Characters, even the most excellent, need something to happen around them to give them an opportunity to be excellent. So, as we build towards the countdown of the best anime of the year, we next turn our focus to those anime that excelled in a genre format and/or general story way – Most Entertaining or Best Drama, for instance.
Looking over this week’s anime quiz, I might have made the difficulty a bit to high 😛 . Then again, maybe I happened upon someone’s wheelhouse – we’ll just have to see.
Speaking of anime within someone’s wheelhouse, this week’s episode of Koufuku Graffiti, episode 4, was really in my wheelhouse of what I like to see in an anime episode. A brutally honest summary of the episode would be the main character gets bored, decides to go to the library and then to the corner convenience store to buy a snack to eat while at the library. And like the best slice-of-life series, the summary, while completely true, really sells the show short. What it glosses over, and what I enjoy seeing and being reminded of, is the savoring of the little bits of wonderful everyday magic that people can find if they would only open their eyes, pay attention, and look around them.
Moving on, since I’ve got a mountain of snow and ice outside calling me 🙂 , here’s this weeks quiz, good luck.
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.