musings of the enigmatic

October 7, 2009

“first impressions”: fall 2009 openings

Filed under: First Impressions, Opening Themes, Ramblings of the Heart — thenightsshadow @ 12:32 am

First Impressions are initial thoughts regarding the anime itself. It typically consists of thoughts compiled after cap-watching or screen-watching the first episode and watching the OP a bunch of times.

Fall 2009 is upon us, and because of that, we have definitely new openings. But before I start covering, I want to make something clear: take everything with a grain of salt, as these are opinions from a unique blogger with unique circumstances.


June 3, 2008

“what if?”: Sakura Amaneku Sekai (D.C. II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season)

Filed under: Da Capo, What if? — thenightsshadow @ 1:44 pm

This “what if” post is going to be about D.C II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season’s OP, Sakura Amaneku Sekai. Before I go into detail, let me set a bit of a background.

(Warning, spoilers if you have not seen the entirety of Da Capo prior to the current airing season.)


May 15, 2008

“anime hoedown”: male protagonists

Filed under: Hoedown — thenightsshadow @ 11:20 pm

When I think protagonists some wussies come to mind,
Keitaro, Shinji, Keiichi are chronically inclined,
Too often I wish I could break their plot-connected armor,
And take their place in harem shows to show girls I’m a charmer.

Think you could do better? Post your versions here!

May 7, 2008

“what if” introduction

Filed under: What if? — thenightsshadow @ 10:19 pm

What if? That’s the title of this section.
Now, I haven’t introduced much of myself yet, but I am a musician. Maybe this is because of that fact, but I like to question “what if the entire OP was animated?” before it happens, should it do so. In other words, the question I’m asking to myself would be what the OP would look like if the entire song was animated. That’s the “what if” here.

My lack of knowledge of Japanese helps here, because it allows me to be creative. In fact, it’s something I recommend we all try, blogger and reader alike. Even if you don’t write fanfiction/fiction/novels, poems, or scripts, you can still benefit from a little mind-jogging.

Yeah, that’s it. There’s not much else to this section other than this. I look forward to reading your versions of the full OP animation.

May 4, 2008

“anime hoedown” introduction

Filed under: Hoedown — thenightsshadow @ 2:15 pm

This section will be called “Anime Hoedown”. Basically, it’s a way to keep my thoughts in the post without making it too obvious, as times may call for it.

So what’s a hoedown? The hoedown referred to here is from the now-retired television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where four comedians would stand up, have a topic suggested, and then basically make up lyrics up on the spot in the form of AABB (rhyme scheme) and have it fit the topic. Some weren’t that great, admittedly, but it was always interesting to see them create them out of nowhere.

Now, I’m not a comedian, so I doubt I’ll be intentionally funny, but I’ll basically do a hoedown every time a topic I’m familiar with (I mean, don’t go suggesting anime titles, like “Astro Boy”, because I probably haven’t seen it, but try for more general topics. If you want, you can drop me a line on the Animeblogger channel on IRC (#AnimeBlogger on I’m thenightsshadow there.) If a suitable topic is asked for enough times, I’ll do the hoedown as quickly as possible.

Oh, and one last thing. You have to give me seven days inbetween hoedowns, should it really kick up a notch.

May 2, 2008

“opening theme grading” introduction

Filed under: Opening Themes — thenightsshadow @ 12:00 am

This section will be called “Opening Theme Grading”. For those who had seen my blog before I remade it, this was the main section and what I considered my specialty. Opening Themes (referred hereafter as OP) are the garnish of anime for some (as a presentation addition, but not to be consumed), and the salt of anime (as a flavor tool to liven the anime’s taste) for others. What this means is that companies can utilize OPs to allow many different series (such as Druaga no Ou) to get a different perspective towards the anime.

However, as has already been iterated by other bloggers, OPs are part of the anime business that is surrounded with controversy. This aspect I do not wish to focus on, as I do not wish to make any statement one way or the other as long as it could be misconstrued as a political statement. The purpose of this section would be to judge OPs as to their worth to the anime they are paired with through an arbitrary-free grading where bias is mainly removed.

This will be my template for the grading OPs.
- Relationship to the Finished Series (/20)
- Lyrical Choice and Tonation (/40)
- Visual Art and Animation Quality (/15)
- Reader’s Bias (/15)
- Author’s Bias (/10)

There is already a set of criteria that have been set. However, should an OP be so great or be utterly full of fail to exceed the highest or lowest point of the criteria respectively, not only will the criteria be changed to reflect that, the scores of all OPs done beforehand would be adjusted accordingly.

April 30, 2008

“character music analysis” introduction

Filed under: Character Music Analysis — thenightsshadow @ 4:36 am

This section will be called “Character Music”. It’s a section dedicated to defining certain anime characters through their character music. You see, characters are usually seen through the circumstances presented via an anime episode, a source document (whether it be a VN, manga, or novel), and/or some sound episodes (Utawarerumono’s Radio comes to mind).

However, I feel that people have overlooked a gem of the characterization of anime characters; that is, their character music. This is usually done - perhaps unknowingly, perhaps not - but each seiyuu who embodies their characters fully reveal the true traits of a character. The ones that are in fact dominant and recessive. And, should there be any, new traits never shown.

So, this section will showcase some music that exhibit these qualities. Of course, in order to get the full sense, you have had to have heard the music and watched the anime in question to get the full picture. But, I wouldn’t consider it necessary.

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