Lazy Otaku Fanart #1: Penguin Drop

Rin from Usagi Drop wearing the magical girl outfit from Mawaru Penguindrum.

 

Currently without art software on my computer (it’s a long story), so I haven’t adjusted the levels or done any of that fancy stuff. I only realized once I started doodling this that there were disturbing implications to Rin wearing the PenguinDrum outfit; let’s just assume she’s cosplaying, and there’s no problem.

Summer 2011: Yuru Yuri

There's even a Yui, but she's not the ditzy one this time. Ooooh...how diabolically clever.

Summary: Another one of them K-On clones, only this time I think the creators really wanted to make a magical girl anime- so why didn’t they? Do they get, like, a tax break for making another one of these “four girls in a club that does nothing” shows? It boggles the mind. Anyway, it’s watchable and pretty inoffensive thus far, but also a tad dull- more than a tad if the references don’t amuse you as much as they do me.

Streaming: Crunchyroll. Continue reading Summer 2011: Yuru Yuri

Summer 2011 Anime: Kamisama Dolls

Blah blah blah my Pokemon can beat up your Pokemon whatever I don't care.

Summary: I, uh, loathe this show. From a plot perspective it’s actually not bad so far, but something about it just rubs me entirely the wrong way and I don’t even know what that is. The female characters are cookie-cutter as usual, and one character’s tumor-like giant boobs distract from the proceedings every time she’s on screen, but still, why did I hate watching this so much? I thought I was used to sexism, but is this like the set of tumor boobs that broke that camel’s back or something? I’m mystified.

Streaming: On Crunchyroll. Yaaay, something is finally streaming. Continue reading Summer 2011 Anime: Kamisama Dolls

Summer 2011: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee The Animation

Yune: Saving anime from moe by being more moe than moe.

Summary: This episode was pretty much pure wonderful for me, but I’m almost afraid to say anything nice about it in fear that it’s going to do nothing but tread water for episodes 2-11 so the two main characters can vaguely acknowledge that they love each other during the finale like it’s a surprise. Nevertheless, the first installment of a Japanese girl moving to Paris in the 1890s (or thereabouts) is beautifully animated and sweet, without ever crossing the line into saccharine territory.

Streaming: Nope, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Crunchyroll announced this soon. Continue reading Summer 2011: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee The Animation

Summer 2011: Ro-Kyu-Bu!

RKB: Not that bad when they're playing basketballl- now if only they would keep playing basketball.

Summary: Like last season’s Soft Tenni, only with basketball and much more blatant fanservice with even younger characters. Le sigh- why does it feel like my task as an aniblogger is to continually try to find redeeming value in shows clearly meant for pedophiles?

Streaming: Nowhere yet, but apparently it’s licensed by Sentai Filmworks now. That was fast.

Possible Alternate Titles: Random Loli Shower Ball, SoftBaski Continue reading Summer 2011: Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Summer 2011: Kamisama No Memo-Chou

Alice thinks she's SOOOOoo smart, but I bet Lain could kick her ass.

Summary: A show really trying to be Durarara!!, yet apparently made by people who didn’t understand what Durarara!! was about. Interesting, but not necessarily for good reasons.

Streaming: Nowhere that I know of. Actually, so far NOTHING is streaming this season….

Possible Alternate Titles: Durarara!! +Lain= Moe!, Victorique Buys a Computer, Psuedo-Intellectual Detective Hour

Continue reading Summer 2011: Kamisama No Memo-Chou

The Peculiar Case of Astarotte’s Toy

“Good” and “Interesting” are not necessarily the same thing; I wouldn’t waste my time trying to defend Astarotte’s Toy as a quality anime, but I also can’t deny that I found it interesting. Sometimes, the joy of watching a show is to see just how the writers will dig themselves out of this incredible mess they’ve created, and that’s this thing in a nutshell.

It seems that while basically treading water until the two leads decide to hook up in episode 12, the show has, perhaps inadvertently, done some interesting things with mother-daughter relationships and sexuality that I don’t see a lot- and maybe there’s something to be said for that.

Continue reading The Peculiar Case of Astarotte’s Toy