Art Wednesday

Magical Girl All Star” by hecoheio. That’s it, DeviantART. Get some users whose names are easy to spell or I’m going somewhere else.

I have a series I want to discuss with you all, but I neglected to get any screencaps, so that’s what I’m doing tonight. Have you some art, this one being, apparently, an advertisement for a Hong Kong electronics studio.

How come magical girls don’t advertise things in my country? I would buy way too much stuff if they did.

Not Sure Where, but Beautiful

… and maybe creepy.  This is a life-size statue of Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion from Sailor Moon, somewhere in Kawasaki, courtesy of @tiffako.

First version I’ve seen where it looks like maybe, maybe, Tuxedo Mask has finally learned how to wear white tie correctly.

Addendum: Tiffa informs me it’s a whole Sailor Moon exhibit in Roppongi Hills (so not actually in Kawasaki if I’ve got the geography right; that’s apparently a mistake in the geotag). I’d love to see that myself, but I’m nowhere near Japan.

Art Saturday

Title unknown by タンネ.

I’m behind on reviews, but I’m busy today putting polish on the twelve existing chapters of Jake and the Dynamo before starting in on the thirteenth, and I also need to finish up that essay on The Powerpuff Girls and read Herman Hesse’s Demian before I dive into my attempt to discuss Revolutionary Girl Utena. So I’m busy. Have you some artwork I stole.

Art Tuesday

Featured image by moonelf313.

It’s Tuesday. I’m busy tonight. Have some art, this time featuring Amulet Heart and Skyjack from Shugo Chara. In my humble opinion, Shugo Chara is perhaps the quintessential magical girl story, displaying the genre’s common themes, its strengths, and its weaknesses, in particularly stark fashion.

I keep meaning to write a philosophical essay on Shugo Chara similar to the essay I’m writing up on The Powerpuff Girls … but I can’t bring myself to finish the final series of the anime, Shugo Chara! Party!

It’s like, every time I watch it, I can feel my brain bleeding out of my ears.

The anime adaptation of Shugo Chara is really good for a full hundred and two episodes, but then the story’s over, yet they keep it going for twenty-four more episodes by turning it into a sort of Captain Kangaroo-style variety show. I like to think I have a pretty strong stomach for this cutesy crap, but that’s more than even I can take.

The manga version also dithers around for a while after the denouement (and its penultimate volume is lazy as hell), but it’s comparatively bearable.

Art (and Update)

Featured image: “Magical Girls” by Yu-nicorn.

I’m slacking off today and giving you another artwork because I’m spending the evening working on the twelfth chapter of Jake and the Dynamo, the novel I’ll begin serializing here shortly. Twelve chapters should be sufficient buffer.

I recently finished up Nurse Witch Komugi R, and should have a review up tomorrow evening. I’m still deciding what I think of it, besides that it’s unfocused and has the wrong protagonist. When it first appeared, I was hoping it might be a sign that the genre is finally getting out of the Goth phase it’s been in since 2011’s Puella Magi Madoka Magica. And maybe it is, but this series is a misfire. We’ll talk about it tomorrow.

Happy National Unicorn Day

Featured artwork: Artist and title unknown.

Today, it seems, is National Unicorn Day, so have some Sailor Moon Super S fan art featuring Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Helios. Unfortunately, the site hosting this astonishing image hasn’t bothered to name the artist or title, so if anybody recognizes it, let me know and I’ll provide proper credit. In the meanwhile, I’ve included a link.