Amon Saga + Legend of Lemnear Review – Hero Cycle Summed Up Right There.

I’ve never done a 2 in 1 anime review before, but I’ll do that here since I want to point out some thoughts I have on these two OVA.

First, I’m pretty sure you’re like ‘wth’ when you read the title, since you probably haven’t heard of either of them. Don’t worry, I’ll introduce you to them. Behold, spoiler awaits.

Let’s start with Amon Saga.

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Amon Saga was released in 1986, and upon watching it I screamed ‘Saint Seiyaaaaa’ not because those two were similar in art or story, but the atmosphere and animation were the same. Amon Saga follows Amon, a generic stoic protagonist with white hair who wants to avenge his mother. While on his path to revenge, he met a generic long-haired damsel in distress called Princess Lichia. The two had a Romeo-Juliet moment, ratta-tatta-tat, Amon takes revenge, get the girl, and be done. Or not.
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Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari Ep 1-3

Played the game for a year or so, game closed down, I didn’t get Kain’s story in time before it closed down, and now what? Oh, a movie? Now an anime?

Chain Chronicle is a mobile game about a continent called Yggdra raided by the Black Army, a swarm of monsters under the Black King. You play as the protagonist (Yuri in the anime, Erya as I named him). Your job is to gather a volunteer army and protect the world.

Here is the interesting part: the anime did not adapt the game, it continued after the game’s ending. (If I read correctly) I’m not sure where they picked up from, though. The international server of Chain Chronicle ended where they sailed to another continent where they have guns or something, but I am quite sure they did not adapt the main story because I’ve played about half of it. And I’ve played long enough to know that there is no card called ‘Aram’ in the game, so that must be new.

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Youjo Senki Ep 4-5 Review: where are the child rights protection organizations?

After all the philosophical man vs. god jargon in the first 2 episodes, episode 4 and 5 plunge into full stream action.

Well, not really, but…

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MY UNCLE IS IN AN ANIME – Yuri!!! On Ice EP 11 Review + Recap

Since it’s almost exams week (next week, to be precise) I will keep this quite short. In this post we will discuss: YuriO nIce, BEKA, Poor JJ, Why Yuri wants to leave Victor, Why Yuri got so upset he missed a jump, and Phichit Chulanont with my uncle.

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Off to first topic: Yuratchka and Otabek        

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Since there’s rumors of a sequel and Victor and Yuri’s story might end this season, there’s many speculation that the two protagonist of the next season might be Yurio and Otabek. The season will be title, instead of Yuri On Ice, Yurio Nice.

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This episode we see Yuratchka’s similarities to Victor, as remarked by Yakov. We also see how he broke world record in his In Regards to Love: Agape. And the reason he was able to do that was because he met many people and knew many kinds of relationship: Lilia Baranovskaya, his grandpa, Yakov, Yuri, Victor, and the person who impacted him most in the second half of the series: Otabek Altin.

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Otabek is Yuratchka’s first actual friend. And how they interacted was golden. I love, love, love, love seeing them together. Especially when Otabek is like a gruff knight on horseback and Yuratchka is a little grumpy princess lol.

STILL on the topic of Otabek (AKA Beka, AKA father)

Aside from that really awesome lady in a particular arc of EDEN: It’s an Endless World (I know Uighur is not in the Middle East but still), Otabek is the only other character in the Japanese pop culture who’s Middle Eastern and who’s really well-developed. What sets Otabek apart from other skaters is that we know he isn’t talented. He wasn’t born for the ice like Yuratchka, Victor or Phichit, but he worked harder than everyone to get to where he was. He had what Yuratchka used to lack at the very beginning of the series: determination. You don’t have to be born for it to be good at it, that’s what he showed us.

Trivia: Samarkand is a city in Uzbekistan.

Trivia 2: They speak Russian in Kazakhstan.

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Poor JJ, why did he screw up?

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JJ won gold on both his qualification events, but on the Grand Prix Final he messed up really badly, and the best explanation for that is pressure. Pressure was what got to Seung-gil and Yuri and Leo.

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Look at dainty Eros Yuri in the corner lol this image makes the characters look like a gang of villain with bad fashion tastes

In an interview with a coach for the Thai National figure skate team, the coach said “Ice skating is a difficult sport, if you cannot concentrate sometimes you can’t even do the jumps at all.” I empathize with screwing up because of pressure. In JJ’s case it was especially bad because like half the audience is his fan, and the one who skated right before him was Otabek the Dark Horse (who glared at him like JJ is a mortal enemy, even I got goosebumps).

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But what really saved him was his girlfriend, or more accurately, his fiancee. JJ is a very lucky man to have a girl like that at his side. We know his performance got to his ego really badly, but hey, someone like King JJ never gives up. Especially with his love and the people of Canada on his side.

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Why Yuri wants to leave Victor, and why he got so upset missing a jump

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What I am quite sure of is that Yuri wants to leave Victor because he felt Victor still wanted to skate. Another reason: from the “Is Victor Nikiforov homosexual?” post, we see that Victor does not stick with something for long, and Yuri might feel that Victor lost interest in him or something. (So sad, so sad indeed.) But so far this is just speculation. I think they’ll clarify this on the final episode next week.

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Yuri got upset he missed a jump because Victor said something along the line of “I trust your decision” but then Yuri messed up on what he decided on, and that was like letting Victor down. Either that or he felt that it’s the previous Grand Prix Final all over again. Another moment that plucked at my heartstrings.

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So we’re at the final part: What is my uncle doing in Yuri on Ice?!

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No he’s not my actual uncle, but Thai people call him uncle. He’s the Prime Minister General Prayut.(I don’t think I should put a picture of him here, but feel free to google pictures yourself and compare them with the screencap.)

The second instance where he’s seen in a talk show…well, that’s a real talk show that comes on free TV every morning. Here’s a picture along with their FB page.

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Applause for the research team for Yuri on Ice. You really did well.

(By the way, in the interview with the Thai figure skating coach I mentioned above, they mentioned Japanese people coming to the rink to ask questions. That rink she referred to was the one Imperial World seen in the anime.)

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Talking about Phichit, he’s really the healer of this anime. Others have such dramatic stories but Phichit just clears your mind and make you feel fluffy inside. Just look at how cute the boy is.

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…I think I’m getting a heart attack…hrghhhhh….

Animate Bangkok is getting Yuri On Ice stuff into their store…I hope there will be many Phichit merchandise.

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Overall, I’m looking forward to next week’s final episode…if I survive the exams. Wish me luck! ❤

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Yuri!!! on Ice Ep 5-8+ Ep 10 Review – the big question

Finally at the last part of episode 5-8. Now, we tackle the big question.

Is Victor Nikiforov gay?

Is Yuri on Ice a shipping anime or is it legit LBGT+? I’ll state my claim right here.

Victor is gay. And there is evidence to support it.

But first before we get to LBGT we have incest. Let’s pick up one last person I kind of left behind, the siscon Michele Crispino.

Michele (or Micky) is an Italian figure skater who is overly obsessed with his little sister, Sala. Alright, another siscon! But one thing that’s different is that Yuri!!! on Ice takes Michele’s love very seriously instead of treating it as comedy like other brother x sister anime.  Because they take Michele’s feelings very seriously, it turned into a 5 minute love story that is better than Twilight.

I can be as brave as a knight for you
If you want I can be a shadow of the night
No one loves you like the way I do

This song is him being a knight.

And this is him being a shadow of the night. (I listened to this song like…20 times. Love the Michael Buble vibe. This song is my second favourite, after Still Alive.)

It is very admirable of him that he could do anything for his little sister, and had been doing so all their lives, but is able to let her go once he realised Sala wants to break apart from him.

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So now we get to Victor.

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Victuuri is not just a ship. So far, we saw that all short programs convey what is inside each skater’s mind. So what is Victor’s SP supposed to say?

“Aria: Stay Close to Me” is in Italian, and I am clueless about its translation, however one blogger pointed out that the pronouns for first person and second person are both male. This means Stay Close to Me is a song sung by a male, for a male. In other words, Victor Nikiforov knows about his own sexuality.

Here is a verse by verse analysis of the translation.

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Yuri!!! on Ice Ep 5-8 Review (Pt.2) – meaningful SP and the big question

In this post: PewDiePie on Ice, Evil Witch, JJ the Ice Kisser and why Phichit did not go to jail

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In the previous post, we covered chicken nugget, Flub Leo, Jiji boi, and Ass-on-Ice Chris. This post will (probably) have 3 parts since I decided to put Yuratchka and Seunggil together with episode 9-12 post. Part 3 will be (mostly) dedicated to Yuuri and Viktor. Crispino will be there too, so don’t worry, I didn’t forget about him.

So where should we start? How about we start with the star of this post… Phichit Chulanont?

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Beware: badass Phichit coming through

Phichit Chulanont won his first gold at the Cup of China competition…while in real life Thailand figure skating hasn’t gone that far yet. As you know from my prior post, he’s based off Filipino skater Michael Christian Martinez who’s in the world competitions. Moreover, Mike’s the only guy from Southeast Asia and from a tropical country to qualify for Olympics.

From what I see he has very intense expression and skates to the music very well.

Initially we would think Yuuri is the one winning the China Championship since he’s the protagonist training under Russian legend Viktor Nikiforov, right? So why does Phichit, who only has one quad, win against Yuuri?

Even if I’m pretty much clueless regarding how they score jumps, I could make a guess.

These are the scores for their SP, which are like, 20 apart. But it’s ultimately the FP that decides who wins. It’s the FP that made Leo flub from third to last, and it’s the FP that made Phichit go from fourth to first.

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So…let’s take a look at Yuri and Phichit’s strengths.

Yuri: flawless jumps, great presentation, more experience, very high stamina

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Phichit: fiery step sequence, great presentation, positive attitude

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…and killer smile.

More killer stuff below.

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