Sunday, January 27
Wow. Talk about mood whiplash. This show flip-flops between cheap sight gags and a brutally honest and realistic depiction of how people in such a (admittedly far-fetched) situation would respond.
Tuesday, January 15
Vividred Operation: At least they choose from only the finest cliches.
Tuesday, December 25
So I'm on holidays for a bit, and I was planning on catching up on my anime watching between bouts of Minxing and spring cleaning. I've already assembled two new computers and a RAID array and fixed my old RAID array, so I deserve to relax a little.
- Hidamari Sketch season 4
- Strike Witches (all of it, haven't seen any)
- Dog Days (again, all of it)
- Mouretsu Pirates (watched the first few episodes, then got bushwhacked)
Thursday, August 30
With many sadnesses, I gave up on Moyashimon Returns after three episodes. It's just not the same.
Wednesday, July 18
Sunday, July 15
A trap in full gothloli costume gazing rapturously up at an industrial rice polisher? Moyashimon has Returned.
Kokoro Connect. This is the one that looks just like K-On! only with boys* as opposed to Tari Tari, the one that sounds just like K-On! only not with boys.
Wednesday, July 04
For a rock, that thing has a wicked sense of humour.
Friday, June 08
I previously wrote about this series back in January, and then a spaceship crashed on top of me and I died.
Three out of four little mascotty things, the same as I gave it originally.
Friday, June 01
It may help to think of her as a girl-shaped space bee.
Friday, April 06
Who animated this, and throw money at them.
Monday, April 02
After five long, lonely, kiviak-free years, Moyashimon returns to Noitamina this July.
Sunday, February 19
Right. That reminds me why I don't like this sort of game.
Sunday, January 22
Genki girl meets super-science flying battle robot.
- Which one, though? One of the stable ones or one of the metastable ones?
- Where did those come from? I'm sure they weren't there before.
- Aww, now they're gone again.
- Guess it's one of the metastable ones then.
The robot fights are formulaic, but the characters and the character designs work for me, as does the art style generally and the music, both op/ed and incidental.
It's nothing groundbreaking, but it has a beat and you can dance... I mean, it's enjoyable enough so far.
Two and one half little fishies out of four. Wan.
Wednesday, January 18
Also known as spoiler.
This one is actually good - funny, well-written, well-acted, beautifully drawn, and willing to hit the tropes head-on or dodge them balletically as its whim takes it.
One thing that intrigued me while watching the show was when it was set. One, no cell-phones or computers anywhere; can't be twenty-first century. Two, skirt length, can't pre-date the mid-60's. Architecture (the school has a large, curving glass wall, for example) and transport (the very few cars we see are neither boxy nor sleekly curved) both suggest the 80's or 90's. The male lead has a Super-8 film camera, and it's not highlighted as an anachronism, which points to the early 80's. But there are shelf stereos - CD only - and the cordless phones are bulky but not that bulky, which suggests at least the late 80's, probably the 90's.
That aside, it has a busty redhead, a tomboyish girl who goes hmph, and a twintailed girl who goes ufufufu.
Oh, and railcars. All in all, it's a real throwback, a 90's style comedy with 2012 production values, and definitely one I'll be watching.
A solid three little fishies out of four.
Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! Also known as Oh, right, the whole of Wikipedia is blacked out.
A college-aged boy ends up looking after his niece and step-nieces after their parents are lost in a plane crash. Some genuine moments of comedy and tragedy, but the storytelling is heavy-handed and it strays too close to ick territory for my liking.
Could be worse. Knowing the Japanese, could be a lot worse.
Two little fishies out of four. Maybe half a point more if we get to see more of the monorail. Monorails are good.
Wednesday, December 28
We're all familiar with this, of course:
But I'm apparently just a little too young to remember this:
Or, for that matter:
Sunday, November 13
It's from a josei manga series of the same name centered around - and I kid you only very slightly - full-contact snap.
It's actually not bad, a ray of light in a pretty dull season.
Sunday, October 09
Got the chance to finish watching this series this evening, and it really is an underappreciated little gem. While it treads ground covered by shows like Azumanga Daioh, K-On!, and Hidamari Sketch, and while it's a bit uneven in places, its charm holds up throughout.
And the sixth omake is brilliant.
There's an OVA on the way, so that's something to look forward to. With only two volumes to the manga I don't know if there's enough material for another full season, much as I'd like to see it.
Sunday, August 14
Season 4 announced.
Tuesday, July 26
"She really is a crazy busy bee."
Monday, July 25
Maya the Bee was anime?
I always thought it was a European series. But then, I was watching towards the end of my don't-care-so-long-as-it's-animated period, so I wouldn't have noticed either way.
The American dub had a different - and lame - theme song. The version we got in Australia had the original tune* with translated lyrics, which is apparently the case for most of the rest of the world:
Czechoslovakia, as was
German remix, apparently broadcast in Spain (the Spanish theme is less lame than the American version, but still not the real thing)
Polish polka version, sung by an unreasonably talented 11-year-old
A live Czech version (Karel Gott sang the original German, Czech, and Slovak versions)
A German / Czech co-production
Wait, Spain had the real thing too, as well as their German remix and their Latin alternate-universe version
Another German version on Spanish TV or... something - this one actually changes languages midstream
Honestly, you could hum the tune of this show to anyone in the world between the ages of about thirty and fifty and form an instant friendship... Except for America. Oh, and Italy. They messed it up too.
The odd thing, though, is that English version is not the song from my childhood. That version went:
There is a land that you can't see,
Although it sometimes isn't there;
And that is where you'll find a bee,
With so much happiness to share.
And if you ask her for her name she'll say it's Maya,
The one and only little bee called Maya,
Maya has so many friends you see;
She really is a crazy busy bee.
She's always going to exciting places, Maya,
Meeting friends with different faces, Maya,
Maya, everyone loves Maya.
Maya (Maya), Maya (Maya),
Maya tell us about your day.
I got most of that from memory, and then found this page which had all but the opening verse, and in the right order. (As soon as I saw it I realised I had some lines the wrong way round.) I found the opening verse on some random page on Facebook.
Now, let's see if I can find that one as well.
Oh well, here's another version in... Don't know any more. I think that's Croatian. (Looks up.) Yes, Croatian, which I speak fluently... To the extent that I can recognise Pcelica Maja when I see it twice just a few minutes apart.
* And by "original", I mean the version composed by Czech songwriter Karel Svoboda. The Japanese theme song is nearly as bad as the American version.
Wednesday, July 20
So I had a free half hour when things weren't actually on fire, and I watched the first episode of this. I still have the latter half of last season's shows to watch, but I wanted to pick up one episode of something, and Usagi Drop was something that sounded like it might be good.
And it is. It is very good indeed.
Oh. What's it about? It's about a thirty-year-old guy who moves in with his aunt, who scolds him all the time. Yes. Yes, that's what it's about. Heh.
Four plummeting bunnies out of four.*
* Just as a reminder, the scale is out of four, and the scores range from -1 to 5.
Tuesday, July 12
An exotic atom with a nucleus comprising three cutinos and a chaon, orbited by a solitary oneeon.
Tuesday, June 14
Yes, I really watched the whole of the new series of My Little Pony.
The thing is, while there is no question but that the show was created solely as a cynical exercise in manipulating little girls into getting their parents to exchange their hard-earned dollars for mass-produced plastic toy horses, it is actually pretty good.
I was persuaded of this first by the existence of Weird Al PMVs* and then by the Ponycast put out by the combined forces of the Anime World Order and Greatest Movie Ever podcasts.**
And, despite its origins, target audience, and current status as an internet meme plague, I really enjoyed it.
* Pony Music Videos.
** I've listened to every single episode of both. Twice.
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