Time for another Gundam Build Fighters post! The last thing I’d want people to think is that I’m not liking the show. In fact, I’ve been enjoying it immensely, and the latest one sets a new bar for displaying a positive attitude towards hobbies in general. This episode is about China’s first actual foray into Gunpla battling, and it’s way better than we all expected.
China has been criticized as a character from episode one. She’s the token girl, someone distant enough from the hobby to lend an outsider’s perspective to it, someone the exposition man (Ramba Ral) has to keep explaining things to. Some people think she needs to be as fleshed out as a character in a Victorian novel. But she isn’t, so they’re angry. Man.
While I’ve finished Nanowrimo before, I tried a more complicated novel this year. The difference in complexity and difficulty was large–I knew what I was going to do, but unlike before I couldn’t just wing it when the going got tough.
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Years back, when I introduced myself to people, I would say that I love anime, but I prefer the adult stuff. Invariably, some smart guy would ask me if I’m into hentai (or ero anime, to be politically correct), and I’d add that when I say adult, I mean mature. More snickers follow. It’s kinda embarrassing.
Nowadays, I just say I’m into anime.
Lately I’ve been watching the first Pretty Cure show, which is an anime for kids. It’s got an unsophisticated format of wacky episodic hijinks with the occasional smattering of plot (as far as a long-form magical girl anime goes), but the writing and animation go beyond the call of the paycheck. For an anime that spawned an entire franchise, it has some genuinely emotional moments. It feels like the staff cares.
I just watched the second series of Otona Joshi no Anime Time, which are animated adaptations of award-winning short stories about adult women. It’s a nice change of pace from the kid and otaku-demographic shows that I’ve been watching lately, and I’m going to talk about all three episodes here.
Note: There’s another episode of Otona Joshi no Anime Time, which I might add here once I’ve gotten to watching it.
Why do people watch iyashikei (healing) anime? If you look at fiction as escapism (that is, escaping to somewhere), then iyashikei is going to a quiet cafe and having an afternoon cup of tea. The window is open; there’s a cool breeze that ruffles your hair; a young woman brushes past the road on a puttering scooter. Maybe she wears cool shades.
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Another Men OP Destiny post! To tell you the truth, I got into a funk from writing these, because I was unsatisfied with how Gundam AGE ended. ‘Course there’s nothing preventing me from writing about other Gundam OPs, but my inner completist kept me in a state of inertia for a long time.
But really, the OPs are far from what made Gundam AGE bad. As long as I keep that in mind, I can reconcile with myself on writing about its last two OPs!
OP3 is markedly different from its predecessors. Masami Obari storyboarded and directed it, and the end result is something very solid, in my opinion.
No screencaps because I streamed the first episode legally! Hurrah, GundamInfo channel!
So, Gundam Build Fighters. After the failure of Gundam AGE, Bandai is sticking to its strengths, which is in the form of honest-to-goodness merchandise. You see, Gunpla is a big thing, and even in the Philippines we have a good number of hobby stores catering to modelers. As long as they keep the story solid enough to serve the conceit of crossover Gundam action, we’ll have a good hit on our hands. I hope!