Omonomono Newsletter, 2022-08-23
Otherwise, yeah, the usual dog days of summer, work, churning into this season of anime, churning into baseball (grats to Tohoku’s first Koshien winner), and accumulating quality family time.
These Past Months
Covid Rollcall (as always, incomplete): Kaori Maeda, Hiromi Hirata, Tomokazu Seki, Hiroshi Kamiya, Rei Matsuzaki (got it from her kid), Yuuki Takada, Nao Touyama, Arthur Loundsbery, Aguri Onishi, Sayuri Date, JUUNA, Chiaki Takahashi, Masayoshi Oshi, Erii Yamazaki, Aya Yamane (rip TIF), Shiki Aoki, Shiori Izawa, Rikako Yamaguchi, Saori Hayami, Lynn, Aina Aiba, HIKARU, Daiki Yamashita, Kouhei Amasaki, Akari Kito, Ayako Kawasumi, Aoi Yuki, Minato Aqua, Mai Kano, Seena Hoshiki, Yoasobi’s Ikura, fhana’s Kevin and towana, Yukina Shuto, Ryoko Maekawa, TMR, 4 Luminous Witches, Gen Hoshino, Rie Takahashi, miwa, Asaka, Shun Horie, Sayaka Kitahara, Yuri Komagata, KEIGO & IWASAKI (FLOW), and others… ANN has a more complete list in case you want to look up more COVID victims.
RIP Motomu Kiyokawa. Definitely someone who I’ve heard a lot of over the years.
Crazy Japanese Idol Collab – ZINGS (Kamikuzu Idol), Mario (Pripara), Franchouchou (ZLS), Yamaarashi (Polar Bear Cafe).
Yui Ogura switches label from King to Nippon Columbia.
Luna Haruna leaves Spacecraft. (No she is not an ali-)
You can buy some Lycoris Recoil underpants.
At some point, Bandai Namco decided to “unban” IDOLM@STER music from streaming, so the publishers can now strike streaming deals. This ignores the Aniuta service which had some streaming IDOLM@STER music in the past (mostly just game-size versions), and what’s left from the IDOLM@STER.KR project. The first song is…
More IM@S house-cleaning, there’s the end of the original CG mobile game, to close on 2023-03-30. About time, otsu to the OG mobamas crew.
Anime Awards (ugh) is also a thing in person. Or rather, Crunchyroll Awards. Good riddance.
Just a note, did you know ClariS has a normal tour this year? No masks (of the ClariS kind) or anything.
Goodbye, Don Glees! to screen in the US in September.
ASMR is big business. (Blue Archive)
I think in terms of plot-driven soul, Engage Kiss probably hits the spot. The Isekai Pharmacy show is a bit of that kind of shadow. If we consider the power-fantasy version of Isekai stories just as a narrative cheat: if the characters selects the most optimal decisions in their trials, would the trials be still worth watching? It is no longer about the powers to dominate others, but of self. It’s a different power fantasy all together.
Or do we prefer the hapless demon-bonded detective in Engage Kiss more because being robbed his agency without even knowing is just that much more compelling of a story? I’m not sure honestly. Isekai anime is fundamentally about the loss of agency, ultimately that Truck or Disease or, in this case, Overwork, justifies the outrageous treatment in the other world (as a matter of common tropes). It’s like social media in a way–the power of engagement can be used for good or ill, just like how the power-trip in certain Isekai stories draw readers/viewers in to see the human suffering inside the protagonist’s rebirthed godhood.
Which is also to say I don’t put Isekai Pharmacy on any pedestal this season, I just enjoy its healing vibes, Akichan’s voice acting, and Reina playing the kanban musume. It’s slightly more enjoyable than Isekai Ojisan to me, which in of itself is exactly what I just described. Which also to note, it made me realize how much I miss Haruka Tomatsu’s voice…
Mai Kano playing Sara from the Yakuza Babysitter show was surprising. I thought she was Ai Nonaka for a moment. I enjoyed it a lot.
I said it on Twitter, but Shine Post is my favorite anime this season, at least half-way in. The treatment of idols in idol anime has never been more purposeful since, arguably, Dereani, so many years ago. This is how you sell an idol via a visual medium. I’m just thinking about it. If Idoly Pride combined with this show it would have been the best idol anime ever.
Kamikuzu Idol is a lot of fun, even if it’s not really my cup of tea normally. My sibling watched some episodes and said the ZINGS outfit looks like those neck pillows people use when they travel by air. Naobou really adds a layer of energy to the show that makes it easy to watch. I was told to watch the show for the ZINGS nerds. I think they do deliver, but they’re kind of weak sauce all said and done. It’s a bit odd to see how they have the wotas go to Toriki, or the Pig version of it…because it was definitely a thing I have done before.
Thanks to Tiktok, I started watching the slime isekai anime, er, Tensei Kenja to be specific. The slime seiyuu unit is full of upcoming cuties and the social media strategy works! The show itself is pretty standard fare but it isn’t particularly offensive.
Not offensive is also Mamahama, after the initial hijinks I think. There is some kind of “dere” here but I am at a loss what would be the prefix. There’s a certain level of relationship meta going on that makes this show a more interesting watch than you’d expect.
There are other shows noteworthy, maybe I can talk about them the next newsletter. I will just say that I marathoned Made in Abyss up to the last film. It’s quite a fun ride. The “child abuse” is bad but not that bad. Like, did you ever watch Graves of the Fireflies? This is maybe half that at best. It’s not a trip I’m chomping to repeat though. I think I will need a big, big break before continuing on with the new season currently airing.
Not updating regularly makes this part a tough thing to add? I guess I can start with some archives.
This coming week:
@JAM Expo 2022 starting Friday 8/26…3 days worth?
Next week: 8/29-9/4
Week of 9/5-9/11
Niji 5th. 9/10-11th.
Denonbu Area Meeting Shibuya 9/10-11.
Yui Ninomiya birthday event on 9/10. She will be able to drink in the USA?
Week of 9/12-9/18
Tokyo Game Show is this week. The two public days will have some stages to be announced for sure.
Inazuma Rock Fes should have a stream too? I don’t know. It’s 17-19th.
Week of 9/19-9/25
Shokotan monster live? 9/19.
Maaya Uchida Hello 1st contact restream 9/24.
There’s a Bushiroad fes, there’s a Sacra fes, there’s Animax Musix, and also AFA. All in November… There’s the final CUE tour… and Dialgoue+ (will they be back to full strength?) Also in November…
There are translation for most of the game events from Million Live. The one from last month…
A&G’s wedding show Ai no Naka de is a youtube show I have been watching on and off and I’m perpetually catching up on this. Here’s where I am now.
Not anime related, but a basic concept so few people do not grasp early on. It’s the trinity of Quality. Really works in entertainment (as products and services). Not so much in art but still has a role there.
Podcast of ProZD with Shu Uchida (again)
Overlord 10th anniversary (LN) delayed stream has English subs! They showed a glimpse from the upcoming movie.