Meet you back here in half an hour.
What are you going to do?
What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Sunday, April 23

Anime

Little Witch Academia Episode 15

The series continues to be excellent, with the occasional episode (like last week) being merely very good.  I have mixed feelings about the new opening theme song, but there's some lovely animation to go with it.

This episode runs into the curse of 1080p. The text of the newspaper Lotte is reading is just legible to the viewer.  It's actually Kafka's Metamorphosis.

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Sunday, April 09

Anime

My Hero Academia Series 2

Another promising story killed by Shonen Jump disease.  Bleah.

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Friday, April 07

Anime

Check Out The Crabs In The Bucket

Stolen shamelessly from Brickmuppet.

Anime is Tamako Market, which is, from my limited viewing...  Not nearly as fun as this wonderful AMV makes it look.

Song is a cover of k-os' Crabbuckit by The Good Lovelies.

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Saturday, March 18

Anime

Miss Kobayashi's Maid Chorogon Eps 7-10

After a few weeks away from this show it took me at least a minute to get back into the swing of things.  It continues to pack a lot of silliness and a lot of actual story into each episode.  And the fifth dragon finally made her appearance.

Kanna is still best chorogon* though.

Three and a half bowls of dragon tail soup out of four.

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Anime

Little Witch Akkodemia TV Eps 7-10

Episodes 7 and 8 were terrific, every bit as good as the movies.  9 and 10 weren't quite as good - nicely done, but very predictable - but the essential charm of the characters holds the show up high even during weaker stories.

Also, I think this is the first time we see Akko using fairly major magic on her own and having it work exactly as intended.  What she used it for was pure Akko nuttiness, but it's nice to see her competence and confidence continue to grow.

Still no opening credits clip on Youtube, but gets four shiny chariots out of four anyway.

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Sunday, February 12

Anime

Little Witch Academia TV Episode 5

Interesting.  We haven't seen Akko learn any magic yet, with the two exceptions of when she has access to a powerful artifact or when she's screwing up a potion.  But here she is using basic magic entirely casually, so she has been learning.

We have the team from the The Enchanted Parade back in action (and back in trouble) and between them they have the firepower of an AC-130.  And these are the C students of the academy.  In Akko's case, C-.

They also have the tactical sense of a mildly concussed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, which I suspect is why they haven't yet taken over the world.

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Saturday, February 11

Anime

Interview With A Witch Dragon

Little Witch Academia TV
Demi-Chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Demi-Humans)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Miss Kobayashi's Maid Dragon)

This season seems to be full of fantasy comedies.  Little Witch Academia had two wonderful short films previously, and now has a full TV series.  Demi-Chan is about schoolgirl demi-humans, and Maid Dragon is about a maid who is a dragon, or possibly the other way around.


Good news: All three shows are fun and well worth watching.

Bad news: There are no decent quality opening credit clips on Youtube for any of them.  I'm not about to remedy that because my Youtube account is still suspended from last time...  In 2007.

Little Witch Academia gets three broomsticks out of four.
Demi-Chan gets three nompires out of four.
Maid Dragon gets three and a half dragon maids out of four.  The extra half is because Kobayashi programs in Python.

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Saturday, November 19

Anime

Erased

Also known as Boku dake ga Inai Machi.

There have been quite a few anime series playing with different forms of time travel this year.  MariWaka, which is full of stable time loops, Re:Zero, with its rather unfortunate reset mechanism; Orange, I think (haven't watched it yet), and this one.

It starts out as a kind of anime version of Tru Calling, but quickly flips to something different and larger.  

Our hero, Satoru, a 29-year-old failed manga author, has the ability sometimes to skip a few minutes backwards in time and avert an accident.  When one such "revival" just leads to further tragedy, he finds himself skipping back years and having to rewrite his own life to prevent the circumstances that led up to this in the first place.

Solid so far.  And it has a terrific opening credit sequence, which for me is 90% of what makes anime great.


Watching it on AnimeLab, the Australian streaming service run by MadMan Entertainment, which is so much better at this than Netflix.  One click and I have instant perfect 1080p video.  Netflix has to think about it for quite a while before it upshifts from third-generation VHS.

Update: Finished, and recommended.  Not perfect - the pacing is a bit off here and there - but very good.  Apparently they cut a few episodes worth of material out of the manga, including much of what happens in the present day, but it works very well as it is.  And the actors who voice the main character both do a great job.

It also has the least misleading opening credits I've seen for years.  The entire story is in there, but you can't see it until you've watched the whole thing.


There's also a live action version.  Don't know if I want to watch it; the story is intense enough when the characters are animated.  Also, the trailer is loaded with spoilers.

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Friday, November 18

Anime

Re: Re: Zero

Now I see what all the fuss was about.

But Betty is clearly best girl.

I want to see where this goes, but the 25 episodes that just ran covered all the published material (and some that wasn't yet published when it aired; the author was directly involved in the anime production).  Since it started in 2014, it will be at least 2018 before they can do another run, unless they slow the pacing down significantly, or add filler, neither of which I want to see.

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Saturday, August 27

Anime

Dear Netflix

Glitter Force is not a "Netflix Original".  It's a bastardised version of season nine of Pretty Cure

Speaking of which, Pretty Cure is up to season 13 with no signs of slowing.  Unfortunately only the first season is worth watching unless you're a girl between the ages of five and ten.  With the second season they narrowed their target audience, and since then their targeting has become laser-precise.  But on the fourth hand, the franchise is a massive commercial success, so I can't exactly blame them for that.

Season one - the real Pretty Cure - was directed by Daisuke Nishio, who also directed the little-known Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.  It's a lot more action-oriented than the later seasons, and that would go a long way to explain why.

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