Clarity while stuck in traffic 



It feels a bit strange to think that you’ve been wasting your life when you’re still just in high school. Does nothing that happens after 18 count? Maybe not in anime.” ~~ A spare observation on Sora yori mo Tooi Basho. Being a second year high school student is apparently the new 30.




This was a finely structured entry into a genre space that’s been pretty enjoyable as of late. Atsuko Ishizuka does a good job of hitting home the touchstones that make these sort of works succeed with confidence and grace – from solid use of body language to the set up and delivery of visual gags, there’s plenty of upside to this one moving forward. The only concerns we had with this premiere fall on Mari’s character writing. The level of texture she demonstrated feels fairly limited at the moment, but there’s clearly a bunch of time to expand on her as this enjoyable series marches on:

Stagnation, Youth, and Character Foils in Sora yori mo Tooi Basho


For it’s relatively short length, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan felt a lot more comfortable distributing its material than the average work that utilizes a cooking gimmick – and that’s a very healthy sign for Ufotable. The studio is already doing a great job of providing a cozy aesthetic to this project, and with the way this first episode was paced and storyboarded, this is looking to be a sturdy, wholesome little watch:

The most appropriate reaction to Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan


What to say when you wake up right before your alarm…
“Winning.” Yesterday Sentai Filmworks announced that it has licensed the television anime of Bkub Okawa’s Pop Team Epic manga. The company will be streaming it on HIDIVE this season which is definitely a nice win for the dark horse streaming platform. Take that Anime Strike.

What to say when you’re waiting for it to be the weekend…
“Is today over yet?” There’s been a decent bit of talk about the projected quality of this Winter season, which to our surprise, is heavily mixed. Some voices in the community are already marking Winter as “a weak season with not much to be excited about” wanting it to be over already. Personally, we feel there’s plenty to look forward to both in sequels and in completely new works. Even if you’re not so high on Winter, you should at least be giving Darling In The Franxx a bit of attention as it’s bound to be talked about.


For when you’re still hungover from the holidays…
You’re welcome.

For when you’re still living in 2017…
Take a peek into 2018. You may like what you see.

For when your feed needs more seasonal sakuga…
Follow this sakuga enthusiast that is also a lovely talking chair here.



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6 thoughts to “CLARITY (JAN 3rd, 2017)

  • DerekL

    The anticipation and early returns for Fall 2017 were in the same vein… “Man, this season looks to be weak”. Then Just Because, Land of the Lustrous, and Girl’s Last Tour happened. Oddly, the one show many people were anticipating (Kino 2017) flopped.

    • Prattle

      You’re right Fall was like that as well. I hope this Winter season turns out in a similar fashion and those people already putting it down realize what they’re missing.

      • Remy Fool

        I’m sort of tired of hearing people put down anime seasons. They say the same things every 3 months and it drives me nuts!

        • Prattle

          Same. There will always be a group of people saying the upcoming season sucks even when there’s a reasonable amount of potential and talent in the lineup. It’s a real shame.

  • Remy Fool

    So far the season is off to a strong start (thanks for featuring my silly article, by the way).

    That reaction video to Emiya cooking was on-point, holy moly.

    • Prattle

      Agreed and no problem! Please keep up the good work 🙂


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