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Flip Flappers is my new drug.


Despite the initial reaction I had at almost all moments during this show, which was of utter discombobulation and disarray, Flip Flappers washed over my eyes and burned itself quite snugly into a worn sofa that shares space with FLCL and Kyousogiga. I’m already dumbfounded that a show managed to combine said two shows zany vibes and continue on the same type of trajectory the entire episode. Not to mention the first episode is filled to the brim with moments of sakuga. Seriously. There’s so much extra oomph for all the key-frames.

If I weren’t so lazy at the moment, I’d go look up the animators behind my favorite cuts, but thankfully it seems like many sakuga fans will be posting it and sourcing them on the sakuga booru. It’s getting lots of traction. I can only hope the first episode inertia just continues to increase.

Although that would mean my hype levels for this show will escalate exponentially to the point of painfully waiting for each week to get my fix of Flip Flappers. Truly, this show is my newest drug.


Why U Do Dis, KyoAni?


There goes Kyoto Animation again. I’m surprised they’ve been working on a movie at the same time while making this episode. A freaking 47 minute episode, at that.

It was super subtle, but as Kumiko, Sapphire, and Hazuki were walking towards Reina, their standing angle was altered to fit the camera angle. Other people in various forums and social media have already pointed out several other scenes of sakuga I wish I noticed myself – one of them being the falling chalk. But really, the one thing that made me remember what I liked about Kumiko so much were the noises she makes. Several top tier squeaks out of her this episode already. I’m not sure if I can handle this season of Hibike.

Despite my body not being ready for many things this season, this episode spawned my absolutely favorite image of Kumiko, ever.

Thanks KyoAni. I think I can storm through the rest of the year without problems.

Oh yeah. I suppose I’ve got the itch again to write more. Sometimes I just completely forget I have a website, since I’m doing other things. Like playing video games.


Food Documentaries


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.


And now, for something completely unexpected.


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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Shokugeki no Hishoko


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!!