Worth Reading: 10/13-10/20

And here we are for this week’s edition of Worth Reading…  Sorry it’s a bit late, forgot we had to take two of the girls to the vet yesterday afternoon, then didn’t feel well when we got home.  (Then went to bed early and got up gawdawful early all slept out… and am now finishing this up pre-dawn.)

Last week, I posted a link from Remy where he pondered things that might cause you quickly drop an anime.  This week, Chris at Peach’s Almanac looks at the same question from the opposite angle.  In the Art of First Episodes, he talks about the various techniques used in first episodes to hook the viewer.

Speaking of Remy, he’s been on quite the roll the last couple of weeks.  This week, he asks a question that never occurred to me:  Dessert First or Last?  That is, what order to you watch a day’s anime?  (Be sure and check out the comments.)  Me, it varies…  Sometimes light to get ready for heavy, sometimes heavy then light to recover.

I always find it interesting the rabbit holes that fans can dive down…  And this week Infinite Zenith jumps down an interesting one: Determining the location of Taki’s apartment in Your Name.

Fandom and obsession oft go hand-in-hand, and that leads Kausus of Otaku Gamer Zone to ask: At what point do we become too invested?  It’s all too easy to slide down that slope, and sometimes difficult to find a balance.

And finally sometimes serendipity happens… A few days ago, this video popped up in the “Watch It Again” section of my YouTube homepage:

Which prompted me to post this tweet (kinda sad that nobody agreed with me, but whatever):

Then the very next day, Doteco at Ani-Dotes publishes an interesting piece as part of undertaking the 100 Day Anime Challenge: How ‘Tabi no Tochuu’ Embodies the Soul of Spice and Wolf.   As a side note, I keep thinking I might take on one of those challenges, but I need another project like I need another hole in my head.

As a final note, next week is going to ‘interesting‘, but not in a good way.  We’d taken Miss Emma to the vet to get a lump checked out (a lump that had doubled in size in the few days between discovering it and getting to our vet)…  and it turns out that it’s likely cancerous.  She’s a good candidate for surgery, and so she’s going in on Wednesday to have it removed.  Of course that’s the day my weekly post is due, but I don’t know how much concentration I’ll have…  Please bear with me.

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Our girls… Abby, Molly, and Emma. (Abby and Emma are sisters.)

Let’s get ready to start! Some Summer 2017 openings considered and reviewed.

Anime opening sequences serve the same purpose as the introductory blurb you’re reading here…  They get butts in seats, hopefully inform the viewer about the show, and get them interested in watching.  (In some ways, they’re a mini-PV.)  I also talk a little bit about some of the imagery and techniques used in creating opening sequences and how they’re used this season.

So, hit the jump and let’s take a look at the OPs for the shows I watched this season.

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Opening Up

I meant for the Lounge to get started with the Winter 2017 season, but then I discovered the 12 Days of Anime project.  While I’m not really setup to write a full series of twelve posts…  there are some fun things to do looking back at 2016.

We’ll start off today with a look at my favorite openings of 2016.  Tell me about yours in the comments!

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