Posts on Hourou Musuko

12 Moments in 2011: A depressing person

Wandering Son was a near-universally lauded anime adaptation at a time when that reaction was not exactly universal on the blogs where noitaminA was concerned. I found episode 5’s focus on the maudlin Saori Chiba to be a heavily affecting bit, for some reason. Anime can’t hurt me with its melodrama the way it used to, […]

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A little late: Spring in one sentence

Before I block all memories of it in order to save my mind: Fractale: potentially subversive critique of the otaku lifestyle was ambitious in superficial ways but ultimately joyless and, at times, just dumb. Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?: Everything wrong with modern anime can be fun as long as it includes a few things […]

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Wandering Son ends

I have no particular goal with this post other than verbally blowing the creators of Hourou Musuko, and I’m pretty sure I have a lot of reasons to want to do so.

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Why Does This Season Fail So Hard? (Fractale 9?)

Winter seasons are usually the weakest season of the year for anime, sure. But this season fails in such a big way. It started off looking like it would be one of the better winter seasons and turned out as one of the worst, with only about four noteworthy new shows (Madoka Magica, Hourou Musuko, […]

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I’m a depressing person.

“That’s why I have no friends.” If Saori Chiba seems overly dramatic, she’s certainly not getting any help from director Ei Aoki, who very often shows her off-center in an empty frame, seemingly apart from the rest of the human interaction going on — especially in the Saori-focused episode 5. Why do people seem to […]

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The cross dressing kids of Wandering Son aren’t being exploited, but are you?

Even the best anime has to struggle with the fact that it is anime, and unfortunately the most jaded anime fans will have to face their cynicism in the form of questioning that anime. I’m just trying to make sure I’m not giving undue props to something just because I’m finding it highly enjoyable.

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