Announcements & Thanks
Aug 6th, 2017
We at Seasonal Prattle or happy to announce we’re expanding and revamping Clarity!
When we first came up with the idea to make “Clarity” we we’re simply thinking of a platform that could give a potential reader clearer insight to the season’s airing anime, by sorting through the vast amount of content that’s only relevant to it, ultimately bringing them the best pieces and featuring well deserving anime content creators in the process.
We then took Clarity another step, adopting the “Go Further Clearer” tagline you can see slapped on our homepage. We wanted our readers to be able to go further as both seasonal watchers and people – getting useful information in convenient fashion. Convenience and improvement on a whole became a big emphasis for us from that point.
Well now, after a surprising amount of readers coming on recently, we decided to give back to you guys by taking yet another step! Beyond our normal gathered content (clarity: resources), you can find new installments to Clarity below that we’re excited to implement from here on out.
So we won’t hold you up any longer. Enjoy what we have to offer and thank you for your support!
Go Further Clearer-
CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Some production assistants on Princess Principal use pseudonyms rather than their names…since it’s a show about spies? That’s kinda great.” – KViN
FINALLY A CLEAR EXPLANATION FOR FATE/APOCRYPHA’S RULER
To say the Fate series can be confusing sometimes might just be a bit of an understatement, especially if you’re not completely immersed in its lore. This holds even more true when you approach Fate/Apocrypha specifically, given the size of its cast and how quickly most of them have been introduced thus far. Luckily we’ve come across a pretty handy piece of content that decodes one of F/A’s more integral members, Ruler, in crisp fashion.
So sit back and relax. Don’t worry about digging through lengthy Wiki’s to learn about this chick, instead, let this well edited – spoiler free video handle that for you:
Fate Apocrypha – RULER EXPLAINED: True Name Identity, Past, Abilities & Skills
KAKEGURUI, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE ISN’T AS GOOD AS YOU THINK?
Yes it’s the most popular anime of the season. Yes it still boasts a rather healthy score of nearly a flat 8 on MAL. Yes our team at Seasonal Prattle is still really enjoying it, so why are we featuring content this week that drags it down? Well that’s simple, it’s important to consider both sides of Kakegurui’s conversation. Not everyone is super high on the work, and when a solid argument arises from that, it’s worthwhile to listen and broaden your view even if you’re a fan. With that said, please give this quick article some attention. It might just make you think twice!:
Kakegurui is Nothing More Than a Thriller
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HOW BALLROOM E YOUKOSO TREATS ITS FEMALE CAST?
Oh, you haven’t? Well this next piece might be interesting to you. Beyond picking out content that has pure value, our team really likes to try to bring you unique takes as well – whether that just be in the message of the content or its tone. Thankfully,this blog has both a unique take and value. Take a second, and give this a look. It’s relatively short and not fussy, with plenty of potential to enlighten you:
Ballroom e Youkoso and the Portrayal of Female Characters Within the Shounen Narrative
SO THERE’S NO RE:CREATORS THIS WEEK BUT THAT’S NOT STOPPING US
Because we can still let last week’s episode soak in. You know, as seasonal anime watchers, we hardly take the time to rewatch every episode after they initially air. We tend to see it once, discuss it online and then move onto the next series – killing time till it comes back into our lives next week. Let’s change that today. The article we have here is well positioned, nicely presented with plenty of information that acts as a good refresher to hold you over while Re:Creators has off:
Re:Creators Ep 16: Preparing for Battle and Baiting the Trap
MADE IN ABYSS IS STILL ON TOP OF THE SUMMER THRONE
And we really don’t see that changing anytime soon. This work has clearly been the frontrunner of the season and for good reason. Each week just brings an immense amount of craft and touch – showcasing both its fine worldbuilding and wonderful charm of its core cast. Made in Abyss knows how to sell a narrative and even more so, how to be in complete control of its tone regardless if it’s working on your visual or auditory senses. Simply put it’s a total product, that’s well worth watching both the series and highly entertaining content on it such as the piece we picked out for you here:
Made in Abyss: The Art of Episode One
PERHAPS YOU SHOULD GIVE ACTION HEROINE CHEER FRUITS ANOTHER CHANCE
This was a fairly popular drop for a lot of seasonal watchers and an even more popular skip all together when Summer started. So we get it, the series might not jump off the screen at you or be your cup of tea – but there is merit to this scarcely consumed work nonetheless. Action Heroine Cheer Fruits does real heroism right despite its initial looks. The following blog does plenty of good to touch on that, coming across as neat and insightful while spreading some love to one of Summer’s lesser watched works:
Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is about Fake Heroes, but it Shows Real Heroism
PRINCESS PRINCIPAL – IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
While more people are coming on-board, Princess Principal’s popularity is still fairly shaky – which is a shame given how this series has shaped up so far. Last week’s offering of spy heavy goodness just checked off more boxes of success – implementing its genre elements in a well balanced manner that lead to some pretty satisfying conclusions. Even looking past that, Princess Principal still offers a layer of subtlety that lends it depth to be invested in. If you haven’t picked up on some of these details, you may want to gives this well informed video a watch:
Princess Principal’s Hidden Details
SCOREBOARD, SCOREBOARD, SCOREBOARD
What if I told you that the top 3 rated anime this Summer were in order: Hero Academia Season 2, Made in Abyss and New Game! Season 2? Would you agree? Well apparently if you’re apart of Anime News Network’s readers you would. ANN has a large readership, so it’s interesting to see how their audience is ranking works on a weekly basis. Take a look at the full rankings below and see where your favorites stack up on their chart:
The Best and Worst of the Season So Far:
What to say to people who are still using“Anime is trash and so am I” unironically…
Just stop. It was a fun little meme to use when Eromanga Sensei was popular, but if you’re seriously spitting it out presently to justify your guilty pleasures then just quit now. The only reason that we tend to feel guilt over indulging in so-called, “guilty pleasures” in the first place is because we are made to feel bad for liking them. They are just pleasures. “Guilty” only came about because others are telling us that we shouldn’t like this or shouldn’t feel proud about enjoying that. If something makes you happy, you shouldn’t hide that or feel like trash..
What to say to your friend that only watches anime legally, and thus, has to wait till 2018 to see Kakegurui from Netflix…
Rest in peace. As much as we applaud those who use legal streaming services to support the industry, here at Seasonal Prattle, we like to be on top of our airing anime. So we seriously couldn’t imagine waiting at least 2 more seasons in order to watch such a popular and highly sought after work like Kakegurui. But hey, your friend can look on the brightside. At least being a legal seasonal streamer can’t get any worse right? Oh wait… we’ll pour one out for you and take a moment of silence.
What to say to that one person who’s claiming they’re watching Tenshi no 3p! “for the music” and not because they’re a secret, thirsty lolicon…
Sure buddy, your secret is safe with me. But honestly, even though this series’ intentions are ridiculously obvious – not everyone watching this one is a thirsty lolicon. The music is actually pretty decent if you give it a chance alone
CLARITY: ONE THING TO KNOW
Japan Reacted to Our Summer Anime Rankings (MAL) a few days ago and has no idea why works like Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, Kakegurui or Fate/Apocrypha are even remotely popular over here. Furthermore, they feel that even having them anywhere on our lists but the bottom makes our rankings uncredible. To be perfectly clear, Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni even being rated a six anything on MAL is confusing to our team every passing day.