Summer 2011 Animes I’m Watching

As shown on my watchlist.

I’m continuing to watch:

New anime this seasons I’m now watchings are:

I really didn’t have much of high expectation when I started watching Usagi Drop. I do like it so far. It’d be interesting to see how the story progresses. The Idol Master, I haven’t played the game, and I don’t know much about it — I am happy to finally get to see characters that I have heard about; it’s more like, “ohh, that’s the girl who’s fond of digging a hole to bury herself in.” Characters looking good from what I’ve seen in the past, it looks quite faithful to the original version. YuruYuri is strange. I’m not so much into yuri stuff, but it’s funny.Moritasan wa Mukuchi is very short, like 3 minutes, but I guess that what makes it good. It’s a bite sized fun. R-15 is relatively mature themed, but not too much. Will they be removing those white censors for DVD release or what? And finally, the Mystic Archive of Dantelian is worth watching just by the fact that Miyuki Sawashiro does Dalian’s voice.
From the last season, I finished watching A Bridge to the Starry Skies (星空へ架かる橋). It seems like there have been some critics, mainly from people who have played the game version. Not knowing the game version, it was quite typical story executed fairly decently, though being 13-episodes show, it was bit rushed in my opinion.

Anime I’m Watching

Crunchyroll allows me to watch many titles, in fact I’m watching 10 times more than I used to be.
The one I finished recently, is Squid Girl (Ika-Musume). This show certainly isn’t the best one I’ve ever seen, but I enjoyed it a lot. (In fact, Ika-Musume was one of few reasons I signed up for Crunchyroll premium-geso.

Some highlights from this season:

  • Nichijou (My Ordinary Life) – Hilarious (in good way) in many ways. Memorable character. If you only have time to watch one show this season, watch this one. Opening and Ending songs makes this even better.
  • Hoshizora e Kakeru Hashi (A Bridge to the Starry Sky) – Anime based on gal-ge from same title. Just as good as you can expect from such conversion.
  • STEINS;GATE – Story involving machine that can TXT back to the past. Interesting story.
  • Hanasaku Iroha – Honestly, I didn’t have high expectation from this show before I watched. I found first few episodes to be bit irritating, as I found most characters to be quite mean. But it gets better as the story progresses.

I’ve recently watched Clannad the Movie, but this one deserves it own entry, and I will do that once I’ve written one up.

Also my Watchlist is available if you are wondering what I’m up to.

Clannad Scribbling on Google Wave

I have been scribbling things on Google Wave while I watch Clannad DVD.

I am planning to do the same when I continue watching coming episodes. For those who do not have Google Wave, here’s a widget to browse through.

It’s mostly talking trash, and occasional bad drawings…

Death of Anime and Games in Tokyo

I have posted new article called Death of Anime and Games in Tokyo (now renamed to Tokyo Wholesome Youth Fostering Ordinance). This page talks about new ordinance in Tokyo which could change anime and games created in Japan in a negative way.

I feel this is very important and deserve its own page, and the above link will be updated with fresh information. I will keep you posted with further information as new development occurs, but I’d like people to be conscious about such attempt to destroy creativity in Japan exists and immine

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Just finished watching The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o kakeru shôjo, 時をかける少女) a 2006 animated feature film. Since I have been writing on Facebook that I am watching this show, I’ve decided to give some remarks about it.
Overall, I did enjoy the show.
Main premise of the story is that the protagonist, Makoto Konno learns “time leap” or time travel resulting from certain incident, utilizing the ability for petty advantages in her daily life, while she learns that her action may have negative implication to people around her. Latter part of the story involves her trying to fix up consequences she has created by utilizing her ability to time travel.
Story
Relatively straightforward story.
The story is sequel to 1983 film of same name, however do not have any dependencies other than protagonist of the film being aunt of the one in this title.
The show illustrates relatively small area of social and spatial interaction; involving less than ten characters within small city, and does not have so much of depth.
Graphic and Art
“Flat” and bright. I think it pretty good though.
I liked character designs, although it is nothing special.
The way “trial and error” type of time leap (scenes without “traveling” sequence) reminded me of the movie Next.
Voice
Voice actors and actress of this show is mostly comprises ones from non-voice acting professions. Considering voice acting is new for most of these casts, I think they were appropriate, and sounded just fine. I have been feeling negative about many titles utilizing live action actors in a apparent greed of management; for added media coverage; while not considering their capacity of voice acting, which was often the case with Miyazaki’s work, for example. So I’m pleased this one worked way better than many titles with similar settings out there.
Sound/Music
Theme song was pretty good.
Good they mastered in 5.1ch audio.