When I see average characters in anime that suddenly become heroes and gain praise and attention through no effort of their own, I am always reminded of two things: the ending song to Chaos;Head “Super Special” by Seira Kagami, and Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion. There always seems to be more “average” heroes in anime (characters that are indecisive, emotional, self-conscious, and don’t do anything) and fewer traditional or “real” heroes such as Spike from Cowboy Bebop and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin. Are average characters really preferred by anime fans, or are real heroes making a comeback?
Today we’ll cover the 144th volume of Megami Magazine for May 2012. The cover is of Saki – episode of side A. I’m surprised they didn’t go with a prettier anime, but I’m sure Saki fans would enjoy this. Unlike the last volume, quality seems to have improved this time, though the ecchi level has remained high. So as usual, in order to keep this site over-the-shoulder-peeking friendly, ecchi images can only be viewed by clicking on the text links.
Today we have volume 143 (April 2012) of Megami Magazine, just before the end of the month. The cover this time around features Shinobu from Nisemonogatari eating one of those weird donuts that looks like it’s wrapped in something.
The ecchi level is high in this volume so some of you will probably want to pass on getting this one (or get your wallets out *wink*). As usual, any objectionable (ecchi) images are hidden in the links rather than shown directly on the page in order to protect those visiting from public places from embarrassment.
Since I abandoned the anime screenshots project a few years ago, I’ve received several comments from people wanting it back. After much deliberation (amongst me, myself, and I of course), I’ve decided to start it up again to see how it goes. This time instead of weekly posts, it will be seasonal, covering some of the more interesting screenshots of the past few months. For those new to the Anime Screenshots column, it’s basically a collection of screenshots that I took while watching anime that I felt were worthy of sharing, as you can see below.
Hello everyone, here is Megami Magazine volume 142 (March 2012), the last post I will be making on my blog…
until I write the GMAT of course. I am falling behind on my study schedule so I will be going into hermit mode for the next few weeks, but I will return by mid-April.
This volume once again features Idolmaster on the front cover, though the series is nowhere near as prominent as Nanoha. There were surprisingly fewer pin-up posters in this volume, which you can check out below. For newcomers, links to images are ecchi and may be assumed to be NSFW.
I have a confession to make: I like Guilty Crown. My reasons for liking it aren’t what you should like a show for. Just like a good B-rated movie, Guilty Crown tries so hard and has so many cliches that it’s hard not to laugh at it. One of my favourite aspects of Guilty Crown is something I like to call the sudden manifestation, which I will now refer to as ‘sudfest’ (calling it SM seemed dirty, and sudfest sounds like a beer festival, which describes Guilty Crown pretty well).
So what exactly is a sudfest? To put it simply, it is any object, person, or law that suddenly appears or manifests without any prior evidence of its existence, usually proving to be useful to the main character(s) or advances the story. Sudfests are required in many works of fiction, for example, the spider that gave Peter Parker his powers in Spiderman, but Guilty Crown goes way too far by using sudfests almost everywhere. Below is a list of the sudfests I was able to find up to episode 10.
Note: there are spoilers in this post.
Now that the new year is here, it’s time to present the January 2012 issue of Megami Magazine, or volume 140. There are a few winter and Christmas-themed posters in this one as you can probably guess from the snowflakes on the front cover, though not as many as you would think. As usual, text links to images are ecchi and/or NSFW, so click at your own discretion.
The cover for the December 2011 issue of Megami Magazine (volume 13) is one of the nicer looking ones with Sena and Yozora from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai against a fall background. Considering the level of quality seen in some episodes of the anime, I’m glad that illustrations don’t suffer from the same problem.
For the most part, the posters in this volume were average and mainly contained series from this season with a few from the upcoming season. Any images not shown directly on this page, but are linked are ecchi and NSFW.
This comes a few weeks late, but here is this month’s issue of Megami Magazine, volume 138. The magazine seems to have shifted away from Nanoha and friends and is now regularly featuring the girls from Idolmaster on their covers and in their posters. Volume 138 has a good mix of just about everything, so if you’re looking for variety, you may want to consider getting a copy. You can check out all of the posters included in this volume below. Remember that linked images are ecchi (a.k.a. NSFW).
Recently, I wrote an article over at Forever Geek discussing how Guilty Crown wasn’t that bad of an anime. It had an average plot, but great music and pretty animation; not an award-winner for sure but at least it was watchable. Well, after watching episode 6 and being trolled, I am forced to reconsider my view on the storyline.
It was easy to overlook some of the improbabilities of the anime given the genre. Shu, for example, being a useless teenage boy suddenly acquiring some magical power that can destroy everything in sight. Of course it’s unrealistic, but almost every “hero” story starts out like that, even western ones like Spiderman. The harder pill to swallow is that practically everyone in the Undertakers is a teenager. Gai, their leader, is 17; Inori, the pretty girl, is 16; Tsugumi, the cute and adorable hacker girl, is 14; and Ayase, the giant robot pilot, is 17. This presents the problem of how Undertaker has managed to build up enough resources to take on a military power in just a couple of years with people who barely have any connections in the world. I ignored all of that though, just because this is anime and that’s how things roll.