Archive for June, 2012

Omo the party animal

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Apparently, he is at AX, and there was a blogger party. I wasn’t invited.

UPDATE: Day 1.

Metanorn on Summer of 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Finding the right link was not easy on the lead page, but we have a shortcut. It opens with some lighthearted humor:

I’ll start with my obligatory remark asking why the studio is called Arms when their specialty is boobs.

Odd hate of DD2 follows though. Those people sure like beating their own path.

Also, 7 pages? Can’t tell if taking wrong cues from ad-laden websites or just being fancy. Everyone else seems to trust my ability to scroll.

Crunchy Summer

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Apparently, they shot for a bunk announcement this year, but could not tie all ends in time. So far Crunchyroll announced: Horizon 2, Chitose Gecchyu (Hanamaru redux, apparently, promises to be somewhat more wholesome than usual lolibait), Campione, So, I can’t play H (actually “I can’t get an erection” due to some kind of libido vampire gf), Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita (YKK the comedy), Natsuyuki Rendevouz, Kokoro Connect, La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia (only need a German or Russian title for trifecta), Tari Tari, and Sword Art Online. I expect Dog Days bis to join the line-up later.

UPDATE: Added Cardfight Vanduard in Asia. I just noticed that 3 more titles were pre-anounced: Total Eclipse, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and YY2. No DD2 yet.

The Idolm@ster Special aka 26

Friday, June 29th, 2012

When I saw a post at Moero Amazon, I imagined it was a BD-only episode, which it was, but somehow it also was broadcast and thus the raw made available by the usual suspects, so I could obtain the video. The “特別” (“tokubetsu”) in the title means “Special”.

Aira essentially said it all. The episode is a series of vignettes, a pure fanservice. Touma versus Takane was a surprise (spoilers!), and I did not understand why Chihaya did so poorly at karaoke initially. Let us hope that she does not train for wrong thing and ruins her actual singing performance.

Stilts on Natsuiro Kiseki

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Writing under the RC banner, Stilts comes with the following finale summary:

There was some delightful yuri shipping

Ouch… Still, they said that about Azumanga, too.

The storytelling was uneven, especially early on – we went from friends (who we hadn’t come to like yet) going at each other’s throats, straight into problems between a couple of tangentially related shoutas who popped up out of nowhere. Why, if it weren’t for all the yuri overtones they were throwing out early on, I’m afraid some of you might not have stuck it out until the good parts! That would have been a shame.

IOW, giri-giri seifu. Will watch.

Calaggie on brands in anime

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Actually, he rebranded himself as “Tom Langston”, but I still think of him as Calaggie. One way or another, he posted an observation that “real” brands started to appear in anime instead of traditional mis-spellings, such as “Pony” instead of “Sony” on TVs or cameras. I noticed it too: we have a lot of those now, and I remember the times when it was absolutely unthinkable of a real brand name or logotype to appear in anime. I am pretty certain that the floodgates were opened by Code Geass and C.C.’s famous pizza. The story of Pizza Hut assault on in-anime marketing was somewhat of big news back in 2006, so I am surprised that it bypassed Calaggie entirely.

Sena and Yozora pettanko

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

While I was frolicking in Florida, the Post Office delivered the Haganai pettanko set that I pre-ordered a few months ago. The two definitely look the money, the only issue being that they are designed to sit on a desk, not a shelf, and I have no desk space. Let me say it again: absolutely worth the price, the prettiest figures ever.

I unpacked Yozora first for some reason. Poor Sena, always shafted.

Nobar on Kokoro Connect

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

He gives it a trashing:

As far as the looks go, Kokoro Connect is like Mexican KyoAni. The character designs reek of the K-ON!-school of animation, but the quality is anything but. Body proportions are botched, and fluidity is nowhere to be seen. The background art and music both follow the trend, being so bland and insipid that it’s almost painful.

He’s not kidding about K-ON. Aping is just painful, without any almosts.

UPDATE: Sage said on #animeblogger that K-ON and KC have the same artist.

Sketchbook ends

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The last failed restart of Sketchbook was almost 4 years ago, but suddenly I finished it, thanks to the air travel. Its nature lends itself well to drone out the liberal propaganda being spewed by airport TVs. It is otherwise unbearable, even for an iyashikei, but luckily I had a copy.

Interestingly, the most normal of the bunch turned out to be Aso, despite her sock puppets and ventriloquism.

On a positive note, Kate was not as overdone and insufferable as, say, Anna Coppola of Ichigo Mashimaro. Her worst side was merely the hideous accent that Japanese associate with English speakers, but that’s something we just need to deal with (another example would be the character of Milch in Nodame LA, but not in anime). Her character teaches us all to appreciate Patty of Lucky Star more and realize how it could be much worse.

Liked: Generally not, but it had good parts
Rewatch: No

Nazo no Kanojo X 01

Monday, June 18th, 2012

For some reason, the one thing that got stuck in my mind about Mysterious Gf X was Otou‘s initial reaction (on Twitter, quoting approximately from memory): “icky trappings aside, it’s just a bad relationship, man”. He later completely recanted, so it’s not even the truth, but it kept the series on the radar, until Pixy gave it good marks. Poor Mauser was doing all the heavy-lifting ([1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]), but it was all for naught.

One way or the other, I watched an episode, generally liked what I saw, but am going to put the series aside for now (don’t even want to post “X begins”). I did not know what to expect: possibly Tsubaki and Urabe entering a magical contract and fighting some ghosts. In the event, it turned out a typical story: boy meets girl, they fuck, fall in love, and have 25 episodes of character development. The innovation here is that they kick-start things with erzatz sex instead of the normal one, but generally the anime promises to shape as an equivalent of Kimi ni Todoke, only for dirty-minded. In other words, essentially endless. Not only that, the material of school romance is starting to get to me. I can deal with something nice like Ano Natsu once in a while, but not every blessed season, please. Put some mecha into it or something, at least.

Beautiful artwork, however. And the Kamichu‘s 1980s.