Archive for December, 2010

Choux on K-ON

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Here’s a cute entry:

Subject: Addicted to K-on

I don’t really think that I can say that I LIKE it. But for some reason, I just can’t seem to pull myself away from this show. Seriously. Every time I set out to do something, I find my mouse gently hovering towards the K-on!! folder. Why? [..] Is it because I’m secretly in love with Tsumugi?

lelangir: I think it means that you’re human.

Baka-Raptor: I think it means that you’re a pedophile.

Choux: Strictly speaking, Mugi’s older than me. Therefore, she is the pedophile, not me.

Baka-Raptor: Ah yes, I keep forgetting that the porn star of the blogosphere is still a kid.

He obviously meant “porn queen”, not “porn star”.

Aroduc finds Yamakan

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The Fractale section in Aroduc’s 2011 Winter preview sums Yamakan’s career thus:

The main notable things are that this is the second of three shows Okada is writing for this season and that the director’s said he’ll quit if it fails, which is less of a threat than one might think since he’s only actually fully directed one series (Kannagi) and was already kicked off another for sucking (Lucky Star).

Recently Yamakan was more known for his off-screen antics, such as pouring a pan of wash-off at K-ON and its fans. WAH even dedicated a comic to his pointifications. Basically, he never learned from his mistakes and it’s not him who sucks, it’s the viewers who are undeserving of his genius. NoitaminA is a logical place for him.

Speaking of NoitaminA, someone at #animeblogger pithily defined it as “a [dedicated] channel for Japanese stoners”. Some of its fare is rather good, e.g. Kuragehime. I am going to keep an open mind and give Yamakan one last-last chance to get promoted from “useless blowhard” to “pretentious prick” [1]. I am not going to fogive him the bashing of K-ON fans even if Fractale comes out outstanding.

[1] I am bad at English swear words and I have to learn them. For example, one important moment of my education transpired when my daugher, then 9 or 10, shared how her classmate used “spoiled rotten egg” because official swear words were verbotten in class. “Pretentious prick” I heard applied to Mamoru Oshii, who, as I understand, never even was as nasty as Yamakan, just pretentious in his anime directing and somewhat condescending. UPDATE: J.P. twitters: “i probably wouldn’t even go as far to call oshii “pretentious”. probably just “indulgent”.”

Courage Facepalm

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I did not know that Coburn was blogging (via).

JP on 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The article made me ROFL, and also made some good points. Sure we can disagree about some things, but I have no quarrel with:

So all in all, I think that 2010 was a weaker year than usual (due primarily to the huge number of sequels to shows I didn’t care about the first time, and not because of lolipedo moeshit), but it partially made up for things by being a REALLY good year for comedies. There were probably a half-dozen comedies that I watched this year that I genuinely laughed at. Most years struggle to get a single one.

and

The IT’S OK IF I’M THE DEVIL Memorial Award for AWESOMENESS, best action anime, and best OVA: Cat Shit One
OMG OMG OMG THE FUCKING BUNNIES ARE KILLING THE FUCKING SHIT OUT OF FUCKING EVERYONE OMG OMG OMG OMG

and

Most unnecessary spinoff: Ookami-san
There’s the original book series, the Swedish movie series, and an upcoming Hollywood adaptation. Did we really also need an anime version?

(The last was too obscure for me, I must admit, even though I wrote a fanfic once that stole from “Terroristena” (The Terrorists) by Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall. I am almost ready for the big leagues of anime scriptwriting at J.C.Staff.)

And of course there was more, way more where this come from.

CKS on Lucky Star

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

There was comparison in the article about SYD:

The 4-koma base of the show was very distinct [in SYD]. However, it somehow worked for SYD when before it totally didn’t work for me in Lucky Star (I bounced off LS because I could practically see the strip boundaries).

Rewatching Lucky Star makes me think it was somewhat underappreciated during its run. Perhaps Haruhi set the expectations wrong, and then Yamakan’s direction of the first 4 episodes was no help. Still, I can hardly credit the notion that borders of 4koma strips were any less noticeable in Seitokai Yakuindomo. Consider ep.12 (which I rewatched recently for Kotomi’s interview): 1. Aria walks down the hall, 2. Aria complains how her shoulders get stiff (her chest is too big), 3. suddenly her weight is lifted (I thought her bra snapped), 4. but no, Aria’s bust rests on Suzu’s head. End of the segment! How about it?

UPDATE: Omo comments by invoking the ghost of Azumanga that started it all almost a decade ago. Also, he equals Lucky Star‘s hype with appreciation. Sure, Kadokawa’s hype machine was running full steam, but fans were decidedly split. Some even recoiled at the hype. And then there was Lolikit’s conversion.

The Anti-TAF or the TAF-Next

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

John mentioned that a bunch of holdings such as Geneon and Media Factory “have announced plans” to set up an alternative event at Makuhari Messe event center in Chiba, across the bay from Odaiba, on the same date. This is taking things beyond the mere boycott and makes them interesting. I visited TAF the next year after it established the public day (I think 2007 was the first year), and I’m curious if the execs of “the industry” can be trusted to turn to fans. Oh perhaps even do more than was done at old TAF. I did not feel like TAF was all that interesting (no fan cosplay? please), but if they pull off a decent con in Chiba, I may be game to visit, say, in March 2012. They can do worse than consult organizers of AX for a template.

IKnight rides again

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

tl;dr (ok, I lied: I did mostly read it, but I’m too unfamiliar with the material to comment)

Don on Katanagatari

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The man of excquisite taste pushes Katanagatari like mad, and succeeds: I’m sold.

Initially, Katanagatari seems formulaic: find the sword that gives the episode its name; learn the history of the sword’s owner; get the sword. Then comes episode four, in which we get to know Shichika’s frail and terrifying sister Nanami a little better. (Those poor, pathetic, murderous ninjas — they never had a chance.)

ANN says that every episode has its own ED theme.

Hayase on Yamato movie

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Cute Proxy turns to classics and fortunately this time it is not some Eva movie or Haruhi movie that I can’t stand anymore:

In spite of the nicely done animation, the movie started veering into boring territory half-way. A major culprit was the choice of music for the battle scenes. Most. boring. music. ever. They should learn from LOGH on how to make things exciting with classical music. Another one was the dialogue and voice acting. It felt monotonous. Or maybe lifeless. As for the story, the premise started out okay. But sometime after the Amarl fleet that was helping Yamato got destroyed, I stopped caring. Yamato this, Yamato that. Yeah, right. What happened to the other ships? The fighters? Only one survivor in a plane crash and conveniently it’s Kodai’s daughter?? It makes the sudden revival of a supposedly dead character in the original Yamato not so unbelievable. I was now missing the silliness of the original Yamato. This movie took itself too seriously, where’s the fun in that? They spent all that money on the gorgeous visuals, but this movie has no soul.

Ouch.

My disappointment in this movie notwithstanding, I am still looking forward to the live-action version of Space Battleship Yamato.

Right, I was just thinking about that, too.

Aorii on Moribito

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

An unnecessarily spoiling review at Major Arcana finds deficiencies:

[..] what comes out is a vividly imaginative fantasy adventure that falls only one aspect short of ‘epic’.

[..] In the end, what I felt Seirei no Moribito lacked was scale. It failed to expand the scope after the initial focus to bring its characters life, and as a result it limited, if not completely downplayed, the impact of its climactic buildup and final resolution.

Personally I don’t think a failure to expand was even there, but here it is. The hive mind struggles to define what it was that Moribito lacked for success, which it clearly had in sights.

P.S. The climax was certainly climatic though… It dealt with climate.