Post by Master Menos on Sept 25, 2016 21:30:12 GMT
Note: This review is part of the "Before Redemption" reviewing series. This is for Day V-B and contains very mild spoilers.
This is the second season of the Higurashi: When They Cry anime franchise and this time, it delves into the "Answer Arcs" that contain the mystery that surrounds Rika Furude as she goes through a seemingly never-ending time loop of her demise. When she discovers that the events can be altered one day, she decides to quest for a world that spares her and her friends with the help of an spiritual force. Storyline This patches up the questions that the first season raised very beautifully and in a rather shocking way too. It truly makes a turn for the better from the point of the true villain of the disasters being discovered as well as the efforts of every character that helped out with the true conflict when things are already entertaining from around the starting arc of this season. The end result was well done and was more satisfying than I thought after all the answers get unveiled.
Characters Most of everyone actually was improved, even when the true villain of the major disasters in Hinamizawa was revealed and from there, they turned out to be a very effective villain of the show. Everyone also had some nice development within them, especially with Rika taking over as a protagonist in this season and their origins in this were very clear to understand. I found nobody to be disastrous here among the newcomers to the tale either.
Pros and Cons The art style is still in a great place and the animation improved on the most part in comparison with the first season. Some cute moments are contained, but they are handled really well considering how dark the show can be. The music in the show retains its great quality and the best of the themes turned out to be "Naraku no Hana" (A Flower in Hell) out of the OST. I also love how the theme is changed as soon as some important developments are revealed.
Just like the first season, this also has a lot of gore and brutality, and those that aren't into that or explicit child abuse in the case of this season at hand might have a pretty bad time here. There was a point where some useless side character events are about, but they were however forgiven in that same arc when agreeing to help a main character out of a major funk. Lastly, those who skip intros and endings must be aware that many episodes have scenes that go on after the end credits or they will miss out on any important details.
Final Verdict After seeing all of this, for the brutal execution performed, this receives a 10/10. Those that went through season one will most likely enjoy the second season. Last season and especially this season is well worth the watch if you want to see a murder/genocide mystery.
Dream: Taka: Looks like you didn't click on the link in my last comment. You'll get the DIO nod when you click on it.
Jan 7, 2020 22:15:55 GMT
Master Menos: Dream: I've always been a PC guy anyways. (Yeah, that was funny!)
Jan 8, 2020 4:09:50 GMT
Master Menos: Sidebar updated! Taka: My turn to scratch your back, Taka. 2019 me got really messed up with the job. @_@
Jan 8, 2020 4:53:59 GMT
Taka: Thanks Master Menos! I'll work on finishing the Winter 2020 guide.
Jan 9, 2020 4:50:29 GMT
Dream: My second Funi poll is done. Titles I will be watching and reviewing will include Chobits, Samurai Champloo, Spice and Wolf, Gankutsuou, and Dance in the Vampire Bund. Will let folks know which one I start off tomorrow at some point.
Jan 11, 2020 5:39:30 GMT
Dream: First anime I will sample among the Funi titles is Chobits. As a heads up, the series on Funi's Youtube channel is missing the two recap episodes the series aired. Not that I'll be missing those however.
Jan 11, 2020 15:13:09 GMT
Dream: Wow, never knew Shinbo was Gil, Sousuke, and Domon. More you know.
Jan 11, 2020 17:52:00 GMT
Dream: Just completed Chobits. Will get a review up for it at some point this afternoon.
Jan 18, 2020 18:37:22 GMT
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT