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!!

Shokugeki no Hishoko

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.

That Asterisk Anime

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.

Gakkou Gurashi and Zombies

How embarrasing, an SQL drive-by happened.

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I’ve been mostly enjoying the end of the current season, namely Monster Musume. Episode 12 got an insane animation bump, which I honestly wasn’t expecting.

More importantly however, this is a quick update and an apology to those who visited my site when those really fucking weird posts showed up. I got hit with either an SQL injection, or a simple password breach, either through brute strength or dictionary attack. Whatever it was, it got a hold of one of the accounts and wrecked some havoc. There was a reason why I did like hard coding a website with zero PHP or any silly CMS — you don’t get affected by those injection drive-by’s that happen when you leave a website unattended for too long. I thought I had a few basic security update services running, but apparently I didn’t. I deeply apologize if it’s somehow affected anyone who’s visited. At the moment, it’s ruined my ability to preview my own posts before publishing, but that’s nothing compared to maybe losing control of my WordPress installation.

Currently deflating from a trip to Japan and working on music, so pardon my dust, especially if you happen to be a regular visitor. Thanks if you are. I’ll be back into the swing of updating, and hopefully instead of intermittent updates, I’ll have some sort of weekly minimum routine (perhaps at least once per week) for any anime related posts.

If you happen to also enjoy PC hardware and gaming, please let me know. As far as I know, all I’ve ever written about in the last two years was anime. But if people would like some variety, I’ll gladly start writing about tech stuff, too, since it is my other passion.

It’s definitely not just me. I was super slow in realizing that I read some tech news regarding WordPress blogs being hit with open exploits. If I find a link to the fix, this will be updated. That, or I’ll simply pin a warning post, just in case for the purposes of awareness.

How embarrasing, an SQL drive-by happened.

Jitsu wa Watashi wa Honto sa Nanto ka Hima da

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At first, I thought it’d be funny to show a picture that has absolutely no bearing on what a show’s theme may be, nor any faces to help provide identity. Then I realized when MC-kun plugs in this power cable, it’s tilted and now it’s bugging the hell out of me. I hope it does for you.

I’ve ended up watching this show. Mostly because I had read the manga ages ago. It’s also one of those extremely low investment anime, where there’s really not much complex going on. If you’re unsure about watching Jitsu wa Watashi wa, you don’t have to force yourself. Unless sometimes you’re like me and are willing to add more anime under your belt just for the sake of it.

I will say though that it remains entertaining to watch because the voice actors are doing a perfectly fine job. I don’t remember the manga of Jitsu wa Watashi wa being particularly amazing enough to be adapted into an anime.. but I prefer listening to acting, than reading manga. It’s probably going to be an average show. Nothing overtly cringe worthy has happened. (Aside from that ED song. Ugh.) The quality of the art may be off-putting, but the character design has been relatively consistent so far. It’s just not high budget either. However, everything is fine because everyone always says that characters and story are more important than animation, right?!

Perhaps it may be self defeating to try and defend the show, since in a way, that’s admitting the quality of the show being merely average. Not only that, I actually haven’t read a single thing that other people have said about the show. I was considering saying that this show might not be popular enough. Even that sounded weird as I realized that it’s being adapted to begin with.

Wow, I’ve said a lot about this fairly average anime. But yeah, the short of it is, there’s plenty of anime this season that you’d probably want to watch instead of this. Those who were interested in watching this show are probably already watching it. It’s hovering at 20% percent suck rating so far, while being sort of alright at the same time. There might be enough substance to say that it’s hook rate would be about 33%.

If you were looking for a short summary about this show, it’s about MC-kun (Kuromine Asahi) wearing his heart on his sleeve, and being honest to a fault. He then discovers the classmate he had a crush on was actually a vampire (Shiragami Youko). She was supposed to keep it a secret. MC-kun loves her, so promises to keep said secret. Antics ensue.

Silly thing about the seiyuu for this show, is that Asahi’s three male buddies/pals/bros’ actors I recognized quicker than the rest of the cast. And Shimono Hiro was a little too easy to pick out.

Jitsu wa Watashi wa Honto sa Nanto ka Hima da