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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Silver Spoon: Super Delayed Review


Halloa. Wolvenciel here. I... was supposed to cover for this blog since... well, a week ago but I kind of didn't get my mood up even though I have more free time now. So here I am. I'll have to say sorry for people who actually do look forward to this blog. Sorry.

P/S: This was supposed to be out two days ago but I got to playing Catherine (a video game. look it up) ... so yeah. Sorry.



This is the first All-Star anime I've got in line for you people. Its Silver Spoon, a very unique, out of the box anime about life in an agricultural school out in the boonies of Ooezo (not that I know where that is).

Overview

Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
Episodes: 22 (including season 2)
Length/Episode: 22:56 minutes
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Date Aired: July 12 2013

Hachiken Yuugo, ladies and gentleman. The boy, not the pig.

Summary

So the anime centers on Hachiken, a city boy from Sapporo oblivious of the agricultural lifestyle and having a lot of first times in his life by attending the school. It focuses on how Hachiken deals differently with issues regarding agriculture both physically and morally as he's the odd one out.

Anime piglets do look cute I guess.

Character Layout

Hachiken is of course the main focus of the anime and let me tell you this first hand, what never fails to crack me up are the various exaggerated reactions he made when he encounters new stuff or when things happen around him.

In case you didn't get the reference, that's a "Three Kingdoms" character

The anime does very well to focus on just Hachiken and Hachiken alone that you can actually understand and relate to what he's experiencing. (I got cut off here by someone so I forgot what to write here. Crap)

Like these guys...

Sure, there are lots of supporting characters that help bring out Hachiken's unique characteristics and by jove I swear each one of them adds so much color to the whole anime. Hell there's even friggin Armstrong* as a cameo in the anime.

All in all, I have no qualms whatsoever with all the characters in the anime. They were perfect.


Rough Plot Structure

Silver Spoon has two seasons (and I wouldn't mind a third to be honest) and the first season mostly revolves around his fixation on a piglet that's bound for a slaughterhouse in three months. There's a few fillers here and there but ultimately even the fillers contribute to Hachiken's development in figuring out what is best for the piglet that he name Butadon (pork bowl in english).

The anime throws these kinds of questions at the viewers. I like that.

The second season goes a bit deeper in the emotional department as the anime delves into Hachiken's problem with his father (like even I don't know what his problem is. I do get it though. I've seen cases like him in real life) who's all work and no play. Actually... He's even worse than that. You'll have to see to find out. The second season also expands more on the horse riding scene and a few horse-related philosophies and problems as well.

There's also hints of romance in the anime but the ship doesn't sail just yet.

Weight of the Anime

There's two way to look at it. First, The anime can be seen as quite light in the sense that it exaggerates a lot of things through Hachiken and make any and all situation fun and interesting. However, it also stimulates viewer into a lot of complicated questions which makes the anime quite heavy.

Hachiken's reaction. I don't need to tell you what reference this is.

Like a kid could watch the anime and laugh at the various expressions of Hachiken Yuugo but won't understand the woes he's having but a grown up could be too focused on his deep thoughts that they forget to enjoy the anime's fun moments. Well, that may be just me overthinking.

This is one of those colorful supporting characters

The anime weaves in funny bits into serious moments so well that I think it actually did achieve a perfect balance of both worlds.


Graphics/Animation

One thing I can say is that the anime was too interesting for me to even care that much about its animation qualities but I didn't notice anything particularly jarring about the whole anime (unless you think slaughtering animals is a weird thing that is).

Look at his friggin face.

As I've said over and over in the review, the facial expressions in this anime is always on point. Like for every single situation there's bound to be a fitting reaction and expression for it. If any of this makes sense.


The Ending

The anime ends in a very peaceful manner and it kind of leaves me hanging in a sense. I kind of want to see more Hachiken. I... I want more. Tch. Well. There's always the manga. You can follow the manga. I highly recommend it. If you think the anime isn't enough for you that is. And I assure you, it won't be enough. I highly doubt it.


More Hachiken reaction

In A Nutshell

I've had nothing to say but praises upon Silver Spoon and I really do mean everything I just said. Its one of those great animes that you just have no beef with (though the anime itself contains beef, chicken, pork and a lot of other delicious stuff).

Even more Hachiken reaction. This was a cute episode.

As one of my All-Star picks, I hope if you do decide to pick this up, you'll enjoy it so much, you'll watch it again.

Wolvenciel, signing off.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Soukyuu no Fafner Heaven and Earth: Abridged Edition


Hey guys. Wolvenciel here back from one hell of a road trip and out with a new (sort of) short review. I went to a temporary aquarium far in the boonies (for work reasons) and just to be clear this is one of those big aquariums. Ya know. With weird ass sharks and stingrays and things that makes you shiver just looking at the size of it? Those kinds.

Warning. Never watch this sub. Never. Go find it somewhere else.

I would share pictures but they're not of good quality and... don't expect me to take underwater pictures. I like fishes a lot but I'm afraid of them as well. That, and I don't have a diving license.


Something New

So Heaven and Earth acted as an epilogue to the ending for the Fafner series and it takes place 2 years after the whole "last assault" on the Festum (the alien race in this anime). It showed Tatsumiyajima Island recovering from all the damage and old destroyed fafners being restored and all sort of things.

This is the new point of view the Festums are looking for.

It sort of reveals a new point of view, that of a Festum and how they see the whole situation of the human world but ultimately of course, the anime is about Soshi and Kazuki (the two main characters) being reunited in the end.

Ultimately its about Soshi and Kazuki of course. Sigh.

I could see hints that the movie tried to show the implications of using nuclear weapons on all life but I really would have liked them to emphasize a little bit more on the topic. It just wasn't addressed as clearly as it should have been.

As always the animation was decent enough. Just... I wasn't satisfied with the story.

Unlike The Others

When I finished watching, I was a bit surprised. Like, I asked myself,"Wait. Is this Fafner?". Heaven and Earth had way too many plot armors (this means the characters are protected in conveniently unexplainable ways when they should have died) and to be honest I was a bit annoyed.

Plus the subs made it worse for me to watch this...


It was also a bit chaotic because they added all these new characters and tried to fit ALL of them in the story, give them some sort of aim and tried to make them move the plot forward. Suffice to say, it worked badly for the movie. It could seriously have been better had they just expanded on the original characters from the series. They'd have more room to explain a lot of things happening in the anime.

At least they made a bit of relation to the previous movie, Right of Left.

Keeping It Short

Its... barely short but there you have it. I wouldn't really recommend watching Heaven and Earth as it didn't really further anything from the main series and its hard to draw a relation to the movie itself even if you did watch the anime in the first place. There were too many unnecessary things being stuffed in the movie, making it hard to actually convey the things they wanted to.

Don;t lie Soshi, no one's going to die.

That and literally nobody died in this one. Not even a single Fafner pilot.

If you did watch Fafner though, feel free to holler me down below. I'd like to know what you people think as well.

P/S: Starting today, I'll be posting daily on past popular animes that people would already forget. So look forward to that. And I posted this late because I was playing League. Sorry.

Wolvenciel, signing off.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pocky day picture gallery

How to become a weaboo. Step 1: Get a Pocky. Congrats, now you're a weaboo.
Joke aside, it's Pocky day!

Pocky; a long, thin, chocolate-covered cookie popular in Japan similar to a biscotti. Thanks to its immense popularity amongst the Japanese and elsewhere, it has been featured in a number of anime. November 11 is Pocky Day, because the shape of resembles the numeral 1.

I have no idea how can people come out with such bizarre idea, but hey, a lot of pocky related anime arts spawned just because of that.

Feels like eating one right now.

Credit to their respective owners/ artists. 




























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