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Chaos;Child, Episode 7

If you think being forced to shove a rebar down your throat and then self-immolate is already a harsh way to die, you might not want to watch the last 10 minutes of this episode. By the time we fade to black, Taku will have a family member wrapped in ironic little packages, dismembered by his best friend, leading to my initial reaction of an overwhelming “WTF did I just watch”. The show didn’t give us much reason to care… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 7

The cat is out of the bag. Even though the big reveal itself wasn’t much of a shocker, all the little interactions leading up to it provided excellent buildup for the episode’s climax, carefully adding bits and pieces from the perspectives of different players, creating tension and urgency despite Jean’s own non-reaction. Princess Schnee (who might be the one dancing in the ED) escaped her royal bird cage by faking her death, so that she could run away with a… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 6

Sadly, having to wait a few extra hours didn’t mean we were in for anything special in this rather mixed bag of an episode. Kunosato’s team has figured out part of Uki Yamazoe’s Gigalomaniac powers, which was only relayed to us long after the fact. While there’s no necessity (and in the case of this adaptation, also no time) to include the viewer in every single step along the way, the feeling of being left out gets further emphasized in… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 6

In a show that draws all of its suspense from the uncertainty of who knows what and shares what with whom to what purpose, one thing’s becoming very clear: Jean and Lotta’s royal heritage. Given the German naming scheme, it’s likely to be on their mother’s side. This is further substantiated by Prince Schwan’s insistence on entering the royal gallery to hang his portrait (next to the picture of a woman whose face gets deliberately withheld from the camera), the… Continue Reading →

Chaos;Child, Episode 5

Last week’s science babble infodump continues as Taku learns not only about the origin of delusional powers, but has to deal with the implications of being a Gigalomaniac himself. The tried and trusted science adventure approach of taking scientific theories and bending them into the supernatural works reasonably well, even though I found the brief philosophical detour into consensus reality (and Taku addressing the mind-body problem so crucial for this story’s setting) a lot more intriguing than the bottom line… Continue Reading →

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