Friday, February 8, 2013

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT – I’ve watched Ep 4 ten times

Being a direct continuation of the previous season, Haganai NEXT was expected to be good.

…But, this is ridiculously good.

It has been a while since I’ve laughed at anything to such an extent, as I did with episode 4. The first season had its moments. Particularly, Sena’s relentless pursuit of of Kobato, which is continued with vigor in the second season.

Rika is Broken

Some may think that Rika is just a side character designed explicitly for comic relief. Some may think that her antics are a little overblown. Personally, I think she needs to have her own series spin-off. It can’t be a hentai, though.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Medaka Box – Unexpected

When Medaka Box’s first season aired, I ignored most of it before giving it a fair chance. It was nearing its end by then.

Because I didn’t know much about it, I wasn’t expecting anything in particular. What kept me interested was the increasing divergence, in the story line, between what I was expecting and what it was.

That was all me. Obviously, the show is what it is. The series began airing with little pretense. It was a show about an unbelievably perfect student council president and her less perfect friends trying to do good things for the school. I suppose that if I had any knowledge of the manga before the anime I would not have been as surprised about the sharp dive into the absurd.

The best way that I can describe  this show is that it is the Dragon Ball Z of student council centered anime.

Medaka Box  - Medaka Rev

 

I began watching the second season as soon as it started airing. There is a keen interest on how far they will take things in the limited time remaining.

Final note: needs more hairpins.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! – Searching for the Ethereal Horizon

It has been more than a year since my last post.

I can’t say for sure what happened, but what I do know is that I wasn’t in this world. My mind remembers it being very dark. My body was formless in a vast expanse. I had been caught by a secret organization called Management, which force upon me a curse called Project Leader.

It took considerable mental stamina to break free of the most formidable captor, who went by the name of Boss.

Boss used a spell called Raise to keep me compliant.

By the way, Rikka is awesome.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Lotte no Omocha – Wha…wha..what? That’s what they were talking about!?

Yeah, I didn’t know.

Japan…god damn you, what the hell?

Basically, the entire plot of this show is based around the notion that Lotte’s species (succubus) must intake a special something from males in order to satisfy the need for a convenient plot device to drive the story.

I, literally, found out about this yesterday. I thought all the translations about “sucking off” were just plays on words. I thought it was just your average anime double entendre floating through skilled translation.

I was so wrong.

Although, this does explain why Naoya didn’t put up much of a fight when presented with a job opportunity across dimensions.

 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gosick – A Study in scarlet and black and white and blue…with frills

One would have to be infinitely dense to not have seen the Holmes/Watson direct allusion between Victorica and Kujo. Of course, I’m confident that there was no love interest between Doyle’s two iconic characters. Although, knowing the internet, rule 34 would have cured that by now.

I suppose it is asking too much to produce a story about detectives and mysteries that doesn’t have a Holmes-type character. The archetype has become the essence of the brilliant investigator. Moreover, people accept it. They even wish and expect it. So, the obvious result is a batch of characters loosely based around a stock set of archetypes and plots.

We’re supposed to forgive this slight simply because Victorica is freaking adorable…so damn freaking adorable. Are we supposed to fall all over ourselves just because she pulls out a pipe before solving a mystery?

Well, I say, not unless there are bubbles!

At least, they haven’t had her pull out a magnifying glass.

The most unique aspect of this show is the endless wardrobe that Victorica seems to posses. In particular, the many bonnets and headbands (you had to see that coming).