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

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Photo Kano 2&3: dropped

This post was originally written for the FinallyAnime! group blog and published there on May 25th, 2013. Since that blog is largely inactive by now, I’ve decided to archive the post here in its entirety. The original post: http://finallyanime.com/2013/05/photo-kano-2-3-dropped-review/

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After I watched the first episode of Photo Kano, I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly thought it would be much worse, especially as far as plot is concerned. Were this a completely different genre, the series could have gone down an utterly incomparable alley from there. (More on that later.) Unfortunately, Photo Kano is what it is – a dating simulation game adaptation – and the two following episodes, which I’ll be covering today, are very true to their origin. Continue reading

First Impressions: Photo Kano

This post was originally written for the FinallyAnime! group blog and published there on April 13th, 2013. Since that blog is largely inactive by now, I’ve decided to archive the post here in its entirety. The original post: http://finallyanime.com/2013/04/first-impressions-photo-kano/

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As the second episode aired on Friday, I finished my first impressions a little late. Nevertheless, cue the opening song “Koisuru Lens” (Lens of Love) and here is my take on the first episode of a series, translated as Photo Girlfriend. (Written in katakana it is フォトカノ with the ‘kano’ part taken from the first character 彼 of kanojo, a girl or girlfriend.) Continue reading