Journeying into politics

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Politics is a headache! I’m not saying anything new here but I still feel like I have to say it. I decided recently that I’m going to try and get into politics because it seems important (I’m not educated on this subject). I paid some attention to the EU referendum as well as the general election but I think I had to pay attention to those because the whole future of Britain was at stake and what not. I think it’s fair to say that if I’m going to get fucked over then it’s my responsibility to make that it’s happening as softly as possible. My knowledge of politics is way too limited and the other day I asked myself why I don’t know as much about politics as I do about certain dark arts (but that’s for another day). That’s worrying for someone of my age, even if my vote doesn’t do much, I should still know about the rules that the country I live in sets right?

I read my first piece of political news in a while and I saw that Donald Trump wanted to ban terrorists from using the internet. We’ve come a long way from David Cameron doing beastiality, I don’t think I’m politically inclined enough to comment on this in depth but this did give me a couple of thoughts. I thought that if this was basically politics then it means that politics is easy and I shouldn’t have tricked myself into thinking that, I mean politics probably isn’t hard to understand, I think I’m right in calling it a headache. Back to what Trump said, I don’t know how political banning the net is but Trump is president so it must be related; I’d be surprised if banning the internet worked to be honest, the internet looks hard enough to stop itself and I’ve heard LOADS about the dark web, which is basically the true internet. The dark web isn’t easy to track for many reasons and the kind of stuff that happens to be on the dark web is practically terrorist shit. In fact a friend of mine told me that he found a blog dedicated to terrorism here on WordPress (gasp!) and when he told them, they told him to mind his own business (maybe not like that but they weren’t bothered).

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I still have yet to talk about politics

Trump wanting to ban the internet is something that isn’t hard to grasp, no political terms or any of that stuff involved and it’s funny because he said it on twitter. Websites can ban certain things like child porn, murder and other disturbing things but it all seems like piracy to me in the sense that you can’t keep it down. If a permanent solution for banning terrorism on the internet is found, I’m not going to act like it’s coming any time soon.

If all things were like Trump wanting to ban the internet then this stuff would be easy as… I can’t think of anything. The point is that all things aren’t like that, I read an article about the brexit negotiations and immediately saw that Britain is fucked (which everybody probably knows). The only way I could describe the difference in understanding both articles is to say that it’s like completing a game on easy and playing the sequel on very hard. Britain looks like it’s going to lose out on plenty of jobs (I wonder if this relates to uber losing its London licence) and Theresa May is willing to have Britain pay the EU £18bn to be subject to the same rules that the country voted to opt out of whilst having no power to decide how the EU moves forward, which is meant to be completely offset by Britain wanting to stay in the single market. Personally, I’m wondering why Theresa May didn’t turn around to the public and say “yeah, fuck brexit” but I can’t shake my head at anyone who voted leave because we’re all in this shit together. I can’t say much on this but I’ll say this, realising that I’m really fucked once 2019 comes around is not the way that I wanted to start my journey into politics.

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At this point, if you ask me about politics then I’ll just waffle and change the subject and I don’t think I can be blamed. The Daily Show lied, politics isn’t all about making fun of Trump! I can’t even remember the amount of jargon that I didn’t understand when reading that article but I guess I didn’t need it to find out that the EU is going to have fun bending Britain over. It’s scary how much of this stuff hits closer to home than I acknowledge and here I was thinking that not being awesome enough was my biggest life problem. The thoughts of what I could find out are completely filling my head and I can feel my future tears coming. This is going to be a long journey.

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Thoughts on Ghost in the Shell: Arise

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(possible spoilers)

Whilst I was watching Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, I did some research into the franchise and found out about the OVA called Ghost in the Shell: Arise. I won’t lie, I had to ask myself if I really wanted to watch this series but the inner anime fan in me will always win these kind of debates so I went ahead and watched it. Before watching the series, I thought that Arise was part of the SAC series, not realising that it was set in an alternate reality (I was going to write Arise was a standalone but I would have felt cheesy saying that). Before I forget, Ghost in the Shell: Arise follows the story of the major as she along with her specialised unit combat the firestarter virus and those who are spreading it (that’s all I’m giving here).

I’m happy to say that all the thoughts I had about this series were completely wrong. GITS:SAC put me on edge because I’ve come to accept that I’m someone who likes his action and a story that doesn’t pause. If I had to recommend a GITS series for someone to watch it would be Arise without doubt, it has its philosophy but I don’t think this series is as heavy on the philosophy as SAC although it does have more action and it’s enjoyable as well. It’s not hard to tell that I had more of an interest in this series, seeing more intense action and the major having a personality which I think suited the need for action in this series (which I’ll get to later). At times when I watched SAC, I felt like I was going through the motions but this series made me ask why there were only 5 episodes and a movie, I could have easily watched another 5 to 10 episodes or however much Production I.G would have been willing to produce. There were points in the series that left questions in my head but that was more to do with the movie, other than that this wasn’t hard to follow, it didn’t get convoluted and that had me looking at this series like crack cocaine (or at least in comparison to SAC).

I can’t say that I kept up with everything when it came to the plot but I feel that’s more to with the watching pattern I had when viewing this and I guess I shouldn’t give that too much attention. Despite the OVAs being straight forward, it annoyed me that the last two were inconclusive even if it was a smart way to get people to watch the movie if they wanted to see a conclusion to the story. The thing is that when it got to the movie, I’m pretty sure that new things were mentioned (maybe the fact that I took my time watching this is why I feel like some intricate details might be lost in the matrix) such as a new world which was never even seen; I even became confused at the point of the firestarter virus, the final goal seemed to be explained but I couldn’t tell if this was something that was thought out from the beginning or just added as the story went along. Once again, it could just be my fault for watching irregularly and possibly forgetting some details so the things I’m saying might not be valid. There wasn’t any change between episodes which contributed to the series and ones that didn’t which benefitted the series because the story progressed more smoothly than SAC and the best part is that every episode managed to have its own story that still added to the story; the fact that the episodes were so smooth in terms of story is what made it more confusing that the OVA was inconclusive.

I liked this version of the major, this major had emotions. That’s a big thing for me because when it comes to anime, I really get annoyed by characters that don’t get rattled by any situation because I feel that it has such a negative effect on character depth. Stoics are ok at times but if a character is extremely talented then it just makes for an unnecessary attribute. In SAC, I don’t think I was very invested in any of the characters but in Arise the main group had some life in them, it didn’t bother me much in SAC but it’s nice to see that this was something that changed. In 5 episodes, I don’t expect loads of character development for any character so seeing the show delve into the major was fine with me. Just mentioning that she had relationships with others prior to the series and seeing her somewhat clash with Aramaki because she wanted a group that worked independently of section 9 created more interest and had me wondering what position the major was going to be in by the end of the series. I’m not going to lie, when watching this series I did compare it to SAC at times and that might have made me overlook a few things such as the antagonists although to be fair most antagonists were around for one episode.

I don’t think I had any ill feeling towards GITS and if I did then I definitely took it out on SAC, this series isn’t perfect but it’s the best series that I’ve watched this year. In this moment, I’m still trying to think of any purely negative things to say but I don’t think that there’s anything to say at the moment (I’ll probably have to rewatch this a couple of times). Watching a 50 plus minute episode of Arise felt shorter than watching a 20 plus minute episode of SAC which was probably because in terms of what I look for in anime, I felt like I saw more of that in Arise. I also want to say that the drawings and animation were excellent, with every anime that I watch it makes me understand why those who partake in the drugs watch anime alongside it. I don’t see people talking about Arise that they talk about SAC, maybe because I’m not looking hard enough. They’re both very different series but it doesn’t mean that Arise can’t get shown some love.

I’m not the biggest fan of the Ghost in the Shell franchise but the truth is that if I saw another series then I’d see know harm in watching it. Usually when I don’t expect much from anything it always turns out to be good.

Other thoughts:

  • I Preferred the look of the characters in this series, it took a while to grow on me but it looked better than SAC
  • Batou wasn’t shown enough respect in this series, having his eyes consistently hacked and being knocked out by the major with one punch.
  • The two guys at the warehouse in episode one looked like they arrived late from an akatsuki meeting
  • The major had a love interest, an actual love interest! (SAC major needs to take some notes)

I don’t really need to name a post like this

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If you’re looking for a point to this post, there isn’t one.

Life is crazy, some may argue that’s the beauty of life but for me, I’ll tell you straight life is crazy. I haven’t been through it all and I’m saying it, sometimes I feel like I can take on the world and other days I feel like shit and when I get through it, life can’t even drop some tickets to a UEFA Champions League game. Do I have to rob someone at gunpoint or something?

My thoughts on life when I don’t get what I want after a long day of being a great guy.

I wanted to write something inspirational at first but as I wrote this on my phone at work, too many people came up to me asking questions and before I knew it, I’d typed in platform 4 on my phone. At that point I knew that this post was lost in the matrix. Sometimes I do wonder about negative thoughts, are they worse than positive because as humans we have a lot of pride? If I’m not speaking for all humans, I’m speaking for myself because when I have negative thoughts I just let them fester internally and I find that I can’t say anything to people about them, as if I’m meant to do everything by myself and it’s a sign of weakness if I take help yet when I have positive thoughts, they come and go. They both really have as much power as I let them and whilst I know it, I can’t grasp it. No matter how many TEDx talks or positive blog posts I read, I know that for the situation to change, it’s something that I have to acknowledge.

Back to life being crazy, a lot of this post was written at work so I’d like you to know that there were a lot of delays that have made me semi-hate people because the delays were my fault as they always are. I know I’ve wrote about delays happening but I was thinking about how many different ways someone’s day can be ruined before they get into work. I feel like life trolls, imagine being late to work because someone else was late to work, or because control was sending traffic signals to the train and took too long to operate one signal, or because there was a power failure, stink bomb or something else stupid. I’m come to a conclusion that life is a troll and I must have learned a lot because everybody that I know thinks that I’m a troll (even though, that’s not true… I don’t even know what trolling is, I just know what a troll is. You know what? Don’t question this).

There is a lot with life being crazy, I can think of many examples. I think the weirdest one for me is that weird warm feeling in the stomach. It always comes for me when I feel oddly confident, it’s a feeling where I know that I will conquer life (not in a villainous way). The feeling doesn’t stay for more than an hour in my day though and I feel like a feeling like that is important for my (and everyone in general’s) mindset. It’s the kind of feeling that can push someone into following their dreams or just doing something that they were scared to do. Thinking about it, I wonder how some people are full of confidence and how others aren’t. Too many questions and not enough time for me to even try and act like I’m making a point.

Why are we like this?

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When it comes to things like the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas and all the other imaginary heroes that we’ve come to believe in at one point or another, is there actually any point in telling children about them? I mean there’s money but that’s not really got anything to do with parents so what exactly is the point?

The last time that I was with my niece, I realised that children have so much imagination. Think about how many times you’ve been around a child who’s told you about their imaginary friends or personified their toys whilst you’ve sat there trying to play Assassin’s Creed thinking ‘you’re chatting shit bro’, there are also the imaginary friends that we all had when we were younger. What I’m getting at here is that children make up friends all the time and grow out of that phase with no pain at all. When it comes to Father Christmas and all the other guys it must be awkward to let your child know that he doesn’t exist and it’s worse to leave it, imagine if your child entered secondary school still believing in that guy.

The year I found out Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and everything else I believed in wasn’t real was heart breaking. Personally, I don’t think children need to go through that kind of heart break in life (even if it does build character) and it doesn’t help that it’s promoted on television. Part of me wanted to believe that it’s a lesson to children that life isn’t what you think it is but that’s such a fucked up thing to teach someone so young. It just makes more sense to me not to tell children that stuff. I wonder if people make this kind of argument for religion (or KFC really selling fresh chicken) but let me not get too far from the point. All parents know what they’re doing (I hope) and they’ll know the right way to deal with this situation when it comes to it but for me, if were talking the about the fat dude who ONLY comes around a Christmas or a rabbit with a basket and eggs OR anyone else, I think it’s easier to skip all of it.

Anyway enjoy:

Expansion in anime

A while back, I watched a video on shonen anime and it brought up an interesting point. The person presenting the video said that the biggest problem of shonen anime is expansion and when I think about it, I can see where he’s coming from. When the story of a shonen anime progresses, the arcs tend to introduce more characters in an attempt to make the stakes bigger and the person felt that, that’s not necessary if that’s what the story is trying to achieve. His argument was the personalising stories are what makes the stakes bigger because we can invest more in the story emotionally.

Do you agree with this? I see where he’s coming from but expansion has never been a gripe for me in anime. I’ve always thought that a big point of concern in shonen anime is crappy character development and continued over reliance on the main character. I feel that if there is going to be a large cast of characters then they need to be remotely useful, we need a reason to care about people who aren’t the main character. In a story the characters could kill God then go on to fight Ultra God in pure madness mode and I wouldn’t have a problem with it as long as the motivation for all the characters is relevant and enough has been done to establish a connection with the audience (or myself in this case) because I know that I’ll eat it up and ask for more like Oliver Twist.

Like I said, I can see why people would have a problem with expansion. Look at Dragon Ball, you just have to ask how much further they could possibly go. The point of expansion is a good one to make and I never really considered it, what would you say on this topic?

Link to the video here

Statements and shirts

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People will put anything on shirt won’t they? I’m not an expert on fashion and I’m not an expert on statements either, but I still got some shit to say on this (which you probably guessed from clicking on this post). On social media, I see people making all kinds of statements and some people taking the chance to put these statements on t-shirts and other than for monetary gain, I don’t get why people do it. I guess it’s ok if you’re saying something stupid like ‘gimme doughnuts’ but what about when you put a social statement on a t-shirt? Is it really helping to promote the statement or is it just a way for pockets to get lined?

A while back, I saw somebody modelling a shirt which said ‘fuck racism’ and I fully agree with it, fuck racism, fuck racist people, I don’t think I can say my explicit thoughts at this point in time but fuck all kinds of racism and if you support it then please know that you’re a cunt. Back to the post, I feel like putting that sentiment on a shirt adds no value to the battle against racism. If you put something on a shirt, it may show how you feel but the minute that you start selling it, it has to be asked if you feel really strongly about the issue. If a child goes missing and you put it on a shirt to promote that the child is missing, would you sell it? I highly doubt it, no parent wants to milk their child’s misfortune (well there may be two who’ve been profiting off the death of their child for over 10 years but that’s me speculating).

I’m just saying that putting a statement on a shirt and selling it, devalues the meaning of said statement in my eyes. I might even go as far to say that just putting it on a shirt even if you don’t intend to sell it still devalues the statement. Other than potential promo, I don’t really know how it benefits a cause and given the power of social media and word of mouth it seems like there are more effective ways of promotion. I honestly feel like in a situation like this, the person with the most to gain is the person who puts the statement on the shirt which doesn’t sit well with me. Personally, I don’t think that statements which reflect feelings towards society should be used for fashion, it seems like satire to me.

The elderly

You know what, sometimes I envy elderly people (ONLY SOMETIMES). Whenever I’m working and I see old people, they’re always happy (unless there are delays) and I wonder what makes them happy. Maybe it’s because they don’t have to work anymore and they have a special kind of oyster card that allows them to travel across London for free (If you’ve read this and don’t know what an oyster card is then I’ll let Wikipedia explain). It could also and more believably be that they’ve seen what life has to offer and at the point in life they’re at, all that’s left is to enjoy it (like how we’re ALL supposed to). Seriously, I don’t see a group of people appreciate the small things in life like the elderly do, whenever I save a couple of newspapers for them, they’re always so grateful because they don’t have to walk any further. I tend to deal with people in their 30s and 40s and I may not have told you about them so I’ll give it to you straight! They’re also nice people… There are a considerable of arseholes/pricks/cunts/unpleasant people (take your pick) amongst them though.

I say this but I never want to be old. I like my energy, even if it comes with the stress of stupid questions that most likely won’t bother me in a couple of years’ time. I do still wonder if the happiness is a result of growing up, or if it’s to do with the period that the elderly people I see grew up in. I know that with my generation, technology has made everything easier and the way that we go about things, we are entitled (I’m not even lying, I knew a guy who acted like he deserved the highest level of respect just for existing). I sometimes like things spoon-fed to me and I can put down activities if I don’t get instant gratification.

Generally speaking, elderly people seem to be nicer (even though, I’ve heard different) and more willing to talk. They don’t seem like they’ve got anywhere to go so when I say good morning or smile at them, I don’t get the British smile of awkwardness.

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Even Americans do it

I always thought that old people were miserable about things not being how they used to and what not but clearly, I watch too much TV. It might really be that the older we get, the more content we get with how things are (I’ll have to let you know in 10 years or something) and because of that elderly people know what and what not to be bothered about. I also have another theory which is that they’re shmoking DAT dank and don’t give a fuck anymore.

Lying…

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Me learning life lessons

Sometimes I’ve truly got to accept and engage the bad guy in me to engage the good guy in me, you know what I mean? I’m sure we’ve all been in that grey area morally (if you accept that’s a thing). We humans are straightforward creatures or at least we’d like to think that we’re straightforward but I’m not too sure that’s the case. It’s time for me to post about questionable things that I’ve learned at work and this time, I want to talk about the value of lying.

My job has taught to know better than being truthful at all times because people see that as ‘bad customer service’ (I’m not lying, I’ve experienced someone calling my customer service bad for telling the truth and I’ve had someone call me useless for it). You know the saying ‘you can’t handle the truth!’ It’s really true; people don’t like it when you tell them the truth to whatever question they might have because it doesn’t fall in line with what they want to hear. I work under (but not for) National Rail (if I haven’t already mentioned this) which means that I deal with passengers who are prone to the most bull of shit and not only that, it happens regularly (weekly, without fail). I come across loads of questions such as ‘why are the trains delayed?’, ‘how long is the train going to take to get here?’, ‘what’s wrong with the trains? Your company is terrible’ (even though it’s NOT my company, I don’t work for them) and a strong fan favourite question ‘WHY ARE THE TRAINS DELAYED!?’

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Me when I get questions

In all honesty I don’t know why people come up to me asking these questions, some of them border on stupid but I’m not allowed to say that the questions I get are stupid outside of the internet. I’m not the oracle, I don’t know the answers to the questions, the train will get to the station when it does because that’s how delays work. I don’t get told anything anyway so I find out about delays when passengers do… JUST LIKE MOST WORKERS AT THE STATION, except the manager and supervisor. Personally, I don’t understand why passengers ask because it doesn’t do much for them finding out why the train is delayed. They can always tell their manager why they’re late but they’re still going to get blasted for it (because employers have no souls) but other than that it’s a pretty useless thing to do because they’re not going to vent to the members of the train crew (since that’s what I’m there for), knowing the reason for the delay won’t make the train speed up and it’s not improving anyone’s quality of life either.

I’ve gone off topic because I’m ranting a little. What I’m saying here is that when I am genuine, everyone gets pissed off. It usually ends up in the passenger making some comment about the company that I don’t work for as if I’m meant to challenge them to a fight for talking about the company that I’m not attached to. You can get a lot of stress just for suggesting an alternative route, in my case many passengers have seen through my bullshit and they know that I have the power to communicate with trains and tracks because I’m ALWAYS sending out the specific instruction “be delayed.” Sometimes my resolve as a customer service guy is really tested because people want to ask follow ups that mean nothing (man, I’ve got stories about people doing bullshit to make me annoyed at work).

Situations like this are why I’ve learned to lie more, it actually keeps everybody happy! I don’t only lie about delays on trains, I lie about how I feel so it seems like I’m sympathising. Whenever I tell people nonsense, they can’t differentiate because national rail offers such a wide variety of it, and people will always think it’s genuine for some reason. Telling lies has usually resulted in me receiving less stress on the job and people thinking that I’ve gone through the same shit when in reality, the time that I finish work means that all the delays are sorted. Let me tell you what lying has earned me, a cheeky conversation with one of the most valued prizes in the industry which is a customer admitting that it’s not my fault, another prize which is a thank you and the best prize of all, peace of mind.

Let’s be clear here, I’m not telling anyone who reads this to lie often because that’s too much effort (and it’s wrong). In fact if this post influences you, even a little to lie on the job, I take no responsibility because we all know that what you’ve read is me telling how I ignore customer service because I care about myself more. I know that from reading this, you won’t actually take this on board but I’m taking no chances.

Thoughts on Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex 2nd Gig

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(THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS)

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex 2nd Gig, the second season to the SAC series. I’m not really sure what I’m going to say for this post so let’s just see where it goes. In this season, the story continues and section 9 are reassembled after the Laughing Man incident. In this season, section 9 are called upon to help the Prime Minister deal with a refugee crisis, as well as stopping a group of terrorists known as the individual eleven, AS WELL AS dealing with internal government corruption (so for the most part, it’s practically season one again). The thing about the 2nd Gig is that it still had its differences from season one and it helped to make it feel like a slightly different viewing experience.

The first thing that I have to mention is the layout, the layout of the episodes for the first season really confused me. I won’t say that I hated it but it did make the story hard to keep up with and it didn’t help since it GITS:SAC is one of those series where you’ve really got to pay attention to what’s going on at all times (in my opinion). I thought that this season was going to be like the first season because I checked Wikipedia and it did say that there were three types of episodes (Dividual, Dual and Individual) and some of them weren’t story based. The Dividual episodes were basically the Standalone episodes for this season but not all of them were completely separate from the story, in fact most of the Dividual episodes had a loose connection to the main story which is something that I appreciated seeing. The layout of the episodes made the story less of a chore to keep up with especially when considering that most of the story in the first season took place in the last five episodes. The story was solid, although I will admit that a few story based episodes in, I was already starting to draw comparisons to the Laughing Man story. I might mention a few more times (or I might not) throughout this post that this story was similar to the laughing man, which I feel is understandable just based on the name of this series and the explanation of what a standalone complex is.

I don’t feel like this season was as difficult to follow as the first season and the philosophy in this season was pretty much like the philosophy in the previous season. There might have been more philosophy but that went over my head if it was there (if you noticed anything then let me know). The episodes kept me thinking about how things were going to end, from when I saw Kazundo Gohda (I’ll talk more about him later) tell section 9 that they should be happy that he let them be a part of his plan, I knew that he was going to die. This was one of the few occurrences where I was left wondering what would happen as the story moved forward and it helped because I was interested in Gohda as a character. I never had to guess the identity of the main antagonist which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing but it was something that I did like in the first season and I didn’t watch a load of episodes wondering what purpose they served (because that’s what filler arcs are for). I can’t badmouth the development of the story because it didn’t stray far and it’s not like there’s a hell of a lot that you can put into 26 episodes.

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I feel like I’ve put a lot of writing here, so I give you the fist bump of reading!

One character made this story more interesting and that was Kazundo Gohda (or Goda… I’m not too sure). He was the link between a lot of the episodes and he helped the story to flow together because he was portrayed as the master orchestrator of the events that took place throughout the season, when the episodes didn’t involve him it was simple to blame him for whatever was happening and the truth is that I would happily take that over episodes which aren’t related to the story. Had it not been for the way that Gohda looked, I probably wouldn’t have paid attention to him, I feel like he was kind of like Light Yagami because he clearly wanted to make a new Japan to control himself (I think I said this about Rock in Roberta’s Blood Trail). I can get used to watching a villain stay one step ahead of the main characters without trying to hide that he’s using them and everybody else around him (I don’t feel like I’ve watched enough shows like this). I would have liked to see more on Gohda but I can’t really criticise because there was more of an effort with him than there was the laughing man. I never really cared for the individual eleven or Hideo Kuze either, I know that Kuze had charisma but I could never really get into the character, I thought he was going to be a romantic subplot for the major but the major is an ice chick so that probably wouldn’t have worked. He felt really flat as a character in my opinion and if I’m honest his facial expression matched mine when I watched him.

I understand that there were a lot of things that couldn’t fully be developed on so I won’t go into that but I will say this, I enjoyed the animation so much more. The animation was so much smoother this season and it resolved one issue that I had with the major which was how inconsistently she was drawn. I can’t explain why but I really couldn’t let it go when I was watching the series and I was happy to see it remedied. Lately, I’ve been finding that when it comes to anime, the quality of animation impacts my viewing experience and there are only a few exceptions to this. I have to admit that I hold anime up to a high standard and I feel like some shows have suffered from poor animation (cough, cough the early episodes of Dragon Ball Super). The animation in anime is generally presented beautifully and I can find myself lost in the presentation of a show (you’d be surprised at how anime grabs you when you’re on the drugs). The soundtrack was a decent listen, it’s not like it added anything for me but I did bop my head a few times; with that being said, I’ll admit that there’s no GITS:SAC track that will beat this one for me in my opinion:

There’s not much more to say on the 2nd Gig in my opinion, this season does certain things better than the first season but I feel like it won’t give you much in the way of new things. Before watching this series, I read that it was a masterpiece and whilst I can see why people would love this, I can’t say that I agree at the moment.

Other thoughts:

  • Most of the members of section 9 didn’t receive much more character development and the ones that did weren’t significant. They did give Saito and Paz episodes of their own which allowed me to learn their names and that’s always good
  • Gohda’s death was deserved but not extremely satisfying
  • The Tachikoma provide the most emotional moments of the series which is weird to me because they’re robots
  • I want to know why the opening has words in Russian, it works but I want to know
  • No Aeria Gloris 😦