I think it’s fair to say that many anime series are adaptations of manga series. If you wanted to be pessimistic while making broad and generalizing statements, you could claim that the goal of most manga authors is to produce a series that is considered popular enough to receieve an anime adaption. If the adaption is well received, the reception of the series becomes even more positive and more people buy volumes of the manga in question. After all, the world runs on money, folks.
I know this seems to be common sense, but bear with me here. While visual novels, mobile games, and light novels are becoming increasingly popular to adapt into anime, I’m under the impression* that most anime remain adapations of manga. With that in mind, I often find myself hesitating to pick up more manga to read. This especially goes for yuri manga.
*lacking cited research to support said statement
Why is this the case? Well, while I was writing up my episode review for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (episode 1), I realized I wasn’t enjoying myself. Granted, one of the reasons may had to do with the fact that it was my first attempt doing an episode review since it ended up being very long due to feeling like I had to cover everything of interest. But the main reason is that the fact that I already know what happens since I’ve read (and reread) the manga several times.
My observations felt forced. I felt like I was given an unfair advantage compared to an uninformed viewer since I would know to focus on so-and-so or this-and-that due to my prior knowledge. While my reviews have proven to be riddled with spoilers on a regular basis, I didn’t really like knowing what happens in the series since I could potentially ruin the entire show, let alone an episode, for my viewers if I’m not careful with my words.
As a result, I’ve refrained from continuing my reviews of the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma franchise. I’ve also stopped reading manga as often as I once did. I understand these are kind of drastic measures. But Summer 2016 kind of proved to me that these could be currently considered the optimal moves for me.
I’ve been following New Game! as a manga for years now, so hearing that it would receive an anime adaptation had me excited. Then it started airing and the show surpassed expectations. But it was painful playing dumb throughout the entire series. I knew how every situation was going to unfold and how each episode would play out, but it would have been in poor taste to spoil everything.
However, this could be due to how I write my episode reviews. I’ve been trying to find a better style, but I used to only give out a long-winded summary of the episode’s events. Not only would this take a long time to write and contain tons of spoilers, but the only real perk I had over episode summaries found in Wikipedia or something were pictures from said episode.
If I switch to making my episode reviews focus more on impressions, then knowing what happens in an anime adapation of a manga series shouldn’t be as much of a problem. My prior knowledge would even allow me to point out the little details the anime cut out in order to fit time constraints, or to elaborate on subtleties that were skimmed over or misinterpreted by the studio, or to praise anime-original tidbits that fleshed out character or scenes altogether. This is ideal, but it may take a while for me arrive at such a state since I still can’t help myself from going over what exactly happened in an episode when I write a review.
When I mentioned this issue to my brother, he just told me to read stuff that will never get adapted as an anime (he recommends Meat Toilet, by the way). However, that would really limit my manga choices. I mean, I do appreciate one-shots and short manga series since they showcase an author’s ability to lure in readers while allowing their imaginations to go wild (since the ending is often open-ended). But long-running popular manga are usually popular because they’re good (unless they cater to a specific audience that happens to be the largest common denominator such as SAO did, but I digress), so purposely avoiding such manga could cause me to miss out on quality stories.
I’m sorry for this long ramble. Obviously I need to start approaching episode reviews with impressions and critiques in mind instead of summary and recap so this isn’t a problem. Writing this out has convinced me that this needs to be done. Hopefully this blabbering kind of made sense.
It’s been a few days since I’ve posted, sorry. Long story short, I suddenly found myself busy. I’m getting back into the local SSBM scene again, so that takes up like every Monday night and every other Friday night. Is Remy Fool really having a social life again? Well, if you consider playing video games with other dudes as having a social life, then yeah! Continue reading “Blog Status Update – IRL Stuff and Episode Reviews”→
Summary: The main character, Suzukaze Aoba, graduates from high school and joins a game company. It just so happens that the person who made the game that Aoba loved as a grade-schooler is Aoba’s senior at the company. The story follows the lives of girls who work at the Eaglejump company.
Sorry that this episode review is so tardy. It just so happened I was out playing competitive video games after work yesterday and didn’t get home until late. And then I had to sleep and then I had work today, etc.
This episode is all about wrapping up Fairies Story 3. Aoba and her senpai attend a game exhibit where they get to see Fairies Story 3 featured; Aoba experience outfitting mishaps while Yagami is forced to dress up for an interview; and the company has one last-minute crunch in order to meet the deadline for the game.
This week’s episode features a donut party as well as a small spat between two close friends. Oh, and Aoba channels her inner little devil, too, and looks good while doing so.
Even though it’s a Saturday, Aoba has to head into the office for work. On the way there, sleep-deprived Aoba almost misses her stop because she was dozing off. She then bumps into Yagami and the two of them decide to buy two boxes of donuts for everyone else. It turns out that Hifumi had the same idea, though.
Since part-timers aren’t allowed to work on the weekends, Aoba decides to tease Nene by sending a picture of these delectable donuts. However, Aoba’s behavior scares Hifumi, who is worried that Aoba is the type to be mean to her friends.
Due to the excessive amount of donuts, Yagami asks Aoba to give some to Umiko. Hifumi asks to join her, convincing herself that Aoba isn’t actually that mean.
The scene then jumps to Nene pouting over Aoba being able to eat aforementioned donuts. Upon some reflection, however, Nene realizes that Aoba has to work despite it being a Saturday.
Returning to the office, we get to see Aoba and Hifumi visit the programming team’s booth, which looks like a war zone.
As gratitude for the donuts, Umiko gives Hifumi an empty shell. After Hifumi politely declares that she’ll take care good care of the gift, Umiko tries to talk the two into joining her in airsoft. However, Aoba jumps in and drags Hifumi to safety.
Aoba explains to Hifumi that Umiko can really go on and on about her interests, which is why she intervened. Hifumi, appreciative of how kind Aoba is, thanks Aoba for saving her.
Then Aoba confesses that Hifumi looks really cute when she’s being flustered, which only serves to fuel Hifumi’s fears concerning Aoba’s sadistic streak.
The girls return to the design team’s booth only to find that everyone else has arrived with donuts, too. Aoba volunteers to distribute the excess to other teams, but Hifumi has become disillusioned with little devil Aoba and declines to join her this time around.
At home, Hifumi decides that maybe feeding Aoba is the way to curb Aoba’s teasing tendencies. Food is always the answer, Hifumin!
The next scene brings a new day. Aoba, still yawning up a storm, and Nene are commuting to work. Nene is worried about Aoba overexerting herself, but she goes a bit too far and calls Aoba’s company weird for making her work during the weekends. This irks Aoba and causes her to say mean things to Nene.
In other words, the two childhood friends get into a silly argument. The rest of the episode features the two of them feeling down about their fight and confiding in their superiors (Umiko for Nene, Yagami for Aoba). Don’t worry, they manage to make up in the end.
Unfortunately for Nene, her restlessness accidentially causes a plug to be pulled which turns Umiko’s computer off. Her resulting freak-out to Umiko’s impending wrath is amazing to watch.
After the ED plays, there’s two cute scenes. Hifumi tries to appease Aoba by giving her a present (presumably food?), which confuses Aoba.
The second scene features a flustered Yagami running off to talk on her phone in private. Rin is initially worried that the caller is Yagami’s boyfriend, but it turns out it’s just Yagami’s mama being worried about her little girl.
Next week’s episode is titled, “There Were Leaked Pictures of the Game on the Internet Yesterday.” See you next week!