Hello everybody and welcome to our next excited episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Anotherworld-, and this time, it's actually episode 2! Yay for proper episode counts!
In our last, hour long episode, Subaru, a regular Japanese Teenager, finds himself whisked away to another world filled with fantasy creatures set in a medieval looking timeframe, all without getting killed in the process. And like any good Japanese Teenager, he attempts to take full use of the situation and tries to show off some magical, OP level skill that will wow everybody! Except he doesn't have one. At least, one he can't actually control. During his trip, he gets beat up by some thugs, only to be saved by a cute, silver haired girl who introduces herself as Satella. She's actually looking for something that belongs to her that was stolen by Felt, a young blonde girl down on her luck but excellent at thievery.
So Subaru and Satella spend time together, looking for the item, which leads them to Rom's place in the shabby part of town. This is where things go wrong, though, because inside, Rom, a giant of a man, is found dead. Subaru is soon grievously injured and starts dying in a pool of his own blood. Satella then enters, looking for him, only to suffer the same fate as Subaru. As he vows to save her in his dying state, he finds himself standing in front of a fruit seller just only a few hours earlier, complete with the memory of what happened to him.
Events start to play out the same, but Subaru quickly goes off the rails and heads for Rom's place first, meeting the giant of a man while he's still alive, as well as Felt, the thief girl. There he produces his cell phone and offers it in exchange for the stolen item. She's interested, but wants to see if her other buyer can match or do better. The other seller, a voluptuous woman named Elsa, matches the offer made by Subaru, only her's is in cold coin while his can potentially sell for more. Felt decides to go with Subaru, but this ends with Elsa pretty much killing everybody there, including Subaru... who then wakes up in front of the same vendor as before!
Exhausted from being killed twice, he collapses, only for the vendor to show some pity on him. It'd be bad business, honestly. But that's when he sees Satella walking along the road and attempts to explain the situation to her. Only she doesn't know him, the situation, or why he's calling her Satella, which is the name of the Witch of Envy.
Why is Subaru seemingly warping back to a save point? Who, exactly, is "Satella"? And who gave him this power to begin with? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Subaru speaking with "Satella", who demands to know why he called her by that name. We see Felt is looking down at her, which is probably when the actually thievery begins. Subaru attempts to explain that she wanted him to call her that, but this also pisses her off more. She goes on to explain that the Witch of Envy is the very symbol of taboo, and how dare this shaggy, untrustworthy man call her by that name, which shouldn't even be said to begin with! And I start laughing, not from what is said, but what's happening in the background.
-You see that lizard there, the one dressed like a wizard? When "Satella" finishes her speech, he starts nodding in agreement. I laughed a good minute at that because it just seemed like the type of thing a person watching a fight would do if they agreed with said person. Of course, he's not the only one agreeing with her, as other members of the crowd begin to berate Subaru. And now he's the bad guy and he's more confused than any of them here! "Satella" decides to leave, but that's when Felt acts. Subaru sees her but is unable to stop the event from unfolding in front of her. "Satella" briefly accuses Subaru of helping, but then runs off after Felt. Subaru again attempts to clear up the situation, but Felt and "Satella" are long gone. It just isn't your week, is it, Subaru?
-And this is when our opening plays. First it starts with a bunch of black looking sludge that begins to fly up towards the right of the screen, which is then followed by a bag, all leading to a familiar looking boy that begins to rise from his grave, like he was Jesus. No, really, they aren't subtle about this.
-Yikes, Subaru! What happened to you to get yourself killed like that? As the "black sludge" returns to Subaru, the color returns and he turns to face something that's coming to kill him. From there we see Subaru standing in some sort of cloud as various images of him appear throughout the screen. This is then followed by "Satella", who's just hanging around, with images of her flashing around. Rinse and repeat with Felt. We then return to all three, who begin to stand in one spot as Elsa is superimposed over them. Yeah, that isn't subtle at all, is it?
-Our next shot is of some young, blonde haired girl who doesn't look like Felt, going through the motions as the others. We then get a shot of two characters dressed as maids, one with pink hair and the other with blue hair. I know who the blue haired girl is, because, like the premise itself, it's one of those things that gets talked about. I've tried to avoid as many spoilers as I can, so until they show up in the show proper, we don't talk about them at all. Got it? Good.
-Oh, and we switch to the blue haired girl taking center stage. The three of them soon share a shot together as some evil looking guy who isn't Elsa appears. Yeah, that will be an interesting story, won't it? And then our next shot is of "Satella" and Subaru standing in a field of light, facing one another. Then a claw made of shadows appears, causing "Satella" to pop like a bubble. The screen becomes all red as Subaru starts searching for her, but that's when another Subaru, one more confident, appears, as if he's tagging in. Which then leads us to this shot.
-And suddenly I feel like a care dealer should be talking to me about buying a new Subaru. So, yeah, symbolism! After that, we see Subaru crying out towards the sky, because having to go through the groundhog day loop due to dying isn't very fun at all, is it? Our next shot has all those other characters circling around Subaru and "Satella", who stand in the center, back to back. It then zooms in on Subaru as we get quick flashes of different characters, like Puck, Rom, the vendor with some other character we haven't met yet, and the three thugs. This then leads us to our title screen.
-So the proper translation is "Re: Life in a different world from zero". But we'll keep it simple and call it Re:ZERO. From there, Subaru runs into the cloud where the other Subaru is and attempts to reach out to him, but misses. Then Subaru (don't know which one) goes towards the light and sees...
-The best dream a young boy could have. Subaru smiles and attempts to walk towards them, but is dragged back by the hand of darkness, which leads to him being killed at the beginning of the title. Oh, this is going to be a rather cruel show, isn't it?
-When we return, Subaru is giving chase to "Satella", who is chasing after Felt. He's worn out, though, asking if someone would be a little nicer to him. He starts to wonder why he was summoned to this world to begin with, but then he turns around to meet up with the three thugs... again. Oh, this is the same alley as before. They attempt to rob him again, but Subaru, who hasn't clicked that he's repeating the same day, tells them to stop being so damn persistent. Knife Thug doesn't like him mouthing off, but Subaru doesn't give a crap and attempts to walk away, but things don't go to plan.
-Subaru, I'm starting to wonder which deity you pissed off so much that they made it their personal mission to make your life a living hell. Because nobody should be that unlucky. The other thugs are shocked that Knife Thug would go that far. They start arguing about it as the little thug takes the knife out of Subaru's back and says to take whatever they can sell. As he looks up from the pool of blood to his bag, he notices something unusual. The bad of chips Rom ate before is there, with him, unopened. In his dying moments, he starts to click everything together, and then, to the black.
-Which returns us to his save point. We should probably get a death counter going here. Death one was the first time he went to Rom's place, not counting that flashfoward bit, then the second death was the second time, only he was killed with everybody else here. And now Death Three, at the hands of thugs. I'd turn this into a drinking game but I imagine that would be a bad idea, as I suspect it's going to get worse before it gets better for Subaru.
-Anyway, vendor. Subaru, who begins to understand what's going on, as the one question that will help crack part of the mystery for him.
-That, detective, is the right question. The vender replies that this is the first time. So, kid, do you want an appa or not? Nope, sorry, but Subaru is broke beyond compare! And he says it with such pride, too. After being told to get out, he returns to the alley way and goes over the items he has on him. He's still got all of his stuff, and it's intact, too. AS if he wasn't sliced open or stabbed multiple times. No wounds, either. He's happy about that, since a wound to the back is a warrior's greatest shame. With all of this circumstantial evidence, there can be no denying it. And as hard as it is to believe, there is only one thing this can be...
-...Well, he isn't wrong. And each time this happens, Subaru returns to his initial state. Like if he was stuck in a loop on a particular day. And so, with this, he will call it...
-...Subaru, that is, by far, the stupidest name you could have come up with. Please keep that to yourself and tell nobody else. After a long pause of nobody commenting on anything, Subaru laments that he gets a rather awesome ability but it can only be activated when he dies. Of course, he expected this, given his loser lifestyle, it's only typical for this to happen. Of course, since he's gone back in time, "Satella" hasn't helped him in this fourth life. This also means the debt he owed her for saving him is gone. With that, he thinks it's best to just forget everything that happened in those previous three lives, sell the cellphone, save some funds, and use his knowledge of the modern world to live in luxury. Well, you can't blame him for being ambitious, but the look that vendor is giving him is all "Please move so you don't drive away actual, paying customers."
-Of course, as Subaru talks to the vendor, he's all "I don't want to catch your crazy, so please don't involve me." What a rude guy. Still, Subaru recalls the saying "Let sleeping dogs like", which appears to apply in any world. But still, there are always people who will help others, even when they can't afford to. Like a certain silver haired girl who gave him a false name in his first life. Why did she give him that name to begin with? That's an interesting question. Subaru himself starts to feel a bit bad about how "Satella" saved him, despite being useless, and then sees a family with their young daughter walking together. The site of them makes him recall finding that green-haired girl and how he and "Satella" returned her home. And then it gets all terrible because a tomato falls to the street and is run over, looking like it ran over a person. Real subtle there, universe.
-Recalling "Satella's" death, as well as Felt's and Rom's impending death, it makes him want to act, but the two times he did, it ended in his death. It seems history has decreed that they will die, no matter what. Well, Subaru tells history to go screw itself. With his knowledge of what happened in the other loops, he just can't ignore it and will find a way to stop it. He returns to the vendor and asks if there were any pickpocketing incidents around here. While he isn't happy to answer, he does tell Subaru that incidents like that aren't uncommon at all. Though the last one was unusual. Turns out, they threw some magic around in the street a few times, which we can see in the walls around the area. "Satella" really needs to work on her aim.
-Of course, this means that Subaru just missed the event that would cause the chain reaction of other events. Still, he's grateful for the vendor telling him, even if he didn't buy anything. But he's actually in a good mood, because a broke kid like him just helped his daughter after she got lost earlier. This gets Subaru to smile, because while history is attempting to force things to go one way, fate appears to be acting as a counterpoint force to it. Subaru then promises to buy and appa next time as he runs off to go with plan B. If he can't stop the pickpocketing, he'll need to buy the insignia from Felt before Elsa comes around and starts the slaughtering. With this, he can return it to "Satella", but he starts realizing that the name she gave was an alias, so he resolves to get her to give him her real name next time. Assuming she doesn't try to icicle you later.
-However, Subaru has his own issues to deal with. Sometimes, fate and history will conspire with one another, and some things must happen no matter what. Like confronting the three thugs for a fourth time. They attempt to rob him again, but Subaru is getting real sick of seeing their faces again. After all, after doing this four times, he's learned his lesson. He takes a deep breath and after a moment, calls for help. The thugs start panicking at the call for help, so Subaru keeps it up by sounding like a woman and continuing the cry for help. I don't think that will work much better, but hey, you never know.
-Though after a moment, nobody comes. The thugs seem a bit relieved, but now have their guard up. It's looking like Subaru is going to suffer death number four, but it appears his cries for help were heard after all! At the end of the alley stands a tall, red-haired man who carries a knight's sword with scratches made by a dragon claws. Could it be...
-Looks like the champ is here! Reinhard is happy his reputation proceeds him, though he finds the nickname to be a bit much for him. And while he doesn't know how much help his modest strength can be to Subaru, but if these thugs want to resort to extreme measures, as a knight, he will have to fight back. Damn! Apparently strong enough to face a dragon, survive, and modest as well? I wonder how he didn't become the protagonist of his own story? Probably not as interesting as having to repeat the day via death, but still, he probably has his own adventures off screen.
-The thugs decide they aren't for this and leave. Huh, thugs who knew that they were in over their head? That's new. Reinhard is happy that he didn't have to draw his sword. He tells Subaru he's glad they're both safe and asks if he's unhurt? After a moment, Subaru thanks him from the bottom of his heart for saving his life. Though he does sound a bit sarcastic, Subaru says he deeply admires his selflessness. Reinhard smiles, saying that no formality is need. Besides, he knew the thugs would run anyway when they lost their advantage. If he was alone, it would have been different. Yeah, from your reputation, it probably wouldn't have been the case, but so far, it seems like Reinhard is the genuine article, but thinks that, any given Sunday, his next fight will be his last.
-Subaru comments on Reinhard's nice-guy index, which broke the readings. He starts by buttering up the knight, as he was the only one to come when he shouted for help. Reinhard says that, for most, it's too risky to face off against people like those thugs. As such, Subaru was right to call for the guards. Still, that gets Subaru to take a good look at Reinhard and asks if he's actually a guard, since he isn't dressed like one. Actually, he's off duty, so that's why he isn't in uniform. He also realizes that he doesn't look particularly intimidating as a result. Wait, could it be possible that the guard who saved the girl from before the time loops was actually Reinhard? That seems like the type of thing he would do.
-Subaru doesn't believe Reinhard, though, since the thugs called him a master swordsman. He comments that his family is a bit unique, and that every day, he feels he'll be crushed by their expectations. Makes me wonder what kind of family he has. Moving on from that, Reinhard turns the conversation to Subaru, commenting that he has unusual hair, apparel, and name. Just what nation is he from anyway? At the moment, Lugunica is a bit more restive than in peacetime, so if he has a problem, the off-duty guard will gladly help him. Well, that's exactly what Subaru needed. He starts to ask Reinhard to come to Rom's house, but then realizes that trying to explain his situation to anybody is going to make him sound insane. He'll somehow handle the rest on his own, even if he has to reset again. He just wishes it wasn't so painful.
-Still, Subaru would appreciate it if Reinhard could deliver a message. Sure. What's the name? Well, he doesn't know the name, but perhaps the guard has seen a girl with white robes and silver hair around here? Reinhard thinks about it for a moment before adding one other, important detail to help find her.
-I guess we know what Subaru thinks of "Satella", huh? Though I think you should have stuck with the silver hair. I can't imagine many people have that kind of hair color in this world. Still, Reinhard hasn't seen her, so should he meet her, he'll give her the message. Which is to stay way form the loo house, no matter what. Because screw you, history! He'll find what she's looking for and bring it back to her. Reinhard, being a good guy, promises to relay the message if he sees her. Subaru then leaves, but promises to repay the guard one day. Reinhard sees him off, but drops his smiling face into one that's more serious. Yeah, I don't think your message is going to make it, Subaru.
-In the shabby part of town, Subaru starts looking for Felt and actually gets some help from the locals. That's a bit of a surprise, but maybe they saw his shabby appearance and thought he was one of them. In any case, he's hoping to catch Felt before she goes to the loot house and trade the cell phone for the insignia. That's when he accidentally bumps into somebody. She apologizes, but he quickly apologizes as well for not looking properly. Besides, he may not look it, but toughness is one thing he's got to...
-...Uh, hi, Elsa! What a way to meet. Subaru is panicking badly, which only gets her to laugh. She tells him not to worry, because she won't do anything to him. Subaru? Scared? There's no way he can be! Except Elsa can smell the fear off of him. Oh, and that he's angry, too, but mostly scared. And apparently it's directed at her. Oh, great, this turned on her sadistic mode. Fortunately for him, she isn't ready to start a commotion, though she is a bit curious about him. She leaves, but he comments that if she's too scary, her beauty will go to waste. Oh, and Elsa really likes that. She gets right in his face, happy that he's concealing his hostility, since it'll make him be even better. Why do I think you're actually going to eat him at some point, Elsa? Did you actually do it the last couple of times you killed him?
-Elsa leaves properly this time, but thinks she'll see with Subaru again. That'll be a fun day, won't it? Subaru then breaths a sigh of relief. He was not interested in getting killed now and having all his plans ruined. After a fade out, he finds Felt's place and comments how shabby it is. He can't even tell if Elsa has been here already or not. Still, he doesn't smell blood, though it should be fine, though it could be masked by the smell of garbage, though. What a rude thing to say, especially when the person living there happens to be right behind you.
-Hi, Felt! And she has a sword now. Yikes! Subaru claims he wasn't doing any of that, but Felt doesn't believe him and attacks. He's able to dodge her attacks, though, but still tries to calm her down, since bad things will happen at dark. Though she tells him that, by dark, he better be gone. Curse this miscommunication issue! And Felt goes back to the attempted murdering. Still, Subaru shows to be more athletic than we first thing, as he's able to do some impressive dodging before grabbing a table and using it as a shield. This is also pretty well animated, as well.
-After another impressive dodge by Subaru, he gets pushed back by Felt until he trips over a rock. This does allow him to avoid a dangerous attack, but this results in Felt's shabby house falling on him. Man, this is not a way to get yourself killed. Though it looks like he survived, but with Felt pointing her sword at him, it may not be for long. With his death impending, Subaru tells Felt, calling her by name, that he has important business with her. The name part gets her curious and demands to know if he wants something stolen? If so, he should have said so in the first place! Seriously! Maybe she should put up a sign or something.
-Subaru counters that Felt attacked without giving him a chance to speak, adding that she's running a greedy business. Well, yeah, she's a thief after all. Besides, to her, it's either thievery or selling her body, and she is not interested in selling off her body, thank you very much! So, to business! To put it simply, Subaru wants the insignia she stole, right here and now! Felt, however, doesn't want to. At least, not until she knows more. He isn't associated with her client, so is he a business rival? Call her a rival, the one who killed him, or the one who killed his parents... okay, that makes no sense. And felt agrees with me on that. Where did that come from, anyway?
-Still, Felt is only interested in selling to whoever pays the most. If Subaru has an offer that might be profitable to her, she'll listen. Okay. He's got something worth more than twenty holy coins, and he wants to buy the insignia with it. He shows off his cell phone, which he calls a metia, and takes her picture, only she doesn't have the glowing eyes this time. I imagine she's got eyes like a cat, so it'll only glow when light is reflected in them. Subaru makes his sales-pitch, and Felt is very interested, though she isn't a fan of the picture taken of her. She's so much prettier than that. Subaru, however, has his own comment to make.
-Subaru just likes all the ladies, doesn't he? While Felt finds the cell phone unusual, there's no way it's worth twenty holy coins. She's not so stupid as to believe everything a prospective buyer says without question. What good business sense she has. As such, there's a loot house at the far edge of the slums. The fair thing is to have the codger who lives there, Old Man Rom, appraise it. Yeah, Subaru isn't a fan of that, but it appears he has no choice in the matter. Curse you, history! With reluctant, he agrees and pushes Felt towards the loot house, because he doesn't want to spend too much time there. He'd like to note die again, thank you very much!
-We transition to a panning shot of the city's skyline, covered in dusk. Felt wants to know what Subaru's hurry is? He doesn't answer, so she fills the void of silence by noting that he's soaked with sweat. After getting nothing, she tells him to live strong, a phase he notes is said often in the slums. He asks if that's a slogan, but Felt takes insult with that and asks not to be lumped in with those guys. To her, they're all talk and not strong at all. They're just a bunch of stingy losers at life. How rude. Even Subaru calls her out on it. Felt takes insult at that remark, telling Subaru that she is not like the people here. She has no intention of living out her life in these back alleys! You can't fault her for being ambitious. Too bad it will get her killed at some point, which may be very, very soon.
-Subaru, however, is filled with some poignant and armored piercing questions this episode. He asks Felt if twenty holy coins will make her dream come true? Well, it'll be a huge leap towards her goal, and even if she were alone, it's not as if she couldn't get by with some effort. Subaru catches to the comment and remembers her attachment to Rom. This gets him to smile, because he's learned a little bit about Felt today. She doesn't like it at all, though, and gets a pat on the head from Subaru. He feels a renewed sense of determination and will find a way to work it out. After all, it isn't just for "Satella", he'll change the fate that's waiting for him, or he'll die trying and start all over again! And then Felt bites Subaru because she doesn't like getting her head pat by random strangers. I get her teeth are as sharp as a cat's fangs.
-So the two make their way to Rom's place, who appraises the cell phone, with Subaru telling him to be gentle with it, as it is rather delicate. Still, Rom's appraisal matches Subaru's asking price. That's all he needed to hear, so let's go get some drinks at another location that's far away from here. Sound like a plan? Not to Felt, though. She demands to know why he's in such a hurry?
-Unless you have the ability to go back to a save point, then it can last a good, long while. He goes on about not waisting time, but Felt doesn't care about that. She wants to know why he wants the insignia anyway? She shows it off, saying that it's worth a lot more than it looks, with is why everyone wants it. Why does everybody want it, anyway? Though it looks like Felt's business senses are tingling. Such an item would sell far more than a metia, but Subaru stops her right there, saying that is a dangerous way to think. After all, Rom praised the metia at over twenty holy coins and urges her to just sell for that and not to ask for any more. Besides, the woman who he totally didn't meet earlier will not go higher than twenty, either.
-Though it looks like Subaru screwed up here, and Felt caught it. How would he know that to begin with? Well, the answer itself is complicated, but as far as Felt is concerned, he just admitted that he's with them. But time is not on Subaru's side and he pleads with Felt to leave, but she won't have it. She acknowledges him as a negotiating party, but it wouldn't be fair not to hear what her client has to say. Man, this plan just keeps falling apart by the second. Time to resort to Plan T. The truth.
-The reason Subaru wants the insignia is to return it to its owner. He bows to them, pleading for it. After a moment, Rom turns to Felt and gives his opinion. The boy doesn't appear to be lying, but Felt doesn't buy it at all. She thinks it's an outright lie and won't be fooled by it. But at that point, there are several knocks at the door. It appears that Subaru has run out of time. He recalls his previous death, and at the last second, tells Felt not to open it, because if she does, they'll all be killed! Felt ignores him and opens the door, revealing...
-Uh... hi, "Satella"! What are you doing here? And boy, does she looked pissed off. And felt doesn't look too pleased, either, as we get the title for the episode, Reunion with the Witch, with the word "Witch" colored in. Cue credits!
-Hey, I recognize this song! Or at least, the English cover of it. Aside from the song, there's no ending credits to go with it, just scrolling credits... at first. It then starts to snow because... uh, reasons? Let's just go with that.
Looks like things are getting really complicated really fast. Subaru has figured out that he's in some sort of groundhog day loop, though he really needs to come up with a better name than that. Realize how good this power is, he attempts to just forget the whole thing, but damn that conscious of his! At least things are going better, and it looks like another player has been added to the mix.
Though fate, while being a bit helpful, does appear to have a bit of a twisted sense of humor, bringing "Satella" into the mix in what may be another bloodbath, despite all of Subaru's intentions.
And we might as well get a death counter going here:
Felt: 1 (maybe another off screen)
Will Subaru be able to properly stop history from taking their lives, or will he need another loop to get it right? Tune in on Sunday to find out. Until next time, remember, when attempting to go off the rails, always be prepared for the universe to attempt to re-right them, especially if it's in a killing mood.
7 hours agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next excited episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Anotherworld-, and this time, it's actually episode 2! Yay for proper episode counts!
20 hours agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome back to Predaking week! We're near the end and things are shaping up to be rather interesting. What isn't ending soon is this sale of a PS3 system I'm selling. Click on the link for more details.
Today we get to meet with the leader of the Predacon pack. How will he be compared to the rest? Why don't we find out. So, without further ado, may I present to you the Transformers Power of the Primes Voyager class figure, Razorclaw!
As you can see, Razorclaw is a giant, square robot kitten of murder death goodness.
I'm not joking about the square part, either. Razorclaw is a very square cat. He needs to be more hip if he wants to make it in the music scene.
Though he does clean up pretty well, though some robot bits are sticking out on the top of his back.
Getting up close on that head sculpt you can see it's a yellow lion head of murder death goodness. No real paint to to speak off, but the details come up pretty well.
And yes, the mouth can opening, making him only the second figure of this set with a working mouth for beast mode.
He comes with one accessory, a giant cannon, which can be mounted on the back. Unlike with Rampage, this is less of a gun tail and more of Razorclaw auditioning to be a member of Voltron.
And now for the comparisons.
Soar! As you can see, the G1 version has a lot more orange compared to PotP Razorclaw, which has more yellow in other places.
Now for transformation, the one that will hang you up the most is the legs, which are done differently than everybody else. Otherwise, it's rather simple and a bit creative. And soon enough, you'll go from Razorclaw in alt-mode...
To Razorclaw in robot mode. And here you can see a lot more of the robot details here, but man, those skirts look weird and too low for him.
And man, that lion head looks gigantic on him. Though that could be due to it being more for combined mode than anything else.
Getting up on the head sculpt you can see that he has a very nice headsculpt, keeping that G1 look to him.
With regards to posing, Razorclaw is the only member of the team without a waist swivel, so you need to fake it with the thigh swivels, which gives him enough of a range of motion to give him some good action poses.
Of course, you can give him his gun, but he won't look at you as he kills you, because he doesn't want blood all over his optics.
And now for the comparisons.
Roar! As you can see, a lot of the look is kept, though the lack of red tights is a bit disappointing. Wear them with pride, Razorclaw! Wear with them with pride.
And now that we've finish the lot of them, let's get in one more group shot.
As you can see, they're all roughly the same height, putting them in the Voyager class set, though Headstrong and Torox are clearly the bigger of the fight. Individually, they're pretty good, though I think Divebomb is my favorite. But we aren't here for stuff like that! We're here to see the big boy himself. And tomorrow, we'll put him all together.
Oh, and don't forget, another episode of Re:ZERO tonight. Until then.
1 day agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome back to Predaking week! And as a friendly reminder, I'm selling my PS3 unit. You can find more details here.
But moving on from me shrilling on own stuff, today we'll be taking a look at another arm bot of Predaking, as well as the lone flier of the group. Without further ado, may I present to you the Power of the Primes Predacon flier, Divebomb!
And you can see, Divebomb is a robot bird with wings. Nothing really of note there, per say, as he's got a ton of black plastic on him and not a lot of paint. Of the team, he's got the most stickers, but many are for the wings alone. That was certainly fun.
Getting up to the headsculpt you can see it's a nice bird head there, and unlike most of the others, his mouth can open!
Though if you open too far, it'll reveal the face. So why don't we close that and come to the next part.
Here we get a better look at the backpack, as well as how it looks on Divebomb. It's a substantial backpack, but as is the case with everybody else, Divebomb is well balanced.
And you get a pretty good wingspan from it, too.
As far as posing goes... uh, the wings can move! Otherwise, there isn't much going on here. He can lay down, like he's flying... and that's about it.
For his weapons, it's a bit unusual here for Divebomb, as the guns are plugged into the front and not on the wings, like is the case for other versions of Divebomb. It's rather unusual.
Anyway, time for the comparisons!
Ca-caw! As you can see, a lot of G1 Divebomb carried over to PotP Divebomb, only PotP Divebomb is fatter.
For transformation, while the wings can be removed, you can transform Divebomb without doing so. And that's because the transformation is very simple. And thanks to that, you'll go from Divebomb in alt-mode...
To Divebomb in robot mode. And he's a good looking bot. There's a little more detail shown in robot mode compared to alt-mode, and there's more orange going on here.
Getting up close to the headsculpt, yo ucan see it proper here. More orange plastic with yellow painted eyes. It must be awkward to have your face inside of the bird mouth though.
And here we can see the backpack, and while he does appear to be leaning back, this is because Divebomb has something of an ab-crunch attached to him. It isn't a good one, though, so it does cause him to lean back. And it's rather considerable, but look how he stands! And this is quite the backpack.
And as you can see, he has no issues with posing, even with the backpack.
Next are the weapons, but we have to talk about them for a bit. You can see I have Divebomb holding them in two different ways. One is meant more for the combine mode while the other is his regular way of holding it. And I'm showing this off like this because Divebomb has problems holding the guns in the regular way.
Here you can see him holding it normally, but due to the forearm being as high as it is, the peg doens't secure well enough in the hand, and as such, is loose.
But with the combiner hinge, he holds it must better. Think of it like a shotgun, but with the trigger being far back.
And now, comparison time!
Tweet! As you can see, PotP Divebomb keeps a lot of G1 Divebomb's aesthetic. Probably the only one that can say that.
And with that, we avoid the Divebomb, but tomorrow we may have to deal with the Razerclaw, and they are sharp. Until then.
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to my next Transformers review. And before we continue with that, just a reminder that I'm selling my PS3, which you can find more details about here.
Today, we'll now start taking a look at the arm bots of Predaking, starting with the left arm. So, without further ado, may I present to you the Power of the Primes Predacon member, Rampage!
So, you keep the name Rampage, but not Tantrum? Why? Anyway, as you can see, Rampage is a red tiger that has tons of anger issues, and the best way to quell those anger issues is by letting him watch TV. No, really, that's a thing.
Keep up to that head sculpt for the tiger you can see that it's done in red plastic with some nice yellow for the eyes. This is about as high as he can look, unfortunately, but he can look down!
It's easier for him to check on his portable TV this way.
From the side you can see a lot of bulk to this cat, because like the leg bots, parts of the arm are part of Rampage. Not as much as you think, obviously, but a good chunk of it is.
And here we have the rear of the bot, and I don't what you're thinking, he's missing his tail! Well, that can be resolved very easily.
And there we go! Rampage now has a gun for a tail! The port is purposely slanted to give it the off center look, which I think is rather nice.
Posing wise, you got some movement up front and not a lot in the back. So, really, about what you'd expect.
And now for the comparisons, here are the usual suspects.
Shazam! Though interesting enough, a lot of the color palettes match up, compared to the other comparisons, but obviously, there's more orange on G1 Rampage than PotP Rampage.
Moving on to transformation, like before, it is rather simple and straight forward. Just follow the directions and soon you'll have Rampage from alt-mode...
To robot mode. You'd actually be surprised about some of the transformation here and there, as well as some of the sticker placement.
Getting close to that head sculpt you can see that is one red head. Probably from all the rage at not watching TV.
And like the others, he's got quite the backpack on him, but like the others, he has no balancing issues. Hooray!
You got good options for posing, including a waist swivel, though as you can see, he's still got that hollowness problem.
And, of course, he can hold onto his tail gun for maximum death!
And now for the comparisons on this half.
Bam! Too much red!
Wazam! It's actually rather surprising how much of the look is kept between the G1 incarnation and the PotP incarnation. Except PotP Rampage looks more red than orange.
And that does it for Rampage. Tomorrow we take a look at another Predacon figure, and hopefully they won't call for a Divebomb on our heads. Until then.
2 days agoCaButler
So, after some mulling about, I've decided to sell my PS3 system. You can find the listing for it here.
I know I'm asking for a bit of money or a system that's a generation old, but this is a fully backwards compatible system, so I think it's worth it. That aside, for you RT folks that follow me, I'm offering a deal.
If you decide to purchase this system from me, I'll take 20% off the price of the final listing. You'll need to submit the offer and give me your RT name, plus reply to this journal entry, to be eligible for the discount. If you do, you get the discount and I'll fulfill my promise of the free PS2 and PS1 titles.
This also means I’ll have a ton of PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles that’ll be going up, but only after I sell the console.
I'll be back again later for the Rampage review (not the movie or the game), but I'll bring this link up again when it goes up.
3 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review, and today we'll be doing day two of Predacon week. We'll be looking at another leg bot this time, which should make this one rather simple. So, without further ado, may I present to you the Power of the Primes Predacon, Torox!
Wait, Torox? Not Tantrum? Yeah, for some reason, they renamed him because... reasons. Juh... yeah.
But we'll refer to him as Torox, since that's his official name here.
Getting up close to the headsculpt you can see that this is no ordinary bull.
Now, Torox is a repaint and slight remold of Headstrong. The paint and shell look different but the transformation and skeleton remain the same. This isn't an extensive remold, just so you know.
Which means, he's got that undercarrage of a leg there.
And he carries the foot gun on his back, the same way as Headstrong.
Now for some comparisons.
Kazam! As you can see, more orange on the G1 version of Tantrum than the PotP version, which has more black.
And we go right to robot mode...
Yup, that is a Torox, alright, and that's no bull.
Up close on the headsculpt you can see it's basically the same as Headstrong, only with a different animal head. You can also see the chest is quite different, despite being a remold.
Closer look at hte backpack so you can see some of the detail that'll appear later on.
And the same hollowness as before. But one thing to note is that these are hefty figures, likely due to the backpack, but like before, balance isn't an issue.
And neither is hte posing, which is pretty much the same as Headstrong.
And he carries the weapon in the exact same way.
Getting up close to see how the peg here works, so you can see how the foot plugs in and remains stable.
And now for the comparisons...
Pose off! Man, G1 Tantrum looks so silly. Especially compared to PotP Torox here.
Told you it was simple. That's two done, but we're not done yet. Tomorrow, we're going on the Rampage. Until then.
4 days agoCaButler
So I got a summon ticket from my weekly logins and decided to throw it at the Summer Part 2 banner. My single pulls have never worked out well. I don't think I've ever gotten a 4 star servant or higher from them... until today.
Yup. I got spooked by Karna. I was very surprised to see a gold Lancer show up. I honestly thought it was going to be Fionn. So, this was a surprise. An unexpected surprise, but a nice one.
4 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review! And today and for the rest of the week, we're doing a theme. What theme, do you ask? Well, if you figured out the clue from last week, you would know, but if you didn't, then this week is...
Predaking week! That's right, the King is here as a Titan Class figure for the Power of the Primes set, and we'll be taking a look at each individual figure this week until we reach the end and see it all combined into one.
But for now, as you can see, we got a nice box art of Predaking laying down the pain against these Autobot fools.
And on the top of the box you can see who is exactly in this box set, and we'll be meeting them all very soon.
And here we have hte back of the box, showing off the combined form of Predaking and how tall he is. Yes, he is indeed very big.
Though the packing is a bit desired, for the most part, everything you see here is everything that comes with this set. You'd think there'd be a lot more kibble, right? Well, we'll get to that later.
Also included is a poster of that same artwork of Predaking, which has all of the Primemasters on the back because... reasons.
Also, stickers! As the reviews go on you may see changes in the figures. That's because, as I do the review, I'll be placing the stickers on the figures, so if something looks off, that's why.
First things first, let's get them out of the box and get a look at the group shot here. What a bunch of blocks these blockheads be. Though I can see why that's the case.
Anyway, we're only focusing on one character today...
Headstrong, the right leg of Predaking, who is this bulky rhino, looking to stomp out fires and Autobots causing those fires.
Getting up close to the head scupt, yo ucan see it's a nice looking headsculpt wit hsome good color. I think the eyes could have used another coat of paint, but otherwise, it looks good.
Here we have a side profile of Headstrong, and you can see, he's carrying a lot of baggage underneath. We'll get to that when we discuss robot mode.
As for the Back of the rhino, the less said about that, the better.
For posing, you'll find that pretty much all of the beast modes are going to have limited posing, so don't expect MMC's offering here.
Now, you can take the foot and use it as a cannon for Headstrong's beast mode. It is a rather tight connection, and the port itself on Headstrong is painted, so be careful.
While we're here, I want to show off where the combiner hand is stored. Very clever.
Anyway, times for some comparisons.
Here is Headstrong with Titan's Return Hot Rod.
And here he is with Wolfwire. Expect to see these two a lot during the week.
And lastly, here is Rhino with his G1 version, who uses more of a gold color instead of yellow. Which is better? You decide.
Anyway, time for transformation! It's very simple, really, and there's really nothing of note, so if you follow the instructions, you'll go from Headstrong in beast mode...
To Headstrong in robot mode. And there isn't really anything different here than what you've already see in beast mode, though a major difference is that the beast mode front legs become the arms.
Getting up close on the headsculpt you can see that it's a nice sculpt used here, with some good yellow for the face.
But I feel that I should bring this up. Headstrong has a hell of a backpack, and the reason for that is because this black piece? That's the upper leg of Predaking. Yup, these are attached to the leg bots and cannot be removed.
And I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that this would limit posing and make the weight of the figure uneven, especially...
When the legs are quite hollow. And wow, those are really hollow. Fortunate, that isn't a problem, for you see...
Headstrong can pose just fine. yes, he does have a waist swivel, despite the backpack. And there's no balance issues, either. This was well engineered, I think.
As for the weapon, of course the foot cannon is used, but in this case, there's no peg for the hand. You see that rail sicking out on the left side? The foot plugs into that, allowing Headstrong to heft it on his shoulder. And like before, there are no balance issues. it is rather impressive.
Now for some comparisons...
Here is Headstrong with Combiner Wars Off-Road, who is only half the height of the rhino bot.
Here is Headstrong with SDCC Sentinel Prime, who is about half a head shorter than the Predacon. And get ready to see these two a lot during this week.
And lastly, here is Headstrong with the G1 version. And as you can see, they almost went with a completely new design for the PotP version.
And with that, the long journey begins. How will it end? Tune in tomorrow or we might have a Tantrum on our hands. Until then.
5 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to part two of episode one of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-. Yeah, that won't be annoying at all. From now on, we're just going to go with Re:ZERO. And with that said, let's catch back up with Subaru and company and see how well the search is going.
-When we last left our heroes, Satella was talking with the local spirits to find Felt, a thief girl who stole an insignia from her, as they were in a shady part of town and didn't think anybody would help her. Subaru, a boy she met who happens to be from another world, is helping her out because she's cute, plus she knows more about this world than he does, so it's a win-win for them. When we come back to them, the sun has fallen and they keep going into the deeper parts of the neighborhood. Satella calls it lonely, while Subaru questions if Felt really lives in a place like this. Yeah, it does seem stereotypical for a thief, doesn't it?
-For our benefit, Satella reminds Subaru of what the spirits told her, mainly that they saw somebody that look like Felt going in this direction. They start walking by this guy, who briefly matches eyes with Subaru, but then our hero decides to throw caution to the wind and asks him about Felt. He's never heard of her. The only place in that direction is Old Man Rom's look house. Apparently he got down on his luck after his older brother, Quark, decided to throw him out after one too many mishaps with the customers.
-No, wait, he knows who Felt is. He asks if she stole something from them, but then suggests they should try and negotiate with her to get it back. He then tells them to Live Strong, which is what Felt told Subaru when they first met last time. What an unusual way to say good bye to somebody. Unless it's a sayin for their part of town. Either way, I'm sure these two will be fine.
-They soon reach one of the bigger buildings in the district, with Subaru complaining about having to pay money to get back what was stolen from her. Subaru decides he isn't going to argue this, but tells her to leave it to him. He'll do the negotiations with Rom. Satella agrees, which surprises him. He thought she'd be all "What, leave this important thing to you? Please stop trying to make me laugh." Though Subaru quickly admits that, while he'd be hurt, he'd still make up his mind to help her all over again. We men be simple creatures, you know? Satella herself is also honest, saying that she would never say anything so hurtful, but does point out that he has been holding her back. Damn, right in the chest. But still, she'll try believing in him. Besides, if it actually goes well, she'll consider it a bonus. Though Subaru says he'd feel motivated if she says "Do your best for me". She objects at first, but then...
-And now that Subaru is sufficiently motivated, he's going in to the rundown, spooky building. He tells Satella to stay outside and keep watch, adding that he won't be back too late, but she can have dinner without him. Satella tells him to stop saying stupid things like that, before telling him to be careful. As he starts to go in, he turns back to give some more instructions to her, but notices her staring at him for a long time. When he asks about it, she says it's nothing, but then promises to apologize if he can get her insignia back. Well, if that isn't a grand reward, I don't know what is.
-So Subaru goes into the building and starts looking around, wondering if he's going into a demon nest or a snake pit? Either one aren't great options, either. It's also very dark, but Subaru has what appears to be a mini-light with him to illuminate the place. There are a lot of stuff here, making him wonder if it's all stolen loot? Also, why isn't anybody here? Very curious. He starts to go in further until he finds a particular problem. He took a step into a pool of blood. Recognizing something is off, he looks done to find a body, which looks to be sliced up along the torso region. And given the blood pouring from his mouth, it was recent, too. Okay, Subaru, I think now is the time to leave.
-That's when another voice comes from the darkness. She's like "Aw man, you found that? Guess I need to add another body to my count today." The attack happens and it looks like Subaru got hit across the stomach. He's panicking from the sight of his blood, but it looks worse as he's coughing up blood, too. And we get an uninterrupted replay of the scene from the beginning of part one, with Subaru lighting in his own blood. Satella comes in, asking what's wrong, with him begging her to run. But like before, it's too late as Satella is also attacked and killed instantly. Wow, killing off the main heroine like that? Ballsy.
-Subaru is still hanging on, but he's both shocked and angry about what happened. He reaches over for Satella's hand, promising to save her. The screen itself shakes violently, but then suddenly, we fade to black. Then, after a moment, a picture starts to fade in, but it's slow. There's a person there, but his voice is muffled and hard to here. Subaru, who looks good for somebody who had his intestines sliced up, asks him to repeat that. The picture itself is still out of focus and the sound still muffled. Man, I hope my sound didn't die on me just now.
-And that's when the shop owner from before asks if he's going to buy the appas or not. He can't, man, he's broke beyond compare. Blah! Like the owner has time for window shoppers. Just get lost already! Which he does, and while he's away, he starts to examine his surroundings. Yup, same fantasy town, same clothes, same food, same people. And that's when Subaru decides to ask the very important question.
-Looks like our boy is crashing, because something happened and now it didn't happen. No wound on the stomach, no dead white haired Magic Girl... wait, that's right! Puck asked him to take care of Satella! He has to go back to that shop at once! He then enters an all too familiar alley where he runs into an all too familiar group of thugs. Like before, they threaten to rob him, but Subaru thinks they're out for revenge. This confuses dagger Thug. What is this insane guy talking about, what with his insane talk and insane dress style? Well, whatever. A robbery is a robbery, so just leave everything on the ground and they'll let him go. Right, whatever, he'll do that. He drops the bag of food on the ground, but then they add one some additional commands, like acting like a dog and howling for help. And this is the breaking point as Subaru lays in on dagger thug with a hell of an uppercut, following by another roundhouse kick on the short thug. What is with all the kicking on this guy?
-The big thug doesn't waste time and goes after Subaru, but he's quite nimble, avoiding the attacks with ease. He then grabs his arm and starts twisting at the elbow, telling him not to underestimate a kid with too much free time on his hands. After all, swinging a wooden sword around all the time for no reason, his grip strength is over 70 kilograms. For us that don't understand metrics, that's about 154 pounds. That sounds like a lot. So then Subaru keeps twisting... before kicking the guy in the balls. Subaru! Dude! Not cool!
-We then fade to Rom's shop. Subaru is standing in front of the place, doing all he can to not freak out. He's expecting some insane carnage in there. He's very hesitant to do anything, but he pumps himself up and... knocks on the door. Well, at least he's polite about it. After a second of no answer, he starts pounding on the door, looking for an answer, but that's when the big guy comes marching out, pissed off that this person isn't using the signal or the password! And... wow...
-That is one mountain of a man. And one that Subaru recognizes as the guy who was killed the last time he was here. So.. huh? What kind of crazy time travel shenanigans is this? Inside, Rom, the mountain of a man, brings Subaru in, who is pretty nervous, and with good reason. The two banter for a bit, but Subaru decide to ask a serious, yet important question.
-You're right, that is dumb. Why would you ask such a dumb question? Rom, however, takes it as a joke. Sure, he's an old man at death's door, but he hasn't really died yet. Sounds like he had a couple of close calls, though. So, next question. Have you seen a girl with silver hair? Nope, he hasn't. This gets Subaru thinking, though, wondering if the events he saw before were all a dream? And if it was a dream, how much of it was a dream, and why is he in this world? Indeed, because I'm pretty sure you breaking the sequence pretty bad here.
-Rom, however, has a question of his own. Why is Subaru here? Oh, well, he's looking for an insignia that belongs to a silver-haired girl who helped him out. Maybe. Possibly. He describes it to Rom, who thinks about it for a moment, but tells him that he doesn't have anything like that. Subaru presses him to think, attributing it to him being old and senile. Well, if Rom can't remember it at his best, which is when he's drunk, then the only explanation is that he doesn't know it. However, he's got someone bringing in some goods later, and he's told it's some fine loot. Perhaps what Subaru is looking for is among the collected items? I'm also a bit surprised Rom didn't comment on the old and senile part of Subaru's comment. Lucky him.
-This leads to Subaru's other question. Is the girl bringing these items named Felt? Huh, who knew Subaru knew about her? Rom says that she is, but whether he'll be able to afford it is another matter. Subaru proudly admits that he's broke, but despite that, there is still the option of trading. Hey, if bartering can work, why not give it a shot? Rom is curious about the stuff he brought in and decides to take a look. Subaru does his best to sell the food he brought with him. This includes chips, which Rom enjoys, but of course, he's eating the merchandise, so he can't sell it now. Curses!
-But it doesn't matter, because Subaru will just have to wait for Felt to come back before he can begin negotiations. So after a fade out, we see Subaru hanging out in front of Rom's place, waiting for Felt. The sun is starting to set as Subaru sees a bunch of kids, looking rather poor themselves, just staring right back at him. Looks like people have the same problems, no matter what world they're in. And given how the city is built, it's pretty easy to see the difference. That's when Felt arrives. Hooray! What took you so long!?
-Subaru is there to see Felt, but she doesn't recognize him at all. She can only really remember people if they leave a big impression on her. I guess getting beat on by three thugs wasn't enough of an impression. Well, whatever. He's here to negotiate for the insignia she has. Felt thinks about it for a moment, recognizes what he's asking about, and is willing to hear him out. Well, that worked out better than he expected. So Felt knocks on the door and gives the password, which goes "To a rat, poison, to a white whale, a harpoon, and to a noble dragon lord, we are shitbags." I wonder if they kept that for the English dub?
-Rom lets them in and Felt apologizes for keeping him waiting. Apparently her target was more persistent than she expected and took a while to shake them off. Subaru starts to enter but gets a stare from Rom, but he's allowed in all the same. Felt is then given some milk from Rom, but she complaints that it's bad. Still, he gives her a pat on the head, because why not? Subaru is surprised by how close they are and is feeling a little left out. Felt, however, has her own comment to give to Subaru.
-And Subaru goes on by proving Felt right and gives her a scary face. Still, she apologizes for going too far, but it's Rom who's pissed off now. Damn youngins and their magic and lesser spirits! And with that little banter, it's time for business! Felt asks Subaru straight up how much he's willing to pay for the insignia? Well, before he answers, he wants to confirm that she has the insignia. She confirms as much and shows it off to him, confirming that it is the right one. At least, it looks like it. Rom inspects it as Felt says she had to work extra hard for it, so if Subaru can pay enough to match the effort, everybody will be happy. Of course, Subaru has the problem of having no money, which nearly puts an end to the negotiations, but Subaru stops that. Sure, he doesn't have money, but he has things that are worth money. And that's just as good as money, right?
-And what will Subaru trade? His cell phone, though he sells it as a magical device that can stop time for everyone, everywhere, at any time. So he shows off the phone to the two, which blinds them with the flashes. Great! Now grab the insignia and run like hell, Subaru! Both are pissed off by this sudden attack and ready to kill until Subaru shows off the picture of the two.
-Damn, Felt! You have eyes like a cat! I wonder if that will be important later on. Rom seems rather impressed by it as Subaru goes on to sell them the wonder that is a cell phone. Felt really likes it, with Rom commenting that he's never seen something like this before, asking if it's a "metia" that he's been hearing about lately? Subaru is confused by this, so Rom explains that a metia is a device that let people whose gates aren't open to use magic like real magic users. Because screw those mages and their monopoly on magic, right!?
-Felt doesn't care about that, though. She's more concerned with the price. What can she get for this thing? Rom thinks on it for a moment, but he has no doubt that it'll fetch more than that insignia. That's all Subaru needs to hear and he's all for that trade. He reaches for the insignia, but Felt swipes it back, saying that negotiations have not been completed yet. This girl is one tough customer. The reason she isn't sold yet is because Subaru isn't the only one she's negotiating with. Besides, she stole the insignia because she was asked to, and she's a thief with honor, dammit! Also, she was going to get ten holy coins for it. Sounds like a lot, and something somebody would kill to not pay for it. They're probably trustworthy folk.
-Still, Subaru is upset that Felt already has a deal in place, and he doesn't know how much ten holy coins would be worth, but luckily, Rom is there to help him out. The metia Subaru has would be worth at least twenty holy coins. Though he adds that there are probably fanciers you would pay more for a thing like that. Felt likes the idea of overcharging somebody for the cell phone. Next thing you know, she'll start up a cell phone company and charge people and insane amount of money for terrible service and even worse customer service.
-So, when and where is Felt meeting her client? Right here, in Rom's shop! After all, if a little thing like her dealt with them alone, she'd be sunk if a client decided to bilk her. But if Rom is here, who appears to be staring off into space, then she has nothing to worry about. Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. Rom asks if the client knows the password, but she forgot, so she'll check to see if it's for her. With her gone, Subaru asks Rom if he's fine with letting her use him like that. He replies that they aren't strangers, and he's known her for al long time, so he'll help her out. And to do that, he grabs a giant club to help with the intimidation factor.
-Subaru can't help but chuckle at the sight of Rom with the club. It's like he's a barbarian, but Rom counters that everybody here is desperate just to survive, so it's common for youngsters to join forces with others in similar situations to keep themselves alive. Unfortunately, Felt isn't cut out for that, so that's why he's got to look out for her. D'aw, Rom is actually a good guy after all!
-Felt comes in, and yes, it is the client looking for her after all. The client is concerned about the outsiders being here, but Felt honestly tells her that it'd be a problem if she bilked her. Can't really argue with that. She recognizes Rom, but doesn't know who Subaru is. Felt introduces him as her rival negotiating for the insignia. Also, lady, it seems like you're missing quite a bit of your dress, but damn! She certain knows how to dress to make sure negations go her way, though she is negotiating with a young lady, so I don't know if that's going to work in your favor. Still, points for the attempt.
-So the client is told of the situation. It'll be a bid off for the insignia and Felt will sell to the highest bidder. The client likes that personality of hers and wants to know how much Subaru bid for? He shows off the cell phone and takes a picture of the client to show exactly what it can do, as well as it being worth no less than twenty holy coins. I bet Subaru plans to keep that picture for... other purposes.
-But the client has received extra funds from her client, so she's prepared to sweeten the deal. Subaru comments on this, which she confirms, then asks if he's in the same business. As that would require them to be unemployed, that would be a no. Moving on, Felt explains that Subaru is currently the highest bidder at twenty. So what is her price? Exactly twenty holy coins. And that's all that was sent to her. Still, that's only matching the highest bid, not overtaking it. Which gives Subaru a chance, after all! Rom, showing what side he's on, tells him not to make a pathetic face, then adding that victory is leaning towards him. Well, it's not like he's impartial, but I don't think that's something you should say out loud, either.
-Rom apologizes to the client, but she should bag up her coins and leave. Subaru, however, is happy about his victory and gets a couple of strange stares for his victory pose. Seriously, Subaru, have a little courtesy and wait until she leaves before celebrating. Who knows, perhaps she's secretly and evil assassin who planned to kill everybody without needing to pay for it, too.
-In any case, Felt doesn't care about the celebration as long as she gets her profit. Subaru apologizes to Elsa, the client, and comments that she'll probably get in trouble for this. She takes the loss surprisingly well, blaming her employer for trying to underpay. The deal has ended in disappointment for her, but she's going to take her leave now. After she takes a drink and gives a rather sensual lick of her lips, she stands to leave. Before doing that, though, she asks Subaru what he plans to do with the insignia. Oh, just find the owner and return it to her. And just like that, things take a sudden dark turn.
-Elsa went from pretty to evil in two seconds flat! Also, who's "them"? Felt suddenly grabs Subaru and throws him to the ground. He's confused about it, but it turns out, Elsa just took a swipe at him. Why are the pretty ones so evil? Rom doesn't waste any time and starts attacking her, but she's quick and nimble on her feet, dodging the attacks with ease. She comments on how this is her first battle to the death with a giant, but Rom isn't the type to banter. Rom proceeds to wreck the place, trying to hit her, but she's just too fast for him. Subaru recognizes how bad this is, but Felt is confident that Rom won't lose. Well, if she's confident that Rom will win, then I'm sure there's nothing to...
-...I'm suddenly feeling less confident in Rom's victory now. But even if he was disarmed, he still has his other arm and charges at Elsa. However, she picks up a broken bottle and puts it right in his way, causing him to stab his own neck. As he dies, she thanks him for the milk, because it would be rude not to be polite to the owner like that. As Rom falls to his death, Felt is on full on rage mode. Elsa comments on how the thief girl has more courage than Subaru there, but warns her that if she resists, she'll get hurt, as well. Felt already knows she was going to be killed anyway, so she might as well fight! Though running is also a good option.
-Elsa taunts Felt, spinning her blade around while saying that she's quite rough at handling blades. Felt apologizes to Subaru for getting him involved, then shows off some very impressive speed in her attempt to kill Elsa. However, she's able to dodge the attack with ease. She comments on how Felt is loved by this world and envy's her... just before slicing her down the middle. This is going to be one of those anime, isn't it?
-With two down, Elsa turns to Subaru and comments on him just sitting there, not moving. Has he given up? He does stand up, which gets a bit of a sarcastic applause from Elsa, but still, she's going to have whatever fun she can with killing him. We get a bit of a standoff until Subaru decides to do a suicidal charge, because that clearly worked so well before. I bet this would work in any other show, but here, he's fighting a professional assassin, so he's quickly knocked away. He wasn't killed, because Elsa wants to play around with him before finally taking his life. She insults him for having no divine protection or special gifts, but dammit, Subaru has his pride! Elsa will acknowledge his extraordinary determination, and if he did that sooner, maybe things would have gone differently for Rom and Felt. It's unlikely, but hey, you never know where the dice will fall.
-Suddenly, Subaru remembers the last time this happened, the dead body of Rom and his own death. Elsa, however, decides that she's had enough fun and is going to end this. But Subaru hasn't given up yet. He takes on a fighting stance as Elsa charges him. Soon, the battle is met, with Subaru early dodging the blade attack, with him countering with a roundhouse kick of his own that appears to connect, but doesn't send her to the ground. Actually, it looks like it connected, and Elsa... is blushing? Oh great, an assassin that loves to get hit. What else is next?
-Oh, right, then large stomach wound. Wait, didn't you dodge that, Subaru? Apparently, Elsa opened up one in his belly when they passed by one another. Wait, was it during the exchange just now, or did it happen earlier? Because that was quite the delayed reaction there. She comments that this is the one thing she excels at. Subaru drops to the ground, trying to keep his intestines in, but Elsa wants to take a look, commenting on their lovely color. Great, she's on a whole new level of insane, too.
-Subaru is wallowing in pain and starts fading as Elsa watches with her insane glare of hers, commenting on his slow death. And with that, Subaru closes his eyes for the last time. Huh, so much for him being the protagonist. I wonder who's actually taking over...
-...Subaru, are you, by chance, on the edge of tomorrow? I'm sorry, but I couldn't help myself there. So, yeah, Subaru is alive... again. And he's at the fruit stall with the mean owner... again. It's a repeat of the conversation from earlier, and Subaru decides that he's had enough for today and passes out in front of him. It has been a long day, after all.
-After a fade out, Subaru is woken up by the owner, He tells him not to worry about the money and gives him an appa and a drink. Huh, turns out, he's actually a nice guy after all... which is something we already know about, but he is a businessman first. And it'd probably be bad business if he didn't at least try to help out this boy. As he starts to take the items, Subaru spots a familiar face and chase after her, calling out her name, Satella. This draws the attention of everybody there, including Satella. Subaru goes on to apologize that his dying and not doing what she said were his fault, but dammit, he was desperate! He then explains what happened next, how he couldn't find her, and apologizes for only thinking of himself. Still, he's glad that Satella is alright!
-Right now? Not much, what with the dying twice and all that. Besides, Satella has no idea who Subaru is, but don't you dare call her by the name of the Witch of Envy! Wait, what? What the hell is he thinking? And with that, the two just stare at each other, as we get a close up of Subaru's eyes, a mirror of not-Satella, and then a close up of her eyes. I'm sure that's going to be important somewhere. Which leads to our title card for both parts..
-I wonder if "Begin" here will be important in the grand scheme of things. Oh, and end of part two.
So... yeah, here's something new. Subaru, our hapless, average guy, does indeed have a power of his own. Apparently, upon his death, he's warped back to an early point in the day, or some sort of save point, before his death. Why? Maybe the person who summoned him granted that power, or maybe it was just somebody's sick sense of a joke. Either way, it opens up a big mystery for Subaru. Why is he repeating this day? Does it have something to do with the insignia? Perhaps maybe if he doesn't get killed by Elsa, he can move on? There are way too many questions, and hopefully, future episodes can answer them later on.
Granted, this is the big surprise of this kind of show, something that, unfortunately, will get spoiled for new viewers, since people do try to sell this show to other people. It is part of the core concept, though. Granted I imagine you could probably avoid spoiling it, but it's not easy. Still, even knowing it in advance, one big hook for people is "why is this happening to him?" It's certainly something that will keep our attention, as well as making us see how many times Subaru fails before he gets it right. Hopefully they won't be too mean, because we don't know much about Subaru and it'd be terrible to make him die painful deaths just because the show runners could. Oh, and I should remind everybody that this is as far as I got the last time I watched this show, so the spoiler policy is in effect here.
Now, with regards to the shorts, as it turns out, Crunchyroll has them, as well! So, if people want me to look at the shorts as they aired, then let me know and we'll work out a day we do them. Maybe on Wednesdays. Otherwise, we'll probably hold them off until the show has been completed. If people are fine with me doing the shorts, I'll probably do the first one on Friday, before the second episode, and then continue with the Wednesday plan.
And that about does it for us here. Will Subaru find out why he's warping through time? Will he ever successfully get past Elsa? And why did not-Satella give her name as the Witch of Envy the first time around? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when a beautiful, deadly assassin appears and easily dispatches a giant with ease, your best option is to run like hell and find somebody else who could probably deal with this better than you.
Gravity Rush images go here.
Final Fantasy XIII
All things Final Fantasy XIII
So much eye candy...
Art from Persona 3, 4 and Arena here.
Tales of Graces
Here is your Tales of Graces love
Selvaria Bles Album
You know why you're here.
Hayate the Combat Butler
The place for the ladies (and guy) of this series.
Something for everybody!
All Fate/Extra stuff here (and then some)
The Wheel of Fate is Turning
These people are guilty for not wearing a crown
For the popular strategy RPG
You know why you're here. If not, you need new glasses.
Your cosplay action here.
Love for a great game with great art.
Even horrible creatures of the night need love
The most messed up pretty girls you've ever met.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
And now has it's own part time album.
Date a Live
Crazy girls going crazy for a guy who's treating this like a dating sim because if he doesn't the crazy girls go insane and start blowing stuff up. It's that kind of show.
Cosplay Gallery number 2
We liked it so much we made it twice.
The console war done with cute girls.
Because Hajime needs her own album.
Cosplay Gallery the third
Because you can never have enough
Rooster Teeth's first ever anime, it's images go here.
The Familiar of Zero
The one anime where I absolutely hate our two main protagonists.
High School DxD
Angels and Devils do battle while getting naked for no apparent reason.
Is This a Zombie?
No, they are hot vampire ninjas and magical girls.
Not that kind of Golden Time, though, but the anime.
Persona: The Second
For all the stray ones.
Cosplay thread IV
Like Saints Row, only sexier.
It's about a bunch of kids in the afterlife playing with guns.
Where being sexy will always forgive you for wanting to kill your sisters in bloody ways.
I couldn't become a hero...
...So I made this album instead.
Knights of Sidonia
Because we always make a folder for these shows
It's about a guy trying to become the Magic King and have his own harem
The Shantae Folder
The place where we put our magically sexy half-genie in all her glorious glory.
The Irregular at Magic High School
Where the protagonist can kill you just for annoying his sister.
Cosplay Gallery the Fifth
You know the drill.
Anime Screen caps
Because anything can be taken out of context when anime is involved
Because I'm watching it, that's why.
No Game, No Life
Because boat girls are the new thing.
Tomoe wants her own Summer year.
A rare moment where Jalter isn't trying to kill Jeanne.
Summer makes Jalter berserk. Must be due to Jeanne being here.
Yes, even MHX is getting her own Summer Servant this year.
The reason Jeanne is an Archer is because she throws marine wildlife at her enemies.
"Race for Rome!"
A summer selfie from the rivals of love
Turns out, she's an Assassin. Who knew?
B.B. has a nice hat.
Tamamo wanted to give the magical girl look a shot.
Jalter started the fire, which has been burning since the world was turning.
You think she has trouble breathing?
Scathach putting those other servants to shame
Mo loves her new class
B.B. wants her own Summer incarnation.
Questions answered by CaButler
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Uh... 32 mph?
Havoc has been sold. Sorry.
I'm really Carlone Butler, the NBA player.