Everything Else, Spring ’14, Week 1: I could use some sake for this

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Just the usual post for shows that I don’t want to devote an entire post to. Oh, if you’re wondering where my reactions to Haikyuu! and Baby Steps are, I’ll be covering them along with Ping Pong THE ANIMATION when the latter finally airs. Anyway, let’s get on with it already.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders Ep. 1

Well, gee, I don’t know how I’m supposed to react to JoJo. What can I even write about it? Man, that was so GAR! Is that it? I mean, I enjoyed the episode, but I have no clue what one is even supposed to say about your average JoJo episode that doesn’t simply boil down to a description of the anime’s exaggerated nature.

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This is why I’ve always been somewhat hesitant to blog this anime even though commenters have often asked me if I’ll ever cover it. One such commenter even admits that JoJo has no pretension to it whatsoever:

That’s another show/series that makes no pretension of being anything higher or enlightened than it is. It’s just a purely flamboyant, over-the-top action series. No claims of social commentary or insights on human nature there.

So I’m even more perplexed as to what my readers expect from me with regards to this anime. I’ll continue to keep an eye on the show, but I doubt I’ll have anything to say about JoJo week to week.

Kindaichi Case Files R Ep. 1

So you’re telling me that the map to the fabled treasure is tattooed on some Chinese girl’s ass? Damn. I just have no clue how one would actually get directions out of said tattoo:

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Anyway, the episode was sort of fun even if it doesn’t really lend itself to a whole lot of analysis, but we can speculate on all the mystery stuff just for fun. Honestly, the ‘mystery stuff’ is actually fairly competent, and I’m even surprised that the animation is not all that bad (granted, it’s the first episode). The backdrops are unexpectedly clean and detailed:

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I just have a small issue with one particular thing in the episode: the main character taking the text from “Miyuki” seriously. He doesn’t really know if Miyuki was the one who actually sent it. Plus, if the kidnappers could get to the treasure without the girl being alive, they would’ve killed her by now.

As for Chan Youngu’s death, he must have been poisoned beforehand, because the soup was ladled from the same source:

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And we even see Kindaichi take a sip of it without suffering any ill-effects. The only other possibility is that the man’s bowl had been laced with poison, but if that’s the case, then the poison might have been meant for the shady Shin instead of the old man.

Mushishi S2 Ep. 1

I still like Mushishi. I really like the new OP too, but that’s to be expected since the previous one was pretty good. It’s just hard to say much about its episodes. They’re more like… experiences. Well, sure, everything’s an experience, but when you watch a Mushishi episode, it’s more about letting the entire thing — the images, the sounds, the whole meditative atmosphere — wash over you. You become enraptured by a story as simple as a generational quest to brew the perfect barrel of golden sake (hikari sake). And with every episode, Mushishi peels back a layer to its universe, but the layers are endless. As a result, the story’s always moving forward, but much like the show’s protagonist, it isn’t necessarily moving forward towards anything in particular. It just is; we’re invited to walk alongside Ginko, and we can leave at any time and it won’t matter one bit. After all, Mushishi has no overarching plot to speak of. Is that a good or a bad thing? Well, that’s really your call to make, and you wouldn’t really be wrong either way.

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The thing is, though, there aren’t a lot of anime like Mushishi, so there’s a novelty to it even if the slow, atmospheric pace isn’t your cup of tea. Still, I think if you let the show seep in for a bit, it becomes oddly fascinating. The anime does a good job of transporting its audience away from the concrete jungle, the neon lights, and the bubblegum pop high school life of your average anime into a dense, ethereal forest where the mind is only allowed to focus on a few things at once. And through this, we go from one end of Japan’s cultural spectrum to the other: from the “What the fuck, Japan?” to an almost-boring state of zen. This is like… the best sushi in the world. No, not the stupid sushi boat filled to the brim with gimmicky rolls. We’re talking about the simple stuff made not-so-simple through years of refinement and expertise. Where you don’t get additional soy sauce or wasabi because it would be an insult to the chef.

Not that this has much to do with anything, but in my limited sake-tasting experience, this has been my favorite sake thus far.

Nobunaga the Fool Ep. 13

There are a lot more interesting shows to watch at the moment, so I won’t be devoting a full-fledged post on Nobunaga the Fool anymore unless an episode warrants it. This definitely isn’t the case this week. Mitsuhide pretty much mopes around for an entire episode until he finally comes to terms with Ichihime’s betrothal to the ridiculous Caesar.

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Well, the whole show’s ridiculous. Speaking of Caesar, folks on the Star of the West are not pleased to hear that he has allied himself with the Fool. Basically, this is a build-up episode, so it is even boring than usual.

Some final words for the road, I guess. I checked out the first episode to Mahou Shoujo Taisen just for shits and giggles. It turns out the damn thing is just a 4-minute short anyway, so no big loss there. As for Soul Eater Not!, I gave up as soon as one of the girls was revealed to be an idiot.


3 Replies to “Everything Else, Spring ’14, Week 1: I could use some sake for this”

  1. thank you for just giving a shout out to kindaichi, as for me, once this case is over, i am going to rewatch the entire arc once more together with the manga just to see if i could follow kindaichi’s logic.

    1. now that episode 3 is out, reading the comic to find out what did they removed, to shrink down the case to only 4 episodes… Once episode 4 is out, i will rewatch it and try to add on anything that was mentioned in the manga but might be left out in the anime. This case covers 12 chapters in the comic

      So far, episode 1 covers the first 2 chapters and abit of chapter 3.

      During the scene where Ivy was addressing Ran, in the comic, she was speaking to her in chinese, strangely enough, this wasnt shown in the anime

      In this episode, in the manga, prior to drinking soup,there was a scene where a shadowy person was shown doing something to the bowl which lends credibity to the theory proposed at episode 3.

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