I love ONLY YESTERDAY so much!
SO SO MUCH
animated ozu film!
KONOSUBA - Very very funny. Incredibly fan servicey (especially episode 9! jesus, i was concerned the missus would walk into the room), and more than a little dodgy in places, but hilarious all the same. Subtitles are a nightmare because of how the characters talk over each other.
The second season got picked up right away, and this is quite unusual in OVA world (I think Attack on Titan took three years). The animation in season 2 is definately down a patch. It was never stunning before, but it looks more like a Pokemon episode now than it did in Season 1.
Did KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE last night. This was a thoroughly charming movie with some really stellar voice work from the English cast. Hearing Phil Hartman again was a real treat.
The animation in this was really impressive, I thought. Very vibrant and alive in terms of color and movement.
Jiji didn't talk in my version either. Indeed, it was all MEOW talk after about the midway point of the film.
If you rom-com and videgames, Recovery of an MMO Junkie is one charming, funny and heartwarming combination.
Basically, a romance/comedy about a 30 year old woman who feds up with her job and lack of social life, quits and becomes a shut in, only to start findind friendship and romance as she returns to playing MMO games. Its been getting a lot of praise for her protagonist's positive portrayal and the depiction on online games socialization
Loved it so far, and man if the show absolutely nails the MMO player life (The gag about her PC changing from a normal one to a ELITE RIG after she goes back to gaming online killed me)
I've been on a bit of a frenzy, lately...stupid winter weather set in hard, last week....I watched a loooot of stuff. Some really good, some....not so much.
This may have been brought up earlier in the discussion but I was just blown away by Kaiba. There's a lot I could say about it but I'm still kind of digesting it. I found the first episode really, really disconcerting and fairly off-putting. Then I realized that that was by design. I was totally in the bag by the fourth episode and it only improved from there. I found a really good overview of the series that I'll post here as it gives a much better analysis than I ever could.
Had a weird one-two punch night where a bunch of us watched two very different shows, back-to-back. First up was Darker Than Black. Man, was this the very definition of 'grimdark'. Very bleak, both in tone and story. I still found it interesting enough that I will likely follow up and finish off the first season, at least.
We followed that up with a really sweet and endearing little show that I'm planning on watching the rest of with my daughters...
Azumanga Daioh. This is a very odd high-school, slice-of-life, that I initially thought I was going to hate as I watched the first episode....then it started to grow on my. It's completely absurdist, jumping in and out of random bits, throughout the story but the characters are so endearing and their relationships are so well drawn out, that I kinda fell in love with it. I'm going to throw the trailer up for it but it really doesn't do justice to the crazy fun that comes with the show. Watching this right after Darker Than Black could not have been more jarring.
Finally, I watched Fate/Apocrypha...don't ask me why, it was pretty much the epitome of 'meh'. I haven't watched much of the other Fate shows and this really made me to not bother checking them out.
First got to see Spirited Away at a Miyazaki series at the American Cinematheque a few years ago. Went in basically knowing nothing and within, like, a minute I was completely hooked. Just a gorgeous, vibrant, bittersweet and wondrous experience. And it's definitely one that stays with you.
It holds up on re-watch, too. Look for the ribbon.
ugh. I really do need to watch Your Name. Hopefully the hype machine doesn't ruin it for me.
Just finished with Revolutionary Girl Utena and its film companion. I went into Utena expecting a fun, albeit weird, magical girl story, and ended up with a dark, psychological examination on adolescence, the patriarchy, and incest--lots and lots of incest. To it's credit, the crux of the show is how toxic a lot of the relationships depicted in Utena are, and how each of the main characters are attempting to break free from a cycle of abuse. It got to the point that the main hook of the show, Utena having to face off against a foe every episode, was beside the point. It became less about the more fantastical elements of the show, and more about the personal relationships of these characters. And incest.
The movie basically dials all of this up to 11, reducing the 39 episode anime into a 90 min fever dream of symboism and lesbians. Oh, and people turn into cars for some reason.
speaking of MMO-like anime.
Though unlike SAO or Konasuba, this is not about some protagonist entering a alternate fantasy universe. And you might not think it because of the cutesy style--but this anime goes to some fucked up places, culminating in (what is now the very infamous) episode 10 that MIA (hahahaha, oh I wonder if that was intentional?) will likely be known for. The show does not give a fuck that the protagonist are children.
Also: the first episode is probably one of the best first episodes I've seen of any anime.
Otaku hat on!
Konosuba actually is part of the "Real world protagonist is transported to a Fantasy world" genre, not the "Trapped in an MMO" genre; its world is an actual fantasy world in a parallel universe that functions as an rpg, but its all part of that world's nature, not a game. (for example, characters having stats is part of their guild's evalution and ranking, and so on).
Overlord I absolutely loathed, because its a power fantasy with an unlikable protagonist and the world its set in its eventually mad eout to be all grim and gritty so he becomes an antihero of sorts. Not my kind of thing.
Right know, I only watch the second season of Blood Blockade Battlefront, along with revisiting the original Fist of the North Star.
you should watch Made in Abyss. Go watch Made in Abyss....it'll give you the feels.
But yeah, finished Made in Abyss last night; I mentioned that Episode 10 was the standout episode because it's the culmination of everything the anime was going for: that being a cute, moe blob of a kid will not protect you from getting your shit wrecked.
I was wrong.
Episode 13. I actually had to pause this episode a couple of times and walk away from it because the subject matter is so fucking traumatic and cruel that it kind of fucked me up. You know that scene everyone talks about from Full Metal Alchemist...?
And yet, despite how harrowing the show can get, ultimately, Made in Abyss is uplifting. In fact the brutal violence and casual cruelty displayed on the show only really serves to strengthen its optimistic message: that no matter how bad things get, things will be okay as long as you can depend on your friends.
OK, here's an odd sounding suggestion:
Welcome to the Ballroom
A friend of mine made me watch this as she always has to watch 'guy anime'. I was really surprised how quickly and totally I got sucked into it. I like the characters and the story is pretty cool, so far. The art style is a little wonky, at first, but the exaggerated body's and motions fit really well with the whole 'ballroom' aesthetic. Most importantly, it gets the feelings discovering a new passion and losing yourself in it.
Another couple off the wall reccomendations:
Birdy the Mighty: A superhero anime with a cool twist, a great heroine and incredible action scenes; hell, Zack Snyder downright stole the Zod vs Superman fight from MoS from this anime.
Sukeban Deka: Pure 80's cheese about a delinquent schoogirl who fights a crime ring in a high school using a yo-yo as a weapon.
ooooooh....I finally saw this.
It's really, really good. Much more somber than I thought it would be.
And that ending is gorgeous.
THEN LETS TALK ABOUT MOTHERFUCKING ONLY YESTERDAY
But yeah, I do have to wonder if the reason why it's taken nearly 30 years for this movie to get dubbed (normally I'm a dub only kind of guy but I do think the Ghibli films work so much better in Japanese) is because it lacks so much of the fantastic like Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro have, and it probably would have been an odd duck in the rush of anime that came out during the late 90s-early 00s.