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Dated 20 April 2014: Winter 2014 Season Summary

Hachiken's actually about to have his mom's home cooking for the first time in ages.

I feel as if I watched too many shows last season. However, there also isn't anything that I regret not dropping. Does that mean the winter 2014 season was particularly good or does it mean I'm not making very good use of my spare time? Maybe it's both. There were quite a few good shows, or at least okay shows with lots of good moments.


Dated 10 April 2014: Wake Up, Viewer! Mail

Shiho and Mayu
This one?

Omar writes:

I want to WUG the fuck out of that bitch from I-1 Club. The one who was a cunt to Mayu.

I'm afraid I don't actually know the names of anyone from I-1 Club. Maybe that's as intended, since they're all expendable drones contributing a small part to the larger collective identity. I do want to see I-1 Club and AKB0048 fight with mic sabers, though.

Dated 5 April 2014: Golden Time and Wake Up, Girls! share a common problem

The once and future center.

Both Golden Time and Wake Up, Girls! are good concepts with some flaws in their execution. For the most part, the two shows' flaws are not related, but there is one issue they both share: Neither Kaga Koko nor Shimada Mayu seem special enough.


Dated 29 March 2014: So much for my Pretty Cure rankings

Bomber Girls
There's a new sheriff in town.

Although mostly tongue-in-cheek, I've fastidiously maintained an ever-growing list of Pretty Cure rankings, both for the Cures themselves and for their civilian personae. However, HappinessCharge Precure! pretty much puts an end to this practice. Both lists appear below, frozen in their likely final forms:

Black > White > Bright > Windy > Egret > (Michiru) > (Kaoru) > Bloom > Peach-han > Dream > Passion > Rouge > (Milky Rose) > Marine > Beauty > Heart (Overmana) > Berry > Pine > Aqua > Lemonade > Flower > Melody > Rhythm > Beat > Mint > March > (Shiny Luminous) > Sunny > Ace > Rosetta > Sword > Sunshine > Moonlight > Heart (Regularmana) > Diamond > Blossom > Happy > Fortune > (Ange) > Muse Kamen > Lovely > Echo > Peace > Princess > Candy > Shrimpy Muse > Empress.

Mai > Honoka > Nagisa > Saki > Michiru > Kaoru > Rin > Love > Setsuna > Detective Komachi > Erika > Reika > Malice > Kurumi > Kanade > Hibiki > Inori > Karen > Ellen > Miki > Alice > Makoto > Mana > Rikka > Regular Komachi > Urara > Hikari > Nao > Akane > Tsubomi > Nozomi > Kaoruko > Ayumi > Itsuki > Madoka > Miyuki > Aguri > Iona > Megumi > Yuko > Yayoi > Yuri > Himelda Window Cure Queen of the Blue Sky (Shirayuki Hime) > Ako.

The problem is HappinessCharge Precure! wasn't content with merely swelling the Pretty Cure ranks with Cure Fortune, Cure Princess, Cure Lovely, and Cure Honey. No, now there are Cures all around the world, presumably native to their respective territories (although possibly still Japanese teenage girls stationed overseas as a form of mahou shoujo force projection similar to how the United States stations its military globally).

The French Cure
Oh, it's a paintbrush, not a broom.

If you think I'm going to start ranking dozens of unnamed Cures each week just because they get a few seconds of screentime, you're out of your mind. I can at least tell you Cure Princess ranks pretty low, though. She's even less useful than Cure Blossom on a bad day.

Dated 20 March 2014: Seitokai Yakuindomo can go on as long as it has to

Tsuda, Hagimura, Shino, and Aria.
It's not easy being Tsuda.

Seitokai Yakuindomo sort of reminds me of Detective Conan because both shows are reliably good with very infrequent bad episodes easily offset by occasional great ones. This is quite an achievement for SYD since it relies very heavily on the same battery of jokes. I guess it's similar to Detective Conan in this respect also, since Detective Conan relies very heavily on variations of its formulaic structure.

Did you think Dreamcast or Debian?

I think I could happily watch Seitokai Yakuindomo indefinitely the way I can watch Detective Conan indefinitely simply because the characters are so pleasant and the anime itself so good looking. I suspect after a hundred or so episodes, I'd prefer half-length episodes, though. There are still a great many SYD four-panel comics that I haven't yet read, but they don't have that certain GoHands flair or backing vocals by Triple Booking. It's not the same.

Dated 5 March 2014: I guess it's better than blowing bathroom particles against your damp hands

I actually wanted to use a screenshot of Kasuga Ayumu, but this is more timely.

I don't actually know if this practice exists in real life, or if it's yet another otaku myth, but anime girls are frequently depicted clutching handkerchiefs in their mouths as they wash their hands at school. Presumably, paper towels and air dryers are unavailable in third-world countries. But at what time during the process do these characters transfer their handkerchiefs from their pockets to their mouths?

I bet Yukine never washes his hands. NEVER.

I assume they are washing their hands after using the toilet, but do they clutch their handkerchiefs in their mouths before conducting that bit of business, or do they retrieve them with unwashed hands, place them in their mouths, and then proceed to wash and dry their hands? It seems to me that from a strictly chain-of-cooties perspective, the former is arguably a more sanitary practice than the latter, although neither is really ideal. Anyway, if you know the answer to this, send me a telegram, but not if you're obtuse enough to think I really believe Japan is a third-world country.

Update: Ani-Nouto suggests...

I see two possibilities:

  • Reach into pocket, grab folded kerchief so that the last fold goes against the palm, then with a deft movement unfold it and grab the now exposed center with your mouth
  • Pee on one hand, use it to touch handles and flush, reserve the other strictly for this

Imma gonna assume he meant "with one hand."

Dated 24 February 2014: Wake Up, Girls! 7 Girls War Seven in Seven the Hard Way

Kaya, Miyu, Nanami, Minami, and Hayasaka
It's not a blood sacrifice, but it will have to do.

  1. Mayu just shrugs off the high-intensity workouts. You don't get to be an I-1 Club center for nothing.
  2. We all knew they weren't really going to vote Airi off the island, but I'm still glad it didn't drag out into full-on drama
  3. I was relieved Mayu didn't start crying when Yoshino and Airi did.
  4. I'm looking forward to the Nanami episode even though it will probably be about how she's filthy rich and the other girls aren't.
  5. Tange needs more Gunbuster pose.
  6. Do the I-1 Club workouts include weapons training? Wait, that was AKB0048.
  7. Minami needed more character traits other than "girl who eats a lot" and "likes elderly ladies." So now she's "good at crane games."

Dated 17 February 2014: Belated season introduction to winter 2014 shows

Pilder fucking on!

I should probably put together a season introduction for Winter 2014, considering that half of it has already passed. At this time, I'm still following 14 15 of the shows currently airing this cour (Jesus Christ, fourteen FIFTEEN?), and may add Gundam Build Fighters if I ever get around to starting it. I present the following shows in order of their precedence on the chart at the time I started writing this sucker, but you shouldn't put too much weight on their positions or particular ratings because this ain't anime titration, you know.