Archive for November, 2014

iM@S CG, GBF TRY, K-ON

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

As a part of pre-broadcast hype, a new PV came out, and a massive interview (translated in thesii). They cause some concern: the new anime is no different from the old one.

Something like that happened before: I dropped GBF TRY after 3 episodes. As much as I loved the original, what is the point? Re-heated leftovers could be tasty, but they risk to have trouble competing with other dishes.

It does not have to be this way. For example, K-ON 2 was quite worthy despite its heavily derivative nature. But the CG seems stacking poorly, especially since they gave us some hope initially.

Back in September, when they admitted to making an anime, Uzupaka was announced the officially blessed main character. That strong focus was supposed to make the new series different. Sure, Shiburin and Mio Honda were in too, but supporting. But now it’s 14? And they are having 20-hour committee meetings to flesh out each of them?

Of course the new series will differ in the small, just as TRY differs by, say, having a 3-person team instead of 2-person team. For example, they need to maneuver around The Producer. He is heavily hinted by the “zeroth” and first PVs, and Chihiro (Kotori of 346PRO) even addresses him directly in the latest PV. But the latest interview claims that the CG is set in the same world with 765PRO, so they cannot borrow him as-is. And the new company is headquartered in a “castle”, not an office with masking tape on windows. But big deal. I am still very concerned.

UPDATE: Omo says “worrywart IMO”. And yeah, as Russians used to say: “everything is nothing when compared to The World Revolution”.

UPDATE HARDER: Omo followed up with a whole post. As much as I can discern, his reasoning follows thus:

I’m not sure there is any real reason to assume we’ll get a GBFT, mainly because unlike those two shows Derem@s is just a different concept to begin with.

But how exactly is it different? Only different by being made from scratch:

[…] bake a second [Turkey]. I assure you it will not be at all like leftover.

I think he demonstrated the fundamental weakness of thinking by analogy more than he did the difference between iM@S TV and iM@S CG. Okay, it is baked fresh. Not a leftover. Is it going to be any different in design? I’m leaving aside the ludicrous claim of being different in concept, which he pre-emptively demolished himself by “can’t take the idol out of IM@S”. I already mentioned the superficial differences that are inevitable. But that is not enough.

When the work is created with conviction and can stand on its own, I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.

I wish I could share the Polyanna view, but with GBF TRY is still in broadcast, the wound is too fresh.

UPDATE EVEN HARDER: “For character-driven enterprises, having very different characters necessarily means they are going to be different in a non-superficial way.”

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

It was 3 years already? Time sure flies. There’s a lot going on in the meatspace on the occasion, but one thing that I felt the most was that Mobage permitted unverifieds to claim bonuses. Suddenly I have an overflow of idols and had to take unprecendented steps, like sell 20 Rares for Rare Medals in order to buy a Rare Medal bonus that allows to extend the line-up by 5 slots (up to 75). I already had a 10-slot dorm that’s overflowing as well. The step is unprecendented because Rares were exceedingly precious to me, having paid actual money to participage in gacha from which they fall out. But now I have several S-rares (such as the 3rd Anniversary Uzupaka, pictured).

Free trade is still closed though. Mobage is drawing a line in the sand by arranging for something called “かんたん全員”, which apparently allows to legalize and unverified account without a Japanese cellphone somehow. But I was not successful at trying to deal with it.

Denki-Gai 07-09

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

As I feared, Denki-Gai no Honya-san slipped off the heights of ep.6. The tender moment of 09 is supposed to be when Kantoku threatened to rape unconscious Hio-tan. Still, it’s quite noticeable that the series works best when it turns away from the workplace comedy toward romantic comedy. And gosh, enough with the G-woman already, guys. You’re clearly unable to use her productively.

女子道とは死ぬことと見つけたり — 先生

Haibane Renmei at YouTube

Monday, November 24th, 2014

FUNi posted Haibane Renmei to YouTube, and I am enjoying a rewatch. Every time it happens, I worry that it turns out to be an obsolete anime that only became popular by accident, but no. It is still great. The animation is quite dated, of course, and it was a low-budget production to begin with. There’s no HD version. But, still great.

The magical halo is really cute. Note that it’s material, so one can, for instance, grab a Haibane by her or his halo. On the other hand, objects easily go between head and halo. At one point, Kuu puts a messenger bag on, and passes the strap under her halo.

Canonically, Haibane realize that there’s something fishy going on with their halos. The Lifestyle Diary contains a strip where Rakka sees a novelty item: a tower of levitating magnet rings, and builds analogies with the halo. She does not, however, try to check if magnets disrupt halo’s levitation or stick to halo (possibly a good thing).

Yumeka wins at comment bait

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Name That Anime #3.

ZakuAbumi on animebloggers

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The first question that comes to mind: where did you learn to blog, son? So many quotes and not one is linked. FAIL.

Also, the link above will be 0.001 BTC, thanks.

UPDATE: Another odd habit that Zaku demonstrates is adding updates with a self-comment. That one is not, strictly speaking, a blogging fail. Brighter animeblogging lights are given to it, such as Omo.

Inou Battle begins

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The Inou Battle is yet another turn in the 1 Boy N Girls Club arena. Initial signs aren’t good. It’s a harem, of course. With a loli. The style of humour is similar to Rokujouma with a dash of Chuuni REN. One (practically) former blogger suggested that something bad is going to land in 04. But… I just cannot resist the art.


The easy availability at Crunchyroll helps. I can always drop it if things go sour.

UPDATE: Evirus says: “It’s fine, but the turbo-dere crazy girl was the only one I really liked.” He’s got a good eye. That is her in the lower picture. But the sacred cow above is pretty decent herself, too.

GYO

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

At a meeting of my fabulous anime club today, I had to watch GYO, or, truth to be told, had to make every effort not to watch it. The anime is basically a disaster porn. People losing human nature and such, the usual. Completely not up my alley, and also comletely routine. Even had a stock mad scientist who’s actually mad.

The art style was extremely familiar. As it turns out, it’s a production of Ufotable, made in the style of their android works, not Manabi.

Liked: nope
Rewatch: no way

Evirus on Shirobako

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Karmaburn:

Through five episodes, I can’t quite dispassionately decide if the show itself is simply good, or if I’m biased toward viewing it in a more favorable light because I personally find fascinating the subject matter and behind-the-scenes details revealed by the show.

Urobutcher gone missing from Gargantia

Monday, November 17th, 2014

At least that’s the take at Lost in America:

As we know [Urobutcher] wrote only the first and last episodes of the series, and to what extent he was involved in what came between I don’t know. But this OVA in particular is completely devoid of anything remotely resembling contemplation or reflection – there isn’t a whisper of moral or ethical conflict here, or any real character drama.

He’s saying it as if it’s a bad thing.

About the best moments in the OVA come when first Amy and later Ledo reflect on Chamber’s profound influence on both their lives.

Somehow, I’m not surprised (at this assessement).

The OVA was supposed to come on the November 21st, so this is a week early.