Anime you should be watching: Hinamatsuri


I know, I know, I say I’m gonna start posting a lot, but seeing as it’s been a year and a half since I’ve posted, I won’t blow smoke up your keester.  I don’t post often, and I may not post for awhile again.  But the spring anime season has brought us such a gem of an anime that I absolutely cannot let anyone not know about it.  This rare masterpiece that I’m referring to is Hinamatsuri.

The basic premise of Hinamatsuri is this.  An alien girl, or possibly psychic girl from the future, who really knows?  Anyways, she shows up in a pod in the apartment of a fairly high ranking Yakuza member (the Japanese version of the Mafia).  She essentially blackmails him into letting her stay with him because he loves his expensive vases, and she can smash them with just a thought.  But that’s just scratching the surface.

When I first started watching this show, I did love it, but I felt that its namesake, Hina, was the worst person in the whole show.  I mean, you have Hitomi (see picture above) who is the pushover type.  She can’t say no or make a compelling argument in her defense, so she essentially gets used by everyone.  But, she’s so good at what she does that even though she’s being used, she winds up being the most successful 9th grader in the world.  Soon she’s the 9th grader that CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are desperate to hire.  All the while, she wants nothing more than to be a normal middle school girl.

Then you have Anzu.  Oh for the love of kittens, there’s Anzu.  She initially shows up as a rival for Hina, but Hina shows that she’s much more powerful than Anzu and immediately puts her in her place.  Anzu plans to go back to wherever they’re from, but her transportation pod is irreparably damaged.  Initially she realizes that shes much stronger than mere humans, but she is such a good girl that she doesn’t try to take advantage of it.  She winds up homeless, and then many tugs to the heartstrings are made.  Eventually everyone is left with the only conclusion, ANZU IS A GOOD GIRL.

Ultimately, it’s very hard to talk about this show and not spoil much.  Is this a comedy?  Yes.  Is this a slice of life?  Yes.  Is this a drama?  Yes.  Essentially, this is a show that’s greater than the sum of its parts.  Even the one shot throw away episode with Mao was entertaining and tugged at the heartstrings.  Very rarely will I honestly say that an anime is perfect, but Hinamatsuri is that rare show where everything works and brings you the most entertainment you will ever find in this medium.

AMV Of The Day: Serve and Protect (Space Battleship Yamato 2199)


It’s been a while since we did an AMV of the Day post here at the Shattered Lens.  With today being World UFO Day, this seems like a good time to rectify that situation.  And what better way to do it than with an AMV that features a lot of spaceships blowing up?

I have to admit that I kinda missed the whole news cycle where the President proposed a Space Force and it would appear that most people have now moved on from it.  (That’s what happens when each news cycle only lasts for 5 hours.)  Personally, I think it would be kinda neat to have a Space Force, just in case the Space Bugs turn out to be real or whatever.  Plus, it would probably be fun to conquer other planets.  As the old saying goes, “Earth first!  Makes Mars our bitch!”  Though if an American Space Force conquered Mars, wouldn’t that makes Mars the 51st state or something?  Or the 54th, assuming that California splits up before we get around to invading the red planet?  I don’t know.  I’m not really into politics so I can’t say for sure.

Anyway, if we do get a Space Force, I imagine it’ll look something like this video.

Anime: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Song: Pitch Hammer Music — Serve and Protect

Creator: Craterkhan

Past AMVs of the Day

Anime of the Day: Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing (Ace Attorney)


Today is not just Communist New Year.  It’s also Law Day!

Now, I know that Law Day sounds like a made up holiday but, believe it or not, it is very much real.  Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day on May 1st, 1958 and it has been observed every year since.  In fact, Congress even made it one of those official holidays that no one has ever heard of.

According to Wikipedia:

36 U.S.C. § 113 states, in part:

Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration by the people of the United States—
(1) in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries; and
(2) for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.

So, in honor of Law Day, here’s an Ace Attorney AMV!

Anime: Ace Attorney

Song: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Set It Off

Creator: ChaosFanGal

Past AMVs of the Day

AMV Of The Day: Hey Brother (One Piece)


It’s been a while since we last shared an AMV of the Day here on the Shattered Lens.  I’m sharing this one in memory of Avicii.

Anime: One Piece

Song: Avicii — Hey Brother

CreatorTrafalgar Lili

Past AMVs of the Day

AMV of the Day: This Is Halloween (Soul Eater)


It’s been a while since we’ve done an AMV of the Day here at the Shattered Lens.  This seems like the perfect day to rectify that!

Anime: Soul Eater

Song: Marilyn Manson — This Is Halloween

CreatorHagarenGao

Past AMVs of the Day

AMV of the Day: Leave Me Alone (Ace Attorney)


It’s been a few weeks since we last shared an AMV here on the Shattered Lens.  Our resident anime experts, Arleigh and Pantsukudasai56 are currently at Fanime Con in San Jose and I’m sure they’ll be returning with all sorts of interesting stuff.

Until they return, I’m going to go ahead and share another Ace Attorney AMV.

Anime: Ace Attorney

Song: Alexander Rybak- Leave me alone

Creator: Rushie-chan

Past AMVs of the Day

AMV Of The Day: Something For You (Sekirei)


Anime: Sekirei

Song: Something For You by Highway Saints

Creator: GSSJ70

Past AMVs of the Day