Winter 2017 Wrapup

Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Originally posted by xramensoup

I didn’t have many expectations for this show going into it and I ended up pleasantly surprised with it. Kyoani waved their magic wand and made the show absolutely adorable and mostly fluffy, but also included some unexpectedly gorgeous fight scenes between the dragons. The show had some moments of absolute hilarity as well as genuine heart felt moments between Kobayashi and Tohru, but at the same time it had bits that made me go this is everything that’s wrong with anime. Overall I did enjoy it quite a bit, but I don’t think it’s the strongest work Kyoani has done in awhile. 


Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)

Originally posted by goku-z

Initially this was not a show on my radar but I kept hearing and seeing things here and there about and decided to give it a go once I was done with the season. I didn’t have any expectations because the studio doing it, NUT, is new and the director is also fairly new, so not much to judge off of. But it was a lot of fun! It takes place in alternate universe WWI with magic, and our main character Tanya the Evil is in fact not a very good person. The show sets up and executes how a world war happens, and also has some very real criticisms of human nature and war. My main complaints are s2 please, recycled CG elements (almost entirely background stuff. I’ll give the new studio some slack but it did take away some of the immersion a few times), and occasionally going a little bit too far towards edgy rather than dark. All said and done I thought it was executed well and an enjoyable watch. It’s fun to watch a show where the MC is definitely not a great person, and the side they fight for may be in the wrong, or at least isn’t definitively in the right. If you’re a fan of war shows, I’d give this one a try. 


KonoSuba S2

Originally posted by hiratzuka

Konosuba is back with more hilarity and hi-jinks from the gang of idiots. Darkness didn’t get a whole lot of focus in the first season, but she does in this one. Her masochistic tendencies are ramped up to the extreme and the show basically makes her the joke at every point possible. Personally I felt like it focused a bit much on her and some of the jokes started to get repetitive, but despite that it never failed to entertain. If you liked the first season you’ll like the second season. The hot springs trip was definitely the highlight of the show, with Aqua’s church cult being an unexpectedly humorous event. Overall a great sequel to the first season, but I think I liked the first season just a bit more. 


Gabriel Dropout

Originally posted by hiratzuka

For me this was the moe SoL comedy staple of the season. If you’ve seen a few of them already you can basically guess most of the jokes and gags in this one, but it was still fun throughout. I’m always impressed with authors find new ways to somehow get people into a high school and make a SoL comedy out of it. Vigne and Satania stole the show, leaving Gabriel and Raphiel behind for the most part. Doga Koba also did that thing were they have moe SoL down to a science and made it amazingly cute and fluffy. Solid pick for a comedy, but ultimately not much new. 


Demi-chan (Interviews with Monster girls)

Originally posted by mimi-pearlbaton

The only thing I knew about this show was that it looked cute and Hikari was in fact adorable. I was genuinely impressed with some of the directing in this show. Moe SoLs aren’t typically heralded for their plot and thoughtful discussion of more serious themes, but Demi-chan is a bit of an exception. This sounds like the sort of show that I would enjoy a lot, but I ended up pretty bored with it. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because of the character dynamics. It was basically Hikari and then two much more subdued characters and the dynamics never really felt quite right. While it was a much more laid back show, it lacked energy when it needed it. I’ll finish it sometime, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. 


Little Witch Academia

Originally posted by gurikajis

The TV show ended up very different than the OVAs from what I watched. This is not a bad thing, but it meant that my initial expectations of the show were way off. For now I’ve got it on hold until the whole is released on Netflix and I can watch it a lot quicker than once a week. 


Kemono Friends

Originally posted by srchani

I only watched the first episode to see what all the hullabaloo was about. I intend to finish it at some point, but for now it’s on hold. Honestly it’s a miracle this show even managed to exist. I want to watch just for the sake of the creators. 


Anime of the season goes too…. Youjo Senki! The show I really knew nothing about ended up impressing me the most. I’m looking forward to more shows from NUT (hopefully S2). Had I watched 3-gatsu or Shouwa Genroku s2 either of those probably would have been AotS, but I didn’t. They are on my list of things to watch though. 

Shinsou Hitoshi ~ Episode 10

Anime vs Manga

Someone in the studio must ship Shinsou x Midoriya, or something. Because Shinsou looks more concerned in the anime than in the manga. It can even be described as the state beetween being concerned and surprised in the same time.

I actually don’t know if he is shocked that Midoriya has so much power or he is afraid that Midoriya is hurting himself on purpose. If I would have to choose or something I would say that in canon he is shocked, but in headcanon he is afraid of Midoriya’s health care.



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Vriska Style Rating!

0 is like a nice looking Vriska bc Vriska has my favorite aesthetic and 10 is oh boy makes me want to draw

Vriska, one of the few sprites I can bear. Looks interesting. 4/10

Vriska’s Vriska- such a good self-portrait. 8/10

A very good Vriska. Lacks some of the pop that makes me want to draw Vriska all the time, but is a very good drawing on its own (just looks really good with the other characters more imo) 6/10

Blood // - A good parallel to the Terezi of the same style. A good drawing, nice shapes. 7/10

Thick- My favorite Vriska! Looks small and well built. 11/10

Have Another Small And Well Built Vriska 10/10

Nosy Vriska- has a nose, nosing into Rosemary time. Looks happy, good ears. 5/10

Baby- a good baby. 5/10

I’m Gonna Die- Hey guys Terezi: Remem8er fucks me up and this Vriska is so good. We’re gonna ignore that crack in the side. 9/10

Smol- happy, has a gf. I see no cracks. I’m sure they’ll live forever in that armless state reminiscent of the sprites. 10/10

Anime Vriska- her boobs move when she walks 5/10


Anime of the Day

Boku dake ga Inai Machi - ERASED

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival,” to save many lives.

However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.

Episodes: 8

OVAs: 0

Seasons: 1 (ongoing)

Main Characters:

Satoru Fujinuma.

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Airi Katagiri.

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Kayo Hinazuki.

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Sachiko Fujinuma.

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Kenya Kobayashi.

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Jun Shiratori.

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Gaku Yashiro.


Plot - 10

Animation - 8

Characters - 9

Overall - 9

Highly Recommended

Dave Strider Style Rating

Honestly, there are a lot of good Daves. I think the sunglasses help to make a lot of styles work well for him. I had to use far fewer images than I saved. 

The sprite- not my favorite. the hair is better drawn with fewer lines, left to the imagination. His sunglasses are cuter round imo but the vague aviator look here isn’t bad. 2/10

Replacement- the replacement to the sprite looks pretty good. Dave is very simplified, and I think the lack of mouth in some scenes looks cool. 7/10

Scared- this is a good boy. I want lots of people to look at this boy. He is not actually an endless pool of cool with no genuine emotion mixed in, he just likes to seem that way. Here, he’s scared. Showing his eyes was a nice touch. 9/10

Dead- speaking of making the shades transparent enough to show Dave’s eyes, it was definitely not done in this dramatic scene, so we just stare at Dave for a second, while, presumably, his eyes go white in what is, presumably, an emotional moment. It did make me laugh tho. 2/10

Anime Mood Boy- they really got the anime look down pat in this scene of act 7. I feel like he is going to lock eyes with our bright young protagonist across a crowded room, and eventually leave his friends to look down at his much shorter love interest, hair ruffling lightly in the breeze. 5/10

Storybook- this Dave seems to come straight out of a children’s picture book. Points for him looking young, as he is 13. 4/10

Tense- this Dave was really good. He has nice shapes. Returns to the aviator look of the sprite, as opposed to the rounder look of the replacement.  8/10

Sketch- This Dave is cute. His hair looks nice. 7/10

Milton- the eyebrows suggest, to me, a plotting young antagonist. He wears nice clothes and has the things he wants but is never happy, only ever content to stand behind our protagonists and glower. Someday he will be part of the team, those eyebrows will relax (both of them, milhouse) and we will watch past episodes and laugh about how he was once the antag. 6/10

Heroic- my favorite Dave. He looks sweet, and his hair sticks up in a really cute manner in the back. The shapes are nice, and his face is long enough to suggest that a nose exists. 10/10


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2015 Books

In Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, he shares that he reads upwards of 80 books a year. In January of this year, I set off with the goal of increasing how often I read. I came nowhere close to 80 books (I think he’s lying), but I loved the experience of pushing myself to consume more more more. Below are the 25 books I’ve read this year, along with my rating for each. The ratings are a rough estimation of my enjoyment of the book (story + writing style).

Also, I’d love to hear what books you most enjoyed this year in the comments below!

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - 8/10
Winter’s Bone - Daniel Woodrell- 5/10
Bark - Lorrie Moore - 6/10
The Gunslinger - Stephen King - 4/10
Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - 7/10
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes - 8/10
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson - 6/10
Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig - 9/10
Wonder - R. J. Palacio - 6/10
Animal Farm - George Orwell - 9/10
Paper Towns - John Green - 6/10
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut - 8/10
One Big Thing - Phil Cooke - 2/10
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - 8/10
The Girl On The Train - Paula Hawkins - 6/10
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut - 9/10
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith - 8/10
The End of the West - Michael Dickman - 6/10
The Blind Owl - Sadegh Hedayat - 6/10
Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan - 6/10
The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert - 8/10
The Thing About Luck - Cynthia Kadohata - 6/10
In Persuasion Nation - George Saunders - 7/10
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom - 5/10
Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby, Jr. - 9/10 ?