Garupan IRL

October 18th, 2016 by Author

One of the most amusing scenes of Girls und Panzer was one where Miho’s team camps upon a hill and one of German teams (possibbly her sister, I don’t remember) is trying to dislodge them. At some point, a tank from Miho’s team drives right through the ranks of the opponents, causing a real chaos.

Well, it’s the battle for Mosul now and here’s a video. A rank of armor (albeit mostly AFVs and an armored car) is facing a clump of structures. From there, a bombmobile charges upon them, towards the camera. It targets one of AFVs, that maneuvers sharply to the right of the camera, and the bombmobile misses. In the same time, the armored car dashes in the opposite direction before turning around. But the driver of the bomb decides to take out another AFV instead, on the left. The shockwave from the explosion covers everything in a dust cloud. All the while this is happening, crews shoot at the attacking bomb and miss.

Just in case you thought GaruPan was unrealistic. Well, aside from the people die when killed part.

Cinderella Girls Gekijou Anime in 2017

October 16th, 2016 by Author

While the wheels of popularity turned, Cinderella Girls Theater was one of those constant things that made people load the browser game. Last I checked, it published more than 600 strips. Published in color nowadays, Danbooru can provide a taste. With such a hot property locked into the dead-end website, of course Namco wanted to monetize. Behold the official PV:

Crunchy has the announcement.

Personally, I don’t have high hopes. The PV was rather underwhelming with too much focus on the “gag” aspect of CGG. But hey, at least we can hope to see Karen holding two umbrellas behind her back.

UPDATE: It didn’t take long for fans to identify the strips that were animated for the PV. Suprisingly, they span the range up to the very newest ones:

Houkago Assault Sumipe

October 11th, 2016 by Author

Sumire Uesaka captured my attention momentarily today by linking with Houkago Assault Girls and cosplaying. I thought she was going to voice someone in an upcoming anime. But nope (no permalink, sorry):

上坂: アニメになってもモザイクだらけにならない。TOKYO MXに優しい作品だと思います。

高田: アニメ化されるといいんですけどねえ(笑)。

Kakko warai indeed.

Magical Internet Hearsay

October 10th, 2016 by Author

Evirus writes:

I saw a comment on the Twitter recently about how the success of Shirobako signaled to the industry that perhaps there was a market for shows with adult characters after all.

No link? Tsk, tsk. Also! Is Shirobako actually a success? Well, I bought the BDs, but my tastes are hardly representative.

The U.S. market release of Shirobako is taken out by Ledford. It’s #206 in Anime at Amazon, which does not sound too impressive. Although, Haibane Renmei is #578.

UPDATE: Omo comments that Shirobako BDs were selling quite well, and:

Given the industry these days it would not be a surprise to hear in a couple years that PA Works will go back to that well. Certainly it would out-delight that recent announcement about Uchoten Kazoku.

What a sick burn. And a well-deserved one, too.

Reject the moral panic and free yourself by watching Usagi Drop

October 9th, 2016 by Author

<Author> Usagi Drop time
<Sage> [23:22:32] <Author> Usagi Drop time <-- the incest show?
<Author> it’s not that close
<Sage> The incest show.
<Author> I noticed that Nobar shared the prejudices of small minded people too.
<Sage> But Author.
<Sage> He fucks his daughter.
<Author> So…. like every Teitoku?
<Hikago> R E K T


(From Carnival Phantasm EX)

UPDATE: Omo weighs in:

Usagi Drop is a solid anime, don’t let people who follow/read/gets spoiled by the manga tell you anything otherwise. It’s not about morality, but about mode of consumption and letting that dictate what you ought to do, when it might not be a good reason. When I read that post I thought about how anime adaptations sometimes live in this different world than the manga experience. Then again I dig these kind of controversial stuff so I am hardly unbiased.

Usagi Drop begins

October 5th, 2016 by Author

The idea to watch Usagi Dropp was seeded by Evirus’ effective advocacy and prompted by the disappointment in the S&L. So far it’s a smooth sailing. Production values were a shade under what I expected from PIG, but when Rin worked through a fear of death, things fell back into place. And dat OP with rabbits.

KonoSuba S1 ends

September 22nd, 2016 by Author

And so, the light-hearted sword-and-magic comedy came to a close… except that the new season is supposedly green-lit already. It remains to be seen if the creators keep this on track or drive it into the ground like Dog Days. I’m not too unhappy. What can you say, it’s the anime that had Brutal Alligators. Also:

There is no best girl (well, some people say Eris, but that’s based on 1 minute of screen time). The members of the main trio are all defective. However, it’s done in such nice, inoffensive way, that I am letting it slip. Bring on the S2.

Saiki begins

August 29th, 2016 by Author

What series do I enjoy the most this season? Well, ReLIFE, of course, but that’s already over for those who did not need to stick to the fake "broadcast" schedule. So, what do I look forward to every week, then? The disastrous life of Saiki-kun, that’s what. The “Saiki” is pun with “Psyche”.

I’ve already read all of the manga, so the best part is the adaptation. As Director Kinoshita once said, the objective of adaptation is “to showcase the strong points of the original to the fans, while hiding the weak parts”. Saiki does that quite admirably. Plus, the production values are not bad, for the budget.

Note that being a pure comedy, Saiki is absolutely not for everyone. Comedies never are.

Teruhashi is the best girl. Oupf. {Update: Allow me to ruin the joke by explaining it. Everyone who meets Teruhashi says “Ouph”, except for our eponymous character. Naturally, she sees it as a challenge to make him say “Ouph”. Comedy ensues.}

BTW, the Daisuki app for iOS uses the difference in aspect ratio on iPad to place the subtitles outside of the frame. I can see why they thought it would be a great idea, but the font is too small and difficult to read.

DiGiKerot on Love Live Sunshine

August 24th, 2016 by Author

I only watched 3 episodes of LLS and it didn’t grab my attention. However, a post at Beta-Waffle re-kindled my interest with an interesting spoiler:

The point is that the game has changed. Everyone knows about μ’s, and everyone is trying to imitate that success. This is as true outside of the universe of the series as it is within it, of course. Admittedly, being linked to the Love Live franchise gives the real-life Aqours a massive leg-up on the competition, but the fact that just being a carbon copy of their predecessors is likely to result in only short-term interest would likely be true regardless.

In universe, though, the events of these episodes mark an important segregation point. Up until this point, the characters thought that μ’s were the pinnacle of the School Idol universe. They were the thing to be chased. It was who they were imitating, and what the events were paralelling. The reality is that, outside of their sleepy town, unbeknownst to them, their idols had instead become the baseline. Everyone knows about μ’s and A-RISE at their peaks, and everyone knows how imitate them. There’s nothing special about doing that, and it’ll get you literally nowhere. You have to be at least μ’s to be worthwhile.

Which is going to make the next few episodes interesting, as the characters have to start mapping a course beyond their heroines.

That Sunshine was a carbon copy of the original LL became a bit of an easy target for comentators, to the point that people started posting side-by-side screencap galleries. But now this.

Crunchyroll enters physical media market

August 16th, 2016 by Author

Remember when the largest incumbent of discs, Funimations, tried to stream? Good times. Tables are turned now, with Crunchyroll’s announcement:

[W]e are super excited to announce that Crunchyroll has acquired the rights for merchandise and home video for the smash-hit Kabaneri!

Crunchyroll is excited to announce our entry into the home video market with the following upcoming English-dubbed Blu-Ray and DVD releases:

Big Order
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Myriad Colors Phantom World
Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches
And many more still to be announced!

This comes on the heels of Daisuki intruducing a paid subscription (only $5 and “reduced” amount of ads, not eliminated ads). Also, Netflix is scheming too. Could it be that anime acquired a second breath, fueled by recent societal changes?