So I'm gone for over a week for Anime Expo and NOTHING?
Ah well. In other news, Expo was a blast. Debuted my Dr. Briefs cosplay from DBZ, played a bunch of games, saw a lot of Avatar and Pony cosplay and confirmed my single day ticket for Comic Con.
The rest of the year is shaping up nicely. 1 day of comic con a week from Saturday, running the AMV contest at Anime Vegas in November and creating buttons to sell at Anime Los Angeles. Hopefully some of this stuff will take off and we can return to Fanime next year (maybe sell some buttons there as well).
Okay, time to tell some opinions on the new season. Maybe that will get some discussion going.
Like I said, I've already read some manga chapters, and this one seems like a very faithful adaptation of a story that manages to mix hilarious comedy and genuinely touching drama. You will cry from laughter on one scene, and then cry for real five minutes later - and the whole thing doesn't feel cheap despite this emotional roller-coaster. The technical side is great, too: both the art and the music are great, without any particular quality drops. Let's hope that it stays this way for the rest of the series.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashta
More than the ridiculous plot or the main heroine, I love the writing of this show. The way the main heroine phrases her thoughts and the overall tone of the humor make me wish I've read more of Romeo-sensei's works before. Perhaps I will, if they're as good as JinSui. Other than that, the ED is perhaps the best song of the season by far.
Okay, so, this is the comedy from the author of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Need I say more? Okay, I will - expect long waits for the subs and jokes that may not make any sense, but that will make you implode from laughter when they do. Its ED may not be as awesome as JinSui's, but it sure is much more addictive.
Sword Art Online
As I expected, I didn't like it as much as I like Accel World, partially because it doesn't seem like it will do anything new in the MMORPG anime genre. I did like how all the players know nothing about this new awesome game that just came out, but with the two-month timeskip this soon, that aspect may go away before they even elaborate on it. I hope that it has more space to grow, but right now, I don't see it.
Yuru Yuri ♪♪
I feel like I'm watching Working 2 again: the first season was only slightly above average, but the very first episode of the second season turns out to be much, much better than everything that came out before it. Once again, please, let them keep the good stuff coming.
Apologies, guys. Was on vacation, then got briefly ill, then had enough time to marathon relevant stuff for the summer!
The art style may put some off, but the on-the-table humor is a shining beacon in an otherwise darker future for humanity, where food supplies are dwindling and fairy reliance becomes necessary. The protagonist pulls no punches, and the cast is eclectic and fun to watch. Sure, it may not seem too plot-driven (humans are suffering, liaison to fairies, what?), but I really found it quite charming and am definitely going to continue watching. Also, literal translations for the win (reference to episode 2).
Not as endearing as Accel World (for varying definitions of 'endearing'), the premise of virtual reality becoming their realities lest they DIE in a video game. A damn shame this'd never ever happen otherwise. I mean, the two-month time skip presented at the end is a bit of a disconnect, but have they ever considered the decline of those who are still alive? Who's feeding them? Who's caring for them? Why are the authorities not doing anything to track down insane creator?
Suspend your disbelief, folks, because that's what it's going to take to enjoy the show. Accept that some of these things just don't happen, and pray that episode two provides something more concrete. I mean, even the beta testers should've gathered together, partied up, and took down a floor, right? Naw.
Another PA Works animation, and to be honest, it takes the skeleton of Hanasaku Iroha and overlays it onto a music theme. We have our genki-girl protagonist, her reticent friend, the more-than-slightly tsundere classmate, and the antagonistic, draconian choir leader who's out to screw our protagonist! What an outrage!
I suppose it's something different from the infinite K-On! clones and the like (because there are GUYS! Right? Even though they haven't done much? Right?). The animation is top-notch and the characters are nice enough to merit a continued watch. For now. Sure hope that foreboding end to episode two won't be bad for our new choir group.
Well, do you remember Natsuiro Kiseki from last season? No? Don't blame you--it was an average slice-of-life anime with the featuring point of revolving around the vocalists of band group Sphere as the protagonists. Anyway, one of their hijinks is a body-swap that occurs. How about we make an anime out of that?
Take five schoolmates who are shoehorned into a placeholder club because they have various interests and can't seemingly pick or reason with any existing club (in a school that mandates club participation, oh dear!). They're fairly friendly, but the premise of body-swapping is met with due skepticism. Until it happens in the clubroom, and our greatest opponent has to accept the truth when testing it against the swapped characters.
I want to say the premise feels fresh, but according to the next episode preview, this'll be the go-to of the show. Not like that's bad or anything, but I won't be expecting all too much, really.
Our antisocial protagonist finally musters the courage to work his way into his crush's job (a florist). When prompted to visit, he finds a naked man in her apartment, and immediately assumes he's been hoodwinked. Surprise surprise, the man is a ghost of the florist's late husband, and hijinks ensue since the protagonist is the only one who can see him (and it's been three years since he remembers his ghostly existence).
Setting the stage with those of an older age is refreshing, actually. Nothing involving some sort of contrived childhood comedy, but it might also be a downer when all the jokes only fly between the adults (and the sparks between man and ghost). Romantic tensions that only exist in one man's mind (to the others)? Might be worth a shot.
Super-lucky girl, goddess of misfortune. Combine the two, and you get a boke-tsukkomi sequence. No, seriously.
The protagonist is exceptionally fortunate. Born wealthy, well-endowed, and smart, she's the only one to be raved about at school. When confronted by the goddess (who begrudgingly goes up to the mortal realm when forced to), she flips the frickity-frick out, and soon comes to realize she won't shake her any time soon.
To be fair, I haven't seen too many genki-girl Kana Hanazawa roles, but I found the boke-tsukkomi harder to identify her by. That being said, there's great comedy to be had in their counterarguments (her butler suffers a heart attack due to her fortune draining abilities, and inevitably, she lets him go to find a wife, and soon thereafter just gets married), and the animation, while not slick, is acceptable. It's worth watching for the comedy, but plot-wise, I'm not sure how far they intend to go (I didn't read the manga, so I won't comment any further).
In other news, Accel World, Hyouka, and Space Brothers continue. All are still keepers (ranked SB, Hyouka, AW from highest to lowest for me).
I was wondering about the food issue in SAO, too, and apparently, they were able to disconnect the helmets for long enough to move the players into hospitals. However, that opens another can of worms about the ways of removing the helmet for good, for example, by disassembling it. But, since some players already died because of that, the relatives of the players who are still alive are strongly against any new experiments on the matter.
Well they did mention that the helmets had internal batteries, so i suppose you could say they unplugged the helmets, went to the hospitals and then replugged.
As for food, IV's once hospitalized or in the household would do the trick, constant shifting the body every hour or two prevents bed sores, and use of electrotherapy would keep the body relatively stable to remain healthy (last part not needed though).
Im sure at some point they will jump to the Real World problems and how they are being handled.
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Humanity Has Declined - still very frank with its humor, still very grim in the concept of what topics get discussed in a declining world. Enjoying every minute of it.
Sword Art Online - This show needs like Suspend (Disbelief) - Infinite. Like, literally. From episode 2 to episode 3, we cover a whole year, 50 floors, and a lot of disconnected stuff. Why does he want to be part of a guild now? Why does he separate himself from Klein after seeing him again? Keep asking questions, but ignore the reality factor of bodies just up and dying in hospitals when they get killed, let alone the cost of supporting that many bodies (muscle atrophy, whatever it's called).
Tari Tari - continuously feeling like I'm watching a HanaIro clone, but now the protagonist clique has males involved! Heck, the singing isn't half bad, the animation quality is spot-on (as expected from PA Works), and it at least feels like it's moving towards something (though they never directly address how well the recital goes, except for our draconian administrator to call it shameful).
Kokoro Connect - now that we know what exactly is inducing these personality shifts, there's actually a bit more I enjoy. Episode three did a very good job of evoking the important bits of a personality swap, countering Inaba's belief that it would shatter them (though I'd keep an eye out on Iori).
Natsuyuki Rendezvous - only got one more episode, but it's trying to drive forth the problems of the male protagonist just not reading the atmosphere versus the problems of the late husband who can do nothing but watch. It's a nice comparison to draw, but I really hope there's much more to develop here (waiting on ep 3, unless I just straight missed it).
Binbougami ga! - by episode 3, they're at least trying to give credence to Sakura's character and having her do "good" things. I mean, her character's got to be as self-centered as it is to slowly bring her back down to reality (and learning just how many "nobodies" are actually worth something).
From what I know, SAO suffers from adaptation decay a whole lot. I haven't read the books, but pretty much every discussion I read mentions that "it's explained in the books, guys, give it a read". I want my anime to be good enough on its own, dammit!
I almost finished watching the first season of Moyashimon, and I can't say that I don't like it, though it's hard for me to see the reason behind the hype. Sure, it's different from many other shows and it was released on a very good year for anime, but that's that. Also, this is the first time when I've encountered language barrier in anime: I'm almost sure that I'd easily recognize all these weird germ names if they were in Russian instead of English. Then again, maybe I wouldn't, since the show was obviously made for microbiology enthusiasts. Oh, right, and winemakers, can't forget those guys.
Unfortunately there have only been 4 clan members posting here in the past month. Deadline has come and gone, this clan is now closed.
I hope this does not result in any clan members retiring from salvation entirely. There are many more forums to hang out in and clans to choose from, and if you were able to organize six active member again in the future it is possible to revive this clan.
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