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Kekkai Sensen Episode 2

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Dare I say this is close to Space Dandy for me?  Perhaps I’m speaking way too soon.  This show is marvelous. And a stylistic masterpiece!  It’s quirky, but not Masaaki Yuasa quirky more like Ryōgo Narita’s quirky.  Visually and story-wise it’s rambunctious and portrays New York city life really well.  Kyousogiga director Rie Matsumoto gives life to Nightow’s manga with her off the wall style–  wide open shots of the buildings to sparatic transitions with definite intentions of close-up camera zooming of objects and characters!  This show doesn’t lose a drop in motion one bit!  Thank you BONES!

Two worlds are constantly clashing against each other within the same city and we saw it in the premiere especially with Zapp’s battle and now this episode really pulls out the crew of Libra by taking it to a new level of coolness I’ve not seen in quite some time.  They’re all really distinct!  Zapp is a womanizer whose got a knack for beating Leonardo up to a pulp–  that beginning with the camera monitor was really funny!  Chain seems to be more on a much more tolerable in her aggressive behavior than Zapp–  their relationship is fantastic.  Klaus uses Zapp here as a buffer in protecting Leonardo from the power that ultimately gives his kidnaping situation some substance.  Klaus may be the leader of Libra but he doesn’t know a thing or two about bringing friends together.  Haha Steven’s comment was great!  Steven Starphase is probably the most normal out of the group–  he acts as a sort of informant for Libra.  I like his character he’s a nice contrast from all the craziness this episode had–  his ice power is really neat to see.  The aliens are comically ruthless–  abducting humans for food and having them vacuum sealed.  Leonardo’s eyes made their entire encounter extremely humorous and highly action-packed!  Not to mention the Sonic Speed Monkey!

The soundtrack is the best out of anything this season is offering!  It does a fine job in weaving itself well inside the story where the score plays several homages to classical American music culture–  the ambient jazz delivers a strong weight to Kekkai Sensen.

With the ending sequence focusing on Leonardo’s encounter with the ghost White–  I feel as this show is more of nice teaser of the manga.  White is an original anime character and from what I guess she will be pivotal in progressing Leonardo’s story in the city.  Femt of Depravity might be the main villain of this series but I really see this 1-cour show derailing due to how many chapters Nightow has done for this show in comparison to how many chapters each episode has adapted so far.  I hope the ending will be open for a sequel!

The English dub is just as impressive as the Japanese dub for me simply because Space Dandy‘s Ian Sinclair voices Zapp!  He’s perfect for this role!  Leonardo gives an innocent sound to his character in both the English and Japanese that does have its edgier moments!

OP:  “Hello, world!” by Bump of Chicken

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Best opening of the season.  Visuals are top notch and the paper cutting and photograph effects are amazing.  All the transitions flow nicely and Bump of Chicken’s rock instrumentals depict this show’s flavor for intensity amazingly well!  I can’t get enough of this song!

ED: “Sugar Song to Bitter Step” by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN

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Holy cow!  This ending is the best ending I think I’ve ever seen!  Portray the crazy adventures of Libra in a very comical classic way–  drunk dancing.  Can’t wait to see the creditless version of this!  The animation is really really good–  Leonardo’s dance with White was jaw-dropping! The song is so amazing!  It’s really catchy and Unison Square Garden’s Kosuke Saito gives a very upbeat sound against the jazz-like rock session between the other band members!  The entire ending oozes with such a smooth cool style!


Kekkai Sensen Episode 1 [Initial Impression]

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PLOT:  One day, New York City as we know it vanished overnight into a mysterious fog. Now known as Hellusalem Road, it has become a place where another world beyond imagining is connected to our reality. The balance within this new world is protected by a secret society known as Libra. Leo, a journalist and photographer who arrives in the city, is unexpectedly recruited to join their ranks. {Taken from ANN}

Arslan SenkiPunchline and this are about the big three shows I’ve been anticipating this season.  I absolutely love Yasuhiro Nightow’s work on Trigun and here we get an interesting perspective of New York City where supernatural battles amongst humans and monsters have become commonplace.

Leonard Watch is somewhat of a freeloader or that’s how this episode pans him out to be.  I like his nature as he wants to help out whenever he can to make up for his misfortunes and actions.  This reflects a lot about the depth of his character quite well–  the situation with his ailing sister reflects this greatly in that he couldn’t help but freeze at that moment.  Klaus the leader of sets this series up for some fantastic creatures in this show with a solid backstory.  From what I can tell he’s been around the bin and seems to have studied his skills with the Master of the Brain Grid Blood style for quite some time.  He will be a great counterbalance to Zap’s hotblooded personality in this show.  Good comedic rift between the two and I already like what we’ve seen from Leonard’s cowardice reactions with Zap.

Speaking of Zap, he’s probably my favorite character so far because he separates the main cast so far with such a dynamic attitude.   Chain Sumeragi has an ability it seems–  I haven’t read the manga but she looks straight out of TRIGUN and this show all in all just oozes with cool.

The animation by BONES is top notch.  I’m curious to see how well they will handle two series in 1-cour–  this and Show by Rock!!.  The Mach Monkey is weird and is a nice addition to getting this story off its feet into a crazy crime fantasy series–  he’s attached with Femto’s device in opening the gate.  Which I’m sure we will see eventually.  I’m astonished how well polished this episode had been consistently, not a down drop in quality!  So many drawings in that second half’s fight scene ends up being animated with a fluid style!  Animator Yutaka Nakamura, I’m impressed with this but not surprised considering how well he animated the final episode of Space Dandy where Gel’s ship transforms and the Viva All dance number in the musical episode.  This is the second time I’ve mentioned his work– Garo Episode 18 is a slight nod to his previous works on STAR DRIVER and Sword of the Stranger.  So expected no less from this talented artist!

As much narration as this episode has from Leonard it didn’t detract one bit from all the fun this show threw on screen, especially in 4K with Leonard’s running at the second half and Zap’s fight with that monstrous criminal!  I wonder how the creators will adapt this because we’ve got an original anime character White being introduced into the mix and it’s anyone’s guess right now as to how many cours this will be.  Rie Matsumoto handled Kyousogiga extremely well so I’m sure she can direct this adaptation smoothly.  Also the final Viva All musical number in episode 17 of Dandy is his work as well!

I’m in love with this soundtrack it has quite a bit of jazz scores to it.  This is the second composer in the last two season that has had their debut in an animated work–  Ken Arai with Kiseiju and now Taisei Iwasaki with Kekkai Sensen!