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AmaBuri begins

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

In retrospect, the accumulated baggage of the past did me no favours in this one, because the main question was if KyotoAni washes away the dull taste of Tamako Market. I haven’t seen Hyouka yet, but it, too, was called “the most boring anime in history”. Amagi Brilliant Park is nothing like those, because it is centered around a high-stakes conflict. It’s much easier to work with a dynamic, well understood premise like that. Not that GAINAX deserves any less praise for exploiting a world-ending conflict to bury the ghost of GAINAX ending… Remember this:

NIA: Now that the Humanity Annihilation System has been deactivated, the Anti-spirals will move themselves to a total war footing. Their fleet will arrive in this galaxy to exterminate the human race.
VIRAL: So, then, the fight isn’t over just yet.

It’s chills, guys. But I digress. AmaBuri‘s (initial) conflict is not quite as apocalyptic as one in Vandread and Gurren-Lagann, although its premise assumes that a bunch of fairies will die if the mission to save the park fails. I’m not exactly sure why they can’t repatriate into their origin worlds, but whatever. It is what it is. We fight for the bright future of the worthless talking alligator!

P.S. Nobar has no taste. So I credit Tappan with making me watch (“As a military fairy her talents are far more useful in a real emergency than in everyday life”, he says). SDB, meanwhile, complained that “Amagi feels forced”. Puleeeeze. Just wait until I explain why I dropped Twintails.

P.P.S. Apropos the names, I caught the Queen Latifa on my own, thanks to watching a musical film “Chicago” with my wife. I have no idea who the rest are.

Kylaran on AmaBuri

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

This is too good not to share. Buried in a slicer post at The Behind, the first impressions of Amagi Brilliant Park:

Look, I understand the need to differentiate your story from other light novels. I certainly understand that originality is more valued over writing finesse in this area of Japanese literature, and that these books are often popular with high schoolers to college students. But there is a limit to how absurd the basic premise of a story can become, because I’ll be honest: Amagi Brilliant Park isn’t very fun. The basic story of 1) crazy girl threatens guy to go to an amusement park, 2) they meet with the owner of the park, 3) she decides to make the guy (a high schooler) command to manage the entire theme park is just ridiculous. Of course, he’s some entertainment production prodigy and has the management skills to deal with crazy staff members.

Even if you like light, fluffy comedy, there’s a limit to how crazy shows can get.

Talk about missing the point. For added zest, the above is written after seeing 4 episodes, so ostensiblty he watched the already famous compare-and-contrast episode too. And yet!

BTW, I think AmaBuri is on a thin ice, although for a more substantial reason. Someone told me that KyotoAni is trying to stretch a single book to 12 episodes. So, the ep.5 is a portend of bad things to come. Expect more filler until the final arc.

End of 2014 Autumn

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Quick dump of one completion and drop announcements for three bad series that I watched for the lack of other options.

Yama no Susume was the anime of season, although it started in Summer. Great iyashikei series, very nicely done. Not boring at all, far ahead of GochiUsa and Sketchbook. It’s not GA, however. The characters are too young. Liked: Yes, Rewatch: Possible.

Twintails is just dumb and embarrassing to watch. It’s supposed to be silly, fun, and not taking itself seriously. Bloggers gush how it “sends up tropes” and such. But in actual fact it’s nearly content-free and over-pandering (“nearly” thanks to 20 seconds of Owlguildy). Aika’s violence dealt upon Twirl is tiresome. Seen 10, dropped.

Amaburi starts strongly and 04 hits it out of the park, but then it sags with filler (in 1-cour series) and … whatever. Seen 6, dropped before the pirate episode.

Inou Battle is pretty, but that harem is at the level of Haganai. Seen 4.

BTW, started on the Librarian and Madan Ou and Tatsuo Sato Is Slipping, seen a few minutes of both, dropped before taking a screencap.

If not for Yama no Susume this season would’ve been a total loss. Haven’t had it so bad in years.