<![CDATA[Chanoc's Anime Blog - Home]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:46:52 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Spring 2016, Report 1]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:32:43 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2016-report-1​1. Flying Witch, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - Slice of life that is pastoral and contemplative is among my favorite kind of anime.  Because of that Flying Witch is right up my alley.  And even though it is a solid show, I am not enjoying it as much as I would like to.  But it is still early, and I hope it becomes better and turns into something more along the lines of the very satisfying Gingitsune.

2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, episodes 1-3 (Good) - This show continues to be an action and visuals fest. It is true that it is similar to Attack on Titan, but Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress appears to want to be its own thing.  I am satisfied with an adrenaline heavy, visual spectacle show, but if Kabaneri turns into a well written series, I would consider that a welcome bonus.

3. Kiznaiver, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - This show continues to ride on the promise that something cool and/or interesting is coming.  Episode 4 did several things right, but the series still feels far away from the promised place.  And I do not mind it leisurely pace, but if this series is going to only be 12 or 13 episodes long, things need to go up several notches in the next 2-3 episodes. 

4. Re:Zero, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - I am not adverse to otaku fantasy shows, but they tend to be too dumb and silly.  But Re:Zero is doing some refreshing things that so far I am enjoying enough to keep watching. The particularity of the premise is intriguing, but it could help or hurt the show, depending on how it is implemented.  I hope things continue to be solid.

5. Joker Game, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - This is the prestige show of the season because  it has a phenomenal studio behind it, an intriguing and somewhat interesting premise and is being written with an adult audience in mind.  But so far it has been a series of mostly self-contained episodes without a solid overarching narrative.  Its production values are the highlight. 

6. Twin Star Exorcists, episodes 1-4 (So-so) - This continues to be a formulaic action, supernatural show, but I keep liking it.  The titular characters are very likable to the point of becoming adorable.  I hope things continue to build upon and get better.

7. Mayoiga, episodes 1-5 (So-so) - This continues to  be a ridiculous horror-mystery show.  There are signs of potential improvement, but they could be  a big mirage.  The best thing I can say about Mayoiga is that it is entertaining, and I keep laughing at it.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of April 24-30, 2016]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:32:17 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-april-24-30-2016​Anime watched:  This week I watched my Shirobako BD's.  My opinions of it remains the same.  It is a show that I admired, and I am happy that it exists, but I cannot love it that much.  I also had time to watch my BD's of the first part of Chaika: The Coffin Princess.  It is a simple show, but it remains entertaining and fun to me.  I am also satisfied with the English dub that Sentai made.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of April 17-23, 2016]]>Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:14:43 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-april-17-23-2016Anime watched:  I first rewatched Planetes, and, like with the other great classic series I have rewatched recently, I was more impressed this time around.  Its visuals and story are not that great, but the character writing and pace are very strong.  Planetes might be the best anime series that Sunrise has made.  I also watched my imported BD copy of Macross: Do You Remember Love?, and it is an over the top but enjoyable audiovisual experience.

Anime bought:  Sentai's second part of Shirobako on BD and the latest Japanese BD release of Macross: Do You Remember Love?]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of April 10-16, 2016]]>Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:57:21 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-april-10-16-2016​Anime watched:  I had planned to watch more anime this week, but I only rewatched Tari Tari, which I continue to enjoy and like a lot.  I also watched Ajin: Demi-Human on Netflix, and it has potential to be good, but its 13 episodes are only the first part of a larger story.

Anime industry:  Crunchyroll and Kadokawa have formed a partnership.  It looks like a great deal on paper to me because this will allow Crunchyroll to have a steady source of anime, and Kadokawa will gain a bigger presence in the North American market.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring 2016 Lineup]]>Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:44:12 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2016-lineupThis season is looking weak and because of that, I am only following 7 series in a weekly basis.  I will watch other series in an irregular basis, but I will not report on them or rank them.

1. Flying Witch - Yes, this contemplative, slice of life-ish show is all I expected it to be.

2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Yep, it has great visuals and excitement.

3. Kiznaiver - It has the look and style I anticipated, but it seems kind of dark.

4. Joker Game - It had a confusing start, but I can enjoy cerebral stuff.

​5. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World - A lost in a fantasy world show that seems to have an intriguing and potentially very interesting premise.

6. Mayoiga - This horror, mystery show seems to have potential, but its start was shaky.

7. Twin Star Exorcists - This monsters, action show is cliche, but it looks fun.
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<![CDATA[Report for the week of April 3-9, 2016]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 15:54:22 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-april-3-9-2016​Anime watched:  This week I watched Ouran High School Host Club mostly to see if it continued to hold up for me, and it does not.  It is still a very strong anime, but it is not for me anymore.  I also had time to watch The Future Diary.  It is very crappy, but I might never forget it.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of March 27-April 2, 2016]]>Sat, 02 Apr 2016 15:46:01 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-march-27-april-2-2016Anime watched:  This week felt hectic to me.  It is probably because I do not watch any other anime besides my simulcasts on Saturdays and Sundays.  But last Saturday I watched the Evangelion Rebuild movies, and I am a big fan of how 2.22 was constructed and executed.  I then watched my DVD's of Gunbuster, and the anime still holds well.  I finally watched Haruchika because I felt that I should have followed it in a weekly basis.  And I was right because I liked it.

Anime bought:  Aniplex USA's DVD volumes 1 ans 2 of Durarara!!x2.]]>
<![CDATA[Winter 2016, Final Report]]>Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:31:10 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/winter-2016-final-report1. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, episodes 9-13 (Very good) - The tragedy foreshadowed since the beginning of the show finally happened.  The loose ends from the past have been tied up, and the show returns to its present.  This show has been a delight to watch from start to finish.  The whole story has not been told yet, but a second season has been confirmed.  Joy.

2. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, episodes 9-12 (Good) - These final episodes felt more contemplative than the rest of the show, but they provided an ending with enough closure.  Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash was a surprise title for me because of its likable characters, subdued atmosphere and pretty and soothing visuals. I definitely would like to see more from these characters and their world.

3. ERASED, episodes 9-12 (Good) - This anime seemed in the brink of self destruction after episode 10, but thanks to an amazing episode 11 and a very strong episode 12 ERASED managed to end up as a satisfying experience.  I will say that at the end of the day this series, with all its flaws, managed to deliver on the promise of offering a tense but emotionally rewarding show.

4. Snow White with the Red Hair, episodes 21-24 (Good) - The final episode was very strong, delivering a solid conclusion and highlighting the major themes of this anime.  The second part of Snow White with the Red Hair was less strong than the first one, but it provided a nice complement.  I would like to see more of this tale, but the 24 episodes available have been satisfying. 

5. Durarara!!x2, episodes 33-36 (Good) - Great, I am happy with how things wrapped up.  All the characters seem to have received the conclusions they  deserved.  Without a doubt I can say that the Ketsu arc was the best part of the inconsistent Durarara!!x2.  I will probably never forgive all the crappy visuals, but this second season was still a fun ride despite bumps on the road.  

6. Active Raid, episodes 9-12 (So-so) - This series appears to have finally found the identity I was asking for. I like how these first twelve episodes ended.  The second half of the show could be fun and perhaps have better overall quality.

7. Dimension W, episodes 9-12 (So-so) - Before the start of its final arc this series still had a chance to be a solid show, but the writing continued to suffer, and it ended as just an okay product.  I will soon forget about this title, but I was never bored while watching it.

8. Dagashi Kashi, episodes 9-12 (So-so) - This show ended with not much of a resolution.  Aside from its attractive visuals, this is largely a forgettable anime.  The only real good thing I can say about  it is that it was consistently entertaining and weird. 

9. Gate, episodes 21-24 (So-so) - The conclusion to this season was fitting and high energy, but several things continued to be mediocre, and the whole pro JSDF stuff started to become annoying.  Still, this is a recommendable show to fans of action and adventure anime.

10. Myriad Colors Phantom World, episodes 9-12 (So-so) - There are a couple of actual good episodes in this stretch, but the series as a whole is a big waste.  Kyoto Animation continues to be a juggernaut in terms of visuals, but this show is easily the worst written in their catalog.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of March 20-26, 2016]]>Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:57:45 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-march-20-26-2016Anime watched:  I rewatched Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995 series) and the End of Evangelion movie this week.  And this is going to sound weird because this series is one of my favorite animes of all time, but I feel that I gained more respect and appreciation for it after this rewatch.  Also, for a long time  I actively disliked End of Evangelion, but in this rewatch I finally enjoyed it and now see that it has thematic and spiritual continuity to the series.

Anime bought:  I finally decided to buy the Bandai Visual USA's DVD release of Gunbuster.​  I also received the first part of Your Lie in April from Aniplex USA.]]>
<![CDATA[Favorite Monogatari Works]]>Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:43:05 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/favorite-monogatari-worksReally like
1. Bakemonogatari - The story that started it all, and the best rounded work.  Except for the Nadeko arc, every arc contains powerful stuff.  This anime is a gem because it has imaginative dialogue, darkness, visual uniqueness and even solid comedy.  I would have been satisfied if this had been the only Monogatari anime ever produced because it has a bit of everything that makes this franchise great.
 
2. Nekomonogatari White - I had always been intrigued by Tsubasa Hanekawa, but this arc really took this character to new heights in terms of complexity and maturity.  While Nekomonogatari Black muddied things, White is a great tale of redemption and a great conclusion to the titular character.  Bakemonogatari will never be surpassed to me, but Nekomonogatari White comes the closest.

3. Hanamonogatari - This arc finally convinced me that Suruga Kanbaru is my favorite character of the franchise.  When Kanbaru was first introduced she struck me as a petty and selfish character.  Hanamonogatari shows that Kanbaru is a warrior who always kept fighting and never gave up.  This is not a particularly greatly written arc, but its bittersweet conclusion really hit my emotions.
 
4. Otorimonogatari - Who knew that the airhead of Nadeko Sengoku could be this nasty, cunning and even interesting.  Monogatari had dealt with dark stuff before, but Otorimonogatari takes it to a darker place that seemed impossible before.  This arc  also excels at mystery and thriller aspects.  I strongly recommend this story to people looking for complexity and some heavy themes. 

Like
5. Nisemonogatari - In my opinion this series has an unjustified bad reputation because of all the fanservice,  but it is actually a good show that nicely complements Bakemonogatari.  There is strong stuff like Senjougahara coming to terms with her past, the introduction of the kind of interesting Fire Sisters and Deishuu Kaiki.
 
6. Nekomonogatari Black - This arc expands on some of the stuff from Tsubasa Cat, but it is a mixed bag.  The start is very strong and important in further understanding Hanekawa.  Unfortunately the producers are too obsessed with showing Black Hanekawa prancing around in her sexy underwear.

7. Onimonogatari - This arc provides some important information to the overall Monogatari plot, but it tends to get tedious and boring.  The big highlight and saving grace of this arc is of course the emotional departure of Mayoi Hachikuji, which I think was handled in a good way.  Mayoi is going to be missed.
 
8. Owarimonogatari - Ougi Oshino is supposed to be an important character in this series, but she is very annoying.  Sodachi Oikura is also supposed to be a highlight, but her arc is kind of underwhelming.  The second half is a big improvement as the series shifts its focus to Shinobu and some important and interesting aspects about her past.

Do not like much
9. Kabukimonogatari - This has to be one of the most strange Monogatari arcs.  From its title this story is supposed to focus on Mayoi, but the star is actually Shinobu Oshino.  For me the real highlight of this mostly pointless time travel arc is seeinng Shinobu as a very vulnerable and scared character for the first time.  

10. Koimonogatari - I kind of hate this arc.  Its six episodes are spent back in fort between Nadeko Medusa and the weird and kind of creepy exchanges between Senjougahara and Kaiki.  I enjoyed some of the Nadeko stuff, but I emerged with doubts about the true nature of Hitagi Senjougahara's character.  Is she a victim or a victimizer?

11. Tsukimonogatari - I am for the most part cool with the fanservice in Monogatari, but the first episode of this arc is quite trashy and uncomfortable because Koyomi Araragi comes across as an incestuous molester.  There is not much good I can say about Tsukimonogatari.  It is designed to be some kind of link to a future arc.]]>