Sometimes I find it difficult to write about more obscure shows, the most common reason being that I don’t know where to start. That can sometimes also be a problem with very popular shows, if there’s too much to talk about. Fortunately, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (OreImo for short) doesn’t really have that problem. It’s definitely not obscure, but discussions around it tend to focus on a limited group of topics (mainly incest), so it shouldn’t be too difficult to talk about it.
There may be something wrong with me. By the 8th week of a season, I usually have a lot of opinions about every OP and ED from shows that I’m still watching, but this season there’s nothing. In the past, I have said that particular seasons have been particularly uninteresting when it comes to their collections of theme songs, but even then I did have lots of opinions. This time, however, I feel very little. Because it seems unlikely that this season would be so extremely unremarkable compared to other seasons, I’m inclined to believe that the problem is in my head. To be honest, I’ve felt kind of burned out on anime lately, so it’s probably related to that.
Ooyasan wa Shishunki, aka Landlord is in Puberty (shouldn’t it be “Landlady“?) aired in Winter 2016, meaning it wasn’t the only short anime airing at the time. For this reason, it could very well (and I fully expected it to) be drowned out by its competition, especially the shows in the Ultra Super Anime Time block, but that didn’t happen. Sure, Tabi Machi Late Show took the cake early on and became my favourite short of the season, but Ooyasan wa Shishunki didn’t end up being nearly as forgettable as I expected it to be.
It’s been a very long time since I watched Spice and Wolf. Too long, I think. This is not like one of the cases I’ve written about before where I feel like I was too inexperienced to really appreciate the show. No, I appreciated Spice and Wolf, and not just because of the economics stuff. I really liked Holo’s relationship with Lawrence, despite the fact that I thought Holo was a bit of an asshole at first. My least favourite parts were definitely the longer storylines (because I didn’t feel like they were up to par with the shorter, episodic stories), but I still thought they were quite interesting.
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, aka Wolf Children, was my first Mamoru Hosoda film, and I quite liked it. I could see why people were comparing Hosoda to Hayao Miyazaki, though I personally don’t think it’s a greatly apt comparison, nor do I think the comparison should be made based on one movie alone (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars are, in my opinion, not comparably similar to any of Miyazaki’s movies). Sure, Wolf Children does remind me of Totoro in particular, what with the living in the countryside and parent-child relationships, but I’d rather let these two movies be their own things than really try to compare them.
It’s that time again when I have to decide which of the 30 or so shows I picked up win these incredibly vaguely defined categories. This time the decision-making process was not very difficult on my part, but I’m not sure I’m happy about the conclusions I came to, maybe because I wanted the disappointment to be the positive surprise and vice versa, or something like that.
Last time I wrote about how I accidentally stumbled upon OniAi and ended up kind of enjoying it by the end. Well, this show – for which I don’t know any good abbreviations – was not an accident or a mistake, at least on my part. I picked it up and watched it very deliberately, the reason being that its title sounded similar to that of OniAi. In retrospect, the tones of the two titles are very different, but I didn’t know that at the time.