<![CDATA[Chanoc's Anime Blog - Home]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 15:36:59 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 21-27, 2017]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 20:41:31 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-21-27-2017This was a calm week, but I finally watched my very anticipated movie, A Silent Voice.  It is a beautiful looking anime film from Kyoto Animation that is a story about overcoming children's traumas.  In general it is a solid story, but it had a couple of places where the viewer had to fill in some information.  I imagine that it is a result of trying to fit a short manga into a two hours movie. 

As far as characterization, the two leads are well written, and it is easy to root for them because the film does a good job making the audience care about them.  However, the rest of the characters tend to have the same cliche characteristics found in a typical slice of life anime.  These characters are not necessarily badly written, but I think they writers could have given them more depth and more meaningful screen time.
As a result I did not enjoy this movie as much as I wanted to.  In hindsight I should not have expected a very mature story because it was done by an otaku studio, but Kyoto Animation has done in the past anime that feels more mature and realistic.  Still, A Silent Voice is a good movie with lovely visuals, and I do want to collect it on BD; hopefully it is licensed for an R1 disc release.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 14-20, 2017]]>Sat, 20 May 2017 16:23:45 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-14-20-2017This was a relaxing week with no rewatches of anime I own on disc.  But I am taking this opportunity to talk about the current anime season.  I continue to be satisfied with the 10 shows I am watching.  Attack on Titan season 2 has been fantastic every week, but Sakura Quest has become my favorite show of the season.  I consider myself a big fan of the original anime that P.A. Works makes, and Sakura Quest has the potential to become my favorite series from that studio.

Tsuki ga Kirei has been a pleasant slice of life, and I am kind of a sucker for romance anime.  This season has a bunch of fantasy shows, and I am generally entertained with the ones I follow.  The rest of the stuff I am watching is not great but still solid and appealing to keep up with.  We are halfway through Spring 2017, and I keep believing that it is one of the strongest ones I have seen since I started following simulcasts five years ago.  Attack of Titan 2 and Sakura Quest have a chance to be in my top 2 for the entire year.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 7-13, 2017]]>Sat, 13 May 2017 16:14:48 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-7-13-2017This week I rewatched Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.  This is my favorite series of 2013.  The show has a strong first third, when it was at its most ambitious point.  Then things started to slow down before picking up in the end, but its ambitious sci-fi elements were lessened in favor of  a story about connecting with people and finding a home.

I recently heard someone say that this show was planned to be two cours.  That felt truer after episode 4, but by the end of the series the broader questions were answered, and I did not think that it needed a sequel, especially around the time when there were rumors and speculations for a second tv season.  A sequel materialized in the form of two 50 minutes plus OVA's, which I also own and watched them alongside the tv series and earlier short OVA's.

After watching around 7 hours of content Gargantia remains one of my favorite animes of all times.  This show can be categorized as science fiction, but I am more attracted to the main characters, the sense of community, some mystery and of course the very nice visuals.  A proper second season has not materialized, but I am pleased with what has been made.  I would love to see more anime content, but OVA's are more realistic than another tv series.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for April 23-May 6, 2017]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 15:48:09 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-april-23-may-6-2017These last two weeks were definitely busy.  I first rewatched the two seasons of ​Durarara!!  The first season continues to be one of the best and most unique series I have watched.  While season two was airing I had uncomfortable feelings and reactions.  My biggest issues were the crazy pace and the shaky production values.  But during this rewatch I was less bothered by those issues.  I was able to make better sense of the experience, and I am actually glad that season two exists.

I also watched Gundam the 08th MS Team on BD.  And as I expected it looks better than ever in high definition.  It is a great short show with several of the things that make Gundam great.  I care a lot about this OVA and everyone should watch it at least once.  I also received and watched my copy of the second Kizumonogatari movie.  And I really liked the movie; it is powerful, and the weirdly creative production values worked better for me in this second installment.  I look forward to the third film.
<![CDATA[Spring 2017, Report 1]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:15:06 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2017-report-1Very special to watch
1. Attack on Titan 2, episodes 26-30 (Very good) - What can I say?  Anime of the year?
2. Sakura Quest, episodes 1-4 (Very good) - After a slow start things are starting to come together. 
3. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, episodes 1-4 (Very good) - The writing and production are very strong.

I look forward to new episodes
4. Tsuki ga Kirei, episodes 1-4 (Good) - It continues to be cute and charming.
5. Grimoire of Zero, episodes 1-3 (Decent) - A bit mediocre but still likable.
6. Re: CREATORS, episodes 1-4 (Good) - It is definitely an intriguing show with the right attitude.

Enjoyment varies week to week
7. The Eccentric Family 2, episodes 1-4 (Good) - It is showing signs of improvement. 
8. Sword Oratoria, episodes 1-3 (Decent) - Entertaining for sure, but the writing needs to improve.
9. Natsume's Book of Friends 6, episodes 1-3 (Good) - Solid and good as usual.
10. Saekano Flat, episodes 0-3 (So-so) - It is weaker than season one.
<![CDATA[Report for April 2-22, 2017]]>Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:00:00 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-april-2-22-2017I have not returned to my routine for rewatching my anime discs, but I was busy this last week catching up with Dragon Ball Super.  So far it has not been that good, but it is at least entertaining and nostalgic. ]]><![CDATA[Spring 2017 Lineup]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:03:25 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2017-lineup​1. Attack on Titan 2 - Duh; of course I am watching this highly anticipated sequel.

2. Sakura Quest - It started slow, but hopefully it improves.

3. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul - The first episode was fantastic and very promising.

4. The Eccentric Family 2 - I hope it recaptures the magic of season one.

5. Grimoire of Zero - This indeed looks like a solid and promising fantasy show. 

6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria - Hopefully it has something worthy to offer. 

7. Tsuki ga Kirei - It looks like a cute and charming teenage romance.

8. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat - I generally liked the first season. 

9. Natsume's Book of Friends 6 - More of this franchise is always good.

10. Re: CREATORS - A reverse trapped in a game show that at least seems entertaining.]]>
<![CDATA[Winter 2017, Final Report]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:23:33 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/winter-2017-final-report1. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2, episodes 9-12 (Very good) - This second cour ends up not being as great and emotionally intense as the first cour, but it offers a solid conclusion to its amazing characters. Overall both seasons of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju make an excellent drama that is very interesting and heartfelt.   
2. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, episodes 8-13 (Good) - I suppose this show qualifies as something that was a pleasant surprise for me this season.  I thought that this series was just going to be about girls doing comedy aimed at otaku, but it also has genuinely heartwarming dramatic moments.  This characteristic was especially highlighted in its last three episodes.     

3. Fuuka, episodes 10-12 (Decent) - For two or three episodes in the second half there were moments when this show seemed to be going in a direction I did not like, but the last two episodes were able to direct and conclude the story in a way pleasing to me.  And I do realize that this is not a good anime, but I had a good time with most of it.

4. Scum's Wish, episodes 8-12 (Good) - Things were getting darker and darker for the main characters of this dark and thought-provoking teen drama.  But in the last third of this series the characters are redeemed, and the show ends with a sad and uplifting message about maturing.  I did not always enjoy Scum's Wish, but it is a worthy experience.  

5. March Comes in Like a Lion, episodes 20-22 (Good) - At the midpoint this show still had a chance to improve by diminishing the unfunny comedy and focusing more on poignant drama, which the show can do very well when it wants.  Instead the status quo was maintained, but a strong last episode and the confirmation of a second season gives me some hope.
6. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc, episodes 9-12 (Good) - I really liked how this new season of Blue Exorcist began, and although good quality was held throughout, my excitement started to diminish in its second half.  This was a solid season that kept showing great potential for this franchise, but unfortunately we might not see more anime content.

7. Twin Stars Exorcists, episodes 46-50 (So-so) - This series ends in a satisfying but predictable and kind of cheesy way.  I am glad this mediocre show, who I foolishly followed for a year, is over.  It is certainly not the worst anime I have ever watched, but I wish it had been a two cours show aimed at otaku and made by a more capable animation studio.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for March 12-April 1, 2017]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 22:45:12 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-march-12-april-1-2017It has been too long since I posted anything, but I did watch some stuff.  I watched Keijo!!!!!!!!, and I confirmed that even with all the  big butts and breasts, it is not a perverted ecchi show.  It is more or less a sports show with weird but very likable characters.  I then rewatched Gundam 0083 on BD, and even if the writing is weak, its astonishing productions values shine better than ever in high definition.  Finally, I rewatched Steins;Gate along with the 2013 sequel movie.  The series is still fantastic, and the movie is not that good, but it is satisfying in the end.
<![CDATA[Report for February 26-March 11, 2017]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:06:29 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-february-26-march-11-2017I have been having an unusual week and forgot to blog last week.  I finally watched my BD's of Attack on Titan.  I still think that it is a work with a lot of potential, and I hope this upcoming new season starts delivering with that potential.  I have not rewatched any other titles, but I am close to finish watching the original Rurouni Kenshin anime series.  I might post a new post in two weeks.]]>