Archive for September, 2014

Evirus on Aldnoah.Zero

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


Aldnoah.Zero was far and away the best show from Summer 2014. I know a lot of viewers disagree with this opinion, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of its episodes.

I didn’t watch it myself, but going by other reflections, the above very much reminds me about a scene from coinseasonal Nozaki-kun, where Seo and Waka go to watch a movie. Spoiler: Everyone dies in that movie too. And Yuzuki loved it. Who knew her character was so realistic!

Nozaki-kun begins

Friday, September 26th, 2014

This post comes a day after Tappan posts the ender, but of course I actually started a few days back. Already finished 7 episodes, even.

In general, I’m not enthusiastic about “meta” genre, where the setting is the making of anime or manga. Creators of such work seem lazy, like social sciences people who publish papers based on studies of university students. In addition, implementations are often pretty poor. I dropped Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to in the first episode. But the Girls’ Monthly Nozaki-kun works, because it’s honestly comedic. It is mostly the good old comedy of misunderstandings, but well done. Not overcooked.

Most of my screencaps were Chiyo-faces of various kinds. Someone put a lot of thought and sweat into drawing and animating them. Well done, fat man from Kentucky, er., anonymous animator!

P.S. My database credits the prompt to Peter S.. Not sure what I read back then, but now it is this:

Chiyo isn’t bad, she tries hard, but she’s in love, and that means plot-stopping thumpity-heart moments that drive me up the frigging wall.

Dude, it’s the best part!

He also reminded me that the opening episodes were moving at a breakneck pace, KimiNozo-style. Really, the outstanding first episode brought me in against the draw of the “meta” setting. The rest of the anime is episodic, but it’s all right. I think after all these years I’m making my peace with it.

UPDATE: YouTube: Well done, fat man from Kentucky! (wait for 6:59).

Joshiraku rewatch

Friday, September 26th, 2014

For some reason I keep rewatching it raw. Of course, I use pirated raws for convenience’s sake, although I have the R2 DVDs. Anyhow, I understand perhaps 10%, so I would be hard pressed to point out the reason.

Oh, wait. It was predicted in the end-bracket post.

UPDATE: Don, too.

A kind of a 2014 Autumn season preview

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Purely based on RandomC’s preview (h/t Chizumatic), here’s what jumps out.

  • Denki-gai no Honya-san: CGDCT + comedy {Update: Sadly not CGDCT. More like Working meets S.Y.D.. But it has its moments.}
  • Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: CGDCT + action {Update: madokist?}
  • World Trigger: shounen? Yes. Naruto and GBF were awesome.
  • Orenchi no Furo Jijou: plz be better than Muromi-san. {Update: it’s not.}
  • Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: endless harem? It was a while I hit a good harem.
  • Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu: parasites, horror. Completely not my thing, but it cannot be cute girls doing cute things all the cute time.
  • Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: hey, Nodame was superb {Update: sadly, nope (TBU)}
  • Girlfriend (Kari): a cellphone game? Sign me up. {Update: Woops.}
  • The Idolmaster Movie: already out and I haven’t yet seen it… OTL orz …
  • Gargantia OVA: 11/21 {Update: seems nice}
  • IS OVA: 11/21
  • Futari Ecchi OVA: The original was junk, but perhaps they can re-do it like KyotoAni re-did Kanon.

UPDATE: Madan no Ou to Vanadis turned out to be a Tatsuo Sato show. Stilts, your previews are so useless.

UPDATE: Ore Twintails ni Narimasu opened well and I forgot about Kampfer when I dismissed it from the list above.

iM@S Cinderella Girls PV(2)

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The new PV is on YouTube (h/t Beveridge) and includes new footage (with spoilers). It is not officially numbered, but I consider it 2nd after the first one that was suddenly named a PV a month after its release.

Shiburin, apparently, wears a certain necklace at all times, even with a tie! Its pendant must contain her charisma powers. At this point I’m considering hibernating until 2015.

UPDATE: From the ANN article:

As of 2012, the game earns approximately 1 billion yen (about US$9.6 million) each month, and has over four million users. The game has inspired a line of goods, various manga adaptations, and the 25th through 30th CD character song singles will be released later this month.

Interesting. I already observed that the game seems like making money, but this puts an (obsolete) number on the amount.

Locodol ends

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Here ends the low-pressure watch of the season. It was not amazing in any way, but it was reasonaly well made and entertaining. This makes me think, should anime aspire to greatness and fall on its face, like Fractale, or should it aim for competent mediocrity and succeed?

Liked: Okay
Rewatch: Nope

P.S. Still, I review the screencaps and murmur “Su-su-me, ko-i-suru otome”.

UPDATE: Omo writes:

My answer is “What are you smoking? Is not Localdol great and exceeds mere mediocrity by all measures?”

[…] I suspect Author has no idea what mediocrity really is, in the sense that I don’t know how many series he has finished is truly mediocre. And by that I don’t mean just “of only moderate quality,” I mean most shows he can afford the time are probably above average by a discernible amount, that the shows he finish are questionable in terms of their true conceits – do they even have any?

So, who do you hate the most in Love Live?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Twitter strikes again, this time with Evirus’ “everyone hates that one Love Live girl” and subsequent evasion. At first I suspected that it was his way to finger Nico for being a definite ballast (above, on the left). But on second thought, perhaps he did not mean anyone in particular. Trolling for admissions, so to speak.

My least favourite character is Nozomi (above, on the right). She thinks she knows it all, and it’s immensely irritating, especially in the case of taming of Eli in ep.8. The creators of Love Live made things go her way, but in real life it would not be a given.

UPDATE: Omo comments.

UPDATE 2017/07/24: It took Evirus almost 3 years to come clean. It was Rin. Nozomi was the second worst, but the stated reason for it was her raping everyone, and not being a cocksure broad.

Digiboy on Barakamon

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Twitter has killed animeblogging so much that Otou himself prefers carp about LL on Twitter over blogging it at SOS. His co-blogger Digiboy is left to carry the animblogging flag with a post “Barakamon is FUNNY” (capitalization is original):

Nevermind “mai daughteru” longing, fujoshi fun, or the legendary critic punch-out. Artistic introspection, likable characters, and a nice feel are just icing on the fact that Barakamon is really, really funny. It nails fish-out-of-water, broad slapstick, timing, character interactions–basically, everything it goes for, it nails. I won’t say every joke works, but every episode works on the whole. All the elements feed into one-another naturally, but at its core, the fact that it’s so funny gives it the boundless likability it exudes at all times.

Indeed. Humour was not my focus, as my personal favourite part is the character interaction. The rival segment was particularly well done. But since Barakamon is endless (manga is ongoing), Digiboy’s focus is more conductive to care-free enjoyment.

Meanwhile, on Twitter

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

DiGiKerot screencaps his One for All gameplay with a camera:

In addition to being tall (as he observed), Leon also has a kanji spelling, “玲音”, and an intense heterochromia. She sure looks the Kuroi’s idol part, with raw power, even menace. Here goes the hook for new iM@S anime (after the Cinderella Girls). BTW 1, she’s voiced by Minori Chihara. BTW 2, “真剣に” means “seriously”.

In entirely unrelated news, someone else visited Googleplex and spied a poster for Google Anime Club:

Two things came to mind seeing that. One, how strangely mild the line-up is. Monogatari is the only title that might appeal to a stoner. But Idolmaster TV? Too unoffensive. I remember the time when Googleplex emptied out for Burning Man. But now it looks like anime enthusiasts at Google are responsible parents of three.

Two, they use a paper poster at the freaking Google. But come on. I imagined that a social life of a Googler were in an Android app. Maybe a xxxdar styled app for the locality. Project the poster to a Google Glass display, perhaps. But it appears that even the mighty Google is unable to create software that does the job of a piece of paper.

Love Live begins

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

DiGiKerot, a man of respectable taste, liked the original Love Live and loved the sequel. That kept it on my radar. However he admitted to thematic concerns. Also, Evirus was less enthusiastic with a pithy “interesting traits, uninteresting people”. So, it took IRC (see the sidebar?) to prompt action:

<zaitcev> Ah, yes, it’s Love Live. God help you slowking if it turns out having thematic concerns.
<slowking> it does
<zaitcev> aww
<slowking> already warned
<slowking> i had a good time laughing at it
<slowking> i actually want to hear your reaction to nico
<slowking> but she doesn’t appear til episode 5

And so.

It’s a pretty smooth sailing in the beginning. The people are all right. For example, they have an exact equivalent of Mio from K-ON, only not partnered to a retard moe type. The president is duly impressive: I saw her watching the concert and could not help asking what was she thinking. Maki Nishikino, a bona fide talent, is another early favourite.

BTW, A-RISE’s choreography was more impressive than AKB48 or AKB0048. It’s a great yardstick for the μ’s. Would even be if they were real.