380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

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380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby Andrew » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:44 am

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Wrapping up the Winter 2018 Anime Season, the hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast are back once again to knock out the final 10 shows they have slated to review. From the much anticipated title from Kyoto Animation, to some surprisingly artistic and joy filled titles, listen to find out how they turned out.

Anime Reviewed in this Episode: Citrus, Hakumei and Mikochi, School Babysitters, How To Keep A Mummy, The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done, Violet Evergarden, Marchen Maedchen, Slow Start, Dagashi Kashi 2, and March Comes In Like A Lion 2.

The opening song for this episode is the OP for Violet Evergarden called “Sincerely” by TRUE. The closing song for this episode is the ED for Violet Evergarden called “Michishirube” by Minori Chihara.

We hope you all enjoy!
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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby BlueSpark » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:37 am

Even though I know you're playing it safe in regards to spoilers, this time I completely skipped the section about Violet Evergarden since I started watching that one yesterday and wanted to go into it completely blind.

Looking forward to Citrus and March Comes in Like a Lion (when the latter eventually gets its disc release). Slow Start also sounds cool, but regrettably there's no dub in sight.

Sorry to be a stickler, but you have a typo in your *Marchen Maedchen. You either need the "ae" in both words or neither of them (depending on which convention you want to go by) ;). By the way, not sure whether or not you mentioned it on the podcast, but Märchen Mädchen means "fairy-tale girl" in German.
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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby Mys145 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:33 am

I haven't seen any of the manga for Cirtus but I think I wouldn't care if the anime didn't do a godly job in reproducing the original artwork. I get that people want the best for the anime but it isn't going to happen (I'm talking to you Berserk and One Punch Man anime haters).

I'm fine with A Ryou's Work is Never Done not focusing on the loli harem. Bring on more stories like Keiko not Char.

So unlike most of the community, I have no expectation for Violet Evergarden especially after it sounded like another Plastic Memories which I hate. At first, the show was okay but by the end of the third episode, it improved greatly for me and stayed there for me. I think the anime community overhypes any show by Kyo-Ani and probably lead to why they felt disappointed by Violet Evergarden. Sure it might have been the episodic nature of the show which could be how the novel was structured as well. It also shows how people tend to view episodic shows as something worth much less as a show with a serialized story from beginning to end.

I actually have a friend who stopped watching Dagashi Kashi 2 after Hotaru left. Also something about the ending I need to ask:

Spoiler:
Did you guys noticed that the 7-11 manager had the same eye design as Hotaru before the reveal that he was her brother? I didn't after the fact and felt dumb for not catching it sooner.


I swear you guys need to watch Honey and Clover since you like March so much. Same author as March.

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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby MojaveRena » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:20 am

I'm really happy you liked Hakumei and Mikochi, that was a show I wasn't too sure on until about 5 episodes through.
I get the feeling the creators were trying to breathe new life into the slice-of-life genre.

I think with Ryuuou de Oshigoto the author wanted Ai Hinatsuru to be like a little sister figure in the anime and not for loli fanservice. But I do agree with both of you, it's an anime I too have to be careful recommending due to some 'scenes'...
Another anime in the same boat is Ro-Kyu-Bu, it's meant to be a basketball anime but there are some innocent ecchi scenes involving the girls. The only character I didn't like in Ryuuou de Oshigoto was Ginkou (the girl with light-blue hair), at first she was tolerable but she got on my nerves with her incessant tsundere attitude. Keiko was the best character, thankfully the story also focused on her shogi tournament as well.
There was a blog I found about it on ANN where they interview the creator of Ryuuou de Oshigoto about this but I lost the link.. ah well....
::alone::


Oh yes, Maerchen Maedchen.... I am gutted about that anime since I was enjoying that show from the start. Apparently most of the work on episode 9 was outsourced to other companies who didn't do a good job and most of the staff were also underpayed.
And yet I really enjoyed the concept behind this anime. Maybe in the future we will see the last 2 episodes as I feel sorry for the original creator who passed away.

Violet Evergarden.... what can I say? A visually stunning anime with a great soundtrack. I'm glad you were both able to watch it since it was only just released for American audiences only a few weeks ago. And yes, there will be an OVA coming out some time in July, I believe?

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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby Andrew » Sat May 12, 2018 10:22 am

BlueSpark wrote:Even though I know you're playing it safe in regards to spoilers, this time I completely skipped the section about Violet Evergarden since I started watching that one yesterday and wanted to go into it completely blind.

Looking forward to Citrus and March Comes in Like a Lion (when the latter eventually gets its disc release). Slow Start also sounds cool, but regrettably there's no dub in sight.

Sorry to be a stickler, but you have a typo in your *Marchen Maedchen. You either need the "ae" in both words or neither of them (depending on which convention you want to go by) ;). By the way, not sure whether or not you mentioned it on the podcast, but Märchen Mädchen means "fairy-tale girl" in German.

Curious how you think it turns out in dub format. I know Anime Arcade team were happy with the dub. I don't blame you though. Series that I'm excited for, I skip any mention of the show/movie lol..

I really do look forward to getting all of the March Comes in like a Lion series on Blu-ray, but do admit that lately I've been pinching my dollars more. It being an Aniplex title really scares me because of how long it's running. Similar to Monogatari Series, it's already up to 44 episodes and soon to be 66. With 11 episodes being $130, that's gonna add up quick (hah).

Sadly I can see Slow Start going without a dub. Not sure if it had much of a splash. Our only hope is that it had license requirements to get a dub. That has happened (I'm sure you know that, but noting for others reading).

I won't even begin to understand how Marching Mad hens is spelled or pronounced. Well.. technically I tried.
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Mys145 wrote:So unlike most of the community, I have no expectation for Violet Evergarden especially after it sounded like another Plastic Memories which I hate. At first, the show was okay but by the end of the third episode, it improved greatly for me and stayed there for me. I think the anime community overhypes any show by Kyo-Ani and probably lead to why they felt disappointed by Violet Evergarden. Sure it might have been the episodic nature of the show which could be how the novel was structured as well. It also shows how people tend to view episodic shows as something worth much less as a show with a serialized story from beginning to end.

I actually have a friend who stopped watching Dagashi Kashi 2 after Hotaru left. Also something about the ending I need to ask:

Spoiler:
Did you guys noticed that the 7-11 manager had the same eye design as Hotaru before the reveal that he was her brother? I didn't after the fact and felt dumb for not catching it sooner.


I swear you guys need to watch Honey and Clover since you like March so much. Same author as March.

It's no surprise people got hyped up for Violet Evergarden. It looked like a high budget movie in every PV. KyoAni has a hyper attention to detail that even shows in their PVs. I do agree with you though that it's a true sign that there is a stigma around episodic shows. But I can't exclude myself from feeling let down by that personally.

Yes we did catch that about Beniyutaka when he first showed up (or maybe it was the OP?) so we pretty much started speculations on how he ended up as a convenient store owner early on (hah)

I have tried watching Honey and Clover, just never have the patience when I attempt it. I need to be in a certain mood to binge watch a show like that and I hate watching a completed series weekly. In due time though.

MojaveRena wrote:I'm really happy you liked Hakumei and Mikochi, that was a show I wasn't too sure on until about 5 episodes through.
I get the feeling the creators were trying to breathe new life into the slice-of-life genre.

I think with Ryuuou de Oshigoto the author wanted Ai Hinatsuru to be like a little sister figure in the anime and not for loli fanservice. But I do agree with both of you, it's an anime I too have to be careful recommending due to some 'scenes'...
Another anime in the same boat is Ro-Kyu-Bu, it's meant to be a basketball anime but there are some innocent ecchi scenes involving the girls. The only character I didn't like in Ryuuou de Oshigoto was Ginkou (the girl with light-blue hair), at first she was tolerable but she got on my nerves with her incessant tsundere attitude. Keiko was the best character, thankfully the story also focused on her shogi tournament as well.
There was a blog I found about it on ANN where they interview the creator of Ryuuou de Oshigoto about this but I lost the link.. ah well....
::alone::


Oh yes, Maerchen Maedchen.... I am gutted about that anime since I was enjoying that show from the start. Apparently most of the work on episode 9 was outsourced to other companies who didn't do a good job and most of the staff were also underpayed.
And yet I really enjoyed the concept behind this anime. Maybe in the future we will see the last 2 episodes as I feel sorry for the original creator who passed away.

Violet Evergarden.... what can I say? A visually stunning anime with a great soundtrack. I'm glad you were both able to watch it since it was only just released for American audiences only a few weeks ago. And yes, there will be an OVA coming out some time in July, I believe?

We discussed quite a bit about the element of "creator's intent." The ERASED bath scene versus anything Prisma Illya. Is it intended to be sexual or innocent. It's a jagged line to walk and it's never easy to decipher which is what or just how someone else will take it. Because it's unfortunately going to be okay or gravely offensive.

I've watched a little of Rokyubu and have been wanting to finish it. Looks really goofy.
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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby MojaveRena » Thu May 17, 2018 4:45 am

Andrew wrote:We discussed quite a bit about the element of "creator's intent." The ERASED bath scene versus anything Prisma Illya. Is it intended to be sexual or innocent. It's a jagged line to walk and it's never easy to decipher which is what or just how someone else will take it. Because it's unfortunately going to be okay or gravely offensive.

I've watched a little of Rokyubu and have been wanting to finish it. Looks really goofy.

Yes, I remember hearing your podcast about that scene in Erased and I can totally agree with you on that. There is a similar scene in Ro-Kyu-Bu that is meant to cheer up another character because she suffers from low self-esteem, so the other girls.. grope her chest in the shower. I know there are other scenes I could quote but many people thought it was sexual.. I think that's all that matters is if the scene was intended to be innocent.

There is also Kodomo no Jikan which was intended to be more sexual. But again, that was done for a very specific reason behind those scenes too. There is another bathing scene between a parent and child that was definitely not sexual in any way, it was just bonding between parent and child which I see nothing wrong with. But some people took it the wrong way and thought "Oh no, this is illegal pornography!" and started posting hate comments about it. Maybe some people just don't understand the intention behind these scenes? I bet if they understood, they would appreciate the author's intent more thoroughly.

By the way, I found that link about the interview with the author of Ryouou de Oshigoto where he intended to have innocent ecchi scenes but he didn't want these scenes to be perverted in any way. He states it near the end of the interview.

Oh, you will love Ro-Kyu-Bu later on, it's my second favourite sports anime behind Kuroko no Basket. I hope you enjoy it the same as I did.
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