Greetings from college and relentless gaming – I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving a few days ago. If you follow my Twitter, you’ll know that I recently acquired NISA‘s Blu-Ray release of Yuru Yuri season 1 on RightStuf (about three weeks ago?). Thank god I have a PS3 now, for I now have the luxury of enjoying my daily dose of “Akari~n!” in 1080p Blu-ray (no matter how abysmal her presence is). Tales of Xillia, Tales of Graces f, THE iDOLM@STER, watching Yuru Yuri, and trophy whoring back-to-back? Yup, I’m the worst person in the world for wanting these more than a healthy gaming PC with a Blu-ray player.
Anywho, as a person who has our lovable
ignored side-character protagonist with hair-buns as my Twitter image and my Gravatar, it’s pretty self-explanatory about how I feel about the series itself. If you like an endearing slice-of-life with an innocent dash of yuri thrown in, then go for it! The question I’m tackling here, though, is: was this release worth the money?
If you follow my Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve decided to switch to a congregated posting style for the rest of school year to keep my schedule from going out of control. School, parties, Pocket Monsters X (Japanese version, FC: 4656-6263-1690), and the PS3 all take a surprising chunk of my time nowadays. Anime blogging? What anime blogging?
Mind you, I’ve totally been keeping up with the autumn anime line-up alongside those activities. Currently, the series on my watch-list are as follows: Kill la Kill, Kyoukai no Kanata, and Kyousogiga. Now, as others have pointed out, yes, I noticed that they all form the, um, KKK. But I’m no conspiracy theorist! Besides, this was made in Japan and, well, howaito piggu go homu.
(Speaking of KKK, I have yet to watch Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku…)
So I’ve watched the entire four-episode special a few days ago, some hours after it had aired on TV Tokyo. I did enjoy it and it was a pretty good special, but I wasn’t entirely satisfied.
As a fan who is familiar/fond with Pocket Monsters across all continuities, such as the games, the original Japanese anime (not the dub), and the various different manga adaptations throughout my entire childhood, I feel that my opinions may be a little less bias compared to English fans who’ve only played the games, watched the English dubbed anime, and read one Pokemon manga (that is, Pocket Monsters Special, or Pokemon Adventures as it’s known in the west).
It was a fun little special, but it’s totally not as good as a Pocket Monsters anime should be, and I hope that I’ll help shed some critical insight for those who are blindly praising the special.
Well, with this, a whole cour’s worth of Watamote has just been completed. It’s sad to see it go for now, but I hope there will be more seasons adapting the manga in the future.
That being said, I’ve enjoyed this series immensely and it’s definitely on my top favorites this year. Unlike others, I was expecting that to be the case, since I’ve read the manga beforehand and thoroughly enjoyed it. Though, halfway through the anime’s run was where I was cut off from the manga, so the last half of the anime is basically leaving its own impression on me.
There’s just much to say about this episode… I don’t even know where to begin. Since I’m busy preparing for my next college quarter, I’ll keep this short and simple. This is episode of Watamote left me with a very happy feeling. Not ha ha happy with its usual cringe comedy. But more of a… I’m happy because the episode is happy kind of happy.
I’ll say it helps that the previous episode was downright depressing, showcasing Tomoko’s lonely school life. But here, a ray of light shines down on Tomoko. She gets a taste of what it’s like to actually have fun at a school cultural festival and the episode ends off… with her being treated to actual human kindness.
This was my least favorite episode (which isn’t saying much, since I love and enjoy all the Cardcaptor Sakura episodes in one way or another). Basically, Sakura gets into a situation that most of us got into when we were in early elementary school – procrastinating the hell out of our summer homework and ending up using the very last days of the break cramming it all in.
;_; Sometimes we just bring it upon ourselves.
Image Credit: しゅーいち from Pixiv
Does being aimed at an older audience automatically mean an anime has a higher likelihood of being higher quality? What about shows for children? Does being aimed at a younger audience mean that the show is going to be filled with uninteresting drivel?
Just as there is a stigma of animation being an entertainment medium that’s solely made for children in the west, there’s a common notion that, if it’s made for children, it’s allowed to suck.
SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT HERE
Wait a minute, that isn’t where an anime protagonist is supposed to sit. It’s smack-dab in the middle and in the front of the classroom of the classroom! What gives?
…was what my reaction was, but then Tomoko proceeds to lampshade it herself. A whole second term of the school year of not being the main character. How beautiful.
(I loved how they transitioned into the opening in this episode – it was simply perfect.)
yo dawg das kawaii
As with many anime series that actually extends to more than 12 episodes per usual, we *have* to get a festival episode. And Cardcaptor Sakura‘s 18th episode is all about our cute protagonist and her family/friends taking part in natsumatsuri (Summer Festival). By extension, that means we also get to see Sakura dawn a cute yukata and take part in summer thrills. It’s a really chill episode, along with a surprisingly chill Clow Card. I guess Clow Reed lost his sense of humor on the day he created it? Who knows.
I pretty much love it whenever Japanese stories do a natsumatsuri segment. Back when Pocket Monsters was a respectable anime series, they had a natsumatsuri episode as well – one of the best filler episodes ever. And if you’ve ever read a visual novel, this setting is a pretty common event for some awkwardly cute romance depending on the route you’re taking. Da Capo II had this, definitely, and I vaguely remember CLANNAD having it too.
Your friend’s job.
I still find it highly remarkable just how much your average Joe can relate to this series. It does a fantastic job of being dipping in and out of black comedy, to being a rather gripping portrayal of the reality that more than a few unfortunate people have. I know firsthand that this is just how an actual person’s life can be. I also know firsthand that this is how an actual person can be.
I’d say this is along the lines of episode 7′s showing. We get another glimpse of how much Tomoko’s has changed due to her social isolation and envy, and just how much she’s pushing the people close to her (namely her family) away due to her dip into pessimism.
(Yui from K-ON! makes a cameo. Sort of. There’s also Shokotan, The Legend of Zelda, and a few other small references. )
Tomoko and Tomoki have such a cute little niece. Looks like she didn’t inherit the “exhausted eye bag” gene.
In contrast to the last episode, this episode picks up the awkwardness again… hard. I was actually twitching – no, cringing – at Tomoko’s attempts at keeping up her “cool, popular, not-single onee-chan” facade.
ELIE. NUFF’ SAID.
Here’s one way to get me to watch Fairy Tail! I gotta say… I really miss Rave. That manga has to be one of my all-time favorite shounen manga series, and it’s a shame that the anime adaptation was cancelled before it got to the really good bits of the manga. I love the fact that the original seiyuu from the 2001 anime reprise their roles as the Rave Warriors here. And they looked so good with modern animation and their finalized designs from the manga. Man, I *really* want a reboot of the Rave anime…
As for Fairy Tail, I’ve read the manga and watched some episodes of the anime. I really like the characters, but everything else seems to be so… shallow compared to Hiro Mashima’s previous work, which is disappointing. That isn’t to say that the OVA didn’t inspire me to catch up with the series regardless, if only for Wendy’s cuteness and Natsu’s badassery.
OH DEAR GOD WHAT
Now, as some of my readers might know, I have no problems with watching shows aimed at a more feminine fanbase. In fact, I love them as much as more testosterone-ridden GAR shows that are on my list (Samurai Champloo, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, GaoGaiGar, etc.)
But this. This is different.
This is very different. A bunch of shirtless, muscular well-toned sexy men cutting loose in the pool. I suppose the plot is about swimming? Because when I was in high school, I know very well what went on in the locker rooms after a day of swimming. For all I know, the plot could be about that as well.
So, what do you guys suggest? Is Free! worth watching? Will I be the same after I watch it? Is this a break-through from Kyoto Animation in terms of revolutionizing swimming and what it means to swim?
( ?´_ゝ｀) Yes? No? Replies from males and females are all welcome. Telling me why you like it without spoilers would be helpful as well.
(And yes, I’m well-aware of the true reason why a handful of people watch this show, I’m just giving it the benefit of the doubt and most likely pay for it because of my open-minded personality.)
I have recently started reading Key’s latest visual novel series, Rewrite. I’ve heard a lot of good about it (and it helps that most of my contacts on Skype have read it and constantly drown me with references and awesome music), so I thought I’d give it a go.
It helps that the only things I’m actively blogging right now are old anime and WataMote.
In contrast to resident tritagonist-turned-deuteragonist Wahfuu‘s review of the series, my posts will be episodic and will be write-ups of my thoughts of what I’ve read up to that point. Just so it could stand out from his awesome congregated reviews. That being said, MISSION START!
So. Remember when I said something about doing episodic reviews for this game during my first impressions? Well, see.. turns out that once you get started reading Kajitsu it becomes very hard to actually stop. Especially for the length of time it would take me to write up an entire piece about whatever character route I just read. What I’m trying to say is that I’m both really lazy and, at the time, was far too engrossed in reading this little character showcase. So i’ve decided to do a compilation review. And because I do so love to rant and rave and add unnecessary punctuation to things (especially commas) this review ended up being quite long. Expect minor-to-slightly moderate spoiler-esque things for context and clarification. I will also probably splurge a lot about.. well, most things about the game really. And then I will bash Yumiko mercilessly. If any of these things bother you.. well.. I don’t know, really. What do people normally put here?
Anyways, this introduction is getting lengthy. Let’s not try to tire out everyone before I actually start talking about anything, aye? So before I bore you (and myself at this rate) let’s get to the actual meat of the stuff. On with the show and all that.
You guys don’t know how much I’m able to relate to Tomoko whenever summer break starts. “I’m going to have soooo much fun!”
And then I end up doing nothing productive the whole break. Welp. Get a job you bum!
Chiharu: Yamazaki, stahp
This was one of my favorite episodes back in the day… and I suppose it still is. Sakura and her class go on a trip for some beach fun. If only my elementary school had trips like these… Yes, it’s the obligatory beach episode, guys! The episode title, “Sakura’s Scary Test of Courage” ((さくらのこわーいきもだめし Sakura no Kowa~i Kimodameshi), means that it’s also a “Haunted House” episode as well.
Nowadays I realize that I like its equivalent in the manga more, simply because of mys hipping fanboyism. There, during this trip, was one of the first times Syaoran showed blushies towards Sakura. HNNNNNNNNNG
Starting in October (the same month as the release of the XY games), a new Pocket Monsters anime is set to air every Wednesday, based on the original Pocket Monsters Red and Green games (known as Pokemon Red and Blue internationally) with yet more counterparts for the protagonist and rival from those games.
It seems that they’re using Red and Green’s FireRed and LeafGreen designs for this anime’s versions of those characters, as opposed to the Generation I facial design they constantly kept on using for all of Red’s counterparts in the various manga series (Pocket Monsters Special, Pocket Monsters gag series, Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou’s Big Adventure, etc.) and the anime (Satoshi, known to most of you guys in the dub as “Ash Ketchum”).
Nevertheless, I look forward to this. The Pocket Monsters anime went downhill after Takeshi Shudo left the writing team, and went on a never-ending downspiral after the fourth generation (especially after they disregarded the original Mewtwo saga in their newest movie). I hope Rica Matsumoto (Red’s anime version, Satoshi) and Yuko Kobayashi (Green’s anime version, Shigeru, or “Gary Oak” in the English dub) reprise their roles in this alternate continuity. I feel that Satoshi deserves some feeling of justice, even if it’s through another alternate adaptation of the RBGY protagonist.
The question is… why release this now? What’s the sudden special occassion that they’re suddenly making an anime that ponders to older Pocket Monsters fans?
I speculate that it’s not intended to promote FRLG or the Gen I games (though it would sure inspire fans to check the originals out), it’s promoting the XY games. Mewtwo is gonna play a role in Gen VI judging by the XY promotions, and Red or Fuji might very well play a role in those games as well due to their connection with Mewtwo alone. The Pokemon Tower arc is confirmed to be adapted in this program and Mr. Fuji’s inclusion is a given, further supporting my assumption. We also have the regular anime, focusing on Satoshi (Red’s anime counterpart) in promotions this time around and being given Red’s FRLG hat. It’s all too perfect to be a coincidence.
I’m going to have to get used to the animation in this. While it does look nice – and I’m used to alternate art from reading various Pocket Monsters manga taking place in different universes with different styles – I’m certainly not used to that in animated form.
The animation will be a collaboration between OLM, Production I.G., and Xebec. This anime will be a special program. I’m afraid they’re going to cram too much in so little time…
(For more of my Pocket Monsters ramblings, stalk me on Bulbagarden)
Also known as “Spaghetti Spilling: The Anime.”
I’ve read the manga for this series a long time ago, and as painful as it was to watch Tomoko fail countless times to become popular (in the same vein as watching the main character from the Boys on the Run manga fail time and time again because life just like him), I enjoyed reading it because of its genuine humor and subject matter. Recently, I’ve caught up to the most recent episode of the summer season’s anime adaptation of this manga series. Did the anime succeed at successfully adapting it? Yes, I’d say that it did – I love the anime just as much as I love the manga.
I missed dat ass.
I finally got around to watching the Chuu2 OVA. I must say, I’ve really missed the antics of these delusional characters. Chuu2 was probably my personal favorite anime of the Fall 2012 season.
And Rikka is as adorkable as ever.