Archive for the 'lagrange' Category

Tatsuo Sato is busy this season

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Mouretsu Pirates at ANN (Satelight):

Director: Tatsuo Sato
Series Composition: Tatsuo Sato
Chief Animation Director: Hiroshi Takeuchi
Original creator: Yuichi Sasamoto

Rinne no Lagrange at ANN (Xebec):

Chief Director: Tatsuo Sato
Director: Toshimasa Suzuki
Series Composition: Shoutarou Suga

Looks like he’s merely adding a magic Tatsuo Sato touch to the Lagrange while actually running the production of Mouretsu. Still, this seems unusual.

Mike of Anime Diet interviews Tatsuo Sato

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Or so he tweets. I am speechless.

P.S. As soon as he linked Chaos Tangent, its server went down, with a possible Slashdot effect, Instalaunche, or however you want to call it.

The Behind posts Tatsuo Sato AX transcript

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Mike is still sitting on his private interview, but fortunately we don’t have to wait for him for the press-conference, as Behind comes through with the transcript. Visit the origin for the whole thing, it’s quite amusing:

Q: There are some similarities between Lagrange and Evangelion. Was this purposeful?

A: Evangelion followed the formula where the main character starts off unable to pilot, but decides to get in the robot and sees himself improve, much like previous robot anime. For us, we wanted to take Shinji and make him a girl with a jersey.

I find it most enlightening that directors do not have to have a complex about EVA. Izubuchi tried to explain it before, as I understand now, but something did not click. Evangelion was a point on the curve. It was influential, but built upon its predecessors as well. Therefore, all the talk about RahXephon, Fafner, and the like “copying” it is just bull, completely missing the nature of anime as a living art.

UPDATE: Mike posted a transcript on 2012/07/20.

Lagrange seems to have some similarity to Evangelion: you’ve got a blue uniform girl, an orange/red uniformed girl, but Madoka is very different from Shinji. Was this intentional? After all, Nadesico had parodies of Evangelion.

It’s not so much a parody of Evangelion… actually Evangelion is very much a summation of the whole history of robot anime, where a boy that has never ridden on a robot [learns to] ride it and look for his purpose. It started from Mazinger Z, whose plot is the “royal road” of robot anime. Evangelion took the same road: what if you put a boy like Shinji in the robot? That’s how Evangelion was made. So, in terms of that, this is similar: what if we put a jersey girl [in a robot]?

Lagrange is clear to watch!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

One of Omni’s minions reports that ending was ok:

A wonderful ending. Though I was pretty down on last’s weeks episode, and was correspondingly worried coming into this one, I must say that the show recovered nicely and ended the series in true Rinne no Lagrange form. It was idealistic, it was upbeat, it was heart-warming, and it was full of wishes realized, friendships renewed, and a bright future ahead for everyone involved. Perfect.

I didn’t read any further than that, but it’s possible that Tatsuo Sato’s other show of the season may work better than that pirates thing… That would be great, because I did not like the pirates. Much too fake.

Crunchyroll and friends

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So, the streaming at large. We all know about Crunchy, I suppose. Ads do not work, etc. Before we move beyond it, I’d like to note that I tried its Android app at Kindle Fire HD.

And what do you know, ads work. On the other hand, they only have two apparently. The app is full of known bugs that they are not in any rush to fix (according to their reps at forums). Also, they block built-in screencapping, which is not good.

Meanwhile, little changed at Hulu. Paused video is still overlaid with junk. Attempts to show relevant ads continue, but are half-arsed as usual.

ANN was a positive surprise. They fixed up their worst trash of a player, which is semi-decent now. Pause overlay, yeah, but I remember what disaster it was before.

The model of showing 2-episode teasers is still there, but I don’t mind. In fact it’s quite a good match of what I do with anime these days: watch an episode or two, declare a reject, move on…

I didn’t look at ViZ and FUNi’s offerings. Note that FUNi upload to Youtube, where they get the advantage of a sensible platform (and youtube.dl).

UPDATE: Ugh. That’s Anime Network, not ANN.

Bloggers on Lagrange

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013


The whole Moid thing is pretty Tatsuo Sato-y. I enjoyed it but the way it ended seems anticlimactic, to say the least. But I enjoyed every bit about him in the final episode, it’s just great stuff.

If it isn’t clear, I enjoyed parts of the ending, but overall it feels a bit empty because most of the key emotional themes and plot lines wrapped up in about the 2/3-way point. What was left was the mumbo-jumbo plot/setting stuff, and they couldn’t clean it up all the way. The show did keep up its enjoyable style and writing, but it could’ve been a lot better, I think, even for a 「めでたしめでたし」 end.

I think I get the picture. And he’s going to be about the only one who enjoyed the series.

Steven quit early with the following synopsis:

When you really come down to it, it’s a moldy plot. How many shows have there been where a teenage girl is drafted into piloting a mech in order to save the world? I’d need a calculator to add them all up, I think.

It’s an age-old debate on the ability of anime to reinvent itself, really. Even the idol anime, blowssoming so powerfully in these days, was hinted back in 1980s. Or to take a better example, I loved AnoNatsu and could not stand Onegai Sensei, which proves conclusively to me that better repeats exist. Still, right or wrong, IMHO he was lucky to exit in this case.


Ah, now I really want to see the next episode! Hopefully this won’t turn into another blunder like Sora No Woto or Fractale.

The lulziest part is… That post was the only one. He did not even post why he quit, and frankly I do not want to write about it either.

Stilts posted quite a bit around the finale, underlining with:

I feel like this post has meandered in an unintuitive, jarring, and off-putting manner, which is perhaps appropriate for this episode (…)

Back when it posted, the article gave me a false hope by spoiling that lesbians were fake. But of course it was actually a bad sign, as I understand now, because the pandering was completely meaningless.

Lagrange fails

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I mentioned previously that it’s conclusively proven that reinventing with improvement could be done in anime again and again (and not just in successful remakes like Kanon), but it does not suggest that it’s impossible to reinvent poorly or fail to reinvent. Rinne no Lagrange is a show that steals bits and pieces from everywhere without any regard at to if they actually work here.

On paper, all these elements made sense. For example, Minugami’s personal attachment is Feito, clearly. Who can say no to that? Honestly, I do not understand why all these good things completely fail to engage in Lagrange. Sure, I really wanted her to jump into the abyss after her mother, but the story was compelling, there.

I get the impression that Tatsuo Saito had something else in mind when he planned to make Shinji the main character, merely genderswapped and in a jersy. But he only oversaw the production. Mouretsu, the series that he actually directed, was bad in entirely different way. Its story bored me and made me uncomfortable (which I did not find matching its light purpose), but it oozed a professional sense or aura. Not this.

So it was a bad show generally. But the annoying fanservice did it in for me. Unfortunately, I do not remember who was the blogger complaining about the skinny-dip scene, but I survived that. The convenient excuse for me to drop occured when Array apparead as a maid.