As some of you may know, I do a lot of freelance Graphic Design, and am trying to work in animation as well. I get a lot of crazy clients, but for every crazy one I have 5 amazing ones.
For the past two weeks I have had a client who has made my life miserable. Because of her potential connections I went way above and beyond to help her meet a deadline, that she did not tell me about when we agreed on a contract. In fact, her contract says that there is no deadline and that I am not responsible for helping her meet one. Going that extra distance has been a huge mistake.
She approved her file last week saying how everything is perfect and that she is planning on hiring me for her next book. She has since called me late at night and emailed me several times because she has changed her mind and that she needs everything to be done immediately because she still has her deadline. I told her that our contract has been fulfilled and that I would need to charge her more and if she needs it rushed I will need to charge extra for that as well. She balked at this and demanded I work for free. Each time she contacts me, I give her the same answer.
She has also tried different tactics and admitted to trying to manipulate me into dropping everything and doing extra work for free.
She called and told me how perfect my work is to try and butter me up, but when I said I wasn’t available she played the angry customer so that I would feel compelled to make her happy again by giving her her way. When I asked why the sudden change of tune, she responded that she was trying to play my emotions to get me to do the extra and rushed work for free.
She later called me and said that she would like me to do another task, but that there was no rush on it. I said I would send her the new file in a couple of days and this was the cost. She responded by telling me that even though she had told me no rush she really needed it within the hour. She had only said no rush to seem respectful of my time, assuming that I would drop everything to assist her to be nice.
She has threatened to put bad reviews online and telling everyone how unprofessional I am because I won’t push back my many other clients an do her work now, for free. I have an excellent reputation online and am often known for being professional and accommodating as well as reasonable and speedy. Also, I feel that at this point in time, that my portfolio also speaks volumes for the quality of my work.
She has since broken her file in an attempt to change things herself, which is against our contract and now it needs to be completely redone as opposed to just tweaked. I still have the unbroken file.
She went in and deleted functions and formatting and now her file doesn’t function properly.
She is claiming that even though I had told her how to use her file and that she knowingly did things I told her not to do, that it is now my fault her file is broken.
I am holding firm in that she will either have to wait until I have time or pay me for the extra work and an added fee for the rush. She has demanded I work through the night. I have given her options on timing and how much the work will cost depending on her chosen timeline. She has decided to go elsewhere because she feels “entitled to have this done for free”.
Reasons I am telling everyone about this.
This lady is straight up driving me insane, and it’s nice to vent.
Plus, everyone loves the schadenfreude of hearing other people’s experiences with the insane.
I have things set in my contracts and in how I work that helped me in this case and this serves as a great example why I do.
There are lessons in this that I’ve learned that will also change how I do business in the future and are worth sharing.
Tips for freelancers.
Always work with a contract. I mean, don’t trust anyone. Not even family or friends. Some of my best friends in the world have tried to screw me over. A contract helps to set up boundaries and have them treat you more seriously instead of expecting a friend to do a favor. Also, contracts protect you and your interests in sticky situations like the one I have been going through this week.
Make sure your contract has a detailed scope of work. I usually work and charge per task instead of by time. I set up in my scope a limit on the rounds of revisions. This forces the client to make decisions and be more concise in their feedback. If they know they don’t have to pay to see more options they are less likely to be wishy washy. It’s like free samples. If you tell people they can only have three and then after that they have to pay, then they’ll only take three. But if you don’t put a limit they’ll eat the whole tray.
Have your contract address the important stuff. Spell out things like the ownership of the work, licensing of any materials, payment, liability, and timing. You can add other things in there are well, but those are must haves.
Make sure to always get a deposit. I usually get 50% upfront and then additional work outside the scope gets paid upfront in full. Sometimes people will still ghost you out, but at least you won’t have lost out on everything.
Never send final files or files without a watermark until you’ve been fully paid. People will try to take advantage of you and steal your work. If there is nothing there to stop it from happening there will always be someone who will steal your work.
Stand firm and be careful with how accommodating you are. I made a conscious choice in this case to bend over backwards for a client who I thought would both appreciate my work and also bring me valuable connections. She has instead started doing what is common problem with freelancing. If you are too accommodating, they will constantly expect it. She emailed me at 9pm and demanded I send her new work by the next morning. She essentially asked me to work all night and forgo sleep to do this work, that she wasn’t going to pay for. When clients start making requests this ridiculous, they stop seeing you as a person. They start to see you and treat you like you are their personal servant. When this happens, be firm and stand up for yourself. You have to ask yourself is this client worth that much work and the sacrifice for your personal time. Or ask yourself how much money would it take for you to be willing to accommodate the ridiculous request. If the client is not willing to pay the amount or compromise on the request, stand firm. They will either change their request or go somewhere else. Both outcomes are good.
Have professional boundaries. This client somehow found my personal number and would call me late at night. I had to ask her to stop calling me at home because I have a family (Carl and my puppy, Mabel) and she was interrupting that time. I keep office hours and I have an office number via Google Voice. If someone calls my office number after hours, instead of forwarding to my phone, it goes to voicemail and I get a text of the transcript. While I may do a lot of work at night, I make it a point to wait and email people the next day during my listed work hours. If you respond to emails at night, clients will begin to expect you to be at their beck and call. Then you get phonecalls and emails on Christmas from clients wondering why you aren’t available or responding. If you act like you are a business people will respect those boundaries as if you really are a business. And those boundaries are important for your mental health.
Treat yourself with value. If you don’t treat your work and your time as valuable people will treat it the same way. Honestly, getting people to value your work and time is one of the hardest parts of freelancing or even just art in general. If you value yourself, your time, and your work, other people will start to follow suit. Albeit, others are a little slow on the uptake, but it does help. Don’t give out a lot of stuff for free, and be sure to price things out fairly for you. Don’t sell yourself short and you’ll get clients who’ll appreciate you even more.
To hear more freelance stories and get more tips, make sure to listen to our next episode of The Animator Life Podcast.
between the Anime and the Manga - Intro
I’m gonna be
posting the differences between the anime and the manga for every
episode. I’ll be doing each episode of s2 as it comes out,
and in between each episodes, I’ll be doing s1.
Just like many
others, I was hyped for season 2, so I decided to re-watch season 1 of
the anime. It was only my 3rd
time watching s1, and this time, I decided to re-read the manga as
well along the way, just to see what kind of changes the anime
I read the manga
more than 10 times, and even though I knew that there were many
changes in the anime, I was still surprised by how much.
First, I wanna say
that I love the anime, I think the animation is amazing, the voice
acting is perfect, and the music is beautiful. I liked watching every
scene from the manga animated, and I liked watching fillers
that we knew happened in the manga, but they weren’t shown (for
example in ep26 that would be Mike slicing up the Titans, that was awesome).
So I’m hyped for season 2, and I can’t wait to watch all those
amazing manga panels animated.
However, I don’t
like when scenes from manga are deleted or changed, and I’m not
interested to watch someone else’s head-cannons.
Some (Hopeful) Reassurance for Concerned Ballroom E Youkoso Fans
There have been concerns expressed by fans of the Ballroom E Youkoso manga who feel the animation in the anime adaptation is not up to snuff. And, truthfully, they’re right. The manga itself is, in my humble opinion, a masterpiece with exceptional attention to detail and quality of movement. With the exception of a couple of episodes, the anime’s animation has paled in comparison to the manga’s art.
But how could this be happening? Production I.G is known for their quality in their sports genre.
I’d like to take this opportunity to show you the progressions of three different, very successful (or moderately successful) sports anime released by Production I.G and how their quality in animation evolved over the course of seasons and even episodes. Hopefully, this will provide some reassurance for fans who fear that we will be stuck with swayed backs and sickled feet forever.
(This is in no way a guarantee. The tag just seemed a bit down lately.)
(WARNING: I’m one week late and I’m aware of this fact. I just didn’t expect the analysis of the opening and the ending to be this long.)
It’s been four years…
And they’ve only announced 12 episodes.
To be frank, considering the messed up agenda, it’s not that bad. It’s better than having a completely rushed second cour with reused scenes. Remember the mess episodes 22 to 25 were? Yeah I’d rather not have that again.
Considering the openings and the endings, I’ve written a word here. I was planning to do it in the same post but there was useful notes that could foreshadow what was going to happen in this season and later in the manga. I thought therefore it deserved a post of its own.
After a short recap, the episode starts with the capture of Annie.
Annie being taken into custody - Ep. 26
This scene makes me think of the forensics taking a dead body, which implies this might be indeed the last thing we see of her.
The episode then hooks the ending of S1 with the events from chapter 34, with Pastor Nick from last season telling Hange to cover the Wall Titan, before going on with the episode titled The Beast Titan. The opening has been very dynamic, as expected from Linked Horizon. We’re holding our next earworm here.
From what I’ve seen so far, this season does have improved graphics over the first one: character faces drawn correctly, Erwin’s nose being right, Reiner and Bertolt getting beefier, more CG animations added, with titans and horses, which is a nice touch since it doesn’t go into Berserk 2016′s levels of obnoxiousness, to the point of making the animation awkward. There’s still the gross lipstick effect on female characters…
They added an extra Erwin scene, where he indeed expressed his lack of surprise concerning titans inside the walls. Him thinking it might have been possible stays consistent with his character.
They also added a different Hitch and Marlowe scene where both express how all these people died without reason. Needless to say, it’s very different from what the manga had to offer and almost feels… a bit empty.
Hitch and Marlowe’s scene in the manga - Ch. 34
Empty because it seems to happen after Googles took control of the situation, yet it would’ve been nice to see the two of them worrying about Annie, to see at least they care and her being off is a tad suspicious.
The next scene is the famous scene were Hange makes Nick talk. Another segment from the manga was excluded because the civilians did witness the Wall Titan, both in this episode and in the opening. So there was no point in adding it. Kudos to Romi Park’s performance for breathing life into Hange’s character. That scene was tense… however.
I can accept tiny bits being scraped to condense the episode to fit half a volume in it but I’m less forgiving with scraping tiny bits of dialogue that makes even a secondary character relatable. In this scene. While the anime did a good job at making Nick’s faith invulnerable to threats it omitted one of my favourite passages:
Pastor Nick’s backstory - Ch. 34
It was what made Nick human: he had no family left and sunk into alcohol as a result, and faith is the only thing that saved him from his crisis. So instead of a fervent pastor who found a new lifestyle, the anime makes him sound like a crazy fanatic.
His hairstyle is a bit different, not that I mind.
It was also one of the rare, but not unique moment where Hange was downright serious and scary, to the point not even Moblit’s word manages to resonate with them.
Next scene is the garrison member (instead of Thomas, or it’s him but he changed branches or something) rushing to warn Erwin, followed by a neat rewind effect to where the next events are going to unfold.
Shot of Rico and the wonderful Rogue Titan smashing the Female Titan - Ep. 26
As you can see, one screencap that implies the involvement of the Garrison and the other that’s… placed to fit the timeline at which these events happened. Not a bad move. The animation quality however…
Nice to see the apparition of these titans within Wall Rose coincides with Annie and Eren’s fight. There must be something fishy underneath this…
In the past, we have the whole sequence with everybody on standby, till titans appear. We’ve got a nice pack of people isolated to find who has been the conspirator, starring Connie and Sasha slacking, Reiner and Bertolt playing chess with a nice animation, Ymir and Krista discussing next to a table. As Sasha and Mike detect incoming titans with their sixth sense, the episode closes chapter in 10 minutes, opening included, leaving 13 minutes for chapter 35, the ending and the preview.
We’re seeing Nanaba hoping next to the window, looking as beautiful as ever, telling everybody to prepare themselves to rush within Wall Rose’s interior. Some parts have been deliberately scraped as to why members of the 104th have been isolated.
The CG animation - Ep. 1
That’s a pretty one I admit, with the previous preparations from each SL cadet. Too bad they scraped parts as to why these people were retained, which fleshed a sympathetic side to Nanaba’s character.
Nanaba feeling bad for the 104th - Ch. 35
This is the same case as Nick. Even if the reason had to be hidden, that passage could’ve been at least included for further implications.
I loved the break between the moment the titan appeared and the one where it suddenly started running towards the formation. The forte of this episode was without doubt a good action combined to excellent music. Good thing to kick off a 4-year long waiting.
I’m curious about who dubs Gelgar, as well. This part of the chapter ends on Mike in action before going on something completely different… A scene that wasn’t supposed to appear now. Aside from the Eren and Mikasa moment that was mostly added as an extra scene it doesn’t really serve a purpose now. I’ll take it as a foreshadowing for later.
No offense but Eren’s kind of a dick in this scene though. Telling Mikasa to buy another scarf when it was her only memento. Not cool.
Next is an eruri scene kinda similar to the one added much later that lasted a couple of seconds and it was mostly talking about Mike’s situation and that small hope he’ll make it out alive.
But since we’re following the manga and the episode has to end on chapter 35…
We’re introduced to that weird titan that enjoys taking a walk.
First shot of the Beast Titan - Ep. 1
Who also grabs Mike’s horse, abuses it while strangling him and aims for its owner a couple of seconds later.
And who can also talk.
Note: in the manga it looked like he wiped his hand from the midget titan’s blood, but in this episode he waits for it to evaporate, completely unfazed.
That scene is absolutely terrifying. I’ll remind everybody that Mike was supposed to be second compared to Levi as a SL member and he was completely terrified as that titan was stealing his 3DMG, with no horse, his legs broken and four titans surrounding him.
But Mike was someone filled with hope.
Mike screaming - Ep. 1
As long as the fight was going on, nothing was lost. But the Beast Titan, being a troll but not on purpose, sends the surrounding titans to devour Mike.
And this roar of fight became a cry of despair as Mike’s life ended with titans tearing him apart. Thanks a lot Kenta Miyake for the power put in Mike’s voice. Congratulations, seriously. The visuals made it worse.
And this first episode ends on an ominous ending. That was a nice kick to every SnK watcher to put us in the mood again. I forgot how much I liked this arc and waited so long for it to be animated.
Persona 5 The Animation #17 - Glacie’s Review and Opinions (SPOILERS///)
Time for a review/my opinions on the latest P5A episode! Overall, I loved it, but here are some key points.
Ryuji counting on Futaba in the beginning was pretty nice (I think he said the same/something similar in the game but it’s been a while)
Ren (MC) NOT saving Makoto - or anyone - from the falling debris of Shadow Wakaba’s attack. One of the moments from the game that I’m glad they cut out because it does more favors to Makoto’s character this way (in my opinion)
Futaba beginning to cry as she is confronted by Shadow Futaba (bittersweet but it certainly made the scene and thus her Awakening more emotional to me)
Both Makoto AND Anne comforting Futaba, not just Makoto like in the game (correct me if I’m wrong)
Futaba’s awakening was pretty much the same as from the game, though I did love some of the new animations she did after awakening.
Anne saying that she would shoot the bow at Shadow Wakaba, wanting it to be so that Futaba never thinks about suicide again (generally, her worry for Futaba from the game is just 10 x times more present in the anime and I love how she stated that she would be the one to do it and everyone agreed with it, Anne and Futaba’s friendship had a lot of potential and I’m glad the anime is expanding on that, at least a little bit)
The Ren and Futaba moment at the end of the fight was badass. Enough said XD
Thanks to Sojiro, the group gets to enjoy a relaxing day at the Sky Tree, despite it being the day where they could potentially lose to Medjed, and they bond/have fun which was amazing to watch ^_^
Futaba wakes up on the same day (rather than weeks later) and stops Medjed - from her phone before asking Sojiro to get her something to drink.
Now this happened in the beginning of the episode, but it was interesting to see Goro seek out Iwai to talk and thinking about what the Phantom Thieves would do with Medjed. A neat little extra scene, in my opinion.
As I’ve said above, the episode was generally an amazing one. A lot of neat changes that I much prefer over how the game did it and I was generally happy while watching it. Hopefully the next episode will be just as a good. What are your opinions on the episode, everyone? :D
I had the chance to go to the MAPPA panel on Sunday at AnimeNEXT where they discussed some aspects of the production of Yuri!!! on Ice. In attendance were Junpei Tatenaka (lead figure skating animator), Noriko Ito (prop designer, lead animation supervisor), Takahiro Ogawa (animation producer), and Izumi Hirose (color designer).
The panel was about an hour long and they brought actual (paper!) production drafts which they showed via a desk camera as well as reference pages and files which they showed via their laptop.
Note that no pictures or recordings were allowed during the panel, but I took notes on what they presented and added some screenshots of my own to reference what they showed us. (There’s a lot to write about so sorry if transitions are too abrupt or non-existent between topics)
Moral Orel is an adult swim cartoon that during its airing time got panned because of some bad producer decisions (including airing the season 1 finale as the very first episode, that ties up arcs that were building throughout the season) that was easily dismissed as being yet another mean spirited, stop motion show on adult swim. Except it wasn’t. By the second half of the second season into third season this show goes from low-brow comedy into a psychological drama about child abuse, alcoholism, repressed sexuality, and a crisis of faith that feels straight out of an Ingmar Bergman film.
It is a show that aired during 2004-2008 during George W. Bush’s second presidential term (fairly important for understanding the political enviornment that caused this show to be.) and the show itself is about a young boy named Orel who lives in a town called Moralton driven by a christian fundementalist community, which will feel familiar to most Americans growing up in the south. As you can probably gather already, there’s some Davey and Goliath parody element to it. He is a good hearted kid who just wants to do right by the bible and god and unfortunately all of the adults in his town give him cynical, bad advice and he takes things too literally, too far. For the first season there’s a formula of Orel hearing a sermon and then taking the revrend’s advice to extreme logical conclusions. By the third season though it becomes a different show. Dare I say even, an experience.
The animation and art is full of detail which lends itself to a lot of sight gags, by the third season the command over stop motion animation is fully cinematic and beautiful to watch, especially the character acting.
Also it features music from The Mountain Goats, including this song:
as for where you can watch it, well, the only legal venue to see the show in its entirety is on hulu (or region 4 australlian dvds…) as it never got a dvd release. Otherwise, you can find it if you know where to find things, if you catch my drift but I’d encourage hulu if you have it. There is also one special, Beforel Orel, which aired in 2012, and one “extra” episode made by the creator of the show and one of his storyboard artists using crude models (as the show was canceled and the puppets were put into storage.). Both are excellent.
Chat out of the Bag - Miraculous Non-Spoiler Review
Heyo, my ladybugs and tomcats!
In honor of Miraculous Twitter bombing day, I have arrived to give a thorough, non-spoiler review of Miraculous. I want to warn you all, that these are just all my personal thoughts on the show and opinion, but regardless, it is a wonderful show.
If there’s something I love in a good TV Show, Movie, or Video Game, it’s a good plot. I’m sure that all if you can agree with me that having a good plot is imperative to having a great product. And I can tell you, that Hawkdaddy / Papapillon, our beloved Thomas Astruc, has created this masterpiece of a story.
The overall premise of the story, as told by Wikipedia is this:
Set in modern-day Paris the series focuses on a teenaged junior high school girl, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and her classmate, Adrien Agreste. When evil arises in Paris, Marinette transforms into ‘Ladybug’, while Adrien transforms into 'Chat Noir’.
However, neither know each other’s secret identities: Marinette doesn’t realise that her school crush, Adrien, is Chat Noir and Chat Noir doesn’t know that his partner and crush, Ladybug, is actually Marinette.
Together, they’re a crime-fighting duo who protect Paris against the mysterious villain, Hawk Moth and his akumas.
Now, you might be thinking, oh, it’s your average cliche romance story. It’s not. Of course, there are a lot of romantic elements inside this show, there is also plenty of action, suspense, and mystery. Each episode has it’s own mini-arc and ends usually pretty nicely. The ways that the episodes progress is also very unique and creative and I don’t think it has been done before in TV Series! Although, you’d have to watch it to find out what I mean :)
There are moments where this show rips my heart in two. This show can get depressing. This show can make you laugh. This show can make you scream (personal experience, I have video evidence because my friend apparently snapchatted me screaming, but that’s another story).
In conclusion of story, this show has an amazing story. It may not be perfect (always room for improvement, but this goes for all stories out there!), but it the one of the most enjoyable stories I’ve ever enjoyed so far
This is one of the few instances where I can get very invested into characters. This is one of those moments. Everyone loves a good character, someone they can relate to or someone they can look up to (for the young’uns). I myself, enjoy the characters on the show very much!
One thing I like about this show is how diverse the staff of characters there. The cast of characters we’re are introduced are all very multi-racial. Marinette, the protagonist of the show, is half Chinese (mother’s side) in addition to being French. Although Adrien is French, he is confirmed to be able to speak Chinese. At least two characters come from an Arabian Ancestry and there’s even more than I can’t name off the top of my head!
Not to mention that this is a mash of a French, Korean, and Japanese companies who are working together! Even Toei Animation!
It’s one thing to say that you feel for a character. There are moments where I actually felt so pained in one particular episode that for the entire day I felt like someone was strangling my heart. I just feel so attuned to them that I feel like I’m tethered to them, so every time they get hurt, I get hurt to. They’re just so relatable to me!
THIS SHOW HAS SOME GLORIOUS EYE-CANDY. I mean, just look at it! It’s absolutely AMAZING! HOW YOU NOT LIKE IT???
The battle scenes are so well choreographed and very well animated! I have to say that Miraculous has one of the most beautiful and utterly amazing CGI Animation that I have ever seen in Animated TV Show history. YOU CAN SEE THE TEXTURE ON LADYBUG’S / CHAT NOIR’S OUTFIT.
LIKE WOW, IT IS SOME BEAUTIFUL SCENES. The emotions on the character’s faces are so expressive, even out of context you can tell what a certain character is feeling at one point in time! ITS AMAZING! The animation crew for this show really outdone themselves!
One of the few reasons I’ve been able to get into this show is because how beautiful the animation was. Believe it or not, I found Miraculous through a gifset of Chat Noir that my friend had reblogged. As soon as I saw it on my dash, I knew I had found something to look forward to. I was just so fascinated by how well animated that few seconds of Chat was that I was sucked into this fandom!
The voice acting for this show is one thing I like about it! Although I have yet to hear the English VA’s (though I have heard their theme song), I am in love with both the Korean and French Voice Actors!
The Korean Dub is very expressive. They love to put all the little extra grunts and squeals in battle scenes. They also put a LOT of emotion into their character’s voices and some of are just so cute! The French Dub is very silky to listen to, I squee every time I heart Chat Noir’s French voice! Marinette’s French voices is so cute to listen to! French Plagg is probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard the only thing I could think of when I heard his voice is like when people were auditioning for the Plagg VA they just hired a French Butler.
Miraculous’ theme song has the one of the most catchiest songs in the universe. As soon as I heard it, I realized how much I was going to love this show.
There are currently three different version of the theme song out there and I love them! All of them has to each it’s own qualities that make it a little different! The English Opening is very catching, especially if you speak English. My friend who did not even watch the show, told me that the OP got stuck in her head after I played it a couple times during class. The Korean version has a very unique trait added to them, that a K-Pop Band is singing the songs! And last be not least, the French version sounds like it has been recorded in heaven because those voices are hmmmmmmmm……..SO GOOD! A+
Also even, the two concept songs used in earlier productions is also extremely catchy like wow. Even the music that plays in the background is pretty good, but that OP is one to drag people in. Some ear-worms crawlin’ in your brain and it ain’t coming out anytime soon.
I just want to say that the Miraculous Community is probably the most unique fandom I’ve ever been part of. Of course, not to say we’re not a perfect fandom, but this one of the best fandoms I’ve ever been part of. Almost everyone who is part of the community is extraordinarily nice and kind. We’re also very respectful and the most important component: we love the show!
Because of Miraculous, for the first time in forever, I managed to really connect with other fans. In the past, I’ve never been able to connect with other fans of the things I liked. I mean once in awhile, I speak to someone with the same interest, but this is probably the first time I’ve been able to converse to someone about something I’m fangirling over with! There is also some AMAZING fanart and fanfiction floating around on tumblr and other websites!
I’ve sometime watched episodes together with other fans at the same time and having other people watching it at the same time is very exhilarating! It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that, and for once, I feel very included!
NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT HAWKDADDY (AKA Thomas Asturc, the creator of the show) ACTUALLY TAKES TIME TO CONVERSE WITH US LIKE WHAT. THERE WAS EVEN A TIME HE ACTUALLY JOINED US IN A CHATROOM AND LIKE THANKED US, THE FANS FOR LIKING THE SHOW LIKE WHAT. WHO DOES THAT? ONLY THE GREATS FANON DAD, HAWKDADDY DOES! Like, Hawkdaddy actually take the time to converse with the fans, answer questions (or watch us suffer with the magical words ‘No Spoilers’).
I have to say something when I say that this is the first time I’m so emotionally invested into a TV Show. The only other time I’ve been so utterly obsessed is the video game series, Kingdom Hearts, but this is the first time this has happened with a TV Series.
One thing to say, GO WATCH THIS SHOW. You will not regret watching this. It’s just so amazing in so amazing in different ways! The show, characters, and animation are brilliant! The music and the voice acting are just so pleasant to listen to! The Community is just an awesome bunch to hang with!
So in conclusion…
GO WATCH MIRACULOUS: TALE OF LADYBUG AND CHAT NOIR!
One more week, and one episode closer to the final. We finally get to see one of the most important episodes: the official competition between Yuuri and Yurio. To add more drama, the episode is set in Russia, home country of both Yurio and Viktor.
So what can we expect from this episode? Lots of drama, probably.
Let’s watch it!
[If you’re curious about the previous mega-posts, feel free to read them here:
Before I even start this one I want to make very clear that it’s not for the faint of heart by any stretch of the imagination. As a horror anime it has everything you would expect and a lot more on top of that, so if your not into that sort of thing I would avoid watching it. If you like this sort of thing however; I can assure you that there is more then enough things happening to keep you interested.
I don’t want to give to much of the story away as it moves along at a pretty fast pace, but basically humans were on a mission to populate Mars. The Earth was falling to pieces and they needed some other place to go to help to alleviate the strain of the planet. Before the first team was sent they used cockroaches infused with a special type of algue to help to purify Mar’s atmospher and make it closer to that of Earth’s. Years later when the first team arrived they were annihilated by a group of large humanoid roaches that were remenants of those they sent to Mars. In response some decades later, a special unit was formed called the “Terra Formars” with the goal of wiping out what remained of the terrifying insects. This too failed and only two survivers made it back, both vowing to form a team to get ultimate revenge.
One of the most impressive things to me about this anime was how much information about the key characters was fit into each episode. I was a bit worried that it would feel rushed and many of the characters stories incomplete, but that was far from the case here. The writers did an excellent job of smoothing in key aspects of character when there was down time and taking advantage of events to better showcase the unique personalities that each character has. Each character has an extra reason for fighting and this helps to generate even more intrigue into the story itself. Even though some of the flashbacks for certain characters are only a few minutes, within that time you really get a sense of their true emotion and feelings at that moment as opposed to now and how major events in each of their lives lead to this moment face to face with what could be their undoing. There are instances where the characters that you would expect to have the most training and composure do not. This really brings out the true nature of the story and shows a realistic response to such tragic events. It hits home the idea that no matter how much training a person has done there are some things that take them by surprise and some things that they can’t cope with. It’s nice to see both sides of a character in a moment when they should be full of doubt and this anime does a good job of not painting a single character as some invincible force that is unaffected by what is going on around them.
There’s a lot of violence in this one to be sure, but one thing I noticed was how realistic they made each death or attack. In the case of the more violent attacks, the anime would actually slow down and provide a detailed skeleton of the person to show how the event could actually happen in realistic terms. This also helps to drive home the tremendous amount of strength and ferocity that the monsters they are fighting have. The animation doesn’t skip too much on the details and leaves little to the imagination. When a character meets their demise or is about to you can be pretty sure that the animation is going to slow down just enough for you to be able to take it all in. They even use this to their advantage by slowing it down for the other characters as well, making you feel as if you are watching it happen from each of the character’s points of view. There is a lot of detail to be found in this one and I really like the fact that the animators took the time to show the results of a battle on each one of the characters while also keeping the environment believable. The timing is fantastic and the camera angle really seemed to work throughout the entire show, allow for the viewer to really take in the new world around them as they watched things develop. The blood and gore of course was a little bit much at times, but for the most part I felt that the animators tried to keep it as normal as possible.
The anime is fantastic in terms of horror and suspense, but the story can be lacking in depth at places. Even though this is the case I really enjoyed the show and felt that there was more then enough information about each of the characters to keep someone interested. I think that had there been at least ten more episodes the plot holes could have been filled and there could have been a little more explanation of the back story in place. Even so, the pacing of it was done in such a way that it really made you feel as if the characters had little time to react or think at all.
Alright I know some of you asked about what I think of the new season since I was a pretty big anti-crystal person thus far…I should do a proper review with proper screenshots but I’m a bit lazy but overall…
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Season 3! Everything is just SO MUCH BETTER. I know that’s not saying a lot considering the really shitty quality of season 1 and 2 on all fronts–story, characterization, art and animation. But so far, Cryastal 3 quality holds up to the better animated shows today. It’s the show we should have gotten FROM THE VERY BEGINNING of this whole entire reboot.
So let’s begin with all the things that they fixed!
Okay, so now that I’ve had a little bit of time to think about it a bit more … I’ve come to the conclusion I have some really really mixed feelings about this episode. I’m not salty, per se, just conflicted, especially since both the game and the manga had such great storytelling while focusing on different aspects of the story. Cutting because you know with an opening like that this is going to get long.
TL;DR: Despite all the good, there’s still some things they could be doing better. The Good Things are Good, but the Bad Thing really irritates me, and I’m overall super cautious about how this season will turn out writing wise.