Archive for November, 2008

Nodame Paris 06

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Ascaloth of RIUVA asked in passing what has happened to blogging Nodame Cantabile ~Paris-hen~ at Ani-nouto. The answer is, lack of interest happened. Although the ep.06 was rather strong by the standards of Paris-hen, and I enjoyed Chiyaki going undercover, the sequel is just not measuring up to the original, IMHO. The story is meandering and aimless. Worse, I don’t feel for the characters in the same way, they even broke Kuroki.

Also, there are better, more enjoyable shows on the air in this season.

Most likely I’m going to follow the advice of DrmChsr0 from #animeblogger and drop it. No doubt someone will e-mail with “it is just getting good! you said 06 was strong yourself!” But life is full of tough choices. Mine’s band could’ve been a sensation too, who knows.

Aria and Naruto

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

While watching ep.11, a thought has occured to me that I have seen this exact design before: two generations of three.

I am explicitly not trying to build any equivalencies between specific characters, because obviously it’s futile (although, Aika is as stupid and hiperactive as Naruto, to the letter). But the overall layout clearly is isomorphic. I wonder why.

Important comunication from SDB-sempai

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

I probably should save this:

When I rewatch Strike Witches (which, in fact, I did this morning) I never watch ep 5 and I never watch ep 7. As far as I’m concerned, neither of those episodes happened.

Roger that. The ep.05 I did not like much myself.

Brickmuppet on Rocket Girls

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The post is mostly a retelling, but here’s the summary:

We live in an age when technology is often portrayed as an implacable enemy of nature and humanity, when our young adults are coddled and infantalized as “mere children” into their late 20s and where great deeds, idealism and aspiration are looked upon with a mixture of contempt and amusement. With science and rationality portrayed as a gateway to success, young adults who ARE adults, even in the most terrifying circumstances, people of vision overcoming all manner of obstacles to achieve their dreams, and a future where the sky itself is no limit, Rocket Girls is a dynamic and enjoyable rejection of those contemptible pathologies.

Because of the appeal to the real excitement, it is important for Rocket Girls to map into real world instead of a made-up world, such as Allison and Lillia are set in.

Clone.webcomic

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

What can I say, I’m not observant. I followed doodles at Clone.blog for a while, but only noticed now that Dan has a comic too (HR 22 (笑)).

Riex, just one thing

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

After one false start (which included dumb and unfunny oneliners), the first innovative feature at OH finds its feet. Way to go, I wish I thought of it. The only missing thing is adding backlinks to posts whence the oneliners were ripped.

FRIDGE UPDATE: Just to prove that I read those things, I spotted the future running joke about the power of love.

Oh those damn comments

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The subject refers to a strip at PA, for no good reason. Or maybe it’s how comments kill bloggers? I still think that commenters made Jason Miao irrelevant (the adoration commenters lavished on him seduced him like meth and ate him from inside). Anyway, they almost got Evirus:

P.S. When are you going to have e-mail address in the “about” page?

Probably never, since last time I listed one I almost never received any interesting mail. Maybe I’ll experiment with enabling comments for a while.

I have to admit, my first thought was of SQL injection hazards. But a more relevant funny is, Karmaburn is much older and more respected site than Ani-nouto, yet Evirus is not a target of the usual whining. Remarks at Lolikit’s post also include the phrase “closed comments”, which may be even more retarded than “assault weapons”. How can the comments be “closed” when they never existed, let alone were “open” in the first place? Such sense of entitlement for having comments has no ground in reality.

What I was forced to watch… #3

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

In an intermission at the club, they were showing “Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series“. That stuff is seriously funny most of the time, IMHO. Available on YouTube (2 million views, not bad).

Washi on Allison and Lillia

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The review at Wakaranai hits the right tone in general. It is a good stuff throughout, which pains me to trim (such as the bland directon), but I would like to comment on the adventure part:

[] Allison and Lillia pulsates with light-hearted energy and tries diligently to capture the pure spirit of adventure. I struggle to think of something that works as comparison, which is funny because one of the first things that sprung to mind to describe this show was “a traditional adventure”.

Washi’s post helped me to focus on what was good in Rocket Girls: it does the same thing, only better. Look at the critique that Washi levels on A&L [1]:

The creators may have spent so much effort nailing the essence of adventure that they completely neglected the details of said escapades. In a lot of cases, the villain presence feels contrived and there are quite a few relatively glaring leaps of logic in the plot that are ignored in favour of in-the-moment suspense.

The animation and direction, however might have been just a tad bland for this kind of show. Some scenes looked really great – some of the dog fights were done very well for a tv anime. But the background art was too simple and the episode direction was boringly conventional. I’m not asking for trippy 3D camera pans or anything like that, but the direction did nothing to add atmosphere to the series. It was generally just close up, followed by another close-up etc – the minimum thought needed in getting the animation into a frame. The director is not an unknown, Nishida Masayoshi worked on Mokke recently and I recall that suffering the same blandness.

Rocket Girls often has hideous, low-budget animation, especially in the first few episodes, and most especially in 3D. But the same “pure spirit of adventure” is taken from strong writing and delivered with solid direction (we may not be talking about Shingu level impeccable direction, but even so, A&L is at the bottom of the ladder and Rocket Girls is 2/3 up).

The war-era West is the perfect choice of fictionalised setting as a time when technology and machinery still had a degree of magic to it.

Unlike the direction issue, this may be subjective, but I rather prefer the “our world” escapism that Rocket Girls use. If the creators start inventing the repulsively fake geography of a pacman-shaped continent, and let characters have adventures which cannot be had in the sane world, they open themselves to competition from works in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Even the run of the mill, mass-produced Druaga, the Tower of begins to look attractive once the real world constraints are lifted.

To sum, the problem with A&L is not that it’s bad absolutely, but that it cannot compete… So I only watched it when and until nothing better was available.

P.S. I neglected to mention that RG has no a gap: no romance there. If it’s essential in the given evaluation, it’s disqualified.

[1] I engage in selective quotation here, using critiques that I approve and discarding the rest, such as this:

It is in this that she show loses a lot of points, with characters who are supposed to be so adventurous being so gratingly nervous with each other, and with the female characters being made so cute that it sometimes seems a bit jarring.

Look, WWII was before the Sexual Revolution, in fact a whole generation before.

Crunchy Naruto or whatever

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The Twitter was on fire today with Scott The Pundit and whoerver hangs off his feed (t1, t2); they even managed to wake Gia. For some reason though, I just cannot muster enough caring about Shippuuden near-simulcast and Crunchy getting into it too. Maybe I should… Omo did, after all. But I’m just linking it here in case someone cares.