This week has taught me how difficult it is to manage seven series when half of the week consisted of being drunk in a club or hungover in my dorm. Nonetheless, I’ve done my absolute best to keep this Weekly Roundup on time and of the quality you’ve come to expect. Although it’s been a haze for the majority of this week, each show has continued to impact me in their own ways. Neither a genuine or backhanded compliment, memorable will always be the word to describe this season and week eleven doesn’t lose that title. We may be reaching the conclusion stage of Summer 2017 as a season, but apparently not everyone got the memo as some episodes continued to delve deep into the heart of their series. With surprisingly detailed fight sequences in shows I’d never predict and narratives attempting to ease off, this week has been a difficult one to digest.
Chillingly surreal and visibly tinged with the experiences of its director, Get Out (2017) displays the modern day America in a mind-bending Horror format. Whether it to be considered an exaggerated form of the location or a gruelling commentary through the eyes of an African American perspective, to call the world “fantasy” is an insult. Get Out is one of these movies that is able to articulate its social commentary effectively without compromising the entertainment factor for a general audience. As a white eighteen year old from England, there’s only so much relatability I can confidently describe. I’d be lying if I said this film’s setting felt completely disconnected from the world we live in, but I understand that it’s not my place to delve into such a controversial topic without the experience needed to fully comprehend it. That being said, this movie was intriguing nonetheless and lead me to spend many hours analysing all of the MICRO elements hidden away. I’m excited to discuss what I found.
Let it be known that Week Nine of Summer 2017 was dedicated to providing some top quality Maid Service. More so than ever before, this week had some incredible heights and some catastrophic lows. As a whole, it’s been a pretty strong week when the shows all balance out. While that all sounds alright, that does leave some of these shows in a very bad spot for the latter end of the season. Although we’ve seen some of the best individual sequences of the season, a small portion of quality can’t always make up for an all-round dull episode. Thankfully, not every series fell to this effect (I’m looking at you Welcome to the Ballroom) so let’s delve into Week Nine of the summer season!
It was inevitable that a dedicated article to the fan-dubbed genre of “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things” would surface on this website. After more than one episode of the Truly Trash Podcast revolving around the concept (my piece on Relaxing Anime subtly trying to weave it in), I am passionate about the Slice of Life genre. That’s all inclusive from emotional series to laid back ones. However, I often find that because these two are sorted into the same category of Slice of Life, the more laidback series are often pushed aside or ridiculed for their inherent structure. With this piece, I’m hoping to blur the bridge that the anime community frequently puts in place and recommend five of my favourite shows where the Cute Girls doing Cute Things formula is used effectively. Oh and I’ll also be trying out some new scoring systems for the sake of these multi-show articles.
You guys asked for it, so here it is. Alice & Zoroku is a show that I watched as it aired but dropped around episode 3 or 4 due to a lack of interest and that exams were taking full control of my schedule. First of all, thank you to everyone who told me to give this another shot because this show had a lot more going for it than I gave credit for. Not only mixing up the general supernatural escaped test subject premise that’s been done to death but working so well to present its own themes entirely. Albeit a bit late, here are my full thoughts on Alice & Zoroku.
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.
This will mark my third article on this site that mentions Teekyu but I don’t care. Its 100th episode aired this week and I’m seizing the opportunity to talk about one of my favourite mindless comedy shows. Don’t misunderstand though, mindless is a positive compliment here; this show functions as the perfect palette cleanser and continues to be one of my favourite shows. Although you’ll need the ability to read subtitles at rapid speed and be prepared to marathon a whole lot of episodes, Teekyu is one of those shows that I always recommend to everyone.
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!
At first, this show seemed to be a spin-off show of GochiUsa, a show following a group of girls working in a coffee shop – and admittedly is the reason it was in my Queue. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was its own show entirely and focused on a theatre setting. Although I may be biased as “cute girls in theatre” is possibly my favourite combination of words, this show definitely doesn’t get a free pass as a result.
So recently I’ve discovered that you can play Japanese mobile games which (depending on how you look at it), is possibly the greatest or worst piece of information I could have found out. I would say I’m a pretty tough person to please when it comes to these free app games, but this game advertised fantastic Kiniro Mosaic art that I had never seen before. Needless to say, I’m addicted.