Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 – group watch / collaboration?

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Tossed this out on Twitter – thought I’d toss it out here too…  Would there be any interest in some kind of a group watch / collaboration on Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 (Star Blazers 2199)?

As a confirmed fanboy of the series, I’m up for it…  Your thoughts?  Let’s discuss in the comments.

Worth Reading – 11/10/2017

Welcome to a much belated but still very much worth reading!  Frankly, at least in the short-term, if it’s worth reading it ages well.

Both older shows and adaptations are ongoing themes here at Worth Reading, and this week we have a veritable feast on offer.

  • First up, we have a show that manages to be both – an older show, and an adaptation: over at Anime B&B, Marina reviews Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199.

This is very timely and very important…  because at long last, Yamato 2199 is available as legal stream!  Funimation is now streaming a dub, and Crunchyroll is now streaming the sub.  Previously it was only legally available as a VERY expensive boxed set.

What is Yamato 2199 and why is it so important?  It’s a reboot of the famed 1974 classic Uchuu Senkan Yamato, a seminal show in anime history.  It was the first serial anime aimed at adults, and helped pave the way in Japan for anime as we know it today.  Over on this side of the pond, it’s dubbed adaptation as Star Blazers helped ignite the passions of the first generations of American otaku.

Forty years on, I can still remember rushing home after school to catch the latest episode…  Hurry Star Force, hurry – or the Earth with die.  For a young nerd in the midst of the long SF drought of the late 1970’s, those words were magical.

Anyhow, I strongly urge you to at least check out the first few episodes.  It’s a crackin’ good adaptation and very good show in its own right.  If you like space opera or sci-fi, it should be right up your alley.

  • Ayron at Reading Between has been doing episodic reviews of Shirobako.  He’s got some very keen insights on the show, and they’re worth checking out.  He’s also one of the few ani-bloggers and/or Shirobako watchers that I haven’t seen openly advocating tying Tarō to an anchor and dropping him in the middle of Tokyo Bay.
  • The Pantless Anime Blogger has two interesting posts…  One, a collection of his top moments of 2014, and another with reviews of shows in his recently completed Summer 2014 lineup.

2014 was my first year of watching current season streaming anime… Both posts tug at my nostalgic heartstrings.  With Winter 2018 fast approaching, I have my own retrospective project in the works, looking back four years each quarter.

Her’s is a story I’ve heard many times before, different in details but “normal” in the broad brushstrokes.  I got lucky.  I leapt from 70’s fandom, which was something you stumbled upon if you were very lucky…  to 00’s fandom where the ‘net and Google serve up a veritable waterfall.  Someday I should write about that early era…  shakes cane in the general direction of the kids on his lawn…  Which I should be careful doing, though I’ve been around various fandoms for a long time, I’m a relative newb in terms of anime fandom.

  • Scott at Mech Anime Reviews tackles fandom by categorizing the weaknesses of different types of anime watchers -breaking down different types and how they relate to the community at large.  And reminding us that we should watch non-seasonal stuff too…  there’s a lot of stuff out there that’s important for various reasons even if it isn’t current.

Reading his listing of genre shows, something interesting occurred to me… Whenever people list off recent shows in the isekai genre, Overlord is always noticeable by its absence.  I wonder why that is?  Is it because the protagonist’s form is so inhuman or that over the course of the show he gradually loses his humanity and submerges himself into his character?  Is it because he so willingly abandons the real world (where he’s a salaryman) in favor of the fantasy world (where he’s very much living out a power fantasy)?   Overlord veers sharply away from the assumptions and tropes common to the genre.  Of course, it’s always possible that it simply didn’t make that big an impression on English language fandom…  But it is getting a second season.

Personally, it’s been a blast seeing the classics on the big screen.

And there you have it – this weeks Worth Reading with a healthy serving of random editorial comment by yours truly.  What do think?  Drop a comment below and let’s talk!

Fall 2017 Week 5 – Sort of.

Well, it’s one of those weeks again…  Busy with other stuff, life happenings, and writer’s block = three strikes to presenting a post this week.  (Writer’s block comes up so often here at the Lounge that I swear I’m going to give it it’s own tag or category.)

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I was going to use the image of two guys bowing I usually use for such posts, but I just couldn’t sit on this screenshot any longer… Konohana Kitan is slowly growing into such a good show.  I could have done without the creepy doll, but the second segment and especially it’s finale was so well done.

With that, let’s hit the jump and dig into everything going on…

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Fall 2017 Week 4

Well…  Not many episode 3 twists/major story beats last week, but a ton of twists and cliffhangers her in week 4.

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Let’s hit the break and jump right into it!

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Fall 2017 Week 3

Sorry for being late and a bit rushed, but yesterday was not the best of days.  (If you haven’t been following my twitter feed, we had a pet in surgery.)  Still, I managed to cover most shows to some degree.

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So let’s jump right in and talk about this week’s shows!  Be sure and let me know what you think down in the comments!

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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.)

Fall 2017 – Week 2

Busy, busy week… lots of shows and a new format for my weekly post…

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All that after the jump!

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Worth Reading: 9/28 – 10/13

Wow… it’s been a busy two weeks with all the finales and premieres.  But things are generally returning to an even keel, and so I present this week’s edition of Worth Reading.

This writing thing isn’t always easy. Even good shows can be hard to write about – back in the Spring season, it was so hard to find something to say about Tsuki Ga Kirei that didn’t boil down to “so sweet, so good, so sweet”.  Karandi at 100 Words Anime addresses these problems with from the point of view of writing series reviews in Reviewing Mediocre Anime.

Pasta at Plain Pasta and Plain Rice posted an update to his Anime Tracker Comparison.  MAL seems to be the most popular and practically the default, but it’s far from the only service out there and his comparisons tell you a lot about the good and the bad of each service.  Personally, I stumbled onto Anime Planet (link goes to my profile) early on and haven’t seen anything to convince me to switch.

Dave at Slow Anime presents an interesting take on the potential American adaptation of the insanely popular (and deservedly so) Your Name.  (The announcement of which produced an enormous tempest-in-a-teapot on Twitter.)

Remy at The Lily Garden posted an interesting and timely essay – What Makes You Instantly Drop an Anime Series?  Instant drops (partial episode drops) are so rare for me that it’s hard to make generalizations about causes.  I think most of them are cases where the show is just egregiously bad or cringe-y.   First episode drops…  there’s a variety of potential causes, but most of them boil down to “this pisses me off or annoys me” or “my time is too valuable to watch this sh*t”.  A significant percentage of my first ep drops are basically shows that I don’t necessarily dislike, but which I never manage to find the time, energy, or motivation to watch the remaining episodes of.

Then there’s also the (in)famous Three Ep Rule and the (unique to me I think) Mid-Season Gut Check…  But those are topics for another time or maybe down in the comments.

I found Marthaurion‘s post on picking and choosing blog post formats pretty interesting, mostly because I’ve never really thought about it.  I don’t think my style is a fixed one, I just sit down and let fly with whatever seems to work that week for that episode…  Maybe I should think about it and try for a more consistent style.

And last but not least…  ANN has released it’s Streaming Reviews Schedule for this season.  Not gonna lie, I read a lot of other reviews, blogs, and forum posts when I’m working on my weekly writeups.  Partly for inspiration, partly because I often do my best work when I have somebody to react to.  What I never do is read in advance of watching an episode of a series I’m watching.  I don’t mind having my perceptions altered afterwards, but I refuse to allow others to direct and control my experience.  I specify “series I’m watching” because sometimes those writeups lead me to discover series that I wasn’t going to watch or I thought I wouldn’t like.

Hmm…  More editorial comment this week than usual.  But actually, I’m liking this format because it lets me talk about things that don’t fit in my episodic review post or which aren’t big enough (or my thoughts aren’t complete enough) to warrant a feature post of their own.

Anyhow, let me know what you think down in the comments.  And don’t forget to like or comment on the posts you visit!

Fall 2017 – Week 1

OK, a quick look at three shows this week to sync up with this seasons posting schedule.  But first, an important message:

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So, let’s hit the break and talk about WUG, SideM, and Love/Cocktail.
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Fall 2017 – First Impressions Part III (Finale)

Man, the hits just keep coming! This season is so full of promise I don’t know where to begin.  Of course, it has its share of meh and clunkers too but let’s not dwell on those too much.

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Hit the jump and let’s dive into all the yummy goodness!
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