“See You Tomorrow” – Death and Separation in Figure 17

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All right 12 days was fun lets get right into the new year with… Wait… What do you mean it’s the middle of March?! Maybe some day I’ll be able to stick to a consistent posting schedule but what the hey.

So this year I decided to open the new decade with a little project. I initially got into anime in a big way around 2011, I watched a handful of things before then but that’s definitely the point where it became one of my main interests. Because of this the 2000s have always sort of felt like a decade of anime I just narrowly missed out on engaging with. I’ve watched a handful of things from the era but there’s something aluring about going back to what I missed. Combined with a fascination with generally obtuse anime that have slipped out of the discourse I decided I’d use this year to watch forgotten anime from the 2000s. The criteria are pretty vague: 1) aired from 2000 to 2009 2) I hadn’t heard of it or was only sort of vaguely aware it existed and haven’t seen anyone really talk about it much. I’m about 20 or so entries into the list so far (I’ve been watching a lot of anime recently for a change!) and there have been a few solid entries and a lot of so-so stuff but that’s sort of what I expected going in. And then there’s Figure 17. A series I had genuinely never heard of until I started compiling the list, which meant I went into it with zero expectations. And it blew me away. Continue reading ““See You Tomorrow” – Death and Separation in Figure 17″

“See You Tomorrow” – Death and Separation in Figure 17

“It’s okay to be incoherent” – Heybot! and the art of nonsense

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I’ll preface this by saying that I legitimately love Heybot, I’ll repeatedly call it “bad” in this post, but that’s absolutely a sincere compliment. Heybot is simultaneously one of the most incoherent and the most coherent anime I’ve ever encountered. While this might seem like an obviously self contradictory statement it’s one I’ll absolutely stand by, Heybot’s rapidfire nonsense might appear like so much arbitrary randomness to begin with but it’s actually incredibly internally consistent. Very little in the show is actually random, as much as it might seem like it at first. Continue reading ““It’s okay to be incoherent” – Heybot! and the art of nonsense”

“It’s okay to be incoherent” – Heybot! and the art of nonsense

Straight Title Robot Anime: Laughing Till The End

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Time to talk about one of my favourite shorts ever. Making that kind of declaration about a series literally made in MikuMikuDance about a group of characters standing in the same place failing to make jokes for 11 episodes may seem odd, but it’s true.

Note: It’s more or less impossible to explain just how well made Straight Title Robot Anime actually  is without giving away the punchline, so by necessity I’ll be spoiling the ending here. I’d highly recommend watching the show first, even if it doesn’t look like anything special. Continue reading “Straight Title Robot Anime: Laughing Till The End”

Straight Title Robot Anime: Laughing Till The End

Winter 2017 Shorts Roundup

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Welcome to the first installment of what I hope will become a regular thing, the Shorts Roundup for the Winter 2017 anime season.

I watch a lot of short anime.  As I’ve said previously, I try to watch all of them if I can, because they’re a great way of experiencing lots of different kinds of shows with a minimal time investment. A lot of them are kind of bad, but that’s fine, all you lose is a couple of minutes. And sometimes you strike gold.

Given that I  watch so many of the things, I thought I’d turn that into an excuse to actually write something for a change. So let’s get to it. Continue reading “Winter 2017 Shorts Roundup”

Winter 2017 Shorts Roundup

Magical Girl Raising Project: Genre Destruction.

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Magical Girl Raising Project is not a Magical Girl anime. It’s an anime which happens to have Magical Girls in it. But that’s an important distinction. It’s just too hateful to qualify.

Continue reading “Magical Girl Raising Project: Genre Destruction.”

Magical Girl Raising Project: Genre Destruction.

Macross II: Songs and Culture

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Me, looking in distressed confusion at Macross II

I hate Macross II, it’s  blight upon a franchise I love. It’s a cynical cash in that takes superficial elements from the original;  without understanding how or why they worked and rehashes them into a miserable pile of bad. And now I’m going to say something vaguely positive  about the series. I think I get what they were going for.

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Macross II: Songs and Culture

12 Days of Anime 2016, Day 10: JoJo is Really Good Again.

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I love JoJo’s Bizzare adventure, it’s ridiculous campy nonsense and it’s great. Stardust Crusaders felt like  bit of a step down though, there were definitely some great fights there, but a lot of the Stands were just various flavours of mystical punch ghost, and it felt drawn out at times. Diamond is Unbreakable feels like a jump back up to peak JoJo.

Continue reading “12 Days of Anime 2016, Day 10: JoJo is Really Good Again.”

12 Days of Anime 2016, Day 10: JoJo is Really Good Again.