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Nanana’s Ridiculous Premise

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Those abs.

Dang it. It’s too easy to get caught up on the sexy slightly older onee-san effect. I have a serious problem when it comes to characters like this. I love them to bits. While I have also fallen to the dark side and have absolutely no problem with loli characters, instead of feeling disgusted like I should be (see Black Bullet), I have to admit that fit women with killer abs are awesome, too. A perfect way to explain this is through Touhou. Hong Meiling is my all time favorite Touhou character, yet I also like Ibuki Suika just as well. (WARNING: These are danbooru links. NSFW content is easily one click away, and the Meiling one is already questionable enough. Yes, I could give you the Touhou wikia links, but that would be boring.) The following is not related to Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin. Except for the last two paragraphs.

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Silver Spoons, Golden Episode, Diamond Pickaxe.

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This picture out of context just looks silly. An undetermined amount of happiness. Who is truly smiling, and which of them is planning something? I ended up laughing for 17 seconds over it.

I have decided with the fourth episode to definitely follow this series. Some series simply need that golden episode to seal the deal. Episode 4 did just that for me. It was an episode of the process of effort and reward, and also experience building within a character. I felt that Hachiken became a more interesting character ever since his conflict with dreams and goals were expanded upon. It’s something I can understand, since I had a hard time thinking about what my big dreams, lofty goals, and I as a person should be, until I realized I’m not the kind of person for hugely ambitious thoughts. So whenever a show tries to develop inter-character relationships with flatly designed characters who have boringly similar goals, it irritates me. Silver Spoon deftly evades this kind of shithole by having a contrast between Hachiken and the rest. It’s probably why I tend to drop regular shounen anime.

Perhaps the author (Arakawa Hiromu) of Silver Spoon knew what most people could sympathize with. Almost everyone has to go through the same process of wandering through that thought trap of “What am I?” and how to answer it. Not everyone manages to answer it, and certainly, it’s harder to do with no one to rely on. Hachiken is lucky to have been surrounded by people with no pretense as to what he should do. It was essentially a perfect place for Hachiken to learn what his skills can do for himself.

Silver Spoon ended up being a fun show to watch. It’ll keep reminding me that it looks like Fullmetal Alchemist. In any case, Silver Spoon is an exception. Try to watch it until the fourth episode, as opposed to that standard 3 episode test. The 3 episode test will still work, but the hook is in the fourth. It’s what the show is about.

Also, it’s a fucking agriculture anime. I’ve been left high and dry with no more Moyashimon seasons coming anytime soon. It’s no surprise that this show is from the noitaminA time slot.

You’d be hard pressed to realize it’s not Studio BONES doing the animation. Some of the inbetween frames might be the giveaway. A-1 Picture is doing a damn fine job recreating Arakawa Hiromu’s art style.

This episode almost reminded me of the time I flattened two mountains and made a huge ravine in vanilla Minecraft just to make a giant cube.

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Yui Hirasawa: The After College Years

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Megumi Chihaya is awesome. She also bears an uncanny resemblance to what Yui Hirasawa of K-ON! may mature into. Just imagine Yui mellowing out a bit after college, growing her hair out while adding another pair of hair clips  to manage her bangs. Not only that, Chihaya’s exhibits the ability to shamelessly cosplay in a public place such as a civil ward office. Mmmhmm, our Yui-chan is definitely an adult now. It’s also infinitely more plausible since Chihaya is voiced by none other than Toyosaki Aki herself.

So yeah. I’m definitely enjoying Servant x Service. When one starts living past that rosy high-school life and enters that gray area of adulthood, this show connects with you at a deeper level; unmistakably so if you actually work as a civil servant. But it’s not like you need to be working as one to enjoy the show. We watch these crazy, fantastical shows with settings and characters that rarely depict themselves as realistic as possible. If you want that, you’d be watching a regular TV channel [at non-anime hours] for that. Perhaps after years of watching fantasy and sci-fi anime, something down to earth starts looking more appealing, instead of boring.

What’s the latest Servant x Service episode about? I’m not telling. Particularly because I’ve never understood the reason for reading a episodic summary. I’m not about to do one either.

Let’s ignore that. The music of this show is spot on. It sounds like stuff in my current non-anime collection, with an eclectic mix of jazz-influenced instrumentation, in addition with the typical A-1 Pictures “working man” music stylings. Should have expected this, since Working!!‘s OST is the same goodness that we hear in Servant x Service. And the ED is damn pleasant to listen to. Almost sounds like it was performed by Round Table feat. Nino, who has nothing to do with this show. Go listen to them anyway. They’ll remind you of a lot of different anime. Like Aria the Animation. Or Chobits. Maybe even Gunbuster 2.

Why the hell are trumpets so perfect for sitcoms with office/job settings?

Also, Toyosaki’s voice is so sexy when she’s given a calmer, or deadpan, character. Hnng. It always lets me sleep at night. Interpret that as you will. (Oh yeah.)

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Servant x Service x Cube

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This show. THIS SHOW.

It’s like A-1 Pictures are the guys to go to for producing job themed anime. Ever since they did Working!!, I was hoping they’d do more of these sitcoms. They’re surprisingly similar to the regular sitcoms that are produced right here in United States. At least the ones that are focused on comedy rather than drama. The opening sequence was also quite a thing. It was immediately attention grabbing, that’s for sure. The only other thing left needed to have me biting at the fringes of this delectable episode was the presence of interesting seiyuu.

I managed to identify several seiyuu off the bat. The three easily identifiable were Sakurai Takahiro, Toyosaki Aki, and Nakahara Mai. And then I sort of knew Kayano Ai and Suzuki Tatsuhisa. I managed to identify his voice from Bakatest as Yuuji, but the actual voice he’s using is miles different. Guess I picked up on that nasal voice quality he seems to have. Kayano Ai’s range and voice separation is pretty good, so unless you’ve watched her in several shows (Rinne no Lagrange, anohana, Ben-to, Senyuu, Oreshura), you’ll have a hard time doing single episode identification.

And to finish this entry off, I’d like to fag it up, and bust a nutbladder over the fact that Nakahara Mai is Mihoshi. It’s so perfect. But at the same time… I’m imagining her character as Hakurei Reimu because of the MAIKAZE doujin anime adaptation of Touhou. Which brings me to another thought about Touhou. It really would seem like A-1 Pictures would be the studio to do a Touhou adaptation. They’re pretty good at this animation production thing, you know.

I’m not going to link to all of the anime and seiyuu I’ve mentioned. However, I will link you to Nakahara Mai because frankly, she’s a monster. Once you see who she’s voiced, you’ll understand me.

Oh, right. Happy 4th of July, residents of the United States. Enjoy the fooding!

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Ore no Chuu ga …

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This show is dangerously deep into the pool of tropes. But Yukari Tamura is in it as the main female character, so I can’t help but watch more of it.

Which means I’m beyond help now. It almost doesn’t matter if the show is bad or good.

At least the staff has Takeshi Hirooka (Hirouka?). Having a dedicated person as a Director of Photography means they needed someone to deal with.. well, photographic direction of the show. It’s a painfully obvious observation, but the shows under Hirooka-san’s belt are examples of the benefits of having such a staff member. Whether or not you liked the shows he’s worked on, they have angles and screen compositions that befit the show. The only thing left is to watch the show and see if it will benefit OreShura, or if the premise has doomed it from the start.

Right. I didn’t use the proper name for this show. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru is the full name. “Ore no Chuu ga…” is from here. Warning, contains trace amounts of Wakamoto.

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