When I was recommended The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot. It’s been too long for me to remember the last time I read a work of fiction written after the turn of the millennium and what I had been hearing about books, at least popular ones for adults, wasn’t very encouraging. A trend towards literary-fiction, I was told. Authors writing fiction for the sake of the writing and not for the sake of telling a story. So with some reluctance and trepidation, I accepted a Facebook friend’s challenge of reading The Bone Clocks to see if it could indeed be one of the best things I’d read in a long time.
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Few and far between are anime which I can consider to be perfect. In fact, from the beginning of my anime watching career back in 1998 until this writing there have only been a total of five shows which have garnered a solid “10 out of 10” from me. Granted, my finicky tastes and weird perfectionism may not hold water with anyone else, but I would like to say that anything that I find to be so exquisite can be held up as an example of what the medium can be- that it can stand on its own as a real artistic expression. That said, it’s been a while since I last found such a show and for once I’m going to write about it. Meet Kill la Kill: the best magical girl show I’ve ever seen.
This is the first in a series on the original Sailor Moon anime.
How does one even begin to start to review Sailor Moon? It’s kind of like trying to explain your childhood crush to someone as an adult. At the time, it meant so much to you and all the emotions and attachments you had are still within you, but with time and maturity, what you see in retrospect and what you still feel don’t quite match up anymore. So it is when watching something from bygone days with fresh and significantly older eyes, or in this case so it is with old school magical girls.
For the first time, I believe, I am reviewing a prequel. A prequel to a show I didn’t even bother reviewing in the first place, no less. Fate/Zero is something of a weird concoction of the amazing, the mundane, and the downright awful and it all sort of melds together into something bland yet, despite yourself, you find you’d like some more. It’s basically the salt-water taffy of recent anime that I have watched.
Sometimes we learn lessons from even the most ridiculous of places. Case in point, from viewing Attack on Titan, I learned that the speed at which one watches something can greatly affect how one perceives it. Attack on Titan was 2013’s big thing in anime. Even though I was out of the loop up until Aku no Hana, even I couldn’t avoid seeing OP parodies and references popping up in my Touhou related things and in my youtube feeds. So, having run out of things to consume this summer, I decided to give it a go, but did it live up to it’s hype?