One contribution I do (with my limited skills) for my family’s Christmas cookie baking is to get the walnuts ground up. To do so I first have to separate the bad walnuts out from the good and I try to do so as accurately as possible because I don’t want to throw out good walnuts nor let bad walnuts through. To check my accuracy I’ll eat some of the ones I decided were bad to see if they were in fact bad. Over the years I’ve gotten really good at getting this right and that means I’ve eaten plenty of bitter walnuts without finding a good one I erroneously separated out.
I’m reminded of this as I look over this winter season of anime. After separating out the series I thought would be poor, I gave several a taste test to see if I was right or not. (I dislike the idea of missing a potentially decent or good anime.) This season, I was dead on and now I have that metaphorical bitter taste on my tongue from all the series I’ve had to drop this season – eight – which is much higher then the normal 2 – 3 series per season. And there’s a couple more series I’m on the verge of dropping.
At least that gives me time to do these anime quizzes. Speaking of, here’s the answers to this week’s quiz.
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Continuing my look at the new winter season of anime as a means to fill this introductory paragraph up before turning to this week’s quiz is Koufuku Graffiti (Gourmet Girl Graffiti). Both Shaft and Mari Okada have had a tough time of it lately. Last year Shaft missed really hard with both of their new series – Nisekoi and Mekaku City Actors – and it was only the continued fascination of the Monogatari franchise that saved them from a completely disastrous year. Mari Okada wrote one of the worst anime of 2014: M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane. It was so bad, so below her ability, that I almost believe she did it on purpose so she could get a break from writing science fiction anime for awhile. The other series she did the writing for – Selector Infected Wixoss Parts 1 and 2 – was better but still a long ways away from being a “good” anime. This is all preface to say that, for an anime that proudly sold itself as cute girls eating suggestively, Koufuku Graffiti appears to be a return to form of old Shaft quality slice-of-life with Mari Okada providing solid, quality writing. Three episodes in and I’m starting to be cautiously optimistic about this series.
Introductory paragraph filled 😉 , let’s move to this week’s anime quiz.
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It’s actually been seven years for a couple of days now, the anniversary was this past Wednesday, January 21 and I needed one of those sometimes helpful WordPress notifications to remind me of it. 🙂
To all the frequent readers and occasional readers of The Null Set – I wish you a very big, sincere Thank you!!. To all the people who commented on my posts – I loved and appreciated each comment, even if I was a poor blog owner and took entirely too long to respond or neglected to do so. I’ve also enjoy seeing the “shares” and “likes” because that means, even if the person didn’t leave a comment, the post was good enough to elicit a response. I can’t promise the upcoming year will be a better year here for The Null Set but I want it to be.
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It’s been interesting reading the reactions to Death Parade’s first two episodes. There’s one camp that disliked how the second episode “explained” the first episode and another camp who thinks the second episode enhanced the first because it introduced several ideas and nuances that deepened the events of the first episode and increased the complexity of the show. Put me in the second camp. As much as I loved the first episode, the second episode showed that this series is gunning to be the next great Madhouse series. I’m not convinced that there’s still not plenty of secrets that Death Parade is hiding from us the viewers.
In other news, here the answers to this week’s anime quiz.
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I went to see Ridley Scott’s Moses movie last night with the family. The title of the movie is Exodus: Gods and Kings and before I saw it I found I had trouble remembering which movie I was going to see. If I thought of it as “the Moses movie” I remembered I was going to see the Moses movie; if I thought of it as “Exodus” I thought of the fictional anime in Shirobako and I started thinking I was going to an animated feature that was going to end with a trio of magic girls on the back of horse riding off into the sunset as they evaded the cops. Not to knock Exodus: Gods and Kings, because it was a good movie, but I’m not sure which movie I would have rather have watched.
Anyways, I was pressed for time this week again – these Mondays come around too fast – so I hope there’s no errors or mistakes because I tried being a bit more ambitious with the questions this week.
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Last week I was cautiously optimistic about this Winter 2015 season of anime but this week I watched all the other anime series I hadn’t gotten too and yeah – there’s some real garbage this season. I’ve grown adverse to dropping anime unless I’m sure there’s no chance for it to redeem itself and, even so, I dropped three anime this week: Juuou Mujin no Fafnir, Junketsu no Maria, Sengoku Musou. I probably should just drop these two as well, Assassination Classroom and the latest season of Milky Holmes, because I’m almost 100% positive that these series will be a bust as well. Oh well, there’s always next season 🙂 .
Enough with the despair, let’s get to the answers to this week’s anime quiz.
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