‘By the Grace of the Gods’ is turning to anime

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Feb 232020
 

Hobby Japan publisher recently announced that there will be an anime adaptation of the light novel “By the Grace of the Gods” by writer Roy.

By the Grace of the Gods is a novel series of light novels from the writer Roy’s genre, illustrated by Ririnra. The announcement from Hobby Japan just confirmed that the anime is in progress, but did not specify the release date as well as the staff, studio, producer or introduction of some teaser images.

One day, the life of Japanese businessman Ryoma Takebayashi came to a rather unexpected and disappointing end. Ryoma has never had a blessed life, but after his death, the three great gods sought his cooperation and reborn him as a child in another world, where swords and Magic is something that happens everyday!
Receiving the most cordial and sacred welcome from the gods, Ryoma decided to enjoy the leisurely life in the forest during the present time. Ryoma’s greatest passion is researching his slime and training more slimes! Under the protection of the gods, a relaxed life with slime in another world begins!
Roy started posting his series on the website “Shosetsuka ni Naro” (Be a novelist) in 2014, before ending and launching a new version of the story in 2015. The new story is still in progress. continue. Hobby Japan then began publishing a light novel with an illustration section of Ririnra, the first volume hit the shelves in September 2017. This publisher has just released the 8th volume on Saturday (February 22).

Ranran has released a manga adaptation of the novel of the same name on the Manga Up app! by Square Enix in November 2017. Last October, Square Enix also published the fourth comic book series compiled on this application. The Square Enix Manga & Books service licensed the manga and will release its first volume in November this year.

Wolf In Your Grandmother’s Nightdress

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Sep 292012
 

Hi guys, me again. No, not Gigs. This is my spot, not his, despite what he may have been telling all of you people. Do not listen to his lies!

THEY ARE LIES!

In any case, this was sort of supposed to have been done earlier in the week but because of poo-brain and sickness it did not. As  a result this post itself will likely be a little slipshod. Also no Gravity Falls post for you guys either. We shall get to that later.

Let us proceed before it gets too awkward.

The Power of Three was… an episode. I am not sure, personally, how I felt about it. A lot of factors went into it, including the external knowledge that the Ponds will soon no longer be traveling companions of the Doctor. This induces a sort of Pond Panic and artificially charged the episode with, as the tumbler puts it, The Feels since they were the focal point of the story. Do not delude yourselves, it was all about the Ponds and their internal turmoil over what they should do with their lives: live or Live? Unfortunately the joke is on them as the real answer will be C: DIE… maybe?

Mind, we also get to see more of Brian whom I adore and we also get a big old dose of the Doctor being twelve. Okay, maybe just a bit (a lot) A.D.D. when he is forced to actually exist for an extended period of time… in one time period. So to speak. We’ve seen this before (Vincent and the Doctor) but it seems to have gotten a lot worse since he started dropping Amy & Rory back at home between jaunts with them. One of Eleven’s quirks is that he is an Antsy Bugger. Brian proves his diligence and that the Williams boys have a lot in common, what with the pockets and the waiting. It really made me want HIM to be a companion, but that’s grasping for stars I know.

Then there are the Boxes. Which are really slow time bombs. Not one-hundred percent sure what was up with the random-assness of them all going berserk  unless it was to give some people a good reason to get rid of them so they didn’t kill everyone? But that doesn’t make sense either since they were there to outright wipe humanity off the galactic map? I don’t know. Speaking of which, Get used to this face. Ain’t that just the loveliest smile you ever did see?

The Shakri are a ball out of left field. One that is going to bounce off of something and come back at us at least once more, you can take that to the bank. When you have an Alien Species introduced as Gallifreyan Boogiemen you are going to see them again. I don’t know if it’ll tie into the season ending shebang or what but I wouldn’t be surprised. I will only be surprised if we do NOT see them again this season. Or next season, depending on how things go.

OH! And UNIT! We got UNIT back! Also The Brigadier’s daughter! Ha-HA! That was good, nice little heart-string tug there. Er, ahem, in any case. What was up with the people on the ship? Were they keeping a few random folks around as a Whitman’s Sampler of Humanity? And if so why? More questions that may or may not ever be answered.

And that ending line! Ugh. I groaned. I really did. That was just terrible.

In any case, I’m going to sleep and you’re going to read this and then I’m going to steal the next episode and HOPEFULLY, since I am no longer (as) sick and I have nothing else to do today I will actually get this regular article moved to something more suitable like Tuesday. Maybe. Hopefully.

 

Wibbly Wobbly

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Sep 222012
 

Okay guys, sorry, I lost track of what day it was and haven’t done a write-up of a Town Called Mercy. That’s on me. I’ll either get to that today-ish or have to make up for it with a double blog next week. Also look forward to a couple of other posts from me about Gravity Falls and some other things.

Maybe soon.

My bad.

 

Edit: Here’s something from someone else…

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!

Guess Who.

Well, it ain’t Landon.

Since ThreeDark lacks the CONVICTION to write about Who, I’mma gonna do it.

“A Town Called Mercy”, like “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, this ep’s more about the adventure than the whole BIG PLOT TWEEST! OH HAI RIVER that’s been the Eleventh’s MO in past episodes. But “A Town Called Mercy” does throw in a bit of character exploration.

The gist of this ep is the Doctor goes to the Wild West. He and the Ponds find themselves in a town called Mercy, which is at the mercy of a mysteeeeerious Gunslinger who prevents anyone from coming in or out of the town. With no supplies coming in, the town’s on the verge of imminent starvation.

The Gunslinger’s demands are thus, bring him the “Alien Doctor”.

Blahblahblahspoilerblah, the Alien Doctor is not the Eleventh, but simply another alien who happened to be an actual doctor with PHDs and such.

Right off the bat, you realize the alien doctor is a bad guy because of how absolutely good and pure he is. No one that nice could possibly be a good guy, and yeah, turns out that this guy is a war hero who performed countless hideous and heinous atrocities during the war to create the Gunslinger and his ilk. Now that the war’s over, the Gunslinger’s broken free of his programming and is after the alien doctor for revenge.

Now let’s get to the point. The core of this episode is a bit of character exploration on the Doctor. Doctor Who villains tend to be pure evil, like Solomon from “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” or the Daleks or whoever. But here the Doctor is presented with something of a conundrum. The alien doctor was once a scientist/surgeon who performed horrific and inhumane experiments to create biotechnological weapons for the war. And the guy’s pretty unrepentant about it, since in his mind, he sacrificed thousands to save millions.

On the other hand, post war, this alien doctor has been making amends. He’s haunted by the screams of his “patients” and he’s done what he can to help the town called Mercy. He even saved the entire town from cholera.

It would be easy if he was repentant about his past, but he isn’t. He did what he had to do and he’s standing by it. He represents a clear case of someone who is both extreme good and extreme evil. In fact, depending on what “mode” he’s in, kindly doctor or war criminal, he behaves differently as well. Just to make it clear to us viewers that he’s good… and that he’s bad.

In theory, this is all great. In execution, it falls a little flat. And that’s entirely TV’s fault. You see, in the modern viewer’s mind, death is seldom a just punishment anymore. Not unless you’re a complete monster.

Shows and series like Rurouni Kenshin and so forth, have hammered into the modern viewer’s mind that sincere attempts to make amends, or even simply the desire to live a peaceful life, is sufficient consequence for a lifetime of atrocities. It doesn’t matter how horrible you were, just so long as you’re not actively hurting anybody right now.

As a result, we don’t really get behind the Doctor when he goes on a spiel about how you don’t get to choose how to make amends for past misdeeds, especially since the Doctor is all about trying to wipe the sins off some off-screen sinning he did.

Ultimately, this was a watchable, even decent episode of Doctor Who, but it’s far from being one of the good ones. It’s pretty lackluster in fact.

Aaaaand that’s it, ThreeDark should do a post anyways.

Oh, and the cast member who stole the show? Susan.

Muv-Luv is the New Zetman

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Jul 032012
 

Yeah, I liked the first episode of Muv-Luv Total Eclipse Whatevertherestofthetitleis for the same reasons why I liked the first episode of Zetman. It’s all about the pacing.

The first episode of Muv-Luv just tosses you into this convoluted alternate history and makes you piece it together as you go. The moon landing happens at least as early as 1967. Japan is still under imperial rule and the capitol has returned to (or never left) Kyoto. Earth is at war with an alien species whose nature isn’t explained right away. It’s all thrown at you as if its common knowledge. This is most likely due to the anime being based on some visual novel thing, so the assumed audience is fans of said novels. They’re gonna roll with this because the holes are filled in with their prior knowledge.

As some guy who has nothing to do with visual novels, I’m going into this completely blind, but I’m not the least bit bothered by this alternate history stuff. I’m coming at it with the same attitude I had when it came to Giant Robo. That OVA threw you into the mix. There was a lot of backstory that was glossed over at best, and the way the whole thing was paced never really let you settle down and process what’s transpiring. I’m also looking at it the same way I looked at Zetman. Zetman tossed out a bunch of background details in the first episode and pushed us to the most important plot points so that it could get to the meat of the story quicker.

I like both of these approaches, and I’m liking it in this first episode of Muv-Luv. We get the gist of the situation: Aliens are attacking. Humanity is slowly losing ground. The alternate history things are little more than background fluff that don’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Having the moon landing happen earlier in history is no different from the robot designs– simple stylistic flourishes and nothing more.

This pacing also allowed us to get some character bits that most other series would have dwelled upon. One girl lost her boyfriend to the aliens and wants revenge. Two of the characters have a frenemy rivalry based on station in society and the like that’ll probably have its payoff take place on the battlefield. It’s stuff we need to know, but it’s the inevitable consequences these details will have during the actual alien attack that matters the most, so we don’t need to spend entire episodes setting all of this up. At least that’s what I’m seeing here since, yeah, this all felt like the same sort of thing Zetman was going for.

So yeah, Muv Luv-has my attention. It looks like its getting right down to business and I like that. My only real concern is that once this initial conflict goes down, things are gonna devolve right back to the sort of cute high school girl antics that bores me. We don’t need girls cooing over cute shit. We don’t need endless personal drama that goes nowhere.

We need monsters blowing up robots and robots blowing up monsters.

 

It’s Bio-Digital, Economical Jazz, Man!

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Apr 232011
 

Let’s ignore all that “this shit is inside of a computer” stuff from Tron. What are you left with? A dude playing games of death inside a video game inspired world all while shaking up the foundation of said world because he’s all special and shit.

That sounds like C to me.

While Tron’s born out of the 80′s arcade scene, with all of its action scenes literally translating into arcade games, C’s style of battling seems like it’s ripped straight from the sort of stuff you see in recent Japanese video games. Instead of light cycles and shit, you get Pokemon-like battles. The overbearing voices that call out attacks in monotone, digital voices are not unlike the sort of background chatter you’d hear in a video game (It makes me think of the Capcom VS games, but it ain’t limited to those games.). The aesthetic of the world reminds me a bit of the recent Persona games, with the checkerboard colors and the digital font and the like.

So yeah, much like how Tron made a melting pot out of the early days of arcade gaming, C’s coming off as if someone’s taking a bunch of recent jwhatever gaming trends and tossing them together. The only significant difference between the two is the obligatory narrative binding: Tron’s about a dude that goes inside a computer, C’s about a some vague critique of modern money issues.

That right there makes this a hell of a lot more interesting than most anime series out there. Can’t say much else about it that I didn’t already say last week, though. Just like the main dude, we’ve been tossed into the mix and made to figure out this shit as we go. We aren’t getting the rules explained to us, and I dig that. Hopefully we’ll learn this at the same rate as the main dude, piecing it together along with him. I’ll take that over the sort of talking head exposition bullshit we usual get, anime or otherwise.

The only thing that gripes me at the moment is the whole “you’re the only one that cared about your monster” angle. It’s like one of those “very special” episodes of Pokemon where someone mistreats their Pokemon and we learn about how important it is to take care of other living things. And the object of this “affection” is a cute little girl? Really? Do we need this sort of forced sentimentality in every single anime? At least the video game demon chick slugged the main dude for being slow on the uptake. Maybe that balances things out? For every moment of artificial personal drama we get a dude decked in the face? That’s real economics at work there. Supply and Demand Punch.