Archive for July, 2014

Avatar on Kawai-sou

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Andy engages into pointed critique:

Kawai Complex: A fun main romance plot buried under a steaming pile of cliched secondary characters. By the time I had gotten to the end of this, for the meager payoff on offer, I’d slogged through episode after episode of masochist jokes, virgin jokes, slut jokes, evil-woman jokes, more masochist jokes, more virgin jokes, more slut jokes, more evil-woman jokes… they went on and on and there just wasn’t any cleverness or variety there. Frankly it’s a miracle I didn’t drop this and I darned well ought to have. I blame my susceptibility to cute girls who like books. [Emphasis mine — Author]

I think this is a telling illustration for the importance of one’s basic approach to any given series. First of all, if one expects to find side-splitting laugh in any given anime, he is going to be disappointed 80% of the time. Nichijou was a great example due to variety of its laughs: everyone liked something different and was left cold by the rest. So, what was lacking in cleverness and variety for one is going to hit the spot for the other. But beyond the humour, the question is, what is there to see in Kawai-sou? I took a ton of notes, but unfortunately what I extracted from it is unbloggable, except the praise for the art and animation.

UPDATE: Here’s Peter’s shot:

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is more enjoyable if you ignore the so-called love story and simply enjoy the dynamics of the people living in that house.

Pretty much what Tappan wrote, too: “[you] have to watch it for the jokes, not the romance”.

Meanwhile, Highway, writing for Metanorn, makes Andy’s point about “meager payoff” in a more tactful way by remarking “I could have used a bit more rabu-rabu”.

Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou begins

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The first thing about Kawai-sou that I noticed was how astonishingly beautiful it was. The second thing I noticed was how Ritsu didn’t look like a woman. The third thing I noticed was a suspicious isomorphy between its supporting characters and that of Mahoraba. We have the same crazy novelist, a sexy drunkard girl, the evil girl. Not everyone matches, but those who do are too exact.

One good thing, their Tama was nowhere as powerful, so she’s not consequential, and therefore I found her much easier to tolerate.

Date A Live cast

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Went to ANN to check who voiced “Princess” (CV: Marina Inoue), and suddenly found that they cast Kotono Mitsuishi.

UPDATE: Sadly, I had to explain this. Obi-Wan is saying: “Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. A long time.”

Hadigirl begins

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hadigirl opened to non-subscribers at Crunchyroll, so I took a sample. The first thing about it: it’s not an anime. Instead, it’s a slightly-animated manga… with Aya Hirano’s voice. Seiyuu are sure cheap nowadays.

Overall it’s horrible, but it’s so adorably bad that I cannot bring myself to drop it out of pure pity. It’s like some Katawa Koneko of anime (or manga, really).

Also: I sort of wish the lead of Hadigirl starred in Kimi ni Todoke. It would make for a better show, I think.

Sailor Moon Crystal 01

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Impact of Sailor Moon Crystal awoke The Pink Sylphide after more than a year of hiatus and Chris’ post made to give it a try. It seems like a straight-up reboot, and reboot of Kanon was awesome, so…

But when I saw the puss-in-boots logo, I felt dread. The no-good has-been studio is handling the reboot. There was a very good reason why Kyoto Animation led the 2006 Kanon. So, I am not optimistic. Still, if GAINAX can bury the ghost of GAINAX ending, Toei could be given the last chance.

It is too early to tell if they succeed against their baggage, but at least nothing in the ep.1 was actively offensive, broken, or nasty. It was pure set-up. Usagi is no God’s gift to mankind, but worse teenage girl protagonists existed (why, hello, Tomoko Kuroki). Since I do not remember much about Sailor Moon, I’m looking forward at meeting the cast.

No, I have no idea why Tuxedo Mask wears a tux in his civilian guise in Crystal. On the surface of it, it’s idiotic, but we’ll see.