Archive for November, 2016

Running manga

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Recently, I found myself reading manga quite a bit, and possibly at the expnse of the anime. Most of it is rather so-so, but I found 3 series available online that are worth reading raw.

#1 is Oshiete Galko-chan. It was featured at Ani-nouto previously, and although officially it comes out on paper, it is available at Senmanga. Scanlations were sporadic and ceased a while ago.

#2 is ReLIFE. Not sure I really like where the author is taking the manga. Clearly he’s not reading my suggestions (j/k). But it’s not bad, for a school romance. It’s available officially at Comico, on a strict schedule every Friday. Scanlations keep up, and I sometimes refer to them. {Update: The festival may be over. Can you believe the timing?}

#3 is Mousou Telepathy. That one is a school romance also (a theme is beginning to appear), and is rather cute. Or at least I’m not as bored with it as with the Tomo-chan, where Humitan decided to squeeze the lemon of popularity to the last drop, instead of developing a story. Both are at Sai-zen-sen, on an erratic schedule. Scanlations are way behind, but chugging along.

If someone wants a wider selection (and in English), they may do worse than to look at Draggle’s list in 3 parts (one, two, three). I find little to quarrel in it.

Usagi Drop ends

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Let’s stick to basics in this one.

What do we have? An anime about raising children of tender age of about seven. Nice and sweet.

Good sides? The OP is phenomenal, especially the artsy animation of the two rabbits. The tune is all right, but meshes well. Apparently, it’s by Puffy? The main characters are quite decent, especially the girl. The phylosophical question of whether children are sacrifices was presented well — reminds about the question of whether loving a robot over a human was okay in Chobits. And a ton of cute moments like cooking, playground, and the like.

Downsides? The mother part was painfully squeezed into the story in order to create the desired family layout. She herself is a massive self-insert for the mangaka. With this, it should be no surprise that the writing is massively from a woman perspecite. Comes especially heavy when dude’s sister runs away in ep.7.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Not likely, but not impossible either.

Omo on Girlish Number

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Gotta snipe this bit of a longer post:

Which is also to say, Girlish Number takes a rather cynical and unfortunate example. If things were like this from the beginning this industry would not have blossomed like it did today.

This recalls very much in my mind Yano’s observation about the people who continue living the dream (and the rest of that conversation in ep.19).

Digibro on character design of Gurren-Lagann

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Now the vlogs and youtubing are things that completely passed our notice at Ani-nouto. I hardly have the time to watch anime, what to say about fan videos, unless it’s something everyone talks about. Still, people do some good work out there. Check out 10 minutes of non-stop praise in "Cool Character Designs: Gurren Lagann". I’m not sure if I agree with all the points. The examples of cosplay didn’t look all that amazing, honestly. But, a very slick presentation overall.

P.S. Look at the subscriber count: ~250k for Digibro. As a point of comparison, Nutnfancy has ~670k, Sootch 460k. It is essentially in the ballpark. Of course Hickok45 has ~2.2 million, but he’s Mr. Rogers of our days. And in any case, the point is, I highly doubt that 2,000 people read Ani-nouto regularly, let alone 200,000.

The Behind on Euphonium

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Behind of the Nihon Review posted a usual season summary, where a couple of grafs caught my eye. In particuar, the second opinion by a staff blogger Reckoner:

Euphonium’s second season has yet to truly justify its own existence. Now that Kumiko and the concert band have made it to nationals, a lot of steam has come out of the show’s wheels. That obsessive and intense focus the band had in accomplishing their musical aspirations has taken a backseat to some generic feeling drama and nonsensical yuri pandering. Kyoto Animation knows exactly what kind of audience they are trying to titillate still with Kumiko and Reina’s relationship, but at this point it is starting to drag down the characterization and hence the show.

LOL, I knew it!