12 Days XII: Mochizou Love Story

「もち蔵大好き、どうぞ」 | 欸府

「もち蔵大好き、どうぞ」 | 欸府

Something that I was totally convinced of during the airing of Tamako Market was that Mochizou and Tamako would get together by the end of the show. Otherwise, I reasoned, it wouldn’t make sense how much emphasis was put on how much Mochizou was in love with this childhood friend of his and this particular subplot fit in well with the whole getting married off to a foreign prince thing. Of course, none of this happened and I was left a bit disappointed.

Some time later, at a KyoAni event, Horiguchi had let slip that there was a Tamako movie or something in the works. When the title was revealed to be Tamako Love Story screamed internally and thanked the CEO of Kyoto Animation.

Of course, it turned out that this approach to the Tamako/Mochizou relationship worked out better in the end. Tamako Market let us see the characters going about their lives while being distracted by a talking bird. Separating the story about Tamako and Mochizou from that meant being able to focus intensely on the two of them for an hour and a half. This is obviously great because Tamako is cute and Mochizou is cute and they are cute together. Anime of the year.

12 Days XI : Future Fish

【7FrFr!ネタバレ】 | Mina

【7FrFr!ネタバレ】 | Mina

As promised, we did see them next summer. So this season, more than anything else, was about Haru’s (and some of the others’) futures. One of my small hopes was that for Haru, it wouldn’t be swimming related. It was something that I drew from the ED, but of course, you could argue that those were the dreams they had when they were kids and those are always bound to change. But I did enjoy Haru’s other talents being mentioned or shown briefly throughout the show and I really wanted him to pursue one of those. I think that kind of path fits in more with how he treats his swimming. But alas, that wasn’t how it played out, but that’s okay, I still love Haru.

12 Days X: The king of my court

セッターの皆様 | みかんもち@お仕事募集中

セッターの皆様 | みかんもち@お仕事募集中

The only things I knew about Haikyuu before it aired was that it was about soccer volleyball and that the characters were very moe. I was tempted to start the manga, but I had put that off for so long that the anime was coming up anyway. In a twist, not only was it everything I wanted but it was also well-animated. What’s nice about Haikyuu is that everyone’s great and there’s no real drama outside of sports stuff. Some characters have history, but there’s no one who’s an outright jerk or has issues or anything. Everyone’s fun, something that comes out in the training camp arc. Of course, that could change since I don’t think it’s ending anytime soon, but for now, it’s pleasant.

12 Days IX: Art imitating life

浴衣千代ちゃん♡ | 刃天

浴衣千代ちゃん♡ | 刃天

I read way too much bad shoujo for my own good. It’s a bit like my relationship with McDonald’s: every few months, I go against instinct and pick up a new series, then get to the end and flip a table in anger, swearing it off until I forget about it a few months later. But as Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun reminds us, it’s so easy to go back to because the elements are all so familiar. And like any good comedy, Nozaki-kun shows us how adorably silly some of those elements are.

12 Days VIII: Soccer is crying

新旧イレブン+エイリアで雪合戦 | てむk→てむゆ名前かわりました

新旧イレブン+エイリアで雪合戦 | てむk→てむゆ名前かわりました

It was appropriate that I decided to watch Inazuma Eleven during the World Cup. At the very least, it gave me a great reaction image for Brazil v. Germany. I had been advised that Inazuma Eleven was something that I’d enjoy. Of course, the problem is that as a children’s cartoon it is quite the behemoth. Once you get down to it, it is a kid’s anime based on a video game about super-dimensional soccer, so the plot is not that complicated. But some of the character arcs are really fantastic and there is a surprising recurring theme in bad parenting ruining some of these kids. In the end, there’s nothing some super-powered soccer can’t fix.