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Souma of the Asian Halberd 4

Ah, competition. It’s funny because this school really isn’t about learning—just like universities. If people didn’t need degrees to get a good job, would any non-academics go to university? It’s all about the prestige of graduating—and the fewer people who graduate from your institute there are, the more prestigious their status becomes.

also it’s the only way to write a shounen manga so

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Steins;Gate: Boukan no Rebellion 15

The greatest part of Steins;Gate was its climax, when Rintarou did all sorts of crazy shit and it all connected back to the beginning like some bizarre circular argument typical of time-bending tales.

The greatest part of Boukan no Rebellion is its climax, when Daru did all sorts of crazy shit and it all connected back to… things.

What I’m going at is, Boukan no Rebellion focuses on Suzuha and so her most emotional moment was finding her father. Mayuri’s train of logic was executed well and there was no dearth of cheesy/teary goodbyes, so I guess it was a good scene.

That is, IF THE ART WEREN’T SO *~QUALITY~*

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12 Days of Anime – Day 12: C’était un Rendezvous de Mort

Natsuyuki Rendezvous Episode 11

Natsuyuki Rendezvous is, for me, the best show of the year. I’m fairly certain that I’m alone in this opinion, but I hope I’m not alone in thinking that the show was good. Natsuyuki explores the later stages of grieving by showing a woman, Rokka, through the eyes of both her departed husband and her new lover. It is a beautiful, well executed story. (more…)


12 Days of Anime – Day 11: Confession of the Year

You're the one I like...

Kids on the Slope, or Sakamichi no Apollon, was a very good show that missed its opportunity to be a truly great show. Muddling middle and odd ending aside, the show had some excellent moments. In particular, I was incredibly impressed with Kaoru’s confession in the third episode. For me, it stands out as the best of the year, even if – or perhaps, due to how – Ritsuko didn’t reciprocate. Here’s how I described it at the time:

Kaoru plays Someday My Prince Will Come by Bill Evans for Ritsuko. She thinks the song is for another girl, but he tells her it is for her; she is the one he likes. It’s immediately obvious that Ritsuko is unprepared for this and can’t return his feelings. The situation hangs between happiness and sadness. There is both unspoken grieving and relief on Kaoru’s part. The tension in the scene switches from intimacy to awkwardness. Then the scene ends.

So it was. This scene was handled deftly and with tact. Certainly one of the best moments of the year.


12 Days of Anime – Day 10: Dat Toothbrush

brushingteethinundies

Nisemonogatari skirts the line between enjoyment and revulsion. The show was incredibly sexual considering the most common interactions are between siblings, and the rest are mostly between minors. Of course, the defining moment of the series comes in Episode 8. (more…)


12 Days of Anime – Day 9: Hair Over Drool

Barbershop 2: Back in Business

Mysterious Girlfriend X was a very… interesting series. Sure, it was a little trashy. It had a great nostalgic feel to it, though. Some things it nailed, like the awkwardness of teenage romance. Other things were less successful, like the whole shtick about Urabe stripping naked at school only to have Tsubaki see her. The one thing the show constantly nailed was focusing on various fetishes as a means of fanservice. Episode 9 was about hair, and it was good.


12 Days of Anime – Day 8: NTR in the Summer

AnoNatsu Blocked-1

Kanna, from Ano Natsu de Matteru was a strong and loving childhood friend. Unfortunately, the heart she thought was hers for the taking is swooped away when a buxom alien moves in with her crush, Kaito. The scene pictured is about as close as Kanna ever comes to achieving her goal of a romantic relationship with Kaito. (more…)


12 Days of Anime – Day 7: The Chuunibyou Blues

I wish I could unsee Horizon.

Somewhere

between Heaven

and the Unseen Horizon,

is the sacred mathematics of Chance.

The calculated risk

And the wind, whipping ya in the eyes,

and the sharp, metallic taste

of life

and death.
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12 Days of Anime – Day 6: Keytards

FAS Nagisa

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12 Days of Anime – Day 5: Rape Me, My Friend

There’s been a lot of rape in anime this year, especially in the fall season. It seems, though I’m too lazy to verify, that half of the currently airing shows feature rape in some way. The most notorious of these is the casual rape threats and references in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. Other shows this season have run the gamut from insinuations to overt depictions of rape. If we can learn one thing from this, it’s that anime doesn’t know a lot about how to approach the topic of rape. (more…)


12 Days of Anime – Day 4: Rage

I don’t like piracy. I never have. That certainly applies more to games than anime, but even with anime, I never download to my hard drive. I feel if I limit my access to anime I haven’t paid for (and with my network, limit is very apt) then at least I won’t be too far off from the people viewing it across the ocean on TV. Since joining the blogosphere last year, though, I took this to the next step and actually started buying anime DVDs. The second one I bought was the complete set of what is probably my favorite anime of all time, Kino no Tabi. I was really excited to finally get DVD quality and own this work that had been so formative for me. That was when it happened. I saw unfolding before my eyes what may have been (and may still be) the worst licensing job known to anime.

Cold Rage (more…)


12 Days of Anime – Day 3: Symphogear Walking

derp derp derp

The quality of animation in this scene speaks for itself.


12 Days of Anime – Day 2: Mouretsu Pirates Episode 12

I picked this one for two reasons. The first is Troll of the Year. The second is favoring diplomacy even at the cost of entertainment value. I loved this episode because it demonstrates how Bodacious Space Pirates had the guts to do something few shows purposefully try: it was boring.

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12 Days of Anime – Day 1: That First Yuru Yuri ♪♪

Hey kids! It’s that time of the year again! Time for the 12 Days of Christmas. This is a magical time of year where the aniblogosphere egotistically reflects back on itself  under the auspice of holiday cheer. Here at O-New we might post 12 times in 12 days, or maybe this is the beginning and the end. So spike your egg nog, sit back, and refresh the homepage every day!

I love Yuru Yuri. I hate Yuru Yuri. The show is so completely inconsistent. Sometimes it’s hilarious, other times boring. It can be heartwarming one moment, and patently offensive the next. Mostly, I like the characters in the show but consider the writing to be spotty. I love Akarin, though.

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Souma of the LEBEIAN Halberd 3

The fanservice is pretty creative, but Koizumi’s epic mahjong hands are more grandiose and less metaphorical. Really, all you get with Souma’s metaphors is the taster’s feelings, whereas Koizumi’s metaphors are anything he wants. Siberian bullet trains. American freedom bombings. WWII operation re-enactments. The pope, being tempted by a metaphor of ADOLF HITLER AS THE DEVIL INCARNATE.

Nevertheless, Souma’s food explanations are better, namely because Koizumi has dogs to do with food. Better than Toriko’s, though, cause the food is actually real. Reminds me of Addicted to Curry’s actual curry recipes; I guess the writer has to be an actual good chef. Maybe he went to chefing school or something to learn how to chef, or maybe he chefs a chief chefing consultant to chef that everychef’s alchef.

breaking news: scanlators fail grammar

I hope not everybody in the academy’s as spoiled as Nikaidou, though I also hope he reappears if only to randomly shout ‘LEBEIAN’ at important intersections. goddamn lebeians and their UNNATURAL behaviour. they should practice lebeiancy in private, not in the eyes and ears of innocent schoolechildrian. i don’t know what i’m saying but mitt romney opposes homo milk and I drink homo milk every single day

P.S. Erina is mean. tasukete erina


The Second Coming

On December 21st, 2012, the 13th Mayan Long Count b’ak’tun will end, exactly 1,872,000 days after the creation of the world on August 11th, 3114 BCE. It is the end of an old cycle, and the start of a new. Five b’ak’tuns before, Jesus Christ ascended to heaven.

What does this mean? The end of the world is not the end: it is the beginning.

The eve before Southern solstice, the NASDAQ Stock Market and the New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Toronto, Bombay, and Taiwan Stock Exchanges will simultaneously collapse as over 50% of investors scramble to exit the market in time for armageddon. The day will pass; nothing will happen, but the world will plunge into economic chaos, creating a global, decades-long depression greater than the Great one.

Amidst this chaos, a son will be born. And his name shall be Wonderful Counsellor, because he will become the world’s most prominent stock broker by trade. However, a Chinese communist propaganda minister will cross paths with him and indoctrinate him with purifying baptization into the glorious mother country or something. I don’t care if baptization isn’t a word and that you can’t baptize someone into a glorious mother country shut up

A rich mafia gangster will bribe the young… guy (no, his name isn’t actually ‘Wonderful Counsellor’) with wealth beyond his imagination; however, he will resist temptation because he’s communist and what’s money?

Then he’ll go around places and make people communist because capitalism killed the world. However, the politicians won’t believe a word he’ll say, and will soon enough inflict calvary incarnate upon his poor commie body. Then he’ll be like ‘hey I’m actually jesus reincarnated’, but nobody will believe him because Matthew 24:36.

THEN THE SKY WILL RIP OPEN AND GOD WILL BE LIKE ‘hey yo guys that’s Jesus ok’ and some people will be communist and eventually take over the entire world. Unfortunately, five b’ak’tuns later, people stop caring about economic beliefs in the new era of SCIENCE and vow to separate state from school. or something this sounded better at the dinner table


ST&RS 29

TWIST ENDING: I’m not saying it was aliens, but ALIENS

This cliffhanger is like a double-crossing cheat begging for one more chance after casting aside all your wishes, hopes, dreams, and desires, crying, “Just wait! You have to see this!” at the feet of its disgusted yet poisoned patrons—poisoned by the sin of curiosity, overwhelming all logic and reason by wonder at this final twist of twists, turn of turns:

just how moe will this alien be

P.S. For those who aren’t reading ST&RS: you’re missing nothing. It’s a manga about some teenagers who want to go into space. Originally, I thought there’d be tons of cool futuristic hard science space training and drama but instead, TIMESKIP TIMESKIP. Can’t blame the author for drawing a space manga for Jump of all magazines… of course it was cut. Actually wait no BLAME THE AUTHOR WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA


Souma of the PLEBEIAN HALBERD 2

IS THIS HYOUGE MONO REDUX

let’s see:

food porn – check
actual porn – check
awesome faces – check
PLEBEIANS – check
typical generic sexist shounen bakuman protagonist-incentive-object – not quite, she’s a tsundere ojou-sama too, and that takes a lot more creativity tha-

wait a minute hyouge mono didn’t have that

PLEBEIANS

BY ALL COUNTS SOUMA OF THE PLEBEIAN HALBERD IS THE BETTER STORY

P.S. doesn’t beat legend of koizumi in terms of ‘faces teleported to outlandish situations’

P.P.S. ‘god’s tongue’ sounds like a really bad nickname only eroge artists would conjure


An Exercise in Recursion

Remember NaNoWriMo? Yeah, it ended. You should be done your 50k-word novel by now, like I did.

Except not really. Turns out I’m about 300 words short.

I sincerely apologize for the misleading preamble I previously prefixed to the preceding presented post. I believe I accidentally calculated for nine repetitions of the story when there should only have been eight.

Furthermore, in the same post, I had mentioned that one answer was incorrect for not being ‘had had’ because the dream in the first iteration happened before a past event. That is not true: the answers are incorrect because the James and John on their test wrote their test in a flashback (i.e. before a past action).

For these and similar transgressions I offer you this token of apology, crafted from a chain of fine bone teeth structures of an extremely bizarre nature, for they are simultaneously bones and teeth

P.S. Did you know: the word count of that post is an exponential function, increasing by a factor of approximately three every iteration

P.P.S. Did you know: I hate math

P.P.P.S. Did you know: this was what O-New articles were like in 2010. And 2011. And 2012.


Report Cards

My planning teacher inexplicably bumped me up 0.8% to an A. My math teacher likewise augmented my academic standing 3% to an A.

Today’s topic is grade inflation. THIS IS GRADE INFLATION AND I’M LOVING IT


ST&RS 28

TWIST ENDING: WORLD ENDS DECEMBER TWENTY-FIRST,

no no no no no no no I wrote ten mouretsu pirates posts on this

in no gravity

hair does not flow down

also the ship can’t possibly be spinning because everybody’s floating

I THOUGHT YOU WERE A SCIENCE, ST&RS

YOUR SOLE SOUL-REDEEMING TRAIT HAS DISAPPEA-hey look moe heads

...never mind


Sukitte Ii na yo Half Season Review

Sukitte Ii na yo, or Say I Love You, is a somewhat generic shoujo show. It suffers from many of the same trappings that are stereotypical of the genre, as well. The female lead is dragged around by bossy friends and an uncomfortably forward and dominating love interest. The romance and character development are slow and work in fits and spurts. Each arc is about another person, mostly female rivals, trying to interrupt the telegraphed OTP. However, if you look beyond this genre framework you’ll find why Sukitte is actually a great show.

Shoujo as a genre provides a set of expectations. Shows have to meet a certain number of these to fall within the genre, but the guidelines are fuzzy. Even if a show may seem to be greatly generic, it’s the details that set them apart. This is where Sukitte nails it. The part where you want it to be a cartoony shoujo show are exactly that, but then when you want characters who act like humans, complete with human trappings, it will deliver as well.

I know some complain that the show is too slow, but that’s because it has nowhere to get to. The real story is about the insecurity of youth. It’s about those moments when you first fall in love, and you’re feeling passion for someone like never before, and you stop to wonder if you really deserve that person. It’s about learning to deal with jealousy, hurt, and mistrust. It’s not about seeing the characters shag, or graduate, or even live happily ever after. Maybe it is drama for the sake of itself, but at least it’s good drama and it’s resolved in an honest way.

It takes a careful eye and a little patience, but so far Sukitte succeeds where flashier shows fail: at being real.


Shokugeki no Souma 1

So… as you might have noticed, we have a dearth of posts at O-New, especially manga posts. In fact, our last manga post was written four months ago.

BACK TO WEEKLY BLOGGING WEEKLY SHOUNEN JUMP’S WEEKLY NEW MANGA that’s bound to fail because I’m blogging it. Unlike previous past preceding prior serialized shounen series, this concept is actually new and may possibly survive past its 26th chapter.

of course there's fanservice in cooking manga cough cough addicted to curry cough cough

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Horizon Post Mortem

A few months ago I watched Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon II with a hearty group of friends. Some of them are my fellow O-New laureates, while others you may be more familiar with from the Classiest Anime. Needless to say, this was a group of some of the beast minds in the anisphere. And yet, Horizon was too much.

Horizon's Plot (more…)