Mikan Watch #144: Re:cycle of Penguindrum 1

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at November 2, 2022 on 7:24 pm


Arguably cheating given that I’ve done Penguindrum TV before, but now having seen the first of the new Penguindrum movies (twice), I can confirm that it is still present, and as such can be lazy and just reuse the same screencap. Hurrah for efficiency in posting!

The first Penguindrum movie is an interesting kettle of fish in that it’s mostly a recap movie, though it has a number of new framing sequences that position it as a sequel to the TV show, as child versions of Shoma and Kanba review a book detailing the events of the TV show whilst attempting to figure out why they seem to have been forgotten by the world. Also, most importantly, there’s a new Penguin. Much of this new content feels pretty Takeuchi Nobuyuki to my admitted untrained eye, though the fact it’s half riffing on visuals from the episode of the TV show he handled in the first place, and half mashing together photorealistic and animated elements is probably what’s leading me to that feeling.

As a recap movie, it’s… fine? Better than most, even? Most of the really interesting stuff is likely to be falling into the second movie that I’ve not seen yet, given how this one ends, though it does basically conclude at exactly the halfway point of the show in terms of it’s recap content. As someone who hasn’t really revisited the show since it broadcast, I at least managed to follow the events well enough – it’s obviously a recap movie, but it takes something of a sensible approach to it by arranging it’s content by character rather than strictly adhering to previously established chronological continuity. That said, given that movie a fair bit over two hours long, you are only really dropping maybe 2/3rd of the content of the show, which whilst sounding like a lot, is positively luxurious by the standards of many of these things. You’re still losing some of the flavour of the show, but it’s a pretty reasonable way to relive the story whilst being hyper-focused on a lot of the elements that are particularly meaningful about it.
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Merry Christmas 2021

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at December 25, 2021 on 1:01 am


Seasons Greetings, everybody!

It’s… sure been an entire year, huh? Believe me when I say that was entirely unintentional, but 2021 was sure a year. A year in which I mostly stayed at home and didn’t particularly want to sit typing a whole bunch of stuff whilst sat in front of the computer after having spent the entire day sat in front of the same desk for my day job, you know?

I had kind of been intending to write about Heybot, and I do have a backlog of Mikan Watch posts I could be making. I should really get to them soon.

Otherwise… I’m still watching about as much anime as I normally do, which admittedly tends to end up being not that much this time of year due to other things typically going on. The recent thing which generally sticks in my mind is the theatrical feature from earlier in the year, Pompo the Cineaphile, which you’ve probably missed in the cinema at this point if you are in the UK (though I gather has an upcoming US release). That movies a pretty good time.

Anyway, in the event that I completely forget to update again for the next year, I hope you have a Merry festive season, a good New Year, and that 2022 finds you all pretty good.

(Oh, Love Live Superstar was good, if you were really wondering what my opinions on recent Love Live cartoons were)


Merry Christmas 2020

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at December 25, 2020 on 1:23 am


Merry Christmas, y’all.

Guess I’ve not posted much on anything this year. You know how it is, I’m sure – much as I’d like to put it down to mostly being a busy year, it is also one I’ve mostly spent at home. This sure does mean I’ve watched a bunch of anime, but it also sure does mean I’ve been sat at my desk at home an awful lot, and at a certain point, I need to not be sitting where I do my day job in order to sit around and write stuff for the internet. I need space to unwind and all that.

Well, that, and I’ve been playing a bunch of Genshin Impact. Way too much Genshin Impact. An absurd amount of Genshin Impact.


Quick Notes About Love Live Nijigasaki

Posted by DiGiKerot in Love Live! at October 4, 2020 on 12:36 pm


Well, I suppose I should write something about the new Love Live show, if only for old times sake. I can’t really say I have much productive to say about it – at this point in time, there’s an effectively infinite number of people who’re better placed to write about it than I am, and I’d rather just enjoy the show casually than try and pull it apart too much.
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Mikan Watch #143: Rick and Morty

Posted by DiGiKerot in idolmaster, Mikan Watch at July 26, 2020 on 12:25 pm


I can’t particularly say that this was a post I was ever expecting to be making…

Anyway, Adult Swim put out another one of their sporadic Rick and Morty shorts overnight (well, by UK time), and this one was animated at Telecom and directed by Takeshi Sano (Tower of God). Probably not actually that much of a shock given those circumstances, I guess.

I suppose I actually like Rick and Morty well enough, though not in the “talk publicly about it” fashion – which is to say, I do watch the show, but I can’t particularly say I want to be associated with some of the more vocal parts of the fanbase. I’m sure you can probably understand.
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