CKS on Slime

March 14th, 2019 by Author

Not much to add to this:

Above all, Slime is a cheerful, good-hearted show that is out to make us smile. If you want conflict and challenged characters and so on, this is not for you; it’s all about Rimuru solving a succession of problems and running over a succession of obstacles as they build a home and make friends with people and various great character interactions go on. The show fundamentally likes pretty much everyone, and almost every enemy gets a chance at redemption. In an ocean of grim shows where terrible things happen to people and certain sorts of characters are walking cliches that are used only as the butt of jokes, Slime is a breath of fresh air.

Slime is not flawless, and in a certain way it’s boring. But I always enjoyed it and it reliably brought a smile to my face when I watched a new episode.

I have to admit that I was watching it too, even after suspension. I think that, in the genre of the heartful action, I would prefer something like Dog Days S1, or Gundam Build Fighters S1. But the Slime will do.


Top 5 of mecha anime

March 6th, 2019 by Author

Scott (apparently no relation to Scott Von Schilling) of Mechanical posted a little mecha top-5: FMP, Geass, Gurren-Lagann, Escaflowne, Gundam 00/Gundam: IBO. Each generation has its own heroes, I suppose. Still, I think we can do better without going full Let’s Anime.

Gurren-Lagann: This is one entry that Scott selected appropriately. It is a masterpiece. That said, my relationship with it changed with years. Before, I thought the post-timeskip was too edgy, with the trumped-up chargers and death row, people die when they are killed, and all that. But now, it’s all I rewatch. The pre-timeskip story seems a little too… shounen? For the lack of a better moniker.

SDF Macross: The only Macross worth your time, even with how long it is, and how much of a stupid broad Minmay is.

Martian Successor Nadesico: I never rewatch it, but I thought it was surprisingly good.

RahXephon: Better than EVA.

Gundam 08th MS Team: If you only watch one Gundam, make it this one — not the kids’ stuff like 00 and Wing.

Now that was a real Top-5! In addition, here are runners up with honorable mentions:

Gundam Build Fighters: If you only watch two Gundams, make sure this one is the second one. It’s the Gundamest of all Gundams, a thrill end-to-end.

Dai-Guard: I adore this, but I admit: it’s not on the same shelf as TTGL and RaX.

Patlabor OAV: Way to ruin the series by giving it no ending.

Vandread: The only good series by GONZO. It had its moments. My favourite is Barnett.

Stellvia: Tatsuo Sato was still pretty good in it, although not as good as in Shingu and MSN.

Kights of Sidonia: It is 3D, but… not too bad.

Darling in the FranXX: I haven’t completed it yet.


Scanlations are out of control

March 4th, 2019 by Author

Yet another night when I’m reading manga instead of watching anime. I really don’t have an excuse: the easy availability of scanlations is what enables this. I follow 281 titles (of 355) on the site I’m using currently.

UPDATE by Omo:

I barely read any manga these days – I’m too busy crying over dead idol groups to read anything.

So, about the piracy. Would I read this much if I could afford it? But wait a minute, before we try to answer, consider this: I certainly could watch this much on ad-supported streaming or TV. Why a more expensive media can supply these hours of entertainment, and the less expensive media can not? If Comico weren’t total dicks who constantly deactivate my account because of sheer incompetence, we could find out.


Haters: 2 – Author: 0

January 14th, 2019 by Author

Since my tastes run contrary to the mainstream often, I tend to fall into the hipster trap, where if eveone say that something is bad, I expect it to be good. But obviously it’s a logical fallacy, and I’m getting it with two big titles: Slime (Reincardated As) and Demon Lord (How Not To Summon). Both are based on LN and produced quality spin-off manga.

In case of the Slime it is just as boring as everyone is saying. It drags mercilessly through the story. The only good thing was the matter-of-fact personality of Rimuru, the protagonist. Also, all the plotting connections are inherited from the LN, and thus quite craftily done. In other source, plot advancements, like the craftsmen whom you need become exiled right when you need them, might be seen as a little too convenient, but in Slime thing have proper casual relationships. Would be nice to read it, I suspect. Watching though… I’m having trouble. {Update: Don’t misunderstand, it’s not bad. Shizu’s death was well done. But the story is somehow not dramatic? Maybe I’m just spoiled.}

For the Demon Lord, I asked Ana-sempai about it, and she mostly complained about groping. Honestly, I thought she was reading too much Tumblr. Then I watched a few episodes, and oh boy. In the manga, if the hero wakes up and finds himself spreading over one of his slave girls, it’s a visual gag for 2 frames. In the anime, it’s the main attraction that crowds out the other aspects. In addition, I just can’t get used to the appearance of the characters. The only two normal-looking people are Diablo himself and Rem. Seira is a walking chest. Ceres is ugly big time. The bunny guildmaster looks just wrong, with the brown tail. Although I saw Alicia in previews only, she already seemed badly done. The mangaka captured her stern beauty and tortured personality perfectly. But whoever did the character designs did not. Perhaps the LN illustrations are to blame.

Oh well. Here’s a splash from ED that has nothing to do with the anime itself:


John on American Otaku

January 10th, 2019 by Author

Welp:

The default Japanese image of an otaku is the opposite of outgoing, active, and youthful. Yet particularly in America, especially in the two-thousand-teens, anime has taken on the image that watching anime makes one cool. The entire point of the “Stay Crunchy” ad is to illustrate the idea that immersing in anime makes viewers popular, trendy, special.

I have to ask though, is Japan is ripe for the change as well. At work, I have to interact with the Japanese, and the number of anime watchers and gamers are higher than in U.S., if anything. They are not particularly asocial. One iM@S P among them has 3 kids.


Conception

December 17th, 2018 by Author

Why am I watching this trash? It’s even made by GONZO, and didn’t I have a strict no-GONZO policy? The basic answer is, I tend to want to switch off recently.

The concept of the show is this: the protagonist is transferred to another world, where he has to seduce 12 maidens and sire 12 children. Said children then fight some monsters or other, in order to save the world. Children are clearly not human, but they are mostly antropomorphic little freaks. They pop up without any pregnacy or childbirth, as soon as very sex-like "Love Ritual" is concluded. Their mothers do not have any kind of special attachment to them, off-loading them into a boarding facility (see the screencap). GONZO’s depravity is such, that these little freaks have rather normal personalities of human children, but in an attempt to smooth it over they don’t suffer from combat injuries, either to bodies or to minds.

To add the insult to the injury, maidens are a low-rent bunch, with crudely developed personalities. The hero is the most relatable of them all, in that he generally goes with the flow, while trying to keep a facade of respectability.

I realize that I am not in position to complain about GONZO brushing aside all the oppression of the world’s end, the nature of love, the morality of children soldiers, and the humanity of the characters in general for the sake of pumping out game-style courtship episodes, because I was somewhat unhappy with SukaSuka being too real. I’m sorry, allright?


The Otome Game Villainess

November 12th, 2018 by Author

I almost do not watch anime recently, but when Otome Geimu no Hametsu Flag etc. etc. comes out, I’ll give it a try for sure (the failure of Rimuru the Slime notwithstanding). The manga is that good.


Elon Musk is discovering anime

October 27th, 2018 by Author

The rocket mogul has taken to Twitter with expressions of love of anime that left heathens shocked. What’s particularly interesting about it, we’re talking about a guy who’s in with the Hollywood so much that he even got a cameo in Iron Man 2. And yet he’s not a snob enough to dismiss anime. Honestly, I’m a little jealous. The feeling of discovering something this amazing is incomparable, and he’s doing it right now.


The Black Healer as the pinnacle of Chick Isekai

October 8th, 2018 by Author

In our days, when Rimuru the Slime anime succeeds Death March and Dorei Majutsu on air, the traditional isekai is well established. Everyone loves frolicking in a slave harem. However, it’s not the only defined form of isekai. Its antagonist is, for the lack of a better term, the chick isekai. Its properties are basically a girl who BAMFs, like in the days of 12K, but instead of conquering everything, she sells potions, or works as a healer, in a world full of bishies. Some instances of it are downright weak and/or formulaic, but not always. I think the Black Healer is my favourite at present. I expect the adaptations of chick isekai to pour in as soon as the standard isekai jumps the shark.

Honestly, I’m a little concerned. I heard that even Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken was not well received, and there’s basically no better source material. Never underestimate the ability of anime creators to screw it all up. But we’ll see.


Meow-Meow Japanese History

October 5th, 2018 by Author

Also known by its original name of Neko-neko Nihonshi, the cat thing is a delight. Although, truth to be told, I’m not entirely sure about some of the characters, most are quite recognizeable. Shinsegumi commanders, for example, or Ryoma Saotome. The episode of Sei Shounagon is my most favourite, with the narrative of her breaking with the establishment told to perfection (I have never read The Pillow Book, mind).

The OP and ED from the 1st season were phenomenal.

Wokashii!