I love talking about studios, whether I’m giving some less–respected ones the credit they deserve or driving the ones I hate as far into the ground as possible. It’s hard to call Gonzo a less-respected studio because in reality they’ve been one of the best-loved studios in anime for over a decade, but I’ll be giving them some love anyway.
I’m gonna be segmenting my Otakon coverage, partly because the thing as a whole is so massive, and partly because I want the sense of accomplishment from writing an Otakon post tonight without the incredible amount of work it’d take to do it all at once. So first up, I’ll start with the easy stuff: my haul.
I grow weary of blogroll convention. You give a list of blogs, and it’s basically just a shout-out to friends. You give an annotated blogroll, but who really cares? How much can you really say in your one little paragraph that actually gives people a sense of the blogger? Not fucking much. I grow weary of this shout-out style of blogroll. I love you guys – you know that. There’s no real meaning in my linking to your blog and trying to say something about it if I don’t really read your blog.
^my most listened-to anison of the month.
The month ends tomorrow? Too bad, I’m ending it now. Enough February. Let’s have us some March! It’s the Nuttbladder thing again, which went well I guess last month. That time I talked about some currently airing shows. I haven’t watched but one of those in February, which was Sora no Woto. Yikes. First, let’s talk about some peculiar things.
Because I think there will be a lot going on in this post and I can think of like 5 different ways to start it, I’m breaking it into sections.
A post in the “Don’t Fuck This Up” series. In reply to comment 17 by Owen S.
One doesn’t have to look hard to find that Sengoku Basara and Strike Witches have a lot in common. They are both historical period pieces that completely do away with any semblance of accuracy. Both are very straightforward shows that succeed on the strength of their production and the severity of their fanservice. That fanservice, a sort of nudity on the part of the entire show, is what I will now explore.
Ghostlightning did a post yesterday on shows that he finds difficult to write about in spite of the fact that he is a huge fan of them. I have shows like this myself as well as shows I just… never really brought up, even though I enjoyed them so much. Looking back, I didn’t used to really talk about shows much after the initial ‘I finished it’ post, and it was really only near the end of last year that I started not only to post about my impressions upon completion, but to really offer up discussion and thoughts on the show. That said, there are still shows I just never managed to mention.
Note: The subs are only there for the first part, don’t worry. Unfortunately, I couldn’t embed the youtube vid because embedding keeps screwing with my feed.
There are certain combination you would never, ever expect to happen, and then they do, and somehow are totally fucking awesome. Strike Witches and Aces High seem like they were practically made for each-other in this video. High-octane action and badass power metal collide in epic ways. I should note, though, I listened to music the whole time I watched Strike Witches so a lot of it was like this for me already haha. Awesome vid, which you can watch on NicoNico Douga if you know how (as was covered in my other Nico posts.)
And yeah, I’m obsessed with Nico Nico Douga. I’ve had the ryuuseigun stuck in my head all day.
I am of the mindset that an opinion should be made based on research in any situation. I hate to hear people bitch that ‘all mecha sucks’ when they’ve seen exactly two shows from the genre (this seems to be the case for many.) I am sick of people calling a show ‘cliche’ when the show is intended to be homage or parody. These are all things that a little research would show to anyone. Whether or not you like the show is based all on you, but before you open your mouth to the world, you’d best know what you’re talking about. That’s why I’ve gotten rather tired of people making uneducated remarks about studios, especially those that supposedly ‘suck.’