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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dragon Ball Super Returns to Relevance:

It took 28 episodes, but Dragon Ball Super is finally covering material that wasn't already covered by the two most recent Dragon Ball movies.  It's questionable how high the quality of this new material will be, since it was only loosely scripted out by Akira Toriyama, but at least it isn't a rehash of something we've already seen that previously had a much, much higher budget than what Super has to work with.

There's finally a reason to watch Dragon Ball again.  At least the familiar voices of Goku (Masako Nozawa) and Vegeta (Ryo Horikawa) are nostalgic and charming to return to.

With Dragon Ball back, we're back to 20 series again for the winter season.  What a great season.

Dimension W had an okay but not great episode three.  The same is true of Grimgar.  This isn't enough to get W into my manga or anime rankings, nor is it enough to get Grimgar into my anime rankings.  We'll just have to keep biding our time, like with Gate, until the really good stuff comes along and proves the value of the series without question.

Tari Tari's special was finally translated.  It only took two years.  That leaves the Wake Up, Girls! movie as the greatest tragedy in subtitling.  For Saki Biyori's untranslated oav, you can just consult the translated manga version.  The same is true for Nine and Hiatari Ryoukou.  Tamayura's movie 3 will surely be subtitled at some point, since the first two were.  The Saki Achiga ova is a total washout, but at least it was only a short special in the first place.  The same is true of Haitai Nanafa and Meshimase Lodoss-to Senki, they're both just anime shorts and therefore not a big loss either way.  But Wake Up, Girls! movie 2 is a huge product, a huge loss, without any other version we could see of it, and it's just been ignored.  There's just no excuse for the pain they're putting us WUG fans through.  Soon enough the second WUG movie will also be out, and also untranslated, and that pain will double.  *Sigh*

Akatsuki no Yona's bd version has been fully subtitled, so now's the chance to rewatch it.  I've come to realize that a 1080p bd version of Shirobako is never going to be released, so the 720p bd version will just have to do.  My Akatsuki rewatch is already done, and my Shirobako rewatch is ongoing, to fulfill my word of always watching every series in my great anime list at least twice, just to further confirm the veracity of my rankings.  The sacrifices I make. . . ;)

The Panthers slaughtered the Cardinals today.  I guess that's what happens when giant cats go up against small birds.  The Broncos had a much more entertaining game against the Patriots, but I'm afraid they're going to be wholly outclassed once they meet the Panthers in the Super Bowl.

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