Question: Am I bad luck? Because as Tim and I realized this week, whenever I ask for something to happen in an anime, it never ever happens, even if it would be self-evidently awesome and the writers are nuts for not going wi... | subscribe
By now you may have seen the videos floating around the internet. If you're a visitor to 4chan, you've most certainly caught a glimpse of the casual, laid-back battle that has been waged since December of last year, where two...
As Mitsuki and Yuya are forced to spend their time together in the bathroom, we learn a little bit more about why Mitsuki is so withdrawn and angry all the time. It turns out her "father" was a no-good loser and abused her as well as her mother. Mitsuki weaves a tale of her mother's irresponsibility and how she chases after men instead of worrying about her own daughter, needing someone to keep her from being lonely.
There's a heartfelt moment between Yuya and Mitsuki that fills up a bit of Mitsuki's belt, but just as things are getting a little sweet, someone arrives to help the brother and sister out of the bathroom. Of course, the floor is slippery and the two end up on top of each other as someone arrives to open the door.
After approximately four hundred bajillion hours of travel across the world, I'm back in Japan.
I'm still alive.
That's right folks. Welcome back to Go West!, your one and only [insert-time-frame-here] column about new Japanese video games, bad puns, and a cynical man living in Japan. This week marks the first GW! of the new year, and while I wanted to do something special, the lack of releases leaves me with very few options.
Still, three new games are better than none. This is especially the case when one of them is a relatively high profile cross-media release.
I'll be honest: the last two episodes of Samurai Flamenco were good, but they didn't really grab me. This, though... this episode grabbed me. SamuMenco is best when it takes your happy expectations of tokusatsu adventures and...
I hate little sisters. But I like perverse storylines. As Tim and the others on the latest podcast will probably attest, the fact that an anime series combines a chastity belt with a teenage girl having to do the pee-pee dance has me intrigued. I missed out on Valvrave, so I'll be darned if I miss out on the biggest trainwreck of the season again. Karen described it as one of the worst things of the season, if not ever, I believe, and I knew I had to get in on it. Such is life.
"Boring" isn't a criticism I tend to use a whole lot. For starters, I often find that stuff other viewers consider boring is still interesting to me on some level. Furthermore, the term gets used too often as a synonym for "slow-paced," but slow-paced doesn't necessarily equal "uninteresting," you know? Many slow-paced shows use their languid tempo to explore nuances that more action-oriented shows don't have time for, and I appreciate that when it's done well; sometimes, I think I appreciate the attempt to do that even when it's done badly. I'm pretty keen on slow-paced stuff, all in all.
All that said: If even I think The Pilot's Love Song is boring, it must be pretty damn boring.
The first volume in the Hello Kitty (reviewed) series published by Perfect Square was all about travel, and it didn't disappoint; we went all over the world and beyond. This second volume promised to have our mouths watering, and once again, it didn't disappoint; I think I have cavities.
Jacob Chabot and Jorge Monlongo return and are accompanied by Ian McGinty and Stephanie Buscema for a whole new set of adventures featuring Japan's favorite feline (move aside, Maru). All of the stories are food-related, though that isn't a stretch in Hello Kitty's cake-filled world under regular circumstances.
2013 has come and gone, which means it's time for the return of TRIGGER's Kill la Kill.
When last we left off, Ryuko was in a not so great place, the treacherous Nui was causing all sorts of problems, and Mako was off being Mako and saving the day. The puzzle pieces have started to fall together and we had just started to get a peek at Revocs, the huge organization that seems to be at the center of Kill la Kill's odd world.
And we're back! It's time now for the Annotated Anime Roundup, your deliciously late gaggle of short-form recaps and commentary on the latest and greatest in Japanese cartoon tomfoolery!
We meant to start a couple of days earlier, but were so distracted by the incoming wave of new anime series and writing up our First Impressions that we plum forgot! Well, most of us forgot, but our intrepid Features Editor Karen Mead was on hand with a stalwart from the Fall Season, Yowapeda, backed up by some of winter's new blood, in the form of Tonari no Seki-kun.
Of course, there'll be more to come...much more, as we shake out the season's wheat and chaff, checking which shows'll get the solo recap treatment and which will be joining the roundup, as well as finishing off the last of fall's stragglers with Final Impressions. Stay tuned for all of that in the coming days!
Once upon a time there was an awesome Jump manga series called Double Arts by a man named Naoshi Komi. A wonderful little story about a pair of people who had to hold hands at all times, Double Arts would go on to be canceled after its third volume despite how great it was. I still cry myself to sleep every night over its cancellation.
Years later and here I am, watching Shaft's anime adaptation of his latest series, Nisekoi. Going in fairly blind, the only thing I knew about it was that it was a romantic comedy taking place in a non- fantasy world where people didn't have to hold hands in order to survive.
A little under half an hour later and I find myself thinking "maybe that isn't so bad."
Much as I love the place, I'd hate to be an anime recapper in Japan. Really, I would. Or rather, I'd curse my existence at having to recap a show that aired mainly on TV, as I'd only be able to see it once, at the time of broadcast.
Let's keep in mind that most popular anime streaming services are blocked in Japan, which ironically makes the home of anime less convenient for watching anime. As such, without taking advantage of legally gray methods of getting my Japanese cartoon fix, any recap I write of a show like, say, Buddy Complex, would have to be done entirely off my gut reaction to a single viewing.
Nisekoi turned out to be one of those happy discoveries you sometimes stumble upon when you aren't looking for anything particular, read a silly synopsis, and think, "Why not?" I wasn't too sure what to expect from this coming in, except that it was probably a romantic comedy.
And it is.
It's a romantic comedy that's apparently published in Shonen Jump, and the first volume which comprises the first seven chapters had heaps of fighting in it -- between the lead male character and a girl he has to pretend to date in order to appease the rival gangs they belong to.
Let's have a quick look at the copy before I move on with my thoughts:
It’s hate at first sight—or rather a knee to the head at first sight —when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match between Raku and their rival gang leader’s daughter, who just so happens to be Chitoge! Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, however, with a pendant around his neck as a memento...but he can't even remember the girl’s name or face!