[Series Review] Moyashimon, Season 1

My original reason for watching Moyashimon was getting a better understanding of agriculture for an aspect of “The Story” I was researching. I stopped watching it partway through when I dropped that research. It always stuck around in my mind as a show I should complete. The first episode of season one is a good example of a well-crafted episode, so between that, and its approachable use of microbiology, I would say it’s …mostly worthwhile.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Spoilers: minor-specific, major-vague

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[Series Review] The Midnight Gospel

I don’t think all media should be “heavy,” nor do I think all heavy media should be heavy throughout its entirety. The Midnight Gospel might be considered a comedy if only because through its meandries through topics of philosophy and spirituality, there are occasional jokes, and I think that’s a bit of a misnomer, like calling EarthBound a comedy videogame just because it has some light-hearted elements. To me, “heaviness” is what’s valuable about media.

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[Media Meandry] Media Digestible Information

In my earliest memory, I’m sitting in my childhood backyard pondering, perhaps, Indra’s net? The sorts of interconnectednesses we have within all of humanity, where you and I are the same consciousness experiencing reality through simultaneous simulations, coalescing in an immediacy where you react to me based on the you-experience bias of the me-experience bias. The Midnight Gospel doesn’t shed significant light on my journey, however, once I find the destination, what would I do?

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[Series Review] Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

My favorite thing about Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is how it shows developing creativity. Although the anime focuses on a small animation studio of three students producing animated shorts, so primarily dealing with project collaborations within that specific environment, many of the themes can apply to project work in other disciplines or even to solo work. There are elements that aren’t as polished, either intentionally or unintentionally, so it’s not perfect, but, close.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Spoilers: yes

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[Series Review] PET [2020]

There are elements of the anime series PET that I enjoy. Three specific qualities are its psychological analysis of characters, its new approach to storytelling, and the depth at which it goes, however, there is one quality that weighs it down for me. This review will meander through those thoughts for a while since while I don’t like some aspects of this show, I would rather see more shows like this than generic isekai shows.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Spoilers for general events

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[Media Meandry] Breakers [2020 Anime, Episodes 1-3]

What are sports but competitions against an increasingly better version of yourself? For a show like Breakers, which explores para-athletes trying sports starting with wheelchair basketball, there are themes of overcoming adversity, rising to challenges, and self-betterment. Most anime, and most entertainment in general, follow these same themes. The fun is watching these characters face these challenges and learn to overcome them naturally, not so much any narrative drama over whether or not they’ll win.

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[Media Meandry] Love For Lupin III V [2018]

I’ve loved the Lupin III series for longer than I knew why. There’s just something about a gentleman thief and overpowered crew getting into wacky hijinks before always seeming to make it out alive that’s appealing in a world so stifled by insufferable formalities. What happens when an anti-hero from the past arrives in the present laden with smartphones, drones, and everything digital that could usurp his throne, and cause his reputation to lay prone?

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]

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[Media Meandry] Eizouken Versus Pet

Between Pet and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, I think Pet might be my favorite show of the 2020 Winter season. Eizouken might be the better show overall from factors like animation quality, imagination, and excitement. I’ve always been more of a fan of media that makes you better for having experienced it. When you know what’s important to you, you tend to gravitate toward similar media. For me, I’m always hooked in by open-ended thoughts.

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[Media Meandry] Pet [2020 Anime, Episodes 1-3]

Even before the opening song in episode 1 of Pet, we already explore an uncommon psychological depth. Why do we like macabre media? What horrors do we internalize because we are too sensitive to the outside world? What if we locked away these peaks [emotional highs] and valleys [emotional lows]? Could we navigate the grime and glitter of this world with more ease? These are some questions Pet meanders through, so let’s meander through them, too.

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[Media Meandry] Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Episode 3 [2020]

While covering episodes 1 and 2 of currently-airing anime Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, I wrote meandry academic thoughts between screenshots in a gallery experiment. Although an exceedingly fun and clever show, with moderately deep characters and creative artistic flourishes, I’m not the most qualified to academically study it. Instead, let’s meander over an idea from the episode. How does someone make and complete a project, fulfilling and profitable, under what might seem like an impossible deadline?

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