Archive for April, 2016


Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Recently, I find myself watching less than in the past, spending a lot of time playing games and reading manga. Funny how that works.

Right to left: GA:GADC vol.7 (final, I think), Tomo-chan vol.2, Galko vol.1.

KonoSuba begins

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

I didn’t mean to post the “begins” bracket after just 1 episode. Konosuba 01 is not great enough to be sure that it stays. However, I dimly remember some kind of discussion in comments at Chizumatic {lost URL}, where Aqua was compared to Belldandy, and I wish to comment on that. Although it is true that the structure of their entrapment is the same, the import on the story is very different. Belldandy did nothing to deserve it, and that soured me on AMG right off the bat. But in case of Aqua, her predicament is karmic, in terms of character dynamics. In addition the divine mandate is different: Aqua is only stuck with the dude for the duration of the quest. Anyhow, the installation episode worked and the story is off to a satisfactory start.

The Asterisk War suspended

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Although The Asterisk War rehashes the elements that made Infinite Stratos, Kampfer TV series, and the original Sekirei so enjoyable, it is also set in a Railgunesque dystopia. I don’t have the energy for this. But I did finish whole 10 episodes, which constitute the opening arc.

The pad-anime.txt says gives the referrer credit to Evirus, but on re-reading of his post I don’t quite see why: it’s not a ringing endorsement. CKS was more complimentary.

GATE begins

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Some people were hinting that there was some kind of anti-Americanism in there, but I didn’t need to worry: it’s as pure as NIPPON STRONK as promised, and rolls very easily so far. It certainly has a potential to fall apart, but it haven’t happened yet. The characters are quite nice and I’m quite enjoying my time with them, even Pen’ya and Risa. This really is the key ingredient that makes this anime tick.

I noticed that a few bloggers tended to take GATE more seriously than they perhaps should have. Doing that is just wrong, and even has a potential make one self-identify as a blind ideologue.


As to anti-Americanism, that peaks in episodes 9 and 10 of the first series.

Pfft. There wasn’t any, essentially. Not to the extent of Read Or Die.