Blade Dance of the Elementalists #02 — Cooking With Pokemon

July 21st, 2014


What’s the matter? Sword a little limp?


Still not good, but better than the first episode, although it’s still badly… badly lacking the budget it needs to really make these action scenes any good. They were sort of trying, I suppose, but everything was coming up speedlines. And you have to kind of be impressed by their dedication to crowbarring in the obligatory T&A and then just tossing in some generic goo out of nowhere on top of it. Because this is apparently a thing that happens in showers. The girls were quite a bit better at least, using the old standby of the common enemy to start working together without a great deal of fanfare or obnoxious squabbling once anything of worth actually started happening… about 80% in.  

Of course, it’d be nicer if they crowbarred in a plot and some animation instead, and no, “My siiiiiister” doesn’t count. Not that they really spent a lot of time on that though, I guess. I’m not complaining about only having a short expositional dump about something of only tangential worth at the moment, but the show could badly use some kind of overarching quest or plot, because “screw the police” is about the bare minimum for an episodic one, and even then probably wouldn’t be if almost every other show this season wasn’t so firmly dedicated to having even less than that.

Next Episode:

She sure clings to him a lot.

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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anon says:

    DAL, IS killer.

  • Haba says:

    I wonder if those guys at least feel a bit of shame when copying entire plotlines and characters.

  • DxS says:

    Come back and discuss bad anime with me…

  • Kadi says:

    A plot, huh… well, it does have long-term goals, doesn’t it? Ren Ashbell, Rubia Elstein, Kamito’s search… they’re just really long-term with many, many short-term obstacles. For now, they still focused on character setup? Though you/aroduc would probably call it padding and wasting time instead and be somewhat right about it.
    Well, as inane, cliche and overdone as the contents are, at least the delivery of this padding is above average for Japan. Well, the speed/timing.
    I still wish it had budget. At least the music makes up for a lot. Maybe not stellar, but it works well at what it’s supposed to do and is timed well. Musical director showed up for work two episodes in a row?

  • david says:

    I like the Light novel for this better.

  • The Phantom says:

    I agree is like a remix of different Anime, which is not a bad thing IMHO. The big hook is that the Male lead is somewhat competent at least when compared to imbeciles like Ichika, that makes it somewhat passable.

    • DK says:

      And THAT is saying a lot, when comparing to such idiots like Ichika, Issei Hyoudou, Tomoki Sakurai, just to name a few.

  • Haba says:

    For curiosity’s sake, I tried reading the light novel…

    Oh sweet Jesus. Anyone who genuinely thinks there is some sort of redeeming value out there should purge themselves from the gene pool. Absolute, utter trash.

    Guy fights, faints, wakes up in the bed with heroine X. Heroine Y shows up, there is a “misunderstanding”. Repeat x200. Not even volume three and we’ve already had peeking while bathing, unknown naked girl in bed, cooking contest and “washing back in the bath” scenes.

    Was this “written” by a trashy manga cliché generator by any chance?

    • jingoi says:

      “should purge themselves from the gene pool.”
      nah, those in hollywood/congress should do that.

    • elior1 says:

      i think you wrong becouse it start get intresting once the blade dance torunoment is start in the light novel in volume 4 which the anime will not reach it this season

  • algorithm says:

    “Still not good”

    That’s kinda cute and pretty funny coming from you. Especially in a Dlade Bance review.