Denki-Gai, a visual retrospective

December 21st, 2014 by Author

Let’s just put it out of the way by stating that indeed, when the creators tried to ramp up the perversion factor, the anime got awful. There’s nothing wrong with poking fun at society’s rigid mores, but you cannot be clumsy and crude doing it if you want a good result.

Here’s a representative screencap from the infamous episode when they went full retard. This is Hio-tan. She is sitting in the middle of Akihabara’s main street. Fortunately, the vehiclar traffic was stopped as they do on Saturday.

Hio-tan and Fu-garu are cosplaying. All characters are known by their goofy handles in that anime. Kinda like Author, actually.

This is Sensei-chan. She is a mangaka and my favourite character (purely for being a bit more normal than the rest). I already spent several of her good screencaps, but there’s more whence that came.

Here Sensei-chan is readying for a pantsu battle (spoiler: she’s not actually trying to draw pantsu; her artistic abilities are good enough without the help of Master of Pantsu).

Sensei-chan is obsessed with her “joshiryoku”, commonly translated as “Girl Power”, but really meaning a measure of how ladylike one is. You can see the joshiryoku meter getting dangerously low in this screenshot.

You’d think that yukata would add +5 to joshiryoku, but actually no, if you don’t know how to tie up your obi, it doesn’t. Still, Sensei-chan is even cuter than usual when wearing it.

And finally, the best Sensei-chan screencap. What is happening here is that she noticed that the mugicha bottle is almost empty. So, since she’s finishing the bottle anyway, she chose to chug straight, even though she’s holding a cup that she prepared! This way she avoids washing the cup. At this point her joshiryoku is hitting negative values. This is how you develop a character, an excellent work by the creators.

Tsumorin’s joshiryoku is enormous, the highest in this anime by far. Unfortunately, she’s a drunkard. Stupid anime stereotypes!

Umio-kun and Kameko. Kameko is obviously a pun on “turtle”, and I really suspect that the hat she’s always wearing is her turtle shell. But this screencap shows her without the hat. It is the final episode, where she emerges from her shell. This is the other meaning of “charater development”, also present.

G-woman (actually “Ji-man” in the original, after the Hoover’s G-men, because she works for the government). She is the most visually appealing member of the cast, but alas… defective too.


Not a podcast again

December 8th, 2014 by Author

I find a mildly intriguing podcast once in a while, and I wonder: how do people find time to listen to them? Must be commuting. Unfortunately, I work from my bedroom! And in this particular case, I know everything I need to know about that movie from the manga, so nope.


M. LaMoe on the death of literature

December 8th, 2014 by Author

According to post at Anime Diet, “light novels are the culprit that killed the Japanese traditional literature or “pure literature” as they call it” (he agrees with the statements of Owlguildy to that effect). Personally, I think Murakami killed literature better, but sure. At least he’s not blaming videogames!

P.S. Note that the high-vs-low literature split is distinct from the paper-vs-electronic split. Such as:

While I have always had a fondness for books, it would be a lie to claim that I read anywhere near as much now as I did many years ago. With my job and influx of other hobbies, I just don’t make the time anymore to sit down with a book and lose myself. Instead, time is filled with work, and my commute is usually spent watching anime or catching a quick nap before the destination. And yet whenever I see a new bookstore, my feet lead me through the doors. I can’t leave without picking up at least one new friend.

Owlguildy came to understand that a printed book may be worthless. But not everyone agrees. So we have a 2×2 value matrix:


iM@S CG, GBF TRY, K-ON

November 30th, 2014 by Author

As a part of pre-broadcast hype, a new PV came out, and a massive interview (translated in thesii). They cause some concern: the new anime is no different from the old one.

Something like that happened before: I dropped GBF TRY after 3 episodes. As much as I loved the original, what is the point? Re-heated leftovers could be tasty, but they risk to have trouble competing with other dishes.

It does not have to be this way. For example, K-ON 2 was quite worthy despite its heavily derivative nature. But the CG seems stacking poorly, especially since they gave us some hope initially.

Back in September, when they admitted to making an anime, Uzupaka was announced the officially blessed main character. That strong focus was supposed to make the new series different. Sure, Shiburin and Mio Honda were in too, but supporting. But now it’s 14? And they are having 20-hour committee meetings to flesh out each of them?

Of course the new series will differ in the small, just as TRY differs by, say, having a 3-person team instead of 2-person team. For example, they need to maneuver around The Producer. He is heavily hinted by the “zeroth” and first PVs, and Chihiro (Kotori of 346PRO) even addresses him directly in the latest PV. But the latest interview claims that the CG is set in the same world with 765PRO, so they cannot borrow him as-is. And the new company is headquartered in a “castle”, not an office with masking tape on windows. But big deal. I am still very concerned.

UPDATE: Omo says “worrywart IMO”. And yeah, as Russians used to say: “everything is nothing when compared to The World Revolution”.

UPDATE HARDER: Omo followed up with a whole post. As much as I can discern, his reasoning follows thus:

I’m not sure there is any real reason to assume we’ll get a GBFT, mainly because unlike those two shows Derem@s is just a different concept to begin with.

But how exactly is it different? Only different by being made from scratch:

[…] bake a second [Turkey]. I assure you it will not be at all like leftover.

I think he demonstrated the fundamental weakness of thinking by analogy more than he did the difference between iM@S TV and iM@S CG. Okay, it is baked fresh. Not a leftover. Is it going to be any different in design? I’m leaving aside the ludicrous claim of being different in concept, which he pre-emptively demolished himself by “can’t take the idol out of IM@S”. I already mentioned the superficial differences that are inevitable. But that is not enough.

When the work is created with conviction and can stand on its own, I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.

I wish I could share the Polyanna view, but with GBF TRY is still in broadcast, the wound is too fresh.

UPDATE EVEN HARDER: “For character-driven enterprises, having very different characters necessarily means they are going to be different in a non-superficial way.”


Idolmaster Cinderella Girls 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza

November 29th, 2014 by Author

It was 3 years already? Time sure flies. There’s a lot going on in the meatspace on the occasion, but one thing that I felt the most was that Mobage permitted unverifieds to claim bonuses. Suddenly I have an overflow of idols and had to take unprecendented steps, like sell 20 Rares for Rare Medals in order to buy a Rare Medal bonus that allows to extend the line-up by 5 slots (up to 75). I already had a 10-slot dorm that’s overflowing as well. The step is unprecendented because Rares were exceedingly precious to me, having paid actual money to participage in gacha from which they fall out. But now I have several S-rares (such as the 3rd Anniversary Uzupaka, pictured).

Free trade is still closed though. Mobage is drawing a line in the sand by arranging for something called “かんたん全員”, which apparently allows to legalize and unverified account without a Japanese cellphone somehow. But I was not successful at trying to deal with it.


Denki-Gai 07-09

November 29th, 2014 by Author

As I feared, Denki-Gai no Honya-san slipped off the heights of ep.6. The tender moment of 09 is supposed to be when Kantoku threatened to rape unconscious Hio-tan. Still, it’s quite noticeable that the series works best when it turns away from the workplace comedy toward romantic comedy. And gosh, enough with the G-woman already, guys. You’re clearly unable to use her productively.

女子道とは死ぬことと見つけたり — 先生


Haibane Renmei at YouTube

November 24th, 2014 by Author

FUNi posted Haibane Renmei to YouTube, and I am enjoying a rewatch. Every time it happens, I worry that it turns out to be an obsolete anime that only became popular by accident, but no. It is still great. The animation is quite dated, of course, and it was a low-budget production to begin with. There’s no HD version. But, still great.

The magical halo is really cute. Note that it’s material, so one can, for instance, grab a Haibane by her or his halo. On the other hand, objects easily go between head and halo. At one point, Kuu puts a messenger bag on, and passes the strap under her halo.

Canonically, Haibane realize that there’s something fishy going on with their halos. The Lifestyle Diary contains a strip where Rakka sees a novelty item: a tower of levitating magnet rings, and builds analogies with the halo. She does not, however, try to check if magnets disrupt halo’s levitation or stick to halo (possibly a good thing).


Yumeka wins at comment bait

November 23rd, 2014 by Author

Name That Anime #3.


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.

UPDATE: Another odd habit that Zaku demonstrates is adding updates with a self-comment. That one is not, strictly speaking, a blogging fail. Brighter animeblogging lights are given to it, such as Omo.


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.

UPDATE: Evirus says: “It’s fine, but the turbo-dere crazy girl was the only one I really liked.” He’s got a good eye. That is her in the lower picture. But the sacred cow above is pretty decent herself, too.