Are all Japanese gym teachers pervy muscle-men?

October 21, 2006 at 6:16 am (Anime)

I was watching Sumomo Bobobo Roflmao episode two and I started wondering about the gym teacher. I know GTO also had a pervy muscle-obsessed gym teacher a lot like that, and it seems like a bunch of other anime I can’t remember have as well. What’s up with that? Is it just the poor-at-sports otaku-turned-mangaka channeling bad memories of gym classes? Actually, now that I think about it, some of my gym teachers were…slightly like that, but less obscenely caricatured.

Pervy muscle-obsessed gym teacher?

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Screw this Fall’s anime; I’m already looking forward to Lucky Star

October 20, 2006 at 5:07 am (Anime)

I caught wind from AoMM that KyoAni’s project for this Spring is an adaptation of LuckyStar, a manga I was unfamiliar with before reading this.

First off, I really do not care if they do more Haruhi. While I thought the show would have been better with more episodes in the first place, I don’t really think a second season would do all that much for it. It might actually have a negative impact, unless it was really shockingly disturbingly good. I’m much happier to see KyoAni working on something new that isn’t an sad-girl eroge adaptation, or a sequel or remake.

Anyway, I’m pretty excited after looking over the Wikipedia page for Lucky Star. First of all, it’s a yonkoma. The only yonkoma adapted into anime that I’m aware of are Azumanga and PPD. I think it’s a challenging format to adapt from compared to manga or light novels, but those both came out pretty well. I’m very curious to see what KyoAni will do with 4koma source material.

Also, while from glancing over the first chapter of the manga I didn’t find it that funny, I think it has a lot of potential, particularly since the main character is a high school girl who works in a cosplay cafe to fund her eroge habit. Man, anime is getting really incestuous with its fandom these days (I think that’s awesome, incidentally).

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Hataraki Man

October 19, 2006 at 5:16 pm (Anime)

+10 points: pen-spinning
+20 points: gender politics
+25 points: I like josei anime, because it’s less retarded.
+5 points: amusing character introductions
-5 points: character introductions did not include statistics, i.e. Pani Poni Dash
+10 points: transformation
+10 points: transformation causes her to work “three times faster”
-10 points: I think they stole their cast from [INSERT AMERICAN PROCEDURAL DRAMA]
+5 points: I like the cast dynamic anyway
-15 points: Meh. Stories about corrupt politicians immune to your knowledge of their corruptions

are kinda tired.
+20 points: the chief is awesome. SO AWESOME, that he got his very own lens flare.
+15 points: theme music
+40 points: production quality (good voices, pretty good animation, pretty good direction)
+1000000 points: being a good anime that isn’t centered around romance or explosions. U WIN!

So, this show is pretty much what I expected, but that’s a Very Good Thing. It’s basically the only anime this Fall for which I don’t need to actively decide whether or not it’s worth watching because it’s simply that *good*.

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Mamoru-kun ni something something asian lolita pantsu lesbian golden shower

October 18, 2006 at 10:10 am (Anime)

I can’t remember the title of this anime; it’s too long. Hold on…”Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!” Anyway, not only can I not remember the title, I have no idea what’s going on. Somewhere between poor writing, questionable translation, and being distracted by wondering how I’m going to pay the next few months rent, I got really confused while watching this.

So far all I know is that there’s a tsunderekko and a shouta. And a girl with drill hair. This show is really strange. I think it might be terrible, but I’m too confused to really know for sure. I keep hoping I’m going to find hidden AWESOME in the Fall anime, somewhere I wasn’t expecting it. I should really crush that hope. It would help if the Hataraki Man subs would come out.

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Code Geass made my prehistoric blood boil. Okay, more of a simmer I guess.

October 17, 2006 at 4:38 am (Anime)

Suggested by Vinland as fun in a terrible sort of way, I watched the first episode of Code Geass. It was PRETTY ENTERTAINING! But I think it’s another one for the “Going to go rapidly downhill” pile. It will probably be fun to watch the flames of its demise into sucking horribly though. I’d be a lot more optimistic if all of the characters that I thought seemed interesting hadn’t been shot in the head in the first episode. I hope it’s not very long.

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NURUI! There is nothing really great premiering this Fall.

October 15, 2006 at 10:41 pm (Anime)

Well, I’m still holding out hope for Hataraki Man, but here’s how things break down so far:

(I am still too lazy for screenshots)

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ANN’s Favorite Director poll

October 11, 2006 at 7:22 pm (Anime)

ANN is currently running a Who is Your Favorite Director? poll. To qualify the director had to have at least one piece in their Top 50, and had to have directed at least one other piece besides that. Unsurprisingly, right now Miyazaki is winning by a very large margin. I voted for Kon, because he’s obviously the best anime director ever, and I also like his work (“favorite”). Only the Top Eight or so really have much notable in them I think.

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This is a post about how Megatokyo is better than manga

October 8, 2006 at 6:33 am (Fan Culture, webcomics)

I wonder how much deliberate trolling I can insert into every new post title before WP throws me off their server from the traffic.

Actually I read the rant (I love how that word is like the culture standard lingo for any text accompanying a webcomic update) on a recent Megatokyo and it had some things in it that elicited whole entire thoughts from my brain. I follow MT in so much as it’s one of the webcomic links that are in my huge folder of webcomics links that I open periodically to distract me from my actual work (it’s really effective when they incite blog posts like this one).
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xxxHolic 24 – The Seventeenth Angel

October 8, 2006 at 12:34 am (Anime)

The last episode of Holic is very touching. Watanuki remembers back to when he was a shouta, and another shouta gave him a nice bone for his birthday. Sayonara, xxxHolic.

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Watching Kanon is such an emotionally powerful experience that I nearly cried after viewing only one episode

October 7, 2006 at 10:22 am (Anime)

I wasn’t going to watch Kanon. I might still not watch Kanon. There’s a short list of reasons why it is Not My Thing. But for whatever reason I decided to go ahead and check out the first episode.

I’m not sure I paid all that much attention to the dialogue. The plot is as thin as an Oscars dress, and I don’t get bubbly over sad girls in snow. Yet, a strong emotion seemed to overwhelm me as I viewed this, and a sorrowful phrase kept wisping its way across my lips. Not revulsion. Nothing quite that bad, yet strong enough to bring me close to tears. The emotion was a sense of jilted disappointment with the universe. The phrase?


Watching Kanon 01 reminds me of how good Kyoto Animation has gotten at what they do. I can make absolutely no complaints about the art, animation, and direction. They don’t skimp on their backgrounds. They put in lots of extra frames for dramatic parts, rather than cutting back and forth between stills. The voice-acting is above average as well (the first girl they introduce annoys me, but I was surprised at how much I liked the voicework for the super-fetishized wingpack girl). But I don’t care about this story! Waaah. Wah. *cry*

I am sure this show is going to make an assload of money, because a lot of people seem to like the eroemosim genre far more than I do, and on top of that this is a really really pretty series. I get a very immersive sense of the winter season (which is a lot of the point I think). If only that were coupled with a story I felt it wasn’t a waste of my mental attention to process, I would be Super Happy Seth, beaming in my chair watching good anime. This is a very similar sense of loss to the one I feel when really awesome TV shows get cancelled prematurely. I guess I’ll just have to wait a few months. Hopefully the studio will pick up something interesting after that.

Actually, I may watch this show as a form of performence art. It will make me totally emo, because I will grasp at the threads of what could have been some other TOTALLY AWESOME show in my life, but is instead a vapid prostitute I’m only interested in for her looks. Since Kanon is supposed to make you emo with its story, the performence art will be the immense irony of my reaction, which I can hopefully appreciate with a different part of my brain.

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