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Disastrous life of Saiki K (Episodes 1 – 12)

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Thank god!! For the first couple of episodes I was worried that this season of Saiki K wouldn’t be as good as the first. That’d it be a watered down season that for some reason lacked something vital that was present in the first season. But luckily that wasn’t the case. After the show started to get going, I got used to the characters again, I got used to the comedy again and everything felt great again.

However, what I have noticed is that the show relies on introducing new characters to keep the show fresh. We’re 12 episodes in and three new major characters have already been introduced. So far I don’t see anything wrong with this method and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with it since with each new character introduced comes along multiple funny stories that can be told, so I don’t really care nor understand why some people find this approach to be lazy.

I’ve particularly enjoyed the addition of the two new female characters; mostly because they are competition for Teruhashi. But to be honest, I care more about the upcoming romantic compettition between Teruhashi and the new female psychic, because Saiki is finally going to have a harem. Hopefully we get another girl in the mix so we can see more of Teruhashi fighting off the compettition for Saiki.

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This show is…. Interesting

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The thing about this show is that (for me) it can be binged. Its something that you tune into once a week to relieve stress, but I tried binge watching it today but I just got bored. The thing is, the show is really funny and I dont want to drop it so what I’m going to have to do is keep it on my watch list and watch it whilst I’m watching something else of the season.

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The silly 4-cell manga has become a pretty successful anime, just not one I can binge.

Takagi-san: Contender for waifu of the season

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I mean, there is just something about Takagi-san right? Is it her husky voice that in no way should belong to a middle schooler or is it just her quick wit that makes you feel a jolt of excitement when she out-smarts Nishitaka for the thousandth time.

There has to be a second season for this show, right? because after Nishitaka’s ‘critical hit’ and seeing her cute reaction to it, I need to see more.

Which Winter 2018 shows will I be watching?

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Winter 2018 Anime Lineup

Unfortunatley, I haven’t had any time to watch any seasonal anime due to me just having the most unproductive three months of my life. I was literally unenthusiastic in every aspect of life, from school work, programming and anime. But now that I’m back, I’m ready to binge on the season I missed, and I have to say, this season has a lot of shows I think will be really good.

I’m going to write a list of the seasonal anime that have been spoken about alot and ones that I think look cool, once I read the descriptions of the shows I will rate it from 1 – 4 starts (*) depending on how much I’ll want to watch it. Then write about why I will or won’t watch the show.

  • Violet Evergarden (****)
  • Darling in FranXX (****)
  • Ovelord II(*)
  • Citrus (**)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (***)
  • Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-San(****)
  • Pop Team Epic (****)
  • Yuru Camp (***)
  • Koi wa Amegari no You ni (**)
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2 (****)

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  • Shows I’m definitley going to try:
    • Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-San – Looking at all the memes on 4chan and the clips of it on facebook and twitter, I can just see myself liking it. It seems like it’ll be a mixture of Tsuki ga Kirei (which I really, really enjoyed) mixed in with some slapstick slice of life comedy.
    • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2 – After the first season of this show ending up in my top 5 list, I’m obviously giving this season a watch too.
    • Pop Team Epic – I’ve heard its just a meme show, so why not watch it.
    • Darling in FranXX – I first came across this show on a crunchyroll poster and I loved the asethetic so I put it on my watch later list, but I’ve been hearing many mixed reviews from the community. I’m defenintley going to check it out but I’m wary of it.
    • Violet Evergarden – Its the show of the season. To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to like it. I have the same feeling as I did when Mahoutsukai no Yome came out, and that show was underwhelming for me. I just wasn’t my cup of tea. But regardless, I have to see what all the fuss is about.

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  • Shows I might try… if I have the time:
    • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody  – Since I told myself that I wanted to try out more shows from the isekai genre, I put this show on my watch later list. The appeal was that the protagonist was a 29 year old programmer; However, when I saw the clips from the show, it just looks like a clone of SAO. I was hoping for a more grittier look and this show doesnt have that, hence the low priority it has on my list, but I’m still curious about it
    • Yuru Camp – A show full of cute girls and a cute aesthetic but the story seems quite boring. I think I’ll check out an episode or two, but if it doesnt grip me by then I’m going to have to drop it.

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  • Show I probably won’t watch:
    • Ovelord II – Even though I kind of liked the first season, my taste has changed a whole lot since the first season came out, so I don’t think I’ll watch the show. However, I did say that I wanted to watch more Isekai shows so the only way I would give this show a shot is if I dropped Yuru Camp or Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody quite early on.
    • Citrus – The story looks generic and from what I can tell from the clip, it looks like a poorly funded hentai series. I doubt I’ll watch this show.
    •  Koi wa Amegari no You ni – Looking back, this show looks cool. I don’t remember why I didn’t want to watch it. I’ll probably give it a go.

My anime aesthetic

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List of anime in the collage:

  • Beck
  • Genshiken
  • Welcome to the NHK
  • Ping Pong: The Animation
  • Serial Experiments Lain

The art style of anime from 2003-2006 really resonate with me. I don’t think the collage shows it, so I might have to screenshot frames from random episodes but I just love looking at anime from this era. The backdrop from shows like Beck and Genshiken (more so in the manga) is just so detailed that it makes me think that the artists put 100% effort into the work. For example, in Beck the random alleyways or streets look so real, from the wires running across the ground to the random fridge on the side of the pavement. Also I really like the colours used. In the collage, the characters from those shows usually have dark hair and there are hardly ever any vibrant colours like pink or light blue in the backgrounds unless it is used to add something to the scenario or emphasize something else.

Also, 2003 – 2006 are the years I really got into reading. I would have been around 5 – 8 and all the books I read had a similar art style to these anime. I even used to read books with Japanese illustration without me knowing about Japan. So when I found the books again, I was struck with loads of nostalgia but extreme familiarity since I consume a lot of media containing Japanese culture and influence.

The Made in Abyss soundtrack – A work of wonder

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The ‘Made in Abyss’ soundtrack is truly a work of art. I remember when I first listened to the first song on the OST I thought to myself “Wait this sounds just like something Joe Hisaishi would produce”, but then it just snapped into something completely different. It was still classical but it felt contemporary at the same time and now every time I listen to it I find something new to love about the soundtrack. Also, this I definitely think that this soundtrack does in fact make the anime much better. It’s the reason why Made in Abyss was one of the best anime of 2017, the music just stood out so much. One thing I also loved about this soundtrack is that it is one of the only soundtracks I have heard that truly heightens the emotional investment in the show. I really don’t know how it did this, but when something of importance happened in the show I would gasp but when the music played it just upped a notch, I was almost compelled to start flailing my arms around in distraught.

Anyways this is just a few thoughts I had when re-listening to the soundtrack but I’m excited for the second season and can’t wait for the developments.

Here’s a link to the OST – [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-0Nayk1C_AXs14nt__6zHKbXIhP0zuky]

Extremely badly written female characters in anime

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When I’m watching an anime that expects the audience to take the show seriously, I expect the writers to actually take time with the characters. I have endured through too many semi decent shows where I just cringe at the action of the female characters and question to myself whether she would act like that. The show that completely grinded my gears was this seasons Inuyashiki; infact, the actions of the female character completely changed the direction of the show for the worse and its turning to absolute shit.

 

Examples of badly written female anime characters

  • Shion watanabe from Inuyashiki
  • Bernstein, Kudelia Aina from IBO
  • Mishima, Lisa from terror in resonance

 

Examples of well written female anime characters

  • Five from terror in resonance
  • Katsuragi, Misato from evangelion
  • Miyamori, Aoi from shirobako

 

I would put more female characters on here, because there a literally millions of badly written female characters, but I only mentioned the anime characters that appear in the shows that are/appear to be deep. Kudelia Burnstein, is just extremley weak and although she is written as a young character, a person who has knowingly accepted the role of the face of a revolution shouldn’t be acting as weak as she does. Now with this character in comparison to Five from Terror in Resonance, you can tell how the writing defers. Five acts corresponding to how back story, she is calculated, devious and below all this we can tell she is extremley lonely and that just oozes through within the series. Whereas, we are just told that Kudelia is strong but we never actually see that within the show, well we’ve this it once but it was kinda cheesy and predictable.

Well in conclusion, I agree that the quality of how females are represented in anime is dependent on the writer, but since a very large percentage of females in anime are written badly, it might actually be direclty proportional of how Japanese men percieve woman in Japanese society.

 

Comment some badly written female characters so I can make some memes.