Shirobako – It’s the people, dammit!

Within the diverse, colourful spectrum of overzealous anime fans across the world there exists a small but growing number of us with a particular bent. If you’re like me, then, at some point, being able to just enjoy good anime wasn’t enough – to satisfy a growing curiosity I had to know why it was…

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The Animation of Love Lab & The Dogakobo Gang

Love Lab is a romantic school comedy based on a four-panel manga straight from the pen-hand of Ruri Miyahara. The premise is simple – the student council at a respectable all-girls are drawn into their president’s whirlwind of naive romance fantasies, ultimately becoming a club for practicing at the art of finding love. At first…

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This Month’s Most Valued Person – Masaaki Yuasa

I thought of doing a new regular segment where I talk about an anime staffer who has really made an impression on me in the last month. The first lucky pick is Masaaki Yuasa for his work as the director/storyboarder/screenwriter of Ping Pong. Not all the MVP posts will be this long – it will…

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Ping Pong 7 Thoughts

I really feel like Ping Pong raised the bar to new heights with its latest offering Ping Pong presents a surging, heaving swell of grudges, lifelong dreams, responsibilities, love, passion,  and pride being stirred up by its entire cast, just waiting to break into uninhibited conflict. Although there have been minor clashes along the way,…

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Wixoss 8 – Be Careful What You Wish For

So I just watched Selector Infected Wixoss 8 and I think I now need professional help. 10 years from now you might find me in some creepy, out-of-the-way mental asylum for the irredeemably damaged screaming “NO YUZUKI. STOP, JUST STOP!!”. But I’ll at least finish this blog post before I admit myself. I mentioned last…

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Wixoss will mess you up, and I love that

The next time I see girls playing trading card games I’m bolting! Wixoss starts of innocently enough humming along as a story of cute girls playing cards with a side helping of “please buy these cards – look how cute they are!”. But just when you start leaning back and soaking up the pleasant moe…

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Let’s Look at Ping Pong The Animation!

I enjoyed the first episode of Ping Pong for its rough, esoteric artistry and the fresh approach Yuasa has taken for presenting an anime. Actually, I guess you could say I appreciated it more than I enjoyed it. While it wasn’t boring by any stretch, it did lack a certain ‘hook’ or gravitas that I…

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Robot Girls Z – Mazingers in Skirts

Timeline of events that led to this post: Friday: me (said to a mate over dinner): “I feel like watching some shitty anime tomorrow!” Saturday: I watched all three episodes of Robot Girls Z There you have it. I’m not sure if anyone else gets in these same moods as me, but every so often…

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