Lootcrate: November 2014 Unboxing – BATTLE!


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Today we are preparing for BATTLE! Or just opening a box with neat stuff in it…then I BATTLE!

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Bad Fanfiction Theatre: Ice and Snow [Part 1]


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Inspired by the works of BennettTheSage, Anifile has a brand new show entitled Bad Fanfiction Theatre. Join Mr Gamington-Smythe as he dramatically reads the finest fanfiction the internet has to offer. Today, it’s time that Elsa just let it go and realise that love is an open door…and to not cry SO DAMN MUCH.

Original Fanfic: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10645952/1/ice-and-snow

Sketches drawn by http://www.youtube.com/FrobmanAKATillman

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The November Update


It’s the twenty-fifth of November and things have been quiet here recently. I assure you all that there is a reason for this silence. Allow me to brief you in in this short little update – there is a fair bit of good news to be had in this post!
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First off, the lack of reviews. I know that my lack of reviews has been a disappointment for this season and this can be attributed to a combination of things. I took a full-time contract at a holiday company making videos five days a week which is very intensive when it comes to producing content; as well as commute two hours a day. By the time I get home I then have work on either TeamFourStar related content or the next Bad Fanfiction Theatre to complete which limits my time to simply sit down and watch anime. I’ve had to interrupt my watching of Shirobako [which will be the next one] many times to complete work. May I point out that I am not complaining about all this; I’ve longed to be busy with work, paid work at that. It’s just that things take a hit and until my contract ends [middle of December as of writing] then reviews will be limited. I have content for Anifile coming out shortly though which is the following:

– Lootcrate Unboxings [October and November Double Bill]
– Bad Fanfiction Theatre [Episodes 8 and 9]
– Masako Tries Japanese Candy

That last one is new and something I can properly announce.

141648662011252Starting December, Anifile will be showcasing the latest products from the store, Japan Sweets. It’s pretty simple really; I try new Japanese sweets and delicacies that are available from the British-based outfit…including some pretty weird stuff! As for a title for the show, I have yet to come up with one so if you have any ideas, tweet me at @MasakoX and I’ll consider them. This is a big deal for Anifile as it marks our biggest affiliation to date. In return, I will be writing a short blog to go with the video over on their website. Exciting and tasty times!

I also apologise to my Patrons if content has been lacking but I do my best to provide my videos to you twenty four hours before general release. Don’t hesitate to speak over there, we’re a friendly bunch. If you want to join us then go to http://www.patreon.com/MasakoX and sign up – every little helps.

In other news, I am addressing the lack of VIDEO audio reviews over on our YouTube channel. This is down to my channel receiving two strikes because of my Sidonia and Locodol reviews; two more and the channel goes down for good. I’d rather that not happen and so to limit the chances of that happening, those items will be curtailed. If it helps, it means that reviews are quicker to produce so that once I do find time I can get two reviews out a day potentially. I will make a video to elaborate this over on the YouTube channel [Almost at twenty five thousand subscribers which is neat. :) ]

Finally, we got over four hundred thousand hits last week which is a brilliant achievement. Thank you all for visiting and stick around for more to come. Happy Holidays!

– Masako

Bad Fanfiction Theatre: Fusion vs Fusion


Inspired by the works of BennettTheSage, Anifile has a brand new show entitled Bad Fanfiction Theatre. Join Mr Gamington-Smythe as he dramatically reads the finest fanfiction the internet has to offer. Today, the son of Broly wants to avenge his father’s death at the hands of Kakarot. Can he do what his father can’t? Can he even string two words together?

Original Fanfic: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10553919/1/Fusion-Vs-Fusion

Sketches drawn by http://www.youtube.com/FrobmanAKATillman

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Denkigai no Honya-san REVIEW


Akihabara [or more commonly known as Electric Town] is a hive of activity in the Japanese capital. Every day, small fortunes are spent in the pursuit of finding the latest gadget or rare artefact to complete one’s collection be it a figurine or DVD or even a book. One bookstore plays host as we gaze into the world of Denkigai no Honya-san and read up on it and skip to the pictures!

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Umanohome, the name of the store the story is set in, has a rag-tag team of employees which deals with the patrons of the Akihabara district. They range from the greenhorn newbie Umio to the jaded manga artist/manager ‘Sensei’ [the term is ironic for she is actually quite lazy and lacking in confidence] and even the mute Sommelier, a master of manga matchmaking. These characters are led by the perverted Kantoku, a very sexually confident head of operations. With him at the helm, the team manage to generate a good amount of business in the area hosting midnight releases of new manga volumes and tending to the demands of fussy customers. This is a workplace anime sitcom with plenty of slapstick comedy and a distinctly older teen vibe about it. Yet despite the savoury content, it’s remarkably restrained.

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When I first watched this show, I was taken back to when I watched the cult classic anime Genshinken. In that show, a bunch of young adults in college hung out together, each with a different level of affinity with anime and manga ranging from lots to barely any at all. Denkigai no Honya-san seems like a variation of sorts, like what would happen if the setting was a bookshop instead of a club room. It has a adult feeling whilst yet not being pornographic; it’s got that sense of maturity whilst also being pretty ridiculous. It’s not meant to be a hard-hitting analysis of what goes into running a doujinshi store [fan manga store] and reconstruct it in every single way; but it uses the more relaxed and open-minded scenery to create a bunch of characters that would be dubbed ‘socially awkward’ in the real world and see what would happen if you got them working with each other. When you do that, you get some very amusing yet oddly familiar characters such as the mute Sommelier with the paternal instinct [reminds me of Mori-senpai from Ouran High School Host Club]. Each one of these characters has a personality which contributes to the overall story; no-one is superfluous.

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I will give this show credit for tons of charm. These co-workers aren’t just pay-cheque collectors, they are a family. They get on famously and help each other out when times gets rough. With each episode, I am filled with a sense of warmth and comfort, it’s comfort food. I await each episode and feel satisfied after each outing. Each of these outings consists of two or three minisodes within a full twenty-four minute slot so the pacing is kept at a reasonably fast level. Despite the lightning pace though, the show doesn’t half be clever sometimes. On the surface, the show looks very simple and soft but it can actually be quite self-aware about the moe genre and fanservice as a whole. Nothing feels biased or wrong. You expect to be thrust something offensive or striking, but it never comes and instead we get a bout of philosophical debate about the genre. For example, Sensei takes the tried and tested theory of “Schrödinger’s Cat” and swaps the feline with underwear. What’s better, to see or not to see? Sensei and the show takes a popular theory and puts an anime spin on it which is rather surprising.

One figurehead character and the potential candidate for “main character” is Sensei herself. A lot of the plot focuses around her and her ambitions of being a manga artist. However, the show doesn’t make her a prodigy; she’s adequate. Average. Meh. Nevertheless, she ploughs on even though she’s not the best in the business and her hapless friends aren’t much better and may be a hindrance rather than a blessing. I am pleased to see this as it is a facsimile for a lot of people there who have tons of ambition and dedication and may lack the skill at this time; they do it for the fun of it and take it seriously…well, they try! You will become very used to seeing Sensei cry, Shin-Ei Animations must have had tons of practice in how to draw tears after producing this anime; she’s crying all the time over deadlines, comradeship, anything! It’s not annoying, but just very different and a distinguishing feature.

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In the end, Denkigai no Honya-san is a cute anime with a lot of personality and little accuracy; but that doesn’t matter because you can’t get over the friendship on display. It’s not a hard-hitting anime, but it’s a delightful and amusing slice-of-life about a little manga store in the centre of Tokyo. Nothing more. You will find a character you’ll like with no trouble at all; I actually like nearly all of them for different reasons. The fanservice that does show itself is tempered and equally geared towards all persuasions, not just the guys. That’s rather refreshing and I’m glad I got to see that the ladies were catered for just as much. Equal opportunities FTW!

Denkigai no Honya-san is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

RATING: CONTINUE [Simple, straightforward comedy with oodles of charm.]

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