Month: November 2013

Anime Mondays #38

Hello, hello, hello, friends, how was your week?  Mine was pretty fantastic, as I discovered the wonderful world of paid vacation time and how to rock carrying a book on your head while talking to a rockstar.  I’d explain that, but it’s probably better left unsaid.  Instead, I’ll talk about ninjas and psychotic killers!  Awesome.

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

Good Luck Girl (Binbougami Ga!) – Episodes 2-7 Good Luck Girl Cover

So, remember how I said last time that I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like this show?  Turns out…I really like it.  Holy crap, Good Luck Girl (and for once, I feel like the Japanese title far outshines its American counterpart) is hysterical.  It’s not filled with too much fanservice to make it unwatchable, and, instead, comes at you with a ton of allusions to other anime, making it a parody that begs to be watched and paid attention to.  In fact, I probably would have finished this via marathon, except the day I got back into it was the same one where there were ridiculous tornadoes that knocked out my cable and internet.  Way to make me go back to the stone age to watch Blu-Rays all day, weather.  Just kidding. Havoc everywhere.  But I highly recommend this show.  It’ll probably get finished over the long weekend.

Naruto – Episodes 31-33 Naruto cover

Last week, I talked about how useless Sakura is as a character.  Apparently, the writers of this show must have agreed with me, took a time machine to go back to the past, and inserted AN ENTIRE EPISODE ABOUT HOW USELESS SAKURA IS.  And, you know what?  All that happens is she cuts off her own hair, bites some dude and then gets kicked in the face a lot.  Her friends still have to save her.  It was nice to see some fairly interesting flashbacks, but other than that, she’s still completely incompetent.  Dear random ninjas, please kill her soon.  My undying thanks, ~glitterbots.

The Future Diary (Mirai Nikki) – Episodes 14-26 (Completed!) Future Diary Cover

I had to re-watch the first three episodes on the second DVD set of this show because I wasn’t paying attention at all the first time, and I knew that I would probably have to in order to understand this show, or, at the very least, keep straight which diary numbers were assigned to which characters.  You know what helped with this?  The second opening.  Now, I know, the first one is almost universally known as one of the greatest anime openings of all time.  I have grown to like the second one better just because you can see all the characters and have either gotten to know them previously or know which ones you need to pay attention to.  Also, the lyrics pretty much tell the entire story of the anime.  It’s true.  They said it in the Funimation commentary, okay.  And once I realized that, I appreciated how bad ass it really was.  In other I-need-to-pay-more-attention news, I didn’t realize that Seventh actually shared one diary, as opposed to the two lovebirds each having one, until the very last episode.  I’m a dumbass.  Anyway, the second half of this series pales in comparison to the first.  I had more fun watching it when I didn’t try to rationalize what was going on, but still.  Holy crap.  Like the last five or six episodes, what even happened??  All this shit started coming at me from out of nowhere, and it was just a huge clusterfuck.  I really wanted to love this, I really did, but as all my favorite characters got killed off, I just started hating it more and more.  I wanted to believe that there was a plausible explanation for everything, like Yuno had a twin or Yuki would not be a pussy in the end, but….ugh.  And yes, THE ENDING WAS AN ABOMINATION.  I would have to track down that OVA to see how it really ended, except I accidentally read spoilers on Wikipedia when I was trying to give a shit about what the fuck had just happened, so now I don’t have to.  The Future Diary could have been a great survival game anime, but turned into one giant hot mess.  I ranked it 7/10 on MAL for its first half and my desire to marathon it.  I’m still really disappointed, though.

Elemental Gelade – Episodes 1-4 Elemental Gelade Cover

This title came to me via the newest Crunchyroll Mystery Box, where I actually got a lot less duplicates than I did the last time I ordered one.  (I did get TWO more copies of that Blue Submarine movie and yet another Ex-Driver movie, I think I have like five copies of it now, but I digress.)  And um…I did “watch” these four episodes, if by watch, you understand that I pretty much had them on in the background while I read a bunch of blogs online late at night.  I can’t tell you anything about this series other than one of the English voice actresses has my real first name, and that’s pretty awesome.  Maybe I’ll pay more attention to the last episode on the disc, but I wouldn’t count on it.  That’s what happens with most of these mystery box titles.

Best of the Week: Good Luck Girl

Love it or Leave it: Naruto, The Future Diary

Hope it Gets Better: Elemental Gelade

Wow, I didn’t realize how short and sweet this would be.  I guess that’s what happens when your weekend gets packed.  PS: Catching Fire was even better than The Hunger Games, even if the theater we went to was sold out of Peeta cups.  If you’re in the US, have a happy Thanksgiving!  This is the first Black Friday I won’t be working in six years.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING, INDEED.

Anime Mondays #37

So I’ve been thinking more and more lately about turning these blog posts into youtube videos.  My problem?  I don’t want to edit them.  In fact, I dropped out of film school because I hated editing so much.  This is the issue when you’re a perfectionist, and every single second of film has to be exactly what I want, or I scrap the whole thing.  It would take me two months to post a freaking review.  Anyone want to be my editor?  I have a nice camera.  I have a good microphone.  I even have lighting.  I just…don’t want to clip and piece things together.  Oh well.  Something to think about for next week.

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

Rose of Versailles – Episodes 21-22 Rose of Versailles Cover

I had the brilliant idea last weekend to try and marathon another series since I had done so well with Kuroko no Basuke, and so I popped my Rose of Versailles DVDs in and hoped for the best.  Apparently, the best only got me two more episodes into the series.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not worse than the first half, which I absolutely adored.  I guess my ADD was just not having subtitles for the moment.  The second half of the series begins with Jeanne being a totally greedy bitch and using some perverted church guy for his money by promising him “audiences” with the queen.  Of course, Marie Antoinette knows nothing about this and already thinks he’s a giant creeper, so you know this isn’t going to go well.  Eventually, Jeanne pretty much steals a baller necklace and blames Marie Antoinette for it, and life starts to turn into a hot mess because the queen already has ostracized herself from the people of France because she had babies and doesn’t want to bother with anyone but her kids anymore.  She’s still a child, even though she has children.  Life really wasn’t that different back in the day, huh?  More historical stuff is being tied in now.  I’m ready for more Oscar and less true facts.

Dragon Ball – Episode 51 Dragon Ball Cover

There’s still no fighting going on.  Bulma and her crew are getting chased by some military guy.  I miss the fighting.  Come back, fighting.  Please?





Naruto – Episodes 26-30 Naruto cover

So, I caved and bought the second box set off Amazon.  And then was treated to a recap episode (choke) and this awesome arc about the second super ninja test.  Except the awesome arc quickly got boring and repetitive when the test really turned out to be this vehicle for a snake-infused bad guy to beat up Sasuke.  Really?  He must be as special as Naruto, but at the same time, JUST LET THE DAMNED NINJAS COMPLETE A GOAL ALREADY.  Also, there are some really disgusting visuals in these episodes.  And Sakura proves how useless she really is, as all she can do is babysit the comatose bodies of Sasuke and Naruto.  Man, if anyone is going to get killed off, she gets my vote.

Outbreak Company – Episode 1 Outbreak Company Cover

I don’t know why I read this description on Crunchyroll and decided to give this show a try.  For some reason, I thought it might be Sword Art Online-esque, but I should have known better after I saw the word “otaku.”  Basically, this loser otaku guy gets shoved into a fantasy world to introduce them to Japanese culture by way of anime and manga, but all he really does is scream over all the people there who are some kind of anime stereotype (ie: maid, elf, little girl empress, etc.).  I don’t know if the episodes will get better or not, and I don’t intend to find out for a long, long while because I just…ugh.  Another dumb show on Japanese television.  Let’s be real, the morning wood gag really turned me off.

Diabolik Lovers – Episode 8 Diabolik Lovers Cover

So, three of the vampires killed their own mother.  I kind of knew that was coming.  I mean, if you didn’t after the last episode…come on.  Instead of being just warped and sexually twisted, they are now murderers, as well.  Super.  Actually, for the first time, I got the weird, creeper vibe watching this show, and it was because the pink haired vampire said something along the lines of, “I want my fangs to enter you always,” and I was like….sufficiently creeped out.  Supposedly people think he is the least offensive of all of them, but…not this girl.  If anyone would make me peace out of the vampire house, it would be the pink haired one.  Let’s be real, guys who appear the “nicest” in a room full of creepers, are actually the biggest crazies of them all.

Golden Time – Episode 7 Golden Time Cover

Okay, so I am officially a member of Camp Koko Is a Nutcase after this episode.  I loved her just a little more when she explained her reasoning for blowing off Tada Banri, but then she immediately introduced him to her father as her boyfriend and then jumped all up in his business acting like they were this perfect Hallmark couple the morning after the love confession.  Seriously?  But Tada’s eating that shit up, so he’s a little kooky, as well…maybe they’re made for each other.  The Paris thing…oh man.  That got me, though.  No wonder she’s so high maintenance.  “Yeah, I’ll totally sleep with you, but we have to be in Paris first!”  No wonder whatshisface hated her guts.  Still hoping for that Banri/Linda thing to happen.  I feel it.  It’s gonna.

Pokemon – Episodes 14-18 Pokemon Cover

Watching that College Humor video with the updated Pokerap made me realize that I didn’t even know there were more than 150 pokemon…let alone 718.  I am a bad, bad fan.  I still want to see every episode before I die, so I thought I’d get cracking.  I made a dent?  I tried.  Most of these episodes center around Ash & Crew ON A BOAT (chasing buoys, motherfucker), and the boat sinks and then they’re trapped on Giant Pokemon island, and James buys a Magikarp…oh my god.  I love Team Rocket.  The hilarity of them was lost on me when I was a kid, but those guys carry the entire show.  Also, the episode where the pokemon speak with awkward English subtitles was in this bunch.  Never do that again.  Dear god.

Clamp School Detectives – Episodes 1-5 Clamp School Detectives Cover

I finally returned a Netflix disc I had sitting on top of my TV for two months, and this was the next one they sent me.  Truthfully, I only put it in my queue because I was watching Cin Wicked’s Year of Clamp and it was a Clamp show I had never heard of….which is nuts, because I thought I’d at least seen part of every Clamp show (yes, even X, the movie and the tv series).  So, I had to skip his retrospective on this, and watched the show instead.  Honestly…I’m not really impressed.  I thought all the main characters were girls at first, and they just seem way too young to be solving mysteries, even if the mysteries are extremely pedestrian.  I’ll give the next group of episodes a shot, but eh…not my favorite.

Ace of Diamond (Diamond no Ace) – Episode 7 Ace of the Diamond Cover

Oh, hooray, another episode where Sawamura acts like a spoiled brat.  Even though he’s moved up to second string, that’s not good enough for him, and the fact that he gets assigned to practice with a catcher who’s not on first string makes him act even more like a baby.  Dude…get a clue.  You used to be charming and passionate, and now you’re just even more the dickbag.  I did laugh out loud with the pudding joke, though.  At least the other characters are saving this show.


Kuroko no Basuke Season 2 – Episode 7 Kuroko no Basket Season 2 Cover

I can’t believe I waited a whole week for a tie game and a flashback episode.  A flashback episode where NOTHING HAPPENED.  I got all excited thinking we’d finally find out how Teppei got his injury (my money is on his creepy rival hurting him somehow), but no, it was just about how the basketball club formed, with the dude in the glasses having ridiculous hair.  Also…a tie?????  Really??  No overtime????  Unheard of.



I forgot to do my round-up last week.  Whoops.

Best of the Week: Golden Time

Love it or Leave it: Naruto, Kuroko no Basuke, Rose of Versailles, Diabolik Lovers

Hope it Gets Better: Pokemon, Ace of Diamond, Clamp School Detectives, Dragon Ball, Outbreak Company

It was a pretty crappy week, but have a free Crunchyroll guest pass anyway:


See you next time!

Anime Mondays #36

I’m baaaaack!  My vacation was a success.  The Backstreet cruise was insane (though, not as insane as I was led to believe, but it still far exceeded my expectations), and Disney World was adorable and not at all crowded.  I tried to go all commando park touring and ended up sick (which I am still trying to get over), but we got a lot done and still managed to fit in some one of a kind experiences.  I can’t wait to take my baby niece there and watch her go crazy running around in a cute little dress.  Anyway, we have a lot to get through today, as I’m at least three weeks behind, so let’s party.  Also, MAL will only let me go back to last week so…let’s see if I can remember what I’ve watched in the past month.

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

GetBackers – Episodes 46-49 (Completed!) GetBackers Cover

Well…I finished it.  I think I finished this right before I went on vacation, actually.  And, you know what?  I was totally underwhelmed.  The ending was pretty worthless, and the entire series as a whole was best in its throwaway comedy episodes.  If it hadn’t tried so hard to be serious (I know, a serious, long-running shonen?  Who would’ve thought?), it would have been a hell of a lot better.  Am I sad I wasted all this time watching it?  Kinda.  But, you know, give me a long series, and I feel compelled to tackle it.  I rated this 4/10 on MAL because I really didn’t enjoy it at all.  At least it didn’t have robots.

Diabolik Lovers – Episodes 4-7 + Recap Special Diabolik Lovers Cover

Yeah, shove it, I still like this show.  The female protagonist is still worthless, but the vampire characters make up for it.  Especially the one who calls her Bitch-chan.  Hey, he is just saying what everyone else is thinking, alright?  Kudos.  Unfortunately, the newest episode is mostly a flashback, which, like our main character, is worthless, as it only shows how all the vampires used to be completely different before their screwed up mothers fucked them up somehow.  It’s also pretty obvious that the girl is going to be somehow related to them, which makes their blood sucking tendencies pretty incestual.  Can this show get any more screwed up?  I’m betting on yes, which is why I’ll continue to watch it.

Naruto – Episodes 14-25 Naruto cover

I’ve officially had to buy another set of this show since I plowed through the first one.  Finally, this stupid arc about the guy building the bridge ended (and ended really sadly, btw, I wasn’t expecting someone to actually DIE), and we’re on to all the rookie ninjas taking a test to up their ninja level.  I’m much more interested in this show when Naruto and the gang have clear goals, rather than them just aimlessly training or wandering around the forest waiting for some enemies to attack.  Also…Sasuke.  He’s the shit.  Don’t judge me.  It’s mindless enough so that I can watch it while I’m sick and still know what’s going on, so bravo Naruto.  You’re keeping my interest while other shonen do not.

Golden Time – Episodes 2-6 Golden Time Cover

Despite the inclusion of an amnesia plot, this series is shaping up to be my favorite of the fall season.  It is spiraling towards a high school slice of life, just with the inclusion of a lot of drinking because it takes place in college, but it’s dramatic enough to keep me hooked, especially in the last episode.  Holy crap, main dude, you’re an asshole.  I mean, I know Koko is completely being a bitch, too, using her “friendship” to throw it in Mitsuo’s face just to prove she’s doing okay after he rejected her, but damn.  Tada just…made it all or nothing for her, didn’t he?  I think Koko really wants to be friends with him, but how is she supposed to return a love confession so quickly when she’s been in love with Mitsuo all her life?  Anyway…I dig this show.  Also, I hope Tada gets with Linda.  But I won’t hate him if he doesn’t.

Ace of the Diamond – Episodes 2-6 Ace of the Diamond Cover

Much like Tada Banri, Sawamura is a real asshole.  Unfortunately, his asshole character trait makes him a perfect “ace,” because in order to be an ace, you have to be a douchebag.  Okay…I guess I can buy it…sort of.  He’s not a complete tool, he just loves baseball so much that he doesn’t want anyone to get in his way or to support people if he’s not involved and playing.  But once he’s on the field…watch out.  He will get his team more fired up than anybody.  At points, I get this show confused with the other sports anime I am currently watching (hold on for that one), but then I remember that Diamond no Ace has more assholes than the other show, and I can figure it out.  Apparently I love sports anime, now.  Who knew?  Thanks, random baseball show.

Kuroko no Basket – Episodes 1-25 (Completed!) Kuroko no Basket Cover

Yes, I marathoned this entire series.  There’s no judging.  I ran out of Diamond no Ace episodes and wanted to watch another sports show, and this was the first one I thought of.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  Every character in this show has something that caught my eye.  Sure, there are assholes, but they aren’t complete assholes.  Kuroko, for having the show named after him, isn’t necessarily the main guy here; everyone on his team and off has something to contribute to the overall arc of the story.  I will say that the prelude got really annoying after about the fifth episode, and that the openings contain characters that aren’t even shown until the second season, so I was going all, “when is that purple haired guy going to show up and wreck shit??” and it didn’t happen.  Thankfully, season 2 of this anime is airing now because it ended on one of those GIVE ME MORE NOW NOW NOW notes, and you know how much I hate waiting for shit.  Speaking of shit, Kise is THE shit.  I hope he busts Aomine’s ass in season 2.  I ranked this 7/10 on MAL, and hope the second season is just as addictive, even if I have to wait for new episodes.

Kuroko no Basket Season 2 – Episodes 1-6 Kuroko no Basket Season 2 Cover

Okay, so not only did I watch the entire first season, but I am now completely caught up with the second.  TOO MANY NEW CHARACTERS.  Now, instead of just one Generation of Miracles, there’s a Generation of Miracles Lite?  How many people do I have to look for in the opening now?  Also, the plays are getting more into the fantastical realm of things with basketballs and people vanishing.  I mean, I guess they had to make Kuroko more of a bad ass, somehow.  I’m still digging it, but I know I won’t watch for a couple weeks just because I like to marathon shows that end on cliff hangers, and WHAT THE SHIT, THIS LAST EPISODE’S CLIFF HANGER.  I mean, you just couldn’t tell me who won that game, could you?  Bitches.

Good Luck Girl – Episode 1 Good Luck Girl Cover

Once again, Funimation trailers suck me into shows I wouldn’t normally watch.  This girl has absolutely everything, and because of her excess good luck, she needs to take some bad luck back so other people can be happy.  Um…okay.  This premise is basically there so lucky girl can fight with a demon and make a lot of boob jokes.  It’s funny, don’t get me wrong, and it’s not as stupidly fanserviced out like other shows I’ve seen lately, but, let’s be real, I’ve only seen one episode…I’m sure it could (and probably will) get a lot worse.  I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, though; it will be the show I continue to watch when I’m sick of reading subtitles.

Code Geass – Episode 2 Code Geass Cover

I have a lot of rental discs that need to go back because I’ve kept them for months…and unfortunately, I have no desire to watch any of them.  I thought I’d like this show, even though it had robots, but the second episode was pretty much ALL robots, and I spent my time editing pictures in photoshop instead of actually paying attention.  Whoops.  I have 8 more episodes of this to get through so I can return these DVDs, and I don’t send back anime without watching it.  Someone help me.  Too many robots.


Dragon Ball – Episodes 49-50 Dragon Ball Cover

Now that I ran out of Naruto episodes for the time being, this is what I’ve turned to to watch before I go to bed.  Sadly, Dragon Ball is only good when there’s some tournament fighting going on.  Right now, I’m in the middle of some kind of Red Ribbon Army chasing everyone while they go through an abandoned pirate ship, and it’s just boring.  Even with a robot skull, it’s boring, and I love skulls.  One Piece next?  It’s looking very plausible.


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Now it’s back to photoshop so I can get all my Disney pictures ready for the internet.  Could there be a trip report in the near future?  Magic 8 Ball says…