Category Archives: Discussions

Shimoneta: what if the concept of dirty-jokes doesn’t exist?

ANIME, DISCUSSION – Throughout the times, settings for anime shows have been getting wilder and interesting as the years go by. Ranging from a deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre to the concept of clothes being an alien weapon of mass destruction, anime series shines when it comes to putting something new on the table.

The anime series, Shimoneta, does this with its idea of “what if a world existed where the concept of dirty jokes is outlawed?

So, we ask the question: what if such were the case for us in the real world?

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How RWBY has improved in its fifth volume

ANIME, DISCUSSION – Last Monday, RWBY has unveiled a character short teaser featuring one of the main characters, Weiss Schnee. This teaser is the first of the other character shows that will be live as the release of Volume 5 draws near.

One thing to note about this video is how it shows Rooster Teeth’s improvements when it comes to animation and production quality.

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Top 5 Anticipated Shows of the Summer Season

ANIME, DISCUSSION – As the spring season comes to an end, a new one opens filled with interesting titles that may or may not become the best of this year. Personally, the spring season had a few letdown titles and I was left with only two shows completed and the others on hold (I will get on them eventually).

Without further ado, allow me to list down five shows which I’m itching to watch this summer season.

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Guilty Crown: why it was a pain yet entertaining watch

ANIME, DISCUSSION – If you have been following the ramblings I have on Twitter, I am pretty much mixed when it comes to watching and talking about the anime series, Guilty Crown. It’s one of those shows wherein I just say it’s good and all, then say otherwise after a few episodes. All of my opinions about it are mixed and for good reason.

This will probably end up as a rant, so fair warning. Also I think this counts as a review (ish).

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A look into Attack on Titan’s ending theme

ANIME, DISCUSSION – If you have followed through the second season of the Attack on Titan series, the ending theme and its animation visuals are full of references but for us, viewers, we have little to no clue as to what they represent. I’ll be going detail-by-detail of what I think about the ending theme’s visuals and make sense of it all.

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Guilty Crown’s cycle of trust issues

ANIME, DISCUSSIONS – After listening to the opening theme song for the anime series, Guilty Crown, which is My Dearest by the Japanese band supercell, I couldn’t help but get interested in this show. The visuals and lyrics of the song felt tied to the story of the show and I had to know what was the whole deal.

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Ymir’s quick turn from douche to compelling

ANIME, DISCUSSION – Ymir as a character has unexpectedly grown in terms of character development. In the first season, she was nothing short of this douche-y tomboy who had a thing for another female character, Christa. However, as we see her in every episode of the second season, she has indeed grown.

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30 Day Anime Challenge

PERSONAL ENTRY – Since I have been running out of time to keep this blog up and going, I have decided to do the “30 Day Anime Challenge” to get myself used to the current schedule I have at the moment.

Recently I have been busy collaborating with a group in the social media platform, “Habbo Hotel,” and it’s been doing good so far.

If you want to view the list, it’s on here.

The challenge starts on May 1, 2017 so that it will cover the entirety of the month of May.

Hope you have fun reading.

Miandro

Where Oreimo went wrong

DISCUSSION – With the release of the new anime series, Eromanga-sensei, it made me draw comparisons between this series and Oreimo. The same format – we’ve got an unreasonably nice big brother who has a brat of a sister that doesn’t appreciate what he does for her.

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However, I would like to believe that Eromanga-sensei is doing it better (so far) than Oreimo.

In Oreimo, the little sister Kirino is depicted as this brat, otaku little sister who has a really good social standing that doesn’t really appreciate his out-of-this-world nice older brother. Throughout the run of the anime series, Kirino gets slowly brushed aside.

The main character Kyousuke ends up with one of Kirino’s friends, Ruri or more commonly known by the community as Kuroneko. It was a great relationship in anime series. It made sense, it worked and was adorable to witness.

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However, the series makes a hard turn for the worse as it decides to just destroy the Kuroneko x Kyousuke ship and makes the older brother go for his little sister. Now I have no strong feelings when it comes to taboo depicted in anime with the the reasoning that if it makes the plot better, then I’m all for it.

Oreimo just doesn’t do that, at all.

We have the wincest ship – a poorly-made ship. If the relationship had a reason for existing and it worked, I would’ve ignored any sort of moral taboo going on in an anime series. But no, it just doesn’t work that way.

Oreimo went bad because of several reasons.

  1. The Kyousuke x Kirino pairing was sudden and had no logical reason to exist.
  2. Suddenly they’re all lovey-dovey, like what the hell.
  3. They don’t go through it to the end.

If the anime series did not commit these mistakes, it would’ve panned out better. It would not have been the best anime series but at least, it would make some sort of sense.

I understand that the author was warned that he could not portray incestuous relationships since the company adapting the source material felt it was too sensitive. But if that were the case, then at least, the writer could not have chosen this ending.

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In the Playstation Portable game adaptation of the series, Kirino and Kyousuke were not blood-related siblings which was… kind of okay? I guess? But the difference between an anime adaptation from a game adaptation is that the PSP version was visual novel. In visual novels, you can choose any heroine you want.

In the anime adaptation, we are forced to witness this one single route that we are not aware of its end nor the events that happen along it.

Some people have avoided Oreimo because of the incest aspect of it when we can watch Game of Thrones that portrays some sort of incestuous relationship or some other television or movie film.

Oreimo had something but it didn’t know what to do with it.

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I hope that Eromanga-sensei tries something that makes sense, is not sudden and at the end of it all, entertaining for its viewers.

What about you? What do you think about anime series like Oreimo and Eromanga-sensei?

Leave a comment below.

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What’s good and bad about “deep anime?”

DISCUSSION – When I mean “deep anime”, I am referring to anime series that tend to use wordy, complex and metaphorical dialogue and processes that might seem to be a headache for a casual viewers to understand.

After watching the first episode of the anime series, SAGRADA RESET, I was left thinking to myself – “what makes a complex anime series great or bad?

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I want to put the Monogatari series as an example for this article. The charm of this anime series is not mainly because of the fighting, the softcore ecchi but the witty, and intelligent remarks the characters give whilst they communicate.

Over the course of time, people have always said that it takes away some sort of realism when a male high school student converse as if he was writing an essay about social norms but that’s just it – this is what makes the anime great. Coupled with great humor, some ecchi, and seriousness, the Monogatari series shaped up to be one of the most head-turning anime series every time they release a new season for it.

The good thing about anime series that tend to go in-depth is that we learn more and more about the world they are in and we can further understand the events unfolding around them.

But an anime series with characters that talk seriously and in-depth doesn’t work if they don’t include one important aspect – how do viewers relate to these characters?
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Sagrada Reset lacked in character depth to be able to appeal to the majority of its viewers for its first episode. The dialogue was interesting and deep coupled with the great usage of metaphors and short moral stories but in the end, it was for naught as these characters were not, in any way, relatable to anyone at all.

It felt like someone wrote an essay about astrophysics and it was read aloud by a toddler. It doesn’t feel, in any way, somewhat real in order for the viewers to relate with these characters. But then again, anime is a story-form based on mostly fiction so it’s not really expected to be real. However, we should at least be able to relate with these characters but the anime series fails to do this in its first episode.

So what’s the bottom-line here?

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An anime series can have deep, complex, wordy, and interesting dialogues and characters but in order for it to sell to most people, it should be at least relatable.

Series that pull this off are the Monogatari series, HyoukaOregairu and many more.

These anime series pride themselves in having witty and wordy dialogue, intricate scenarios and premises whilst maintain entertainment by keeping their characters in check.

However in the end, it all comes down to what a person is interested in. Is he/she a casual viewer? Or does he/she long for more deeper and intricate story lines in order to pique his/her interest?

I, for one, am the latter.

I love stories that go deeper and explore ideas that I’ve never thought of before. It makes me think and ponder about how things are possible or not.

What about you? Do you love stories that are more deep and intricate? Or do you prefer stories that cut to the chase with all the actions and the like?

Leave your opinion in the comments below!