The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Category: Writing

Retro!

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! / Lite Episodes / A screenshot taken from the ending song of the extra episodes of the first season of Chu2Koi

Shoutouts to retro anime

Another reminder for myself and to everyone out there.

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Films!

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me / Film / An official representing the sequel film for the Chu2Koi series

Shoutouts to anime films

A reminder for myself and to everyone out there.

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Plan To Watch Plan-To-Watch

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 5 / Rikka triumphantly holding Kumin's special pencil in the air

“Eventually” may be right now…!

I hope everyone is staying safe out there amidst this tumultuous time in history!

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Those Special Favorites

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 2 / Rikka inspecting the keypad for her place

A thank you to those most-special anime

One of the not-so-fun things when it comes to anime (or any other artistic medium) is the realization that I won’t be able to watch every single project or see each show available to me. I just don’t have the time in my life to do so, and anime will still be here after I’m no longer around, creating new stories for people to enjoy in my absence.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Far from it.

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Banjo’s Official Suggestion List

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 3 / Rikka attempting to catch a piece of paper

So many anime, so little time

Over the years, people have wanted me to watch specific anime.

To honor such suggestions, I’ll now be tracking them as an official list here!

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A Simple Truth

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai / Episode 4 / Rikka in complete awe

Shoutouts to anime

With the start of a new year and the new decade, I wanted to kick everything off with a more informal post than I normally do. To remind myself and others of a simple truth.

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Koi wa Ameagari no You ni and the Power of Visual Storytelling

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni / Episode 10 / Akira and Mr. Kondou going to a book fair

What really makes visual storytelling so powerful?

Anime would be nothing, a void on the screen if not for arguably its most inherent, important element: visuals.

Art and animation grant the characters, the audio, and everything else the chance to shine. They’re that next step beyond the pages of a book or a passing conversation with a friend. If nothing else, “anime” literally stems from the word “animation”, indicating quite plainly how vital these visuals are to this medium.

It follows, then, that visual storytelling is the crux of anime. When an anime gets it wrong, a clouded journey ensues. When an anime gets it right, stardom awaits. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni is one such brilliant star in the sky. But why is its visual storytelling so powerful?

This essay will attempt to explain the power behind visual storytelling. First, an understanding of what it is, how it works, and where it comes from will take place. Afterwards, relevant analysis of examples from Koi wa Ameagari no You ni will reinforce the claims made. Hopefully, by the end of this piece, you’ll not only have a better grasp of this idea but also a better appreciation of this wonderful show as well.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Banjo’s Top 5 Fall 2017 Anime

Ballroom e Youkoso / Episode 3 / Tatara readying himself for his first live dance

The results are in for Fall 2017….

I can finally put my Fall 2017 anime season behind me!

Not that I’m going to forget about it anytime soon. Since my last list, I became an uncle for the very first time in my life, I survived a medical procedure which luckily gave me a clean bill of health, and I finally passed the 300 review milestone in my writing career. I’m extremely grateful for these three outcomes, and, since I’ll be remembering them for the rest of my life, I’ll subsequently be remembering this interesting season in which they all happened, too.

In turn, these past few months also enlightened me to a rather simple fact: I grow to love this medium more and more with each passing year. Whether I’m watching an ultra-grounded drama about a bunch of college-bound students or a rom-com featuring two gamers at heart, anime always has a new, exciting experience waiting right around the corner.

On that note, let’s take a tiny trip down memory lane for this season. Eleven separate shows were competing for the five spots available. However, only one has claimed the title of Best Anime of Fall 2017.

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Houseki no Kuni, Toy Story, and Understanding Characters

Houseki no Kuni (left) / Toy Story (right) / Phos and Woody smiling

Can a character be understood in a more refined way?

What does an anime about a bunch of gemstones and a film franchise about a box of playthings have in common?

If you said, “They both feature talking inanimate objects,” you’d be correct. If you said, “They both are really awesome projects,” you’d be correct as well. And if you said, “They both represent landmarks in the CG space within their respective mediums,” well, guess what? You’d be correct once again.

There’s at least one more major commonality between them: Houseki no Kuni and Toy Story each host a diverse cast of characters who build their tales into how we view them today. So, having recently finished the former and having always being a big fan of the latter, a question arose in my brain: What really does go into making a character?

This essay will take a look-see into characters. How they are defined, what impact they contain, and why understanding the distinctions among them is worthwhile. Furthermore, for comparative purposes, relevant examples from Houseki no Kuni and Toy Story (what with its fourth iteration on the way) will attempt to illustrate the topics at hand.

Hopefully, the approach and the examples will make it easier to grasp these concepts while also adding in a bit of extra fun. If nothing else, it should serve as a primer for those new to these points and a refresher for those who already have a knack for them.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Banjo’s Top 7 Summer 2017 Anime

Sakura Quest / Episode 20 / Sanae, Maki, Yoshino, Shiori, and Ririko standing together

And the best from Summer 2017 include….

Thinking about these past few months, a lot has happened for and around me.

Some of it was good, like indulging in other hobbies and being recognized at my day job. Some of it wasn’t so good, like a recent medical scare (which thankfully turned out to be nothing) and the passing of a close family member. In the end, life’s responsibilities shift and sway in importance and priority, and so anime cannot always be the foremost thing on my mind.

Despite the above detours and difficulties on both sides, though, an apparent truth has surfaced: Anime itself isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. A tale about a mysterious interdimensional restaurant or a story about a psychotic gambler are here to stay no matter how late I myself happen to be in posting these various threads.

As such, it makes perfect sense for me to finally reveal my favorite anime from this interesting season. Fourteen separate shows had the opportunity for glory. While seven spots were available, only one has claimed the title of Best Anime of Summer 2017.

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