The last time I checked in on Araragi and his harem of quick talking gag spewing oddity belles I stated that I wasn’t overly hyped for the new season. I’m still a big fan of the Monogatari series but after spending a whole summer catching up on the series it can cause fatigue. Allowing myself a good three month break from the series has refreshed my passion for head tilting, colourful backgrounds, and borderline incestual content. Last week I spent an evening binging the whole of Hanamonogatari and it’s good to be back to the world of oddities.
When I first look at the promotional pictures of Amagi Brilliant Park I thought I knew what it was about. Generic handsome looking protagonist, busty tsundere lead with some sort of weapon, frail blonde girl. Yep looks like another romantic comedy/harem anime. I can foresee the mascot characters being overtly pervy and getting away with it because it’s Ok by the girl being molested. These shows are a dime a dozen so I didn’t give it a second thought, unless my tumblr feed dumps a gif from the show.
Then some lonesome night on youtube, I stumbled upon a clip from the show and it turned my perception around.
Unlike most anime made these days, RWBY hasn’t capitalised on the merchandise that could be made from the series. I was expecting a tsunami of drama CDs, dakimakura, keychains, phone cases, and art books. Instead there has been a steady trickle of promising figurines by McFarlane Toys. Recently Rooster Teeth have partnered with ThreeZero to make a figures of the main cast with Ruby being the first one announced for pre-order.
If you’re not already watching Attack on Titan then stop reading this and head over to crunchyroll and start watching. If you’re reading the manga or watching the sub, then I’d suggest you still head over and watch the dub because it’s quite good.
Either way just start watching Attack on Titan because it’s the best thing since slice of life anime.
The Monogatari series was supposed to be my summer anime. Anime that has been on my backlog for sometime but requires a lot of free time to catch up on thus being perfect to watch in summer. Suffice to say that I accomplished that goal last month and more recently watched the whole of Berserk, Paranoia Agent, caught up with Attack on Titan (Dub), Space Dandy, Game of Thrones and The Legend of Korra. I usually write a Quick Thoughts straight after finishing a series so leaving this one after watching all of them may have affected memory.
So I’ve been watching a lot of anime recently. And I mean a lot! When you do that, you start to get double vision or at least your mind starts seeing characters all over the place. Here a few dead ringers or doppelgängers that some how made it into other anime series.
If you try to look up the Monogatari anime series you will see that it doesn’t follow the typical naming system of seasons 1, 2, 3 etc. Instead each season is named with the latest season being called Monogatari Series: Second Season. However confusingly Nisemonogatari is the direct sequel that follows on from Bakemonogatari and a prequel season called Nekomonogatari: Kuro that precedes it. Very Odd
It’s funny what draws me to watch an anime series over another. Sometimes it’s due to it’s overwhelming popularity and fandom a la Bleach, Naruto and One Piece. Other times it’s because of
raging hormones the heroine looks super pretty; To Love Ru, Amaenaideyo and Rio Rainbow Gate. This time, Bakemonogatari attracted me because I watched this review and also because the main character Araragi Koyomi shared my teenage emo hairstyle.
It’s hard for a regular anime viewer to avoid the occasional fan service or Ecchi scene in our shows. It’s like clock work that there will be a filler episode based on a beach or swimming pool and ultimately will provide no purpose apart from feeding our eyes with revealed skin. But there is only so much teasing I can take before making the switch to the H stuff. Ecchi or Harem shows would be the middle ground, with most episodes showing enough of the good stuff to keep you enticed while not showing it all so it’s ok to watch in a lit room. But can sex appeal really carry a show? No but Amaenaideyo does try.