Spoilers. Do not click link if you don’t want to spoil the surprises of the plot.
I had selected a few frames from Blassreiter. However, you can watch episodes 18 and 19 if you want to see them in sequence. I am willing to scramble up their order because I don’t think much meaning is lost by such scrambling.
Many fantasy battle shows feature attractive young people who are not so busy battling that they can’t find the time to fall in love and at least get as far as kissing and holding hands. I might very well complain about such shows – I probably have complained about them at some point in the past.
If these fantasy battle shows were taking place in a dangerous time, the young people might find that they did not have any time to fall in love.
Blassreiter has a lot of attractive young people. Spoilers below.
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.
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 they have in common?
Family name: 立木
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”.
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.
#Anime Right News (ARN) – After detailing Crunchyroll’s mistreatment of Yaginuma-sensei (http://animeright.news/ecchioujisama/anime-industry-insider-tells-the-truth-about-crunchyroll/ ) he was kind enough to grant me an interview. We ended up talking for five hours. Anime Right News is thrilled to bring you this exciting look into the anime industry.
Note: This interview was conducted in Japanese. PANDA and I have translated it into English for the convenience of our readers, but do not claim that our Japanese is perfect. The original Japanese is printed for the sake of transparency and the convenience of our Japanese readers. Anime images and descriptions were added by me for readers’ entertainment; all other images were supplied by Yaginuma-sensei and have been reproduced exactly, save for adding some translations.
I trust that by the end of the interview the reader will agree that Yaginuma-sensei is /俺たちの監督/ or /ourdirector/.
ARN: Thank you for taking the time to speak with your American and European fans. How did you decide that you wanted to make anime? Were you inspired by a specific anime you watched?
お忙しいところ、あなたのアメリカの、そして、ヨーロッパ人のファンと話してくださってありがとうございます。 あなたは、アニメを作りたいとどのように決めましたか? あなたは見た特定のアニメによって奮い立たせられましたか?
Yaginuma-sensei: Future Boy Conan. Albatross. [TL: The 145th episode of the 1977-80 155 episode Lupin III Part 2 series, written and directed by Miyazaki.] Farewell Beloved Lupin (produced by Miyazaki-san). [TL: This was the last episode of Lupin III Part 2.] Don de la Mancha produced by Kanada-san. Yamashita Masahito-san’s chase scenes. Masayuki-san’s drawings of Sarutobi.
未来少年コナン。アルバトロス。さらば愛しきルパンよ。（新ルパンの宮崎さんの演出の回） 金田さんのドンデラ・マンチャ６話の回。山下将仁さんの作画が暴走している回。 摩砂雪さんの、さすがの猿飛の作画。
Anyway, Future Boy Conan is number 1. Probably followed by Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro.
ARN: Our readers love Netojuu because it focuses on improving one’s real life. Was that an intentional theme?
Yaginuma-sensei: This is something I recently discussed on Twitter, so I will copy and paste it.
It seems to have a good reputation, but there are a lot of painful memories. I decided to use it to fight against the anime industry. Originally, Moriko was slowly going out into society again, treating her progress like a job. Would you want to return to a BLACK company? [TL: BLACK company is a Japanese term for companies that overwork employees, underpay them and treat them poorly overall. Some people that work for BLACK companies and can’t find other jobs end up committing suicide.] Would she mature? Would she return to a BLACK company？We decided to tell this kind of story, and I could empathize with it. The theme of BLACK companies is interwoven into the story. That is why Moriko’s nightmare existence spans two episodes. Additionally, a real BLACK problem is revealed in the anime…
評判良いみたいだけど、辛い思い出が沢山。 アニメ業界と戦おうと心に決めた作品でした。 元々は、森子は社会にまた出ていく、成長していく〜みたいな作品だった。 またBLACK産業に戻るのか！？って、筆安さんが思い、ニートでもいいじゃん、幸せならば。そういう作品にするのを委員会が了承してくれた。 それで感情移入できました。 影にBLACK産業問題がテーマ隠れているのね、あの作品。 ２話の、森子の悪夢のシーンが気合入っているのはそのため。 あれはテーマの紹介シーン。 おまけにリアルにアニメBLACK問題が炎上していて・・・
Along with Fudeyasu-san, the three of us wrote the scenario, the core.
Yaginuma-sensei was a key animator on AKIRA.
ARN: Are there any stories you can share from working on AKIRA?
Yaginuma-sensei: AKIRA huh~I misfired. I was really new. Still, Otomo-san’s film was similar to anime of the time. Old timers say it was fine although the younger generation looks at it like a masterpiece. After all, a lot of people that went on to be important animators were gathered in the same place.
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise and GAINAX launching had a huge impact. Young people with talent had to keep their heads cool. I thought these people were the new age [TL: of anime]. That is how it was.
However, until I took down Miyazaki-san to be number 1, I couldn’t be satisfied with my position either. It would be better to climb higher.
ARN: In anime we see jokes about not having enough time to finish anime or not having enough of a budget to make it the best it can be. Are these problems worse in real life?
Yaginuma-sensei: It’s beyond my imagination that people overseas notice. It becomes more cutthroat every year. The money as a whole grows every year.
海外の人も気づいたけど、それでも想像を遥かに超えるものだと思う。 というか、年々酷くなる。 年々、全体で動くお金が大きくなっているのに。
Is Foxcon similar to working in an iPhone factory? Unlike them, I like my job at the end of the day so it is never dark enough for me to commit suicide.
The budget too, but that was always a concern. The painting/CG process is more intense, and there is more that needs to be done. Although the company makes more money there is more work to be done and no more money paid to the artists.
Due to delays in the schedule, you could get stuck working all night until you burn out.
ARN: Are there any manga or light novels you would like to make into anime to educate the Japanese people about Jews?
Yaginuma-sensei: I want to write anime and mange about getting out of the current invisible slavery system. However, even though the anime industry has the lowest amount of Jewish infiltration [TL: of major forms of entertainment is implied], I have seen that larger budget works are impossible and their grip is tightening. I hope you can make it through the pathway, like The Matrix. I am already fighting within the anime industry. I made it all the way to being a director, but it probably won’t be possible [TL: to make that kind of anime]. The anime industry already feels like a miniature Israel. Jews are connected to dissatisfaction with anime. Originally I want to make a work that would allow the audience to be happy, so I was interested in why such works were being suppressed. I was surprised to find out that Jews were behind it when I looked into it.
今の見えない奴隷構造から抜け出す方法のアニメや漫画を書きたいね。 しかし、アニメ業界はユダヤの傘下のつながりの最下層だから、 予算が大きい作品は無理で、今も強くなっている事に気づいた。 マトリックスみたいに、上手く抜け道通り抜けて作れるといいけどね。 もう、アニメ業界と戦っているので、せっかく監督の地位まで来たけど無理だろう。 アニメどころでなく、ユダヤと戦い出した分けで。 アニメ業界は小さいユダヤみたいな感じ。 アニメで怒っていたことと、ユダヤは繋がっています。 元々は、皆が幸せになれる作品を作りたいわけだから、 社会の変なこと、抑圧されていることには興味がありました。 ユダヤは作品のネタ探しから始まったが、まさか此処まで詳しくなるとは・・自分でも驚いている。
When I was young I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and it made me cry. Now I understand that it was a story about being free.
若い頃に、かもめのジョナサン読んで、ボロ泣きしたのね。 その時は理由がわからなかった。 今は完全にわかる。 自由になるための話です。
Originally, Abe’s LDP conspiracy was on the true path! I was doing some casual research on a conspiracy theory. It proved the conspiracy theory and Abe’s involvement in it.
元々、安倍自民が陰謀が本当だった！と、証明しているような代物で。 それで少しカジッていた陰謀の研究をしていた。 陰謀論の証明になった、安倍。
ARN: In America and Europe Jews try to ruin the lives of anyone that tells the truth about the Holocaust. Do most Japanese people know it was an easily disproven lie?
Remember when anime casts looked like this?
Have you noticed that for the last ten years or so, anime casts have been looking cheerfully, jauntily, and one-sidedly female-centric?