Anime Sunday: GoHS Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a Summer 2020 series. It’s my GoHS Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty good, and I wasn’t really expecting this to capture my attention the way it did after how thoroughly unimpressed I was by the Tower of God from last season. It’s got plenty of action scenes to fulfill my inner 8 year old that loved watching Dragon Ball, and is well written enough to interest me now. Though that is probably due to the various ties into different mythologies from across the world.

Characters: Our main character is Jin Mo-Ri and he’s a pretty fun guy. He’s much more laid back than some of the more recent protagonists I’ve watched which is nice. The rest of the cast is okay, but I have a feeling I’d prefer reading the original Manhwa to get a better handle of characters. That could be totally wrong though.

Art: The animation is done by MAPPA, who animated series like Zankyou no Terror and Altair. So while they are pretty good, they aren’t near my gold standard of ufotable sadly.

Music: The musical score fit the episode, that’s all I can really say here.

Overall: A fun first episode in a series that grabbed my interest when I didn’t expect it to.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Mythology.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

TNT: Bu ni Mi Volume 01 by Akashi Kakkaku

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another web novel series I read a few years back. It’s Bu ni Mi Volume 01 by Akashi Kakkaku!

Plot: This is a mix between the typical reincarnation genre from Japan and the more martial arts oriented Wuxia genre from China. It’s actually quite a good plot, guy dies of old age with two regrets, he didn’t master his martial arts and he didn’t get to see his adopted daughter and disciple, an elf girl, grow up to be happy. Then he gets reborn as an elf, and learns he’s now posthumously famous because his “daughter” is a bad ass who took his teachings and became a world wide hero.

Characters: Slava is our main character and is pretty decent, although he is a battle maniac so take that into consideration. The rest of the cast is okay, but it mainly revolves around Slava, Sheryl and Alma in this first volume.

Overall: This is a fun series that mixes two of my favorite genres in fiction and does a pretty decent job of it.

For those who like: Tensei, Wuxia, Martial Arts, Action, Decent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

TNT: Black Belly Miss Chapters 201-240 by North Night

I’m back with another set of chapters in Jun Wuxie’s adventures for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 201-240 by North Night!

Plot Synopsis: Having overcome the schemes and deposed the previous emperor of Qi, Wuxie is now dealing with the shock of the demands by the Qin Yu Sect. They came back to get both Bai Yunxian and an item called the Soul Jade. But there is a problem, the jade was split in half and one half is buried with Wuxie’s father in the family grave….

Plot: This is a pretty significant set of chapters, and sets up the the impetus for the rest of the series. That’s all I’ll say on that matter, but I will say that this is a rather awesome set of chapters.

Characters: We get to see a couple new faces, but mostly it’s all about Wuxie. That being said my favorite newcomer is Drunk Lotus.

Overall: A great set of chapters.

Movie Monday: Shanghai Noon

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that I had some real trouble remembering the name of. It’s Shanghai Noon!

Plot Synopsis:In 1881, Chon Wang (pronounced as John Wayne) is a Chinese Imperial Guard in the Forbidden City. After Princess Pei-Pei (Liu) for whom Wang has affection, is abducted and taken to the United States, the Emperor of China sends three of his guards along with the Royal Interpreter to retrieve her. Wang is not one of the three, but he tells the Captain of the Imperial Guards that it was his fault the princess was kidnapped and insists on joining them. The Captain first refuses, but when the Royal Interpreter, Wang’s uncle, offers to allow Wang to come help with the baggage, the Captain agrees in the hopes that the “foreign devils” would get rid of Wang. In Nevada, Roy O’Bannon is an outlaw who, with his gang, hijacks the train Wang is on. When Wallace, a new member of Roy’s gang, kills Wang’s uncle, Wang chases the outlaws down.

Plot: The plot is nothing amazing, but pretty fun to watch with plenty of martial arts scenes mixed in with the classic western shootouts.

Casting: The cast is awesome, with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in the lead roles. They are both hilarious. The rest of the cast is just as great, but really don’t get nearly as much attention as the two lead stars.

Cinematography: The production is awesome, with some amazing martial arts sequences that are quite a lot of fun to watch, in addition to the western shootouts. There aren’t a ton of special effects used, but those that are, are done fairly well.

Overall: A fun movie to watch, but don’t expect an amazing story.

For those who like: Westerns, Martial Arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

TNT: Talisman Emperor Chapters 41-80 by Xiao Jinyu

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another set of chapters in Chen Xi’s adventures. It’s Talisman Emperor Chapters 41-80 by Xiao Jinyu!

Plot Synopsis: Chen Xi was a jinx who radiated misfortune the way a torch radiated light, and everyone around him knew it. His entire clan was annihilated when he was young, and not too long after that his parents disappeared. His marriage contract? Poof. Torn to shreds and gone up in smoke before the eyes of everyone in the city, almost humiliating his grandfather to the point of suicide! Cultivation? No time for that, he had a family to take care of! This is the story of Chen Xi, a youth forced to stop cultivating and instead craft talismans to pay for his younger brother’s tuition… and who, in the process, would rise to become known by all as the Talisman Emperor….

Plot: The plot of this second set of chapters is pretty good, and really quite fast paced. It moves us along the plot and finally gets us out of Chen Xi’s hometown. I won’t say more than that because it’d be spoilers, and you know my policy on those.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but my favorite is probably Du Qingxi. Probably because she isn’t a giant bitch.

Overall: A good set of chapters. If you’ve enjoyed the novel thus far, you’ll probably still be enjoying it.