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Azur Lane

Azur Lane

Azur Lane anime series cover art
Azur Lane

Overview

Azur Lane ( アズールレーン ) is first and foremost a mobile game. But this review is about the anime series based on that mobile game which began in in 2019 and concluded in 2020 despite only being a single cour in length.

The final two episodes of the series were delayed, I believe because the studio behind it, Bibury Animation Studios, wasn’t satisfied with their quality.

And I get that it’s easy to point to that and say this studio is bad because they had to delay episodes. But I actually view it the other way around. This was the studio’s first full-length anime series, and they cared about it enough to delay those episodes so they could present something they were proud of.

I don’t think you can fault them for that.

But that’s enough about the studio and their development schedule — we’re here to discuss whether or not the Azur Lane anime is good. And before I do that, I need to point out that I have never played the Azur Lane mobile game.

I went into this series blind, only knowing that it was about boat girls. So with that in mind, I’m probably going to have some opinions which differ from those of people who have played the game. Also, any criticism or praise I have for this anime does not directly translate to the game.

Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, allow me to set the stage.

Azur Lane is a series based around the idea of anthropomorphic battleships (and other military ships) which fight against aliens known as Sirens, and also each other, I guess. I don’t know if they actually fight against each other in the game, but they do in the anime.

Countries and Characters

The world of Azur Lane is broken up into four major countries (and I think some other countries as well, but I’m going to stick with the main four). These are Eagle Union (United States), Royal Navy (United Kingdom), Sakura Empire (Japan), and Iron Blood (Germany).

It’s pretty easy to identify ships from Sakura Empire, because they’re either all kitsune (fox) girls, or just have obviously Japanese names — like Ayanami. The same goes for the ships of Iron Blood, which all feature the iron cross on their outfits and have pretty German sounding names — like Bismarck.

Ayanami, Laffey, Javelin, and Unicorn from the anime series Azur Lane
Ayanami, Laffey, Javelin, and Unicorn

Eagle Union and Royal Navy are a bit more complicated. Half the time I didn’t know which of these two countries ships were a part of, but in the end it didn’t really matter because they’re allied with each other.

Obviously I knew Enterprise is Eagle Union and Belfast is Royal Navy. But Laffey and Javelin could be either. I have no idea.

I actually just looked it up, and I got them both wrong. My guess was that Laffey was Royal Navy and Javelin was Eagle Union, but apparently Laffey is Eagle Union and Javelin is Royal Navy.

Also, because this is an anime based on a mobile gacha game, there are a lot of characters. Most of them aren’t important in any way to the story at hand, but I found it funny just how many characters they crammed into 12 episodes. I think every single character from the game may have had a cameo.

And if you’re wondering who my favorite boat girl is, it’s obviously Ayanami. The Little Beavers were pretty cool too, but unfortunately they just had a cameo. I’d definitely watch another Azur Lane anime that focused on the Little Beavers though.

Final Takeaways

So here’s where I think I’m going to lose a lot of people. I actually found Azur Lane to be extremely entertaining to watch. That’s not to say I knew what was going on, because most of the time I didn’t, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

This is sort of like the reason I liked Fate/Apocrypha even though everyone else hates it. I thought that was an enjoyable watch too even though the story and main character were bad.

The first episode of Azur Lane in particular made very little sense. There was even a giant fox spirit fighting against the ships at one point, and apparently that’s anime-original. I don’t know what that was all about, but considering there’s also a character who flies on a stuffed animal unicorn, I don’t think the fox spirit detracted from the show.

Enterprise and Kaga from the anime series Azur Lane
Enterprise and Kaga

Basically, my main point is that you shouldn’t go into Azur Lane expecting there to be some great story, or even great characters. It’s a mess.

But I’m also not really one of those people who say “just turn your brain off and enjoy it.” Yes, it’s a mess. But it does have good qualities at the same time, such as the obvious fan service for the mobile game players — they get to see their favorite characters animated.

And for those of us who haven’t played the game, there’s also some exceptional animation and a pretty good soundtrack. The animation in particular was way higher quality than I expected from this series.

I don’t know what episode it was, but whichever one included the scene of Ayanami being rescued as she fell into a wormhole was potentially the best animated episode of the season — across everything I watched. If not the best animated, at least the most memorable.

Conclusion

Overall, I gave Azur Lane a 7/10, which is higher than most people have rated it. The highest rating I’ve seen another review give it is a 4. But also keep in mind that the other reviews I’ve seen aren’t exactly all that fair.

One was by someone who didn’t like it because it didn’t follow the plot of the game, which I’ll accept as a valid argument (sort of). But the other three I’ve seen complain about things that don’t really matter.

The first complains that the anime wasn’t a realistic depiction of naval storytelling — which it obviously was never going to be. The second claims the series has bad animation, which is demonstrably false. And the third says it’s automatically bad because it’s based on a gacha game.

Anyway, as for the OP and ED, I really liked the OP. It had some nice visuals and a really good song. The ED wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t necessarily bad.

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Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie

Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie

Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko's Lie anime movie cover art
Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie

Overview

Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie (Lupin the IIIrd: Mine Fujiko no Uso / LUPIN THE IIIRD 峰不二子の嘘) is one movie in a trilogy of Lupin the IIIrd movies, also including Jigen’s Gravestone and Goemon’s Blood Spray. I’ll be reviewing those two movies over the next two weeks to complete the set.

Oh, and this review is going to contain spoilers.

The only previous exposure I’ve had to the Lupin franchise was The Castle of Cagliostro. That movie came out in 1979, and this movie came out in 2019, so there’s 40 years of content between them I simply haven’t seen. And with that in mind, I wasn’t expecting Fujiko’s Lie to be what it was.

For starters, it was more graphic than I was expecting — something I’ll discuss later on. But what really set it apart from the Lupin I knew, was the sci-fi aspect of the plot. As far as I remember, The Castle of Cagliostro didn’t have any sci-fi elements, so seeing that in this movie felt a bit out of place.

Daisuke Jigen and Arsene Lupin III from the anime movie Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko's Lie
Daisuke Jigen and Arsene Lupin III

However, later on in the movie it seems to appear that Lupin & co. run into supernatural beings on the regular, so I guess it’s not actually out of place. Maybe that’s a newer development for the series, but either way I’m not going to hold that against it.

Anyway, the main plot of the movie is that Fujiko is attempting to steal 500 million dollars from a sickly child. And that sickly child got the money from his father, who stole it from the company he worked for. And that company sends a supernatural assassin after them to get the money back.

Also Lupin and Jigen are around just trying to save the day and get the money for themselves.

Binkam

I was going to do a characters section here, but I think we’re better off just discussing Binkam (or Bincam as the version I watch spelled it) here. I’ll be talking about Fujiko specifically in the next section, Lupin and Jigen don’t really need to be discussed, and Jean (or Gene?) is just the kid who has the money.

Binkam is why this movie was strange to me. He’s humanoid, but until it was stated later in the movie that he’s a genetically modified human, I thought he was supposed to be an alien. He doesn’t look human, and he has a strange ability which allows him to control people who breathe in the dust storms he creates.

I also considered the fact that he was supposed to be some sort of mummy considering he refers to his dust storm as a curse. But, no, he’s just a weird guy who was turned into a weapon to be used by the company.

Binkam activating his "curse" from the anime movie Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko's Lie
Binkam activating his “curse”

But what I still don’t really understand about Binkam is the explanation of his powers. From what we see, he has two main abilities: he can whip up dust storms, and he can control people who breathe in that dust. The second ability appears to be connected to his eyes.

However, the explanation we’re given doesn’t make sense for either of these abilities. Apparently, he’s resistant to a type of poisonous plant which he eats the fruit of. Then, he sweats out the poison of this fruit, it’s carried by the dust storm into the body of his enemy, and the poison makes that person more easily persuaded.

The problem is that this doesn’t explain how he controls sandstorms or what his eyes have to do with his ability to control others.

Fujiko’s Nudity

I liked how Fujiko was depicted as a ruthless woman who uses sex appeal to get what she wants and isn’t afraid to steal from a sickly child. She’s a pretty cool character, and this movie made me like her a lot more than The Castle of Cagliostro did.

But, I have to mention the nudity in this movie. Fujiko is cool, we’ve established that. We also know that she seduces men to get what she wants. However, I felt that the nudity in the movie almost took away from her character because of how it was used.

I’m not someone who has an issue with nudity in anime as a whole, but I think it needs to be natural while also not detracting from the everything else going on. Unless, of course, it’s in an ecchi series, in which case you can throw those rules out the window.

Fujiko Mine getting ready to fight from the anime movie Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko's Lie
Fujiko Mine getting ready to fight

The first bit of nudity was fine as far as I’m concerned. Fujiko is taking a bath with Jean (Gene?) so, yeah, not surprising that she’s naked. But, at the time, I did get the feeling that nudity was added as a sort of fan service — like Asuna being uncensored for two frames in the Ordinal Scale movie.

Later on in the movie there’s another scene with nudity, and it’s this one which I have a bit of an issue with. She’s having her final battle against Binkam, and he cuts her clothes to expose one of her breasts. She then remains exposed for the rest of the fight, and it’s pretty prominent.

I get that she’s fighting so she’s not really concerned about being exposed in the moment, but at the same time it felt like it was focused on too much. It was almost like they were saying Fujiko defeated Binkam because of her body, not because she’s a master of manipulation or a skilled fighter.

It just felt out of place. If she had exposed herself to him in order to shock him, and then used that time to launch a surprise attack, I think that might have been a better way to go about that scene. But that also feels pretty cliché.

Conclusion

Overall, I think Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie is a solid 8/10. It’s definitely a movie I would watch again, especially since at only 56 minutes, it’s not much of a commitment. I’m also looking forward to the next two movies in the trilogy — the reviews of those should be up on the next two Fridays.

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Babylon

Babylon

Babylon anime series cover art
Babylon

Overview

Babylon (バビロン) could have been one of the best anime of 2019 if not for the final episode. But, I’ll save the spoilers for later on, so if you’re interested in finding out what went wrong, keep reading.

Honestly, this series had one of the most interesting plot concepts I’ve seen recently. It focuses on the idea of whether or not suicide should be legal, and discusses the pros and cons of each side. But it’s more than just a discussion of ideologies, it’s also a psychological crime thriller.

However, one of the reasons why the suicide question asked in this anime is so difficult to answer is because it groups all forms of suicide together as one. There’s no difference between jumping off a building, running into traffic, shooting yourself, or doctor assisted suicide.

And the reason that makes it a difficult question to answer is because there’s really two distinct groups that don’t go together here. On one hand you have something like a doctor assisted suicide where everything is done “by the book,” and on the other you have the more “impulsive” versions of suicide.

And when I call things like jumping off a building “impulsive” suicides, I don’t mean that those people thought about their actions any less than someone who chose the medical route. It’s simply that there isn’t a specific process they need to go through first.

So when the characters who need to decide whether or not suicide is “good” or “evil” are weighing the options, the fact that all forms of suicide are grouped together presents the biggest issue. It would probably have been easy for them to declare some versions legal while others not, but that’s not the question at hand.

Characters

Zen Seizaki is a police detective living in a special section of Japan which has been designated as a test city for new laws. Basically, the city is independently governed, and any law can be put on the books as long as it wins a popular vote. Other regions of Japan and the rest of the world can then see if the laws work out or not before implementing them as well.

Now, a suicide law being introduced for a vote wouldn’t normally concern a police officer in this city, except for the fact that this law was introduced during and immediately after a mass suicide. Clearly these suicides weren’t a natural occurrence, and so Zen is tasked with determining if these suicides were actually homicides.

Zen Seizaki at his desk from the anime series Babylon
Zen Seizaki at his desk

Hiasa Sekuro is a prosecutor who begins working as Zen’s partner for some reason. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure prosecutor’s don’t go out and solve crimes with detectives. Maybe she’s actually not a prosecutor, but an investigator from the prosecutor’s office? That would make more sense.

What I liked about Hiasa is that even though she’s supposed to be the “legal” side of the detective pair, she doesn’t really act like it. She’s supposed to be keeping Zen in check and making sure he does everything by the book, but she’s typically the first person to look the other way when questionable tactics are required.

Ai Magase is the main villain of the series, which in itself may be a spoiler I guess. I can’t really talk about her without including spoilers though, so let me just say that she’s definitely not the best antagonist of the year, or even of the season — that’s Askeladd from Vinland Saga. However, she’s still interesting in her own right.

The End of Babylon

Obviously I can’t discuss the end of Babylon without spoiling the series, so this section is going to be extremely spoiler heavy. You’ve been warned.

First of all, this may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually liked the shift the second half of this series took towards America and the president. It was a great way to keep the story fresh and introduce new perspectives on the ideology of the suicide law.

However, the very end of the series left a lot to be desired. Zen shooting the president before he has a chance to take his own life was about as good of an ending to the president’s arc as we were going to get, but we were rushed to that point.

There wasn’t really enough setup to make that scene as impactful as it should have been.

Ai Magase from the anime series Babylon
Ai Magase

And then there’s the ending, where Zen comes face to face with Ai on the rooftop, the screen goes black, and we hear a gunshot. My first thought was that Ai dying like that was a bad ending. Then I thought maybe there’s going to be a sequel since we didn’t see her die. But then we got the post-credits ending.

It turns out that Ai is still alive, and it’s implied that Zen shot himself.

Why would Zen do that? He had talked to Ai many times before and never felt the urge to kill himself. Also, with this ending we never actually learned how Ai got people to kill themselves. All we know is that it’s just something people feel when they talk to her.

Basically, the major mystery of the series which we’ve been trying to solve over the past 13 episodes is left without a conclusion. And not only is there no conclusion, but we’re no closer to an answer than when we started.

Conclusion

I won’t rule out the fact that there might be a second season of Babylon at some point. It is based on a novel after all. But I don’t think there will ever be one. It really seems like where the anime left off is where it’s going to stay, regardless of whether or not that was the end of the source material.

And, although I think the ending was done extremely poorly, overall this series is still a 7/10 from me. It would have been an 8 if the final episode wasn’t what it was, but I still enjoyed the ride. And if you’re into psychological series, I think you’ll probably enjoy it as well.

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Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note anime series cover art
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

Overview

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note (Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo: “Rail Zeppelin” Grace note / ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿 {魔眼蒐集列車} Grace note) is a spin-off/sequel to Fate/Zero which takes around the same time as Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

I don’t actually remember, because for some reason I didn’t review this series right after I finished it, but I believe it takes place just before the events of UBW.

And if you can call UBW the “Saber sequel” to Zero, then Case Files is the “Rider sequel.” Oh, and by the way, this review is going to have spoilers for both Zero and UBW.

So just how similar are UBW and Case Files since they’re both sequels of Zero? They’re not alike in any way. For starters, while the servant, Artoria, is the one who continues on from Zero into UBW, it’s the master, Waver, who continues on from Zero to Case Files.

They’re also just fundamentally different story structures. UBW follows a second Holy Grail War between the seven core classes of servants, while Case Files is a Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery set in the same universe. They really do have absolutely nothing in common.

Also just because you liked Zero and UBW doesn’t mean you’ll like Case Files. While there is still some action, this series focuses heavily on the magic side of Fate lore. And if you know anything about magic in Fate, you’ll know it makes absolutely no sense.

The core story of this series focuses on a black market for mystic eyes which Lord El-Melloi II, also known as Waver Velvet, is hired to investigate. But while that concept is basic enough, all the different magic elements which are brought in turn it into a mess.

Characters

Obviously Waver is the protagonist of this series, but I’m actually going to skip over him in this section and dedicate the entire next section to him. So with Waver out of the way, Gray is our first character of the series, and her role is that of the main heroine.

Unfortunately though, I can’t really discuss Gray all that much without including spoilers for this series, which is something I don’t really want to do. So all I’ll say about Gray is that she’s Waver’s crime solving partner in this series and she carries a mystic code named Add around in a cage.

Gray from the anime series Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note
Gray

Reines El-Melloi Archisorte is the adoptive(?) sister of Waver. She’s not exactly his adoptive sister, but Waver is currently holding on to Reines’ title of Lord El-Melloi until she comes of age. Reines is the real sister of the previous Lord El-Melloi, Waver’s teacher who died during the previous Holy Grail War.

You may recall it was that teacher who was supposed to summon Iskandar, but Waver stole the item required to do so. Waver believes his teacher would have won if he hadn’t stolen Iskandar from him, and for this reason, he’s indebted to Reines.

There are also two pretty good side characters from other Fate series, Luviagelita “Luvia” Edelfelt from UBW and Kairi Shishigou from Fate/Apocrypha. However, I don’t believe Apocrypha takes place in the same timeline as Zero, UBW, and Case Files.

Neither of these characters are exactly vitally important this time around, but I like them both so I figured they were worth mentioning. It’s just interesting to see how these two characters you typically don’t think much of can be used to help Waver solve mysteries.

Waver Velvet

Unfortunately for all of you who think Waver and Iskandar are the ultimate master and servant combo, Shishigou and Mordred exist. I’m sorry, but team Shishigou and Mordred is #1 in my book. However, if we’re talking about Fate anime protagonists, I’ll admit that Waver is probably the best one.

Sieg from Apocrypha is bad, Shirou from UBW is probably the worst, Kiritsugu from Zero is pretty good, Illya from Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya is almost the best, but Waver in Case Files is the winner. And no, I still haven’t seen Fate/Extra Last Encore, but that protagonist looks bad too.

Part of the reason why Waver is such a good protagonist in Case Files though is due to the fact that he was a major side character in Zero. Basically everything important about his character was established in Zero, and Case Files is merely an extension of that.

Waver and Iskandar from the anime series Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note
Waver and Iskandar

There’s only a little new character development for Waver all throughout Case Files. Instead, we mostly get to watch as Waver attempts to fulfill his promise to his best friend, Iskandar. When the two last spoke, Waver promised that he would one day become someone worthy of serving Iskandar.

And while there’s no real definition of “someone who is worthy of serving Iskandar,” it’s more of a reason for Waver to keep living as Iskandar wanted him to. He’s always striving to be a better version of himself in an attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal.

But, as long as Waver never regrets any of his decisions in life, in the end he’ll have achieved his goal. That’s what makes Waver such a good protagonist. He doesn’t want wealth, fame, or power — he simply wants to stand alongside his friend again.

Conclusion

Overall, Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note was a good anime. Sure, it made very little sense at times, but the same can always be said about Fate series anime which is why they aren’t the best around. I think a 7/10 is a fair rating for this series, but it’s definitely on the lower end of the 7.

The OP and ED for this series are both really good though. I think I prefer the ED more mainly due to the visuals, but they’re both very strong.

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Rifle Is Beautiful

Rifle Is Beautiful

Rifle Is Beautiful anime series cover art
Rifle Is Beautiful

Overview

Rifle Is Beautiful (ライフル・イズ・ビューティフル) is actually the Japanese name for this anime. The title is literally just Rifle Is Beautiful spelled out in katakana. However, this series also has an English title, which is Chidori RSC. That’s right, the Japanese title is in English and the English title is in Japanese.

Obviously, Rifle Is Beautiful isn’t proper grammar, which is likely why the English title for the series is different. And, although chidori is a Japanese word, it’s actually the name of the school the girls attend in this series, with RSC standing for rifle shooting club. So, really the English title is in English, it just uses a Japanese proper noun and an acronym.

With the title explanation out of the way, we can finally get into what this series is all about: a school rifle shooting club. But it’s not just any rifle shooting club, it’s a beam rifle shooting club. That basically means they’re using laser tag guns, but shooting at targets.

Obviously there wouldn’t be a high school in Japan with a real rifle shooting club on account of how strict their gun laws are. But, as we learn throughout the series, beam rifles are only the very first step in the rifle shooting ladder. They’re what the beginners use (although that doesn’t mean everyone who competes in the beam rifle events is a beginner).

The next step up is the air rifle competition, which some of the older side characters are explained to be competing in. And we can assume that beyond air rifles are real rifles, although this isn’t a class of competition students would be competing in.

Characters

As this is a cute girls do “cute” things series, all of the characters are female (as they should be). Our main quartet is made up of Hikari Kokura, Izumi Shibusawa, Yukio Igarashi, and Erika Meinohama. I think they’re all first year students.

I’ve said this about a lot of other female protagonists in the past, but Hikari is your stereotypical female protagonist. She’s not the brightest girl around, but she believes in herself, in her friends, and in having fun doing what she loves — which in this case is shooting beam rifles.

Izumi is Hikari’s best friend who decides to start a rifle shooting club with her because she knows Hikari was really looking forward to joining one. The school’s rifle shooting club was disbanded the year prior due to lack of student interest — of course. But aside from that, Izumi is just the “mom friend” of the group.

Erika Meinohama from the anime series Rifle Is Beautiful
Erika Meinohama

Yukio is the most skilled rifle shooter in the club, though you probably wouldn’t guess that by looking at her. She’s short, she’s blunt, and she generally shows no emotion whatsoever. She’s basically like Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but really good at shooting instead of everything else.

And finally we have Erika, who’s a fairly proficient rifle shooter in her own right. Yukio is definitely better, but Erika is generally the second best in the club except for when Hikari’s main character luck boost kicks in. Erika is also the rich, tsundere character, so she’s pretty high tier as far as I’m concerned.

What’s Wrong with Rifle Is Beautiful?

On the surface, Rifle Is Beautiful isn’t any different from the countless other cute girls doing cute, but oddly specific, things. And that’s actually the first problem with the series. Sure, cute girls in a rifle shooting club isn’t something I’ve seen before, but I already knew exactly how it was going to go.

It’s not like these slice of life series really have much variation. I’m not going to spoil the end of this anime directly, but if you’ve seen any other slice of life series where the girls compete in a competition then you probably already know how this one ends.

There’s always the idea that the girls are working really hard for their dreams, but that’s not the only thing they need to succeed. They also need patience, and a lot more practice than what one semester of being in their club provides.

Oh, and all the same basic character types are present too.

Erika, Yukio, Hikari, and Izumi from the anime series Rifle Is Beautiful
Erika, Yukio, Hikari, and Izumi

But now that we’ve established it’s exactly like everything else in the niche, we can explore the real problems it has. And I think the most obvious to a lot of viewers would be its use of CGI. Most of the series isn’t made with CGI, but for some reason the majority of the shooting scenes are.

I get that CGI is used to streamline the animation process and reduce the workload for the more traditional animators, but why would they choose to use it for those scenes? It’s an anime about rifle shooting, so why would you make the rifle shooting scenes look worse than the rest?

Also, the rifle shooting scenes have minimal movement anyway, so what was the issue with animating them without CGI?

And, of course, the other major issue with the series is that it just doesn’t make beam rifle shooting seem fun. The point of these niche cute girls doing cute things series is to make the niche activities seem like fun, but this series completely fails to accomplish that.

Conclusion

Overall, Rifle Is Beautiful (or Chidori RSC, whatever you want to call it) is a 5/10 from me. It has cute girls, and it looks nice most of the time, but it’s not engaging by any means. It’s something to watch if you have nothing else to watch, I guess, but beyond that I wouldn’t really recommend it.

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