AniBloggers For Fireys

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There has been an #AuthorsForFireys hashtag running on twitter for sometime now. I thought I’d start something similar for anibloggers.

The rules that I’m following (feel free to change them) are simple:

  1. Pick an episode of something that you wouldn’t normally review (see after the jump for the horror that I’ve chosen to inflict on myself).
  2. Give people a week to bid on getting the review emailed to them a week before you publish it. You can run the bids on the blog post, and/or on twitter.
  3. When the winner provides evidence of their donation to a suitable Australian Bushfires Charity, watch the show, write your rant review and email it to them.
  4. A week later, publish it on your blog for all to see.
  5. Rinse and repeat if desired.

And, now, drum roll please, the… thing that I’m offering to watch a full episode of is: Continue reading

Viewing the Autumn Colours in 2018

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I headed back to Japan in November to view the Autumn colours. I really enjoyed travelling with Inside Japan last year and enjoyed doing so again this year.

This trip included meetups with online friends in Japan, and some semi-self guided touring at the end. A summary of the trip is after the jump if you’re interested in catching up, and links will be added as the photos for each post are curated.  Continue reading

Cowboy Bebop: Dog Star Swing (2021)

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Episode 2 Stray Dog Strut of the original Cowboy Bebop anime was defined by the insane, Warner Brothers inspired[1], chase sequence featuring Ein, Spike, Hakim, and a bunch of clueless researchers[2].

So.

How do you replicate, in live action, a sequence that could really only work with the anime visual conventions to support it?

Fortunately, the creators of Dog Star Swing knew better than to try. Instead they set out to better establish what sort of show this iteration is going to be. They succeeded with a strong episode that leans harder on drama than on comedy[3].

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Cowboy Bebop: Venus Pop (2021)

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So, the second episode of the live action Cowboy Bebop draws inspiration from episode 22 Cowboy Funk, but reimagines it substantially into more of a character piece for the relationship between Jet and Spike.

Faye doesn’t appear in this episode.

What’s interesting here is what the episode is saying about the live action adaptation. Where Cowboy Gospel is there to reassure fans that, yes, this is Cowboy Bebop[1], Venus Pop is meant to establish this as its own show[2].

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Higehiro (2021) – First Thoughts – Good but Content Warnings Needed

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Higehiro Key Visual (Source: CrunchyRoll)

Ok, deep breath. After Being Rejected I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway[1], aka Higehiro[2] is a surprisingly solid adaptation of a light novel series with a fairly dubious premise. As of episode 9, it is also a show that should come with some definite content/trigger warnings.

In addition to spoilers, content warnings apply after the jump for discussions of emotional abuse, statutory rape, attempted rape, bullying, and suicide. I may also be swearing a bit in places.

To be fair, alert viewers will pick up warnings along the way, although not for the specific issue that prompted this post.

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