Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 4 Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Duelist Kingdom is underway and Yugi has his sights trained on Insect Haga for revenge for throwing his precious Exodia cards into the sea. However, Haga has plenty of tricks up his sleeve by using the new tournament rules to his advantage. Can Yugi exterminate Haga from the tournament? Oh God, now I’m using puns. Damn you 4Kids!

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In the original, when Pegasus makes his speech, he explains the rules of the tournament games (You must use Duel Monster cards, 2000 Life Points and no Direct attacks.) Pegasus in the dub just tells everyone to be at their best….Kinda lame to report, but this episode has been fairly changeless (barring the inclusion of a ton of dialogue over silence) so far. Pegasus also mentions that they have 48 hours to get ten star chips or they go home in the original version. In the dub, there’s no mentioned time limit.

I will never understand this – later we see that the security guys around the island are incredibly strict when it comes to star chips. When you’re out, you’re gone. No exceptions – not even if your chips were stolen. So how is it that T’ea and Tristan (and Bakura) are able to fly under the radar? Just the fact that they have no dueling glove should be a dead giveaway. It just baffles me that they never get thrown out even when they meet several officials. Hell, when they enter the finals, one of the guards actually points out that they’re not duelists and yet they do nothing about it.

Bakura might be doing something Ring-wise to prevent this, subconsciously of course, but there’s no reason for the others.

Name  change? Yugi’s full name in the Japanese version is Yugi Mutou. In the dub, it’s Yugi Moto. I’m not entirely sure if this is a change or just a misspelling.

In the original, Pegasus told Insect Haga of the new rule. Why? I don’t know. It could’ve been a special gift for winning that other tournament from episode two. In the dub, Weevil says he stole the new rules.

This is prevalent in both versions. Mirror force doesn’t affect your opponent’s life points at all. It just destroys all of the monsters on your opponent’s side of the field when an attack is called by the enemy. But, in this season, that’s really the least of their worries.

In the dub, Weevil foreshadows his Ultimate Moth Cocoon. In the original, the episode ends at Yugi calling Weevil weak. I guess this can be forgiven seeing as how the Japanese preview basically does the same thing, but still.

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All in all, this episode was fairly uneventful and boring. It was mostly focused on learning the new rules of duelist kingdom and the duel barely takes up any of the episode.

Next episode, the duel between Yugi and Haga concludes.

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Pokemon Episode 11 Analysis – Charmander The Stray Pokemon

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CotD: Damian – A pile of dog crap that calls itself a Pokemon Trainer, Damian uses and abuses his Pokemon like tools. He doesn’t even care if one of his most loyal Pokemon dies if they’re seen as weak and useless in his eyes. He’s one of the few examples of a bad person in the Pokemon world who really doesn’t get much in terms of comeuppance outside of getting a quick burn by Charmander. Also, for some reason, he’s Australian in the dub.

Reappear? No, thank god. However, it should be noted that he does appear, in a more polished fashion, later on in Best Wishes! in a flashback.

Pokemon: He has lots of Pokemon according to his Pokeball count. He used to own Charmander, but he’s not seen using anyone else.

Captures Ash’s Charmander: Charmander has a rough backstory in that he was previously owned by a trainer who only cared about power in a Pokemon. He didn’t care about befriending them or respecting their feelings at all.

His trainer, Damian, left him to die on a rock by tricking him into thinking he’d return, but Charmander refused to leave, fierce in his loyalty to his Trainer. After realizing how much of an ass Damian was, Charmander decided to be Ash’s Pokemon since he and his friends made the effort to rescue him. Despite being a fiercely loyal and powerful Pokemon in Ash’s roster, he eventually developed severe behavior problems when he evolved into Charmeleon and eventually Charizard.

Plot: Still lost in the woods on the way to Vermilion City, Ash and the others come across a Charmander laying on a rock. Ash is excited to capture one, but Misty and Brock point out that it’s in rough shape. Ash must forego a battle, and it will need to go to a Pokemon Center immediately after Ash captures it. Ash attempts the capture, but Charmander swats the Pokeball away. He tries again, and is able to get it into the ball, but the capture is unsuccessful.

In an effort to figure out what Charmander’s deal is, Pikachu speaks with it. Through charades, Pikachu tells Ash that Charmander actually has a Trainer and he’s waiting on the rock for him to return. Under the realization that the Charmander has a Trainer, the group finds it best to leave it be while hoping the Trainer returns soon.

Later, Ash, Misty and Brock reach the Pokemon Center just in time to dodge a storm. Meanwhile, Charmander tries its best to keep its tail flame lit since extinguishing it results in the death of any of the Char evolution line.

Brock continues to worry about the Charmander, and his worries are soon realized when a nearby Pokemon trainer, named Damian, starts openly bragging about how he abandoned his Charmander for being too weak and laughs about how he tricked him into thinking he’d come back for him.

Brock, enraged by Damian’s cruelty, walks up to him and demands that he go back and get Charmander. Damian vehemently refuses, and a huge battle between Ash, Misty, Brock as well as Damian and his friends nearly starts before Nurse Joy shows up and reminds them that Pokemon battles are not to be used to settle personal disputes.

Damian and his friends leave, and Brock and the others rush off to save Charmander before his tail flame goes out.

Charmander is suddenly attacked by a flock of Spearow until he is saved by Ash, Misty and Brock. They barely make it to the Pokemon Center in time, and Joy gets to work on treating Charmander.

After several hours of tense waiting, Joy emerges to share the good news that Charmander will be fine after a night of rest. The next morning, the group realizes that Charmander escaped from the Pokemon center in the middle of the night to go back to the rock to wait for Damian. Ash and Brock want to go get him back, but Misty and Joy explain that they can’t force Charmander to go with them or forget Damian. Brock and Ash resign, and the group leaves the Pokemon center hoping that Charmander will soon realize that Damian’s not coming back and eventually return to the wild.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket uses their super duper new hole-digging machine to create another pitfall trap for the group in order to capture Pikachu. They capture Ash and the others in the hole while Team Rocket captures Pikachu in a rubber balloon.

As they’re about to leave, Charmander shows up and demands that they release Pikachu. When they refuse, Charmander Flamethrowers them and they run away.

Damian suddenly returns for Charmander after seeing it defeat Team Rocket. He claims that his abandoning it was for the better since it toughened it up and made it a worthwhile Pokemon without him even needing to bother raising it.

Brock and the others try to convince Charmander that it’s not worth going with Damian since he only cares about winning matches and doesn’t care about Charmander. Damian tries to force Charmander back into his Pokeball, but Charmander swats it away with his tail, causing it to smack into Damian’s face.

Damian attempts to throw out numerous Pokemon to force Charmander to go back with him, but Charmander and Pikachu deliver a nice dose of Flamethrower and Thunderbolt to Damian, causing him to run away.

Once Damian is defeated, Charmander turns to Ash and Brock. Brock decides to step aside and let Ash capture Charmander since he knows he’ll raise it well and have plenty of great matches with it (Well, half of that statement was true anyway). Ash captures Charmander, and they all continue on their journey to Vermilion City with their new fiery friend by their side

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– We’re still using the Pokemon logo when we say ‘Pokemon’ in the title screen? I really thought that was a one or two-shot deal, yet it continues…

– Seems really weird to me that Ash and Misty are considering battling Charmander to capture it when they are already well aware that it’s weak and/or sick/injured. That’s like seeing a weak deer in the forest, wondering how to get it to a vet and then thinking it’d be a good idea to sic a coyote on it to make it easier.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to try and get the local Nurse Joy out to treat it? Or maybe try to find an Officer Jenny to help get to a Pokemon Center considering these types of things seem to be somewhat under her job description? They have several options available to them, but they just decide that, since Charmander’s being so difficult, that they’ll just leave it there.

– Misty: “I think this Charmander has an attitude problem.” Wha….no way. There is no way that they actually foreshadowed Charmeleon and Charizard’s behavior problems this early….No way….right? Hm.

– Brock: “Hey Ash, why don’t you try to figure out what Pikachu’s trying to say?” Hey Brock, he was totally already doing that, pay attention.

– While I love Maddie Blaustein’s portrayal of Meowth, she is just so awkward as Damian. And I don’t know why he was made to be Australian either.

– I know that Damian is a totally over-exaggerated antagonist, but I really do hate this guy. If you really want to piss me off as quickly as possible, animal (or in this case, Pokemon) abuse will do the trick. Laughing about animal abuse will make a few veins in my face pop up to say ‘hi’. Laughing about the possibility that the animal is dead (which they actually do here, holy crap) is white hot flash of rage.

– Not only all that, but he pronounces Charmander as ‘Charminder,’ and that bugs me a lot more than it should.

– I know its still early in 4Kids’ career, so hearing ‘die’ over and over in this episode shouldn’t be that noteworthy, but it does seem like Charmander is the exception to the rule when it comes to talking about death.

– Ah, the 90’s, when ‘nerd’ was a valid random insult. Nowadays you have to go on the Internet and find a poorly prepared troll to get that insult thrown at you.

– I honestly don’t know why Brock and the others are trying to demand that Damian take Charmander back. It’s quite obvious that this guy is a complete asshole who likely abuses what Pokemon he actually keeps, if his laughter at abandonment and possible death by neglect are any indication. Why would they want Charmander to go back with him? He abandoned him. Just go back and get him. I know Charmander’s super loyal and wants to stay on that rock no matter what, but if it’s a matter of life and death, just go and grab him.

– Speaking of which, how do wild Charmander deal with nearly dying at every rain shower?

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– Okay, is there ever an instance where Spearow aren’t a bunch of complete jerks? I am legitimately curious.

– I don’t know why, but it’s bothering me that Team Rocket’s voices aren’t muffled in those anti-Pikachu suits.

– I get the science behind the rubber balloon capturing Pikachu, to a degree, but how is it following him? Static?

– Ah, it’s so nice to see that it’s never too early in the series for Ash and the others to completely forget that they have other Pokemon besides Pikachu. Bulbasaur could Vine Whip them out of the hole. Pidgeotto could pop the balloon and tear holes in Team Rocket’s suits, which they aren’t even wearing after they capture Pikachu, so that makes it even easier. Onix could make a staircase/ladder out of the hole. Staryu or Starmie could fill the hole up with water with their Water Guns and they could swim out. That would take a long time, but I needed another viable example.

– Another instance of the skeleton showing up when someone’s electrocuted.

– What the….did Damian’s other Pokemon just disintegrate after the Flamethrower and Thunderbolt? One second he’s holding like 100 Pokeballs over his head, defying the laws of physics I think, then after the attack the Pokeballs are just gone.

– Ash’s first capture not involving a battle. Definitely won’t be the last.

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Two down and one to go in the Kanto starter trilogy, and this episode, despite being the most memorable, does have a few big problems with it. It is really weird that they set up the entire episode like Brock will get Charmander in the end, yet Ash gets it. Why? Because he kept his tail flame from going out. Yeah, he deserves Charmander for holding a jacket over its tail and watching it. I’m not saying it wasn’t kind, I’m just a little confused.

Brock was the one who carried it away. Brock was the one worrying like crazy over it, even when Ash and Misty had mostly gotten over it. Brock was the one who nearly beat up Damian and demanded he return to Charmander. He was the one we kept cutting away to with worrying thoughts of Charmander. Misty had about as much to do here as Ash did, so why does Ash get him?

One reason – because Brock is or will eventually become such an inert character that Charmander would rarely come out and we’d never get Charizard. Giving him to Ash is the only way that we’d see Charmander on a regular basis and eventually get Charizard.

Even so, why couldn’t they have had Charmander and Brock have a little bit of a friendship? A special connection? Something? Brock and Charmander don’t act any more friendly to each other than Brock and any other of Ash or Misty’s Pokemon.

Also, this episode just really brings to light the confusion behind Charmeleon and eventually Charizard’s later behavior issues. Ash and the others were Charmander’s supposedly first loving connections with humans, and it was one of Ash’s most loyal Pokemon. Then it evolves into Charmeleon and suddenly its entire personality changes. It becomes an insufferable ass who constantly reminds us that Ash is an idiot trainer.

I mean, neglect, possible abuse and abandonment would probably do a number on you, emotionally and mentally, but it was just so jarring. No other Pokemon I can think of had such a drastic change of personality merely because of evolution, but then again I haven’t remained current on the series in years.

It is a thing in the games that training a Pokemon with a level higher than your training abilities, indicated by your badge numbers, will mean they will disobey you. Though that’s something I never had happen since I don’t think I ever entered into that situation (I always went for badges underleveled or just at the proper level, and I never grinded much nor traded). However, Ash gets all of his badges, goes through some of the Indigo League tournament and even most of the Orange League before Charizard finally listens, but that’s a mini-rant for another day.

Finally, while I can believe full heartedly that people this asshole-ish exist, Damian is a really bad character. He’s so hammy, they’d probably serve him for Christmas dinner. His dialogue, the way he looks, the way he acts, especially his voice, just everything. Also, early Kanto seems to have a real issue with horrible accents.

I do like this episode, though. I love Charmander, the story is believable, sad and memorable, and it was a darker episode than normal dealing with possible death, Pokemon abandonment/neglect/abuse and even a near fist fight. It’s just not a great episode as a whole, though.

Next episode, the end of our Kanto starter trilogy – the Squirtle Squad! Prepare for a really silly threat, a weird hostage situation, darker themes yet again and the first appearance of unedited guns on Pokemon!

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Devilman Volume 3 (Manga) Review

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Rating: 8/10

Plot: The demon threat is getting worse by the day. More and more people are being attacked by demonic beings, and Devilman is trying his hardest to keep up. With a new worldwide attack launched by the demon king, Xenon, the demons aim to make humans crazy and play off of their fears, hopefully allowing them to form a window which will ultimately allow the devils to wipe out humanity and take the planet back.

Devilman realizes that their newest plan has resulted in the creation of several other devilmen in the world, and he plans on making a devilman army to stop the demons before they wipe out humanity, or before humanity wipes themselves out.

Breakdown: This volume is more broken up than the previous ones as it actually involves several stories instead of just one long story.

The first story involves a spider demon called General Demon Zan possessing, but not merging with, everyone at Akira’s school, forcing the students to attack him. He’s forced to hold himself back and try his best to kill the spiders instead of the people. After saving their lives and earning their gratitude, Akira enlists the help of the thugs that have been appearing time and again in the series. They manage to help him beat the spiders, but Zan ends up escaping.

This story is a bit on the boring side, other than some creepy and cool visuals. Miki is at her worst so far, as she’s almost entirely relegated to being Akira’s fangirl…No, no, I’ll do you one better; she’s his lap dog.

He barks orders at her and treats her like crap, she backs down and obeys and even apologizes for being a very mild nuisance. She gushes over being told to grab his back when they’re attacked by possessed thugs with spiders on their heads all the while thinking that Akira smells good as it’s ‘the smell of manliness’, doesn’t try to fight the possessed people at all and only starts batting them away with her book bag in a panic while screaming for Akira.

And the cherry on top, later she gets jealous of a five year old girl who is Akira’s friend because she seriously believes something romantic is between them. She even calls her a brat just because Akira was nice to her.

Oh and she finds the thugs who tried numerous times to rape her and possibly kill her ‘sooo cool!’ after they decide to help Akira with the possessed people. *huff*

This story did get us an interesting view on the demon situation, likening it to predators and prey, and we get more hints that something is seriously off with Ryo (in a demon sense. He was always kinda crazy even before the Black Sabbath). However, it’s definitely the weakest arc so far.

The next story, however, is probably the strongest and most emotionally impacting story thusfar. The kid I mentioned before is named Sachiko, and she used to be Akira’s neighbor back when he lived with his parents (he lives with Miki’s family now as his parents are away, I believe). She doesn’t stick around with Akira and Miki for long before she’s set off on a train back home. The train enters into a pitch black cave that is revealed to be the stomach of a turtle demon, Jinmen, one of Zan’s henchmen.

Jinmen possesses the ability to consume human beings and replaces sections of his shell with their faces. While he claims the people are actually still alive within his shell, dialogue suggests that the people truly are dead; if not, they’re very close to death and will die soon with no way of saving them.

Devilman shows his first signs of true emotion since his merging, even crying several times when he’s realized what’s happened to Sachiko. He’s horrified that his attacks hit the faces of the shell, ‘killing’ the person that they hit. this leads him to the terrible realization that the only way to kill Jinmen and free Sachiko and the others is to punch a hole right through the shell, and subsequently Sachiko’s face, weakening him enough to finish him off.

I really like this story. Despite Sachiko having an incredibly minor part before her death, she seems like a very sweet kid who loved Akira dearly. Her sad monologue after Akira finds her only adds more weight to the situation. While her final death was very sad and impacting, I felt the most for her when she saw the face next to her get destroyed. She understands and accepts that she’s dead, yet she still has to witness something that horrible.

They did a great job with writing Sachiko to fit right in for an emotional impact for Akira without feeling shoehorned in. I especially like how the second to last page shows a split of Devilman’s face and Akira’s face with Akira’s crying in his section. Plus, they broke the taboo of killing a kid, meaning there’s even more tension since now we know that no one is truly safe.

The next story kinda compounds that sentiment, and while the story is also very sad, I felt it should’ve been placed somewhere other than directly after Sachiko’s story.

Tare, Miki’s little brother, is out late at a park with his friend, Susumu. He wants to go home, but Susumu says he’ll stay at the park tonight since he doesn’t want to go home. When asked why, he says his mother beats him all the time, and apparently there’s been a trend of mothers killing their children. She not only beats him, but she frequently sics her dog on him, even trapping him alone in a room with the dog.

He’s covered in scars because of the incidents and only feels safe when his dad’s home, despite the fact that his dad doesn’t believe him about his mom. However, his dad is usually very late so it’s not worth it to go home.

When Tare offers to have him sleep over at his house, Susumu’s mother arrives while acting pretty normal. She claims that Susumu makes up crazy stories since he’s alone so much, and even proves that the dog loves Susumu by letting the dog loose and walk up to him. After hearing his father’s home early for a change, Susumu agrees that he was lying, and he and Tare part ways.

When he arrives home, he finds his father is not there and his mother is mad at him for revealing her secret, also revealing that she and the dog are demons. When his dad arrives home, he shows that he’s also a demon and Susumu’s disembodied head is seen in a pool of blood in the final panel.

Again, Go Nagai does a great job of making Susumu a real character to us while also not having any other scenes before this. Susumu seems like a realistic enough abused kid. He seems somewhat numb about what’s happening to him and gets really excited when even minor positive things happen. His expression changes to that of defeat when his mother reveals that his dad isn’t home and he turns into a simple frightened child when the demons reveal themselves.

While I feel this would have more impact either further before or further after the Sachiko story due to the fact that it’s two child death stories back to back, this is a good, albeit short, story. Rest in peace, Sachiko and Susumu.

The final story arc is the big scene of the volume to lead into volume four. The demons have set out their biggest attack yet, which is to not really attack at all. They’re purposely merging with people who still have reason, something that needs to be gone in order for a proper merge to occur, hence the Black Sabbath.

When this happens, the demons and the humans they’re trying to inhabit quickly die. The sudden rash of people turning into monsters before dying sparks public panic all across the world. It’s so bad that a hydrogen bomb is launched to Russia in an effort to tamper the threat. With the various governments of the world and everyone else panicking, the world is on a fast track to destruction.

This is solidified when the gargantuan demon king, Xenon, emerges, blocking a majority of the view of the sky over earth, claiming that in five minutes the first wave of attacks from the demons will truly begin. Those who survive the first wave will be sure to die in the second, and if any stragglers remain after the second, they’ll continue until every last human is wiped out.

Realizing that the string of failed merges has resulted in the formation of some devilmen, Akira plans to create an army of devilmen to help him combat the demons. However, Ryo stops him as time runs out as there’s nothing they can do at the moment, even with Devilman’s power. The only thing they can do is sit and watch the war between the humans and devils unravel, forcing them to watch what Ryo calls the greatest show of history.

This is also the debut of Miko, who is an ex-thief who has recently changed her ways after a demon tried to merge with her. I guess the merge was a success because despite the fact that her body changed, her consciousness is still very much her own. She believes this malformed body is a punishment from God in response to her bad behavior.

Also, we learn that she can shoot acid from holes in her chest that can melt people into puddles in seconds.

Awe. Some.

This entire story is a big buildup, but on it’s own, it’s pretty awesome. The aspect of wanting to attack humans psychologically is very interesting and definitely a believable thing for devils to do. Xenon’s introduction was just fantastic. Showing him as such a huge being that he casts over a large part of the sky and can be seen from every country at once is just amazing. His design isn’t terribly great, but meh.

Plus, the end of the volume really leaves you on edge for what might happen, especially considering that it seems like Devilman may actually sit this war out, at least until they have a game plan. The humans have no chance against the demons, so I’m expecting an all-out massacre until Devilman and Ryo get their shit together.

Recommended Audience: All of the previous warnings remain except maybe nudity. The gore and creepy factor seem amped up in this volume, though. 14+

Next Volume…..

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Episode One-Derland: Tokimeki Tonight

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Plot: Ranze Eto is the daughter of a vampire and a werewolf but believes herself to be a normal human girl. She’s so normal that her parents move to the human world to allow her to live a normal human life, barring her odd home life. However, when she becomes very angry at a classmate, she unwittingly bites her, revealing a somewhat vampiric nature. Not only that, but she discovers that, when she bites a person, she instantly transforms into them and can only be transformed back with a sneeze. These newfound powers and additional restrictions on her future only make her life more complicated.

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This show seems really…..meh so far.

It doesn’t really take a lot to set up the plot. Vampire dad, werewolf mom, normal kid. The first episode also does a pretty decent job of introducing us to our main characters.

Ranze is a pretty normal girl, though a bit scatterbrained and bratty. The love interest, Makabe is a troublemaker, but ultimately a nice and goofy guy. Her parents are quirky and easily the best part of the show, but even they can have their meh moments.

They really overdid the antagonist for this show, Yoko Kamiya. She is a complete and utter irredeemable bitch. Her first three lines in the show are thinking insults to Ranze. She calls her a dimwit, an idiot and a bitch in succession.

I should mention that, before the bitch remark, she did absolutely nothing but introduce herself to the class and seem a little infatuated with Makabe. The bitch remark was after she was starting to get a little closer to Makabe, not romantically mind you, and since Yoko takes Makabe to be her unwilling/witting(?) fiance, she calls her that.

She then bends her umbrella (who was Ranze’s father…..he can do that) in half in anger at her doing nothing and then later runs back into the school in a rage, tells her to back off of Makabe and slaps her when she says she doesn’t want to. Geez.

The final character to address is Ranze’s younger sister, Rinze, and she’s not really explored much outside of the fact that she’s a kind and loving little girl.

Ranze’s story after she discovers her powers is also a bit farfetched. Her parents are ecstatic because they were worried she’d never develop powers and then they explain to her what her powers entail. The important part is that her fiance has already been chosen for her in the demon world, though he’s never revealed to them, and since she is betrothed, she can not fall in love with any human. This devastates Ranze because she’s so in love with Makabe.

She’s known Makabe all of a day, has not shown the slightest bit of romantic interest in her, in fact he turned down the offer to even be friends so he could make a show of how cool he is, and they’ve had no moments that even hint of romantic connection. She has a crush. The end.

Yet she really is so distraught at this that she runs away from her parents when they tell her this and she declares to herself that Makabe is the only guy for her. And reading up on this, this plot point runs throughout the entire show. I get that she’s a teenager and to her a crush might seem like the love of her life, but to the audience it really seems like a stupid reason to fly off the handle.

Art and Animation wise, this show is fairly old debuting in 1982, and it hasn’t aged well. The character designs are okay at best and bad at worst, especially when comedic moments are happening. The backgrounds are terrible, though.

In the music department, it’s really forgettable.

I am at a crossroads here, because I don’t feel this show is really bad enough to drop outright, yet I don’t feel much incentive at all to watch this all the way through. Not only that, but the wiki page outright admits that this series was basically forced to end in a cliffhanger because it finished airing over a decade before the manga completed its run.

Final Verdict:

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Spectral Force Review

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Rating: 1.5/10

Plot:
Once upon a time, in a place called Neverland (Peter Pan’s calling his lawyers) there was…..uhhh….an angel getting crucified…..A demon army….a sword….a war…..a princess…some guy named Chick….The end?

Breakdown: Have you ever watched something that you actually put effort into paying attention to, yet it’s like the show itself didn’t want you to watch it? That’s Spectral Force.

Spectral Force is based on a PS1 game of the same name. I’ve never played said game, but if you’re a fan, this may be more for you. However, I hope the game is a lot better than this anime, because nothing whatsoever interested me here. The only reason I watched all of it is because it’s only two episodes long.

This show isn’t even laughably bad. I can’t find anything to really rant about. It’s just awful in all of the bad ways.

The art and animation are pretty bad. The actual art itself is passable, but the animation is cheap and the CGI is horrendous. And I mean horrendous. The character designs, barring maybe Chick, aren’t very memorable, and the demon extras look as generic as they come with most of them looking like walking skeletons.

The editing is also awful. Transitions and cuts are so jarring and confusing that it makes is seem like it wasn’t even done being edited.

Let’s move on to the story….Story….right…Ummm…Errr, demons run the earth I think, some demon king dies and the demon princess is left to lead the demon army while the humans try to take over. Or something. I’ll give it a couple of points for having a flipped version of a cliché story, but it’s still pretty cliché. Who thought just from my completely half-assed plot summary that this story was cliché?

Oh and let me spoil the ending….nothing happens. Hiro, the princess, meets another demon named Jaddo who turns out to be her brother who apparently was banished because his father thought him ether too powerful or too ‘evil’ to stay in the royal line (?? I mean….they’re demons) Something happens and the big fight never happens.

The elves (yeah there are elves and, surprise, there’s nothing that differentiates them from the human-looking demons) come to help the demons and it just kinda ends….I don’t even know where Jaddo went or why he left the battle or why the battle ended. There are several characters that appear and seem to be established but have no information given about them.

I can give it a couple of other points for the music because it was actually pretty good, but felt more suited for a video game.

The characters are all forgettable as that thing you forgot a few minutes ago and they’re all basic stereotypes except maybe Chick who’s only memorable in the slightest for having a dumb name and being a glasses-boy with guns.

The only other light spot is the princess’s fake arm, which looks awesome, but it’s doesn’t do much so eh.

The acting, Japanese version, is also blech to okay.

Bottomline:
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to slip into a coma? Watch this. If you like entertainment, watch something else.

Additional Information and Notes: Spectral Force was produced by Idea Factory and it’s licensed in the US by ADV films. It was written and directed by Yoshiteru Satou

Episodes: 2

Year: 1998-1999

Recommended Audience: Surprisingly, for an anime that basically glorifies demons to an extent, there’s not much violence here. There is a semi-graphic crucifixion of an angel that seems to have no bearing on the plot. No nudity, no sex, not even swearing. 10+