<![CDATA[Chanoc's Anime Blog - Home]]>Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:03:13 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Report for the week of June 12-18, 2016]]>Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:00:03 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-june-12-18-2016​Anime watched:  This week I rewatched Captain Earth.  It is a great looking and sounding show from Bones. But despite liking a couple of characters quite a bit, the story can be tedious to watch at times.  I am not sure if I want to rewatch this inconsistent series again.  I also watched the third episode of Gundam the Origin, and I liked it.

Anime bought:  I imported the third part of Gundam the Origin on BD (regular edition).]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of June 4-11, 2016]]>Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:37:26 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-june-4-11-2016Anime watched:  I did finish watching Your Lie in April, and yes, it is a truly special show to me.  This week I watched my Sentai's BD's of Parasyte with the English dub.  And I liked the show more than the first time I watched it.  This time I did not notice a significant drop of quality in its second third, and the story and conclusion made more sense.  I am really glad with this show.

Anime bought:  Sentai's Parasyte -the maxim- Limited Edition, set 2.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 29-June 4, 2016]]>Sat, 04 Jun 2016 16:03:48 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-29-june-4-2016Anime watched:  I am three fourths into rewatching Your Lie in April.  This is a special, very well made anime that I continue to enjoy.  I am actually watching it with the very good English dub that Aniplex USA commissioned to Bang Zoom!  I might do a final report on this rewatch next week.]]><![CDATA[Spring 2016, Report 2]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 17:52:14 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2016-report-2​1. Flying Witch, episodes 5-8 (Good) - I do not have much new to say; this show is consistently good.  What I can say this time is that I am growing to like this series.  Flying Witch is a healing show, and it is clear that it will not be nowhere near as existentialist as Gingitsune, but Makoto and her family and friends are nice people to hang around and relax with.  

2. Kiznaiver, episodes 5-8 (Good) - Things have definitely gone up a notch or two as the main characters are starting to get more developed, and the story is slowly starting to take shape.  Things are definitely solid and stable, but some weaknesses, that could derail the show, are still present.  I cautiously look forward to the conclusion of this weird show.

3. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, episodes 4-7 (Very good) - This show was already a good and exciting action show, but in these episodes it is beginning to show that the writing can be quite competent and even nuanced.  The direction and production values continue to be superb, both in scenes of high adrenaline and in calm, contemplative scenes.  I am impressed and pleased by Kabaneri.

4. Re:Zero, episodes 5-9 (Good) - The somewhat refreshing premise of this anime continues to work.  The series is starting to build up its story and characters by making a good use of its premise and mystery nature.  The direction, production values and writing have also solidified.  There are still two thirds to go, but so far things have gone smooth.  

5. Twin Star Exorcists, episodes 5-8 (So-so) - This show continues to be cliched but generally consistent. The show was nonchalantly doing its thing, when episode 8 showed up, and it threw a wrench into the mix that could potentially make this show interesting.  I know that this current excitement might not last long, but for this week Twin Star Exorcists is in my top 5.   

6. Joker Game, episodes 5-9 (Decent) - Not much has changed in the last month because this show remains to be about well crafted (for the most part) self-contained episodes about spies.  There are semblances of a more concrete overarching narrative, but it is not there yet. 

7. Mayoiga, episodes 6-9 (So-so) - I am not sure if I am starting to find good things in this show, or if I have gotten so used to the general mediocrity of this thing to the point of not really caring anymore.  Whatever it is, I am ready for this show to end.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 22-28, 2016]]>Sat, 28 May 2016 15:31:01 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-22-28-2016Anime watched:  I rewatched Penguindrum.  I continue to be very impressed and invested with this amazing anime series.  Kunihiko Ikuhara is an amazing director, and the writing is very interesting and full of insight into the human heart and mind.  I could write more about why this anime is very special to me, but I could bore you.  I plan to rewatch more of my anime BD's in the upcoming weeks.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of May 15-21, 2016]]>Sat, 21 May 2016 15:44:37 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-15-21-2016Anime watched:  Not much to add this week either.  I did not rewatch anime of my anime series, but I plan to watch one next time.  I did, however, watched a movie.  I watched Millennium Actress, and I was very impressed by it.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of May 8-14, 2016]]>Sat, 14 May 2016 15:27:53 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-8-14-2016Anime watched:  This week I rewatched Samurai Champloo.  I continue to like and enjoy that series a lot.  I downgraded it a bit, but  it is still a great anime.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of May 1-7, 2016]]>Sat, 07 May 2016 15:44:09 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-1-7-2016​Anime watched:  This was a lazy week where I only kept up with my simulcasts.  But this is a good chance to mention that I watched about 30 episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho with the hope that I would up enjoying this relatively short shounen, action-adventure title with the intention of buying it on BD, but it did not work for me.  I have had better luck with Ushio and Tora, which I have been slowly watching for several weeks; so far things are looking good.]]><![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.]]>