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What’s the SHAFT Headtilt doing in my Atelier?

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What? What in the world is the SHAFT headtilt doing in my Atelier Escha & Logy? Has it reached critical mass and is now spilling into other studios?! Does the angle increase the more infected a studio is? What happens when it exceeds a 90 degree angle? The world.. may never know.

Although, this is a perfect time to mention that I have been watching the show. It’s my guilty pleasure for this season. Really. Yeah. I think I’ve lost my soul to the moé faction permanently. Don’t worry. I still watch all of the AOTS of the season. (Yay for recursive acronyms/phrases. Because they always seem to piss somebody off.) Speaking of recursive acronyms, SHAFT can be one as well. I present this to you: SHAFT headtilts are full tilts.

Have fun with that one.

Okay, sorry. If you’re expecting at least a minor blurb about this show, here’s one. I mentioned this show was a guilty pleasure. I lied, because I’m fully basking in the pleasure of moé blobs, sitting here in my chair being fucking relaxed while the show bombards me with moé radiation. I’m just more inclined than the average anime fan to watch shows that don’t aim to have epic branching storytelling full of deceit, love, anger, love, treachery, drama, love, power-levels and hearts. Escha Malier, our female protagonist, is one easy going alchemist. She spends all her time being cute, while wonderful flashes of inspiration for alchemy occur at the perfect moment. To be fair, the anime has to shorten the time players of the game spend on the crafting menus. So we get hilariously short scenes of intense alchemic creations being synthesized in mere seconds. I’m sure it’d at least be three minutes of menu navigation in the game before you realize which item you were supposed to be crafting several in-game days ago. (Accuracy and validity of statements are probably off, since I haven’t played the games. Yet.)

I also didn’t expect Marion to sit so squarely in my love-sights. The combo of short black hair, white work blouse, knee length skirt, and stockings are too perfect. And she’s 26 years old. If she’s looking like that at the age of 26, I’d totally.. uh, start a family with her. Mmhmm.

Hang on. Does this mean she just might oust Chihiro’s (TWGOK) title as being the only character I’ve ever claimed to be ‘my waifu’? I think so!

-maserbeam

Bokura wa Minna Zetsubou

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I’m in despair. I’m in despair because I didn’t ask wasn’t ready for this image. I also didn’t spend enough time looking for a silly alternate title for the show. Please settle for the lazy reference.

I’m also not going to call this show by its English name. It’s too long. So I’m internally going to call it Hotel Kawai. Even though it’s not a hotel. The main character may as well be declaring his despair at every turn. But he’ll grow into it. There’s no escape for Usa, our main character. You wanted a peaceful life? The author will give you a circus to live in. And at every chance, he will suffer and despair. It’s totally not as bad as I’m trying to force it to be. I’m just trying to run with the Zetsubou Sensei vibe I started. Let’s just hope it doesn’t pull the crazy mind-fsck that Zetsubou Sensei actually does. Yeah, I’ve finished reading it. When you realize what you’ve been reading and/or watching all this time was all planned, please take a picture of your face at that moment, and share it. I’m sure the rest of us will share the pain laugh at your expense. But not without recognizing what our own faces did. Seriously, Kumeta Kouji is a hell of a writer.

Satou Rina, I like it when you voice sexy onee-san types. As much as her voice may be iconic to thousands as Misaka Mikoto, I feel that her voice is better suited to 20-something characters. Also, what the hell is up with the line up? Hanazawa Kana and Kanemoto Hisako are also in this show. While I adore all three seiyuu, I’m not sure there is enough variation. I consider them to be in very close in voice type. I’ll just have to place my faith up front and hope for the best.

But there’s a couple of hints all is not lost if this show doesn’t seem your type. The series composition and script is being handled by Takeshi Konuta, who has also done work on Blood Lad and Library War, two shows that were highly enjoyable due to having good pacing and writing.

The only thing you have to worry about, is that the animation production is done by Brains Base. Akikan.

I have a feeling that Satou’s character, Mayumi, is going to be the biggest reason I’m going to watch this show. Not a good sign for the show if a side character straddles my attention away that quickly.

-maserbeam

Date A Live When Not Dead

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Click here for my reaction to this.

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Many years occur. 2012 was one of them.

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I completely, and totally had 7 drafts of articles that had over 500 words of text. Some close to 1000+. But now I’m lazy, and the only thing I want to post on my blog is nonsensical fluff that always seems to get attention and a picture I screencapped from watching Chuunibyou that represents absolutely nothing that has occurred in my life.

Kyoto Animation, stop being faggots and do an anime with a plot worth everyone’s time. Yes, I enjoyed Hyouka.

More Strike Witches please. Mädchen und Panzer would be nice, too.

The most experimental thing I saw this year was Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita. Get it together, Japan. Where’s my next Serial Experiments Lain?

Sword Art Online for being the next best Best Mediocre anime, alongside with Shingetsutan Tsukihime.

Stop bashing Yamakan. You know you’d be bashing someone else, regardless if they made a good anime or not.

I think people hate how widescreen enabled my site is.

Buy Akikan DVDs for your friends. So they know what “jumping the crust” and pizza money are.

Chihiro from The World God Only Knows/Kami nomi zo shiru sekai is still my waifu.

I regret getting back into manga, only to find out the many that I did read are getting adaptations. Fuck you elitists. I hate this feel so much.

Studio FEEL better not fuck up my Minami-ke. And Hosaka needs more screen time.

Everyone is still Kyon-sexual.

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And all the serious things I wanted to say this year will have to wait because I don’t believe in my own writing skill enough that they are ready to be read by other human eyes. People have standards, and the only thing I could ever do in my power is to make the intro paragraph decent enough for you to decide whether or not you want to read the rest.

-maserbeam