Archive for January, 2015

The Katanagatari catastrophy

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

I made a mistake of trying to show Katanagatari to someone who’s not that much into anime in general, and it didn’t go down too well. The problem is that you have to be a big weaboo to love Togame’s speechifying. While the dialog ebbs and flows marvelously, the lack of action can be unbearable for someone who is trying to keep up with subs instead of relishing relishing Togame’s intricate, yet natural phrasing… for 10 minutes. Things fall apart even before the freak clown ninja takes over.

AB&B on 2015 Winter

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

I’m too busy to watch anything except iM@S CG, but some people watch and even blog. The summary at Anime B&B is probably most sensible among those I came across thus far, although it’s incomplete (misses Kancolle). Nobar continues to demonstrate a good taste too. Looks like a very fat season, unfortunately. I’d give a good look to Rolling Girls, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, Absolute Duo, Dog Days dash-dash. Already poked at Shirobako. Junketsu no Maria had beautiful character designs, but what Marina transmitted of the peacenik message shot it down. Koufuku Graffiti turned out to be a SHAFT thing. Yatterman is a maybe. Oh, and although Marina reminded me about it, Evirus liked enough of Akatsuki no Yona to make it notable.

What in the world happened in CG 02?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Certainly it’s very funny to read Peter posting this about the 01:

The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, starts differently in that the new production company hasn’t even been formed yet. We meet Uzuki, a girl who failed her first Cinderella audition but is still determined, idiotically say “yes,” to a creepy guy who wants to be her producer. [Emphasis mine — Author]

Hahaha. Oh, wait…. And come 02, I, too, don’t understand what is going on.

Firstly, why did Mio end on the 22nd floor? Either she is just that dumb, or there was some unspecified activity for her there, after which she was released to join the crew.

More importantly, just what the heck happened with the sudden promotion to the stage? It looked like Mika saw something in the newcomer trio (during the photo shoot) and pulled strings to get them fast-tracked. What was it? The “smile”? The episode director made an effort to underscore the disappointment of the older crew of the Cinderella Project. Poor, poor fatso and Chieri.

Nico-nico is half-step ahead

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Here’s something you cannot stream on Daisuki: the next-episode preview. Cinderella Girls 01 ended with a preview of Mio’s audition, but Nico-nico has an official 02PV that is loaded with exciting spoilers.

Indeed, the anti-aging is very important for a 28-year-old idol. Those comments are funny and even witty, and yes 究極美少女 (kyuukyoku bishoujo) vibe was coming through… What a wonderful anime this turns out to be.

End of 2014 Autumn

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Quick dump of one completion and drop announcements for three bad series that I watched for the lack of other options.

Yama no Susume was the anime of season, although it started in Summer. Great iyashikei series, very nicely done. Not boring at all, far ahead of GochiUsa and Sketchbook. It’s not GA, however. The characters are too young. Liked: Yes, Rewatch: Possible.

Twintails is just dumb and embarrassing to watch. It’s supposed to be silly, fun, and not taking itself seriously. Bloggers gush how it “sends up tropes” and such. But in actual fact it’s nearly content-free and over-pandering (“nearly” thanks to 20 seconds of Owlguildy). Aika’s violence dealt upon Twirl is tiresome. Seen 10, dropped.

Amaburi starts strongly and 04 hits it out of the park, but then it sags with filler (in 1-cour series) and … whatever. Seen 6, dropped before the pirate episode.

Inou Battle is pretty, but that harem is at the level of Haganai. Seen 4.

BTW, started on the Librarian and Madan Ou and Tatsuo Sato Is Slipping, seen a few minutes of both, dropped before taking a screencap.

If not for Yama no Susume this season would’ve been a total loss. Haven’t had it so bad in years.

DiGiKerot on Cinderella Girls 01

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Somewhat unexpectedly, my (formerly) favourite blog came back to life with a post explaining just why it was… Everything needed to be blogged about Idolmaster Cinderella Girls 01 is there, expertly written. I have nothing to add on the substance.

But even some of the small callouts of Cinderella Girls content are pretty well-considered as well. You don’t need to know a damn thing about Suzuho to find her costumes hilariously odd, but the fact that jokes plays on the patent ridiculousness of some of Cinderella Girls greatest excesses in a remarkably subtle and naturalistic way is pretty great, and well directed, in itself.

Explanations follow on the background of Noriko Takao that prepared her for accomplishing all that, and more.

The real, and rather unexpected, star of the show has to be Producer, though. […] He’s blunt, persistent, and perhaps rather socially oblivious. […] the deadpan, overly-serious but weirdly sweet way he handles himself is quite dryly funny, and it’s quite possible that Producer-san will end the series as the uncontested most moe character in the show.

Artists latched on the presence of the new Mr.P immediately. Literally, it took them 6 hours to knock out this (I suspect cheating):

So, we have a Cute and Cool producers now, just need a Passion one to round the set.

As far as the actual heroines introduced in this episode go, I’m not sure I have much to say other than that I generally like them. Uzuki is the kind of cute and upbeat girl that you expect to be the emotional core in this kind of show, and Rin comes across as cool without falling into that stereotypical tsundere pigeonhole.

DiGi gave exact words to my feelings about that, but there was more, if we look back at iM@S TV. When I watched the first episode of the TV, the overwhelming sensation was that of comfort. I saw Haruka riding her bicycle, and I knew that everything is going to be allright. I think that anime started with a bit of more emotive and even artsy direction, although we didn’t see it behind the flurry of character introductions. The iM@S CG is different. It’s more of a classic anime feeling. It is supremely competent in that regard [1], but it retreats to the center of the envelope in the same way the K-ON 2 did.

[1] In particular the comedy is perfect, while comedy in iM@S TV 01 was forced at times, especially around the escape of Hamzou. See Chris Rock on how hard comedy is (h/t Omo).

Ps across houses

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Check this out: a Cinderella Girls P, who is also a fan of Love Live.

In other news, only one day remains until the anime of the season is broadcast.