The big news of the week is the launch of my new YouTube series, Silent InvenTOYry. As I mentioned two weeks ago, I was playing around for quite a while with this idea. Now I’ve finally decided to go for it, and the response so far has been quite positive! I’m hoping I can put together at least one more episode by the end of the month. I mean, it’s not like I have a lack of stuff to review… I should probably try to stick to reviewing the newest items in my collection until I get a viewer base established, but once people are consistently watching, I’ll be able to go back to older stuff. I could maybe even cover some of the vintage stuff I have, like my classic Power Rangers Zords. It’s an exciting new frontier, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.
So after dropping Precure for most of last year because of Mahou Tsukai’s awful syrupy blandness, I’m now back in, and back in hard. Episode 2 of Precure A La Mode aired last night, and Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard set a new all-time personal record for shortest interval between a character’s introduction and “OH MY GOD, I LOVE HER, SHE’S PERFECT”. Himari is a smol precious bae, in Tumblr parlance, and I’m thrilled that the fandom seems to love her as much as I do. As I’ve been telling people, PCALM already has shown more character depth in two episodes than MTPC had in its entire series… or at least in the nineteen episodes I was able to slog through. This is gonna be a fun year, I can tell.
You can see Episode 1 embedded below if you missed the announcement on Saturday.
It may be early, but I’m calling Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid as my favorite anime of the season. I mean, I love Little Witch Academia too, don’t get me wrong (and PCALM is going to run for a year, so it doesn’t count), but Dragon Maid has the advantage by virtue of completely destroying my initial expectations of it. And everyone’s expectations, it looks like… I saw so much hate going around based on the previews, blasting it as “just another monster girl harem show”, but it looks like word-of-mouth has spread about just how funny, smart, and surprisingly sweet it is. It really only resembles stuff like Daily Life with Monster Girl on the surface, and I was way off in my initial comparison to Haiyore! Nyarko-san. While most of Dragon Maid is gut-busting funny, it also has plenty of touching moments between Kobayashi and her weird little family… honestly, it’s more like a slice-of-life show that happens to have shapeshifting magic dragons in it than a fantasy harem comedy. Watching it has become one of the highlights of my week, and I can’t help but grin when I hear the theme music start. Wonderful stuff.
That’s it for this week. Expect a new Shattered Skies chapter within the next few days!
(Originally posted on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-7-BACK-IN-663434622)