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  • Silent InvenTOYry: Debut episode!

The big news of the week is the launch of my new YouTube series, Silent InvenTOYry. As I mentioned two weeks ago, I was playing around for quite a while with this idea. Now I've finally decided to go for it, and the response so far has been quite positive! I'm hoping I can put together at least one more episode by the end of the month. I mean, it's not like I have a lack of stuff to review... I should probably try to stick to reviewing the newest items in my collection until I get a viewer base established, but once people are consistently watching, I'll be able to go back to older stuff. I could maybe even cover some of the vintage stuff I have, like my classic Power Rangers Zords. It's an exciting new frontier, and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with it.

You can see Episode 1 embedded below if you missed the announcement on Saturday.



So after dropping Precure for most of last year because of Mahou Tsukai's awful syrupy blandness, I'm now back in, and back in hard. Episode 2 of Precure A La Mode aired last night, and Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard set a new all-time personal record for shortest interval between a character's introduction and "OH MY GOD, I LOVE HER, SHE'S PERFECT". Himari is a smol precious bae, in Tumblr parlance, and I'm thrilled that the fandom seems to love her as much as I do. As I've been telling people, PCALM already has shown more character depth in two episodes than MTPC had in its entire series... or at least in the nineteen episodes I was able to slog through. This is gonna be a fun year, I can tell.

It may be early, but I'm calling Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid as my favorite anime of the season. I mean, I love Little Witch Academia too, don't get me wrong (and PCALM is going to run for a year, so it doesn't count), but Dragon Maid has the advantage by virtue of completely destroying my initial expectations of it. And everyone's expectations, it looks like... I saw so much hate going around based on the previews, blasting it as "just another monster girl harem show", but it looks like word-of-mouth has spread about just how funny, smart, and surprisingly sweet it is. It really only resembles stuff like Daily Life with Monster Girl on the surface, and I was way off in my initial comparison to Haiyore! Nyarko-san. While most of Dragon Maid is gut-busting funny, it also has plenty of touching moments between Kobayashi and her weird little family... honestly, it's more like a slice-of-life show that happens to have shapeshifting magic dragons in it than a fantasy harem comedy. Watching it has become one of the highlights of my week, and I can't help but grin when I hear the theme music start. Wonderful stuff.

That's it for this week. Expect a new Shattered Skies chapter within the next few days!

- BHS

  • Listening to: Anything but the news
  • Watching: Little Witch, Miss Kobayashi, Precure A La Mode
  • Playing: Overwatch
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