Media Log 2023

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Cat Soup / Catnapped / Chainsaw Man (Anime) / Chainsaw Man (Manga) / Children of the Sea / Dai Dark / Dungeon Meshi / FLCL / JJBA P6: Stone Ocean / Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade / Loveless / Monotone Blue / The Girl From the Other Side / Wolf Children / Yotsuba&!

Current

Yotsuba&!

Genre(s):

slice of life

Ongoing?

Yes

Thoughts/Notes:

Yotsuba and Azumanga Daioh (both by Kiyohiko Azuma) are series I grew up with. I re-read/caught up with Yostuba when I came down with covid recently, the idea being, I'd only consume/surround myself with wholesome and healing content. I'm happy to say that A) I've recovered and B) This series holds up...! But of course it does. This is all fan speculation, but I do believe the series will be ending soon, whenever Yostuba finally enters grade school. I do personally hope this to be the case, I think it would be a good ending point. I'm looking forward to seeing what Azuma has in plan for this series, and what he might have planned beyond this...

Chainsaw Man (Manga)

Genre(s):

shonen, action, comedy horror, dark fantasy

Ongoing?

Yes

Thoughts/Notes:

Kind of surprised I'm reading this because I've held a grudge against the anime for a while. Like if it weren't for CSM and it's freaking... completely brand new EDs every episode, studio Mappa could be doing Dorohedoro season 2 instead :-/ Like, CSM cannot be that good.
I'm like 90% joking. I finally decided to read the manga because of this meme. Update: Caught up with the manga and it was a really fast read so I'm still forming my thoughts, but I can say: I think the series is overyhyped. I'd even go as far as to say, the people heralding this series either a) Have poor taste b) Aren't well-read irt comics/manga or both. Denji was nice but I'm enjoying Asa much more as a protag so I'm gonna keep following the serialization. Gotta keep up with my cringefail autistic dorter Asa! :-)

Finished

JJBA Part 6: Stone Ocean

Genre(s):

shonen, comedy, adventure, fantasy

Rewatch?

Yes

Thoughts/Notes:

Watched this with a friend right now, it's a partial re-watch for me. Netflix should've never gotten their nasty hands on jojo, the binge release/watch model is such a disservice to the series. Wish I could've experienced Jojo day-of-the-week with my best girl Jolyne :-( alas... the anime was really good! Stayed true to the original manga, maybe even a little too true. There was definitely an oppurtunity to fix some misgivings of Araki's writing (namely the whole thing with the Pucci brothers backstory).

FLCL

Genre(s):

comedy, sci-fi

Ongoing?

No

Thoughts/Notes:

Remembered this from my childhood: staying up too late and watching programs on Adult Swim, this one included. But I only ever watched the pieces(episodes) of out of order, and never fully, so I'm watch it in order and in full now. The ending is deviously catchy.

Monotone Blue

Genre(s):

BL

Ongoing?

No

Thoughts/Notes:

Been meaning to read this one just coz I knew Nagabe was behind it. It carried some tired and typical BL tropes (esp that of SA) but the furry dichotomy between Snake and Cat gave it a refreshing spin. Can't lie, I quite enjoyed it! And the art is very good, but thats to be expected of Nagabe. Makes me wanna read more romance...!

Children of the Sea (Anime)

Genre(s):

drama, supernatural

Ongoing?

No

Thoughts/Notes:

Visually this movie was stunning. Story-wise, it felt quite esoteric, and left me thinking! Ah, so the kids will be fucking obliterated by a meteorite...? No, wait, they ARE the meteor...!?. As beautiful as it is though-provoking. This is actually my second time watching it, this time with a friend. Makes me want to finish reading the manga - it was never fully scanlated in English though. Spanish maybe...?

Cat Soup

Genre(s):

experimental

Ongoing?

No

Thoughts/Notes:

(Drunk night 1/3) This one I watched while getting hammered with a friend. I think this movie might've predicted 9/11...?


Wolf Children

Genre(s):

drama

Ongoing?

No

Thoughts/Notes:

(Drunk night 2/3) This one I watched while getting hammered with a friend. Animation was good and the soundtrack is stellar, but at this point in the night I couldn't fully appreciate it. I think if i was sober watching this, I would've cried. Would def rewatch while sober.

Catnapped!

Genre(s):

adventure, fantasy

Ongoing?

No

Thoughts/Notes:

(Drunk night 3/3) This one I watched while getting hammered with a friend. I vividly remember this movie from adverts on my favorite Sailor Moon VHS tape (which I stole from blockbuster, rip to the king). At this point in the night I was entirely Gone, but I do remember an odd amount of inflation...?

Chainsaw Man (Anime)

Genre(s):

shonen, action, comedy horror, dark fantasy

Ongoing?

Yes

Thoughts/Notes:

Yeah, I enjoyed this more than the manga. Apparently they hate the anime adaptation back in Japan, which I find odd. Still salty that studio MAPPA is giving this series the love that Dorohedoro deserved but whatever. I've watched clips from the English and Spanish dubs and I'm honestly so tempted to watch both...

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Genre(s):

seinen, action, political thriller

Rewatch?

Yes

Thoughts/Notes:

Watched this one at the recommendation of a friend and I really enjoyed it. I love when media asks questions about our humanity. And it's a recent thing - lately I've found myself intrigued by war, law, politics etc as these are the contexts in which a persons humanity is frequently compromised and put to question.
As far as Jin-Roh goes - I have a lot to say... too much for this short format here. Honestly want to write a longer piece and put it elsewhere on the site. For the purposes of the media log: very compelling, amazing animation, aesthetically pleasing. Def reccommend :-)

On Hold

Dungeon Meshi
Dai Dark

my beloveds I'll come back to you...

Dropped

Loveless

Genre(s):

"Josei" according to the author but this is a very sketchy BL

Ongoing?

who fucking knows

Thoughts/Notes:

Again, this is a manga I'm revisiting out of childhood nostalgia... except this one isn't as good. Doesn't hold up as well. I mean aesthetics wise it's kind of hitting, I can't deny... Look, don't ask me about this right now. I'm holding council with my prebuscent self right now. Leave us alone right now. Content warning for Concerning relationship between a (barely)middle schooler and college student, vaguely pedophilic and groomy + implied sexual abuse. Yeah.

Planned

The Girl From the Other Side
(reread + finish)