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Monday, July 27

Anime

The Triumph Of Technology And Talent

I remember when you just needed two VCRs and a stopwatch.

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Sunday, July 26

Anime

10% Satellites

I'm really behind.  I recognised about 10% of the clips in this - Shirobako, which I love, Nanatsu no Taizai was there briefly, Chuunibyou, Kill la Kill, which I haven't seen but is very distinctive, and likewise Super Sonico.  The rest is a blur.


I'm going to do a writeup of Shirobako when I have a moment, in the meantime, it's good, watch it.


Yep, those are all from Shirobako.

The new Ushio and Tora is pretty good so far.  If you like 90s anime but hate 90s video quality, it's pretty much perfect.  The only change I've seen so far - apart from the radical technical improvements - is that Ushio now has a flat-screen TV for Tora to destroy.

It's moving along at a cracking pace, too, faster if anything than the original OAV series.  The manga ran for 33 volumes and the TV version is set for 39 episodes, so they're not going to need any filler on this one.  ANN rate it an A, so either I'm not just running on nostalgia fumes here or they've got some seriously old-time anime fans writing for them.

It's being done by Studio Mappa, which was founded a few years ago by anime veteran Masao Maruyama, formerly of Madhouse, and it's incredibly faithful to the original.  When they wrap up Ushio and Tora, I'd love to see them pick up another older show and give it the same treatment - like, oh, Dirty Pair.

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Monday, July 06

Anime

Ushio And Tora 2015

So it seems they kicked this thing off with a production meeting where they asked: How can we update Ushio and Tora to make it relevant to the 21st century?

And then fired everyone who offered suggestions.

This show is triple-distilled Essence of the 90s, but in 1080p widescreen.  It's perfect.

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Thursday, December 18

Anime

Nanatsu No Taizai

Hey, this is pretty good.

(Looks up details.)

Hmm, 12 volumes of manga and still going.  Please don't turn this into another Bleach.  The first season of Bleach was great; the rest was.... Not.

Also: Princesses Elizabeth, Margaret and.... Veronica?

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Monday, August 04

Anime

Puppy Poo!

What I watched:

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What I expected:

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What I got:

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Sunday, December 22

Anime

That Explains A Great Deal

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Monday, December 16

Anime

Ichigo Encore

Just rewatched the original series, and then watched the OVA, which I don't think I've seen before.

A few observations.
  • This show really is that good.

  • Seeing Miu face-down on the floor is a joke that never gets tired.

  • On that subject, one wonders if Miu-chan is acting out for some reason - a younger sibling getting all the attention at home, perhaps - or if it's just Miu being Miu.

  • Most significantly, the story is not actually about the four younger girls at all, it's about Nobue growing up.  I don't know if that goes for manga version, where Nobue is 16 rather than 20, but it's certainly true for the anime.  That's why we barely see the girls' parents (Ana's mother once, and a glimpse of Chika and Nobue's parents once); that's Nobue's role to grow into.  In the first episode, she's cadging money off her younger sister to buy cigarettes; by the OVA she's willingly taking the girls for a day trip to the seaside.

  • Finally, not so much an observation as a question; Why didn't this get a second season?  Structurally, it stands on its own just fine; it doesn't need another season.  But I need another season.  (The OVA is very good, though, and I'm grateful we got that much.)
Five black-and-white ferrets out of five, recommended without reservation.


(I have three weeks off work starting today, in case you were wondering about the sudden absence of absence around here.  We'll see how long I can keep that up.)

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Sunday, December 15

Anime

Western Animation

I've been trying to think what western animation I've liked as an adult*, without going back to the classic Warner Bros stuff, and ignoring films for the moment (which actually do pretty well).  And I just can't think of that many.  But here are seven I can strongly recommend.

Adventure Time

Archer

Futurama

And the video is gone already.  Thanks Obama!


Invader Zim

Kim Possible

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Wakfu

* Ish.

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Saturday, December 14

Anime

I Could Do A Movies Post...

But it would just by "Everything that Ghibli has produced, plus Millennium Actress.  Oh, and the second Patlabor movie.".

So, instead, here's a little fish.

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Anime

Close Enough

So, I was watching that Secret Base 10th Anniversary video, and wondering, what the heck?  Those girls are too young to be having a tenth anniversary of anything.  Were they 12 when they recorded it originally?

Between 13 and 15, according to Wikipedia.

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