Read through the first post on that anime thread carefully. Take particular note of Nichijou’s DVD sales figures. And let it sink in that these sub-1000 sales is for a Kyoto Animation anime.
Kyoto Animation pulling down fewer than a thousand DVD sales from Nichijou is truly a clamorously careering collapse for what previously seemed like the ultimate brand name in the industry. But due to that collapse, and the meteoric Madoka Magica rise, I would argue that SHAFT has now overtaken Kyoto Animation as the biggest and strongest name in the anime industry. In this blog, I will go on to explain how we’ve come to this point, and what it means for Kyoto Animation, SHAFT, and the anime industry as a whole. Continue reading “SHAFT overtaking KyoAni.”
I guess it’s safe to say that there’s not going to be any more new episodes of Haruhi this year. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that the second season of Haruhi Suzumiya was full of epic moments – in both good and bad ways. As part of a two part wrap-up series of posts, I figured I’d focus the first part on grading the epicness and the goodness/evilness of each of the major events so far this year.
I’ve been waiting for talking Shamisen ever since I knew The Sigh of… was being animated. And the long-awaited return of talking Shamisen was only the beginning of what may be my favorite episode of the season.
What’s the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child?" The equivalent saying here would be "It takes a SOS brigade to keep Haruhi’s head on straight," or more aptly, "It takes one jealous Kyon to nearly end the whole world." Haruhi’s one of those people if you give an inch, she’ll take a mile. So it should be no surprise for any of the SOS-brigade members (or us, the viewers), if Haruhi takes her eccentricity and megalomaniacal behavior to the limits if no one bothers to stop her, much less empower her. I’ve noticed a lot of anger towards Haruhi on blog posts, on forums, but I think a lot of that anger’s misplaced. I’m not going to deny that this episode featured Haruhi at her petulant worst, but it also featured Kyon and the SOS brigade (sans Koizumi who shines) at their worst as well… since E8 at least.
Sometimes I wonder why Haruhi chose the people she chose as her "friends." As far as her directorial debut goes, I have some empathy for her. Her lead actress can barely get dressed on her own, her main villain is about as emotive as a coffee table, her do-everything camera man is a grumpy naysayer and Koizumi is well… Koizumi.
Is it "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya" or "The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya"? Sort of a silly question, but little nitpicky things like this tend to bug me. I’m going to go with "The Sigh…" since that was the original novel title.