atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#377: Yappari

The 7th episode of Comic Party was about as disastrous as I expected.

Kazuki charged ¥1000 for his doujin, and it lacked the honesty of his prior effort. At the end of the episode, his girlfriend has finally found him at the comic sale, and offered him the lunch she made that morning, and he is an emotional wreck because his comic didn't sell.

I was greatly surprised that his girlfriend Mizuki gave up a weekend at the beach with her friends solely to visit him at the comic sale. That was a lot more than I expected from her, so quickly.

I knew what was going to happen in ep 7 and dreaded it; at least it wasn't as bad as I'd feared it would be. But it was still pretty bad.

And I'm starting to be really impressed with Taishi's abilities. They are supernatural, the way he can hide, appear out of nowhere, and disappear into nowhere when his insane monologues are complete. His great-grandfather must've been ninja.

While I think Kazuki's failure is a necessary plot point, I'm glad it's over with.

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I also watched more episodes of the rest of 'em. Amanaideyo! explained a couple of things, and it looks like there is one episode left after all. It ought to be pretty decent--at least, I hope so. But the story is clearly winding down now.

Okusama wa Joshikousei surprised me by going in a new direction, something different--and it's not bad. They've introduced another character, and this new character enables them to do stories about something other than a) "oh we almost got found out" or b) "Asami's desire to consummate her marriage is thwarted". *sigh*

Binchou-tan--still charming, cute, and beautifully animated. If this keeps up, it's going to be a favorite.

Stratos 4 Advance is giving us a tantalizing glimpse of the real story--the reason the characters "failed" their exams, the reason odd things are happening in the defense forces. The chain-smoking guy in the glasses showed up in the latest ep--something is clearly "up".

YUA is beginning to get entertaining. It's a good series, don't get me wrong, but the first few episodes of the 2nd season have been rather formulaic. The 4th episode was better. Hopefully it will continue in this vein.

As with O!MG!, YUA's OVA series was beautifully animated. Unlike O!MG!, the YUA TV episodes are a continuation of the story that started in the OVAs, not an un-chopped re-telling. (Kenji Kawaii did the music for the OVA series. That's why I'm glad they're still using it in the 2nd TV season.)

And O!MG!--I'm enjoying the story, though they did cut out a panty shot of Sayoko that is very prominently featured in the original manga. Heh. It's really well-done even if Belldandy doesn't have a nose most of the time.

* * *

Binchou-tan is clearly aimed at a young audience, but I can't get over how good it is. Every time I see another episode of it, I find myself surprised when it's over, and disappointed--I want to spend more time in that world! There's no real conflict, no real hardships, no bad things, and it's not suspenseful, but it's such a peaceful and kind setting that it really is enjoyable, and somehow just watching Binchou-tan's adventures is itself entertaining.

Such care went into the production design and the animation that it's visually stunning, too; I can't say enough about the beauty of the animation and artwork in this series.

* * *

After years of waiting I went and bought the first season of WKRP in Cincinnati on DVD the day it came out. Have I watched so much as one episode yet?; no I haven't.

There are things I clearly remember from some episodes which, in more recent viewings, have seemed to have been missing. I guess I'm worried that the episodes on the DVDs will be the hacked-up ones--or, worse, that I am merely mis-remembering how the episodes went. The way I remember them was a lot funnier than the versions I've seen in recent years, though.

Guess I'll have to take the plunge this weekend and start watching 'em.

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