Spring 2013 Wrap

This spring was a crazy one for me, having just moved from another state and landed a big girl job.  Juggling a full-time position with a personal life is no joke, then I just had to insert a full season of anime along with gameplay for the still new Guild Wars 2.  I also have an hour of commute each way to and from work, which I now fill with reading up on other blogs and commenting.  Now that I’ve finally settled into a semblance of a routine, I hope to be a bit more consistent on blogging.  Despite all the chaos, I was still able to finish up my shows in a reasonable time frame, and landed favorites with RDG and Chihayafuru 2.

Shows covered in this season’s wrap include:

  • RDG: Red Data Girl
  • Chihayafuru 2
  • Ore no Imouto 2
  • Saki: Achiga-hen ~ Episode of Side-A
  • Suisei no Gargantia
  • Arata Kangatari
  • Otona Joshi no Anime Time
  • Sparrow’s Hotel
  • Hataraku Maou-sama
  • Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
  • Kakumeiki Valvrave
  • Devil Survivor 2
  • Karneval

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Re-visiting the Noble Savage in Suisei no Gargantia

“Behold the Edenic light of this paradise built atop the shoulders of science and the pursuit of progress. This is your homeland.”

(In reference to the utopian world of Avalon, home of the Galatic Alliance of Humankind)

We’re halfway through the spring season, and there have already been plenty of comparisons made between this anime and nomadic cultures.  The set up of the show is a classic start to any colonialist move, where one person of a “civilized” nation discovers the seemingly free and vast wild and is shocked to discover the people that already populate it are vastly different from his own.  They’re strange and barbaric with their customs, beliefs, and dress, yet somehow the adventurer forms bonds and starts to adapt as humans always do.  We’ve seen numerous renditions of this setting: Avatar, Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas, The New World, The Last Samurai, Shogun, and many others.  But there inevitably comes a moment when our adventurer must war with himself over the loyalties he has to his homeland and the affections he holds for the new world and its residents, who are no longer just barbarians, but people. That moment hasn’t yet come to Gargantia, but I’m betting it’s not too far off.

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Spring 2013 Set Menu

Now that we’re five weeks into the spring season, I’ve finally settled down on which shows I’ll be sticking with, and have enclosed my thoughts on the anime of my choice to date.  Favorites so far include Shingeki no Kyojin, Hataraku Maou-sama!, and RDG. As usual, if you don’t see a show here that you think I really should be watching, let me know!

It took me longer than expected to choose since quite a few were impulse additions to what used to be a short list:

  • RDG: Red Data Girl
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
  • Sparrow’s Hotel
  • Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
  • Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
  • Hataraku Maou-sama!
  • Shingeki no Kyojin
  • Valvrave the Liberator
  • Arata Kangatari
  • Suisei no Gargantia
  • Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge 
  • Karneval
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.
  • Aku no Hana

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