idkillmebaby

“Unresolved conflict. Zero tension. Maximum pretty star effect. J.C. Staff’s watercolour palette.”

It’s really what I’d call this show. It’s a traditional id software code throw back to a type of anime I’ve never seen. And because I’m writing this while I’m sick, my ability to create comprehensive thoughts are shoved through a window made out of air. This implies that this window doesn’t exist, and more of a hint that a rectangular hole revealing the outside is in place. So what is Kill Me Baby, and why should anyone care? Truth is, you still won’t know what it is after watching, nor will you care afterwards after claiming you do. It’s so narrow in its idea of appeal, that only those who have a reckless taste in brain-foaming, sedative induced laughter would entertain the idea of watching this show for recreation.

And by golly, this show is perfect for me.

Yasuna’s stupidity and Sonya’s twintails of murderous intent is where it’s often focused, but there’s a lot surrounding it in a strange plastic wrapping. You know that feeling of peace and warmth you get when you climb into your bed after slogging through a cold wintery outside? None of that is here. It’s all awkward and full of Kyon-kun’s eye glazing humor, while lacking in the actual Kyon department. And every time I mention Kyon, I realize how much of a mancrush Ariolander has on Crispin Freeman. I’m lucky enough to have a female seiyuu I semi-obsess over, and it’s Satomi Arai — her voice, even in small vocal quips, always make me post on my blog. I’d have no idea how to react if Tomokazu Sugita actually had a character in Kill Me Baby. It didn’t help that Kugyuu (Rie Kugimiya) is also in this show, as the new character in episode 3. Get a Mr. Sakaguchi Daisuke in there and Patsuwan it up.

I might be a lost case to the seiyuu faggotry that invades a Japanese’s otaku’s mind. But I attempt to allay these fears by playing FPS games loaded with explosions, and punching for victory in Vindictus with Karok’s new weapon.

The music is rather apt for the show, nailing it’s non-Kyonitivity. Anyone who doesn’t like the opening and closing songs are actually allowed to. Because when haters realize they’ve fallen into the pit of “Yeah, you’re supposed to react like that.” they’ll feel stupid. I have a brain optimized for both musician and non-musician inklings, so I tend to enjoy liking music when others hate it just to spite them. And in this bad habit of mine, I discovered that I whatever I enjoy, I enjoy. I’ll be damned if I couldn’t properly explain why such music is still enjoyable even without a hint of academic music theory in my bones.

Is BONES doing anything this season? I need another middle-of-the-road, generic, robot drama with an OP that has copious amounts of interpretive dance.

Honestly, I’m writing this while sick. Why I could write more than usual is probably explained by my lack of judgement.

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I love the smell of 9mm in the あさ!

Quality production animation.

That top image is obviously not indicative of the whole episode’s animation, nor the entire series. But it’s already reminding me of Studio DEEN. What’s going on JC Staff? But hey, the first episode wasn’t that bad as a setup episode. It’s not as flat out wonky, but neither was it near the amount of fabulousness of Star Driver, nor the epicness of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?. I’m also in a bit of shock to realize that Junji Majima’s voice no longer reminds me of Ryuuji, and.. well, Rie Kugimiya just sounds like nearly 80% of her previous roles, not including her obvious standouts like Alphonse from FMA or Kagura in Gintama.

But I’ve been noticing the show feels comfortable. Nothing glaring me in the face saying anything significant, so this is either a blessing or a warning.

I refuse to say anything to the effect of read up more after the jump, because it sounds stupid. This is also the longest link to the full entry I’ve ever done.

I love the smell of 9mm in the あさ!

Gintama in widescreen.

I finally managed to watch all of Gintama up to episode 201. While not as taxing as a marathon of Legend of Galactic Heroes, I often had to refrain from watching continuously due to two unavoidable factors from prolonged exposure to Gintama: vomiting from laughing too hard and having a permanent grin etched into my face. I realize that only 201 episodes are currently available. There’s no way in hell with that episode I’d believe they’re done. In which they’re not.

But I’d like to discuss something very Gintama related. The show hasn’t been in widescreen format. As far as most of us are concerned, it doesn’t need to be. But thanks to burgeoning technology, I rarely encounter a 4:3 monitor or TV these days. Should Gintama be broadcast in 16:9 come this Spring 2011 Anime Season, I’m expecting a lot of size jokes. A lot.

I’m also a fan of Kugimiya Rie, who unfortunately is typecast into using a certain voice that often pisses off some people. Sure, it can be grating. But if you need something to remind yourself that Kugimiya can do voices other than her “annoyingly high pitched” one, go watch Gintama episode 153. It’s the sleepless episode, and listening to Kagura doing dead pan deliveries is quite funny. If that won’t work.. well, just go wash your ears and eyes with gar or something.

You’ll definitely need to if you intend to watch Hidan no Aria, another show with Junji Majima and Rie Kugimiya. (Oh look, it’s Ryuuji and Taiga from Toradora.)

Gintama in widescreen.

Podcast # 10

Will you look at that? A week since the last podcast! It’s almost like we’re on schedule or something. Almost as awesome as a pumpkin slushie.. which I’ve never had. I’ve always wondered what a pumpkin slushie would taste like. Considering Cirno here in the top image is absolutely shining with happy, I think I’ll enjoy it. I also finally watched the Third Touhou M-1 Grand Prix to hear Yuyuko say Lily White’s name with an erotic voice. Dear god I nearly passed out. The podcast doesn’t reflect this, since I watched it afterward. The other topics: I cover a news bit, in which the two main character’s seiyuu in Toradora are now cast together in a Spring 2011 anime called Hidan no Aria; particularly interesting because of the staff and studio combo. Seitokai Yakuindomo‘s OAD release, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tamayura, and Kore wa Zombie desu ka? make up the rest of the topics. I almost completely forgot we revisit Fractalé, which takes up a big portion of the beginning of the podcast.

And them Dyson Air Multipliers. I thank ye for new jokes. Almost willing to rename the podcast to the DAMcast. Because we love Dyson Air Multipliers.

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Podcast # 10