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The Zenith of Romance Workshop


I did something interesting this weekend. I played FFXIV the whole time. I’m kidding. Honest. I imagine most people were crying like a Riko (see image above) during the first week when their server was going under maintenance, or they get DC’ed.

I always blurt out to my friends I tend to prioritize atmosphere, art, and music over plot, structure, and characters. While the last set of items do contribute to atmosphere, I personally view them a notch or several below art and music. It’s how my brain just seems to digest it the quickest. I’m not the fastest to discover culprits in detective stories. Nor am I able to analyze plots and characters like others do. It really does kinda suck having it as a weakness. Writing a review hinges upon skilled analysis of plot and characters. I wager I’d be quoting several people if I said that plot and characters can brute force masterpiece-tier legacy.

And I’m totally evading that boat. I bought a ticket on the train without rails. Permanently derailed.

I bought I ticket, too. I kinda regret it.


Ika-chan! Come back!

I’m deeply saddened once again that I have to realize another anime I’ve held dear to my heart is ending. Blasted Gregorian calendars. I celebrated the first day of the new year by rewatching, and finishing Shinryaku! Ika Musume. This anime managed to catch me off guard, even though I had read a portion of the original manga. I still have a hard time watching the last mini-episode in episode 5. Goddamn nutbladder destruction fest, I tell you. Please let there be a second season!

As a side note, I have no idea why I didn’t check up on the director that had done this show: Tsutomu Mizushima. His experience shows exactly why Shinryaku! Ika Musume was as awesome as it was. Big Windup!/Ookiku Furikabutte, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan, Crayon Shin-chan, and Genshiken. I don’t quite feel like giving an entire rundown of the anime I just mentioned, but those are the other work he’s done that I’ve watched and enjoyed. The stand out for me, from that list, is Big Windup for being a show about baseball, and absolutely nailing the technical portrayal of the sport. No unnecessary shonen-eqsue super moves that enable them to outperform their opponent; the only thing that makes the team better is being smarter, cooperation, and training harder.

One more thing I have to add about Dokuro-chan. If you think silly video games have too much blood spilling, give Dokuro-chan a watch. The main character has enough blood to fill up the Colosseum twice over. But it’s a crazy comedy, too, so you’ll have a bloody good time! And maybe herp so hard, you’ll derp.