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Shiraishi’s rant

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I saw the Shiraishi’s spiel (Lucky☆Star ep.10) first referenced at Omo’s place, but the real thing exceeded my expectations, nay, my very imagination.

The idea is not new. Here’s how it was debated in comments at Pixy’s (while attempting to predict the development of Zero no Tsukaima):

16 Change is in the definition of tsundere, Jonathan. Just thought you might want to know (^_^)

Also, it’s often dangerous to make grand pronouncements based just on part of a series. I should know, I wrote off Lain that way.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 23, 2006 11:35 AM

17 Well I’m reserving judgement, but I’m getting pessimistic.

I would say that ambivalence is the definition of tsundere. That I can see; I’m just not seeing change.

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at September 23, 2006 01:05 PM

18 Jonathon, with all due respect, Pete is correct that change is part of the definition of a tsundere. Not an opinion or observation, but literally due to the source of the term.

If what you see is ambivalence, then it isn’t a tsundere. If you use that word to refer to ambivalence, you’re using the word incorrectly.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 23, 2006 04:31 PM

Great minds think alike, or what?

Rocket Girls capture notes

Friday, June 15th, 2007

I am getting lazy or else more sophisticated. Instead of penciling notes down, I take screenshots. This is only possible when watching on computer, of course. Next, snapping pictures of TV screen?

The smoke has improved a lot since the ep.6. And I do mean a lot. Looks like the animation team was learning on the job.

My goodness, the commercial for patches!

Am I the only one to think that isotermic lines on the hull of Mangosteen are all wrong?

Rerefernces to the past glory of Apollo must be making NASA’s belly all warm inside. The giant irony of it is how SSA makes NASA’s spaceline operation obsolete. If anything, SpaceX is SSA.

Yukari’s mother. Need I say more? I believe there’s a special acronym for her type.

Rocket Girls – credits

Friday, June 15th, 2007

The ANN Encyclopedia entry lists Akane Miura and Motoko Miura. Since Akane and Hideto are the only two members of Miura family who ever get to speak, this certainly jumps out. It looks like an obvious attribution error for Motoko Mihara (the chemist chick with glasses). This is the first time I see an error in ANN Encyclopedia. Obviosly, ANN is not infallible.

{Update: Took them two days to correct it, bravo! But they decided not to add Hideto, despite being well credited in the anime.}


Sunday, June 17th, 2007

I’m done with the Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, but somehow it didn’t leave me with anything to say. It has its moments, and it has its story. But it also has its utterly useless filler — in a 13 episode show!

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: No

Farewell, Rocket Girls

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

The wild ride has ended, but the journey continues.

Rocket Girls was an odd duck. As an anime, it fails, in my view. Deforming characters, insufferable 3D inserts, and the overall amateurish and excessively computerized flavour did it in. But as a statement, it endures. Although sponsored by the mega-buraucracy of JAXA, which does its utmost to copy the worst of NASA, the show nonetheless had decidedly NewSpace-ish bend. And this makes me hopeful.

Liked: Yes! But see above.
Rewatch: Likely

Sorting pictures

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

I was sorting screencaps today and found that the last pass over Mahoraba left 138 new frames. If I had a top rotation, it would rival the best in the field. I cannot resist sharing some of it. Or can I? OK, just one now.

After her crushing defeat, depressed Tamami is getting drunk on the orange juice, with Momono-san serving her. It wasn’t explained specifically, but I think that she’s using her super-human biochemistry to crack sugars in the juice into the alcohols.

Omo on Kamichu

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I was reading what Omo wrote about Kamichu, and thought, “man, this is long-witted”. I was impatient to know what he actually liked about the show. My own relationship with Kamichu is overshadowed by the quest to find an anime as great as Azumanga; the lofty promise of Kamichu’s early episodes; the disappointment and the failure to reach the summit. I rooted for Yurie Hitotsubashi, I really did. If not for Manami Amamiya, I’d still be wondering if it were even possible, or must every series fall short.

The money quote is in the very end:

And perhaps “arthouse” is the right qualifier for Kamichu. It hasn’t transcended below the ceiling of common, everyday sensibilities in the way how Azumanga Daioh (or better yet, Yotsuba&) was able to translate its strange worldview in a way we all understand. It paints a picture of adolescence that is wrapped and coated by its slice-of-life tension (ie. not much) and all that ZOMG-She-Is-God nonsense that is a little bit “out there” to say the least. But for those of us who can see beyond that, Kamichu is a masterful reprise of a childhood to remember and the fun people had growing up. It’s just too bad most people are hung up with the details, like myself, to go far enough and see Kamichu for what it is.

Personally, I think that the perfidy of the promising story being suspended because the creators had no clue where to take it is no small detail. I have a nasty suspicion that desire for milking was present as well, considering the unusual number of DVD-only episodes. Not that I’d want to argue with Michael about this. He had his say, and so did I. Only I’m a bit sad that he was unable to persuade me to break out my expensive R2 DVDs and give Kamichu another chance.

Avatar on Nanoha

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Finally someone explained in simple words what Nanoha was. Of course, I knew the basics: Fate is dark, magic, army-like structures, A is better than Season 1, etc. But for some reason, everyone would write in such a way that it was impossible to piece together an impression. Although, come to think of it, this is exactly what I do most of the time… But then I never pretended writing reviews.

J2 starts

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I managed to get swept by J2.


So far, everything was great except the way they retconned the sequel to the original Jubei-chan. The Ainosuke story made not the slightest amount of sense.

Rocket Girls round-up

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
  • Danny Choo:

    Cant remember exactly why I dropped this. I think t’was because it took too long for something to happen.

    I am linking this for the sheer weirdness of his perception, considering the breakneck pace of the show. I thought too many things were happening, it was pure Vandread.

  • Don:

    Ultimately, it comes down to whether the engineering fanservice and skintight spacesuits compensate for the ugly computer animation. I enjoyed the show. YMMV.

    Since we’re in perfect agreement, I would not link Don usually. Also, he back-linked to me and so this double-linkage is uncoth. The reason I’m doing it is the screencap that he included. I so wanted to use it myself, but he got there first.

  • Nick Istre:

    […] but I do like how the writers took pains to not (completely) trivialize the dangers of space travel.

    I have no foggiest idea what Nick was trying to say. Or, to put it better, I have several ideas, each more nonsensual than the previous one.

  • Omo:

    In some ways all of this pseudo low-tech sci-fi gets on my nerves like a confused bee grazing under a blooming Spring sky. Is it like Gundam? As in, an event several decades ago that changed the minds of the animators and creators forever? Are we bridging that gender gap? My parents saw the momentous Apollo 11 landing broadcast live across the world and told me about it when I got older, and most of you reading this blog probably hasn’t, or too young to remember. Is it just a staple genre that old Japanese guys buy to remind them the memories of fascination and dreams they had as children? I don’t know. [Emphasis mine — Author]

    I think the Apollo moment was great. I knew it coming from two kilometers away, and I expected it to be cheezy and/or corny. But it avoided the abyss by a hair. To say more would be too spoilerish even for a free-flowing and irreverent blog such as this. So, all is left for me is poking fun at Michael’s presentation. Now every time I overdoze on blog flourish, it’s going to be called “the confused bee grazing”. At leat it wasn’t a dark and stormy night. Also… He probably meant a generation gap.