Hey, it’s Haruhi. Yes, that Haruhi. There was once this show about an insanely hyper girl called Haruhi Suzumiya’s, her eternal straight man quite often, ever, reluctant side-kick, not actual side-kick, Kyon, and a myriad of science fiction. Having always been fascinated by the show The Melancholy of Haruhi since the moment I saw the show so many years ago which it almost seems like it wasn’t that long ago, I had to read the novels. Initially, it took me a while to get deep into the novels but it was high up my ever expanding “to do” list.
Being someone who usually likes to read new material rather than to re-read what one has seen I was prone to skip the first volumes because the prospect didn’t sound too exciting. Granted, it is Tanigawa. It’s Haruhi. So I had to read them. It took two years and something to make it to the 6th novel while reading other unrelated books in the process but here I am – six books later. Continue reading →
First impressions matter. You have 25 minutes and I got less than 5 seconds per show. Watching anime is such a herculean task. Sitting through 25 minutes of uninterrupted animation, paying attention, and reading subtitles. That, that is something I wouldn’t say. Even so, the prospect of checking out every show that comes out each season is not something I’m terribly fond of. It’s like fishing. Pick a few and let the rest be. I’d compare it to watching every show that comes out in a certain channel just because I happen to like that channel. Much like fake tanning, I just don’t that. Continue reading →
Stories about demon kings in anime have been around as long as I remember yet the stories are relatively the same. A hero, by that we mean the good guy, by that we often mean the protagonist, goes on in his quest to vanquish the nefarious existence of this shady two-horned, cape-wearing character publicly called the demon king (because whysoever would you make yourself an easier target).Let me tell you something about demon kings and why I have watched Maou-sama and rather watch it than any of its predecessors. Continue reading →
Compared to cases where personal preferences is what makes all the difference between watching and dropping a show halfway, this is one quite different. To not continue to watch a show because of being spoiled is one of the rarer cases that though, rare as it may sound, is a possibility for many.
Imagine you heard it accidentally. Imagine one day after a long day you are surfing through the nebula of the Internet like usual then the next thing you know your eyes are accidentally and suddenly subjected to a fierce barrage of spoilers that your mind wasn’t quick enough to not process. Continue reading →
For as long as I can remember young fictional protagonists with the mission to complete their academic duties have been rigorously attending school despite all odds. Hindered by implausible situations, aliens, nude characters that appear in one’s room because clothing doesn’t travel well between dimensions, and fantastic formidable foes illegally visiting the planet from unknown worlds because one dimension is not enough, the path to successfully graduate is nothing short of problematical and arduous one. Continue reading →
Expectations, expectations. What a word. Some stories reach their high point early, others like to take their sweet time. Expectations from Urobuchi’s latest project set the bar high for Psycho-Pass before the season even began. How great is Psycho-Pass going to be, what is it going to bring, why should I stick with it. Continue reading →