Tripping the Light (Carrier) Fantastic, in KanColle Episode 7

Posted by DiGiKerot in Kantai Collection at February 18, 2015 on 10:31 pm

This week on KanColle, well, I guess a Light Aircraft Carrier appeared.

At this stage of the series, I think it’s probably pretty obvious that the gag episodes of KanColle, rather weirdly, actually have substance more to them in addition to simply being more entertaining to watch on a surface level. It’s partially because they’ve continued to struggle to make Fubuki a particularly entertaining character, even if she is surrounded by crackpots like Kongou, but mostly it’s just lacking a certain density of content in comparison. There’s less going on, and there’s fewer goofy historical references to enjoy picking apart.

Which isn’t to say that episodes like this aren’t entertaining, but it does leave me with considerably less to write about.

Thanks for the MEMORIES, Cinderella Girls Episode 6!

Posted by DiGiKerot in Cinderella Girls at February 13, 2015 on 11:18 pm

I have to admit, this weeks episode of Cinderella Girls didn’t pan out in exactly the way I was expecting. I mean, it was pretty obvious that Mio was setting herself up to some kind of fall throughout the entire episode, but the usual conclusion to this kind of thing tends to be something disastrous happening during the performance itself – stagefright, dance accident, forgotten lyrics or what have you – rather than things technically going without a hitch.

Like A Proper Northern (Ship) Lass in KanColle Episode 6

Posted by DiGiKerot in Kantai Collection at February 11, 2015 on 11:13 pm

The German submarines are attacking, and they’ve already conquered Pixiv.

There’s an event running in the KanColle game at the moment. As in most of these games, the reward for actually partaking is accquiring some rare in-game items, which likely won’t be available otherwise for months, for progressing beyond certain points within the duration of the event. One of the new ships introduced to the game as a reward item is the German-build submarine U-511.

The German ships in KanColle tend to attract a little attention regardless of the specifics, in so much as their designs and art are provided by Shimada Humikane (or Fumikane), best known as the character designer on Strike Witches and Girls und Panzer. U-511 is no different, but there’s a bit more of an arc to her than there is with most shipgirls.

Pop-up Pi-nyaa-te in Cinderella Girls episode 5

Posted by DiGiKerot in Cinderella Girls at February 6, 2015 on 8:05 pm

I do wonder what the Japanese anime industries obsession with Pop-up Pirate variants is. I mean, it’s not quite common enough a thing for me to consider starting up an entirely new blog segment for recording their appearances, but this is hardly the first time I’ve seen such a game in anime, if maybe the first I’ve see with a cat involved.

Anyway, it’s somewhat hard, coming out of this weeks episode of Cinderella Girls, to not retrospectively feel that we were a little bit spoilt across the last two episodes of the show, at least where the animation production was concerned. I would say that it was, therefore, somewhat unavoidably disappointing to get something which was just kind of ordinary after two episodes lead by particularly idiosyncratic and accomplished animation directors, but the fact is that there are even a handful of real continuity clunkers in this episode that really shouldn’t have slipped through.

A Farewell to Naka-Chan in KanColle Episode 5

Posted by DiGiKerot in Kantai Collection at February 4, 2015 on 9:56 pm

As they say, the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, and indeed, in one fell swoop, with Fubuki being reassigned to a new fleet, we suffer the likely writing out of the beloved Naka-chan’s frequent screen time just as we see Kongou’s increase. Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.