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After such a prolonged absence, I told myself it probably would be best to let this place die a noble, forgotten death as a written testament to the vivacious times of the 2008 anime season. What’s that saying again? Let sleeping blogs lie? Something like that.

How ironic that a new show about zombies would motivate me to bring this blog back to life!

Don't underestimate the spear martial arts club!

And here I’d been, not expecting much from the new anime season. Yay for lowered expectations! And for more after the jump.

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Losing Internet for a few months is a painful experience. Specifically, the kind of painful that makes you want to crucify the company that changed the contract on you, and then the other company that claims it provides great DSL service, but forgets to mention that it loves to disconnect clients every five minutes for no reason.

At any rate. I’m alive. I have 150 gigs of recently downloaded anime (plus the Azumanga Daioh! boxset taunting me from its royal spot on the living room coffee table). It could be worse.

Please feel free to call me any names you want, I need all the goading I can get to start writing again.

Shows that I’ll be watching and blogging regularly:

  • Toradora! An anime that can be both humorous and touching thanks in large part to its duo of outcast protagonists who find themselves reluctant partners in their romantic crusade; having been an outcast myself in high school I can’t help but sympathize with their plight. Will they stay friends? Will they become more? I’ll just have to continue watching to find out! Also features the homeliest bird in the history of anime. Behold!
Yiiiiiiiiiikes.

Yikes!

  • Rosario to Vampire CAPU2 — Let’s get one fact straight: this ain’t a good show, but it’s so bad at times that it becomes remotely enjoyable, all part of the Trainwreck Appeal. On the plus side Rosario has one of the top three OP themes of the season with the sassy Discotheque. It’s toe-tappingly good and, yes, absolute gratuitous fanservice, but it reminds me of last season’s Koihime Musou and its hilarious ED. It’s enough to get me to look forward to my weekly dose of white cotton. (And Mizore is cool.)
Wait, where's the Twister mat?

Wait, where's the Twister mat?

  • To Aru Majutsu no Index — Another show whose OP is in the top three best of the season. Unlike Rosario, however, TAMNI is far from a train wreck, what with its compelling star-crossed protagonist and a gallerie of (thus far) spiffy characters, first amongst them the poor Index. And is that a hint of GARRR! sprinkled here and there? Why yes it is. (Plus that chick who wears one-legged jeans rocks my world. For some reason she reminds me of a mix of the Natsume sisters from Tenjo Tenge.)

Rood: "a crucifix, esp. a large one at the entrance to the choir or chancel of a medieval church, often supported on a rood beam or rood screen."

Animes that I’ll be watching but blogging occasionally, if at all:

  • Kurozuka — After my gooey outpouring of fan love in my last post you were probably figuring Kurozuka was going to replace Code Geass in my blogging lineup. But the truth is, it might not make a very compelling blogging show, the same way I wasn’t able to discuss Kaiba or Antique Bakery weekly no matter how much they entertained me. And that’s despite Kurozuka boasting some of the most lovingly crafted shots in recent memory, along with yet another excellent OP (speed metal FTW), unbelievable premise potential, and so much blood gushing out of so many arteries you’d think the Red Cross had animated this show. I’ll watch it religiously the second the sub comes out and if I feel I can communicate anything meaningful about the experience, then I’ll write a post about it.
  • Casshern SINS — Depending on how the violence and story ramp up it may become a worthwhile blogging endeavor. I have no clue, though, because I’ve only had the time to watch the first episode so far.
  • Shikabane Hime: Aka — Everything that applies to Casshern applies to this one too. But it’s Gainax. Come on.
  • The rest — I might still give a shot to the slew of other average shows, like CHAOS;HEAD and Tytania. Or I may use that time to catch up on series I haven’t finished yet. Or maybe I’ll hunt down everyone who stopped subbing Real Drive after fifteen episodes. Bastards.

-Mr. K

Ready for part two of my odyssey into fall season’s novelties? Let’s dive in!

This is a picture of the best new show this season. Gotta read through the rest to find out!

This is a picture of the best new show this season. But you'll have to read through the whole article to find out more!

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I created this blog almost exactly three months ago, mere days before the anime summer season began, as it turned out, and so my development as an anime blogger took place in parallel with the shows that debuted at that time and have since ended.

So what lessons have I learned in this short timespan of chronicling the animated goodies bestowed upon us from the Far East?

  1. Balancing post quantity and post quality is a tightrope act. I could spew a daily dose of meaningless drivel. Or I could take three weeks to craft a witty, insightful gem of a post that analyzes a show so deeply Freud and Jung would hold each other weeping. Yet, in either case, I’d be doing both myself and the reader a disservice: the reader would be buried under an avalanche of blandness or left starving for more while I, the author, would suffer under my own moral imperative to birth a new post every goddamn day or become so obsessed with writing a marvel of a post that I’d never work up the courage to hit the “Publish” button.
  2. Blogging trainwrecks can be fun! Re: Koihime Musou and Sekirei, for example. Blogging nothing but trainwrecks might get old quickly however. Fortunately, fall season is thus far beating summer season and making itself a necklace with summer season’s broken teeth, so I’m not too worried at the moment about this particular issue rearing its head. To file under this header: Rosario To Vampire CAPU2.
  3. I should leave some for the rest of the anime blogosphere. There’s no need for me to work myself to death watching and writing about every goddamn piece of anime crap that sees the light of day. I reckon the world will not explode if I pass on Sky Galaxy Magical Schoolgirl X38 . And my blood pressure might even improve! But the start of an anime season being what it is, I can hardly pass up the chance to sample the surge of fresh shows, all eager to impress me.
Totally unrelated Toradora! picture because it's awesome.

Totally unrelated Toradora! picture because it's awesome.

But my most cherished lesson is that this is not a job. I have a tiiiiiiiny perfectionist streak and I spent way too many hours obsessing over whether I was writing decent posts or not. Or whether I was writing regularly enough. Or whether my prose was at anywhere near the level of the other 12,067,438 other anime bloggers’s.

Just like fall… this season, I’m gonna chill. And I hope we’ll hang out together, dear reader.

-Mr. K

Wherein our courageous blogger/reviewer ventures into the unexplored lands of the newest anime season, sampling the inhabitants’s offerings, and running for his life after being mobbed by a particularly vicious tribe of panties.

Luckily there’s a lot more in the fall season for those of us who are not underwear fetishists. Clicky clicky!

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(Quick note: I am going through the fall season’s premieres and having a blast, so expect a couple of posts in the next days on that topic. Also, with any luck, I’ll be able to get my grubby little hands on subs for the last two episodes of Someday’s Dreamers before the Sun implodes… A man can dream, no?)

In retrospect I did not give Antique Bakery the attention it deserves, but in my defense, such a quiet, character-focused show makes poor blogging material. How do you compare the daily lives of four gay guys opening a Western-style cake shop to giant mechas or undead schoolgirls dual-wielding Uzis?

Do not watch this show if you're on a diet.

Do not watch this show if you're on a diet.

Nom nom nom after the break.

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