I’m a huge fan of the manga for Parasyte and was cautiously optimistic coming into this anime. One thing I was a little afraid of was whether it would be full of censorship. Body horror is right at the core of Parasyte and stripping that out would diminish the horror these things are supposed to instil in you. Literally 5 seconds into the anime and NOPE this isn’t censored in the slightest! We get to see people’s faces morph into giant mouths with 8 jaws rip the head off their wives, and the world is a better place for that.
Little known fact: I’m actually Orson Welles. Citizen Kane is one of my better films, but don’t sleep on The Lady from Shanghai either. That movie’s weird. I’m also really dope in The Third Man.
Know what else is also dope? GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS. The show’s first season, which bled over into winter — thus making it eligible to make my top 10 of 2014, WHICH IT ABSOLUTELY WILL, BY THE WAY — is some of the most fun I’ve had watching anime this year. I rarely marathon shows anymore; I have neither the time nor the energy to partake in that often. However, I couldn’t help it with Build Fighters. By shedding any pretense of not being a total toy advertisement (because it absolutely is, let’s not front, even though a bunch of anime are made to advertise something or other), Build Fighters also shed a lot of the cynicism I might have had about it. I can roll with a show accepting what it is and having fun with it. Build Fighters is trying to sell me toys, yeah, but it’s also giving me characters with pluck and heart; fantastically animated, tense robot battles; and an overall silly story that explodes in an awesome way at the end. Not high art, but damn entertaining.
This new season of Build Fighters seems as if it will unfold along similar lines.
Every once in awhile, I like to imagine that a flash of doubt in its writing occasionally crosses the collective mind of Kyoto Animation. No matter the truth of the matter, there are mutterings that maybe the mighty KyoAni machine might be winding down. So, for the sake of catharsis, they make something like Amagi Brilliant Park, about a once bustling theme park that’s been relegated to irrelevance that has to be brought back to life by a third party, and cram their subversive message of doubt and rebirth into something that, at a glance, toes the KyoAni line. And then they read that I thought this, and in inexplicable gratitude decide to hire me full time as the official Kyoto Animation Snack Taste-Tester who everybody thinks is cool and wants to be friends with.
Of course there’s (unfortunately) no need for KyoAni to have self awareness of this caliber, since Scamp’s Favorite Studio is successful enough to buy their collective weight in gold, fill an Olympic-sized pool with it, and invest in the science necessary to keep it in a perpetually liquid non-scalding state, but Amaburi is still the most initially tolerable iteration of their “generic boy is surrounded by generically eccentric girls and gets into generically kooky situations” formula in quite some time. That’s about the best endorsement of the show that I can think of: It’s initially very tolerable. Read More
This is the season of the naked male arses. Mappa started us off with Bahamut ending with a fine piece of dude backside. Even the Fruits de la Harem VN adaptation, which otherwise had more pantyshots than plot points, showed us a full shot of some guy bottom. Then Garo came in, not only with a regular shot of manly rear ends, but even of a chibi ass. Truly we live in a glorious age of anime.
Oh right, Garo. Yeah it was pretty good.
I don’t normally pull the “I watch this so you don’t have to” routine because it comes off as big-headed and insincere, like I’m only watching anime to hate it. You should watch anything that looks like it’s interesting to you and take advice from others on what else is good. That said, I’m going to do that for World Trigger because something this lazy, this bland, this utterly lacking piece of poop doesn’t look obviously like trash on the outside. There is absolutely nothing good about this anime I could possibly recommend to anyone, even for novelty sake.
What do you get if you crossed Samurai Champloo, Pirates of the Caribbean and any generic fantasy story you wish to name? You would get Johnny Depp breakdancing on the back of a dragon. You might also get Rage of Bahamut, the new anime by Mappa based off a digital collectable card game. You can have fun doing what I did and assume every character introduced is a card in the game and imagine every character yelling Yu-Gi-Oh style as they appear on screen. Or you could just watch the anime normally and enjoy it that way too, which is a perfectly acceptable alternative because Bahamut is off to a pretty good start.
I’ve never been big on manzai-ish humor as a vein of comedy in anime. At its best (Yuyushiki) it just doesn’t appeal to me, and at its worst (D-Frag) it gets really fucking overpowering, to the point of ruining otherwise decent gags. Thanks to Kokkuri-san, however, I’ve learned that it isn’t the means of delivery itself that’s bothered me, but the fact that it’s too often delivered on a bullet train of vomit, with the subtle grace of a tactical nuclear strike.
Kokkuri-san bashes its manzai trappings into a workable dynamic by playing off of the two leads’ loneliness, while emphasizing their total inability to connect with one another—Kokkuri because he doesn’t quite understand Kohina, Kohina because she cares more for shitty food than having company—a sentiment that I can get behind. It proves that expressing the character flaws of ignorance/inconsideration is far less unbearable than willful idiocy for the sake of a cheap laugh. Read More
There is a brand of stories within porn games that I’m going to call princess humiliation porn. In it we have our perfect beautiful princess and her rich perfect family. They’re all a bunch of self-righteous high class racists. Everyone loves them like they’re Tatsuya from Mahouka, raining down praise on their every word. People fawn in the streets over how wonderful they are. The princess and her family are honourable and gracious in their adoration, but also clear that they are the clean ones versus the plebs on the world. Then some snooty devil prince comes in with evil intentions to show her who’s boss. The guy is clearly evil but that bitch had it coming and he swoops in and overthrows the princess, stripping her of all her power and dehumanising her in as graphic and clear a manner as possible.
This is Cross Ange, except it’s not a hentai. Honestly I don’t know why they didn’t just make it a hentai.