8/26/16

Jonathan's 20 Worst Anime: 10-1

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk to you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Made me really angry because HOLY SHIT WHY THE FUCK ARE THESE ANIME SO BAD JESUS FUCK

Play time over, time to look at the ten worst fucking shows I have ever seen in my life so far. Holy shit who thought this garbage was okay. And I'm sorry GATE and Mahouka are not here I have not seen enough of them but yes they are the worst goddamn things.

8/23/16

Grave of the Fireflies: Aching Allegory, or Sappy Slog-Fest?

Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 anime film from Isao Takahata. The 1st of his 5 films under the Studio Ghibli banner, and the 5th of his films in general, it’s often considered one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made. It holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.5/10 on IMDb. In spite of this, I remain divided on it. Why is that?


When I began my “What Works/What Doesn’t Work” series with Howl’s Moving Castle, I had this film in the back of my mind. I’ve been meaning to write about Grave of the Fireflies for Infinite Rainy Day for a long time, yet never had the right format. Now that it’s been long enough, I figured I’d finally try. Here goes.

As with my previous two pieces, there’ll be heavy spoilers. You’ve been warned.

8/21/16

Seasonal Reviews: Summer 2016 Pt.2

We are now at the halfway point of the season, so it's time for a check-up on our premiers and see what's worth looking at, now that we have a better idea of what these shows actually are. We got a lot of gems and crap to go over, and the staff is free to drop up to four full shows because we all have shit to do and halfway into the season is a good point to make a judgement call.

Apologies for lack of second opinions, many of us were very busy. With the intro out of the way, here's the halfway report for the Summer 2016 season.

8/19/16

Jonathan's 20 Worst Anime: 20-11

Well, you all waited long enough. No more stalling. It's time to talk about the twenty worst anime I have ever seen in my entire life! I've split this list into two parts, so I can really dig into just how awful all of these are, and this is also where most of the seasonal stuff ended up. As I said, I have seen some shit. There's a few things I've rated not too terribly in the past on here as well, and that's because time lets you realize bad things may be worse than you first thought sometimes. I also took into account the flavors of bad and my own personal feelings on each show, and I feel this order is a great ordering of bad to scream inducing.

Also, I may end up talking about sexual assault because bad anime sure loves that, so you have been warned if you're sensitive to that.

Now, onto out first entry, and the first anime I reviewed for this site ...11eyes.

8/16/16

One Punch Man and the Journey for the Self

With One Punch Man now airing on Toonami, I'm sure a lot of you tykes are enjoying all the punching and explosions (and they are certainly beautiful punches and explosions), but I doubt you were there when the anime started airing and debate grew over what the series was actually about. While the manga was a celebrated cult thing, the anime has grown into a very decisive topic because of new audiences examining how the show treats its cast, and there's definitely a lot of criticism to detail. To properly engage with this debate, it's important you all understand some of the core ideas and themes of the series. Of course, to figure out what those are, we need to examine the titular character himself, Saitama.

Life Goals

8/12/16

Jonathan's 20 Worst Anime: Honorable Mentions

Bad anime. It's everywhere. Right turn, BAM, overly long shonen wank! Turn left, POW, lifeless slice of life show from the era of Lucky Star! Turn back and KERPAPPLE, a stampede of LIGHT. NOVEL. MAGICAL. SCHOOL. ANIME.

No matter what age you grew up with the big A in, you have probably seen a fair bit of crap. Sure, I wasn't around for the dark ages of the OVA boom, where lies the horrible myths of gay murderous super soldiers and tentacle monsters, but bad is not exclusive to any time period. It is everywhere. The worst can strike when you least expect it, or in the exact form you'd expect (aka any light novel show about a magic school except Asterisk War). It can be hilarious, pathetic, or just maddening. Bad has countless forms, and it's time I laid out the worst of the worst that I've seen up to this point. Seasonals certainly added a good chunk here, but I've been here for years, rockin' my peers and keeping suckas in fear. If it's one thing I'm well vested on, it's bad anime.

I have a list of the twenty worst, but I'd like to start us off with some not so honorable mentions first. These shows didn't make the final cut for one reason or another, but they all deserve a good punch in the teeth. So let's do this right.

*ahem*


8/9/16

"Concerning the Standards of Dubs..."

Art is subjective.

I know that that’s the most clich├ęd way to start this piece, but it’s true. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, and no two people will react the exact same way to it. The same can be said of acting; true, there are general expectations for a good performance, but even then they’re not empirical. They’re merely guidelines, albeit ones that are flexible.


I bring this up because of an interesting article written by a man named Charles Dunbar for Ani-Gamers. I’d never heard of him or this site until now, but it had a fascinating editorial about anime dubs and cultural exchange. At first, I was expecting another “dubs suck” or “only certain dubs are good” eye-roller, but thorough examination proved me wrong. The article was, honestly, really interesting, even adding perspective to the argument of “dub VS sub” that I’ve brought up before. That doesn’t mean I agree 100% with the author’s position, but y’know…

8/5/16

Under the Dog: Episode Zero

Under the Dog has had a strange and oddly long journey for a 30-minute OVA. Starting as an idea for a 26-episode series in the mid-90s when Ghost in the Shell was one of the big influences on the anime world, it was mothballed until it was brought back by Japanese companies Creative Intelligence Arts (CIA) and Kinema Citrus animation studios, hoping to capitalize on 20 years worth of nostalgia. It succeeded with over $850,000 in funding thanks to a trailer that featured some well done futuristic action in a surprising colorful and detailed metropolitan landscape. After a few short Q&A updates and random congratulations and endorsements (Including, perhaps ominously, Keiji Inafune), the project went silent for a few months before the producer made an update where he stated he was leaving the project and dropped a press release that revealed CIA, the entire company managing the product, was gone as well. This was all delivered in the casual tone of Julie Hagerty in Airplane! asking the passengers, "By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"

Kinema Citrus animation took over production with much of the same creative team on board (though there has been a seemingly revolving door of people writing the script from Jiro Ishii's original story, settling on Keigo Koyanagi in the final credits). Over a year passed and last April, this trailer dropped, revealing a potential other protagonist who less resembled badass blonde project mascot Anthea and more Lain with an assault rifle (I'm game for that, but I am also a gigantic Yoshitoshi Abe fan). So, what is the final result, at least with "Episode 0" that dropped on August 1st? Will it make us cry like an anime fan on prom night? Let's find out! DISCLAIMER: For the sake of full disclosure, yes, I am one of the Kickstarter donors. Use that information as you will.


8/3/16

Princess Mononoke VS Spirited Away: Which is Truly Better?

Anime fans are no strangers to endless debates: is Gen Urobuchi a genius? Is Neon Genesis Evangelion the most-influential anime of the last 25 years? Does new anime suck? However, no debate is more fascinating than that of Princess Mononoke versus Spirited Away.


I’m sure some of you are already prepping a response, but I ask that you wait. I think it’s an entirely unproductive debate to have without context, and it’s gonna vary depending on who you talk to. I know my own stake in this matter (it’s Spirited Away,) but since it was recently brought to my attention by a fellow Infinite Rainy Day writer, I figured I’d go into depth about the films, what makes them special and whether or not this debate is necessary.

7/27/16

5 Points About the Anime Fandom That I Can't Stand

For as much as I attempt non-condescension in my contributions to Infinite Rainy Day, sometimes I have no choice. The anime fandom simply has a lot of arrogance that needs addressing. Therefore, today I’d like to tackle some complaints I have about my fellow Otaku and their “holier than thou” attitude. Hold on tight, this’ll be a dense one.