Archive for February, 2015

Steven, don’t fall for it!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

In a comment at Brickmuppet’s:

That GIF file is driving me nuts because I can’t remember the show it’s from. I remember when it ran a few years ago, but I didn’t watch it. It’s about a group of women who entertain their audience by telling stories, right?

The dancing chibis are only the ED! Not the anime itself!

Would you like to ingurgitate anything, Yumeno-sensei?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

It may come with being a native, but I can name — right off the top of my head — several Russian verbs that mean “to eat” (and nothing else): есть, кушать, жрать, лопать, трескать. I know only one English verb for it: “to eat”. In Japanese, I know two: 食う (kuu) and 食べる (taberu). Foreign students usually are taught the latter first, while the former is postponed until advanced classes. I never heard “kuu” in 5 years of classes and know about its existence from anime. Such treatment is typically associated with vernacular. And I heard kuu in casual speech exclusively, until now.

However, Nozaki’s new editor, Ken, employs the following construct in Nozaki-kun 11: “Yumeno-san, nanka kuimasu?”. He is trying to be extra casual, yet… in keigo. Caught me by surprise completely. Nozaki-kun is the most rewatched show around here nowadays, to the point that it plays in the background, like a CD drama.

SDB on Barakamon

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

After marathoning it, the main problem appears to be one of classification:

It’s hard to describe. It comes close to being “day-in-the-life” except that it isn’t really. There’s something of a series-level plot but it isn’t very substantial, and yet it does tie everything together.

I think arguably it’s a coming-of-age story, though that’s really strange when the protagonist is 23 years old. Anyway, it really is good. I’m impressed.

Oto and Pon on LL 01

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Writing for their new home at WordPress, the Bros Before Shows open the Love Live:

Oto. I came into this show thinking it was gonna be terrible. Half joking and half because of what you told me about it. You’re wrong. I love this episode. The fuck is wrong with you? Do you hate joy? This episode made me feel so refreshed. It’s just nice to watch.

Pon. It’s different now that I can view it in the context of im@s. Now that I’m not daring this idol shit to win me over, testing how many of my defenses it can overcome.

Oto. Now I just feel bad. You don’t hate joy. You just don’t want to admit you actually like joy.

Pon. There are these areas in which I feel like im@s dropped the ball. Now it seems like maybe Love Live came along behind it and picked up the ball.

And so on and so forth. Now I can’t wait to see what they think about Idol Stalingrad.

Pon. I dunno. But I do know one thing. Nico still sucks.

He’s obviously going from spoilers; Nico wasn’t in the LL 01. Still, Nico, Nico, Nico is always popping up. Remember how she was the Hikago’s main question “i actually want to hear your reaction to nico”. People don’t ask me such questions for nothing. When Omo wanted my reaction for Initial D, he asked what I thought of Iketani’s love story.

Since I never answered Hikago properly, and in view of Pon’s focus above, what about Nico?

My views of Nico sustained a big change (mind, I did not watch LL S2). In the beginning, I wasn’t a fan. At the introduction she was too much of clown (the only positive thing I noted was how Nico sat in a protagonist’s seat in the class (Eli was in “Haruhi” seat)). But as soon as things settled down and poor Nico became an agreed-upon figurehead, I became displeased how she was a definite ballast. Even her otaku sense was not used productively. It was painful, really. She only came into her own at the very end, when her dogged determination and unyielding love of idols remained after Honoka’s idiocy exploded. Too bad that she did not have Honoka’s charisma and could not carry the group. Still, she is better than plain “sucks” (as in, you know who actually sucks? Aina Sakhalin).

Oto always wins over Pon’s insecurities, preconceptions, and rush to judgement, and Nico isn’t going to be different, even if he continues to cling to the hate of Haruka officially.

(she didn’t add “and obeyed”, like Takamina)

Helghast on Yuri Kuma Arashi

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Writing for Sea Slugs:

While the rest of the blogging community is rambling on about the deeper meaning behind the obscene amount of symbolism in the show, I’m left wondering why this isn’t titled “Symbolism: The Show”. The agonizing repetition of its themes and recycled scenes makes keeping up with this show each week a drag.