“Straw Law”
Oct 8th

Your new golden rule when watching anime in the morning. When you’re reaching for your AM caffeine fix to pair with your show, put a straw in it. Using a straw will help keep your teeth whiter longer. Yes we actually care about your teeth. Yes you should too.

Don’t say Clarity has never taught you anything.



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CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Gore-Porn Clownfest” — A real headline. Yep, King’s Game is that bad.

 


CLARITY: RESOURCES


JUST BECAUSE

There’s a lot more craft to make a series like Just Because work beyond “strong storytelling.” Shows in its genre space tend to be more “delicate” than shows in other genres – what they are attempting to create is a very specific sense of atmosphere and place, all while outlining a worthwhile emotional floor for its cast to stand on.


When a show like that is lackluster in its execution, it can easily spin its wheels. Just Because still lacks the polish in all areas to truly ascend beyond “fine anime” – from the exposition execution to the individual character lines, everything could use a bit more refinement and personality moving forward. However, there is promise here, as it falls in a similar vein as the highly regarded Tsuki ga Kirei in terms of concept and delivery. With that said, we want to welcome you to our first Fall version of “Clarity Resources” with an easily digestible, yet worthwhile piece:

Photography in anime – Just Because! Episode 1


SHOUJO SHUUMATSU RYOKOU

Slice of life shows are by their nature holistic experiences, where almost every element of the production is a load-bearing variable. So far, Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou is managing the variables of its genre with consistent grace. The art design is quite strong, the character designs are limited but expressive, the show’s goofy expressions are understated but appealing, and the backgrounds are lovely. The show often takes time simply to revel in its peaceful surroundings. These moments are actually some of the show’s best; combining a strong soundtrack with gentle narrative movement and lovely scenery, that firmly place the viewer in a distinct sense of place. Take a moment, and let this solid review we came across fill you in on more:

Girls’ Last Tour – episode 1


NETOJUU NO SUSUME

There’s nothing inherently wrong with power fantasies, as long as you know they’re power fantasies. They don’t naturally lend themselves to the most inspiring/poignant fiction, but they do have value in other ways. Netojuu no Susume’s execution might be middling and its overall production is serviceable, however, the series is very comfortable in its own skin – providing a duo in Moriko and Yuuta that’s just charming enough to carry it for its target audience. We’re sure a lot of seasonal viewers will initially skip on this one, but to the subset of people who indulge in these kinds of works, it’s certainly worth at least a look:

Netojuu no Susume Episode 1


BLACK CLOVER


It may sound like an awful cologne, but in reality it’s just an awful Shounen. Every element – from its dry, middle of the road writing – to Asta’s character acting all fit in a neat little box of tropes in its genre space, refusing to break the mold. Studio Pierrot’s incompetent use of CG and choice of voice actor for its lead only further serves to make this a more grating experience. However, it’s not fair to simply take such a highly anticipated work at face value. For that reason we’re bringing you two pieces of content today – negative and positive in that order:

Black Clover Worth the Hype?

First Impressions: Black Clover

 

JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR

To be blunt, Juuni Taisen has been losing ground since its opening minutes. The show’s lengthy internal monologues, clear desperation for gore and sketchy secondary characters only become vastly more apparent as time ticks on. Couple that with a pretty uninspired zodiac theme and an equally uninspired Battle Royale structure and it becomes hard to believe that NisiOisin actually wrote this one:

First Look: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

 

KINO NO TABI

Lerche did a good job at keeping Kino no Tabi confident – the show is still very pretty tonally, and actually seems to be marrying its careful in-scene pacing with very snappy overall directing. This kind of intimate, carefully observed direction feels like an aspect Kino has copyrighted altogether, reflecting it one more time today for a wonderful premier:

First Impressions – Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World – The Animated Series

 



CLARITY: SAYINGS


What to say inside a haunted house…
Don’t go there. And you just might want to think twice about going near Urahara. For all of the style Urahara contains, it’s ultimately a messy premier in nearly every conceivable way. The storytelling is muddy, its direction is equally unclear and its core cast is paper thin. A series can certainly have a particular style worth celebrating, but that simply can’t salvage twenty minutes of writing this poor. Thankfully, you can at least come away with something at the end of it. So look at the brightside?

What to say to when you need binoculars…
Maybe I should get closer. We got closer to Mahoutsukai no Yome today and suggest you do too if you haven’t. When your staff  knows restraint and are efficient in a way that displays great control of tone, but always works in service of the storytelling – it’s hard to have a bad premier. Mahoutsukai no Yome’s writing has been solid so far – there are comedic beats that may not land here and there, but the overall series is grounded in some very investible character spaces. We can’t wait to see more from this series.

What to say when you hear laughter is the best medicine…
Seasonal Prattle would probably agree.



CLARITY: ONE THING TO KNOW

This opening deserves a second listen from you. We’re addicted.



CLARITY: CONNECTIONS

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10 thoughts to “CLARITY: WEEKLY INSIGHT (OCT 8th, 2017)

  • Remy Fool

    Thanks for the feature. Great articles as usual (you have my sincere gratitude).

    You weren’t kidding about the song. It’s really catchy and I’ve had it on loop for a few hours by now.

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    • Prattle

      Yay Remy likes the song too

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  • DerekL

    Thanks for the shout-out Prattle!

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    • Prattle

      You’re welcome! Keep up the good work

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  • sonicsenryaku

    “Couple that with a pretty uninspired zodiac theme and an equally uninspired Battle Royale structure and it becomes hard to believe that NisiOisin actually wrote this one:”

    It’s not that hard to believe at all; NisiOisin’s writing was always littered with problematic aspects. While im not a complete fan of everything monogatari (Bake and Kizu are the only two i really liked with me liking kizu more; at least their anime adaptations since i have not fully read the LN’s), at least that series’ quality shone its way through some of NisiOsin’s more irksome writing quirks on the fact that there was some genuine heart laced within his overindulgent writing. With this series, that heart and any potential cathartic payoff is not as made as salient, making the weakness of this narrative much more apparent. The stylistic appeal, while there, is obfuscated by a lack of a character-centric, emotionally thematic core, which in the monogatari series didnt always hit but when it did it was good (at least for me).

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    • Prattle

      Maybe it’s because I put Nisi’s writing on a pedestal, and thus, in disbelief with the caliber of writing that we’ve seen so far with this work.

      I haven’t really ran into anybody who isn’t completely enamored with his work on the Monogatari series, so hearing this perspective is fairly refreshing.

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      • sonicsenryaku

        really??? well to add to your surprise, I have come across some who find no merit in NisiOsin’s writing. With me, while i dont think that his writing has no merit, I do find some of his narrative decisions and writing devices to be questionable. Dont get me wrong, i think you all people know that i enjoy unconventional storytelling; however, regardless of what convention you use, it should always enhance and make salient important aspects about your narrative in a way that makes your story and the convention used, purposeful.

        Saying that however, I understand that the variability in human perspective and taste will make a person’s opinion of purposefulness of narrative devices different. For example, with a show like flip flappers, I thought a good amount of its storytelling modalities were purposeful to the characters and enhanced the story; some people didn’t. That dilemma makes its way over to how i feel about Nisiosin’s storytelling. Some, if not most anime/LN fans find it to be intelligent, subversive, and euphorically engaging. I find its prose to be obtuse, intellectually shallow at times, and overly self indulgent.

        The man has a sense of stylistic creativity about him that i will not deny; not to mention that there are times when i do see some brilliance seeping from the man. However, I do think it tends to get lost in the stream of consciousness that is this man’s writing. Stream of consciousness can be cool, but i feel that it’s at its strongest when it is explorative of themes and human behavior, captivating the reader/viewer with substance imbued with style and the style giving birth to substance. One can argue that the ardent stream of consciousness that characterizes NisiOsin’s writing is the innate genius of his craft; however in spite of that argument, I dont agree that the consequences of his writing always feel purposeful. Sometimes it feels like NisiOsin loses himself in nebulous thoughts that dont ever have any real payoff, whether it is his fetishes or nonsensical wordplay (the dangers of stream of consciousness); they hinder some of his pacing and narrative message rather than bolster it. Thank goodness Oishi Tatsuya figured out how to better adapt a lot of NisOsin’s verbose projectile vomiting into visual prose because he realized it was too much to do 1:1 and expect that philosophy of adaptation to translate appropriately to a compelling and artistic cinematic experience. Oishi’s abstract approach to the movies is one of the fundamental reasons why kizu is my favorite adaptation of the monogatari series; because you know…..IT ACTUALLY ADAPTS FROM IT’S ORIGINAL MEDIUM TO ANOTHER…go figure right?

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        • Prattle

          Well put Sonic, and yes I’m aware of your enjoyment of unconventional storytelling which is why this take is even more intriguing from you.

          Your points here are very reasonable.

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          • sonicsenryaku

            Haha well i did tell you during our wonderful flip flapper debates back in the day that i dont appreciate/like unconventional storytelling just because it’s unconventional; my take on the monogatari series is a good example

          • Prattle

            Very true

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