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If it wasn’t apparent, the title of this post was when I was typing on my keyboard.. but my hands were shifted to the right one key. I laughed at what came out, so I decided to keep it. So here’s my post about Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai.

For pacing reasons, I’ve been delaying my reactions to an anime 5 episodes in, as opposed to what most people do. First impressions and 3 episode taste tests are already something anyone — if not nearly everyone already — does these days. Five episodes seems to be a good length for digesting the flow and pacing of longer slash slower shows. And I’ve also been busy in real life. Anime bloggers simply can’t avoid it, since it rarely makes money, unless you’re hired by a media group to work for places like Japanator or AnimeNewsNetwork. Although I doubt solely.. wait, what the hell am I talking about?

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai so far has surpassed my initial impression. The first episode actually wasn’t very interesting. All the signs are pointing towards a standard harem show. The mechanics of relationships at this point now need to rely on good writing and scenarios for the characters to participate in. For me, this show didn’t have a pull on me until episode 4, which was good timing since the 5th one has slowed down once again on development to let the characters have more breathing room. Just as luck would have it, the 5th episode gave Sakuraba a piece of the spotlight. It wasn’t much, but it made me happy. It should be obvious; Sakuraba is my favorite. Ever since Love Hina, I’ve been a fan of the [jet] black, straight hair female characters. She’s also given a camera shot with one of my peculiarly favorite angle.

The screencap above is what I like about anime. There’s such a strong focus on silent beauty in much anime, one of its best methods of portraying it is through this side angle. In a single moment, I was smitten with her demure realization of Kakei’s concern for her. A head turn and a slight blush; it’s a cliche reaction that I’m hopelessly addicted to. It is also my favorite angle because it is one that is exemplary of anime character design spatial sense. Extreme examples include Studio SHAFT’s insane head-tilts, and other anime with zany character designs that need to look consistent from any angle. You don’t get scenes like those very often, where the nose is prominent enough to need more definition than a mere dot or a line. One could say that anime characters are only given noses when something important is happening.

If I were to simplify and reduce my appreciation for anime to a single frame, it’d probably be this.

Those eye lashes. The blush. Hnng.

-maserbeam

Dark Cartridge – The Loli Hugging Anime

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Give a loli a hug, won’t you? Wait. Don’t do it. Who knows which agency she works for?

I didn’t expect this show (Black Bullet) to be so.. cute, while dispensing gore at no delay. The studio producing this show (Kinema Citrus) has some pretty shiny clean cels going on here. It’s definitely easier to watch a show if the visuals are strong and clean, but I’m not sure how much this will detract from the supposed seriousness side the show was trying to portray. I’m a firm believer that visuals which synchronize with the atmosphere can elevate a show into higher tiers of awesomeness. Take for instance Mushishi and Mononoke. The art style of the former is familiar. However, it maintains consistency by having character designs that do not betray the location (Japan). Not a single character has vivid blue or pink hair. Mononoke fulfills its art direction and creepy vibe with the closest emulation of Yoshitaka Amano’s works.

By the way, don’t take this as if I’m saying Black Bullet is on the same level of Mushishi and Mononoke. For fuck’s sake, it’s only the first episode.

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-maserbeam

Defragment. – 07

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I laughed pretty hard at this situation. Shibasaki Roka is proving to be one of my most favorite characters in a very long time. Not only that, the resultant reaction is quite artful. It’s my new desktop background as well.

I honestly went into watching D-Frag. only on the basis that a specific meme had spawned from the original manga. Who knew I’d get a nice full-course comedy dish? Even the character design itself lends to comedy. There’s something about this art style and production that seems familiar to Gintama. I can’t seem to cross reference any shared staff, though. And goddamit, Funabori is an unexpected moé bomb. I thought I would’ve gotten my dosage only from Roka. It also isn’t helping that I was reeling from realizing who was voicing Funabori. At first, I was suspecting Toyosaki Aki. I doubted it. Then I checked, and it was her. I don’t know how long her name was listed as being Funabori. Man, I’m droppin’ the ball here. I keep forgetting Toyosaki has a pretty good range. Maybe they simply told her to try to avoid that minor raspy sound she tends to have. It’s usually obvious to tell it’s Toyosaki when she pronounces the “h” sound. Curse them for not putting Toyosaki in more interesting roles. I’d like to hear her as a domineering character with loud presence. (This is me potentially and completely forgetting a character I’ve just seen her voice as I’ve described.)

To balance out my enjoyment of the show, currently the series is relying on previous episode setups for its laughs. I can’t see the character specific humor yet. I’ll have to admit that many elements feel commonplace in the anime realm. It could be a pretty big damper to those who are always wanting absolutely fresh comedic material. It’s in familiar territory, although things like the maximum appreciation for Funabori-effort felt new. Perhaps only because her face when it happens is FUCKING MOÉ AS HELL. Other than that, the show is boob jokes, awkward faces, and Shizuka Itou. Life is pretty good, eh?

.. Okay, having Hanazawa Kana as Roka is also a major point.

I now refuse to tack on the ! at the end of D-frag‘s title. In fact, I’m now going to put a period before the name itself just so it’s similar to .hack//.

It’s also still weird to know that Brains Base is making this show. Due to Akikan. In fact, buy the DVDs for your loved ones. Because love hurts.

-maserbeam

Hyouka made me think too much.

Hyouka has become something very interesting to me. It started as an anime.. well, along these lines it can’t really become more than just an anime. That’s all it’s ever going to be. Finding out that it’s interesting is the hard part. Because Kyoto Animation is doing something kind of weird (again), and it’s definitely something that I can’t put my finger on. Since I’m uneducated in things like analysis of literature and its components, this might end up just sounding bad. Oh well, give this post a read. It’s only about 950 words.

No, TL;DRs, sorry. You’ll just have to click on this.

-maserbeam

Yuruyuri is artful.

Holy frijoles.

It’ll be obvious to a lot of people that this “4 girls doing stuff” setup is boring to a lot of people, but the consistency in the art production is rather surprising. No, that doesn’t mean the entire series looks like the above screencap. (But good lord that would be amazing. In a different way.) Taking a look at who’s doing the main animation production gave me more questions. There were so many secondary animation studios helping out in episode 1. Episode 6 is a milestone, because.. Chinatsu drew the above picture. I’m just reeling with omfg and anticipation as I was watching the horrid art proceed to the next frame. It really reminds you that sometimes it’s not how well something is drawn, but what it ends up looking like.

Speaking of art, Yuruyuri is a surprising contender for the Most Consistent Art Award. Squishes, stretches, and follow up animation still showing up throughout the show. It came with a few shortcuts here and there, but nothing to be all Minami-ke about it.

Minami-ke had three seasons. There, I said it.

-maserbeam