<![CDATA[Chanoc's Anime Blog - Home]]>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:37:36 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Report for the week of November 12-18, 2017]]>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:21:53 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-november-12-18​This week I rewatched both seasons and OVA's of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! or Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.  Season one is one of my favorite anime series ever.  I have always liked it because it has a superb balance of comedy, craziness and romance; it is also one of the best Kyoto Animation shows.  The second season is clearly a step down from the first season because it meanders more than it needs to, and it ends in a non conclusion.

Season one had pretty much a perfect conclusion, but hopefully the upcoming movie is able to deliver an adequate and satisfying conclusion to the story.  In watching the two seasons and OVA's back to back I was able to see that even with the hiccups in season two the franchise is strong, and I will probably continue to really like it and appreciate it forever.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of November 5-11, 2017]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:21:03 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-november-5-11-2017This week I rewatched Great Teacher Onizuka.  It remains being a fun and entertaining show.  The more I watch anime, the  more I learn to judge it.  In this rewatch I was able to realize that about 40% of so of the show seems to be filler.  I never read the first half of the manga, but the filler episodes are not as well written as the source material.  And speaking of the manga, I would love an anime reboot that covered the whole manga; it could be done in 25 episodes.  I really do not have much else to say.
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<![CDATA[Report for the week of October 29-November 4, 2017]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 16:37:16 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-october-29-november-4-2017​This week I watched Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.  This is an interesting action/adventure series from Gainax, directed partially by Hideaki Anno.  It is based on the work of Jules Verne, but it has references to older anime like Space Battleship Yamato.  It also has the vibes of a Hayao Miyazaki anime.  More importantly to me, as a big fan of Evangelion, it was fun and neat to see how much from Nadia Anno reworked an incorporated into his 1995 masterpiece.

I should address the topic of Anno quitting directing in the middle of Nadia.  After episode 22 of the series there is a dip in the writing quality, tone and overall quality.  It fortunately recovers in the last five episodes.  My theory is that the series  was originally intended to be 26 episodes long, but it was unwisely stretched out to 39 episodes.  Even with that weak stretch in quality I am buying a BD copy of it because it is a good show overall and a good resource for fans of older anime and Evangelion.]]>
<![CDATA[Fall 2017, Report 1]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 02:08:30 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/fall-2017-report-1I look forward to new episodes
​1. The Ancient Magus' Bride, episodes 1-4 (Good) - It remains being workman like, but it is improving.
2. Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, episodes 1-4 (Good) - For now it is just a fun and crazy show.
3. Recovery of an MMO Junkie, episodes 1-4 (Good) - An unambitious romantic comedy, but it is very solid.
4. Just Because!, episodes 1-4 (Good) - I like the premise, but the execution is inconsistent.
5. A Sister's All You Need, episodes 1-4 (So-so) - It is unfortunately becoming too dumb.
6. Anime-Gataris, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - It is generally likable, entertaining and solid.

Enjoyment varies week to week
7. Love-Live! Sunshine!! 2, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - It keeps being enjoyable.
8. Inuyashiki, episodes 1-3 (Good) - This is definitely the weirdest new show and remains being intriguing.
9. Himouto! Umaru-chan R, episodes 1-4 (Good) - I am really digging this second season.
10. March Comes in Like a Lion, episodes 23-25 (Good) - This stretch was surprisingly strong.
11. Juuni Taisen, episodes 1-5 (Decent) - It remains being entertaining and compelling for me.

Not as engaged but still interested
12. Girls' Last Tour, episodes 1-4 (Good) - This atmospheric and pensive show is steadily getting better.
13. Konohana Kitan, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - This relaxing and cute show is growing on me.
14. Blend S, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - This otaku comedy is not that good, but it is consistent.
15. Two Car, episodes 1-4 (So-so) - This is turning into an okay yuri show.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the weeks of October 15-28, 2017]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:57:08 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-weeks-of-october-15-28-2017​I did not post anything because I did not watch any other thing besides my simulcasts.  This week I rewatched Welcome to the NHK.  This is a drama with (some dark) comedy about people trying to overcome their personal and social problems.  This is one of the few shows from studio Gonzo worth watching.  I continue to really like and enjoy this show, and I wish there were more shows like this that I could like.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of October 8-14, 2017]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:18:36 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-october-8-14-2017​This week I rewatched Trigun, which is one of my favorite and formative anime series.  The story and premise are some of the weirdest but more compelling in anime.  What really makes this anime memorable for me is the characters and some of their struggles trying to survive in a very unforgiving environment and setting.  I love this anime with all its assets and crappy visuals, but I would love to see a remake animated by Bones and directed by the very talented Rie Matsumoto.

The Fall 2017 anime season is underway, and I am very satisfied with most of the stuff I will be following.  This season was going to be solid with all the sequels to shows like Love-Live! Sunshine!! and Blood Blockade Battlefront.  New shows like The Ancient Magus' Bride and Inuyashiki looked like quality titles since before they aired.  But what really has me expecting this season to be enjoyable is shows like A Sister's All You Need and Recovery of an MMO Junkie, which came out of nowhere.]]>
<![CDATA[Fall 2017 Lineup]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:28:46 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/fall-2017-lineup1. The Ancient Magus' Bride - Based on the OVA's, this show could be great.

2. Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond - The sequel to my favorite anime series of 2015.

3. Just Because! - A high school, slice of life, possible romantic, show that seems promising. 

4. Love-Live! Sunshine!! 2 - I want to watch more of it because I liked the first season.

5. A Sister's All You Need - On paper an imouto show, but it could be special.

6. Himouto! Umaru-chan R - I had a good enough time with the first season.

7. March Comes in Like a Lion 2 - I hope for more narrative consistency and more Kyouko.

8. Inuyashiki - An unusual sci-fi show that looks very promising.

9. Recovery of an MMO Junkie - I kind of like this nerd show.

​10. Juuni Taisen: Zodiac War - It looks like a crazy and nasty show that I could enjoy.

11. Blend S - This otaku comedy set in a restaurant is actually funny.

12. Konohana Kitan - This  is a cute and sweet show that seems relaxing.

13. Girls' Last Tour - It looks well produced, and hopefully it is a good show.

14. Anime-Gataris - This self referential, slice of life show could be pleasing.

15. Two Car - This silly sports show with cute girls is at least good looking.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of October 1-7, 2017]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 16:04:52 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-october-1-7-2017This has been a calm week.  The Fall anime season has started, and so far it is looking okay in terms of new shows; there are three shows that have caught my attention.  Today should be a strong day because several important and quality shows are debuting.  I plan to post my full lineup this Thursday.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of September 24-30, 2017]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:34:59 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/report-for-the-week-of-september-24-30-2017This week I watched one of my favorite anime series in Angel Beats!  It is not particularly a great anime, but it is a show with a lot of heart, wacky hijinks and great songs.  This rewatch was not any different; I continue to really, really like this anime.  There is not much else I can comment because this is an imperfect show without greatness, but it is great at pushing my buttons.  Perhaps in another rewatch I will be more thorough in explaining my love for this show.

The Summer 2017 anime season has ended, and I was more pleased by it than I ever imagined.  I watched 13 series plus 3 series with short episodes.  It really paid off for me to take chances in more shows than I usually do.  Perhaps I am learning to be more lenient with anime of shaky quality.  I want to also take this approach in future seasons.  Speaking of that, Fall season starts new week, and there are several shows I am eager to check out and start watching.
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<![CDATA[Summer 2017, Final Report]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 00:46:32 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/home/summer-2017-final-report​1. Princess Principal, episodes 9-12 (Good) - Three months ago I had no idea that this project even existed, but it took one episode to realize that this anime would work for me.  The best part for me about Princess Principal is its five main characters.  The high quality production values are also a highlight.  The writing is solid, not great, but it managed to be compelling for me.  I leave very satisfied with this show.

2. Made in Abyss, episodes 9-13 (Very good) - Yep, this is easily the best anime series  of this season.  It is an intriguing, atmospheric and well crafted anime.  I really wish more of it was made because the journey is not over yet, but anime making can be a capricious business.  But I am satisfied with what we got.  A rarely say this, but I am going to miss watching this labor of love show.

3. New Game!!, episodes 9-12 (Good) - The first season of New Game was a relaxing little show with not much ambition.  But this second season took the writing, especially character development, to a superior level.  I emerge very pleased with this new entry in the franchise that continued to be very consistent, and the characters became even more endearing.

4. Sakura Quest, episodes 23-25 (Good) - I have mixed feelings and thoughts on this show.  This series started in a very pleasing way because it initially focused on getting to know and developing the very likable five main protagonists.  But the attention shifted to the town, its inhabitants and problems, and I started to disengage emotionally.  Still, this is a well made show from fan favorite studio P.A. Works that is worth a watch because of its pleasing visual and healing vibe.

5. Gamers!, episodes 9-12 (Good) - This was another surprisingly enjoyable title for me.  It is nominally supposed to be a show about gamers, but it is fortunately for me a slice of life anime with weird but likable characters.  I really wish a second season was made because it can be very fun and compelling, but we might not get more.  Such a shame.

6. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, episodes 20-24 (Good) - This second season of Rage of Bahamut started with a bang and appeared to be a candidate for anime of the year.  Things did not stay at that high and consistent level, but it continued to at least be a good and compelling show with a lot of emotion, and high quality and distinctive visuals.

7. Re: CREATORS, episodes 20-22 (Good) - I never was able to fully get into this show probably because it is not my kind of anime, but it is an ambitious and interesting production that is worth a watch; more anime shows like this one should be made.  Despite my praise I cannot give this series a better grade because it is good all around, but it is not great in any particular area.

8. A Centaur's Life, episodes 9-12 (Decent) - I always have found monster girls anime kind of pointless and dumb, but this is the first show in this genre that I have liked.  And it is not that I am buying the monster gimmick, but the slice of life, and some yuri, elements are well done.  It also helped that there is a certain white-winged character that I found very attractive.

9. My Hero Academia 2, episodes 1-25 (Good) - This shounen, action/adventure show appeared to be interested in being a different kind of show within this genre since the first season, but it was until this second season that things came together.  In addition to being a fun, entertaining and well animated show, My Hero Academia explores some dark and uncomfortable human issues.   

10. Knight's & Magic, episodes 10-13 (So-so) - Let me state this clearly, this is a very generic otaku oriented show, but it is an okay anime.  The writing and characters have nothing worth mentioning, but the show was very consistent throughout; the creators knew what they wanted to do.  The other solid thing is its visuals, and the female characters are pretty and sexy.

11. My First Girlfriend is a Gal, episodes 9-10 (So-so) - I am not a fan of ecchi anime because it tends to be badly written and shallow.  This show combines ecchi with comedy and romance.  The result is still a silly show with weak, and often offensive, writing, but I had a good time watching it because it had sincerity, some heart and enough entertainment value.

12. Classroom of the Elite, episodes 9-12 (So-so) - This show showed some potential at the start because it seemed to want to explore ideas of famous philosophers, but it turned to be a cheap gimmick.  This series does not do anything particularly well.  Its only redeeming characteristic is that the girls have big boobs and nice curves.  I did not like this show much, but it was never dull.

13. Love and Lies, episodes 10-12 (So-so) - This weird romance show started with a premise that seemed intriguing and potentially interesting.  But by its midpoint it started to become clear that the show was not smart enough to do something worthwhile.  This is by no means a terrible anime, but there was potential to be something more than a mediocre and forgettable show.]]>