I expected a troubled start for the season because of work, and then my schedule got further complicated by my first attempts at C-41 processing which has taken up a lot of my spare time recently. In the meantime, the season has reached the point at which the shows have more or less proven themselves or died trying. My watchlist went through a lot of changes from the original partly due to my slightly increased watching habits in despite the frantic film processing. And also some figurine stuff. Continue reading “Winter 2017 First Impressions Round-up”
Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a dangerous condition which leaves individuals bankrupt both financially and morally, able to communicate only through hyperbolic arguments, tech jargon and buzzwords, and makes them generally insufferable company in any hobbyist setting. Its onset may also be difficult to detect until it has entered advanced stages at which attempting an intervention is inadvisable and dangerous due to the elevated risk of uncontrollable sperging. And while GAS is more common than hemp farms in Helsinki and affects nearly any hobbyist setting where the activity has any sort of dependency on manufactured goods, I think the only field where it’s even worse than in photography would be the murky realm of audiophiles. Crazed hifi-enthusiasts’ quasi-religious drivel has long been one of the most recognized form of GAS and therefore it’s no surprise it was picked as a theme for this week’s Akiba’s Trip. I raise my hat to whoever wrote this scene, because it walks through the different steps, and ends in the eventual moment of reconciliation. Like so: Continue reading “Akiba’s Trip and the Dangers of GAS”
I guess it’s about time to cover this one. I’ve seen the game on Steam sales a couple of times and admittedly was tempted to give it a try, but fortunately Neptunia and Senran Kagura are already occupying my gaming timeslot for kusoge with hot chicks. Anyway, I thought I’d at least check the anime out, and surprisingly the first episode was actually decent. It didn’t try to take itself seriously and the action was unexpectedly slick. Was GONZO about to, dare I say, deliver a solid show for the first time since antiquity? Continue reading “First Impressions on Akiba’s Trip – Electric Burlesque”
The first episode was pretty slow, but the second one’s where the ride got started. Shouichi’s defence is piss weak even for Amagami protagonist standards, and this is not to mention his neutron star level density. Overall this appears to be one of those shows where the main girl has more balls than the protagonist. She’s certainly on full offense. Continue reading “First Impressions on Seiren – The Winter Offensive”
I live blog! The last season of 2016 saw me watching the least amount of any season I can remember. Moving back to my once and future(?) adopted hometown of Pittsburgh has made 2016 a great year for me, even as the world outside lights itself on fire. And part of that has meant some less time for anime lately, and I fell below the amount of shows I’d like to keep up with this last season. That said, I don’t think there were any contenders for my Top 5 list in the winter season anyway. For me, this year was fairly front-loaded in terms of the shows I enjoyed the most. But a few others deserve mention too.
So we’ve left 2016 behind. Personally, it wasn’t a bad one after the suffering of 2015, as I found my way back into the gentle embrace of corporate life and an inch away from the intoxicating pleasure of steady monthly income. I also started to get into photography more seriously after 2015 curbed both my inspiration and budget, finally starting to process film on my own and experimenting with things like very long exposures and shooting outside of daylight hours in general. Having to reboot the blog also kicked me back in gear for writing animu opinions again. Continue reading “Welcome to 2017”
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Stella no Mahou exactly, because its setting had promise to take on at least three different paths: Light school club comedy, a healing type cute girls coding games and eating cake, or a more down to earth depiction of doujin game production using elements from the former two. Turns out the show itself wasn’t too sure either. Continue reading “Closing Thoughts on Stella no Mahou – Doujin Games and Chill”