Aug 20th, 2017
Not a time zone. Means ‘optimal nap time’ – and it’s late morning or early afternoon. An ONT nap means you’re less likely to have a harder time falling asleep later on.
And that’s good news right?
More sleep should always be a good thing, especially if you’ve been constantly sacrificing it as of recent. So go ahead, grab a blanket, get comfy and take advantage of prime napping hours next time you get a shot.
Don’t say Clarity has never taught you anything.
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CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Male bathroom etiquette rule number one: Don’t talk in the bathroom” – Stilts reviewing this week’s episode of Gamers!. Let it be known, his wisdom here should apply to all bathrooms.
STRONG SHOWING, STRONGER FINISH – CLASSROOM OF THE ELITE
With wonderful use of silence, fine visual framing, and a good mix of sterile closeups – Kiyotaka’s “don’t pry into my life” bit was a legitimately cold sequence, and felt like a window into an intimate, terrible moment more than a piece of dramatic storytelling. The control of emotional flow, along with the rise and fall of tension and suspense leading up to and finishing out this scene was crisply articulated – undoubtedly becoming the closing highlight of a fairly strong effort from one of Summer’s steadily rising works. With that said, we recently found a write-up that’s well constructed, balanced in its praise and criticism, making it worth the time to look over for those who’ve been keeping up:
Classroom of the Elite Episode 6
TIGHT WRITING AND EMOTIONAL DEPTH? SIGN US UP!
Princess Principal was sneakily good this week, demonstrating tighter writing around its more important, intimate moments and letting Dorothy’s character acting clean up the rest. 3Hz appears to be getting a stronger grip on framing our leads, sprinkling stronger expressional work in the mix and pairing it with a sturdy emotional backbone. We really enjoy bringing you writing that can hit home on the emotive notes that this episode brings – so take a minute and enjoy the piece below:
Princess Principal Episode 6: (case 18) Rouge Morgue
WELCOME BACK SHINGEKI NO BAHAMUT
And it’s certainly good to have it once again! This episode was just another check in the box to reassure this series as one of the most consistently pleasing works of the Summer. It’s been thoughtful, soundly executed and brimming with character work that few other titles simply haven’t matched on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of content being produced on it in the community in comparison to other current titles. However, we do have a strong write up that really does this week’s episode justice. We highly recommend that you give this piece a shot:
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul – 18
PAYING RESPECT TO PRODUCTION PROWESS
We’re really impressed with Made in Abyss and its ability to reliably lean on its production to lift an already finely weaved narrative. Ozen herself was great this week, not only in her cold dialogue, but with good use of body language to hammer home her menacing personality. The content that we’re bringing you on this work today goes beyond the limited scope of a single episode, tackling the series as a whole and ultimately ending up pretty rewarding for it. There’s a lot to celebrate in a video that delivers such a high amount value in a well articulated package. So pull up a seat, click the link below and immerse yourself in this insightful piece:
The Ghibli Influences on the Inspired World of Made in Abyss
WELCOME TO THE BALLROOM – OVERHYPED?
Our team has been a steady fan of WTTB for the entirety of the season, and the work’s most recent efforts did nothing to change that. Our cast is still solidly illustrating their feelings through a funnel of wonderful visual direction and sound design to offer moments of true passion. Be that as it may this work isn’t flawless, and recognizing both sides of the coin can be a critical step forward in understanding Ballroom’s true strengths. While we don’t necessarily agree with every point, we highly recommend fans of the series to read the following piece below. It argues for its stance well and isn’t too heavy on time:
Welcome to the Ballroom isn’t that great
PREPARATION AND FORETHOUGHT
We love coming across more detailed oriented pieces in the community, especially when they match their detail with an opinion of careful consideration. Re:Creators hasn’t exactly been a fan favorite this Summer, and certainly has its shortcomings both early on and in its midway stretch, but this blog does a fine job rallying for its more recent material. We welcome you to take a moment to check it out:
Understanding Re:Creators – Mind Over Matter
DIVING INTO HERO ACADEMIA
Due to the way authors, cultures, viewers and themes interact, there’s always a number of aspects you can draw out of a work and spin into a healthy piece of content. However, media is complicated, and there are times in our community where a corresponding blog entry or video can be complicated too. Thankfully this week’s write-up on Hero Academia suffers from none of that, coming across as clean and well structured without getting tangled in its message:
Not a Character, an Idea
What to say when you realize that you’re too far behind in the Monogatari series to properly enjoy Owarimonogatari second season…
“Time to catch up.” It’s certainly worth doing so. Shaft’s composition is as strong as ever in Owarimonogatari 2nd season, making great use of bizarre geometry and stark, shifting color schemes to visually portray the emotional states of the cast. Our new settings in this arc offer plenty of opportunities to create beautiful layouts, and stylistic digressions that demonstrate the breadth of Monogatari’s visual vocabulary. It’s a fine complement to what’s shaping up to be one of Monogatari’s more tightly weaved batches of writing so far.
What to say when you fall asleep in the middle of this week’s Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni…
“Good.” Don’t worry, you’re not missing much if you did. Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni continues to be a popular choice among viewers, which to this breathing second still startles our team. Despite the general reputation light novel adaptations have in the community, along with how blatantly cliche and shallow this work manages to be – it still has a relatively favorable reception rating wise that’s only been increasing. And not just in an ironic sense like Spring season’s light novel all star – people are actually watching this, actively enjoying themselves and wanting more. It just goes to show that you can’t fully count out even the most generic of Isekai titles and our community’s taste in them.
What to say to your friend who’s still waist deep in streaming service drama…
“Don’t stress.” Streaming services both legal and not have only grown stronger as a discussion point with each passing month this Summer – taking a notable turn in this recent week. We advise you not to stress over the more controversial opinions on the topic. It’s easy to find yourself wrapped in this drama, scouring comment sections and checking social media as more well known individuals in our community get involved, throwing their hats in the ring. So try to be civil, and try not to let this be a time consuming matter for you not only now, but for any potential situations in the future.
What to say when you’ve been shitting on Hajimete no Gal all season but then this happens….
“Maybe this isn’t a dumpster fire.” Look, Hajimete no Gal is certainly a trashy, tacky show with one gear intentions and rudimentary effort – but it does have its moments. This week’s Gal had a few cuts were it was legitimately funny, and not just in a slight chuckle fashion. We want to give credit where credit is due despite our outlook on this work overall. So here it is, good job Hajimete no Gal for making us genuinely laugh this week.
CLARITY: LAST THING TO KNOW
Out of all the real life publishers featured in Gamers! up until this point, Arc System Works has been featured the most. Yes, someone actually went out of their way to compile all the games in Gamers! Yes, we think that’s kind of great.
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