Possibilities for Saturdays

So, currently the Saturday slot is empty, since ponies are off the air. There are a couple of possibilities:

1. As I briefly did with Supernatural, I use them to post up my episode-by-episode thoughts on the current Mark Watches project, Revolutionary Girl Utena. These are not precisely liveblogs, and also not as in-depth or organized as my analysis essays, just things I’m thinking about and ideas I have in regards to each episode. Each Saturday would cover five episodes.

2. Liveblog something else. Kill la Kill is the first thing that comes to mind, since I have promised to eventually watch it. These would work basically the same as the pony liveblogs, one episode a week, watched live in a chat. I’m open to suggestions as to what to watch, but I’m giving Sylocat veto power since it’s his chatroom.

3. Make them just another whatever-I-feel-like day.

What do y’all think?

The Fosters

So, remember WAY back last year when I asked for show recommendations? No, not the anime recommendations, even earlier?

I went through those recommendations, and it turns out the only one of those series I have free, legal access to is The Fosters. So guess what I gave the three episode test?

And yeah, it passed. At this point I’m completely caught up on both the show and the web series. It’s pretty good! Standard-issue family melodrama, of course, but still surprisingly good for something airing on ABC Family that isn’t Whose Line Is It Anyway reruns.

The basic premise is the adventures of a fairly non-standard family: two lesbian moms (one white, one black), the bio-son (who sucks) of the white mom from a previous marriage, and an adopted pair of Hispanic twins (one boy, one girl). In the first episode they take in an additional pair of Troubled ™ foster kids, a teen girl and her little brother (who is the best character).

Most of it is, as I said, standard-issue family and teen melodrama, but where it occasionally shines is in the way it shows how the political is personal. Issues like gay rights, the flaws in the foster system, and immigration law impact this family and the people around them directly. Rather than pontificating opposing political philosophies, the show (usually) refrains from preaching and just shows the direct impacts on the characters of these issues, and how their lives are distorted by the unfairnesses inherent in our society and laws. Also Jude is legitimately adorable, which is hard to pull off!

So that’s one recommendation down, umpteen to go!

Anime recs?

So, the most recent anime I’ve watched to completion is AKB0048; the second-most recent is Madoka Magica. I gave Attack on Titan the 3-episode test and found it boring. (Please don’t bother telling me it gets better later on; I’m not a student anymore, so if it takes more than three episodes to get good I don’t have time for it.)

What anime of the last couple of years should I be watching? Nothing more than 30 episodes please, see aforementioned time constraints.

What should I be watching?

So, I’m currently stuck in a bit of a media rut, rewatching old things but not really watching anything currently airing except The Legend of Korra. Which is… okay but not great so far?

So, I’m turning to all of you. This is your chance! Recommend something! Sell me on it! What are you watching at the moment, and why do you like it? Could be Western animation, anime, live action, anything from any country as long as it’s new and it’s available in English in some form (whether because it originated in English or has subtitles).

What am I not watching that you think I should be?