Backlog: Week 9

Week number nine, huh? I watched the minimum — 21 episodes — including 16 shorts. I watched a lot of shorts, because I have an exam on Tuesday and have been studying. I barely finished anything…

Barakamon: Mijikamon

These are two-and-a-half-minute chibi skits, breaking the fourth wall and talking about the anime a little. They’re nothing stellar. I mean, you don’t really have to watch them unless you’re a completionist like me.

That’s it! Nothing else this week. I am keeping up with Kobayashi-san’s Dragon Maid, so that should have a finale next week, and One Room, which will end on Wednesday. I hope to finish Tamako Love Story and Natsume Yuujinchou Go. So yes, this should be longer next week.

Backlog: Week 5

I thought I was going to make a progress check, but even though I’ve finished 20 anime in the past five weeks, I’m still “watching” roughly the same number on MAL. So it really doesn’t make sense. This week I watched 21 episodes, including 13 shorts. I got some (four) one-episode OVAs out of the way…

Non Non Biyori OVA: We’re Going to Okinawa

I loved Non Non Biyori. It’s a very easy-going cute-girls-doing-cute-things from the lazy countryside. The whole two seasons pretty much nothing happens. The OVA is similar. Spoilers: It’s all about their preparations and ends at lift-off.

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Non Non Biyori Repeat OVA: Hotaru Had Fun

Hotaru has fun four seasons in a year. Playing in the snow in winter, baking cookies in spring, playing with everyone instead of doing homework in summer, gathering wild berries in autumn.

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Under the Dog

From a complete different basket, an OVA about Flowers, teenage assassins with special abilities. The animation is pretty nice. The story is concise and simple enough for 30 minutes. And I cried.

Action scenes!

Action scenes!

Under the Dog: Anthea-chan

I thought this would be a nice short (3 minutes) that would develop the beautiful and competent Anathea, who has very little screen time in the OVA. What a mistake that was. It’s a poorly drawn animation, that should probably be funny. It’s not.

Koitabi: True Tours Nantokoitabi

Koitabi has six episodes — three two-part love stories. Each episode is five minutes + ED, so one story is ten minutes long. They’re very nicely made. Again, they’re concise, so there are no loose ends.

In reality though, it’s an advertisement for Nanto, a city in Toyama prefecture, and the surrounding area. (It took me four years to finish this, even though it’s only 30 minutes in all.)

I’m close to finishing Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu (last episode!) and some shorts, so I might be talking about those next time.

Fujisan

I want to rectify a misconception about the highest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji.

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Written 富士山, the last character means mountain, which is read yama when stand-alone. When a part of a “word” though (the on-yomi), it is read san. So this san means mountain, it’s not an honorific as someone could have thought — Fuji-san!

Backlog: Week 3

Am I boring with these “old” anime? This is nothing — I also have nine 90’s anime in my backlog. When I break out those, it will be a real trip into anime history for some of you. Look forward to that!

This week I watched 21 episodes, including 16 shorts. I’m trying to watch more full-fledged episodes, but when I’m really tired or just generally running out of time, I watch shorts to fulfill my daily episode goal. Like when I stop studying at 10PM and just want to go to sleep.

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