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Food Documentaries

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When I learned that the twitter account for Shokugeki no Soma announced the second season for a Summer showing, I was watching a whole slew of food documentaries on Netflix. I just finished the Netflix original Cooked, which has reminded me about how food is often the focal point or an element of an anime, even if just for an episode. I feel that occasionally, we accuse anime of being over the top. But in reality, it’s not nearly as amazing at how we humans actually are crazy for food. One might laugh or be doubtful at Nakiri Alice, for being a character who relies on highly sophisticated technology to nurture her cooking style. On the other end is home-made comfort food. Tadokoro Megumi is practically the embodiment of home cooking, which is mostly end-all-be-all for a lot of peoples’ palate. It gets pretty silly.

But after watching Cooked, we are a crazy population. We go all out. Sometimes we present food through complete mastery of preparation, as unaltered and wild as possible. Or masters of manipulation, utilizing chemistry and biology to deepen our control over our eats.

As a source of entertainment, in anime we often get the so-called foodgasm, with accompanying food porn. I don’t know about others, but I’m pretty darn susceptible to it, resulting in extra saliva generation. It’s the next best thing, really. Since, as humans, we can usually tell if a commercial has used fake/synthetic materials to make food more visually appealing. I’d rather ogle at a well drawn plate of food, since it’s two things I like to appreciate: technical mastery of still-life illustration, and food that just looks so fucking tasty.

I’m pretty darn excited for Shokugeki no Soma season two.

-maserbeam

And now, for something completely unexpected.

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Update:
All that crap I was complaining about minutes ago, was fixed because I did some brute force google-fu to find out what the fuck was wrong with my website.

To keep it short, I fixed it. I’m incredibly annoyed at how simple the problem actually was. And now I’m back to my old theme. Sorry if you actually wanted the change. Maybe I’ll take some time to alter the Minnow theme (what I switched to in a knee-jerk reaction minutes before this post to fix shit temporarily) to my liking.

I’m watching KonoSuba with utter glee because Mr. MC-kun, Satou Kazuma, is such an enjoyable personality in the anime world filled with milquetoast, plot-armored, bastard protagonists. Aqua is also holding up the fort with a level of character chemistry (and rather unorthodox yelps and screams) not often heard as well.

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-maserbeam

Shokugeki no Hishoko

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Hishoko is best ko (子), right?  Really. I always have a tendency to have unwieldy adoration for side characters.

Shokugeki no Soma unsurprisingly leapt straight into my ‘Watch Each Week’ list, with it’s solid execution and large amount of characters. Although, I feel that some characters may have been designed too much to be individual islands of personae — simplified and typified with no overlap or bleeding. I like it when any one single character can have a connection to the others, regardless of how faint it may be. It lends a bit more realism in an anime where you’d normally deign to think of it occurring. The show still did manage some of it. Souma, being the MC, is naturally the one who should have most of this property.  Which brings me to the big reason I decided to write about Shokugeki no Soma this late, after the show has been over.

Hisako lovers unite!!

-maserbeam

That Asterisk Anime

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I can’t get enough of pink haired princesses. The desire to stroke her pastel hair is criminally strong. But not enough to turn me into an actual criminal.

I do however am eternally annoyed by the MCs that are paired up with them since these stories aren’t meant to break the mold. It would take massive guts, a unique writer, and a convenient setup on the production side for there to be some reason an MC does NOT act like a doofus that trips every goddamn flag that heads down said female’s romance ideals through happenstance and Chekov’s Upbringing. No idea what I’d set as the criteria for Chekov’s Upbringing. Just think of the common male protagonist who somehow always is raised from birth to be given the bride of destiny and fate, whom is often a little too obvious, but the writing somehow gives hope a unique relationship will sprout. It’s the reason why Baby Steps was strangely appealing to me. Watching a character go from “How do I hold this tennis racket?” to where he gets to, is far more entertaining to me than a foppy, plantain bastard that gets a free pass because his backstory is somehow portrayed to us, out of nowhere, as tragic. Ayato’s (Asterisk‘s MC) unexplained skill isn’t very convincing either, which is quizzically in jeopardy because we were shown such a half-assed backstory.

Tatsuya from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, on the other hand, I say is an exception. Why is that? We were actually never shown his backstory. It’s alluded to, but was never exposed during the anime. The mystery lets me imagine, I suppose. Sort of a crutch if he ended up poorly written after all that. Even if you disagree with the assessment that Tatsuya is an enjoyable MC, hopefully it’s clear how different I feel towards these types of protagonists.

In any case, it’s disappointing that it doesn’t seem like I’ll be very enthused for this series despite the character design of Julis. I’m normally of the disposition to watch shows for silly and narrow reasoning, but Gakusen Toshi Asterisk is starting off as a hard sell for me.

.. Still won’t stop me from watching it though.

My desire to watch a show based solely on side characters is even stronger in this show. Not a very good sign for MC-kun.

I just realized that I haven’t written an entry on Baby Steps, a series I quite enjoy. That should be coming soon.

-maserbeam

Gakkou Gurashi and Zombies

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Just as Asuna’s mom in the above screenshot was getting teary-eyed, I was too, while watching Gakkou Gurashi‘s last episode. I was also crying at how often my website was getting repeatedly injected with weird files and code. I’m no expert in website security, nor did I even take any sort of training for it. The best I can do is download security plug-ins to my WP installation in hopes of keeping that shit at bay. For now, that stuff has been cleared out.

I’d like to get out of the way that Kurumi is best girl. It was heart-wrenching for me to see her thrash around on that couch while a white sheet covered her. Even more sad when Yuuri had flashbacks to the time Kurumi asked Yuuri that should she get infected, to kill her and make it quick. Poor girl couldn’t go through it. I probably couldn’t either. Oddly enough my suspension of disbelief remained active throughout the episode. Normally, if a main character in a zombie apocalypse themed show gets infected, one could always depend on plot armor to get them through. Yes, Kurumi does survive. But for some reason, I wasn’t irritated at all when they discovered that medicine existed. I suppose the concept of the school being fully prepared for an outbreak also had me expecting the solution would be either a suppressant or cure.

A lot of people were already questioning the school being equipped with solar arrays and a water filtration system. But hey, some were also thinking, “Oh, that’s just a Japanese school.”

Gakkou Gurashi was highly entertaining to me. Yes, it did utilize the modern technique of moe girls plus whatever. I have already adapted my tastes. If I were stuck in the 80s and 90s, I would have loathed today’s anime.

Yes, I had that screenscap of Asuna’s mom for a long time and had no reason to use it until now, other than realizing that sometimes I get dacryphilia from anime girls.

-maserbeam