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12 Days of Christmas 2014 #02 – Yama no Susume 2 and a Dream to Climb Mount Fuji
Climbing, hiking and camping. These are all things I have not really done outside of more casual occasions, yet those times live on as warm memories inside of me. Despite being years ago since I last did any of these, my fondness remains the same as if it was yesterday. If possible, I would like to give them a try again – especially in the case of climbing or hiking. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #03 – Welcome to the NHK and Facing Reality
Welcome to the NHK is a special anime. It follows the university dropout Satou as he is forced to face the reality of having become a hikikomori – a shut-in. With neither job nor employment, Satou is living off his parents’ allowance and is slowly growing more out of touch with reality by each day. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #04 – No Game No Life and Materialization Shiritori
I had a blast watching No Game No Life. It spews energy out of the computer screen and grabbed my attention within the first few minutes and didn’t let go until it ended. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #05 – Patema Inverted and Falling into the Sky
Yasuhiro Yoshiura is probably one of my favorite anime directors. He has created works such as Pale Cocoon, Time of Eve and most recently Harmonie. What makes his creations so compelling is how they have a rather distinct, almost mundane, style to sci-fi storytelling.
He explores grand concepts by utilizing smaller scenarios, which is especially seen in Time of Eve. It takes place in the future where robots and androids are commonplace, but rather than aiming big the story takes place in a small café bearing the titular name. Here, the concepts of humanity and androids are explored at ease with no right or wrong.
This is why Patema Inverted is such an interesting change from Yoshiura’s typical approach. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #06 – Kokoro Connect and Understanding Iori Nagase
In November this year I stumbled upon a blog I had encountered once before, but forgotten the name of (it’s excellent and I highly recommend following it!). On it, I discovered a well-written piece about Kokoro Connect and the main character Iori Nagase called “Kokoro Connect: A Glass Half-Empty”.
I found reading this fairly engrossing, as it was the first time someone had discussed the series from Iori’s perspective and shed light on something that may had gone overlooked. The text itself was so interesting it spurred me to rewatch the final arc of Kokoro Connect, which I initially had problems with when released. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #08 – The Good and Pointless Sequel called Rebellion
Earlier this year I rewatched Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica for a second time, which just so happens to be one of my favorite anime series. The first time I rewatched it was when it was still airing and the final two episodes were delayed because of the tsunami in Japan. It was still very good.
My second rewatch was in preparation for the third movie titled Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: Rebellion, a completely new story that would finish of the movie trilogy. As such, I decided to marathon all three movies – the first two recapping the series – in a single day to keep my memory fresh. The result? It was still very good.
Eight months later, however, I am still undecided whether or not Rebellion is actually needed. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #09 – Inou-Battle and the Voice Acting of the Year
It is rare to see voice acting in anime praised or even mentioned in the first place. At most there will be discussions about the favorite voice actors which is mainly tied to their voice rather than acting. This is not wrong, as everyone cannot be expected to excel in breaking down every aspect of something they enjoy. I, for instance, would not be able to and is the reason I rarely, if ever, touch upon it.
That said, I want to give praise to a scene found in the seventh episode of Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de. Note that this could potentially be seen as light spoilers, as the scene in question is a punch to the gut in how sudden and emotional it is. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #10 – The Pilot’s Love Song and a Sense of Adventure
If you ever told me Superman would be starring in an anime as a young pilot on a voyage to the edge of the world, then surely I would laugh until being shown The Pilot’s Love Song. Then, I would ask why someone thought naming their protagonist Kal-el was actually a good idea.
Puzzling naming sense aside, The Pilot’s Love Song is a sweet tale about love and adventure. It stars a large cast and an intricate setting, the latter which should be known to those who have seen The Princess and the Pilot as it is set in the same universe. Over the short span of merely 13 episodes – far too few for a story on this scale – it managed to live and breathe a wondrous sense of adventure I haven’t encountered very often in anime. Continue reading
12 Days of Christmas 2014 #11 – Smoke Busters
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda is a series about the little kid Kate trying to achieve world domination with a ragtag bunch of people in various silly outfits, however ridiculous that sounds. The third episode starts fairly normal until the gang decides to eat out in a restaurant.
Kate is just about to dig in when a person at a neighboring table asks if it’s okay to smoke, whereupon Kate flips out and holds a grand speech about how smoking sucks until eventually kicking the poor fellow out of the restaurant in a fit. Seconds later the first steps toward world domination are taken: it’s time to wipe out all of the filthy smokers. Continue reading