Archive for August, 2016

Saiki begins

Monday, August 29th, 2016

What series do I enjoy the most this season? Well, ReLIFE, of course, but that’s already over for those who did not need to stick to the fake "broadcast" schedule. So, what do I look forward to every week, then? The disastrous life of Saiki-kun, that’s what. The “Saiki” is pun with “Psyche”.

I’ve already read all of the manga, so the best part is the adaptation. As Director Kinoshita once said, the objective of adaptation is “to showcase the strong points of the original to the fans, while hiding the weak parts”. Saiki does that quite admirably. Plus, the production values are not bad, for the budget.

Note that being a pure comedy, Saiki is absolutely not for everyone. Comedies never are.

Teruhashi is the best girl. Oupf. {Update: Allow me to ruin the joke by explaining it. Everyone who meets Teruhashi says “Ouph”, except for our eponymous character. Naturally, she sees it as a challenge to make him say “Ouph”. Comedy ensues.}

BTW, the Daisuki app for iOS uses the difference in aspect ratio on iPad to place the subtitles outside of the frame. I can see why they thought it would be a great idea, but the font is too small and difficult to read.

DiGiKerot on Love Live Sunshine

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

I only watched 3 episodes of LLS and it didn’t grab my attention. However, a post at Beta-Waffle re-kindled my interest with an interesting spoiler:

The point is that the game has changed. Everyone knows about μ’s, and everyone is trying to imitate that success. This is as true outside of the universe of the series as it is within it, of course. Admittedly, being linked to the Love Live franchise gives the real-life Aqours a massive leg-up on the competition, but the fact that just being a carbon copy of their predecessors is likely to result in only short-term interest would likely be true regardless.

In universe, though, the events of these episodes mark an important segregation point. Up until this point, the characters thought that μ’s were the pinnacle of the School Idol universe. They were the thing to be chased. It was who they were imitating, and what the events were paralelling. The reality is that, outside of their sleepy town, unbeknownst to them, their idols had instead become the baseline. Everyone knows about μ’s and A-RISE at their peaks, and everyone knows how imitate them. There’s nothing special about doing that, and it’ll get you literally nowhere. You have to be at least μ’s to be worthwhile.

Which is going to make the next few episodes interesting, as the characters have to start mapping a course beyond their heroines.

That Sunshine was a carbon copy of the original LL became a bit of an easy target for comentators, to the point that people started posting side-by-side screencap galleries. But now this.

Crunchyroll enters physical media market

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Remember when the largest incumbent of discs, Funimations, tried to stream? Good times. Tables are turned now, with Crunchyroll’s announcement:

[W]e are super excited to announce that Crunchyroll has acquired the rights for merchandise and home video for the smash-hit Kabaneri!

Crunchyroll is excited to announce our entry into the home video market with the following upcoming English-dubbed Blu-Ray and DVD releases:

Big Order
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Myriad Colors Phantom World
Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches
And many more still to be announced!

This comes on the heels of Daisuki intruducing a paid subscription (only $5 and “reduced” amount of ads, not eliminated ads). Also, Netflix is scheming too. Could it be that anime acquired a second breath, fueled by recent societal changes?

Bleg for a serious weaboo power

Monday, August 8th, 2016

This is little add-on for the latest ReLIFE manga chapter, 139. What does it mean, “英世は折ってはいけない”? I understand that she must not break something, but what? And why is it nostalgic? Scanlation’s translation makes no sense. Google was no help thus far. Neither were official dictionaries.

UPDATE: The best guess so far is that Hideyo may be an as-yet-unintroduced member of the preparationary committee. The only problem is, why no honorific?

UPDATE: Never mind, false alarm. I remembered the reference. She means the 1,000 yen note that Arata told her not to fold.

Strike Witches sequel announced

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Or so I read Beveridge’s post.

From a base in Petersburg in the Empire of Orussia, the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing “Brave Witches,” upon whom mankind has placed its hopes, flies with courage in the cold skies of eastern Europe.

It’s not only the Hollywood that’s creatively bankrupt, it appears.

But on second thought, the fact remains that I cannot stop rewatching ReLIFE 13. Do not send help.