About two years ago, I reviewed Hamatora’s first season in preparation for the second season that aired soon after. Several seasons and conventions later, I’m finally getting around to talk about that sequel! And it’s about time, because my Ratio cosplay is slowly becoming less recognizable, seeing how I might be planning to wear it again… for the third time!
Harley Quinn (cosplayer: Lando Clarissian) and I, hanging out at Cal State LA Eagle Con 2016!
With the anime and manga officially complete, I think it’s time for me to revive this recent gem, in case you missed it. But this time, I do suggest that you read my first review or just complete the series before reading on. There will be SPOILERS!
Growing up is one of the scariest things anyone can do. When you’re a kid, it’s a lot easier to think about doing what you want to do, or be whatever you want to be. But there comes a time in every person’s life, whether sooner or later, when reality hits and the dream is over. And we come to realize that we are not immortal.
Such is the tone of this series about children who are given supernatural powers. This is a series about teenagers who have the power to change the world, but the lesson to be learned is not that one must be responsible in using these powers. Rather, it is a question of what happens when they are taken away?
With that said, since today is Good Friday where I am, let’s begin with a word from the person in this series who comes closest to being an anime Christian saint!
Let’s get one thing straight: I didn’t like this series. The animation style is very flat, the execution of the story is practically committing itself to insanity, and the excessive use of blood disturbs me. However, I am also committed to talking about Liberation this month; and while I was coming up with my plethora of things to talk about under that scope, this anime original was the one of the first things that came to mind.
Before I get into this review, I would like to express a few limitations. First, this is not a “typical” anime review, in that I will be focusing more on themes and critical analysis rather than character and content. Second, I will not argue whether or not Kill La Kill is a feminist work, but will critique it under a feminist perspective. And third, the main discussion here begins from the latter part of the series, so there will be SPOILERS! So if you’re following along, go back to Kill La Kill episode 16, watch the 1:30 recap, and continue from there.
It’s time for another series that revolves around anime’s and manga’s favorite historic figure to parody! That’s right, this action-packed show features Nobunaga Oda doing something not very Sengoku-esque whatsoever and teaming up with other characters from history to beat up the bad guys…
Is what I would like to say, except that Nobunagun takes a completely different approach to the Nobunaga narrative. After all, of all the Nobunaga parodies I’ve seen in anime, this one doesn’t involve Sengoku era characters, historic references, or even Nobunaga Oda as a main character! Or do they?
The summer simulcasts are approaching on Crunchyroll, and among them are many premieres of series that have already made their debut! And while some folks are heavily anticipating some things over others, I will be closely watching the continuation of Hamatora!
But before I get into new stuff, let’s talk about what Hamatora’s all about before the second season starts!
Re: Hamatora is coming to Crunchyroll in July!