From Rocket news. I thought it was appropriate to reblog this. I have watched a fair number of the shows on this list and others my sons watch on their own. Clannad number 1!
Well a new season is a couple of weeks in. A few shows look promising to me, but many are up in the air in my mind. Here’s looking at what I’ve watched so far.
Peeping Life TV:
A series of comedy shorts using characters like Black Jack, Astro Boy, and Yatterman. It is done with motion capture computer animation. The show has potential to be funny, but I find the animation distracting and the comedy may be more referential at times that would leave me scratching my head. Probably will drop.
It at least has a decent OP.
Or Osomatsu-kun. Follows sextuplets originally from a gag anime from the 1960s trying to now adapt and find work in the modern day. Animation is okay. It can be amusing at times. I will keep an eye on this one.
Attack on Titan: Junior High
A parody of Attack on Titan set in a middle school setting. It uses a lot of source material for it’s inspiration. The first couple of episodes were amusing enough, but time will tell if the gags wear thin. Time will tell.
Lovely Muco (Itoshi no Muco):
A short form anime following a Akita dog (Muco) and her glass blower owner (Komatsu-san). It is simply a cute little show. Nothing too special, but amusing enough. I will keep watching, my 12 year old likes it.
A boy (Sougo Amagi), who hunts for crystals accidentally finds a young girl in a cave. There are Mechs, a young girl who knows nothing about the world (there’s your Moe stuff), and government intrigue. The animation is good and the story has been decent enough to keep my attention in the first two episodes.
Pretty decent OP:
The Asterisk War:
A battling, magic, high school show. Good animation. The first episode I was unsure, but the second was interesting enough to keep me watching. So far I find the student council president’s character to be the most interesting of the bunch.
Utawarerumono Itsuwari no Kame:
A guy with amnesia gets saved by a girl with animal ears and a tail. I don’t know where the show will go, but it has kept me interested up through the second episode. Really nice animation, likable characters, and potential for a good story.
Check out the visual style in the OP:
Beautiful Bones- Sakurako’s Investigation:
Sakurako Kujo loves beautiful bones. Along with her friend, Shotaro Tatewaki, they look for bones and often find human remains. Sakurako is a osteologist with a background in forensics (due to her uncle who was a professor in criminal forensics). She has a singular love of bones and the story they tell. I like this show a bunch and hope it keeps up with good writing. The animation is quite good. Definite keeper for me.
Ahhh… Another installment from the Monogatari series from Shaft. I love it! I love the storytelling, the animation, the soundtrack. A definite highlight of the season for me.
A nice OP as well:
Well, that’s it for now. Happy viewing everyone!
I had the intention of writing this post a while ago, but go side tracked. Unfortunately I am prompted by tragic events in my hometown to take up writing this today.
Last week a 16 year old boy, who goes to the same school as my son, committed suicide. This individual was an advocate and activist in the local LGBT community and seen as something of a leader in the school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) group. He wasn’t bullied and came from a loving family. He struggled with depression. And depression is what ultimately caused this young man to take his life.
It saddens me. Had the signs been noticed. Had there been more support. Maybe this wouldn’t have happened. I am thankful where there is support out there in this world for youth. And that brings me back to this post.
The It Gets Better Project.
From their website:
About the It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
What is the It Gets Better Project?
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.
That explains what the project is.
I have mentioned this in passing, but would like to remind con goers that American voice actor Greg Ayres also does a “It Gets Better: Con Edition” panel. He has done it at Anime Midwest for the last couple of years and as a parent of an out, gay son: I appreciate this, immensely.
I appreciate it as a parent, as a former mental health worker who worked with teens, and as a fan. Greg opens up the floor to let con attendees talk about their experiences being bullied or cast out. It provides a place for people to feel accepted and supported which is something I feel teens (and even adults) need more of. If you are at a con (or run a con): please support this kind of programming. It is good for the community of fans altogether.
Now to my say:
It does get better. There are people out there who love you and will support you. It won’t always be as dark as it seems right now. I am the dorky, nerdy, parent. I was a dorky, nerdy kid. I wasn’t popular. I was self conscious and felt bad about myself. I hated how I looked. I was intimidated by people who called my names and threatened to beat me up. It got better. I graduated, left school, had friends who cared and accepted me. It got better. I never faced the harassment that LGBT youth do, but I was harassed and I know that it gets better. I never had clinical depression, but know several people who do: and, when treated, it gets better.
Reach out to one another.
Support positive programming.
Keep positive people in your life.