AniB’s Summer Kickoff: 10 Thoughts

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? While I do deeply apologize for the long hiatuses (and this was one was the longest of all), life sometimes demands that you put your best foot forward into other endeavors, and thus, through both a desire to maintain the quality of AniB Productions as well as the need to take care of academic pursuits, that was the reason that until today I’d been so quiet. With my return though, I can assure you that new reviews and pieces will be coming your way all summer long- and in turn, I didn’t stop thinking about animation during this layoff, or some brand new thoughts and ideas. I also like to do plenty of reading, and inspired actually by hockey columnist Elliotte Friedman and his 31 Thoughts column, it seemed like a fun idea to get the ball rolling with some insights of my own on animation now in the middle of May 2018 (at the time of this writing). So, here we go:

 

1. I never understood the rush by people to obsessively pour over new seasons of shows, be it Western animation or the cours they have in anime. Of course I like to watch new seasons or try a new show out or two, but I think you’ve got to be selective and pick your spots when it comes to jumping headfirst into an ongoing series. It’s not a bad thing to commit to a series that you know you’ll enjoy regardless (like My Hero Academia for myself right now), but it’s not always fun to get stuck watching something you simply are watching because the internet is talking about it. Don’t chase fads, but always chase quality.

 

2. Coming this summer, I plan to write a treatise on fanservice. This issue has been boiling in the back of my mind for quite a while now, and similar to that Valentine’s special I wrote over a year ago on shipping, it’s a controversial big picture topic worth talking about far more intelligently. To put it bluntly, fanservice is something that I at least view as a bigger threat to the medium’s legitimacy outside niche circles, particularly when it comes to anime, but I’ll have more on that when the time comes.

 

3. Speaking of Hero Academia, the end of season 3 should really be something. It’s one of the few series I picked up in manga form on the side, and let’s just say the finale will blow some minds if they stick to script like they have. High hopes, I have there.

 

 

4. On the Western animation end of things, I’ve miraculously avoided spoilers on Season 3B of Star vs the Forces Of Evil, though I am aware the season wrapped over a month ago now. While my studies kept me from watching the rest of the season yet, I do plan to follow it up with a post-season 3 review when I watch it soon. As for the first half of season 3…it’s fair. For better or worse, I’m hoping for a bit of “wow” from a show that’s now established and has built itself quite a bit of character development and storyline at this point. (And no, don’t spoil me in the comments if you follow the show.)

 

5. Coming soon to you: A Devilman Crybaby rant. Seriously, this has been in the works for months, but between bigger priorities and a piece that never seemed to come together right, it hasn’t been published yet. Here’s a preview: I have a bone to pick with this show, and it ties into my first thought on this column. Either way, it should be fun.

 

6. If you couldn’t tell by most of these thoughts so far, my watching habits have taken a heavy turn towards the East in the past year, and it has little to do with Western animation, but more so to do with always wanting a deeper context to the medium of animation and the diverse genres and plots it can carry. Anime is pretty terrific, but it definitely has shortcomings, and the same can always be said for the Western cartoons I’ve covered at length in different reviews as well.

 

7. However, one Western show has caught my notice in the days of my malaise, and it’s classic The Simpsons clips. You only have to watch a few of these to get a sense of why the show has stuck around so long, and there’s some absolute comedic gold (such as the woebegone lunch Skinner attempts to put on that spawned an Internet meme), but like other shows that became long-running phenomenons, doing a complete review and grading might just be the most daunting task any of us could ask for. I don’t think long-running, “classic” series should be immune to criticism, but it’s also hard to dish out a balanced report over a run that spans 3 decades as of next year. (Still, I might write about the show in some capacity at some point.)

 

8. I noted in passing that Rick and Morty, the Adult Swim phenom show, got renewed for 70 more episodes. Good for those guys, but even at this point, I really don’t get the hype about the show. In one of those rare “behind the scenes” moments I’ll talk about, I watched the first 4 episodes of the show a while back, and found myself with some mix of revulsion and general boredom, but I might resume the show at some point for purely professional purposes…if someone can persuade me. I want to be fair to every show I encounter, and so I find myself at an impasse with this series: Something I really don’t want to watch any more of against something people might really want to read about. Who knows? The comment section is useful for this sort of question (or for any of these numbered points, really.)

9. On a hint of what I’ve watched in the past few months, I can tell you all that there’s been a lot of anime as previously mentioned and a pretty healthy backlog of shows that could make their way on here for a review outside of some of the aforementioned shows in this column. The hope is that I can get back to writing regularly this summer, and schedule things moving forward so that I will have time to deliver the same quality material at a more consistent rate. The best news about this point though is that shows are coming! (and you are all hopefully excited now.)

10. It has been 2 years, 3 months and 4 days since Gravity Falls ended its run on Disney X.D. Man, time flies when you’re having fun…and when you’re busy too.

And there you have it- 10 thoughts on animation, for better or worse! If there’s one thing I was doing, it was giving everyone who has been so patiently awaiting a new piece something to chew on as more new material does in fact come your way. A long break off deserved a long response. I look forward to a lot more interesting pieces to write and commentary to be read and replied to!

-AniB


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Author: anibproductions

I am the founder and writer of AniB Productions, currently a blog with a focus on animated shows from both the East and the West. Love Buffalo sports, good political discussion, and an interesting conversation wherever I go.

8 thoughts on “AniB’s Summer Kickoff: 10 Thoughts”

  1. Welcome back! I was starting to get worried. I agree with practically everything you said, particularly on fanservice and choosing which shows to watch. I myself don’t typically watch shows as they come out, preferring instead to see all of a season at once, and that lets me choose what to see based on the reactions I hear. That’s why I’ll be waiting till after My Hero Academia finishes its third season to catch up.
    I have caught up on Star, though, and without spoilers, I can say that the season definitely builds to a grand finale, with hints of more to come. As for Rick and Morty, I’ve only seen a few scattered episodes, and I have a mix of repulsion at its unvarnished violence and appreciation for its wildly imaginative and thought-out sci-fi scenarios. The writers are certainly intelligent and sometimes funny; I just wish they had a bit more self-control. I don’t blame you if you don’t want to continue, but there are some good elements, as far as I’ve seen.
    Can’t wait to see what future reviews you have in store!

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    1. S.G.! Great to hear from you. Indeed, it had been extremely busy and for a while there I just could not write (or else you’d probably get a sloppy, rushed product, and I wasn’t going to do that.) So I’m thrilled to be back and to write some new material once more.

      The fanservice piece is going to be interesting for sure. I do think it’s a major catch-22 if the animation medium wants to ever be more regarded on even footing with live-action work in the eyes of the average consumer…and I also think it’s the one thing that holds your average Westerner back from really immersing into anime, if we’re being honest.

      Very good news to hear on Star; I plan on flying through those episodes in the next week, so I’m pretty excited to see this “grand finale,” (This feedback was what I was secretly hoping for!)

      Have you picked up My Hero Academia in any capacity so far? You said you’re planning to catch up, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve seen thus far.

      Finally…I’ll give Rick and Morty another chance at some point. It was good to hear some perspective! I look forward to delivering more great content, and as always, I really am thankful fro your continued support and insightful commentary!

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      1. My pleasure! I have seen My Hero Academia through the second season and really enjoyed it, to the point that I’ve added it to my top 12 anime series (which I’ll actually post one of these days). As a fan of the superhero genre, it hit all the right notes for an inspiring underdog story, and I love the action and colorful cast. I just hope I can avoid spoilers until the time when I can binge season 3.

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      2. Very cool to hear that, S.G.! I actually got into the series around a year ago, and I’ll agree on your point that it hits the right notes in the right ways. Something about a “Deku” is inspiring anytime, and doubly so when the character type is done right, and as you said, the action flows and the cast is indeed colorful. Thanks for giving me the scoop!

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  2. whoa, you seriously don’t like Rick and Morty. I know the fandom has gone toxic, but I dunno, I really like it. A lot of people seem to not be impressed by it, often ending up in their worst show of 2017.
    and classic Simpson? what do you think of the “Apu is racist” thing that was a big deal a few months ago, lol.

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    1. Yeah, Rick and Morty just didn’t click with me in limited viewing. I might give it a chance again at some point, but I think the visual humor isn’t entirely the style I’m most comfortable with (and that’s a personal feeling, not merely a professional observation.) The desire to write a review or something of that nature about the show though might compel me to revisit it though, haha. As for the Simpsons…the “Apu is racist” thing is a non-issue that people brought up just to stir the pot of false offenses. The guy has existed as a character for decades in the longest running show on network TV, and the fact that he’s Indian is part of his character. It has nothing at all to do with being “racist”- and people see what they want to see in that case. Thanks for reading my thoughts!

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