Mikan Watch #117: GeGeGe No Kitaro

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at March 19, 2019 on 6:01 pm

From the current ending of the current version of GeGeGe no Kitaro, being polluted by that ass Rat-Man.

There’s probably a lot I could say about the current Gegege no Kitaro – it’s certainly one of the more reliably entertaining shows I’ve been watching over the last year, particularly as something which has, in fact, been running for a year. There’s an awful lot to be said about the fact that it’s a rarity in that it’s a franchise that has existed in multiple distinct adaptations at pretty regular 10 year intervals, often with common stories being adapted between the various iterations.

There’s probably a lot more to be said on just the way that, despite having it’s basis in comics going all the way back until the 60s, it’s surprisingly modern in it’s outlook. It’s a show that started with an obnoxious Youtuber being punished for his inconsiderate behaviour, by being consumed by a Vampire tree in an incredibly painful looking sequence, after all. It’s a show that, despite theoretically being Quality Children’s Programming, doesn’t particularly shy away from being gruesome or explicit in it’s social messaging. It’s a show that talks about the importance of not teaching whitewashed history, about organised labour and collective bargaining, about exploiting immigrants and the treatment of refugees.

It also has multiple episodes about how being terrible on social media can have implications, even if you think you are being anonymous about it.

This weeks episode, coincidentally, sees the return of the aforementioned asshole Youtuber, as he first propagates widespread knowledge of Yokai, only to turn around instigate hate mobs against them, based on flimsy evidence, all for those mad Streamer Bucks. Thematically, it’s kind of a rough episode to be airing this week.

Anyhow, good show. I should probably actually endeavour to write something more meaningful about it once it wraps up, rather than hammering out something unplanned in the ten minutes before this Google stream starts just because I’m feeling bad about not posting anything in, errr, three months. Whoops.

(Coincidentally, geez, this new WordPress editor is garbage. Need to install one of those classic editor plugins, I guess…)


Merry Christmas!

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at December 25, 2018 on 9:26 am

Because nothing says Christmas like Drive-In Tori, I guess?

Err, three months since my last update, huh? That’s… actually entirely unintentional. Certainly, been plenty of stuff I could have been writing about – SLA and my annoyance with I Want To Eat Your Pancreas, AnimeNYC, London Miku Expo and, well, just anime in general, but hey, life keeps one busy on occasion, and with age comes less wisdom than it does a perennial sense of exhaustion.

Still, I should probably write about at least one of those things still, maybe for the New Years post. We’ll see, I guess.

In the meantime, though, I hope the season treats you well, and you have yourselves a better 2019, regardless of how 2018 found you.


BW13th

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at September 5, 2018 on 5:33 pm


Apparently it’s the 13th (scary!) anniversary of me taking up this particular, infrequently updated, corner of the internet, and because I’m terrible at remembering dates and forgot to draw anything new, I’m just posting something from my non-public images directory that only maybe six people know the context of because finishing projects is hard. I’ll leave you to ponder on the unexciting ramifications of it.

Anyway… despite best endeavours to post at least something every month, I guess I skipped August, despite the fact that I started drafting out an Otakon post-mortem (which, honestly, is mostly superficial thoughts on Release the Spyce). It was a busy month though – I was off in the US for the best part of a fortnight, and kind of been clobbered with work stuff once I got back. Next few months are going to end up pretty hectic as well, honestly – SLA in October, then Hibanacon and AnimeNYC in November. Not rest for… well, me. And I guess I do, actually, technically rest, and it’s not like I’m up to much in September.

Not that I’ve not been watching anime either, mind you. It’s been a pretty good season. I’m generally all in on the kids stuff these days – and the current Precure and Gegege no Kitaro both continue to be great on a weekly basis – but Planet With and Revue Starlight have both pretty consistently been knocking it out of the park, and the new Lupin is good, and I gather there are some other quality shows I’ve not been watching.

But, anyway, as I say, Scotland Loves Anime in a few weeks. Looking forward to Penguin Highway. Maybe I’ll actually remember to get around to writing something about it!

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Anime Expo 2018 Debrief

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at July 12, 2018 on 8:40 pm


Another year done…
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Mikan Watch #116: Comic Girls

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at May 10, 2018 on 9:35 pm


From a couple of weeks ago, from episode 4 of Comic Girls – I’ve not seen todays episode yet – being used as a table for drawing, well, comics on during an imaginatory sequence.

Comic Girls is a sitcom adapting a four-panel manga about a group of high-school aged Manga artists living in the same dormitory, that has proven itself notable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s kind of hitting way above what is probably necessary or expected in terms of some of the specifics of it’s execution. Secondly, after some other recent stuff like Blend-S proved to be way more aggressively heteronormative than one would necessarily anticipate from something originating from one of the Manga Time Kirara-branded magazines, Comic Girls plays more closely to what I generally assume most their readers expects in that it’s almost refreshing how explicitly gay it can be, and not just in the way ostensive lead Kaos seems perennially, somewhat against expected type, lowkey horny for her friends.

I’d have maybe called it my unexpected sleeper of the season, except Hinamatsuri’s absurdest streak plays way, way closer to my taste in humour. It’s certainly worth at least a look, though.

(Aqours ticketing last night went fine for me personally, if you were wondering)