Mikan Watch #119: Machikado Mazoku

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at August 21, 2019 on 5:57 pm

From the OP of Machikado Mazoku (or The Demon Girl Next Door, as streaming platforms have monikered it), perfect evidence that I’ve been somewhat slacking on this recent given that, in taking the above screenshot, I discovered that I’d already grabbed the exact same picture from when the opening was used as the ending in the first episode over a month ago. Whoops.

Still, aside from being busy recently (where, admittedly, part of being busy has involved playing an unhealthy amount of Fire Emblem Three Houses), it’s been a kind of depressing time in the anime industry recently and I’ve kind of not particularly felt the need or want to write about it in any particular fashion.

Mikan Watch #118: Jewelpet Sunshine

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at April 28, 2019 on 9:27 am

From whichever episode of Jewelpet Sunshine I was watching the other day, used to prop up the Go table being used here by the pink Dolphin and a dragon. If you’re only vaguely aware of Sanrio’s larger Jewelpet franchise, there’s a good chance that Sunshine is the particular instalment you are aware of, mostly thanks to it’s recreation of a famous scene from Flashdance in it’s 21st episode, though it’s also a show that somehow managed to clear the music rights for Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing and even a Beatles track (and Ai o Torimodose, but that maybe isn’t quite so shocking).

Anyway, that I’m posting about this as opposed to, say, the Mikan box in that foxgirl show that I’ve totally been made aware of is largely indicative of the fact that I’ve kind of been watching sod-all this season so far outside of a couple of first episodes and Sarazanmai. I should probably catch up with Hitoribocchi or something at some point, but I have at least been using the time to endeavour to catch-up on some of the older shows I’ve been meaning to get around to, even if most of those do largely fall into the category of “Nonsense Kids Shows” (which, admittedly, is the best kind of anime).

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…)

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)

Mikan Watch #115: Lupin the 3rd Part 5

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at May 9, 2018 on 6:36 pm

From episode 6 of the new series of Lupin III, just behind Fujiko there.

The new series of Lupin III is an interesting beast in that it’s come not actually all that long after the previous instalment, and whilst that one was predominantly focused on Lupins antics in Italy, this one is supposedly focusing itself on France… not that it’d be that particularly obvious thus far beyond the accordion rendition of the classic Lupin theme. Tonally, it feels like it’s splitting the difference a little between Part 4 and the somewhat rougher edge of, say, Part 1. At the same time, though, it’s seems to be suggesting that any tonal interpretation of Lupin III, or just any interpretation of Lupin III in general, is valid, by doing things the franchise hasn’t frequently done in the past, like explicitly referencing Castle of Cagliostro as being a thing that actually happened. Or, I guess, anything outside of the current series as a thing that actually happened.

To point, though, this weeks episode diverged from what the series has being doing thus far with a homage to the Pink Jacket Lupin instalments, mainly the Lupin III Part 3 TV show. I have to admit, this is a completely blind-spot in my own Lupin knowledge – I’ve seen most of the original Part 1 TV show, I’ve seen enough of Part 2 to have a feel for it, but I’ve not actually seen any of the Part 3 TV show or the Gold of Babylon movie (I’ll probably end up picking up the BD of that one at some point, anyway). Whilst it was fun as being something different, I suspect a lot of the specifics of the appeal were lost on me a smidgen.

Otherwise, for as throwback as this is, the actual previous arc of the show was rather delightfully modern – by which I mean, whilst it’s still kind of behind what some of the childrens cartoons are doing a little, it embraces a whole bunch of ripped-from-the-headlines stuff as Lupin goes after a group of nefarious dark-web types by stealing all their crypto-currency, only for them to turn the tables by deploying Twitter and the power of social-media against him. It’s fun stuff, if you’ve not been keeping up with it, aside from maybe the somewhat unnecessary feeling CSE-based background for one of the new characters.

(On an entirely unrelated, airing-today kind of thing, though – this weeks Last Period is in the form of a documentary about the lead character plummeting into gacha hell. Whilst I feel like the show, whilst effortlessly charming, isn’t necessarily hitting as well as it could in the specifics of some of it’s execution, it’s maybe the wildest mobage adaptation since maybe Sengoku Collection in terms of doing weird stuff like this. I mean, it’s got nothing on that episode of SenColle where Michael Moore films a documentary about the dangers of time-displaced female-versions of Sengoku warlords living in modern-day Japan, it does somehow have a Higurashi cross-over episode…

Anyway, time to try and be awake at 2am so I can try to book AX Aqours tickets…)