Monday, 15 April 2013

Aku no Hana episode 2 discussion

Episode 1 discussion can be viewed here

In the first episode, the plot was kind of nonexistent. This episode introduces an interesting look at how Takao deals with the guilt of taking Saeki's gym clothes. With all the guilt, he lost his rational thinking and displays his fear really well. The best way out of this would be to either secretly put the clothes back or make up a simple lie like finding them in a realistic hiding place. He obviously doesn't want to give them back in person because of the fear of becoming an outcast, but giving them back is better than holding onto them and entering the contract with Sawa.

The only problem wiith the anime is the art, but I'm used to it now. I hope the plot and atmosphere will become even better by the end of the series. I might like this anime more because of the realistic style. I think it will be easier to relate to the characters because they seem a little more human than regular anime. Professionalism is great as the norm, but there has always been a part of me that knows it's fake and this anime will serve as something different.

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Aku no Hana episode 1 discussion

I haven't read the manga so I didn't have any idea of what to expect. After this, I'll more than likely check out the manga for the art, but I don't plan to drop the anime just because of that one disappointment. I am interested to see how well the sales do, but I don't have high hopes for them.

The rotoscoping is clearly cheap and ugly, but I believe the mangaka wanted this. It's not like an anime studio just creates an adaption without consulting the original creator. Most people watching this anime will immediately think the art and voice acting are bad, but in this way it creates an interesting impression. Even if the main response is hate, I expect it to be talked about because it's unique and stands out as a more realistic interpretation instead of the normal anime style.

Art doesn't always have to be beautiful.

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Saturday, 6 April 2013

Tamako Market episode 12 discussion

Episode 11 discussion can be viewed here

I assumed Dera was crying because Tamako had said she never loved him, but he just isn't as fit as he used to be. The constant cutting to Dera running was annoying, but it was fun to assume the worst. Dera turns out to be the first one to find out what Tamako really wants to do herself. He really does care for her despite his arrogant nature and misunderstanding sneezes. I no longer hate Dera. It's not that I like him now, I just don't hate him like I did in the first episode. Dera still makes Tamako smile though.

It might be better left to the respective fans to dream, but out of Midori and Mochizou, I'd have to choose Mochizou. In the end Midori didn't get to be anything other than one of her friends and when she was the centre of an episode, she wasn't portrayed as a good person. Mochizou is kind of average, but his heart is in the right place. He just needs to be more proactive like he was in this episode. He was able to give Tamako the best possible present and while it seems like it was the first time he managed to give her a birthday present, I wonder if it seems more like a return for the cake.

In the end the prince wasn't interested in Tamako and she was Choi's ideal wife. Everything just returns to how it used to be except for the bonds created during the anime. Choi recieved some parting gifts from everyone except Tamako. It was funny and for the best that she didn't accept the meddle.

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