Archive for November, 2011

Mizuiro Jidai re-subbed?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The series that J.P. advocated so effectively (even though we know he just watched it for middle-schoolers having sex lol), and supposedly unabtainable, appears to be in a reissue by a true hero (obviously for the same reason, but what does it matter, as long as it’s preserved).

Idolm@ster guns for the hidden gem status

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

I noticed a rather large number of blog posts over the summer that begrudgingly admitted to enjoying The Idolm@ster TV anime. Posts like that are normal for any season, whenever expectations are set low for some reason. I remember starting my animeblogging with “I thought Naruto was just another DBZ clone, but I was greatly mistaken.” So, I did not think about saving links to these posts, and now that I seem to observe their unusual abundance, I do not have any data. Maybe I should start now? Here’s one at Altair+Vega:

In the end it’s easy to recognize that I’m being manipulated by the series into liking it, but I’m liking it so much that I hardly care.

Posted by the female half of the blog, BTW.

SDB on IS: Yes! Yes!

Friday, November 18th, 2011

While cooking lunch, I checked Chizumatic on my Kindle Fire, and Steven is giving IS a second chance.

And while I won’t say it’s great I can say that it isn’t really too awful. I’m enjoying it, and it isn’t quite as dreadful as mecha shows so often are.

Yes! My capsule entry for IS is “Sadly the best fun anime Japan still can do”. Remember Sekirei? Kampfer? This is better than either of those. Not great, but we take what we can. It’s the same verdict that Jessie delivered after one episode: “The show attempts to establish an atmosphere of sexism” (heck yes!), but “I have little doubt that, in 6 months or so, most people will have forgotten that the show even existed” (yeah). Of course, “most people” forget everything that’s not being constantly re-applied to their brains. See my research into Haibane Renmei: does the result mean that it was a “forgettable” anime? If not, the fact that “most” people quickly forget IS means nothing in itself, too [1]. I am only quoting Jessie as an example of specific sentiment, arising immediately after seeing the show.

Of course, one thing that otaku will always argue about is which of the girls in a harem show really should win. For me there isn’t any contest: it’s Charlotte.

Cecilia is arrogant and obnoxious. So is Rin. Houki is too screwed up and angsty. Laura is a psychopath. Charlotte is kind, gentle, trying hard, and quite frankly is the best looking of the bunch. (Even in drag.) And though her backstory is among the more sad, she isn’t sunk in self-pity.

Yes! Paging Dr. Mike, Dr. Mike to the courtesy telephone please! Although, as I mentioned in retrospective, IMHO Charlotte was not as dramatically superior as everyone else thought. In the “ends” bracket, I wrote: “I wish that Charlotte did not join the rest of the cockblocking gang in the end. I expected more from her [..]”. Nonetheless, the overall picture is unambiguous, and Steven’s entry sums it up.

[1] They actually animated the meta story of fans moving on into a cute OVA Rescue me, Mave-chan!. It may be that numbers of people remembering Mave-chan are larger than numbers of those remembering Yukikaze!

Omo on Chihayafuru

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Actually, I took notice after Bateszi twittered “Madhouse really are pulling out all the stops for Chihayafuru. Episode 5 was gorgeous from start to finish. Love this series.” But that’s Twitter… Now Omo explains a few things:

The coolest meta perspective is how the whole Chihayafuru-is-Japanese-heritage angle. By explaining those famous poems and their origins you get this whole-package history lesson. It transforms, in a very earnest sense, entertainment into education.

All I learned about classical music came from Nodame, right? And GA:GADC was excellent while talking about art supplies…

Anyway, Chihayafuru is a solid show. I didn’t really like the back story bit; partly because it’s a bit contrived, and partly because Chihaya is too one dimensional for someone getting most of the spotlight. The solid production carried me through, and partly with the promise of this muda-bijin returning to her post-puberty prettiness.

OK, duly noted. Not sure that I’m completely sold, but it’s on my radar now.

Upskirt shot in Dog Days

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The amusing part is, I didn’t realize there were shots like that in Dog Days until the top rotation at Chizumatic highlighted one (there was a naked princess etc., but I mean inserting panchira into action). Also, stripes? Japan, you’re so funny.

UPDATE: Steven says:

There are a couple of images of Eclair in that sequence which are a bit more explicit; I chose the one I did for the top rotation because I wanted to include something, and it was the least revealing of them.

I saw nothing.

J.P.Meyer on SDS on Haganai

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

I marked Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai as something to see at ANN back when the anime was only announced, but when it started airing, the blogging painted an unattractive picture of a second Ichizon. But I kept following it a bit, and I saw the post at Ogiue Maniax, comparing with the original manga. The only thing I carried out from reading it was that picture montages did not support SDS’ points strongly. However, I see that post being shared around now, and others read more into it. In particular, J.P. posted:

yeah, i had a similar complaint with the anime. it was like it was filled with hateable sex objects rather than awkward cute girls

Also! Twitter and Tumbler failed to kill animeblogging. Plus is making a good attempt now.

UPDATE: Now JP is getting serious (and explains the remark quoted above). Of course, the attention-getter was this:

I had watched the first two episodes (or technically, episodes 0 and 1) of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai until I raegquit it due to a presence of eXXXtreme kimoi-sity.

TL: “Kimoi” is a slang that means “nasty”, basically, although I am not certain of its ethimology. {Update: JP tweets that it likely comes from “kimochi warui”. The only such word I knew before was “hagedou“, which means “[being in] violent agreement”.}

Idolm@ster TV 18

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Ritsuko episode was as straight as arrow, and thus impossible to spoil. Tell me if you did not guess that Ritsuko had to substitute for a member of Ryuugyu Komachi. What’s strange, however, I did not feel bored about the predictability. It was a comfort food episode before another showdown with the forces of evil.

It could have gone another way. For example, potentially delicious interactions with Ritsuko’s old fans did not get a play. But it’s all right, I am satisfied anyway.

By the way, there were a few shots of Kotori in civvies.

UPDATE: Shinn.

Sagematt and Lostty on Penguin Drum

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The twittersphere speaks:

@sagematt: #Penguindrum, I’m fkin sick and tired of ur snail’s pace and last min pretentious bullshit twists.Finish already so I can go on with my life

@lostty: I really liked this week’s episode of Penguindrum. Crazy cliffhanger as per usual! I also liked the ED. So much to love!!!

Almost simultaneously, too.