Maybe we need to be disturbed

I guess I don’t listen to warnings very well… Most of the blogs I read yesterday said to stay away from the anime Magical Girl Site. So naturally just like with other darker anime I rushed right in and watched it. Amazon Prime is the platform for this (Thanks Lina) and they never show new shows for me so I probably wouldn’t have found it otherwise. I guess that is a good thing so children don’t stumble onto this anime.

This wasn’t easy for me to watch. Very rarely I get the urge to turn off an anime halfway because it gets too violent. Bullying is something that really hits home for me… I have heard stories from you all and I have my own. This anime shows the extreme side of bullying that most don’t want to believe is real.

There are stories like this, I know this is just an anime, but there are those who go through this physical violence at home or at school and they feel like they have no where to go or any power over the situation. There are some teachers who don’t care and don’t want to be bothered. There are classmates who think it is a joke or also they have their own problems. Sometimes those who stick up for those getting bullied also end up in that situation.

So maybe it is good for us to get disturbed every once in awhile. To remind us to not be passive. To remind myself to be more aware of my classroom.

I mean I really don’t expect people to go out and watch this violent anime and have the same thoughts as me. I think something hit me harder as a teacher than most.Once again the teacher did nothing to help and that is what maddens me.

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I wanted the main character to fight but this story starts in the middle. She is already like an empty shell. This has been going on for who knows how long. Did it start with her brother? Was it always those three girls? From the anime we don’t know. We know that the bullying is the start, but what is the end all of this?

I was happy when those two died. I wanted her to feel a sense of freedom. Is that inhuman of me? I want her to become stronger and get revenge. There was just a sense of relief when she used her magic for the first time.

However, my feelings of relief didn’t pass onto her, she was scared she would get blamed… I don’t get that… She was nowhere near the bodies…. So yeah… The only one where she could get blamed for is the last one… Like they did nothing to make it look like an accident… So good luck there…

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In this anime there are several disturbing images and it can border on the strange. That face creeps me out…

If anything is to be gotten from this is that the world can be unfair and cruel and I hope there are those out there that will do the right thing. I don’t think the bullying was over dramatic since I’ve heard of similar cases. Honestly, she wants the relief of death, but she still clings to what life she has, I will be interested to see her growth. I hope there is some, but this is also a magical girls show… so we may be in for a completely random ride after this. Expect death and blood. Hopefully no more dead animals :(.

In the end, I will watch this, I have that curiosity to see what happens and I think that I should be uncomfortable… Sometimes I forget what happens in the world and even if it is just animation there are real lessons to think about.

Also as a side note I think this anime wins worse closing credits in the history of anime… Giant sperm and weird live action dancing… What the heck was that all about? If anything just watch the closing… ha… Happy Watching!

Okay Caligula… You’ve got my attention…

So far this season I’ve watched three shows that were based of games (that I know of) and I think the one that has me the most interested is Caligula. I haven’t played the game and until I’m the lucky owner of a PSVITA I will have to just live in the anime world.

Most of the time when I watch anime that was a game I’m left with a slightly confused feeling like I’m missing something that the ones who played the game would only know. However, as I watched Caligula I really enjoyed the set up and I was confused but in a good way not the ‘something is left out that I should already know’ way. If that makes sense.

First off the visual reminded me of artwork which is always nice. The coloring was quite beautiful and it is a peaceful setting. There are some tidbits of information that seems like something it not as it seems and it keeps you curious as you watch.

In my mind the set up was perfect. Nothing was rushed in the climax of the first episode and it made me want to watch more.

This anime looks like it is going to be an interesting psychological ride something that I was hoping for last fall but wasn’t delivered.

I’m really enjoying the quotes from and the references to psychology I think that give this anime a sense of real-ness and legitimacy of what is happening.

In the end, I’m curious about this anime and I’m excited to see the next episode. I hope it pays off since I was disappointed last year. I’ve seen a lot of good first episodes this season but this was the first one that really had my full attention. Sometimes with turning games into anime it is lackluster so I hope they keep it up. This has an interesting world and set up with a bit of a matrix feel.

This looks like this anime should be an intense ride… Hopefully… Happy watching!

King’s Game

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There are a couple of darker anime this fall and King’s Game is a brutal blood bath. I have to admit I was excited about this anime and I’m finding myself to be a bit disappointed in its execution (pun intended).

In this anime a group of students get texts at midnight giving them orders from the king to follow and if they don’t they die in horrible ways. Sometimes the orders are to kill others or do various things with other students. There is that period at first where everyone thinks it is a sick joke then people start dying and then they all freak out and go after each other instead of trying to work together.

I love the idea and I may have to find the manga and see if it is done better than the anime. One thing I don’t like is that so far the first episodes are flashbacks to when the main character Nobuaki went through the King’s Game already at his old school and survived (obviously). I really wish that season one would have just been about his first time in the King’s game then maybe season 2 would be about his new school. The flashbacks are annoying and I don’t care about any of the characters since there are so dang many of them. The only reason to watch is to see how many horrible ways that people die. There is a hint of backstory about some of the characters, but it is rushed and you still don’t care about them.

In episode 6 last week it finally came together with the plot and maybe a hint of what the King’s Game actually is, but once again why the flashbacks? I’ll say it again, I really wish that season one would have been about Nobuaki’s first school since it basically is doing that, but we know Nobuaki survives and we can assume that his girlfriend dies although we technically don’t know that yet.

And can I say random yandere warning? That part was weird and didn’t even make sense, if we would have gotten to know the character more it would have been a cool surprise but whoa right out of the gate just seemed odd.

The concept of this anime is so interesting and rushing it just makes it hard to get into the psychological aspects of “All these people are dying around me and I’m powerless to stop it.” This would have been so good! However, the audience needs to care about these characters, at this point their deaths aren’t don’t carry an impact.

Yes, I will continue to watch it. My anime life this fall seems to be just watching these new anime and hoping that they get better. Here’s hoping!

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