OreImo: Godzilla Tea Time

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Each season, we at Classy seek to bring you the best analysis of the classiest anime. This season, we have decided that there is no better way to do this than through an accompanying fictional story, otherwise known as “fan fiction”. This week, draggle, Emperor J, Foshizzel, and Reiseng bring you the final installment in a story inspired by Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. click here to read part onepart two, and part three.

When we last left our heroes they were in Japan and had just encountered Godzilla. They sent the beast shrinking away in the direction of Korea and found a letter inviting him to Pyongyang. Now they’re chasing him again.

Source: gadgetdan on flickr.

Source: gadgetdan on flickr.

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OreImo: Made in Japan

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Each season, we at Classy seek to bring you the best analysis of the classiest anime. This season, we have decided that there is no better way to do this than through an accompanying fictional story, otherwise known as “fan fiction”. This week, draggle, Emperor J, Foshizzel, redball, Reiseng, and SnippetTee bring you the third installment in a story inspired by Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. click here to read part one and here to read part two.

When we last left our heroes, they had arrived in Japan and were closing in on their fateful battle with Motherfucking Godzilla. Along the way, they had lost Kirito in Pyongyang…

“I wonder what happened to that lame fool Kirito?,” Kirino wondered aloud. “But I shouldn’t be bothered by him for now since we are in the middle of our fight with Godzil-” Her stomach growled audibly. “Jeez, I remember I’m so hungry…”

Kirino is hungry for a Snickers

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OreImo: Sightseeing in Pyongyang

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Each season, we at Classy seek to bring you the best analysis of the classiest anime. This season, we have decided that there is no better way to do this than through an accompanying fictional story, otherwise known as “fan fiction”. This week, draggle, Emperor J, Foshizzel, redball, Reiseng, and SnippetTee bring you the second installment in a story inspired by Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. click here to read the first part of this series.

When we last left our heroes, they were in the midst of pre-battle preparations at a Tim Hortons restaurant in downtown Vancouver…

Tim Hortons on a Sunny Day

As Ayase and Kirino stood up from the floor, an arc of raw power flowed between them. The entire Tim Hortons was washed out in a bright light. Kirito had never seen such power and became confused and scared. Unsure of what to do next, he followed his instincts and drove his sword into the middle of the undulating arc. There was a loud pop, and a faint whimper from one of the girls. Everything went dark for an instant. Kirito picked up his now flaccid blade. He wiped what he hoped was frosting off of the tip of it and prepared to get to work saving the world. Continue reading

OreImo: The Fall of Vancouver

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Each season, we at Classy seek to bring you the best analysis of the classiest anime. This season, we have decided that there is no better way to do this than through an accompanying fictional story, otherwise known as “fan fiction”. This week, draggle, Emperor J, Foshizzel, redball, Reiseng, and SnippetTee bring you the first installment in a story originally inspired by the first five episodes of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai..

Tim Horton's, Vancouver, BC

It was a rainy night in Vancouver. Kirito stood across from Kirino holding his blades, his dual blades.

“Why did we flee when motherfucking Godzilla invaded Japan?” Kirino asked.

“I just needed an IMOUTO to use my blades on,” Kirito replied. Continue reading

Senran Kagura Series Impressions

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We at Classy have been fairly quiet of late. We chose Senran Kagura as our study, and we diligently watched and analyzed the entire show. This, however, did not lend itself well to bi-weekly posts. Senran Kagura is like a sushi roll: best swallowed whole. Our authors draggle, Emperor J, redball, Reiseng, and pictographer Foshizzel share their impressions of the show in its entirety.

Emperor J: Senran Kagura is a series that stands out for how seriously it takes the subject of girls living in a brutal world having to fight against one another. On the surface, it just looks like a festival of fanservice; filled with odd transformation sequences, girls in bikinis (and sometimes less) just because it had to make an adaptation of a platform game interesting. That surface view is completely wrong on a number of levels. Continue reading

Colloquium: Senran Kagura 1 + 2 — Biding Time on the Precipice

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SenranK (7)The Winter season of anime is upon us, and though there are a bevy of shows we could feature we have identified Senran Kagura as the Classiest of the lot. Our authors draggle, Emperor J, kevo, redballReiseng, and pictographer Foshizzel share their initial impressions.

redball: The world of Senran Kagura does not seem to be all that different from the one we live in at first glance. Every day in the real world girls dress in uniform and are accosted by boys. It is here that Senran Kagura takes leave of reality and enters the world of fantasy, for our heroine need not confront her attacker. She quickly hides her presence and herself by jumping into a nearby tree. She is, after all, a shinobi. A ninja. Continue reading

Exposure in Angelic White Magical Girls

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In late December, 2012 a Christmas present arrived for all Classy anime fans in the form of a five minute OVA: Angelic White Magical Girls. In five minutes we are treated to a setup, a story, an action scene, and a cliffhanger. While the ability to tell a story in such a short time is a feat in itself, it is the story told that is interesting. This is a story of exposure. Continue reading

Colloquium: Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… 1 – 4

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In the absence of a properly Classy show this season we have sought some of the Classiest anime of the recent past. Today authors draggle, redballkevo, and pictographer Foshizzel will bring you the Winter 2012 show, Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then…

redball: Music has the power to to bring us together, or drive us apart. It can evoke powerful emotions. It can even be used as a weapon. Such it is in Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then…, where music itself is humanity’s greatest weapon. And teenage girls are the warriors deemed most fit to protect the species.

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Some Classy Notes

Summer has left us, and Horizon has gone with it. Autumn is a time of reflection as the year that was begins winding to a close. So it is that I bring a few items of note to our readers.

We here at Classy are still undecided on which show might be able to meet our criteria during the fall season. Our standards have been set quite high, so it will come to pass that some seasons hold nothing of interest for our authors. This may be one of those seasons. Worry not, for we may yet find a show worthy of our attention, but if we do not then we will likely take a hiatus from our colloquium series.

In the absence of our colloquium series we may bring you more detailed looks at Classy anime of the past, or editorials about interesting moments of this season. Our dedicated group will still meet to watch anime together and explore its deeper meaning. Rest assured that we are not derelict in our duties.

Finally, I would like to mention a member of our group whom has yet to contribute to one of our pieces. I speak of the distinguished gentleman known as kevo. Upon learning of our mission, kevo offered his valuable assistance to our cause. While he has yet to directly contribute to the site, his knowledge and expertise was crucial to our Horizon analysis. I mention our esteemed colleague because he has written an article that is truly in the Classy spirit about one of the finest shows of the last few years, Yuru Yuri. I wholehearted recommend that you read it.

Surreal Humor and the Absurdity of Love: Nihilistic Expressionism in Yuru Yuri – by kevo