Archive for March, 2009

Druaga ends

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Kuro said it for me too:

Well, all in all, a surprisingly engaging Gonzo series, just sadly ruined by another nonsense ending by Gonzo.

I finally undestood the hate of GONZO swirling around the Internet. The problem is how they paint by numbers instead of actually painting, so to speak. Utu’s proposal to Fatina was just a brilliant illustration to something that sounded good at a planning meeting. It refers to (ridiculously obscure) source material first. It refers the scary story. And finally, it refers to the ep.01 of Druaga:Aegis where everyone who wants to get married dies. Kickass, right? I can just see someone at GONZO thinking: “this is exactly how they build humour in every other anime, why doesn’t it work for us?”

Another frustration is how Druaga wasn’t all that bad. The first half had too much filler, but it was fine otherwise. So, in a sense, GONZO is attempting to assume the mantle of GAINAX. But the thing is, Kare Kano, Mahoromatic and Evangelion were great minus the endings; Druaga wasn’t great. It’s surprisingly engaging to Kuro because nobody expects GONZO to produce anything watcheable anymore.

I managed to watch anime for 20 years without a care about the studio. Never knew, never cared. But I cannot afford it anymore. From now on, GONZO is on the black list.

Liked: Yes, at first. And then GONZO blew everything.
Rewatch: No.

P.S. It’s ironic how I could not complete Strike Witches, which is a better show than Druaga. The irritation with the crotch shots was steadily building from the start, and then ep.5 happened. It’s all to the better.

P.P.S. Druaga has two wonderful OPs. Typical.

Shin on Idolm@ster SP

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Shin is unbelievably pervy and I feel unnerved linking to stuff like this:

Probably the best part of the interactions occurs when things get physical. You’re then allowed to touch your idol when prompted, and in case you’re wondering, yes you can actually cope a feel, although be prepared to face the consequences. For the most part, Yayoi doesn’t seem to mind having her delicious flat chests kneaded (´・ω・)つ(・(・ other than just being flustered. I just got an erection typing that out.

I suppose my problem is, I project onto the game too much and this is not the way I handle my women and/or employees IRL. I must be one of those types who go postal after playing GTA.

Anyway, it’s an incredibly useful article as far as gameplay is concerned. On the upside, I’m convinced that I can handle the required Japanese. On the downside, there’s this stuff with keeping appointments:

Lessons consist of minigames that vary in difficulty, although you may skip this process altogether by returning at a later date, after putting your PSP to sleep mode. Convenient, but unreliable, since punctuality determines the results, where being late by even a couple of seconds could determine between a good and bad outcome.

My life has too many distractions to play games like this. Heck I cannot find 15 minutes free to do levels in Kanken.

CKS on Sorakake

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

It’s a new anime blog, and I helped it to start, in a way. Chris wrote up a small opinion piece on Sorakake that I requested. In it, he’s making bold forward-looking statements to allay some of my concerns that Moogy stoked.

Toradora ends

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I’m not sure if I like the Ami end. Honestly, I didn’t understand it.

Otherwise, great show for a romcom. I think… I completely lost my bearings in the post-Nanoha age. I see the quality, but I don’t have the gut feel for it.

Liked: Yeeees
Rewatch: Maybe, although clearly it’s no Shingu

FRIDGE UPDATE: Kurogane explains. The problem is, I’m not fluent, so I usually pause and look up words in the Wordtank. But in this case I was disturbed as she rambled on about love, friends, knowning, etc. and was concerned that she’d do something rash, so I did not try to actually translate what I heard.

Nanoha GamerS

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

For all the damage Nanoha dealt to my mind, I still laugh at Damien’s handiwork maniacally. Fisto! He’s a real Shamus Young of anime.

DiGiKerot on K-ON

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Beta-Waffle:

KyoAni’s latest effort – a 4-panel adaptation K-On! – I can’t really imagine making the kind of impression that Lucky Star did. Lucky Star had something of a common base with those watching in that such a large part of humour was so otaku-centric. Whilst attempting to form a band without an ounce of musical ability isn’t exactly an unusual occurrence, I can’t really say it’s something that particularly resonates with me – It could be the funniest show in the world, but I doubt it’d click with me even if it was. I’m sure the show will sport KyoAnis usual stellar production values, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.

My pet idea about K-ON is that it would be awesome as a reprise of Manabi, which turned upon the titanic struggle of the 4+1 main girls to save their festival. Usually when a director wants to highlight characters at such level, he has to resort to robust violence, tragic love, robots with drills, end of the world, or a combination of them. One thing about Azumanga was that while it had well developed characters, they were not challenged; everything was pastel colored. But the fury of the conflict in Manabi allows to paint everyone in primary colors.

It would be terrific if K-ON took such route under a competent director. Of course I say that without having an inkling about the 4koma. Most likely another Hidamari Sketch will come out, I cannot know. It’s just the similarity of the premise where girls band together to save their club is what strikes me.

As for Lucky Star, I liked the most its non-otaku parts, like the ghost visit. I would not say that I cried like a baby, but it was close.

Aroduc on Spring 2009

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

It’s somewhat different view than Hashi-hime’s, because of knowledge of the original source, from the gamer roots and access to manga. I have no foggiest idea if Jump is any “less abhorrent” than anything.

Unlike Aroduc, I don’t think that “newbie director” is necesserily bad. RahXephon had a newbie director, and it turned out better than Evangelion. You never know.

Stellvia trivia

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

A random link of the day made me notice that Fujusawa city includes Katase area (same kanji as in the show). The Wikipedia article also lists Machida nearby. Googling further, Kazamatsuri and Kayama are train stations in Odawara city, a little further west.

They are all in it together!

The remaining vaguely Japanese names are Takida, Otoyama, Kusanagi (possible location in Shizuoka, even further south-east), Shirogane, (Ritsuo) Shoujin, and a couple of episodic characters.

Totali on Maria+holic finale

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Subculture:

I’m going to be completely honest here. Maria Holic was a disappointment. Not that the show was terrible by any means, but I was hoping for so much more from a Shaft production. What I was expecting from this series was a whacky show based around a lesbian and a trap; What I got was an almost cliched school life comedy, that just happened to have a raging lesbian and trap (who didn’t even have that much screen time overall) in it. Even after 12 episodes, we got absolutely nowhere in this show. Sure, it could be argued that several of Shaft’s other shows follow a similar pattern, but Holic wasn’t exactly set up to be a purely episodic series. I could have lived with this, if it wasn’t for the fact that each episode wasn’t even that funny. I think I chuckled once per episode on average, which is an all time low for any Shaft comedy I’ve watched. And when each episode could be summarized in a couple of sentences, as these “jokes” dragged on for 20 minutes a week, it wasn’t exactly easy to feel enthused.

Not sure what “several other Shaft’s shows” he refers to. Hidamari Sketch, perhaps, but that’s not “several”. But regarding not going anywhere, I know of another show just like that: the original Hanaukyo Maid Tai. Later, it received a shitty extension (which also went nowhere), and a full-on remake (which did go somewhere just fine). But that was then, and this is now. I expect a second season, and then it petering out like Minami-ke.

UPDATE: He twits “Zetsubou Sensei (2 seasons + OVA), Pani Poni Dash, Negima!? (which wasn’t appreciated because of the way it adapted). That’s three.” Oh yes, those. I heard about Negima.

Hashi-hime on Spring 2009

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

48 series. Quite a few catch the eye. The K-ON may be another Manabi (from Kyoto-Ani instead of UFOtable), Queen’s Blade (another Sekirei, possibly), Natsu no Arashi may be something like a swapped Kurau, and more. In any other time I would be quite excited about such a full season.