Once again working on a weekly post to the dulcet tones of the landscaping crew’s leaf blowers. Ah, well, at least it’s nice enough to have the windows open. Even as the Summer anime season draws to a close, so does summer itself. Likely by the time the Fall season gets underway the Pacific Northwet’s long and cold rainy season will have set in.
Anyhow, pretty much all shows have now aired their tenth and eleventh episodes, so the final cards are hitting the table. So, along with episode reviews and comments I’m going to peer into a murky crystal ball and look at how they’re likely to end.
Man, it’s been hard to finish up this entry today… The weather is finally much more clement, but the air is still smokey. On top of that, the landscaping crew has been hard at work today and their !#@$ leaf blowers always give me a mild headache.
Anyhow, ’tis done – so hit the jump and let’s run down this week’s shows. Afterwards, drop me a line in the comments and let us know what you think of this week’s shows.
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.
After this week’s ep of re:Creators somebody (I forget who and where) spoke of the protagonists getting ready for the “final battle”. What with the oddly veering way my mind often works, that made me think of Europe’s 1986 single – The Final Countdown.
So, on a whim, off I went to YouTube to see what if any AMV’s there might be set to that tune. And lo and behold – there were. Hundreds of them… and predictably virtually all of them stuck to the “Final Battle” trope. Out of curiosity I kept paging through and found this little gem – the creator has reimagined Girls Dead Monster (from the anime Angel Beats) as a 80’s hair band in a typical 80’s concert video. MTV is thirty-six years old as of today, and barely shows music anymore… but at the time (only five years old and at the peak of its cultural relevance) it was positively flooded with this type of band and video, and the AMV was instantly familiar. (Man, really showing my age here!)
Anyhow, I couldn’t resist sharing it.
For the curious and for reference, the original 1986 video can be seen here.