this be the start of consistent posting!

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I’m sure you’re surprised that I’m not doing a new-season-first-impressions-whatever but I’m saving that for next week when I’ve actually seen everything I’m planning on at least trying this season.

Anyway, you people on Twitter already know of my annoyance last weekend when I was accused of being under 15 (for the first time in my life) but a couple days ago I finally got to see the sequel to my favourite spy movie.

 

I was mildly disappointed yet pleasantly surprised for a number of reasons…

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Naria Girls

To investigate unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my post from last week here.

This week, we’ll be looking at Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls

Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls is a series of 12 8-minute-long episodes that (surprisingly) aired on Tokyo MX and Sun TV during Summer 2016 and was even licensed by Crunchyroll. It’s a story about three ordinary high school girls that become magical girls/idols to fight monsters serving the evil Ice Queen.

Where, oh where, do I start?

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The Least Popular Anime on Crunchyroll: Peace Eco Smile

We’re always hearing about the hottest new shows like Boruto and Classroom of the Elite and the (debatably) worst things ever created like the recent Death Note film, but we rarely stop to examine unpopular things. I’m not talking about shows that aren’t good enough to be entertaining or aren’t bad enough to be funny but shows that are genuinely just never spoken about for some reason or other. To investigate, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting.

PES: Peace Eco Smile is a series of 7 shorts by Studio 4°C in collaboration with Toyota about Pes, an alien who comes to Earth and falls in love with a girl called ‘Kurumi’ (which is suspiciously similar to ‘kuruma’, the word for car). While on Earth, he and some weird alien things that aren’t properly explained become extremely interested in the ‘automobiles’ on the planet, particularly Toyotas.

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Rant: Death Note (2017)

I admit that Death Note means a lot to me and I won’t lie that my inner fangirl hasn’t clouded my viewing experience.  Regardless, it’s still undoubtedly a terrible film, even without comparing it to the original work.

What’s most annoying for me is that the first 20 minutes actually showed promise. I was genuinely thinking to myself “Wow, this might actually be an okay film.” I mean, that scene where Ryuk was shown for the first time was pretty fun to watch but then Light shows Mia the Death Note and all redeeming features disappear along with my hopes that I wouldn’t be wasting my afternoon.

There are so many complaints I have with this sorry excuse of a movie, but let’s start with the elephant in the room: who thought that a psychological thriller that makes you question the true meaning of good and evil would do well adapted into a poorly thought out romance with a touch of gore for added shock value?

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Review: Baby Driver

 

So Initial D is kind of about a guy who doesn’t speak much but drives really fast and likes listening to music. Make it an action crime thriller set in America and I give you…a strange movie title? Now that I think about it, I still haven’t even read a single synopsis. Let’s check Rotten Tomatoes:

A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 21.50.15.png…Not sure about you, but ‘Initial D, but American crime-thriller’ like sounds much cooler description, if you can forgive the soundtrack not being eurobeat. But why did I go? Well I saw the trailer in the cinema and it looked kinda cool. But honestly, hearing that’s it’s an Edgar Wright film would have been more than enough.

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