Archive for October, 2016

Kuro on Vivid Strike

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Kuro tweets:

In other news, Twitter killed animeblogging and then suicided. GAB is far too politicized. I suppose I’ll keep the GNU/Smug.loli thing going for now. It’s not like I have many years left to play with it. At least that one provides an RSS feed.

Steven Den Beste has died

Monday, October 24th, 2016

With a heavy heart I am here to report that the word has come in, by way of Steven’s brother and Brickmuppet. The final update to Chizumatic was on October 14.

Named after a character in Mahoromatic, Chizumatic was one of the oldest anime blogs. Its domain predated Ani-nouto by a few months in 2006, but the blog itself started at with a review of Lain in October 2004. Back then, Author was still gestating in the depths of LiveJournal, Omo’s domain was “”, Jeff Lawson still had years to go.

From the beginning, Chizumatic offered a strong editorial voice for the most competent direction and the cutest girls, as well as an excellent understanding of the classical blogging, which Steven brought with him from the political arena. Explanations and WMG/TMW were another hallmark. Did you think too that the crow in Haibane Renmei represented Rakka’s dog? We aren’t getting such insights anymore and the animeblogging has become poorer for that.

Garupan IRL

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

One of the most amusing scenes of Girls und Panzer was one where Miho’s team camps upon a hill and one of German teams (possibbly her sister, I don’t remember) is trying to dislodge them. At some point, a tank from Miho’s team drives right through the ranks of the opponents, causing a real chaos.

Well, it’s the battle for Mosul now and here’s a video. A rank of armor (albeit mostly AFVs and an armored car) is facing a clump of structures. From there, a bombmobile charges upon them, towards the camera. It targets one of AFVs, that maneuvers sharply to the right of the camera, and the bombmobile misses. In the same time, the armored car dashes in the opposite direction before turning around. But the driver of the bomb decides to take out another AFV instead, on the left. The shockwave from the explosion covers everything in a dust cloud. All the while this is happening, crews shoot at the attacking bomb and miss.

Just in case you thought GaruPan was unrealistic. Well, aside from the people die when killed part.

Cinderella Girls Gekijou Anime in 2017

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

While the wheels of popularity turned, Cinderella Girls Theater was one of those constant things that made people load the browser game. Last I checked, it published more than 600 strips. Published in color nowadays, Danbooru can provide a taste. With such a hot property locked into the dead-end website, of course Namco wanted to monetize. Behold the official PV:

Crunchy has the announcement.

Personally, I don’t have high hopes. The PV was rather underwhelming with too much focus on the “gag” aspect of CGG. But hey, at least we can hope to see Karen holding two umbrellas behind her back.

UPDATE: It didn’t take long for fans to identify the strips that were animated for the PV. Suprisingly, they span the range up to the very newest ones:

Houkago Assault Sumipe

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Sumire Uesaka captured my attention momentarily today by linking with Houkago Assault Girls and cosplaying. I thought she was going to voice someone in an upcoming anime. But nope (no permalink, sorry):

上坂: アニメになってもモザイクだらけにならない。TOKYO MXに優しい作品だと思います。

高田: アニメ化されるといいんですけどねえ(笑)。

Kakko warai indeed.

Magical Internet Hearsay

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Evirus writes:

I saw a comment on the Twitter recently about how the success of Shirobako signaled to the industry that perhaps there was a market for shows with adult characters after all.

No link? Tsk, tsk. Also! Is Shirobako actually a success? Well, I bought the BDs, but my tastes are hardly representative.

The U.S. market release of Shirobako is taken out by Ledford. It’s #206 in Anime at Amazon, which does not sound too impressive. Although, Haibane Renmei is #578.

UPDATE: Omo comments that Shirobako BDs were selling quite well, and:

Given the industry these days it would not be a surprise to hear in a couple years that PA Works will go back to that well. Certainly it would out-delight that recent announcement about Uchoten Kazoku.

What a sick burn. And a well-deserved one, too.

Reject the moral panic and free yourself by watching Usagi Drop

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

<Author> Usagi Drop time
<Sage> [23:22:32] <Author> Usagi Drop time <-- the incest show?
<Author> it’s not that close
<Sage> The incest show.
<Author> I noticed that Nobar shared the prejudices of small minded people too.
<Sage> But Author.
<Sage> He fucks his daughter.
<Author> So…. like every Teitoku?
<Hikago> R E K T


(From Carnival Phantasm EX)

UPDATE: Omo weighs in:

Usagi Drop is a solid anime, don’t let people who follow/read/gets spoiled by the manga tell you anything otherwise. It’s not about morality, but about mode of consumption and letting that dictate what you ought to do, when it might not be a good reason. When I read that post I thought about how anime adaptations sometimes live in this different world than the manga experience. Then again I dig these kind of controversial stuff so I am hardly unbiased.

Usagi Drop begins

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The idea to watch Usagi Dropp was seeded by Evirus’ effective advocacy and prompted by the disappointment in the S&L. So far it’s a smooth sailing. Production values were a shade under what I expected from PIG, but when Rin worked through a fear of death, things fell back into place. And dat OP with rabbits.