Archive for March, 2014

Zvezda ends

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The ending would be very confusing if I were still trying to figure out what the heck was even happeing, but fortunately I gave up. Unfortunately though, this leaves me with little material for reflection. So… things happened… there was some fighting and conquesting… but nobody [of consequence] died… while our lovebirds [big spoilers redacted — Ed.]. The End.

Around ep.8, I got so interested in seeking the resolution to our Romeo and Juliet setup, that I started watching at Daisuki, which shows ad-supporting streaming without a week’s delay. And it was resolved, by complete de-cerebusing, in penultimate episode. Okay, I’ll buy that.

At least it was a pretty anime.

Liked: okay
Rewatch: Nope

Omo-sempai! OTZ orz …

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Or maybe more like this:

(Actually I haven’t even completed reading, the post is far too long to finish it at work.)

UPDATE:

For lights, I did have a KB on me because ultimately I don’t have enough UOs. While I stayed away from it on day one, I noticed there were a ton of people using it anyway, so it emboldened me to use it on day 2. For those of you who are unfamiliar with IM@S, the concerts actually “forbid” you to use AAA, AA or LR20-powered lights. Nobody was enforcing this, but most Ps adhere to this. In the end it was still kind of annoying as way too many songs require using multiple sticks. I’m just not well-practiced enough to handle them. I remember busting out all 13 lights for the first two songs and realized quickly that it’s foolish LOL. Yeah, I ended up dropping one and my next-door neighbor picked it up.

I also dropped a light on day two, when I was only using 6 lights for the first two songs. So go figure. I recommend no more than 8 if you want to just have a good o’ time doing it. It doesn’t matter if you are using i-lights or normal v2 penlights. In some ways the v2 lights are an easier grip because there’s more contact area and it’s easier to space the lights within the same two fingers than the i-Lights.

Is this great or what?

35. Sora (Juri…and everyone)

You wouldn’t know this is the last song of the medley because Juri just stands on center stage as if she owns it. Being the one song she performs all the time, she’s gotten quite good at it, I think.

I could swear to anything that Kotori has 2 sonds now (not even counting ID:[OL]), but I cannot remember what the other one is… Wiki suggests that she has 3 more!

19. ALRIGHT* (Azumin)

OKAY! A 765Pro song to restore order, because this crazy-butt CG music was only fun for so long. Little did we know this version of ALRIGHT* is so powerful because Azumin teared up for a good chunk of the second stanza. In fact, she was on the edge of it in the first stanza. Needless to say everyone called out her name during that giant gap. I sure did because her half-tearing, half-happy face is so compelling!

Oh good grief. What if she tried to sing Koi?!

29. HELLO!! (Tomatsu Haruka)

OMG OMGOMGOMGOMGOMOGMOGMOGOGMOG.

When the light came on from the main stage I was not quite sure what the hell was going on, other than that we have a new person. And would else could it have been? Haruka Tomatsu has a very recognizable profile because her body proportions are really weird. She walked up with the backup dancers across the cat walk and then I was like, OMG it’s the REAL DEAL. As if the recognizable face on the jumbotron hasn’t confirmed it, anyway. […]

Oh my tears of myrth!

And this:

Since I returned from the trip I started playing Million Live. It’s a dumb game; don’t play it.

Two things: 1) I’m wondering if he managed to do it without a Japanese cellphone, because Gree cut me off, and 2) ohhhhh yessss.

UPDATE: Regarding the sempai/kouhai thing, I thought Omo was blogging before Ani-nouto started. He managed to lose his archives and changed domain since then, so it’s not like the unwavering presence of Karmaburn, but the first link at Ani-nouto was in June 2007, to omo.serenana.info.

Is this the best season or the worst?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Brickmuppet prompted me to consider the score and remarkably this season is one of the busiest at Ani-nouto in years. After the Nanoha disaster, we would typically follow 1 (one) simulcast or fansub, and dillute it with a batch, possibly adding a rewatch. Not so in 2014 Winter. When the season opened, we dragged a patchy collection of hung series:

  1. Shikabane Hime Aka: seen 2.5, still waiting for the “fully awesome” that Evurus promised.
  2. The Third: seen 5, hung on Netflix not delivering DVDs. Bastards.
  3. The big Gurren-Lagann rewatch project: seen 15, up to recap and timeskip. In recent years I got to rewatching the post-timeskip on it only. The amazing, astonishing epicness of it was the reason. God! Just think of Simon saying “if that is really true… then why are you wearing this ring?”… or Lord Genome: “I know I have no right to act like your father, but you’ve done well, Nia”, and Nia replies: “Thank you, father”. And that ending! So at some point I decided to revisit the first 15 episodes, which are now but a foundation. The project was a success, but not blogged (until now).

But when simulcasts started happening, they swept all that aside. The roster is:

  1. Silver Spoon 2: This is the one where I previewed 10 seconds of next episode at Crunchy. The Moyashimon that I wanted and never got. Heck, no, 10 times better! And it’s as wide in its scope as the masterpiece-class anime are. Sometimes I tweet that I only watch it to take screencaps of beautiful Tamako. Or look how Omo pinned the implicit gender-swap on Hachiken, it’s a riot.
  2. Gundam Build Fighters: The most gundamnest of all Gundams, teaching the burning passion to the world through its characters, it’s what every true fan wanted while suffering through 00. It may, in fact, be the best Gundam ever. Of course, 08th MS Team is still the greatest military classic, but this is different. Oh yeah, it is. [Is this just me or Sunrise made amends for that other Aina? — Ed.]
  3. Zvezda: Now that it discarded all the dumbcom and excuted the best Cerebus turn in years, it teases a promise of greatness. The Romeo and Juliet angle is what keeps me in.
  4. Chuunibyou REN: Remember how Mahoraba made craziness cute and fluffy and ef made craziness stoic and tragic? This is a credible attempt at something in that vein as well.
  5. S.Y.D. S2: The crass entertainment at its best. Was filed into “I can’t believe I’m still watching this” drawer a few times, but there’s just something odd about it that makes it different from “Girls High” and such. For example, when Hagimura confides to the dude during the trip that she can’t deal with Nene (Todoroki) anymore.

There’s a lot to watch in this season. Too bad Ken misses on that.

Kotoura-san begins

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The most interesting feature of the way Kotoura-san begins is how compressed the intro is, in a sense that a fairly rich pre-history of the setup is unrolled in 2 episodes. It reminded me much about KimiNozo very much, where all the coma was over in the same space, and the remainding 23 or so were spent on something else, not included into the synopsys.

And here’s a trivial observation: Kotoura’s actual trouble is not that she can read minds, but that she cannot shut her pie hole. She should’ve learned her lesson about it back in the kindergarten, but she didn’t. She is defective — not so much as Watamote’s protagonist, but undoubtedly so. Then she finds comfort in a school club populated by similarly damaged and maladjusted individuals. You can see where that is going from kilometers away.

Still, it’s not bad. Kotoura’s man is a little dim, but decent. Everyone else is coping as they can, and by the ep.6 we’re into a swimsuit episode, where the small cup size jokes are not at all overplayed. I’m cautiously optimistic.

Otou-san on the design of iM@S TV

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The editorial at A&V felt a little cold and its approach algebraic, but it was not counterfactual, as far as attempts to focus on the trees of a forest go.

The reason the anime focuses on Miki, Chihaya, and Haruka is that they are designated leader of each “color”: Miki is yellow or “passion”, Chihaya is blue or “cool”, and Haruka is pink or “cute”. I remember that Shiny Festa for iPad/iPhone caused quite a stir among the casuals when it came out in the standard 3-edition set and they balked at paying the combined price since they weren’t familiar with the trident of NAMCO. Clearly anime does not communicate the background of the 3-fold subdivision and Otou could not deduce it for the editorial.

UPDATE: Omo sums it up thus: Otou’s post “unravels the cunning calculus beneath, by all means, a mundane product tie-in/advertisement. […] It’s easy to write about smarts in a smarty-pants show, but I need that like another EN blog post on Utena or another article about chuunibyou.” And! He prompts IKnight to tweet: “Omo touches on a long-held opinion of mine: analysis of something which doesn’t invite it is more impressive.”

Wooser 08

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

It was worth watching because of this:

They employed actual Asami “Mingosu” Imai for the cameo. BTW, I think I am starting to figure out where the nickname comes from. Her possibly self-assigned blog handle is “Asamingo”, which I suspect being related to Flamingo (my friend Koyomi uses “Koyomingo” for that reason). See the episode of “Dogtato-kun” (Jagainu-kun) that deals with a Flamingo named Peach for a portrayal of Flamingo they seem to be referring.

Chuunibyou REN begins

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Being no stranger to starting from 2nd season, I looked into the Chuunibyou pera pera REN. There was a number of misconceptions thrown about it, such as the arrival of another girl being the catalist for the season (SPOILER: not so).

The main hook really is the management of an insane girlfriend, somewhat like ef: Memo [1]. This is opposite from Nazo no Kanojo X, where the dude is along for the ride and just struggles to survive. And while Chihiro of ef was clinically disabled and had to struggle to function, with the help of her man, our female lead, Rikka, is merely disturbed and only needs a general supervision and safety net. Still, an interesting angle in Chuunibyou is the spectrum of chuunibyou sufferers: from those who control their conditions all by themselves (such as Morisummer), through those who would be well cured by good paddling (see Jerome K. Jerome on depression), all the way to Rikka. There’s quite a bit of The Beautiful Mind thing going on, althogh not as serious, certainly. It is a typical anime, after all.

One can also watch REN for comedic hijinks, which appears to be Tappan’s approach.

[1] Other examples of the main idea exist, such as the Yukiho branch of iDOLM@STER.