While this, and moreover the following episode, veers a little closer to anthropomorphising the cats more than it usually does in order to gently satirise the Japanese reverence of the elderly, there’s some nice work here. The actual feline reverence of the senior cat seems fairly realistic, given the neighbourhood cats’ reaction my own late cat’s passing.
But what I really liked was the fact that one of the things Tama admires Fuji for, the idea that he has seven different homes. Having had various neighbours’ cats try and treat me like their owner, it struck me as a realistic dream for a cat to hold.
OK, I normally rail against these “girls doing funny things” shows, but it’s normally in part due to the often generic aesthetic they end up with. After all, I liked Azumanga Daioh a whole lot, so it’s not like I’m opposed to them out of hand.
So the combination of the character designs, colour design and the assumption that it’s the same Yoshiki Yamakawa directing as directed Hells Angels then it should be worth a look. Even if it is based on a manga by the same person behind Ichigo 100%.
Where is the western release of Hells Angels btw??? Get on that, International Film Festivals and Madhouse!
Oban Star Racer director Thomas Romain teams up with Shoji Kawamori for a show that hopefully doesn’t resemble Code Lyoko combined with hardline enviromentalism. I mean it appears to be about playing basketball in giant robots, but you can’t be too careful!
I could tell you how great an adaptation this is of the manga, but the episodes are really short, so see for yourself:
The manga is a really great read if you like cats. While the cats have internal monologues, they are very much cats rather than cat shaped humans. If you’ve ever owned a cat, the strips are totally enjoyable without any Japanese knowledge. The first volume in particular has some great visual storytelling as it deals with how a cat imprints on it’s new owners.
It’s that time again to pass judgement on Japansese cartoons that are airing in spring, based solely on their websites and minimal research.
The word is this is only 3 episodes long. It’s based on a manga by Kazuya Minekura (Saiyuki), about an “underground” business (the bus of the title) game. I’d have been more interested if it involved buses.
Gag Manga Biyori 3
The fansubs of season 2 of this stopped a few eps in, so I’m not getting my hopes up for seeing this subtitled. Shame, as these have been Akitaro Daichi at his comedic best.
Chi’s Sweet Home
Third variation of the Yu-Gi-Oh theme. No doubt it will be anglicised in a year or so’s time when Yu-Gi-Oh GX is done. Character designs look a little odd compared to the previous shows, and those green haired moppets on the front page look like they’d be very annoying very quick.