Archive for April, 2019

Bocchi begins

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Japanese sure love their emotional anxiety stories. Some are immensely popular, yet fail to interest… I’m looking at you, Komi-san. Fortunately, Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu takes a sunshine approach. Imagine, if you will, a Watamote, where the main character is not a disgusting turd of a person, but rather the opposite, just shy.

Another thing they do often is a naming convention with a joke or a theme. Remember the Princess Latifa, Kayne West, et al in Amagi Brilliant Park? Bocchi turns it up to 11, baking everyone’s characteristics right in. The code is very straightforward and is within the powers of low-level weebs, so it’s quite fun to consider. Not all of them are as obvious as Hitori-Bocchi though. For example, Kai’s last name Yawara, which makes her "yawarakai" — soft, tender, possibly gentle-mannered and open-minded about people. However, is her approach to Bocchi not that of tough love? Hmm!

Production values are outstanding, to a surprising degree.

Faust is back

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

He’s back with a review of Yuru Camp, and on a new domain. Le sigh. These day, I cannot muster a good outrage about that. Not after Omo lost his DB, and Nobar switched domains (and lost the DB).

2013 cut our ranks like scythe

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Behold, a short and incomplete lit of anime blogs that stopped posting in 2013 – and their authors were kind enough to keep up 6 years later.

  1. Ramblings of DarkMirage: mostly known for his feature reviews, such as RaX.
  2. Unmei Kaihen
  3. Calamitious Intent
  4. One Minite Of Dusk
  5. BasuGasuBakuhatsu: Hung is still around, but I’m afraid to tell him that his comments became overflowing with spam. What if he decides that it’s easier to shutter the whole thing?
  6. Ultimo Spalpeen
  7. The Animanachronism: This guy was amazing.