Speaking of animation quality, the first episode of Gundam Thunderbold went up on youtube a few days ago and I have yet to post it here. It's only 18 minutes long, and is drop-dead gorgeous. It takes place alongside the latter part of the original series, but don't worry if you're not familiar with it. All you need to know is there's a war, Zeon are the bad guys, and the Federation are the good guys and have the Gundam(s). People live on Earth and in Space colonies around Earth, and Zeon are all space colonists, but not all space colonists are Zeon. English subtitles are in the close captions.
One day soon, the whole world will know what it's like to go eat Italian food. While the Berserk hiatus is a bummer, it was inevitable. Miura at last graced us with the end of the legendary Boat Arc. I'm super excited to see post-Golden Age arcs finally get animated, even if it's just a new trilogy of movies. A new TV series would be perfect, though. There's no shortage of material for one.
I watched 8 episodes of One Punch Man today. I love it already (although still not topping Orphans as my favorite of the season [so far]). I want to run out and buy all the manga available RIGHT NOW, but ,alas, that will have to wait. Also, Speed-o'-Sound Sonic is literally perfect.
Some said this day would never come, that the legends were false. They said Guts and crew would never see dry land again, not in our generation at least. And now the doubters have been silenced, as Kentaro Miura has seen fit to gift us mortals with the end of The Boat Arc. Praise be to Miura!
A teaser and info just came out for the new Macross anime, Macross Delta. Looks to be about two different idol groups, one all female and one all male(? they're so pretty), who may or may not be Valkyrie pilots. I'm not sure. A preview special will air on New Years Eve, which might include the first episode of the series. 'Minori Suzuki, the 18-year-old winner of the newest Macross singer auditions from Aichi Prefecture, will play Freyja Wion, an aspiring idol who is full of spirit and who is always smiling. Five girls form the "Tactical Sound Unit" Walküre, the first major songstress group in the Macross anime franchise. (Macross 7 had the Jamming Birds group, and The Macross Digital Mission VF-X game had the group Milky Dolls.) The Walküre group battles the Var Syndrome that is consuming the galaxy, and there is also the mysterious Aerial Knights Valkyrie fighter team of the Kingdom of Wind.' http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-10-29/macross-delta-tv-anime-unveils-teaser-staff-characters-valkyries/.94760
I don't recall anyone saying there were nano-machines involved in the process. It appears that the interface connects directly to the nerves in the spine. It's possible I missed a line, I guess. Anyhow, the new Gundam series continues to be great. Aside from the superficial similarities with previous Gundam series, Iron-Blooded Orphans is doing some new things I haven't seen before in this franchise or out of it. Mikazuki and Orga are super interesting, and I have no idea what's going to happen next, besides things eventually moving to space, but that could happen a ton of different ways. I haven't felt this kind of excitement watching Gundam week to week since 00.
It's been quite the ride, but I'm glad if Monogatari is able to end on a high note. We still have the Kizumonogatari films to go after Owarimonogatari, if the internet is right. I've still got Tsukimonogatari to watch, but it won't take me too long to catch up. In other news, Iron-Blooded Orphans looks to actually be only 25 episodes long. I don't know if that makes me feel better or worse about it, since the only other "traditional" Gundam series of that length was G-Reco, and, while I still enjoyed most of it, that show had terrible pacing issues. If this is the length Gundam series are going to be from now on, the sooner they figure out how to stuff a typically huge war story with a large cast into half the time, the better. Here's hoping this series does it well.
I beat MGSV a couple weeks ago but never got around to reporting back here. Basically, the game is still absolutely fantastic. I have never played a more fun action or stealth video game, and still pick it up from time to time. I would have liked more story, but what plot was there is legitimately important, especially some end-game information you get for finishing the story. Super spoilers ahead
Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans just started, and it was pretty good first episode. Very traditional Gundam first-episode stuff: introducing characters with their factions, naming some of the tech specific to this setting, and starting the conflict off tragically. My only real complaint is that all the info being dumped was a bit much to take in, but I'm sure the next few weeks will clear up things. The music is good, and the animation was gorgeous, especially when the fighting began. This show is set for 50 episodes, and it could drop the ball eventually, but right now it's looking good and I'm excited for next week's episode.
Metal Gear is totally worth getting into. Not only are they fun to play, but it's an amazing experience watching the conspiracies unfold, the odds escalate, cinematography and gameplay improve, and characters develop over the course of these games. You lose a lot when you just hear or read about Metal Gear instead of getting hands on. As for Phantom Pain, I'm at about 30% completion right now. One of the last things I've done was and, yeah, this game is that good. It's not even fair to call MGSV a "stealth" game; even though there are occasionally missions that require stealth, it is almost never mandatory. If it gets the job done, that's enough. And even as far as I am in the game, I'm developing new weapons and items that open up new, crazy strategies, and figuring out creative ways to use tech I've had almost since the beginning. Still a ways to go from the end credits, so I'll save my thoughts on story until then.