Draggle on Hakumei to Mikocchi 01

January 15th, 2018 by Author

Remember the much-anticipated adaptation that Ani-nouto called? It is out and someone is disappointed:

I found this extraordinarily boring. I was hoping for something like Strange Dawn, but nope. It’s a barely animated kids show about little people getting along well with each other. Zzzzzz…

At this point it’s one of the two: either Draggle is a complete idiot and blind like a mole, or the director made a colossal blunder in the tone of the anime adaptation.

P.S. I reserve the judgement until I see our slum-dwelling diva making an appearance.

P.P.S. Yes, I dropped the manga because it became aimless and thus boring. But I lasted for 30 chapters, all the way through the explosions at the ropeway.


Evirus on Koi wa Aeagari no You ni anime

January 15th, 2018 by Author

Well, doesn’t he nail it on the head:

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love Is Like After the Rain) is about a teenage girl who falls in love with her 45-year-old manager at the family restaurant where she works part-time. […] That is, you don’t necessarily need to dodge the show if the premise makes you uncomfortable. (Likewise, if you find the premise titillating, expect to be disappointed.)

Precisely why I dropped the manga some 20 or 30 chapters in.


The 2017

January 10th, 2018 by Author

If I had to select an anime of the year 2017, it would be ACCA (also known as “13-Territory Inspection Dept.”, or “ACCA13区監察課”). For all of its faults, it was an artistic anime without being a typical NoitaminA fare. It is also dangerously subversive and can screw with weak-minded. ACCA’s world is a pan-national-socialist utopia, which obviously cannot exist. But, suppose for a moment that Mussolini made trains run on time. What would be challenges of everyday life, as well as political and historical ones, in such a case? So, the anime of the year goes to ACCA for daring thinking as well as artistic flair.


Secret Santa 2017

December 25th, 2017 by Author

The dashboard is at Reverse Thieves for 2017. I admit to being slightly relieved that nobody invited me, because the selection mostly consisted of either series that I watched and blogged and or those that I really do not want to watch, let alone blog. The only one that I might be interested in was Alice to Zoroku. I kind of want something of that vein, which is not as annoying as Mitchiko and Hatchin or Kurenai.

SDS’s review of Shingu was not particularly impressive. It is, IMHO, the greatest series that Tatsuo Sato ever helmed, and a masterpiece that he could never exceed afterwards (ever seen Stellvia?). SDS isn’t doing it justice. If you read his review, but haven’t seen the series, would his post persuade you not to rest until you watched all of it? But I don’t think my own blogging of it was all that either. Jeff Lawson’s was, IIRC, but it’s all lost now.


Bobduh on NetoJuu

December 22nd, 2017 by Author

His usual pointer to ANN contained this summary:

The show was one of the most engaging romances I’ve seen in a while, and in general just a very welcome ray of sunshine in a largely miserable real-world year. It told a tightly written romance well, offered plenty of alternately goofy and sharp reflections on anxiety and adulthood, and pretty much made the absolute most of its ten-episode run. Always nice to see such an altogether accomplished and positive production.


Marina on Boruto

December 18th, 2017 by Author

In a comment elsewhere, Marina of B&B sums it up thus:

I, too, am surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying Boruto. I never watched Naruto, never even wanted to since the length of the series intimidates me. Boruto is my chance to jump into the world, though I’m worried about how long it will eventually run.

This alone is a reason enough for Boruto to exist.

Also, I can sympathize with the point about the length. The orininal Naruto was the longest series I ever watched, as I lasted for 146 episodes. Never again.


NetoJuu ends

December 10th, 2017 by Author

That was outstanding, but why is it so short? It’s not only that 10 episodes for a cour is unusual, but pieces were clearly trimmed mid-production. The ED shows us the RL persona of what seems to be Niko, visiting someone (probably Moriko), but she is not present in the anime. Last time I saw something this obvious, it was Shingu.

Although Mori-mori carries the show, the dude gets full marks for going through with things that had to be done. The Chad friend was great, too.

Liked: Heck yea
Rewatch: Quite possible

P.S. Jason understands, proclaims the show “utterly charming”.

UPDATE: Upon an e-mail tip by Avatar, I looked at the PV for the OVA. Good grief.


NetoJuu begins

November 22nd, 2017 by Author

The Autumn 2017 season delivers us another anime romcom, and it’s even better than Gamers. It’s about adults, and the lead is “unreasonably cute”. I may not have seen anything like this since Kayoko, girlfriend of Sunred. Noto voices her very nicely, and I didn’t even realize it was Noto at first.

Anyone noticed that they live in a terribly cold world, while the game is set up in magical summer?

I’ve got the tip about NetoJuu no Susume from Peter S., of all people. For some reason, Evirus’ post didn’t grab me, although he provides way more material. And “at least she cleans up nicely” is just the cynical and acerbic style we come to expect and love from him. And indeed, I really like how Moriko can keep her humanity together after a dive into NEETing. Also, the lint roller slays me.


Ogiue Maniax 10th Anniversary

November 19th, 2017 by Author

Congratulations! Over the years, we linked to Ogiue Maniax many times, and I just received a little scare trying to find the latest article. It was in the backups, but not on the site! Apparently, a draft was saved about Nico-Nico-niiiii, but the polemic with SDS never happened. We’d just to have to leave the readers with the old goodies.

Speaking of anniversaries, Ani-nouto started just a few months ahead of Ogiue Maniax and thus passed its 10th anniversary recenty too. If not for SDS, we’d not have even known.

UPDATE: Aziz joins in but cannot help pointing out that he was there first, by a couple of months. I’m okay with that, nobody can beat Evirus anyway.


Gamers ends

November 8th, 2017 by Author

Upside: Tendou’s smile that you want to protect. Downside: Too little of her, too much of Desu-desu. No real ending, either. But then some things got resolved, so it could be worse. Also, that ED track was great.

For whatever reason, I watched Gamers raw, and although the Japanese itself in it was easy enough, they were talking too much. I had to go to subs for a rewatch in places.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Possible