Archive for April, 2015

The AnimeNation John on 2015 Spring season

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

He says it’s super derivative:

The first episode of Re-Kan seems practically like a reverse clone of Kotoura-san. Sougeki no Soma appears to be an updated version of Yakitate Japan that focuses on dinner cuisine instead of pastries. Omakase Miracle Cat Dan looks and feels an awful lot like a non-crude sibling to Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku. Denpa Kyoushi is GTO for otaku.

He missed Plastic Memories being a clone of Najica Blitz Tactics, as some say. I didn’t watch it and put it for a replay of Mahoromatic at first, although in full knowledge that such analogies often miss the mark by thousands of kilometers. Remember how a number of people thought that ef was like the Hollywood movie “50 First Dates”? In any case, if these two imply that there’s something wrong with being derivative in anime as such, I’m going to dismiss them both. After all, RahXephon is much better than EVA (since we’re on topic, see how Izubuchi explicitly discusses copying — it’s quite remarkable).

P.S. One other guy says:

I just saw the first episode of Plastic Memories.

Employing the most emotionally wringing moments and then trying to inject deviant humor on top.

It really didn’t work.

If this was supposed to put a brake on things, it didn’t quite work. I’m still determined to see for myself. Well, maybe determine a few other suckers try it first for a few more episodes…

P.P.S. And there we go: “Plastic Memories episode 2 is significantly more ordinary than episode 1 was and as a result leaves me rather less interested.”

P.P.P.S. Ubu says they are not the same:

In Najica, the Hummarits were learning to be human and independent, and that’s what the story was really about. In Plastic Memories, the Giftia are already “human” and remarkably independent, though they’re designed to be companions to humans.

UPDATE: Jason does the blink thing:

I kind of wish Plastic Memories is yet another shitty anime about a magic high school or even a fanservice harem action police show, but the show is really about watching your dog die, over and over, week in a week out.

From the spoilers that I saw about 02..03, he’s completely wrong because of the misdirection in the 1st episode. In a sense, PlaMemo is the opposite of Natsu no Arashi, where the first episode was a hilarious comedy, and the rest of the show was a diet version of Grave of The Fireflies.

Avatar on Lesbian Bear Storm

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

In comments at Wonderduck:

Yurikuma has a completely different DNA than the Noitamina block – it’s Ikuhara being Ikuhara for an audience consisting, these days, almost wholly of Ikuhara. So think Utena and then Penguindrum, but without the usual mask of reality that later fractures.

Honestly, it’s just bad. Okay, some stories you need to break the world in interesting ways without describing to the viewers what’s going on – but you’ve still got an obligation to entertain in the meantime, and this show just -doesn’t-.

Cinderella Girls anime is not very good

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

On the cusp of iM@S CG being broadcast, I went on the record with my concerns about history repeating itself twice, first time as tragedy and second time as farce (and Omo dismissed my worries). Now that we’ve seen 11 episodes, things are even worse than I expected.

To be sure, the series opened on a high note. Rin, Rin, Rin, Rin, Rin. And Producer! Genzai, kikakuchuu desu won the fans the world over instantly. Uzupaka wasn’t bad either. But after Mio’s tantrum, things completely unraveled into a series of unit introductions of idols who perhaps should not be debuting. The stalvarts tried to find endearing qualities in Kirari Godzilla and the like, but if you step back for a wider view, this whole parade was horrible.

The 11 was the worst because it was Miku’s turn, and it highlighted what could’ve been. In the initial episodes, Miku shined, and very unexpectedly. If you do not read her manual very carefuly, she’s just a crazy furry who wears nekomimi and says “Nyan”. The anime explained briliantly that she’s not, in fact, a furry – but plays one on TV. The way Miku keeps her stage persona separate from her own was a sign of professional maturity, which put her above her cohort. It is a truism that the thing idols sell first is their personality, their singing or dancing talent second. And it’s a well-known aphorism that “nothing is as valuable [on stage] as sincerety: if you can fake that, you have it made”. Nobody else in this group of n00bs is sophisticated enough to make something to sell – even something as basic as nekomimi-nyan (footnote: Riina tries w/rock). Therefore, they have to sell themselves. If they’ve got good wares, like Rin, it’s great. If they don’t — the picture is rather pathetic. And then the series spends a half of its screen time to wade through that shameful display.

Meanwhile, Miku is postponed into the last unit. The show did not go as far as to imply that she was bumped into the final slot as a retribution for the labor action. She could be a great rival for the main trio, but nope, that would be much too good for this series. What a waste. Mrs. Takao seriously fumbled the ball on this.

UPDATE: Omo: “I actually like this interpretation. I just think you sell some of the others short.” He is a master of being concise.

Evirus: “My only real beef with Cinderella Girls 11 is that Miku didn’t fall into despair.” If you think that it was mean, remember that it’s the man who wrote:

Part of me sincerely wishes Vita had killed Nanoha in episode one of A’s, with Fate arriving too late to save her but still in time to clutch her still-warm corpse. And then A’s could have been about FEITO losing her mind, hunting down and brutally butchering the Velka knights while useless TSAB pinheads desperately try to get her under control and end her reign of terror with impotent lines such as, “Killing more people won’t bring Nanoha back, Fate!”

It’s the same spirit that animates both fantasies. It’s a protest against mediocrity, if you will.

Note that some people are despair-resistant. The only good character of Muromi-san, Otohime, is like that. But we weren’t shown that in case of Miku. She was pushed off into background and muffled while everyone else debuted for several episodes.

Danny Choo is building Chobits

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

This is not an April Fool’s joke, he was going at it for a while. I merely saw pictures at his Twitter today:

Danny is an interesting guy. He started out as a fellow animeblogger, but managed to build an impressive website empire, a portal beyond a mere anime blog like this one. From there, he poked at various pursuits, even tried to make an anime (called “Chinka”). When that failed, as did Mirai Millenium, he rode the popularity of his website’s mascot, Mirai, into making little figurines of her. These figurines presently mutated into a 3/4 size sexbot, er, “smart doll”. I expect that Mirai has greater intelligence than Furby by now. You can help to bring about this new future by buying his wares.