I’m a little late this month due to various circumstances, but here is the newest additions to the anime collection for both March and April 2017. Brace yourselves for massive amount of (bad) photographs and inscrutable rambling as I go through another treasure trove of randomly picked goodies.
With a new year comes new ambitions and desires to do a little better and achieve more gains than the previous year. For me, among my larger goals of getting my A+ certification and completing the next few requirements to move on to bigger and better things, it always nice to have a few diversions along the way. One in particular is start on my anime archive collection or basically, just picking up series I always wanted to own or never seen before and documenting them. While most of this stems from my love of older titles (and to put a little ease on internet bandwidth via streaming) it is also to replace a few things I use to or no longer own. Already getting off to a great start, I thought I might as well fit it into my activities here as a semimonthly (or whenever I have the cash to spare) post. Without further ado, here is the collection for the beginning of January 2017.
Airing back during the Fall 2014 season, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is another copious light novel to anime adaptation produced and directed by studio Trigger. After the runaway popularity of Kill la Kill, the studio’s first full-length original project, it is sort of a surprise to see them dabble in already established property that does seem to be of the same stock they are use to dealing with. Revisiting the series a year later with an official English release, does it manage to hold up?
The colors of the foliage changing, temperatures beginning to chill, and days getting slightly longer despite the rays of twilight being quickly swallowed by the night. Yes, it is certainly Autumn. With such a season being the harbinger of the holidays, it also means rest for many working and weary souls like myself. Of course, instead of enjoying the pleasure and bounty nature has to offer, I get to catch up on my hobbies work has been depriving me of – anime in particular. However, instead of catching up on the current lineup or revisiting past seasons, I will be going a little further back – think 1980’s up until the new millennium. It has always been a tradition of mine around this time (more like November really) every year to hit up the titles of yesteryear or classics as some would say. But what exactly defines or means for an anime to be classic?
Starting rather late on most of the summer 2016 anime titles this season, Amaama to Inazuma or Sweetness and Lightning is one that I immediately latched onto. Besides having a small cast of endearing characters and sincere heartwarming moments (most in part due to Tsumugi’s cuteness) as its biggest strengths, I do believe that the cooking segments are also kind of unique as they focus more on the preparation aspect to a degree. Of course, with many viewers quick to call it another “cooking themed” series, I do also believe that those portions perfectly illustrate one major idea that links people together.
Airing back during the Fall 2015 anime season, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation would have my vote as being one of the more fascinating and visually impressive shows of the season. Alongside the Perfect Insider it was also one of the few mystery series airing last year, however, I do think that the categorization doesn’t quite do the show justice or accurately describes it, despite what the title may imply. Nevertheless, whether you agree with that statement or not, I will say that it does some appealing things with the genre that other series of the same tapestry fails to get right. So what does it do so well and does it really make for a better show overall? Here is my evaluation…
Took me awhile, but I finally finished work on my anime and video game recommendations…sort of. While the video game one is more or less the way I envisioned (yes, it will be more than RPG’s added), the anime one is still lacking…a lot. In the future, I will try to change the format of the latter (when time allows), but the contents will remain the same. Until then, you are free to check it out. I haven’t started on visual novels, but that will be next after I am completely satisfied with the anime one. The review archive is also come along swimmingly, yet need more time on that front. Have a lot of cleaning to get done in two days for company this weekend, so maybe once it is here, more time will fly into my lap and I can work on it. Anyway, you can find the anime and video game pages below or use the menus above. You are free to suggest things for either, but probably haven’t added it yet.
The days are getting shorter, nights of rest longer, and weather a little more chillier. Without a doubt, the fall season is certainly here and more specifically, the month of October. Usually being counted as the harbinger – calm before the storm if you will before the holiday season and impeding end of the year, it’s also a month in the U.S where Halloween is celebrated, a night where kids dress up in all manner of costumes as they go door-to-door to solicit for candy. Also being an occasion that commonly synonymous with the supernatural and occult (even though it has more roots in Catholicism and old harvest festivals), it has got me thinking a lot about the aspect of horror and how that interpretation differs in other regions of the world. Not being a fan of horror games, movies, and anything gory, I admit that I do like the idea and especially the interpretation that I have gleaned from most Japanese media. And if you couldn’t guess, my experience is closely linked to that of anime and manga, yet can say the analysis is somewhat more interesting.
From the studio that brought you the titillating action-fantasy anime Queens Blade and Hyakka Ryōran: Samurai Girls comes another helping of gratuitous fanservice in the guise of female pro wrestling. Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai is its name and aside from appearing to be one more production after the lowest common denominator – it is actually among some of the half-decent offerings from the Fall 2013 season. Sort of. Obviously not poised to win any awards or even considered to do the female professional wrestling circuit any favors, it does happen to embody a certain sentiment of the sport – both good and bad if nothing else. That being said, I still wonder what possessed Funimation to dub this.
Looking back over the past twenty-something years and coming face-to-face with the reality of today, the world really has changed thanks to the presence of technology. With the internet playing its role in the process of globalization and bringing people closer together (or separating them even more) – the transference of new ideas, means of communication, and even practices have never been more varied and as a result, seen a Renaissances in everything from commerce to user-generated content like blogs and even social platforms like Twitter coming into existence. For the hobbyist in me that enjoys anime, manga, and video games, being able to discover new and unusual titles has also never been easier, but also having the ability to find others carrying the same interest all over the world and interact with them if I so choose is also a cool perk. However, as the world does become closer and even personal taste align to a certain degree, the once obscure subcultures and niches are now presented with a wider audience, an opportunity that either leads to growth or relegated to be nothing more than a passing mention. For it is the majority – the mainstream that I speak of: a group with greatest untapped potential, yet also the one that is the most difficult to break into. What does it mean for anime to cross into the mainstream?