Posted by Aorii in Anime, Impressions, tags: Arakawa under the Bridge, Bakuman, Fortune Arterial, Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai, Kuragehime, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Star Driver, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, To Aru Majutsu no Index, To Love Ru, Yosuga no Sora, Yumeiro Pâtissière
We haven’t had an anime season this packed with brilliant potential since fall 2008 (although I doubt this could actually match 2008’s record); darn it Japan, how dare you give us so many good anime to watch at once xD. Either way, continuing our joint activities (Aorii [Major Arcana] and Honya [Lyrical Spark]), here is our fall 2010 impressions.
Sorted by my personal ranking:
Ore no Imouto > Kuragehime > Otome Youkai Zakuro = Bakuman = Yumeiro Patiserre > Shinryaku! Ika Musume = Star Driver = Arakawa > Index 2 > MM! > Fortune Arterial > Kaminomi > Yosuga no Sora > Soremachi. Only series I’m still awaiting subs on is Hakuouki 2 ;-;
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Posted by Aorii in Anime, Local, tags: Agriculture Musume, Arakawa under the Bridge, Bakuman, fall 2010 anime, Fortune Arterial, Hakuouki, Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai, Koe de Oshigoto, Kuragehime, mirai nikki, MM!, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Otome Youkai Zakuro, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, To Aru Majutsu no Index, To Love Ru, Yosuga no Sora, Yumeiro Pâtissière
Wayyyy too many series to watch >.< [mosu]
Fall anime is usually the best during the year, and fall 2010 is just spetacular; definitely the best since the legendary fall 2008 season. In preparation for the University of Virginia anime club presentation and discussion, we (Aorii [Major Arcana] and Honya [Lyrical Spark]) have decided to join up for a preview post~ (if you have an anime club you should totally do this). Charts here and here. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Aorii in Anime, Crossvision, Worldbuilding, tags: Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross Frontier, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Seikai no Senki, Setting Analysis, Shakugan no Shana, Sunrise, The Twelve Kingdoms, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Worldbuilding
As a hobbyist worldforger, Lelangiric’s post and Eternal’s continuation on how the mechanics/setting of anime tends to fall short of expectations actually ticks me off a little bit. Not quite because of their viewpoints, but because modern Japanese animation, and much of recent scifi/fantasy in general, are a rather poor gauge on measuring the literary values of setting creativity. But then, that’s also partially our fault as the viewers…
Exposition start: activate lecture mode! (and who remembers this old yet remarkable anime?)
By and most in today’s series, we don’t have ‘setting’. More precisely, we have a very much watered down version of ‘setting’ which is far better entitled ‘premise’. The difference between these two? A setting attempts to round out the details behind all the primary concepts and mechanics it introduce. It goes beyond just those two initial lines of conceptual explanations and seeks to reflect the cast’s understanding of their World to the audience, without inhibitions or convenient cutouts. On the other hand, a premise is a set of concepts and mechanics simply handed to the audience with minimum scrutiny, and the viewer is expected to accept it in order to make the story work. ‘Premises’ can be upgraded to ‘setting’ through storytelling, but without intricate detailing and/or in-depth analysis, it will always remain what is it: merely a premise, a set of ideas and foundations, not a World.
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