Samuel M. Johnson: Lovers on a Park Bench

The day with its cares and perplexities is ended and the night is now upon us. The night should be a time of peace and tranquility, a time to relax and be calm. We have need of a soothing anime to banish the disturbing thoughts of the day, to set at rest our troubled minds, and put at ease our ruffled spirits.

And what sort of anime shall we watch? Ah, it will be a familiar anime, an anime that is so very, very old, and yet it is so new. It is an old, old episode of Lucky Star.

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Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 Animes

Fall 2013 opinions

Seasonal stuff:

Noucome: NOUCOME WAS LEGIT GOOD. Why just 10 episodes :( Pretty funny how it pivoted from annoying-bad to awesome-bad once the absolute choices stopped interfering with (and at times even aiding) his romantic comedy shenanigans! Titles can be deceptive.

Kyoukai no Kanata: Was doing really well, the last arc looked fantastic, but the very end was lame. The Beyond the Boundary youmu is so powerful nothing really matters and Akkey can do whatever, from what I understand. Some of the setting also stayed unexplained, but that’s Kyoani making place for a sequel or whatnot, as it’s a quasi-original. (The ONAs and the idol episode are 10/10 reflexivity though. They almost count as a different series.)

Outbreak Company: I didn’t plan to watch it at first, and it was pretty bad. Very cringy and while the plot didn’t make much sense, it tried so hard to be serious at times you can’t dismiss it as parody. The girls were cute though, shame about Petralca not being a central character most of the time. Myucel’s dedication was adorable, but even that came out weird since she was 100% dere early on leading to some stagnation. Oh and the two best episodes by far were anime original, which speaks a lot about the source.

Unbreakable Machine Doll: Was alright, even though the shounen antics dragged me down. Yaya is super cute and super funny in her obsessiveness, and Charlotte was the best classic tsundere I’ve seen in a long while. Wish they had done more with Yaya’s sisters. And from what I hear, the big conflict from the novels didn’t get adapted so welp.

Little Busters Refrain!: It was good, though not a favorite. Classic Key magic. My main issue was with the plot, not the adaptation, which is surprising considering the JC Staff drama. I’d love a JC Staff adaptation of Rewrite now.

Kyousougiga: 100% awesome. Great plot, fun characters, looked incredible. And Kugimiya Rie is the best voice actress of 2013 for it.

Continuations:

Monogatari: Anime of the season as usual. So much wonderful Shaftness. Loved Otorimonogatari, and so I didn’t like Koimonogatari’s conclusion much. But it’s Nisioisin he’ll be coming out with more stuff out of nowhere to retcon things. I wonder what Kanbaru will do when it’s her time to shine.

Ongoing:

Golden Time: Wonderful. Everybody will blow up with guilt soon enough and it’ll be awesome. Drama done right imo. (And Kouko is the best girl forever.)

Tokyo Ravens: I reeeeeally liked the interactions set up between the main four characters in the first arc. Then they forgot about it. Sure, the rest of the episodes were cute at times, funny at times, but nothing as big as the first arc. THEN they remembered that for episode 12 (including a hilarious scene of Harutora noticing the ribbon, something that has been obvious the whole time) AND now I don’t know what will happen. Hope they keep up!

Strike the Blood: Soooo bad wwwww, didn’t mean to pick this up but welp, the girls are just too awesome to skip. The “>be a pervert >gain minions” mechanic is hilarious. Asagi best girl btw.

Dropped:

Infinite Stratos 2: ;_; I tried, but the Sarashikis plot around ep 9 is kinda unbearable. I’ll finish it someday.

Galilei Donna: Dropped it early on. It had some interesting ideas, it executed them really poorly. Shame I missed the time travel arc though, that sounded funny.

Winter 2014 plan to watch list:

Chuunibyou Ren: Season 1 had plenty I didn’t like, but I can’t resist at least trying it. Nibutani best girl.

D-Frag!: Everybody loves the manga, and really, you can’t go wrong with a setup like this. Plus the VA cast is awesome.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha: Looks so sweet lol I kinda love it already just from the PV. Kyoto tourism anime otsu.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei: Dogakobo does two different anime nowadays: Cute girls and cute girls + a guy. This seems to have a guy, so depending on the interactions it might be the same anime as GJ-Bu. I say that but I’m mostly watching because of this video though.

NISEKOI: NISEKOI THE BEST BASED SHAFT (gonna love it sooooooo much, anime of the season for me at least!)

Noragami: Looks cool, if I have time for shounen antics this season.

Nourin: Looks cool, if I have time for the awful light novel adaptation that I end up loving this season.

Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga.: IMOUTO

Sakura Trick: Gachi yuri with artsy inclinations. Gonna be awesome, I can tell.

Wake Up, Girls!: Yamakan ganbatte! (´・ω・`) (I’ll drop if it’s not self-criticism/parody/faux-deep/etc.)

Witch Craft Works: The manga is fun and visually awesome. I hope the adaptation gets that through. (I trust you JC Staff!)

Tonari no Seki-kun: I like the manga, short anime is easy to watch. Right? Right.

So 15 series compared to 11 last season. I hope I have time.

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My iPhone wallpaper is a dark bluish-green top to bottom gradient. Why? I’m glad you asked.
My iOS 6 homescreen wallpaper was solid black, partly for historical reasons (the iOS homescreen had a black background before you could customize it.) but mostly for contrast. iOS 6 and previous versions had shiny icons, which worked out nicely with it. iOS 7 has icons with solid black backgrounds like Clock and Compass, and solid white backgrounds like Calendar and Notes. Even though I wanted something as dark as my soul, lazy solutions like solid black (or solid white for that matter) were out of the question.
I needed a color then. My favorite colors are more to the cooler side of the wheel, plus cool colors don’t stand out much, suiting backgrounds more. Just by looking at a color wheel I knew I basically had the choice between blue and green. I didn’t want blue. Everything is blue already. Both on iOS and on my dock. There’s too much blue in my computer life. 
So I chose dark green. It needed to be distinct from the green I already have on the icons, and it needed to fit the “weird” colors theme on iOS. The teal-cyan gradient in the Videos icon was a good inspiration, and later on became a big influence on the life of the artist. You just don’t see that color that often on UIs. A rebel icon. With those ideals in mind, I just played with the hue slider to get to a sufficiently weird dark green.
I had something distinctive yet fitting with the iOS 7 personality. But I still wasn’t there yet. I was almost there, but not entirely there. The answer was obviously a gradient. Gradients are usually dark-light-dark or light-dark-light to simulate a button in different states, so I needed to avoid that. Light on top, dark on the bottom implies a light source is coming from above, and it’s the type of gradient used on Settings and Camera, two of my least favorite iOS 7 icons. Dark on top, light on the bottom is the gradient used for Mail, Weather, and iCloud. See a pattern? All blue icons that either had or need an effect that resembles the sky. What better analogy to have for an OS as light and airy as iOS 7 than the open sky as the background? Plenty of default wallpapers use it, too.
But there’s more to the gradient! (#thoughtoutgradients) The gradient direction clash between Mail and Safari was the source of much controversy when iOS 7 was introduced. This kinda turned out to be a defining feature of the homescreen. By having it when most other apps use gradients in the different direction, I’m maximizing this clash for effect.
There’s a third bonus reason for this gradient too. By having the darkness on top, it improves the contrast for text-only elements (battery, clock, network status) compared with elements that don’t rely so much on text, icons. And as the dock blur brightens up the color anyway, this gradient direction feels natural within the homescreen.
So the answer for the initial question can be summed up like this: It’s a dark cool color for contrast and because I like bland colors. It’s a top to bottom gradient because I think way too hard about things like this.
I didn’t want to post a screenshot of my homescreen, because as a whole, it’s not there yet. I’m still waiting on Tweetbot, Droplr, Comic Zeal and iBooks (wtf) to update. Prompt and iTeleport could improve too, but they’re mostly fine as it is. However, I just couldn’t resist writing a post justifying a gradient.
Ps. I use it as my lockscreen wallpaper too, the reasoning for that is a whole ‘nother blog post though. 

Pps. I hope this doesn’t get picked up by the internet. I sound quite ridiculous.

My iPhone wallpaper is a dark bluish-green top to bottom gradient. Why? I’m glad you asked.

My iOS 6 homescreen wallpaper was solid black, partly for historical reasons (the iOS homescreen had a black background before you could customize it.) but mostly for contrast. iOS 6 and previous versions had shiny icons, which worked out nicely with it. iOS 7 has icons with solid black backgrounds like Clock and Compass, and solid white backgrounds like Calendar and Notes. Even though I wanted something as dark as my soul, lazy solutions like solid black (or solid white for that matter) were out of the question.

I needed a color then. My favorite colors are more to the cooler side of the wheel, plus cool colors don’t stand out much, suiting backgrounds more. Just by looking at a color wheel I knew I basically had the choice between blue and green. I didn’t want blue. Everything is blue already. Both on iOS and on my dock. There’s too much blue in my computer life. 

So I chose dark green. It needed to be distinct from the green I already have on the icons, and it needed to fit the “weird” colors theme on iOS. The teal-cyan gradient in the Videos icon was a good inspiration, and later on became a big influence on the life of the artist. You just don’t see that color that often on UIs. A rebel icon. With those ideals in mind, I just played with the hue slider to get to a sufficiently weird dark green.

I had something distinctive yet fitting with the iOS 7 personality. But I still wasn’t there yet. I was almost there, but not entirely there. The answer was obviously a gradient. Gradients are usually dark-light-dark or light-dark-light to simulate a button in different states, so I needed to avoid that. Light on top, dark on the bottom implies a light source is coming from above, and it’s the type of gradient used on Settings and Camera, two of my least favorite iOS 7 icons. Dark on top, light on the bottom is the gradient used for Mail, Weather, and iCloud. See a pattern? All blue icons that either had or need an effect that resembles the sky. What better analogy to have for an OS as light and airy as iOS 7 than the open sky as the background? Plenty of default wallpapers use it, too.

But there’s more to the gradient! (#thoughtoutgradients) The gradient direction clash between Mail and Safari was the source of much controversy when iOS 7 was introduced. This kinda turned out to be a defining feature of the homescreen. By having it when most other apps use gradients in the different direction, I’m maximizing this clash for effect.

There’s a third bonus reason for this gradient too. By having the darkness on top, it improves the contrast for text-only elements (battery, clock, network status) compared with elements that don’t rely so much on text, icons. And as the dock blur brightens up the color anyway, this gradient direction feels natural within the homescreen.

So the answer for the initial question can be summed up like this: It’s a dark cool color for contrast and because I like bland colors. It’s a top to bottom gradient because I think way too hard about things like this.

I didn’t want to post a screenshot of my homescreen, because as a whole, it’s not there yet. I’m still waiting on Tweetbot, Droplr, Comic Zeal and iBooks (wtf) to update. Prompt and iTeleport could improve too, but they’re mostly fine as it is. However, I just couldn’t resist writing a post justifying a gradient.

Ps. I use it as my lockscreen wallpaper too, the reasoning for that is a whole ‘nother blog post though. 

Pps. I hope this doesn’t get picked up by the internet. I sound quite ridiculous.

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I got an Amatsuka Mao figure.

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Koyoen (甲陽園), Kobe

Koyoen (甲陽園), Kobe

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Summer 2013 opinions and Fall 2013 watch list

Way behind on this, my own fault, but w/e. Let’s start by things I didn’t finish (or even start!) from my previous post.

Dog & Scissors: Didn’t hear a single good thing about it. Same for Dangit Rompa.
Tried one episode of Neptunia, I could tell it was terrible, to an extent not seen since Shukufuku no Campanella.
Love Lab and Kin’iro Mosaic had good intentions. They just weren’t my thing.
Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou was nice, but repetitive. And it didn’t go anywhere for as long as I watched.

And what I finished, in order:

TWGOK Goddesses: Anime of the season. Fantastic adaptation of a fantastic source arc, it’s impressive how much Manglobe gets right for TWGOK. Love the Akio Watanabe character design. Loved everything about the last episode. Just a huge contrast from Hayate, which is puzzling really.

Gatchaman Crowds: Started nice, lost its way quickly, had an awful ending. The internet suspects it was sabotaged by the TV station, and it wouldn’t surprise me. Who puts a clipshow on the second to last episode?

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi: Fantastic setting, first arc was strong. It did wander around a bit, and it have two different school arcs, which was way strange. The last arc was good though, albeit not as much as the first, it did serve to make this a net positive. I liked it.

Ro-kyu-bu! SS: Really cool! The basketball was actually interesting, too. Production quality was low as expected, but it was solid overall. And I’m not sure what changed since season 1 that made me really love Itou Kanae’s character. But something did.

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku: We all come out from Yamakan’s overcoat, and to it we must return. Really hilarious and really sad, both awesome and terrible. And those voices. From now on, whenever people new to anime ask me what they should they watch, I’ll reply Haruhi -> Lucky Star -> Miyakawa-ke. It’s that big.

Things still ongoing… just Monogatari? 

Monogatari: It’s only not the anime of the season because it’s two cours. As expected, plain awesome. Kabukimonogatari was fantastically full of shit. And today’s Otorimonogatari episode was excellent. Really, this series can do no wrong.

Having a next season preview when I already started it is kinda cheating. Cant do much about it now though can I?

Kyoukai no Kanata: So good looking, so delusional, I’ll love it.

Kyousougiga: Glad I waited for good quality video to watch it, crazy awesome stuff. The newspaper headline puns part is a favorite.

Golden Time: Wonderful. Getting anime of the season vibes, it’s set to be Toradora-level without Mari Okada writing. And Kouko is just dreamy~

Infinite Stratos 2: This getting a season 2 is a triumph for mankind, no overstatement. It’s on a similar level to Twinkies getting back so quick after Hostess went bankrupt. Something meant to be, something just. And judging by episode 1, Infinite Stratos is so back.

Little Busters! Refrain: I’ll love it. I can’t remember any bad things from season 1, and this will continue it. (Though that’s probably selective memory at work.)

Walkure Romanze: I want to watch it even though it’s certain I’ll end up getting angry at it. I wonder why. (Edit: Couldn’t finish the first episode.)

Unbreakable Machine-Doll: Main girl in this sounds awesome. Want to try it, hoping the shonen antics don’t drag me down.

Tokyo Ravens: Sounds legit cool. I hope I’ll have time for it.

Noucome: Terrible light novel adaptation I’ll love for the season. From the studio that brought us Nogizaka Haruka, Campione and Astarotte no Omocha, how can this go wrong!

Galilei Donna: It sounds :wat:, in a good way. I hope it’s serious.

And as my final notes, I watched Hani Hani Operation Sanctuary and Kannaduki no Miko during the summer season. They were good series!

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"Siscon, just like 2D love or any kind of authentic love, is a purely aesthetic experience; a longing that can only be fulfilled by the means of simulation, fiction, art. Therefore a true siscon, just like a true 2D lover, is ready to lose everything and ruin his life, irreparably, only for the chance to experience such aesthetic pleasure at its fullest. Doomed love is the only one capable of reaching the heights of the very concept which is, by construction, unreachable."

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Summer 2013 watch list

Going chronologically by http://anichart.net/summer

Dog & Scissors: Source sounds cool, Gonzo sounds lame. I’ll try it.

Dangan Ronpaul: Watching because of a recommendation. And I like mystery, despite being bad at it!

Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS: wwww can’t wait

Monogatari Series Second Season: Anime of the season confirmed, of course.

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi: The plot sounds way interesting, and the novels are supposed to be top quality. I like the staff/cast that assembled around it too. Madhouse is good (even though photokano let me down.)

TWGOK Goddess Arc: Second best anime of the season confirmed.

Neptune: Yui Horie is a Gamegear. (Fantastic cast, probably gonna be bad but welp!)

Might try:

Love Lab: Dogakobo is good at the sort of anime that nothing ever happens.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyo: Looks awesome, but I still don’t know if I’m ready for straight mahou shoujo.

Kin’iro Mosaic: If Love Lab doesn’t fill the nothing happens slot of the season.

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Spring 2013 Opinions

Finished:

Date A Live: Fantastic, everything I love about Infinite Stratos or Campione with none of the bad parts. They took the dumbness and absurdity of the setting to another level. Kotori and Tohka were so damned adorable too. Looking forward to the season 2 (hoping that’s not an empty promise.)

Red Data Girl: It was good. Had some very tiring high school drama parts dragging it down, but in the end it had more good things than bad things. The circumstances surrounding Izumiko are way interesting, I love this modern shinto etc theme. And this hinted Mayura wants three way ghost shinto magic incest, so there’s that.

Aiura: Hot and bothered by Yukari Tamura teacher.

Photokano: It could’ve been *way* better. Disappointment of the season sadly, but it still had three great (if rushed) conclusions. Final girl ranking: Niimi-san = Kanon = Nonoka > other girls.

Oreimo: ANIME OF THE SEASON KIRINO BEST GIRL

Henneko: Second best anime of the season. Really well thought out, and it all got tied up in the end, props. And the girls are absurdly cute. Shame my favorite one didn’t win, but it was a great end for being anime original. (There’s always the novels!)

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge: Was a fun series. Didn’t like the last arc that much (or that girl that much) but it was way better than I was expecting the adaptation to be. Was afraid it wouldn’t have enough creepy, got gladly proven wrong. And the battle continues in the manga, I’ll read it.

Oregairu: Really disliked it. Male lead was obnoxious, didn’t learn his lesson, always solved the dumbest issues in the dumbest ways (betting on the wind in an episode, getting the author-insert-chuuni-guy to save the day in multiple occasions, etc) I didn’t the series premise from the very start, that’s why I wasn’t planning on watching it. But I did, and I didn’t drop it for Yuigahama. She’s the best.

Garantia: Messy. Twisty and contradictory to the point I just wanted it to end, not caring for who “won”. And it did end reasonably (except my fav character didn’t survive :( (Pinion is awesome btw.)

Nyaruko W: Nyaruko is pretty cute. But the pointlessness gets pretty tiring. As long as they never make a two cours adaptation I’ll keep watching though, it’s fun.

Hayate Cuties: HAYATEEEEE I’ll love anything Hayate, and this proves it. Some weak chapter choices earlier on, but from the second half on it picked up, and this last original arc was really cool.

Dropped:

Yuyushiki: Wasn’t my kind of thing. Shame, I was so excited after ep 1, but it got tiring *fast*.

Limbo:

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku: Too poor to be watched. I’ll marathon it if gets a decent release.

Thoughts:

Didn’t drop anything I planned to watch, disliked the ones I picked after deciding not to. I’m getting pretty good in guessing what I’ll like in a given season. Was only mistaken about Photokano this one.

No */10 ratings, but here’s my ranking: Oreimo > Henneko > Date a Live > everything else > Photokano > Gargantia

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