Anime Club – Parasyte the Maxim

Hello everybody! Sorry for the wait, as we will be making many changes relatively soon, so be prepared! Anyway, this week have yet another popular horror/thriller anime Parasyte the Maxim!

PARASYTE THE MAXIM

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CREATED BY: Kenichi Shimizu

NO. OF EPISODES: 24 episodes

GENRE: Body Horror, Science Fiction

YEAR: 2014-2015

COUNTRY: Japan

9dsoghadsParasyte centers on a 17-year-old teen named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like creatures called Parasites appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from travelling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasites, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasites who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi’s human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasites, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi’s help.

Alright, its time for yet another highly requested review. Why do you keep giving me series like this? Parasyte the Maxim is Japan at its finest, at least in the mainstream. The amount of gore and blood is fantastic, giving audiences a rather interesting if yet stomach-churning experience. While initially I thought the series looked rather dated for a new series (2015), I soon realized it added a decent amount of charm. By far the best part about the series though is the design and personalities of each Parasyte. In this case, the weirder the better. How about a head that splits into multiple blades? Sounds good to me.miki

Unfortunately Parasyte the Maxim isn’t what I thought it would be. The story is rather lack-luster, even though I know many fans would disagree with that. The series also has a very over the top message regarding pollution and at many points it goes from tolerable to insanely preachy by the series end. We know, we don’t need that. Also, have you ever been interested in side plots? There are so many side plots that drop off the face of the earth by the season end that it is un-interesting.

PROS:

  • Body horror.
  • Blood and goor.
  • Dated animation creaes charm.
  • Parasyte design and personalities.

CONS:

  • Lack-luster stories.
  • In your face anti-pollution message.
  • Goodbye side plots!

SCORE: 6.0/10

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Anime Club – Tokyo Ghoul

Hello everyone! Sorry for the wait, as we have been making plenty of changes behind the scenes. Anyway, this week we have the highly popular horror anime Tokyo Ghoul!

TOKYO GHOUL

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CREATED BY: Shuhei Morita

NO. OF EPISODES: 12 episodes

GENRE: Dark Fantasy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Japan 

tokyo_ghouls_01_1Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society. Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

tokyo-ghoul-0103Tokyo Ghoul was a very interesting anime to say the least. Would I highly recommend it? Possibly for an interesting series to watch. This first season is much more on the psychological side, as it dwells on Kaneki’s initial transformation and trying to deal with his new abilities and personality. Kaneki also deals with a morality crisis, which brings up many interesting grey areas among the idea of morals. Anyway, enough of that. The animation is very professional and actually looks great on screen. I have to give props for this job, it is fantastic. Also, if you want thoroughly interesting characters, pick up Tokyo Ghoul.

While most of my gripes for Tokyo Ghoul are with the second season, I still have a few a few problems. I was lot a fan of the original voice actors, as I felt that they made Kaneki too innocent sounding. I understand that this is in line with his character during the first season, but it just turned me off. I would like the English voice actors who dubbed season two to take a crack on season one, since only season two is dubbed. Oh well.

PROS:

  • Interesting plot.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Blood and gore!
  • Keneki’s morality crisis.
  • Professional and crisp animaion.

CONS:

  • Voice acting choices.
  • Kaneki is too innocent.

SCORE: 8.5/10

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Happy Valley: Behind the Kidnapping

Hello everybody! For this week’s Netflix Binge we have the BBC mini-series Happy Valley.

HAPPY VALLEY

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CREATED BY: Sally Wainwright

NO. OF EPISODES: Six

STARRING: Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, George Costigan, Joe Armstrong, James Norton, Adam Long, Charlie Murphy

GENRE: Crime drama

YEAR: 2014-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

p01xrs9cCatherine is a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. When a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes, Catherine finds herself involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home.

Oh look, yet another Netflix “original”. Sorry about all of these y’all, I just try to give each series that Netflix puts out a chance, since most of the time they know what they are doing. Most of the time. Luckily, this is one of those times. I was absolutely thrilled watching Happy Valley, even if it definitely took an episodes for me to really get into it. I was planning on singling out individual cast members for their performances like normal, but they all did well across the board. Way to go Happy Valley! If you are looking for an interesting BBC/Netflix collaboration that is slightly less gruesome than the likes of Luther or The Fall, you have found your series.

Happy-ValleyMy biggest peeve with Happy Valley is the length. Only six episodes! Are you kidding me!?!?!?! I completely understand that it is a mini-series but come on! So are Sherlock and Luther but you don’t see me complaining about their lengths do you? I do want to make a side note as well, as the amount of violence against these police officers is absolutely appalling. Hey England! Let your police officers carry some more lethal weapons to protect themselves!

*Steps down from Soapbox*

PROS:

  • Netflix original +++
  • Main cast performances.
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Writing/interesting story.

CONS:

  • Length.
  • Brutality against police.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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