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Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by takenoko » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:32 pm

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Not a bad start. I was worried that with a spinoff series, we'd just get dudes in zombie makeup and basic Horrors, but the bunny masks were cool (even if it was Bioshocky) and the mosnter bunny was a nice design. Also, noticed a white rabbit at the beginning of the hotel scene.

Alice is pretty cute and not annoying.

Man, that first lady though. Just walks into the room and doesn't even notice the people there. It's a good setup to compare Alice to normal people.

Got to love the western feeling of the town they're in. Garo always seems to try to do that, like with Kouga's mansion for instance. I felt like the architecture in this town as well as the wagon felt very western.

There's not much sense of a main plot besides the egg, but it's pretty well paced to me. We got an appetizer of being in the world of Garo again, met our hero and new heroine, and some hints of what's to come. Sometimes it's easier to get a flawless rating by not being overly ambitious and just failing. This episode gets a 5 for me. Good start!

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by XIII » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:19 am

I did laugh when I first saw the bunny masks, then thought about Donnie Darko

Nice to see the use of the timer again to denote the battle

The eye catches at the middle are very nice as well, kinda interesting that they did put it in English. Which now reminds me of a lunchboard sign early in the ep thats all in English and doesnt really make much sense, I should find that again.
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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by TypicalStandUser » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:13 am

Very good start. Hope the writing and action can keep me watching.

I'm hoping the MOTW's name is more than just a reference to the White Rabbit.
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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by xiiliea » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:31 am

takenoko wrote:There's not much sense of a main plot besides the egg, but it's pretty well paced
I feel that this is actually a much better way of writing. Rather than just revealing the whole plot at once and go straight to filler episodes.

And I really enjoyed everything. The entire episode was great, including both opening and ending song.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by takenoko » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:48 am

Rei doesn't speak French, take away a star.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by PHurricane » Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:24 am

I enjoyed it. The last Zero miniseries left a lot to be desired, but this was a fun romp in the Garo-verse.

Didn’t the last Zero series have him battle a hallway of Horrors? That concept felt very familiar. I guess there's only so many things before you start repeating concepts. On the other hand, I liked incorporating the lighter into the fight against the masked group. That seemed pretty unique.

I liked the bunny theme, but I just now made the connection with our female lead being named Alice. D’oh. Speaking of repeating stuff, for a second I worried they were going to have Alice showered in Horror blood when the bunny's chopped arm went flying. I'm relieved they didn't go there.

My favorite part of the episode, strangely enough, was the return of the timer countdown. I love little details like that. Silva was a close second. She's awesome.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by takenoko » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:32 pm

TypicalStandUser wrote:I'm hoping the MOTW's name is more than just a reference to the White Rabbit.
Isn't the monster's name Kugano (At least according to the credits). How's that a reference to the White Rabbit?

I didn't notice the Alice+White rabbit connection until Phurricane pointed it out. The bloody arm flying scene had me thinking the same thing.

I guess Yuge is somewhere in this episode, but I didn't notice him. Maybe the wagon guy?

I really appreciate Amemiya for directing this episode himself. Let's hope he does more and doesn't just hand it off to some less talented directors.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by OOOKaiser » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:15 pm

pretty great start for the series. I liked the timer during the fight scene and how they just left it at the corner which they didn't do for the past series. I hope that Dragon Blood isn't going for a total of six episodes because Black Blood was horrible like that.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by SacredCultivator » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:43 pm

Around 14:24 I was thinking... ooo crap is she gonna henshin it up in there? But then... was lead to disappointment.

But good first episode nonetheless.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by Mandalori » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:32 am

takenoko wrote:I guess Yuge is somewhere in this episode, but I didn't notice him. Maybe the wagon guy?
He was at the end, not the wagon guy, but the one hinted to be inside the egg.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by Greenstalker » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:39 am

SacredCultivator wrote:Around 14:24 I was thinking... ooo crap is she gonna henshin it up in there? But then... was lead to disappointment.

But good first episode nonetheless.
I was waiting for her to pull out a madou brush and start kicking bunny ass to be honest :P

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by TokuCasual » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:09 pm

An easy 5 here.

Because the ep simply focus on introducing the world without worrying too much about setting up some arc.

Zero is back, the Horrors are back. And it actually feels like a Horror show. Good return to form.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by Catastrophe » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:08 pm

Hotel Clock, Rabbit theme, Alice. I get it.

Great start. Strong first episode.

Special mention goes to ZEROs nipple grappling hooks. I know Raiga had some on his back. Guess he learnt it from Rei.

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by mholden020 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:44 pm

takenoko wrote:Wiki - http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/Zero_-Dragon_Blood-_01Got to love the western feeling of the town they're in. Garo always seems to try to do that, like with Kouga's mansion for instance. I felt like the architecture in this town as well as the wagon felt very western.
Have any of the Garo series explicitly stated where they take place? I looked as hard as I could during this episode and didn't see any signs that weren't in English. I noticed something was amiss when I became aware I was reading the signs in a toku show :lol:

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Re: Zero -Dragon Blood- 01 released

Post by takenoko » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:53 pm

Pretty sure Garo takes place in a world similar to our own world but not. I don't think they've ever mentioned a location that exists in the real world, but maybe they have?

The reason I think this is because of made up places like Vol City, Line City, or unusual location markings like eastern/western districts. Like, I don't know how big a district is, but the northern district looks like it'd be in Hokkaido in the real world.

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