Having read part of the manga, Spice and Wolf Season III has been my favourite show of the new season thus far. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha sees the return of the much-beloved duo of protagonists voiced by Ami Koshimizu and Jun Fukuyama, yet the departure from the world portrayed in manga and novels to screen has been rather surprising thus far. Upon first glance one might assume that the anime is made by one of the major animation companies, but it’s produced by ARMS, creator of such highly acclaimed anime such as Queen’s Blade or Night Shift Nurses, as well as what I dare say may be their first serious anime adaptation….by their standards anyway.
Just last night, I had just finished two episodes of Rinne no Lagrange and was about to go to sleep when I suddenly had this thought – Rinne no Lagrange feels very dissimilar from a lot of anime we have around today. There’s just a certain mood it has about it that differs from everything else. Mouretsu Pirates, as well. They have a certain quality about them that makes them stand out from most of the other offerings these days. Other shows that give me a similar feeling are Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~, the ef series and the starting of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
What, then, is it?
So here it goes, my very first post on AOIA.
The final episodes of noitaminA’s Anohana and [C]is out as we reach the end of the spring season, both finales were equally mind blowing (in a good and bad way). I considered talking about both endings in depth but to be honest, I suck at that and Valence already wrote the one for [C] so lets just talk about finales and endings in general.
Oh, possible spoilers if you have yet to watch the finales, so BEWARE.
We all have shows that we adore for various reasons. Whether it be the plot (Seikon no Qwaser), the deep characters (Lucky Star), or just the right dose of humor, there’s usually at least one show per season that you look forward to every week on the edge of your seat.
While most people can easily identify why they enjoy a specific show, what qualities drive them into legends? Generally once per year an anime will skyrocket its way into the upper reaches of coveted popularity. Why?
Valen has written up a post before about the ‘genericity’ of an anime, and eventually came to the conclusion that every show will be generic to a certain extent. Yumeka from AnimeYume later came to the conclusion that generic shows can still be enjoyable. All well and dandy, yes, but today I offer you a further extension.
All anime is generic. That’s right, you read that right.
If you’ve read this previous post , I apologize in advance. Thing is, a classmate of mine complained that my posts ‘lacked humour’ and he wanted me to troll something. But then , my troll skills have gotten really rusty. Studying for hours before writing doesn’t help much, but I digress.
Amazingly, I actually finished something this week : Rozen Maiden. Throughout the first few episodes, I couldn’t help but wonder something when I see Jun get overwhelmed by the sudden inflow of random dolls which all seem to be able to overpower him. It’s a sentiment I’ve held for plenty of anime characters that I bet that most viewers have thought about once or twice.
Why is the male lead such a weakling/ coward/pussy?