Month: May 2013

The World God Only Knows Is a Place Where Anime Has No Real Plot

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I really wanted to like this anime.  I saw the first episode, and other than the fact that Luci Christian put her whiny voice on, it was pretty decent.  The best part was that it set up the plot nicely for the rest of the series: the “God of Gaming” makes a deal with the devil to try and rid the world of evil that lives in girls’ hearts by dating them.  And, of course, since he’s the best dating sim player to ever live, he should be able to do that, right?

Wrong.

As it turns out, our hero, Keima, has never been on a date with a real live girl in his life.  Instead, he prefers to spend his time beating video games where the main goal is to date a girl in a game, and he even likes these pixelated characters more than living and breathing women!  Uh…okay.  But, all that aside, it looks as though our hero is set up for disaster, because if he can’t save these girls, he’s not going to be able to save himself.

And thus starts The World God Only Knows, an anime with a great premise, but very little payoff.  The opening is pretty fantastic, especially the song, holy crap, but it’s sad when the first 90 seconds of an episode are the absolute best.  Throughout this season, Keima has to make four different girls fall in love with him in quick arcs that last from 1-4 episodes apiece interspersed with filler that doesn’t have anything to do with anything except his love for games.  We get it.  We got it in the first episode that Keima was obsessed with games.  I’d rather see another arc with a different girl falling for him than to deal with all this filler garbage.

However, it’s just not that easy.  You see, once a girl falls in love with Keima, or she lets him get close enough to kiss her, the evil is sucked out of her heart and she completely forgets about him.  A part of each girl is always changed for the better, but she doesn’t remember falling in love at all.  Now, you would think, that once Keima gets a shot at having a real life with a real girlfriend, he would go remind her or something of all the special moments they shared and maybe try to form a relationship….but no.  He just moves onto the next one.  Like it didn’t even matter to him.  And herein is my problem with this show.  I know, I know, it’s basically a harem (why do I keep watching these?), and the point is to have the main character interact with as many girls as possible, but come on.  He barely gives any of them a second glance after he makes out with them, and just as a human being, that’s pretty cold.  Maybe he’s not a human being.  Maybe he’s just a robot who is really good at video games.  But either way, it just did not sit right with me.

Also, there’s the fact that this show can pretty much go on forever with an endless stream of girls and nothing will get resolved.  When will all the evil be sucked out of their hearts?  Will Keima ever grow a pair and start to have real feelings for someone?  The answer is probably not.  So why should I bother to keep watching if nothing is ever going to happen?

My favorite girl from this first season was the second one, the blonde one who tries so hard to keep up appearances, even when she doesn’t have the means to.  Unfortunately, her arc is over way too quickly and then (after some oddly placed filler, of course) we go onto one that drags way too long about some idol singer.  Man, are the people who made this show obsessed with Kanon, or what?  She has like ten music videos on the bonus features of the DVD.

If you like the kind of harem that can drag on forever, by all means, ignore everything I said and watch this show.  Season 2 has already been released and season 3 is on the way.  Personally, I should have stopped after the first six episodes, but we all know already what a glutton for punishment I am.

The World God Only Knows seasons 1 and 2 are available from Sentai Filmworks in separate season sets.  You can also watch it on Crunchyroll if you don’t want to pay for it, but honestly, I can’t tell if the dub or the sub is worse because in both versions, the girl with the skull in her hair sounds like a whiny baby.  I do want that skull, though.  Anyone know where I can buy one?

Also, don’t forget to enter my Crunchyroll anime membership giveaway!  Just scroll down and post a comment with your Crunchyroll username in the post below and you could win a free month of anime.  That’s like…four episodes of Attack on Titan.  You’re welcome.

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Crunchyroll Anime Membership Giveaway! (Now Closed)

Today is my birthday!  Sucks that it’s on a work day, but I’m ready and willing to party all weekend, and tonight I’m going out to dinner where some waiters will more than likely give me free cake, so that’s a bonus.  Also, wordpress informed me on Sunday that it’s my blogoversary!  I’ve had this account for one whole year.  I know for a fact I didn’t start posting a year ago, but at least the thought was there.  To celebrate, here is the giveaway I had promised.  I plan to do more in the future, though the ways to enter may change depending on how this one goes.  Want to know the prize?  I am giving away…

TWO ONE MONTH CRUNCHYROLL ANIME MEMBERSHIPS!

Want to know how to win one?  It’s really simple.  Just comment on this post with your crunchyroll username.  That’s it.  I will send you a message on that site if you win (as well as announcing it on this blog) to make sure you wish to claim your prize, and then I will gift a one month CR anime membership on over to you.  It’s just that simple.  Please only post one comment with your username.  I screen them all to keep the spam away, so if you enter more than once, I’m just going to delete all of them.  I’ll be using random.org to pick the numbers for the winners, and I will close the giveaway to new comments and announce the winners at Noon Central Time on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  To keep all the comment numbers in order, I will not be replying to comments on this post, but you can always comment any other post or send me a message on crunchyroll (my username is magica), and I will answer you as soon as I can.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted!

These gift memberships will be paid for with my own money.

No company or organization has given me anything in regards to this post.

Just trying to spread some happiness, okay? It’s my birthday, I can do what I want. 🙂

My Daily Beauty Must Haves

Everybody has their own daily beauty routine, I know.  Some swear by certain products while others go in a completely different direction.  Today, I’m going to share with you what works for me in the hopes that it can work for you!

Facial Cleansers and Makeup Primers

  • Lush Fresh Farmacy Cleanser – The first time I went to a Lush store was last November, and the moment I stepped foot in there, I was hooked.  The salesgirls went above and beyond in their helpfulness, and I guess I’m one of those suckers because I walked out of there with $200 worth of products.  I was skeptical about getting a new face soap because the only thing that seemed to work with my complexion was using this Johnson and Johnson baby soap that they don’t even make anymore.  However, the Fresh Farmacy bar is a complete lifesaver.  It doesn’t make me break out, it makes my skin feel clean, and after I use it, I just feel, well…fresh.  If you go to the store, they will cut you off a piece the size you want, as well, so you never feel like you have a bar you can’t hold in your hand.
  • Lush Tea Tree Water – I spray this on right when I get out of the shower on my face and use it as like an astringent.  It helps reduce redness, which is fantastic because my skin is either completely pale or completely red, there is no in between.  It’s not harsh and doesn’t smell too awful, either.
  • Lush Enzymion – I got sticker shock when I looked at the price of this makeup primer; one little tub was $40!  I was debating on whether or not I should return it because I had never used makeup primer, but, let me tell you…it’s well worth the price.  I only use a tiny bit each day, and I won’t be surprised if I don’t use the whole thing before it expires in October.  It really helps keep my makeup on through my 10 hour work day.
  • MAC Bare Study Paint Pot – I have a hell of a time keeping my eye makeup on, and I love to wear it, so this is a constant problem.  One of my eyes tears constantly, no matter what I do, so sometimes I end up with one really great looking eye and one that looks like I am wearing no makeup at all.  However, once my eyeshadow primer got discontinued from Sephora, I started using Bare Study, and I am never going back.  Every time I go to MAC, the girls there try and sell me on some other Paint Pot or eyeshadow primer, but this is the only one that works for me.  When I put my eyeshadow on over this, it makes the colors pop and it STAYS ON MY EYELIDS.  Clearly, the most important thing ever.

Work Appropriate Makeup

  • MAC Studio Fix Foundation – The trick to this foundation is to not use a whole ton of it.  Before, I was caking it on, trying to blend out any imperfections, and it kept coming off, no matter how much powder I put on afterwards.  But once I learned to just use a little bit, the application process went a little better.  It’s not my favorite thing in the world, but it’s the best one I have tried so far, so I’ll continue to use it.
  • MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer – I just recently switched to this from another MAC concealer because the coverage is FANTASTIC.  You may have to do a little contouring because this stuff goes on thick, but it’s worth it.  All the red is GONE.  I love you, Pro Long Wear.  Never leave me.
  • MAC Pressed Blot Powder – This does the job, but I haven’t had time to try out new formulas.  I mean, it’s okay to take down shine, but I do reapply a lot.  Anyone have any suggestions for a powder that has a longer wear time?
  • Kat Von D Eyeshadow Ludwig Palette – I have a TON of different eyeshadows, but none of them stay on quite like the Kat Von D shadows.  For work, I use the three browns on the right side of this palette in the picture, but I have a larger set that has four sets of three complimentary colors that Sephora doesn’t have anymore.  My favorite Kat Von D palette is the Metal Symphony one, but I wouldn’t wear any of those to work (since they are evening blacks and blues) and it was a limited edition and is now discontinued.  Every product in her line I’ve tried has had a ridiculously long wear time, doesn’t break out your skin, or cause allergic reactions.  It’s perfection in a brand, for sure.
  • MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash Mascara – I’ve tried about six million different mascaras, but MAC mascaras are the only ones that don’t irritate my sensitive eyes.  Plus, this one is waterproof, so it withstands my constant tearing.  God bless you, MAC.   I don’t know what I would do without you.

That’s pretty much what I wear to work on a daily basis, including whatever lip gloss/Chapstick I can find (and sometimes MAC lipstick in Faux), but on the weekends, it’s an entirely different story…and that’s for an entirely different post.  What’s your must have beauty product?  Let me know in the comments below if there’s something I should be using!

Uta no Prince Sama – Making Teenaged Fantasies Come True

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Guys…if this concept were in reality and not just an anime, I think all my dreams would come true.  To attend a school that would train you to be an idol while pairing you with someone who would write you the perfect song?  And to be swimming in a sea of hot guys?  God.  What I wouldn’t give.  I went to a performing arts college.  I attended music school.  Let me tell you, it did not compare to the perfection of Saotome High, the setting for Uta no Prince Sama.  However, before I get into my gushing about how this concept is the best thing since Cadbury Eggs, let me tell you a little about the actual show.

Firstly, if you want to avoid inevitable spoilers for the entire series, skip past the first episode’s opening song and all the endings.  Now, I don’t recommend this, simply because this is one of the greatest anime endings EVER (I know you think I say that a lot, but trust me, I don’t watch endings most of the time because they all suck, so if I mention that it’s good, then just trust me), but if you watch it where they placed it at the beginning of episode 1, it’s the most maximum level of foreshadowing you could possibly achieve.

Not to mention, it royally confused me, and I thought…

SPOILER!!!

That the guys were in a boyband first and came to the school in secret to hide and get training…..spoiler.  If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know why I said that.

END SPOILER.

You can all breathe now.

Anyway, so this girl with freakishly red hair and INSANE YELLOW EYES WITH NO PUPILS decides she has to take the entrance exam for this music school because she wants to write songs for her idol, HAYATO, (whose name, by the way, is almost always in all capital letters in the subtitles) because his voice saved her.  However, she’s late because she had to help some little girl find her mom or something and the guards at the gate don’t want to let her in.  Luckily, these two hot guys sweet talk them into letting her take the test, and when we jump to the first day of school, everybody’s in!  Yellow Eyes is named Haruka, and there is nothing extraordinary about her.  Seriously.  She’s soft-spoken and that’s about it.  Her roommate, Tomo, is a real knock out, and shockingly, no one pays much attention to her.  Instead, this literal harem of boys is drawn to boring, whiny Haruka.  They consist of:

  • Otoya Iitoki, otherwise known as the red-haired dude.  AKA the all-around nice guy.  AKA the first one who gets to work with Haruka and “discovers” how great a composer she is.  AKA the one who’s pretty awesome and one of two favorites.
  • Masato Hijirikawa, otherwise known as the blue-haired dude.  AKA the control freak.  AKA the “super serious” one.  AKA the one who you probably don’t want to be alone in a room with because he’s going to start talking about how totally jealous he is over you speaking to other guys and might just pull your hair and slam you against a wall.
  • Ren Jinguuji, otherwise known as the blonde one with the long hair.  AKA the playboy.  AKA the guy all the girls want.  AKA the one who thinks he created the sun and all his wishes should be granted because he’s just that awesome.  AKA the one who really would push you against a wall just to get your attention.
  • Natsuki Shinomiya, otherwise known as the other blonde one (but with glasses!).  AKA the one who likes cute things.  AKA the one who is in love with Syo….what?  AKA the one who has the best image song.  AKA THE ONE WHO IS FREAKING BI-POLAR AND IT IS GLORIOUS.
  • Syo Kurusu, otherwise known as the other, other blonde one (but who usually wears a hat!).  AKA the bad boy because he wears spiked bracelets and black nail polish.  AKA the short, tiny one who gets picked on for his size.  AKA the one who gets chased around a lot by his roommate….what?  AKA my second favorite because, let’s be real, he’s adorable.
  • Tokiya Ichinose, otherwise known as the…other blue-haired guy (or maybe it’s purple…close enough to blue that I couldn’t tell him and the other blue-haired dude apart for two episodes).  AKA the one who claims to be a twin of Haruka’s HAYATO.  AKA the one who doesn’t buy into her crap.  AKA the “mysterious” one.

There’s also a seventh guy….but I’m not wrecking that surprise.  BECAUSE IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND AND MAKE YOU WANT TO DIE AND THEN COME BACK TO LIFE AND THEN RE-LIVE IT AGAIN.  You’ll see.

Anyway, Haruka’s pretty worthless.  She somehow got into a music school and the composition program without knowing how to read music…and then she picks it up in a day.  Literally.  One day.  I know that you can be a prodigy and play by ear (I know many of these super talented musicians) but not one of them has ever claimed to learn how to read and write sheet music IN ONE DAY.  I wanted to poke out an eye when that happened.  The first several episodes all center around one guy apiece, and they each have their own individual songs, which is pretty sweet for a typical, throw away harem anime.  But the boys, they end up bringing out all this musical talent and confidence in our female protagonist, and she, therefore, brings out the passion for…music…in each one of them.  I say music, because, well, people at this school are not allowed to date.  We don’t know why.  It’s never explained.  So if you’re thinking this is going to be a pretty awesome romance, it’s not.  At least until each student has to pick a buddy for the graduation audition: one singer for each composer.  And if you don’t know where this is going, then you obviously need to watch more anime.

Uta no Prince Sama is a really cute show.  It’s not ground-breaking or extraordinary, by any means, but the concept is pretty much what I wanted my life to be like when I went to music school, so I’m completely biased towards it.  I watched the whole goddamned thing in two days.  I mean…come on.  It’s got a great soundtrack (apparently worthless Haruka can compose some good music after all…) and if you like music-themed anime, this is right up your alley.  It actually reminds me an awful lot of one of my favorite shows, La Corda D’oro, which is pretty much the same thing but with classical music instead of idols and a female protagonist that people actually like, as opposed to want to punch in the face.  If you swapped a couple things around and mashed up the two shows (and thrown in a bit of fuckery), you’d pretty much have my perfect anime.  Though the plot goes nowhere, it’s four hours of your life where you’ll get a little bit of mindless enjoyment and we can all use that sometimes.  Plus, the opening is pretty bad ass.  I find something new each time I watch it.

You can currently watch most of the first season streaming on Crunchyroll, and there is a second season that’s currently airing.  Sentai Filmworks has licensed both of them, and if they give it a shitty sub-only release like they did with La Corda D’oro heads are gonna roll.  Just sayin’, Sentai.  Just saying.  Check it out and let me know what you thought, and maybe I’ll tell you what really happens in music school.  Sadly, there was no Shining Saotome to give us a circus act at the entrance ceremony.  We did, however, have an ice sculpture.  Yeah…not as cool.

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Anime Mondays #22

Man, today is the best Monday ever.  Not only because it’s Celebration Week, but because it’s a freaking holiday!  So before you all go off to your barbeques, check out all the anime I marathoned my way through last week.  This one is gonna be a doozy, folks, so strap in.

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed below!

Fate/Stay Night – Episodes 2-4 Fate Stay Night Cover

I gave the rest of the disc a shot shortly after I wrote last week’s post.  And man…this anime has a lot of talking.  I think there was one entire episode in this bunch that consisted entirely of some priest dude explaining the overall back story for this tournament.  But it was just him talking…no awesome visuals or anything.  The main dude is gonna join up in this tournament, fight to the death style.  It sucks because he’s gonna have to fight against the girl who is helping him, but nothing is really brought up about this point, other than she says once, “You know we’re enemies,” or something equally as noncommittal.  The dude dies, the girl brings him back to life, there’s some more uninteresting fighting…why is this franchise so popular?  Someone please tell me it gets better, or, at the very least, tolerable…

Attack on Titan – Episodes 1-7 Attack on Titan Cover

I’ll completely admit that I avoided this show like the plague.  I read the reviews, saw the youtubes, and I was like, there’s no way this show could be that great that everybody and their dog likes it, right?  Something has to be wrong with it, and then I’ll get sucked into the hype and watch it even if it sucks and hate myself for it later.  Plus, I thought this was about giant robots for some reason (I guess I was getting it confused with that Gargantia show, but don’t quote me on if that has robots or not, I’m just taking a shot in the dark).  So let me just say right now: I was wrong.  This show is completely worth the hype.  WATCH ATTACK ON TITAN.  Instead of giant robots, the show is about this city that’s surrounded by giant walls that people built to keep from going extinct because the world became invaded by these giant people.  Well…they’re not really people…they’re just naked giants with no sex organs who eat people.  Gross.  So they barricaded themselves inside these walls and have been living peacefully for a long time…until this super giant climbs the wall and busts a hole in it and the shit hits the fan.  This one kid named Eren wants to be a part of the militia that goes outside the walls to kill the giants, and once they get inside and eat his freaking mother, now he’s got revenge on the brain.  There are a lot of time skips in this ala Sword Art Online, but they’re not as jarring as the latter.  And let me tell you, once episode 5 hits…it’s like a fucking gut punch.  This is a 25 episode show, so I have no idea if it’s going to peter out or what (and honestly, after 5, it has for me, slightly, but there are just a lot of questions that haven’t been answered) but I’ll be there for the ride…along with everybody else.  The fangirl flag is flying….goddamn it.

Dragon Drive – Episodes 9-12 Dragon Drive Cover

I’m honestly sitting here trying to remember what happened in this string of episodes.  I know there were a couple of little, rich, spoiled brat kids and some battles….and I’m getting it confused with the last few episodes I watched of Yu Yu Hakusho where I know they started the tournament fighting…and this, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when you watch too many tournament fighters at one time.  I just can’t do it.  There’s nothing even remotely memorable about this anime.  The OCD is the only thing compelling me to finish it, and I don’t hate it or find it annoying like I did with Evangelion…it’s just…it just exists.  That’s it, Dragon Drive.

 

The World God Only Knows – Episodes 8-12 The World God Only Knows Cover(Finished!)

I’m going to do a full review on this (spoiler alert), so I won’t say a whole lot about the show here, other than I’m glad I didn’t buy season 2.  I’ll still watch it, or possibly pick it up if it’s part of a really great sale, but the anime left me completely unfulfilled.  It was amusing, but it didn’t live up to its potential.  PLUS IT ENDED ON FILLER.  AND IT DIDN’T EVEN REALLY END, IT JUST SAID, “SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!”  I fucking hate that noise.  I ranked The World God Only Knows 6/1o on MAL.

 

 

InuYasha – Episodes 11-13 InuYasha Cover

So I have all seven seasons of this show sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to watch.  I never watched it on Toonami or anything, but I picked them up for a really great price — read: cheap — and I started to watch it…and put it on the back burner.  It didn’t help that when I wanted to continue that I accidentally put the wrong disc in and ended up watching 3/4 of an episode I had already completed.  Yeah, I guess the first season or so isn’t that memorable.  Or maybe it is and I’m just distracted.  Anyway, InuYasha is about this dog/demon guy and this girl from the future who falls down a well or something into his time period, and she’s really the reincarnation of…someone from his life (I want to say his family, but I don’t want to put out the creepy incest vibe if that’s not true), so it’s a shonen love story…ish.  The true reason I put off watching it for this long was because I heard the ending sucked, but now that InuYasha The Final Act is completed, I think I can watch it, as long as I start from the beginning.  It’s okay.  It’s not as entertaining as One Piece, and doesn’t have the fighting like Bleach, but I’ll keep on keeping on.

GetBackers – Episodes 16-17 GetBackers Cover

The Makubex arc is STILL going on.  Oh my god.  PLEASE BE OVER SOON.  This is all my anime rental service is fucking sending me.  I have three discs of it sitting here, and I can’t get anything new until I send some back, and this NEVER-ENDING ARC IS STILL HAPPENING AND I JUST DON’T CARE ANYMORE.  I WANT TO WATCH PERSONA 4, UGH, PLEASE JUST SEND IT TO ME I PUT IT AT THE TOP OF MY QUEUE, GOD.  Ahem.  Sorry.  I’m just really sick of this arc.  I need something new to happen.  Please, oh please, god.

 

 

Uta no Prince Sama 1000% (Season 1) – Episodes 1-13 (Finished!) Uta no Prince Sama Cover

A full, non-spoiler review of this show will be up tomorrow, so until then, let’s put the spoilers here where they belong.  If you want to watch this show and not be spoiled at all, scroll down until you see the next picture.  Okay?  Okay.

ONE OF THE HAREM GUYS IS A FUCKING CAT.

Seriously?  Seriously.  This seriously happened.  I can’t get over it.  Like, were six hot guys not enough?  They had to add in this ridiculous cat/god/muse who has been following her around the entire series, leading Haruka towards Ichinose…why?  If he loves her, why would he lead her towards another fucking dude?  And other than the fact that she didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, why didn’t she choose Ichinose to be her partner?  I don’t know about you, but if my biggest dream was to write music for HAYATO, and HAYATO was right in front of me asking me to write his songs, I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN HIS GODDAMNED SONGS.  I know it’s a freaking reverse harem, so I’m cutting it some slack because I’m hard pressed to find a harem where the protagonist picks a partner (except for Shuffle! and that was fucking terrible), but come on.  HER LIFE GOAL.  HER DREAM.  RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER FACE SAYING LIVE ME!  LIVE YOUR DREAM!  And no.  I mean, clearly I enjoyed myself watching this way more than any sane person should because I ranked it 8/10 on MAL, and I’m more than likely going to start marathoning season 2 as soon as I’m done with this post, but…come on.  Also I really want to play this game, if only so I can choose bi-polar Natsuki and watch the Degrassi-esque drama unfold…but I bet that doesn’t happen either.  I don’t know, I’ve never played a visual novel or a dating sim other than some interactive DVD I rented by accident and the girl died at the end.  Annnnnd… Syo reminds me of a non-rehab AJ McLean, and that makes me really happy.  I talk about Uta Pri way too much, and I’m fairly certain that no one cares.  Oh well.

Baka and Test OVA Series – Episodes 1-2 + Specials (Finished!) Baka and Test OVA Cover

I’m debating on whether or not I’m going to give this a full review (I know, I don’t have something written in advance of posting it?? Gasp.), so I’ll just say here that I really enjoyed these OVAs.  I started watching them right after they had aired in Japan the first time and couldn’t get through them for the life of me…I have no idea why that happened, because the two episodes are pretty freaking hysterical.  They basically took the best parts of season 1 and squished them into two episodes, and, thankfully, made one of them an avatar battle.  I think those battles are the best part of the series, and when there were only a couple in the first season, I wasn’t that impressed.  However, the OVA series has a perfect filler/battle ratio.  I wouldn’t watch the OVA before I had watched season 1, because you’re going to be totally lost as to what’s happening, but it’s a nice companion to the series before season 2 starts.  Plus, the specials spoof dating sims, and I don’t care, it’s still hysterical every time someone thinks Hideyoshi is actually a girl, especially when it’s his best freaking friend.  I ranked the OVA series 9/10 on MAL.

And now for the Cliff Notes version of this post:

Best of the Week: Uta no Prince Sama, Attack on Titan, Baka and Test OVA

Love it or Leave it: InuYasha, The World God Only Knows

Hope it Gets Better: Fate/Stay Night, GetBackers, Dragon Drive

Come back tomorrow for an Uta Pri review, and keep checking for my birthday giveaway!  If you come to these posts for the Crunchyroll guest passes, I guarantee you will like the prize.

Welcome to Celebration Week!

I know that sometimes my blog posts are sporadic.  Okay, more than sporadic.  Like, once a week if I’m lucky.  It’s not that I don’t want to post, it’s just that I’m a busy girl with a life full of glitter.  But the last week of May brings many awesome things, including my birthday!  So, let’s party Glitterbots-style.  No, not with a bunch of robots and rope and covering up ice floors, but with a bunch of awesome blog posts and presents…for you!

There will be a new post everyday this week, including a giveaway, just to say thanks to all my readers.  You guys are the shit, honestly.  Whether you stumbled upon this blog because I posted about a sale on nail polish, or you saw a picture of Mandy Moore’s Tangled-esque haircut, or you like how I ramble about all the anime I watch, I appreciate the stumbling.  You can tumble on into my arms if you want to and I’ll give you all a great big hug.

I’m gonna feel like a giant Disneyfied tool, but what are you celebrating?  Parties for you, too!  Parties for everyone!

Now, just enjoy this Ke$ha gif I found on tumblr.  See you tomorrow!

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Anime Mondays #21

I probably should have held this post over for a week, seeing as it’s going to be extremely abbreviated.  How do you like those $2 words?  No, but seriously, May is always a ridiculously busy month for me because everyone and their mother has a birthday (including me! I’m thinking I might host a giveaway…) and then there are graduations, work things, plus I’ve been sick…insanity.  Instead of this post, I should have done just a random one or something, but the inspiration isn’t striking at the moment, so…here you go!

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Honey and Clover – Episodes 9-12 and First Special Honey and Clover Cover

So, I started renting this off Netflix around the same time Viz licensed NANA because I saw the trailer and I was like, “oh…I went to art school!  Maybe I’ll like this.”  Well, this anime is about visual arts school, not performing arts, which is what I attended.  It started off pretty well, though, like a not-very-dramatic soap opera about a group of kids in college.  However, just a warning, it has one of the most DISTURBING openings ever.  It will make you never want to play with your food again.  Anyway, it kept going, and I was semi-interested, and it just popped up into my queue the other day…and I’ve officially grown unimpressed.  For once, I was actually hoping the special was a recap episode because I had completely forgotten almost everything that happened prior to episode 9, but it wasn’t.  It’s a side story.  And I just had absolutely no interest in anything that was going on…and it wasn’t much, to be honest with you.  Honey and Clover is one of those slice-of-life shows where absolutely nothing happens…if you like those, then go for it, but I’m still waiting for a confession or a kiss or…ANYTHING.  It’s definitely not like NANA.  But at least it’s not as boring as Aria the Natural.  PS – yeah, I still hate that anime and the hours it subtracted from my life.

Dragon Drive – Episode 8 Dragon Drive Cover

I’m gonna be honest with you; I can’t remember anything about this episode other than I know I finished it because I took the DVD out of the player.  Man, it sucks when a show is so uninteresting I can’t remember a single thing about it.  Ridiculous.

 

 

 

Fate/Stay Night – Episode 1 Fate Stay Night Cover

This is another Netflix pick because I heard everyone raving about Fate/Zero and my OCD forces me to watch everything in order, so here we go.  I attempted to watch more than one episode of this, but I promptly fell asleep through episode 2…twice.  This does not bode well.  As far as I can tell, Fate/Stay Night is about this tournament fighter (yes!) where seven people gets a random magical assistant by picking a card and then they enter this tournament to…I don’t know.  Win?  There’s this really popular girl who has this hot as hell assistant but is, for some reason, disappointed by this.  Um…why?  Let me reiterate, HOT AS HELL.  And then there’s this dude who fixes equipment, but I don’t know what his deal is yet.  Also, the blonde person on the cover is a girl….which I completely didn’t know.  Thanks, opening, for showing me the light.  I hope this gets at least a little better, to where I’m not bored to unconsciousness by watching it, but if everyone loves the sequel,  I guess the masses can’t be wrong…right?

Rose of Versailles – Episodes 6-10 Rose of Versailles Cover

This show is not losing any of its steam whatsoever.  If nothing, the petty drama is morphing into REAL drama, which makes the melodramatic aspects of this anime even better.  Goddamn, I love this show.  I’m so happy I bought this, and when I’m done with the first set, I don’t know how I’m going to survive the wait until the second comes out.  On this week’s RoV, we have Marie Antoinette meeting the gorgeous Fersen, and it’s love at first sight, except, oops, she’s married!  Then she wants to go horseback riding but doesn’t listen to gorgeous stable boy Andre and almost dies because she’s an idiot and almost kills him because he couldn’t stop the horse, and apparently, back in the day, that was grounds for execution.  Bitch better watch her back.  Luckily, she gets him out of trouble, so snaps in her direction.  And finally, and most importantly, the king dies of smallpox, kicks out bitchy Madame du Barry because he can’t have a whore by his side and go to heaven, and Marie Antoinette becomes queen!  The emotion in this show is unreal.  It’s sad that I cheered for someone to get a fatal disease and die just so Madame du Barry could be exiled because she’s such a wench.  And the ever-so-informative narrator lets us know that slut got executed later.  BAM!  Karma is a bitch.  Please go buy this.  If I weren’t trying to ration myself so that I’ll have less of a gap between sets, I probably would have finished this already.

And that’s it.  Yes, seriously.   I’m gonna start ranking the weekly shows I watch at the end of the posts in case you are avoiding spoilers and don’t want to read the blurbs.

Best of the Week: Rose of Versailles

Love it or Leave it: Honey and Clover, Fate/Stay Night

Hope it Gets Better: Dragon Drive

Do you guys have any suggestions for a giveaway?  I have a bunch of anime that I bought doubles of that needs to go to a good home.  I could do Crunchyroll memberships, Funimation memberships, beauty stuff…I don’t know.  What do you want?  Because, clearly, when it’s my birthday, I give the presents.