Fall 2010 is a particularly strong season. A lot of studios are putting their best foot forward and producing shows of suprisingly high quality. However, the show that surprised me the most in its quality was Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, OreImo for short. To put it simply, OreImo is the most honest look at otaku since Genshiken. It also handles the incest theme with a remarkable amount of tact, which is rare in today’s anime market (I’m looking at you KissXSis). This well handled story combined with it’s high animation quality and solid voice acting make it my favorite show of the season, and probably one of the top 5 for the year. Continue reading
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With the release of the final volume of the K-ON DVD/BD comes an OVA with an original story of the girls playing in their first live venue outside of school. It was predictable, and not particularly original, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
While I’m a bit late writing about it, now that the Endless Eight story arc of the new season of Haruhi is officially over, and has moved on to new material, I fell I can finally comment on it. Endless Eight was one of those things fans either loved or hated. Some thought it was genius, others retarded. Some even expressed their hatred violently. However, this mixed reaction that divided the fan base really says a lot about otaku and how easily manipulated we are.
As I mentioned many months ago, I was very excited about the release of the Kyou OVA for Clannad. As I mentioned earlier, she was the superior choice, amongst all the options Tomoya was presented with. So I ecstatically downloaded the episode and watched it. 23 minutes and 41 seconds later, I was done, so I stood up, grabbed a beer, and got to writing this review.
After watching the new K-ON!, my first reaction was not, “That was cute!” or “Moe, moe kyun!” but “what guitar is Azusa playing?” I went on my first instinct and looked it up, and found it to be a Fender Mustang. Like all the other instruments in this show, it’s a pretty nice one, although its definitely much cheaper than Yui’s Les Paul unless it’s an original one from the 60s. The shape was pretty ambiguous in the manga, so I wasn’t sure if she was going to have a Stratocaster or what. I’m glad that they picked a less mainstream guitar for Azusa, and that she’s also featured in the OP. I only wish they’d done the same for the ED. I would have liked to see her in fancy clothes.
While K-ON! has proven to be a typical moe show in every sense of the word, one aspect of it that continues to surprise me is the product placement. An article on Sankaku Complex a while back showed that the tea sets used by the characters are all expensive, brand name goods. The fact that the instruments they use are also brand name has sent otaku into a guitar buying frenzy although most of them will probably never learn how to play, and most of them are probably not left handed. In episode 4, I also noticed that all the amps they use are also brand name. I find this very surprising as product placement in anime was nonexistent until very recently. I remember the shitstorm around Code Geass when it was revealed that Pizza Hut would be prominently displayed.
The most surprising part about K-ON!’s product placement is the variety. Being able to get permission from Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, KORG, Marshall, Peavey, and VOX to use their products in their show must not have been easy to do. For example, Metalocalypse only gets product placement from Gibson, Line 6, and KRANK, and they’re made by an American studio. The fact that a Japanese studio was able to get permission from so many American companies is very surprising. It seems to be paying off for Fender to say the least, as they’ve already mentioned K-ON! on their Japanese blog. I doubt Gibson will see much of an increase in sales from K-ON! due to their higher price tag, especially in Japan, and Yui being overshadowed by the much more popular and superior Mio.
That’s all for now. I doubt I will write episode reviews for a while, as I’ve already said everything I want to say about them for the most part, except for Cross Game, which is surprisingly good. Exams are looming around the corner for me, so I will probably be busy with those as well. Until next time.
So it seems like fans complaints about the lack of references in the new Hayate no Gotoku have been heard, and here we’re treated to out first blatant anime reference. For those who never saw Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure or go on 4chan, Za Warudo is Engrish for “The World,” the move used by Dio Brando to stop time, which is approptiate for the pre commercial break cliffhanger. It’s disappointing that the animators didn’t take the joke one step further and invert the colors, but it was a pleasant surprise.
Naturally, when returning from the break, they have to start with Dio’s line for when the time stop wears off. I’m hoping that the number of references continues to increase as the series progresses. There are some signs that they’re starting to get into the groove of the original series with a Street Fighter reference in the next episode preview. So this episode gave me some much needed hope for the rest of the season.