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Post Anime Binge Quick Reviews

A lot of these were mentioned over on my BYOND blog, but I've since decided to reserve my BYOND blog for discussing BYOND projects and use my Digitally Staving Off Boredom blog to discuss discuss the things I've done to digitally stave off boredom.  A place for everything, and everything in it's place, right?

In that case, I've a bit of data integration to do.  Over the last two months, I've had a lot of time on my hands looking for work in an environment largely disinterested in hiring anyway, and I spent much of that viewing anime streaming over Anime Network and Crunchyroll.

Having seen the entirety of the following animes, I'm now quite ready to levy a judgment about them:
Clannad and Clannad After StorySpecial AAzumanga DiaohMaria+HolicNanaca 6/17Princess ResurrectionBest Student CouncilHayate The Combat Butler and Hayate The Combat Butler!!Super GALS(Clicking on any one of these will open the rest of this blog entry and jump to my words about them.)

In The Pursuit Of Art

Art IsWhat is art? Don't even bother trying to universally define it, it is a word that has come to mean just about anything you can imagine. However, in the travels of my inner Internet nomad yesterday, my own personal definition coalesced in my head, trailed off my fingers, and onto a comment thread somewhere:
"Art is the betterment of thought through the invention of the truly novel."It's a nice definition in that it explains not only the what of art but the why of it: truly novel things are needed to challenge our conventional thinking, lest the lack of stimuli cause us to fall into a rut of the same old ideas, and the artist emerges as an inventor dedicated to this task.

It also settles quite definitively what I find right or wrong with particular instances of art: when it is not very novel, it has little or no value to the human mind as stimuli, it's bad at being art.

There was once a point where I considered art a trivial waste of time.  That is no longer…