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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Backlog: Week 2

Welcome to the third post about my “backlog adventure”. I tried writing a bit more about the series and not just my incoherent reactions this time, so I hope you like the format better. This week I watched 21 episodes, including 11 shorts. (Random piece of trivia: In January I finished 15 anime series. That’s the most I ever finished in a month.)
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Quote from Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

You might understand why I’m quoting this tomorrow, when I publish a review of this one AMV…

You’re a projectionist and you’re tired and angry, but mostly you’re bored so you start by taking a single frame of pornography collected by some other projectionist that you find stashed away in the booth, and you splice this frame of a lunging red penis or a yawning wet vagina closeup into another feature movie.
This is one of those pet adventures, when the dog and cat are left behind by a traveling family and must find their way home. In reel three, just after the dog and cat, who have human voices and talk to each other, have eaten out of a garbage can, there’s the flash of an erection.
Tyler does this.
A single frame in a movie is on the screen for one-sixtieth of a second. Divide a second into sixty equal parts. That’s how long the erection is. Towering four stories tall over the popcorn auditorium, slippery red and terrible, and no one sees it.

from the third chapter of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club is a renowned piece of literature for readers with a rather strong stomach. If you’re up to that, I highly recommend it. The movie isn’t half-bad either and is pretty loyal to the original. I mean it. Go read/watch it.

Anime Backlog(s)

When Justin of Organization Anti-Social Geniuses announced his break from airing anime in April 2014, I was a bit surprised. Like he wrote in the explanation/announcement post, he has been following new anime for 2+ years after all. But he really wanted to focus on minimizing his backlog, so instead of taking on a number spring anime, he started his Anime Backlog Adventure. And of course, being the good aniblogger he is, he wrote about it. He even inspired a number of bloggers, like Confused Muse, to look at their backlogs and resolve to do something about them. And what about my backlog? Continue reading