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 TVadaptations, 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!
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.
Notabilities: Itou Tomohiko is an accomplished director with a wide range of series he’s had under his belt, primarily at A-1 Pictures and Madhouse. Occult Academy, Silver Spoon and Sword Art Online are his leading directorial statements, but he’s worked as a storyboard artist and episode director for a number of distinct shows, from Madoka Magica to Michiko to Hatchin and his Madhouse gigs on Death Note, Kurozuka (Araki Tetsurou shows) to Monster, Kobato, Kurozuka and more!
So, it’s fair to say we’re in good hands visually, but what about the writing? Well, I can’t speak to the quality of the mangaka, but he has a distinct focus on psychological thrillers, and this is his most recent, and appraised work, though unfortunately it’s an ongoing manga, so don’t hope too high for a solid resolution.
The series composer adapting BokuMachi is Kishimoto Taku, who worked with this same director before on Silver Spoon, and interestingly, Haikyuu, but the most relevant link, is that he worked on the much revered Usagi Drop.
So, expectations are high, the premise looks unorthodox, it’s not a sword-magic-boobs-highschool show, so lets dive in!
(A little sidenote: I’ve started a Patreon! If you’re interested you can find it here.)
This post will be a little different, I’ll be covering SODACHI Lost, but primarily the second part, the most recent episode. This was quite a special, and different arc, so it deserves a special, and different writeup.
Episode 2 left us with Araragi and Ougi in the mysterious house that he was lead to by a mysterious girl five years ago. Today we’re going to find out the “secret” (that it was Sodachi), and the even bigger secret, the reason Sodachi called him there all that time ago, and how her hatred has spawned…
Ougi Formula left us with Araragi’s sense of justice wounded, and a reunion with Oikura Sodachi imminent. Let’s see how things play out, I can tell you right away it’s not going to be a pleasant meeting…
Everyone already knows how much I love Monogatari, and this is the first time since the start of this blog where there’s been an opportunity to cover it while its fresh in my mind, episodically, as it airs. Of-course I will be taking that opportunity!
It’s true this first episode post is late, both because this is a double episode, thus it’s going to be quite long, and also because it was during the hectic time when all the new shows were having their premières.
Episode 2 is already out, and I’ll be on top of that soon, and from then on, I hope to be fairly prompt after the airing of each episode. Hope you enjoy reading.