Take Me Out

November 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

So apparently there’s anime about sports?

I’m watching Cross Game with a friend right now and I just finished Chihayafuru last week. What struck me about both of them is how well they sell their subjects, neither of which held much appeal for me before I started on them. Don’t ask why I chose them if I wasn’t already interested in baseball or karuta, that’s not why we’re here! Cross Game was even engrossing enough for me to watch three games from the recent World Series, which were fun enough but still a sharp reminder that real life isn’t as expertly plotted as a manga by Adachi Mitsuru.

Tsukishima Aoba from Cross Game

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A Candle Against the Dark

November 13, 2014 § 1 Comment

Fair warning that this post discusses the creation, distribution, and preservation of fansubbed media works, so if you are personally critical about the ethics of any of those things, I recommend you take a pass on this blog until next week, when I’ll probably be talking about Record of Lodoss War or something.

A certain torrent site that I frequent has an “anime of the fortnight” feature, wherein a once popular but now forgotten series is highlighted for download. These last two weeks, it’s been the three seasons of Hell Girl that ran from 2005 to 2009. I’d never seen them, but I knew from a little looking that two of the three had been subtitled by amateur fansubbing group Shinsen Subs, a past favorite of mine, so I thought I’d download it…

Only, the version by Shinsen Subs wasn’t there. It wasn’t anywhere, actually. A dozen empty trackers are all that remain of a long-running series by a talented group, and it hasn’t even been a decade since its release. It left me thinking, is this what the death of a subculture looks like? « Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not Like I Wrote This Post for You, You Idiot!

November 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

To be frank, Yamada Ayumi saved Honey & Clover for me. She didn’t save the entire show, because nothing could save the insipid and childish mess surrounding Hanamoto Hagu, but she saved it from being something I never think about, let alone write about, again. She was able to do this because I’ve loved the tsundere archetype in the past, and she’s a tsundere the likes of which I’ve never seen a show attempt.

Yamada Ayumi from Honey & Clover

Yamada Ayumi from Honey & Clover

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