type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
So I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica and I definitely think it would've been better if it wasn't so hyped, by which I of course mean that my expectations were high and this didn't live up to them, which of course isn't a fault in the series itself.

The moeblog character design, though? THERE IS NO EXCUSE.

I'm not sure what it set out to do, but I feel pretty confident that it was a mission that probably wasn't needed. Not really a review, but also no spoilers. )

Love Stage

Mar. 2nd, 2017 09:18 pm
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
I wasn't expecting much when I sat down to watch Love Stage, and I sure as hell wasn't expecting to watch half of it in one sitting, prompting the reaction that:

1. This is better than I expected
2. Gravitation was better

SO DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS DOES
It takes that whole "fell in love as a child and have never let them go in the ten years since" and takes it where it inevitably would have to go some day, because our poor, obsessed love interest didn't know that his first love was a boy.

A moeblob-lovin' otaku with delusions about becoming a manga artist, at that. No, seriously, they bribe him with a body pillow to kiss another guy, it's...

clickbait )

No. 6

Feb. 18th, 2017 10:26 pm
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
This story starts sometime in 2014, I think, when see this collection of images of what I think is two boys.



I don't know the series, I *think* it's fanart because it's really slash-looking but for some reason I also think it's not? - and there's something about it that really captivates me. I save it, and wonder if I'll ever know where it's from. It's not something I ever feel strongly enough about to go plastering up all over social media going HAVE YOU SEEN THESE KIDS BEFORE. But I remember it, from time to time, and wonder what kind of story it was from.

Come 2016 and the Yuri on Ice discourse. Specifically the part about how uh no, they didn't "hide the kiss because of censorship" because there's been gay stuff in anime since the nineties at least and IF that thing in YoI was a kiss, then it sure as hell wasn't the first time a same-sex kiss had been shown between main characters in a non-BL anime. Guys, No. 6 happened like five years ago.



I probably wouldn't have ever gotten to know where white-haired kid and is-it-a-girl-or-a-guy came from if a certain subset of the anime fandom hadn't believed in Yuri!!! on Ice like middle America believed in Donald J. Trump, and for that reason alone, I guess I'm grateful for it.

I mean, and JJ.

but was it GOOD )

ETA: Or just read the manga
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I've been on the internet since 2000; this story is not even close to the most effed up erotica I've encountered. I've... read some manga. I'm not entirely surprised that it was picked up by a professional publisher. I will admit that I didn't expect it to be animated, but well - it's Japan.

What I did not expect was to find it dubbed to German.

I can only agree with one of the commenters over at YT: If I were one of the VAs, I'd spend more time crying from laughter on the floor than on reading my lines. Because this? This is exactly what the title tells you that it is, and of course I had to watch it.

I guess I should tell you all about it, huh. )
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
Just head over to tumblr for

1. My thoughts on ep. 12

2. Some ramblings on Yuri's thing with Yuko and one of the ways they wasted a metric ton of potential

3. Running commentary on episode 8-11, while drunk

But in summary: I liked the ending well enough, but this anime is a mess and nowhere as good as the people are screaming it is
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
tl;dr watch them if you're a fan, but don't go to them if you want a taste of what the series are really about. This is Tsubasa on valium and xxxHolic on ACID.

Not really a review, because you don't need it )
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
This is so pointless, but we're all fools for love.

Magic Kaito 1412 is an adaptation of a late eightes/early nineties manga of the same name. It is mostly interesting today because its protagonist would become a ridiculously popular recurring character in the much more famous Detective Conan. Magic Kaito 1412 tells his story as it is told in the little-known manga, and as it is not told in Conan.

Gentleman thief shenanigans and how it probably won't be worth your time )
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I initially felt like I should watch it again before I did opinions Unfortunately, it did not invite to instant re-watch, like some Ghibli films have. It's got a lot in common with Only Yesterday, in that aspect: For being one of the most profound films I have ever seen, it was storywise uneventful.

But fascinating, and never boring. And I stayed home from work due to a bad cold. )

Analysis BS because it's there )
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I refuse to be the person who told that you X was a good anime, but one thing that struck me as odd about it was how quickly it went by: it was a good twenty-four episodes, and yet they all felt so short even though the show for all intents and purposes was ridiculous. Fine, I binge-watched it in good company, but still: if it wasn't at least good at what it was doing, we wouldn't have been able to spend two days doing that.

Compare The Galaxy Railways, which at twenty-four episodes took me - what, a year and a half of on-and-off watching to finish?

All I needed to know about the Leijiverse I learned from Interstella, and so should you )

Free! 2.0

Oct. 26th, 2014 04:39 pm
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Free! has a really banal plot: will swimming prodigy Rin make up with his childhood friends? There's only one possible ending to a story like that.

This also left it wide open for a sequel, because sure, why not make another twelve episodes about dreams and friendship and handsome boys who spend 60% of their screentime in skintight swimsuits? It's not like it was the clever plot that made people watch the first season either.

Let's talk about the failures and successes of that ambition, at absurd length )
type_wild: (So what - Waya)
I watched Weiss Kreuz, mostly just to cross it off the list. And in conclusion: it has the makings of something that could be a truly awesome guilty pleasure thing. It could've stood as an interesting precursor to Death Note. It could've been a mass-marketing franchise - well, I guess it was, in its time? But sadly, it's too overwhelmingly awful to get even close to that potential. I've read AU fanfic that writes Weiss Kreuz ten times better than Weiss Kreuz is written.

That said, I watched all of it in less than a week without having to force myself to, and hey, if you want to familiarise yourself with one of the staples of the late nineties anime, I might as well tell you what to expect so that you won't get your hopes up. But the thing is, I think I might've liked it better than I want to admit, because dear lord did this get long.

It's super awful unless you're smack in the middle of Free!'s target group, in which case it MIGHT be merely 'pretty bad' )

And then the irony of it it all: you should just skip straight to the sequel. Maybe. )

Find a drinking game and watch Weiss Kreuz drunk, and then you can watch Glühen sober? I don't know. In the end, I didn't regret watching it. Hell, I might even watch it again some day if I seriously haven't got anything better to do. I don't doubt that the fandom might've been awesome.
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
There are things I have watched or read because they're considered classics. There those I got into because I've liked some other work by the same creator. Finally, there are those that somehow made a name for themselves in spite of the seeming absurdity of the concept. Mawara Penguindrum technically goes under all three, but mostly the last one. "Penguindrum", come on.

That said, google tells me that popular reception is mixed. Is it a brilliant work of astounding philosophical depth that conveys its ideas through a veil of symbolism and a visual product unmatched by anything ever, or is it a pretentious narrative turd which tries to mask its clichés and incoherent plot by vomiting colour and J-pop all over the audience?

The internet jury is still out, but I loved it.

More on the anime that changed my life at least a tiny bit because yes, THAT GOOD )
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
The first anime I ever saw was probably something eighties shoujo on Swedish television - because it WAS in Swedish and it was only by the time I got into anime ten years later that I could recognise the style of a faint childhood memory that I never forgot.

But the first anime I was conscious of as anime was Pokémon. And Clamp School Detectives debuted a month later. So there's your nostalgia factor: late nineties children's anime, with all the animation conventions and trends of that once upon a time. Speed lines! Funky watercolour backgrounds! Kappei Yamaguchi! They don't make them like that any longer.

This got horrendously long )

Summary: It's cute but it's nineties children's anime and there's nothing remarkable to it except that the main characters show up in a certain later Clamp manga. Cardcaptor Sakura does the same thing and does it better. Bonus ew: Clamp's disturbing philosophies on love.

BUT TRY TO TELL ME THAT YOU CAN RESIST THIS OPENING THEME. BECAUSE THIS IS THE CLAMP SCHOOL DETECTIVES, ALL 26 EPISODES OF IT, IN A NUTSHELL.

type_wild: (Smile - Suguru)
I know that I bought this one because it was somehow mentioned in the same sentence as Digimon Tamers over at TVtropes. And lo: We got Jeri, Ryo and Lopmon in fairly central parts, and Henry as a periphery character that was at least important enough to be followed even when the plot strictly speaking was happening everywhere but around him. And Yamaki, and Janyuu as a one-episode wonder! And Kouichi as central as central gets without being the actual title character. I feel that that should count even though he's from Frontier.

We also got Yuri in almost every episode, with Wolfram and Günter as Ryo's loyal teammates. And Anissina, Adalbert, Conrad and Celie.

The sad part is how that for most of the minor parts among these, I mentally kept referring to them by their voices. Seriously. Every time the bard showed his face, I was all "Hi Conrad!"

It could've been worse. It could've been "Hi TK!"

so about other things than how it is made of 80% voice actors from other anime I've spent too much of my life on watching )
type_wild: (Stare - Subaru and Hokuto)
So: Romeo x Juliet, in which Shakespeare becomes an anime and won't let us forget it. We might drift off for a while, then WHAM: BITCH, THIS IS JAPAN. For my part, that moment was Tybalt's entrance.

My love of this anime made me go on about it for longer than anyone probably cares to read )

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