In this edition of 30 Things, I discuss an aspect of my 26th favorite anime, Akira. This film has been well known to Western fandom for over a quarter century now. I even remember seeing the ads that were something to the effect of “Violent Animation from Japan that is Definitely Not for Kids” with some other late 80s anime that was likely trash. Then seeing it at Blockbuster in VHS form along with the other kids cartoons. That last part might not have happened.
Akira was the theatrical adaptation of director Otomo Katsuhiro’s manga of the same name. Originally released in July 1988, the film has gone through several releases and re-releases over nearly 28 years. The film is set in the year 2019 in Neo-Tokyo, which was created after a psychic explosion caused World War III in 1988. Normalcy has returned to the point where Neo-Tokyo is preparing to host the 2020 Olympics (just like real life), except that underneath all of the promise of a rebuilt Tokyo remains a deeply broken society. Two friends, Kaneda and Tetsuo get involved in a government project related to the incident 31 years earlier, and it has tragic consequences for everyone in Neo-Tokyo.
It’s time for a new feature on this blog, and I have decided that I will go back periodically and revisit anime that I have dropped. I have no idea if there’s any interest in all of this, but I figure what the hell, I need to write something, correct? The inaugural entry for this feature is Shirobako.
From time to time, I like to use my blog to highlight some unconventional titles that I like watching. The back of your mind is now screaming “That’s all the time you fool!”, but for me it’s occasionally. In this case I want to talk about Super Lovers, a series that is halfway through its brief 10 episode run and why I am liking this show as opposed to my usual harem trash.
(If you are seeing this post, then I am celebrating Leicester City winning the Premier League. That dumb superstition is why there haven’t been any posts lately. Sorry.)
In this edition of 30 Things, I discuss an aspect of my 27th favorite series, High School DxD. This is a well-known harem anime produced by TNK, a studio that have done very little other than harem anime. The first season aired in the Winter of 2012. This was followed up by the 2nd season High School DxD New in the Summer of 2013 and a 3rd season High School DxD BorN in the Spring of 2015.
Back in late-August/early-September (the International Date Line messes with things), I finally did the journey to Japan that a lot of people would like to do. I committed to do this a year from the day this post goes up after I got some encouragement from my mother who is no longer with us. Even several months later my feelings on the trip overall are mixed basically because of one fact, the longest conversation I had with any single individual while I was there lasted 45 seconds. (The 2nd longest was probably the guy at customs welcoming me into Japan at 25 seconds.)
The late-90s were an interesting time for anime. This wasn’t an era when everything that was airing and all that came before it were bad. This was near the end of a period in Japan that would be called The Lost Decade due to economic stagnation. The animation industry, which by its own standards doesn’t have a lot of money, had even less money flowing around than normal.
By the summer of 1999, the selection of anime currently airing was in a strange state. Generally there were three different types of shows; the types of child-friendly series that celebrated cultural traditions, a 2nd type that was the exact opposite in celebrating sex and debauchery (eroge adaptations were now a thing) and finally a third group that was really about adapting to what the world had become. The Legend of Black Heaven definitely fits in to the latter category.
Like Peeping Life that would air late in the year, Tesagure! Bukatsumono had a third season that was the first to be broadcast to a larger audience. The show itself is part of a trend of series that are really little more than voice actresses engaging in normal conversation only they do so in character. What makes shows like this work is the ability to allow the audience in to their inside jokes and references and use them at a later time. Also, referring to another voice actresses in the context that they are voice actresses works well too.
It’s rather cliche at this point to watch an anime after reading the manga and come out disappointed with the former. Last year it was Trinity Seven which I was slightly hyped up for and the adaptation was so bad that I sort of gave up on the manga too. This year’s play on that theme is Jitsu wa Watashi wa… a manga about a bunch of supernatural idiots that are in a romantic harem comedy.
Originally a Youtube sketch comedy short series, Peeping Life made its first full-length TV series appearance this past season. Using CG rendered characters and characters from various Tatsunoko Pro series of the past, along with some originals, this series was something different from pretty much anything else this year. If anything, it at least had the best opening animation of the year.
Last week it was a certain mangaka’s birthday. Okayado is best known for being the creator of Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, a series that has a surprising level of popularity outside of Japan compared to inside. At least to the point where foreigners on Twitter were expressing their birthday messages before anyone in Japan.
The third season of Working aired back in the summer. It’s a season that will be known for introducing the parents of Aoi and Souta more than anything else. Actually that should have been the case, but they had to go and mess with the ending. I hope the use of the separate OVA or special to extend a season isn’t a new trend.
For anyone out there tempted to watch this series after reading this post I will simply say this: don’t watch Triage X. It’s a bad show and anyone should feel bad if they do end up liking it. Yet, there was one episode I still remember fondly from its 10 episode (10 episodes is always a sign of a bad show) run. Unfortunately for those hoping I’d have taste it’s the 8th episode.
The 2nd season of Nisekoi aired earlier this year. It didn’t really do anything with progression of the plot in that particular realm. In the manga, however, there was plenty of progression towards a resolution of the harem at the center of the story. It’s really disappointing how that is turning out. Continue reading 12 Days of Something V: Working Towards the End
It’s a fairly tired trope in anime and manga these days to have a woman who is approaching or above 30 years old and is still unmarried. Oregairu‘s Hiratsuka Shizuka is yet another one of these characters. Yet, anyone who knows my opinions on this show will know that I believe she is the best girl in the whole thing.
Saekano has a rather unfortunate English title that includes “How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.” Clearly that is something that will never be embraced by a casual audience. Then again, this show that I so anticipated last year would be completely impenetrable to that same audience.
Gate was and still can be considered a show that brings up interesting ideas, and executes them about as well as a terrible writer with ambition would be expected to. Nowhere did this become more laughable than the introduction of a character by the name…sigh, Piña Co Lada.
Welcome back to the latest edition of the Fall Eliminator. Each week I am going through the anime series available to me and choosing to drop the worst performing show that week. Lance N’ Masques was eliminated for being boring. Hackadoll was eliminated for being putrid idol bullshit. The 35th Platoon bit the dust with its catastrophic writing. The Perfect Insider channeled its inner Dan Brown to go wherever the Vatican stores their supply of antimatter. Which terrible show will hit my drop list this week and make my viewing much easier and much more bearable?
In this second half of this week’s 5th episode of Osomatsu-san, the story revolves around a cat that is able to understand human emotions. Four of the sextuplets mess around with the cat at Choromatsu while Ichimatsu sits in the corner. He has a soft spot for cats, but not so much ones that will spit out what a person is really feeling. It turned out that it would lead to a sort of touching insight into feelings I am very much familiar with:
Welcome back to another edition of the Fall Eliminator. Each week I am going through the anime series available to me and choosing to drop the worst performing show that week. Lance N’ Masques was eliminated for being boring. Hackadoll was eliminated for being putrid idol bullshit. Last week, the 35th Platoon bit the dust with its catastrophic writing. Which terrible show will hit my drop list this week and make my viewing much easier and much more bearable?
In this edition of TTILAMTFA (which looks like a terrible program responsible for building death machines), I discuss an aspect of my 28th favorite series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. This is a series that I just came across by circumstance, and there is one particular character that made it memorable. Unfortunately, no one else in the whole wide world agrees with me on this. It’s my post, so I’m going to gush over them how I want. Got it?
Each week I am going through the anime series available to me this season and choosing to drop the worst performer that week. Lance N’ Masques was eliminated for being boring. Hackadoll was eliminated for being putrid idol bullshit. Which terrible show will hit my drop list this week and make my viewing much easier and much more bearable? Continue reading The Fall 2015 Eliminator Week 3
Trust me, this isn’t really a post about American football or what not, but it’s tangentially related enough to put in the gif above. The origins of this post have to do with the whole process of trying to recommend a show to someone. Why does it have to be so hard?
This season I have taken a different approach with the newly airing shows this season. Since I am still in the middle of boycotting a licensor that shall not be named here, I ended up starting 19 different shows. Each week, I am eliminating one (or possibly more) shows that I deem the worst for the week until the end of the season is finally reached. As I have decided to start this feature on a whim, there is no week 1.
Rather than just spit out a list of shows to then be subject to ridicule, I have decided to just take one aspect of each show on my list and talk about what I like about it. This will be an eccentric list that caters to me and my ridiculous taste. Then again, it’s my list and I’m going to talk about what I want to on this blog.