Sometimes The Internet gets drunk and says something stupid and you want to complain... or let us know how we're doing.


[X] Close

Navigate / search

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Bakemonogatari and Use Your Frame Cuts

Last week I talked about how anime is given the freedom to do as it pleases with camera shots, and too often just follows manga pacing for it’s cuts and scenes. This article then may seem contradictory – but hey you should try to think of these articles as rules to follow, and you can only break a rule with another rule. However it does lie at the same kind of problem – in that there is no innovation in what you use for a scene.

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Panty and Stocking and the Long Take

Panty and Stocking was very crass, had some middling parts (I mean the bottle episode was torturous), but overall it had a nicely fresh plot and characters. The animation was sort of unhinged allowing itself to be fluid and change styles as needed. Seriously anything that’s willing to change an iconic scene and joke into a paper mache monster that explodes shows a certain kind of play and dedication in your project.

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Saints Row and Why we Don’t Need a Hero

I came across a thread the other day about an anime where an anime character was tragically born with pink/purple hair and had to deal with the realization that she is clearly now a main character. (See whole thread here). Now I’ve already commented on how male main characters are mostly bland sauce with dick filling, and females tend to be dense and are there to be raped visually (and sometimes literally – no Valvrave I’m not letting people forget you did that)

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: 2015 And Why It’s Hard to Justify Another Year of This Shit

You go to Anichart, and the thing you find without even the need to scroll is a second season to Dog Days. Which despite my open hatred of Akikan, and Rosario Vampire – is still a major contender for most hated anime. Combine that with us actually getting Kantai Collection, and a whole lot of sequels to shit, with nothing I am looking forward too (not a single one Shaft included) and you have to wonder why I’m even still here.

Read more

Cross Ange – The show I expected to hate

Episode 1. – Seriously
Episode 1. – Seriously

Let me start that I have no idea what caused me to pick this show up.

I had not read any threads about it on any message boards, had no one tell me about it and knew little of its plot at all.

I like to give things THREE episodes to prove themselves worthy to be watched.  If it makes it past three episodes, I probably will keep watching it.  Otherwise it  gets dropped.

People have their own systems but this one seems to work the best for determining if things are worth my time.

It was a rough fucking start, let me tell you.

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Rainbow and A Call For Non-Fiction

I doubt anyone who’s reading this or even who’s been watching current anime for the past 3 years can recall the title Rainbow. If you think you know the name you likely associate it with some sparkly bubbly throwaway anime, but it’s very much not that. Rainbow is a dark seinen about a group of men imprisoned and then adjusting to life outside of the slammer. It’s like anime’s response to Shawshank Redemption but instead of running to Mexico, there’s boxing.

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Steins;Gate and The Joy of Insanity but Tempered With Consequences

I’ve made it clear on this column before on my love for Space Dandy. This is part because it’s a genuinely surreal/dadaist experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Other animes though throw in these sort of crazy elements, and then for the most part they are ignored, or have no point other than ‘lol aren’t we random’.

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Akame Ga Kill! and Anime Should be About Telling Stories

I had a recent discussion with a person when the topic of my anime watching habits came up (that they’re terrible, I should be ashamed, and disgraced.) and this person wanted to know if I was watching and enjoyed Akame Ga Kill! The answer is of course – no. The reason why is because in an effort to describe it I resorted to calling it trashy – like a soap opera/reality show/other garbage television.

Read more

I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Sanzoku no Musume Ronja and The Life and Times of Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki has been the Michael Jordon of anime production in that he’s announced retirement a few times, and then has kept coming back. However he’d recently announced that most likely he’ll be making anime until he no longer can. A fact that filled many (even me) with profound hope and joy. I however also had a twinge of sadness.

Read more