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Elaborate Burn

Posts from December 2013

@spinor writes:

Interesting that From the New World showed up on your best anime list, since I remember you complaining about it and IIRC it showed up as gray on the anime wall rather than green.

My own personal conclusion on From the New World is that it’s a visibly flawed series in many regards – in particular, it sets up a lot of questions in its first half that are pushed off to the side and never really answered in the second, which is unfortunate for a show that emphasizes its plot to such a degree. That being said, I’m not going to deny that it was one of the year’s most ambitious shows, particularly in its characterization, vocal performances (this is what put Risa Taneda on the map for a lot of people), and the breadth of its setting. I’d say it’s worth seeing for those reasons alone, even if the whole package doesn’t quite gel in the way some of my other picks do.

(Incidentally, a somewhat harsher version of the previous paragraph would sum up my views on Penguindrum. I’ve thought about writing a post on this commonality, but right now I’ve concluded that I just don’t have enough to say on the subject quite yet.)

Dichotomy 2.5

Adds table styles, hides the “never miss another post” teaser that covers up the default page navigation, and fixes a few miscellaneous issues.

2013 anime, the <li> edition

I was all ready to write a long post about my favorite anime of 2013, but then I remembered that nobody actually reads anything longer than a few paragraphs, so I’ve condensed it down into a few handy bulleted lists. Shows continuing into January are not included; they’re on the hypothetical list for next year. If you want more details on any of these, feel free to fire a missive at my inbox.

New properties

Sequels and continuations

Honorable mentions

Films released to home media