April 1, 2020 § 1 Comment
I know, I’ve been gone for over a year, but social distancing is getting to me and my plans for a big comeback aren’t quite together yet. It’s not an April Fool’s prank, though! Instead, I have a real gem to share with you today: the OP for The Vision of Escaflowne, “Yakusoku wa Iranai” by Sakamoto Ma’aya.
December 12, 2018 § Leave a comment
Hey, come on in. Sorry I missed you last week, but sit down and let’s talk about the second OP for the (Zan) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Bangaichi OVAs, “Ringo Mogire Beam!” by Ootsuki Kenji and the Despair Girls. I know that I’ve already done this one before, with (Zan) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, but bear with me.
November 28, 2018 § 1 Comment
In case you missed it, yesterday Netflix made a series of anime-related announcements that shook the foundations of the internet… or, at least, they should have.
First and most significant, if you ask me, is that Netflix managed to get the rights from Studio Khara to stream Neon Genesis Evangelion worldwide, after years of people assuming that FUNimation would someday pony up the cash to put the TV series in their catalog next to the three installments of Rebuild of Evangelion for which they’ve surely paid dearly in money and in effort. We’ll never know why the Texas-based company didn’t take the plunge, especially after they were bought by Sony last year, but perhaps they saw it as a zero-sum competitor to the new movies and therefore something that’d be best to remain a rarity. If so, it’s sure to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, seeing as this is the first time since the release of the bizarre “Limited Edition Holiday Special” version of the Complete Platinum Collection in 2008 that people have been able to pay money to watch the original show in full—including Evangelion: Death(True)2, better known as Evangelion: Death & Rebirth outside of Japan, and End of Evangelion, which have always been relatively hard to find both new and used thanks to a separate release by Manga Entertainment! After so much time, there is undoubtedly a hunger in Western markets to watch one of the most celebrated anime of all time, especially as it seems like it’ll be available in HD for the first time ever, and Netflix will be the one to reap the benefits of that.
November 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
Just a short one today, since I’ve barely gotten over the flu and yet Thanksgiving is already bearing down on me. Why not the OP for Tonari no Seki-kun, “Meiwaku Spectacle” by Hanazawa Kana.
November 7, 2018 § Leave a comment
I’m sick with the flu, so I couldn’t write a post for Wednesdays Watching Anime even if I wanted to! Why not listen to the latest episode of Key Frames: A Podcast About Anime instead?
We cover the beginning of the winter 2018 anime season, with some highlights being how bad A Certain Magical Index III is, how good Run like the Wind and Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken are, and how controversial Zombieland Saga is. Afterwards, we choose Another as our spotlight for the next episode, which should interest some of you seeing that I’ve never talked about it on this blog yet really enjoy it both as schlocky horror and as a work by Mizushima Tsutomu, my third favorite director of anime. We’re sure to have something interesting to talk about!
Honestly, I wasn’t very satisfied with how the conversation about Zombieland Saga, but I do think that it’s probably the best thing airing this season. In addition to being very funny, both in its zombie hijinks and its outsized personalities, I’m almost certain that it has something to say about the idol industry, specifically in how the zombie “idols” in the show must be sheltered from the public, need to wear makeup to prevent from sparking outrage, are expected to practice tirelessly, ought never to age, are allowed no inner life, and aren’t really considered “human” like everyone else. It may not be a particularly clever critique, certainly not when they’re breaking their necks headbanging to death metal or attacking a guy in a chicken costume, but it adds some texture to the experience.
I definitely won’t get tired of people blasting the show for the flat, stiff CGI of its idol performances, as if it’s not intentionally taking the piss with non-zombie idol anime like Aikatsu! or early Love Live!. Next they’ll be telling me that they cast Mitsuishi Kotono as Tae-chan exclusively to grunt and growl…
October 31, 2018 § Leave a comment
Today we’re doing the OP for GAINAX’s 1990 anime Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Go ahead and listen to “Blue Water” by Morikawa Miho!
October 24, 2018 § Leave a comment
That’s right, I’m back and I’ve brought an OP with me to discuss! Let’s talk about “Slow” by Kiyoharu from the anime Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge.
September 19, 2018 § Leave a comment
Sorry about missing last week, but I’d thrown out my back and couldn’t sit at the computer long enough to type. It was exceptionally unfun. No matter, onward and upward! This week, we’re doing the ED for Mysterious Girlfriend X, “Houkago no Yakusoku” by Yoshitani Ayako.