What is that? It's a duck pond. Why aren't there any ducks? I don't know. There's never any ducks. Then how do you know it's a duck pond?
Saturday, March 27
After The Steppe Cat, What?
So three series that I have been enjoying immensely are drawing to a close: Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu, for which I held some misgivings that proved quite unwarranted; Sora no Woto, which I was willing to watch on the basis of it being merely K-On Goes to War, but which quite exceeded my expectations, and Kimi ni Todoke, carried over from last season, which transcends not merely genre but time and space and is in fact the pinnacle of all human achievement past and future.
Next season? We have K-On! 2, which I'll certainly watch; if it's just more moe-blobs making music that's fine with me. And there's... There's... Okay, KimiTodo was a surprise, and there's usually a surprise every season, but I'm just not seeing it at this point.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, March 27 2010 09:36 AM (mfPs/)
I'll [probably watch ITXX, but I won't admit to the fact. Oops!
Angel Beats - that's the dead girls in snow one? Given my reaction to every one of the Key's prior outings, I don't hold out much hope for this.
There's Working and Mayoi Neko Overrun, either of which might not be completely terrible, B Gata H Kei, which almost certainly will be completely terrible, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, which might possibly be watchable, Senko no Night Raid, which promises to be a total train wreck, and a bunch of stuff that I have no interest in at all.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, March 27 2010 01:09 PM (PiXy!)
Kiss x sis 01 was at Tenka Seiha and it seems kinda ok, unless you read Aroduc's write-up.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Saturday, March 27 2010 02:17 PM (/ppBw)
What the heck picture has he got which is so damned interesting?
Google can do that kind of thing. For months now the single most read article on my blog is the one about PedoBear, which consistently gets hundreds of refers per week from Google Image Search. But not even remotely 166,000 per month! Nor do any of my ecchi cheesecake posts, not even the ones with nude pictures from Ikki Tousen.
I plead guilty on the young ladies, although none of them have big tits AND a flamethrower. Ahem. Anyway, the vast majority of my junk isn't titillating to anyone except nerds, so I'm surprised how many people actually find my blog via search engines. The most searched picture in recent times is one of Alyssa Milano actually wearing clothes; there are photos without.
Posted by: physics geek at Wednesday, March 31 2010 01:57 PM (llWHs)
I don't really have much to add to THAT's excellent review (not as awesome as their KimiTodo reviews, but still very good).
K-On Goes to War certainly broke free from its assigned stereotype, and though it went a little wobbly now and then (including in this final episode), it's a fine little series and well worth watching. Three supernatural schoolgirls out of four.*
* May not contain any actual supernatural schoolgirls.
Finally went back and finished watching Kannagi; in fact, it's been so long that I simply started again from the beginning. Caught up on the final episodes last night while baby-sitting a new server.
It went in a different direction from what I was expecting, and was a bit uneven overall, but still earns three supernatural schoolgirls out of four. (By comparison, Shana and Haruhi each get 3.5, and Kamichu! gets 5.)
The ending itself wasn't as strong as it might have been - again, uneven - but the very last bit, with Tsugumi, was perfect.
Well worth a watch. A level 2 teenage angst warning applies.
I'm glad there's someone else out there who has a deep abiding affection for our glasses-wearing, short-haired authoress. FWIW, the anime just might catch up with Vol 4 of the translated manga, and (at least) one more will be released in Japan.
So unless Hoshimittsu completely tanked in Japan, we'll see another series!
Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, March 22 2010 06:34 AM (mfPs/)
I like all the girls, even our new-found soggy biscuit, but yeah, Sae is my favourite. In case you hadn't guessed.
I admit to some initial trepidation with respect to the current season, but they've carried it off with all the charm of the first two, and I'd now welcome a fourth.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, March 22 2010 10:27 AM (PiXy!)
by the way:
Yuuno is a shape-changer. His true form is a cute boy about Nanoha's age. She find that out in ep 7 (or 8?), and her reaction is priceless, in part because he's been sleeping in her bedroom in a basket on her desk and she's been changing her clothes in front of him. Not to mention taking him into the girls-side dressing room at an onsen.
It's something of a trope in mahou shoujo (magical girl) shows that there should be a cute talking animal sidekick for the magical girl, who gives the girl a magical gem that she needs in order to become a magical girl. It's not universal but it's quite common. This series uses the trope, and then subverts it. Yuuno does give Raising Heart to Nanoha, but Raising Heart is a product of high tech and doesn't really fit the mold. (For one thing, sometimes she argues with Nanoha. In fact, she can be very stubborn.)
But this show does a lot of that. The first few episodes of the series make it seem like a rip-off of Card Captor Sakura. Then when Chrono shows up, everything changes (and IMHO improves) and it strikes off on an entirely new path.
In A's, the sequel, Yuuno only uses his ferret form briefly, in the last half of episode 3.
Update: One of the great things about being caught up with Kimi ni Todoke is that I can also catch up on That's absurdly awesome episode-by-episode reviews. DO NOT READ BEFORE WATCHING RELEVANT EPISODES. If you have watched relevant episodes, start here. If you have not watched relevant episodes, watch relevant episodes, then start
here. The fact that they refer to SPOILER as Vichy-tan is perfection.