Friday, December 14, 2018

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s

My personal tradition of watching Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s dubbed on Thanksgiving (preceded by season one on the same day or day before) started mainly as a fluke, since it happened to be on Thanksgiving of 2016 I first decided to dive in and watch Nanoha.  By the time I contemplated making it a tradition a few weeks later I’d kinda forgotten that A’s actually takes place at Christmas time, making it a more logical tradition for a month later.  I think the movie remake left the Christmas part out of it which further affected how I remembered the story over the course of 2017.

But it does still fit because of how we tend to traditionally view the Christmas season as starting with Thanksgiving, hence Satna at the end of the Macy's Parade.

Things didn’t go quite according to plan for 2018, since it turned out to not be so easy to get myself into the right mindset for watching Nanoha when I’d a little before gotten into A Certain Magical Index and it’s spin off.  There is a lot of natural overlap between the appeal of these two shows, but Nanoha’s overall tone is a bit more mellow so jump back and forth between them isn’t easy.

If I had to call any Anime the perfect Holiday Season Anime, it’d be Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s.  It’s about family and like all great Magical Girl shows it’s highly optimistic in-spite of the darkness present.  It really is the perfect melodrama.

I was hospitalized for a week.

That massed up my plans for both 12 days of Anime Christmas and Anime Weely Updates.

Two psots for the 12 days of project were already written and are still coming.

There I only thin I'd decided following my last Anime Weekly update before all this started was that I was likely to wait till december's over to binge all the December episode of IndexIII.

I don't thin I'll be saying anything about my catch up on what I missed lat week, just know they're the shows I'd been following.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hanukkah Anime Weekly Update

Episode 6 of A Certain Magical Index III was pretty good, it finished off an arc so maybe I’ll wait a couple weeks before starting the next one.

Episode 9 of Ms Vampire was a lot of fun.

Episode 12 of Food/Stay Night was a Christmas episode which was nice, maybe it’ll worthy of a deeper break down later in the month.  Turns the show will have a 13th Episode, so it won’t be finished before the year ends.

Episode 42 of Hugtto!PreCure was pretty emotional but satisfying in the end.

Episode 7 of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime was dope.

If I make a post looking back on 2018 it’ll probably by after new years.  As is it looks like my last post of 2018 will be the last Anime Weekly Update.  I started this project at the beginning of 2018 planning to do it for the year with no guarantee of continuing it next year.  And I think I’ll stick with that, and in 2019 just do posts on current Anime I’m watching whenever something hits me.  To many of these posts felt forced and often saying nothing more than “well,I watched this week’s episodes”.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

12 Days of Anime Christmas

I’m not planning to play by the rules of any existing 12 Days of Anime project like the one Zeria is taking part in.  But I will try to post something on this blog that is at least tangentially related to both Anime and Christmas for the 14th through 25th of December 2018.  Some of them may wind up being pretty weak posts, but I will try.  I may also decide to do something on YouTube for at least one of them, but if so it’ll get a blog post promoting it.

Zeria’s project of sharing Anime related stories from earlier in the year doesn’t suit me at all.  Generally I’ve been trying to post about such experiences when they happened.  If I look back on the year that’ll be for New Years.  But doing some sort of Anime Christmas extravaganza does intrigue me.

I don’t know how much Christmas related stuff I’ll be doing on my other blogs, I think I’ll try to mostly get them done before this project starts.   I have at least one planned for the Prophecy Blog where I continue to defend my firm belief against mainstream modern convention that Jesus probably was born in December or early January on the 25th of Kislev aka the first day of Hanukkah.  You should also keep an eye on my Tumblr where I’ll try to copy/paste there some older Christmas related posts.

I did already post on on the Shepherds in Winter issue.

Update, Christmas is also Relevant to Universal Salvation.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Week 47 Update

Ms Vampire Who Lives In My Neighborhood episode 8 was a pretty solid episode.

My tolerance of Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and The Alchemist Knight is growing thin, episode 5 was quiet fixated as Rape and Purity.

Well I’ve watched all of A Certain Magical In Index season 1 and 2 as well as A Certain Scientific Railgun season 1 and 2, dubbed of course.  And now I’ve started A Certain Magical Index III having watched the Dubs of the first 5 episodes by the end of Saturday november 24th.  It’s been awhile since I did such a massive Binge project, it was quite a rewarding experience.

Hugtto!PreCure episode 41 was pretty good.

I finally got to see Heaven’s Feel Presage Flower now that the Dub is available.  I made some Tweets about it.

Episode 6 of Slime Incarnation was great.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Anime Weekly Updates, a Thankful Season

Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight episode 4 was…. Damn I’m really conflicted on this show.  If it wasn’t about Jeanne but rather a made up fantasy world I’d be a lot less critical about certain things.

Ms Vampire who Lives in my Neighbourhood I referred to as the only show I’m consistently enjoying this season.  It’s really more like it’s the only show that isn’t mildly bothering me at any points.  It's CGDCT appeal still can’t compete with the greats of the Genre just yet.  Episode 7 was pretty decent, I’m glad the Beach Episode routine didn’t go on too long.

The above statement was about specifically Fall shows and obviously doesn’t include Hugtto!PreCure which has been awesome, episode 40 was quite fun as it finally clarified a lot of things.

In the meantime I also decided to watch A Certain Magical Index which is proving to be a pretty interesting show.

The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime episode 4 was pretty good, so I’ve got two Fall shows I’m mostly enjoying.

This coming Wednesday I'm planning on watching season one of Magical GIrl Lyrical Nanoha dubbed, and then on Thanksgiving I'll do A's.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pokemon is my Generation's Star Wars

I'd expressed this on twitter a couple months ago, before I even looked and saw that Pokemon has surpassed Star Wars as the highest grossing franchise of all time.

I was born October 31st 1985, though the average age of people Nostalgic for early Pokemon are 4-7 years younger then me, there are plenty who are a little older then me as well.

When I look back on the things I'm nostalgic for from the same era, they're all stuff I still love, but only Pokemon has become truly ubiquitous.  And only Pokemon is pretty much incapable of letting me down.

There was a time after the initial craze ended when it seemed like those of us still into it were a pretty niche group.  And yet Pokemon provided Trope names on TVTropes.  Then in 2016 with Pokemon Go was a resurgences that hasn't fully died down yet, and with Detective Pikachu coming soon it may well blow up bigger then ever.

My relationship with Pokemon has often been pretty off and on again.  This year it definitely helped me through a rough patch.

Detective Pikachu has quickly become the movie I'm most excited for 2019.  Yeah Star Wars and the MCU are both ending an era of sorts, and I'm optimistic that Battle Angel Alita will be a game changer.  But I haven't gotten to experience Pokemon on the big screen at all since 2000.  And while I was skeptical of the ability to make Pokemon work in Live Action, that Trailer has made me realize that this is something I've wanted to see for nearly 20 years now.

The last time I thought a movie had the potential to make me as hyped as The Dark Knight made me was Batman V Superman which let me down.  But DC had let me down before. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company never have.  I've always known only the Nintendo Fanboy in me could top my status as a Batmaniac, but I used to think it'd take a (seemingly unlikely to ever happen) Live Action Zelda to translate that to a Big Screen experience. But now I realize that Pokemon may well have slowly but surely come to mean more to me then Mario and Zelda combined.