Ore Twintails ni Narimasu: Episode 2

Kind of a chore this time.

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Well this week starts off simply enough, with Twirl and Soji in his room, with Aika bursting in chasing the pair after being left behind on the battlefield.

Here we get a slight explanation as to the motives of the villains (while seamlessly sidestepping “Why must Soji turn into a girl?” question yet again, hopefully this isn’t a set up for a very lame joke).

The aliens are after a power source called “elemela”, which Twirl calls an “Attribute Strength”. Twirl defines it as a person’s love for something specific.

But why  a twintails fetish and NOT something stronger, Aika asks, like love?  Twirl’s answer is rather ingenious.  Love is an instinctual process, it is a product of evolution and thus common to all people. But the Ultimagill are psychic vampires, and they feed on mental energy.  Thus, this attribute strength, being more learned behavior and thus more conscious in nature, is something they prefer as an energy source.

Which, in a moment of this show being better than it deserves to be, ties into last week’s points about the Tailred powers being tied to Soji’s wishes, tied to his will. Conscious desire trumps knee-jerk reaction.

Now the exceptionally goofy part, of all attribute strengths, the love for twintails exceeds all others in power.

*Glances over her ecchi folder*

No argument here. Continue reading

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Ore Twintails ni Narimasu: Episode 1

Falling down! Do you know how long it’s been since we had that trope?!

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I’m having a difficult time deciding right now if Twintails is being self-aware, or plain old Pythonesque with its absurdity.  I do enjoy myself an absurdist series, Baka to Test and InuHasa are my favorite anime comedies.  And I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with just being goofy.  For example, Yahtzee has often lamented that modern games are gritty-gritty, even in their concept if not art and game play, I believe the example he used was a game of a lasagna chef fighting giant frogs, or something.  I dunno, I’m working off memory here.  But you know how I know he’s right? There is a cute Smash Bros parody called Smash Kingdom, and at one point the villains are discussing adding new villains to the roster, when who comes in? The Eggplant Wizard. You know, the bad guy who fought Kid Icarus.

And just the idea of it is really, really off-putting.  Media has been conditioned to be “real”.  Because the closer you get to “live action doable”, the more “legitimate” you are, so the sentiment goes.  We have this Pavlovian response to things now.  How do you sell the idea of an Italian plumber fighting a giant turtle lizard thing to rescue a princess NOW?  Frankly you just don’t.  And the fact you have that gut reaction to the old chaotic days of the NES and it’s goofy games says a lot about where we’ve ended up.

Bringing this whole thing around to Twintails, this is what really informs my reasoning regarding this show.  Call it flimsy justification if you like, but I do WANT to like this series, and it doesn’t bother me if the show is necessarily silly in its stakes.  Now I don’t think it’s really EARNED that affection yet, as I said, because it often feels like its trying TOO hard.  But this could be an effect of the pilot, growing pains perhaps, but on the whole it’s off to an okay-start.

Meet Soji, a kid with a fetish for the twintail hairstyle. It’s orientation day and he spends the first assembly looking around at all the girls of the appropriate hairstyle.  His best friend, Aika, will be playing the role of twintail tsundere for this series.  We get some “goofy” first day jitters gags, nothing really good.  Scratch that, I do like the gag of how Aika and Soji “talk” to each other without talking.  It’s good exposition on just how long this pair has been together that they anticipate each other’s thoughts, and rather cute in its delivery.

But going to Soji’s family restaurant is where the action begins, along with Soji’s mom trying to get him laid. Kind of tired, but, frankly, every time a mom tries to tell their kid to get hitched, you really SHOULD be replacing what they say with “get laid!”, if only in your head. Continue reading

Fall 2014 Line Up

As mentioned in the newspost, reviews will be starting a couple weeks late as I settle into my new home, but I do have just enough time from stressing out to compose a preview of our schedule here on DDA.

And unlike last season, there is no shortage of contenders for our attention. That’s good! I’m really itching to get back in the game after my long mandatory vacation.

Confirmed Series.

The following will definitely be appearing on the blog.

20809Madan no Ou to Vanadis

Set in Western Europe during times of war, Eleanor “Ellen” Vertalia, one of the Vanadis of Zhcted, leads the battle into Brune. There are, in fact, seven Vanadis, named for having each received a powerful weapon from the dragon to individually reign over seven territories. The power of the Vanadis invokes dread and fear from their enemies. An earl in the service of the country of Brune, a young archer by the name of Tigre, experienced the Vandis’s power firsthand after being defeated on the battlefield by Ellen. However, Ellen chose to spare his life after witnessing his skills, but in exchange, he is asked to serve her.

So…you took Game of Thrones, and made a harem anime out of it?

You bet your fucking ass we’re taking this on. Bring it on, shitcan. I’m ready!

Studio: Satelight

20646Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

Trigger’s new series follows the antics of the Literature club, who a year ago found themselves afflicted with supernatural powers.  Initially excited to be dragged into a world of magic and intrigue, all were disappointed to find life kept going on.  They still hold out hope, however, that their days of glory are yet to come!

The concept here alone is enough to draw me in.  There’s just something inherently silly in the premise.  I mean, if you woke up with super powers, wouldn’t you be expecting to be the next Spiderman? It’s so anti-climactic it’s farcical.  And I did enjoy our time with KILL la KILL, so, you win my attention, Trigger. High hopes for this one.

Studio: Trigger

20565Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu

Mitsuka Souji is a first year high school student who greatly loves the “twintails” hairstyle. One day a beautiful girl, Thuearle, who comes from another world suddenly appeared in front of him and gave him the power to transform into the twintails warrior TailRed. Now Souji, with the help of his childhood friend Tsube Aika who can becomes the twintails warrior TailBlue, must fight in order to protect the peace on earth.

Yep, more comedy. Odd, innit? Guess I’m in those moods.  But I’m actually hoping (praying) that I can approach this in a manner similar to Sakura Trick.  Because while comedy, the gender-swapping super hero idea has lots of wiggle room for social commentary.  IMS’s last show, Inari, Konkon, Koi, Iroha, was a reasonable little comedy, nothing groundbreaking but not bad.  Maybe they’ll find their footing here.  Extra curiosity points to see HOW they handle their concept. It could also be REALLY offensive, let’s keep an open mind here, but here’s another where I’ll be optimistic as long as possible.

Studio: Production IMS

Wild Card Series

Your hostess DoubleD cannot confirm or deny the presence of any of the following series.  Depending on how premiere night goes, we may adopt one, two, or none of the following.

20623Kiseijuu

They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade–and take control of–a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret–except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?

This is the most likely candidate to show up, as of now.  We just need something dark and heavy to balance out the season, for one.  For two, that’s a damn good premise and could be very enthralling.  Of course, the issue with horror, as with mystery, is that it can be done well, or piss awful, there is no in-between, not really.

Studio: Madhouse

20770Akatsuki no Yona

Since Yona is the only princess of a grand kingdom, she has been raised with great care by her doting father and protected by her childhood friend/guard Hak and others. However, her fate changes on her 16th birthday, when her beloved cousin Soo-won murders her father to claim the throne. She flees the castle to Hak’s hometown and begins her new life.

This may also fill our itch for a drama component to the season, but my big fear is the inevitable feeling of bland on the horizon.

Studio: Studio Pierrot

20729World Trigger

A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth’s only defense is a mysterious group of warriors who have co-opted the alien technology in order to fight back!

Sometimes you just want a good old fashioned beat-em-up.  Not to mention I’m getting a very Phantasy Star vibe here, which is always a bonus in my book xD

Studio: Toei Animation

 

Other things to watch: Magic Kaito 1412, Kaitou Joker, Garo, Nanatsu no Taizai, and Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu  no Rondo. None of these are extremely high hopes for me, but just maybe.

Finally, if NONE of these wild cards pan out…I am keeping the option open to myself to fudge my rule regarding second seasons since Log Horizon HAS made an appearance on the blog. Technically. Again, this is only as a last resort, if I just can’t find it in my heart to cover any of this other material. I do need something heavier to balance out the season, after all.

Happy viewing!