Welcome to this week’s Worth Reading!
Last week I linked to a review of Kiki’s Delivery Service and pondered on why Ghibli movies were so rarely reviewed. Reader Dawnstorm however provided the simplest and most likely explanation – the anime community concentrates mostly on streaming and current season stuff. That being said, reviews of and articles on older stuff aren’t exactly uncommon.
- Truly Trash Media posts a look back at the classic Angel Beats – the second anime they saw. (Though they don’t say when that was.) It’s a fun read, because Angel Beats was also among the early shows I watched. After watching it, I told my wife “there might be something to this anime stuff” and we sat down and watched it together. There’s been few if any other shows that I’ve ever immediately re-watched. To be fair, that may be for the reason Dawnstorm gave – as one season ends, it’s time for another without much of a break.
- Frog-Kun at Fantastic Memes reposted an older column of his comparing the LN and anime versions of INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA!?. Though mostly forgettable, it was a fun little show. There’s one scene in Ep3, a Crowning Moment of Awesome (Warning: TV Tropes link) for Yurika, that I do re-watch now and again. I just love the look of determination she gets right before her henshin sequence… Wait a moment – I’m a Magical Girl! I’ve got this!
- Frog-kun also authors a piece at Crunchyroll “Hanasaku Iroha” – The Good, The Bad, and the Kawaii. Sakura Quest (whose finale aired today) was marketed as part of a thematic trilogy with 2011’s Hanasaku and 2014’s Shirobako, which makes this article particularly timely. The article is worth reading, and the anime worth watching. In some ways, Hanasaku illustrates what Sakura could have been and fell short of.
Speaking of older anime and adaptations (we were discussing the latter last week)…
- Scott at Mechanical Anime Reviews discusses why he liked the original Kino’s Journey and his concerns over next season’s reboot.
- Last week’s Worth Reading post had an interesting conversation on adaptations down in the comments (scroll down to read them), they’re worth checking out. Feel free to add your thoughts.
Adaptations and their issues just keep coming up. I should probably just create an ‘Adaptation’ tag and be done with it!
Irina at I Drink and Watch Anime posts an interesting piece – Why I keep watching bad anime. C’mon, it’s something we’ve all done – watched a piece of complete trash coughLove&Liescough right through to the end credits. I know I have.
Reasons I’ve kept watching a bad anime: It started good, and I hoped it would return to being good… (Dimension W) It’s wasn’t that bad taken as individual episodes or arcs… (Gangsta) The pieces were there even though they failed to pull it together in the end… (Celestial Method) And of course the infamous “trainwreck you can’t take your eyes off of”… (Big Order)
Yukinocake at ShinYuu posts on Japanese Breakfasts. Very different from what I’m used to eating for certain! (Usually cereal, unless there’s leftover pizza – then pizza.) I keep meaning to talk more about food & cooking here, it’s one of my favorite topics.
As usual, hit the jump to see the ‘below-the-fold’ material. Bonsai, my favorite villians/antagonists, and a dream about ani-blogging!
We spent Saturday at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. We’ve been trying to get over there all summer, but as you know, life has been crazy.
This video gives a quick overview of the museum. The big building they spend so much time on is interesting, but it’s not part of the museum, it’s the old Weyerhaeuser headquarters building. (Weyerhaeuser established the bonsai gardens that became the museum and the museum is located on the former corporate campus.)
The reason we’ve been trying to get over there is they’re currently featuring a display of bonsai created from plants native to the North America. All in all, it was very cool. I took a ton of pictures, and as soon as I get them edited I’ll make a full post.
Only one tweet exchange with senpai;notes this week… I keep forgetting to take part.
(Hmm… Didn’t realize until just now that Hanasaku appears there too. This seems to be the week of repeating things, doesn’t it?)
Who are some of your favorite villians/antagonists? Let us know down in the comments!
One final thing… Woke up from an odd ani-blogging dream yesterday morning. Me and bunch of other ani-bloggers were working on a short anime. In one scene (the climax? The finale?) the heroine turned, smiled, and stepped off a curb to cross the street… We all agreed this scene had to be just right or the whole thing was a failure. When I woke up, we had been furiously emailing sketches, notes, and storyboards back and forth in the wee hours of the morning.
The only image that sticks with me is her shining smile.
A collaborative project like that could be fun, and there’s some awfully talented people (both bloggers and commenters) in the anime blog community. Alas, it was but a dream.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found something in this week’s issue to be worth reading!