Ogiue Maniax 10th Anniversary

November 19th, 2017 by Author

Congratulations! Over the years, we linked to Ogiue Maniax many times, and I just received a little scare trying to find the latest article. It was in the backups, but not on the site! Apparently, a draft was saved about Nico-Nico-niiiii, but the polemic with SDS never happened. We’d just to have to leave the readers with the old goodies.

Speaking of anniversaries, Ani-nouto started just a few months ahead of Ogiue Maniax and thus passed its 10th anniversary recenty too. If not for SDS, we’d not have even known.


Gamers ends

November 8th, 2017 by Author

Upside: Tendou’s smile that you want to protect. Downside: Too little of her, too much of Desu-desu. No real ending, either. But then some things got resolved, so it could be worse. Also, that ED track was great.

For whatever reason, I watched Gamers raw, and although the Japanese itself in it was easy enough, they were talking too much. I had to go to subs for a rewatch in places.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Possible


Jubei-chan accidental rewatch

October 31st, 2017 by Author

Crunchyroll posted Jubei-chan and I thought to give it a go, to complement J2. Completed it, went to blog, and… I have already watched it. But I had absolutely no recollection. Dementia is no joke.

This time around, I didn’t see much angst in Jubei-chan. People do what they have to do, it’s all very nice. Mikage is love as usual. The way Jubei-chan was nanohaing everyone was okay too, well played.


Daisuki is dead

October 29th, 2017 by Author

So much for the power of the incumbent that was supposed to crush independent streaming licensees like Crunchyroll. I think the last thing I watched there was One Punch Man. They managed to annoy me quite a bit by posting attractive, but premium-only shows in the last few months. But we know now that it was an act of desperation.

When BOST went belly up, it was more or less expected. Getting content was difficult for them, the studios looked at them with suspicion. But DAISUKI was supposed to be different. The studios themselves banged together to create it. But something went wrong anyway.

Interestingly, in the same final months, I sometimes saw their banner in Crunchy’s streams. I cannot quite understand what was the point to have the rights, but then give them up to Crunchy instead of showing the series themselves.

Now if only Anime Strike died too. I hate their technology and their exclusives.

UPDATE: Omo thinks that Crunchy is incumbent, because it was there before DAISUKI. And then everyone is trembling in fear of real money coming in from Netflix and Amazon. Anime is cheap, he says.


Anison is what now?

October 28th, 2017 by Author

You know that discussion, if RWBY is anime, right? I think it’s not, but… Here’s more of the same. I was watching A.I.Channel today and our virtual youtuber is singing songs from “Anison Karaoke Rankings”. I guess karaoke boxes compile the numbers of requests? And the No.5 is Supercell’s “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”. I have that track bought at Amazon, DRM-free. But wait, what? What anime was it in again? I even went to Wiki to verify. It’s not actually in any anime! Why is it “anison” again? Anison is a genre now?! Wiki has a special classification for it: “J-POP(アニメソング)”. Good grief.

UPDATE: A reader informed me that Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari is actually an ED for Bakemonogatari. So all is right with world.


Konoha of Gamers

September 8th, 2017 by Author

They rolled out a new character mid-season, Konoha, a younger sister of Miss Dried Seaweed. One thing immediately jumped out at me: her character design appears to be significantly more elaborate than Desu-desu’s, who is even in the OP sequence.

Somehow it reminded me about a letter where J.R.R.Tolkien wrote: “A new character has come on the scene (I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien): Faramir, the brother of Boromir …”.

Really would like to hear what Tensho Sato and Masami Saito have to say about it.


Gamers begins

August 20th, 2017 by Author

All aboard the ship-shipping ship shipping relation-ships! We were following a few series this season, but none were enticing enough to blog… Until Mr. Nova Jinx said at #animeblogger:

<Lupus-sol> is that animu any good?
<NovaJinx> it’s pretty crappy but in an amusing way
<NovaJinx> everyone expected it to be some run of the mill school club show with games
<NovaJinx> instead it’s a farce show with almost nothing to do with gaming
<NovaJinx> where all the characters constantly misunderstand each other and believe they’re all being cucked by others

Nothing to do with gaming? Sounds good! Within two days we gulped every available episode (6 in total). It’s excellent and rolls very smoothly. It anything, it reminds of Toradora. About the only bad thing so far is Tendou’s ears growing from her jaw.

P.S.

<zaitcev> What have you done NovaJinx
<zaitcev> https://pawoo.net/@zaitcev/34920826


A little piece of New Game

July 28th, 2017 by Author

You know how really good anime cannot be spoiled, because it’s so good that it’s impossible to spoil, right? I’m going to spoil everyone’s favourite lesbian manga, New Game, because it’s like that.

Our hero, Aoba, enters another no-holds-barred competition with her idol and mentor, Yagami. They have to produce a magazine illustration for their game, where it’s emphasized that the character wears a costume. Here’s how Aoba approaches the problem:

She starts by decomposing the task and then building from the center out. The zipper is prominent and will remain a key feature of the illustration. As she works hard for days, she adds accoutrements to the idea. She strives to show the character (who wears the costume) having fun in an adolescent world:

You can see that the rest of the world starts to encroach, even overwhelm the main character. But it looks like a natural progression from idea to implementation. Natural that is, until you see what Yagami came up with. Her illustration simple and expressive:

Needless to say, Aoba suffers a crushing defeat, and the bitterness of it will help her grow. But I’m really attracted to the way the difference between the master and apprentice is portrayed. The root of Yagami’s superiority is her ability to design the whole thing. She didn’t have to develop bottom-up, or center-out, or according to any other mediocre methodology. I saw this in engineering and programming many times, so it’s something that speaks true to me. I can’t wait to see this part in the anime.


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.