I like Steam. And I also like Risk of Rain.
But I don’t like Risk of Rain that much.
So, yeah. Even though there’s plenty of anime this summer of 2014 to whet your appetite, and none of your apatite, your Free! has arrived with 100% Kyoto Animation, which includes Choice Select Cuts of Man Candy and Faggotry to balance out all of the angst, lolis, action, and moé. However, as we all look upon the upcoming anime season with glee, the above screencap tells the future. There will be times where we can either bask in the glory as Gou does, facepalm with Makoto does, smile and enjoy as a carefree Nagisa, or simply sigh and bow our heads in disappointment as Rei does.
I’ve already been able to do all four. No, I don’t mean the characters. That would just be wrong. Although, a Gou is fine. But only her.
I didn’t mention Haruka because he’s already naked and ready to swim. If you’re like that already for the upcoming season, well, have at it. Most likely you’ll end up like Haruka. Naked, and already going to watch every show this season. Hats off to you.
And take off your hat, before you swim. Unless it’s a swimming hat.
Are there swimming hats?
Oh, and if you’re at none of the previously mentioned states of readiness, you’re probably just as surprised as these people that new anime is already airing. Ready your butts. The hurt is a comin’.
There’s a couple of aspects of this show that I’m already highly appreciative. Our hero, under attack by a caring and violent sister, prioritized the safety of the plate and fork. He (Tohru Acura) is portrayed as a だめ男/dame-otoko/worthless person that hasn’t done his part for the sibling’s livelihood, yet they’ve left him a consistent sliver of skill and adaptability. I don’t mind it when he is designed to get us to feel for him. But I do mind it if he’s given something on a silver platter. Not only has the direction of the anime done this correctly, it’s also adopting a “Show, Don’t Tell” facet concerning how the characters are internalizing their feelings. In short, I didn’t notice a ridiculous amount of inner monologue and exposition. I’m going to be eating these words if I turn out to be wrong after this first episode, though.
Uomi has quickly skyrocketed into a favorite character from being a mere side character. Not only does she have to do something to contrast her calm demeanor, she’s already gotten a promotion in a very anime-verse meta way. Her new relations with Tsuda has elevated her into a higher tier of silliness, despite the jokes maintaining consistency. I’m not Japanese though, so I’m pretty sure some of the effects of honorifics are lost on me. It’s an obvious element in anime. Abused like no other, a character suddenly being allowed to address another female as onee-chan (お姉ちゃん) will ignite the hearts and souls of some people.
Speaking of this Onee-chan Effect, I had gone and rewatched the entirety of Squid Girl. In the second season, the amnesia bit also used the gap moé tactic with Ika-chan herself. After an entire one and a half seasons of our beloved Squid Girl’s lack of respect for Eiko, it turns on a dime. A single “onee-chan” was enough to break Eiko’s regular facade. Why the hell is it this entertaining to watch it happen?
I also somehow managed to completely miss watching episode 6. Most likely due to the “download now, watch later” tactic. Letting things pile up like that isn’t good. (As I say this, my laundry continues to become a mountain.)
I’m disappointed I couldn’t find a screenshot more awkward than the one I already have.
Uomi’s “ひ。み。ちゅ。” while hugging Hagimura was silly as hell and I suffered from a six-inch smile.
DAT TRANSLATOR’S NOTE.