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The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 4: Saving the Innocents

Only a day or two-ish late  🙂 .

One of my favorite shows of 2016 was Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-) and it was good enough that I don’t mind writing out it’s full absurdly long title this one time. It was the closest thing to successfully replicate the tone and scope of Steins;Gate since Steins;Gate. And it rode that success all the way to being the second most finished anime series of 2016, according to MAL. So, there’s a good chance many reading this already know which scene I’m going to talk about before I continue. (I could choose something unexpected, so it might be best to continue reading, just in case.)

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The Wonderful Frustration That is Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

With every new season of anime there is a scramble by viewers to take the measure of each new anime – how good is it and how good (or bad) will it be. With even moderate experience with anime it’s possible to accurately guess the future prospects of roughly 90% to 95% anime after a few episodes. (Hence the popularity of the 3 episode test.) Some series can be a little stubborn like this season’s Shirobako; it was episode 5 before I was sure that Shirobako will be the mature office drama that I’ve been wanting done in anime form for a long time.

Then there’s series like Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru. It took nine – yes, nine – of it’s twelve episodes before the potentialities snapped into place and I can finally assert and predict that Yuuki Yunua wa Yuusha de Aru belongs with other titans of the season: Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis, Shirobako, and Parasyte.

Episode 9 of Yuki Yuna is a Hero was a spectacularly good episode, one of the best across all anime for this season; but, it’s not like this series has been slacking before this episode. Instead, from episode 1 this original series struck off the well-beaten path to chart it’s own course and it was difficult to figure out if it would be lost in the wilds or if would it find it’s destination.

I now think Yuki Yuna is a Hero will find it’s destination and the viewers that traveled with it will be rewarded for sticking with it. How we will rewarded remains to be seen. In light of a recent episode from another anime that really jolted me, I’m now hoping Yuki Yuna is a Hero will not end in a way that right now seems very possible. (Be warned there will be spoilers.)

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Remembering Veterans Day

Watching Gurren Lagann invariably leaves me in a contemplative mood; so, I wasn’t surprised when my recent rewatch of it ended with me reflecting on the quiet heroism that my grandfather (on my mother’s side) displayed throughout his life, which includes fighting in World War II. I decided to be a bit selfish and write something for this blog about him so others can read how incredible he was. I chose today to this so I could also remind people to thank a vet for the sacrifices that they have made.

My grandfather was a man of little words and he didn’t like talking  about his experiences in WWII or his earlier life so I’ve only heard parts of the story of his life from other family members over many different times and have had to put them together. It goes something like this.

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