Idol Time PriPara 14: The Devil Went Down to Paparajuku.

Season 2 of PriPara introduced Aroma and Mikan, the devil and angel idol team who promptly went to work in disrupting the status quo. Now as the second cour of Idol Time begins they’ve returned to perform their usual mischief upon a new group of unsuspecting classmates.

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Idol Time PriPara Episodes 3&4: Callbacks and a Mirei return set my heart aflutter.

In an effort to get this blog back up to speed with Idol Time, I’ll be tackling two episodes per post a day until I can resume a weekly schedule. These double episode posts will be less thorough than the posts for episodes 1 and 2 but hopefully of no less quality.

I didn’t mean to but watching Idol Time kind of slipped my mind. One missed episode turned into two which turned into three and so on until soon the entire first cour had passed! Granted I did start back up when Shion returned but the episodes between two and then I completely skipped. And so, it’s time to rectify that fact.

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Idol Time PriPara Episode 2: Can Ya Dig It?

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Is there any song that can better capture the essence of PriPara besides Make it!? Sure, everyone has their own favorite PriPara song and even I have a few I prefer over it but have any of them reached the iconic level that Make it! has established within the series? Like I mentioned in my thoughts for Idol Time episode one, it is the kind of song that can get any PriPara fan up from their seat. Even when it comes to i☆Ris discography, Make it! has kind of become the default association.

I had some reservations when it came to this episode but they all melted away when Laala Manaka got on the stage and busted out a new remix version of Make it!. It’s the perfect solution, really. Feeling happy? Play Make it!. Feeling sad? Play Make it!. Feeling worried about the direction an episode is heading? Play Make it! and blast it at full volume because nothing else matters now.

Bringing back Make it! but as a remixed version is a good example of a reboot taking something from its predecessor and turning it into its own thing. As to where that leaves the rest of this episode . . .

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Idol Time PriPara Episode 1: Hickory Dickory Dock, the Idol Ran Up the Clock

[I have very little knowledge of the Japanese language beyond a few words here and there and am experiencing Idol Time raw and at the moment unsubbed. That said, if I waited until subs magically appeared for anything PriPara related I may never get a consistent schedule. A lot of my thoughts are informed not just by watching the episode but by thoughts other English speakers more experienced in Japanese than me have shared. So, if anything’s incorrect here, that’s why.]

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Watching the things you love come to an end is hard. As it turns out watching the thing you love perform a soft reboot into something new yet familiar is even harder. I’m going to try to leave my PriPara baggage at the door when watching Idol Time but considering we’re still in the same universe here some comparisons are to be expected.

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Winter 2017 Anime: I Make No Promises

A new year and a new anime season. What better time to start a blog? cough cough Sorry, there’s something in my throat. Where was I? Oh, right.

So my picks for Fall 2016 ended up steering a little too far into the dark and angsty direction. Of course, considering my two picks were Magical Girl Death Match and World War II Guest Starring Witches maybe I should have seen it coming.

This time I’m swinging the pendulum the other way and crossing my fingers for something lighter. Usually, I stick to two anime per season that most grab my attention but I decided I’m going to push it a bit further and pick three. And those three are:

Gabriel DropOut
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Angels are among us and apparently they come in Cute Anime Girl form. Famous angel Gabriel has come to Earth but thanks to the pleasures of Otaku life is outright failing at it. She’s joined by other biblical-themed moe’s (what the hell is the plural of moe anyway?) as she navigates school life. What can I say? The girls look cute and I’m always up for some Doga Kobo animation.

BanG Dream!
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Ever since 2014 featured the double debut of Wake Up, Girls! and PriPara I’ve had an interest in idol anime. None since have quite grabbed me in the way those two have but it doesn’t stop me from continuing to try. Much like WUG, the lines between real and fictional are blurred here as BanG Dream is based off a fictional band portrayed by seiyuus acting in character. I’m hoping to find an idol anime here that will draw me in with both story and music but I’ll settle for at least having a good time.

Masamune-kun’s Revenge
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I always try to go a little bit out of my comfort zone from time to time when it comes to anime so here’s a pick outside of the Cute Girls Doing Cute Things circle. Het Romance? Check. Male Protagonist? Check. Possible Harem on the horizon? Check. Still starring Cute Girls? Check. Wait, I think I just took a jet ride over to my other comfort zone. Well, at least it’s different from the other two.

What’s on the Backlog?

Last season I decided to start making a small dent in my 200+ Plan to Watch list on MAL by watching the first two seasons of Nanoha. It went well, so I decided to try again. My choice this time is Tokyo Mew Mew. It first came to my attention from the infamous 4Kids block and while something about the show grabbed me from day one I was never able to keep up very well with Saturday morning cartoons. Now, after even reading the manga two years back, I plan to finally plow my way through the 52 episode magical girl anime.

As usual, I’ll be continuing my travels with PriPara S3 and Aikatsu Stars!. Speaking of PriPara, Doki seems to be finally making some progress on their fansub so with any luck I’ll be able to finish season two by the time season four starts!

Will I be blogging about any of these? I’ll certainly try but I know better than to make promises to myself.

First Impressions- Summer 2016

Time to crack open the new anime season and the first of hopefully many more blog posts to come. To start, I’ll be writing up my thoughts on each premiere episode. This post will be updated with each new show as I work my way through.

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New Game!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The first episode of my most anticipated anime this season is finally here. Okay, I have to admit that my confidence wavered a little with that second PV (ah, my old nemesis, boob jiggle physics) but all my fears faded away after seeing everything in full. It’s always such a joy to see a manga you like animated and this was no different.

Everything is done all so seamlessly you wouldn’t have expected this to be 4-koma adaption. The first three chapters were all in tact here with a few minor additions like the standard “Introduce Every Character Even If They Weren’t In That Specific Chapter” move. And those voices! The VA work has to be my favorite part of the whole thing. Every voice actor felt pitch perfect in their roles. A huge bravo to the casting director for this one. The animation is as solid as I’ve come to expect from DogoKobo (yes, even the dreaded boob jiggle is a bit impressive) and such fun to watch.

Overall, I was very, very pleased.

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Bananya

At the length of 3 minutes, there isn’t much to say about this one. The cute factor is there, as expected, but that’s about all that shows up here.

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Fudanshi

This first episode opens up with out main character struggling to buy BL manga which is a nice starting point but is followed up with some disappointing “No-Homo” bits. The art here has a resemblance of BL manga, an interesting touch. Whether or not I’ll keep up with this one depends on how the next two episodes are handled.

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Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

You got moe in my mecha anime! You got mecha in my moe anime! Okay, so I’m not entirely clear on what I just watched but I am sure that I liked it. The serious action mixed with its moe-flaired character design brings to mind Nanoha, a favorite of mine. This first episode focuses on two sisters (though, as mentioned, not by blood), our main duo for the series, but this episode hints at other couplings for future episodes.

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Ange Vierge

Fanservice! Exposition! Censorship! If you find one of these three frustrating, this might be the kind of anime you skip. I’ve grown a thicker skin against all three of these but I’ll be damned if that light beam censorship isn’t mighty annoying. Yeesh. Aside from that, the action is serviceable while the packed cast of characters currently contains no stand-outs.