I want to help spread this post around. Deluscar is a nice little blog, and Kai and his readers would surely appreciate anyone willing to help add some vitality to it. I am thinking about offering to write a guest post myself, but this opportunity is great for anibloggers just starting out.
There’s no denying I’ve been slowing down. I’m… uhh… getting a little bit on in years. And as I age, I find it’s harder and harder to get into the right mood to write. A long time ago, you can see a new post every few days or so, but nowadays you would be hard-pressed to even see a new post per month.
The Cat Returns strikes me as one of the lesser known Studio Ghibli titles. There was a showing in theaters on Monday as part of Ghibli Fest 2018. Today is the last day to see The Cat Returns in theaters, and I hope my dear readers are able to take advantage of it if they have the time. Because no one talks about The Cat Returns, I assumed it was a mediocre film. What I discovered on Monday was that it’s a splendid movie reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and better than the Disney film of Lewis Caroll’s famous book.
Before talking about the film, I must mention how vexatious Fathom Event’s presentation of the movie proved to be. Having arrived twenty minutes early, I settled down to read some of Dostoyevsky’s short story “The Crocodile.” It’s a very amusing short story which mocks capitalism and socialism at the same time. The capitalist character basically lacks compassion for the poor and is overly academic. The socialist character, who happens to get swallowed by a crocodile early in the short story, does not even live in reality. This gentleman somehow manages to live after being swallowed by the crocodile and feels that his position, that of one cut off from humanity and in complete darkness, somehow qualifies him to propose new economic and social theories to mankind. It has to be one of Dostoyevsky’s funniest pieces, and I’d recommend “The Crocodile” to anyone with some spare time.
Well, I’ve delayed writing the second part of this series of posts enough to have watched Violet Evergarden in the meantime. As you suspect, I waited until Netflix released it. I have to say that Violet Evergarden stands head and shoulders above everything which came out in the winter 2018 season. So, I modified my last post such that it covers #10-7, this post will cover #6-2, and Violet Evergarden deserves a post of its own.
6) A Place Further than the Universe ★★★ 1/2
Many people have placed this show first for the season. In my case, this genre is so far from one of my favorites ( my favorites being fantasy, action, and comedy) that A Place Further than the Universe had no chance of rising so far–especially with its standard quality animation. Kudos still goes to this show for how eager I was to watch it every week. In a more usual season, where there are more subpar anime, it would have risen higher on the list.
Violet Evergarden’s final episode is an episode largely of catharsis, and it is one that I, and many others, have wrestled with. In many ways, it brings us to the logical conclusion of the show, or rather to the stopping point for this portion of Violet’s story that we receive. In truth, I have watched this episode numerous times over, mulling its events over in my head, and it has been a process of numerous revisions to how I have come to finally view this last piece of Violet’s story (for now, anyway). Through this, I have found that my thoughts have changed significantly in more recent viewings. This final episode, depending on your reading of events, can be quite clear-cut on the surface, or somewhat more muddied as you dive deeper into it. It does give Violet a great sense of closure, a lifting of burdens, a renewed…
I have not written many posts on the past season, but I managed to keep up with nine anime.* Yes, that’s one more than I noted in my mid-season review and two more than I started with. This season displayed good quality overall. None of the following shows fell below three stars. At the same time, none rose above four. I thought that Kokkoku: Moment by Moment might have broken into the masterpiece or classic range, but it did not do enough with its unique cast and setting. The plot slowed down after the first third of the show, and not much really happened over the course of twelve episodes.
Anyway, the following season review will be broken up into two parts. The first part includes the bottom four. The second part will include the top five. I hope to have that out tomorrow.
10) Takunomi ★★★
Here’s a short about four female roommates exploring the world of alcoholic beverages together. (That four women live in the same apartment rather highlights how expensive living in Tokyo is. Though, rooming with someone in early adulthood is pretty common.) The characters were all very likable and some scenes were outrageously funny. Exempli gratia:
With the close of the Winter 2018 season, the staff at Beneath the Tangles have decided to look back at the previous season and ask the following questions: What was the biggest surprise of the Winter 2018 season? What was your favorite series?
With all that in mind, we have an amazing and varied staff – so I can’t wait to see what everyone enjoys! Check them out below:
What a milestone! The sixth anniversary of Medieval Otaku! Most blogs only seem to last for two or three years, and so I’m happy to have dragged myself this far. It’s really no surprise that most blogs are done after two or three years: the circumstances from which one started have changed by then, and one might want to go on to something different. I have taken quite a few breaks when my own enthusiasm has flagged. Somehow, I still want to keep up with this hobby, and for that I can only thank my dedicated readers for all their support.
As we are on the brink of a new season, I just want to briefly list all of the new shows which have caught my eye. Then, I’ll give a brief program of the kinds of articles to expect in the near future.