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Eromanga-sensei anime is announced

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

I read the manga on scanlations and liked it quite a bit, so the big news are quite welcome (h/t Emperor J). The story is essentially a rehash of Oreimo, I’m told. But what I saw of the previous anime was rather difficult to enjoy on the account of unpleasant characters. I dropped it after 1 or 2 episodes. If they don’t screw up the adaptation, this is going to be very different. SPOILERS: I’m in the Elf Yamada camp. Muramasa (Senjyu) is a bit too far out there.

BTW, the English title may end with a space, which is too bad, since “Eromanga” is actually a name (well, an assumed name). It is supposed to be an unintentional pun at ero manga, rather than the ero manga itself. But oh well. Bombshells From The Sky made me jaded for mistitling.

Eromanga-sensei PV1

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The PV1 is out and available at Nico-nico. Technically it’s also on YouTube, but some idiot region-locked it to Japan.

The animation is done by A-1, and it does look exactly like OreImo redux, as it should.

Eromanga-sensei begins

Friday, April 14th, 2017

The opening episode was everything I wanted, and more. The production values are amazing. The character design is an excellent riff on the manga, animation beats Lucky*Star, attention to detail is everywheere. No obnoxious 3D! Remember the terrible fingers of iM@S? Much improved and pushed to the off-focus areas. Good job, A-1.

The production is helmed by Ryohei Tekeshita, who is not a suprstar director, but has distinguished himself well, helping with New Game and Nozaki-kun. He decided to add some foreshadowing, so we get glances at Elf Yamada (my favourite in the manga, if not LN) and Muramasa Senjuu. Elf might be just a tad too bouncy and impertinent in the anime, which is worrying. Just recall what they’ve done to Yukiho in Idolmaster TV. Senjuu didn’t distinguish herself in her 1 second of screen time, there was no omnious aura. But with her being there, I expect the anime run through the competition arc. We may even get a proper ending.

P.S. The Japanese in this show is easy to understand, so far.

UPDATE: Draggle:

Despite the terrible subject matter, this was a pretty strong first episode. It did a good job setting things up, establishing both siblings’ characters, and kept my interest.

So, yeah, I’m surprised, but I actually liked this. Somewhat looking forward to the rest.

Peter S.:

But the show itself goes light on the ero stuff and focuses instead on Izumi and Sagiri’s relationship, siblings not by blood, living under the same roof, having a shared interest, but Sagiri is too shy and traumatized by her past to truly open up. … If they continue with this path, with a little eromanga silliness mixed in, this could be a nice little series.

Zane for Rabujoy:

… I really admired the way Sagiri’s condition is portrayed. She’s not slob; her room is neat and tidy, and there’s no denying she’s an immensely gifted artist, especially considering her age. She just … can’t leave her room … We all process grief in different ways, she did so by shutting herself off from the world that took her mom away.

UPDATE:

Omo caught up, with the seiyuu-centered twist:

The light-hearted take on this is that, when Ibuchan was a wee little girl, did she (or her guardians, perhaps more importantly) imagine that she would be voicing a precocious light novel character (the type she’s been quite adept at playing) and saying “girls like dicks” on TV, in a distant day in the future? I mean, the bigger question that some of us have already made peace with is, why do eroge seiyuu exist?

When I saw the anime rendition of Megumi, I thought that she really needed a good punch in the face. Bad memories of Iroha from SNAFU. But observe that professionals playing these characters play them regardless.

Elf Yamada in Eromanga-sensei manga and anime

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

As Elf arrives on the scene in ep.2, Zane is not impressed:

The third girl Masamune encounters is perhaps the worst, Yamada Elf, a thoroughly unpleasant, petulant, arrogant young author who couldn’t be more different from Masamune (or Sagiri for that matter). She lets her “#1 on Oricon” standing go straight to her head, believing she isn’t just the Savior of LNs, she IS light novel. Yikes!

As it happens, manga (which is derivative from LN, of course, but FWIF) gives Elf an in-source review in Chapter 31. Here it is, as translated by scanlators:

Chris: By the way though. This may sound a little biased, but I think my sister would be an excellent choice to consider.
Masamune: Eh..? Yeah, I guess.
Chris: You think so too, huh?
Masamune: Yes.
Chris: In addition to her good income, she’s cute, she loves tidying up, her cooking tastes great, and she’s fun to be around. I think she’ll be an excellent wife. I’m glad you agree with me.
Masamune: (distracted by a creak)
Chris: Although she may not look like the type, I think she’s someone who will devote herself to the person she likes. She’s been praised as a very gifted girl, with talents from playing musical instruments to speaking foreign languages. I can even go so far as to say she’s mastered almost all the skills it takes to be a good wife. All that was taught to her as part of our family’s upbringing.
Chris (continues): Which leads me to ask you. What about my sister you aren’t satisfied with?
Masamune: Umm… If I have to say it, it’s everything else about her that you purposely didn’t bring up in our conversation.
Chris (laughs): You sure know her well. Good answer. My sister’s many strengths are all put to waste by her weaknesses. She never meets her deadlines. She’s arrogant. She throws money about. She’s afflicted with the incurable disease of chyuuninbyou, which is part and parcel of her talents, not to mention she’s stupid.
Masamune: Yeah, she’s stupid. But, I feel that both her strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. That stupid side of her kinda makes her cute, and her cringeworthy chuunibyou comments do make her look cool at times. We’ve had disagreements about attitudes towards work, but I did feel she had a point {about inspiration-based writing — Author}.
Masamune (continues): Elf is such an amazing person, it makes up for all of her weaknesses. She’s an attractive girl. She’s a dependable sempai. That’s why I think I’m where I am now thanks to her. If I didn’t already have someone I liked, then I probably would have fallen for her five times over.

The author’s intent is fairly clear, I think. But it remains to be seen if anime is able to follow through on it.

Elf Yamada in Eromanga-sensei manga and anime, bis

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Just one more thing from ep.3 — did you see the sequence of Elf shooting? A screencap cannot give it justice, but still:

It reminded me about Evirus’ comparo from K-ON, "Mio as she appears in the show versus Mio as fans see her". Only this one is in-show. Also, it probably is how Elf sees herself. She also missed her target just a bit, don’t you think?

Elf Yamada in Eromanga-sensei manga and anime, ter

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Sorry, I lied. But the gag was irresistible.

Two things though.

Does anyone notice that Eromanga-sensei is taking upon shounen themes? It’s a competition after competition, and the Sorting Algorithm of Evil. I can’t tell if I watch Yowamushi Pedal or Nodame here. Masamune also befriends his defeated enemies like Nanoha.

And what’s up with the animation? First they blew the budget so much. Next, they had to substitute a pan shot. Consistency, please. Someone in the production team should watch Shirobako!

UPDATE: Zane at Rabujoi:

Yamada, who is surprisingly not the most irritating girl in the show, and has grown quite a bit as a character in her last few episodes […]

“Surprisingly”?

Question about Muramasa in Eromanga-sensei

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Does anyone know, from original LN perhaps, why Muramasa’s right hand is bandaged? She is manifestly left-handed.

UPDATE: J. thinks her bandages are related to her calligraphy practice, which I suspected too, but I don’t see exactly how it works.

Draggle on Eromanga-sensei

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Summary:

But the main thing is, this felt quite fresh and entertaining. Even if the show uses the traditional anime harem tropes as guidance, it doesn’t feel bound by them and adds a unique twist in every case.

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.