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Where the hell have I been?

When a (slightly weird) post appeared up here yesterday, you probably began wondering what I’ve been doing for the past few months that’s so much more important than updating my blog.

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tl;dr I have no excuse whatsoever.

To cut a long story short, I just haven’t really been doing anything. Well, actually, I haven’t really been in the mood to do anything other than attempt to write fiction (think space mechs, dieselpunk and fancy department stores) and occasionally play a game or watch a supposedly trashy Asian drama (all of them were actually pretty good).

So is everything back to normal now? Am I eagerly trying to catch up with what I’ve missed? No, not really, unless you can count a few anime from this season I’ve been watching. I just feel like writing here again.

usagi pencil.gifWhat about, you ask? No idea, although you’ll probably see even fewer anime-related posts for a while. For now you’ll probably be seeing posts more akin to yesterday’s and maybe some random thoughts about storytelling-related topics (for those of you who like TV Tropes. Yes, that means that my schedule will probably become extremely irregular and possibly infrequent compared to my previous weekly schedule, but some is better than none, right?

Speaking of the future, I may or may not begin streaming in the near future for some reasons that cannot yet be divulged. I can only leave a quick hint in the form of a slightly old tweet.

But for now, I suggest you sit back, relax and watch me review my lunches when I’m too lazy to cook for myself.

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Hey, I have that tea set!

By the way, if there are any shows that I simply must watch this season (or even from the last year) please let me know. I’ve been out of the game far too long.

I started watching Violet Evergarden and it’s just beautiful. Pure beauty.



Review: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

An anime about magical books set in early 20th century England? Sign me up!

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian ( or Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian as everyone seems to write it as) is about Huey, a young English lord who inherits guardianship over a vast archive and a girl called Dalian. Long story short, the archive is actually full of magic books containing forbidden knowledge, Dalian basically is the archive and, as guardian, Huey (assisted by Dalian) has to seal magic books away to stop them from falling into the wrong hands.

The story consists of episodic mysteries laced with the odd fight scene, just to remind you that that shooting a dragon with a gun will never be quite as effective in killing it as reading it a really old book.

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Even though it’s by Gainax, the animation didn’t particularly stand out to me and I can’t remember a single bit of the soundtrack for the life of me, other than that I didn’t really like the opening or ending. *shrugs* It’s not like any of that took away from the viewing experience so it doesn’t really matter.

The characters themselves are entertaining enough to keep me interested in the mysteries throughout the series, even if Huey isn’t anyone in particular to write home about and Dalian is more or less your cookie-cutter tsundere loli. There are other recurring characters that are equally entertaining, if not more so in the case of Armand’s love life.

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If you like golems, homunculi and automatons with emotions, the mysteries will not disappoint. Unlike certain mystery shows *cough cough* I found myself able to piece clues together and find out the truth myself, but I never figured it all out way before the protagonists. The signs of a well written mystery fiction, right there.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the production team were quite of how to make an ending that would encourage people to check out the light novels. I’ll give them credit for not just leaving it mid-arc, like Pandora Hearts, but it’s still one of the most lacklustre original endings I’ve seen in a long time. From episode 11, I just became very confused and only mildly interested in finding out how everything ties together. I think there were about 5 characters that were just shown and not even properly introduced. Where the hell did they come from!?

In a nutshell: magic books & mystery in 1920s England


The Mystic Archives of Dantalian should  be available to watch on Funimation (and I think Crunchyroll) but that doesn’t include to anyone living in the UK and probably other regions (for some reason) and so you might have to rely on good old DVDs…

Sorry about that. I kind of forgot that I hadn’t actually scheduled this post for last night. Anyway, it’s here now.

Because of NaNoWriMo, I won’t be posting anything next week and there probably only be one more post this month at most. I keep you updated on Twitter.

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Milpom

To investigate various 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 previous post about Naria Girls.

MILPOM★Milpom is a six episode ONA by Bandai Namco that was originally released in 2015 but only made it onto Crunchyroll about a month ago. I was mainly drawn to the key visual’s unusual art style.

The first thing to address is that the show is stop-motion, rather than hand-drawn (at least, for the most part). Yes, that still means it’s anime, angry reviewers that only gave it 1 star. The animation is choppy and the camera-work isn’t the best but I quite like the cartoonish overlays and bright colours they go for with the dolls, given that they would otherwise probably be terrifying.

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The actual ‘story’ follows a girl called Milpom and her friends Silky, Cacao and Happy as they mess around Harajuku (or somewhere in Tokyo). Since each episode is only five minutes long, it usually amounts to them simply talking about a particular topic, while supposedly doings something else.

Surprisingly, it’s much more entertaining than it sounds, but that might just because, as someone who used to attend an all-girls school, I can relate to the accuracy of the discussions and the characters’ behaviours, both of which would otherwise seem far-fetched to a normal person.

The masks were weird but the explanation they give for them makes the show seem much deeper, just because they bring up the concept that everyone puts on a persona in public and whatever else it was they said.

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In a nutshell: totally accurate representation of teenage girls

If you’re interested in spending half an hour watching kind-of-pretty-but-a-tiny-bit-creepy visuals and ultimately pointless girl-talk, Milpom can be found near the bottom Crunchyroll’s shows list.

Haha! I posted on time this time! May this be the start of consistent posting!

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Fall 2017 Anime Forecast

I don’t know why, but I tend to use Fall instead of Autumn whenever I’m referring to anime seasons. Maybe it’s just the influence of the internet…

For the sake of listing everything I’m watching in one place (so I can make a timetable), here’s a list of all the anime I interested in this season, grouped based on my eagerness to watch them. I also tried to put my reasons for adding them to my watch list (if I could even remember) but…just see for yourself.

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Summer 2017 Anime Clean Up

Getting back into seasonal anime after a year’s absences was harder than I thought, although I’ve already spoken about that in another post, which also lists the anime I watched this season.

The list  from a few weeks ago hasn’t really changed since then, apart from the removal of Chronos Rulers (I didn’t drop it, I just never caught up) and the addition of a couple more:

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Naria Girls

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.

This week, we’ll be looking at Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls

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.

Where, oh where, do I start?

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