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, last time I talked about the concept of ‘Boilerplate Entertainment’. Using Coyote Ragtime Show as an example, I demonstrate how it can serve as a baseline between the great/masterpiece media and the bad/flawed media that we encounter in our daily lives. On occasion, though, you will come across media that at first seem like this, but turn out to be so much more.
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.
Well, I have been thinking about this on and off since I started out blogging back in 2011. To think about this is something that has come to my attention in recent time. I recently was on break from working and went to spend time with my folks. One of the things I did was clean out the closet of my old bedroom, which is now a guest room. There were a few plastic containers with various papers and old stuff going back to grade school, mostly either going to the bin or to the Goodwill. I then came across an old notebook and flipping through, discovered that it was my old notes from reviews I did back in 2011. It made me realize something that I haven’t yet talked about my own perspective on blogging and where I come from in terms of just not blogging but the anime fandom.