I could have sworn I was watching Toradora. And while I was watching this episode, I thought to myself, “I’m probably right.”
Wasn’t a surprise I was. Anyone who has spent time oogling at director Tatsuyuki Nagai’s works, like Shigofumi or A Certain Scientific Railgun, would find Ano Natsu de Matteru’s art instantly recognizable. It’s that slightly stylized and blocky, but proportionate anatomy that gave it away for me. Nagai directed episodes 2, 7, and 11 of Shigofumi according to ANN. I had to put in the the effort to backtrack and rewatch those episodes since I wasn’t really aware of Nagai’s stuff until Toradora. I also found out that exact head angle in the above screencap is a good way to find the differential markers between styles. To try this out, go watch Amagami (either one, first or current season), Toradora, and Rinne no Lagrange. Keep an eye out for that particular sideways angle, away from the camera, and it completely changes how the artists have to compensate for the art style.
Amagami’s anime art style unfortunately looks like they have cardboard faces most of the time. I’m surprised I managed to stick with that series because I’m picky with what art style I’m willing to watch.. and sometimes I’m not, with exemplary series such as Akikan and Akagi. Occasionally I can spare myself from puking out my soul and intestines by briskly deleting the files from my brain and HDD. Here’s looking at you, Yoake ~ Cabbage Love.
By the way, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes is an awesome series. I can’t believe how retardedly happy I got when I saw it on the seasonal anime previews.
I’ll end on the note that Yukari Tamura is voicing the loli on the left of the top image. It’s almost too natural for her voice — it makes me hnng everytime. It’s unfair.
After a couple of seasons of self-analysis about anime tastes, I have determined that it’s not that my standards have lowered. It’s just the range has increased by a large amount. I wonder what I watched that pushed the bottom out so far that I actually enjoy Milky Holmes. I now cannot fathom how people would hate on Milky Holmes. Is it getting across that I love that show? OH YEA.
Probably one of our biggest podcasts in a while, this one is a huge 2 hours, 27 minutes and 4 seconds. Just what exactly the hell were we talking about? Anime. You know the drill. Click the thing that says “This area I reside on is a part of Earth.” because it’s a fact. Unless you live in space. And don’t give me that, “I live in an airplane, forever fueled by love.” crap because I capitalized Earth, indicating I definitely mean within the atmosphere.
So get comfortable and listen to us while you’re doing something more important, like laundry or grinding away in your favorite RPG.
A little late in running, due to me experimenting with things to try and make the sound less crumpled and obese sounding. It kind of worked, but I’ll let you see if it worked.
Most of the podcast seemed to be about being fabulous. In which case, the most fabulous anime this season are Milky Holmes, Togainu no Chi and Star Driver. A couple of announcement reactions as well, since Strike Witches and K-ON! are both getting movies, along with Maria+Holic getting a second season. More wonderful SHAFT productions for us to enjoy in the future, but we also can’t forget that Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru and Arakawa Under the Bridge S2 are already airing.
This seventh professional podcast is brought to you by amateurs, with exquisite amounts of unprofessionalness. We also can’t seem to refrain from saying things that make us sound stupid. We require failtrain my fellow crew. For new listeners to the podcast, we do our best to make it seem like we were recorded while we were naturally talking about anime all day like it’s the only thing we do. Maybe we’ll have a new listener or two thanks to Animeblogger.net, as it’s our first time being on an aggregator. Please rage carefully amongst the population.
How can I ever follow up such a risqué image of Illya butt humping a maid? I can’t. Go read Fate/Kaleid Liner.
But here’s a podcast. We’re back up to our 3-man capacity! The new Fall Anime Season 2010 is well underway, about 3 episodes in. This means we can make some predictions and toss out outrageous comments about things being fabulous or not. As expected, many of the popular ones end up in the discussion, such as OreImo and The World God Only Knows. Two others worth mentioning are Star Driver and Togainu no Chi — one is tremendously fabulous and one is NOT. I’d like to cite chartfag again here, as most of the time we run through this list and mention the ones we watch. At the same time, I’d also like to mention that chartfag is apparently going to be busy with real life soon, and he has thus directed us towards Cart Driver’s charts.
And we’ve got an entirely new section called Pick Your Animu!, which is essentially just us picking one anime that we feel is a highlight of the year, or just something that is probably more enjoyable than average. Think of it as a simple recommendation.
Oh! And I managed to exercise some of my Touhou faggotry during the podcast, which made me happy. So I’ll link you a hilarious image if you’re into Touhou and enjoy pop culture references. Be careful of lurking danbooru; while there’s plenty of safe images, it also has NSFW images.
Come listen to our wonderful RAGEcast, which runs the gamut from fabulous to fail.