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Iaboo, Youaboo, Weallaboo for Anime!

The director is Yamada Naoko. Does anyone know what her other work is like?
She's a rock star and was one of Kyoto Animation's best talents. She directed K-On!, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird, Tamako Love Story, and Tamako Market for them. This show is being produced by Science SARU (Masaaki Yuasa's former studio) so it's probably not going to look as good as a KyoAni production but it'll be interesting. Surprisingly great get for Science SARU to land this director. That makes them 2 for 2 lately. It's a little odd that Yamada is moving on from KyoAni, but I also don't blame her for doing so.
 
There's a trailer with English subs now, for anyone interested. Apparently it's going to be a Funimation show in the US.


Seen some English articles attributing authorship of The Tale of Heike (1300s or earlier) to Furukawa Hideo (a still living novelist), when what Furukawa did was an adaption of Heike into modern Japanese...

There are some elements in the trailer that are clearly inventions, probably obvious even to someone who has not read the original, although I'm not sure if those are from maybe some other Heike inspired fiction by Furukawa or new elements for this new cartoon...
 
Fena: Pirate Princess made me swear at the latest episode. Not because it was a bad episode, far from it! No, I'm swearing because they left it on a massive cliffhanger and now I have to wait a week to see what's going to happen. Oddtaxi made me do the same thing and I loved Oddtaxi.

Tsukimichi this week made me think of Sealab 2021, specifically Bizarro Debbie and Quinn.
 
Fens is a really good show. It feels like a show that would have been made 30 years ago, in all the right ways and hardly ever in the wrong. Like, I get very strong Nadia vibes off of it.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
There's a trailer with English subs now, for anyone interested. Apparently it's going to be a Funimation show in the US.


Seen some English articles attributing authorship of The Tale of Heike (1300s or earlier) to Furukawa Hideo (a still living novelist), when what Furukawa did was an adaption of Heike into modern Japanese...

There are some elements in the trailer that are clearly inventions, probably obvious even to someone who has not read the original, although I'm not sure if those are from maybe some other Heike inspired fiction by Furukawa or new elements for this new cartoon...

This looks fantastic.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
I recently completed a rewatch of Paranoia Agent, with the Blu-ray Funimation released last year. I don't think I've seen it since it aired on Adult Swim. I'm still processing how it made me feel, but my initial takeaway is that I'm less impressed/blown away by it now having seen it as an adult. Happy Family Planning is perhaps the most striking episode in the show, but I will admit the Final Episode had me feeling pretty emotional as well. The actual ending is kind of a huge downer coming off of the emotional high points from the rest of the episode, and I think that's what making me feel... uncomfortable? with the show's message. I mean, Satoshi Kon is definitely not about giving you a neat and tidy ending, so in that respect, the ending probably had the desired effect on me. Also, between this and Tokyo Godfathers, I have to wonder if Satoshi Kon personally knew people experiencing homelessness (can't remember if there's homeless characters in his other works too).
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
I recently completed a rewatch of Paranoia Agent
I've been meaning to do that someday, as I actually think something came up and I never made it to the end when I was originally watching it near when it first was made. Wonder if it's streaming somewhere...
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Funimation has it! I've been meaning to watch it since it was announced, er, early last year. But then last year happened.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Dang, that story is still going on? It was going such places years ago that I'm a little scared to contemplate where it might have gone since.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
We're coming off of the most dire anime season since I started watching anime again (5 years ago? 10? Somewhere in that range), and having looked at the trailers on anichart, the next season looks equally dire. We'll still try a bunch of first episodes (including, reluctantly, a few isekai and even a mecha or two), but I'm not optimistic. More time to catch up on my back-log, I guess!
 
We're coming off of the most dire anime season since I started watching anime again (5 years ago? 10? Somewhere in that range), and having looked at the trailers on anichart, the next season looks equally dire. We'll still try a bunch of first episodes (including, reluctantly, a few isekai and even a mecha or two), but I'm not optimistic. More time to catch up on my back-log, I guess!
The pandemic is definitely impacting a lot of anime production. But this last season wasn't so bad, at least for me. You and Johnny watch like dozens of shows a season, but back in the mid to late 00s when I was getting back into anime, I would consider a season to be really really good if it had 4-5 shows that held my interest. (Most I would be lucky if I found 2-3.) We've got that much going on this season, and we've got at least as much going on next season so I'm happy. Definitely not as strong as some previous seasons in the past 4 or 5 years tho.

Next season also has a huge number of sequels to big name shows that you probably aren't a fan of so that probably is skewing things. There's continuations/sequels to Demon Slayer, JoJo, 86, World Trigger, Isekai Shokudo, Lupin III, and Yashahime that I'll be tuning in for.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
For interested parties, I'm hosting a top 50 cartoon character list and the deadline is the end of the work week.

 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I don't see a problem? I think it looks great.

As someone who generally thinks it looks pretty good, its the running. That is trouble with the opening apeing the anime opening so closely; people don't actually move like they do in the show. So Cho trying to run, in silhouette, with the same rhythm as the old show just looks goofy.
 
It looks like an American version of all of those almost universally terrible Japanese live action adaptations of anime that seem to exist primarily for people who constitutionally cannot watch a cartoon.

Maybe it will be better than those, or similar to the cream of the crop of those. But it certainly looks like one of those.
 

Alixsar

The Shogun of Harlem
(He/him)
It's just doing something to my brain. I get why they tried to do the old intro, but by doing so, they're forcing people to make comparisons (also the lack of Ed stands out). But people were gonna do that ANYWAY, and if they HAD made a new intro, The Internet™ would've been mad. But The Internet™ is also ALWAYS mad so like...I don't know??? It just feels weird to me; like I'm watching a fan-made intro to a hypothetical live action Cowboy Bebop show...but it's REAL and OFFICIAL. It's making me feel a way, but I don't know what it is. Anyway hopefully the show is good!
 
Thanks, I hate it. Like, god bless these people for the attempt but it looks bad. And I don't mean visually though it certainly does look kinda cheap and phony like a fan film. But specifically, there's a bunch of scenes cut into it that I assume are from episodes, and I can instantly tell they're trying to do a very faithful 1:1 adaptation and... that's not what this should have been! If I wanted to see the exact same Cowboy Bebop stories, I've got some really nice remastered BDs I can play on demand that won't set off any cognitive dissonance/uncanny valley issues. I was hoping they'd at least try their hand at doing their own thing or making their own stories so that I've have a reason to watch this. But as it stands, that doesn't look like it's the case.
 

Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
Why can't we have, like, an anime remake of Babylon 5 instead
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