So, who do you hate the most in Love Live?

September 12th, 2014 by Author

Twitter strikes again, this time with Evirus’ “everyone hates that one Love Live girl” and subsequent evasion. At first I suspected that it was his way to finger Nico for being a definite ballast (above, on the left). But on second thought, perhaps he did not mean anyone in particular. Trolling for admissions, so to speak.

My least favourite character is Nozomi (above, on the right). She thinks she knows it all, and it’s immensely irritating, especially in the case of taming of Eli in ep.8. The creators of Love Live made things go her way, but in real life it would not be a given.


Digiboy on Barakamon

September 12th, 2014 by Author

Twitter has killed animeblogging so much that Otou himself prefers carp about LL on Twitter over blogging it at SOS. His co-blogger Digiboy is left to carry the animblogging flag with a post “Barakamon is FUNNY” (capitalization is original):

Nevermind “mai daughteru” longing, fujoshi fun, or the legendary critic punch-out. Artistic introspection, likable characters, and a nice feel are just icing on the fact that Barakamon is really, really funny. It nails fish-out-of-water, broad slapstick, timing, character interactions–basically, everything it goes for, it nails. I won’t say every joke works, but every episode works on the whole. All the elements feed into one-another naturally, but at its core, the fact that it’s so funny gives it the boundless likability it exudes at all times.

Indeed. Humour was not my focus, as my personal favourite part is the character interaction. The rival segment was particularly well done. But since Barakamon is endless (manga is ongoing), Digiboy’s focus is more conductive to care-free enjoyment.


Meanwhile, on Twitter

September 7th, 2014 by Author

DiGiKerot screencaps his One for All gameplay with a camera:

In addition to being tall (as he observed), Leon also has a kanji spelling, “玲音”, and an intense heterochromia. She sure looks the Kuroi’s idol part, with raw power, even menace. Here goes the hook for new iM@S anime (after the Cinderella Girls). BTW 1, she’s voiced by Minori Chihara. BTW 2, “真剣に” means “seriously”.

In entirely unrelated news, someone else visited Googleplex and spied a poster for Google Anime Club:

Two things came to mind seeing that. One, how strangely mild the line-up is. Monogatari is the only title that might appeal to a stoner. But Idolmaster TV? Too unoffensive. I remember the time when Googleplex emptied out for Burning Man. But now it looks like anime enthusiasts at Google are responsible parents of three.

Two, they use a paper poster at the freaking Google. But come on. I imagined that a social life of a Googler were in an Android app. Maybe a xxxdar styled app for the locality. Project the poster to a Google Glass display, perhaps. But it appears that even the mighty Google is unable to create software that does the job of a piece of paper.


Love Live begins

September 6th, 2014 by Author

DiGiKerot, a man of respectable taste, liked the original Love Live and loved the sequel. That kept it on my radar. However he admitted to thematic concerns. Also, Evirus was less enthusiastic with a pithy “interesting traits, uninteresting people”. So, it took IRC (see the sidebar?) to prompt action:

<zaitcev> Ah, yes, it’s Love Live. God help you slowking if it turns out having thematic concerns.
<slowking> it does
<zaitcev> aww
<slowking> already warned
<slowking> i had a good time laughing at it
<slowking> i actually want to hear your reaction to nico
<slowking> but she doesn’t appear til episode 5

And so.

It’s a pretty smooth sailing in the beginning. The people are all right. For example, they have an exact equivalent of Mio from K-ON, only not partnered to a retard moe type. The president is duly impressive: I saw her watching the concert and could not help asking what was she thinking. Maki Nishikino, a bona fide talent, is another early favourite.

BTW, A-RISE’s choreography was more impressive than AKB48 or AKB0048. It’s a great yardstick for the μ’s. Would even be if they were real.


Omo on Locodol

August 27th, 2014 by Author

If anything, he’s even more positive than other bloggers:

The result … was for at least a couple weeks I had to really pick and choose what I watch on a Thursday – that’s often the last day I can watch anime freely (as weekend meant partying it up somewhere) and for all of my backlog, I have consistently went to Locodol as the show of choice.

I want to think that is a ringing endorsement for Locodol. The cute show is surprisingly educational and it really does a great job managing my expectations. That is, I didn’t expect much to begin with, and still don’t. In that sense Locodol is even thematically consistent – who expect much of local idols anyway? Turns out the anime about local idols educate you as much about them, and is surprisingly competent and enjoyable, just like a good local idol act.

Surprisingly educational? Actually.. Yes! In surprising ways though.

One really odd thing that I noticed about my Japanese colleagues is that they still record TV broadcasts. It is really unthinkable in this post-TiVo age, but it’s a fact. They do not use VHS anymore: it’s usually some kind of rewriteable optical disk like DVD-RAM. Still, they set a timer by hand. The most advanced technology available to them was portayed in Carnival Phantasm: a DVD recorder that can also save video to a built-in hard drive. Nonetheless, it’s manually controlled (by the hapless Rin with Archer’s help). I even came to think that TiVo was outlawed in Japan.

Well, come 2014 and Locodol 08 introduces… a DVR! It is still a “crazy thing” to the poor locodol, but it exists and is within the means of a middle class family (possibly barely). The things you learn about Japan from anime.

BTW, I prefer Yama no Susume this season. Its iyashikei power is far greater that of Locodol.


Steelbound on Hanayamata

August 26th, 2014 by Author

Is not enamoured:

Did I miss a memo where it was decided that series involving cute girls doing cute things would redefine cute to mean annoying? I was so set to enjoy this series – Madhouse animation of a visually interesting topic combined with a fluffy, probably heart-warming story – because it couldn’t possibly miss. Except it did. Annoying characters and annoying vocal performances by a couple of the seiyuu started this anime in a serious tailspin that the lack of actual dancing just exacerbated. I tried to hold on, hence giving it six episodes, but it was a very painful six episodes.

Hanayamata ended in suspension at Ani-nouto as well, after 3 episodes. We don’t have a problem with its voice acting. Instead, we chose to get irked by the diamond-shaped eyes. More importantly, however, the way Yaya defined big problems of little girls seemed overwrought, and the rest was uninteresting. When Student Council entered action, it was our cue to cut the losses.


SDB on Locodol

August 21st, 2014 by Author

While scanning quickly to add more boobies to the top rotation… he finds:

Locodol was a complete waste of time. Not for me; I got 56 grabs out of it. But I can’t imagine anyone watching it and wanting to finish it. “Locodol” is short for “Local Idol” and the idea is that there’s kind of a farming system for idols, where individual towns have locodols, and the good ones get to move up to the big time as they establish themselves, or something kind of like that.

Emphasis mine.

It’s one thing not to like a series, but to deny that someone could like it goes one step too far. I thought AsoIku and Mouretsu were disappointing, but I can imagine someone liking them.

Certainly, Locodol lacks a tightly sprung plot, heart-wrenching drama, astonishing visuals. But the girls are nice and cute, and that counts for something, right? I can imagine someone focusing on that.


Yama no Susume S2 is suspended at Crunchyroll

August 16th, 2014 by Author

The only information thus far (apparently mentioned in a Reddit AMA at unknown URL):

lugiamania_CR 31 points 5 hours ago [On around July 18 — Author]
The contract details are not quite finalized, but we wanted to clear the rights to at least get the first episode out so we wouldn’t have to delay the whole series. We try our best to provide as much information as we can regarding delays, but sometimes we are contractually bound until everything is signed and stamped.

The season 2 comes out with 13-minute episodes, which means a dramatic upgrade in storytelling capacity. But the first thing they did with it was to run a story arc for 3 new episodes.

Dear Evilest Chairman Kadokawa or whoever, please stop depriving us from the cute.


Dog Days season 3 is coming

August 15th, 2014 by Author

(h/t @vivio_t)

It’s anybody’s guess if they want to get back on track after the filler season 2. I bet they won’t. It’s going to be more nonsense, like extensions of the original Hanaukyou Maid Tai, or what the heck, Zero no Tsukaima.

In a funny coincidence, the 2015 Winter season is going to run The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, Kantai Collection the animation, and DD3. That’s packed.


Steelbound on Studio Ghibli

August 12th, 2014 by Author

In which he demonstrates a superior knowledge of the subject (not sure about the merits of his recommendations, but). Even explains the origins of the “Goro Miyazaki is using computers to destroy anime” meme — it’s Ronia.