Some time around midnight Central Standard Time last night, the Good Smile Company officially announced the Figma version of Akiyama Mio from K-ON. I had known about it for several days because of its unofficial announcement on the Figma blog, but nonetheless, I was still excited to see it due to its fast approaching late February release date. Tired from a long day of class and work, I decided to go to bed and put a preorder in the morning.
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.
When last season started, I quickly came to the conclusion that there would be a couple good shows, and a bunch of crap. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few surprisingly good shows (Kampfer), a few surprisingly bad ones (Nogizaka Haruka 2), and a lot of mediocrity (Nyan Koi). I am tempted to take a similar polar approach to this season, but I’m aware that there may be a couple surprises. As with every season, here are my picks.
If I were to make a list of things I love in this world, two of the items near the top of list would be anime and booze. Anime and booze is also a winning combination. One time I watched Strike Witches with a handle of vodka, and while I had very little idea as to what was going on, the show has never been funnier. Last year I wrote a top 3 best and worst list, but I’m going to try something a little different this year. This year, I’m going to combine my love of anime and liquor and give out awards named after various drinks. If you are the creator and happen to be wasting your time reading an American blog, take a shot of your award if you want some kind of trophy.
I recently watched 5 Centimeters per Second due to its stellar reviews and almost unanimous praise. However, when I finished watching it, I didn’t think it was that good. If I were to compare this movie to a sandwich, the phenomenal backgrounds and lighting would be the fluffy delicious bread surrounding the soggy lettuce and bland turkey that was the story and characters. Sure you could remove the unsatisfying filling, but in the end, just like eating bread by itself, 5 cm/s was unsatisfying fluff.
As I’ve gotten more and more into anime and otaku culture, I’ve started to build up a collection of figures. While they’re usually well sculpted, nicely painted, and accurately capture the spirit of the characters, one of the main problems I’ve had is getting them at a good price. However, after much searching, here are the sites I frequent most often for my anime goods.
This time’s Manga of the Now is a new series by the writer/artist duo of Death Note: Bakuman. Contrary to the brilliant story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely, Bakuman focuses on a simpler story, that of two guys who want to get published in Shonen Jump. While it is nowhere near as good as Death Note, and has some crippling flaws, Bakuman is still an entertaining read.