Humanity Has Declined

May 2nd, 2016 by Author

We picked the Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashta (“Jintai“) mostly as a change-of-pace anime, and it didn’t disappoint: it’s quite unusual. I knew that it wasn’t going to be a CGDCT, but the available spoilers were somewhat misleading. I expected social commentary, but it turned out more of an absurdist fantasy. It does load up on social satire somewhat heavily in the first arc, but lays off that in the later arcs, of which there are perhaps 5 or 7, depending how you count.

One other thing Jintai is not is comedy. To be sure, it can be funny in places. But it’s also somewhat dark. Of course, a “dark comedy” exists as a thing, but again it’s not quite what this is.

The main character plays a dominant role and she helped the enjoyment a lot. Once again, she’s not "my type", yet somewhat I find her easy to live with. Watashi may be cynical, but also surprisingly kind to us lesser life forms. It’s interesting that she’s excessively intelligent, but because the humanity is in the final stages of a terminal decline, finds a job as a civil servant. It would be a big waste in a less absurd series. For me, the main character was the key to the success. Nobar chose to pay attention to other elements:

For being adapted of a rather marginal audience LN Jintai packs pretty serious production values. The audiovisual execution is very good across the board, and the production crew has done a good job at building a light but somewhat sorrowful atmosphere befitting the theme of the humanity’s slow death. Now, I’ve been disappointed by Kishi Seiji’s directing a couple times in the recent past, but in the case of Jintai I must admit his style of standing on the thin red line between drama and comedy worked very well.

I have to say, the OP was quite catchy and I opened a few epiodes by not skipping it. Miyuki Sawashiro kills as Y (actual character name). She plays her more like Seo-sempai of Nozaki and less like Perrine of SW.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Possible


Loot

April 21st, 2016 by Author

Recently, I find myself watching less than in the past, spending a lot of time playing games and reading manga. Funny how that works.

Right to left: GA:GADC vol.7 (final, I think), Tomo-chan vol.2, Galko vol.1.


KonoSuba begins

April 10th, 2016 by Author

I didn’t mean to post the “begins” bracket after just 1 episode. Konosuba 01 is not great enough to be sure that it stays. However, I dimly remember some kind of discussion in comments at Chizumatic {lost URL}, where Aqua was compared to Belldandy, and I wish to comment on that. Although it is true that the structure of their entrapment is the same, the import on the story is very different. Belldandy did nothing to deserve it, and that soured me on AMG right off the bat. But in case of Aqua, her predicament is karmic, in terms of character dynamics. In addition the divine mandate is different: Aqua is only stuck with the dude for the duration of the quest. Anyhow, the installation episode worked and the story is off to a satisfactory start.


The Asterisk War suspended

April 10th, 2016 by Author

Although The Asterisk War rehashes the elements that made Infinite Stratos, Kampfer TV series, and the original Sekirei so enjoyable, it is also set in a Railgunesque dystopia. I don’t have the energy for this. But I did finish whole 10 episodes, which constitute the opening arc.

The pad-anime.txt says gives the referrer credit to Evirus, but on re-reading of his post I don’t quite see why: it’s not a ringing endorsement. CKS was more complimentary.


GATE begins

April 2nd, 2016 by Author

Some people were hinting that there was some kind of anti-Americanism in there, but I didn’t need to worry: it’s as pure as NIPPON STRONK as promised, and rolls very easily so far. It certainly has a potential to fall apart, but it haven’t happened yet. The characters are quite nice and I’m quite enjoying my time with them, even Pen’ya and Risa. This really is the key ingredient that makes this anime tick.

I noticed that a few bloggers tended to take GATE more seriously than they perhaps should have. Doing that is just wrong, and even has a potential make one self-identify as a blind ideologue.

UPDATE:

As to anti-Americanism, that peaks in episodes 9 and 10 of the first series.

Pfft. There wasn’t any, essentially. Not to the extent of Read Or Die.


Rokka

March 30th, 2016 by Author

I didn’t watch a mystery anime since Hyouka, and god knows for how many years before that, so Rokka was a bit new. It leaves an impression of an Agatha Cristie novel, only moefied by the Japanese, as well as made flashy for a teen audience. The solution to the mystery is of a dubious quality: the explanation makes sense, but how they arrived to it insults the viewer’s intelligence. And that is even complately separate from the ending, which is OreTata and a riot of hilarity. Too bad that the whole thing is spoilerable.

Liked: Kinda, despite all the stupidity.
Rewatch: Naah, it’s a dalliance.


Galko manga

March 29th, 2016 by Author

I might have created too high expectations and Mr. Brickmuppet is not entirely impressed. Although I seem to recall he used to same reaction for Midori no Hibi too, which went down as a rousing success later.

Meanwhile, Sage attracted my attention to the original source manga, available at SenManga. Here’s a spoiler:

The page corresponds to a skit in 02, where Otako digs her own grave. She starts another conversation about toilets and segues to male and female anatomy. I strongly suspect she only does it in order to enjoy Galko’s embarrassed reactions. But as she is forced to explain, she gets embarrassed herself in a karmic retribution. Just as she finds a way to escape, Ojou crushes her with “あー、子宮かぁ”. I have to say, hear Minami Takahashi say that really enrichens the experience, but manga got it perfectly. Look how Ojou is outside the picture because Otako habitually forgot about her, and only appears in the last frame to stab her.

As you can see, anime script follows manga quite literally, but its designs are different in parts. Someone sure didn’t want to animate every strand of Galko’s hair. By the way, I do not see a manga styled in “color pencil” often.


Tomo-chan and mis-translation

March 26th, 2016 by Author

We do not consider it justified to complain about translation here often, especially when the original is easily available, but just for today, take a look at this:

Humitan’s Jun says, “俺達。。。このままずっと。。。こんな風に。。。”, or approximately, “If we stayed this way forever”. The LLS’ Jun says, “You know… It’d be really nice… If we could…”. If we could what?

The problem is, Jun is addressing the central conflict of the manga. You’d think a remark of such importance would’ve been given a due care.

For an additional historical context, Tomo-chan was scanlated by Masterscans, who were more quality oriented, but did not bother to update too often. So, Love Live Scanlations set up a competing scanlation that updates within hours of new strip being posted. Obviously, something had to give.


JIDOSHA.CO.MX

March 21st, 2016 by Author

It was a while since BULMA and “Akina Speed Stabs”. Here’s a visitor from south of the border and the interesting part is not the car (Nissan March) or the driver (more of an Apple fan than anime fan), but that they have a dealership chain down there called “JIDOSHA”. Hopefuly the locals do not pronounce it “Yiedosskha”.


Galko is anime of the season

March 20th, 2016 by Author

The art is so beautiful. But the titular character is what makes Galko so enjoyable. I love in particular how innocent she is. Galko has far too many other good qualities as well, bordering on Mary Sue in fact. But when comparing this to, say, Watamote, what do you rather watch? To experience? So what if it’s a little bit too feel-good, a little unrealistic?

Supporting charactes are great too, and not only the two sidekicks (pictured). Take for example, bit parts such as Nikucci, the queen of meat. Some of them are even given surprisingly deep moments, like when Chara is at karaoke with his girlfriend and cannot stop thinking about Galko.

The only thing that I find disappointing is how Ojou is made to hover outside of the conversation. The anime itself plays with it very explicitly, so it is an intentional design. But is it really necessary? It’s a rather minor gripe though.

I only watched 10 episodes (getting Galko for free at Crunchyroll), but I am certain that it can maintain its quality.

UPDATE: Let me guess: “titular” is either not a word, or means something different in English than a character whose name is in the title. So, Steven hints at a pun on “titties”. What did I win?

UPDATE: Pixy suggests "eponymous", which does sound more suitable indeed.