The week in anime: June 10, 2013

It was kind of a down week for Railgun S and Shingeki no Kyojin, but I won’t let that stop me from having a few laughs.

Japanator posted some AnimeNEXT 2013 cosplay

AnimeNEXT took place in New Jersey, and while the location was unfortunate, the cosplay was not. I dig the Persona cosplay as always, but the winner has to be this guy.

You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike is in talks to direct The Outsider, his first English language film about an American soldier who joins the Yakuza after WWII. It will star Tom Hardy, and I think that will certainly lead to a unique film. Hardy is one of my favorite English actors after turning in memorable performances in Bronson, Inception, and of course The Dark Knight Rises. Could you imagine Bane in a setting like Ichi the Killer? The carnage…

Explaining the J-Pop chord progression

I saw this link to Anime Instrumentality on Reddit and it was a fascinating read, if a bit outside my normal interests. Don’t get me wrong, I love J-Pop and anime music, but I’ve never seriously read about music theory. The article deals with a certain chord progression common in Asian music. You might have heard of the pop-rock chord progression, a series of four chords that underpins many English-language pop songs (hilariously lampshaded by Axis of Awesome). The Asian equivalent is a progression of three chords. But rather than showing a few examples of this, Anime Instrumentality goes the extra step to explain why this is a pleasing series of tones to listen to. It’s just three chords, but there’s almost a story in it.

It got me thinking, maybe the pop-rock chord progression of anime is a school setting.

Now watching: A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 9

Railgun S episode 9
I super-hate the way Kinuhata talks.

Following an entertaining episode 8, Railgun S‘s episode 9 is pretty mediocre. Episode 8 was supposed to be the warm-up, the appetizer. Frenda was the practice round, setting up the climactic fight between Mikoto and Mugino (who is also a Level 5). Instead what we get is a pretty unexciting game of cat and mouse, except the cat in this case is literally using wallhacks. And after Mikoto’s previously compelling display of ingenuity, skill, and overall badassedness, all she does is dodge laser beams. If I had wanted to watch someone dodging laser beams, I’d have put on Ocean’s Twelve.

As for the image caption, I just want to point out how annoying Kinuhata’s speech pattern is. Is that supposed to be a moe attribute? Plenty of anime characters have distinctive speech patterns, such as Wilhelmina from Shakugan no Shana or Haruhi‘s Tsuruya-san. But in those instances, their signature phrases ended sentences and were less in your face. Kinuhata just randomly picks words and puts “super” in front of them. It’s CHOU-annoying and once you CHOU-hear it you can’t CHOU-stop hearing it.

Now watching: Shingeki no Kyojin episode 10

Shingeki no Kyojin episode 10

Okay, I get it. Shows can’t be great all the time. Some shows need expository episodes, have budget problems, etc. After last week’s cliffhanger, what we get is ultimately a cocktease. It consists of two of my least favorite characters babbling on. Oh Armin, did you want to question your self-wroth for another 20 minutes this week? Go ahead. And commander dickhead can just go on blowing every single decision he has to make. Those are things I’m sure we all wanted to spend our time observing. To sum up, Eren comes up with two plans. Plan A (I’ll call this the “if we had the budget plan”), they do the sensible thing and use Eren’s new-found powers to get the hell out of dodge, murder the shit out of some titans, and maybe shed a little light on their true nature. Naturally, Armin chooses Plan B.


Shingeki no Kyojin episode 10

Even the dead titan!

Shingeki no Kyojin episode 10


  • I haven't started watching A Certain Scientific Railgun S, I liked the earlier season and I'm gonna wait til it gets completed. Besides, I don't want to have this kind of feeling like of watching Shingeki.. I just can't wait to watch the next ep and it's killing me >.<
    • Ahh yes Shingeki is good, isn't it? As for Railgun S, I'll try to avoid posting spoilers. But when you do start watching, I think you'll really like Frenda. She's such a weird character, one of my favorite parts of the show so far.
  • Chriss Helmstorm
    Frequent updates show professionalism, so good work on that. But this title is no good. "This week in anime: blah blah blah" Tells me nothing about why I should read your post. Title harder.
    • It's actually a disability. I am physically unable to come up with better titles for posts :(