Archive for the 'AIURA' Category

AIURA begins

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

As always, the hidden gem of the season arrives unexpectedly. I thought it gotta be the mermaids, bro, to borrow from Nova. And mermaids are pretty good, no doubt, but AIURA is in a different class entirely. The only thing that lets it down is the 4-minute format.

Not sure if this is the format, but bloggers generally have nothing too extensive to say about AIURA. Dusk tried, but eh… “The voices of the main characters sounds uniquely fresh and raw, because they are new seiyuus with literally no other project to their names” — Really? Every time Kanaka opens her mouth I hear Karen Iwata, and I thought her voice was distinctive. But actually, it’s a newcomer, Yui Nakajima. Anyway, stalwarts like Nova and Kuro did not even try as much, and basically picture-spam with heavy spoilers.

And it’s understandable. For me, the excellence of AIURA is in hitting all the notes right, likeable characters, soft setting, etc. But the art just jumps out at the viewer immediately. It looks as if an immense budget was expended on the backgrounds alone, and the animation is simply amazing. When Kanaka receives the news of her nickname, the slight motions were at the level of Lucky Star and Kanata clapping her feet. Essentially the whole thing is an advertisement for the capabilities of LINDEN FILMS, which probably explains why it’s so short.

Yama no Susume ends

Monday, May 6th, 2013

What, it’s over already? But of course. Watching 12 3-minute episodes takes about as much time as watching two normal episodes.

Now I’m wondering if it’s just me or short-format shows became more prevalent? Back when Keitai Shoujo “aired”, its size had to do with the streaming services not even being in their infancy yet — and the need to download the clips to cellphones. We also had miniatures like Cheburashka Arere, which I presume were broadcast in top of the hour slots. Those productions were not excessively ambitious. I am discounting the off-shoots like Haruhi-chan, history of which dates back to To Heart. They lived their parallel lives outside of broadcast as DVD bonuses. But now Yama no Susume seems like a beta run for AIURA, the length of which some animebloggers call “the greates crime in history of anime” on Twitter. Is the tide of anime shorts real and are they the cancer killing anime?

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: maaaaybe…

Thighs, apparently

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Yesterday, Ana-sempai said, “I wish you went back to your normal old hobbies — guns, anime…” True, my SU-16CA feels unloved recently, and the brand spanking Nova that I bought specifically for desert fun might just miss the desert this year, because of payload limitation in the new conveyance.

As for anime, I saw a lot of people burn out of it over the years, but fear not, I still love the final art. It’s just that I am not really an otaku, and Ryo-san was mistaken. In fact, I’m frighteningly casual. Until Evirus and Nova started talking about the thighs fetish in AIURA, I remained completely oblivious to it.

Funnily enough, my lead summary picture for the series included the thigh. I looked at it and didn’t see it. Good thing we have real animebloggers to crack the code.

AIURA ends

Friday, July 5th, 2013

In the end, it was the same thing it was in the beginning: an advertisement for the newly-hatched animation studio. Steven called Kanaka “not even slightly amusing”. Not sure if I want to go that far, but yes. Unfortunately, there was no space for others to take from her.