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EP. REVIEW: SAND LAND: THE SERIES




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Wyvern



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2024 1:24 pm Reply with quote
I like how ANN's link-generating algorithm makes it impossible for Richard to mention the name of this show's lead character without it linking to a completely unrelated anime about a baby.
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WatcherZer



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2024 12:36 pm Reply with quote
Its a mighty strange current that carried The Swimmers upstream through several water falls.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2024 1:42 am Reply with quote
It took me awhile, and I'm only through Ep 4, but I'm totally loving this! Beelzebub is just chock full of personality, brimming over in his facial expressions and body language and his seiyuu is killing it. Likewise Rao/Shiva. Not so enamored with Thief, though I got a kick out of how long he kept with the Santa suit. And the tank battles were spectacular. This is just so packed with inventive character designs and strategies and twists and I'll stop gushing like a spring now. Very Happy
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2024 3:02 am Reply with quote
I'm caught up to Ep 9 now. Why is no one commenting on this? The first arc had a great outcome, all the loose ends tied up perfectly. The current arc is slightly behind it, but I'm still loving this to pieces.

Loved the waterfall waterslide, with everyone joining in.

Considering how super-tuned his senses are, I don't understand how Belz missed the spy drone. Even if it's inorganic, it surely has some mechanism allowing it to fly that his ears could pick up, especially as close as it was to them.

Good point about the strange current that accidentally brought the Swimmers upstream to Forest Land. I still can't quite decide how I feel about them. They're just so weird I can't warm up to them, yet I find them hilarious just the same and don't dislike it at all when they make their opportune appearances.

I also pretty much knew immediately that it wasn't King Jam on stage, but I did keep wondering if they'd drafted some poor soldier or civilian for the role if no one showed up to stop the execution.
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Romuska
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2024 7:32 pm Reply with quote
Watching this series has been so bittersweet. On the one hand it’s a phenomenal adaptation of one of my favorite manga by Toriyama-sensei. But on the other had it makes me sad knowing that the international release coincided with his untimely death. But so far, I’m loving every moment of it.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2024 10:05 pm Reply with quote
Me too. I just wish it were on CR instead of Hulu, since people don't seem to know it even exists. :/

The assault on the Garam was great. Just when you think it's in the bag, bam! Dragon sand worms! The perils and their solutions to those perils are so inventive, at least to my brain. But it just goes to show, you can never go wrong with tanks. Very Happy
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2024 12:09 pm Reply with quote
I wasn't quite sure if Ann shut down the weapon, or if Muniel had been drawing off its power and getting yeeted through the ceiling was the nail in its coffin. And if I were Belz, I'd have broken that staff when I had the chance. (Unless he can't - did he try to during their first battle? Can't remember.)
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Hiroki not Takuya



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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2024 11:34 pm Reply with quote
Given that it was reported that Toriyama-sensei intended DragonBall to be a Star Wars spoof, surprised no one seems to have caught that the last few episodes make it really obvious Sand Land's second arc is a disguised Star Wars Abridged. Here we have flying fortress Garam (Death Star) powered by a set of Aquanium (Kyber) Crystals blasting the forested Rebel Base inside a mountain (temple on Yavin), bipedal mechas (Walkers) and flying bomb robots (droids), a beautiful but gutsy princess leading the Rebels (Leia) flying around on motorcycle-like flyers through the forest (speeders on Endor)....

However, the writing of this second arc is no where as good as the first despite Toriyama having written the script and it seems to have abandoned the concept established in that part that the Picchi (Jedi?) were peace-loving and never built weapons of mass destruction, yet Garam is supposedly their invention...a shame...
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Glordit



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2024 3:06 pm Reply with quote
I was skeptical about this initially but after watching it, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The CG is very well done and could easily pass as game cutscenes.

My only complaint is that some scenes had some really strange cuts/fades to black in them.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2024 5:03 am Reply with quote
While there are a lot of Toriyama's signature beats in this, I loved this so much from start to finish. Comparing it to Dragon Ball, DB had good characters, but it was really just all about the fights and powering up. The times when saving the Earth or the Universe factored in, that was basically just the MacGuffin to give some sort of stakes to the fights.

Whereas in Sand Land, the fights were the means to the end, and the end was peace and atonement and ending the people's suffering. Sand Land was character-driven where DB was fight-driven. And for me that made Sand Land so much more satisfying.
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