November Anime Roundup

Today I am trying a new series of post: The monthly anime roundup.  I am not sure whether this is a good idea of not because I do have somewhat of a strange taste in what I watch.  The current anime season is just over half way, and while I started out with quite a few watches I have already consigned some to my dropped list. 

The show that I really like this season is Adachi to Shimamura.  (Adachi and Shimamura), It is about two high school girls who develop a friendship. It is a poignant and often embarrassing series that is more of a Slice-of-Life than a Shoujo Ai show, and it is visually very beautiful. I have already given it 8/10 with it at the 8th episode at the time of writing. (Producers: Kadokawa,  Licensors: FunimationStudios: Tezuka Productions)

My number 2 is Tonikaku Kawaii (Over the Moon For You), and it almost a typical boy falls in love show, although very few of them end up with the main characters getting married shortly after the series starts. It is a fun watch, and at times somewhat silly but I have never felt like I wanted to drop it because it did not meet my expectations. (Studio: Seven Arcs)

Number 3 on my list is Kamisama na Natta Hi (The day I became a God) and I have somewhat of a love hate relationship with it. Its all about the typical male high schooler meeting a girl who proclaims herself to be the God Odin (power mad laugh at this point). It is full of cliches and the usual romcom antics but something tells me there is more to the story than meets the eye, and this week some of the backstory started to emerge which is making this much more interesting.  Visually it is stunning and while I wont fall off my chair at the characters they do have their moments.  I really love the ED theme though,  “Goodbye Seven Seas” by Jun Maeda x Nagi Yanagi. I am continually discovering really good songs in the anime that I watch, and this is definitely a new favourite. (Producers: AniplexMovicVisual Art’sTokyo MXNagoya Broadcasting NetworkABC Animation, Licensors: Aniplex of America,  Studios: P.A. Works)

Number 4 on my list is Munou na Nana (Talentless Nana) and can really be described as yet another high school girl that is killing her classmates. It is a bit more complicated than that though, but as yet it is difficult to know what the plot twist is going to be when we finally hit episode 12. (Producers: Square EnixAT-XNippon ColumbiaBS FujiHakuhodo DY Music & PicturesDocomo Anime StoreYomiuri TV EnterpriseKanon SoundNichiNareKadokawaMuse CommunicationShow Corporation,  Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Bridge)

There are 2 shows that I am watching that I should probably drop. The first being Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai (Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club). The only reason I am watching it is because I have seen the two original school idol shows (Love Live! School idol Project and  the followup Love Live! Sunshine!!). The former was a great watch but the followup just lacked that sparkle. The only real good thing that came out of Sunhine!! was the song Next SPARKLING!!  by Aqours. Sadly this new iteration is weak, concentrating on individual ego’s and not a coherent group. I may still drop this although there are really only 4 episodes to go. (Producers: BushiroadKadokawaBandai Namco Arts, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Sunrise)

The other show I am watching is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou,  which is really a remake of the 2006 broadcast Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When they Cry). I believe there is an extra twist to this new iteration but I am afraid it comes across as weak and irritating. The artwork is poor and it just does not come across the same way that the original did. For those who did manage to see the original we all remember it being a real bloodfest and it was a compelling watch. Maybe because I am older I don’t really see much merit in this 24 episode rehash. (Producers: Frontier WorksInfiniteLicensors: Funimation,  Studios: Passione)

The one gem I did watch this weekend was one that I had missed when it was originally premiered in Autumn 2017. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride), is the story of a young Japanese girl that is bought by a mage and their adventures and encounters. It is set in England and I was amazed at how realistic the backgrounds and scenery were. Although it was kind of odd that everybody in England and the underworld all spoke Japanese. It was a great watch and visually stunning but at times it seemed to loose the plot. I scored it at a 9/10 and it is currently ranked as # 401 at MAL. (Producers: Production I.GShochikuflying DOGMag Garden, Licensors: Funimation, Studios: Wit Studio)

Next year seems promising, with a number of my favourites predicted to return and hopefully some of them will be on Netflix. I do watch in the shows in their original Japanese with English subtitles, so I tend to be a week behind in my watching. 

That kind of wraps things up for now, although I may add to this post as the season continues. It is really an experiment and may end up on my dropped list too.

I use MyAnimeList for the information and scores used here.  Images are copyright to their respective owners/creators. 

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Finding Doctor Watson

I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, and consequently anything Sherlockian would be of interest. I first read the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle many years ago, and once they were finished read many of the pastiches that were available. To be frank many of them were much better than the original works. I was not a fan of the movies although did enjoy some of the radio shows.  

In the short month that I was in London I did go to the Sherlock Holmes Museum in 221b Baker Street, and was quite disappointed in it.

The odd moment really happened when I was looking for the museum and ended up peering myopically at distant buildings and asking myself where was the museum. Only to realise that I was standing in front of it! The museum was guarded by a London Bobby who was really there to prevent Professor Moriarty from escaping.  All credit to the guy in uniform, he was awesome. 

The first problem was the crowds of people at the museum. The building is a narrow pokey affair so moving about in it was problematic, especially when trying to use the stairs.  The house had been filled with items and furnishings that would have been recognisable to any Holmes buff.  There were no real 4 pipe problems at hand.

Remember what I said about those stairs?

Scattered around the museum were mannequins illustrating scenes from the books, although I was not all that impressed by them. I did feel that they detracted from the experience. 

That is supposedly Lady Frances Carfax all wrapped up in the coffin. She featured in a short story called: “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax“.   I am not too sure who the dead fellow below is. 

Naturally I would want to see the loo…. and there was one too. Thomas Crapper would be proud.

The museum also had a well filled and crowded shop that I really liked, although my limited budget did not permit me to spend large amounts of money on souvenirs. 

I really liked this teapot but at £35 gave it a miss.

A few years ago one of my friends visited the museum and he encountered a Doctor Watson role-player although when I was there the post was vacant and being advertised. I did not apply as I probably did not look the part of an “English Gentleman”. Why was I disappointed? The museum felt just a bit too “commercial” for me, and of course the crowds did make for some tiresome bottlenecks. But overall it was ok, just not the sort of place I would return to in a hurry. 

And then it was time to go. The game was afoot. The museum was a nice interlude though, and I am glad I made the effort to see it. At the time I thought that this was the end of my “Sherlock Homes Experience” but there was still a discovery awaiting me in the future.

Baker Street Station on The Tube

In May 2013 my landlord in Southampton decided to make a impromptu trip to Salisbury and dragged me along (willingly I might add). We went via Lyndhurst and  small village called Minstead  in the New Forest in Hampshire.  Why Minstead? that is where  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is buried. 

Note the handy village stocks outside the pub. 

We quickly found All Saints’ church and the associated churchyard.  The chancel and nave of the church date from the 13th century while the rest of the building is 18th-century or later.  

I did not take much notice of the interior of the church as we ended up talking to somebody that was working there, consequently the only pics I have are:

and of course the War Memorial in the church.

We were told where to find the grave we were looking for and after a quick look around the churchyard found our goal.

Sir Arthur was originally buried in a vertical position in Crowborough where he lived at Windlesham Manor for the last 23 years of his life. He was reinterred in Minstead by the family of his deceased first wife after the death of the second Lady Conan Doyle. 

And then it was time for us to leave this place and continue onwards to Salisbury. Little did I know that later in the year I would move to Salisbury and live there for a year.  We made a quick pause at the village War Memorial, and I never did find out what was beneath that locked and barred door at the foot of the memorial.

On our way to Minstead we passed through Lyndhurst and there was another interesting grave to be found in the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels. You can read about it by following the arrow below.

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