On Northern Hime/Dutch Harbour and Icy Water

About twelve days ago, Kantai Collection got their summer event going. A nod to the Aleutian Islands and Midway Islands campaign, it is proving to be one of the most trollish and annoying events known, though unlike other events which required months and months and months of stockpiling, hours of sparkling, and a nearly endless chant of forgiveness and mercy from RNG-chan/Error-chan and her minions, the Compass-fairies, the event was also accessible for those who aren’t of such level of OCDness.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 7: I think It Looked Good on You )

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And so we start what promised to be a good arc focusing on Shou. How long that’ll last, I’m not too sure. It’s starting to be a series that grates on me but the character interactions are what I like though.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 6: I’ll Protect You)

And thus we start a new episode of Rail Wars! Will we see some plot concerning the stated JR group? Or will we see more ‘plot’ based around Haruka and Aoi? Frankly I’m wondering if I’m rewatching Idolm@ster’s episode 8 with this episode. All that interconnected yet not connected mishaps. Just…

Damn Cats.

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Quick Thought – Kantai Collection TV Anime PV

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So, just a quick thought on the anime PV released by KADOKAWA. For those who do not know, Kantai Collection is an extremely popular browser game featuring personifications of the various naval vessels of Imperial Navy (and Imperial Army via Maruya and Akitsumaru; and the Kreigsmarine with Z1, Z3, and Bismarck), fighting the Abyssal Fleet ( the personification of the US/Allied Navies).

I managed to get in during the Arpeggio of Blue Steel anime tie-in, and so far have taken a relaxed and slow interest in the game. Apart from trying to stumble through the purely Japanese interface, the game is the usual card-like browser game. Its popularity though has grown to the point that many see it as the next Touhou. With voice acting by recognized seiyuu and art by known artists.

It was eventually such a big hit for KADOKAWA would try to milk it as much as they can. The figurine and memorabilia have taken off, and no doubt the addition of an anime would further increase its popularity. I for one welcome this.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 5: Quit Staring)

And so we get to the fifth episode of bewbs and trains. As usual I’m more or less typing this as fast as I can while the episode plays. Because lawl I’m not an actual reviewer or anything.

Dat Derailment. Just…really.

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Quick Thought ver Three Episode Rule: Sabagebu! – Survival Game Club!

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A break from rails and bewbs to feature guns and silliness. The over the top comedy that left the fourth wall crying in the corner and replaced by an empty chair. Overactive imaginations and slice of life. A masochist and a platypus club mascot. Constant interjections and proclamations by the unseen narrator. Madness you say? THIS. IS. SABAGEBU!!!

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Rail Wars (Episiode 4: I think I like it)

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And so the last of the supporting cast is introduced in a rather interesting episode. And again  my experience and insights from prior jobs flavored my view on the silliness of this episode incident of the week, and I’m here wanting for the main antagonists to show up. Also, it seems like the station chief or security chief from episode one (Oonimato Osamu) is a very big fan of the character being introduced today.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 3: So Cool!)

Introducing a new girl, this time someone who knew him from school, Naoto gets to show a bit more of his capability to lead and rely on his intuition. I also got lazy and only took a few screenshots.

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Quick Thought: Random Rambling and Summer 2014

An apology to the scant few who follow me. The Three Episode Rule posts on Argevollen and Aldnoah are put on hold/dropped. The two series have achieved something that I thought wouldn’t be possible, and this is to bore me, not even Coppelion did this, and I watch an episode or two every once in a while, same with Kiniro Mosaic. The two premier mecha shows this season, beaten by a show that a friend called “boobs and rails”.

But to be fair to both of them, I was spoiled by Gundam Unicorn, and before Unicorn, by Macross Frontier. There have been parts where I thought the CG clashed too much, and didn’t mesh that well with the hand drawn bits. But I’m not here to critique on it really. I provide as best of an episode summary as I can in an episodic, nearly live-blogging format, and my thoughts in the end.

I am not really a critic as some bloggers are, just a fan with a blog. That said, I did pick up a second series, which will feature its own Quick Thought later.

Now, looking at the field of blogs, it seems that the usual shows are gaining popularity. Sword Art Online’s newest season is proving to be popular, and truth be told, it should be something I would be happy about. It’s set in the Gun Gale Online arc, something I’m told would appeal to my hoplophile tendencies. Guns, action, and all that. I geeked out over the inclusion of a few weapons in Black Bullet, and went bonkers with Upotte!, but why am I not following SAO?

Simple, its hype.

Call me a anti-hype snob, hell call me a hipster, though I doubt I embody what that word means or is represented (-insert Inigo Montoya meme here-). I’m not fond of hyped up shows, and prefer to go to shows that impress me on some level. That ‘fizz’ that James May once talked about reviewing a fast car. It’s less dependent on who is voicing who, what studio made it, who wrote it, etc. Those are important yes, but anime isn’t a cut and paste thing. It’s a medium with a huge variety of shows that cater to different tastes.

And the two shows aren’t appealing to me. Much like SAO II’s not gonna draw me in. I’ll take “boobs and rails” over SAO because it is meh. I thought Log Horizon did the “stuck in a game” genre better, hell, Accel World did as well, and let’s not forget dot.hack. I think it’s because it hasn’t given me much of a ‘fizz’.

Another thing that would make me go “nope” to a particular thing is if it doesn’t appeal to me at all. No amount of awesome reviews or hype will get me to like what I’m not fond of. A show last seasons that had done this to me was Attack on Titan. I thought it was meh and overly gory and focused too much on stuff. Same with this season, I’m not particularly fond of Tokyo Ghoul.

Tokyo Ghoul should be one of the best shows this season, a masterpiece by Pierrot (a studio that has done a number of shows I loved). Its dark fantasy setting would be a good counterbalance to the distinctively lighthearted in comparison Rail Wars!, but it wasn’t meant to be. The setting to me is not fitting. I can bend my sensibilities enough for a good many things, hell I am quite fine with shows where it shows ‘the other side’ or feature the supernatural (looking’ at ya, Paranoia Agent).

But the concept of a ghoul to me will forever be tied to the folklore. The evil the thing represents. If the etymology of the being is so demonic that it actually goes back to Mesopotamian times, I’m not gonna sit here and watch a show about character that is a part of an sub-race of humans, or rather, something that isn’t categorized really as human anymore, sit and talk about losing his humanity. The breakdown between what is human and what is to be a ghoul. That and while I can take a lot of bending, I just shied away from it. And also I do have a bit of a weak stomach for things like this. I don’t see the need to watch the show, so I won’t.

I won’t force others into not watching it. By all means it has the makings of a good series, but I think the premise and the hype around it made me go “no thanks”. And the gore, in reality I am not just fitting well with stuff I might see as ‘slasher’ grade material. I can take people being blown up and what have you, but not shit like this.

 

I guess I rambled with no aim long enough. Long story short, I dropped/stopped watching Argevollen and Aldnoah, picked up Sabagebu!, and don’t like much of the current series because of hype and premise.

Welcome to my soapbox.

Art by ree (re-19) on Pixiv

Art by ree (re-19) on Pixiv

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Rail Wars! (Episode 2: Just Let Me for a Little)

 

And thus the idyllic life Naoto envisioned for is shattered. When you work for the security of the public at large, don’t expect that every day is the same day in day out. It’s something I’ve become familiar with working for concert venues and other jobs related to customer service and security.

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