Babies and Tanks: Serious Business

Posted by Demian @ 7:46 pm, November 8th, 2006

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The man knows what he wants and he wants it now.

I’ll flat out admit it, I am perplexed at what exactly Pumpkin Scissors is now. It started as a kickass military show where a big guy took out tanks with a handgun. However these last couple of episodes (five and six) have been really boring and outright weird at times. I mean, all those jokes about Oland’s ” package ” amazing size were out of nowhere (though admittingly amusing). Too bad the rest of that episode was so boring, with the suicide patient and his angst. The show keeps beating into the ground that ” yes life is shit, but we will make it better through DETERMINATION and GUTS! “. Six wasn’t a lot better with the baby. When did I stop watching Pumpkin Scissors and started watching Three Men and a Baby? The comedy was again weird but funny, with all the boob jokes and funny faces flying around. Once again though the story was dull. I know I fell asleep after the mother showed up and another one of Alice’s speeches started up.

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Chinese Saber?!

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It’s bad when this is one of the best pics from the ep.

However, I still have hope for PS. People tell me the manga is outright awesome later on, and I guess I can trust those opinions. The story looks like it will get back on track next week, with Alice meeting her fiance. Alice and her family should be a good watch. Still there’s a massive lack of tanks in a show about…well tanks, and shooting them at point blank. Really that’s why most people are watching this I think. I’m starting to wonder if this is one of Gonzo’s dud shows, or can they just not too comedy? eh I’m kind of leaning towards the later. Someone please scanlate the manga so I can figure this out for myself!

Impressions: Pumpkin Scissors

Posted by Demian @ 7:01 pm, October 4th, 2006

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This show has the perfect combination of moe…

Wooh first anime of the new season! God eclipse is fast. Pumpkin Scissors was something I originally was rather tentative about (mostly because of character designs), but after watching it I definately am going to continue with it. Pumpkin Scissors is set is set in a kind of modern world that looks like europe, with a bunch of WWII technology around. In this world the Empire and The Republic of Frost have apparently been at war for a long time, though it has now ended in a ceasefire. It is now three years since that ceasefire and things still aren’t good. Famine and disease are everywhere and soldiers without work have become bandits. That’s where the Pumpkin Scissors unit comes in. Their a ” War Relief Unit ” that cleans things up obviously. The three man group is led by the spunky and idealistic Alice, who also constantly waves a sword around. The first episode is based around the group meeting Roland, a mysterious superstrong ex-soldier with a wicked ass gun, and their deposing a local bandit group.

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…and manly.

PS feels like an adult shounen story. Roland is the super-strong character with a mysterious and deadly past who goes on an adventure with the more naive sidekick character. The adult part comes of course from this also being a military anime, with all that realistic physics and stuff (we’ll forget about Roland’s gun for now). I’m loving Roland, mostly because he managed to destroy a tank by himself (oh shi-! he’s solid snake!). That’s manly. Alice is also an awesome character. Her charisma and shear bravado are just infectious to me. The sword waving is also a nice touch. Animation wise I thought everything was alright, even if this is from Gonzo, but I’m one of the few people who really likes Gonzo so it’s all good. Op and Ed were nice, loved the Op (when’s that single coming out?) and the Ed was very cute. I love how the dog just bites people on the head and everyone thinks it’s alright. Hopefully Pumpkin Scissors is a good indication of how this season is going to be, because if so it’s all gonna be awesome.

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Roland’s gun in action.