A chain of short blog posts about their subjects. The last one is a run-on about Moenovel. The rest are about currently-ending or airing anime.
The Soul of Wit
This is basically why I dropped Yuyushiki at 4 and loved Aiura to bits. I would go a step further to say that K-ON is not actually a cute-girl-does-cute-things narrative, even if that is a major motivation for people to watch the show. So far Yuyushiki feels more like an even more aimless version of Azumanga Daioh. Except unlike the classic 4-koma comedy anime adaptation, there are fewer character hooks to hang our interests on. It’s a much more concentrated dose.
But here is the thing. Why is it 23 minutes long each episode? If you want untapped potential of comedy to spin out in long stretches of snippets of casual life, you can do better than Yuyushiki easily. I expect a lot more out of the series but I ended up getting just a lot of the same skits. I want better use of the time than simply more of the time. It’s like I wanted a stronger drink, not just the same lukewarm ones over and over again.
It’s the sort of thing that begs the question–is one Yuyushiki episode worth 6 Aiura episodes? I think it’s a resounding no. I’m not even sure if it’s worth 2.
To be fair, though, Yuyushiki has a lot going for it. It’s on my list of things to catch up on after season’s end. Much like K-ON I think there is more to it than just cute girls doing funny things or whatever.
But if Muromi-san was 22-minutes or whatever, I would’ve eaten it right up.
Maou-sama Peaked with Episode 8
The expectation-kicking-to-the-curb anime series Devil Is a Part-Timer is actually a simple love triangle/harem kind of affair. I suspect however people enjoy it largely for the straight-faced, passive-aggressive office humor that’s laced throughout the series. At least that’s when the show shined at its best for me.
There are a couple interesting, almost unique elements to Maousama too. One is the theme on “limited time” that is best described by the ending visuals and Chi-chan’s dream in the last episode. The other is the weird internalization that keeps Emi tied to Maou. The whole “you are a good guy but you killed my family” sort of thing, that because she operates as a person with principles, can’t really let go.
I liked both of those aspects (well I liked all three, including the humor), but for very different reasons. The limited time thing makes a nice mono no aware dig, especially the way the ED is put together. Chiho’s pin-up pan has clocks that moves on her translucent dress! That’s really neat. Kind of like the retail display a high schooler walks past, featuring the latest fashion trend–and its equally ephemeral nature. The Emi thing has to do with my feelings about characterization and characters. It’s one thing to tell a story about someone who does the right thing, but I think it’s much more powerful to tell a story about someone who is just right. See: Twelve Kingdoms. I think Emi is basically that, so it’s kind of okay if she doesn’t do the right things, because it becomes a situation where the belief of character becomes a way to interpret the work, and that can be addressed thematically.
But since we’re done with 1 cour, neither of those themes can play out. Instead I laughed well and heartily at episode 8. Thanks!
I have this tl;dr post prepped but I have to revise it for ep 12 orz.
Best OP-EDs, Spring 2013; by Best I Mean I Like Them
Best OP: Muromi-san
I think it’s a shoo-in.
Why? Because this is definitely the one OP I always actively wanted to watch. Like, I would want to watch it, I put it on, I watch it. It’s hard to explain what’s special about it, but over the weeks when I was watching the show, I have never once wanted to do anything else other than to watch it, when it comes time to watch it. I even want to rewatch it sometime.
Also, this sign language animation. So cool *_* Muromi-san can flash signs at me all day long. I want to find the person who came up with the idea and shake his or her hand. And ask if it was inspired by the Little Mermaid’s traditional muteness handicap.
Bonus link. Because you know Sumire Uesaka would’ve found that by now.
- Aku no Hana OP…song(s). Damn catchy.
- Attack on Titan OP – Guren no Yumiya gets a leg up because it’s the sort of song that grows on you. If it wasn’t a meme I would not have included it.
- Nyaruko-san W OP – I want to learn the poses!
- Aiura OP – JOBS CANCER hur hur hur. Also wins for most dissonant OP this season.
Best ED: Aku no Hana ED
Mainly because I also always watch it all the way through. And this means something when all you got is basically a black screen with a credit scroll.
No link to the actual anime EDs because they’re not really visually remarkable by themselves. There’s a lot of times where they work in a whiplash but you know when it’s creepy time every week! Also, the full version is a pretty interesting experience on its own. It’s proper post.
- Henneko ED – The dance is so hnnnng. But it needs, I don’t know, something more.
- Gargantia ED – Chochou’s voice and the direction/layout is so iyashikei, like.
- Maousama ED – See aforementioned clock motif
- Nyaruko W – The two Kuuko EDs – Sexiest EDs this season.
My Simulcast SNAFU
I read twitter at work. Sometimes I read it right when the @crunchyroll account tweets that the latest SNAFU episode they’re hosting has gone live. And in the next half hour I would read tweets from Mikako Komatsu who would live tweet her viewing. So cool, right? Except Crunchyroll is a freaking week behind so there’s no magic there.
What is up with that this season? The week-behind-cast? I’m pretty sure I would have kept up with Photo Kano, if it was up to date. At this point I’m only like 4 episodes behind, so maybe it doesn’t make a big deal. Well, maybe a better way to describe is that because of the 1-week lag, I ended up not watching both shows as they air. I stuck with both series from CR up to about 6-7 weeks, usually because I watch it in small 2-3ep bursts. Then I just fell behind, and caught up separately. Well, I’m still behind on Photo Kano. And I think Asuka Ogame was livetweeting at least her episodes… Augh.
MJPR Is about What Again?
I really have no grasp of this show even after its turning point. I am with Pikasha tho, team Doberman is where its at. Despite the high-flying death flags.
Is This Really Okay?
Well, we reap what we sow. I would not describe it as people backlashing at censorship, even if the narrative has transformed. The 45 minutes or whatever I spent reading the few threads on Konosora seems to suggest it was just poor misinformation and negative people (not to blame them tho) took a hold of the spin of the news coming out. I think it is safe to say that if anime still has a marketing problem in English-language land, visual novels just makes me want to laugh and get a drink.
By the way, I played the demo for 10 minutes. It checks out okay. At this point my game backlog is long. I haven’t even finished one route in ef yet. I still haven’t finished Ni no Kuni. Can’t justify another visual novel right now.
My own take on Moenovel’s strategy is that it is simply incompetent. I think they have the right idea, but execution is everything. It’s not even a 50/50 sort of thing, more like the right idea only counts for 10% of your success, if even that. And it’s extremely difficult to execute right if you don’t have the experience. I’m not sure if they do. On the bright side, experience is something you acquire so things will get better if they keep at it. Hope will prevail.