Archive for July, 2017

A little piece of New Game

Friday, July 28th, 2017

You know how really good anime cannot be spoiled, because it’s so good that it’s impossible to spoil, right? I’m going to spoil everyone’s favourite lesbian manga, New Game, because it’s like that.

Our hero, Aoba, enters another no-holds-barred competition with her idol and mentor, Yagami. They have to produce a magazine illustration for their game, where it’s emphasized that the character wears a costume. Here’s how Aoba approaches the problem:

She starts by decomposing the task and then building from the center out. The zipper is prominent and will remain a key feature of the illustration. As she works hard for days, she adds accoutrements to the idea. She strives to show the character (who wears the costume) having fun in an adolescent world:

You can see that the rest of the world starts to encroach, even overwhelm the main character. But it looks like a natural progression from idea to implementation. Natural that is, until you see what Yagami came up with. Her illustration simple and expressive:

Needless to say, Aoba suffers a crushing defeat, and the bitterness of it will help her grow. But I’m really attracted to the way the difference between the master and apprentice is portrayed. The root of Yagami’s superiority is her ability to design the whole thing. She didn’t have to develop bottom-up, or center-out, or according to any other mediocre methodology. I saw this in engineering and programming many times, so it’s something that speaks true to me. I can’t wait to see this part in the anime.

Saga of Tanya ends

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Aside from all the comedy, two things Youjo Senki left with me are 1) Germans in the Japanese mind, and 2) unfinished anime.

Generally speaking, I am allright with anime based on an unfinished source. I mean, who doesn’t love Mahoraba? Although, every time it ends abrubtly like Sacred Blacksmith or Masamune’s Revenge, I get annoyed. But the worst kind of unfinished anime is the one that postpones a central point because the author is idiot. Well, I’d love to know who wins in Hataraku Maou-sama, but I can accept it going either way. Unfortunately, we’ll never know the mystery behind The Moderators of Kamfer, and the bitter part about it is, we are stuck because the author has not clue to begin with.

At times, the original source goes from strength to strength and far exceeds the anime that adopts its early parts, as in Jitsu wa Watashi wa. Other times it peters out as the author tries to grab onto remaining readers instead of writing a good story. Sadly it’s rather common for light novels. I’m afraid it’s exactly what’s in store for Tanya. The anime is still watchable, even with that in mind. Yes, it’s squarely in "the worst" category because the author has no plan for the conflict with Being X. But the rest of it is good enough to balance out. Just don’t watch for the plot.

Once upon a time, a gentleman known as “Executive Otaku” penned a long post about the Japanese historic regard for Germans. Unfortunately, he posted it at THAT, which (as a successor of Impz) he took off AnimeBlogger only to destroy in 2013. The article has disappeared off the net completely. But his main thesis was that Germans were for Japanese everything that Japanese themselves were not, and that’s why Japanese looked up to them. Tanya does a lot to explore the mythical Germany that inherited from those old perceptions. Now, it’s not like that Germany had any more with the reality than Japan of Sakura Wars had with the real Japan of the period. Both are myths that survive in anime for our enjoyment.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Actually, possible.

Elf Yamada claims Brickmuppet

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Bricmuppet’s evolution is not uncommon. Mr. JTFish, too, started as a ball of hate and ended with "how do I live without EMILY!!! (now that Eromanga-sensei is over)".

One funny thought about this… I suspect strongly that in the LN author’s mind, Elf and Muramasa are peers, loser comrades in the contest of love, like Ayeka and Ryoko in Tenchi. But it does not quite end like that in the actual product. Although, we may miss some cues or lack a necessary background. I heard that in Japan, Yozora and Sena of Haganai are equally popular, but in America nobody likes Yozora and Sena is overwhelmingly more popular with fans. It’s easy to see why — who wants to deal with a nasty, nagging harpy? I didn’t see any character polls for Eromanga-sensei in JDM, so I don’t know for sure.