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The Onee-chan Effect (Seitokai Yakuindomo S2E11)

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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.

-maserbeam

Invasion of English Girl

Oh.. no.

I was not able to handle this episode. I thought I’d be able to handle Engrish, but this is genuine Japanese English. The effort put into grabbing english speaking actors went full throttle and beat up my nutbladder beyond recognition. Of course most of this is hyperbole, but I can’t ignore the Japanese-ness of it. There’s still that hint of it, but it’s clearly spoken in a way that a Japanese person would understand. It’s interesting to listen to the kind of inflections that is acceptable for public Japanese TV, because a very low percentage of Japan would be able to decipher the subtleties that are in Californian english, or…

Bah. Who am I kidding? The engrish in this episode was awesome. I was laughing and facepalming the entire segment. Go watch it now. I’ll even forgive you for not meandering around my website. Just watch it! Squid Girl/Shinryaku! Ika Musume season two. No excuse to not know what I’m talking about anymore.

-maserbeam

Return of the Squid.


“Prehensile hair activate!”

Oh yes, how I have longed for the lovely invasion squid. My body is ready!

Aside from my silly over-excited self enjoying the first episode of the season season, it was a pleasure to listen to the voices again. I’m not so sure if I followed another series with Hisako Kanemoto as a main lately. The last I remembered of her is her character Tomonori in Is This a Zombie?/Kore wa Zombie desu ka?. It’s also good to be listening to Rie Tanaka’s voice. I can never get enough of that sultry voice. Oh right, Ayumi is there, too. (lol)

The teaser preview for the 2nd episode looks like it’s already going to show off it’s animation prowess with another sports segment. Baseball got it’s chance in the first season, and now we’ve got soccer. That kick shown in the preview alone kind of surprised me; the kid had good form and the animation itself felt great despite it only being 8 frames. As far as I can tell, none of them felt like in-betweens. I’m such a sucker for small details like that. Some people would agree with me that a well done action animation with a believable center of gravity just cements the desire to watch it more. It happened to me with Ookiku Furikabutte — I don’t normally watch sport anime, but that was an exception. Nary a failed nor awkward bat swing or pitch.

As bad as it might seem, I don’t care if anime — in general — gets sequel-itis. It’s such a prominent complaint for any series that gathers a significant following while still having plenty of material to work off… and then just ends. Gotta have them sequels. I’ll take this time to mention that I’m super excited to see the new Last Exile this coming season.

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Concerning details about the site here, I’m feeling rather sad that I haven’t mustered up the forces required to have another podcast. I don’t even know if people listen to it. No one’s said anything about it. Then again, no one’s sent me angry emails about it either. For those who’ve actually been to this site, I’m curious as to what anime you watch. If you’d rather lurk around and not respond, that’s fine too. A silent listener is fine too.

I’ll use this space to redirect you to Chartfag and Randomc. Plenty of info there on the upcoming season. The three anime I’d most likely be posting about, it’s these three: Last Exile, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, and Mirai Nikki. I’ve got plenty of reasons to be so decided in following these. It’ll be interesting to find out whether or not it was smart dooming myself to finish these whether I like it or not. Randomc.net has decided to do episodic entries on those exact three as well. I don’t feel like competing with such a juggernaut of the anime blogosphere, so I’ll have to try and say different things for the sake of difference, unfortunately.

I nearly broke my guitar in excitement when I learned Last Exile was getting a sequel. True story.

-maserbeam

Squid Girl S2!!

Holy butts! Yey! 12 episodes simply wasn’t enough for this. Anyone who’s read some of the manga knows that they skipped around. Not that it was a bad decision. Having episodes compartmentalized into three stories that were also stand alone meant that the order could have been seemingly random. Stand alone episodes remind me of Cowboy Bebop. And not only that, wasn’t there an episode in Cowboy Bebop about a rogue squid? Or was it a space lobster?

Crap. Now I have to go re-watch Cowboy Bebop. And lord knows I’ll end up watching the entire thing again.

ann link: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-02-20/ika-musume-gets-2nd-tv-anime-season

-maserbeam

Ika-chan! Come back!

I’m deeply saddened once again that I have to realize another anime I’ve held dear to my heart is ending. Blasted Gregorian calendars. I celebrated the first day of the new year by rewatching, and finishing Shinryaku! Ika Musume. This anime managed to catch me off guard, even though I had read a portion of the original manga. I still have a hard time watching the last mini-episode in episode 5. Goddamn nutbladder destruction fest, I tell you. Please let there be a second season!

As a side note, I have no idea why I didn’t check up on the director that had done this show: Tsutomu Mizushima. His experience shows exactly why Shinryaku! Ika Musume was as awesome as it was. Big Windup!/Ookiku Furikabutte, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan, Crayon Shin-chan, and Genshiken. I don’t quite feel like giving an entire rundown of the anime I just mentioned, but those are the other work he’s done that I’ve watched and enjoyed. The stand out for me, from that list, is Big Windup for being a show about baseball, and absolutely nailing the technical portrayal of the sport. No unnecessary shonen-eqsue super moves that enable them to outperform their opponent; the only thing that makes the team better is being smarter, cooperation, and training harder.

One more thing I have to add about Dokuro-chan. If you think silly video games have too much blood spilling, give Dokuro-chan a watch. The main character has enough blood to fill up the Colosseum twice over. But it’s a crazy comedy, too, so you’ll have a bloody good time! And maybe herp so hard, you’ll derp.

-maserbeam