Monthly Archives: March 2015

Review: Shirobako

Shirobako is probably the best Anime I’ve ever seen. I feel that’s a pretty bold opening statement but I’ve honestly never encountered this level of quality. Maybe it’s just a high from watching such a fun series but it’s really been an amazing ride. Engaging thorough and jam-packed full of beautiful characters, genuinely funny scenes and morals that actually come across as very appropriate without impeaching on the series, there’s little to no reason to dislike Shirobako.

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IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (EP 11)

This week sees the debut of a real gem of a duo, with Miku and Riina who make the unit Asterisk. Mewraculously, Miku and Riina actually make one of the most entertaining groups and I have no real gravel with these two meow-sicians working together. At first I felt these two may have been off to a rocky start but they certainly found a diamond in the rough with this duo.

I’m feline really good about the direction this rolling stone of is going. I expected the remaining three episodes to really put the studio between a rock and a hard place, but it’s purrfectly clear they’re not leaving any stone upturned. I feel this episode was the cats whiskers and I kinda feel I’m taking how great this series is turning out for granite.

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IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (EP 10)

This week sees the debut of another debut of another group unit, made up of Kirari, Rika and Mirai. This sees the three girls go about promoting a fashion brand called Pika Pika Pop with their unit Dekoration, doing talks with an audience and performances. It’s a nice way that each unit by having them all introduced in a different way, I just expected to see episodes similar to Ranko’s or just performance episodes.

I really loved how this episode managed to bring in the other Idols without seeming forced, Mika would obviously be in this episode since it’s her younger sisters debut. It was really nice to see a more emotional scene with Mika too since she’d just been a support for the girls since taking a back seat. I really love that side characters are still getting screen time despite the sheer amount of Idols in Cinderella Girls though I feel as though it may have something to do with how popular they are.

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IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (EP 9)

This weeks sees the debut of unexpected Idol group Candy Island; with members Anzu, Kanako and Chieri. It’s nice to see there will be a variety of solo and group debuts in the series. The first TV appearance of the Cinderella project wasn’t really something I was looking forward too if anything I just thought that it wouldn’t be able to top the “are we live” an episode from the 2011 series. I’m really glad with how good of an episode we got this week despite such a at first glance poor leading cast, but they really manage to be entertaining throughout.

I can’t say with great confidence that I was really looking forward to this episode, mostly due to the reception the series has gotten with some friends I wondered if the series was just entertaining from my own excuses, but I’m very glad to say I have very few doubts for the future of the series after this episode and reconsidering past ones. I’m now extremely disappointed that the series will be split into two parts.

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IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (EP 8)

Starting off the character orientated episodes arguably at the peak with a Ranko debut was a very good move, an early fan favorite from her character design and eccentric personality I really loved getting the opportunity to see more of Ranko in this episode. I was really looking forward to the character focused episodes similar to the 2011 series and I feel they’ve managed to live up to the expectations.
The episode starts off with the girls bringing in one item to lighten up the office and get an idea of everyone’s identity. Seeing producer trying his best to make an effort to be less polite and more informal is really sweet, producer really is one of the highlights in the series so far. His interactions with the girls are really just too good and seeing him trying his best to open more for their sake is just too sweet.

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I’ve been thinking a bit about the content on the site and what I plan to do with it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should be less strict on myself. Taking this too seriously makes it dull to write and dull to read so i’m going to make and effort to only write when I feel like it.

Writing about topics outside of the weekly schedule I planned for myself, for example Koufuku Graffiti is a series I really expected to enjoy writing about but it’s been a real drag. I’d prefer if to only do First impressions, check up and final thoughts on season series but I feel it could also work well for other series i’m watching, like right now I started Aikatsu and i’ve got more than a few things to say about the first few episodes.

It’s probably just over thinking things when I take the categories seriously but I honestly I felt like grouping what I wrote would be a more clean way of doing things, but now as I want to change the system it feels more messy than ever.

I’ll post more about the updates to the categories etc in the about section.