Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at September 5, 2018 on 5:33 pm

Apparently it’s the 13th (scary!) anniversary of me taking up this particular, infrequently updated, corner of the internet, and because I’m terrible at remembering dates and forgot to draw anything new, I’m just posting something from my non-public images directory that only maybe six people know the context of because finishing projects is hard. I’ll leave you to ponder on the unexciting ramifications of it.

Anyway… despite best endeavours to post at least something every month, I guess I skipped August, despite the fact that I started drafting out an Otakon post-mortem (which, honestly, is mostly superficial thoughts on Release the Spyce). It was a busy month though – I was off in the US for the best part of a fortnight, and kind of been clobbered with work stuff once I got back. Next few months are going to end up pretty hectic as well, honestly – SLA in October, then Hibanacon and AnimeNYC in November. Not rest for… well, me. And I guess I do, actually, technically rest, and it’s not like I’m up to much in September.

Not that I’ve not been watching anime either, mind you. It’s been a pretty good season. I’m generally all in on the kids stuff these days – and the current Precure and Gegege no Kitaro both continue to be great on a weekly basis – but Planet With and Revue Starlight have both pretty consistently been knocking it out of the park, and the new Lupin is good, and I gather there are some other quality shows I’ve not been watching.

But, anyway, as I say, Scotland Loves Anime in a few weeks. Looking forward to Penguin Highway. Maybe I’ll actually remember to get around to writing something about it!


Anime Expo 2018 Debrief

Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at July 12, 2018 on 8:40 pm

Another year done…

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.