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.
I finished watching the .hack//Quantum OVA last night — technically this morning — and nothing prepared me for how blown away by the visuals I’d be. Most of this surprise comes from having watched previous .hack// efforts and their lackluster production even during a battle. None of that was here. I’d like to attribute it to a director who’s never touched the .hack// universe, thus giving it a different spin than what the original staff had done, but there’s also the fact that it’s an OVA. The crisp animation led me to believe that they were using full-limited animation, which you can wiki if you’re interested in what it is. But it’s mostly 12-frame animation with just a level of quality that almost qualifies as all key frames. The action scenes are interesting and contain humorous choreography. With that said, I’m already itching to see the 2nd episode of this 3 part OVA.
I knew Kana Hanazawa was voicing a character in this, but didn’t know which one, so that didn’t prepare me for the kind of voice she’d use. And to my delight, it’s her happy and cheerful voice that I first adored when she was Sakura from Kaichou wa Meido-sama. But nothing prepared me for Ayumi Fujimura and Miyuki Sawashiro being thrown into the pot. All three of their voices together make my nutbladder glow from moentgen irradiation. Miyuki’s ungodly sultry and husky voice just excites me when she’s also given a character that acts a little cocky and tomboyish. HNG! And oddly enough for Ayumi Fujimura, it was The Sacred Blasksmith that got me to start looking for her, even though I’ve heard her earlier in the show Kyouran Kazoku Nikki.
Back to the OVA, I’m very happy how they show the meta side of playing an MMO/PWG. (Unfortunately, not many use the acronym PWG (Persistend World Game) even though it perfectly describes the modern movement of multiplayer games. I’ll save that gripe for a later article.) I grinned from ear to ear when I heard Iori speculating on a raw minerals crash within the in-game market and the potential opportunities to cash in on new, maybe unknown, drop table data. I smiled when I saw Sakuya/Asumi fishing inside the town; totally reminds me of when I was fishing moat carp in Final Fantasy XI for my Lu Shang’s.
.hack//Quantum is highly recommended if you’ve been a .hack// fan starving for a continuation of the universe, or you’re just looking for an “updated” OVA tapping the rather untouched space of fiction that is the meta-gaming world. It’s an internet gaming culture techno-thriller — words I expect to never be able to use again. Unless another .hack OVA project is funded. Yes, that’s right. I don’t want a TV series. I want another OVA.
As if it weren’t loltastic with the previous episode being about anime production and the perceived problems between the original author/creator and the producers, we now have Kirino acting just like her brother when given a loli that acts just like her. It just makes me grin from one side of my face to the other when this kind of stuff is done. This kind of self-depreciation I always find endearing because someone had to make the choice of saying, “Yes, we know how ridiculous anime can be.” Or it’s just another form of fanservice when we as viewers were interested in seeing Kirino in Kyousuke’s position of having an annoying and bratty little sister (imouto for you faggots).
Quick update as well — no podcasting has happened due to Vindictus and lack of anything worth talking about. Mainly Vindictus. Go play it.