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…)

Mikan Watch #114: Magical Girl Ore

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at April 6, 2018 on 8:08 am

From pretty shortly into the first episode of Magical Girl Ore comes the first Mikan Box of the season, or rather, many of them. They’re being used here to fashion a stage… I do hope that those are either wooden, or that they have something inside them to assist with holding their structural integrity, as otherwise I do worry about these wannabe idols not eating properly. Chihaya’s diet was supposed to be pitiable, not a life goal.

Not really much to say about the show itself. It’s been, like, almost two weeks since I watched it, after all. I should really get around to these things more quickly.

Mikan Watch #113: Teekyu Season 9

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at September 14, 2017 on 7:10 pm

From this weeks episode of Teekyu (episode 106!). The dialogue is actually referring to the shrine, rather than the box, coincidentally.

This isn’t the first time Teekyu has popped up for this, and I’m pretty sure I skipped over one I could probably have gotten away with appearing in one of the OP sequences because I try to avoid too many series duplicates, but I had just recently been thinking that it’d been a while since I’ve posted one of these.

Teekyu has been off-air for a while. Presumably this is because director Shin Itagaki has been busy with other things – I mean, he was involved in that Berserk anime that was broadcast the last couple of years, and he’s the director on the new Wake Up Girls show that is starting next month, which has no doubt been keeping him pre-occupied for some time now. I dare-sent say, as much as I love Teekyu, maybe the break was needed – the current season of Teekyu has been way more consistently on-point than the last couple of seasons were. That said, maybe it’s just the whole absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder thing.

Which is about all I have to say about Teekyu this evening.

Mikan Watch #112: Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at May 30, 2017 on 10:26 pm

From episode 9 of the newer series of Blue Exorcist. Nothing particularly exciting about it, though.

It appears to be over the best part of two months since I’ve posted anything. Whoops. I’d feel guiltier about it, but I’ve been rather busy and preoccupied the last few months with an assortment of things I probably shouldn’t talk about. Even then, there’s so much in the way of English language commentary regarding anime from folks who are way more knowledgeable or better informed that there generally feels like there’s little worthwhile for me to add to the conversation anyway, so whatever. I’m glad to have folks with more time and/or linguistic talent writing stuff to read, honestly.

Still, there’s Mikan Boxes to continue cataloguing.

Also AX to go into a few weeks, and boy, am I ill-prepared for that…