Updates & Some Chit Chats

Shingeki no Kyojin

My last update was in August! That’s how time flies! In between August and October, loads of stuff had happened. I’m away from home most days of the week for work and some of my family members are facing health scares so much time was spent taking care/paying attention to them when I’m home. It’s like I totally understand how sometimes people – even huge anime fans – would slipped behind a few months because there are so much things going on.

Sometimes, just sometimes, other things take precedence over hobbies.

Kuroko Tetsuya

What has happened to me in terms of anime? This blog is about anime, so obviously we’re talking about that. Right? In case you’re wondering, I’m still watching anime. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve found a certain rhythm I’m okay with in terms of watching anime.

Lets talk about last season, shall we? To be honest, I’m not following too many titles this season. In fact, I think I only have Kuroko’s Basketball on my list. I like Golden Time and Ace of Diamond, but not enough to follow the series this season. In return for only adding one series to my plate, I stay quite updated on long-running shows such as One Piece, Naruto and Hunter X Hunter.

Okay, main point – last season. My favorite series from last season is Gin no Saji, for its simplicity and thoughtful direction, especially touching on personal issues some of us struggle with on daily basis or from time to time. It’s relate-able, it’s easy understand and to see from Hachiken’s perspective.

In terms of memorable though, as in series I’m most likely to recall easily in the future, is Shingeki no Kyojin. I like the action, the setting…well, I think I just like to see how they’re jumping and running on rooftops. >.< Did I mention about the OP songs? I clearly remembered how I was hooked on the series – the OP song at the first episode. The energy and urgency of the song sort of brought up the flavors of the series. Get what I mean? Too bad the series ended just when things got a little more interesting. It’s a shame, but no worries for they surely will be back soon. C’mon, the series is immensely popular…how can it not have a second season?

gin no saji

Tamayura: More Aggresive was soothing as expected. While it centered around Potte trying to start and manage a photography club, it still did not go far from the main essence of the series – which is for Potte to learn more about her late father through connections he had left behind and photography.

I have yet to complete Monogatari series, but I intend to by the end of the year. I did manage to complete Danganronpa, which I’m a bit disappointed with. I like the whole guess-who’s-the-villain thing, but somehow, each case left me wanting a little bit more. A little bit more mystery, a little bit more challenge, a little bit more complexity. It’s still okay, just thought it could’ve been better.

The only series I have mixed feelings about is Free!. I don’t think I like it, but at the same time I don’t think I hate it. It’s meh. However, if there’s a second season, I might actually pick it up. See, it’s not bad because it’s not very heavy to consume and it can be really fun to watch. It’s not good because it’s not the kind of sports anime I had hoped for (is this even a valid reason?). So there you have it, not sure where I’m standing with this title, really.

Hmmm…I think that’s all from me for now. I do have a draft I’m working on, but it was abandoned when other stuff creep in. Who knows I might just finish that post…soon. Until then, see ya!

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7 thoughts on “Updates & Some Chit Chats

  1. Hey Hoshiko, one or two week more and I would have probably emailed you, to inquire about your whereabouts 😉 Good to hear that you are doing ok.

    The good thing about Shingeki is and was the action, the philosophical part was not so my style, mainly because of the strangely directed emo moments, but I started to read the manga.

    Well Tamayura made my eyes constantly red, it was all to touching, the ending song made me so emotional .·´¯`(>▂<)´¯`·. Aside ftrom that I loved it and the whole presentation.

    Free! hmm some said it was good, as I read gay swimming in the first episode I asked myself
    "do you want to see half nude boys swimming in a pool" The answer was a clear no. I can watch an anime about an all boys baseball team, cause I like baseball, but swimming and no girls, unthinkable 😄 Or am I wrong and there were female main characters?

    take care (*^^*)

    • Haha, I won’t go missing-in-action on purpose, that’s for sure. Just have quite a bit of stuff on my plate right now. Once everything’s sorted out, I’ll be back on regular basis. I miss catching up with you guys.

      Yeaps, I agree. I’m sold on Shingeki for its action.

      Haha, how many boxes of tissues did you use watching Tamayura?

      Oh there were two female characters – one’s the teacher, the other is their manager, who is Rin’s little sister. I’m okay with seeing half nude boys obviously, haha, but when I watch a sports-themed anime I kinda hope for something like Chihayafuru? The adrenaline rush and intensity of a match. I found none with this series. Sad case.

      Thanks, Wieselhead. You take care too. Will catch up with you real soon. =)

      • Miss you as well =)
        Well 12 – 16 tissues overall, kinda bad when you can’t clearly read the subs with teary eyes.

        Some fanservice for the girls, hehe.
        Oh 2 at least ^^ I think that also won’t convince me to watch

        sure, don’t worry about that.

  2. Nice to see you’re back (or sort of?)

    Gin no Saji is indeed one of my favorite anime for the respective season too^^ It’s like seeing a farming-version Bakuman.

    “I think I just like to see how they’re jumping and running on rooftops”

    Spidermen VS Huge Nekkid Giants!

    Seriously though, regardless of some controversial arguments, I still think Shingeki no Kyojin is great 😀 The pacing I admit might be a bit slow at times (though I didn’t feel it as much since I marathoned them), but when it needs to be, it’s thrilling, engaging and mind-blowing.

    Nice to see you watching Tamayura. For some reason, not many people I know watch them >__<

    • “It’s like seeing a farming-version Bakuman.” <- It's interesting that you said that. I never thought of it that way mostly because the duo in Bakuman has a goal. They wanted to become mangaka so bad that they worked so hard. In Gin No Saji's case, Hachiken's struggling to find something, be it himself, his future, his goal in life. However, what you said sort of make sense because these two series centered around people who have obstacles to overcome. Plenty, actually.

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