Friday, 25 March 2016

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Hey, everyone. It's been almost two years since the last time I updated this my blog. Finally, I have all the time in the world to do so and what better things to talk about than the most hyped and the most anticipated movie ever!

Batman v Superman: Who is Beefier?
Keep in mind that this review will contain spoilers. But hey, it's not like you've never watched the trailers right? If the trailers can do it, so can I. First things first, lets talk about the trailers. The first trailer did a good job as a teaser. I do remember the time when Ben Affleck was announced to cast as Batman,  (Joker voice) everyone lost their minds! To be honest (really honest), I didn't know who Ben Affleck was back then. I never actually watched any of his movies. But when I saw the first trailer of Batman v Superman, I instantly fangirled at Affleck's portrayal as Batman. Indeed, the director made an incredibly bold choice to firstly cast Ben Affleck as Batman despite foreseeing some serious backlash from fans, and secondly, redesigning the entire appearance of Batman into a freaking Hulk of a Batman. Now you can say goodbye to ninja Batman because Batfleck is a freaking tank! I also really liked the new Batman voice. Finally, Batman doesn't suffer from throat cancer.

Forgive me for being too carried away by Batman. Now let's properly talk about the trailers. As I mentioned, the first trailer was pretty sweet, especially when it successfully gives the middle finger to every anti-Batfleck in the Internet. The second trailer though, it was the one which infamously spoiled the entire movie for everyone. Yes, that trailer literally spelled out the entire two-and-a-half hours worth of screentime for you in about three minutes. This is the trailer which introduces you to Wonder Woman and the piece of sh*t Doomsday. Keep in mind that this was supposed to be a Batman v Superman movie. Already the trailers were giving you hints that you won't be seeing much of Batman going head-to-head against Superman, and trailer is right. I'll talk more on that later. Having watched this movie, I felt that there are two things which really unsettles me (and downright pisses me off). On one hand, what you think you see in the trailer isn't really what you get. Remember the scene in the trailer which makes you think Superman is downright trying to kill Batman with the laser beam? Hah! You thought the laser beam was from Superman didn't you? Don't you feel like slapping the movie in the face for making you feel so stupid? It would have been much more exciting movie had happened as it tried to portray in the trailers. On the other hand, the trailers actually showed a little too much, to the point that you can pretty much expect what will happen in the movie in most scenes, especially in dialogue scenes. As a result, the movie became a little too cliched. I am a person who really appreciate creativity in films, but as far as this movie goes, its so-called creativity actually made the movie worse.

Now let's actually talk about the movie. First and foremost, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the way this movie started, and I am of course referring to the scene where Metropolis is being destroyed. That scene was really exciting, and I think it is good enough to justify Batman's motivation to challenge Superman. I particularly love the camera angles which focuses on Bruce Wayne's viewpoint when the city was being destroyed. It makes you feel all the more helpless. Also, the soundtrack really did a good job in highlighting all the excitement going on, and I was really at the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, after the opening scene, the movie starts to die down significantly, and they kept throwing all the expositions and information you don't really care. I do understand that they do have a lot of story to tell in order to properly set up the characters, but not only is it taking too damn long, it resulted in the movie having too many cuts and I had a hard time trying to keep up. At this point you won't be seeing much action for a while. But, when the action-packed scenes do come, you have Batman to thank for them, and they are all pretty sweet. As I mentioned earlier, this is no longer the Batman you've grown to know and love. This Batman straight up kills people in the most brutal way possible, and when he doesn't, he makes them feel the Batman brand of pain! I freaking LOVE this Batman. (Yeah, I freaking cheered every time he killed someone.). While I was still on the topic of Batman, remember the one scene where Batman is all in his desert outfit, and he was tied up and he had to fight his way out from the Superman SWAT team? Turns out it was all merely a dream, because f*ck you, that's why. Trust me, that is not the only dream sequence in this movie, and all of these dream sequences had jumpscares in them. There's even a dream in a dream scene (Nolan, wat r u doing? Nolan, stahp!), and the jumpscares really make me think the director briefly confused this movie for some cheap horror film.

Okay, enough with Batman for now. Let's talk about Superman. Well, to be honest, there really isn't much to talk about because for the most part, I don't really know what's going on. You don't really see much of Superman and when you do, all he did was his usual Superman stuffs that you've seen before. Sorry, I'm not really a fan of Superman, so there's really nothing much I cared about him. In this movie, Batman steals the show. That said, even Batman didn't really appear much in this movie, having to make way for expositions.

Now, let's talk about Batman v Superman, as in the face-off between Batman and Superman. This is the part where everyone has been waiting for, and honestly, it's the only thing that people came to watch this movie. Don't forget, the movie is called Batman v Superman. Guess what, Batman v Superman is over in like 10 minutes. They have been building up to this fight scene for hours and the payoff is you get a fight sequence that lasted for about 10 minutes and is barely exciting at all. Seriously, to me, this is the most disappointing thing ever. It's almost Spiderman 3's Venom level of disappointment. Do you remember that I said I appreciate a little creativity in movies? I was extremely looking forward to Batman, a mere mortal in his metallic suit, facing off against a godlike figure, with almost no chance of winning. I expect to see him go against the odds to prove that no one messes with Batman, even a god. Sadly, Batman had to utilize the Kryptonite to bring Superman down to an almost mortal level, and with it, most of the excitement. I'm disappointed that they even bring up Kryptonite in this movie. Sometimes, being true to the comic books isn't necessarily a good thing. Subsequently, that fight lasted for only a few minutes before Batman had a sudden change of heart. For one thing, the Kryptonite element appeared completely out of nowhere, and if I have not heard about it from somewhere else, I would be completely loss. Also, I was totally looking forward to seeing Batman in his mech suit going all out against Superman, but in the end, I was disappointed by how redundant the suit was as the Kryptonite did most of its job weakening Superman. Even then the mech suit got pretty damaged in a short period of time.

Now that we have Batman v Superman out of the way, let's talk about the Dawn of Just part of the movie. Firstly, I have to admit that the scene where Batman rescues Superman's mom from being held hostage, that was seriously impressive. The way Batman beat up all the gang members was brutal yo! Yeap, ladies and gentlemen, this is your new Batman who wouldn't hesitate to stab a bad guy with a knife. After that, comes the finale with the final showdown between Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman against Doomsday. As for Doomsday, I personally don't think he looks too bad. He sort of reminds me of the Hulk, and I like to see him going on full rampage. His design could be better though. Personally, I really enjoyed the beginning of the showdown with Doomsday, especially when it is used to introduce us to Wonder Woman's powers. Wonder Woman really did make a dramatic entrance there, even though you've seen most of it in the trailer. Seriously, f*ck the second trailer! What I like best in the final battle sequence is the soundtrack which stands out in this battle  (The final battle theme if you will). You know, the one with the electric guitar? (Update: I just found out it's the theme for Wonder Woman) Yeah, that soundtrack fits the epic atmosphere perfectly and compliments it brilliantly. What else would you expect from one of the greatest film score composer ever that is Hans Zimmer? However, the bummer is we don't get to see a lot of Batman and Wonder Woman badassery in this fight scene because the duration of the final battle is again Spiderman 3's Venom territory, and it ended in the most cliche way possible. The rest of the film is not even worth mentioning. Oh, and that Superman death but not really dead thing, I saw that coming from miles away.

In conclusion, Batman v Superman, like many other superhero movies, didn't live up to its hype. That said, it I don't think that it's an abomination. It's just kind of disappointing considering this movie took almost three years to be released, and it's the most anticipated movie ever. I came out of the cinema having an existential crisis! I felt like it just ruined my entire year 2016, and it's a really difficult reality to swallow. Well, hopefully the many anticipated movies to come can fix that.

Rating: 6.5/10 (All Batman mob-kicking scenes in this movie gets a 10/10)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Movie Review: Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

I went into the cinema with one ear partially deaf, I came out with both ears partially deaf!

They just don't die!
Title: るろうに剣心:伝説の最期編 (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo Hen)

What is it about: The continuation of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno where Kenshin and Shishio finally get the chance to settle stuffs.

Review: This... This is one movie where after you watched it (even though it's two and a  half hours long), you will want MORE!!!

Having watched an untold number of American films and a few Chinese films (no racism intended), the first thing that I noticed immediately after watching this movie is how Japanese it feels. Firstly, it's apparent to me that even a movie as epic as this one would actually take its time to slowly develop the characters and storyline, hence the long run time. However, that is something I really appreciate. Also, you'll notice the care that the makers of this movie has for the audiences. They realize there are some people out there who didn't actually watch the first movie and/or Kyoto Inferno (for example, because the movie only released for like two weeks in my local cinema and many people didn't get the chance to watch it!!!), there are attempts made give those audiences some back story so that they won't be completely lost, without actually jeopardizing the interest of those who has watched the past movies by having too much flashbacks. However, if you are one of those who watched the previous movies, you'll notice how similar this movie really is to the first... The dojo fight, the Sanosuke fist fight, the Gatling gun, ring a bell?

Most of the plots of this movie is taken care of in Kyoto Inferno. Therefore, this movie is pretty much the wrap up of Kyoto Inferno with loads and loads of fight scenes. Guys are really going to love this movie. Speaking of guys, this movie is so packed with action that there's barely any important female roles in it (no sexism intended). Kaoru for example, is pretty much not seen in the entire movie. The newly introduced Misao appeared in several scenes but does nothing particularly important. The entire movie is about politics, warfare and nothing else, and it's brutally good! I'm a guy and I do enjoy seeing pretty girls in a movie. However, this movie is all about the adrenaline and not so much the oxytocin (If you get what I mean). Everything builds up to prepare all the characters for one last brutal showdown with Shishio, and you won't be disappointed. The final fight scene in this movie is one of the best I've ever watched, especially the part where Kenshin unleashes on Shishio his newly-mastered ultimate form of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu Battoujutsu, Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki or Flash of the Heavenly Flying Dragon. By the way, he wasn't kidding about the flying part.

As for the characters of this movie, well, they are pretty much the same as Kyoto Inferno. The movie did a great job in character development, but I wished there were more. I felt that there are certain characters are slightly underdeveloped. But hey, this movie is no longer about character development. It's about character extermination. I guess the only new character that is introduced here is Kenshin's master. Do you wanna know why the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu is so powerful? That's because Kenshin's master is none other than the genius physics associate professor in Teito University:

No, I'm serious...

In the end, physics always win even when going against a sword which breaths fire. Okay, I'm just kidding. That was the professor from the movie Suspect X, otherwise known as Yougisha Ekkusu no Kenshin. Wait a minute, maybe it wasn't a joke after all! You can read my review of Suspect X here.

Alright, back to Rurouni Kenshin. I hereby pronounce this movie the best movie I've ever watched in the cinema, ever. This movie isn't perfect, but I feel completely drawn into it, and I wanted MORE!!! Oh the adrenaline...

 / 10

P.S.: Wanna know a reason why this movie and the previous one is so exciting? Check out this YouTube video =)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Movie Review: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

FINALLY!!! I finally got to watch this movie after a month of excruciating wait, which almost made me did some crazy stuffs while waiting. This movie (and its sequel) came out about a month ago in Japan and almost everywhere else in Asia except my home country in Malaysia. I gave Malaysia the benefit of doubt as I waited because there was a source saying that the release date is to be announced. However, after several weeks, I was quite confident that this movie will not be released in Malaysia. I actually planned to go all the way to Singapore just to watch this movie. Unfortunately, some stuffs happened and I didn't managed to go to Singapore. I was quite sad actually. I would not settle for watching this movie on home video. I must watch it on the big screen no matter what. Fortunately however, I found out that this movie in fact will be releasing in my local cinemas pretty soon. And so I continue to wait and wait and wait...

So here it is finally! The movie that I anticipated the most... And I love it! ^^

The law of insignificant villains states that
the greater the number of bad guys, the more insignificant
and more useless they are.
Title: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika Hen

What is it about: War and revenge, and also about Himura Battousai of course! XD

Review: Firstly, I'll be the first to admit that this movie isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you haven't already know, this movie is actually a sequel to a Rurouni Kenshin movie back in 2012. Unlike the first movie, this movie is much more elaborate and complex. Just a recap, the first movie talks about the war that brought about the peaceful Meiji era (Search up Battle of Toba-Fushimi if you care about history), how the Hitokiri Battousai became a Rurouni, etc. Yeah, I know your head is starting to spin from all those Japanese jargon. Basically, it's about how Kenshin retire from being an assassin to become a wanderer. The story also tells of how Kenshin and Kaoru met and stuffs like that. I'm pretty sure you know who they are and what's happening. In the first movie, the villains are simply some ex-samurai who doesn't enjoy the peaceful era. In the latest movie however, things aren't so simple. As a result, this movie is almost 2 and a half hours long, and it's only the first part. Another sequel which is a direct continuation of this movie is releasing soon (in my terribly slowpoke country. You've watched it already, so spoilers please! >.<).

So, what is this movie about? While the first movie is pretty straight-to-the-point, it's not so much the case in this movie. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno takes its time to slowly and carefully develop the storyline and the many characters it introduces. As a result, the characters in this movie talks more than they fight. That's not necessary a bad thing however. Being a Rurouni Kenshin movie, when they do fight, it's pretty damn good! I don't want to give out too much of a spoiler just in case there are people who hasn't got the chance to watch it yet, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno basically talks about an evil samurai's plan to overthrow the Meiji government and take over the whole of Japan. What makes it different from the first movie is that in the first, Kenshin is to stop a few samurai from causing a havoc. In this however, Kenshin is downright going for war. In Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, there are loads of war plotting and battle of wits. Sometimes, brainfights can be just as interesting as swordfights.

Before we proceed, there are some characters that you'll need to know amidst the many new characters introduced. To most important one being Shishio Makoto the main villain of this movie. Don't worry, I won't spoil the story for you, but what you must know is that Shishio is a really evil, intelligent, cunning, ruthless and powerful guy both in terms of strength and political power. Just imagine, this one guy with his fleet of samurai, waging war against the whole country. He did managed to control some parts of Japan, destroying many villages in the process. He even managed to push the government to desperation to the point that they have no choice but to put Japan's fate in the hands on Himura Kenshin. Yeah, hes really bad. The point that I wanted to make is that he's so bad and Himura Kenshin is having such a tough time dealing with Shishio that they won't be fighting each other in this movie. Like in a video game, Kenshin has not reached the final boss yet. Yes, in the whole 2 and a half hours, Kenshin and Shishio has never fought even once. Kenshin is merely trying to do some damage control protecting some people and fighting some of Shishio's men while trying to outwit Shishio's strategies. That said, if you are the type of people who enjoys storytelling, this movie is not necessarily bad. In fact, its far from bad. This movie is really really good. One of the things I really enjoyed in this movie is its sense of adventure, as though you are playing a Japanese role-play game. However, if you are the type who watches this movie solely for the action, well, there are much to be offered, but you'll have to wait for them.

To conclude, this is one of the best movies I've watched in the cinema. Maybe it's the fanboy in me that's screaming, but it definitely is worth your time and money. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno isn't exactly a perfect movie and watching it may require some patience and appreciation of story development so to speak, but it's most certainly movie of the year. I believe the sequel is going to be much more exciting than this. This movie did end in a cliffhanger with quite a few unanswered questions, and the suspense is really great. I guess they are done chasing each other in this movie. In the next, they are going for the kill. Good thing the next movie is only two weeks apart from the first. Otherwise, the suspense would have killed me like Shishio would. These two movies (in fact, all three Rurouni Kenshin movies) are definitely worth your investments. Just one thing though, try not to watch this movie in midnight like I did. You'll probably need to struggle a bit to stay awake because this movie does require your mind to process it. But hey, there's Kaoru! XD

Rating: 9.5/10

Monday, 1 September 2014

Movie Review: Godzilla 2014

Hi once again! I guess you have heard a lot of this movie and I supposed there are many differing opinions about it. Though having a significant place in my childhood, I was never really a fan of Godzilla, that is until I have watched this one. Since the Digital version of this movie has been released, here's my review of the movie. (Some spoilers ahead)

"Wow, look at all these ants!"
Title: Godzilla (or as the Japanese prefers to call it, GOJIRA!!!!!)

Year: 2014

What is it about: Monsters rampaging the city. Oops, my bad. It's actually more about the human soldiers doing... stuffs.

Review: Without further ado, let us first look into the characters in this movie because it is the characters than influenced this movie the most rather than the plot and whatnot. In the beginning of the movie, we were introduced to the scientist Joe Brody as the main character, or so I thought. There was a mishap which claimed the life of his wife, and quite a good storyline begins to flow from there, mostly involving Brody trying to determine what really caused the mishap and killed his wife. *ahem.. not... Godzilla... ahem*

On the other hand, we were also introduced to a few more important characters such as Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, another scientist who prefers to call Godzilla the name it deserves, "Gojira", and Brody's son, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Ford who shall soon be promoted to main character. Dr. Daisuke's presence in the film is rather peculiar because his only role, though being an important character, is to deliver a few punch lines while making that stressful face of his. Once of the most popular punch lines is "Let them fight!" which obviously lead to you feeling excited, but I can imagine that most people would be disappointed from then on as I shall explain.

Notice that until now I did not really mention anything about Godzilla or any other creatures? Well, that's because they aren't really important in this film which includes Godzilla himself. Kinda funny how this movie was actually named after him. If anything at all, this movie should be called "Godzilla's spine', or 'Godzilla's backside', because throughout the movie you'll only get to see Godzilla's rear as he swims in the lake, rising up to reveal himself only a couple of times. He is insignificant like that. The most significant character in this movie turns out to be Lt. Ford and his fellow marines because the military is the focus of this movie. So forgive me for saying that this movie is about monsters rampaging the city. Well, it ought to be, but they failed miserably in that regard. In fact, Lt. Ford is so important in this movie that they killed off Brody, the only one who can act decently and has the most emotional impact in the whole of Godzilla 2014. Brody is played by Bryan Cranston by the way. Not that I know who he is, but I supposed you do.

Now, onto the plot and everything else. So this movie is actually about two monsters known as MUTO rampaging the city as they enter their mating season. This movie does have a few references to biology and I find that pretty cool. So as MUTO was destroying err... a city in America, Godzilla hunts them down to establish his title as alpha monster. Meanwhile, the military sets out to destroy all 3 of the monsters using the most laughable method ever devised. They are planning to blow them up with nuclear bomb, you know, in a city in America. Also, did I mention that nuclear energy is actually MUTO's food? So, yeah. Good luck with that smartass plan. Fortunately, the Japanese scientist is smarter as he puts his faith in the biological pest control method. His saw Godzilla as a hope rather than a threat, and plans to let Godzilla take care of the MUTOs. Obviously, the military rejected the plan and sets out to detonate the bomb anyway as the 3 monsters were fighting, and from then the movie focuses on the mission. See, here's the big problem with this movie. It sets up greatly for Godzilla to meet the MUTO, gear set and all ready to fight, and having Dr. Daisuke deliver the 'GO' punchline, "Let them fight!", and then guess what happened. They fought? Yes, but unfortunately you won't get to see it. Because who gives a damn about a few unimportant characters fighting each other? Lt. Ford and his half-brain, terribly failed mission is much more important than that! So the movie cut off to show you more of the military just as the monster are about to have an epic showdown. By the way, this does not happen only once, but many times. And hence my face is all red from too many facepalms.

So this has been going on for quite a while as we reach the climax where the nuclear mission failed miserably (HAHA!!) and once again Godzilla meet the two MUTO. Here's where the fun part begin and really the only 5 minutes in this movie worth watching. This time they actually show you the fight, and here's where Godzilla shows off his amazingly long and epic roar, and his iconic Atomic Breath. Sadly though, this took place in the dark so you will need to dilate your pupils a little to see what's going on. Also, this epic scene did not last really long. The film concludes with Godzilla, having injured by MUTO, blacked out next to the nuclear bomb that the military failed to recover, and the nuclear bomb literally blow up right next to Godzilla. The next thing you know, guess what, not even a scratch on Godzilla. Hey U.S. Marine, here's a derp clap for you. *clap... clap... clap*

In conclusion, I really like the remodeled Godzilla even though he looks kinda fat. But I think it is biologically and physically necessary for Godzilla's size. I liked the exciting scenes of monster rampage, however few there are, and I liked the background music that compliments it. But overall, this movie was a bit of a letdown. A sequel is on the way, and I really look forward to it. This time, seriously, for Pete's sake, LET THEM FIGHT!!! >.<

Rating: 6/10

Monday, 25 August 2014

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Hello and greetings to all the followers of my blog. I would like to express my gratitude to my fellow otaku who took your time following my blog posts over the years, despite the poor English it is written in. I always did many corrections after re-reading what I wrote previously. I also try my best to make my reviews as interesting as possible. But nonetheless, I am thankful for your encouragements in giving me feedback and encouraging me to continue writing. However, I would like to deeply apologize as I had been inactive for quite some time  and will probably be blogging much less frequently as I used to. I am currently a 2nd year biomedical science student and most of the time, my workload is overwhelming. Therefore, I apologize as I may not have the time to be a hardcore otaku like I used to be. Rest assured though, this blog will continue to exist and I will update this blog whenever possible. Thank you once again for your support. Have a nice day minasan =)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Top 3 Marvel Supercool Villains

Hi once again. I know it's been a long time since I last posted anything, but honestly there are nothing much to blog about nowadays. I'm less of a hardcore otaku as I was several years ago and studies is part of that reason (Unfortunately, having a girlfriend is not part of that reason yet =P). I did watched a few movies in the cinema not too long ago (You wouldn't wanna know just how bad Transformers 4 is, but let me know if you want my thoughts on it) and recently I watched Captain America 2 once again on my laptop, which gave me an inspiration to list down the rarest of Marvel gems, their supercool villains. There are not many I can tell you, but when they are good, they are pretty darn good.

(3) Loki [Thor]

Loki is, according to the Nordic mythology, the adopted son of Odin, the adopted brother of Loki, and the god of mischief. What makes me like Loki? First of all, his smile. That is one hell of a mischievous smile if you ask me. He could do better than in this picture. Secondly, I really enjoy seeing him being trolled around, especially in The Avengers. He has big ambitions (of conquering the world etc.) and fails at every attempt. What's best, he never learns from his mistakes!

(2) Venom [Spiderman 3]

I gotta admit, Spiderman's costume sucks. So how do you make it better? Apparently, you'll need some slimy alien parasite to do the job and Venom is the answer. Venom's powers are similar to that of Spiderman, and some additional powers like... biting people I guess. Oh, his webs are stickier than normal, and the way he transform into Venom is just awesome! Unfortunately, he does have a silly weakness and thanks to that, Spiderman 3 pretty much killed all these awesomeness in the movie =(

(1) The Winter Soldier [Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier]

He's a dude with a metal arm who is the only one who can match Captain America's unparalleled skills in Ultimate Frisbee. Like Captain America himself, his powers came as a result of an experiment and likewise, he has his group of soldiers fighting alongside him. Call them terrorists if you prefer.

When he appears in the movie, you can really feel a tense atmosphere in his presence and the background music really helps. He is mysterious and hardly verbal, and he speaks French and an awesome manner! Also, what makes him supercool is his arsenal (you can see guns all over his body and his favorite weapon is the grenade launcher), and his tactical skills in melee combat. His knife combat and gunslinging skills are very impressive!

There you have it, the best villains from Marvel. I challenged my self to make a list of 5, but I really couldn't think of any other. These 3 are exceptional in the field of supercoology.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Anime Review: Date A Live II

As you know, I had been pretty emotional for the past few weeks because of the whole ClariS thing, but I sure am glad my copy of their latest album flew to me all the way from Japan. Don't worry, I won't be talking about ClariS this time, but rather the latest anime I watched because it's my study week and finals is two weeks away. Good anime always come out at times like these. Anyway, I am talking about a new season of Date A Live, arguably among the best anime ever and also one with the weirdest title ever which, surprisingly, kinda make sense. Well, it's Japan we're talking about here. Who gives a damn about grammar?

Notice there's no Yoshino in this picture?
Title: Date A Live II

What is it about: Erm... Spirits. Much like the first season except with more annoying spirits.

My review: To start things off, I really enjoyed the opening sequence of this anime. I find the introduction pretty hilarious and I do remember laughing a lot. I really enjoyed it, and perhaps because of that and the season before it, I kind of had quite a high expectation for this anime. So the first episode was pretty entertaining, but it wasn't before long that Date A Live II (Henceforth shall be known as DAL 2) took a downfall, beginning from no more than the second episode itself right when the Yamai sisters are introduced. The enjoyment curve of DAL 2 has a funny shape really, but let's talk about the Yamai sister for now. My goodness they are annoying. Their fights are cool and all, but when they took their battle suit off, they instantly became a nuisance especially around Shido. For one thing their storyline doesn't even make sense, much less their motive for battle and the way Yuzuru speaks... Did they actually find that amusing? Because I find it nothing but annoying. On the bright side, we get to hear a Japanese Australian seiyuu in action. Not that you can tell anyway.

So, the Yamai sisters are new characters introduced in the second season. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is how they are capable of turning DAL 2 almost into another anime. And I got lots to talk about this. I hated it when DAL 2 seems to be heading to a different direction which unfortunately one I dislike. It seems that their focus now are the worst possible attempts to make us laugh: cheap meaningless humor. At this point Shido kept falling into super ecchi To Love Ru accidents like the idiotic-girls-got-the-main-guy-character-in-deep-naked-shit cliche. Not funny if you ask me. I'm actually getting real tired of this crap (Maybe also because I was watching Nisekoi at the same time. You can read all about it in my review.). The part where both of them tried to seduce Shido to determine who is more erm... seductive. Kinda reminds you of Kiss X Sis don't you think? Don't know what Kiss X Sis is? Well, there are things in the world that is better off not occupying your brain space. This is one of them. Good news, these annoyance lasted only for about 2 episodes before we are introduced to something new. Bad news, this new character we are introduced to is even more annoying than the Yamai sisters. I swear I seriously hated the first few episodes of Date A Live. Anyway, this new character I am talking about is Miku, codenamed Diva. If it sounds familiar to you, you are not alone. Also, she has blue hair. The only problem is that she is voiced by Chihara Minori, not exactly my favorite seiyuu. Worst off, I really don't enjoy her songs, but DAL 2 couldn't resist the urge to make her super popular by making background character fall in love with her songs for the sake of the plot. Oh, did I mention that that is her power as well, to use her voice to make people like her and obeys her? Honestly, she is a really annoying character from the beginning, then she has to transform herself into a somewhat-failed tsundere character after having involved with Shido. What pisses me off the most in the entire crap is the fact that Yoshino and the Yamai sisters are being controlled by Miku. I don't care about the Yamai sisters, but how dare they make my kawaii Yoshino Miku's puppet! Someone needs to kick Miku's ass real hard. Fortunately, we do have the perfect person for the job. Introducing... wait for it... *drum roll*... Kurumi! Yes, Miku is so very toast! XD

Ever since Kurumi showed up, DAL 2 all of a sudden became drastically interesting. All the good stuffs and good characters appear at the same time. What amazed me most in DAL 2 is its ability to make characters I previously didn't care or downright disliked, awesome. They even managed to make that idiot Kyouhei Kannazuki awesome during a spaceship battle. Yeap, spaceship battle. You are now watching a more idiotic version episode of Gundam Seed. Also, Shido is able to summon Tohka's Sandalphon using brain power now. Oh, didn't know I'm watching Fate Stay Night. Shido, Shiro, geddit? Nevermind. At least Shido is way more useful and less annoying than Shiro is. Speaking of Fate Stay Night, Tohka kind of reminds me of Saber. As I put it, Tohka is basically a moe moe kyun version of Saber >.<

By the way, DAL 2 manages to make even Tobiichi Origami awesome, a character I previously hated to the max. She is so awesome it is looks like she came straight out of  Infinite Stratos minus all the uncoolness. We now have some epic Infinite Stratos-style human-in-robotic-suit partly-Gundam style mid-air battles, thanks to Origami from AST, some new villains with similar power from DEM the new villain organization, and not forgetting the most badass definition of kawaii character ever, Mana. By this time I was wondering where in the world did all the original characters went, but nobody cares anymore. Mana is really cool, but too bad they didn't show much of her this time. Her combat scenes are really worth the watch. Also we have some pretty nasty villains from DEM.

So until now, Miku is getting a buttkick from Kurumi, Mana and Origami is having an Gundam-cum-IS war, oh... Minor spoilers ahead... Tohka got kidnapped by DEM. This is where DAL 2 is at its peak and the storyline gets really interesting and full of suspense. It's a torture you know, waiting a week before I can watch the following episode. Then, at the end of episode 9, more spoilers ahead, Shido got stabbed right in front of Tohka, provoking Tohka to go berserk. (YES!!!). So now we have the best thing ever, something everyone fan of Date A Live has been waiting for, Tohka going berserk and Shido had to fight her. Shido had Sandalphon but Tohka had a much more powerful (and huge) weapon. This is in episode 10 and please prepare yourself for some bad news. Episode 10 is the final episode of DAL 2. I kid you not. The first season has 12 episodes and I was expecting season 2 to at least double that considering its good storyline, but nope. So, this berserk Tohka... Well, prepare yourself for yet another bad news. From the moment Tohka summoned her most powerful weapon which can destroy half the city, to the moment the battle ended, it lasted no more than 4 minutes. Not to mention the entire 4 minutes is merely to showcase Tohka's power. That means there's not even a single swordfight between Tohka and Shido at all although both of them had swords. Heck, it wasn't even a fight. That is arguably the greatest letdown in the history of me watching anime.

So what is Date A Live II? It's like To Love Ru / Kiss X Sis / Fate Stay Night / Gundam / Infinite Stratos and possibly more anime you can make reference to all jumbled-up together, but it's a disappointment really. I wonder if this anime is going through an identity crisis. The last few episodes before the final one are really nice actually, much better than the previous season. I highly recommend you to watch them. Maybe you should watch from the beginning just for the sake of context. Other than that, it's really a letdown because some characters are pretty much ignored to give emphasis for the development of other new or more important characters. Yoshino hardly appeared in the anime at all. Kotori and Reine, well, they had became significantly less important. It needn't be this way if they haven't squeeze everything into 10 episodes. They could have easily done better and done more. On the bright side, a movie is on the way, but it won't arrive anytime soon. Hopefully I don't have anything big going on at that time. Meh, I doubt it... But I'm watching it anyway... For Yoshino!! Yoshino, please come back to me!!! \(>.<)/

Rating: 6.5 / 10