If you’ve read my Kamen Rider Agito review, you probably know that I am a relative newbie to Tokusatsu shows. Despite growing up watching Power Rangers as a kid, I never really paid much attention to the genre as a whole. I’m really sad that it took me this long to get into it as Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive was an absolute treat to watch. Western audiences may recognize it as Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, a show that was notable for having the first American-only ranger. I watched Lightspeed Rescue as a kid, so that was why I chose to watch this series. Once you get past the weirdness of seeing suits you recognize from a different show, it becomes a really enjoyable experience and a good way to revisit stuff you may have forgotten about.
Shinsekai Yori is my favourite anime; between its brilliant OST with impeccable sound direction, its excellent writing, its strong characterisation, its superb horror/thriller elements and its flawless direction, A-1 Pictures’ adaptation of Kishi Yusuke’s novel is a spectacular piece of televisual literature; it is very hard to point out flaws that the show has, and there is something about it that appeals to any audience. However, one of the things in Shinsekai Yori that really sticks out and intrigues me is the way that it handles one of its universe’s central mechanics: Juryoku (呪力). Better known by various translations in the west, such as Cantus, Psychokinesis, Cursed Power or simply Power, depending on which translation you watched, Juryoku is the series’ equivalent to telekinesis, and as a mechanic it is extremely well fleshed out by the end of the story. Both the risks surrounding it—namely Gouma (業魔; Karma Demon or Karmic Demon) and Akki (悪鬼; Fiend or Ogre), but also the need for Death Feedback (or Death of Shame in some translations)—and the more mundane uses of it are both shown and elaborated upon at various points throughout the story. However, the real strength of this aspect of the series lies in the way that both its effect on the world, its characters and the psychology of both the viewer and the characters with regards to their perceptions of Juryoku scales as the series progresses. Continue reading
For the first time on this site, I will be watching every single first episode of the season. This is a massive undertaking so I will be splitting it up into two separate articles.
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I grew up watching Power Rangers as a kid, Wild Force specifically. Every day before school I’d check out the latest episode and then talk about it with my friends. I never really watched any more Power Rangers after that, but that season will always stick in my mind. Recently though, I discovered that there was a whole genre of these superpowered costumed action hero shows, called tokusatsu shows in Japan. I was immediately intrigued by this, and decided to check out Kamen Rider Agito completely on a whim. I’m really glad I did, and I’m going to try to make a case for why you should check it out as well!
There have been a lot of brilliant scenes in anime in 2016; Fango’s death in 91 Days, Reigen’s power inheritance in Mob Psycho 100, the empty children in Kiznaiver, the park scene in ERASED and around 50% of the scenes in Sakamoto Desu Ga? are all great examples of these, and if I were to go through every single one I’d be here all day. However, there are two complete stand-out scenes for me; in this article, I am going to look into exactly what makes these scenes as good as they are.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the most colorful and fun manga of all time, and the mangaka Hirohiko Araki has nearly perfected the craft of writing quirky and memorable characters. None stand out to me personally as much as Yoshikage Kira from Diamond is Unbreakable. Now, before we go into this, I’d like to note that I am an anime-only watcher and have not read ahead in the manga, so go into this article with that in mind.