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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day Nine

Welcome, weebs, to Animated Observations

It is day nine of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#9: Favorite Anime Cliche

Ok, so I actually have a tie for this one. One of my favorite cliches is what has been dubbed by the internet as the “Shaft Head Tilt.” It is simultaneously the most horrifying and intimidating motions that an anime character can do. Most of all, it also just looks painful. My other favorite cliche is the one I like to call the “always 10 steps ahead main character.” It is the archetype most embodied by characters like Light Yagami, who are so smart that they are always winning even when they are seemingly losing.

What’s you favorite anime cliche? Let me know in the comments.

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This Week in Anime: 3-1-18

Welcome back, one and all, to another edition of This Week in Anime. Unfortunately, there is not much worth talking about this week, but that does not mean there is nothing to talk about. With that being said, let’s get into the stories.

Air Gear Mangaka to Adapt Bakemonogatari into a Manga

Ito Ogure, who is best known for his hit series Air Gear, was recently announced by Kodansha comics to be working on adapting the Bakemonogatari series into manga form. Kodansha had been teasing fans of the series for over two weeks about who exactly was going to be heading the project and today made their decision public. Ogure has been criticized in the past for his lack of narrative flair, but was chosen by Kodansha for his impressive artwork.

I can’t say that I’m particularly attached to the Monogatari series, seeing as I’ve never seen it, but as someone who has read some of the Air Gear manga that it will look good. Ogure as a mangaka is basically the exact opposite of Hijame Isayama(Attack on Titan), in that his art is really good, but his stories are somewhat lackluster.

New/Upcoming Releases

Since there is not a lot of other specific anime related news, here are some upcoming series/movies you might have missed.


Maquia centers around a group of people known as the lolf, who happen to have access to eternal youth. Jealously of this small people rises, and eventually, the village gets attacked. Left stranded after her home is destroyed, Maquia finds herself all alone, until one day she decides to adopt an orphan boy, and her life with him becomes ever more complicated.

I’ll be honest: I don’t expect much from the film. That doesn’t mean I think it will be bad, however, I do need to see a bit more before I’m fully convinced this will be something special. The writing credit of Mari Okada is something to look at, but overall, at least for now, I’ll pass.

Grand Blue

College is a time in life that largely gets ignored in anime, but the announcement of a new summer anime is looking to change that.

Grand Blue follows Iori Kitahara, a new college student in Izu City. Iori decides that he really wants to join his colleges diving club, only to find out that the others are pretty crazy. Even though Iori really wants to dive, his crazy new friends and a lot of alcohol always seem to be getting in the way.

This could be fun…is really all I can say. The trailer shown above is not much to go, and the director is Shinji Takamatsu, who has most prominently worked on Gintama before this series. I guess I’ll say I’m optimistic, at least for now.

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This Week in Anime: 1-11-18

Welcome back, everyone, to another installment This Week in Anime. Some big announcements as well as some industry news. No point in a super long intro, though, so let’s get started.

Director of Pop Team Epic Didn’t Read the Source Material Before Taking the Job.


In an Interview with Buzz Plus News, Director Jun Aoki admitted that he had never read the Pop Team Epic manga before directing the anime adaptation. He initially thought the series would be extremely easy to direct, so he did not bother reading the material. He also admits that is not the case and has had the series creator Bkuk Okawa at his side for every episode.

Exploitation in the Manga Industry

Yawara no MIchelangelo

Shunsuke Kakuishi, the author of Yawara no Michelangelo, recently wrote a blog post detailing his time under Norifusa Mita, and how much of his time there was clouded by bad industries practices. The post was written as a response to Mita’s claims in an interview with Yahoo New’s Japan that he treated all of his employees with respect and that they never worked overtime. In the post, Kakuishi disputes this, saying that he worked overtime every week, including sometimes where his work time would spill over into his days off. Kakuishi also worries about other assistants in the industry who might be facing similar or even worse conditions, as he admits that his conditions were some of the better in the industry.

Bakemonogatari Gets a Manga Adaptation


Fans who are interested in Bakemonogatari but who do not want to watch the anime can rejoice, because now it will be a manga. The Manga adaptation was announced by series creator NisiOisen on Twitter and will be released in Kondasha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine.

Kakegurui Gets a Second Season


Fans can also rejoice about the Netflix exclusive gambling anime Kakegurui, as the show has officially been greenlighted for a sequel. The announcement came in the middle of last week. Currently, however, there are no other details about the anime’s release, other than that there will be one.