Layers upon layers of parody within a crunchy shell of Saturday-morning shounen, it is a nostalgic blend of classic superhero tropes and anime stereotypes that manages to entertain while questioning the legitimacy of the material it parodies. Light-hearted but not stupid, the show knows its limits and hits all the right notes. The main character is a living meme, and the diverse cast keeps the plot moving and feeling fresh. Dialogue is especially good – from funny to powerful, each line fits a character or…Continue Reading “in 100 Words – One-Punch Man”

The spring anime season has ended, and with it comes the close of some dear series. The petals of these shows fall off the branch of anime in order to give way for the budding leaves of the summer season’s anime, but their color and radiance won’t be forgotten simply because their time has ended. Without using any more cringey cherry tree references, let’s take a look at my favorite three shows of the spring season.

(Note: I’ll only be discussing finished shows that I’ve completed in this review, so no Re:Zero, even though I’ve been watching it, and no Joker Game or Kizaniver, as I personally dropped those midway to complete later.)

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 10: A Letter from Tomorrow

Release Date: December 6, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki,

 

Synposis: The ships of Tekkadan and the Turbines head off to Earth, leaving Mikazuki and the mechanic Yukinojo back onboard the Saisei to monitor the repair of Barbatos. Naze prepares to take Tekkadan through a route to Earth that avoids the Gjallarhorn communication beacons, but it is a route that’s used by pirates as well, so he advises caution. Meanwhile, family is the name of the game as multiple characters receive messages from family members on Mars, and they contemplate their life with Tekkadan…

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 9: Sakazuki

Release Date: November 29, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: Tekkadan finally arrives on the ship Saisei, and they meet with the Teiwaz representative McMurdo Barriston, and they make a deal to join Teiwaz, and become brothers with the Turbines. They plan the ceremony for the next day, and in the meantime Orga throws a party for the new family of Tekkadan. The Turbines also help to repair and rebuild Gundam Barbatos.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 8: The Form of Closeness

Release Date: November 22, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

 

Synopsis: After infiltrating Naze Turbine’s ship, he agrees to meet with the leaders of Tekkadan. After some negotiations, he agrees to introduce them to the leader of Teiwaz in order for them to become a subsidiary of Teiwaz, and thus they’ll have a safe passage to Earth. Meanwhile, Mikazuki is doing some self-searching after his tough battle in space. Orga also comes to grips with Tekkadan’s financial problems on Mars, and meets with Naze once again to procure trader with which to sell items gained from Gjallarhorn.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 7: Whaling

Release Date: November 15, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: Tekkadan is introduced to Naze Turbine, a mid-level boss working for Teiwaz. He was hired by Maruba to reclaim all fo the former CGS’ property, and he wants everything back. He offers to give the kids of Tekkadan work if they serve him, but Orga refuses, despite their need to ally with the Teiwaz mafia. Thus begins the second major space conflict in the lives of our iron-blooded orphans…

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 6: As For Them

Release Date: November 8, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: The episode opens up with McGillis deciding not to pursue Tekkadan immediately; he knows that they have Kudelia and are heading towards Earth. Meanwhile, Tekkadan needs a new guide to Earth, and they decide to hear to Jupiter to join up with a well-known mafia known as Teiwaz, who should be able to help them get to Earth unhindered by Gjallarhorn.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #9: Unyielding Justice

Release Date: November 29, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

 

Synopsis: The episode begins with a bang: Genos and Mumen Rider challenge the Sea King and are both swiftly repelled. It takes Saitama showing up and one good punch to lay the Sea King low and prevent the deaths of more innocents. Despite this, Saitama is still considered an outcast and cheater in the overall superhero community. He is rewarded for his efforts, however, and he ranks up to become a B-Class hero.

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Series: One-Punch Man

Episode #8: The Deep Sea King

Release Date: November 22, 2015

Genre: Action/Adventure

Studio: Madhouse

Where to Watch: Daisuki

 

Synopsis: The episode starts with a huge humanoid octopus guy claiming to be part of the Sea Folk, coming to claim the surface. Saitama takes out this one with one punch, but elsewhere in City J, a hero named Stinger faces off against several of the Sea Folk and the Sea King alone. Being severely outclassed, Saitama, Genos, and Mumen Rider race off to assist him, as the citizens of the city evacuate.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 5: Beyond the Red Sky

Release Date: November 1, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

 

Synopsis: Tekkadan makes their deal with the bling-wearing-yet-shady Mr. Orcus, and he promptly sells them out to Lieutenant Coral, the man who orchestrated the attack on CGS back in the first episodes. Hoping to use this as a way to get out of any reputation damage he’s already suffered, he enlistd the help of Majors Baudin and Fareed to help him capture Tekkadan as they escort the Princess to Earth. On their way to the space station, Tekkadan is confronted by Gjallarhorn and Orcus, but they aren’t without a few tricks up their sleeve, and they engage in a heated space battle.

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