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.
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:
Well, hello there been quite a month since my last review. Well for this time, I am talking about an anime I bought on a blind pick some time ago. I had heard some mostly positive things regarding it, so I decided to take the plunge and check it out. And I got to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Hello there, hope you are enjoying Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day for those of us who are a bit lonely….. Anyway, as per tradition for me when it comes to reviews in February, I cover anime that have relationships as a primary focus. This year, however, I am putting out the review on the day of love itself, as opposed to around this special day like I have done in previous years.
Alright, so I have covered science fiction quite a lot in my long illustrious venture of anime blogging. That is mainly down to it being one of my favorites of fiction and media, next to fantasy. Now, why you ask those two? Well because I find pieces of these two genres to be quite ripe with potential for original and/or interesting stories, characters and ideas. Science fiction especially so as it is all about speculation, to see what we could become not just as humans but society as well. But what makes the best science fiction? Well, we shall see with an example…