Thursday, January 31, 2013

Shirokuma Café - 42

[HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_42_[720p].mkv_snapshot_03.13_[2013.01.31_22.11.00] [HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_42_[720p].mkv_snapshot_11.59_[2013.01.31_22.20.26] [HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_42_[720p].mkv_snapshot_20.46_[2013.01.31_22.29.51]

For a minute there I thought I was watching “Bears on the Slope”.

Another Win For the Good Guys - Uchuu Kyoudai Renewed

I can't say this news surprises me all that much, but it's still absolutely wonderful to hear that Space Brothers has been renewed, and not only that, will move to a coveted Saturday evening timeslot to share a block with Detective Conan.

This is further proof that there's more to commercial success in Japan's anime world than selling Blu-rays. Hunter X Hunter and Chihayafuru are other recent examples of the fact that things that TV ratings and manga sales (and movie tickets, for the former) still matter.  The Uchuu Kyoudai film was a huge smash, I see large displays for the manga in every bookstore, and the series has a broad cultural penetration in Japan.

Quality wins the day again - that's reason enough to celebrate - but even better is the fact that we'll now get to see Mutta as an astronaut! "Space Saturdays" here we come...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sankarea 13 - (OVA)

[Eveyuu] Sankarea 13 [BD Hi10P 1280x720 H264 AAC] [0F4DB8E6].mkv_snapshot_04.50_[2013.01.30_22.18.05] [Eveyuu] Sankarea 13 [BD Hi10P 1280x720 H264 AAC] [0F4DB8E6].mkv_snapshot_14.46_[2013.01.30_22.30.25] [Eveyuu] Sankarea 13 [BD Hi10P 1280x720 H264 AAC] [0F4DB8E6].mkv_snapshot_20.35_[2013.01.30_22.37.15]

Yep, still damn good.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bakuman 3 - 17

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_17_[720p][7C7F561A].mkv_snapshot_13.51_[2013.01.29_20.49.37] [sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_17_[720p][7C7F561A].mkv_snapshot_17.16_[2013.01.29_20.53.27] [sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_17_[720p][7C7F561A].mkv_snapshot_21.22_[2013.01.29_20.58.24]

In a sense, all of Bakuman up to this point has been a prelude to what happened this week.

Minami-ke Tadaima - 04

[UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_04_[h264-720p][E3511466].mkv_snapshot_02.32_[2013.01.28_22.38.32] [UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_04_[h264-720p][E3511466].mkv_snapshot_13.45_[2013.01.28_22.50.43] [UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_04_[h264-720p][E3511466].mkv_snapshot_19.27_[2013.01.28_22.56.45]

He’s baaaaaaaaaack…

Monday, January 28, 2013

Little Busters! - 16

[UTW-Mazui]_Little_Busters!_-_16_[720p][07F5131A].mkv_snapshot_02.17_[2013.01.28_19.53.28] [UTW-Mazui]_Little_Busters!_-_16_[720p][07F5131A].mkv_snapshot_09.13_[2013.01.28_19.59.57] [UTW-Mazui]_Little_Busters!_-_16_[720p][07F5131A].mkv_snapshot_20.06_[2013.01.28_20.12.25]

Playtime’s over.  Again.  For now.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 64

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 64 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.05_[2013.01.27_20.57.55] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 64 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.04_[2013.01.27_22.27.28] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 64 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.43_[2013.01.27_21.09.33]

Damn, Togashi is really a geek.

Zetsuen no Tempest - 15

[HorribleSubs] Zetsuen no Tempest - 15 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.21_[2013.01.27_17.33.40] [HorribleSubs] Zetsuen no Tempest - 15 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.52_[2013.01.27_17.40.46] [HorribleSubs] Zetsuen no Tempest - 15 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.06_[2013.01.27_17.42.07]

I don’t know what the hell that was, but it sure was fun.

Uchuu Kyoudai - 42

[HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 42 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.01_[2013.01.27_15.39.37] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 42 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.31_[2013.01.27_15.46.31] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 42 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.04_[2013.01.27_15.50.45]

As much as I love Space Brothers, there are definitely times when I wish it had a neck so I could strangle it.  And this is one of them.

Shin Sekai Yori - 17

[UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_17_[h264-720p][C5DB2A34].mkv_snapshot_03.38_[2013.01.26_23.38.44] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_17_[h264-720p][C5DB2A34].mkv_snapshot_11.17_[2013.01.26_23.49.11] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_17_[h264-720p][C5DB2A34].mkv_snapshot_17.06_[2013.01.26_23.55.29]

The more things change, the more they… well – get worse.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chihayafuru 2 - 03

Chihayafuru 2 - 03 - Large 08 Chihayafuru 2 - 03 - Large 25 Chihayafuru 2 - 03 - Large 40

There are many anime of recent vintage that I love, but there’s nothing that feels quite like the experience of watching Chihayafuru.

Robotics;Notes - 14

[WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 14 [1758459A].mkv_snapshot_07.59_[2013.01.26_12.49.58] [WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 14 [1758459A].mkv_snapshot_08.24_[2013.01.26_12.50.27] [WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 14 [1758459A].mkv_snapshot_15.45_[2013.01.26_12.58.30]

Forgive the pun, but things are heating up on Robotics;Notes in every way.

Psycho-Pass - 14

[Commie] Psycho-Pass - 14v2 [50082657].mkv_snapshot_07.57_[2013.01.26_10.23.32] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 14v2 [50082657].mkv_snapshot_14.51_[2013.01.26_10.32.25] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 14v2 [50082657].mkv_snapshot_20.12_[2013.01.26_10.38.08]

It’s always been obvious that the Emperor had no clothes, but this week Psycho-Pass paraded him around naked in front of the world.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Kotoura-san - 03

[HorribleSubs] Kotoura-san - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.47_[2013.01.25_10.23.36] [HorribleSubs] Kotoura-san - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.37_[2013.01.25_10.27.56] [HorribleSubs] Kotoura-san - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.57_[2013.01.25_10.34.27]

After three episodes it’s safe to conclude that Kotoura-san is a series that isn’t going to pull many punches.

Shirokuma Café - 41

[HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_41_[720p].mkv_snapshot_08.19_[2013.01.24_22.19.59] [HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_41_[720p].mkv_snapshot_09.55_[2013.01.24_22.21.35] [HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_41_[720p].mkv_snapshot_17.51_[2013.01.24_22.30.43]

“Slice of Life” may just be the most overused word in anime, but Shirokuma Café really owns it when it wants to.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Weekly Digest: 1/24/12 – Amnesia, Tamako Market

[Commie] AMNESIA - 03 [021D0791].mkv_snapshot_14.27_[2013.01.24_11.52.50] [Commie] AMNESIA - 03 [021D0791].mkv_snapshot_19.02_[2013.01.24_11.57.26] [Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_03_[4CD0E3A9].mkv_snapshot_07.21_[2013.01.24_20.44.37] [Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_03_[4CD0E3A9].mkv_snapshot_12.55_[2013.01.24_20.55.34]

The three-episode rule is going to be a tough call with these two.

Ginga e Kickoff - 31-33

[Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 33 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [45A8B8AE].mkv_snapshot_18.36_[2013.01.23_23.02.57]

Not since Tsuritama ended have I seen such an expression of pure joy communicated so brilliantly in anime.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bakuman 3 - 16

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_16_[720p][8594A6A9].mkv_snapshot_09.25_[2013.01.23_10.56.26] [sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_16_[720p][8594A6A9].mkv_snapshot_15.55_[2013.01.23_11.03.46] [sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_16_[720p][8594A6A9].mkv_snapshot_21.25_[2013.01.23_11.10.04]

Leave it to Kaya-chan to sum up Master Eiji in a nutshell – “He’s almost too cool.”

Sankarea – 14 (OVA)

[Eveyuu] Sankarea 14 [DVD Hi10P 720x480 H264] [FF741818].mkv_snapshot_05.47_[2013.01.22_23.07.24] [Eveyuu] Sankarea 14 [DVD Hi10P 720x480 H264] [FF741818].mkv_snapshot_13.13_[2013.01.22_23.15.41] [Eveyuu] Sankarea 14 [DVD Hi10P 720x480 H264] [FF741818].mkv_snapshot_21.42_[2013.01.22_23.24.58]

I’ve seen nothing in the two OVAs to make me question my original conclusion – Sankarea is a damn good show.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Minami-ke Tadaima - 03

[UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_05.27_[2013.01.21_20.11.32] [UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_16.22_[2013.01.21_21.07.03] [UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_21.32_[2013.01.21_20.29.48]

Every household should have an emergency maid outfit, you know?  This is anime as public service.

Little Busters! - 15

[HorribleSubs]_Little_Busters!_-_15_[720p].mkv_snapshot_02.35_[2013.01.21_10.09.54] [HorribleSubs]_Little_Busters!_-_15_[720p].mkv_snapshot_15.07_[2013.01.21_10.21.08] [HorribleSubs]_Little_Busters!_-_15_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.30_[2013.01.21_10.28.07]

Don’t worry, Chairman-san – I don’t think I’d have noticed he was a guy either…

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - 03

[HorribleSubs]_Maoyuu_Maou_Yuusha_-_03_[720p].mkv_snapshot_07.00_[2013.01.20_22.42.03] [HorribleSubs]_Maoyuu_Maou_Yuusha_-_03_[720p].mkv_snapshot_16.28_[2013.01.20_22.52.05] [HorribleSubs]_Maoyuu_Maou_Yuusha_-_03_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.10_[2013.01.20_22.56.54]

Confounding?  Yes.  Interesting?  That too.

Uchuu Kyoudai - 41

[HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_41_[720p].mkv_snapshot_03.22_[2013.01.20_19.42.17] [HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_41_[720p].mkv_snapshot_18.41_[2013.01.20_19.58.32] [HorribleSubs]_Space_Brothers_-_41_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.04_[2013.01.20_20.00.55]

Intense and riveting is probably a pretty good start in describing this episode of Uchuu Kyoudai.

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 63

[HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_63_[720p].mkv_snapshot_05.09_[2013.01.20_16.09.52] [HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_63_[720p].mkv_snapshot_13.10_[2013.01.20_17.40.58] [HorribleSubs]_Hunter_X_Hunter_-_63_[720p].mkv_snapshot_19.26_[2013.01.20_16.26.44]

As any boy who specializes in Jan-Ken-Pon knows, rock beats scissors.

Weekly Digest: 1/20/12 – Haganai, Oreshura

[Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_NEXT_-_02_[AA292D99].mkv_snapshot_06.22_[2013.01.20_12.37.26] [Mazui]_Boku_Ha_Tomodachi_Ga_Sukunai_NEXT_-_02_[AA292D99].mkv_snapshot_10.05_[2013.01.20_12.41.12] [HorribleSubs]_OreShura_-_03_[720p].mkv_snapshot_11.53_[2013.01.20_14.34.51] [HorribleSubs]_OreShura_-_03_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.50_[2013.01.20_14.53.05]

Both of these series have something to offer, but they share some of the same problems.

Zetsuen no Tempest - 14

[HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_14_[720p].mkv_snapshot_05.34_[2013.01.20_10.54.13] [HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_14_[720p].mkv_snapshot_12.14_[2013.01.20_11.00.53] [HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_14_[720p].mkv_snapshot_15.59_[2013.01.20_11.04.38]

Zetsuen no Tempest may have undergone a pretty significant style change, but there’s still nothing else quite like it.

Shin Sekai Yori - 16

[UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_16_[h264-720p][464F96D9].mkv_snapshot_08.03_[2013.01.19_23.28.12] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_16_[h264-720p][464F96D9].mkv_snapshot_09.26_[2013.01.19_23.29.37] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_16_[h264-720p][464F96D9].mkv_snapshot_20.47_[2013.01.19_23.43.21]

Watching Shin Sekai Yori is a sweet, beautiful sadness.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chihayafuru 2 - 02

Chihayafuru 2 - 02 - Large 13 Chihayafuru 2 - 02 - Large 29 Chihayafuru 2 - 02 - Large 33

Advice to young girls not so interested in Karuta – don’t ask Harada-sensei “What’s so fun about Karuta?”

Robotics;Notes - 13

[WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 13 [AAAAE60C].mkv_snapshot_00.28_[2013.01.19_09.41.40] [WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 13 [AAAAE60C].mkv_snapshot_16.16_[2013.01.19_09.59.27] [WhyNot] Robotics;Notes - 13 [AAAAE60C].mkv_snapshot_18.48_[2013.01.19_10.02.40]

This series is the epitome of “under the radar”, but it just keeps delivering – and while the pacing may not be priority overnight, service is as reliable as it gets.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Psycho-Pass - 13

[Commie] Psycho-Pass - 13 [F5384328].mkv_snapshot_15.26_[2013.01.18_21.15.19] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 13 [F5384328].mkv_snapshot_18.58_[2013.01.18_21.18.51] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 13 [F5384328].mkv_snapshot_22.43_[2013.01.18_21.23.17]

“The horror!  The horror!”

- Mr. Kurtz, Heart of Darkness