The Token End of Year Post 2016

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk, idolmaster, Love Live! at January 4, 2017 on 9:00 pm

Seven years of doing these end of year posts, and I have a shocking thing to reveal : I’ve now actually watched two entire episodes of Gundam Unicorn. This was partially down to motivation spurred on by the TV broadcast version (I watched an episode of it, and decided I’d rather just watch the original edits), and partially because I decided to not let myself watch Gundam Thunderbolt until I’d finished watching the thing.

Neither point particually stuck – as is obvious from the prior statements, I’ve not finished watching the rest of Unicorn yet, and I ended up breaking down and just watching Thunderbolt a week or so ago (and, man, Thunderbolt is good). Don’t take this as a statement on Unicorns quality mind you – I enjoyed what I’ve watched of it, I’ve just found it weirdly hard to fit into my viewing schedule, especially this last season.

On the other hand, mind you, I am totally up-to-date on The Origin!

Anyway, as per usual, here’s too many uninteresting words about cartoons from the last year that aren’t really worth reading. The usual caveats apply – spoilers ahoy, and these aren’t necesasrily the best shows of the year, or things I’d necessarily recommend watching yourself, more just stuff I somehow managed to summon Words about.
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Merry Christmas

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at December 25, 2016 on 6:42 pm


This is actually the back cover from one of the Christmas cards I sent out this year, but since I’m feeling way too lazy to throw together anything new for this post (it’s been a busy month, I’m exhausted, it’s Christmas day and I’m over-stuffed from lunch, and I have a copy of Bakemonogatari waiting to be read), I figure I may as well re-use it here…

Anyway, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or perhaps just Happy Couple Of Days Off Work if you aren’t the sort that actually celebrates anything. I should probably update more next year – lack of updates here as of late has more been to lack of time than lack of desire, honestly. Plenty of stuff I’ve wanted to write about, little time in which to actually do it. No particular promises that this is going to change in the New Year, admittedly, but I can at least maybe try a little harder to make time for it!

(Though, really, you should all probably just go and read Sakugablog or something anyway)


Mikan Watch #108: Classicaloid

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at October 24, 2016 on 6:24 pm


From the opening sequence to Classicaloid – I gather thats Chopin sitting in it. I gather he may also appear rather more prominently in the third episode, but I’m woefully behind on my TV anime right now thanks the to sheer amount of quality content made available on a weekly basis, and the fact that I’ve been traveling these last few weeks.

Admittedly, being behind on TV cartoons because you’ve spent the last two weekends sat in a cinema watching stuff like A Silent Voice, Your Name and Girls und Panzer is a pretty good problem to have, but, ironically, I’m kind of counting on the fact that I’m away for the weekend again this week to catch up on things, as at least this time I should find myself with plenty spare time on an evening with little energy for much else.

Having too much good TV anime content to keep up with is a pretty good problem to have as well, honestly. I do need to catch up on Vivid Strike to see this apparently hilarious beatdown that is the toast of Twitter today, though…

(although now that I’ve taken that screen grab, I do suppose I have the third episode of Classicaloid queued up already…)


Revisiting Katyusha

Posted by DiGiKerot in Random Stuff at October 24, 2016 on 6:23 pm


I saw a festival screening of the Girls und Panzer movie at the Scotland Loves Anime event in Edinburgh yesterday. This isn’t the first screening on the movie outside of Japan – it played at a convention in the US a couple of weeks back following Sentais licensing announcement for it, at least, but it may well be the second, and certainly is of the official English subtitled version.
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Mikan Watch #107: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Posted by DiGiKerot in Gaming, Mikan Watch at September 6, 2016 on 9:53 pm


That’s Tokyo Mirage Sessions “Sharp” FE, as in the musical notation – I’m just too lazy to figure out how to type that.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is that game that Nintendo initially announced as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (where “X” is “Cross”, in this case), the game theoretically mashing together Atlus’s flagship RPG branding with Intelligence Systems Fire Emblem series of strategy games. This, of course, set alight expectations of some dark, gritty psychologically fraught low-fantasy epic amongst those who claim Japanese RPGs are now “Too Anime” (which is pretty much just a catch-all for lazy criticism).

They should probably have known a little better.
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