Archive for April, 2017

Elf Yamada in Eromanga-sensei manga and anime, bis

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Just one more thing from ep.3 — did you see the sequence of Elf shooting? A screencap cannot give it justice, but still:

It reminded me about Evirus’ comparo from K-ON, "Mio as she appears in the show versus Mio as fans see her". Only this one is in-show. Also, it probably is how Elf sees herself. She also missed her target just a bit, don’t you think?

Elf Yamada in Eromanga-sensei manga and anime

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

As Elf arrives on the scene in ep.2, Zane is not impressed:

The third girl Masamune encounters is perhaps the worst, Yamada Elf, a thoroughly unpleasant, petulant, arrogant young author who couldn’t be more different from Masamune (or Sagiri for that matter). She lets her “#1 on Oricon” standing go straight to her head, believing she isn’t just the Savior of LNs, she IS light novel. Yikes!

As it happens, manga (which is derivative from LN, of course, but FWIF) gives Elf an in-source review in Chapter 31. Here it is, as translated by scanlators:

Chris: By the way though. This may sound a little biased, but I think my sister would be an excellent choice to consider.
Masamune: Eh..? Yeah, I guess.
Chris: You think so too, huh?
Masamune: Yes.
Chris: In addition to her good income, she’s cute, she loves tidying up, her cooking tastes great, and she’s fun to be around. I think she’ll be an excellent wife. I’m glad you agree with me.
Masamune: (distracted by a creak)
Chris: Although she may not look like the type, I think she’s someone who will devote herself to the person she likes. She’s been praised as a very gifted girl, with talents from playing musical instruments to speaking foreign languages. I can even go so far as to say she’s mastered almost all the skills it takes to be a good wife. All that was taught to her as part of our family’s upbringing.
Chris (continues): Which leads me to ask you. What about my sister you aren’t satisfied with?
Masamune: Umm… If I have to say it, it’s everything else about her that you purposely didn’t bring up in our conversation.
Chris (laughs): You sure know her well. Good answer. My sister’s many strengths are all put to waste by her weaknesses. She never meets her deadlines. She’s arrogant. She throws money about. She’s afflicted with the incurable disease of chyuuninbyou, which is part and parcel of her talents, not to mention she’s stupid.
Masamune: Yeah, she’s stupid. But, I feel that both her strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. That stupid side of her kinda makes her cute, and her cringeworthy chuunibyou comments do make her look cool at times. We’ve had disagreements about attitudes towards work, but I did feel she had a point {about inspiration-based writing — Author}.
Masamune (continues): Elf is such an amazing person, it makes up for all of her weaknesses. She’s an attractive girl. She’s a dependable sempai. That’s why I think I’m where I am now thanks to her. If I didn’t already have someone I liked, then I probably would have fallen for her five times over.

The author’s intent is fairly clear, I think. But it remains to be seen if anime is able to follow through on it.

Eromanga-sensei begins

Friday, April 14th, 2017

The opening episode was everything I wanted, and more. The production values are amazing. The character design is an excellent riff on the manga, animation beats Lucky*Star, attention to detail is everywheere. No obnoxious 3D! Remember the terrible fingers of iM@S? Much improved and pushed to the off-focus areas. Good job, A-1.

The production is helmed by Ryohei Tekeshita, who is not a suprstar director, but has distinguished himself well, helping with New Game and Nozaki-kun. He decided to add some foreshadowing, so we get glances at Elf Yamada (my favourite in the manga, if not LN) and Muramasa Senjuu. Elf might be just a tad too bouncy and impertinent in the anime, which is worrying. Just recall what they’ve done to Yukiho in Idolmaster TV. Senjuu didn’t distinguish herself in her 1 second of screen time, there was no omnious aura. But with her being there, I expect the anime run through the competition arc. We may even get a proper ending.

P.S. The Japanese in this show is easy to understand, so far.

UPDATE: Draggle:

Despite the terrible subject matter, this was a pretty strong first episode. It did a good job setting things up, establishing both siblings’ characters, and kept my interest.

So, yeah, I’m surprised, but I actually liked this. Somewhat looking forward to the rest.

Peter S.:

But the show itself goes light on the ero stuff and focuses instead on Izumi and Sagiri’s relationship, siblings not by blood, living under the same roof, having a shared interest, but Sagiri is too shy and traumatized by her past to truly open up. … If they continue with this path, with a little eromanga silliness mixed in, this could be a nice little series.

Zane for Rabujoy:

… I really admired the way Sagiri’s condition is portrayed. She’s not slob; her room is neat and tidy, and there’s no denying she’s an immensely gifted artist, especially considering her age. She just … can’t leave her room … We all process grief in different ways, she did so by shutting herself off from the world that took her mom away.

UPDATE:

Omo caught up, with the seiyuu-centered twist:

The light-hearted take on this is that, when Ibuchan was a wee little girl, did she (or her guardians, perhaps more importantly) imagine that she would be voicing a precocious light novel character (the type she’s been quite adept at playing) and saying “girls like dicks” on TV, in a distant day in the future? I mean, the bigger question that some of us have already made peace with is, why do eroge seiyuu exist?

When I saw the anime rendition of Megumi, I thought that she really needed a good punch in the face. Bad memories of Iroha from SNAFU. But observe that professionals playing these characters play them regardless.

H.Faust on Kuzu no Honkai

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

At Dullahan Club:

Being gritty and edgy and bringing twists to conventional love stories is not enough to create an interesting story.

Demi-chan ends

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Nice harem, but dullahans are a dumb concept, there’s no good way around it. Sakie-chan is the BEST GIRL. She needs her own anime. A shoujo, maybe!

Here’s the famous painting they were referencing:

As you can see, it’s not even a dullahan.

Liked: Okay
Rewatch: Not likely

ACCA ends

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

I found it best to enjoy ACCA by disconnecting from the manifest impossibilities of their world, such as massive government monopolies doing anything right. Mussolini making trains run on time is a myth after all. But then it’s a myth people want to believe in. ACCA is like that too, a creature of fiction into which one indulges. As myths go, this is a pleasant one.

Characters made the anime as usual. The little sister was just enough of a naive airhead, but not too much. The lead was surprisingly kickass, for a guy who only walks around, smoking cigarettes. Villains made sense and did their jobs, mostly. Mauve, Chief, idiot prince, and the supporting cast all the way down to Knot, Warbler, and even Rail — everyone contributed.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Quite possible.