Saturday, 26 October 2019

State of the Union address 2019

So this is a ranked list of all Shaft girls that I remember.
More or less ranked.
And more or less remember. I may have forgotten to include somebody. I barely remembered to include Nadeko...

Friday, 25 October 2019

Fall 2019 take 2

Average Abilities

Kabukichou - Elementary, but with rakugo
Kemonomichi - gets better; believe in Akatsuki Natsume
Africa Office Worker - good comedy
Assassins Pride - high quality chuuni edge

TUEEE - too repetitive, but Toyosaki Aki alone makes everything worth it
Ore wo Suki nanowa Omae Dake ka yo? - could have been really great, but right now is simply a middling comedy
Rifle Is Beautiful - nice SoL

Chuunibyou Boys - cringy SoL?
Babylon - it's a k triller?

The bookworm that doesn't even get aroused by books if we believe novelfags - MC is definitely not a bookworm, judging by what's been going on
Val x Love  - meh, not funny enough
Tokunana - discount fantasy GitS works only if cast is competent
NGL - ehh, the fuck. the main boy is awful, and not a single other character is interesting.
Iruma - I'm too old for this
every other series that got dropped on the first episode
Beastars - not interesting, bad first episode, I may as well skip it

left to try:
a lot of shorts and ONAs 

Friday, 18 October 2019

Fall 2019

Average Abilities
Africa Office Worker
Assassins Pride

Rifle Is Beautiful

Chuunibyou Boys
The bookworm that doesn't even get aroused by books if we believe novelfags

probably not:
Val x Love

left to try:
that romance show
a lot of shorts and ONAs 

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Re: Shomin Sample

As far as I can tell, the story goes quite well for ten volumes of the novel and almost 15 of the manga - up until the end of the summer vacation. But then first the novel gets offed and the author has just one volume to wrap it up - novelfags seem to think he had 2-3 volumes in store, which he cut down to just one. And then... when the manga catches up to the end of the summer vacation, it gets even less: just one chapter.

Now, the spoilers:

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Error: the body was too long

Honestly, this is the least of my problems with this anime. It's not like the rest are big, just they are too many.

-chara design of MC is with smaller eyes than the rest of the cast, which is weird, as it suggests she's less "pure" and "innocent". I'd say a girl that wants to fuck only books is pretty pure even if she's mentally much older.
-chara design is also with the right proportions for a child, but weird more adult-like details, like the aforementioned eyes, or the shoulders, and other stuff. Lolis are usually the opposite: as frail and child-like in the details as possible, while having wrong more adult-like proportions for the sake of sex appeal. So she's an anti-loli.
-what's with this uniform five-storey buildings town? A medieval town with buildings this size would have much more people, per apartment and as a whole. Problems with waste would be way worse, and relying on wells would be unthinkable. And Myne's family seems pretty rich to have such an enormous apartment. If they have budget for this art style, they should at least do some details right.
-related to this, what's with the waste? They establish that it's dirty, but they don't really bother animating it.
-the very beginning of the anime is out of place, providing no context and creating no questions. All it says is "this isekai protag is like from another world to the rest of the isekai society". No shit.
-the more stylized part in the beginning should have instead been less stylized hyper-realistic in my opinion. Maybe even just filtered photos. That would have worked quite well. Just show some filtered photos of libraries and you're set to have a bigger impact than the contradictory fairytale aesthetics for a real life story.
-overall, why do they try so hard with overanimating pointless scenes? It's a waste of money. Money that could have been spent fixing the other problems.
-the music was practically nonexistent for some reason.
-what's with Myne's reactions? I know they have to establish the gimmick early on, but it feels forced as fuck. They should have instead spent time trying to build Myne as something more than a gimmick. People don't feel a narcotic addiction to books - but Myne does.
-whatever else is said about Myne is also weird. She feels zero body dysphoria after becoming a little girl, but a male changing the clothes of her new body? That's as awful as a male changing the clothes of her old body. So she's really quick to adjust to her body, but not quick to adjust to what her body means. At least make it more of an independency issue and say she wants to change her clothes herself.
-if they want Myne to be a meme character, at least show the reactions of the others to her meme-ness. The rest of the cast are pretty much just cardboard cutouts with names. Surely the previous Myne acted differently? Show some acknowledgement of this.
-and if they want the entire cast to be meme characters, just vessels for a funny what-if, at least try to make it funny. But the animation style and atmosphere are in direct contrast to such a goal. They suggest a better-crafted story, not a cheap parody of isekai stories.

Every point of this by itself is more of a nitpicking and personal preference, but together they make the experience nigh unwatchable. It's amazing how they manage this effect, even the mom isekai was easier to watch (and there the desired effect was to make you cringe).

>The fact that the production quality wasn't bad, and it had a solid concept yet managed to stay boring thorough is quite the feat.
Indeed. It's rare to see a first episode so devoid of attention hooks. The concept is indeed solid, but there's zero love poured into it. I don't even know if I want to watch the second episode. It just deleted all of the fucks I gave about it before airing.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Re: Choyoyu

Can somebody tell me what Choyoyu is even trying to do? Is it trying to have overpowered geniuses for main characters? Because if so, it's miserably failing. The way to do the concept of "a group of geniuses go to a fantasy game world and clear it with ease" is by setting the difficulty of the fantasy game world to the maximum, and yet the heroes managing it with ease. Ironically, TUEEE does exactly that, except for the damegami fucking it up. But, even more than that, the cast seems bland as fuck, and with zero effort made to match their personalities with their supposed talents. For example, how the fuck does the "genius politician" start spilling his guts the moment he wakes up? Broadcasting his weaknesses and taking forever to establish basic facts? He's acting like a spoiled aristrocrat, not a politician. Afterwards, he can't chew, but he can reach the crash site?! If they wanted to do an ecchi parody, they should have put more work in being ecchi and in being funny. It's not quite ridiculous at the level of "so bad it's good", so if they wanted to do that, they should have at least lampshaded it. Honestly, I barely managed reaching the middle of the episode. How did this even get published, much less get an anime? I've absolutely zero idea what mindset I should get into in order to be able to enjoy this shit.