To investigate unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my post from last week here.
Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls is a series of 12 8-minute-long episodes that (surprisingly) aired on Tokyo MX and Sun TV during Summer 2016 and was even licensed by Crunchyroll. It’s a story about three ordinary high school girls that become magical girls/idols to fight monsters serving the evil Ice Queen.
We’re always hearing about the hottest new shows like Boruto and Classroom of the Elite and the (debatably) worst things ever created like the recent Death Note film, but we rarely stop to examine unpopular things. I’m not talking about shows that aren’t good enough to be entertaining or aren’t bad enough to be funny but shows that are genuinely just never spoken about for some reason or other. To investigate, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting.
PES: Peace Eco Smile is a series of 7 shorts by Studio 4°C in collaboration with Toyota about Pes, an alien who comes to Earth and falls in love with a girl called ‘Kurumi’ (which is suspiciously similar to ‘kuruma’, the word for car). While on Earth, he and some weird alien things that aren’t properly explained become extremely interested in the ‘automobiles’ on the planet, particularly Toyotas.
My MacBook Air has served me well these last three years but considering the directions my interests have been headed this past year (mainly towards coding and PC gaming), I discovered that there’s only so much you can do with when it only has the about same amount of RAM as my phone and refuses to run Windows. I finally decided that it was about time for an upgrade around Christmas when it attempted to give up the ghost along with my history coursework.
With the specs I needed in mind, I appeared to be left with only two options: compromise with some of specifications to fit within my budget, or spend nearly £2000 to get what I wanted. Not particularly interested in doing either, I chose a third option: building my own.
The concept me of buying each individual part and then assembling them into a working unit that allowed you to even at least use Word, let alone run a demanding game like Civilization 6, seemed ridiculous to everyone apart from me (who had been blinded by the potential monetary savings). To be fair, at the time I didn’t even know what a CPU looked like, let alone how to install it in a motherboard…
I’ve always prefered watching anime dubbed in English, over subbed, but as I began catching up with newer and newer releases, dubs for the shows I was watching eventually became harder and harder to find (although they have dubs now, Maid Sama and Skip Beat! weren’t exactly the hottest new things to watch in 2010…).
On top of that, the (arguably) higher quality of the Japanese dubbing and my (still limited) knowledge of the Japanese language made me much more picky as to what was acceptable, name pronunciations being the most common gripes. Eventually, I just stopped watching dubbed anime almost all together with very few exceptions.
I admit that Death Note means a lot to me and I won’t lie that my inner fangirl hasn’t clouded my viewing experience. Regardless, it’s still undoubtedly a terrible film, even without comparing it to the original work.
What’s most annoying for me is that the first 20 minutes actually showed promise. I was genuinely thinking to myself “Wow, this might actually be an okay film.” I mean, that scene where Ryuk was shown for the first time was pretty fun to watch but then Light shows Mia the Death Note and all redeeming features disappear along with my hopes that I wouldn’t be wasting my afternoon.
There are so many complaints I have with this sorry excuse of a movie, but let’s start with the elephant in the room: who thought that a psychological thriller that makes you question the true meaning of good and evil would do well adapted into a poorly thought out romance with a touch of gore for added shock value?
It’s been just under a year since I broke my routine of watching seasonal in an attempt to make more time for studying for school. In the end I just ended up spending more time picking up many more other hobbies. Heck, I even built a computer for the first time while I was at it.
Now with all the time in the world over the summer holidays, I thought I would catch up with all the anime I missed while getting my teeth into this season’s rather enticing offerings.
Already at week 8, and with less than a fortnight until the start of term, I can safely say that I probably watched more anime during my exams. To put it into perspective, there are 14 shows that I’ve marked as currently watching on MAL but in reality, I’ve only been watching about 4 of them.
I have a newfound respect for my younger self’s determination to watch each new episode the moment it became available on its respective streaming site. Right now I can barely even remember which day they air on, let alone be bothered to follow 20 shows.
At least now I understand why people tend to just focus on binge watching…
I may as well say what I’ve been watching, though: