July 01, 2015

Metanorn Summer 2015 picks

The folks at Metanorn have each chosen 3-5 shows in the upcoming season that they're looking forward to.

No one mentioned Bikini Warriors and it got left out of the poll at the end of the article. Man, shows about boobs don't get any respect.

UPDATE: By the way, Bikini Warriors is running on AT-X!

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June 29, 2015

Wikia

I'm finding that Wikia.com is a pretty valuable resource. When I want to know things about a show or franchise, usually I can find it there.

But there are some odd pages on that site. Just now I stumbled onto the "Anime Bath Scene" wiki, for instance. Which is exactly what it says: 3898 articles (and counting) about anime characters (mostly girls, of course) bathing.

Sheesh. Talk about otaku.

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June 28, 2015

Magical Girl Kyouko

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Her motto is "I'll solve anything by burning it".

This is from ep 20 of To Love-ru, which I just began plundering. I already have 150 candidates from this series, and obviously more to go. And this is just from the first series; I have two others I've downloaded. I'm not sure I'm going to want to have 600 or 700 images from this franchise.

On the other hand, I've got 437 from the three Dog Days series, so maybe it's OK.

Anyway, by this point they've given up entirely on trying to tell any kind of overall story, and are just doing gag episodes. Which is fine with me. Definitely some weird stuff going on, like a pregnant space assassin...

UPDATE: Good Lord. They did an entire episode about her.

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June 27, 2015

RandomC summer 2015 preview

Here is the Random Curiosity Summer 2015 preview.

UPDATE: For those who were looking forward to Monster Musume, it's going to be 5 minute episodes.

UPDATE: Pete notes the rise of the short-form show, not with eagerness. I agree with him that it's not a good thing.

He lists 6 examples from the upcoming season. I can add two more: Monster Musume and Bikini Warriors are both 5-minutes per episode. (In fact, they are running back-to-back Tuesday night.)

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June 26, 2015

Nanoha Vivid Manga -- a look ahead

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It ain't all sports-anime. Some other things happen. Spoilers below the fold. (Also, the last two episodes finally got subbed! Yay!)

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June 25, 2015

Punchline ep 12

Having dropped this show a couple of months ago, I admit I was curious about how it ended, so I downloaded the last episode.

I think I'm entitled to call it a "trainwreck". Good news: they stop the asteroid and save the earth. Bad news:

Why exactly was Our Hero

The biggest dangling thread in the story was going to be And their answer for that was less than satisfactory. Time travel stories are always complicated, but you can tell when someone isn't even trying, and this was it.

There was no explanation about but maybe that happened in one of the episodes I skipped. I'm also interested in why the and what exactly was the deal with Those things may have been covered in the intervening episodes.

But I'm not willing to go back and see. I wonder if there's a blog somewhere that covered this series? I remember seeing one, but I couldn't find it today.

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Summer 2015 preview

Here's Tenka Seiha.

UPDATE: I got half-way down the page before I ran into anything I found even slightly interesting. That was Shimoseka, the one about revolutionary guerillas fighting against prudes. And ran into a very bad sign: the official web site no longer has a picture of the main girl naked.

And after finishing his list, there wasn't anything I was interested in. Not even the new DB rehash.

He didn't list Bikini Warriors, though. But that's only a 5-minute show, and I'm not sure it's even running the whole season since it's pretty much a 5-minute advertisement for ecchi figurines. (Reportedly they're all cast-offs.) I imagine I'll want to watch it, but it won't be absorbing.

So I went back and reviewed the latest version of Neregate's picture. There are several shows which will probably be fodder for plundering, but nothing I'm actually interested in watching. (Except Bikini Warriors, maybe, for a couple of episodes.)

Sheesh. What a disaster.

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June 24, 2015

To Love-ru -- first impressions

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This is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be. I was expecting trash, but it's genuinely fun. I watched the first five episodes without any sound, but decided I would listen. And the first (pleasant) surprise was that Zastin's voice was Koyasu. Looking at ANN, it turns out to have a first-rate voice cast. Lots of names I know and love.

Yeah, there's a lot of ecchi, especially in the BD rip (that I'm watching) but not enough to make it impossible to plunder for the top rotation. From the first five episodes I have 27 candidates, which isn't bad at all.

UPDATE: As of the end of episode 7, what I think is most noteworthy is the fact that there are so many tropes I've seen in other harem romcoms, and I'm not finding them annoying in this series.

The series foundation has been laid, and now we're doing comedy episodes with no particular sign of a long term plot. Which can work really well if it's handled well (think Keroro Gunsou, for instance) and so far they are doing so.

(Although Ren is a one-joke pony which could become extremely tiresome if they don't show some restraint.)

UPDATE:

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There's nothing particularly subtle about the humor in this series, but it's OK. This guy ("Pikary") deserved it.

UPDATE: OK, now I've figured out why I'm getting so much deja vu here. This is basically Keroro Gunsou except with loads of fan service. And that works for me.

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Houkago no Pleiades -- ep 12

I just downloaded the raw of the final episode of Houkago no Pleiades and I still don't understand what's going on. I sure hope the sub clears things up, but I'm not holding out much hope on that.

As always in this series they're doing nerd jokes about modern astrophysics. This time, the last engine part they're chasing fell into a Black Hole.

So they went in after it. Somehow they seem to have the idea that things are completely black once you're inside the event horizon, which isn't likely. Assuming you could survive that close to an immense gravitational source (which also isn't likely; tidal effects would tear you apart) things would look very distorted but there would be plenty of light.

So stop asking questions and look at the boobies, right? Except that this isn't a fan service show, so they don't even have that excuse.

It's almost like Gainax (the new Gainax, back from the dead) is trying to use this show to reestablish their reputation for being utterly strange.

I'm not sure this qualifies as a true "Gainax Ending" -- those tend to make me think of violence towards the studio -- but it certainly is bizarre. And it isn't happy for everyone. It may not be 100% happy for any of them, but it's totally unhappy for at least one.

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And what in hell is that thing? Looks like the apocalypse, to me. No way Earth can survive a body that large, that close!

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June 20, 2015

Re-Kan! -- ep 12

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This was a real disappointment. After ep 11 built up beautifully to a crisis, ep 12 ruined it. The problem was that it didn't make any sense. Why was there a problem? What cause it? What was it that fixed the problem? They never bothered to tell us any of that.

The only thing that was good about this episode was that it allowed Inoue to shine in her full tsundere glory.

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