Plastic Nee-san

Here’s something I found during the rainy hours of a recent vacation. Plastic Nee-san, a cartoon about high school girls who belong to a plastic model building club. Of course it is crazy, which is why I’m mentioning it. The first two vignettes are worth watching. Others are good as well, but it can be hit or miss.

That is a lot of speakers!

If you’re older than 40 you should remember when people had huge stereo speakers in their homes. Today speakers come in the form of sound bars, odd pill-shaped bluetooth enabled speakers, and other random non-box-shaped configurations. Back in the day, the cool kids had massive furniture sized speakers.

This art installation by John Wynne features 300 old school speakers:

Makes me wax nostalgic.

Theme song for Punch Line Anime

Thanks to my inexpensive Crunchyroll subscription I have access to a lot of new and unusual anime. Some anime like Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan were really amazing, but others are just mildly amusing — good enough to fill 22 minutes of your time, but maybe not enough to rave about to friends.

One thing about watching subtitled anime — you can’t look away. No checking your email. If you do, you’ll miss an entire conversion and miss a chunk of the plot.

Punch Line is the odd story of a teenage boy ghost who watches over a house of young women. Episodes, which vary wildly in plot, typically end when ghost boy sees one of the girls’ panties, with the stereotypical nose bleed fountain… and then an asteroid collides with earth. Boom — end of the episode and, which I guess is the Punchline. It is intimated that the asteroid collision is triggered by the boy seeing the panties. I guess it is a little bit like the movie Groundhog Day, because the day repeats but something different happens each time. It isn’t clear whether there is an arc to all of this, but I think eventually his nose won’t bleed and earth will be saved.

The reason for this post is not to review or explain the show, it’s to post the video for its intro. I think the song is great. It embodies everything unique and interesting about Japanese anime music: wild changes in song structure, high-engergy, and fun. Plus Shokotan!

Watch & listen:

And a least one of the girls bear a resemblance to a Scooby Doo character.

Scooby Doo