Noein 2 (Better numbering system, away!): Yay Learning!
OP = bleargh! Generic low quality recording j-pop is not my cup of tea at all! But it is bearable, I'll just skip it for future episodes; same goes for the ED.
Overall this episode was much better than the previous one, which is quite surprising for a pilot episode. You'd think they would have focused on pulling in viewers rather than putting them off with subpar crap like that. Oy vey...
Anyway, the music was recycled, but I'll ignore that this time 'round saying as they've foregone the overexaggerated expressions of the children, and instead focused on the more interesting part of the show - the sci-fi, coupled with some fighting scenes. It definitely didn't drag as much, which came as a great relief to me considering that the first episode seemed to go on forever. As for the heading - I learnt that Ouroboros is the proper word for those serpentine rings; you know the circles with the snake eating its own tail? Those. Although I have a feeling I'd already seen that in Castlevania or somewhere else.
And the grand focus of the anime!?
Alternate Dimensions/Time. Not too bad of a subject to base a story around.
Noein 3: I have to admit, it's getting bettah!
This was precisely what the series needed - a good action episode. Plenty of craziness to be had in the form of our yellow haired friend (Pictured above: look at those eyes!) and some good development of Karasu's personality along with the motives of this group. I don't really understand why Karasu and this guy are fighting though - I mean, if there sole purpose is to search for the Dragon Torque to save this alien race, how exactly did Karasu one-up him before they found *Insert Female Protagonist Name Here*?
Still the same recycled keyboard trash though in the soundtrack department; alas 'tis hard for me to get into something without a good backing track. The one song I do find bearable is the "epic choir battle" song.
New system coming up! To help me rate a series overall I'll put up ratings for each individual episode based solely on how enjoyable/engaging I found them to watch, then take the average of every episode with a weighting on the first and last episodes of the series - just to show how difficult a series is to pick up, and how good the ending is.
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