Summer 2007 Anime Preview! Part 3!

In which Hung previews Doujin Work, Zombie-Loan, and Mushi-Uta.

Doujin Work

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Doujin Work is based on a 4-koma about a girl who’s just discovered the wonderful world of doujin! So it’s like a cross between Comic Party and Lucky Star, I’m guessing. But Comic Party was lame, and Lucky Star is nothing without Hirano Aya and Kyoani.

I typically like anime based on 4-koma, but I don’t like doujin centered anything. Hmm…

Zombie-Loan

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Zombie-Loan is about Frank the zombie. He’s trying to get an auto loan, but all the banks keep rejecting him because he’s dead. He vows to be the strongest zombie in the world, and this anime chronicles his journey.

Okay, not really. Zombie-Loan has something about a guy who has died, and so he makes a deal (let’s call it a Zombie-Loan) to live again, and repays his Zombie-Debt by killing other bad zombies. Did I mention zombie? Zombie.

Mushi-Uta

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Mushi-Uta. I’m going to take a stab at translating the title at the risk of sounding dumb, and say it translates to “Bug Song.” My translations are always funny anyway.

This is an anime based on a light novel and (I think) a manga from Shounen Ace. I think the plot has something to do with killer bugs, but don’t quote me on that. Chances of me watching this: pretty slim.

Summer 2007 Anime Preview! Part 2!

In which Hung previews Code-E, Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho, and School Days.

Code-E

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Code-E is about a transfer student that can control electromagnetic waves. The trailer contains bad CG meteors! But who cares? The main character is a cute meganekko, and that’s enough to make me watch just about anything. Bring on the meganekko!

Also, the theme song has a lot of high trumpet notes, which is a plus since I play lead trumpet.

Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho

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Umisho is apparently about a transfer student (wait, didn’t I just write that?) who joins a school’s strange swimming team. She has a tendency to go skinny dipping. Enough said. Actually, I’m really digging this art, and girls in school mizugi are starting to grow on me. I have a feeling this’ll get subbed. So I’ll watch it.

School Days

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School Days is another anime based on a game. It’s the one that has a bunch of fun bad endings where the girl you jilted takes revenge on your current girlfriend, as documented by jpmeyer.

That video was AWESOME, so there’s no way I’ll miss this.

VS. Versus Vol. 2 – Manga Review

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The emo violin adventures continue in VS. Versus Vol. 2! Now with twice the emo!

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The emo violin adventures continue in VS. Versus Vol. 2! Now with twice the emo!

Continue reading “VS. Versus Vol. 2 – Manga Review”

Summer 2007 Anime Preview! Part 1!

In which Hung previews Tetsuko no Tabi, Nanatsuiro Drops and Buzzer Beater.

It’s about that time again for some anime season previews! I’m doing these in small chunks, since I’m going to be out of town, and this is awesome post fodder!

Tetsuko no Tabi

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Tetsuko no Tabi is apparently some kind of non-fiction anime based on a manga writer who accompanied his boss and a crazy Densha Otaku. So the plot is just them riding in trains and maybe the otaku wigging out about the train.

I’m pretty sure no one will sub this (it’s way too culture specific) but if someone does, it’d be pretty funny just to check out.

Nanatsuiro Drops

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Nanatsuiro Drops is that one anime I and Hinano mispronounced in the podcast, then someone went crazy over it and bragged about totally completing 100% of the game it’s based on.

It has something to do with a guy who turns into a stuffed sheep toy and tries to find star droplets that’ll turn him back. Okayyyy… At least the character designs look interesting.

Buzzer Beater

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I’m assuming this anime is about basketball because of the name, and the rotating basketball during the extremely long flash loading intro animation. Besides that I can’t really say much about this. There’s an old guy grappling two kids?

I don’t really like sports anime, well, Suzuka was pretty good. In a bad way. I think it stems back to middle school, when I was routinely chosen next to last for basketball. I usually beat out the retarded kid…

And that’s it for today! Come back tomorrow for more Summer 2007 anime previews!

On Anime Review, Payola, and Blogging

I wrote a positive review of 009-1. Honestly, I liked it. I guess the popular vote is that the anime sucks. But while watching it, I actually did enjoy the anime.

Why am I mentioning this? The post about 009-1 was referenced in the context of blog payola, people getting paid to blog about stuff. My review was apparently so positive that people thought I must be getting paid to write it!

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I wrote a positive review of 009-1. Honestly, I liked it. I guess the popular vote is that the anime sucks. But while watching it, I actually did enjoy the anime.

Why am I mentioning this? The post about 009-1 was referenced in the context of blog payola, people getting paid to blog about stuff. My review was apparently so positive that people thought I must be getting paid to write it!

The truth is that I don’t ever get paid directly to blog about anime. No companies have given me a cent. They do give me review copies, and I fully disclose that every time at the end of every review I do. There was that one time that a direct download site paid me to write a bad review for them. That was kind of fun.

I felt like I should set the record straight, so I wrote this reply to the post: (I spent a lot of time on it so I’m just going to quote it)

Hmmm, I think the reason it seems like I only ever give good reviews is that I don’t grade on a grade system. I just sorta say what I think about the titles. When it comes to writing the conclusion, I include the pros and cons. But I don’t say “78/100” or B+/2.

I was looking back and I guess I do tend to be forgiving. I did give “negative” reviews to the Tsubasa Chronicles DVD, and the Bobobo ones, too. And Peach Girl, too. I totally railed on Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

I honestly did enjoy 009-1. Maybe it’s because I had such low expectations? Looking at the post, it is pretty positive, but really, that’s how I feel about the series. If I like bad series, I like bad series.

Companies send me free stuff, and that’s cool. I guess you’re right that I might have some kind of subconscious thing telling me to give good reviews because of that. But they don’t pay me. And sometimes they’re really difficult to talk to as well. Believe me, if they have a choice of sending to ANN or me, they’ll choose ANN.

I did take money to do a review on an anime download service, but I fully disclosed it and I gave them about a negative review as I could.

In the end, I’m just trying to do a lot of reviews, and I really don’t make a lot of money from my site (with the ads). Companies give me free stuff and I review it. Call that a conflict of interest if you want, but there’s no way I could review this much stuff if I had to pay for it out of pocket.

I really do hope you continue to read Basugasubakuhatsu. I hope I haven’t alienated anyone by doing domestic reviews…

I got back a pretty harsh reply, and it really made me think. I wrote my reviews honestly, but I guess subconsciously I was holding back since I was receiving these things for free. I know that sounds pretty bad, but it felt to me like biting the hand that feeds you anime.

But Steven was totally right. A good reviewer doesn’t hold punches. I guess with all the free merch I was getting, I let it go to my head. This isn’t to say that I would never say anything bad about an anime I reviewed. I tried presenting the pros and cons, but in doing so, I always sounded more positive than I should have. And that’s bad if you’re a reviewer.

I never meant to do this consciously, but I needed something like that criticism to really pound it into my head.

So I’m putting this on my blog, and I’m hoping that anyone else that feels the same way as Steven is reading this. I’ve always tried to be honest with my readers, and I’m putting all of this out here in the open so we can discuss it.

I’ll try to be more honest with my reviews. If a title really sucks, I’ll say it. If that means that Funimation stops sending me DVDs, well so be it. I don’t think they would either, since that’d be pretty lame.

Do keep in mind though, that I have a taste that’s different from your average anime watcher. I enjoy bad anime. Sometimes more than good anime. I can find an anime bad, but I can also enjoy anime for its badness.

This doesn’t mean I won’t say if an anime is bad, but if I say something that’s otherwise panned is good (like 009-1), it’ll be my honest opinion. I’m still not taking back my positive opinion of that one, regardless of what other reviewers think.

PS I’m out of town for a week starting tomorrow, so if I don’t reply, and my upcoming posts totally ignore this, that’s the reason.