Month: June 2013

Anime Mondays #25

I guess it’s safe to say it’s officially summer when the temperature almost hits 90 degrees two days in a row, huh?  At least if you live where I do.  Thankfully, I’ve been abusing the air conditioning all week.  I’d like to kiss whoever invented central air, let me tell you.  Hey, Monday!

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

Kodocha – Episode 52 Kodocha Cover

I pretty much devoured all of what Funimation dubbed of this show back when they started coming out with their SAVE editions.  I loved it.  Sure, it’s about some little kid who tries to be a normal school girl while being a big tv star, but it’s about so much more than that.  The characters are ridiculous and dramatic all rolled into one, and I don’t care about the flack other people give this release because I guess the original music wasn’t kept?  I think it’s amazing.  Unfortunately, this show never got a full English release, and about half of it was thrown to the wolves.  It’s definitely not so great in Japanese.  I was able to keep up with Laura Bailey’s manic Sana in English, but in another language, the dialogue and the singing just goes by so quickly that it’s hard to keep up.  It’s taken me years to even pick it back up once I finished the English dub, and I know it’ll take me just as long, if not longer, to finish the entire series.  The Funimation dub certainly had charm and it just doesn’t carry over to the original language track.

Yu Yu Hakusho – Episodes 40-42 Yu Yu Hakusho Title

Told you I was going to continue watching this this week.  The gang defeated another team in the tournament, which included that weird Scottish guy.  I still couldn’t understand anything he said.  Thankfully, in the next group of episodes, there will be an all new group to fight.  I’m still not burnt out on this.  Maybe if it drags out for the entire season, but I think it’s going to end before the box set is over…I hope.

 

 

 

Rose of Versailles – Episodes 11-15 Rose of Versailles Cover

This show keeps getting better and better.  It’s got the right amount of melodrama mixed with a plot that won’t quit.  You already know I know almost nothing about this historical period, but the narration intermixes the history with the fictional parts of this story perfectly…even if it is chock full of spoilers.  It makes you pay attention to certain characters and scenes that you wouldn’t otherwise.  Now that Marie is Queen of France, she’s just as frivolous as ever, especially when her secret boyfriend gets sent away because he’s distracting.  In this group of episodes, she feels pressure to have a baby.  Why you gotta go and make things so complicated?  Poor Marie.  Now she’s not only trapped in a loveless marriage with her husband, but she has to sleep with him, too.  And if she ever did sleep with her secret boyfriend, that would be cheating.  Ugh.  Oscar has a duel with an asshole Duke and shoots him in the hand because she can’t bear to actually kill someone and…man.  I just love these characters.  I love this show.  My volume two shipped insanely early, too, so I don’t have to hold back on watching this anymore.  July marathon?  I think so!

GetBackers – Episodes 22-26 GetBackers Cover

You guys.  YOU GUYS.  THE MAKUBEX ARC IS FINALLY OVER!!!  I’d like to tell you that it ended with a bang or a flash or a giant explosion where everybody died, but guess what?  It was another power of friendship ending.  Seriously?  Seriously???  I’m so disappointed.  This arc lasted more than half of the show’s first season, and other than proving that the bad guys weren’t all that bad, it was completely pointless.  Also, the first episode in the new season is a freaking hot springs episode.  No, I’m not kidding.  I don’t hate this show enough to drop it, but I just am so sad.  When it was finally coming to a close, it had so much potential…and then major cop out.  I wish so many arcs didn’t end in this same exact way, really, I do.

Deadman Wonderland – Episodes 5-12 Deadman Wonderland Cover(Completed!)

I had almost forgotten about this show.  I liked it when I first started it, but then I heard the ending was bad and pushed it to the side.  All it took was a Glass Reflection review to remind me that I had to finish it, so I took to the Funimation Roku channel soon after.  Sidenote: these reviews are outstanding.  They are among the best edited and written ones on youtube, and if you’ve got time to kill, you won’t regret going and watching them all.  I may or may not have done it for all the shows I’ve seen already.  Whoops.  Anyway, Deadman Wonderland is about this kid who is falsely accused of murdering his entire class who gets sent to this prison where all the prisoners  have to compete in these Hunger Games-esque activities for the amusement of the public.  Obviously, the plot appealed to me at first.  Hello, remember my jones for The Hunger Games?  Okay then.  However, it deviates from this when we learn our main guy, Ganta, can shoot his blood as a projectile weapon.  This puts him in a different section of the prison where people have to fight tournament style.  It’s a really fucked up show.  And, unfortunately, everyone is right about the ending: it sucks.  It ends, but almost nothing is resolved.  In fact, once Ganta gets into the other section of the prison, the entire show rushes through just about everything.  At one point he joins a group of vigilantes who plan to escape, and I literally thought I missed part of the episode because he went from joining the group to immediately going into this plan.  It just didn’t make sense.  In fact, I didn’t get the big twist at the end until I watched the video commentary by the English dub cast because they spoil it.  Now, knowing this, I want to go back and watch the whole thing over to try and make sense of the shit that went down, but I probably won’t.  It would have benefited greatly from another 12 episodes, but we’ll never get them, so I’m not even bothering to hope.  I ranked this show 7/10 on MAL.

Ookami-San and her Seven Companions – Episodes 7-8 Ookami-San Cover

I purchased this show because I thought it was going to be about re-done fairy tales, which I am completely obsessed with.  And it is…but it isn’t.  It’s more a school show with little fairy tale twists thrown in there for the hell of it.  And I’m saddened to say that it’s just not interesting at all.  In a show like this, the characters need to be familiar and likable and I just don’t care about any of them at all.  It’s becoming a chore to get through, and honestly, I haven’t picked it back up in over a year.  I’m trying to watch the stuff I actually own so I know whether or not I need to bring it with me when I move or put it away, so I want to finish this…but it wasn’t meant to happen this week.  Maybe when inspiration strikes, I’ll pick it back up.  Maybe.

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Rin Cover– Episode 1

Yeah, I started watching this because of another Glass Reflection review.  I’m a glutton for punishment.  I had to see what all the fuss was about.  And honestly…I thought it would be a lot worse.  Granted, I only watched the first episode, and the violence was pretty high, but at least it wasn’t like Elfen Lied quality, which I absolutely loathed.  The plot hasn’t exactly come into play that much yet, and I don’t know if I’m going to watch any more of this show right away, but it wasn’t…terrible.  I didn’t like the art style, but I’ve seen movies way worse than this.  Yes, I sat through Hostel 2.  I’m not proud of this fact.

 

Magic User’s Club TV – Episodes 1-4 Magic User's Club TV Cover

In previous Anime Mondays, I talked about how much I liked the Magic User’s Club OVA.  It was a power of friendship story, sure, but I actually believed it for once.  That shit made me cry, okay.  The tv series….eh.  I tried watching the first episode before and I couldn’t really get into it.  Now that I’ve seen the first four, I still…can’t really get into it.  It’s like it took all the great, serious plot-driven moments out of of the OVA and squashed them into this mindless mush of a television series.  I’m going to hope it gets better, but right now it’s just a school slice of life with a little magic thrown in.  What a disappointment.

 

Best of the Week: Rose of Versailles, Yu Yu Hakusho, Deadman Wonderland

Love it or Leave it: Kodocha, Magic User’s Club TV, Rin

Hope it Gets Better: GetBackers, Ookami-San and Her Seven Companions

Alright, now I’m going back to watching this recorded version of The Phantom of the Opera.  No judging.  I love musicals.  Don’t be a hater.

Anime Mondays #24

I know, I know, there was no post last week.  In my defense, I didn’t really watch enough to write about and I was busy as all hell.  I did pick the winner for my birthday giveaway, however, so…

Congratulations to priaft!!!

I know I said I was going to give away two memberships but that was the only entry that counted.  Lesson learned.  Next time I’ll use rafflecopter.  But for now, let’s talk shit about some anime!  Cool?  Cool.

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

Attack on Titan – Episodes 9-10 Attack on Titan Cover

So Attack on Titan continues to be the only anime I’ll watch weekly this season, but, truth be told, I’m almost ready to take a four week break and then start marathoning episodes.  I mean, I got to that point with Chihayafuru 2 because I just didn’t want to burn out on the hype.  Plus, I hate waiting.  I am a super fan of instant gratification.  These two episodes seemed like a whole lot of talking and not a lot of action.  I don’t necessarily need to see giant titan fights every episode, but I would like something plot wise to move along.  Instead, we watched as Eren turned cannibal on himself to turn into a titan (the type of which apparently depends on his intentions), realized that he gets uber-amnesia afterwards, but then figures out that in order to know exactly what’s going on with his new power, he has to go home and creep into his daddy’s locked basement.  And where is his good old father, anyway?  We know his mom died, but daddy dearest is totally MIA.  Oh, and Armin yells a lot.  That’s pretty much the gist of these 45 minutes.  In other words, they took two episodes to over-explain to us things we could figure out already.  Well…at least the opening and ending are still bad ass.

Shiki – Episodes 2-3 Shiki Cover

Truth be told, I have no idea why I randomly picked this up again on the Funimation Channel.  I think I wanted to watch Higurashi again, realized that it’s no longer being streamed by Funimation (which is how I watched it the first time), and tried to use this as a replacement.  It’s not.  I fell asleep during episode 4.  I want something to happen, and it’s not as inherently creepy as my beloved Higurashi, and it’s probably going to be about vampires, so….eh.  Honestly, I can’t even remember what happened during these episodes, so I’m just going to move on.

Soul Eater – Episodes 30-51 (Completed!) Soul Eater Title

Soul Eater was a show that I did not want to end, yet I couldn’t stop watching.  Yes, the second half of the series was not as great as the first, but it finally got into a rhythm that made it interesting.  I pretty much marathoned the entire second half once I remembered how great the damned thing was.  I still have a completely inappropriate anime crush on Death the Kid, and I have no shame in admitting that.  I’m not one of those people who wants to punch Black Star in the face, and I’m happy to say that other than Excalibur (fucking worthless filler, say what?!), I loved every single character in this show.  Even the villains.  Except for the Keysian in the very last episode.  But that doesn’t count.  Sidenote: how in the world do you spell “Keysian?”  Another reason I didn’t want it to end was because I heard the ending was fucking terrible.  Now, y’all know how I feel about endings: if it sucks, it pretty much ruins most of the show for me.  However, this ending was not worth the hype it received.  Yes, it came out of left field and pretty much didn’t make sense with the build-up of the entire show, but…it was a solid ending.  It didn’t have any of that ‘to be continued, but we’re actually out of money and not going to finish this’ bullshit that so many shows have that I absolutely loathe.  It was sort of a cop out?  But I can understand how it would make sense within the context of the story.  Let’s just say that if this were a game, I’d feel like I’d have to replay the entire thing after this ending to get the “good end.”  Soul Eater was 51 episodes that didn’t feel like 51 episodes, and I loved almost every minute of it, except the boring few in the middle and all the stupid Excalibur episodes.  I ranked this 9/10 on MAL, and you should all take a couple days out of your lives to watch it, if you haven’t already.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Completed!) Kiki's Delivery Service Cover

I really want to start getting into more of the Studio Ghibli films, as Nausicaa Valley of the Wind was one of the very first anime I ever watched as a kid (the other was Unico, so suck it, haters) that made me completely fall in love with the genre.  I had no idea what anime was at the time, but I practically wore out my VHS copy of the movie about the girl who flew around on her space segway chasing giant bugs.  Kiki’s Delivery Service seemed right up my alley as I shoved it to the top of my Netflix queue out of the movies I hadn’t seen yet, but I have to say, I was semi-disappointed.  Please keep in mind that I watched the Disney dub of this, and probably should have sucked it up and watched the subtitled version, but eh…when I eventually buy it, I’ll have to go there.  When a fledgling witch turns 13 (I think that’s the age), she has to leave home for a year and pretty much do an internship in a new city to figure out how to use her powers and adjust to society.  So, off our heroine Kiki goes to this city where she knows no one, and starts up her delivery service after doing a favor for a nice woman who owns a bakery.  She delivers packages, makes some friends, has a run in with a blimp…and then it turns into a power of friendship ending.  Guys.  I’m so sick of the power of friendship endings.  I know friends are important.  But goddamn, let someone do something for themselves for once.  The show is less about the magic a little witch can possess and more about the coming of age message.  It’s preachy.  I mean…I saw Ponyo.  I know how preachy Ghibli movies can get.  I just didn’t think that they’d start out that way in the 80s and continue down that path post 2010.  I want to give a special shout out to Matthew Lawrence who was in this dub and was also one of the first boys on my bedroom wall.  If you haven’t seen Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad you should probably just open a new Firefox tab and order the DVDs off amazon.  Like now.  You’re welcome.  Ahem.  Anyway, I ranked this 6/10 on MAL.  Next on my Ghibli list is probably watching Valley of the Wind again, which I own on DVD now…but I really wish it had the 80s dub track.  There was a ninja turtle voice on there, though now I can’t remember which one.  Childhood, people.  Nostalgia trip.

Rosario + Vampire Season 2 – Episode 1 Rosario + Vampire Season 2 Cover

Okay…so when I watched this, my Netflix Instant queue said I was still on the last episode of the first season, so I turned that on.  And I was like, wow, this looks kind of familiar, but I can’t remember ever watching it…yeah, turns out I had seen it already and was primed to move on to the second season.  Whoops.  I had the urge to continue for the sole reason that I watched some MP14Anime videos on youtube, and those guys just love this show.  Sidenote: if you like unboxing videos, check these out.  They’re honestly the only good ones I have ever seen that aren’t part of like…a giant collection where they import things from Japan.  Anyway, season 2 continues after a school break from the season 1 ending.  And really…nothing has changed, except they introduce a new character who wants to punch Moka in the face.  And it’s her younger sister.  Dun dun duuuuuun.  I have a feeling this will be the plot of the entire season, but when you want to watch something mindless that has monsters, you pretty much can’t beat this show.

Yu Yu Hakusho – Episodes 29-39 Yu Yu Hakusho Title

My love for tournament fighters knows no bounds.  I mean…if I didn’t love the genre, I surely would not be watching this show, as we’ve been inside a battle arena for the past ten episodes, and I don’t see that stopping for at least another five.  The gang is all up in this battle to fight against the giant monster dude they thought they killed in the last arc or he will destroy everyone they care about.  However, this is like…a super monster tournament, battle royale, fight to the death with such an amazing prize (I forget what it is, but it’s the thought that counts) that all these random monsters are willing to kill each other over it.  So far, only the demons have actually killed people, and the humans are just mortally injuring them but offering the chance for their opponents to walk away.  Guys…there are some of the WORST accents I have ever heard in this dub.  They’re so bad I feel like I need to have subtitles just to understand them…for the ENGLISH DUB.  I mean, one bad guy was Australian and the one I’m currently watching is Scottish or something and I can’t understand a bloody word he’s saying.  I actually caught myself looking at the lip flaps to try and figure it out…and then I realized this was made in JAPANESE so that wouldn’t matter anyway.  Fuck, talk about a blonde moment.  BUT THIS SHIT IS GREAT.  And as soon as I’m done with this post, I’m going to finish off the disc, so look forward to more of this next week.

One Piece – Episodes 67-70 One Piece Cover

Well, when I watch shonen, I fucking watch shonen, so when I got through with a disc, I switched to One Piece.  I think now they are taking that princess girl back to her island?  I think I was only halfway paying attention.  One Piece moves really slowly when there’s not a lot of fighting going on.  No wonder there are 400+ episodes of this.

Digimon Adventure (Season 1) – Episodes 1-2 Digimon Cover

I’d been debating back and forth over whether or not I wanted to start collecting the Digimon sets that have been coming out since there’s no sub and the episodes are probably edited all to hell…but Amazon was having a really great sale, so I ordered the first three seasons.  Now…I never really watched the show.  I was more into Pokemon.  I think I saw a couple of episodes but never really thought much of them.  But from the ones I watched to start out…Digimon is really the poor man’s Pokemon.  All the little digimon are ugly and there are too many characters introduced way too quickly, and when the digimon evolve, they look ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE THEY DID BEFORE.  It’s all really confusing.  I’m surprised so many kids could keep up with it.  The theme song, however….in my head.  It’s been in my head for the past five days.  There’s only like two lines of lyrics.  Dear lord, make it stop.

GetBackers – Episode 21 GetBackers Cover

WHEN THE HELL DID GINJI START FIGHTING DR. JACKAL?  HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?  I THOUGHT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO FIGHT MAKUBEX?  WHY ISN’T THIS ARC OVER YET?

Fuck, GetBackers, I wish I could quit you.

Kimba the White Lion – Episodes 6-10 Kimba the White Lion Cover

I have no excuses for this other than that this is what Netflix sent me.  Now, I love me some retro anime…but I don’t think I love going back this far into the past.  This is a shame because I pre-ordered Princess Knight thinking it was going to be something I would like, but the art style is such a turn-off.  And dude…Kimba not only has made all the animals in his jungle become friends and not eat each other but is turning them all vegetarian.  And they planted a garden.  And he is in love with this other little lion named Kiri but he won’t stay with her.  He talks about his “heart palpitations” and then just fucking leaves.  BE A MAN, KIMBA.  STAND BY YOUR WOMAN.  I think I’d rather watch The Lion King.

Full Metal Panic – Episode 1 Full Metal Panic Cover

I’m such a sucker for trailers.  I saw this preview before the last disc of Soul Eater, I think, and I was like, “whoa, this show actually looks interesting, I wonder what it is…” and it turned out to be Full Metal Panic.  Now…I think this is a mech show.  I fucking HATE mech shows.  But it didn’t look like too much of a mech show from the preview.  And after the first episode, the mechs took a backseat to the plot, and I am kinda digging it.  I know.  What is the world coming to?  Plus, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think I have found the only role where Monica Rial’s voice does not grate on my goddamned nerves.  That is her as the blue haired girl’s best friend, right?  If not, please correct me, but I can’t remember her name and I couldn’t find it in my sixty second google search I just did.  I hope the mechs stay far far away so I can continue to enjoy this.

Best of the Week: Soul Eater, Yu Yu Hakusho, Full Metal Panic

Love it or Leave it: Attack on Titan, One Piece, Digimon Adventure, Kiki’s Delivery Service

Hope it Gets Better: Rosario + Vampire Season 2, GetBackers, Kimba the White Lion, Shiki

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See you next week!

Anime Mondays #23

Okay…so I almost had a post everyday of the week last week.  I pre-wrote all of them ahead of time except for Saturday thinking that I’d have plenty of time to do it and tons to talk about….yeah, that didn’t happen.  Instead, I was nursing an awesome birthday hangover courtesy of going to Medieval Times the night before, which everyone should attend.  I highly recommend it.  If you are in the Chicago area, I also recommend trying to sit in the green section because he is by far the hottest knight and looks like Adam Levine with long hair.  Needless to say, he gave me a flower, I swooned, accepted his proposal, and we are getting married to unite some kingdoms.  I wish.  No, but seriously, he’s the hottest one and I did get that flower.  Just be prepared to drop a lot of cash on souvenirs you don’t really need like awesome crowns and mini kitana swords.  I don’t know how those fit in, but I wanted one SO BADLY.  Anyway, if you made it through that hot mess of a paragraph, why don’t you enter my giveaway?  It’s free, easy, and only one person has entered so far, meaning there’s a 100% chance of you winning a prize if nobody else posts a comment.  Awesome, right?

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

GetBackers – Episodes 18-20 GetBackers Cover

Okay, so  even though this Makubex arc is STILL going on, at least we’re getting somewhere.  But, when I say somewhere, I mean like, three of the minions have been defeated, with no boss battle in sight.  But these guys aren’t killing anybody, oh no, they are bringing them back to get magically healed by some doctor because they all used to be friends.  Ugh.  The power of friendship wins again.  Lord, how I hope this arc ends in the next disc.  I feel like over half the series has been this stupid storyline.  Oh, and Makubex is building an atom bomb.  NO ONE CARES ANYMORE.

 

Attack on Titan – Episode 8 Attack on Titan Cover

Yeah…I’m breaking my own cardinal rule and watching this weekly…BUT I CAN’T HELP IT.  IT’S SO FREAKING GOOD.  AND HOLY CRAP THIS EPISODE.

Oh, snap, here come some spoilers.

EREN IS ALIVE.  ALIIIIIIIVE.  And in the most awesome way.  I think.  I’ve seen the episode after this one but I’m still not entirely sure on what’s going on but….man.  I love this show.

 

 

Uta No Prince Sama Season 2 – Episodes 1-5 Uta No Prince Sama Season 2 Cover

I guess I’ll just say this now: I’m not enjoying season 2 of this show nearly as much as season 1.  Maybe it’s because they’re not technically at music school anymore.  Maybe it’s because I know Haruka is not going to pick a boy.  Maybe it’s because THE STUPID CAT IS BACK AND HE’S A MAIN CHARACTER.  But it’s lost some of its charm.  My two favorites got their episodes in this first bunch I watched, though, and by the time I got to Ren’s episode, I had to take a break.  I guess there’s such a thing as too many hot anime characters.  The horror.

 

 

Sailor Moon S – Episode 15 Sailor Moon S Cover

I’ve been in this mood lately where I really, really want to watch Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.  And while, technically, I can since I have finished S and Super S already, I can’t because I’m in the middle of my re-watch of doom and feel compelled to finish S and Super S again before I can watch Stars.  And, holy crap, these Chibi-usa centric episodes are like torture.  I don’t know how I’m going to get through an entire season of them…AGAIN.  At least in S, I have Haruka and Michiru, but man…once Super S hits I’m gonna want to jump off a bridge.  The things I do for Sailor Moon…

 

Negima! – Episodes 1-6 Negima! cover

Yes, I am trying to collect the entire first crap season of Negima! the anime that tries way too hard to rip off Harry Potter, and is so far failing miserably.  Did I mention that Negi is 9 3/4???  After I heard that, I was pretty much done, but I’ll continue to watch this unless they pull a Girls Bravo and I start to have gross ecchi convulsions or something.  Once I watch disc 2, I’ll have more to say, but right now, I’m pretty much over it.

 

 

 

Cowboy Bebop – Episodes 3-5 Cowboy Bebop Cover

You know how I said last time I wasn’t digging this show too much?  I have two words for you: EPISODE FIVE.  If the rest of this show is anything like episode 5, I will understand why people call it the best anime ever because it was both compelling and beautiful and scary and full of action and oh my god.  Maybe I just should have started there.  It’s really that great.  Well…not Attack on Titan great, but I am enjoying it so much more than the first couple episodes.

 

 

Sorry this was kind of clipped.  I have 8 million things still to do tonight.  But you only have one: enter my giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave me your crunchyroll username in that post and I will be picking two people to win a free month of a crunchyroll anime membership.  I will un-screen the rest of the comments once the giveaway is over, so please don’t think I am ignoring them, I just want an accurate count for this.  Thank you for the birthday wishes!!  I see them!! 🙂