June 2010


A simple collection of various comments, archived here. Most of these are tangential insights into various allusions and references that I didn’t have time to expand on in various blog postings, or thoughts from other authors that I didn’t discover in time for my own postings but found very insightful afterward. Also, an excuse to post fanart.

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A follow-up post, of sorts.

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"One morning, Watashi woke up and found himself surrounded by cockroaches..."

A magnificent climax point, nothing less. There’s really very little more to add than that. Every plot point so far has come together in this episode. As usual, you can check Mystlord‘s and Zyl‘s series of posts on the show, as well as Michael’s post on episode 10 over at anime|otaku.

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Rushing to catch back up to the simulcast here. There are very few thoughts I have to add that aren’t already covered by anime|otaku and mystlord‘s commentary. In this episode, we see a reversal in circumstances but not the outright character of our itinerant protagonist. Episode 9 has answered a lot of questions raised in the previous arcs, and instead I’ll take a look at some interesting structural choices and parallelisms here – especially the comparison between “Neko Hanten”, introduced in this episode, and “Neko Ramen”.

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In a change of pace, Tatami Galaxy resets this particular love triangle, rather than starting a completely new set. As a result, I’ve held off on making individual posts on each and instead am looking at these following two episodes as one whole – I’ll be referencing spoilers and reveals from both episodes in this post. Like I pointed out in my previous post on English Conversation Circle, each of the three clubs that Watashi joins in these episodes truly reflects the reality of his relationship with these three women – more on this after the jump.

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The year is 1987. It’s been two years since a small doujinshi animation start-up called Daicon Film went commercial and took the name “Gainax” – and in this year, they release their very first commercial film – The Wings of Honneamise. The movie is a critical hit but a commercial flop. Plans for a sequel were laid down in the early 90s, but a lack of capital forces Gainax to pull the plug, and the intended director, Hideaki Anno signs an animated series deal with King Records that will eventually become Neon Genesis Evangelion. But that’s still several years in the future…

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