Saturday, February 6, 2016

Winter Stream 2016: Luck & Logic: Episode 4

Impressive visuals in the final fight between the monster of the episode a giant thread and spindle weilding pupet master. This is a rote unplesent exercise in the rightness of teamwork and the power of friendship it's a trite slog of nothing different or exciteing just more of the same sub par one-dimensional characterization while some attempts are made at makeing Chloie a little more nuance this fails it's all tiresome boring and a chore to not be distracted by the visuals not because of any particular merit in the episode fight scene in the last few minutes aside but because the dialogue is uninspired speechafying with no emotion or depth.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter 2016: Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan: Episode 4

Back to the more crass humor of the earlier episodes while also keeping the new character developments in place to while also giving Ojou some time to shine as a sometimes clueless but good hearted girl. Still funny even if a little cringy in bits and pieces.

Winter Stream: Ojisan and Marshmallow: Episode 4

Kusaka makes a trip to the factory that manufactures his beloved Marshmallows getting confused for a fairy by the employees. It's slight but gives a break from the constant clueless guy gets hit on by girl joke in the series so at least the joke does not become played out or tired with overuse. Still an episode that feels incomplete

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Winter 2016 Stream: Myriad Colors Phantom World: Episode 4

An episode with an actual emotional trajectory in wich Reina becomes possessed by a spirit that presents her with an idealized version of her otherwise emotionally distant parents as small anthropomorphic rabbits. In short it's a "lotus eater" type of world that Mai and Haruhiko get stuck in as well it gives a way for the series to finally feel emotionally real and not a lost pile of tropes and archetypes. The series has come around to being well written as well as well animated while the dark turn near the end makes it more than a Japanese High School version of Scooby Doo with a monster of the week narrative structure it's now allowed for character development and actual emotional range beyond Mai being a hot head or Haruhiko being a font of exposition. While Reina is now more than a mere cute little Ojou and has some pain in her past. While it's solved quickly thankfully though the use of the "power of friendship" trope does not make it all feel hollow or quickly fixed.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Winter Stream 2016: Luck and Logic: Episode 3

Cliche rules the day with an episode that focuses on Tamaki but leaves her even less developed and more one-dimensional by the end then at the beginning so she can make way for Yoshichika to take his predetermined post as leader. Thankfully the fight scenes are back to the quality of the opening episode and Mana gets another cool scene focusing on stealth in the defeat of one of the foreigners. While the twist at the end feels contrived and Athena is still really nothing than magical girlfriend Waifu bait. Visuals are back to a good place but honestly the writing is unsalvagable with its chock a block of archetypes as characters and painfully unfunny jokes. It's now something I hope can stop from embarrassing itself more than it already has. Wich is a shame because visually it's quite striking with its use of muted blacks and bright and dark colors. Still it's weak character design and unemotive performances by the entire cast. This continues to be the worst thing all around this season.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter 2016 Stream: Please Tell Me Galko-Chan: Episode 3

More of the humor that makes the series enjoyable and an out of a nowhere bit of character development and drama while Ojou continues to be the dark horse of the series in the background but prodding Galko and Otaku to reconcile or so Otaku thinks. While Galko is simply a fun study in contradictions looking life a "good time girl" but really and innocent and domestic girl. While the boys in her class are completely clueless about who she really is. It's always fun to see the back and forth between the girls while also vaguely remembering who clueless high school boys are as well and cringe good-naturedly at the naivete of youth.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter 2016 Stream: Ojisan and Marshmallow: episode 3

Wakabayashi's continued quest to try and seduce Kusaka continues unabated while he only has eyes for his beloved Marshmallows. More focused on Wakabayashi wich is a plus and overall a decent blend of comedy and character development in the short time frame.