June 26, 2016

Haifuri -- ep 12

I watched the first three episodes of this series and decided it was idiocy and dropped it. What I read about it later did nothing to disabuse me of that impression. Zombie Apocalypse caused by mutant psychic gerbils? Please.

So the 12th and final episode just ran and I decided it wouldn't be fair to write a scathing review of the whole thing without watching it.

And you know what? It was stupid but it was fun. Maybe the biowarfare part of the story got explained earlier; in any case it didn't sink (heh) the final episode.

It took mammoth suspension of disbelief but a degree of Rule of Cool helped a lot. The main disbelief was that with all this firepower going on, apparently no one got injured let alone killed. (Given how many zombified crew there were on Musashi, it's hard to believe no one died there, but they kind of airbrushed all of that. We only saw them once, for about one second, during the boarding action.)

I'm still not sure I could manage to get through watching the whole series, because that would mean fully embracing the stupid, and there was a lot of stupid. Maybe I'll go back and read RandomC's episode reviews for them all.

But the last episode really was pretty awesome. I think I'll watch it again.

UPDATE: It wasn't as good the second time; too many "Wait a minute" moments. Sometimes a show improves on second watching (like the Girls und Panzer movie) but sometimes they get worse.

I want to know the back story about the zombie plague but I'm not sure I'm willing to invest several hours and a lot of brain cells I can't spare in order to find out.

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June 20, 2016

Bakuon!! -- ep 12

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I've been sitting here for fifteen minutes trying to decide how I should write this up and have come to the conclusion that I shouldn't. It's the last episode of the anime, and they constructed it out of chapters 39 and 44 of the manga.

I was hoping for another onsen episode, perv that I am, but they were right. Chapter 44 was an outstanding choice for ending the series.

It's common in comedy series for them to try to find a touching story to end it, and to temporarily turn off the comedy tap, and usually it doesn't work. It did work this time. The final story made Hane cry, and it gave me tears, too. And then Lime appeared.

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This is a huge spoiler. DON'T READ IT UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE WATCHED THE EPISODE!

And then we got a happy ending.

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It was an excellent way to end the series. If you have fallen for the girls in this series, you'll love this episode! The second part won't make you laugh but it will make you smile.

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June 19, 2016

Musaigen no Phantom World -- Kid sister

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Even though I enjoyed watching it during the original broadcast I couldn't really let myself go because I was certain that Kyoani was setting us up for a particularly dreadful Gainax ending.

Well, it turned out I was wrong. The ending is a good one, and it turns out that this series is one I like rewatching, at least parts of.

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June 13, 2016

Bakuon! -- ep 11

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I think this was the funniest episode yet, and for this series that's really saying something.

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June 11, 2016

Shiver...

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Bakuon! -- squick

I've done my share of ogling of Rin in Bakuon, as you all know, but there are lines. J-list is selling an adult toy now with Rin's picture on the box. (NSFW!!!)

Which merits a huge squick from me. It doesn't help that they made a huge Japanese ecchi pun with the name. Gross.

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June 08, 2016

Adding to the tropes

It always makes me feel good when I can add something to TVTropes. It feels like the way I could contribute to projects back when I could still work as an engineer. (I really miss that.)

I particularly like doing Wild Mass Guessing entries because I feel like I'm pretty good at finding odd ways of looking at things. And I got to do one today, for Musaigen no Phantom World: "Albrecht is a phantom".

(In case you don't remember, Albrecht is Kurumi's stuffed bear, who fights for her.)

UPDATE: I also added one recently for Dog Days to the effect that Sharl, the Ryuu no Miko, is actually a tochigami, like Yukikaze is, and Farine is. If so, Sharl may well be far, far older than she looks.

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June 06, 2016

Bakuon! -- ep 10

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Lime wins the cheesecake award for this episode with this eyecatch

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I just noticed that Rin is Zettai Ryouki grade A. I went back and checked the earlier episodes and she always was, but I never noticed before. (Wonder why?) Actually, the tropes page for Zettai Ryouki says that there's a Grade S: thigh high socks plus tsundere plus twintails, so Rin qualifies. Seems to me that she really should be S+ because she's got all that and she's blonde and stacked.

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The bikers twintail club! One of these things is not like the other...

Anyway, the episode? It's about Chisame. She still sucks the light out of every scene she's in and she cries at least three times, but we're making progress. She has joined the bike club. She wants to get a license, and her dad has offered to buy her a bike, though the one he suggested isn't appropriate because it's too big for her.

Meanwhile, Hijiri has turned 16 and she wants her license, too. So Hijiri and Chisame are going to the same school that Rin and Hane went to, but Chisame isn't learning anything. Her father is a famous GP racer and Chisame herself has a rep as a mini-bike racer, and all the teachers assume she already knows everything so they won't teach her. Finally she confesses in tears to Hijiri that she wants to learn, and Hijiri promises to teach her, and that's next episode. I hope.

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June 04, 2016

Summer 2016

Neregate's latest anime chart seems pretty mature, including 48 series, so is there any hope?

Man, it looks just as bleak as ever, maybe more so. There are only two shows listed that have even the slightest chance of being worth watching IMO. There's going to be a 4-ep anime-original story about Nanatsu no Taizai, and there's a sequel series to Shokugeki no Souma. And that's it. I didn't really think the first SnS series was worth watching weekly.

As to the rest, it's sequels, game advertisements, idols, and just general crap, not to mention an overdose of bishounen. Have a listen and join me in crying:

Fukigen na Mononokean -- a bishounen helping out youkai.

GraP & RodeO second season -- a random high school boy wants to be an idol.

Hatsukoi Monster -- A girl meets a bishounen and discovers that despite looking grown up he's actually in fifth grade.

B-Project: Kodou Ambitious -- a young woman gets a job managing three bishounen idol groups.

Puzzle & Dragons Cross -- an adaptation of a Nintento 3DS puzzle game.

Show by Rock!! Short!! -- A cat girl, a dog girl, a rabbit girl, and a sheep girl form a wannabe idol group.

Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma*Illya 3rei!! -- the third series in this concept, which seems to have eaten Fate/Stay/Night alive.

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! -- Cute girls doing cute art things at a girl's high school.

91 Days -- Period piece about a man seeking revenge.

Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu -- another sequel.

Active Raid: something or other -- another sequel.

Handa-Kun -- trials and tribulations of a bishounen.

D.Gray-man Hallow -- another sequel.

Majestic Hour -- a repeat.

Onara Gorou -- is a story about a fart, if the chart is to be believed. (And I thought the Koreans were strange for doing a one-of show about a dog dropping.)

Servamp -- a couple of bishounen, one of which is a vampire.

Amaama to Inazuma -- a widower tries to learn to cook.

Nejimaki Seirei Senki etc. -- A bishounen leads an elite military group consisting of gorgeous girls and ugly guys.

Mob Psycho 100 -- the description is incoherent; I can't figure out why anyone cares.

Cheer Danshi!! -- Bishounen cheer leaders as an all-men university.

Masou Gakuen HxH -- a bishounen has the power to give girls huge powerups when he molests them. I saw a show before based on this conceit; one of the girls was a gorgeous redhead and another was a loli, but I'll be damned if I can remember what it was called. (UPDATE: Got it! It was "Yumeria".) Anyway this time there's no redhead but there's definitely a loli, and one of the girls has twin watermelons on her chest.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi -- a four-episode anime-original series.

Days -- Boys playing soccer.

Berserk -- Sweaty guys with swords.

Love Live! Sunshine!! -- idols, sequel (sort of).

Tales of Zestiria the X -- is so derivative that I can't even begin to describe it.

Saiki Kusuo no something Nan -- a bishounen with super powers tries to live a normal life.

Taboo Tattoo -- MAYBE this will be good. Probably not. A young man who is a martial artist gets involved in an international conspiracy after being given a tattoo on his hand that also bestows supernatural powers on him.

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu --is about a bishounen who likes to read boy-love novels, which makes it a double-barf.

Paletarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ -- is another one whose description inspires the response, "They can't be serious." It involves an abandoned robot that looks like a cute girl, among other things. And a bishounen.

Amanchu! -- Cute girls doing cute things in wet suits. The rest of the time they wear truly ugly school uniforms designed to totally obscure their figures.

Battery -- a bishounen is a good baseball pitcher.

ReLIFE -- A 27 year old NEET (bishounen, of course) gets kicked out of his parent's house and has nowhere to go, and then someone offers him a chance to relive his 17th year in high school to make it better.

Ozmafia!! -- crime families at war with one another.

Bananya -- is about a "banana cat" mascot for a stationery company.

Tsukiuta the Animation -- bishounen idols.

Qualidea Code -- Super powered children defending the earth against mysterious invaders.

Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars -- No season would be complete without at least one show with high school girls piloting mechas.

Ange Vierge -- adapted from a card game; cute girls with super powers attend a school to teach them to use their abilities.

New Game -- a high school graduate joins a game company.

Rewrite -- is a 6th route through a Key visual novel that I know nothing about.

Dangan Ronpa 3 -- apparently they decided that this show needed two sequels this season.

Orange -- a cute girl in high school trying to prevent a bishounen classmate from committing suicide. (That sounds like fun; loads of yucks!)

Scared Rider Xechs -- one young woman and five bishounen and I don't care.

I say this every season. I know. But usually there are a couple of long-shot series I at least sample. This time there's only only one: Taboo Tattoo, and I make the odds of it being any good no better than 1:20. I'm sure I won't want to watch Shokugeki no Souma weekly and there aren't any others I'm even interested in sampling.

It's gonna be bleak.

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May 30, 2016

Bakuon! ep 9

So we introduce a new character with this episode. There isn't any suspense about it since they changed both the OP and ED to include her. Her name is Chisame and she's Yume's classmate in middle school.

Both of them took the entrance exam for this high school and both were accepted. But Chisame is really dark. She sucks the life out of every scene she appears in. The last scene in the OP shows her smiling, so I hope she gets better, but in this episode she seems to be suffering from the world's worst case of depression.

See, she's really little. Short, short, short; when she sits on her dad's motorcycle her feet won't reach the ground. She is also weak and uncoordinated and has always done really badly in sports, but she found herself in motorcycle racing, in a version where the bikes are tiny. There, her small size is an advantage because she doesn't weigh as much as her opponents so she can go faster. So she's been winning, but she's always lonely when she's on the victor's podium.

We were told that she doesn't think motorcycles should be ridden on the street. Actually, it's just that she herself can't do that because she's tiny.

Also, she's flat chested. Shows like this nearly always include a character who suffers from "A-cup angst" and originally I thought it was going to be Onsa but I was wrong. They were saving it for Chisame. (That's a guess; so far she's had other reasons to be depressed.)

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I'm pretty sure she rides a Honda PCX. That's a scooter that doesn't really look like a scooter and there's a pretty low spot in the middle she could straddle when stopped so that her legs reach the ground. And it weighs a lot less than a full size bike (like Lime's Ninja) so she should be able to do the "lift".

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So will Hane's irrepressible cheerfulness defeat Chisame's depression? If this picture is anything to judge by (and it may not be) then Hane will win. I do hope so; one of the attractions of this series so far has been that no one is angsty. (Not even Rin. She's disgruntled but not angsty.)

There's an interesting link here between Chisame and Lime. 20 years ago (or however long it was) there were two girls who were friends of Lime and made the mistake that led to her catastrophic crash in that race. One of those eventually became the principal of this school. The other one got married and had a daughter that grew up to be Chisame. Seems like that has to be a plot point since if it wasn't there really wouldn't be any reason to include it, but I have no idea what it will mean. Anyway, Chisame's mother knows Lime and seems to know about her.

I have a bad feeling about this. Up to now the show has been very light-hearted but I'm afraid Chisame is going to drag it down into the darkness and make it serious.

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