Believe it or not, the very first anime I had watched (excluding shows watched as a child like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh) was in fact the infamously cutesy show Lucky Star. Whether or not you see this as a positive way to venture into the medium, it’s needless to say that I was definitely thrown into the deep end. Being aged around 14 at the time, there was nothing I had seen before that was even remotely similar in any aspect. From the adorably ‘smushy’ character designs to the complete awareness at its own lack of substance, Lucky Star certainly was an interesting doorway into my anime journey.
With most of these shows consisting of a twelve episode run time, we’re already at the midpoint in this season! Probably down to this weekly roundup system, but it doesn’t even feel like we’re halfway through the season at all for me. Yet here we are, although not every series is paced very well for this milestone to feel meaningful, there was a slight shift in narrative progression this week. For the most part, the storyline within each respective show has been set up for a while now and it’s here that we finally get to see some true progression. Although at the cost of some episode’s pacing grinding to a halt, to call this a weak roundup wouldn’t be exactly fair. A couple shows in mind as I write this, Week Six definitely showcased what a series can do after the amount of character development accomplished in their first half.
So if you’re an avid follower of my Weekly Roundup series you’ll be very aware that even after three viewings, Episode Five of Welcome to the Ballroom seemed to be completely flawless. There is so much to this single episode that not dedicating an entire piece on it would be an insult. Not only did the visual direction floor me as a Film Studies student, but the amount of story telling this episode accomplished in twenty four minutes is astounding. Without further ado, here are my complete and unrestricted view on what I consider to be the strongest anime episode I’ve seen in a very long time.
Without a doubt, this has been my favourite week of the season so far (and it’s gonna be difficult to top). Although not every episode has been a 10/10, those that did succeed have made up for the slack a hundred times over. Not only did some of these episodes bring me to tears – even after a second viewing – but there was an incredible amount of humour brought to this week. As much as I wanted to load this post with animated GIFs and screenshot collections, I reigned myself in and did my best to keep a calm and collected head. Except for New Game!! where it basically became an “I adore Hifumi rant”, but I suppose you’re all used to it by now.
So this is the first episode of a new Video Series I’ve been wanting to make for a very, very long time. Piece by Piece is an anime analysis show where I delve into what I consider to be a well produced sequence and figure out how it’s as effective as it is. In this episode, we go deep into the cinematography and visual direction of New Game!! and how it visually presents Aoba’s struggle as a character designer amongst an experienced team. Although this took around a week to produce, this idea has been in the planning stage for months now so I hope you enjoy the video!
What a hectic week this has been, with some of the strongest shows moving all the way down my personal list I guess this is the result of the rule-of-three system. Don’t believe that the week wasn’t without its highlights though – one of my favourite episodes of the year aired this week and warranted an entire video dissecting it. Although not a positive highlight, an episode this week also made me physically nauseous so it’s definitely been one hell of a week.
This may end up being the most arrogant post on the blog but as this site grows, I’ve had multiple people ask me for any tips and tricks when it comes to Blogging for Anime. Also by no means is this a definitive “guide to blogging”, every writer works differently and has their own method of working. These are simply what I personally think are important factors in creating an interesting anime blog.