It is quite difficult to do a comprehensive review on K-on!/!! (season one and two, mentioned simply as K-on! from this point on) since the dual-season, 30+ episode classic by Kyoto Animation is a high-profile work that has been reviewed a million times already. Acknowledging this fact, this review of K-on! will focus on my own viewing experience rather than going over the criteria, and will probably be a little more “personal” than my usual writing style. After all, as a non-professional, what’s the point of making snobbish points over such a wildly popular title?
To sum up my impressions on K-on!, it is my “anime of the year”!
Talking about Dead Island, the following video is probably the best among the game’s very few attractive public presentations after its unique trailer (often spoken of as “better than the game”). Be warned you may suffer from certain suffocation or pain in the stomach while watching, enjoy.
In comparison, negative publicities are flying all over the internet, including major no clipping glitches, dancing zombies, faulty character models and the HARDEST BOSS FIGHT EVER. And of course a ton of criticism to the game itself.
Tempted to fist all zombies into sky, I would still play the game under normal condition through first, just showing some respect to other people’s labour you know?
I am planning to churn out a K-on!/!! review over the weekend, so お楽しみに. I would like to point out though that a certain critical task I am currently engaged in (other than playing Dead Island on normal and watching animes, that is) is very time consuming, so I may not update the blog as often in the following month or so. I still try to keep up to a three day schedule though, or in other words by-weekly.
After considering several alternatives, I decide to use this daunting title anyways, since it is a real eye-catcher. I would like to make clear however that despite the title, this article is not meant to be “educational”. Rather than trying to define and “teach” the basics of anime, it is more a personal account of what I consider to be the key elements of modern Japanese animes that viewers should be aware of. My goal for this article is to help readers better enjoy watching anime by picking out the “shiny little things” commonly present in most titles.
In this first post, I shall discuss a critical element and point of interest in anime: Background illustration (背景 haikei).
First of all, I want you to consider the scene below from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki’s (宮崎駿）classic Spirited Away （千と千尋の神隠し）:
The famous "train on water" from Spirited Away (Spirited Away)
I believe a fair amount of us (including myself) were drawn into the world of anime by watching Spirited Away- if not the train scene specifically. Continue reading →