<![CDATA[Chanoc's Anime Blog - Home]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:08:58 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Report for the week of July 9-15, 2017]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:03:31 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-july-9-15-2017This week I rewatched Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods.  I have watched a few anime shows that combine interactions between humans and spirits/gods with slice of life, and without a doubt Gingitune is the best example of this subgenre because there is a right amount of supernatural stuff, and the slice of life aspect is enjoyable and allows appropriate character development.  And in general Gingitsune is a very well done slice of life and healing anime that is highly recommendable.

During this rewatch, however, I did not connect as much with the show like in previous revisits.  The interactions between the main character humans and the main supernatural characters is to me the best part of the show.  The atmosphere and existentialist talk are strong, but I did not appreciated them as much this time around.  Perhaps I was not in the right frame of mind to truly enjoy it.  Perhaps the next rewatch will go better.  For now I have to downgrade Gingitsune eight spots in my personal ranking.

And finally, Summer season has started, and it has more attractive shows than I expected.  I was going to only follow 10 series week to week, but I am expanding my setlist to 13 shows.  This is not a strong season necessarily because there are only two shows that have the potential to be great, but there are plenty of shows that are decent at best, but they seem to have a clear idea of what they want to do.  I hope these good feelings last me for the whole season.]]>
<![CDATA[Summer 2017 Lineup]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:53:12 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/summer-2017-lineup1. Sakura Quest - Of course I will continue watching one of my favorite shows from Spring.
2. Made in Abyss - This show has potential to be great and is pretty to look at.

3. New Game!! - It looks like the attitude and fun from season one is present in this sequel.

4. Welcome to the Ballroom - This looks like a sports show that could be cool.

5. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul - I remain interested in this entertaining and well produced show.

6. Re: CREATORS - There is still potential, but I hope it improves in its second half.

7. A Centaur's Life - This is another monster girls show, but I actually liked it.

8. Princess Principal - This is a weird but intriguing show about cute girls who are spies.

9. Classroom of the Elite - The premise is intriguing, but the execution needs to improve.

10. Gamers! - It looks like a fun show that should be entertaining.

​11. Love and Lies - This is a romance show with a weird  premise that seems intriguing.

12. Knight's & Magic - An otaku fantasy show that is silly but entertaining.

13. My First Girlfriend is a Gal - A pervy show that looks amusing.
<![CDATA[Report for the week of July 2-8, 2017]]>Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:04:32 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-july-2-8-2017This was a busy week.  I first watched Little Witch Academia with the English dub on Netflix.  It is definitely an entertaining show with likable characters and high quality production values from studio Trigger.  But I realized that LWA is not for me because it is a kids' show, and it does not have much of an story.  I will watch the rest of the episodes when they are up, but I don't expect to like it more than I currently do.

I also received my BD/DVD copies of Akito the Exiled and the second half of Sailor Moon S.  Akito was a very enjoyable experience.  Something in me was telling me that I should not expect much, but thankfully it went above and beyond my expectations.  The story is simple but clear.  The main five characters are very likable, and I pretty much adore all of them.  The production values are magnificent; even those weird CLAMP character designs look nice.

If I have a complaint about Akito the Exiled is that it is puzzling why Funimation decided to have some characters speak English with  European accents, but my enjoyment eventually made me forgive them.  As far as Sailor Moon S, the episodes were well done and enjoyable.  The hand of Kunihiko Ikuhara is very evident, and I am thankful for it.  Now the wait for Sailor Moon Sailors Stars begins because I care very little about Super S.

Finally, the Summer season has begun and things started very bleak with mostly mediocre shows. Thankfully things have turned around, and there are a couple of shows that I am excited to watch.  I imagine that I will find other 3 or 4 decent shows that should allow me to have a lineup of 7 new  shows and the 3 carryovers from last season.  Summer might not be a super weak season like I feared.  I  will try to post my Summer lineup by Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of June 25-July 1, 2017]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:57:20 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-june-25-july-1-2017This week I watched Giant Gorg.  I have heard from old school fans that this is a great show, but I never had a desire to watch it.  But Crunchyroll conveniently added it, and I decided to give it a shot.  Giant Gorg starts in a comedic way with the main character looking for a mysterious island.  The main character finds companions, and the adventure starts.  Once in the islands different situations begin to arise, and the main character find a mysterious blue, giant robot named Gorg.

Up to this point the best qualities of the series were its action pace and entertaining cast.  This show is from 1984, but the visuals still looked like something from the mid to late 70's.  This is even weirder considering that Sunrise and people who made Gundam worked on it.  But where this anime shines is on ideas.  The island is full of secrets, and a big evil corporation wants to exploits that.  There are a bunch of shady characters.  The show also talks about humanity and its evolution.  In short, it reminded me of Evangelion.

Overall, Giant Gorg is an interesting show with some provocative ideas, and it retains the classic elements of old school anime.  It is a series that I can consider a classic because  it is still fun and entertaining today, and its themes and ideas have influenced action-adventure and sci-fi shows that came after it.  I recommend every one to track down and watch this old but important anime. 

And I have one more comment on the Spring 2017 season.  I addition to the 10 shows I followed week to week, I watched three more shows: KADO: The Right AnswerEromanga Sensei and SukaSuka.  I generally liked them, and it is another proof of how good this last Spring season was.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring 2017, Final Report]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 01:27:45 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2017-final-report​1. Attack on Titan 2, episodes 35-37 (Very good) - Season one of Attack on Titan is a good anime with a cool and intriguing premise, but season two took all that, added a bunch of great stuff and made the franchise even better.  The character writing and production values were the best parts of this sequel.  Attack on Titan season 2 is so far my number one candidate for best anime series of 2017.

2. Sakura Quest, episodes 10-13 (Good) - This is another P.A. Works show that I am liking.  The best things about it have been its likable main characters and the great looking art and animation.  I have to admit that I was most enamored with the show around episode 5, but the last four or so episodes have not been as good.  Hopefully things improve in its second half.

3. Tsuki ga Kirei, episodes 9-12 (Good) - I am a sucker for romance stories, but anime usually does not get them right; they are usually too melodramatic and boring.  Since the start Tsuki ga Kirei seemed like a fresh take, and the two leads were instantly likable.  The story continued to be steady, and the result is a cute and charming story about teen romance.

4. Sword Oratoria, episodes 8-12 (Decent) - The first season of Danmachi is an entertaining and often amusing show, but it became dull in the second half.  I was not expecting much coming into Sword Oratoria, but after a shaky start it became a very entertaining show that never became dull.  As of now Sword Oratoria is my biggest surprise of this year.

5. Saekano Flat, episodes 8-12 (Decent) - Season one of Saekano is an entertaining and meta-ish otaku show, but it was inconsistent.  Sakeno Flat more or less started in the same manner.  Fortunately in its second half the creators decided to focus more on drama, and it produced great results.  The characters and premise are no longer just cliche.

6. The Eccentric Family 2, episodes 9-12 (Good) - Coming into this season The Eccentric Family 2 was one of my most anticipated titles.  It however started too unfocused and felt very messy at times.  I am not exactly sure how it happened, but this show eventually found a rhythm and identity that allowed it to end in a good note and be a worthy sequel.

7. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, episodes 9-12 (Good) - This sequel has been good and very consistent so far.  The writing is interesting and smart, the art and animation are pretty good, and the soundtrack is strong.  I remember the first season being a fun, action-adventure fantasy show.  Season two is a more subdued show, but it is an improvement over season one.

8. Re: CREATORS, episodes 9-12 (Good) - When this show started I was underwhelmed by it because it looked like just another dumb show for otakus.  But it quickly started turning things around as the reverse isekai premise started to become interesting.  At its midpoint I am satisfied with what Re: CREATORS has done, but I think it can become even better.

​9. Natsume's Book of Friends 6, episodes 9-11 (Good) - This is another solid season from a very consistent franchise.  I do not have much new to say.  I appreciate this anime franchise, but I will never fall in love with it because its story is too long and episodic.  I will definitely watch more of this anime, but the ending to season 6 hinted as this being the last cour to be made.

10. Grimoire of Zero, episodes 9-12 (Decent) - This simple action-adventure fantasy show started very strong with the introduction of the two very attractive leads.  I was excited about this series and compared it with Chaika.  Unfortunately, once the story started unfolding the show became kind of tedious and boring.  But the ending did a good job offering closure.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of June 18-24, 2017]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:14:52 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-june-18-24-2017This week I rewatched Blood+.  Ever since I first watched it years ago in Toonami I have been attracted to it. My favorite things about it are the characters and that it tells a complete story.  I have historically considered the animation style as the weaker aspect of Blood+, but I have started to feel more comfortable about it; I also think that Production I.G was doing some experimentation with digipaint.

Blood+ definitely continues to hold up.  It has a story about family, and its themes of manufacturing war and taking over the world are unfortunately eternal things.  The only thing that bothered me a bit is that the pace of the show can be too slow; the story could have fit in 39 episodes.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of June 11-17, 2017]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:58:27 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-june-11-17-2017I don't have anything interesting to report.  This was a slow week, but I plan to rewatch one of my all time favorite anime series next week.  The very strong Spring 2017 anime season is almost over, and I plan to do my final report on the 30th.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of June 4-10, 2017]]>Sat, 10 Jun 2017 16:01:39 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-june-4-10-2017This week I  watched three anime films for the first time.  Here are the reviews.

Crusher Joe - What a fun and satisfying movie.  I rarely enjoy anime that is older than 15 years, but this 1983 space, action/adventure movie was a blast to watch.  The writing is meh, but this movie really shines with its production values and don't give a fuck attitude.  I know that they have different goals, but Crusher Joe's attitude and style remind me of the great Cowboy Bebop.

When Marnie Was There - This is a coming of age drama from Studio Ghibli.  Drama and coming of age stories are my favorite kind of anime to watch.  The start was strong, but at the middle of the movie it started to feel monotonous and predictable.  Thankfully  the conclusion delivered because it was very strong an emotional.  I liked this movie, and of course the production values were strong. 

A Wind Named Amnesia - This is a post-apocalyptic anime centered around a young man and a mysterious woman travelling around a destroyed United States.  The vignettes structure of this movie reminds me of Kino's Journey.  Overall this is a fine film with not much of an story, but it could have worked better as a 26 episodes series.  And kudos to the production for showing the mysterious woman NAKED.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 28-June 3, 2017]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 15:30:38 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-may-28-june-3-2017This week I watched Himouto! Umaru-chan.  It is an entertaining comedy about a perfect school girl who is secretly an unrepentant gamer and otaku.  The best qualities of the show are the energy and how entertaining and weirdly endearing the characters are.  The only negative I found is that, like many other slice of life animes, Himouto! Umaru-chan is light in story.  If I was a bigger fan of anime comedy, I would probably have bought it on BD.  But this is an easy to recommend title.  

Next week I plan to watch three anime movies for the first time and publish mini reviews.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring 2017, Report 2]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 01:39:05 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/spring-2017-report-2Very special to watch
1. Sakura Quest, episodes 5-9 (Very good) - It continues to develop the characters and story.
2. Attack on Titan 2, episodes 31-34 (Very good) - Still great, but the setup for the finale slowed things a bit.

I look forward to new episodes
3. Tsuki ga Kirei, episodes 5-8 (Good) - It is still enjoyable and cute.
4. Re: CREATORS, episodes 5-8 (Good) - Slowly but surely it keeps building up. 
5. Sword Oratoria, episodes 4-7 (Decent) - The mystery setup has really improved the show.
6. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, episodes 5-8 (Very good) - Still very solid.
7. Grimoire of Zero, episodes 4-8 (Decent) - Still interested, but it has not broken through quite yet.

Enjoyment varies week to week
8. Saekano Flat, episodes 4-7 (Decent) - It is becoming interesting.
9. The Eccentric Family 2, episodes 5-8 (Good) - It keeps getting better.
10. Natsume's Book of Friends 6, episodes 4-8 (Good) - Steady, solid and occasionally great. ]]>