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Animegataris – 02

「ツドエ, アニメガタリズ」 (Today, Anime-Gataris)
“Today, Anime-Gataris”

Episode 2 marks the grand opening, and possibly the grand closing, of the school’s anime club. One of the most enjoyable aspects about the show so far is how well it captures the experience of bonding and arguing with other anime fans. To be specific, when Miko joins the anime club, they experience their first scuffle with adversity. As a fan of light novels, Miko grew interested in seeing the scenes from her favorite books in an animated format. What she doesn’t appreciate, however, is when anime trim some of the scenes and give you a poor experience of how the light novels originally told the story. She’s admittedly abrasive about her opinions, but it’s understandable; anime adaptations can’t get all of the details that made the original work well. I get where Miko is getting at where you want to see how anime approaches the scenes you know and love from the books or games, yet also be cautious about having too much faith in an anime to capture everything that made the source material good.

Arisu isn’t having that! She immediately calls her out for acting like no one will be able to appreciate the anime if they don’t read the source material. The notion that you must go through the supplementary material to watch the anime is an annoying notion when some work well as stand-alone material. The ratio between good adaptations and the original material tend to skew towards the original novels/games, but Miko was going about her views in an elitist manner that set Arisu off until Minoa tried to get them back together before Miko walks out the door. It’ll be interesting to see whether their relationship ends up working out better because, for a moment, they were able to reach some kinship over their mutual interest in Re:Zero (it was funny to learn that one of Miko’s favorite characters is Betelgeuse)

They also formally introduced the rest of the club members with Kai, the school’s wizard, Erika, the normal-ish girl, and the most popular boy in school, Kouki. My favorite of the newer members is Erika because she looks like she’d be the most average student, but has a large enough power level to be interested in joining up, and being able to hold a regular conversation with Kai as he talks about his barriers and magical capabilities. If anything though, I’m skeptical right away with who Kouki is. We see his legs in the hallways while the cat is talking, and he calls people “koneko-chan”. I don’t trust anyone that uses that phrase to refer to women, especially in a genre-savvy show like this where the guys that use “koneko-chan” are the stock playboy characters who get punched out by the main guy/girl after a rescue scene. It also threw me off how shocked Arisu is that he of all people would grace the anime club because no one would’ve expected the refined, aristocratic rich girl to have been hardcore into anime either. There’s enough subversion about what type of people are in the anime club with the cast already, so it feels weird that people are taken aback. Then again, his idol anime T-shirt might’ve been a bit much.

The mysticism from the end of the last episode is in the back-seat this time around, so there isn’t too much mulling over what exactly happened with the beret. For the time being, the biggest obstacle for the anime club is the school’s decree to disband them at once. Additionally, I’m curious as to why Minoa’s dad was shifty-eyed about Minoa mentioning that she joined the anime club. Is he suspicious of the societal effects of anime, or is he secretly a fan? Was that his collection that he introduced Minoa to? As cute and goofy as the characters are, I’m looking forward to seeing how the unanswered questions are revealed so far.

October 16, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • October 16, 2017 at 11:18 amFabio

    I still think the dad workend on the anime she is trying to remember…

    • October 17, 2017 at 5:45 amChoya

      I could see it being that he’s curious because he worked on the anime that she remembers. Not sure if they might give a different explanation based off the supernatural aspects of the show, but it’d make sense that he of all people would be on-guard about Minoa being into anime because of his own involvement.

  • October 16, 2017 at 11:48 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    So…many…anime…references… XD

    Haruhi (title and bunny advertisement), Doraemon, Re:Zero, Lucky Star (butler dance and finger XD), Sword Art Online (lol), etc.

    • October 16, 2017 at 1:28 pmJ.Paul

      They even used “Oi Oi” (or something like it) in the background music for the recruiting scene. Now that’s detail.

    • October 16, 2017 at 4:13 pmSouma

      Team am or emily?(priorities) Haha and sold out online(a jab?), old game!!

    • October 17, 2017 at 5:49 amChoya

      I’m glad that even with the changed names that they aren’t shy about digging into them. The Re:Zero conversation in particular was impressive because of how they acknowledge the divide between Emiya and Rem teams all the while calling back to how memorable of a villain Betelgeuse was, all while everything was renamed.

  • October 16, 2017 at 11:55 amWorldwidedepp

    I bet my Guts, that the Teacher of the Anime Club has something to do with the School Council appearing there

    • October 17, 2017 at 5:50 amChoya

      It might be that they called them there because he didn’t want to involve himself with it. The only other person to have known where they were going to go was either him or one of the club members, and they just joined.

      • October 17, 2017 at 9:28 pmWorldwidedepp

        Perhaps in his Young (or he is an hidden Otaku) he was also an Anime Fan. Perhaps spend many money to buy dvds and the other stuff that they found in this Room

        But then got crushed from Work or other things… it is not easy to maintain the Love when you get older, you know

        Or just jealousy

  • October 16, 2017 at 12:15 pmWorldwidedepp

  • October 16, 2017 at 1:33 pmqwert

    I still can’t quite comprehend why exactly they believe a talking cat, mysterious room and magical hat are necessary in this show. So far they seem like total non sequitors that are kinda crammed in there for the sake of giving an otherwise mediocre and normal school club show a twist?

    • October 17, 2017 at 5:52 amChoya

      I also don’t understand why the show would need a supernatural element with its biggest appeal being the character interactions, but it does add a little flair or mystery to it. The payoff could be great or disappointing, but it does make it interesting to see how they’ll tackle all this

    • October 17, 2017 at 6:56 amMarina2

      About supernatural thing, if we look at this anime’s synopsis and believe in it. I think there will be something interesting in the future. Also, did anyone notice the news on the newspaper that Minoa’s father was reading?

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 16, 2017 at 2:48 pmyoloalchemist

    • October 17, 2017 at 5:53 amChoya

      The butler is amazing in this show. I’m happy that they gave him a personality and panache to him.

    • October 17, 2017 at 6:39 amGeorg

      Rather than fanservice, we got a dancing butler…not bad.

  • October 17, 2017 at 12:15 amChris hall

  • October 17, 2017 at 11:01 amWorldwidedepp

    Well, seems like the Animation team is a fan of Lucky Star and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    So, will be see something like this?

    Lucky Star:


    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

    But i do not think, that her Song should be covered
    Thats not fitting in Animegataris

  • October 22, 2017 at 9:37 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 03:

    “This Anime has my favorite speech”

    i think she mention this one here (also my top favorite speech)