Jul 062015
 

mabeldipper

Don’t wanna spend too long talking about these two shows. So let’s not even have a “jump”.

Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade is a worthy successor to Little Witch Academia and you should watch it.

I’m not quite sure how to rank it though. Much like how the first LWA felt like season 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in that it’s a “pure” piece of animation, Enchanted Parade feels like a season 2 or 3 of MLP:FiM. It’s still grounded in being just plain good but it also has this feel of “Oh, we have fans? Well, we love our fans!”. Which isn’t a bad thing, just not necessarily great either?

Regardless, I have 3 things to say in closing. 1) Go watch Enchanted Parade (unless you haven’t watch the original LWA, in which case, watch that first). 2) Of the original coven, Sucy is still best pony. 3) There’s a Rarity pony doll in the background of a scene. As of this writing, that Rarity now has more screen time/relevance than the actual Rarity in season 5 of MLP:FiM.

Dragonball Super #1
The other show I wanted to talk about is Dragonball Super. Which is a weird show. It’s a continuation of the original manga/anime and it wants to have the same feel. So it has this weird 80s kids anime feel. It’s more like the original Dragonball or Doraemon than Dragonball Z. Outside of setting up the current relationships, the main story is about a misadventure kid Trunks and Goten have.

It’s interesting but I’m not sure I’d recommend it to people outside its demographics. That is to say, I’d recommend it to boys 6 and up and I’d recommend it to people who were fans of the Dragonball Z anime. I mean, damn, if you were able to tolerate THAT show, you can tolerate this one.

But your regular anime viewer with no connection to the franchise might want to just skip it in favor of other shows.

Oh, and the best bit is how Goku got a regular job and he’s so fucking bored out of his fucking mind that he’s just an opened mouth zombie while doing it.

Jul 052015
 

dontaskdonttell

I’ve been behind on my anime lately. Hell, I’m even behind on Ninja Slayer. But 2 of my most anticipated anime just dropped. Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, I couldn’t not watch. And well, once that got me all high on Japanese animation again, it was time to watch GATE. I’ve re-read a lot of the GATE manga, much as I’d re-read a lot of novels I like. And I was worried that the anime just wasn’t going to hook me in because I’ve already read the manga. That’s happened to me quite a few times in the past actually.

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May 102015
 

slavery

I’ve been watching some old cartoons from the mid to late 80s lately. Such as Silverhawks and Galaxy Rangers, and I gotta say, the art and animation in those shows are crazy good. Oh, the art/animation could be dodgy, no doubt. You could have a beautifully fluid leaping animation, but it’d end with the characters suddenly seeming like cardboard cutouts as they land in like, 3 frames a second. But when they’re on point, they put just about anything these days to shame. I reckon each segment’s done by a different animator.

And speaking of animators, that’s actually a fairly modern name we have for ’em. In the 80s/90s, they were known simply as slaves. Continue reading »