Archive for January, 2017

Miao pans Seiren

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

In the Thin Slicing post:

[…] Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities between [Amagami and Seiren] ended. One, Seiren has some god awful character designs and animation. The heroines all share similar faces and body types, so it is very difficult to tell them apart. The poor animation and lack of detail contribute to to this issue. […]

Two, none of the characters of Seiren are as interesting as the Amagami cast. They are all bland, background characters forced to play leading roles. Three, the plots are excruciatingly bad. One focus of the first heroine is that the guy thinks she is dating an older man just because she was alone with an older man at her place of work. That is some mental gymnastics going on there. […]

If what he says here is grounded in fact, it is quite damning.

UPDATE: Evirus is not happy either (even awards it a “Worse Than Cosprayers” tag), but neglects to exaplain why, except the stock complaint about every lead except Cobra:

Seiren manages to be a fairly serious disappointment even though I never had high expectations for it. Its Amagami SS predecessor also had numerous flaws, but I don’t remember them being so irritating. […] Seiren, on the other hand, manages to give its male lead all the traditionally detestable characteristics stereotypically associated with Potato-kun. It’s actually too aggravating to go into detail again, given I’ve already vented about him via IRC and the Twitter.

Twitter killed animeblogging.

Scum’s Wish at Amazon

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

If Tappan is to be believed, Kuzu no Honkai seems like possibly an interesting school romance anime. Also, "By the standards of anime TV the sexual content is rather graphic." The problem is, it’s on Amazon, and I hate that platform so much. Never works right for me, and I gave them another honest try again recently because of Grand Tour. Even Daisuki is better, and Crunchyroll has pretty much worked bugs out. I’ll have to pass, although it could be a stream for someone who’s friendly with Amazon.

Staff writer of Rabujoi pans Granblue

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Somewhat unexpectedly:

The Verdict: Fantasy tropes aside, GranBlue‘s structure is terrible. Scenes are interminably long, often featuring characters standing around expositioning content we know or are smart enough to infer.

Hopefuly it’s just the Curse of the Gifted or he’s a massive autist. But he may be right. Except that, from what I can tell based on whatever factual content he provides, the ep.1 faithfully adapts the tutorial from the game. I played through it before losing interest by the 1st save point.

Isshyukan Friends

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

For about 8 of 12 episodes, I thought I’d write about how cute the female lead was, the dude’s funny denial, how side characters had their roles, and so on. But the finale crossed all of it. It very much seemed like an anime-only end over an ongoing manga. So, I decided to read the manga and find out how the story is resolved. Imagine my surprise when I found that the manga is complete and the anime adapts everything. It’s just that I did not understand what was going on!

Part of the problem is no doubt my intellectual capacity being too low for One Week Friends, but they also compressed about half of the manga size into just 3 episodes. That was a dick move, frankly.

Liked: Mostly
Rewatch: No

Speaking about miscomprehension, check out Schneider at Tsurusekai:

In One Week Friends, Hase admits that he is attracted to Fujimiya, but friendship is his goal.

That the dude’s massive official denials are worth an empty eggshell, is obvious even in the anime. Manga is even more explicit.

Tappan takes a practical tack:

I originally thought that Kaori’s recurrent amnesia was absurdly unrealistic but I’ve changed my mind. The story gives us plenty of reasons to suspect that she is suffering from what used to be called “hysterical” amnesia.

P.S. One other thing I meant to ramble about before the finale was the figure of the capable friend, which is a massive recurrent theme in anime romcom. In a break with the tradition though, the friend wins a girl here; or it’s more like he’s saddled with one. Toradora is the only other one that comes to mind that plays with it (see the big shock photo in ep.20).

Hakui on MahoIku

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Let me preface this with a massive spoiler warning. But! Cannot even trim anything from this GNUsocial post:

finished mahoiku, it was a huge mess

as i noticed a while back the moment someone’s backstory starts to show they’re flagged for the next candidate

instead of creating more impact when it comes, it just signals “oh hey don’t bother, they’re going to die next”

marisa was the only character i cared about because she actually had screentime and did things outside of fighting

i’m pretty sure i’ve seen better handled “everyone dies” series

I knew about the “murder-rama” nature of the series thnks to Evirus, but this is just perfect.

Chinese Subs

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

One weird thing about the Chinese subs is that they have a normal video spot for sponsor messages (it’s where Japanese usually put Bushiroad or Kadokawa logo), but there’s nothing there — clean video. I cannot help but ask if the Chinese pirates steal transport streams before they reach broadcast stations.

New Chew Toy

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

We used to have anime blogs at times that were excellent for mocking, such as the before-relaunch S1E1. Unfortunately, the availability of the quality crazy was rather spotty of late… But here’s a very promising claim at MimiDoShima:

Making guns and tanks look cool should not be done by a country like Japan.

That’s the feeling. Oh yes. It’s like real Scotch next to Josei Next Door’s moonshine.