Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Tag Archives: Medaka Box

Anime of the Week (12/23 – 12/29)

Anime of the Week – Sakurasou
Team Sakura House goes for it The best way to ensure that a performance will be enjoyable for your audience is to first make sure that you as the performer are enjoying the show. Because if you aren’t having fun, what are the chances others will, too?                              
December 23 Zetsuen Ep. 12 From a purely observational standpoint, what is the difference between fate and coincidence? They often look very similar.
Panzer Ep. 10 The final battle approaches; which will prevail? The adaptability and flexibility of creativity? Or tried-and-true tradition?
SAO Ep. 25 A happy ending for sure, but for a series that had the potential for some cool existentialism themes, it really dropped the ball.
Shinsekai Ep. 13 Something doesn’t add up. I’m much more curious and bewildered by the current circumstances than the characters seem to be.
Little Busters Ep. 12 With her quiet demeanor, love of books and penchant for solitude, Nishizono may be the character I most identify with.
December 24 Total Eclipse Ep. 25 Even after an impressive victory against impossible odds, such are the cold and calculating ways of military politics.
Jormungand PO Ep. 11 The way Koko dances the line between hero and villain is beautiful, but she just hasn’t been very fun as of late.
December 25 Sakurasou Ep. 12 When you know you’ve got to motivate people and they don’t want to follow along, the only thing to do is lead by example.
December 28 Accel World EX Ep. 1 While I love fun little spin-offs like this, I can’t say I care for the drastic decline in Haruyuki’s courage.
December 29 Medaka Box 2 Ep. 12 What an insightful, twisted and weirdly Gainax / Nishio Ishin way of ending an otherwise run-of-the-mill series.

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week (12/9 – 12/15)

Anime of the Week – Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
Yuuta is Rikka's pillar of support. When someone who has based his or her life around a false belief realizes the mistake, the transition to letting go and moving on is difficult. Friends can be alienated and conceptions about the world must be changed. But it’s made easier when there’s someone there who genuinely cares and is watching over you.                              
December 9 SAO Ep. 23 As powerfully emotional as this series can be and despite the great battles, all too often it’s just too predictably cliché.
December 10 Little Busters Ep. 10 If we focus too much on the sad, dark and hurtful, we can find ourselves unable to see the happy, bright and hopeful.
Shinsekai Ep. 11 When it comes to conspiracies involving modification of memories, you can always count on someone being resistant to it.
Total Eclipse Ep. 23 No matter how dire or righteous your cause, starting an idealistic war you can’t hope to win is not the right decision.
Joshiraku Ep. 3 As much as I love the concept and the cast, I just can’t get into this anime because it feels too much like an inside joke.
December 12 Sakurasou Ep. 10 “There’s always going to be someone better than you,” unless your motto is, “Don’t just be number one, be the only one.”
December 13 Jormungand PO Ep. 10 What is the price for peace? When do the ends justify the means? Is it a gradient of right to wrong or a line in the sand?
Chuunibyou Ep. 11 I would much rather live with an uncomfortable truth and deal with the consequences, than indulge in a comforting lie.
December 14 Panzer Ep. 9 A cornered mouse will attack a cat and the girls of Oarai with their happy school life at stake are pulling out all the stops.
Psycho-Pass Ep. 10 When technology can read minds, it’s human curiosity that constructs a test of character designed to reward chivalry.
BTOOOM Ep. 11 If it’s beyond a one’s limits to repay betrayal with revenge, it would seem that trust is not such a fragile thing after all.
December 15 Zetsuen Ep. 11 I always get a kick out of arrogant jerks getting put in their place, but to his credit, Samon has motives I can appreciate.
Medaka Box 2 Ep. 10 There’s a lovely, genuine honesty about finding the purpose of existence through the kind, simple mind of a child.

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week (12/2 – 12/8)

Anime of the Week – Zetsuen no Tempest
Anime of the Week Dialogue is a tricky thing to write in a way that’s compelling and keeps good pace. Yoshino’s ability to pontificate logically is astonishing. On top of that, he also managed to smoothly bluff his opponent into a corner by twisting information that he doesn’t fully understand. Watching Samon break down and literally start shaking in his boots just from a hypothetical conversation about metaphysics was awesome.                              
December 2 Panzer Ep. 7 All in all, this series has way too many transition episodes that serve no other purpose besides providing new information.
SAO Ep. 22 Kazuto and Suguha are all mixed up from the duality of their selves and their avatars, but Kirito needs to focus and save Asuna.
Shinsekai Ep. 10 What a terrific metaphor—a manifestation of the subconscious into reality resulting in desire shaping the surroundings.
December 3 Total Eclipse Ep. 22 YES! Fighting by the skin of your teeth, improvising tactics as the battle progresses, no holds barred action is here.
December 4 Little Busters Ep. 9 Even with its lighthearted tone and wonderfully kind cast, this anime seems to have some distinctly cryptic mysteries.
Sakurasou Ep. 9 I am so not the right person to judge traditional art. I’ll take the style of anime over a classical painting any day.
December 6 Medaka Box 2 Ep. 8 Sadly, season two is showing almost no interesting intellectual quandaries and is more of an absurd battle royal.
Arcana Famiglia Ep. 12 I put off this anime only to get a non-ending in which nothing more exciting happens than status quo being restored.
Chuunibyou Ep. 10 The climax is awkwardly romantic, but avoids typical stereotypes as the characters begin to honestly follow their hearts.
December 7 Jormungand PO Ep. 9 The characters are still great, but the story has gotten lost in the layers upon layers of schemes and conspiracies.
Psycho-Pass Ep. 9 I was thinking that a cyberpunk series should have a cyborg or two and suddenly a cyborg shows up. Am I becoming psychic?
December 8 Zetsuen Ep. 10 Yoshino’s smooth talking and terrific play with logic are an amazing, multilayered bluff with some beautifully poetic irony.
BTOOOM Ep. 10 It goes to show that while trust is important, it shouldn’t be automatic—it needs to be earned and until then watch your back.
Medaka Box 2 Ep. 9 I’d always thought it would be exciting to be able to read other people’s minds. But some silver linings have tarnish.
Panzer Ep. 8 Occasionally, stereotypes can be a little obvious, but when it gets delivered in such silly circumstances it’s really funny.

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week (11/18 – 11/24)

Anime of the Week – Little Busters!
I always love it when people find clever and creative ways to stick it to overzealous authority figures by beating them at their own game. Naoe is such a good guy for having the courage to stick up for his friends.                              
November 18 Shinsekai Ep. 8 In a world that has restored its sanity, life may be different, but human emotions and relationships are still the same.
SAO Ep. 20 Yes, Kirito saved the day, but is that really a good enough reason for two strange women to just latch on and flirt with him?
Little Busters Ep. 7 When the bullies have actual authority, it’s nice to know that you’ve got kind, levelheaded friends backing you up.
November 19 Medaka Box 2 Ep. 6 The story being told really wants a smoother kind of transition than a twenty-four minute per episode anime can provide.
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo (preview) – never has there been a more appropriate subtitle http://wp.me/p1Gaby-CG
November 20 Sakurasou Ep. 7 I thought women who touch each other’s boobs were just a male fantasy—until I met some real Japanese women who do that.
November 21 Jormungand PO Ep. 7 Why can’t the other episodes that are heavy with history strike as good a balance between backstory and moving forward?
Sengoku Basara Ep. 1 This series has so many problems I don’t know where to start. The writing and theme remind me strongly of Majikoi.
November 22 Chuunibyou Ep. 8 What are the limits of love? How far can someone’s deviant behavior go before their personality gets in the way of romance?
November 23 Psycho-Pass Ep. 7 I find artful depravity fascinating. Though I’d condemn it, I find it even more fascinating that I find it fascinating.
November 24 BTOOOM Ep. 8 The timing of this history lesson was impeccable. I really like how this series addresses the psychology of altruism vs greed.
Medaka Box 2 Ep. 7 I like how there’s always something clever woven into the proceedings of every twist and turn the story takes.
Zetsuen Ep. 8 I’ve always liked characters that are driven by revenge, but rarely are they so pivotal to the progression of the plot.

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week (11/4 – 11/10)

Anime of the Week – BTOOOM!
Between the complex, emotional issues of trust and betrayal and clever use of battlefield tactics to take advantage of difficult resources and the terrian, this show’s dangerous game never misses a beat.                              
November 4 Zetsuen Ep. 5 After all the revelations, I can understand why Hakase was so feared. But the truth of her exile is becoming more complicated.
SAO Ep. 18 There’s something to be said about episodes that don’t advance the story, but do well setting up the next stage of events.
Little Busters Ep. 5 While the past is certainly important, I think we often get too caught up in it and forget to keep looking forward.
Girls und Panzer Ep. 4 This anime is a little hard to accept, but when the battlefield went into the city and nobody complained, it lost me.
November 5 Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de Ep. 1 Initial impression – too obvious (3/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-BB
Total Eclipse Ep. 18 I wouldn’t call Yui tsundere because now she’s all dere. But I’m intrigued by what’s in store for Cryska and Inia.
November 6 Shinsekai Ep. 4 It’s been said only liars fear the truth. Now that Saki and her friends have learned these secrets, what will be their fate?
Shinsekai Ep. 5 I wonder if Saki’s current predicament is a test of some kind and a teacher is going to step in and tell her she passed.
Shinsekai Ep. 6 It seems the hypnotism that keeps their PK under control also reigns in the personality. What will be the breaking point?
Ixion Saga DT Ep. 1 Initial impression – rough and immature (4/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-BF
Hayate 3 Ep. 2 I’m glad Ruri got what she deserved for playing dirty; using her femininity to her advantage in the fight with Hayate.
Medaka Box 2 Ep. 2 When an anime with such silly subject material gets me this fired up, I know I’m dealing with some superb writing.
November 7 Medaka Box 2 Ep. 3 My fears are being realized as Medaka and student council investigate the Flask Plan rather than helping normal students.
Sakurasou Ep. 5 Aoyama moves in to make her life easier, but ends up taking care of Mashiro, which only exacerbates her stress levels.
November 9 Jormungand PO Ep. 5 As Kasper Hekmatyar makes his move against Japan’s Ministry of Defense, I wonder how this ties into the big picture.
Psycho-Pass Ep. 5 The degree to which Gino has abandoned his former friend Shinya after he became a latent criminal has really shocked me.
Chuunibyou Ep. 6 The pack mentality of men is not to be underestimated. When one of the group gets cornered by a woman, they stand together.
November 10 Panzer Ep. 5 It’s an often-used strategy, but when your communications are compromised it’s always satisfying to turn it back on the enemy.
BTOOOM Ep. 6 Trust is a tricky thing. It’s a little cliché, but it’s so true that trust takes forever to build and seconds to destroy.
Zetsuen Ep. 6 Why is Yoshino keeping a secret plan to get assisted by the military from Mahiro? And why doesn’t Mahiro suspect a thing?
Medaka Box 2 Ep. 4 This season is turning into a tournament anime—something I despise. But the dialogue continues to be sharp and canny.
Medaka Box 2 Ep. 5 I like how the abnormals have absurdly strong abilities, but also possess unfavorable weaknesses that can be exploited.

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week (10/21 – 10/27)

Anime of the Week – Jormungand: Perfect Order
I always enjoy contemplating the dichotomy of doing things the right way or pursuing a methodology where the ends justify the means because both paths lead to the same goal—merely traveling different roads.                              
October 21 SAO Ep. 16 I can’t draw conclusions just from the opening, but it seems Kazuto may be sidelined from rescuing Asuna by other girls.
Sukitte Ii na yo Ep. 1 Initial impression – wistful compassion (4/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-Af
October 22 Robotics;Notes Ep. 2 Ahiko may be motivational, but when her efforts are all wasted on the naysayers, it gets really boring really fast.
Psycho-Pass Ep. 1 Initial impression – like Minority Report with an anime flair http://wp.me/p1Gaby-Aj
Psycho-Pass Ep. 2 Hubris is one of my flaws, but given my accomplishments and level head, I think I’d do well in this anime’s setting.
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo Ep. 1 Initial impression – could be fresh…could be stale…time will tell http://wp.me/p1Gaby-Av
Sakurasou Ep. 2 I called it. Mashiro is not only a prodigy, she’s a celebrity. I wonder how this knowledge is going to affect Sorata.
October 23 Total Eclipse Ep. 16 I didn’t really think about it until now, but Yuuya changed into a more likeable character as his popularity increased.
Little Busters Ep. 2 Sure enough, the signature characteristic of a Key anime is finding the strength to overcome your own weaknesses.
Little Busters Ep. 3 I love this steady pace that sucks me in and lets me lose myself and relax in its refreshingly carefree atmosphere.
Magi Ep. 1 Initial impression – not very sophisticated (5/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-AD
Medaka Box Abnormal Ep. 1 Initial impression – mostly the same, but a little different http://wp.me/p1Gaby-AH
October 25 Sakurasou Ep. 3 Mashiro is one of those unusual characters that doesn’t just defy common sense, she transcends the notion of humanity.
Chuunibyou Ep. 4 The cast is really coming together as Nibutani’s past is closer to the rest of the club than she would like to admit.
Jormungand PO Ep. 2 All parties know a move made by any one of them is going to upset the balance. I’m more interested in their loyalties.
October 26 Jormungand PO Ep. 3 I love the path Renato chose. It’s a perfect blend of loyalties to both Koko and his nation without being halfhearted.
October 27 Psycho-Pass Ep. 3 As I learned at one of my first jobs, fresh eyes can give a new perspective on old habits, which Akane demonstrates.
Panzer Ep. 3 I’m loving this series if only because I can identify strongly with Mako. I too am not a morning person and like to sleep.
BTOOOM! Ep. 4 What is acceptable revenge? Standing up for yourself, an eye for an eye or send me to the hospital I send you to the morgue?

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Medaka Box Abnormal Ep. 1

Initial impression – mostly the same, but a little different

Autumn 2012 (12 episodes) (more info)

Picking up exactly where it left off in season one, Medaka Box Abnormal is showing signs of making a big deviation from the storytelling methods it used during its previous iteration.  Where the first season was very episodic and jumped between a terrific variety of colorful characters, the start of Abnormal seems very focused on Medaka to the detriment of the rest of the cast.

Changing things up is not always a bad thing—using previous set pieces as a stepping stone for a new idea can work wonders to put energy into a tired series—but if too much gets mixed up, then can you still call it the continuation of the same story?  The thing is, the first twelve episodes of Medaka Box always kept things fresh enough that I never felt the concept needed to be expanded upon.  It’s kind of like how The World God Only Knows introduced a new major character in its second season when there was still plenty of material to work with using the formula that made it interesting in the first place.  And that’s what I’m fearing will happen to Medaka Box.

This unnecessary change of pace could be distracting and I worry it might devalue the series as a whole.  I’ll continue to watch Medaka Box Abnormal, but I’m going to be biting my lip in apprehension.

Medaka Box (review)

Impression – sometimes smart, sometimes weird but always fun (7/10)

Spring 2012 (12 episodes)

At Hakoniwa Academy, student sovereignty is of utmost importance in the curriculum.  As such, nearly everything for the students is also by the students.  And the new, super-popular student council president, Medaka Kurokami takes this idea to the extreme.  In her obsession to help people she opts to accept and address any request from a member of the student body by allowing them to write down their problems and put them into a suggestion box that informally becomes known as the “Medaka Box.”  With the energy of a caffeinated squirrel, the concentration of a hunting wolf and the compassion of a mother dog she commences to become everyone’s heroine—even the enemies who would reject her kindness.  But even as she turns hostiles into friendlies, Medaka is going to find out there are some minds she just can’t change.

Medaka Box adds itself to the list of quirky student council anime among titles like Seitokai no Ichizon and Seitokai Yakuindomo or even Kaichou wa Maid-sama.  The biggest difference that separates Medaka Box from the crowd is its focus.  Where other student council anime tend to deal with just its members and their misadventures together, Medaka Box constantly flits around to other characters and clubs that require assistance.  It’s a very smooth way to keep things fresh, random, but still all thematically tied to prevent the story from sinking into chaos.

One things I think a lot of people will have trouble overlooking is this anime’s fanservice.  Medaka’s semi-exhibitionist attitude about her body seems like a pitiful excuse to get her to show some skin, but Medaka Box handles this potential pitfall in a surprisingly deft manner.  First, this trait of Medaka feeds into her uninhibited, outgoing personality that is devoid of almost any shame as well as her desire to be the center of attention.  And second, while it took me a little while to realize it, Medaka is the only truly fanservice-y character in the whole series.  So in a weird way, I’m going to have to call this a rare case of ecchi resulting in positive character development.

Towards the end, Medaka Box purports to tread into philosophical territory, but it ultimately feels a little silly and off-tone when compared to the rest of the series’ much freer attitude.  That’s not to say that the messages, “trust your friends,” or “stay true to yourself,” aren’t important themes or morals of the story, but it’s not entirely sincere given the circumstances surrounding how these values are conveyed to the viewer.  But even with this slightly misplaced stylistic shortcoming, I can’t help but be excited for the second season that will be starting in just a few weeks.

Blogger Interrogation Game!

I’ve been tagged by Charles of Beneath the Tangles to answer some questions.  I’m not the biggest fan of chain letter posts, but as I’m recovering from a recent computer crash, my writing resources are limited while I get my system back in working order.  So I’ll roll with it.  First here’s the rules.

Introduction

  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives. You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You should answer your own 5 questions as well. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
  • To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.

My Answers

Here are some of my more candid personal opinions.  Below are the questions Charles asked of the people he tagged and my answers.

Q1. What was the last anime that made you think…“WOW”?

A1. To some degree I’m constantly wowed by anime.  It’s one of the reasons anime is my greatest passion.  But if I was to choose my most recent, biggest “WOW” unsurpassed by any subsequent “WOWs” as of time of writing, there’s only one anime I can think of—Madoka Magica.  Easily the greatest breath of fresh air anime has seen in years, a revolution for the magic girl genre and simply gorgeous in every category imaginable.  I don’t foresee anything topping this paragon anytime soon.

Q2. Has any anime changed the way you feel about a particular topic or issue?

A2. Anime has opened entire worlds to me that I never would have thought about had I never discovered its richness.  I talked about this subject at length when I first started out as an anime blogger and wrote a piece for Charles’ Aniblogger Testimonials, but The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was greatly influential on helping me reach new philosophical conclusions I’d been grappling with at the time it started airing.  She brought me out of my religious upbringing and helped me realize that god(s) didn’t create us in their image.  We created gods in our image.

Q3. Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious?  Both?  Neither?  And why?

A3. Neither.  I’ll keep this short.  I’m a realist and a humanist.  Given what I’ve seen of this world, I don’t see how I could reach any other conclusion.

Q4. What’s been your favorite series/movie you’ve watched this year (anime or otherwise)?

A4. I’m going to split this up into two parts—anime and otherwise.  My favorite anime series thus far this year has been the Black Rock Shooter TV series.  At eight episodes, it’s short, well-paced, mixes drama and action creatively and seamlessly and says everything it needs without a second of waste.

My favorite non-anime series this year is Grimm.  Aside from the fact that it’s loosely retelling fairy tales from around the world, I like the original concept of this TV series and how it balances good amounts of mystery and action with fantasy in a modern setting.

Q5. If you were given the resources to create an anime series, what kind of show would it be?  What would the story be about?*

A5. I have a nearly completed manuscript for a children’s novel I’ve been working on for about ten years.  It’s a fantasy / science fiction story and at its core is a theme that the world is—quite literally—what we make of it.  That’s the story I would tell if I could make my own anime.

Now for my questions

Q1. What is your favorite anime of all time?  Then, objectively speaking, what do you think is the best anime of all time?  Explain why you chose these anime (especially if you chose the same anime for both questions).

Q2. Same as question 1, but for your least favorite anime and what in your objective opinion is the worst anime of all time (for this question try to choose an anime for which you’ve actually watched a respectable number of episodes and try to avoid small titles that nobody has ever heard of).

Q3. What initially led you to anime and what keeps you interested in anime?  Do you think it will continue to be a lifetime passion?  Why or why not?*

Q4. Do you think it’s possible to integrate or use ecchi content or themes to enhance a story rather than simply as fanservice that detracts from the overall work?

Q5. I think many would agree that some otherwise respectable anime have been let down by lackluster endings.  What anime do you most want to change the ending—not because you disagreed with it, but for quality purposes.  Then how would you change it and why?  (I understand spoilers may be unavoidable when answering this question)

My answers to my own questions

A1. My favorite anime of all time is ef – a tale of memories.  A great group of young people overcoming darkness in their pasts to find romance all told with some incredibly stylistic and heart-pounding drama, amazing use of visual design and drawn in the gorgeous style of Naru Nanao.

Objectively, the best anime of all time has got to be Cowboy Bebop.  Its art style doesn’t go too far onto the anime side of the border, which leaves it accessible to a more mainstream audience.  But it still looks great and it fits nicely with the action-packed, dramatic story that balances enough interesting asides to compliment the central story that it doesn’t feel too distracted or overwhelming.  Couple that with the best English dub you’ll ever hear outside of a Studio Ghibli movie and the fantastic composition of Yoko Kanno and you have something that nobody can dismiss.

A2. My least favorite anime is One Piece.  There is pretty much nothing in it that I like, but if I was to point to one thing that irks me to no end is anime that aren’t drawn in the “anime style.”  I’ll admit that I’ve only watched about ten episodes, but that’s enough for me to conclude that it’s an ugly, never-ending, cash-cow series.  Weird and nitpicky as it may sound, I think the title is annoyingly misleading because when I think of “one piece,” I think of either a dress or a swimsuit—not pirates.

Am I the only one who thinks the DBZ characters sound constipated?

I can’t say with complete objectivity that Dragonball Z is the worst anime of all time because my reasons for this choice lean a bit more towards the opinion side of the spectrum and in all likelihood don’t overlap with other people’s experience.  I also have to temper my opinion a bit more than usual here because DBZ comes out of what I call the “Pre-Evangelion Dark Age,” a time before which I’ve never seen a single anime that I’ve liked.  So I’ll try to summarize objective points that I think most people can agree upon.  It’s padded for length (entire episodes seem to go by with the characters doing nothing but having a staring contest), action sequences have no intelligent strategy and can be summed up as an arbitrary succession of heroes and villains just “powering-up,” and the characters are all expressionless hunks of meat.

A3. I was attracted to anime initially because of its art style.  Looking back on Escaflowne, gives a bit of a perspective on how much anime’s appearance has changed over the years, but I maintain to this day that there is no other style of drawing “cartoons,” that is more aesthetically pleasing than anime.  But what has kept me interested in anime is the storytelling.  Japan just has a flair for telling some incredible adventures that the west simply lacks.  Where else can you watch an animated series that can challenge your long-held beliefs about the definition of morality?  It’s for this reason that I believe anime will be my life-long passion.

“There is no part of my body that I am ashamed of.”

A4. Yes, I think ecchi can be used as a fine tool for storytelling rather than a garish blurb that says “hey, look at me!”  A terrific example of this is in Medaka Box.  After finishing the series, I realized—with one or two small exceptions—the only source of any ecchi comes from Medaka herself.  All the other girls keep themselves covered, but fanservice on the part of the flamboyant heroine helps to establish her confident character and makes her the center of attention at all times.

A5. Canvas 2—worst…ending…ever—of all time.  Everything in the episodes leading up to the ending had indicated that the hero was finally going to win the affection of his high school sweetheart.  But with absolutely no reason he suddenly falls in love with his cousin all within the last episode.  I don’t know what happened to the writers to think this was good storytelling, but an alternate ending where he ends up with the girl he had been courting all series would greatly make up for this phenomenal gaff.

Who to tag?

I don’t have many associates that I regularly converse with in the Aniblog community, so most of the bloggers I’m tagging are simply my top commenters.  This means that Charles is going to get a tagback, but I’ll leave it up to him if he wants to write another blog post about answering questions.

Charles (Beneath the Tangles)

Medieval Otaku (Medieval Otaku)

Justin (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)

Goldy (Spines of Golden)

Cosplayjp (Cosplayjp)

Anime of the Week (6/17 – 6/23)

Anime of the Week – Medaka Box
With the season winding down I had time to marathon the last six episodes of Medaka Box and I was pleasantly surprised by this anime’s courage to do things differently and to be bold. That it manages to do this so subtly is impressive.                                
June 17 Medaka Box Ep. 6 I think I may have misjudged this anime’s ratio of ecchi to story. There’s actually some good, wholesome fun to be had.
June 18 Medaka Box Ep. 7 Even though it’s an overused theme, why are awkward people who create misunderstandings always reliable for a good laugh?
Hyouka Ep. 9 Mystery works best when you can easily recall the clues and I worry as this arc goes to three parts, I’m forgetting things.
Tasogare Otome Ep. 11 This is a creative story of acceptance and forgiveness—common throughout ghost stories, but well told in this series.
June 20 Medaka Box Ep. 8 It looks like this series is going into a more serious arc that challenges the very nature of Medaka’s selfless good will.
Jormungand Ep. 11 Shizuka Itou really knows how to get Koko to set the appropriate mood for the current circumstances of the story.
June 21 Medaka Box Ep. 9 I was hoping Medaka’s antithesis would be more sophisticated than, “I’m law because I say I am and nobody can stop me.”
June 22 Medaka Box Ep. 10 This anime was never very sophisticated, but always leaned toward creative… until now. Medaka has gone super saiyan.
Medaka Box Ep. 11 I think this series often sounds deeper than it actually is. But that doesn’t mean that it has nothing meaningful to say.
Accel World Ep. 11 At first I thought this anime would be more philosophical, but it’s turning out to be a great shounen-action series.
June 23 Medaka Box Ep. 12 This must be the most daring ending I’ve ever seen for an anime. Instead of something grand, it’s simple and to the point.
Sankarea Ep. 11 With such good writing, I’m sad they’re introducing a love triangle to continue moving the plot this late in the series.

*You could have read these mini-reviews in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 57 other followers