Anime Through My Filter


A wise man once said that just because someone likes anime doesn’t mean they like all of anime. They often enjoy certain themes or concepts that, while common in anime, obviously don’t make up the whole of it. This occurred to me because, after coming across a chart that was a list of worthwhile anime for the average Western fan, I realized just how little those actually applied to me. The list does acknowledge that people have different tastes, and while a select few of those series on the list interest me (I’ve seen Gurren Lagann and know that I enjoy the genre Azumanga Daioh helped cultivate. Read or Die looks nice too.), the majority of it doesn’t. I get my news from Japanese blogs (I can read Japanese somewhat okay, mostly through years of exposure) more than American ones, and my taste tends to align with the Japanese fanbase, mostly, though even that’s prone to personal variables. While I was hoping the blog entries would paint a picture of who I was, there’s no harm in saying who I am upfront. That way, the playing field is open. Let’s begin.

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Gavan Type Maid

The correlation between the anime and I watch and whether they have character songs is not necessarily a 1:1 kind of deal, but even for shows I don’t follow, I maintain a Twitter to continually give news. I love character songs. As I’ve said in previous articles, the heart of any shows it is characters, and these songs are based around those characters, reflecting what they’ve gone through in the series. I’m also a fan of tokusatsu, but my articles that are primarily about toku go somewhere else. Today, we’re going to be looking at the fanservice comedy Kamen no Maid Guy.

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Neko Neko Douga’s Gone MAD

We live in a world where three-minute anime are increasingly becoming a viable method for studios to adapt manga. With the 30-second theme songs removed, it’s closer to 2:30. Every second counts when you’re working in a time frame that small. Most jokes should land (naturally, most of them are comedy), and the animation should have as much motion as the small budget will allow. This is the most notable form of short anime, but it’s existed pretty much since anime (and DVDs) began.

DVDs, mostly. The incentive of director’s commentary or bonus features are a major part of what makes those Limited Editions so tempting to buy. Additional media on a separate disc, such as soundtracks or character songs, also play a part, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the bonus features. The animated equivalent of a 4-koma manga on the back of a volume jacket (sometimes literally), these may flesh out the universe a bit or comment on things that even the creator found a little odd about the workings of their universe. A place for self-parody and blowing off some steam.

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