I’m not sure if it’s anime overdose, me getting old or anime getting worse, but I must say I watched very few series last year – the number is even lower if I only count the shows which actually aired over the last 12 months. So, there was the always solid Natsume Yuujinchou with its 6th season, the wrap-up to my beloved Monogatari series – Owarimonogatari 2nd Season (which did bring some closure to the franchise, but it was missing the sparks that captivated me almost 10 years ago, when all this started); Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e, aka Welcome to the Classroom of the Elite – that intrigued me for a while, but ended up being half-assed about everything; as always hilarious Shokugeki no Souma S3, and light Masamune-kun no Revenge. So when I suddenly felt an urge to watch a decent anime, I approached Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-) very cautiously, without huge expectations. I was positively surprised. Intended and non-intended spoilers ahead! →
I used to watch anime almost religiously for a very long time. Eventually, my enthusiasm began to wane and I focused on Japanese and Korean dramas and other non-animated TV series instead. Was it because I got older? No way.
At some moment you simply realize that each new anime season brings you mostly the same rehashed stories and characters, over and over again. Every single high school rom-com with a sarcastic smarty-pants male lead and a bunch of girls fawning over him had its charm after the 10th or even 20th watch, but there comes a point when the dullness and predictability become unbearable.
Make no mistake, I may no longer dig through 10+ series per season, but every now and then I find a few titles worth attention that I thoroughly enjoy. The great majority is utter crap though. So when the anime like Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED, ‘The Town Where Only I am Missing’) popped up, my faith got restored. Continue reading →
Ah our youth, where is it now? School life was an indispensible part of it, and watching TV shows or cartoons related to teenage angst and heartbreak certainly hits a sweet spot for many people who miss those carefree days. While anime industry is incredible on many, many levels, it does amaze me that every few months tons of new series emerge and at least a dozen of those is always centered around students and teachers. They might belong to different genres, but the overall ‘the story takes place on the school grounds’ premise is there. I’ve watched a great number of those shows – some of them were amazing – some of them not so much, but here’s 20 titles any anime fan should check out. Continue reading →
I did previously mention that the television of today basically sucks and dumbs the nations down. Tons of TV series are produced for the sole purpose of providing lousy entertainment to the masses who for inexplicable reason buy it, no questions asked. On the other hand, once in a while we can see a show pop up which will only point out how we’re getting more and more thick-headed. I would say South Park is the leading example of the latter. This adult-themed cartoon, full of crappy graphics, toilet humor and vulgar dialogues, is simultaneously the quintessential social and political satire of our times. Continue reading →
I dislike it when the TV shows get preachy. I hated it when the cartoons were more focused on trying to teach me rather than entertain me. A lecture by means of mass-media requires subtlety and delicacy. Mhmm, it should be like an iceberg. The part which is sticking out should be all about girls, humor, romance, badass fighters for justice, lasers, and monsters. The chunk below the water is invisible. It carries the deep, hidden meaning, the message. As long as the top component does not fog your eyes with too many stimulants, you will see the underwater part. Here’s the list of shows which are more educational than you would initially expect. Continue reading →
Iron Man? Spider-Man? Superman? Batman? Captain America? Flash? Green Lantern? Arguing about which superhero is the best is a pointless and vain endeavor. In the end the Bat will always save the day – not without a few bruises or wounds, sometimes taking a beat down too, with justice being served, yet at a price. He will fall to his knees, but only to get up stronger. He knows what pain and fear are and at the same time it’s perfectly human to experience these. Continue reading →
When did MTV die? When did television start to be so full of crap? Why in the world people watch dung anyway?
Back in time when I was in elementary school, around 7 AM, I was glued to TV screen dazzled by the beauty of Sailor Moon. At three in the afternoon I was admiring Batman The Animated Series or Pokemon and like an hour and a half later I visited my neighbor to catch up on Dragon Ball episodes. 7 PM was the time of ‘Dobranocka’, evening TV program slot for kids (pick one): Moomin, Gummi Bears, Maya the Bee, the Smurfs, The Adventures of Mickey and Donald etc. … Weekend days had morning cartoons as well. These ritualistic TV sessions were pretty darn swell.
When I was an adolescent there were music programs which featured normal music and TV dramas which were not completely bland or flat-out stupid. Hell, I was even watching Argentinean soap opera (Muneca Brava) and it seemed decent at the time (maybe not so much anymore, but I’m almost certain I’d get hooked up on it again if I were to see few episodes once again). I followed few game programs and talk-shows and they also were engaging and fun. Continue reading →