I’m watching Vinland Saga, and so should you

     What do you usually think when somebody tells you a particular anime is based on some more or less true historical events? Chances are that it’s yet another take on Oda Nobunaga with some weird spin – all the characters are girls or the setting is changed to a high-school, or something in a similar vein. If not that, Japanese do love a good old Victorian setting, Alice in Wonderland included (or no Alice, for a change). One way or another, in all likelihood I‘d freak out after hearing that such a thing like Vinland Saga does exist. Really, what are the chances that a Japanese dude could make a compelling story about damn Vikings? With no anime girls (pretty much), no high-schools and (virtually) no slap-stick comedy?

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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2019 Week 3

One phrase impressions

Carole and Tuesday (Ep. 3) – Cool second song.

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Musings and Reflections – Spring 2019 Week 1 and 2

One phrase impressions

Carole and Tuesday (Ep. 1) – I’m hooked.
Carole and Tuesday (Ep. 2) – As slice of life as it’s going to be.

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Musings and Reflections – Winter 2019 Week 5

One phrase impressions

Boogiepop wa Warawanai– Aya gets deeper characterized – yay!
Sword Art Online: Alicization
– PHYSICS DOESN’T WORK THIS WAY!
Dororo –  War isn’t tasty…

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Musings and Reflections – Winter 2019 Week 4

     I guess this one goes just for the record. Being a whole week late with episode reviews makes them pretty useless. I guess reading (and not watching) Boogiepop and somehow getting tangled into rewatching both Cowboy Bebop and Black Lagoon stole a lot of time…

One phrase impressions

Boogiepop wa Warawanai – I guess I warmed up a bit.
Sword Art Online: Alicization
– Alice shows some class.
Dororo –  Underdeveloped, but fine, really.

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Musings and Reflections – Winter 2019 Week 3

One phrase impressions

Boogiepop wa Warawanai – New arc, maybe some improvements?
Sword Art Online: Alicization
– I’m slightly mad.
Dororo –  Lots of prosthetics.

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Musings and Reflections – Winter 2019 Week 2

One phrase impressions

Boogiepop wa Warawanai – Aliens and stuff.
Sword Art Online: Alicization
– At least the fight was spectacular.
Dororo –  Best Dororo is silent Dororo.

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Scattered Thoughts – How Boogiepop adaptation failed its first arc

     Show, don’t tell. That’s probably the most important rule of any film or TV show. Instances like Bakemonogatari are very scarce, and even there the visuals are not the least important element of the story. It seems like the easier route is to stick to the rule and avoid exposition dumps as much as possible, and then it should be ok. It’s true that the new adaptation of Boogiepop light novel series doesn’t tell. Only the problem is that neither does it show.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai Miyashita Touka

     It’s a very unforgiving job to try to adapt Boogiepop. If you watched any of Junji Ito’s anime adaptations, you should know how that sort of thing may play out. It’s just that another medium isn’t always capable of retelling the same story without some important pieces being lost. A non-conventional retelling might do the source justice, but so far Boogiepop wa Warawanai has received nothing but conventional adaptation, and it doesn’t really work. Why?

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Musings and Reflections – Winter 2019 Week 1

One phrase impressions

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Ep. 1) – Underwhelming to say the least.
Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Ep. 2) – The story sort of kicks in but also sort of doesn’t..
Sword Art Online: Alicization – Ugh, exposition upon exposition…
Dororo –  MAPPA knows how to deal with historical anime, apparently

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Musings and Reflections – Winter 2019 Week 0

     A new year, a new season, a new hope. The last winter proved to be incredibly rich with a number of great shows that could be enough for the entirety of a pretty decent year. This time I’m not as optimistic, but the selection is still varied enough (even with the heap of second seasons and stuff). I guess I’ll be rather cautious this time but at least one show should be definitely good. I hope.

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