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Thanks Youjo Senki, but no thanks to the damn LN/Manga readers.

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I don’t know how people in r/anime already forgot to stop doing manga and light novel comparisons when watching an adaption. Aside from preferences and stated opinions, what is and isn’t a show doesn’t need to be based on visual anything, which is the current popular thing to decry. You lambaste shows with differing designs compared to light novel (or manga) art. Of course it’s going to look better, it doesn’t have to be animated. I don’t know if it was obvious the anime wasn’t going to look like the light novel’s art. You’d be daft to expect a studio to emulate that kind of detail. Clearly a divide was inevitable for those who had been following the source materials before Youjo Senki was adapated. We just have to wait until they leave. Although I think we’ll have the misfortune of having them stick around because they’ll watch it because “it’s so good!”. What a crock of shit. The remarks about not liking Visha’s design solely on personal preference is fine. It’s the ones that say “〈blank〉’s design is so much better in the LN/manga!” that need to go. It has no weight when judging a show on it’s own merit.

There’s one failing that I do agree with; the first Mr. Enemy Bad Man to show up was obviously going to die. While his character design is almost awkward enough to land a minor arc in something like One Piece, this show isn’t One Piece. One Piece’s overall art is wonky to begin with.

On the plus side, Hayami Saori. Her breathy voice is ASMR to me.

I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to repeat the “Stop Comparing it Against the Source Material” mantra thing every season. Someone else wrote a wordy thing with the same spirit as my commentary on that. I’m definitely not alone on this.

-maserbeam

Mahouka is really OreImo Season 3

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It sure didn’t take long for the fan art to depict the Shiba siblings as Kyousuke and Ayase from OreImo. I’m fairly certain that anyone who reads my site already knows who the VAs are, but in the case you don’t know, the seiyuu connection is Nakamura Yuuchi (Kyousuke) and Hayami Saori (Ayase).

Mahouka has been quite enjoyable for reasons unrelated to action. While there’s a quick scene of action when Tatsuya and Miyuki visit a temple, the action is in the tension that’s been slowly building around the school. For some reason, it’s always been easy for me to swallow stories that are about discrimination and societal themes. It feels ambiguous enough from most interpersonal drama I suppose. Sometimes I really dislike it when I do decide to watch a show that’s clearly about character drama and that other factors that attracted me end up riding in the backseat. It’s always been that way. I simply don’t like character drama unless the execution and the script line up to provide some modicum of equal element. This is a weird place to acknowledge it, but in this respect, that is why Silver Spoon ranks quite high on my list, where character development was well done mostly when it needed to be and had no high-speed combat action to get in the way.

The plot seems to be slow for now, despite what seems to be happening in episode 5. The main other reason I’ve been continuing to watch has been the consistent art. At least it hasn’t abused dutch angles to the extreme like Togainu no Chi does. The 3-episode test also works fine here. I don’t understand how 2013 had the most series I had to watch past the 3rd episode to see if I want to continue. Must’ve been a fluke, because everything in 2014 has returned to normal.

As a result of things normalizing this year, I’m very disappointed in Black Bullet. I’ll continue trying to watch and cover that show, but holy cow its been hard to watch. It’s pacing is bad. Very bad. I have to admit defeat. I was suspicious of Hitsugi no Chaika, and excited for Black Bullet.. and by episode 5, it’s reversed directions and gone one hundred miles. I love Chaika to bits, and Rentarou is a bad person. So bad. As in poorly-written bad.

Sorry. I just haven’t had this strong of quality whiplash in a while.

In other news, Nakamura Yuuichi is doing another season of Tokyo Encounter with Sugita Tomokazu this month. Fuck yeah.

My desire to pat Nakajo Azusa on the head has reached its zenith. There’s simply no way a secretary should be allowed to have such a cute haircut. Too bad her screen time is horrendous.

-maserbeam

Soul Eater Naught

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My post title would have made sense if this was a pilot, or preview episode. But it’s the real deal. And I’m happy to report another polearm is the primary weapon of our main.. trio? I’ll have to admit I didn’t expect for Harudori Tsugumi, our weapon, to have two meisters competing for her. I understand though. Polearms are badass. However, I’m disappointed in the current weapon landscape of gaming, since it always lumps polearms in the same box as other 2-handers which may not be polearms.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done any reading up on weapons. I enjoy the history and development of weapons. Whether they are the naginata of Japan, the lochaber axe of Scotland, or the Chinese guan dao, I love polearms. I’ve always been fascinated with these huge weapons. You can bet I’m always disappointed when the main character uses a sword. Always. Despite it being a rather elegant weapon solution for many circumstances, I dislike the sword. This is why I’m typically rooting for side characters; the main character gets the sword, and someone else gets the more interesting weapons.

As for Soul Eater Not!, we got two tasty action scenes that weren’t so bad to wet our palate. In the seiyuu department, we have Hayami Saori voicing the blonde-haired gal in the screenshot provided, Yuuki Aoi as Tatane Meme, and Chisuga Haruka as our main protagonist, Tsugumi. Pretty standard for an opening episode, but it’s established what we can expect in the future, while still being ambiguous enough in tone to allow for drastic shifts in tone. I did hear Sakurai Takahiro as one of the guys. His “cool” voice is very apparent. I’m quite happy that I was able to identify everyone’s voices except for Chisuga’s.

I lol’ed at the “Gagantous!” that seems to be Tsugumi’s key word. It’s such a simple technique to get us to remember characters.

-maserbeam