Willow+

I thought Willow (television series 2022) was ok in its first two episodes.

It does telegraph almost everything in advance, and it isn’t much concerned about people’s interior lives, so you have to be ok with a show where if someone says “you must be very cautious and aware of your surroundings” they will be immediately shot with an arrow for comedic relief and then left unburied and unmourned.

You really should (re)watch the Willow 1988 movie in advance though, as otherwise there will be a lot of “who is…?” and “why are they…?”

P.S. I still really want Alyson Hannigan to a guest spot or cameo.

SAO -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night

Sword Art Online -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night is available on Crunchyroll.

It’s the first of two -Progressive- movies.  The Progressive storyline is a retelling of the Aincrad arc, in more detail.  How much more detail?  The entire first movie was just the journey to clear level 1.

It’s told from Asuna’s perspective, rather than Kirito’s.  It’s also about the dynamic between Asuna and Tozawa Misumi 兎沢 深澄 , whose in-game name is Mito ミト .

Misumi is at the top of all her classes, and also somehow manages to be an amazing gamer.  She mentors Asuna, who is initially a total VR MMO RPG newbie.

Overall I enjoyed it.  Now I want to go back and watch the Aincrad arc to figure out how the two views of the level one adventure fit together.

The sequel Scherzo of a Dark Dusk 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -プログレッシブ- 冥き夕闇のスケルツォ will be released (briefly) in North American theatres in February 2023, and if it follows the usual timelines it could be expected on Crunchyroll perhaps six months later.

Meta: Subscribing by email

Google FeedBurner has discontinued email services (if you go to the Feedburner management site now, there’s basically nothing there but a list of RSS feeds).

According to the FeedBurner subscriber list export I was the only one subscribed anyway, so it doesn’t seem like a great loss.

If you do want to subscribe, there’s a new form under “Receive Via Email” in the sidebar, it will set up a WordPress email subscription.

Note: If you’re logged in to your WordPress account, it will only let you subscribe using your WordPress email, no matter what email you try to enter for the subscription; you’ll have to be logged out if you want to use a different email address.

Hyouka opening and closing titles

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration for Hyouka 氷菓 , Kadokawa Anime has released the opening and closing titles on YouTube.  No credits over the titles, but an overlay advertising the January 29, 2023 concert that is coming (and roll-in ads, if you don’t have ad-free YouTube).

Hyouka was released in two parts, the second cours had way better titles.

First cours opening titles

https://youtu.be/RpqqaNJuopc

First cours closing titles

Unfortunately the first cours closing titles are so inappropriate for the show I’m not linking them.

Second cours opening titles

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Second cours closing titles

https://youtu.be/7OHW_vxDl0g

via Crunchyroll News – Hyouka TV Anime Shares Creditless Opening / Ending Theme Videos for 10th Anniversary

Tsurune season 2

Crunchyroll reports

Tsurune: The Linking Shot, a full-fledged second season [revealed in] a gorgeous key visual and trailer today. It was also announced that the series will premiere on January 4 [2023] at 24:00 JST in Japan.

I thought the first season of Tsurune ツルネ -風舞高校弓道部- (Kazemai High School’s Kyūdō Club) was excellent.

You can see my thoughts in Tsurune Japanese TV show.

There is also a movie Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha 劇場版ツルネ -はじまりの一射- which I guess translates roughly as Tsurune the Movie: The First Shot, but there is no North American availability yet that I am aware of.

Tsurune is by the excellent Kyoto Animation.  I’ve done a list of Kyoto Animation TV shows and movies.

Ottawa Light Rail Transit Commission report coming November 30, 2022

The Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry will release its final report on November 30, 2022, with the document on its website at 11am Eastern accompanied by a livestreamed press conference.

News Release – November 23, 2022 – Pre-announcement of Release of Final Report

Website: https://www.ottawalrtpublicinquiry.ca/

I submitted a letter to the commission.

Previously:
May 6, 2022  Ottawa Light Rail Transit investigation Commission
June 11, 2022  Alstom opening statement to Ottawa Light Rail Transit investigation Commission

Andor season 1

Andor season 1 is good.  On Disney+.

I liked seeing the bureaucratic side of the empire, the white-suited executives supported by their grey-suited staff, all of the major and minor intrigues behind the scenes of running an evil empire.

I like how they contrast the Empire’s obsession with perfection, with clean, white or black, shiny spaces, even in their factory-prison, contrasted with the gritty reality of the planets they dominate.

I also liked the design of the brutalist understory of Coruscant, and the brick-built town on Ferrix.

And in case you’re wondering, yes they built an entire set of real buildings for Ferrix, none of this green screen virtual place nonsense.

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Andor season 2 is expected to return in two years, in 2024.

Is Andor good enough that it deserved all its press?  Different enough maybe to provide some column fodder.  As usual I’m not sure the coastal audiences and their media columnists match what the mass audiences are watching.

SIDEBAR: The Internet tells me a “deep cut” is an obscure song by a well known musician, or by extension any obscure work.  END SIDEBAR

Best of the year?  I don’t know.  It’s a different angle on Star Wars, we’ve never really seen the believable behind-the-scenes of either rebel motivations or Empire bureaucracy, so that’s an interesting angle.

It’s not without its flaws, for example as intentionally cringey as the minor bureaucrat’s mother is intended to be, it veers quite far into a particular socio-religious stereotype mother that is maybe a trope best left in the past.

Plus which, without wanting to spoiler, the end of the escape from the prison made no sense and featured some Jar-Jarian me no talk so good aliens that would have been much better if they had spoken perfect English.

Overall good.  I’m not a Star Warsian so it’s not really my thing in general.  I thought Rogue One was highly misguided, with its combined ideas of being protected by religious faith and then sacrificing all for your fanatical cause.

The Mandalorian I quite like.  The Book of Boba Fett was, sadly, a dud.  The Mandalorian season 3 is slated for February 2023.

After that we’ll see what Andor season 2 brings in 2024.

Quantum Leapt – no new QL until 2023

Quantum Leap (2022) season 1 episode 8 aired November 7, 2022.
Episode 9 won’t air until January 2, 2023.

When I wrote about the Japanese television cours, which breaks a season up into subseasons, I had no idea it would apply to Quantum Leap.

I guess the fact we didn’t see the leap destination at the end of episode 8 was a signal that there was going to be a break.

So far I mostly like it.  The Leaper X running joke in episode 6 is the best bit they’ve done so far.

You can watch Quantum Leap in Ottawa on Rogers Citytv, including over-the-air high definition television for free (with ads).  Citytv is HDTV station 65.1  For more information see Over the air HDTV in Ottawa.

You can also watch in the Citytv app (e.g. on Apple TV), the most recent episode is free (with ads) and doesn’t require a password, I would assume for a week after it airs.  After that episodes move behind a login that requires you to demonstrate you subscribe to a TV service that includes Citytv.

Also you can purchase episodes or the entire season e.g. on Apple TV, where it releases the next day after airing, more or less.

You can use JustWatch dot com slash ca to see other options:

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/tv-show/quantum-leap-2022

SIDEBAR: Info about release date from thereviewgeek dot com, along with many other Google search results (including the official NBC site).

SAO Progressive Aria and Laid-Back Camp movies on 24 November 2022

Crunchyroll is pulling out all the stops for American Thanksgiving, with two much-anticipated anime movies both releasing on November 24, 2022.

UPDATE 2022-11-25: It took a long time for Crunchyroll to put the movies online on November 24th, but maybe by 8pm Eastern or later, and definitely by today November 25, 2022 both movies are online on Crunchyroll Canada (Apple TV) under “More Seasons” for their respective shows (at the bottom of each list, at the moment).  END UPDATE

1. Sword Art Online Progressive

The first of the two Sword Art Online Progressive movies, Aria of a Starless Night 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ 星なき夜のアリア begins the retelling of the Aincrad arc in more detail and from different angles.  I am looking forward to this as Aincrad is by far my favourite SAO arc.

You can read my thoughts on the original Aincrad arc in How to watch Sword Art Online 2012 TV series.

SIDEBAR: The sequel Progressive movie Scherzo of a Dark Dusk 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -プログレッシブ- 冥き夕闇のスケルツォ just released in Japan on October 22, 2022 so it will be at least six months before we could expect to see it in English subtitled version on Crunchyroll.  It has been announced that the sequel will be (very briefly) in North American theatres in February 2023.  END SIDEBAR

2. Laid-Back Camp

I very much enjoyed the iyashikei 癒し系 (healing-type) anime Laid-Back Camp.  It is maybe the canonical iyashikei anime.  Although on the surface it may just seem to be camping and eating, I actually found there’s a lot going on in terms of character development.

Laid-Back Camp: Movie 映画 ゆるキャン△ is a sequel to the two seasons of the show that finds the main characters reuniting as adults to build a campsite.