Just as I started writing my series of posts on Premier League crest designs, Juventus decided to bring a boatload of attention to that subject by launching a new logo that is radically different from any of their past designs. Juve is not in the Premier League, by virtue of that whole “located in Italy not England” technicality, but I had to write about it anyways.
AFC Bournemouth’s current badge, introduced in 2013, is an evolution of the Dickie Dowsett design that has been in use by the club since 1971 in some form or another, apart from a brief period in the 80s when they used a rather euphemistic badge depicting a pair of Cherries (the club’s nickname). Central to Bournemouth’s crest is a stylized image of Dickie Dowsett, a footballer who scored 79 goals for the Cherries and later served as their commercial manager.¹
Logo design is a subject that has always been of great interest to me for some reason or another. I can’t quite say why, but those symbols that get slapped on everything from cars to soda cans have long piqued my curiosity. They represent a sort of modern, capitalist heraldry. Good ones elevate a product, and bad ones reduce it. I have no formal education in graphic design, I should point out, so for me this really is more of a spectator sport than anything else.
A more conventional sporting interest of mine is association football – aka soccer. However, for most of my life that interest began and ended with international football – I liked to watch the World Cup and the Euros, and that was about it. I’d watch club games every now and then, but I did not really follow any league thoroughly. That changed last year, when I began to follow club football more closely.
Carnival Phantasm: a good title screen
Well, it’s time for my final 12 days of anime post! Except, I’ve missed a bunch of days… yeah, next year I’ll make sure to write the articles beforehand to avoid writer’s block. Anyways, I will finish all the posts which were intended for this 12 Days series, though I’ll publish them later as stand-alones.
Anyways, since today is my final 12 Days post, I thought I’d dedicate it to a rather peculiar topic that I am quite interested in: anime title screens. The inspiration for this post came when I decided to watch a bit of the first episode of Seiren, an anime airing this season that I am quite looking forward to due to it’s connections with the Amagami franchise. The show hasn’t been translated yet, so I only watched a bit of the raw. That bit, however, included the opening… and that OP included the abomination of a title screen that is pictured below. The out-of-focus background, the fuzzy gradients, the ClipArt style hearts – it’s a good example of bad design.
We’re a couple of days into the new year, and a couple days away from the new anime season. As such, today’s post will be my preview of the anime of Winter 2017 – well, the ones that I am most interested in watching.
Seiren – セイレン
Studio: Studio Gokumi | PV
Seiren is an original work by Takayama Kisai, the character designer of the Amagami visual novel series. Given that Takayama also collaborated on Amagami‘s story, it’s not much of a surprise to see that Seiren looks, well, very Amagami-esque. Amagami SS happens to be one of my favourite romcom anime, making Seiren probably my most anticipated anime of the coming season. Like Amagami SS, the anime will follow an omnibus format, with a series of episodes dedicated to each one of the story’s heroines. It seems that Seiren will consist of 13 episodes focusing on three heroines, but the fact that there have been more than three character designs with significant effort put into them leads me to believe that there is a good possibility that this will be a split-cour series.
Well, we’ve finally reached it: the end of 2016. Whether you had a good or bad 2016, it is hard to deny that this is a year that will be remembered for quite some time. I’m not writing this post to regale you with memes about how bad 2016 was – those are easy to find elsewhere, after all. However, I would like to note that this phenomenon – this obsession over the nature of the current year – is something that is really quite unique in recent memory.
Anyways, this will be a shorter post, since instead of talking about a topic I’d just like to talk about my 2016. 2016 was an interesting year for me in terms of my anime consumption. I probably watched fewer minutes of anime in this past year than I have in any year since I started watching the stuff back in 2013. After starting a lot of older series in early 2016, I entered a long slump that lasted most of the summer and fall during which I watched barely any anime – airing or otherwise.
So, one might ask – what the hell am I doing starting an anime blog at the end of this year? Simple: for the first time in a while, I find my interest in anime increasing again. It seems that the long stint of minimal anime viewing served me well – instead of feeling burnt out by the medium, it feels fresh to me again.
In the coming week or so I plan on posting both a recap of my favourite shows of 2016 (I did watch some) and my preview for the upcoming winter 2017 season. 2017 in general looks like a very promising year for anime. Space Battleship Yamato 2202, Kimi no Na wa, Seiren, five different Fate/ works, et cetera – in terms of new anime alone, the coming year looks way more interesting to me than 2016 was. I hope that all of you can enjoy it as much as I will.
Kotonoha no Niwa / The Garden of Words
Note: yes, I’ve missed a few days due to a migraine and general laziness. I do have posts for days 4 & 5 in draft form, but I am not happy enough with them to post them just yet.
One of the anime I am most looking forward to watching in the coming year is Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no Na wa, aka Your Name. Kimi no Na wa is easily the industry’s greatest sensation of 2016 – with a worldwide gross of over 288 million USD it is not only Shinkai’s most succesful film, but the second-highest grossing Japanese film of all time after Spirited Away. It is no surprise, then, to see another uptick in the comparisons between Shinkai and Miyazaki Hayao, the famous Ghibli director responsible for Spirited Away and many other famous films.