Backlog: Week 13

There was no Backlog last week, because I only watched 8 episodes and did not finish a single anime… This week I did better and watched 23 full episodes. No shorts! (Although Aho Girl and Tsurezure Children are only 12.5 minutes.) I finished 4 anime.

Working!!!

This is the third season of Working, a series about a family restaurant in Hokkaido and its employees. This season is the last with this cast, so many story lines are being tied up. It’s very satisfying because of that.

Everything else is the same as in previous installments. Animation, sound,… all in pretty good quality.

What I mind is that the finale is in a 50-minute special, instead of the series having 15 episodes. I’m pretty sure there’s a good reason for that, like finances or something similar, but like this the series is definitely not a concise project. Just like the other seasons, which ended with so many loose ends. Continue reading

Backlog: Week 12

My backlog adventure is back after…three months. My exams are over and, while I’m still studying a little over summer break, I do have time for some anime. This past week I watched 20 episodes, including 15 shorts.

Nyanko Days

I’m a cat person. We have a British Shorthair actually. So naturally, I jump at all cat anime. This one is a series of 2-minute shorts about Tomoko and her three cats – a Munchkin Maa, Russian Blue Rou and Singapura Shii. The cats have their cookie cutter personalities and Tomoko is an average Japanese high school freshman. Within two minutes there’s not much happening… It wasn’t a complete waste of 24 minutes, but I really don’t have anything to say about it. Continue reading

Backlog: Week 11

This week was awful as far as anime goes. I was very busy and when I had some free time, I’d study and not watch anime. I watched 21 episodes, including 12 shorts.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go

New seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou are always a safe bet. I was having a hard time watching stuff at the beginning of fall last year and was looking for something I could depend on to be soothing and well-done. Well, this is it. There are a good number of regular “youkai-of-the-day” episodes, but there’s also some development with the Matoba clan and Natori-san gets one episode. Overall, exactly what you’d expect.

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By the way, the next season, Natsume Yuujinchou Roku, will start airing on Wednesday. Continue reading

Backlog: Week 10

This was the last week of the winter season, so I have one anime from this season. In all I watched 21 episodes, including 13 shorts.

Tamako Love Story

Tamako Love Story is a full-length movie following the Tamako Market TV series. Mochizou is seriously considering studying film-making in Tokyo and has decided to confess to Tamako before going away. It’s a love story with one airhead heroine and one poor, sweet boy. I don’t want to give anything away, but he confesses! And her reaction! Aaaa! I cried.

Subjectively, I loved it. Objectively, the art is KyoAni. The plot is more than just a love story — we are confronted with all the main five characters’ visions of future and then there’s the baton club entering a contest. Plus there’s a little more development of lesser characters, like the shopping district men and women. I don’t think there are any bad points… maybe the yelling, but that might be more cultural? (When the characters are frustrated they run out into an open space, like a riverbank or a field, and just scream.) Let me know, what you think. Continue reading

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.