Feb. 18th, 2017

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Lately I've been getting back more into anime (at the expense of my previous Zelda-induced swing toward video games but that's a whole other post), and I've been trying to watch like an episode or two per day.

Last season I just stockpiled Natsume Yuujinchou Go without watching it, but I have at last belatedly finished it. And I have to admit, I spent a lot of this season fighting the feeling that the magic was wearing thin. Some of the youkai encounters started to feel formulaic and pointless. There were places I could see them really padding out the manga material to get an episode out of it and it felt poorly-paced. Then at some point in the season they aired the "Nyanko-sensei to Hajimete no Otsukai" OAD and that thing was just so clunky, easily the worst NY ep I've ever seen.  Let's have random children repeat an unfunny schtick! Let's lever in all the regular cast for no reason! (No, candy bars are not a reason.) The season on the whole was still Natsume Yuujinchou, though.  It had its share of misty moments, and I'm still on for Roku coming up.

This season I'm stockpiling Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, waiting until I get around to re-watching season 1 so I can just watch the whole thing through.

The only current-run thing I am watching? Scum's Wish. Which was totally not on my radar going in, but I am a sucker for this kind of deep emotional exploration (even if I probably relate to it less than some because I'm some flavor of ace and sure as heck never experienced this s**t in high school). I also frankly love how this series is an example of how to do sexual material without being exploitative; the sexual content is relatively heavy (the very first episode shows tongue-kissing and nearly-naked groping and things spiral from there), but the sex scenes in this show are not there to make you hot, they are there to make you cry. That is, the sexual content isn't there to instrumentalize the characters for the viewer in a sexual way but to create intense empathy for the characters' messy and complicated motives. I haven't gotten to watching the latest episode just yet, though. I sort of want to be in the mood for this one.

Something that was on my radar going in was Little Witch Academia, because I did enjoy the original short film but, um. I didn't even get to the TV series; I went to catch up and broke down 10 minutes into the second movie. Turns out the heroine is just too noisy and treads too heavily on my vicarious embarrassment squick to deal with her for more than 26 minutes.  (Adding a funny fat character didn't help, either.)  Well, I'll always have that first film...

And I tried the first episode of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid and was like "this is fine and all but not worth the energy to stick with." That's a high bar for me these days.

In back-catalog, now that I'm through NY5 I've started on Mawaru Penguindrum, which I've never seen before. From what I hear, I should probably get though it before attempting to say much. (Except perhaps, "He made this in between Utena and Yuri Kuma Arashi? Yeah, I see it.")

Once that's done, I intend to re-watch Uchouten Kazoku to get myself ready for the new season.

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