Monthly Archives: June 2008

Hmm…Code Geass R2

To start I’d better say that I’m a big fan of Code Geass. I watched it since it’s inception, and even got a few friends hooked to the series. I loved it for the fact that it was a good plot, intriguing characters and wasn’t Gundam. Actually that last one played a big factor in my appreciation of the series. So you can imagine my glee when I found out there was going to be second season.

Now, Code Geass R2 has arrived and already run through 11 episodes, so I’m here to do my part. Code Geass R2 is a great series that fits into my unhealthy appetite for anime. It has the hard mech-on-mech action required for a show of it calibre as well as containing all the intrigue of a mid-season episode of Death Note.  Now I’ve definitely heard people talking about how it is a glorious mess, and while upholding my opinion I must agree. It seems that the writers have been abducted by the almighty Mithras and been replaced with a series of bureaucratic Japanese Dan Browns. There’s fan service up the arse and the plot twists have changed from ‘HOLY S@”!T THAT JUST HAPPENED!’ to ‘Oh, really? I definitely wasn’t expecting that.’

Huh, They brought Orange-kun back

However I still stand by the series and hold it in the highest regard as the others have yet to see the genius. The season is still enjoyable because it’s so bad. The writing is hilarious, not the dialogue per-se (although that needs improvements) but general plot of the season. By episode 11, it seems the mechs have been bouncing back and forth between to the point where the Britannians hold the Guren captive, the Chinese have the Super Guren, and the Order of Black Knights is left with a the Mirage, a Gawain copy with the convenient ability of Deus Ex Machina. It’s here that I start wondering when the inbreeding is going to begin or if it already has begun and that leads to entirely new problem.

I can see the doushinji now

Also the fan service, it’s fan service. I’m a fan and occasionally I like to be serviced. While I must admit that there has been more fan service in these eleven episodes than the entire first season, the key here is to accept the season for what it is. It’s not going to be the award winning, adrenaline pumping action and intrigue that the first season was. Code Geass R2 is a new beast all its own, if not a neglected, and well endowed beast.

Anyways I still uphold the three season rule. If the first season was awesome, the second will suck and by the third season they will have found all their mistakes and purify it into pure greatness. While this usually only applies American programs, I’m hoping that Code Geass will last long enough. Also, Sunrise still has the rest of the season to turn this bloated ship around. Hey, for all we know this was all part of the plan, and starting with the twelfth episode it’ll be kick ass. Err…seeing as that episode looks to be mostly filler, somehow I doubt that. One can dream I suppose.

New One Piece Dub with Extra Fullmetal Flavouring

Okay so the new One piece dub came and the world was astonished that it wasn’t garbage and was actually remarkably good. Anyways I haven’t been able to see it until recently due to my imensely busy schedule and perhaps the fact that I had completely forgotten about it. Regardless, I saw the dub and like the others I thought it wasn’t half bad. It added a new taste to the series, changing the voices so that coincided more with the characters. It also made it more bearable than listen to nails on a chalkboard.  All in all I liked it; however what I did find truly astonishing was the opening theme songs.

They were in English. I braced myself for a Funimation version of the infamous pirate rap but instead found myself facing the harmonious voice of Edward Elric singing about life at the open seas. While I certainly have heard English translations of Japanese theme songs, the best part was that it was pretty good. So much so that I am listening to it as I write this.  Then again I found the Pizza Pizza ads catchy so what do I know. Still,  it was a shocking discovery on my part.

Now I wish Vic Mignogna had added a musical portion to Fullmetal Alchemist just to mix things up. Al and Winry could be back up singers while Ed fights with Roy Mustang for control of the microphone. Then it could transform into the Phantom of the Opera with Ed as the titular Phantom. Actually no. Just no.

For those who have yet to hear it here’s the first one. Do yourself a favour and skip the first 25 seconds.