ZakuAbumi on animebloggers

November 22nd, 2014 by Author

The first question that comes to mind: where did you learn to blog, son? So many quotes and not one is linked. FAIL.

Also, the link above will be 0.001 BTC, thanks.

Inou Battle begins

November 22nd, 2014 by Author

The Inou Battle is yet another turn in the 1 Boy N Girls Club arena. Initial signs aren’t good. It’s a harem, of course. With a loli. The style of humour is similar to Rokujouma with a dash of Chuuni REN. One (practically) former blogger suggested that something bad is going to land in 04. But… I just cannot resist the art.

The easy availability at Crunchyroll helps. I can always drop it if things go sour.


November 22nd, 2014 by Author

At a meeting of my fabulous anime club today, I had to watch GYO, or, truth to be told, had to make every effort not to watch it. The anime is basically a disaster porn. People losing human nature and such, the usual. Completely not up my alley, and also comletely routine. Even had a stock mad scientist who’s actually mad.

The art style was extremely familiar. As it turns out, it’s a production of Ufotable, made in the style of their android works, not Manabi.

Liked: nope
Rewatch: no way

Evirus on Shirobako

November 21st, 2014 by Author


Through five episodes, I can’t quite dispassionately decide if the show itself is simply good, or if I’m biased toward viewing it in a more favorable light because I personally find fascinating the subject matter and behind-the-scenes details revealed by the show.

Urobutcher gone missing from Gargantia

November 17th, 2014 by Author

At least that’s the take at Lost in America:

As we know [Urobutcher] wrote only the first and last episodes of the series, and to what extent he was involved in what came between I don’t know. But this OVA in particular is completely devoid of anything remotely resembling contemplation or reflection – there isn’t a whisper of moral or ethical conflict here, or any real character drama.

He’s saying it as if it’s a bad thing.

About the best moments in the OVA come when first Amy and later Ledo reflect on Chamber’s profound influence on both their lives.

Somehow, I’m not surprised (at this assessement).

The OVA was supposed to come on the November 21st, so this is a week early.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san 06

November 14th, 2014 by Author

I was running out of things to watch tonight, so I went to poke at queued series Vanadis and Daitoshokan (both at Hulu). Both were disappointing enough in the first few seconds that I gave up. Tatsuo Sato seems to be losing his touch… But what to do? I dusted off Denki-Gai, which was in suspension after 05, albeit unannounced. And god, what an episode this was. Absolutely tremendous. In one fell swoop, creators of Denki-Gai atoned for all the awfulness of the previous (and I’m sure following) episodes that landed the series in suspension.

The episode was dedicated to Sensei-chan, who is the most normal among the cast (well, Hio-tan is sane too, but she’s the “retard moe” archetype, plus her lack of self-awareness is unpleasant). To say any more would be spoiling, but it should be mentioned that after the atmospheric first part, they topped the episode with a comedy part, which was none worse. It’s a rare feat.

(unfortunately, there’s no picture because Maestro revoked my uploading privileges for the period of server migration; I threw a few at Meenuvia.)

Hyouka ends

November 9th, 2014 by Author

The common theme for reviews of Hyouka is to laud its animation while sounding disappointed about the story. But I found it delivering on both counts.

The animation of motion is frankly astonishing in Hyouka, and it’s pervasive. It looked to me at least a half step above of what Studio Ghibli accomplished for its movie-budget productions such as Porco Rosso, and it’s a TV series. I saw a couple of instances of a typical anime frozen frame, where only character moves. But they only stand out because everything else was made to the highest standard.

The story was primarily centered on the growth of main characters. I don’t know just how Tappan managed to be blind enough to write “almost a year has passed and nothing much has changed”, when so much has.

If I had to compare, the closest thing to Hyouka, story-wise and character-wise, is probably Shingu. Of course, Shingu has the story of interstellar war intruding onto the characters, and the motif of the primacy of the school. But setting that aside, the ways the main duo interacted and grew into their relationship were remarkably similar in both series, if we correct for the scale of the deeds into which they had to partake. Also, overall cast of both series did not consist of broken people, and it was really pleasant.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Sure

P.S. Moogy pointed out that KyotoAni jumbled up the storyline by adapting 3 out of 4 novels. I suspect that is the reason why Kaho, for example, appeared as she did. She was set up to take upon a bigger part, but it never happened. But then Shingu was the same, w.r.t. Subaru’s origins. It’s not a big detriment.

Twintails 04

November 7th, 2014 by Author

Everyone else have seen 05, but being a slave of FUNi’s legal not-quite-simulcast I haven’t. Anyhow, here’s one small thought, since it’s becoming clear that different attributes exist, with Twintails being the most powerful. Did anyone notice that Twirl surrendered her old primary attribute… but she still has one remaining. It may not be as good as Twintails, but surely it’s workable. Could it come into play later?

Kylaran on AmaBuri

November 6th, 2014 by Author

This is too good not to share. Buried in a slicer post at The Behind, the first impressions of Amagi Brilliant Park:

Look, I understand the need to differentiate your story from other light novels. I certainly understand that originality is more valued over writing finesse in this area of Japanese literature, and that these books are often popular with high schoolers to college students. But there is a limit to how absurd the basic premise of a story can become, because I’ll be honest: Amagi Brilliant Park isn’t very fun. The basic story of 1) crazy girl threatens guy to go to an amusement park, 2) they meet with the owner of the park, 3) she decides to make the guy (a high schooler) command to manage the entire theme park is just ridiculous. Of course, he’s some entertainment production prodigy and has the management skills to deal with crazy staff members.

Even if you like light, fluffy comedy, there’s a limit to how crazy shows can get.

Talk about missing the point. For added zest, the above is written after seeing 4 episodes, so ostensiblty he watched the already famous compare-and-contrast episode too. And yet!

BTW, I think AmaBuri is on a thin ice, although for a more substantial reason. Someone told me that KyotoAni is trying to stretch a single book to 12 episodes. So, the ep.5 is a portend of bad things to come. Expect more filler until the final arc.

Hyouka begins

November 1st, 2014 by Author

Most bloggers were lukewarm to Hyouka, with (the sadly retired) IKnight tweeting: “Finished Hyouka. Eh. I guess I’m glad I watched it.”. So, I’m not quite sure what brought this on. I suppose I wanted something soft and a little out there, but not too much.

In that sense Hyouka seems like a success.

And yes, it’s as pretty as everyone promised. Its animation is fully modern, computer based, but it’s not overtly 3D or shaftist. It does not break any new ground in 2D like Yuyushiki did, but it fills the envelope entirely. It’s like Spirited Away in that it’s hard to see how it can be improved without a paradigm shift. It was also made for HD from the start.