Hashikko Ensemble: New Shimoku Kio Manga?!

I totally missed the memo back in November. Quoting from the ANN news post:

[…] January issue of Kodansha‘s Afternoon magazine announced three new manga series and a long one-shot manga […]

[…] Genshiken‘s Shimoku Kio will launch a manga tentatively titled Hashikko Ensemble in the April issue on February 24. The story takes place at a technical high school. The protagonist, who has a voice complex, is approached by a classmate who wants to start a choir club.

Shimoku Kio is my favorite mangaka; I have read all of his manga and own all the Genshiken manga that has so far been published in English. Somehow I missed this though. Fortunately, an even bigger Shimoku Kio fan, Carl of Ogiue Maniax, brought the news to my attention. Thank you!

I hope it’s good!


Nihon Noir – Nakagin Capsule Tower Photo

Once again, the icon of Japanese metabolism architecture, the Nakagin Capsule Tower, has made it onto these pages. This time it was photographed by Tom Blachford in the nightime.

Click the image for more Nihon Noir photographs.

A rough image from night 1 of my shoot in tokyo in collaboration with @asahibeer_au. The nagakin capsule tower built 1970. We arrived at the tower to find that there were no good views possible from the ground or any surrounding walkways. Instead I somehow managed to convince a crew of highway repairmen in front of the building to stop their work and take me 20m into the air in their crane lift to get the perfect angle. Was truly epic! Can’t wait to share some more images and footage with you.

— from Tom Blachford’s instagram

Anime Adaptations 2009-15

After looking at the most recent anime adaptations, I am going to look a little bit further into the past and analyze adaptations from 2009 to 2015.

The methodology is the same as in my first article:

I’m researching only nonH TV series (no OVAs or movies) that started that season (no continuing anime, like One Piece, but I count second seasons).

As to why I chose 2009 (and not the nice round start of the decade) creating a rather lopsided interval, I have a number of reasons. For North Americans, the main milestone would be Crunchyroll going legal and thus bringing about the beginning of the legal anime streaming era. And that’s a pretty big deal.

Elsewhere around the world, we relied on less legal sources to watch anime. In 2009, a number of what will someday become classics or at least time-tried paradigms of quality came out. In Spring Season 2009, K-ON! aired. I’ve collected a number of reason why that would be a turning point in the fandom – some call K-ON! the peak of moe culture; it’s a milestone of the cute-girls-doing-cute-things genre, as well as the directorial debut of Yamada Naoko, the lady who went on to direct Tamako Market (and Tamako Love Story) and Sound! Euphonium.

And that’s not all! The second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which contains the legendary Endless Eight, came out. The first season of Bakemonogatari started airing. From movies, 2009 brought us Summer Wars (highly recommended). And if you like girls falling in love with other girls, then you can be grateful for Sweet Blue Flowers (青い花 [あおいはな, aoi hana, blue flowers] in Japanese) and Whispered Words (aka Sasameki Koto). Continue reading

Dagashi Kashi

In order to watch the second season this winter, I finally finished the first. As always this is a review with SPOILERS, so mainly for anime enthusiasts, who have seen the anime.

Dagashi Kashi is an anime that introduces several traditional commercial candy every episode. In addition to that there is an underlying story – the main hero, a completely average Japanese teenager and an aspiring 漫画家 [まんがか, mangaka, manga artist], refuses to take over the small-time candy store and the main heroine, who’s highly knowledgeable about sweets, arrives to convince him to choose candy over manga. The anime doesn’t develop this predicament much. Candy is definitely center stage.

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Note on The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

I’m just cleaning out some more drafts. This time it’s a screenshot from The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan.

What caught my eye in episode 4 is this cute apron with an お握り [おにぎり, onigiri, rice ball] Yuki is wearing. I would say I want one just like it, but I already have an anime apron… (I’ll tell you about it soon.)

I’m not going to write out a review today, because I already reviewed the series in Backlog: Week 6.

I’m watching some new anime and finishing Dagashi Kashi, so look forward to that.

Note on Coppelion

I found a screenshot I meant to share years ago when I watched the first episode of Coppelion, so that’s what I’m doing today.

Coppelion is an anime set in a somewhat post-apocalyptic Tokyo.

In 2016, a meltdown of a nuclear power plant creates a big catastrophe in Tokyo. 20 years later, the city has become a ghost town due to the high levels of radiation. From that area a distress signal is received. The Self Defense forces dispatch three girls from the special unit Coppelion to search for survivors. But why aren’t they wearing any protection against radiation?

I liked the series and there is a whole lot more to it than the synopsis is promising. On the other hand there is some illogicality – why are the girls wearing school uniforms when they’re basically a military rescue team? And various discrepancies to do with the community of survivors living in the area. Plus the undead army…

Things like that. Its rewatch quality is low, but the time watching it wasn’t wasted.

That’s it for today. I’m just cleaning out some drafts as you can see.
Next up is hopefully a review of Dagashi Kashi (season 1). When? When I finish it.

Winter 2018 Preview III.

This is the last installment of this season’s previews. This time I will write about two anime I forgot about when I planned this miniseries. They are Violet Evergarden and Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン | Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is about Violet Evergarden, a girl…

[…]formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of the words, she has heard on the battlefield, uttered by someone dear to her.

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Winter 2018 Preview II.

For the second installment of my Winter 2018 preview, I picked three manga adaptations that will begin airing on Friday, January 12th and that I plan on watching. Watching one episode almost every day of the week is probably going to turn out impossible, when school and work get rough, but I will try.

Let’s get into this! This time I’ll be looking at the sources, synopsis and promotional materials of Koi wa Ameagari no You niTakunomi. and Hakumei to Mikochi. Continue reading

お酒は夫婦になってから | Love Is like a Cocktail

お酒は夫婦になってから [おさけはふうふになってから, osake wa fūfu ni natte kara, Love Is like a Cocktail] is a series of three-minute (including a 30-second ED) shorts that aired this autumn. It’s also the only series I watched on reasonably regular basis this fall season. It tells mostly stories of homelife of a recently married couple – the Mizusawas, an assistant manager and a (now former) bartender.

The wife, Chisato, works hard as an assistant manager promoting her company’s products, often taking work home and in critical situations pulling all-nighters. Meanwhile Sora, the stay-at-home husband, keeps their apartment spotless, the fridge stocked and meals ready. He is also the only one, who knows Chisato gets drunk very easily and won’t drink in public because of it. When they’re alone though, he puts the skills from his bartender past to use and makes her wonderful cocktails. Continue reading

Winter 2018 Preview I.

I would like to watch eight anime series from the 48 airing this winter. (I’m excluding 18+ titles.) I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to keep up with all of them, because of other responsibilities (aka school and work), but I sure am going to try.

Today I will go over three of them – their source manga (it just so happened that all six are manga adaptations), synopsis, promotional videos and art et cetera. Cutting to the chase, today you can read about: Mitsuboshi Colors, Kokkoku and Dagashi Kashi 2. Continue reading