Fall 2014 Second Thoughts on Many Shows


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Several of these shows have already had their own first thoughts posts, others are coming soon[1]. Still I thought I’d pass an hour in an airport lounge summarising overall reactions and relative standings. Continue reading

Massively Spoilery Wild Mass Guessing for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru (2014)


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Serious warning here folks: if you haven’t seen episode 8 Blessing of the Gods[1] of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru then I’m about to massively spoil elements of it.

Don’t go behind the “more” cut unless you’re ready for that.

Seriously, stop now. Continue reading

Where do I think Log Horizon is heading?


I went back and watched the first episode of Log Horizon this afternoon to check the foreshadowing of future plotlines.

In retrospect the tag to that episode had confused me into thinking that Akatsuki and Soujiro were going to appear in Shiroe’s raid plot line. I misinterpreted a series of rapid cuts, similarly lit, but with different backgrounds so well played Log Horizon, well played.

However I do think that there’s a fair bit of information in the tag to the first episode if it is interpreted correctly.

Which I’m about to do so I can point and laugh about how wrong I was later[1]. :) Continue reading

Pyne. Turnbull. Hubris.

John Samuel:

I initially thoughts “Harsh but fair” about this excellent post on No Place For Sheep.

On second thoughts it is just fair.

Love the line about psychic Ebola.

Originally posted on No Place For Sheep:


When the goddess of language came up with the word hubris meaning overconfident pride or arrogance that incurs the wrath of the gods who then punish the offender, mightily humiliating him, she had Christopher Pyne in mind. Look:

Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

Yes, that could apply to most of the government. Sad, isn’t it?

Pyne’s latest caper is setting up an online petition to protest ABC production cuts  leading to the loss of jobs in his own electorate, as a consequence of budget restrictions imposed by his own government. His move has been described as hypocritical, but I think of it more as calculatedly provocative, designed to arouse precisely the reaction it has. Pyne loves above all things to cause outrage. It makes…

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Is it Okay to Like Your Lie in April?

John Samuel:

This is a fascinating take on a show that I want to like more than I do.

I suspect that this post identifies both my misgivings and why I’m still watching it.

Originally posted on Mage in a Barrel:

If you’re dialed in to the anime fandom, particularly the simulcast-watching, blogging segment of the fandom that I inhabit, you’ve probably heard at least some hints of the controversy that’s been surrounding noitaminA’s new show, Your Lie in April, a 2-cour anime produced by A-1 Pictures and based on the Kodansha Manga Award winning manga by Naoshi Arakawa.

Near as I can tell as someone standing apart from those who are decrying the show, the bulk of the outcry surrounding KimiUso is derived from the show’s treatment of protagonist Kousei’s traumatic-abusive childhood at the hands of his now-deceased mother.

Now, I’ve always tried to form my own opinions of a show divorced from the complaints and praises of other, but KimiUso has been something of a special case for me. This is, partially, because I’m hearing these complaints from other bloggers whom I personally like and respect, but also…

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Shirobako (2014): First Thoughts with Minor Spoilers



Oh Shirobako[1] how I love thee, let me count the ways.

Seriously though Shirobako delivered the strongest opening episode of the Fall Season, and hasn’t faltered since.

I adore this show. Continue reading

Argevollen (2014): Second Thoughts With Some Spoilers


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Argevollen has continued to improve even as it inspires memories of other, older, anime. The biggest problem with Argevollen is the large number of balls it is juggling: will Argevollen be able to catch them all in the finale[1]? Continue reading

From Princess Kaguya to… Sailor Moon?


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Faery tales are funny things that never quite die in the collective consciousness. The same applies to folk tales and classic mythologies.

They may get reimagined, reworked, rebadged, but the common core remains in the foundations of a culture.

You can see this in Lord of the Rings with acknowledged influences from Nordic, Germanic, and Finnish mythology[1] (among others)[2]. Continue reading


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