First episode was okay. I think it was divided into half for two characters. I hardly remember the names. Because of its division, we had less time to develop some sympathy towards a tragic sacrifice scene. However, the montage was a really predictable death flag.
Crunchyroll open the episode with a mature disclaimer. It look like Avatar but set in a Native American world. I didn't expect to see nudity, the butt and breasts were shown. It was not a fan service scene as the older sister who took her brother's place had an elaborate ritual before she was sacrificed.
The stone knives don't look sharp. I like how Dr. Stone goes into depth of how to sharpen the stone knives.
The pilot episode was okay. I see the premise being set up.
As for the graphic violence content, they show blood, slitting throats, and bone flesh being broken in.
I forgot to say the voice acting in Ep 1 was not so good. The main character, the boy, does a good job of voice acting where you can feel the frustration and fear of the boy. This will help the character development, from being weak to becoming stronger later on. Or going even deeper into the bottom as the boy shares how humanity has taken everyone he loved, his sister.
He's a naive character to believe the gods will reward him for taking the role of champion. The gods are using him for their own gains.
It will be interesting if this story ends in tragedy. More or less, this story will end in a happy ending as most shows do. The boy will turn on the gods.
The boy's quest is to shut down the gates. The gate in his hometown in at the bottom of the sacrifice pit. There was a guardian that was not affected by the purple light. Interesting.
We get backstory on the siblings for Izel. Our next city is Ox Te’Tuun to retrieve an artifact. Izel runs into the man who adopted them during a monster attack in the forest. The same man sold them into slavery. We don't get the full reason as Izel storms off.
Our two young brothers who loves to play ball, the Aztec game Ulama. Though, they don't fathom the consequences of the game. Our party grows into size without consent as the two brothers are forced by our black panther due to the artifact/ball bonded with them.
I wished Crunchyroll put subtitles. The audio is bad just like RWBY. I can't spell these people's names. I got these names from the synopsis. I'm missing the dad of the two brothers.
The two brothers (one of them) love to shoot the F bomb a lot. I hope the two brothers develop. They are a bit annoying right now personally for me. Izelle is by default a weak character who has a lot of room to grow. Those characters are easy to develop in terms of character evolution. For others, it will require a lot of patience especially Izelle makes a lot of "noises." Izelle proves himself in this episode by using his wits to help his party: using the stone boxes to crush the crab guardians and using rope to help press the fifth lever.
We come across the girl from first episode (?) It's hard to remember these characters especially their faces. Coincidentally, a gate is in her home town which she wants Izelle's party to help her. That works in her favor as Izelle and her have a mutual goal.
Ep 5 was going backwards. Our characters are into another argument. Though this time, one of the brothers tries to be positive with Izelle. Ugh, the usage of F words and how they use especially Izelle cussing out at one of the brothers felt really cringing. (I can't think of serious animated shows other than Samurai Champloo TV broadcast censored it. They don't overuse it)
The goal of this episode was they got a cute mascot pet.
All the episodes are released. I'll finish them off when I get free time. I watched Ep 6 and 7. We gained a new party member. We went to the underworld by accident due to the black panther eating the show's pink mascot. We teleport to Thanibanh (can't spell it).
Finished the 12 episode series. I honestly would have dropped this show. I didn't grow an attachment to these characters. Though, I did not expect a love story between Yaotl and the queen of the underworld (which occurred near the end of the series) to interest me. It really took that long.
It's the second time I seen someone in love with a goddess of death, Deadpool. The three gods were battling over blood sacrifices. The queen thought she was in control but the two male gods knew her motives. For some reason, Yaotl's master doesn't want her to be near Yaotl despite not having any strong attachments to Yaotl. The feathery god has Izel's sister as a bird.
The show has a potential premise at the end of Izel fighting against the gods. IT doesn't do it well compared to another show that took 15 seasons, Supernatural. I know Izel did not want to be their plaything and complete their bet. However, him not pressing the lever to close the last underworld gate is part of the bet. It benefit the queen and Yaotl's master.
It wouldn't be fair. I can't compare this show to a show that took 15 seasons or to another manga series that I felt didn't do free will well. The show could have done a bit better execution when Izel defies the gods. If he was presented two options and go for the third option, his third option will benefit him. Yet, it
One thing I missed was this show's had no idea or clear focus of its demographics due to polarizing elements: kids, a cute mascot versus sex, profanity, and gratuitous violence. I think that's why I enjoy that one episode of Yaotl and Mictecacihuatl backstory.
Mictecacihuatl's struggle to win back Yaotl through the efforts of her staging the conflict between gods and making her husband attack the city and stealing blood sacrifices. Her struggle sounds familiar in a good way. There are characters in anime who have done similar things for love.
Taka: It's a gigantic mech franchise. I haven't seen Macross myself. I know it's a big one.
Apr 9, 2021 6:17:00 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess we don't get it. Make things short and sweet: Through some unintentional legal wranglings, Harmony Gold's owned international rights to the Macross name for decades and its Japanese developers, disgusted by the move, had not allowed...
Apr 9, 2021 10:22:58 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...many later Macross anime outside Japan because that would profit Harmony Gold. Macross was one of three anime titles used by HG in the 1980s to edit together the popular Robotech series popular with fans during that time. Under this deal...
Apr 9, 2021 10:24:47 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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