Mikan Watch #94: Kantai Collection

Posted by DiGiKerot in Kantai Collection, Mikan Watch at January 28, 2015 on 8:18 pm

From episode 4 of Kantai Collection, we have Naka-chan standing ontop of a Mikan box, challenging Kongou to an idol throwdown. This is it – anime has clearly peaked. I may as well stop watching cartoons, like, right this minute.


The rest of the episode is maybe something to write about another time, but the vaguely interesting thing about the actual box here is that it’s a little vintage – aside from the fact that it’s wooden, the more astute may notice that it’s actually upside. Of course, if you rotate it the correct way upwards, you’ll also note that the katakana are written right-to-left, instead of the usual left-to-right – the Japanese manner of writing was reformed post-World War 2, so this is another one of those peculiar vintage details the show occasionally likes to adhere to.

Mikan Watch #93: Cute High Earth Defense Force LOVE!

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at January 10, 2015 on 9:03 pm

The first spot of the new anime season, it’s the Mikan box so orangey they deemed to label it twice – that is, they’re Mikan Mikan boxes. They’re all over the boys club room, too.

There’s not really a ton to say about Cute High Earth Defense Force LOVE, aside from the fact that the shows title is a wee bit of a mouthful. This is largely because it’s very much the kind of show that you’d expect the folks involved in it’s production to produce – the shows director, Takamatsu Shinji, made an awful lot of Gintama. The shows lead writer, Yokote Michiko, made an awful lot of Gintama. The episode director working on this opener, Miyawaki Chizuru, worked on Wandering Son. Also, made an awful lot of Gintama.

This probably all sounds like me being awfully reductive here, but in CHEDFL, it’s a little difficult not to stress that they’ve made a show that very much sports the same kind of sardonic tone, and the same kind of dialogue and directorial cadence, as what is arguably the most significant of their previous works. Right from the opening, it just noticeably has that feeling to it.

Which is, you know, fine – Gintama is a good show, but they’ve, well, made an awful lot of it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking the lessons learned whilst adapting such a long running manga and applying them to an original show with new characters and a completely different setting.

(Not that this is the first time these folks have done such a thing – also see Ixion Saga DT, though what I watched of that one was a wee bit hit-or-miss. Will be curious to see if CHEDFL is more consistent, though I’ll probably forget to watch it from the second episode onward anyway…)

Mikan Watch #92: Gugure! Kokkuri-san

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at October 22, 2014 on 9:06 pm

First spot of the season, from Gugure! Kokkuri-san, the gag-comedy about a fox spirit who elects to haunt an incredibly dead-pan little girl. It’s where we first meet the more-than-a-little-skeezy dog spirit Inugami.

The show is OK, I guess. I hadn’t intended to watch it until I caught wind of a tangerine-tinged lead, but given I like a spot of dry humour every now and again, the relatively flat delivery the show presents quite often isn’t far from my cup of tea. It could probably do with something of a higher gag concentration, though. Maybe I’ll keep up with it, and maybe I won’t – I’m feeling a little time-strapped as of late.

Mikan Watch #91: Barakamon

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at September 18, 2014 on 4:47 pm

Submitted by Author over the twittersphere, from an episode of Barakamon. All potential jokes about Digivolving Presidents are too overplayed to repeat here.

Well, at least I assume it’s from Barakamon – I’m taking his word for it, because at this point in the season, it’s increasingly apparent that I’m absolutely not going to find time to watch even a single episode of the show. I feel kind of bad about it, because it’s apparently pretty good, even if many comments to that effect are often couched in terms of “well, we’re never getting a Yotsubato cartoon”.

In reality, though, it’s pretty much the victim of being not on Crunchyroll and not being an idol show – I’m behind on my anime as it is at the moment (having taken on a little more than I usually endeavour to chew this last season despite taking a two-week trip to the US in the middle), so if it’s something which doesn’t just appear somewhere on the frontpage of Crunchy when I check the site, there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll either just forget about it, or simply won’t bother to jump through the additional hoops to watch it. In the case of Barakamon, it’s also one of the increasingly few shows which isn’t streaming anywhere in the UK, which isn’t to say that I couldn’t, say, watch it on Hulu using one of those handy region spoofing plugins, but who wants to deal with Hulu?

Call me spoilt, I guess, but it does mean I have nothing to say about the actual show.

(Also, I should probably actually watch K before going to see Missing Kings at SLA in a few weeks).

Mikan Watch #90: Engaged to the Unidentified

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at July 30, 2014 on 10:55 pm

Proving weak against UFOs, from the ending credits to Engaged to the Unidentified (Mikakunin de Shinkoukei), because I can actually watch it in on CR whilst being in the US?

Mashiro best character, Konoha Secret Best character, Benio kind of annoying, Kobeni really just sort of there most the time, yadda yadda yadda. Not much to say about the show, but I do think the upcoming Mashiro Nendoroid looks pretty great – it has fun faces, and comes with Mokele-mbembe. Which is mostly just neat because Mokele-mbembe is a fun name.


I dunno, though, the Nendoroid line really feels like it’s on an upsurge at the moment, in terms of fun character choices and faces – I mean, I was just popping onto AmiAmi to pull a link for the Mashiro nendoroid and notice that a cute Zvezda nendo has been listed (although if it was Professor Um or White Robin, I’d probably be twice as all over it). I’m sure I’d be all about that Renge nendo if I’d seen more of Non-Non Biyori as well, and all those Kill la Kill toys look great…

Meh, the worries of a merch-purchaser. I don’t have room for all the nendos I have already, let alone the ones I have on order. Also, Cu-poche’s are still great as well.

(Also Nico-Nico-Ni, obviously, because what’s a post here these days without mentioning Love Live?)