Summer 2020 – Wk 4, notes & comments

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Lots of development and/or drama in many of this week’s shows…  And the cliffhanger in SAO raises many questions.  Hit the jump and let’s dive into that and more!
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Worth Reading – 07/30/2020 – Girl’s Last Tour, 2199, and more!

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Back with a new edition of Worth Reading…  This time around, some anime stuff, and some interesting stuff that’s a little outside my normal coverage.  I think you’ll find it interesting.

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Summer 2020 – Week 3 notes & comments

Oregairu - Yui

Halfway to the midpoint of the season, and most are hitting their stride!  Hit the jump, and run this week down. Continue reading “Summer 2020 – Week 3 notes & comments”

Summer 2020 – Week 2/3 notes

Sword Art Online Alicization - Asuna in battle
And we’re back for a new season!  Something of a minimalist look while I get my feet under me again… But crawl, walk, run, FLY!  Right? Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s dive right in!

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Worth Watching – NANA, a tale of two

NANA - Two Nanas

If I were to make a list of shows in desperate need of a license rescue, the classic NANA would definitely be on it.  If it was available, there’s a whole bunch of people (including your humble author) who would be constantly talking it up.  In the meantime, it’s story has inspired a number of AMV’s that are very much worth watching.

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Summer 2020 – a slow start indeed.

With the relatively small number of shows airing this season, and the even smaller number I’m planning on checking out, premieres are popping up only at extended intervals…  So, I thought I’d go ahead and drop a  quick post covering what I’ve seen so far.

Lapis Re:LiGHTs Episode 1

Lapis Re_LiGHTs Season 1 Episode 1

Lapis is…  a bit of a conundrum.  It was listed as being an idol show, but that was nowhere in evidence in the first episode.  And it’s girls using magic rather than magical girls.  (Though that was probably an own goal.)  What we did get was what looks to be the start of a fairly standard school drama.  Which isn’t a bad thing, the promo material made it clear that it was set at a school.  The bad thing is that it’s mostly stock parts drawn straight from a catalog.

However, I did enjoy myself.  The banter was decently written and the acting and direction top notch.  The animation was, in general, way better than you’d expect.

So I’d say that it’s off to a decent enough start.  I think it’ll take a few episodes to really tell one way or another…  It’s an original work, so they don’t really have any crib sheet to work from.

Status: Moderate keeper.

Monster Musume no Oisha-san
(Monster Girl Doctor)

Monster Girl Doctor
Here’s a show I can be much firmer in my opinions of…  It’s just not that good.  The plot, predictable.  The acting and direction, workmanlike at it’s very best.  The animation, dodgy.  And for a show tagged as being “ecchi”, it had no fanservice and it’s “sexiness” was largely limited to a lot of lame double innuendo.

At first I thought I might keep it…   I can see how folks could enjoy it, but as it stands, I didn’t really.  The more I think about it, the less I like it in retrospect.

Status: Dropped.

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This meme was floating around Twitter over the last couple of days…  and I think anyone who knows me at all can guess the show…

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So, that’s it for me.  Time to turn the mike over you in the comments section.  What do you think of these or any other new show?  How would you describe your favorite anime as boringly as possible?  Or anything else you want to chat about?  Drop a comment!

Anime Playlist – an update.

Haven’t posted anything about my anime playlist in a bit, so I guess it’s time to update with my latest additions and thoughts.

Recent Additions:

Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Net-juu no Susume / “Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life”
Saturday Night Question – Megumi Nakajima

Rewatched MMO Junkie a couple of months back – and realized that I watched and listened to the OP every time.  Maybe I didn’t fall in love the first time around, but I certainly did this time.

Runner-ups:

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
(Eizōken ni wa Te o Dasu na!)
Chelmico – Easy Breezy

I watched the OP every single week, and loved it. But when I listened to the complete song, I didn’t like it so much. Still, wanted to share it because it’s a fun tune.  And an anime very much worth watching if you haven’t.

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shite Shimatta
angela – There’s More Than Just One Route For a Maiden!

Another song that fell into the “great OP, didn’t like the full song” category…  I think I liked the OP because of how neatly the music and animation were integrated.  You don’t often see it so very well done.

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What OP’s have you enjoyed recently?  Bought any new anime music?  Drop a comment and let’s chat.

Summer 2020 – Looking ahead with hope!

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When I was kid…  Always looked forward to summer, long lazy days…  the beach…  and when I got older, yard chores.  Oh, wait, I didn’t look forward to that part.  Despite all the crazy in the world, and the changes to the upcoming season, still looking forward, so let’s take a peak into the crystal ball!
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Spring 2020 – Ending not with a bang, but with a whimper.

OK, despite not actually covering much of the season…(For which I apologize, it’s been a stressful few weeks.)  Thought I’d try and get out at least a few lines on the few shows that, between drops and delays, managed to make it through the season.

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