Archive for July, 2016

ReLIFE manga

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

My attention was drawn to ReLIFE by a post at Blue Blue Wave, of all places. However, Papa Pixy warned that the anime has no ending and just stops midway, like Sacred Blacksmith. So, if you want to know how it went, you have to read the manga. So I did. And…

… the manga is not finished either. OTZ. But! It’s designed to end, and it is progressing smoothly towards the finale. So, that part is not so bad, except that we cannot know what the mangaka has it mind for the resolution. Characters are pleasant, too. I could not put it down and essentially marathoned the whole thing over the course of several days.

Downsides? Mainly the lazy writing that uses convenient plot devices, such as evesdroping. But despite loving these crutches, some of the plot turns took me by surprise (especially ch.111).

So, Liked: Yes, Re-read: Yes. But one note of caution: the manga appears to be published in a direct-to-smartphone format, so it may be impossible to buy. I haven’t investigated yet if the dead tree options exist.

UPDATE: I posted an additional Important Spoiler Note separately, because it really is a spoiler and Ani-nouto does not provide a mechanism for hiding of spoilers.

Celeste on Tamako Love Story

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Ani-nouto was critical of Tamako Love Story despite its high recommendations, but have a look at the analysis by Bateszi’s co-blogger. Despite its personalistic lead-in, it focused on the movie itself rather than impression left by the movie (insomuch these can be separated).

The strangest thing about Tamako Love Story is that it’s riveting in a way that (frankly) Tamako Market just isn’t. Like most slice of life anime, Tamako Market borders on the tedious. It relies on a Maru-esque sort of appeal: being so mind numbingly boring it becomes inherently relaxing. Just the kind of thing a tired adult wants at the end of a stressful day. By contrast, Tamako Love Story isn’t modest at all: it’s emotionally charged, and demands attention from its viewers. […]

Where Tamako Market is myopic in scope, Tamako Love Story is telescopic: it moves from Tamako in relation to the market, to Tamako in relation to other people, and finally, to Tamako in relation to Mochizou.

Celeste is not particularly prolific, but she shapes up as a good catch for our British friend. She was already linked before, in 2011.

Arrietty

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Oops, I did it again. Thought I would never buy and watch another DVD without downloading a rip first, but I wanted a memento from my quintiennial visit to Fry’s. They still have an anime section!

I don’t know if this is what a Ghibli film not directed by Miyazaki is going to be like going forward, but main impression is that Arrietty lacks impact. When compared with something like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, everything is not as grandiose. The struggles of the heroine are not as epic. The fantasy setting is way subdued. So, while quite nice and potentially a kid’s classic for other age, people who saw Ghibli masterpieces may be too spoiled to like this. BTW, the dude is kinda a dick, and he grows in orthogonal ways.

Yuuna Yuuki Yuusha ends

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Rarely we find an anime series that elicits such uniform and congenial response from bloggers… or former bloggers (Twitter killed animeblogging). Kuro: “#yuyuyu finale particularly bad. 7 mins of fighting solved with WILLPOWER then the rest shameless attempt at last min drama.” And: “The drama was literally pointless too. They could’ve ended the episode 5mins earlier without it and nothing would change”. Mike: “The ending of #yuyuyu shows that emotion and aesthetics unmoored from logic ultimately proves unsatisfying.” Nova: “Oh right, Yuyuyu, it’s over. Typical non-comedy Kishi anime. Too many twists, feels shallow and rather uninvolving.”

Nova went on to post a proper write-up later:

I picked YuYuYu up around mid-season […], and the decent first few episodes raised some initial interest.

Flashy and cool, with an opening that leaves a thirst for more, but soon its polished façade breaks to reveal shallow and mediocre writing, mistimed comedy, haphazard pacing, and unnecessary plot twists piling up. Eventually it stumbles into a hasty ending that tries to bite way more than it can chew, and leaves the audience with little else than uninterested confusion to remember it by.

Magical girl anime is all about the girls, and in its frantic attempts at executing a heavyweight plot YuYuYu makes the fatal mistake of forgetting about something as elementary as this. Tougou is the only girl who gets at least a bit of development, while the rest of the Hero Club members are left more or less ambiguous. It’s rather ironic that being the titular character, Yuuna is pretty much the least fleshed out of the bunch.

In addition, Togo is not particularly sympathetic, if realistic.

Liked: Meh
Rewatch: Not worth it