If you took 100 ordinary people and screened KanColle for them, you’ll find that it’s objectively kind of a nothing show. But I’m going to have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. All this probably boils down to how susceptible to moe I am – KanColle is about moe anthropomorphisms of Japanese WWII-era warships roughly reenacting the Pacific War. If that summary sounds appealing for you, congratulations! You’re part of KanColle‘s surprisingly large target audience.
I’m gearing up for convention season, so I’ve been looking at otaku-suitable t-shirt designs at Redbubble. I’ve never actually bought from them before, but they seem to have a bunch of awesome designs. This post isn’t intended to plug their merchandise really, but since I can’t be buying all of these, maybe some of you will. And then we’ll meet and take some sweet selfies.
I can’t help but to love Wolf Children. It’s partly a Ghibli-esque story about a young woman overcoming the challenges set on her by a demanding life. But it’s also a very un-Ghibli film about a single mother and the bittersweet experiences she has raising two children alone. The 117-minute run time seemed to cruise by as I got utterly wrapped up in the characters and their daily lives.
If A Certain Magical Index is a wild, unfocused exposition of superpowered fantasy, then its spin-off A Certain Scientific Railgun is a slightly more grounded work that mixes in character development and an actual plot. I’ve always preferred Railgun to Index for that reason – superpowers are more fun when you care about who’s wielding them. The continuation, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, takes the same approach as the first season but moves away from the mostly lighthearted feel of the original.
It’s Friday night so that means we get back to my favorite time of the week: shout-out time! I haven’t done the separate anime and figure posts in a while, although I did somehow manage to write both an anime review and a figure review in the same week. Strange things do happen. Read on to see the most exciting things and stuffs in my otaku world.
About a year and a half after releasing the final episode of Bakemonogatari, Shaft followed up with its sequel Nisemonogatari. Although shorter than its predecessor with only 11 episodes, watching Nisemonogatari nonetheless felt like a long, drawn-out affair. I watched the series over the course of a weekend, but I wouldn’t suggest watching more than two or three episodes at a time. Despite my intrigue and mild excitement going in, it was a pretty exhausting anime to sit through.
Well, all good things must come to an end. And while the best word to describe four days (plus a bonus night for press) of Comic Con coverage is “grueling,” it takes a while to adjust to the pace of normal life afterward. The world did not just freeze while I was in San Diego, though. Happily, there are plenty of shout-outs to give and news to cover.
Mid-week anime catch-up: is that a railgun in your pocket or are you just trying to brutally murder me?
I haven’t done an anime post in a while, but I wanted to write a little at the mid-season point of Railgun S. Also a little thing called Anime Expo happened, which I was not able to attend. Besides, this might be my last post for a bit until I get back from San Diego in two weeks. Saaavooorr it!
Getting review samples is great, unless you get a bunch at the same time. Trying to get the reviews done before deadlines has been slowly murdering me (I was also trying to finish The Last of Us in that time so that’s my fault). Well the game remains incomplete, but the reviews are done. I’d be remiss if I didn’t post at least a bunch of shout-outs before disappearing for the week, so here they are.
It’s that time already? My how the weeks fly by. I’ve come to realize that the only anime news I really care about is Evangelion news, but I won’t let that stop me from rounding up other sorts of anime news. Plus I’ll get to the usual recaps for what I’ve been watching.
The Garden of Words is Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, returning to his favorite subject of star-crossed romances being jerked around by fate. I think it’s the emptiest of Shinkai’s films, but this one does seem to be more about the craftsmanship than the content.