Blassreiter took about 15 episodes to hit its stride.

Blassreiter requires a considerable degree of attention from the viewer. In the end, if you watch all 24 episodes in quick succession, you should be able to remember who the characters are, and why they care about each other.

The writing has a great deal of talent. And yet, in some ways, this show is silly. You must be willing to accept several wildly bizarre premises to watch this show.

The voice actress for Mei Fang is a major reason to continue watching this silly show.  Happily, I can report that she has been getting work in other shows.  Also happily, I can report that this show is not entirely silly.  It does eventually address some serious themes, such as “Will you lose your humanity if your body is transformed by nanotech?”

The final episode delivers at least one “moral of the story” but there are some bits of dialogue that suggest very serious themes. The quotes from the Bible eventually pull together quite a few important themes.

Blassreiter took about 15 episodes to hit its stride.

It is a show about attractive young people getting into super high-tech vehicles and sallying forth into combat. You have seen this formula for decades. Sometimes the young people get into giant mecha. Sometimes they form a sentai. The details can vary. However, the formula is clear.


El Cazador de la Bad Dialogue Writing

I don’t know how the cringeworthy writing of El Cazador de la Bruja happened. Maybe the writers were female feminists. Maybe they were male feminists. However, their bad writing is an indictment of heavy-handed feminist fantasy politicizing. Typically I would complain that this killed the pacing and excitement and plot, but honestly, this show didn’t have much excitement and suffered from slow pacing anyway. It was too slow moving to be an adventure story and too violent to be a slice-of-life drama.

The show had some decent mechanical designs, but they didn’t get enough screen time.

You have to watch it all the way to the end to see the pseudo-Aztec stuff.  You might decide that it’s not worth the bother.

What do these characters have in common? Tachiki Fumihiko. Happy New Year

What do they have in common?



Given name: 文彦

Family name: 立木

Birthday: Apr 29, 1961


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He works for Osawa Jimusho.

Tachiki Fumihiko, born April 29, 1961 in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, is a male voice actor (seiyuu) and narrator.

Blood Type: A

Formerly a blues singer and known for his low voice, Tachiki is best known as the narrator for the pre-fight movies for PRIDE Fighting Championships (Japanese broadcasts only.)

In 2003, he teamed up with Morikawa Toshiyuki to form the band “2HEARTS”, one of their works being the opening theme of Blue Seed (under the name “Takada Band”).

As part of the band “2HEARTS” with Morikawa Toshiyuki, one of their songs was featured as an ending theme for the video game “Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires”.

For about five years I have been trying to finish watching anime shows in which this guy plays supporting roles.  It’s enough to make one wish for the apocalypse.  But instead – we’ve got the New Year of the Pig. So Happy New Year.

Bee Train made a lot of shows that resemble El Cazador de la Bruja and most of them have been mostly bad

Yes, I finished watching El Cazador de la Bruja.

Was it worth those few hours of my life?

I stopped watching in 2014, and finished at the very end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. So it is not a show that motivated me to come back at least once a week to see what would happen next.

Most of the show used very minimal, low-fantasy “magic” but the ending pulled the stops out. It became evident that the writers had no grand ideas about how their “magic” worked.

The writers earned my hatred by underusing a very promising character: L.A.

I will dump some spoilers so don’t read further if that is a problem for you.
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A pretentious theological analysis of oglaf’s pimple story

Oglaf is written from a very “pro-sex” standpoint. The author approves of most or all forms of sex. The author apparently regards sex as good in and of itself.

In the story, the man is committing a murder (or at least a homicide) to gain a physical transformation that he sees as a benefit. The killer is executed and sent to a god that does not approve of his preferences but is in charge of his eternal afterlife.

I can only interpret this as the author’s pro-sex idea of Christian heaven. The author is not thrilled at the idea of going to heaven, if God is not pro-sex. The author sees abstinence from sex as a physical disfiguration, not unlike acne.