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 than not; each department and person is needed to give their best or else it will show in the final product somehow. I wish I had the expertise to cover all the departments that deserve recognition but I don’t and until I do, I’m not going to pretend I otherwise.
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.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Gainax has been one of the most important studios in anime for well over a decade. Many people point to their Neon Genesis Evangelion as the work that evolved the entire anime industry into what it is today. They went a thru a bit of downturn a few years ago but when Gurren Lagann aired, they signaled to the world that they’re still one of the top dogs.
Recently, they released a character single for Yoko, one of the characters to Gurren Lagann. A bit strange since the show aired two years ago and the second movie aired back in the spring but the song was good so I wasn’t complaining; after all, Marina Inoue is one of my favorite voice actors. I was surprised when further reading brought to my attention that Gainax did an animated music video for the song. Score!!
Or if I rearranged the words, the VMA Awards or the AMV Awards 🙂 .
It is certainly possible for an anime show to be good or at least watchable without stellar music, voice acting, or animation; however, it does definitely help. For example, for the first half of Shana 2, the only redeeming features of the show was the well-done OP/ED, Rie Kugimiya as Shana, and the good animation. So this part celebrates those components of an anime that aren’t vital but significantly help it along.
Before I get to the awards I wanted to mention that I’ve been having computer troubles with the computer that’s connected to the internet. Between spending a day trying to fix it so it wouldn’t need a reformat, moving all the important files off so we can reformat and taking this opportunity to finally back up our digital pics onto dvd discs, I haven’t had the time to finish writing these or watch much anime. Luckily, I have an old laptop (it has a Pentium 3 chip in it 🙂 ) that I can use to keep connected to the internet until it’s fixed.