Well good morning to the Otakusphere out there. I hope that you had a lovely week in the real world. The last of our snow is melting over here and the world is returning to its dismal post-winter/pre-spring grayness.
That isn’t going to get me down though. I’ve got myself a fresh cup of coffee, and I’m ready to start up the metaphorical car as we go cruising around the Otakusphere.
I did want to say that as I check my list of blogs, I noticed there are quite a few that are inactive, so if there are any that you think I should be checking out, please let me know.
But without any further ado, let’s get going.
So Scotts school-paper-turned-blog post caught my eye this week, mainly because he talked about a series that features two kids sitting in the back of the class. I’m not sure if Seki-Kun is my kind of show or not. I can be kind of picky about comedies, but the hutzpah to turn that into a class assignment must be celebrated.
Another thing to celebrate is Iridium Eye’s commitment to finding foreign films that I have never even crossed my mind. This time it is Waalo Fendo, and it features the story of Senegalese migrants trying to make their way in Milan.
I find it fascinating that there are hundreds of artists trying to find ways to tell their stories, and so many of them exist outside of my experience.
That is a little silly, I mean I know that I exist in a very small section of the world, but I think everyone can get a little provincial in their thinking. I really should watch more of these films.
Most of the time when I share a post through the Otakusphere, it’s because it reminds me of something else. That is the case with this post from Oguie Maniax about the Gundam Zeta beam rifle sound showing up in Precure.
There is a transition sound that is used in the X/1999 TV series that continues to haunt me throughout several different anime. It’s two notes and I have a hard time even describing what instrument it is. It’s possibly a violin run through a production process, but I’m not sure.
What I am sure about is that same noise follows me through other shows, especially when they’re trying to be a little spooky. I just wish I could put my finger on it. I even rewatched the first episode of the series to see if I could find it, and it’s buried in some of the transitions between the characters, but it’s not as distinctive as it is later.
If I ever find it I will point it out.
From here, let’s talk about voice acting, iconic roles, and whether change is good. Anime Pad put together a post about Charles Martinet wanting to reprise his role as Mario in the upcoming animated movie. Martinet has played the iconic Italian plumber for decades. When we think about the character, we think of his performance.
Well, it doesn’t seem like he’s going to get a chance to in the upcoming animated film.
I think this raises an interesting question about how faithful an adaptation should be to its source material. For instance, I’m not a fan of Scarlett Johanssen playing Mokoto Kusanagi, because that is not how I envision the character. But I would be perfectly fine with Jack Black playing Claptrap because I don’t have any investment in Claptrap.
This week on Twitter has been dominated by two things. The first are Anime Bingo cards that remind me how few shows I’ve watched. I’ve seen two dozen or so of these cards, and I can’t get a single bingo. Not one. What is wrong with me.
But those bingo cards rose out of the controversy started by one man who listed a ridiculous amount of anime and then said you weren’t an anime fan if that was all you had seen.
Well, Pinkie over at Pinkie’s Paradise had a fun response to him that involves being a N0(2)RMIE! Go check it out.
There are way more posts that I didn’t get to this week, including one about existentialism, but I’m a bit run down. So remember: Be good. Be careful. And learn a lot. Not necessarily in that order.
And, as always, thanks for reading.