Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season

First episode of the second season of Hoozuki no Reitetsu airs today!

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Tsurezure Children

This post will be a full review of Tsurezure Children, the cute series about high school couples in Japan. If you’re interested in episodic reviews I recommend Nick Creamer’s episode reviews over at ANN (for episodes 7 to 12). Also, let me warn you: there will be spoilers!

There are twelve 15-minute episodes. Adapted from a yonkoma, the episodes consist of short glimpses at couples – couples-to-(hopefully)-be and new couples – at one high school. I will write a bit about every couple, but before that I want to say that in general all the stories are very cute and heartwarming. What’s also nice is how you see all the different characters interact in later episodes after being introduced as a part of a couple.

Tsuredure Children tells various romantic stories about how it is so hard to say “I love you”, between young male and female students attending the same high school, in an omnibus format. All of the stories are loosely connected to each other.

— Wikipedia

As for the animation, simple, clean lines are the norm for the characters. Some backgrounds get the painted feel (see the screenshots), but usually the art is crisp.

I’ll start with my husband’s favorite couple…

Takeru Gōda and Ayaka Kamine

One of the couple that get the most screen time are Gōda-kun and Kamine-san. I would say they’re also the couple that develops their relationship the most. While at first their conversation is one misunderstanding after another, they learn to express their feelings and wants to the improvement of their relationship.

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Backlog: Week 20

I’ve been thinking and have come to the conclusion that these posts aren’t all that useful. Especially when I don’t have the time to watch and finish more than one or two series a week. And they have been shorts or OVAs lately. With one series, I might as well write a full review, which will be much more interesting and in-depth. And 20 is a nice round number to end at. So this week’s backlog post will be a final one. Instead I’ll try to write full reviews and more importantly, my favorite research post. It might be a bit more work, but also a bit more fun for both you and me. Feel free to comment on my decision here or over on Twitter.

Anyway, this week I meant to finish the first season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? And I finished it… today.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Also known as DanMachi. First of all, I’d like to say that this is not what it seems from the title. It looks like an adaptation of a generic harem light novel. Now I haven’t read the light novel, but the anime is not a generic harem.

DanMachi is a zero-to-hero story. Bell Cranel, a wannabe hero, spends his days fighting at the easiest dungeons to bring money home to his Goddess. After killing a monster he gets a stone, which he can exchange for money. He’s the only follower of Goddess Hestia, the only member of her Familia. Gradually he gains strength and a number of friends. Now here’s where it gets tricky – female friends, mostly. From there many anime would take the harem road, but Bell-kun is so innocent and clueless, that while there are some face-to-chest encounters, he never stoops to ecchi things. So points for that. Continue reading

Where do anime adaptations come from?

A fellow blogger was so bold as to proclaim that light novels are some of the most common sources of anime adaptations today. That got me thinking, is that really true? My husband didn’t think so. And so a new research post was born. (While researching this I found another post claiming almost every anime is adapted from manga. I’ll disprove that along the way.)

First of all, let’s look at anime from 2016 and this year. The aforementioned claim is from October 2016, which nests nicely in the middle of my interval. Regarding my methodology: 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 that started after a pause).

In total I have 393 anime series. 104 of those were not adaptations, also known as originals. In percentages, 26.5% of TV series were originals and 73.5% were adaptations. To disprove the parenthesized claim about almost every anime being a manga adaptation — 160 of 393 series were manga adaptations, which rounds to 40.7%. It is a high percentage, but nowhere near “almost every anime.”

Below I put together a graph of the adaptations, so my results excluding originals. The total is 289. As you can see manga takes up more than a half of the pie (55.4%) — this includes regular manga, yonkoma and webmanga. Orange light novels come to 13.1%. It would be the second highest percentage, if I didn’t add the two green slices – games and visual novels – together, totaling 50 series and 17.3 percent. I must concede that in either situation light novels are “some of the most common sources of anime adaptations.” Still, they do not make up a large part at all. In addition, a great number (19 out of 38) of those light novel adaptations come from 2017, that is after the claim was written.

Anime Adaptations 2016-7

To complete the circle, regular novels make up 6.6% of anime adaptations and the rest is anything that didn’t fit into my categories. For example anime adapted from pachinko machine commercials or illustration books (I’m talking about Honobono log).

That’s settled. My curiosity has been quenched, but another question arose – was it always like that? I think it’s pretty (about 100%) likely that it wasn’t. I’ll try to delve into that some other day. So look forward to that!

Backlog: Week 19

Surprise! Back from the honeymoon with a new post, because of course we watched anime. I watched 2 episodes per day (on average), while managing to run around Switzerland every day. That’s 14 episodes in total — 8 full (10+ minutes) and 6 shorts. I finished Ani Tore! XX and Himouto! Umaru-chan OVAs.

Ani Tore! XX

Ani Tore! XX, short for Anime Training, is the second season to Ani Tore! EX which I wrote about in Backlog: Week 6. They are three-minute shorts about six girls, who want to become idols. In the second season they start living together (and with you) in a small house. Once again they train a lot — jogging, swimming and just exercising in general.

I rate it 4/10, aka bad, because it has no invention whatsoever. All the girls are flat cookie-cutter archetypes and there is no story to talk about. I watched it to fill my quota of episodes and because I watched the first season. Continue reading

Backlog: Week 18

There was no Backlog last week, because I hadn’t watched enough and therefore had nothing to write about — I had only watched 1 episode per day and hadn’t finished anything. This week I did better and watched 2 episodes per day.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go Specials

These are two episodes bundled in with the BDs. As with all Natsume Yuujinchou works, they are consistently high quality in storytelling and very good in animation.

The first special, or OVA, is about the youkai makers of the so-called “One Night Cups” who come to the area, because a spring will produce water that will strengthen anyone who drinks it. The bond between the makers is nicely portrayed — their worries about their livelihood and each other.

The second OVA is about Natsume stumbling into a game of youkai hide and seek when he’s trailing Nyanko-sensei going to a drinking party. It’s not as heartwarming as One Night Cups and actually a little scary.

In other news, we are on our honeymoon (yes, I’m blogging on my honeymoon) and won’t be able to watch anime and blog about it next week. So see you in two weeks!

Backlog: Week 17

Doing better this week! I watched 9 episodes, including 7 shorts. That’s two more than last week…

Sekkou Boys

Sekkou Boys are not just another idol anime. These boys are plaster busts and their just appointed manager Ishimoto-san has to wheel them around. But other than that they’re regular idols — scandals, too little work and too much, looking for their niche in the big world of show business.

Yes, I’m slacking off at being an otaku and studying instead.

Backlog: Week 16

I can’t say this week was less busy than the last. Actually it was pretty bad. I managed to watch just 7 episodes, including 3 shorts.

Koukaku no Pandora

I finished this only because I was doing quality checks of the subtitles. Otherwise I wouldn’t have forced myself to watch it right now.

It’s about an idealistic cyborg, who’s wishing for world peace, and a nekomimi combat android. Together they save lives, cats and the whole island in every episode. They’re invincible through the power of technology. And girls’ love.

Then there’s this main story arc about a technological weapon underneath the island, that everyone wants for their unjust goals.

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御田 | Oden

If you’ve read my bento post, you know I have a bit of an interest in Japanese cuisine. Today I want to write a tiny bit about oden, an eintopf Japanese dish, which appears in anime quite often.

So, what is it? This is a difficult question to answer, because there are countless regional and household varieties. I’d settle for a dashi broth with kamaboko, boiled egg, konjac and white radish.

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Oden in Shirobako episode 24

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