Archive for October, 2018

The Black Healer as the pinnacle of Chick Isekai

Monday, October 8th, 2018

In our days, when Rimuru the Slime anime succeeds Death March and Dorei Majutsu on air, the traditional isekai is well established. Everyone loves frolicking in a slave harem. However, it’s not the only defined form of isekai. Its antagonist is, for the lack of a better term, the chick isekai. Its properties are basically a girl who BAMFs, like in the days of 12K, but instead of conquering everything, she sells potions, or works as a healer, in a world full of bishies. Some instances of it are downright weak and/or formulaic, but not always. I think the Black Healer is my favourite at present. I expect the adaptations of chick isekai to pour in as soon as the standard isekai jumps the shark.

Honestly, I’m a little concerned. I heard that even Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken was not well received, and there’s basically no better source material. Never underestimate the ability of anime creators to screw it all up. But we’ll see.

Meow-Meow Japanese History

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Also known by its original name of Neko-neko Nihonshi, the cat thing is a delight. Although, truth to be told, I’m not entirely sure about some of the characters, most are quite recognizeable. Shinsegumi commanders, for example, or Ryoma Saotome. The episode of Sei Shounagon is my most favourite, with the narrative of her breaking with the establishment told to perfection (I have never read The Pillow Book, mind).

The OP and ED from the 1st season were phenomenal.

Wokashii!