Based on the light novel series “異能バトルは日常系のなかで” written by Nozomi Kota, at first glance this new fall anime might seem to be another average school comedy featuring supernatural powers and fantasy elements.
However, considering studio Trigger of “Kill la Kill” fame is at the creative helm of the show, knew I had to check this anime out and I have not regretted it, “Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de” has been excellent so far.
Its comedy, romance and supernatural silliness feels very similar to “Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!?”, a key difference though is the harem aspect. While there have been some references to “Kill la Kill” in it, “Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de” sports a cleaner, more classic animation style well suited for moe anime.
Although the source material from the light novels is a key factor for the show’s success, which is the case for any adaptation that aims to remain somewhat close to its original, am confident that this show will be above average thanks to the flawless execution of all its individual parts which perfectly mesh together.
An anime original project by PA Works, “Shirobako” is not a silly otaku comedy like “Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken” and “Denkigai no Honya-san”, but this new show all about the anime production industry is a solid mix of comedy and drama.
Its story starts with the promise five high school friends make to each other to one day work together in the animation industry. Years later, the girls are working hard on their respective careers, with Aoi and Ema working at Musashino Animation on the anime ‘Exodus’.
Although it does not feel like a slice-of-life genre series, “Shirobako” seems to be a serious endeavor to showcase the inner workings of the anime industry, touching on all the different aspects involved in animation production such as writing, storyboards, key frames, coloring, sound effects, voice acting and much more.
While there are plenty of serious and dramatic moments in “Shirobako”, the show nonetheless feels sufficiently light-hearted and does not come across as some stuffy documentary since it mixes in plenty of comedy and does excel at conveying the passionate feelings its various characters have for anime.
With studio PA Works at the helm, there was little doubt the quality of this series would be excellent and it also feels refreshingly different from their previous creations “Nagi no Asukara” and “Glasslip”.
Really enjoyed the first two episodes of “Shirobako” so plan on watching the rest of this show that gives fans a unique look into the anime industry, all without casting aside the typical enjoyable traits of a good anime series.
Adapted from the manga “デンキ街の本屋さん” created by Mizu Asato, “Denkigai no Honya-san” is an otaku themed comedy showcasing the daily lives of the staff working at a doujin shop.
Akin to “Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken”, this show too is a hilarious comedy featuring plenty of references to popular otaku culture as well as lots of silly situations.
Expected “Denkigai no Honya-san” to be similar to otaku centric series like “Genshiken!”, but it feels much more like a mix of workplace themed shows such as “Working!!” with plenty of ecchi undertones and a plain animation style somewhat comparable to “Hen Zemi”.
The fictional doujin shop ‘Umanohone’ where the story takes place is said to be inspired on the real life store ‘Toranoana’. Although it is safe to assume that working life as depicted in the anime is likely far from reality, undoubtedly the long hours, repetitive tasks and customer rushes during popular releases do happen.
The characters in “Denkigai no Honya-san” are the usual selection of typical otaku types, ranging from the doujin artist, cosplay photographer to the run of the mill eroge otaku. It is regrettable that the show does not seem to be overly original, as it relies on generic characters, obvious romantic pairings and typical jokes.
With the autumn season in full swing, what best to reminisce the warm days of summer than some photos of Dollfie Dream Ayuko clad in a breezy summer halterneck dress?
Snapped these photos of Ayuko posed on a boudoir style chair with a more benign cloth pattern, this made it an ideal background that was neither too plain nor too overbearing. Lighting is all natural with the afternoon sunlight coming in from a side window filtered through curtains, though did use a reflector in some shots.
Although still have the habit of snapping many pictures during such a photoshoot, have increased efforts to process and upload only those few of which I personally feel they are the best results.
This autumn season several new anime are otaku centric. Next to “Denkigai no Honya-san”, a comedy about daily life at a large doujin bookstore and “SHIROBAKO” which revolves around those working in the anime production industry, there is “Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken”.
Adapted from the four panel manga “旦那が何を言っているかわからない件” by Shinja Cool-Kyou, this comedy anime shows us the quirky marital struggles of typical office lady Kaoru to understand her otaku husband Hajime.
Instead of a serious approach, “Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken” is a hilarious comedy where each episode is a veritable rapid-fire of jokes, innuendo and awkward situations that Kaoru and Hajima face.
Animation by studio Seven is rather plain, but considering its episodes are not even four minutes long and it chains each joke into the next, such simple animation does not detract from enjoying this comedy. Appreciated how despite this short running time and the predictable nature of most skits, the show nonetheless conveys some depth to its main characters and their relationship.
If you are looking for a fun otaku comedy, then definitely give this show a try, it will only take up a few minutes of your time anyway. “Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken” is available on Crunchyroll.
After being disappointed by “Gundam: G no Reconguista”, was rather apprehensive to watch “Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo”, considering both are created by studio Sunrise.
Unfortunately, “Cross Ange” too failed to impress me, while admittedly its first episode was not that bad, this mecha anime was alas not interesting and brings nothing novel to the genre.
The overall world setting, the robot and character designs, the core plot, it felt like they simply threw all the default tropes used in the mecha genre together in the hopes of creating a series that would sufficiently appeal to the viewers.
Including dragons and other fantasy elements like mana, or having the main cast be a group of young girls who face brutal battles in a world that scorns them as less than human aberrations is not exactly new either but has been done before, with more success even.
Considering “Aldnoah.Zero” managed to surprise me last season by steadily improving and growing to become a remarkably good mecha show, there may still be hope for “Cross Ange”, though I highly doubt it. Even the performance of renowned voice actresses like Mizuki Nana, Kitamura Eri, Chihara Minori or Yukana may not be enough to lift this show up.
Those of you who enjoy the generic “Gundam Seed” or “Buddy Complex” Sunrise style anime may like “Cross Ange”, but it is likely to be a mediocre, forgettable mecha show of which there are a dime a dozen.
Met up with fellow Dollfie Dream owners the last weekend of September, it was great to see these friends again and be able to chat with them about our respective dolls and doll photography.
Above photo of Jaybi’s Kaede, Shadonia’s Mirai and my Ayuko.
During their trip to Japan this past summer, the comrades from Shadonia gave in to temptation and acquired a Mirai Suenaga Smart Doll by Danny Choo.
Have been interested in Smart Doll, specifically how its body would compare to Dollfie Dream as Danny Choo seems to have addressed several issues that Volks bodies typically have. However, have not taken the plunge to purchase one as have plenty of dolls already.