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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009


The similarities are striking, with GA also being adapted from that kind of manga and featuring a group of girls doing their hobby. But unlike K-ON, which was a bit mundane, dull and unfunny, GA is not only educationally informative, it is also very witty and well-written gag-moe style. In fact I would think it’s probably a lot funnier than Lucky Star (not that it was funny), with similar character designs.

And then they call my commentary “trenchant”.

GA:GADC begins

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Right off the bat, I’m going to disagree with the esteemed Aroduc about GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class. He proclaimed:

If you were expecting this to be some kind of slice of life show similar to Sketchbook or Hidamari, you’re out of luck. It’s sort of like the hyperactive and ADD child of Pani Poni Dash, Azumanga, the Muppet Babies, and perhaps a cocker spaniel.

I don’t only disagree because I hate PPD passionately, and GA didn’t give me an excuse to hate it. But I do think it’s similar to Hidamari and Sketchbook, and belongs into the same generation with them. I call the long-haired girl who teaches everyone “Kuga”. Heck, Kuga even reminds me of Mei Etoh. So yeah, it’s totally the same thing. Jokes may be better, but characters are not as engaging as Yunocci, so it all balances out.

BTW, dancing chibis.

Crying for GA:GADC fansubs

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

GA: Genjusuka Art Design Class is so comfortable, and the fansub situation is so bad, that I tried to go raw. Impossible, of course.

One exception is when a text is present, like in case of soft-and-hard excercise.

Also, turning Super-Saiyan needs no explanation.

But otherwise, I’m helpless at the mercy of Ayako.

Kurogane on GA:GADC

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

In the post titled “GA is pretty much the best show this season isn’t it?”, Kuro exhalts:

A slice-of-life show that is original, funny, entertaining and informative without being boring. That’s what my impression of GA Geijutsuka Art Design has been like. It’s pretty much the best show, comedy and entertainment-wise so far from the crop of summer anime, and I already am impressed by quite a number of other shows this season.

So far so good, and I’m inclined to join him, but then:

Best part about the show is how informative it can be, and from the first two episodes I’ve already learned some interesting bits of trivia just from seeing the characters talk about their lessons. []

This is the primer on the usual “I know it’s good but cannot explain why” (I saw a V.decent teatrise on the phenomena at Kaedrin, but cannot find it anymore). I’m quite sure Kuro does not watch a comedy show because it’s informative, but it’s what he can blog about it.

What really seems to happen is a humorous take on various elements of arts education. The creators jump off things which may be somewhat exotic, like the spectrum of pencils, or may be mundane, like the orange’s skin, and then either develop them or mash them into the gag. GA works a lot more with it than either Hidamari or Sketchbook did, at the expense of iyashikey content (that is basically absent in GA). The necessary exposition then creates the “informative” aspect onto which Kuro grabbed. But it is far from being the best part of the show, merely the basis for the best part of the show.

Damien on ED of GA:GADC

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Moe Check:

It does keep my mind off the spectacle of Baby Noda humping the teddy bear.

Ayako posts GA:GADC 03-05

Friday, September 11th, 2009

After a long pause, Ayako made a 3-episode drop of GA. Coincidentially, I lost patience and downloaded raws yesterday.

GA:GADC 06-08

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

I dropped each of Hidamari, Sketchbook, Hidamari x365, but GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is so engrossing that frustrated with Ayako’s slow pace I watch it raw — which, by the way, far exceeds my Japanese abilities.

Usually my approach is to select a favourite in the cast, but characters in GA:GADC are remarkably balanced. I love them all, even Tomokane. OK, maybe Miyabi more than others, but still.

GA:GADC ends, almost

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Our favourite BRW said, “I’m just sad that it’s over now, but at least there’s still the OVA to look forward to and the everlasting hope that they’ll produce more of it some day.” Myself? I cannot decide if I love Kyoujyu or Mizubutchi more. Kyoujyu is a bit of a creepy enigma, but she’s a main character and has all the best screen time… Anyway, it’s pretty much a done deal that I’m completing a “girls in arts” show for the first time. Tough luck, Yuunocci. Tell Shinbo to animate you better in Hoshimitsu.

GA:GADC ends at 12

Monday, October 5th, 2009

As predicted, I finished GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, albeit raw. I am still unsure why Hidamari managed to lose my interest twice (I dropped both the original and the x365). What’s the difference? Yunocci was adorable, but in GA:GADC everyone was superb. Maybe that’s why.

Fansubs are still stuck at 05, which is a big problem. It easy to get some stuff. For instance, “hai, kago irete — kagoooo — hai, Noda irete — …”. However, I had no idea what activity the two troublemakers proposed before being forestalled by the fact that the Daily Goods section was on the 2nd floor (read kanji — getting good at that).

Liked: Yes, better than Hidamari
Rewatch: Quite possible

Aroduc on Hidamari Hoshimitsu 10

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

He opens with the following attention-getter:

[Yuno] flushes her key down the toilet and then spends most of the next week as a hobo, wandering from room to room, trading sex for lodging […]


But then, the grumpy animeblogger with the heart of stone tries to live up to his reputation:

In any case, it was better than most of the last few episodes, and I’d call it one of the stronger episodes of this season, but like most of the rest, you can really feel the formula that Shaft has completely locked themselves into. That would be fine if they used it as a platform, but after the 10th time of seeing this exact same morning exercise routine and about the 23rd time of the ending bath, I can help by groan and fight off the urge to fast forward every time they start.

The tough love, which SHAFT probably needs. Actually this is kind of how I felt twice, when I dropped Hidamari and Hidamari x365 after ep.6.

What made GA different, I think, was how it a) used the cast’s quirks to a great effect (although Hidamari tried too, but…), b) inserted all the pseudo-educational stuff to water down the slice-of-life, c) paid attention to the animation, d) delivered the funny. And they did not overstay their welcome, at least thus far.