A Study of Pantsless Nanoha

Nanoha Strikers has a relatively bad rap compared to its predecessors, but with my having two Nanoha installments on my favorites list, it seems remiss not to give it a shot. Whether the series eventually amounts to something good or bad doesn’t matter right now (hint: don’t bring it up)—after three episodes, I’ve found more than enough to be fascinated about in the show. For starters, pantsless Nanoha.

It's okay, they're 18 in this show.

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By the Way, This Site Is Now Four Damn Years Old!

Art by Buuta

I intended to do a flashy fourth anniversary post; I failed my first attempt, had an idea for another one, and then didn’t manage to finish it by the actual anniversary (May 14/15th), which I forgot was approaching until the 19th. But it feels wrong not to mention it at all, so here’s a mind-blowing summary of my thoughts on the site’s fourth birthday:

This August, I turn 20 years old.

This blog is now four years old.

I’ve been running this site for a fifth of my entire life.

Is it a coincidence that D-Boy's birthday is the same as this blog's anniversary?

[For the record, I can’t remember if this blog was made on the 14th (the day before the first post), or the 15th (the day of the first post), especially because the post was made early in the day. I’d know were it not for the fact that this isn’t the original site and only dates back to last November. Hence, the first image is the 14th and D-Boy’s b-day is the 15th.]

Deadman Dreams

As the devious nature of the inmates at Deadman Wonderland is kicked up to comical proportions there is one element of the show that remains striking and sobering. During the ending of each episode the viewer is treated to a series of tableaus depicting current inmates and officers as they once were, free from the dread and dark of the prison they have come to inhabit.

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And Now We Talk About Studio DEEN

I started off my J.C. Staff post by declaring them a “great” studio. I can’t say that about DEEN. Whereas J.C. Staff has shows that look good even if they suck, DEEN has shows that look like shit even if they’re good. Yet, while I could jump to the conclusion that this makes them a failure as a studio (in cases of adaptions, what good does it do if you don’t supply the most important thing—animation!?), the truth is that DEEN has a lot of good shows, regardless of their failings in animation. The studio even has a number of things going for it that only through watching a lot of their shows would you start to realize are definitive trademarks.

Some of those good points are as follows:

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Manga Pages: Yumekui Merry chapters 1–3

Until I’ve passed the anime’s plot, I won’t be able to read Ushiki Yoshitaka‘s Yumekui Merry without thinking about its adaption. The anime disappointed me quite a bit, to the point that I ragequit near the end (I do plan to finish it sometime, though). The manga makes me happy and sad because it doesn’t suffer the same problems as the anime, which means it also shows how the anime could’ve been better.

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