Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blue Seed: Let it Bloom Japan! A Blizzard of One-sided Love!!

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We are of course Talking Anime with this review of Blue Seed episode 17: "Let it Bloom Japan! A Blizzard of One-sided Love!!" which puts the spotlight on a member of the TAC that I haven't really had reasons to talk about before...




PLANTED SEEDS

  • Episode 17
  • "Let it Bloom Japan! A Blizzard of One-sided Love!!"
  • Orignal Air Date: January 25, 1995
  • English Airdate: January 1, 2000


Coming off the heels of episode 16, Mr. Kunikida has a total crisis, throwing himself fully into his work as he questions what is he and the TAC are trying to protect, considering in the Blue Seed Universe, Japan is pretty much ‘unworthy’ of the gods, and it can be argued that a lot of the global industrialization is killing the planet, he can’t really just hand things over to the Aragami cause that means the end of man-kind, so it comes down to what is he fighting for as he continues to due his duty to the best of his ability?

Well enter Ryoko Takeuchi, a character we haven’t talked about much because… well, there really hasn’t been much reason to discuss her. She is nearly always at Kunikda’s side, and this episode does establish the fact that she is in love with him to a strong degree and is worried about his health. Kunikida doesn’t pick up on the obvious signs of affections, deeming himself ‘an old fossil’ and that Takeuchi should find some young guy with. Still it doesn’t dissuade her, she cares about him regardless and knows that if goes down so does the TAC. There are a number of cute scenes between the two, such as Kunikida playing the claw game to try and get a lion Takeuchi says looks like him (only to retrieve a monkey instead), Him coming to her aid when some punks corner her in an alley when she tries to follow him, and her trying to say she loves him but ends up blushing and saying ‘I Love Japan’ to try and cover herself. On the Momiji front, it turns out Kusanagi has been chasing after Kaede for sometime and in this episode is the first time she’s seen him in a while, and it’s when he’s being targeted by an Aragmi that is dealt with via a well aimed bazooka blast by Koume. Momiji and Ryoko talk about ‘going for it’ as it relates to telling Kusanagi how she feels, and Matsudaira teases Ryoko about taking her own advice.


The overall plot is advanced a little bit as Kaede declares herself to be Kaedo Kusanada when out heroes confront her and Murakumo, as they have been using a spell to age Susano-Oh from an infant to adolescence and reinforcement of their plans to wipe out humanity and to make Japan the crown jewel of their new world.


All in all this is a character driven episode, with a lot of it revolving around Mr. Kunikda and Ryoko Takeuchi… which would be fine, if we really got to know her better throughout the series up to this point. Sinve I’ve never read the manga I don’t know if she plays a bigger role in the source material than she does in the anime adaptation.


On Friday / Saturday, we’ll be back to go over the next episode #18 which is… geez…. Oh man… Sakura’s Not Good Enough?!

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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: Broken Promises

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This pokey little YouTube channel is returning to its weekly format of watching & reviewing various shows, and we're kicking things off with the new Marvel's Agents of SHIELD episode 'Broken Promises (Season 4, Episode 9)






L.M.D.


Tonight's episode hit the ground running, carrying the momentum that was established in the first half of the season with the Ghost Rider story arc. There was no wasted scenes, everything had a purpose, establishing elements that will be reoccurring throughout the season.

The rest of this is my notes taken during the episode, spoiler warning is in effect from this point onward.

Aida has made upgrades to herself, disliking the sensation of pain, she has May locked away with a decoy in her place to prove the value of the L.M.D.s, when Radcliff and Fitz go to wipe her harddrive, Aida is certainly enraged for an android, because she was their ‘Shield’. She wants to live basically, her programming is that perfect. She can also take control of hr own O.S. and read her GPS… and she wants the Darkhold, much to Mack’s dismay who is paranoid about the rise of the robots. When she invades SHIELD HQ she kills the power, decks Coulson and turns off LMD-May who appeared to ready to face her, obviously not knowing she herself is android. She puts them in a closet and they get reflective, where it turns out Aida hacked LMD-May’s eyes to spy on their conversation in order to find the Darkhold… while at the same time Fits and Radcliff try to override the SHIELD system to get the power back on and Radcliff has regrets about creating her, raising the question about her being a living being because she show the signs of normal life. Aida takes control of a Quin-Jet to have it turned on Mack & Yoyo. Fitz and Radcliff get the power back up and confront Aida distracting her and Mack decapitates her with out mercy.

Turns out Radcliff is the one behind Aida’s rampage and is speaking to a another Aida (A superior model), because he wants the Darkhold after taking a glimpse of it

Director Mace and Quake lay it out, they are stuck with each other but they can make the most of it, as it’s revealed that the inhuman Simmons met and being held captive is Senator Nadar’s own brother, Vijay. He was on the cocoon for 7 months, plus she’s in league with the Watch Dogs anti-InHuman Group who were waiting for a signal from the Senator. Simmons goes undercover to try and find Senator and is attacked by her assistant under orders from the Watch Dogs, but she fights him off. Vijay tries to appear to his sister’s better nature, and she orders him to be freed. Mace, Quake and Simmons show up at Nadar’s home. The lead watchdog goon says there is someone called the Superior who said to eliminate the InHuman. They attack Vijit who shows super speed and reflexes tacking out the Watch Dogs. Nadar convinces her brother to come with her instead of going with SHIELD and she shoots him on a helicopter. Episodes ends with Vijay’s body being dumped in the ocean When he hit bottom he enters another cacoon

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