Summer 2017! Well, sort of…

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If I’m honest…I have to confess that I completely skipped the summer season. I watched just one episode of Welcome to the Ballroom and five episodes of Saiyuki Reload Blast, but I have yet to finish either of them. I also watched two older series, which I’ll comment briefly on below. In the end, the only ‘new’ anime I watched during the summer season were actually the three films that were screened, for free, at AnimeFest in August. But those were their debuts in the West, so they count, right? Read more of this post

First Impressions: Flip Flappers

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How in the world should I begin…? Well, with this, perhaps: by “first impressions,” I don’t mean “here are the results of the three episode test.” I finished Flip Flappers just a few days ago, and to be honest, knowing who its primary target audience was, I didn’t think I’d have much to say about it. Furthermore, fantastical stories about middle school girls aren’t really my cup of tea. But after pondering it for a while, and reading two interviews with director Oshiyama Kiyotaka, the one paragraph that I’d started constructing for my “Fall 2017” post somehow exploded into three. In fact, I think I might be in for a rewatch at some point—after I’ve had a chance to read the books on psychology that Oshiyama talked about. So, by “first impressions,” what I really mean is that I will probably return to this one day. Though hopefully it won’t be the 9 years and counting that a certain other series has endured!

In any case, against all of my expectations, there’s something about Flip Flappers that I find quite fascinating. It’s the fact that how viewers read this show reflects who they are. Read more of this post

Code Geass’s writer takes a trip down memory lane 6!!

Now that I’m back home from a certain convention I was prepping for, here’s Okouchi’s latest round on tweets on Code Geass. He hasn’t tweeted anything new since then, so I’m not sure if this will be the last time — perhaps he’ll be back when The Rebellion Path has reached Japanese screens… Though I should be back before then, doing something else Geass-related. Not entirely sure how it’ll go down, given that this will be the first time I’m discussing the show with other fans! But it should be ‘interesting’, at the very least, so do look forward to it!

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Code Geass’s writer takes a trip down memory lane 5!!

Against my expectations, Okouchi tweeted another 10 or so tweets late last night, and that reminded me that I’d actually forgotten to post the last three or so tweets he posted at the last minute before the first film landed last week. So here they are! (Along with the last one from last week, which is related.) I’ll try to get to the new ones later this weekend, in between all the figure skating, perhaps (^^;).

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Ghibli: Magic at the Cinema

Do you remember the first moment of magic you ever felt at the cinema? I’ve been around for a while, so I’m not sure I do, but I definitely remember one magical moment from the first time I saw a Ghibli film in Japan. The year was 2010, I was at the end of my first stint living in the country that has come to own my heart, and I decided to see The Secret World of Arrietty before I returned home. In that film, there’s a scene where Arrietty’s father sends her up to their ‘hunting grounds’ on a makeshift elevator, and the movement and sense of scale in that moment…in that darkened cinema, it simply took my breath away. I walked out of the cinema that day wishing from the bottom of my heart that this would not be the last time I would experience that magic. In July 2010, it seemed pretty bleak for Ghibli: Takahata Isao had not directed in years, and Miyazaki Hayao was still in his second retirement.

As we know, both Miyazaki and Takahata have returned since then—Miyazaki for the second time. But more importantly, anime has become big enough that even old classics are coming to cinemas overseas, bringing that magic I experienced to a whole host of new viewers. Towards the end of August this year, Madman Entertainment launched a month of Ghibli films, hosted at cinemas across Australia. Thankfully, my local cinema was screening every single one of them, subbed and dubbed, at least once. The more popular films, such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, were listed multiple times. Thus, despite missing the opening week (and the special poster Madman offered fans who went to see the opening show!), I managed to catch just about everything that I’d hoped to see.

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Code Geass’s writer takes a trip down memory lane 4!!

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And here we are at the end! This time, at least. Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion: The Awakening Path is the first of the three films in this retelling of the show, and Ōkouchi may have some more memories to share when the next two films are released. But that first film opens today, and in celebration, Ōkouchi talks about the relationships that sit at the centre of the entire story.

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Code Geass’s writer takes a trip down memory lane 3!

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I kind of wish Ōkouchi had given me another 1 day break! In any case, this set reveals some broad world-level decisions that have interesting implications for story decisions that writers might make. Quite obvious once you think about it, but really does show the importance of worldbuilding!

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Code Geass’s writer takes a trip down memory lane 2…

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As I suspected, Ōkouchi has a few more snippets to share about Geass 11 years ago. This time, though:

** WARNING ** SPOILERS AHEAD **

Please click only if you have already seen the first season!!
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Code Geass’s main writer takes a trip down memory lane

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With just one week until the first of the Code Geass recap films hits Japanese cinemas, Series Composer and main writer Ōkouchi Ichirō took to Twitter yesterday to reveal some early production soundbites about this decade-old anime behemoth. Some of these might already be known—I do remember hearing rumours about timeslot changes and how they affected the plot, especially when R2 was moved back to the Sunday 5pm slot. Going by the wikipedia entry, Ōkouchi apparently talked about it in his BD/DVD interviews. It’s something I’ve been meaning to verify, but I simply haven’t gotten around to it. Well, perhaps this 10th year anniversary revival might finally galvanise me into creating another series masterpost! For the moment though, here’s what Okouchi had to share.

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Lost in Translation: YOI characters’ handwriting!

Well, turns out that another of those “Lost in Translation” pieces found its way into my head this week, courtesy of Twitter and tumblr. But hopefully, this one’s just going to amuse you as much as it did me.

Early on Wednesday morning, Yuri!!! on ICE animator Itou Noriko posted the following image on twitter:

It reads: “It is said that your handwriting can reveal your personality and traits,” with the tweet noting that this was “Yuuri’s writing.” I think we’ve heard about this before, but Itou-san is the person responsible for all of his writing, not only on the famous “love” placard at the the TV Asahi Grand Prix series opening press conference, but also on all the chalk board explanations throughout the series.

Of course, this tweet has gone viral. In fact, it hit the English-speaking fandom within a few hours, on Twitter and on Tumblr, with both translators pointing out one of Itou-san’s subsequent comments about Yuuri’s writing looking like a/his mother’s (お母さんみたい).

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