Archive for January, 2016

Zyl on One Punch Man and Sunred

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

I know we’ve been remiss in blogging WanPanMan, but others took upon it. I have some small bones to pick with Zyl, like this:

However, while the relationships in Sunred remain essentially static over the course of the two seasons (with similar crises at the end of each), the relationships between Saitama and others heroes in OPM evolve considerably as Saitama enters the world of the Hero Association.

Sunred had seen significant changes, although not always for the better. The difference is that One Punch Man makes the realignments a part of the main story, whereas Sunred swipes them under the carpet of daily vignettes.

But overall, Zyl fills in admirably, picking in on the ranking system in Hero Association.

Euphonium

Friday, January 8th, 2016

The run of Hibike! Euphonium at Ani-nouto included a heretofore unblogged dorama, where I hated it so much that I ragequit it after 04 and didn’t know what to blog about it (except a rather oblique preview) [1]. Debacles like this are rare around these parts: can’t recall any beyond Nanoha and Railgun. And now I completed all three.

Before dropping, I expected to post a simple summary like “hated every minute of it”. It would not be so simple now. There were some good parts after all. I even found a favourite character: Natsuki (Nakagawa).

In addition, Euphonium is an amazing feast for the eyes.

Liked: No
Rewatch: Already did

P.S. Official problem of the record is "I’ve seen better scheming mentors before [InitialD, Nodame]". Thematic concerns were pretty heavy, too. Finally, why so much voiceover? Show, don’t tell!

[1] Actually, CKS made me resume it and drag through 07, at which point I noted "melo-melo-melo-dorama" and "nice hook in the end with Kumiko’s beginner friend getting interested in Kumiko’s osananajimi dude, but not enough to forestall 2nd suspension". But these are details.

Karen Iwata graduates from AKB48

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A short announcement puts an end to my flirtation with the 3D(-PD) scene, at least for now.

It was an interesting short career. A dramatic early success and meteoritic rise, induction to the A-team, the anime role. Then the earthuake and tsunami happened, and a string of failures to rank followed. Compare it with the oldest member of the 12th Generation, Tomu: first rank in the 4t Senbatsu at 49, then 45, 24, 16 (!). Karen made 56 preliminary once, but never cracked the final 80. I don’t feel too sorry for Karen here. She is only 17 years old, or about the age for normal people to enter college and think about starting a career, not ending it. In fact I suspect that Tomu’s advanced age was an asset for her. Karen wants to become an actress, and more power to her, but I don’t think I’ll follow her there, unless she comes back to voicing cartoons.

The 2D idols have a huge advantage here. As Matt Groening said, Bart does not have to graduate from the 4th grade, ever.

SNAFU ends

Friday, January 1st, 2016

SNAFU stepped up its efforts in the 2nd season. Animation improved significantly. I know someone who’s hot for Iroha, who was introduced very late, in apparent effort to enliven the show. Nonetheless, overall result was unpleasant, because of characters that were stupid, egocentric, inconsiderate, sadistic, or any number of other pathologies. In various degrees, yes. I could live with Yukipon and the redhead, grinding my teeth. Saika was groanworthy. The pseudo rich bitch was pitiful. But their token fujoshi was terrible, Iroha was insufferable. The worst of all, the big sister’s pigface was crying for a brick so badly. Now granted, the teacher was phenomenal. But her one scene can’t carry the whole thing.

Of course, characters only make up a slice of this pie. As far as its design goes, I find SNAFU superior to Toradora and possibly to H&C. Can’t quite scratch AnoNatsu, but it’s about there. The psychological subtlieties are laid out with exquisite delicacy, Tolstoy style. But the people, the people! It’s one thing to have characters that are flawed in a humane way, and another thing is this cast.

Same thing happens with the acting: the cast roster reads as Who Is Who of the voice talent. They borrowed a few from iM@S (e.g. Azumin for the lazy and incompetent social butterfly president). Ryouka Yuzuki and Saori Hayami were killing it too. Works great to whip up the hate for the characters. Marina Inoue for the sister! {Correction: Mai Nakahara; thanks, Mr. Sagematt}

Finally, the main story goes to the same place where Macross Frontier did, if you catch my drift. But that was merely a cherry to top everything off.

Liked: Not a fan of assholes
Rewatch: Nope