Aimless Wanderings 16: Happy Merry NewChristYearmas! (or your own equivalent holiday, if applicable)
Well, I kind of stopped existing for a while, huh? There was some stuff going on over the past few weeks that, heaven forbid, I give priority to over writing these things. I’m a student, and student-y things have a habit of piling up around December-based holidays, but the point is I’m back now to throw words at your eye holes from across the internet. Speaking of me missing things, I neglected to create an “upcoming season preview” thing for the precious Fall season. In order to prevent that in the future, I will be merging that series with Aimless Wanderings as of now because I’m laz-efficient. We will be focusing on the Winter season that started a week or so ago.
The newest season of Minami-Ke, subtitled Minami-Ke Tadaima, started airing on January 5 and will run for 13 episodes, not counting any specials they squeeze in there. The show itself is a slice of life comedy about three sisters: Chiaki; elementary student, the youngest, very precocious, and possessor of rapier wit, Kana; middle schooler, ditzy girl who prefers to act first and think… uh, sometime in the distant future, and Haruka; high schooler, on the surface the most normal of the three, adored by all, especially her younger sisters. The show focuses on the relationship they have with each other and the (mis)adventures that result.
I enjoyed this show immensely when I first found it a couple of years ago, mainly due to it being a nice breath of fresh air. It’s simply fun. That’s it; there’s not much else to say, really. Don’t come to this one expecting anything close to realism or drama, as it doesn’t seem to exist in this universe.
This one is going to be short, as I don’t have a whole lot of information about it. It is here solely because of who’s making it, the script writer and director of K-On!, a great show you should all check out regardless. Tamako Market tells the story of two childhood friends(male and female) who are the children of rival mochi shops in the market district of the small town where they live. My sources tell me a parrot is also involved.
I expect this one to be quite a heartwarming little show without much in the way of drama more severe than a friendly cooking contest. I’m sure there will be a wide variety of wacky characters introduced, both young and old, who will drive the plot in a totally family friendly direction. And it will be awesome.
Senran Kagura is a show about young girls, with boobs, going to high school… with boobs, to learn to be ninja… with boobs.
I think I summed it up nicely.
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai is a unique beast. It follows a female hikikomori(shut-in) and her brother, who has romantic entanglements with the three beautiful Kagami sisters. The comedy series is unique in that, at least from my understanding of the plot, the story is told, at least partially, from the perspective of a person in a harem anime that would normally be considered secondary.
Also made by Studio SHAFT. So expect a good helping of weird if you choose to give this on a shot.
It’s already aired as of this writing, but I feel I should mention the 2-hour special for Bakemonogatari that aired on Dec. 31. Nekomonogatari (Black) continues(sort of) the saga of Koyomi Araragi as he helps those with supernatural issues. This particular installment takes place before the events of Bakemonogatari and is one of the first cases Araragi helps with, chronologically.
If you are unfamiliar with NisioIsin’s work, go do that, as it is far and away some of my favourite stuff.
There is another series that looks like it has potential, but the introductory plot gets a little convoluted and I will just write pages on all the tangents I will go off on, so you can check this one out here if you so desire.
So brings an end to my triumphant return to writing on a semi-regular basis for the site! Huzzah!