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Dated 20 August 2014: I'm basically only watching Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Bullshit out of general principle

Sailor V
Sailor V is here to chase ikemen and kick crooks in the neck.
And she's all out of ikemen.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon is one of those franchises that I sort of want to like but can't genuinely enjoy most of the time. This is reflected in my halfhearted efforts to watch the original series (stalled at episode 93 for years). I'm also mostly unimpressed with the original manga, with the exception of Codename Sailor V. I'm totally down with Sailor V, mostly because (as I am wont to attest on The Twitter), she's sort of fascist. I also find Aino Minako (at least in her garish Sailor V form) a more engaging protagonist than Tsukino Usagi. Sailor Venus isn't as good, but is still okay providing she's kicking crooks in the neck instead of thrashing dudes with her "Love Me" chain (which, incidentally, has been redesigned to look like a long string of, um, round beads, at least in the Crystal Marital Aids promo art). Also, Artemis > Luna.


Dated 25 July 2014: Barakamon taught me pacing is important even in a show about calligraphy

Seishuu and Tamako
Does this count as a Meet Cute?

Technically, Barakamon is not a show about calligraphy, but rather a show about a calligrapher. It's pretty refreshing because it's one of those increasingly rare anime that's about (1) an adult who is (2) good at something because (3) he works hard at it rather than by virtue of being Anime Jesus. In fact, one of the characters in the show postulates that having the discipline to work hard is a talent itself.


Dated 23 October 2013: KILL la KILL leads the six shows that I'm watching so far

Mikisugi and Ryuuko
Relax, it's cool. He's her teacher.

I'm watching fewer shows autumn 2013 than I usually do. I suppose on average it's still about one episode each night, but with less time watching anime and less attention devoted to The Twitter, I do have noticeably more time to pursue other interests—to include updating an anime blog that's nearly in its 13th year.


Dated 22 September 2013: Mamiko is better than ever

Oh. So that's why Hato is so broken.

I have been very impressed with the work of Noto Mamiko this season. She has always been one of my favorites, although I prefer her DARK MAMIKO voice to her soft Shimako types for which she is better known. I was starting to fear that she had been relegated to playing matronly characters as a step towards retirement (voluntary or otherwise). However, she blazed across Genshiken Nidaime at full boost in episode 10 as Hato's old senpai—a minor character, but a powerful one nevertheless.

She's not even afraid of lightning striking her umbrella.

More significantly, her work as Suzuki "Benten" Satomi in Uchouten Kazoku has been MAMIKORE. She's a capricious sex bomb who is too dangerous to be challenged. The presence she lends to the character is particularly pronounced considering how few other female characters there are in the show. She's quite a contrast with both the young (and predictably precocious) Kaisei and with the crossdressing tanuki mom who seems to arouse middle-aged human and tanuki males alike. Benten, though, seems capable of terrifying basically everyone with little effort. Maybe it's because she's not afraid of thunder.

Dated 28 September 2009: Punctuation aside, Myself ; Yourself is not the disaster I expected

This is what I thought Myself ; Yourself was going to be about.

Taking a break from the summer season's offerings, I decided to watch Myself ; Yourself strictly based on the first episode's opening scene. From the looks of it, it was another low-brow harem comedy involving Male Protagonist who is separated and later reunited with childhood friends and other cookie-cutter stereotypes. Maybe something like Gift ~eternal rainbow~ except not God awful. I get in the mood for stories like that every once in a while; depending on the execution, I find them to be amusing diversions. Hence why I enjoyed Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~ so much.

Hinako and Sana
Also this.

So while Myself ; Yourself does not have superfluous tildes, it does contain ridiculous punctuation in its title, and the opening minutes of the first episode feature a character boasting the squeakiness power of 10 anime girls. I figured I knew what I was getting myself into, but I was wrong. This is not to say that Myself ; Yourself goes all Saikano or Narutaru or even all ef ~a tale of memories~ on us, but it does offer up more traumarama than I was expecting.

Sana, Hinako, and Shuu
Hey, it's a Star of David clock.

On a whole, I found Myself ; Yourself a surprisingly decent show. Good, even, if you enjoy teen melodrama. Male Protagonist is thankfully not an ass clown, and most of his friends are all right, although I think the twins are a little too close.

Don't worry, Shuu isn't really into younger girls.

Most of these screenshots involve the most conventional of the various subplots—the one closest to what I was expecting when I started Myself ; Yourself in the first place. Even that was executed well. The show would be just fine as another harem comedy layup, but it aspires to be something more and actually does not ruin itself trying.