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Orange Episodic Blogging for Crunchyroll

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A new season means a new series to cover over at Crunchyroll. Previously I blogged Kiznaiver, which was a series that caught my attention thanks to its subject matter, visual direction, and attention to floral details.

For the 2016 summer season, I’m happy to say that I’m going to be blogging Orange weekly. I picked up the Orange manga earlier this year due to several recommendations from friends and have written about it previously in relation to Erased (major spoilers for both in that post). My episodic entries for Orange will include letters to my sixteen year-old self — also general high school/early college-aged self — regarding personal regrets or past mistakes. Hopefully they’ll be as enjoyable to read as they are to write.

My post and letter for Orange‘s premiere can be found here. Thank you.

[Twelve] The Rolling Girls in potentia

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A few years ago, a certain anime blogger had a few choice words over social media on the rampant overuse of the “p-word.” Potential, he so succinctly pointed out, is partially ascribed by the viewer towards the series that they’re watching, or highly anticipating. Occasionally, just maybe, a series’ potential is less of a failing on the creators’ parts but more of an unequal expectation on the viewer’s behalf.

I bring this up because his words still resonate with me, and keep me cognizant of how much potential I personally ascribe to an upcoming series – based on anything from a staff list to pretty key visual. If a series fails to grab me, or disappoints me later on in its run, how much of this is a result of my own taste or expectation? How much of this is an actual failing on the series’ part?

Now that we’ve covered that, on to The Rolling Girls.

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This Crown of Love I Shall Adorn: On Watching Without Irony

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All I wanted for Christmas was Guilty Crown.

This may be surprising to some, due to how maligned the series was while airing. Unwitting passenger on the autumn 2011 hype train, Guilty Crown became a must-see series months before the first episode aired. It debuted to a smattering of applause, with an eager audience waiting with baited breath for the series to deliver on its supposed promises. They continued to wait, and wait, until slowly, viewers began to disembark from the hype train, especially when the conductor himself couldn’t stand to watch the series past the seventh episode. Guilty Crown became a joke, something to watch to see what new crazy plot development the staff would come up with next, and the anime blogging community pounced on every misstep. I too, joined in on this fun.

In spite of being an obvious target – the easiest of 2011, if the year-end lists are to be believed – the majority of viewers in the blogging community stuck with Guilty Crown to the end. The term “watching ironically” was bandied about, as it often is with any sort of series deemed terrible, “terribad,” or of the “so bad, it’s good” variety. However, I don’t particularly believe in so-called ironic enjoyment.

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