You find out after the Vermouth arc that the setting is actually dystopian and the planet earth has gone through radical shifts that force the climate to rapidly change. This, of course, gives them about 15 summers a year.
I'm also not sure the problems for the person in this episode were really fully solved.
He seemed to be trying to imitate his fathers recipe which the father claimed was no good. Erika really liked his daifuku which he hoped everyone else had the same reaction to. Later as the kind of conclusion it's mentioned he should just try to make the customers happy instead of trying to imitate. I can kind of see that he shouldn't worry about the imitating side but I thought his daifuku was technically good even if he can still improve. It just seemed kind of weird how he wasn't being accepted but then didn't really seem to change anything and was now accepted. I don't know, it kind of felt like one of those there wasn't even a problem in the first place or just another example of the Japanese and their weird, vague, roundabout ways of trying to say something.
First to come to mind was the one from Daten City's High School, when it was under the "rurus" of the Demon Sisters... one thing I usually like to see about uniforms is the use of a tie and double-breasted blazers for both genders.
The Bunguster. How sexy is that? So sexy. Look at the little slits by the side, allowing for better aerodynamics and helping the student freshen herself up when in high performance activities. If I had to save the world from the threat of space aliens I would not hesitate to wear this to battle!
I like the CLAMP, too. The tones of red and black make it stand out above all the rest, and the use of the tie even in the girl's uniform tells us that gender wardrobe doesn't have to be immediately discriminatory. It even has space for accesorising with the necklace/dog-chain thingie around the neck. I only wished someone wore their collars popped to see it in its full glory.
Like the Evangelion, this suffers from being too close to reality. It looks like something I would love to wear in real life as opposed to a cosplay convention, but it doesn't ooze any of the creativity of some of my previous examples. It's, like, yet another generic mecha design with tons of right angles and a boring white plus red colour palette. We've seen it plenty of times before!
I've been meaning to post about this for a bit, but laziness got in the way. Which it shouldn't be because The Snow Queen is show well worth posting about.
Just as a little background, this anime is another one of Dezaki's take on a classic piece of literature or fairytale based on the story of the same name. As with previous endeavors like this, it deviates greatly from the original work while maintaining some key commonalities. The story follows Gerda(left) as she journeys around the land searching for her friend Kay, who left their small village with the Snow Queen(right) and disappeared. She is later joined by Ragi the wandering minstrel(middle), who was in the village at the time of Kay's disappearance.
Now while this is the overarching storyline for the show, it is really only used as a backdrop for the characters involved during much of the run of the series. Certain episodes will touch back on the Snow Queen and the problems she is dealing with, mainly the evil force that is the root cause for much of what characters experience, but it doesn't really become a major focus until later in the series, leaving many of the episodes with more of a standalone nature with minimal ongoing plot lines. This aspect is probably one of the strongest parts about the show, as a variety of emotional storytelling is done from episode to episode. It's interesting in that one episode can be filled with soul crushing despair, while the next can be incredibly uplifting due to new characters and settings being introduced to Gerda, who is pretty much a blank slate at the beginning of the show outside of having a can do attitude.
Watching her growth as a character due to these experiences is impressive, as she becomes more mature and determined over the course of the show. The way they contrasted her development with Kay, who remains very childish in the care of the Snow Queen, is also pretty fascinating. It's something I really liked while watching, and serves to remind the audience how much Gerda has progressed.
The cast in general is pretty strong, albeit limited in recurring characters due to the reasons I mentioned earlier. The only other true main character in the show who gets close to the screen time that Gerda does is Ragi, who serves as a guide, friend, and protector for Gerda during much of her journey. He himself has a very interesting back story that connects him to the main plot line, and is generally a very cool dude due to the random music he plays. I was impressed by how well these two carry the show though, and its made very clear how the bond between them strengthens as they encounter new challenges. In fact one of my favorite episodes in the show focuses on Ragi's back story when he meets the father of a man he used to know. It was one of the most well directed episodes in the show, and serves to illustrate what exactly is driving Ragi forward.
I've always found that Dezaki is able to get a lot out of the characters he uses for his shows, even small bit parts carry a lot of weight. Certainly in this show where we meet new people in each episode, a lot of work is done to make the audience immediately care about the specific plights of the folk that Gerda and Ragi come across. I think in part it is due to Dezaki seemingly being able to get top quality performances out of the VA he uses in his shows, and the Snow Queen is no exception in that regard. Even one off characters are often delivering powerful stuff.
Another thing the show is very successful at is blending fantasy and the natural world together for its story lines. It's often quite bizarre fantasy at that, for example at one point Gerda is trapped and brainwashed by a Spring Witch leading to a very strange and surreal setting at the Witch's home complete with giant rats, tin men guards, and talking flowers, among other oddities. The latter stages of the show have a larger fantasy bent, but its a natural progression from earlier episodes in the show. It's also kept in check by a number of more down to earth episodes without any fantasy elements at all.
As you might expect from a Dezaki show, animation is pretty sparse but there is a fair amount of good art to look at from episode to episode. The music definitely helps breath a lot of life into the show, and there's a surprising amount of variety to the sounds heard considering there probably wasn't a ton of different tracks on the OST. It's composed by Akira Senju who many of you will recognize from Victory Gundam, FMA: Brotherhood, and most recently, Valverave. The OP and ED use great songs as well for what its worth, I particularly like the ED.
I'd say my only knock on the show is that the pacing gets a bit wonky when the show jumps back into its major storyline during the later episodes. Mainly because it veers off course for a bit while Gerda adventures around in fantasy land while heading for the Snow Queen.
I've rambled a bit here, it's been a week or so since I finished The Snow Queen, but in short if you are interested in a nice bit of fantasy fun with solid characters, lots of emotion, and good variety in its storytelling, then check this out. Or just watch it because it's a Dezaki show, since you really can't go wrong there.
I watched about half of this show many years ago. Today I went to a friend's place and we marathoned the whole damned thing. enjoyed it more this time around but WHAT THE FUCK at the ending. Holy shit. totally did NOT see that coming!
Overall this show is a pleasant nostalgia trip back to the 90's and everything great about 90s anime. It was a lot of fun from beginning to crazy end.
A panel where she's getting all flustered because the girl's touching her and saying "I-I'm totally not a l-lesbian or anything, baka!" is proof she's not a lesbian? You need to get your yuri goggles checked.
Hell no. Full Moon Wo Sagashite, Yami to Boshi (ok this is a guilty pleasure), Bincho-Tan, FSN, Higurashi, Simoun, and Kore Wa Zombie were really fun for me. Deen is a cheap ass studio but they make some fun stuff.
Okay, a few things. One, Saya, stop singing. You're singing the same fucking song every time except you're slightly changing the lyrics based on what happened that morning. It's boring. Second, what's the deal with that dog? And third, how dense can Saya be? Jesus, if that guy looked at her and said, "I want to put by throbbing penis in your wet vagina and bury my face into your tits", she'd be all, "Uhh...what do you mean?" I mean, there's airheaded, and then there's just completely living off in your own world.
Fight scenes are still the best. This one actually did a pretty good job building up tension, though I'm not sure what the deal with that guy who walked on the train was. I'm assuming he was the bakery owner, but he seemed to be in some trance as he entered the train, and then he all of a sudden came to just before the Elder Bairn had its way with him. And how high are these monsters' blood pressures? It literally starts raining blood when she stabs them.
And what's with this fucking narrator? "There are parts of us that can't be changed. But what if these parts could be changed? But the important question is, can you change them?"......FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.
Stupid show. I could have watched Heartcatch, but noooooooooo.