In Mobile Suit Gundam, often there is one character that garners hatred from the fanbase no matter what season. For this season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, we have that one central hated figure. Iok Kujan is undeniably the most hated character so far in the show and you can ask a lot of fans and they will give you multiple reasons why. Yet many do hate the life out of Iok, this type of character has been used before. Many people watch characters like these just for that moment in which they receive their comeuppance, aka hate watching. So as much as I myself hate Iok in a similar passion, I’ll be tackling the ways in which Iok Kujan is one of the best things to happen in Iron-Blooded Orphans.
While watching Yuri on Ice this year I found myself falling in love with the journey of its characters throughout the grand prix. Their themes helping to symbolize elements of what they desire and who they want to be. While the story is all about Yuri, Yurio, and Victor I found myself falling in love with other skaters that shone in the grand finals. One such person who has captured my attention in the end was the Canadian figure skater, Jean-Jacques Leroy, or better known as JJ. Yes that very same narcissist, and one of the least liked characters in Yuri on Ice.
I will be spoiling elements in Yuri on Ice that regards JJ, and others who directly impact him. You have been warned.
I know this is always a controversial topic whenever it is brought up, but it needs to be said just as much as the good anime of the year need to be told. Not every anime can have critical appeal, be entertaining or be popular. There are shows like Pupa that stand out within a year, shows that do show up and attempt to be more than they are and fall flat. One’s that you need to warn people about or give disclaimers for. You can’t have the good without at the very least some bad. So here are my least favourite anime of 2016!
So 2016 has come and gone in anime and we are making way for new anime in the Winter season of 2017. Though the transition has been made, let us not forget the anime that stood out among the crowd for whatever reason. Whether it struck a chord with you, whether you love the intensity and excitement or had a relaxing time, there will always be at the very least one anime per year that stands out in your mind. To me these ten accurately depict the brighter side of anime in 2016 for me. There are others that I would love to mention like Danganronpa 3, Amaama to Inazuma, Alderamin in the Sky, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable that didn’t make on the list. Well without further ado let’s move onto the list!
And finally I come to a close on my watching of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy with At World’s End, and oh boy is this one a doozy. I know I said Dead Man’s Chest had its weird moments, but it seemed like the studio really wanted Jack Sparrow to be much of the focus of this film. So with a script that shoves in more elements to an already stuffed film, At World’s End has too many things it needs to wrap up in order for it to be a proper film. I will hold nothing back against this film in its entirety and what I truly feel about it, so it will contain a few spoilers for the past few films and some for this one. There is almost three hours to this mess so I would love to take a proper jab at it having suffered through it.
Keeping with the Disney Sprint event, that I still need to finish despite it not exactly holding to the time restraint I put on myself, I decided that the last two posts will be to finish up the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy of films. Now I still hold to the fact that none of the Pirates films, except for On Stranger Tides, has a lack of great scenes. Each film has a stand out moment that makes me still reflect upon them…better than the sum of the trilogy as a whole. Dead Man’s Chest is where we start to see how the Pirates of the Caribbean series slowly descends into murky waters as to what it truly wants to be. We start to see just how silly the series can go all the while simultaneously showcasing its more serious tendencies. Both of these elements are not so much mingling well with another, but competing with one another over what wants to dominate the film.
This is the one Johnny Depp performance everyone knows about because it has been done to death. Pirates of the Caribbean is the series that never says die as it consistently releases films with great actors and fun performances…that just never pan out in the later installments. The Curse of the Black Pearl however was back when the world was just released to the phenomena that was “Captain” Jack Sparrow. There we saw the exact trajectory of Johnny Depp’s career, he was going to do this character for the rest of his life. Is this a good thing? Well I love Johnny Depp as an actor and I like it when he has good roles lined up for him, yet does the movie still hold up without his performance to ground it?