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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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Sunday, August 07

Anime

Time Travel Girl

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Come on.  Everyone should know by now that you don't use a defibrillator on someone who -

Wait, he's specifically in ventricular fibrillation?  Very well, then.  You may proceed.

Update: "If taking back his opinion would set him free, why doesn't he just do it?"
"I'm sure his pride as a scientist is at stake."

While discussing Giordano Bruno.

Update: Wait a minute! Did they just create a four hundred year stable time loop using only whipped cream, sponge cake, and a magnetised needle stuck through a cork?

Update: And to top it all off, a practical demonstration of the Curie temperature of iron, which I've never seen done before.

Update: "Did they just create a stable time loop with a cake and a compass needle?"  Yes.  Yes they did.  This series is about three things: The electromagnetic force, stable time loops, and cake.  Works better than you might expect.

Promo


I love the music in the promo.  I don't know where it's from, or if it was written specifically for this series.  It's not the opening theme, which is below, or the ending, which isn't available on Youtube.  But without spoiling anything, it is used within the show when the situation calls for it.

Opening



Ending

I know I just said it wasn't on Youtube, but I finally found it by searching for MariWaka rather than Time Travel Girl.  (The full name of the show is Time Travel Girl - Mari, Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi.  Mari and Waka are the two girls in the picture above.)



I'm enjoying this more with every episode.  Recommended.  Streaming on Funimation and (in Australia) AnimeLab.

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Saturday, July 09

Anime

My Hero Academia

Is actually really good.  It's pure Shounen Jump fare, but it's up there with the best of that genre.

Rather than reading through a lengthy review, watch the opening credits.  It's truth in advertising, what you see here is exactly what you get.

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Friday, April 15

Anime

Priorities

I was tinkering with RPG Maker MV last weekend, and wanted to see if I could create a character with red half-rim glasses.

Yep.

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Saturday, January 30

Anime

K-Channel

Make this.  


Only with Mugi in it.

Huh.  I seem to have discovered a genre.

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Tuesday, January 12

Anime

The Disappearance Of Yuki Nagato

I wasn't expecting it to be literally a mix of Haruhi and Nanaka 6/17.

But, well, I like Haruhi, and I love Nanaka 6/17, so a mix of the two is no bad thing if it's done well.  And it is.

If you were looking for another season of Haruhi with not so much Haruhi in it, this is it.

Three sparkly eyes out of four.  Though...  When exactly did Kyon's sister turn into Miu from Ichigo Marshmallow?

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Monday, January 11

Anime

The Disappearance Of Nanaka Kirisato

In which we find out what happens when we mix equal parts Haruhi and Nanaka 6/17.

It's a bit of a worry when Haruhi is the voice of reason.

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Friday, January 08

Anime

The Randomisation Of Haruhi Suzumiya

Before I watch the Haruhi movie, I'm watching the BD release in order.

Or am I?  I haven't watched season two before, but I seem to have run into it before getting to the close of season one, which ends with episode zero.

There is only one true order in which to watch Haruhi, and that is out of.

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