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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Episode 09 – Tekkadan Into Darkness

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Ugh, the scene I got this picture from invokes all sorts of dread for the upcoming future episodes. It bookends the episode, and we see a glimpse of what makes this Agnika Kaieru mean so much to Maccy. The political philosophy of this person is not only the foundation of the original Gjallarhorn, but one meant to create a way to maximize the happiness of the human condition. Unfortunately, this seems to also imply norms like child marriage and love with large enough age disparity can be made acceptable, given Almiria’s reaction after Maccy tells her this, as well as his response.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Episode 08 – Earthxit

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As per a usual intense episode with a lot of emotionally-crippling losses at hand, we get a wound licking episode the following week. And as per usual Iron-Blooded Orphans, it always has something interesting to be had with all its characters. We’ve ANOTHER timeskip (one month since the last episode), and the next moves are still being planned by both sides. It’s a nice enough dynamic in showing a lengthy passage of time, whereas in earlier Gundam shows it would either be a pretty linear day-by-day endeavour (the original, SEED, G, etc.) or as a big dramatic impact by way of a large time gap (00, Age).

This said, don’t do it TOO much, fam. Potential loss of ample character development and interaction.

Otaku Evolution Episode 78 - Cyber City Oedo 808

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A trio of troublesome terrorists are bound by law (and bomb collars) to apprehend criminals and uphold justice in a future near dystopia where the military uses citizens as test subjects and cyborg sabertooth tigers stalk in cyronics laboratories! Meet Sengoku, Goggle, and Benten, three members of the Cyber Police on a leash by a hardassed warden and chief. If they lose their heads in duty, they might lose their heads for real! 

 

It's Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Cyber City Oedo! Sit on it and swivel!

 

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Episode 07 – Catharsis

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Now this is the kind of balls to the wall action I wanted around the time of episode 3. The intensity and great choreography is there, but more importantly it has the emotional core and tension I thought was missing in the space battle. The initial fight, which had Maccy go up against Takaki and Aston, and be BESTED by both of them is a very good affair, and almost had me think at the time how he would taken down a peg and set back a few spaces by injury, capture, or maybe death.

Otaku Evolution Episode 77 - Goku Midnight Eye

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This month I'm doing a Yoshiaki Kawajiri theme, kicking it off with a two-part OVA based on a work by Buichi Terasawa (creator of Space Adventure Cobra), Goku Midnight Eye! He doesn't have a cloud to fly on and he can't become Super Saiyan Blue, but this Goku does have an extending bo like a certain other Goku! Add to that his ability to basically dominate technology, and you have... well, kind of an OP hero, who somehow still struggles. But hey, at least he can make a boss car.

 

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 Episode 06 – Battle of The Plains of Alberta

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Like the Edmonton battle before it, the battle in this episode starts in media res, taking place two weeks after the events that transpired in the previous show. Unfortunately for Takaki, Aston, and the rest of the Earth-based Tekkadan members, they’re smack dab in the kind of warfare they are not familiar with. It turns out I was wrong last week when I said the bearded man is another name for Kamen Galli-Galli, but the guy who’s now heading Tekkadan’s battle operations, Galan Mossa.

Otaku Evolution Episode 76 - Paranoia Agent

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In my spooky Halloween episode for 2016 (a very frightening year!), I don't go for ghouls and ghosts, nor zombies and witches, but a monster borne from the very human mind and the cultural around us! But what does this say about my own demons? It's about time Satoshi Kon got his due on my show as I take a look at Paranoia Agent!

 

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