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Hey Spitz, What’ve You Been Watching? August 2014

September 3, 2014

(This article will be 100% spoiler free!)

皆、ようこそ。 It’s that time again. I won’t lie to you guys, August was a pretty bad month. There are times when you’re caught up in things and don’t realize how much time has whittled by because you’re too busy enjoying yourself, and then there are those times when responsibilities prevent you from getting caught up in the things you enjoy (and prevent you from getting proper amounts of sleep).
It may sound more dire than it is of course. Things aren’t going badly, but things have been busy in boring ways.
Here’s what I found time for this past month:


hotaru_no_haka_new_dvd_cover2Hotaru no Haka:
Set in the latter days of World War 2, Hotaru no Haka entails the struggle of a boy named Seita and his kid sister Satsuko to survive in a war-torn Kobe, Japan.

What I thought: “Tough to
watch but absolutely worth seeing.”
This movie is rather unflinching in the way it depicts the tragedies of war, and not only the casualties or the destruction, but also the dehumanizing aspects of it.
Seita and Satsuko’s struggle is arduous, and the people they meet aren’t always helpful, but though terrible things are happening around them, they don’t give in completely to despair.
The production is wonderful, and the narrative Hotaru no Haka tells is at the same time uplifting and innocent as it is disturbing and tragic.
I’m unsure I could bring myself to watch this movie again, but I’m glad I did at least the once, and if you’re reading this and you haven’t yet, try to find a copy.
I won’t lie and say that Hotaru no Haka is an especially easy film to watch, but I will say that it’s a story that should be seen.


Though he has a love for the sport of basketball, unfortunate events cause Hasegawa Subaru’s basketball club at school to be disbanded.
He doesn’t have time to mope around for long though, as a relative convinces him to coach a small group of elementary school kids.
He agrees to, but on the condition that it is only for a couple of days.
What he doesn’t expect however, is to meet the determined Minato Tomoka, a girl whose peerless shooting form rekindles his ambitions in the sport.

What I thought: “Bright and
cheerful, though not much to it.”
萌え’s reach is wide, and it touches a vast number of genres.
I went into Ro-Kyu-Bu! expecting more sports drama than it ultimately provided. Far less time is spent in actual basketball matches than I figured would be, and most of the run time of this series is spent on Moe antics.
The plot is rather lack-luster and doesn’t provide a whole lot opportunity for investment or tension, save for a basketball match here or there. The animation does the job and overall I think this series looks nice and bright. If you dislike series based around cuteness however, Ro-Kyu-Bu! probably isn’t going to change your mind.
There is a second season out there, and I wouldn’t mind checking it out, but my backlog is vast and only getting larger, so who can say when that might be.
If you’re against cute or looking for a more serious basketball themed anime series, Ro-Kyu-Bu! likely is not for you; but if you’re fine with cute anime characters doing cute anime things, it’s a stress-free series accompanied by a bright art style and a few good laughs for good measure.


Joshiraku is a slice of life comedy series taking place mostly but not entirely within a dressing room, and rarely consists of more than simple conversations between the five main characters.
Fists may or may not be thrown. Mongolian spots may or may not be referenced. Bare behinds might even be depicted.
This is not an anime for the faint of heart, you see.

What I thought: “Hilarious
dialogue-focused comedy.”
I’m typically not into comedy which breaks the fourth wall, though I feel like Joshiraku is smart about how it does it, and this type of comedy is but a small part of what makes up this series. A series which, as a whole, is regularly funny and often hilarious.
The character designs are a little plain, but they are nicely animated, and the environments are detailed and busy.
It’s an impressive thing to make a series based on conversations entertaining, and this is one of the most entertaining series I’ve seen in awhile.
It’s sometimes crass, and sometimes violent, but overall, Joshiraku is far more often than not a quite hilarious slice of life series, and if you have enjoyed series like it in the past (such as Lucky Star), I would recommend it. 


Perhaps the biggest casualty of August was my keeping up with the series airing this Summer. Aside from the excellent Aldnoah Zero and Sword Art Online 2, most the the summer series I took up watching have progressed numerous episodes forward without me, and I have no doubt much of September will be spent trying to get caught up with those by the time they end. There is an ever-expanding list of things on my backlog as well which I want so badly to put some time into.
Add to that, Destiny is just over a week away, and is sure to ask much of my free time from me.
Work continues as it will, but regarding my personal time, my work is cut out for me there as well.
(As Summer dwindles on, be sure to keep those stories spoiler free.)

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