So, it’s that time of the year, the Halloween special review. I can’t believe it’s a tradition that I have been doing since near the beginning back in 2011. I have been quite lucky to come across some horror titles over the years, be it OVA or TV series, somewhat known or downright obscure, but it has been something I have looked forward to each year. This time, though, I won’t be doing a straight review but more a viewing guide for a show that only recently I revisited.
Well, this show I came across nearly by chance. Back in Fall 2013, when I was just coming into my own working on other sites besides my own, I got an offer from Erica Friedman with Okazu a yuri manga/anime website. She offered up a free copy of the DVD set for Hyakko provided that person do a review over the 2nd disc. I decided to bit the bullet and took up the offer. I have to say it was one of my first ‘requested’ review piece and it was an illuminating experience for me. I had told myself that I would get around to covering the show as a whole, especially after so long.
So, with September being when the school year goes into full gear-yes I know it starts mostly in August here in the States, whatever, I decided to make September’s 2 reviews themed like I did last year with regards to Chuunibyou. This year, it will be over 2 slice of life series, which next to sci-fi and fantasy is a favorite genre of anime for me. Much like last September, it will be over 2 different kinds of slice of life: one with adults (of sorts) and one with high school kids. First up will with some rather strange young adults…. To put it lightly…..
Well, it has been quite a nice and long 6 years of doing this anime blogging and what not. I remember back in 2011, there wasn’t that much out there doing it and now you can’t go one twitter post or youtube video past without stumbling upon a piece of anime analysis. I can say I am quite impressed, even if I was in a way a pioneer of this kind of enterprise back in the day. As I did a special review last August over a classic I love personally (Ah My Goddess TV) I figure this year I would do a piece over a classic that a lot of people remember, that being
So, this is a special occasion, being my birthday. Also, don’t expect releasing reviews on a weekday to be a regular thing; my next review will be back to release on weekends. But anyway, being a special day for yours truly, I have decided to take a look at a show that I should have gotten to some time ago.
So, what is meant by boilerplate entertainment? It seems a term that is thrown around in criticism/review circles often, usually as a somewhat defensive stance when it comes to looking at media. For me, it tends to be something along the lines of Guardians of the Galaxy or Ocean’s Eleven, at least for American cinema. Generally, the term refers to media that is pure entertainment value at its core, typically fun and enjoyable but ultimately not particularly deep or thought-provoking. Of course, anime has plenty of shows and movies like that, some of which I have talked about before.
Ok, so a short tale-I came across this series way back in 2006 when I owned the Evangelion Platinum Collection. It was one of the trailers featured at the start of one of the discs. Well, I happened to be watching it in my folks’ upstairs office room as that was the only room I could watch anime back then. Anyway, when it got to the trailer, my dad who was sitting in the office at his computer turned briefly to look at and scoffed at it under his breath saying something to the effect ‘Oh that’s ridiculous’. I overheard and sheepishly shrugged back in response. Then I didn’t hear again about this show until 2014 when Nozomi Entertainment released the series on their Youtube channel and so that spring I spent a bit of time watching it. I planned to do a review on it, but it didn’t quite gel with me personally. I had to spend some time mulling it over, but now I feel confident in doing a review of this wonderful show: