[...] hence why often lolita style tends to make girls look more* innocent, younger and generally less ‘womanly’.
By Ryan A — June 7, 12 at 10:34 pm
Natsuiro Kiseki is a standard affair in many ways yet intriguing for it’s approach to friendship, a topic Akirascuro wrote about in observation. I raised the point that Hanasaku Iroha may exemplify the kind of frictionship immediately prominent in Natsuiro, but I feel there is more to the texture of friendship which grants Natsuiro Kiseki an appealing stay with the audience.
By Ryan A — May 8, 12 at 8:10 am
“Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A rainy day is a good place to start this episode. Water is so fundamental yet powerful with regards to life. “April showers, bring May flowers,” but in more traditional contexts, water is related to emotive forces and feeling. One of my early attractions to Japanese culture was the idealistic relationship and integration with nature, and Nodame Cantabile showcases a healthy amount of the natural world throughout. I do not mean to insist the story is ripe with natural symbolism outside it’s convenient placement, but rain feeds the flowers and the flowers hope to bloom. Similarly, Milch stirs emotions this episode which will enable Chiaki to discover more within his cold, mechanical self.
By Ryan A — May 4, 12 at 8:00 am
Unlike last episode, I have a few thoughts on the presence of Hibito and how he and Mutta are mutually revealing in many ways. Hibito is and isn’t what I expected, mostly because of how well Mutta understands his younger sibling. While the overall message of episode 5 may have been that everyone is “missing something” or incomplete, I felt more compelled by the brothers’ interaction with one another.
By Ryan A — April 30, 12 at 5:03 pm
Ben’s edifice and his insight into anime production is brilliant. He stands alone with an intimidating amount of technical knowledge that really isn’t found elsewhere among anime blogs. In turn, APD offers a unique perspective on subjects that indirectly relate to many fans. I value the blog, though I do not consider it casual reading. The blog is functional just as the content is meaningful without being dressed up in artsy prose. Posts are sometimes massive, thick with the names of directors and animators, projects, and implicit timelines. This is easily a turnoff for the average reader of anime blogs, as many posts are borderline inaccessible. I’m not kidding when I say it takes effort to thoroughly digest many of these posts, but regular readers will adjust. Discussions tend to be another issue on APD where it feels impossible to penetrate ideas through comment relevancy. And when discussion takes hold, there may be depth requirements many anime fans lack altogether.
PBV=potency by volume. Subscribers and posts per-week are based on Google Reader statistics.
By Ryan A — April 22, 12 at 11:02 am
In subscribing to Akirascuro‘s inspiration of logotypes, I pondered which logos were distinguished among the anime I’ve encountered. I found a handful of logos personally attractive, enough to further detail in a post. While Akira seems to focus on the typographic attributes of logos, I am drawn to the way logos are accessorized and capture their respective stories.
By Ryan A — April 21, 12 at 2:38 pm
Shance and Yi composed a fun post on nekomimi which I enjoyed reading. Surprisingly, I didn’t see mention of Azusa Nakano and her kitten dynamics from K-ON! She is an interesting character to investigate in progressively bolstering cat ears, which she amusingly grows into after resisting Yui’s aggressive play (resistance is futile an all). Kuroneko is equally interesting for different reasons, primarily her stature being more cat than kitten yet still very adorable.
By Ryan A — April 18, 12 at 11:11 am