Saga of Tanya ends

July 8th, 2017 by Author

Aside from all the comedy, two things Youjo Senki left with me are 1) Germans in the Japanese mind, and 2) unfinished anime.

Generally speaking, I am allright with anime based on an unfinished source. I mean, who doesn’t love Mahoraba? Although, every time it ends abrubtly like Sacred Blacksmith or Masamune’s Revenge, I get annoyed. But the worst kind of unfinished anime is the one that postpones a central point because the author is idiot. Well, I’d love to know who wins in Hataraku Maou-sama, but I can accept it going either way. Unfortunately, we’ll never know the mystery behind The Moderators of Kamfer, and the bitter part about it is, we are stuck because the author has not clue to begin with.

At times, the original source goes from strength to strength and far exceeds the anime that adopts its early parts, as in Jitsu wa Watashi wa. Other times it peters out as the author tries to grab onto remaining readers instead of writing a good story. Sadly it’s rather common for light novels. I’m afraid it’s exactly what’s in store for Tanya. The anime is still watchable, even with that in mind. Yes, it’s squarely in "the worst" category because the author has no plan for the conflict with Being X. But the rest of it is good enough to balance out. Just don’t watch for the plot.

Once upon a time, a gentleman known as “Executive Otaku” penned a long post about the Japanese historic regard for Germans. Unfortunately, he posted it at THAT, which (as a successor of Impz) he took off AnimeBlogger only to destroy in 2013. The article has disappeared off the net completely. But his main thesis was that Germans were for Japanese everything that Japanese themselves were not, and that’s why Japanese looked up to them. Tanya does a lot to explore the mythical Germany that inherited from those old perceptions. Now, it’s not like that Germany had any more with the reality than Japan of Sakura Wars had with the real Japan of the period. Both are myths that survive in anime for our enjoyment.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Actually, possible.


Elf Yamada claims Brickmuppet

July 3rd, 2017 by Author

Bricmuppet’s evolution is not uncommon. Mr. JTFish, too, started as a ball of hate and ended with "how do I live without EMILY!!! (now that Eromanga-sensei is over)".

One funny thought about this… I suspect strongly that in the LN author’s mind, Elf and Muramasa are peers, loser comrades in the contest of love, like Ayeka and Ryoko in Tenchi. But it does not quite end like that in the actual product. Although, we may miss some cues or lack a necessary background. I heard that in Japan, Yozora and Sena of Haganai are equally popular, but in America nobody likes Yozora and Sena is overwhelmingly more popular with fans. It’s easy to see why — who wants to deal with a nasty, nagging harpy? I didn’t see any character polls for Eromanga-sensei in JDM, so I don’t know for sure.


Draggle on Eromanga-sensei

June 30th, 2017 by Author

Summary:

But the main thing is, this felt quite fresh and entertaining. Even if the show uses the traditional anime harem tropes as guidance, it doesn’t feel bound by them and adds a unique twist in every case.


Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon

June 26th, 2017 by Author

Finally done with Kobayashi. They mostly removed everything too gross, such as magical penises, but eh… Thematic concerns are abundant. The series pretty cute if you can get over that, althugh a bit too straightforward (the final visit was much too predictable). Production values are oustanding.

I made a note that Elma was possibly the best, but now that a week has passed, I cannot even remember who she was.


Mastodon killed animeblogging

June 16th, 2017 by Author

Also! You know who plays Nygglatho in SukaSuka? Grandma Kikuko Inoue. That woman is older than I am and still kicks ass. {Update: Evirus remarks: “Her daughter is in the show too.”}

P.S. GAB.ai permits a funny hack: although their “Anime” topic is not available through the front page anymore, one can continue posting to it through its secret URL with UUID.


Yama no Susume S3 is announced

June 5th, 2017 by Author

Via Blue Blue Wave:

Spotted news online that the official website for the “Yama no Susume” anime adaptation of the “ヤマノススメ” slice-of-life manga by Shiro, announced that not only will a new OVA titled “Yama no Susume: Omoide Present” be released during the fall of 2017, but that a third season of the anime is set to air in 2018!

Now I have a reason to survive.


Question about Muramasa in Eromanga-sensei

June 5th, 2017 by Author

Does anyone know, from original LN perhaps, why Muramasa’s right hand is bandaged? She is manifestly left-handed.

UPDATE: J. thinks her bandages are related to her calligraphy practice, which I suspected too, but I don’t see exactly how it works.


Saga of Tanya begins

May 23rd, 2017 by Author

She may be evil or whatever, but she is absolutely out of this world hilarious. I did not laugh this much since… I dunno… Muteki Kanban Musume maybe? Why did nobody tell me sooner! Well, Mauser tried, but even so, this was completely unexpected. I thought it was going to be something like Grave of the Fireflies or Figure 17, but nope, we left the stolid, old-school drama way behind. God be praised for the shining world of LNs that is upon us! And it’s not only watching the syziphean struggles of the hapless MC that is hilarious. Everyone contributes to Youjo Senki, from the military brass to the crazy inventor guy. And dat Serebryakoff, she’s gunning for the Best Girl of comedy, fo real. Too bad we’re not likely to see more of her, poor thing!

Oh, and those SIG Mondragons look as if they jumped off a Forgotten Weapons video.

P.S. This may be spoiling a little, but I just can’t help noting a couple of things about Serebryakoff. Hopefully this does not ruin someone’s enjoyment!

First, the creators started off strongly with her by planting a massive flag. It immediately reminded me about a talk I heard on Japan-a-Radio 10 years ago, when they discussed Elfen Lied. One of the podcasters said, in effect, that it opens with showing us a character of a secretary, and spends a short time on building her up. She is clumsy, but doing her job, etc. You can’t help feeling a little sympathy for her. Then, *wham*, they blow her head off. I was sure that Serebryakoff auditioned for a similar role in ep.1. Just look at the droopy eyes of her character design. But they double-crossed me, cunning bastiges!

Second, Serebryakoff is a supremely stereotypical tryhard idiot, yet a quality one. I already mentioned her design. Moreover, one would think that if you face someone who might be looking for an excuse to massacre you, it’s better to keep your lips zipped. Nope, she blurts it all out! When the climax of the confrontation is over, too! What really gets me is the hidden subtlety of it all. In a mediocre comedy show, she would be an inept sidekick that ruins the best plans, by interpreting instructins too literally or whatnot. But not here.


SukaSuka begins

May 21st, 2017 by Author

I would probably not pick this up without Evurus’ tepid approval. But it was okay so far.

Unfortunately, I cannot enjoy it without reservations either. The massive yiff is cringeworthy. Presumably, the furry factor is there to masquerade or balance the shapeless blobs, which otherwise would stand out too much, but are necessary for some plot twist. The dude has ridiculously convenient superpowers. The world creation is so dumb, that, for example, it features floating islands. They may be organic in a romp like Dog Days, but not in a story with heavyweight pretensions. In general, although I don’t have a good evidence, the environment feels artificially manufactured to support a certain idea, that is to say the living weapons, and then railroad everything to a emotional impact. Watching SukaSuka, characters appear manipulated (to feel something), and then the viewer is too. Maybe emotional manhandling was less obnoxious in the original LN.

On the upside, the story itself is not that bad, heartful, just suffers from unnecessary veneer.

UPDATE: Omo considers that “the setting is really the shining part of the show”. Clearly he is not irritated by all the artificially convenient circumstances, or furries. But then again, many people enjoy the Superman franchize, where the dude is even more overpowered.

By the way, YuuYuuYuu had a similar core idea, but, alas, there wasn’t any romance there, except in the heads of yuritards. The author of SukaSuka LN deserves props for taking it head-on.


Elf Yamada in Eromanga-sensei manga and anime, ter

May 14th, 2017 by Author

Sorry, I lied. But the gag was irresistible.

Two things though.

Does anyone notice that Eromanga-sensei is taking upon shounen themes? It’s a competition after competition, and the Sorting Algorithm of Evil. I can’t tell if I watch Yowamushi Pedal or Nodame here. Masamune also befriends his defeated enemies like Nanoha.

And what’s up with the animation? First they blew the budget so much. Next, they had to substitute a pan shot. Consistency, please. Someone in the production team should watch Shirobako!

UPDATE: Zane at Rabujoi:

Yamada, who is surprisingly not the most irritating girl in the show, and has grown quite a bit as a character in her last few episodes […]

“Surprisingly”?