Berserk Episode 18
By: MithrandielMiss my latest review? You can read it here![yasr_multiset setid=11] The battle against the trolls has arrived! After Guts and the rest of the party make their way to Morgan's town, which has been constantly under siege by vicious trolls, they are turned away at the gates by the skeptical townsfolk. Further complicating matters is a man of the cloth (troublesome religious figures seems to be a recurring theme...) who is positive that Morgan just recruited some random troupe of entertainers wearing costumes.After chastising Schierke and attempting to dismiss the group, Guts corners the priest by telling him that Casca is on a pilgrimage, and as a man of the cloth he is obligated to offer shelter. He begrudgingly concedes, and the group begins to plan for the pending attack.The first half of the episode features a lot of down-time, in which we see some valuable exchanges that deepen relationships within the group. Serpico recognizes how Farnese has changed looking after Casca, while Schierke and Guts have an honest conversation outside of the church as they strategize for their battle against the trolls. Isidoro also hears more from Morgan about his past as he struggles to accept Schierke. The time spent is appreciated, as we begin to see the group forming into a more cohesive entity instead of Guts plus a misfit band of annoyances.I hate to admit it, but even Farnese is making some decent strides in the recent episodes.The action heats up in the second half of he episode, as the Trolls attack in a larger group than ever before. Serpico quickly puts his new gear to good use, decapitating a handful of trolls with a stroke of his enchanted feather-sword-thing.Isidoro does his best to assist, tossing enchanted berries and largely just trying not to get eaten. The group makes their way to the church to regroup with Guts and Schierke, but find themselves surrounded just outside of the church. Just as Casca's about to get attacked, Guts makes his badass entry, disregarding the frightened clergyman's warnings that the trolls can't be handled by human means.The townspeople are in awe of Guts' power and ability as Schierke notices something a bit...off...about his weapon.Eh, I'm sure it's nothing too terribly important. Anyways, moving on...Schierke takes post at the top of the church and begins channeling her instant-kill move as trolls close in from all around. Further complicating matters is the stuffy reverend from earlier - surprise, surprise. Unaware of the encroaching danger as she performs the incantation, Farnese does her best to protect the young witch and Casca and amidst the chaos, Schierke's spell is unleashed. Schierke's power seems impressive, but will this be enough to save the town? Will the clergyman get in the way yet again? I know I'm excited to see how it shakes out - and Berserk continues to monopolize my attention on a weekly basis.For all the moaning and groaning about the animation last season, I have to say it seems as thought Berserk is finding a good blend of 3d and 2d styles that is much easier on the eyes. I hope that they continue to refine their techniques in the coming weeks and seasons, but in the meantime it is only getting better with each passing week.
Berserk Episode 18
Evangelion Unit-03, being transported from the United States to Japan via airplane, flies through a microscopic Angel disguised as an odd cloud, infecting Unit-03. During Toji's first synch test, Unit-03 goes berserk and mutates into an Angel, Bardiel. Possessing both the power of an Angel and the form of an Evangelion, Unit-03 destroys the test facility and advances toward Tokyo-3. All three Evangelions are sortied against Bardiel, but the Angel rapidly defeats both Unit-02 and Unit-00. Although Shinji does not know that Toji is trapped inside Bardiel, he refuses to use Unit-01 to attack it, wanting to try to save the pilot. As Bardiel attacks Unit-01, Gendo orders that Shinji be cut off from control of Unit-01 and that Unit-01's Dummy Plug autopilot system be activated. Under the control of the Dummy plug, Unit-01 savagely attacks Bardiel, literally tearing the possessed Evangelion to shreds and crushing its Entry Plug. After the battle, the already emotionally-devastated Shinji is even more horrified as he sees Toji being taken from the wreckage of the entry plug.
The episode begins with the transport aircraft carrying Evangelion Unit-03 flying through a formation of cumulonimbus clouds. A brief but massive spark of electricity is shown as the Eva enters the clouds.
Mutsuki has lost her mind after the fight with Torso, making her realize that she is in love with sensei, aka Kaneki. Furuta has become the head of the Washuu clan and is now leading the CCG. He instructed Suzuya to become the new Arima and announced their next plan of action in order to fight off the Clowns. After stopping the various assaults that happened simultaneously in the 9th, 2nd, 18th, and 19th Ward, the Clowns army came right outside the door of the CCG headquarters where Suzuya started fighting with No Face and where they realized that the majority of the Clowns are humans that are forced into fighting against their will. Meanwhile, Urie is fighting against Donato and after losing the battle he goes berserk and Saiko tries to get him back to his senses. Before the episode ends, Furuta visits Mutsuki in the hospital and then we see him in a huge meeting of the CCG, making a speech about how they will destroy all the ghouls and presenting a new Quinx Squad named Oggai.
Serpico can fly, Farnese shows how much taking care of someone else for the first time in her life has made her care, and old man Morgan goes from inspirational tale-teller to sacrificial inspiration in no time. Guts gets to display his full monstrous glory to the dramatic-wind-inducing fanfare of Susumu Hirasawa's Hai yo, and I can honestly say I haven't had this much fun with an entire episode of Berserk in a very long time. It feels good to be able to say that.
While the trolls look much better in the OP compared to their plastic in-episode selves, we're treated to so many expressive faces that I really don't care about the monsters' lack of yuk-inducing drool and hairiness. Focusing on our main characters leaves little room for any facial animation among the villagers, but before they take action to defend their homes, they're little more than an anonymous blob of fear and hostility anyway. At the same time, some of the village's architecture has been rendered surprisingly nicely. Panning shots still suffer from confusion about what they want to close in on, but Shin Itagaki really toned down the spinning, giving us clean and simple cuts to focus on what's actually happening. When he does unleash the crane toward the end, the justification for epicness within the narrative makes this moment feel so earned and glorious that I'd wish on a behelit to get more of this excellence!
[DG]: Compared to the manned Dreadnoughts we saw in Episode 5, which had blue bridge windows, all the Dreadnoughts we see here at Saturn have orange-lit bridges, which are consistent with those of the unmanned BBB Andromedas. The only fly in the ointment of this argument is that the clearly manned Dreadnoughts leading the Enceladus fleet in the previous episode also have orange-lit bridges.
"I Am Furious (Yellow)" is the eighteenth episode of the thirteenth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It first aired in the United States by the Fox network on April 28, 2002. In the episode, Bart creates a comic book series based on his father Homer's anger problems, which turns into a popular Internet cartoon series called Angry Dad. Homer finds out and at first is outraged, but after talking to his family, decides to try to become a less angry person.
The episode was directed by Chuck Sheetz and written by John Swartzwelder. The idea was pitched by Matt Selman, and the staff took inspiration from their own experience with web cartoons, such as Queer Duck and Hard Drinkin' Lincoln. The episode includes references to the dot-com bubble, Danish physicist Niels Bohr and comic book publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. American comic book writer Stan Lee made a guest appearance as himself.
Before its original broadcast, "I Am Furious (Yellow)" faced scrutiny from fans as an example of the series jumping the shark, as they had interpreted pre-release materials as suggesting that Homer would literally transform into the Hulk in the episode. In the original broadcast, the episode was seen by approximately 7.8 million viewers, finishing in 26th place in the ratings for the week. Following its home video release, "I Am Furious (Yellow)" received positive reviews from critics, and is often considered a favorite among fans. A sequel to this episode, "Angry Dad: The Movie", in which Bart and Homer make a short film based on Angry Dad, aired in the United States on February 20, 2011.
The next day, Homer stays true to his word and remains calm, though his attempts to repress his rage causes lumps to develop on his neck. However, his new calm demeanor has taken away Bart's inspiration for his cartoon, so Bart and Milhouse set up a trap for Homer to trigger another outburst. Later, they go to the Internet company office, where they find the company has gone bankrupt (Internet Bubble Burst). Realizing their mistake, they race back home to stop Homer from falling into the trap. Homer reaches home and happens upon Bart's trap, but he keeps his calm throughout its run, resulting in more lumps on his neck. The trap ends with Homer falling into a pool full of green paint just as Bart and Milhouse arrive, prompting him to go berserk and storm through town à la the Hulk. He is then restrained by the police and admitted to the hospital.
"I Am Furious (Yellow)" was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Chuck Sheetz. First broadcast by Fox in the United States on April 28, 2002. The episode's storyline was pitched by Simpsons writer Matt Selman. In the DVD audio commentary for the episode, he stated that Matt Groening, the creator of the series, would usually tell the writers about how he was the class clown and did not pay attention in school, and yet grew up to become very successful. After hearing this, Selman thought that if Groening went back to his school to talk about his career, it "[would be] the last message that a principal and the teachers would wanna hear." Selman pitched the story because he thought it would be "humorously infuriating" to teachers. The episode was also partly based on some of the Simpsons staff members' experience with making internet cartoons, such as Queer Duck and Hard Drinkin' Lincoln, both of which were created by Mike Reiss. 041b061a72