I suspect that much of the show will dwell within the illusion, and that maintaining the illusion will be the act of caring that makes the show worthwhile for many.
But I think I’ll always see the truth behind the veil, and it isn’t a show I’d be comfortable watching.
However don’t let that stop you. Just do as @ryorin suggests and watch the entire first episode before deciding:
Ah, Pedantic Perspective: watching the trash so you don’t have to.
I actually thought that this episode, utterly trashy as it was, had a fairly decent sense of humour to it. I was certainly laughing in places, although I doubt there’s enough humour to keep my attention for long.
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A new season is upon us, and with it is Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, which is probably the best haremshit show this year. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I discovered that it was a thing.
It is interesting enough that we were able to drag SerendipitouslySane from underneath the rock where he lives to watch this with us, as well as AiLied, a connoisseur of highly refined and cultured shows like this.
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The first episode is highly reminscent of the first Tenchi Muyo (although the original incarnations of both franchises are largely contemporaneous) in terms of the temple, the annoying father/grandfather, and the demon sealed by being impaled with a spear
Tora is much more openly vicious/evil than Ryoko ever was. Against that Ushio is also much more suspicious than Tenchi ever was.
As a result Tora doesn’t get released until Ushio is more or less forced into it, and Tora doesn’t help until he is forced into doing so.
Ushio with the spear is… interesting*.
Overall this looks like it will be a fun show. Not too deep, a lead with a clue**, and filled with hilarity and mayhem.
What’s not to like? :)
*To paraphrase Larry Niven/Steven Barnes: “I once had a spear, or should I say it once had me” :)
**That’s twice this season. Since when do male characters in anime get to have a clue?
Hibike! Euphonium delivered a strong, but definitely open, ending. I would really like a season 2 of this show to be announced. Anytime now would be good.
The story arc for episodes 7 Crybaby Saxophone to 13 Goodbye Competition is the continuing drive for Kitauji to qualify for the national band competition. For a band that was identified by Kumiko as dreadful in episode 1 Welcome to High School this is going to be tough. Even with the dramatic improvement shown in episode 5 Festival Time, there is still a long way to go. Continue reading
Sometimes a gesture, or a facial expression, is all that’s needed to convey a powerful moment of characterisation.
I’ll be writing about Hibike! Euphonium tonight but there was a moment in the finale this morning that called one of my favourite ARIA the NATURAL moments to mind.
It is the moment when Alicia smiles and waves Akari off on her “farewell gondola” tour.
But as soon as Akari’s back is turned, Alicia’s face falls. For that was Alicia’s training gondola as well, and Alicia cannot bid farewell to it in the same way.
For Alicia is a prima undine, bound by her status to the white gondolas of the primas, and can only ride the black gondolas when instructing Akari.
One of the best things about this moment in ARIA is that it happens before a flashback shows this to be true, but any viewer will know the truth of it as soon as Alicia’s face falls.
The Hibike! Euphonium moment is, structurally and emotionally, quite different but still brought the ARIA moment to mind almost immediately.
Hence writing this on the phone (which I’m normally loath to do) before I lose the thought.
So, what moments without dialogue in anime have carried the most meaning for you?
Where does the time go? As is my wont here are the top 5 posts from the last three months:
- Say “I Love You” (2012): Final Thoughts with Spoilers
- The Reality of Idol Culture in Japan
- Anime Reviews
- The Age of Adaline (2015)
- Twenty Days of Haibane Renmei – Day 15: Who Were They Before They Were Haibane?
Oh my. It looks like a 50th anniversary edition of Nuclear War is being touted on Kickstarter. Many thanks to a friend on Google+ for alerting me to this.
The question now is not whether I back this, it is at what level do I back this. 😀
Oh and apparently the new edition will include a card for a 250 (!!!) megaton war head. I shudder to think about putting that on the MX…