This week, I have gone through so many things it is almost difficult to separate them. I watched new series, finished a book and UFC on Fox 5 just ended. I guess start from the top, always a good choice.
UFC on Fox was a decent show but every single fighter I wanted to win lost. There was some decent BJJ work which I did enjoy. However, the losses really disappointed me. I wish I could comment more but the whole show just made me sad.
High School of the Dead has had quite the infamous stigma surrounding it since being released. As a huge zombie fan I was tempted to buy it every time I glanced over at an FYE or Best Buy. I was in luck a few weeks ago because RightStuf was having a huge sale. I got quite a few anime at amazing prices. For what it is, HSotD is not terrible. The art is pretty good and the story is not that bad at all. The fan service on the other hand… There is way too much of it. Even a male anime fan has limits. Had they toned the fan service down a bit they would have had a solid B+ of a series. I would have been tempted to give it a D had it not been for the amazing dub. That’s right, a dub was amazing. Once, in a great while, a dub outshines the Japanese. I can only think of two others off the top of my head: Fruits Basket and Baccano. Some of the funniest lines I have ever heard in an anime are in HSotD. The title for this post is actually taken from the anime. Combining everything for a single rating, I can comfortably give this anime a C.
Along with HSotD, Fate/Stay Night was purchased. I did enjoy this title but I felt like it was compressed a bit too much. The art was gorgeous, but when I can’t get behind characters due to lack of screen time there is a serious issue. I almost feel like it cannot be graded because on the one hand, you have this beautiful piece of art, and on the other you have this condensed storyline which could be outstanding with double the amount of time. I’d like to hear what other people have to say about it. Did you enjoy it? What do you think does the art outweigh the lacking story?
I also picked up the first season of Chuck. I have to say, this is a series I wish I didn’t pass up when it was on TV. Very well done. The story was solid and the acting was fantastic. I do not have one complaint about casting. Everyone pulls their weight and then some. I did realize something unfortunate though. The reason I buy television shows is two-fold. One, I get to watch it on my own time without having to worry it will be taken off of On Demand. Two, I get to watch the series a huge amount of times. I do this all the time especially with comedies like How I Met Your Mother and especially The Big Bang Theory. Chuck is a lot like Big Bang. So what is the unfortunate part? I liked it so much that a few days after finishing the show I decided to watch it. The spy half of the show simply does not hold up well to multiple viewings. The comedy is absolute genius but the juxtaposition of seriousness just does not lend itself to Big Bang treatment. Will I continue this series? I believe so. However, because of the disappointment I had Chuck will only be receiving a B. It could have been so much more…
And the finale, Chamber of Secrets! Amusingly, I had almost the same experience as I did with the first reading. The first half is awesome and the second half slows down considerably. This time around I noticed a lot of different writing touches that I enjoyed. Rowling has such a wonderful and unique way of putting her thoughts on paper and it just gets better with each book of the series. Each character gets the perfect amount of time to show their personality, and some even start to show character growth. You completely fall in love with the Weasleys. Molly and Arthur are a wonderful couple. I am so glad she chose to keep them around. I also decided that after each book I would watch the movie. I enjoyed the movie more this time around seeing how closely it followed the book. Some scenes were made even better such as Arthur asking his children how the car flying went. Chamber of secrets was actually my least favorite book and second to least favorite movie so it will be interesting to see how that holds up throughout this process. The book gets a B-. As for the movie, in a stand alone setting, it will match the book with a B-.
So overall, a very busy media week. Oh! I also wanted to give a nod to Stephen Colbert for his Hobbit week. He always has good shows but this was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed seeing him in fanboy mode. I’m making this just under the wire with 2 minutes to spare!