Anime Broadcasts Delay Due to the World Cup

Do you remember this year’s World Cup? That football tournament that filled all the newspapers less than a month ago? Remember how the last episode of Soul Eater Not! aired a week late because of the World Cup? I do.

Here is the yonkoma in question from chapter 6 of the Lucky Star manga.

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Notes on Jinsei 1-2

It is time for another screenshot heavy post. This time the focus is on this season’s Jinsei, although I still have some screenshots from the spring season I want to write about.

Jinsei (人生) literally means “life” and tells the story of the Second News Club, specifically the four writers of the Life Advice column. The main character, Akamatsu Yūki (Any relation to Akamatsu Ken? How common is this last name?), is your average protagonist. There really is nothing special about him, except that he is the leader of the group. The remaining three are girls, which makes quite a bit of fanservice possible.jinsei_2_fan2

Of course the girls need to cater to as many viewers possible. That is why we have a well-endowed, motherly Kujō Fumi from the Tea Ceremony Club representing liberal arts; an easy-going to the point of recklessness Suzuki Ikumi from the girls’ Basketball Team representing sports; and a no-nonsense tsundere in glasses Endō Rino, a lab rat representing science. Continue reading

Announcement

I’ve been rather busy with my other projects and responsibilities, both real life and not, hence the lack of new posts. Nevertheless I’ve at least found time to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

I had written a couple of guest posts at other blogs in the past and only posted an excerpt and a link here. Since all of those blogs are pretty much inactive nowadays, I’ve finally decided to publish those guest posts here in their entirety to have a safe archive, as those sites might not even be online tomorrow.

The four posts in question are:

The -gatari Series, originally published on July 6th, 2012 here.

Touhou Fandom, originally published on September 13th, 2012 here.

First Impressions: Photo Kano, originally published on April 13th, 2013 here.

Photo Kano 2&3: dropped, originally published on May 25th, 2013 here.

That’s all for today. またね~

Astronomy in Gokukoku no Brynhildr

When I pored over the Neregate spring season chart and decided to at least try watching Gokukoku no Brynhildr, I was expecting a lot more astronomy than what we could have seen so far. Nevertheless, there is still enough night sky material for me to write up a short post.

1/ Ptolemy’s Constellations

Somewhere near the middle of the first episode, there is a close-up of the list of 48 constellations listed in Ptolemy’s Amalgest. What caught my eye right away was the singular in the title, the first tip off. Yes, the original Japanese TV releases had the list in English, using layman’s terms often derived from what the constellations represent and in some cases baffling names, like the Colt (for the Foal/Pony) or the Winged Horse (for Pegasus). A moment of confusion for those who are generally more accustomed to the Latin names.

(As always click the thumbnails for a better view and mouse over for captions.)

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Soul Eater Not! 1-3: notes and screenshots

I return once again with a post composed largely of screenshots, as I’ve warned you before. Aside from that I would like to share some notes on the series I have collected from the first three episodes.

My overall opinion so far: The show has too much action for a slice-of-life anime and too much slice-of-life for an action one. Nevertheless we’re getting there, albeit excruciatingly slowly. There are about two interesting scenes per episode and hints are being dropped, but I do hope this will finally pick up after this three-episode-long introduction. In episode 1, Maka appears and Anya beats up two nameless sleazeballs. In episode 2 the psychopathic dorm mistress is introduced and defeated. In episode 3 we are given some (more) fanservice and Anya gets attacked in a dark alley. Anyways the girls are dumb as soup and rather flat, though still have more elaborate personality than in some other series of this season.

(As always click the thumbnails for full view and mouse over for captions.)

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Noragami ep1 screenshots

This shall be a very short post. I have been proofreading Noragami fansubs before an impending Blu-ray release. At the same time I am just watching the series for the first time and coming upon scenes long gone from every otaku’s Tumblr/Twitter/other social media radar, like Hiyori-chan skipping along the power-lines.

Nonetheless, have a couple of screenshots, starting with what fits inside Yato-san’s tracksuit jacket…

(click on the thumbnails for full-sized screenshots)

Bloggers’ Responses to Hayao Miyazaki’s Latest Interview

Hayao-MiyazakiA while back an article quoting a part of an interview with Hayao Miyazaki-san, that charming silver-haired gentleman over there to the right, stirred up some strong emotions in the anime-loving community. If you follow even an average number of bloggers, there is very low probability that you have missed the uproar. Nevertheless, to clarify I have pasted the excerpt in question and a translation below. Continue reading

First Impressions: My Neighbor Seki

Tonari_no_Seki-kun_mangaSeveral months ago we bought the first volume of the manga, from which this anime was adapted, in Japanese. Not that either of us can read it, but if you’ve seen a little of the anime, you’ll understand that the text isn’t that important. Anyway, when we found out that it was airing this winter, there was no doubt that we should watch it. Today I’ll be covering the first three episodes. Since they are just under 8 minutes each (including the opening and ending songs), I’ve decided I can fit them into a single post. I usually expect anime with short episodes like this to originate from yonkoma manga, but My Neighbor Seki has a regular manga structure, only with exceptionally short chapters (about 8 pages) called 1st period, 2nd period and so on. Continue reading

Gateway Anime

What was your first anime? How did you get into anime? Questions like these are rather popular in various chain blogposts. When you read a new writer’s introduction on a group aniblog, you are almost sure to find their answers to them in the text. A word of warning before you delve into my post: The headline is Gateway Anime, but I’ll be talking about recommending anime quite a bit too.

The term gateway anime developed from the expression gateway drug used to describe a recreationally abused substance, such as marijuana or alcohol, which supposedly leads to more addictive and dangerous hard drugs. So whenever I say/write about your gateway anime I mean the series which captured your heart and lured you to taste the toxic, yet delectable, menu of all things otaku. If used generally, it means anime through which most people enter the otakubase. The most often quoted ones nowadays are probably Naruto and Bleach. In the olden days it used to be Neon Genesis Evangelion here.

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