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Yama no Susume begins

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Very coincidentially with AIURA, the previous season offered another CGDCT in 3-minute format, which also was quite good. It only loses on not being purposefuly made to showcase artistic prowess, but content is just as fine. Yama no Susume is different there, by honestly centering the proceedings around the titular activity, whereas its counterpart merely uses the club as a springboard. Very nice characters, and generally nothing to complain about except the length.

Yama no Susume ends

Monday, May 6th, 2013

What, it’s over already? But of course. Watching 12 3-minute episodes takes about as much time as watching two normal episodes.

Now I’m wondering if it’s just me or short-format shows became more prevalent? Back when Keitai Shoujo “aired”, its size had to do with the streaming services not even being in their infancy yet — and the need to download the clips to cellphones. We also had miniatures like Cheburashka Arere, which I presume were broadcast in top of the hour slots. Those productions were not excessively ambitious. I am discounting the off-shoots like Haruhi-chan, history of which dates back to To Heart. They lived their parallel lives outside of broadcast as DVD bonuses. But now Yama no Susume seems like a beta run for AIURA, the length of which some animebloggers call “the greates crime in history of anime” on Twitter. Is the tide of anime shorts real and are they the cancer killing anime?

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: maaaaybe…

Yama no Susume S2 is suspended at Crunchyroll

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The only information thus far (apparently mentioned in a Reddit AMA at unknown URL):

lugiamania_CR 31 points 5 hours ago [On around July 18 — Author]
The contract details are not quite finalized, but we wanted to clear the rights to at least get the first episode out so we wouldn’t have to delay the whole series. We try our best to provide as much information as we can regarding delays, but sometimes we are contractually bound until everything is signed and stamped.

The season 2 comes out with 13-minute episodes, which means a dramatic upgrade in storytelling capacity. But the first thing they did with it was to run a story arc for 3 new episodes.

Dear Evilest Chairman Kadokawa or whoever, please stop depriving us from the cute.

Yama no Susume resumes at Crunchyroll

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

It looks like Crunchyroll have fixed up whatever hung-up they had clearing the rights to Yama no Susume S2 aka Encouragement of Climb S2 and it is available for streaming.

P.S. Anime of the season.

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.

The 2015 Summer’s Invastion of Shorties

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

A cursory look at RandomC season preview (h/t Chizumatic) reveals an unusually great number of short-format series.[1] Seems like the new fad, and I’m not a fan.

It’s not like they have to be bad. The PuPiPo was amazing, for example. The TeeKyuu stands alone. AIURA was an animation tour de force (a very short one). And the series with obnoxiously long name that I refer as “Danna wo Wakaranai” is the only series that I’m following in this season.

Still, the format constrains the possibilities. It’s easiest to see on the example of Yama no Susume, which positively blossomed when expanded into half-size (13-minute) format for Season 2. It’s going to be a big loss if the lower production costs and the smartphone-friendly size destroys the traditional series.

MORE: In case someone is not aware, the TV broadcast slot of an anime series was of paramount importance for years. The Shirobako 12 offers an interesting glimpse into it in its pre-OP sequence. It centers on a “smoke-filled room”, where deals are made. Most noticed that Onoue, a powerful head of a publishing house and rights holder makes an obvious remark that he’d like to find an earlier slot for their project, “3rd Wing”, in order to gain viewers and boost sales of other properties in the franchize. But before that, he also observes that Katsuragi, lead producer and owner of a production company, holds a specific slot. It does not belong to the studio, as represented by the line producer Watanabe, also present in the room. You should watch the episode 12 of Shirobako, if nothing else, but long story short — slot is a Big Deal.

So, what is going on with the slot system in the age of shorts? I have no idea, but I imagine it to be quite an upheaval. The 2-minuters eat ad slots. The 10-minuters need oddly split slots. The 5-minuters run back-to-back. It must be a chaos. I suppose the shorts were encroaching gradually for years, with the Haruhi-chan and the like, so the broadcast industry found ways to deal with them. But it’s curious to think about.

[1] At least 6: Okusama ga Seito Kaichou! (10 min), DanChigai (5 min), Miss Monochrome 2 (likely 5 min), Wakaba*Gal (unknown length), Wakako-zake (3 min), Kaijuu Sakaba Kanpai! (3 min). There could be more, not marked by RandomC. {Update: Steven also mentions Monster Musume (5 min) and Bikini Warrors (5 min).}

Yama no Susume S3 is announced

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Via Blue Blue Wave:

Spotted news online that the official website for the “Yama no Susume” anime adaptation of the “ヤマノススメ” slice-of-life manga by Shiro, announced that not only will a new OVA titled “Yama no Susume: Omoide Present” be released during the fall of 2017, but that a third season of the anime is set to air in 2018!

Now I have a reason to survive.