When we talk about cute stuff, we almost immediately think of it in relation to girls. But if I’m going to be talking about cute anime, I can’t ignore a conversation about how it’s ascribed to boys. I’m sure some of you can name plenty of examples of cute boys in anime; heck, I can too. But this time, we’re talking about this magical boy series that came out recently. Why? Because it’s got “Cute” in its name!
Now it’s time for the guys to be on display!
Okay, so technically this is NOT a NaPoWriMo selection, nor is it anything I normally do today. My Timehop app reminded me of a time 5 years ago when I wrote a sonnet for my perennial World of Warcraft character, Lystria Densine. As you might have guessed, The True Lystria (and my WordPress screen name) came from her!
Since then I’ve just become that anime guy, and I don’t play much in the way of video games anymore. But if you wanted to know of a time when I was more depressed and less focused on what I wanted to do with my life, here’s the sonnet that I unearthed from my Faceboook account!
I’ve been talking about a lot of “cute” stuff lately: things that gain my affections by raising joyous emotions, yet do not resonate with me in a way that allows me to identify with the object. I realize that’s a weird definition for “cuteness,” but that’s what I’m trying to get at when I say cuteness is immanent. Cute things are situated in a way that puts them on display for subjects like you and me to be entertained by their looks or their actions.
However, I also believe that cuteness can also take on a transcendent form: one that is very active. Such cute things raise joyous emotions in us (or me, if you don’t agree) and display virtuous characters that resonate with good traits of humanity. For the lack of a better term, I call this transcendent cuteness “beauty” (it’s a working definition). And while I designated the last two series that I reviewed as cute, this series on the contrary is beautiful.
Yes, even Souta and this cardboard cutout are beautiful. I’ll get to that in a moment.
Winter 2015 ended quite spectacular for me. I’m just going to say it right now: Shirobako is probably going to be my favorite anime for this year, so there isn’t much of a contest for anything else. But if I were to commit myself to that way of thinking, I would be a terrible reviewer!
Crunchyroll is my personal hub for streaming official anime online, and they’re rolling out with a bunch of new anime as always. I’m very impressed with the Spring lineup, despite most of the sequel series that I won’t be watching. Here are 10 new shows and 1 sequel I will be picking up this season (although there are plenty of others that I am not picking up at all). And since I have committed myself to presenting these in the order by which they air on a 7-day week, I’ll start with the sequel series first.
When we talk about “cute” things in contemporary Japanese media, a conversation about magical girls tends to pop up. I may have mentioned it before, but magical girls follow a typical premise: a girl who leads a relatively normal lifestyle transforms into a magical combatant who fights evil. There are many titles out there that feature magical girls, and I have reviewed several of them already. But if there’s anything that makes this series different from the rest, this one is based on an art contest!
That’s a lot of detail, Renka Arikake!