Why We Drop Things – Subpar, Bad, and Terrible Animation

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Usually, a show is excepted to be look relativity good or decent. Being optimistic a show is supposed to look great. Nevertheless, that is not always the case. In reality I’d say a good amount of time that is not the case. One does not get that glossy “Ufotable quality” that rocks your eyes so often.

We have cases where the production values are low, cases where there aren’t enough animators, cases where they hardly manage to make the deadline, and in some cases the studios are just not good. Instead we have shows that look relatively decent, not bad, but decent enough where Continue reading

Secret Santa 2013 : Gatchaman Crowds and Binbougami ga!

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So this time I rose to the challenge once again, almost going for the full Secret Santa experience this year. Instead of picking one show I picked up two out of the three. This time I was recommended : Gatchaman Crowds, Binbougami ga!, and Shinsekai yori.

The decision was both easy and difficult. On one hand I had a show that I had partly watched but put on hold, on the other there was a Binbougami ga!. Comedies are often super easy to watch. Lastly, there was Shinsekai yori which may or may not be my thing, but it was 25 episodes long so if I was picking this up I wouldn’t be picking the other two. In the end I went for the two former – Gatchaman Crowds and The God of Poverty. Continue reading

Rating the Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novels is tricky

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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

I watched under 5 seconds of OP Themes instead of the Season (The Experiment Series)

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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

Maou-sama and when Demon Kings stopped sucking

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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