Madan No Ou to Vanadis (2014) with Spoilers



Confession time: sometimes I watch trashy anime. Because I’m bored, because it’s there, for whatever reason.

Madan No Ou to Vanadis (aka Lord Marksman and Vanadis on AnimeLab) is a very trashy show that many people will, ah, bounce off[1]: boobs don’t work that way.

Despite the fanservice and harem issues Madan No Ou to Vanadis actually has a decent story to tell, of a type that isn’t often seen in anime. Continue reading

GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There (2015): First Thoughts With Spoilers


GATE: Thus the JSDF Fought There has developed into an interesting series, albeit one that I still have some concerns about.

In my commentary about the first episode the major concerns were around balancing the powers and devolving into a harem series.

The balance concern has been addressed nicely, but the harem tropes are definitely an issue, as are some issues with the handling of culture shockContinue reading

For what it’s worth New Zealand (not much) I like this one

Apparently New Zealand is leading the way for Australia again – first with marriage equality, and now with consideration for a new flag free of colonial heritage. A long list of 40 has been suggested.

For what it’s worth (not much), this is the one I’d pick. It’s simple, clean, says everything, and just feels right to me.

The complete list can be found here.

A quick note on Macross Frontier (2008)



I’m currently watching, and mostly enjoying, Macross Frontier. That said I’m starting to get a little irritated by the apparent addiction of the script writers to continuity porn.

By episode 17 I’ve lost count of the scenes and characters that are repeats or reworks of earlier instalments in the franchise. That’s not even counting the retread of the Lynn Minmay story arc[1], aka Music Will Save Everything aka every series of Macross ever.

The latest example involved a bridge officer, a Skull Squadron leader, and references to a pineapple cake[2].

I’ve even spotted a Macross 7 reference, which is a neat trick since I’ve never seen Macross 7.

As I said I’m enjoying Macross Frontier, more or less, but these constant references sometimes throw me out of the story. Sometimes less is more.

[1] Apart from anything else Ranka Lee is a much more engaging character, and Sheryl Nome is more interesting than she appears at first glance. I’ll give Macross Frontier that much.

[2] And, yes, it’s referencing EXACTLY what you think it is. Albeit with a different ending and, admittedly, context.

Sometimes my mind takes me to strange and terrible places



Today it took me to the idea of a Dirty Pair / Schlock Mercenary crossover.

Think about it for a second.

Kei and Schlock would get on like a house on fire (and it would be).

Tagon would definitely appeal to Yuri’s taste in men, and is capable of keeping up with her when the accidental* mayhem starts.

This could work hilariously well. And if it doesn’t, or if the very idea terrifies you, there’s always the Brain Bleach

*Obligatory disclaimer is obligatory: IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. :)

Tastes of Japan

John Samuel:

A good survey of some interesting Japanese foods. In particular it was interesting to see that the Squid Ink Pasta referred to in Nagi no Asukara may well be a case of Truth in Television.

Reblog, please click through to the original (and I’ll be disabling comments here anyway for what that’s worth).

Originally posted on Speculative OP:

Japanese food is famous worldwide. In fact, it is listed as one of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Treasures: teishoku meals are probably what most people think of when Japanese cuisine is mentioned, but other types of food such as sushi or ramen have been welcomed around the world. In Japan itself, practically every region has some food they believe is better there than anywhere else, and these regional specialties (like jakoten) often attract a good deal of pride. In general Japanese food is tasty, healthy, and cheap; even if it sometimes seems a bit strange to western palates it’s hard to go too far wrong when ordering.

But let’s imagine you’re in a Japanese supermarket or drugstore, and looking to grab something quick and easy to fill a gap or keep in the fridge or cupboard. If you’re wondering which convenience foods are worth grabbing, here are my opinions.

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K-On! Season 1 (2009)



K-On! is a perfect show to watch between doing sets of physiotherapy rehab exercises. Light, fluffy, cute girls doing cute things, with surprisingly good music throughout[1].

Just the thing to take my mind of the pain in my leg, or the forthcoming abdominal pain when I do my exercises[2]. Continue reading

Why I won’t be watching any more of Gakkou Gurashi (2015)


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I don’t want to give specific spoilers, but Gakkou Gurashi (aka SCHOOL-LIVE!) is cute for the first twenty minutes then suddenly…  Perfect Blue.

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:

Pedantic Perspective Watches: Monster Musume ep. 01

John Samuel:

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.

Originally posted on Pedantic Perspective:

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.

[HorribleSubs] Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.53_[2015.07.10_01.22.36] Classy shit right here.

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