August 27, 2008

All In All We're Just A / Nother Duck In Anime


-Hidamari x365, ep07

Hidamari Sketch is just that darn good.

Not as good as Azumanga Daioh, but you know what?  I don't care.  While it's about high school, it sure reminds me a lot of my days as a student at Duck U, and that earns it nostalga points if nothing else.  Four likable main characters (well, 3-1/2... I'm not that fond of Miyako, for much the same reason that Tomo & Osaka are my least favorite characters from AzuDai) doing more-or-less everyday things?  For some people, bamboo shoots in the eardrums would probably be more enjoyable, I'm sure, but I love it.

I'd be incredibly shocked if it gets licensed, though.  A few years back, it would have been snapped up, no question, but now?  I just can't see it, and that's a shame.  Like ARIA, it's a perfect show to sit and relax to.  I know I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Plus: ducks.

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August 19, 2008

Ducks In Anime: Behind The Scenes!


-Kamen no Maid Guy, ep01 credits

Ducks are everywhere!

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August 10, 2008

Ducks In Anime: Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun!


-Hidamari x365, ep05

Yuno acquired another duckie while we weren't looking!  Now that's a girl after my own heart!

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Ducks In Anime: Apply Directly To The Forehead


-Hidamari x365, ep03

If there was a Hall of Fame for anime with ducks in them, Hidamari Sketch would be Babe Ruth.  Practically every episode has this duckie in it at one point or another!

Which, if you stop and think about it, is about as good a recommendation for a show as any other.  Most shows would be improved by the addition of rubber duckies to the lineup of characters.  Shinji wouldn't be so friggin' angsty if he had one in Evangelion, for example.  No more sad girls in snow in Kanon if Ayu had a rubber duckie or two.  Everything that happens in Elfen Lied would have been avoided if the agency had though about giving the diclonuses (diclonii?) rubber duckies!  Dokuro-chan would have been watchable with rubber duckies!

Okay, maybe not that last one.

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