[Summer 2017] First Impressions


Just about all the premiere’s have started. And I figured I would give an update about how I feel about the ones I’ve had on the list and some of those that I picked up out of curiosity. Now, most of you know that I usually finish the anime’s that I start regardless if they’re amazing or intolerably bad. It’s possible a lot of these may end up going “on-hold” but I’ll try not to do that.  Also, I’ve found that I’m bad with doing the whole weekly/episodic review, so while I MAY attempt it, it’s most likely I’ll end up with a mid-season and a final thoughts type post.

I’ve noticed there are quite a few short form anime’s this season, and I have to say, this format is really growing on me! Anyways, this is going to be a pretty long post since I ended up watching a lot of premieres so please feel free to use the following page jumps to navigate to the ones you’re interested in. With that being said, let’s get to it!

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[OP]: Peace Sign | Sunday Salutations

Good evening guys!! Today’s Sunday OP is coming a bit late. I spent the day hanging out with my parents – they wanted to celebrate my birthday today since they’re going out of town for my actual birthday next week! 🙂

So to be honest, I don’t have much to fill you in on this week – just another work week and nothing exciting really happened. My Teaching Assistant gig ended on Wednesday, as it was the final class. I’ll see the group again in September for their model exhibition! I’m not sure I’ll be designing the poster for the exhibition this year, but this was what I designed for last years:

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This weekend I finally jumped on the Boku no Hero Academia train and I’m so glad I did. I’m not quite up to speed but I really love season 2’s OP and I haven’t really found a favorite character – except Izuku Midoriya. Shoto Todoroki is probably my second favorite. I’m linking an English dubbed version and the original one in this post. I think the song captures the season pretty well and has a great tempo and beat 🙂 Continue reading

The Wild Architecture of Nanbaka

Greetings and welcome back to Fantasy Friday! As you saw last week, I’m trying to revive this series and have a bit more fun with it. So I figured, what better way than to kick it off with one of the more crazier pieces of architecture that I’ve seen so far, and that comes from the anime Nanbaka. 

If you have no idea what Nanbaka is:

Four men are assigned to Nanba, the world’s most formidable prison. Jyugo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rock, a man who likes to get into fights; and Nico, a man who likes anime. A super exciting action comedy about the daily lives of the prison’s inmates and guards 

-Crunchyroll

 

6B6DD7A5-C2AB-4E33-9FE1-83C535A6376B-1614-000003981F3731A2.jpegThe name of this prison that houses all the inmates is Nanba Prision, and it’s located off the coast of Japan.  It’s supposed to rival the security of Alcatraz. The prison is highly rated due to it’s security as it’s virtually inescapable (except for one person).

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There are 13 buildings that create this massive complex, and there was actually an episode that helped lay that out. It’s also relatively big enough that it has it’s own tram system to get prison guards around easily. Needless to say, the Japanese temple motif is used quite heavily in all the the architecture represented in this particular anime. I couldn’t extract any particular reason for them to rely so heavily on using this style except to poke fun at the traditional architecture by using all kinds of crazy colors and also exaggerating the size and details or ornamentation on each of them.

 

Images of the interior are few and far in between, but I was able to snag a few screenshots of the warden’s office, hidden interior garden, and their coliseum.

Nanbaka is full of color: whether it be in their architecture or in their character design.  It’s just got such wildly exaggerated aesthetics that I can’t help but love what an absolute mess it is.


Hope you guys enjoyed the revival post of the series! What do you think of the architecture of Nanbaka? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

[OWLS Blog Tour]: Mob Psycho & Being Your Own Worst Enemy

Hey hey fellow ani-bloggers! It’s Archi-Anime’s turn for the July tour stop on the OWLS blog tour. Just a friendly reminded that OWLS: Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, is a group that hopes to spread the important message of respect and kindness to every human being. Our monthly blog tours that reflect this message of tolerance and self-acceptance, through various analysis of the anime medium; although it is not limited to anime.

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July’s theme is “Mirrors”:

“Magic mirror, on the wall—who is the fairest one of all?”

When we look in the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves or someone we don’t want to be? For this month’s theme, we will be exploring some of our favorite anime and other pop culture media that redefine individual beauty—inside and out. Some topics we may explore are physical appearances, social expectations on gender, and the importance of self-confidence.

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[OP]: Love Sniper | Sunday Salutations

Good Afternoon everyone! How was everyone’s week been? Anything good happen? Go somewhere specific over the weekend? Anything out of the mundane happen?

As for me, since my boss went on vacation, it was a relatively chill week, yet still productive. The highlight of my week was that my work bestie got married on Friday. So those of you who I usually talk to on a daily basis probably noticed I was a bit MIA!  Continue reading

[Fantasy Friday]: The Revival

Hey guys, it’s been a really, really, really long time since I posted for my Fantasy Friday series. To be honest, I put this on hold because I began to feel stressed about this series. I know that sounds silly, but hear me out! I had started off really strong I know; but then I started getting too caught up in my architectural thought processes that I forgot why I started this series to begin with. So, I went back to my initial post to remind myself of what I had written as my original intent:

 These posts will probably vary on length depending on if and what I am able to pinpoint as relevant as well as what I find myself drawn to. This will mostly be Architecture Eye Candy. As someone that’s been trained in design, theory and as someone that loves history and research; sometimes I find it easy to find a precedence or correlation from the anime to something that’s real and tangible.

What I love about architecture in anime or any kind of animation or CGI scene is that there are no limits to what can be created; things can be overly exaggerated which makes it so fantastical – like you’re in a dream world. And I’m all about outrageous designs!

– (excerpt from the original Fantasy Friday post)

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