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 The Latest Stuff

The decline of Code Geass

The latest opinion piece on ZeAnime, focusing on why Code Geass just needs to stop.

Let’s talk talk the history of fan-service

The latest Let’s Talk on ZeAnime, giving you a detailed look at different aspects of anime, this time details how fan-service became a thing.

Sound! Euphonium is a mess of fun and out of tune notes

The latest review on ZeAnime, focusing on whether or not you should watch the high school band romance of Sound! Euphonium.

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In Due Time

“To my dearest friend Isabella, whom my words could never ring fully, and my meanings exaggerated, though my memories ever happy.”

Tick tock goes the clock, tick tock tick tock it goes twice more. Tumbling down it crashes and bang it rings, again and again. In a coffin it wobbles, mallets hammering upon one another. Nine o’clock read the clock, tickety tock, tickety tock.

Perhaps the steady rhythm, or such precise shuddering sends each hair on the back standing in a march formation. As sure as the soldiering clock, each dagger of sunlight pierces the fort of curtain-smothered darkness such a thing is secluded to. The tick tock that burns as righteously as the thumping of my heart, etching into the very fabric of what I dream. The golden light sweeps over the blind echoing tick tock, immersing me in a constant ping of sound.

This body twitches and squirms, writhing within the sheets of fabric it’s enveloped in. Strands of hair rustle against the colourless pillow. Scratches of trolleys pierce through such thin walls, adding layers upon the canvas of running ink. Antennas ruffle under the duvet, spraying colour towards the stencilling. Eyes are shocked open, though no light falls through the ocean of stony grey.

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Sound! Euphonium is a mess of fun and out of tune notes

Music is many different things to many people. Some musiciansba2c6a7f9e96fe5164c110e1e73ba7ab1428165704_full strive for perfection and others simply play for the thrill of it, and because of that there is no such thing as perfection in the realm of musicology. In any constantly evolving media, i.e. music, it is impossible to ever be the best, particularly when there are always new songs to train up to a performance standard.

And Sound! Euphonium, sadly, only plays a few notes correctly.

The story of Sound! Euphonium, otherwise known as Hibike! Euphonium, is a rather simple one. Kumiko is one of two euphonium players in the Kitauji High School Wind Ensemble, who finds herself caught in the complex politics of the band’s desire to play in the Nationals.

For those not in the know, the Nationals, for just about any country, are the top-tier competitions for musical groups to prove their worth, and as such are rather prestigious.

Like just about any sporting team, the Wind Ensemble wants to reach the grand finals, however like with all things, there’s a large differnce between saying you want to do something and actually doing it.

Because of this, the band’s newly appointed conductor, Taki, is placed in the awkward circumstance of having to train his students, while also beating them over the head when they don’t stay true to their word.

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The decline of Code Geass

Code Geass is a show rarely bested in how it deals with characters, strategy, and of course, plot. It was a rollercoaster of grandiose scale, with every epic battle culminating in high tensions, and then crashing downwards as the table was suddenly flipped upside down. It’s a spectacle few anime try to accomplish nowadays, and even fewer manage.

At least, that was the case for Code Geass R1. The second Code_Geass_DVD_Part3season, respectively titled Code Geass R2, captured some of that essence, but fell flat in other ways.

There was intricate planning in R1 that led to it becoming one of the best anime out there, particularly if spectacle is your shtick. The writers at Sunrise knew where their stories would begin, and how they would end. They had designed a world where tensions were forever high, bordering on the line of pure anarchic chaos within the confines of Area 11, and pure cold heartedness on the battlefield, and a character that is both satanic but incredibly humanitarian.

It had class and sophistication. Rarely was Code Geass R1 over the top, though it had its moments. There was a striking balance between the tale of the Lancelot and the Black Knight’s constant duelling, and a surprisingly good high school story that could have been a lot worse.

But somewhere along the line Code Geass lost that balance of story and action.

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The subtle greatness of Your Lie in April

Is music something solely technical, something above that of common folk? Can a person truly be defined by their past, even their own failings? The answer is and isn’t yes.

Your Lie in April is quite an interesting show. It grasps the complexity of depression from all sides, and even delves into the intricacy of music. Each core character is given enough development to feel real, and for a show so vibrant, for every feel-good scene there’s a bitter sweet moment of complexion.

“Piano prodigy Kousei Arima dominated the competition and has become famous among child musicians. After his mother, who was also his instructor, died, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a piano recital at the age of eleven. As a result, he is no longer able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing is perfectly fine. Two years later, Kousei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, without any flair or color. He has resigned himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything. Kaori Miyazono, a pretty, free-spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality, helps Kousei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kousei was used to.”

Perhaps it’s from my lack of avid anime watching, but there was something that just clicked with this show.

As a musician myself, it struck each and every note of a story perfectly. Your Lie in April captured the sinister side of professional music, one that requires rigorous skill and perfection, but also bought light to the talent needed to make music sound good.

The art of performance is shown to be much more than bland technicality and metronomic-precision. It’s something that must come from within.

The show asks a simple question that applies to everyone, regardless of whether they play an instrument or not. Who are you doing this for? Do you succeed in life to conquer someone, or do you live to make an impact on someone?

Paying tribute to something is a common feature in Your Lie in April, with both Kousei and Kaori having to find their own answers.

Even the darkness of abuse is given a twisted sympathy, with Kousei’s own mother terrified over whether or not her son will be good enough. She wants to know that her only child will be prepared enough to live alone in this world, knowing fully that she’ll never see him grow old.

Each character is running from something, whether it be Kousei from his mother, Takeshi from his long-gone idol, or even Tsubaki, an isolated girl who only wants her beloved childhood friend to succeed, though it mean losing him.

For a show with such a bitter sweet ending, it still makes you happy. The viewer grows with the characters as they develop over the show, with each and every small interaction feeling human. It’s now that I look back on this show, as a fan of big-bang action scenes and whatnot, and realise that Your Lie in April did not come close to any of the blood-pumping awe.

What it did however, is something simple but complex.

It made me care for these characters in a way that I haven’t felt for quite some time, going all the way back to my first viewing of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Shows like Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass, Steins;gate, Trigun and so on were cool, but I wasn’t involved with the characters. I don’t feel like their journeys could hit as hard as they did in Your Lie in April.

As a writer, I strive to write characters even half as emotional as the ones seen in Your Lie in April. As a viewer, I’d love to see much more of what the Your Lie in April team has to offer.

Your Lie in April gives the simple premise of music an overwhelming depth of characterisation, and even if you don’t care for the classics, the body of this fine show is much more robust. And that’s something I can’t say for a lot of shows.

There is certainly a lot more I’d love to add, but I don’t feel as if words alone can justify the connection I had with this show. The one thing I can recommend is that you watch it.

But until then, this is ZeAnime sounding out.

Code Geass and what makes an ending good

An ending is the most important element of any show, serving as the final experience one is given of their beloved world, but what makes a good ending?

Many prominent YouTubers, such as GRAkada, stress this truth on their own platforms, however the art of constructing a finale is much harder than it seems. Great endings such as Code Geass R2’s are memorable, even though the series did not match the standard of narrative that the first began, but even then it’s recognised as the best part of the Code Geass franchise. On the flip side shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, which followed an average storyline with complex nuances, had an ending that served as a smack in the face for the majority of viewers, removing the core themes of the anime and dumping the viewer in an ending that was completely rushed.

The following contains spoilers for Code Geass

Endings do not need to make the viewer feel happy, in fact they can do quite the opposite. Code Geass’s finale, Re;, featured a tragic ending, and while the emotional impact varied from suspense to sadness, it didn’t make the viewers feel over-joyous. The ending of Re; was the culmination of a battle of epic proportion, with story arcs resulting in confrontation, deceit and eventually redemption. Even if animation studio Sunrise, the producers behind Code Geass, had portrayed an ending subpar to fan expectations, the tight and compact sequence of events still would have given the series notability.

And that’s what any conclusion, whether it be a book or an anime, boils down to: closure and plot. Code Geass succeeded where Neon Genesis Evangelion did not; it expanded on existing story arcs and then ended them in a way that respected the fan base. Lelouch V Britannia was a character with few morals other than protecting his crippled and blinded sister Nunnally, and instead of the show simply stating this sense of protection, his devotion is tested several times throughout the story, meaning that the one moment where he must betray her carries significant weight. The finale’s events mean something whereas in any other show it could be seen as misconstrued.

Neon Genesis Evangelion attempted to strengthen it’s characters and finalise their arcs, however by the time the climax of the story had come into fruition, there were many more questions asked than those answered. While the characters of Shinji, Asuka and Rei etc. were interesting, the fact that the story itself was not properly fleshed out was ultimately detrimental to the finale. Code Geass kept the flow going up until the credits, showing where the characters’s journeys led to while also giving a sense of closure.

Endings should deliver a satisfactory conclusion to the characters and their story arcs, while incorporating the aspects of the show that make it great. For Code Geass it was it’s action and plot, and for Neon Genesis Evangelion it’s characters.

The finale of any show should be the pinnacle of it, because even shows like Trigun which are viewed as staples of anime, sometimes aren’t given another chance.

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Brisbane’s 100 strong Pokemon championship

In Australia more than 100 Pokemon battlers and enthusiasts gathered to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to hash it out in the open championship for the popular franchise.

What the common man views as a video game, this quite serious tournament is known as the 2015 Pokémon Video Game Brisbane Regional Championships, and sported an attendance of 100 competitors. Fighters of all ages venture to the competition in order to earn ‘Championship Points’, so that they can advance further into the rounds.

“Pokémon is like a really complex form of poker, because everyone has the same skill set and there’s a lot of elements. So it’s about who can manage them most effectively. A lot of strategy goes into it.” – Daniel Pickering, contestant

Pokemon has been around for quite some time, coming onto consoles for the first time in Japan 1996. After amassing millions of fans, Pokemon has evolved to become a trading card game, film series, anime and of course video game franchise.

Since it’s beginnings Pokemon has amassed more than 781 characters, a massive jump from the original 151.

While there’ve been numerous incarnations of the Pokemon series, the sole concept has always kept the same formula of catching strange creatures known as Pokemon, training them, evolving them and eventually battling them against others.

In the coming days the Sydney championship will begin, ultimately moving onto other Australian regions such as Perth, Melbourne, Auckland and Adelaide. The top two players from each age division will receive free flights and accommodation to the 2015 Pokémon Video Game National Championships, where they will verse other Australian winners. In addition the victors will attend the Pokémon Video Game World Championships, where hopefully they will win.

While Major League Gaming events have been held for the likes of League of Legends, Call of Duty etc., the idea of such a seemingly simplistic game being given this competitive treatment is intriguing.

What’re your thoughts? Feel free to share them below.

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Weekly rant on content updates, plans and gaming

I’ve steadily learnt a few things over my time writing for ZeAnime, namely where I would like this blog to go in terms of community and content.

A new piece of creative writing has been published, titled ‘Death and Rebirth‘, and an opinion piece will be posted on Wednesday or Friday depending on how I decide to schedule my posts.

For a while now I’ve questioned the quality and frequency of posts on this site. On one hand I want this blog to be noticed, and to do that I’d need to post every day or so, simply so the chances of people clicking onto my content is bolstered, however to do that would most likely mean that the quality would differ greatly. With the added benefit of this blog feeling more like a job than an avenue of paced practice for my own writing skills, the model of multiple posts on a daily schedule isn’t appealing. The keyword is of course ‘appealing’, as it won’t bring in as many viewers as I’d hope to, but then again I don’t expect this blog to blow up any time soon.

As a general rule from here and onwards I plan to post a couple posts per week, excluding these weekly updates. For some of my recent followers, who I assume took notice of me from my story called Death Note, I can only say that I will be posting more writing on this blog, however it will rarely ever be the main focus of ZeAnime, given the name.

And now, on the bloggy sides of things I haven’t been up to much. I’ve gotten back into Deus Ex Human Revolution, which I strongly recommend you guys pick up at some stage. That and the sequel ‘Deus Ex Mankind Divided’ has been announced, which I’m desperately hoping will get a  Mac release considering how much I loved the first, though I somewhat doubt that will happen. I’m also pondering getting into the Mass Effect trilogy as I’m dying for a strong RPG to steal my time away from me.

Amongst my gaming resurgence, which trust me is rare because I struggle to maintain attention on most things, I’ve been listening to both the Bloodborne OST and the original Whiplash song by Don Ellis, from which the movie Whiplash is based off. It’s an amazing song with great trumpet pieces and a sexy baritone and piano call and response segment.

Before I head off I’d like to welcome the newly joined Bearzachan, Elan Mudrow and of course DF, to the blog. I hope you enjoy what I’ve to offer over the coming weeks and whatnot. Feel free to leave your thoughts on how you find the blog and what grabbed your interest.

Anyway that’s been my life over the past week. What’s earned your attention recently? Leave a comment below, and until next time, have fun.

Death and Rebirth

When someone is unique in each and every way, is there any point to achieving our own little schemes? When someone is unique in each and every way, surely they’ve mastered their own true intention on the most basic starved foundation of thought? When we all make our mark on this pretty little flower of a world, then there is no more purpose to living on for we’ve reached the threshold of idealistic eternity? See, there is one thing our utterly unique and sickly individual minded society strives for with each stride.

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Death Note

Slowly, almost timidly, I remove myself from the thing’s embrace, my breathing still ragged as I fall back onto the soft scattered sheets with a soft creak of the bed, falling deeper and deeper into the pleasant padding. It’s breathing is heavier than my own, sending chills down my body, hairs standing on end, frightened of the prying gaze. Continue reading