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Alethea & Athena
Anime viewing, spring 2016 
12th-Apr-2016 04:24 pm
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Today I thought we'd talk a little more about the anime we're watching this season. Since we actually have time to watch anime this season (or we've had time so far), we took some time to sample a bunch of different anime and see if anything stuck. As regular readers will know, we're already in love with Bungo Stray Dogs, and we're enjoying the Ace Attorney anime, even though the animation leaves something to be desired (the second episode was a little better, so I'm hoping the quality continues to improve).

And now I have to stop and remember what all else we've watched so far. First, we watched Hundred...which we didn't like at all. They just seemed to spend a lot of time arguing over stuff and not getting anywhere, and we didn't get attached to any of the characters. We got bored with it halfway through the episode, right when one character challenged another to a duel, and when we skipped to the end (we had to read the credits), they were only just starting the duel. Not promising for our attention spans.

Another one we didn't much care for was Twin Star Exorcists, which has kind of an interesting premise, but once they started fighting, it got boring and actiony. There was a time when we made it a policy to give an anime at least three episodes before giving up on it, but we don't have time for that these days, so this one got dropped, too.

Next up is Bakuon!, which was actually pretty cute. It's about girls in a motorcycle club at school, and they all have unique and fun personalities. But we're just not into motorcycles, and the people who made the anime are clearly very into motorcycles. But that's okay, because the one girl's sister (little sister; she gets all her advice from her little sister) says it's okay to like different things. So if we felt like we had all the time in the world, we might watch more of this one, but since we don't, we will not watch this one unless it comes up later.

And speaking of it being okay to like different things! Our Japan Buddy was very obsessed with Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, to the point where she bought the Japanese manga when she saw it at a bookstore, even though she can't read Japanese. She was ecstatic to find out that her very favorite voice actor would be playing Sakamoto, but worried as all geeks are about whether or not they'd ruin it. I'm not sure how she likes the anime so far (but she has posted the opening sequence to Facebook), but we...didn't really care for it. I don't know why. There are a lot of situations that seem like they would be funny, and we don't think they're funny for some reason. We've been wondering about this, and right now our best theory is that there's no tsukkomi. Everyone is a bokeh (spelled it with an H because that's how they spell the term in photography; it means something else in that context, but it's the same word, and since it's been adopted into English photography jargon, why not spell it a way where people are more likely to pronounce it correctly? the E is not silent).

So the tsukkomi is the person who's like, "Hey, that's not right!" who points out that this is a joke and not just a normal thing in the world of the story. And on the one hand, we definitely think that it's a sad world where you have to point out every time something is a joke, but on the other hand, there are a lot of things that are unusual to one person that might not be so unusual to another person, so for example, Sakamoto's being perfect is supposed to be a joke in and of itself, but for him it's normal, so if you make it normal for everyone else, too, it's not a joke so much as a setup with no punchline. I don't know; just thinking out loud.

The next thing we watched was Kiznaiver, which we loved. Maybe not as much as Bungo Stray Dogs, but it had our beloved favorite voice actor to make up for it. The premise is fascinating, and I think it's going to explore the meaning of relationships and stuff, but in an unusual and fun(?) way. I want to tell you the premise, because you'll be like, "Okaaay..." but I don't want to give it away, either, because it might be more fun to find out as you watch, so go watch it! I don't think you'll regret it! (I will warn you, though, that while it's not any more violent than a regular shounen anime, there's some surgical procedure thingie that, if you're squeamish like me, you'll want to look away from).

And finally, the last thing we've sampled (so far?) this season (other than Sailor Moon Crystal, which we already talked about) is Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless. So far we're not loving it, but it does have one of our A-list voice actors in it, so we're going to keep watching it for a while. We might like it more with more characters.

And that is the brief summary of our anime viewing for this season.

Today I'm thankful for having time to sample anime this season, getting to go out for Joe Latti's (today we chose the flavor "Fuzzy Wuzzy", which is nowhere near the most appetizing name for a flavor, but it was peach-watermelon and tasted pretty good), finishing work early today, having a bunch of chocolate chip muffins, and it being time to play Kingdom Hearts.
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