WWW.WAGNARIA Review

news_xlarge_www_workingStory:
Daisuke Higashida is unfortunate enough to be the oldest child of a family of idiots. When his father loses his job and doesn’t get another, he’s forced to work part-time himself to get enough money for his family to live. He also has the horrid luck of applying for said job at a family restaurant filled with crazy people.

Violence:
Slap stick only for this one, though some of that slap stick does use blood and such as a visual aid now and again so be warned.

Language:
The usual TV14 levels of d-mn and sh-t apply.

Nudity:
Besides some innuendo in a few spots, nothing to put in this section, which is nice.

Theology/mythology:
One character can see and communicate with the dead, a running joke in the show. Her mother is also an exorcist. One character is supposedly a ghost herself. If these things bug you, you might want to skip this show.

Personal impression:
This show was easily the funniest of the season for me. The cast was solid and not as predictable as I had originally feared. Which isn’t to say this was super unique. Not quite. But it was very enjoyable as it was also a title I ran into by accident. At the time I started this one, no one else was really talking about it.
Art and music don’t stand out in the slightest, and the plot doesn’t really exist, so really the comedy is the only selling point for this title. But it sells it well. Even the couples that form as the series progresses continue to be comedic landmines, despite (or perhaps because of) their happy endings. If you’re worried romantic angles will take away from the comedy, this is one title that goes in the opposite direction. It gets funnier. There’s even a bit of character growth thrown in near the end.
Overall, if you’d like a comedy with little to no depth and/or ever wished Spock was an anime lead, this might be the one for you (our main male lead is known for being pretty emotionless on the outside).

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 13
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Comedy, slice of life
Production: A-1 Pictures
Company: Aniplex
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Kiss Him, Not Me Review

kiss-him-not-meStory:
Kae Serinuma loves boy love! And by “love” we mean she’s “obsessed.” So when she manages to attract the attention of four very handsome young classmates, she can’t help but ship them together, much to the young men’s distress.

Violence:
Besides slap stick, comedy nose bleeds and a few flashes to the shows Serinuma likes, not too bad. This said, one episode contains some violent history on a warlord with makes the blood more serious as it’s not for comedy purposes. These flashes are brief however.

Language:
Not much here besides some sh-ts and d-mns.

Nudity:
While there’s more fanservice of males than females in this show, it’s still surprisingly tame. Heck, Yuri on Ice had more shirtless scenes and suggestive camera angles than this one. So besides some suggestive talk between anime fans on their ships, not much here.

Theology/mythology:
Remember my mention of Japanese history up top? Well, that episode contains a strange arc where the characters supposedly battle a ghost. In the end it’s heavily implied they were all accidentally high off bad mushrooms (I’m not even kidding), so theoretically it never happened. Still, there’s a decent amount of temples and such in this show so if anything like that bugs you, be warned.

Personal impression:
This title was hilarious. While it still had more than its fair share of cliches, it also had a rather unique approach to drama as the heroine in question was nearly too otaku to function. A fact the male leads not only had to come to terms with, but accept. They also had to deal with the concept of loving Serinuma regardless of what weight she was.
Oh, I didn’t mention that earlier. The series actually starts out with our lead being overweight and not really seen as a romantic option by anyone (at first). She suddenly loses weight after her favorite character in a show dies and she goes into mourning. I was afraid at first that the issue of the male leads loving her simply for her body wouldn’t be addressed. Thankfully, I was wrong and the series actually took that one on. While the result was still rough around the edges, I appreciate how this show made it clear that Serinuma was lovable and desired, regardless of what her body looked like.
As for art and music, this show had nothing new to offer. And the ending wasn’t new either. If you hate shows that pretty much end where they began, this title isn’t for you. I’m just going to warn you now that this series follows one of the biggest shojou tropes ever: keeping the reverse harem intact at all costs. Interestingly enough, this didn’t put me off the show. Considering our lead’s personality, it was oddly fitting. Even so, it’s worth noting for those out there who want more heavy duty character progression in their anime.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Romance, comedy
Production: Brain’s Base
Company: TBS
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

The Sunshine and Blogger Recognition Awards 2016

Wow! This year I’ve been nominated for two (!) blogger awards here on WordPress. And seeing as how I have an open article spot thanks to Crunchyroll’s horrid server errors, this is the week to tackle both of these suckers (though if you really need a few recommends for something to watch over the holidays, I shall point you over towards WWW.WAGNARIA!! and Kiss Him, Not Me! for comedy because that’s pretty much all I happily consume in the anime world these days and those two are pretty dang hilarious. OH! And Yuri!! On Ice has some seriously amazing animation. Honestly. It’s worth it just for that, I swear).

recognition-award-logo-2016Alright, let’s take down the more boring stuff, shall we? The Recognition award requires the following tid bits:

  1. Display Award – check!
  2. Thank the person who gave you this award (and include a link to her/his blog). –see nominations below for more info on my nominator, YahariBento!
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started. –might have gone on too long on this one…
  4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers. –I’m helpful to no one, let’s be honest
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers –Oh wow uuuuhhh

 

How RARR was Born:
a tale about a survivor of the ye ol’ VHS era

Way, way back (like before there was matter), I had a younger brother. And being the good (usually) older sister that I was, I would always scourge the Internet for reviews on anime before buying it (that’s right sweethearts, no free anime back then. Nope). But way back then, finding reviews, let alone good ones, was a huge pain. Not to mention that they usually only contained the personal opinions of the reviewer rather than any in-depth information on what the show actually contained. And ratings for anime… well, that’s never been all that accurate. It’s actually gotten better over the years (hard to believe, I know). So in the end, I would just watch an unholy amount of shows, either bought on cheap VHS (because DVDs were just starting to kick up, making even hard to get anime tapes cheap) or through Newtype USA (remember that one? Good lord, ADV films….) and get that content info myself.

Fast forward to college and I still did that, even though my brother had been old enough to think for himself for some time. It had become habit. Being a moderator for the Risembool Rangers group was also a factor (I’m now retired as a mod, but still remain semi-active here and there). So when I took a blogging class and had to create a blog, well I figured it was a good time to test out something I had wanted to try for years. My own review blog, with a twist: content reviews. My first posts were graded and originally I wasn’t going to include my personal thoughts on shows at all. But I ended up getting requests to do so from so many classmates that I decided to give it a try.

In the end, I enjoyed what I had made so much that I continued the blog long after the class finished. I’ve been reviewing anime here on WordPress now for years. Though thankfully I did make more than a few changes since graduating college, including better tagging and categorizing systems as well as getting into a far more routine posting schedule. So there you have it.

And I’m pretty sure I broke the rules already by making this too long…

Two Bits for Fellow Bloggers:
What to do and what to avoid, respectively

To Do:
Get ahead! My best months, which often include my best work, occur when I’m around three weeks to a full month ahead of schedule. This means getting the hang of the occasionally glitchy “schedule posts” option on your blog. Trust me though, it’s worth it! Getting sick or hitting a writing block happens. But if you’re already booked for weeks with posts, it won’t hit you as hard. Plus it’s far less stressful. Can’t figure out how to get that far ahead? Try writing two articles to every one. Or use your day off to write three or four at once. And don’t be afraid to look back and ax some of those posts that either don’t get enough traffic or just aren’t working out for your blog in general. Notice how I don’t post Pick of the Month anymore? I figured out over time that it was better for me to focus on writing actual reviews and thought articles than blurbs that do little more than direct you to a new show every month. Especially if that show is new and doesn’t have a review to link back to.

To Avoid:
Don’t be afraid to change your format, schedule or content at any time. It’s easy to think you’re trapped running your blog only one way, but that thinking is perfectionist and will only make writing harder. Make sure you own your blog, don’t let your blog own you! Don’t be scared to take time off when you have to and revamp your site as needed. I have tons of content that went no where because I learned the hard way that it wasn’t for me. I also had times where I would go months without posting here. While I try not to let that happen now, life happens. Let yourself breathe and get through it. Unless your income depends on your blog content (and if you’re reading this, I think that’s highly unlikely), do what you need to. Take care of yourself first. Your blog can wait and so will your followers. I’ve learned that the best followers stick around for you (hey, Artemis and John!).

[I’ve combined my nominations for the Recognition and Sunshine awards below!]

sunshine-blogger-awardBefore we hit a blogging list, let’s take on Artimis’ questions for the Sunshine Awards!

Sunshine Award rules:

  1.  Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. –Again, see nominations below for more intell on one of my favorite followers, Artemis and their loverly blog!
  2.  Answer the 11 questions posted by the person who nominated you. –easy
  3.  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. –actually easy this year thanks to the larger list requirement above
  4.  List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post. –this sounds a lot like the Recognition award, but whatever

What was the first movie you ever saw in a cinema?
The Lion King. Interesting first film seeing as it kinda ripped off Kimba the White Lion…
If you could snap your fingers and be super-talented at any one (non-fantastical) thing, what would it be?
Languages.
Is there any food you absolutely can’t stand?
Mayo. So gross.
Based on your own personality, which Stock Japanese Character would you be?
Harem Nanny. It’s horrible, but pretty much. I have little tolerance for people tip toeing around one another so I’d be prone to just annoying the hell out of the main leads if I were in a show.
addamswednesdayAssuming it was totally safe and you had the time and money, where would you most like to spend a week’s vacation?
Because “assuming it was totally safe” is in there, I gotta say Bermuda Triangle. I gotta. Oh! Or in some deep sea exploration vehicle or one of those really fancy hotels where your room is underwater. Ocean life is my jam. Seriously. I research it for fun. I used to do free presentations of marine wildlife for local schools in my state. I love it to death.
What natural disaster is the most terrifying?
Tsunami. It’s earthquake caused and if the force doesn’t damage and/or kill things, the rot or cold might later.
Have you ever broken any bones and if so, how?
Pretty sure I broke my leg after having slipped on a pencil on the ground. Keepin’ it classy.
Even if you’ve only watched a few minutes, what’s the single worst anime you’ve ever seen?
Diabolik Lovers. Satan thinks it’s a “bit much.”
What charity would you donate a million dollars to?
Streetlight USA.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Loud eating sounds. They make my eye twitch. Not even a child shrieking at the top of their lungs is as bad.
Did you ever believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, or the tooth fairy?
Nope. I was a very practical child, thank God.

(note on nominees: through this challenge I’ve realized that my blogroll needs serious updating {2017 goal!} as most of the blogs I used to follow have been dead for the last few years. As such, I have a lot of new faces down in my nominations. I have read a bit of each’s newer content, however and all seem to be quality blogs! A thousand thanks to Yahari for introducing me to them via her nominations list. I’ll try to give some good, yet brief, blurbs about each to help you see if you might be interested in them as well. I look forward to reading more material from each in the future!)

My nominations for both the Recognition and Sunshine Awards for 2016:

  1. Otaku Lounge – owner Artemis is one of my top commenters and her insight and differing opinions are always pleasant to read and discuss. While she does go over anime and has some truly wonderful posts on streaming shows, she also posts on culture here and there and her info is always explained and researched well. 10/10 recommend!
  2. Pirates of the Burley Griffin – Another faithful commenter of mine for years, John Samuel’s blog is a nerd cash. While anime is a main focus, he does diverge for other nerdy fare here and there. His thoughts are well written and detailed, but not overly so. Like Artemis, this is the kind of no-nonsense blogger I love.
  3. Lost my Thesis – I’ve followed this blog since my early blogging days! They still create wonderful posts on new shows. A very steady anime blog!
  4. 100 Word Anime – If you want to keep up on series that are trending, this follower of mine might have what you’re looking for. Not only do they post their own thoughts on episodes and overall series, but they also link back to other blogs and media posts discussing various shows and opinions.
  5. Yahari Bento! – This one knows their way around the blogsphere! Yahari was my nominator for the Recognition Award and their links to various other bloggers provided me with some great new blogs to follow! In fact, the rest of my recommends list was thanks to them! Definitely check out their various award posts for great blogger lists as well as anime thoughts and reviews.
  6. Otaku Village – Looking for a blog that doesn’t just go over anime, but culture, VA news and more? This is a good start!
  7. Ruminating Scrawlings – Want a reviewer who makes the five star rating system look pathetic? This is your blog! Good in depth reviews and well thought out impression posts.
  8. I Have a Heroine Problem – It’s not what you think! If you want some more feminism and some great analytical looks into female heroes in anime, this is a wonderful blog!
  9. The Josei Next Door – A lovely blog with thoughts on anime. Well thought out layout and posts.
  10. Frogkun – Ever wonder what an official Crunchyroll writer is thinking? Wonder no more!
  11. Treasure Box – Wonderful blog with in depth reviews, not just of anime, but also live action, with references to directors, actors, etc. This blogger knows their stuff!
  12. No Brand Blog – some nice thoughts on posts and experiences from an anime fan who has been to Japan and wishes to pass along their knowledge to future travelers.
  13. Itadakimasu Anime! – I’m so excited about this blog! Food! From anime! Being recreated! I’m all over this!
  14. Anime and Fandom Life – If you’d like some solid anime reviews with no frilly-ness attached, this is for you!
  15. shcboomer’s blog – If you like the review by episode format, along with a great many images, this blog is up your ally!

Questions for my Nominees:
(if you’ve already been nominated prior, feel free to answer my questions in the comments!)

  1. How much has the first anime you ever watched aged?
  2. If you somehow got yourself into working for an anime company, what job would you likely hold? Direction? Production? Cast? Art?
  3. What’s one Japanese dish you’ve always wanted to try but either never got around to trying or are too scared to try?
  4. If you could become a part of a show just long enough to shake some sense into a character, which show and character would you traumatize?
  5. Which anime (or general) trope do you most want to die?
  6. If another season for an old anime long forgotten were to be announced for next year, what show would you most want it to be?
  7. Japanese or Western sweets?
  8. What two unique genres would you most like to see blending well on screen?
  9. Your top show of this year?
  10. Got any New Years/beginning of the year traditions?
  11. On a scale of one to ten (one being “don’t care either way” and ten being “*explicatives while binge eating chocolate*), how done with 2016 are you?

 

And that’s all folks!

Thank you again to both Artemis and Yahari for nominating me for both awards. I don’t interact with the WordPress community as much as I should. Hopefully 2017 can see that change a bit.
Or at least see my blogroll get a much needed update…