Mikan Watch #136: Fun Fun Pharmacy

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at December 17, 2019 on 11:20 pm

From episode 33 of Fushigi Mahou Fun Fun Pharmacy, a show I mostly ended up watching because it’s a charming thing that Igarashi did episode direction for a bunch of episodes of around about the time that he was also working on the first season of Ojamajo Doremi, a show which is in a similar ilk, albeit with a very different sense of humour to it.

Although it is, I guess, worth noting that the show is based on a novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba. I have no idea how faithful it is to that book, admittedly, though in general I get the feeling that Kashiwaba is one of those authors that is so widely read among at least the folks that direct Japanese childrens cartoons that her influence is likely all over the stuff that isn’t even explicitly based on her books. Heck, there was a bit of an old to-do over Spirited Away bearing more than a little resemblance to one of her novels, even.

Mikan Watch #135: Gingitsune

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at December 16, 2019 on 8:01 pm

From episode one of Gingitsune, hidden in the entryway there. My singular note on this one from when it was airing was “leave posting about this until we see if there’s a better shot in a later episode” – given the number of actual oranges in the show it would seem something likely to occur – but I guess I promptly stopped watching and forgot all about it. Whoops.

Mikan Watch #134: Arakawa Under the Bridge

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at December 15, 2019 on 7:18 pm

From episode 2 of Arakawa Under the Bridge.

Mikan Watch #133: Medarot

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at December 14, 2019 on 10:46 pm

From the first episode of Medarot. Or I guess Medabot if you watched the English version, though I can’t say I have any idea if this made that edit or not. Whilst I can’t say I ever particularly went through a stage were I felt cartoons were beneath me, much like Digimon, it’s English broadcast was at a point when I struggled to catch anything that was airing in the kind of timeslots it was airing in over here.

Which isn’t to say that I don’t ever go back to some of this stuff – Medarot is one of those things that I’ve been sporadically picking off an episode or two of whenever I have an idle half-hour with nothing current or higher-priority to watch. Which is to say, I watch an episode maybe once every two months, mostly when one of the definitive anime sorts brings up how good/interesting its animation was again.

I’ll get around to finishing it one day. It might be in 2030, though.

Mikan Watch #132: Dennou Coil

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at December 13, 2019 on 11:17 pm

From episode 4 of Dennou Coil, this is one of those ones where literally the only note I had was “Huh, there’s a Mikan Box in Dennou Coil”. Not very useful, Past Me. That being said, it ended up being in exactly the episode I thought it was – the one where Isako and the boys fight it out in the school. Figured it’d be that one just because I remember there being a lot of boxes in it – which there were – but it ended up being in a completely different context to what I expected. Funny how things work out sometimes.