By far and large, Part 4 (Diamond is Unbreakable, alternatively DIAMOND IS NOT CRASH) of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is my favorite JoJo arc. It boasts a lovable, eccentric cast of characters and a laidback atmosphere that I wasn’t sure to like, after the rollercoaster ride that is Part 3 (Stardust Crusaders). The main draw of Part 4 is that the cast is composed of ordinary people who gained superpowers overnight; their motivations and conflict are more nuanced than “take over the world”/”defeat bad guy”.
The problem is that the only complete English translation of it is awful.
Lately I’ve been watching Love Lab. The synopsis makes it sound meh, but it’s pretty darned good. A lot of people reluctantly go “this show has no business being as good as it is!”, but they’re fooling nobody. (It’s okay to like these kinds of shows, guys!)
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Pacifism gets a bad rap in anime and manga. Why, because it’s treated awfully, in terms of characters (Lynn Kaifun, Kira Yamato, Kio Asuno), and storylines (Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny, Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Gundam AGE’s 4th arc). This attitude is justified because of how writers push it as their agenda in war stories, presenting war as a problem solved by a power fantasy wherein a character becomes a deus ex machina by forcing peace between both sides (usually by superior, non-lethal firepower).
Vinland Saga is an exemplary work with a well-written portrayal of pacifism. It is not a quick solution; in fact, it is even harder than its alternatives. It is always taking that “first choice”, and never having to resort to that “last choice”–even as the other party employs the opposite policy. It does not employ a deus ex machina, but makes a hard gamble on the reader’s engagement by laying almost a hundred chapters of groundwork before a satisfying payoff.
[Spoilers after the jump]
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Fantasista Doll is a hybrid of magical girl and TCG anime. The TCG part is that protagonist Uzume Ono has been given a deck with five character cards, whom other deck-holders try to seize by battling her. The magical girl part is that these character cards (dolls) get summoned into the real world as girls with real bodies. They don’t just battle but also eat, take baths, and even go on shopping.
The Sapphire Mask is a music project inspired by mecha anime. I love the concept–as a fan of good soundtracks, they evoke intense feelings about the story even long after finishing it. In The Sapphire Mask’s case, the soundtrack is the main product, but just reading the story framework gives enough context to make it feel like it’s a full-fledged mecha anime.
I love anime, but sometimes I get MAD ABOUT CARTOONS. This post series is for me to address what I hate about anime, but I’ll try to write about it in an interesting way (as always).
I’d like to think that most anime I watch have a good story. Postmodern, deconstruction, one could throw these big words around but I believe that everyone watches anime because they want to experience good stories. And one undeniable thing about a good story is that you’re burning to know what happens next.
Ro-Kyu-Bu is a good story, but this fact is buried underneath a terrible, terrible first impression.
I had not expected to like Oregairu as much as I do. The low-key aspirations of the show proved to hide some really good stuff that rewards the astute viewer. Despite the questionable title and reputation of light novel shows, Oregairu turned out to have a bunch of things that pushed my buttons in the right way.
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