Sep 10th, 2017
Not just that really good sports player you like. It’s Silicon Valley speak for minimum viable product. As in when the tech world puts something out there that’s juuuust good enough for the masses to consume based primarily off of current trends.
The same thought process can be seen in seasonal anime. Think any given episode of Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni, or for that matter, the series on a whole. Yep, MVP material right there.
Don’t say Clarity has never taught you anything.
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CLARITY: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I guess I could have watched this episode without having to stare at Momiji airing her breasts in front of a fan.” – A review of this week’s New Game. Fanservice is so August 2017. Actual “fan” service is clearly what’s in right now. Take notes.
THE 1% OF MADE IN ABYSS
Having to place scenes and introduce concepts in a key order to create a dramatically effective composition, establishing characters’ headspaces through minimal representative details, showcasing how drama is in large part a product of pacing and release rather than a side effect of an emotional pull; The raw narrative fundamentals of this week’s Made In Abyss are just so well executed that they deserve their own applause. This series has really developed a firm grasp on accurately selling their scenes wholly through timing and animation, and how an effective evocation of tone can actually bring about its own emotions and messages.
However, as great as episode 10 was, we’ve come across a pretty rare moment. Typically the content we go through weekly on MIA is pretty positive (and even that’s an understatement), but this week we found a piece that couldn’t be any further from that. So take a second and witness the rare blog – the 1% that doesn’t just dislike Made In Abyss – but flat out hates it:
Made in Abyss
BACK TO SCHOOL
This week’s Classroom of the Elite really returned to the strengths of its opening episodes with a conflict that echoed the series’ key variables in both its relevant characters and its thematic substance. Kiyotaka and Suzune still hold strong as an observant pair, and this episode made the most of each of them, making for a fine comeback after some shaky narrative territory. I’m used to seeing shows like this getting bogged down by bad comedy or cyclical drama after stumbling like CotE has, so hopefully this continues to power forward:
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e – 09
PRINCESS PRINCIPAL MARCHES ON
Our responses to shows aren’t wholly mechanical – we get invested in plot beats, we wonder how things will turn out, we start to care about characters and fear for their success or safety. We look forward to seeing how exactly they overcome their struggles, even in episodes that aren’t as immediately appealing as previous editions. It’s easy to hold a strong opinion when a work is being blatantly good or bad, but true content creators can shine even in the grey area:
Princess Principal Episode 8 — Shifting Emptiness
Welcome to the Ballroom came to a really satisfying peak this week, offering a fine threaded cohesion of clean production and raw storytelling to produce arguably the series’ best work to date. From its emotional heights to its aesthetic slopes, nearly the whole of this episode is constructed this way – every turn of the plot (barring a couple moments of internal dramatic convenience) contains some emotional/thematic truth to fall back on:
Ballroom Dancing Is Like Marriage in Welcome to the Ballroom
KAKEGURUI IN THE FOLD
Kakegurui upped the ante a bit this past week. The episode’s first half was pretty much exactly the sort of casual, easy-going atmosphere that Yumeko oozes when initially gambling that we’ve come to expect, but the second half and late conclusion had more of a bite to it to give us a solid send off:
Kakegurui Episode 9: Dreaming Woman
What to say when you’re stuck in traffic and a song you like comes on the radio…
Silver lining. Here at Seasonal Prattle, we can appreciate a show that is notably ambitious in its craft – where it can illustrate multifaceted emotions through its composition, themes or character acting. While it’s easy to say 18if is a /bad/ show for fundamental storytelling reasons, we think it’s just as easy to downplay the creativity and vision that Gonzo brings to this original to separate it from the industry norm. Both aspects deserve recognition. So embrace the good with the bad, and realize how inventive the seasonal show you’re totally not watching because you think it’s trash has become.
What to say when the most dramatic couple you know finally goes on a break…
Saga almost over. Can the same happen to Karen and Amano please? Seriously, does anyone actually enjoy their relationship in Gamers? Afterall, their chemistry for the most part is next to non-existent when on screen, not to mention their connection being virtually fabricated out of thin air in the first place. It seems like Amano would be much better with a little desu desu as is partner instead.
What to say when your laptop is on low battery during a binge watch…
Time to shut it down. Ironically enough it’s the same thing you should be doing to Koi To Uso. Trust us, you’re better off this way.
CLARITY: ONE THING TO KNOW
This exists, and the more we watch it the more we actually want it as Kakegurui’s opening theme song…
Please send help.
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