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Getting Back Into The Swing

SD_NOMS_titlecard_06It has been a while since I’ve done a normal article and honestly its’ good to be back in the saddle again and wanting to talk about something other than comics for a change. Don’t get me wrong guys, WHTTDCU was a lot of fun, it reminded me of why I love the titles I picked and did get me to try the ones I wasn’t going to pick up for various reasons. Still now that my part is done, it is time to start picking up where I was. So while talking about comics was good really on my off times I’ve been keeping a close eye on what I might want to cover next. I’ve watched some anime and played some games so lets get down to it.

 

One series I’ve found myself hooked into is Log Horizon. If Sword Art Online got me interested in the idea of a killer MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) than Log Horizon addresses what I want to see from that idea. What if instead of dying players are allowed to come back to life but at a twisted price? What happens when the NPCs (Non Playable Characters) are now sentient beings while Player Characters are practically super heroes? What happens to players who choose to be a different gender in game? What if flavor text on items actually mattered more than the stats of the items?

 

Log Horizon handles showing the answers to these questions very well, something I wished SAO tried to do aside from its story. Sure SAO touched upon it but Log Horizon completely envelopes it around its story. Death in the series at first seems non-consequential for a while, until season two of the series proves why dying is still something that players don’t want happening to them. Now the series itself is nothing high brow while addressing these questions but that made me enjoy it more. I didn’t have to overthink everything, I just had to enjoy the characters and story then be amazed when the show touches upon the aforementioned topics. I’m eagerly awaiting the third season, hopefully this time I won’t be screwed out of it like I was with Magi (seriously at least release the manga overseas).

 

A couple of other series I’ve picked up along the way have been “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” and “MY love STORY!!” which have both just started their runs and are about five or six episodes in. Dungeon (or however you want to call it) actually reminds me of a mix between Magi, Ragnarok, and the typical harem anime. Basically we’re following the adventures of a guy named Bell Cranel and his goddess, Hestia as they live their lives on the world of Orario. There is a Dungeon that every adventurer goes into to kill monsters, gain treasure and experience, than do the whole thing every day while leveling up with the help of their gods or goddesses who’ve chosen to walk the earth alongside the mortals because they care about mortals. It is definitely a nice set up, a bit heavy on fan service, and you can see where the twists are coming a mile away but hey I watch Fairy Tail and One Piece still so what can you do? Still I appreciate the concept for what it is and it has been entertaining.  Recommended if you’re looking for something new or if you liked SAO and want to see something similar.

 

Now “MY love STORY!!” was something I wasn’t sure about but I’m glad I gave it a chance. The premise is pretty stock: guy who can’t get a girlfriend finally gets a girlfriend through complicated means, and it’s a comedy. That is an extremely hard sell for someone like me, especially when you don’t have the backdrop of fantasy or sci-fi to at least make it interesting. You know what it does different though? The main character isn’t a pretty boy or misunderstood “normal, in that he’s still hot but for some reason he’s not” character, hell his best friend is the Bishie (or Bishounen, basically pretty boy) that we’d probably be following in these types of anime. No, we’re actually following the comedic “side-kick” , the actual “Nice Guy” that we all know should be having better luck with love but for some reason just keeps getting screwed by the writers, and it works! Takeo Goda is a giant guy who really is the definition of the Gentle Giant. He’s strong but he’s funny, nice, and cares about his friends. The girl he falls for (and falls for him) is Yamato and she is the typical sweet girl: she cooks, she’s cute, and she genuinely thinks Takeo is awesome. It actually is fun to watch their relationship develop across the anime and I can’t say I’m not curious to see where this all goes or that I’m not cheering for them as anyone who is a fan of anime ships would.

 

Three fun anime to kill time, and right now after all my studying and working with the others here at [Badly Productions] it’s been a fantastic couple of months; and soon we’ll be picking up where we left off in the WHTTDCU very soon. Just good to have a break from reading and talking about comics, especially when some of them really needed to be cleansed from my pallet; especially stuff like Red Lanterns.