Alas, here we are: the final level of the original Tomb Raider. I thought I might be low on things to say about it since the level designers are far to busy trying to kill Lara dead to put in any beautiful vistas or meaningful symbolism, but naturally, sensible things like that don’t hold me back.
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I’m not typically interested in feminist criticism. When a text actually lends itself to it at all, the resulting analysis is often obvious to the point of being banal: you mean, stuff written decades ago was more overtly sexist than we generally see today? You don’t say.
However, when the penultimate level of a video game involves traipsing around what is basically a giant womb, pitting one alpha-female absolutely obsessed with self-reliance against another alpha-female absolutely obsessed with the power of creation, while giant eggs are bursting forth with new life all over the place, well…there might be some feminine symbolism going on there; I could be wrong.
This is a roundabout way of saying that some of my thoughts on this level may seem a lot like feminist criticism, and that’s a bit of a pain; I still don’t like it on general principle. It’s just, even a stopped clock is right once a day, you know? Continue reading Tomb Raider Level 14: Atlantis
My bad, guys. I was going to do for Penguindrum what I did for Madhouse’s X-Men and blog it weekly (much as it pains me to even mention the two in the same breath), and in fact threatened bodily harm to anyone else who tried. For reasons not worth going into, it’s been a bad couple of months for blogging for me. In recompense, I offer my thoughts on Penguindrum ten episodes in- such as they are. I’m not going to apologize for calling “dibs” and not following up though, because apologizing for that would require the assumption that anyone takes my aniblogging-related threats seriously.
Fan panels at anime cons don’t seem to get much coverage- I noticed before I was attending cons with regularity that all the anime news sites tend to cover is licensing announcements, which are honestly kind of boring. Yes, Funimation has licensed another title; no, they won’t release it when you actually feel like watching it. Next?
I set out to Otakon this year to correct this horrible injustice and cover some panels myself (and to cover the con from a Sailor Moon perspective for Moon Chase again, like I did last year), only to come away with a new understanding of why no one covers fan panels; not much happens there. It’s usually a large group of people getting together and collectively saying, “How awesome is our favorite show? That’s right, SO AWESOME!” I enjoyed the Durarara!! panel, but that’s really all it was.
Fortunately, as you might have already surmised from the title of this post, the Madoka panel was actually worth devoting some time to, so hit the jump and we’ll get that out of the way. Continue reading Otakon 2011: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Analysis Panel
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.
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
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
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
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!
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