Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ – Episode 1

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This here is a long-awaited adaptation of a Key visual novel that was originally released in 2004, that received a boost in recognition thanks to the international release and translation on Steam in 2014. If you don’t know who Key are, I could instantly catch you up on that with three words: Air, Kanon and Clannad. Hugely popular VNs which have all received anime adaptations, the latter two by Kyoto Animation. The Key name has become somewhat synonymous with a writer called Jun Maeda (Charlotte, Angel Beats!), however it is important to point out that he was not involved in the source material of either this, or the currently airing Rewrite adaptation.

The staff on this are pretty interesting, coming from “the Jojo studio” also known as David Production, Planetarian is directed by the main director behind all of the recent Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure TV adaptations, including the currently airing Diamond is Unbreakable. Special mention must be given to the Art Director on Planetarian, that is Takeda Yuusuke, who has worked as the vision behind such beautiful series as Gankutsuou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Uchouten Kazoku.

Right, now lets dive into the episode to see exactly what these talented people have put on display!

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Reflections on… The Idolm@ster – Performance and Potential

The iDOLM@STER franchise originally started as a series of video games, back in 2007 it received an anime with a complete re-imagining of the characters as mecha pilots, in the form of Idolm@ster Xenoglossia. However I’m here to talk about A-1 Pictures more direct adaptation of the game, with which the minds of Gainax’s Nishigori Atsushi and Kyoto Animation’s Takao Noriko brought something special to the series as it returned to television once more in 2011.

This post is not really going to take the place of a formal review or analysis, but more of a space for me to cover both what I found interesting and noteworthy about The Idolmaster, and also what I felt were some key issues that hampered the series. While it serves to organise my own disparate thoughts on this series, I know there’s some of you out there who are also very keen to know what I feel about this beloved title. Without further ado, let’s get RE@DY, and also L@DY to talk about some idols!

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ERASED / Boku dake ga Inai Machi – A reason to believe

This post is intended to cover the show as a whole up till the halfway point, building upon what I’ve written regarding episodes one and two. This latest episode provided the pieces I needed to properly map out the threads I was gesturing at in the previous write-ups. I hope you’ll enjoy reading. Keep in mind that this means there will be spoilers for the latest episode, 6.

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Erased / Boku Dake no Inai Machi Episode 6 Anime Review

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ERASED / Boku dake ga Inai Machi – Trust built between the distrustful

BokuMachi presented us with its despondent main character, Satoru, in episode one. A man who was mired in regrets, with a career that hadn’t turned out the way he had imagined, working a second job to make ends meet. Though it went even further than that, showing us that his reserved nature and inability to express himself sincerely had been present even when he was a child. His desire to not get involved with others, and his passive meandering through life were further entrenched with the kidnapping incident.

However, as we saw in the events of the first episode, through his ‘Revival’ power, he’s inadvertently been given a second chance to do things over, right from where it all began.

Hinazuki Kayo.

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When he didn’t call out to Hinazuki, on the night of her disappearance. Not just a moment of hesitation, but an inaction that represents the type of person he was, and the type of person he would grow up to be.
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