SukaSuka Episode 5 – Promises Not Kept

We’ve been talking for several episodes about how much we applaud this series for being very clever with its pacing and intentional lack of action, allowing us to explore the characters and their setting on a bit deeper scale because of this.  It’s an interesting idea to make a light novel adaptation with almost no action in a genre that relies heavily on it.  For fantasy, action, specifically battles and violence, is the driving force for most stories and it makes sense.  These are dangerous worlds in which rules surrounding people whipping out swords and going to town don’t always apply.  Fantasy is such a high form of fiction that a story can easily show epic battles or intense magical creatures that tantalize and gives us incredible escapism, answering our thirst for a world where we all can have kickass powers.  I mean, it’s just so dang fun to watch people sling spells and arrows around like there was a sale on projectiles.  However, SukaSuka doesn’t really do this and, to be honest, that’s kinda what’s made it so great so far.

However, give me an opening like this with an epic battle… I mean, I’m not gonna complain.

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For a sec, I thought I accidentally started watching Youjo Senki again.

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SukaSuka Episode 4 – Ebb and Flow

I have to be honest, when I went to watch episode 4 of SukaSuka, I was interested in where it was going to take me. Was the show going to take us on a long journey where nothing happens, but we learn a lot about the show’s world, as previous episodes thus far have done? Since we just saw Chtholly, Ithea, and Nephren go off to Island 15 to fight against the 17 Beasts, are we going to see some over-the-top action sequence, switching out our fairly consistent viewpoint of Willem for that of our battle fairies? Are we going to get some action four episodes into this season that isn’t just a brief sparring match?

Not to nab some of the thunder that Owningmatt93’s previous post signaled, but episode four is, interestingly, still more of the same, but in many ways, we also see the show shift slightly – steadily-paced world-building, getting to know the cast a bit better, and…a lot about lizard romance films?

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SukaSuka Episode 3 — More of the Same

SukaSuka this week continues to keep my interest by continuing to move the story slowly forward and satiating my curiosity towards our main characters. While this episode has been pretty low-key in terms of dramatic scenes, it still turned out to be a pleasant experience all around. It’ll still take a few more episodes for me to buy into the fantasy drama aspects though, as it seems to still a bit rough around the edges as the series continues to try and figure exactly what it wants to accomplish. That doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the ride though; it only means that I’m weary about some of the ways the story is being told, and I’m not thoroughly convinced that it can keep at its current rate of progression without losing the strong bits of quality we’ve seen thus far.

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Log Time Podcast #10 | Jintai Discussion — Fairies, Bananas, and Chickens (Oh my!)

Log Time is the podcast of The Backloggers where we talk about anime, manga, light novels, and how bananas are not meant to be used as a mind control drug.

In this episode, we talk about how the show Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita uses many elements of the absurdism writing style to satire many aspects of humanity and how it operates.

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Picking up Chicks in Dungeons and Other Ideas About Chivalry

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A few seasons past, I started a podcast with my incredibly handsome friends Owningmatt and the equally handsome GeneralTofu about anime and, specifically at the time, what all shows we were watching.  If you’ve seen it (which is quite literally one person besides ourselves so congratulations to you, dedicated fan of a very small anime blog), you might have caught a thirty minute discussion (read: accidental rant) surrounding a show that had come out during the spring 2015 season of anime called Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru noha Machigatteiru darou ka or otherwise known as Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?  It’s probably an easy guess that this anime was based off of a light novel series with a name that long, and while I haven’t read the source material, the show itself is interesting.

The idea of Dungeon is to take your typical MMORPG anime storyline but make it based in an actual fantasy realm instead of a game.  Inside of this realm, heroes fight dangerous monsters in ever more difficult levels of a dungeon most likely constructed by the same architect behind the Wayside School building (shout out to Scholastic Book Fairs).  As they explore, heroes collect gems that litter the danmachi_1-3different levels. These gems are found inside monsters, with the larger and more powerful gems residing in higher level monsters and more dangerous floors of the dungeon.  The heroes use these as a sort of currency by exchanging them for money and resources that they need to continue to take on more and more difficult challenges.  Heroes are sponsored by various gods and goddesses who form a higher social class and rely on their heroes’ worship and gem collection in order to grow their power.  In exchange, the gods and goddesses give the heroes special powers as well as use their own abilities to assist in the exploration of the dungeon.

The interesting aspects of this show come from the fact that this entire universe is based around the difficult floors of the dungeon that the heroes face.  Currency, sports, jobs, etc. are all centered around either the heroes who go into b8d543d5f281fed58c3f5a9774ecb8bb253a9909_hqthe dungeon or assisting the higher class of gods and goddesses with their daily lives.  Even most of the powers the gods exhibit are centered around helping the heroes, with some gods being legendary armor and weapon smiths and others holding monopolies on wine and food trade.  There are even jobs surrounding support classes for the hero.  Some people are hired to do management and consultation for the heroes, while others are hired to collect gems and hold the different heroes’ items while they fight, sharing a percentage of the profits found.

This show had a lot of potential and though it didn’t live up to it, being a bit run-of-the-mill, sans the very elaborate and creative structure of the world and setting, it was a fun ride.  However, the extent of my thirty minute discussion during the podcast was actually not about the plot or setting of Dungeon but on a very central theme that the series explored:  The idea of chivalry.  Specifically, the idea of courtly love that was spawned by chivalry.

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Log Time Podcast #6 | Haruhi and KanColle Overviews — Admiral Abraham Lincoln

Log Time is the podcast of The Backloggers where we talk about anime, manga, light novels, and anime version of John Wilkes Booth.

In this episode, Owningmatt and Mythos discuss rebooting old series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the differences between the novels and the anime, and Kantai Collections’ invisible admirals.

Thanks Krista (keytajoy) for making our Logo for this week’s Log Time!

Intro and Outro song: “Platform” by Or4nges

Log Time Podcast #4 | The Future of Fansubbing — Irrelevantly Making Something Relevant

Log Time is the podcast of The Backloggers where we talk about anime, manga, light novels, and where after trying to get the intro right four different times generaltofu ended up having to do it for Mythos.

In this episode, the full Backloggers crew (Owningmatt, generaltofu, and Mythos) discuss if fansubbing anime is really necessary anymore and if so, why?

This is in response to a post by the blogger Dark_Sage who reviews fansubs and anime.

Thanks Krista (keytajoy) for making our Logo for this week’s Log Time!

Intro and Outro song: “Platform” by Or4nges

Edit: Sorry for the video actually saying Episode 3 instead of Episode 4. I forgot to change that over when we put the title onto the video. My bad! – Owningmatt93