Rurouni Kenshin Battosai

We here at oprainfall don’t just love video games: we’re big fans of anime, too. So in celebration of the medium, we’re here to give you our thoughts on what we’ve been watching each week as we watch it. Old, new – anything goes.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Calibarn

Things are not looking too good with Eri being badly damaged from the end of the last episode, Prospera’s faction taking Miorine and others captive, and Suletta suffering from a new problem. With a new countdown ticking, Suletta sets out and faces Prospera. After seeing how much Suletta was under her control, it was great to see Suletta think for herself. The climax with the Calibarn as it pulls in the other Gundams was not what I was expecting. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it was a bit different from what I would expect from a final battle in a Gundam series. However, I think that it does make sense in regards to the characters in the series that things played out in a more passive way. The ending was quite nice in some regards. For the most part I guess you could say it was a happy ending, seeing some of the characters in their new roles and seeing some of their accomplishments was nice. That being said, I feel that there were some issues. Being only 24 episodes long, I felt there were some parts that were rushed, along with characters and plot lines (or Calibarn) that had much less time than they should have. However, with what we got I was happy with it. The overall end between Miorine and Suletta was something that I couldn’t help but like. I kind of had mixed feeling at the start of the series (not counting the prologue) with the apparent school setting, but I ended up liking it more than I would have guessed. While I feel the series suffers from not being longer, I personally think that this is one is among my favorites in the series. – Walter

— You can watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury on Crunchyroll.

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin Battosai

Remakes/reboots are things that I tend to be cautious of. I remember watching the original Rurouni Kenshin anime back on Toonami so many years ago. It became one of my favorites, and it also was the first series I bought the manga for. Since then there’s been the OVAs, live action movies, and certain issues with the manga’s creator. That being said, hearing about a new anime adaptation of the series excited me but also filled me with some doubts. For the most part though I will say that I do like what the first episode has shown. The animation is great. It definitely seems modern, but also makes me think of the original series. One difference with this iteration is that it, at the moment, seems to follow the manga more closely. While for the most part I do think that is for the best, I will admit there were some aspects of the original anime series that grew on me. The voice acting so far seems pretty good. I’ll admit I’m a bit biased with Kaoru’s voice though (I will never not go along with a Rie Takahashi role). While I very much still have the original anime’s opening in my head, I do like the opening and ending themes for this one. I enjoyed this first episode so far and am excited to see if they can keep it going. – Walter

— You can watch Rurouni Kenshin on on Crunchyroll.

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