Clarity after cookies and milk
CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“You know something is written by a retarded teen going through puberty when half of the orders are sex related.” – Just the average response on MAL to this week’s Ousama-Game. Can you blame them?
Even though it was relatively straightforward thematically, our most recent Kino’s Journey still managed to put together a satisfying adventure. This was a generally well executed episode – soundly paced and told, with clear vision, and a fine illustration of what Lerche’s team can do to bring a desired flavor to this series tonally:
Kino no Tabi Episode 3: A Bothersome Land
After last week’s “a gang of teens decide to murder a homeless man for kicks” narrative, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the unnecessarily edgy follow up of “psychotic One Piece fan breaks into random houses and kills everyone on a whim.” Inuyashiki is really pushing the limit on terribly constructed villains with even worse character motives and mannerisms. Be that as it may, the consensus critical opinion from what I can tell really doesn’t feel that way. I guess I’m alone in thinking how inherently silly Hiro is:
Inuyashiki Ep. 2: Chilling
What Just Because! is competent at: careful depictions of subtle gestures, expressional work, and individual demeanor, all elements that give flavor to mundanity and create the illusion of life – is sadly being dampened by numbing, self admitted production issues. For a show that relies on so much visual storytelling, having widely clunky and off model shots / characters is going to hurt.
When it comes to a small studio like Pine Jam, it’s hard to deliver back to back full length originals, especially when it’s in the hands of a new director that’s already struggling with scheduling, so these issues are understandable. However, I hope they get them fixed soon. I wouldn’t want to see a show with potential fall further apart or be forced to start taking delays:
JUST BECAUSE! AND THE TV ANIME PROBLEM: LIVING CHARACTERS, DEAD PRODUCTION
Just Because!: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Adante” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
CHILDREN OF THE WHALES
This week really found a crisper tempo to illustrate the world within its casts’ specific palette, creating a consistent visual mood that’s amplified by the show’s blossoming character relationships. This aesthetic consistency doesn’t just make for a gorgeous show with a respectable tonal personality; it also elevates all the understated strengths of the first episode – continuing to bolster an already promising premise. CotW may not be perfect, but it’s feeling like it’s on the right track for sure:
Children of the Whales – 02
What to say when your friend says they’ll cover the bill…
That doesn’t happen often. An article proposing a question arose among the community that surprisingly, isn’t all too commonly asked despite how frequently seasonal watchers subconsciously do it. It’s worth the read and a look.
What to say when your credit card gets charged in another state…
CLARITY: ON THE MOVE
For when you haven’t been convinced to drop ShoBitch…
Read this and then watch this. That should be all that you need to know to put this one deep in the drop category where it belongs.
For when you want to know why Magus’ Bride is so highly regarded…
Seasonal Prattle has you covered.