Anime Quotes – Autumn 2017

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Yes, this is another fairly random post where I have collected my favourite quotes from this season (so far) in one place. I’d love it if you would share your favourite lines or quotes from the season in the comments.

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Just Because Episode 6: Making Decisions Is Hard

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Review:

This show continues to bring a very realistic view of the confusion of finishing high school. There’s certainly romance involved as many of the issues have come about by characters wanting to act on their feelings when they haven’t had the courage to previously, but ultimately this story seems to just focus on the feeling of loss and transition and not really knowing what is coming next.

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It doesn’t help that very few of the characters know themselves what they want. Even when they think they know, in the case of Soma wanting Hazuki, it is more based on a feeling rather than an actual knowing. Soma knows very little about the girl but he wants to date her. She rejected him, but wonders if she made the right choice. And then they both are in that awkward ‘do I message them back’ stage. For Soma, it is Eita who is the catalyst for action but even then Eita doesn’t just tell him to message the girl. He drags him back into baseball for another round.

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This is mirrored by Hazuki later trying to perfect a song on the trumpet before she’ll message him back, though fortunately Hazuki’s friend is far more direct and just tells Soma to show up. But the true charm of this continues to be the large cast of believable characters with various friends, classmates, and the photography girl all still in the mix and all going in their own directions. Slow paced but never dull, this show continues to be a pleasure to watch even as several moments of animation this week really did fail (Soma leaving the room after catching Eita about to be fed by photography girl and Hazuki’s initial run to the music room both left an impression, just not a good one). Still, these are minor issues that aren’t stopping the enjoyment of a good story with good characters.


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Just Because Episode 5: They Made A Baseball Mitt Look So Alone

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Review:

I was wondering what would happen this week after the double rejection last week and I guess unsurprisingly the answer is nothing too dramatic. Afterall, these characters are very much going through a lot of effort to be super normal with no drama kings or queens in the mix (other than maybe photography girl but even she seems pretty level headed compared to other anime characters). So while both Soma and Eita comment that they don’t want to go to school, off to school they go.

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But everyone has had time to think about the events of the holidays and what was aid and what wasn’t said and now they have the chance to mull it over with others. Still, the overriding sense in this show is that regardless of what happens right now, soon it is all coming to an end. Every episode so far has had characters saying farewells or moving on from something, or having it possibly taken away, and that theme continues this week.

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For most of the episode, Soma and Eita don’t cross paths, and yet Eita still witnesses Soma discarding his baseball mitt as he realises that his time in the club really has come to an end. Fortunately, endings come with new beginnings and while this show isn’t happy go lucky, it isn’t about driving its audience into despair. Seriously loving these characters even though in five episodes almost nothing has happened.


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Just Because Episode 4: When You Break Through A Wall, Sometimes All You Get Is A Broken Wall

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Review:

I remember when Tsuki ga Kirei was on and how many people kept saying how real and relatable it felt but I never really got that vibe. That’s probably because I’m catching it from Just Because. Watching Soma build up again to a confession is painful but the show isn’t. This is seeing the pointless and the awkward moments of high school play out with a group of teens that aren’t going to change the world, aren’t actually falling out of society, but a lot of them are just going through the motions and accepting their normalcy for what it is.

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There’s a lot to like this week as the characters all take seem to take a step and the end result is a lot of crushed toes (well, hurt feelings is probably closer to the reality). It isn’t that they have all failed. It is just that life is going one way and they tried to go another and the end result was pretty predictable.

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What I think I liked most this week was seeing Eita lose his aloof and stoic self in the face of Natsume’s blatant self-denial. It didn’t get him anywhere and Eita losing his cool is kind of like normal Eita with the minor exception being that he lets more of his hand slip than normal. Just enough that he regrets it after the fact. It will be interesting to see the fall out of this episode next week and which relationships remain in tact and which ones become strained.


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Just Because Episodes 2 + 3: Imagine a Transfer Student Came and Nothing Happened

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Review Episode 2:

It isn’t exactly news that I don’t much like slice of life or slow romances, stories set primarily in high school or anything that is particularly slow paced… and yet then there is my absolute devotion to Kimi ni Todoke which more or less hits every one of those criteria. And while Just Because doesn’t yet have anywhere near the charm or draw that Kimi ni Todoke has, I remember the first time I watched that I wasn’t particularly impressed during early episodes but I was strangely drawn to the show. And by the time the first season ended I was in love.

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I’ll admit, I don’t actually expect Just Because to ever rival Kimi ni Todoke in my heart (given none of these characters have quite the same charm as the ones in Kimi ni Todoke) but at the same time, this is some pretty pleasant viewing. Certainly episode 2 has some lacking moments but the genuine charm and familiar interactions between characters just kind of keep drawing me in to this story even while it doesn’t exactly go anywhere.

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I’m not getting my hopes up too high, but I am honestly enjoying this so far and I’m kind of hoping for some low key entertainment out of this.

Review Episode 3:

This episode gave me a very Haruhi Suzumiya vibe (hence the title of the post) except that it was kind of like what would happen in Haruhi if she didn’t actually have god-like powers. A transfer student has come and the photography girl is latching on hard but he’s pretty ordinary and not particularly interested in what she’s selling.

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Otherwise, a lot of this episode went to Soma and his pursuit of the girl who seems pretty oblivious to anything resembling friendship or romance as well as the commentary or assistance of those around him.

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Really, not a lot actually happens in these episodes and normally that would bother me, but the jumping between individuals and groups as more and more connections are revealed or formed is keeping this from feeling terminally slow and everything is charming enough to leave me feeling pretty happy by the end of the episode. I also kind of like Izumi as the transfer student even though he’s pretty much determined not to get involved in any of the relationship hijinks swirling around him. Okay, I just like protagonists who are low energy observers and I should probably just admit that outright.

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All and all, I’m pretty happy with how this is going. The animation quality isn’t amazing but when the characters aren’t walking or running it isn’t overly terrible. I will admit, a few sequences have had me shaking my head but mostly it is watchable and won’t detract too much from the romantic/teen drama unfolding.


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Just Because Episode 1: Just Life

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Overview:

At the end of the second semester of third year of high school, four students are prepared for graduation and feel the ending to their high school life. But that changes a little with the arrival of a transfer student.

– From MAL

Review:

Normally this is the kind of show I kind of hesitate to start because no matter how good it is I just know I’m going to end up wondering what the point of it is. Fortunately for me, it seems like most of the characters in this show are in search of a point or have accepted that mostly there isn’t one as they go about their frantic activities as their school lives wrap up.

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So instant relatability. We also don’t just follow one person through an entire day at school but rather move fairly fluidly from group to group with multiple individual problems, dilemas and ideas being introduced. While that makes it more or less impossible to remember all the character names after one episode, it gave a sense of forward motion that I usually don’t get from these kinds of stories and I greatly appreciated it.

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All and all, these characters have the potential to be charming enough, and there’s certainly enough possibilities for future events that could come up from the set up. While there isn’t anything new from a narrative point of view, I really did like the execution and pacing of this episode and am kind of keen to see more at the moment.


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