Archive for December, 2016

Eromanga-sensei anime is announced

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

I read the manga on scanlations and liked it quite a bit, so the big news are quite welcome (h/t Emperor J). The story is essentially a rehash of Oreimo, I’m told. But what I saw of the previous anime was rather difficult to enjoy on the account of unpleasant characters. I dropped it after 1 or 2 episodes. If they don’t screw up the adaptation, this is going to be very different. SPOILERS: I’m in the Elf Yamada camp. Muramasa (Senjyu) is a bit too far out there.

BTW, the English title may end with a space, which is too bad, since “Eromanga” is actually a name (well, an assumed name). It is supposed to be an unintentional pun at ero manga, rather than the ero manga itself. But oh well. Bombshells From The Sky made me jaded for mistitling.

Online people are making me to watch anime

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

First came a mysterious guy at Smug.lo.li, who wrote: “Her smile and optimism: Recovered”. It was about Girlish Number, which I set aside because it was rumored to be a bit nasty. Well, then… I may need some more spoilers to bump it up, but into the queue it goes.

Second, DiGiKerot suddenly produced a full-page format comic. It took some “binging”, but I found that he referred Aikatsu. I am a little concerned that it may be an anime for little girls, but if it inspired him… Cannot be that bad. And it’s not like Precure is for big girls.

UPDATE: The Anime War Crimes Tribunal on GN:

Watching a shitty person get shit on by the shitty world of anime production was entertaining for a while, but as the show dragged on the gimmick started to get old. […] The few moments where it tried to get you to feel sorry for Chitose fell flat because it’s all her own fault and she never actually learned anything.

UPDATE: Nobar reiterates:

While Shirobako showed the sunny side of working life with passionate people striving their best at the thing they love, Girlish Number delves into the flipside, the underbelly of the ignorant, the arrogant, and the incompetent. Much of these qualities are exemplified in its female protagonist Chitose, a young voice actor whose incompetence is only overshadowed by her gigantic ego.

UPDATE from Omo:

Chitose may or may not be a bitch and that’s besides the point. The idea is that a heroine like her is […] the heroine this rotten industry deserves, not the heroine it wants. This is not unexpected given our passive-aggressive mastermind behind Girlish Number’s creation.

Disappearance of Haruhi-chan

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

This slipped my attention somehow until I watched it in a screening rum of the fabulous local con (Con-Jikan; thanks, Tommy). If I heard about it, I took it for one of those other -chan offsprings of Haruhi in 3-minute format. But Disappearance of Haruhi-chan is different. As much as I can tell, it is a derivative of the Disappearance movie, rather than the series, and is set in the world where Kyon makes the opposite choice. And… It’s not bad. Maybe he really should have. Unfortunately, I only watched 2 or 3 episodes and had to quit just when Haruhi appeared and started dragging the whole show… if not into the toilet, but at least somewhere she’s apt to drag it. It could still be terrible in the end.

UPDATE: Evirus reminded me that the title is actually "Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan".

Bloggers on Mahouiku

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

It is a duel of Omo(no mono) and Anime War Criminal — an on-again, off-again blog for which Evirus has a strange affinity (it must be run by one of his peeps from #raspberryheaven).

Calaggie on Miss Barnard

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

I was about post a “Miss Barnard fails” entry, when the following attracted my attention:

Sawako become more interested in reading over time but continues to be light-hearted about it, which frequently annoys the more serious Shiori. The anime’s dialogue contains some bits that sound like anecdotes you might hear from real-life bibliophiles about their reading habits or their experiences with used bookstores.

Perhaps I was too hasty dropping it. The setup was that the lead was revealed to be a gigantic poseur, who is not actually interested in either books or reading, but attempts to create an impression that she does. A flimsy foundation indeed. In addition, production values were unexpectedly poor. I watched anime like that for the plot back in the 1980s, but that was 30 years ago.

New Game

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

The New Game is a CGDCT, no more, no less. Only now the action is set not in a school club, but in a workplace. To keep the desired effect running, the show plays with the infantilism a bit, even up to office workers discussing if this or that coworker behaves childishly.

This is not a workplace comedy though, as such. The CGDCT focus is so strong that the anime features an all-female cast without any kind of explanation. This includes not just the company, but any other environment, such as Nene’s university. The only time a man moves in frame is when a random passenger walks onto a train platform. This reminds me very much how late Steven den Beste refused to use screencaps with even incidental men in them for the top rotation at Chizumatic.

With such cast composition, one might wonder if thematic concerns are present. And yes, they are, but it’s not too terrible. Mostly focuses on Rin of all people. A bath episode is surprisingly tame.

Production values are outstanding. At times it looked like J.C.Staff at its peak decided to re-animate Lucky Star. In actual fact, the production studio was Doga Kobo. I don’t recall ever hearing about it, but they were subcontracting forever.

Best Girl: Umiko.

Liked: Yes, although it’s sugar calories
Rewatch: Possible

P.S. If you compare New Game with the first cour of Shirobako, the difference in scope is gigantic. More and bigger things are happening, more characters are introduced — and developed. The lead is alpha in Shirobako and beta in New Game. It’s just amazing how much more sugary and empty New Game is, from the perspective of the story and characters. But then it’s cute.

P.P.S. Speaking of Steven, he lived long enough to dismiss a series seemingly created precisely for his tastes thus:

We’ve seen it before: “The people creating your entertainment are a bunch of fruitcakes”. It turns out that all of Aoba’s coworkers are nuts in one way or another, at least based on the first half of the first episode, which was all I could stand. Then I gave up.

Sadly, we cannot debate it with him anymore. But… They do not qualify for “fruitcakes”, IMHO. The protagonist’s cubemates are: 1) a girl, 21, who is physically active, 2) a timid girl who prefers to communicate through instant messaging, 3) a normal girl with no particular deviances. Perhaps I worked in an office environment for too long, but I’ve seen all of this and nothing is abnormal. The team lead has a penchant for sleeping in the office and is sometimes found by her manager. Without pants. Okay, maybe that’s pushing it, but then if your manager is your close friend and covers for it, people often do worse. Frankly, this is the least worst thing a primadonna designer can afford to engage into before the management is compelled to take action. So yeah, I disagree with Steven’s excuse.

P.P.P.S. I awarded Umiko the Best Girl, but she is a bit controversial. When I saw her first, I thought that if she continues to draw in everyday environment, this woman is certainly going to cap someone by accident one day. But on the other hand perhaps all she needs is one good warning by a person she respects.

Denpa Onna to Seishyun Otoko, force-cancelled

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

I visited a screening of Denpa Onna at our local fabulous anime convention, which ran for 2 episodes. Such expeditions are often useful; that is how I came to know Nodame and Mahoraba, for example. This discovery wasn’t as profitable, but at least I watched it now and I’m free to bad-mouth it.

Over the years I gradually became disillusioned in SHAFT and Shinbo. I think the last his work that was watcheable was ef. Denpa Onna came very close to staging a comeback for them, in a way that Somethingmonogatari could not. Animation is still SHAFTist, but quality is unusually high. No photos for backgrounds, here. There was one instance where a stationary fabric pattern was used, on a blanket into which the human burrito was wrapped. The 3D was kept in check. The comedy is Arakawa Under Bridge redux, but again, smarter than back then. So, what’s wrong?

To begin with, the “everyone is broken” setup is not particularly attractive as a base. Upon that, the construct of “cute crazy (girl)” is mounted, and it’s not actually as cute as it was in Mahoraba. We have a chuuninbyou so advanced that the patient has dropped out of school purely because she was too disfunctional. A Sword of Damocles is hanging upon all this, where the dude ultimately does nothing to cure her, because SHAFT hoped for more seasons. Really didn’t want to stick around to find out.

Comico monetizes ReLIFE starting today

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Today being Friday, I went to read the ch.155 and found it blocked from accesss through a website. Yep, it’s time for pay our dues. Whiteout Scans have already posted a statement. The scanlators appear to be interested in continuing, but what am I to do if I want raws? I suppose the only way is to reverse-engineer the app’s network protocol.

UPDATE: Whiteout report that all the images in the app directory are unencrypted, so “Slapping the JPG extension onto the file names is all it takes to make the files legible again!”.

Interviews With Monster Girls is actually

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Demi-chan wa Kataritai anime? Why, I would’ve never guessed. From the headlines, I thought it was some kind of knock-off for Everyday Life With Monster Girls. The English title was apparently invented in the bowels of Kodansha.

The Demi-chan manga is rather cute, mostly. The detectives were terrible, and I do not care for the idea of a dullahan in this application, but yuki-onna and the vampire compensate, and omg dat succubus! Also, the tension of the forbidden harem is so juicy. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a decent ending planned. But then it’s common in mangas.

Production is by A-1. The broadcast is set for Winter cour.