Phew! Here it is, finally, completely complete and edited and everything! Except for the images, which haven’t been modified in any way except for some resizing. So here it is, over seven thousand and five hundred words later, my twenty-eleven fall, anime, SECOND THOUGHTS! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH *party music*
Please, don’t read this all at once. Symptoms of reading this all at once include boredom, ennui, disinterest, fatigue, indifference, apathy, lethargy, dullness, monotony, tiresomeness, and death.
Well, well, well. Turns out I couldn’t finish this in time. I’ll write the Chihayafuru, Fate/Zero, and concluding segments tomorrow.
Don’t bother reading through this mess. At the moment, it’s over 6000 words long, and, well, completely unedited – that’s right, even I haven’t read through this mess of a post. So don’t bother, and I’m not even trying to use reverse psychology on you. I’ll finish editing this tomorrow. Then, I’ll start to spam it on every single blob in the history of ever and wait did I just say blob
well here’s a blob
But at least I made a not-very-pun-thing in the title of this post! Get it? I had First Impressions, and now I have Second Thoughts! Still debating what to call the third post in this series
(the Third Coming?), cause fuck if I’m going to write 11 Half Season Reviews after being 2 months late on every single show.
Except for Horizon…»
I just put that picture first because it’d be sorta paedophillic to show the first frame of the image below first…
Shinryaku! Ika Musume explained in one SIDNET’d episode.
Or, if you want it to be more concise [NICO NICO WARNING INADVISABLE TO WATCH WITH PARENTS]:
Shinryaku! Ika Musume explained in one minute and forty-seven seconds.
Even more concise?
Shinryaku! Ika Musume explained in one picture.
Cause there’s no point explaining plot, and because I don’t do my HSRs at the end of all the episodes (rather preferring to screencap after every episode, and then somehow joining them together at the end), Screencap Collection time~
So that’s why she tries so hard to scare people
THIS CROSSDRESSING SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS
Why don’t we take a look at Hourai’s true colours?
Ya think that was scary? Well…
And our casts’s reactions?
Well, she turned into a zombie so I guess that’s not very good
How to shade a picture in 2 easy steps: draw outline. Shade picture.
Wait, didn’t you want shaved squid tentacles?
It’s really an invasion now!
Mitsudomoe 2 – now starring Eiko!
Awww, too bad they didn’t do anything important…
Here’s an example when not having plot can be a very, very good thing. Indeed, there are many examples of the type, seeing as most failed plot-anime were anime that failed because they tried to add plot. But failed. As always, I stick to my conception that trying to multi-anything is always bad. Except when you’re cross-training in DF. That’s rather good.
Focusing instead on character relationships, Ika Musume reminds me a lot of Oreimo – a bunch of random characters nobody cares about centred around one girl with an ill-defined trajectory for future plans, finally summarized up solely on the final episode with a ‘to be continued…’ tag slapped on top.
THAT’S PRETTY BAD YO
Ah. Ha. Ha. Ha.
The individual stories touched me the most. That one in episode five, I think, when Ika-chan outlived Eiko by like 10,000 years, was an excellent example of what no-plot anime can do. They have no big plot, but little, individual plots range far and wide.
Indeed, such a story requires far more in intellectual creativity – coming up with 36 individual, yet compelling and completely self-absorbed stories is no easy job. I suppose it has been lightened by the predecessors of such form, in particular, Yotsuba&! – the same story of a little girl with no idea that umbrellas are scary things.
I knew it! They do change who’s fat and who’s skinny every year
Yet, such a story could have a very good plotline – if only a few antagonists were added. The border between anta- and porta- was bridged here; though really, seeing as this is 36 different stories, the protagonist of each story would undoubtedly change.
The appearance of the final, mystery, unnamed, and Wikipedia-listed character does bring some hopes to a sequel, for the manga is still running strong. Nevertheless, I, for one, have had quite enough of Squid Girl.
TIME TO WATCH PSATHYRELLA AQUATICA GIRL
Note to self – don’t empty your recycle bin. Ever. Especially if it’s from a USB stick. And the file is two gigabytes in size.
…Or rather, the file itself is quite small, but if you can only get it from a linked archive that’s two gigabytes in size…
The squid ink accurately portrays my current emotional state. Look closer.
Anyways, one day a squid girl comes from the sea and decides to conquer humanity. Too tired to make some sort of meaningful side-story, so here’s a collection of pictures. Don’t try to make sense out of them, even though they’re in some sort of order. Just watch the anime.
Had a change of heart?
She’s not angry, just very tired. Midterms, y’know.
She’s riding a banana? Really now?
Lemme get it straight here, you want to be a giant with explosive footsteps that turn humans into shrimp? That’s some jumbo shrimp.
“Your little brother…”
Seems like Ika’s not very good at using mspaint… (Seriously I didn’t edit this)
This is seriously creeping me out now, but at least we have a hope in case of a zombie apocalypse…
Здравствуйте, я гриб гриб кальмар кальмар барсук барсук О нет, что это змея
“Hmm, this works too.”
“I have tentacles in my hair!”
“Stop trying to drop me in a well off the coast of Finland!”
“I WILL PUNISH ALL OF YOU FILTHY HUMANS BY MAKING MY SIDES ACHE!”
I’m pretty sure the Boltzmann constant isn’t part of math, but oh well…
“What? That was a post?”
Why, yes it was.
HEROES ARE THE LEGENDARY HEROES
So, since everyone else is doing Anime First Impressions, why don’t I join the party?
…Because I’M NOT POPLAR ENOUGH I’M TOO TALL AND NON-FEMININE ;~;
Anyways, to start off the season, let’s start with some (relatively) ‘familiar’ territory – Bakuman.
That’s right, the manga about drawing manga has been made into an anime, but still about drawing manga.
I’ve probably raised this opinion on numerous (or innumerable?) forums already, but really, there was/is (maybe not will be) no need to make Bakuman into an anime. Best thing it could do is more publicity, but honestly, the manga is better than the manga in virtually every aspect.
It says something about an anime when they’re too lazy to draw anything but his head
The art for the anime looks really strange, for some reason (people don’t close one eye that often, unless if it’s bleeding like a certain person cough cough ); there’s really no movement involved, because everything’s in words; and because everything’s in words, the anime will probably become very boring.
Here’s probably, because as it stands right now, the first few episodes of Bakuman are actually… quite good! Not exactly looking forward to it, but nice ‘backup’ anime in case all others fail; with such a good supporting story already, I strongly doubt this will flunk, only become boring.
Did you see the stunningly coincidental emoticon two paragraphs up? ;)
THE OP IS TOO COOL FOR ME :kozueface:
Anyways, as with Bakuman, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (AKA KamiNomi or TWGOK) is an adaption of a manga I’ve read – I didn’t realize it was going to be made into an animu until it was too late to stop reading ;~;
It’s about this
creep guy, who’s only into 2D girls. BUT ONE DAY A DEMON FROM HELL COMES AND MAKES HIM DATE LIKE SIXTY THOUSAND PEOPLE OR ELSE HE WILL DIE
…Don’t ask me, I didn’t make up the plot.
For some reason, Kaminomi’s art looks really… weird too. Keima’s lips look like he puts on lipstick every day or something, and generally speaking, it doesn’t look that… correct. No idea why though; not much of an artist (cough cough masha hijack rofl), but even I can tell these slight… distortions.
Anyways, directly contrasting with Bakuman, Kaminomi was something I really wanted to see animated. There’s tons of movement involved, and animating it would smoothen everything out by a lot.
Funny how he’s not actually black, though. Racists.
Everything about Kaminomi (maybe apart from art though) really is, excellent. The OP is stupidly cool, the seiyuu do their job incredibly well, the focus of each frame is a brilliant interpretation and adaptation from manga to anime, etc. etc. etc.
There’s just one last problem though – and that’s on the translator’s part. HorribleSubs, IIRC and AFAIK the only widely spread subbing of the series, Americanizes ‘otomegane’ as ‘dweeb’ and ‘kami-sama’ as ‘divine one’. I suppose it’s sort of a lacuna (lexical gap), but simply by explaining the otomegane pun and kami-sama being God would’ve made it much better…
But my little sister is this cut. BET YA MUST BE JEALOUS HUH
Anyways, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (and I was thinking Legend of the Legendary Heroes was a long title) is… quite good, actually. Most things this season are quite good. OH WAIT I’M ONLY WATCHING THE GOOD ONES HAHA
Oreimo (Ore, Imouto)’s about this girl who watches porn. Her brother finds out. She then forces her brother to watch porn.
I SAID DON’T ASK ME I’M NOT WEIRD ENOUGH TO MAKE THESE PLOTS
One of the main points is that Oreimo actually exhibits some sign of realism. There’s no implication of any siscon relationships here; their actions seem very realistic, compared to other actions in other anime. If you were a closet otaku, you’d (probably) tell someone everything about your addictiveness just because you haven’t told it to anyone else before. If you found out someone was a closet otaku, but you haven’t socialized with that person for years, you’d want to help him/her out, even if the… ways of helping out seem quite strange.
Oh, one more thing; I never realized this, but @Seanver’s avatar has been Kirino for like, the longest time. I guess there are too many orange-haired people in anime nowadays…
Must be a ko-in-key-dink :o
What else I haven’t noticed is that everything up till this point is alphabetical! So let’s continue that pattern, with Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (Spirit Detective Yakumo) up next.
Some guy has a red eye, but it’s not bleeding, unlike mine. ); With it, he can see SPIRITS OF THE DEAD and he uses that to SOLVE MYSTERIES.
Unlike the other, lighter ones of the season, this one is very dark. The animators were probably just too lazy to add proper lighting :V
However, with Shiki and tl;dw transferring from last season over, the contrast is pretty much balanced for fall.
Yakumo has a really cliche’d concept (who else can see spirits and ghosts? Kurosaki Ichigo), but its execution is brilliant. It’s dark, but sometimes humorous. It’s somewhat creepy, but not horror. It’s mysterious, but realistic.
…but he’s not.
For example (SPOILERS SPOILERS), at the end of both mysteries, it is revealed that the culprits were human all along, and the spirits didn’t do anything (the human pretended to be a spirit). The backstories, even of the single-episode characters are also all very developed, even though it took them less than ten minutes each.
Yakumo is first and foremost a mystery anime; there’s little to do with the supernatural (haven’t ya had enough Occult Academy already?!). If you like things like Detective Conan (BTW 14th movie just came out), you’ll probably enjoy Yakumo.
I AM READY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
Finally, the last thing I’m currently watching is… Squidgirl! (Shinryaku! Ika Musume!)
She’s so awesome she has her own twitter de geso!
Squidgirl is about a squid girl (literal translation of her name). That’s it.
She just does stuff.
One scene somewhat irked me, though. This guy makes a squid hat, so when it flies away, Ikamusume thinks it’s dead. Then, she throws it back into the ocean, even though her original point of invading humanity was to stop pollution.
Isn’t that pretty hypocritical?
Then again, it could be that she really thought that was a squid.
THAT IS NOT A GODDAMNED SQUID. God doesn’t damn squids, Poseidon does.
Oh, funnily enough, everything I’m currently watching has no English translation on MAL, either. So many ko-in-key-dinks today!
Also, Sanae is actually Aya?!
“…of fried squid recipes?”
In conclusion, everything I’m watching this season is either from manga (kaminomi/bakuman), light-hearted cause of shiki + tl;dw (oreimo/squidgirl), not gainax (panty & stocking, not sure how it’s progressing currently), and Yakumo because of my bleeding eye.
Oh yeah, also Index, but I’m not done with season 1 yet. :V
post scriptum: Cirno x Ikamusume OTP