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Old 01-04-2019, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fin to go rewatch the first episode of Record of Lodoss War and then talk about that ****. Stay (car)tuned.
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Record of Lodoss War - Episode 1






If you asked me for an anime that was pure Tolkien worship then I'd have a very short number of recommendations for you. I could give you Slayers but while it's very Western fantasy it's also Japanese anime comedy to the hilt so won't satisfy your cravings. I could give you Vision of Escaflowne or Berserk but while they are more serious they go their own way, the former taking influence from giant robot anime and the latter being more alternate medieval history with a heavy Lovecraftian influence. Really the only anime I can think of that would satisfy everything and nothing else that you would want from an anime that was Lord of the Rings embodied would be Record of Lodoss war. It is the best Dungeons & Dragons campaign you ever played with your lameass friends writ large with every trope you'd expect accounted for.

The entire 13-episode series is well worth your time but while I could try to encapsulate everything involved into a blurb that would simply make it sound like every old school fantasy book you could read (cause it kinda is) I will instead tell you of the very first episode and why it is the perfect introduction to such a series and why it is also one of the most perfect small forms of Western fantasy you could ever give 25-minutes of your life to regardless of how you wanted to imbibe your fantasy.

This episode begins with a fellowship entering a cave to do... something. They are exactly what you would expect from a fantasy fellowship: you have your young human swordsman with more gumption than experience, your mystical elf in conflict with your gruff dwarf, your Swiss Army knife wizard, your snarky thief, and even a cleric who just wants everyone to be friends.

Throughout the episode you'll see hints of the forces of both good and evil preparing for conflict that is focused upon the outcome of our heroes' journey, but while we will see how this plays out in time, for this episode we are solely focused upon our fellowship making our way through this cave, an ancient dwarven stronghold that has fallen into darkness.

We will see evil creatures assault our heroes, we will see those heroes explore the ruins of what once was, and we will see a final confrontation with what must of course be at the heart of a corrupted, ancient place of civilization. No, not a balrog, **** you. A mother****ing dragon.

So yeah guy with a sword, elf, dwarf, wizard, and then they fight a dragon. And there's lore interspersed. That's the entirety of this episode and concentrated into less than a half-an-hour it is one of the most pure personifications of everything that is Western fantasy on this planet. It's not even the first chronological story in the series. It's somewhere in the middle but it's shoved into the beginning because it's a trailer, not only for the show itself, but for fantasy in general.

What? That doesn't sell itself? Maybe because you don't know how perfect and atmospheric the animation is? Because you don't know how the rest of the series will build on this most basic concept so masterfully into a sweeping epic? Because it doesn't give an indication that the characters will develop in interesting ways? Well that makes sense because episode 1 isn't about that. It's simply about being the perfect archetypal Western fantasy scene and everything else starts with episode 2 and mesmerizes you from there with more longform storytelling.

Record of Lodoss knows what it is and knows that to begin it needs to set the tone and knows that to do that you need to feel like you've been dropped in the middle of a D&D campaign with your drunk friends and does so with flourish and fun. For years one of my favorite things to do on a day off was order a pizza and watch this episode. There's just something about it I can't quantify that makes it perfect for a lazy day while eating pizza and I'm getting the urge right the **** now.

Watch Record of Lodoss War because if you're a fantasy fan and you don't then you're harming yourself.

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Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu







Full Metal Panic has three seasons. Season 1, Fumoffu, and Season 2. Seasons 1 and 2 are a mix of anime high school romcom and mecha action series. They're goofy and fun but also switch on a dime with action and a plot revolving around... something or other. I've only seen part of season 1 and nothing of season 2 and that was a while ago so I don't really remember. But that doesn't matter cause we're talking about the intermediate season Fumoffu. Fumoffu is Full Metal Panic with the action (almost) completely taken out to leave us with a fully silly anime high school rom com. Except it's a unique high school rom com that can actually be watched independently of the series proper and let's see why, and let's also see why it's by far the funniest anime I've ever seen and easily a top 5 funniest show of any kind I've ever seen...

Episode 1 (separated into two separate parts of which we will explore only the first) begins with a high school teacher confronting a principal concerning destruction of school property buy one Sousuke Sagara. The principal makes it clear that this will be ignored due to a "sizable donation". You see, Sousuke is a child soldier, a member of a benevolent mercenary unit, and his current assignment is to protect one Kaname Chidori, a fully normal high school girl, for reasons that are made clear in the first season but never in Fumoffu because they don't matter and have nothing to do with this season. So just go with it.

After this we see Kaname walking to school with a friend discussing a Sylvester Stallone movie she had watched the previous night cause that's just her thing, and they are interrupted at the school entrance by an explosion. You see, Sousuke had discovered that his shoe locker (Japanese school children turn in their shoes at the entrance) had been tampered with and decided that the only reasonable solution was to use C4 to detonate it. Sousuke has only known war and does not know how to be a student, so the fact that his locker had been "tampered" with by a female admirer leaving a love letter would never and could never cross his mind. Hence the high yield explosive. You never know when it could be the work of a terrorist.

So after Kaname discovers the source of the explosion she performs her main duty throughout the series: she physically assaults Sousuke in energetic exasperation.




After a discussion with the school council president who is also a nutbar who sides with Sousuke, Kaname and her male lead love interest discuss the nature of the letter that he exploded. Kaname perceives it to be a love letter cause of course it was and I just said it was, but Sousuke thinks it is a clever feint challenging him to a duel after school while also impersonating the handwriting of a high school girl because he is stupid.

Sousuke leaves to do... what the **** ever, and so Kaname, thoroughly jealous, and her previously mentioned friend decide to wait in the bushes at the spot where the "terrorist" had told Sousuke to wait after school and proceed to sit for several hours while the "terrorist" girl, a beauty pageant runner-up cause of course, waits in plain site. Eventually it gets dark and even Kaname begins to feel sorry for the hapless love letter sender but then the stock Japanese toughs intent on rape show up.

They try to assault the other girl, Kaname stops them, also almost gets raped, and then Sousuke, having waited motionless in a prone firing position for many hours in a gillie suit shoots the toughs with rubber bullets.

Like, the hapless girl is highly confused by this, is devastated on revelation that her letter was blown up, and then we never see her again. Then Kaname physically assaults Sousuke for being a clueless weirdo who can only deal with normal situations via ludicrous military solutions.




Then the next day she leaves him a lunch in his shoe locker in thanks for saving her and assaults him when he tries to detonate his locker yet again.

And this is the entire gist of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. It's just Sousuke misinterpreting normal high school situations, trying to blow things up, and Kaname beating him up while being in love with him. And it never gets old. My god it never gets old. You have no idea just how much feet this concept has. The writing is razor sharp and the animation is beautifully modern yet still warm and inviting. And most importantly none of it makes the least bit of sense ever at all. I just watched this first episode and had to tear myself away from the series because **** off.

This will absolutely not be my last Full Metal Panic entry. This wasn't even a particularly notable episode. It's just a good setup. There's so much brilliance that I absolutely must tell you more.
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Just rewatched some episodes of FMP Fumoffu? and holy **** is it still one of the best shows of all-time so I'm definitely gonna have to make more entries. "The Hamburger Hill of Art", "A Goddess Comes to Japan Part 2", and absolutely most of all "The War Cry of Excessiveness" need their own entries.
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You can make arguments about the rest being normie shows but if you don't like Adventure Time, you have no idea what you're talking about. It's a fantastic show.
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