So, you know how last week I said I was a little burnt out and probably not going to watch a lot of anime? Yeah…I watched a ton of anime. I don’t really know what got into me, but I just had this urge to keep on chugging, so this post is pretty super-sized. Anime binge watching: sometimes, it just happens.
All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!
I mentioned this on twitter this week, but I am trying to collect the Dragon Boxes (you know, the epitome of Dragon Ball Z collector’s editions with the only un-cropped print of the series) without going broke. So far, I’m 2/7, but I’m realizing that if I want these without paying absolutely insane prices, I’m going to have to buy them used. Which means, when I acquire each one, I’m going to have to actually play the discs in a prompt fashion so if there’s anything wrong with them, I can send them back. Which means my OCD requires me to watch the original Dragon Ball before I even consider putting a Dragon Box disc in my player. Ugh. I finally finished off the season 2 box set, though, and just when I thought we were done with the Red Ribbon Army…they come back with a new villain to annoy me. The pirate arc is done, but now Goku is climbing this Korin Tower trying to get a mysterious power that will help him to get all the dragon balls back again to bring some little kid’s father back to life. What? What?!?!?! Yeah, this is actually happening. I miss the dude who was scared of Bulma. I hope he comes back soon.
Yup…I went there. After last week’s ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ debacle, I just broke down and popped the first volume in. Man, I love this show. I collected this on subtitled VHS back in the day, and I think I’ve seen the first four episodes at least 30 times, but it doesn’t get old. It’s one of those fantasy world, modern-girl-gets-sucked-into-a-book shows, but it’s also one of the greatest reverse harems (with an actual partner choice) of all time. I love, love, love Fushigi Yuugi. But the dub sucks. I mean…badly. The Japanese version has the voice of Chibi-usa from Sailor Moon playing Miaka, and that equates to awesomeness. Also, that I recognized a Japanese voice actress without looking at the credits makes me feel like a proud, proud anime fan. I really need to get the re-mastered first set of this, but for the time being, I’m making due with my $1 a disc copies I purchased from a library. No shame here.
I blind bought this movie with no expectations whatsoever other than I wanted to see what everyone was talking about and why people thought this was the greatest anime movie to come out of Japan in a long, long while. Let me tell you…the hype is totally justified. It took about two minutes to get used to the slightly out-of-place art style, but once I did, Redline sucked me right in. I never wanted it to end. This movie is visually stunning. STUNNING. I do not lie. And there’s none of that CGI crap in there that I hate. The soundtrack is to die for, and when it was over, I immediately wanted about thirteen sequels. I do not joke. But that’s the hype. If you’re looking for what the movie is actually about, well, it’s pretty much like Mario Kart on speed and steroids put together thrown into space. I know that sounds really ridiculous, and it is, but it’s awesome. It’s also got this underlying love story, which, although forced in parts, I completely got into. There are some side characters that really deserved their own spin-offs, and…man. Redline is an hour and a half you will not regret. I ranked this 9/10 on MAL, and highly recommend it. It’s cheap, even on blu-ray. You can afford it.
I’m beginning to think I’m not a huge fan of Digimon. I remember watching a couple episodes back in the day when I couldn’t watch Pokemon, and I thought it was okay…but now, trying to purposely watch it…meh. Nothing really exciting is happening. It’s like one digimon evolving after another. And the girl with the pink cowboy hat is really annoying. Time to set this one to the side for awhile.
Guess whose Goddess Edition finally came in? Oh, yeah. As soon as I got that box open, it was on to complete this series as quickly as possible. I stopped myself from watching this streaming just so I could wait for my pre-order to come in, and I’m glad I did. Am I happy I paid $78 for a cheap tote bag and a hair stick that weighs about a pound? Not really. But the box is gorgeous, so I’m good with that. This dub is so completely fantastic. Remember how I said Tia Ballard was the poor man’s Laura Bailey? She gets better. I mean, I watched the video commentary, and she has as much personality as a box of rocks, but she does a good job in this anime. Tatum is great. MICAH SOLUSOD LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. And I’m pretty much in love with Sean O’Connor, and it has nothing to do with that fact that he voiced my favorite character in this show. Kurama forever. No shame. Thankfully, although the same people were involved, this anime is NOT like Fruits Basket. I say this with love because, well, I didn’t like Fruits Basket. Everything in that anime felt forced, but here, it really didn’t. When Nanami falls in love, you feel her fall in love. When Tomoe is a jerk, you want to punch him in his fox face. I was getting some Lovely Complex emotions over here, I won’t deny it. The episodic nature of the show bugged me somewhat, but the conclusion made up for it, by far. If you want to get your romance on with a twinge of reverse harem, this is the show for you. Also…Kurama. KURAMA. I rated this 9/10 on MAL.
Since I put Naruto on hiatus, this is what I’ve been watching before I fall asleep at night, and, let me tell you, it gets the job done. Not that it’s boring, there’s just a lot of talking and not a whole lot of action yet. I mean, it’s an anime about playing Othello. Yes, I just said Othello. But, hi, Chihayafuru is one of my favorite shows, and that’s about playing karuta, so clearly I love these niche “sports” anime titles. I just wish the dub were on Hulu. I’d probably be awake for more of it, but eh. Serves its purpose.
Yup, sure did finish this hot fanservice mess off. And the final verdict is…it was worth it. God, the fanservice was distracting to no end, but I was actually able to look past it because it wasn’t disturbing (just a lot of unnecessary nudity) and the dirty dub jokes were actually funny. I watch a lot of South Park, okay, I can take jokes about giant douches. The plot actually was good (up until the last few episodes with the stupid rating game), and I didn’t hate the ending. The biggest flaw, though, was that the first half of the series plays up this big connection between Asia and the main dude, and then towards the second half, she becomes this clingy, stereotypical harem girl and the connection gets lost in the shuffle while the “romance” plot takes a 180 and goes in a completely different direction. I know there’s a second season of this, but I have no desire to watch it unless it gets dubbed, so if the plot turns AGAIN, I will never know. And, honestly, I don’t even know which direction I would like to see it go in, I just thought the juxtaposition between the two very different sides of the coin came out of nowhere. But, fuck, this is a fanservice show, and I just used the word “juxtaposition,” so it’s pretty clear I’m thinking too much. I ranked this 6/10 on MAL.
Found my external hard drive that I can plug into my Roku, so, hey, it’s time to clear some old school random shows off of it. Saint Tail is a magical girl show, but not. It reminds me of Marmalade Boy in a strange way that I can’t quite put my finger on. Meimi has a magician for a father and uses his bag of tricks, along with a little magic of her own, to become a master thief. But, not the mean, scary, greedy kind, more like the Robin Hood kind. And this show is really cute. I love Meimi’s character design, especially those eye catches when she sits in the top hat. Then again…I love top hats. It’s kind of like Lupin Light, and it’s just adorable. Plus, it’s long, so you know how I love that stuff. I know it got dubbed, and I wish I had a copy of that, but sadly, it’s subtitles all the way. This might take awhile.
I had to re-watch the first two episodes of this show because I could not remember at all what it was about except that I got it confused with Magical Canan (which is a fanservice mess and is absolutely nothing like this anime). Nanatsuiro Drops is a magical girl show about a competition to collect these things called star drops which this boy needs because it will allow him to stop changing into a stuffed goat every night to be this whiny girl’s familiar. …yup. Thank god it’s a short one. It wouldn’t be so bad except the plot points are really hard to follow because they introduce all these new terms and this magical language, and once you’ve heard more than one nonsensical transformation catchphrase, they start to confuse you after awhile. I’ll give it this, though, when the girls transform, some of them look nothing like they do in real life, disguising them completely. I was actually surprised when I found out the secret identity of one of them. Good on ya.
Can you tell I’m trying really hard to complete random magical girl shows? If not, well, that was my plan. Unfortunately, I can only stomach a couple episodes at a time. It’s not that this show is ridiculously bad, it’s just ridiculously…meh. I do love the dub, though. It’s the only thing that’s making this a little more tolerable. So, our main girl now has a massive crush on one of her two protectors and she wants to confess to him at a “courage test.” Which one will it be?? Who will gain her love? Plus, more enemies! Too many characters, guys. Let’s make a rule to have four max per show, okay?
TOO MUCH CENSORING. This guy pretty much sums up my exact feelings about this episode here. How can you censor a knife but not someone gouging someone’s eyes out?? Japan makes no sense.
I actually had forgotten I bought the box set of the Dragon Ball movies…and it probably should have stayed that way. The first movie was basically a re-telling of the part of Dragon Ball before the stupid Red Ribbon Army comes in with different villains and character introductions, etc. It was okay. But the dub was AWFUL. Oh my god, Monica Rial as Bulma? WHO DOES THAT?? It was just bad. And having the voice of Luffy be the voice of Goku…no. I’m going to have to watch more of the original series just to get the whines out of my head. It was nice to see my BFF Yamcha, though. Once again…needs to come back to the anime ASAP. I ranked this 4/10 on MAL.
I am back down to currently watching 236 anime, and have completed 13 titles this year. Welcome to the double digits, me! Now, if I can only cut my list down to 230 by the end of the month…let’s work towards it. Together. 😉