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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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.

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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