Atelier Meruru ~The Apprentice of Arland~

ateliermeruruMerurulince Rede Arls (CV: Satomi Akesaka) or Meruru is the not-so-princessy princess of the small kingdom of Arls. She is clumsy but wants to get out more and often runs off instead of taking her lessons at the castle. One day Totooria “Totori” Helmold (CV: Kaori Nazuka) arrives to Arls as their alchemist, as it’s decided Arls will be merged into Arland. Meruru bugs the poor alchemist until Totori agrees to make Meruru her apprentice. Determined to become one to travel the world, Meruru turns to her father who forbids the princess at first, but eventually changes his mind in a three-year long trial. If Meruru can get the country to progress in its development with alchemy to a satisfactory degree, she can continue alchemistry, but if she fails… She is never to have anything with it anymore. Meruru’s only choice is to get Arls on the same level of development as Arland, but will her three years be enough? Continue reading

Neppuu Kairiku Bushi Road

Neppu_Kairiku_Bushi_Road_Key_VisualAme (CV: Megumi Han) is the princess of Ise. In a world where a poison called Shinobi exists, her mother most of her country was destroyed. But she is a survivor and she was entrusted a key to a holy weapon called the Giga Road and she is on a quest to find this weapon and erase all the shinobi from the earth. On her quest she meets the yagyuu – a living weapon – named Suou (CV: KENN).

The premise, idea, concept, was good. The film, not so much. This film is part of a project with the same name as the film and there is comics of it, which might or might not explain more, but there were a bunch of holes in this. I mean, in the 91 minutes of this film, they managed to cram in (be warned: until the end of the paragraph, it’s spoiling pretty much the entire film!!) saving a child from being sacrificed, Ame meeting Suou, Suou knowing exactly where the heck they are supposed to go, Ame almost dying in a sand storm, Ame and co. being taking to some place, Ame getting the key stolen, some guy wanting Ame to get the weapon while another doesn’t want her to reach it, Suou saving Ame from being killed, someone from Ame’s past arriving with a bunch shinobi, Ame heading to the holy weapon, Ame reaching the holy weapon after a soldier from her homeland is killed, Ame finding weapon, weapon which is a huge mecha is not responding, bad guy catches up, info dump by bad guy who I still don’t know exactly how he’s connected with Ame but I’m assuming teacher, guy who didn’t want Ame to find the weapon arrives to save the day, bad guy pretty much ignores it, explosion, something happen and Suou comes for Ame but Giga Road is trying to protect Ame, Suou and Ame get literally connected and giant mecha starts raging, Ame-Suou kills bad guy, an ending song that made me think of tokusatsu drama or Japanese superhero shows, Ame has died, Suou cries. Continue reading