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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Light Novel Corner – Boogiepop 2: Boogiepop VS Imaginator (Part 1)

Boogiepop light novel 2 Boogiepop VS Imaginator Part 1

Author Kouhei Kadono
Illustrator Kouji Ogata
Genres Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
Published 1998 (JP) / 2006 (EN)
Pages 250
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     I probably haven’t talked about it before, so I can tell that my story with Boogiepop franchise goes like this. Since I heard that there’ll be a new Boogiepop anime, I decided to finally pick up the light novels. Simply because some regard the franchise quite highly, and dipping a bit in anime (and associated media) history is never a bad idea. (Unless you get stuck on some CG of early 2000s.) Anyway, as always, procrastination did its job, and I barely managed to read the first volume before starting watching the anime. Now, the first arc that was covered in that volume, is already finished, so it’s time for the second one. I can’t say that I caught the train before  it even started moving, but still – I think it’s a valid idea to post my impressions of the novels before digging into the adaptation. So, here it goes.

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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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Light Novel Corner – Boogiepop 1: Boogiepop and others

Boogiepop light novel 1 Boogiepop and others

Author Kouhei Kadono
Illustrator Kouji Ogata
Genres Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
Published 1998 (JP) / 2006 (EN)
Pages 250
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     Baccano at this point is regarded as a milestone in the history of the medium, be it light novels or anime. The energetic chaos of intertwining stories of many characters definitely is very entertaining, if only you can keep up with it. The truth however is that almost nothing pops into existence out of a vacuum, and Baccano isn’t an exception to that. If you think of it as an outgoing youth full of craziest ideas, you should also know that it has a grandfather – older, calmer and usually more grounded in reality. What’s that you ask? Why, but that’s Boogiepop.


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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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