Wednesdays Watching Anime – Urusei Yatsura

April 29, 2015 § 1 Comment

For our pick this week, we have OP1 from Urusei Yatsura, “Lum’s Love Song” by Matsutani Yuko.

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Wednesdays Watching Anime – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

April 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

For this week, it’s Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OP2, “Hologram” by NICO Touches the Walls.

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Wednesdays Watching Anime – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan

April 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

This week, we’re doing the OP for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan, “Ima Made no Arasuji” by Hirano Aya, Chihara Minori, Goto Yuko, Sugita Tomokazu, and Ono Daisuke!

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Birds ‘n’ Bees

April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, usually shortened to Haganai, is not a very good anime. None of its characters are particularly likable, which is something of a liability for a character-based anime in a subgenre that’s equal parts “slice of life” and “harem,” and it doesn’t really have an ending, not beyond just tying up a few loose ends. I mostly just watched its two seasons and then basked in the fact that I’d never have to watch them again.

Of course, that’s not to say that there wasn’t anything good in Haganai. One of the more memorable things in it is one of the characters, Shiguma Rika. In a lot of ways, Rika seems like the boring trope of a geek girl, whose sexuality is defined by “boys love” doujinshi and mecha anime, but there’s also a more active element that are usually missing from such a trope. She wears her bedroom proclivities very openly, especially through the deliberate misunderstanding of others’ words, and even goes so far to proposition Hasegawa Kodaka, the nebbish protagonist, several times throughout the anime, seemingly in total seriousness.

Shiguma Rika from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Shiguma Rika from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

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Wednesdays Watching Anime – Monogatari Series, Second Season

April 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

This week, we’re doing Monogatari Series, Second Season OP4, “Kogarashi Sentiment” by Miki Shin’ichiro and Saito Chiwa.

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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan: A Liveblog

April 6, 2015 § 1 Comment

Oh hey, I didn’t see you there. Why not join me for the first episode of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, the Better Call Saul of anime?

  • 0:05 – It’s a nice touch that the episode opens with the sound of breathing. It gives the impression that it could be a dream that the “real” Yuki is having in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • 0:12 – What is with all the bloom? It’s like I’m playing Half-Life 2: Lost Coast with HDR rendering on, my glasses off, and four beers in me.

The road to the school where Yuki and Kyon go in The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

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Our Princess Is in Another Castle

April 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Please accept apologies from Mario and Toad

Sorry, Katie’s moving, so you’ll have to enjoy my post about The Wind Rises in place of an OP this week. In the future, I’ll line up one of the other Crab-Flowers to fill in, so don’t fuss about it too much.

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