Those familiar with The Null Set know that I normally watch somewhere north of 80 series of anime a year. At this point, I’ve finished less than two dozen series from 2016. There’s various reasons for this and I won’t waste the time recounting them; as a result of this, though, I decided I didn’t have enough “moments” of anime this year to do a full 12 Days of Christmas series of posts. I began thinking of a way to trim the number of moments down and realized/decided, on Christmas Eve, I could use the Octave of Christmas as my inspiration.
Continue reading The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 1: May the Season Set You on Fire
There’s a running joke in Shirobako about how the director will tell every department involved in making the anime that they are the most important in ensuring that the anime turns out good. They play it for laughs but the director is more right then not; each department and person is needed to give their best or else it will show in the final product somehow. It’s tempting to call the awards here – the Voice, Music, and Animation Awards – the icing on the cake awards, implying the quality of the underlying cake is unaffected by these VMA categories, but that’s just wrong. The easiest way to show this is if one had a magic wand and could change the anime series who will win the awards below with an “average” or even a “poor” level substitute and see how the series would have fared.
Or maybe the ability to jump to alternative world lines would be easier 🙂 .
So, let’s see who’s won this year’s VMA Awards.
Continue reading The Best Anime Of 2014 – Part 3: VMA Awards
My brain broke a few days ago and I hope talking about the cause – Hunter x Hunter episode 116 – will start the healing process because I have a slew of mediocre to good anime series I’m watching right now that I’d like to finish and, right now, I have utterly no desire to do so.
Continue reading Hunter x Hunter 116 – You Won’t Believe How Far Back You Need to Go to Find a Better Single Episode of Anime
This past weekend my sister was throwing a Halloween party for the extended family and, two days before, she came to me and asked if I’d make a Halloween mix playlist for the party. I knew she was expecting something containing ~10-15 tracks of mainly the “classics” like Monster Mash and a few instrumental pieces like the theme music of Twilight Zone and Psycho; however, I immediately thought of the eerie music from Shinsekai Yori and knew I needed to include that as well.
This set off a search through my other anime soundtrack albums – which, admittedly, is on the thin side – and I harvested almost 2 hours of music to use. I thought someone might find this list of anime songs useful in constructing their own playlist so I’m writing this post to share.
Continue reading Using Anime Soundtrack Albums to Fill Out Your Halloween Playlists
The time to watch one of nature’s most awesome and reliable light show has come around again – it’s Perseid Meteor Shower time.
Continue reading 2010 Perseid Meteor Shower and a Planetary Conjunction
The next anime in the spotlight comes from one of the hardest working directors in anime today, Akiyuki Shinbou, and his cohorts-in-crime, Shaft animation studio. Since coming off last summer’s monster hit, Bakemonogatari, anime fans have been eagerly waiting for the next big thing from the Shinbou/Shaft team. Which leads us to the $64,000 dollar question; is Arakawa Under the Bridge the next hit or the next miss from Shinbou/Shaft?
Continue reading Spring 2010 Anime Impressions – Arakawa Under the Bridge