There’ve been some mixed opinions on Tamako Market’s unique bird, Dera Mochimazui, but I don’t think anyone would argue that his weight gain makes him roughly equal in size to a small chicken. Mixed with just the right ingredients, I think we’re well on our way to a dish worthy of any island prince or mochi princess.
Continuing on from the previous season, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo follows the lives of a special group of high school liberal arts students and the pursuit of their dreams. Most aspects of what make this show memorable are ones that give a slight twist to conventional high school anime. Instead of an average high school, Suimei is dedicated to the liberal arts. The focused disciplines and dorm setting feel more like college than high school. Sakurasou also regularly pits talent against hard work, though the two often overlap. I don’t usually see this addressed in anime with younger characters, though the argument is one that crosses all ages. An even more discussion-worthy detail is the anime’s seeming promotion of careers over personal relationships. Again, I don’t usually see this in high school shows other than the usual dedication to studying. Watching relationships fall apart because of a job or passion seems like an experience more likely to be portrayed in some josei drama. Cast with high school boys and girls, set in a high school environment, and teeming with juvenile emotions, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is, for all intents and purposes, an anime by adults for adults in the adult world.
Some girls just want to have fun, and some girls just want to make mochi.
Tamako Market has been airing for a little over a month now and has settled into a strange pattern of mixed genres. At some times it’s a young girl s’life detailing the every day occurrences of a shopping district. There are also inklings of romance, mainly between the lead and the boy across the way, but also include the many failed attempts of Dera Mochimazui, puppy love for the little sister, the impending arrival of the bride-hunting prince, and even a possible yuri pairing. The presence of Dera also casts a fantastical flavor. Yet none of the particular categories take the lead on defining the intentions of this show. As it stands now, I view TM as a thoroughly watered down romance, chock full of cockblocks. Despite all the love floating in the air, the show is determined to prevent any sort of satisfaction from being had by anyone.
After at least seeing one episode each from a good majority of the winter season shows, I’ve finally narrowed down which ones I would like to follow. Anime that I tried and did not make it include Sasami-san@Ganbarani, Cuticle Detective Inaba, Amnesia, Yama no Susume, Mangirl!, and Vividred Operation. I’m also still waiting on the premier of Savanna Game, for which I have some hope. There were a surprising number of dark horses this time around, so I may have a bit of trouble keeping up with them all from week to week! But because of the unexpected number of anime I’ll be watching, I’m looking forward to updating more often. So as usual, take a look at what I’ve decided upon and let me know what you think and whether there are other shows you’d like me to consider! Bon appétit!
Blame Jormungand 2 for the delay in my response to the shows I watched for the Fall 2012 season. But don’t blame Koko, because her and her chic new haircut are just too cute.
These past few months have been a whirlwind of some really great and really bad anime moments, even more so than any other of the 2012 seasons that I can remember. I also ended up backlogging a few intriguing shows that I simply could not fit into my schedule, including Shin Sekai Yori, Robotics;Notes, and Psycho-Pass. I have heard enough positive feedback about them from others that I’m probably going to end up marathoning them near the end of the next winter season.
You’ll also notice that I cut my former use of ratings from my season wrap. Though I feel obligated to assign numbers to these same shows when I “complete” them on MAL, I have a more difficult time justifying my scores here. Sometimes a show that quality-wise would probably score around a 5, I’d personally feel like giving an 8 because of the enjoyment factor. So until I convince and artist friend or commission one to draw me some food or home-themed rating images, I’ll cut scores for now! Read on, my dear readers, and let me know what you thought of the season or even past year as a whole!
Ah, high school–that time of turbulent emotions, assignment deadlines, and lots and lots of free time. In a way, I was once a lot like Mizutani Shizuku, the protagonist for Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. I cared mostly for grades and my student resume. I had my eyes set on the future, and I wanted my student life to appear full and inviting to college recruiters. Unlike Shizuku, I had my fair share of crushes through my four years of high school; I was just too awkward to pursue anyone, many of whom I had known since kindergarten. Past perceptions had me pegged as some kind of man-hater, that little girl who liked to kick boys in the shins. Although my former dislike was a far cry from Shizuku’s indifference, we still shared a growing desire to connect with others. And while she certainly comes a good distance in forming friendships and acknowledging her attractions to Haru, thirteen episodes and the multitude of see-sawing emotions made any sort of closure impossible.
Now that Sword Art Online is finished, I wanted to take a bit of time to talk about one of my favorite elements about the anime. If you follow me on Twitter, you likely already know about my passion for the Guild Wars franchise. Since Guild Wars 2 didn’t come out until a month after Sword Art Online, the anime helped hype me up for my upcoming re-immersion into the online gaming world. I had of course participated in the beta, but knowing that my characters and progression would be completely wiped before the official release made it was hard to take it seriously.
But then the game came out, and with my head start access, I rush leveled my first character, a Sylvari ranger, to the max 80 within the week. It wasn’t until that point that I took a breath and looked more carefully at all the possibilities around me, like jumping puzzles, explorer achievements, and crafting. I opted for Leatherworking (armor for medium class rangers, engineers, and thieves) and set out again on hitting the cap at 400. I found the progression in crafting to be just as enthralling and rewarding as pushing my character through the storyline and maps, since it was the very first time I had ever experimented in that area. When SAO episodes featuring “Liz” the smith and Asuna’s cooking abilities aired, very early in the series, I was extremely excited as a “fellow” craftsman and more appreciative of the anime’s authentic gaming environment. Continue reading →
Happy Holidays! I figured I’d jump into the 12 Days of Anime project with my own round-up post of my 12 memorable moments for the year (kudos to Yumeka for the idea). Anime conventions, aniblog tourneys, favorite anime of the year–it’s all there reminding me why I watch anime and continue to blog. Thank you for staying with me through 2012, and enjoy reading!
“It’d be interesting if 2.0 surpassed the original, but unlike Ashirogi Mutou, I can’t see the author’s face!” (Niizuma Eiji, Bakuman. 3, “Confidence and Resolve”).
I find the ideal workshops–be they writing, music, or other–are the ones with lower seat counts. As valuable as an outsider’s opinion is, it’s important to never lose your sense of self. There’s a balance that must be struck between pleasing the audience and creating a piece unique to yourself that warrants the attention paid to it. The current arc in Bakuman. 3 questions this argument, that a work created by the input of many deserves to stand on the same stage as a work produced by one. And given the popularity and seeming perfection of the group work gathered by Nanamine, who’s to say that his methods and final product are not every bit as justified as the old standby collaboration of artist and editor?
I recently stumbled across a manga titled Addicted to Curry–a long running series that will soon come to an end, yet still hasn’t been serialized in America. The manga is true to its name in that the characters really are addicted to experiencing curry in all its forms. Despite all the various kinds that I read about in the nine volumes I could find of the forty-six, it was the very first chapter that re-energized me. In it, gifted curry chef Kouenji Makito makes Sonezaki Yui, the heir to a declining curry restaurant, a well known Indian dish: keema matar. The ground meat and pea curry revitalizes Yui with its familiar taste and spiciness and helps her realize that she truly loves her restaurant and is not yet ready to give up. What once seemed impossible suddenly begins to look achievable. Given my current situation, I couldn’t help but cling to that vision as well.