Month: May 2014

Anime Mondays #60

Damn, it has been one hell of a weekend.  A good one, but I am so ready for about six million naps.  May is always busy, and this year is no exception.  I feel like this would be a good point in time to let you guys know that Anime Mondays will be going on hiatus until June.  I’ll be out of town, out of the country, out of my mind, etc. for the next few weeks for a bunch of celebrations including my birthday. ( ~!!!)  Don’t worry, though, before I leave this time zone, I’ll leave you with a couple posts, along with another birthday giveaway like I had last year.  I’ll definitely be doing it differently, though, I just have to figure out how I want to go about it.  Speaking of a giveaway, this is a post with a surprise inside, so scroll down to get to the goodies.

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

Mahou no Star Magical Emi – Episode 1 Magical Emi Cover

Yeah, I know, what the hell am I doing watching another Studio Pierrot magical girl show when I just barely started Creamy Mami, and I’m not even sure that I like it?  Blame late night fansub random searching, okay.  When I checked my list to see what I had watched at the beginning of the week, I had forgotten entirely about this show, so take that for what you will.  Magical Emi is pretty much EXACTLY the same as Creamy Mami except for a few choice details, ie: the main character’s name, the type of magical friend animal she has, that her family is a group of magicians rather than owning a crepe truck…I seriously thought I was watching the same show at certain points in time.  Though, if I’m being honest, I’m more behind the concept of Magical Emi and liked it a little bit more than Creamy Mami just from what I’ve seen so far.  I’m more apt to believe that a girl from a family of magicians would be a magical girl than just some random literally picked off the street.  Now I just have to track down the rest of the episodes because I know where I was watching it only had up to episode 13…and it’s a long series.  Super.

Save Me! Lollipop – Episodes 11-13 (Completed!) Save Me Lollipop Cover

I told you I was going to knock out this show this week.  And for my efforts, I was treated to another “power of friendship” ending.  Super.  If you know anything at all in Anime Mondays history, you will know how much I loathe the power of friendship ending.  It’s one of the biggest cop outs of all time.  It’s just as bad as the “to be continued…” ending, which I also hate.  Anyway, despite the shit ending, Save Me! Lollipop wasn’t that bad of a shoujo anime.  I’m sure it was something Funimation had to take in a package deal because there’s no way anyone would voluntarily license this AND dub it, but I liked it.  The main characters were cute, the plot was pretty adorable, and Brittany Karbowski is always a welcome addition to any dub.  However, there were way too many side characters/villains to keep track of, and the plot completed got turned on its side in the last two episodes, bringing out this super evil thing that was never even mentioned up until then, which threw me for a loop. If you want to kill three hours watching a mindless show, you could do worse, but I won’t highly recommend it as something YOU MUST WATCH RIGHT NOW OH MY GOD.  I rated this 5/10 on MAL, if you’re jonesing for your animated candy fix.

Golden Time – Episodes 9-24 (Completed!) Golden Time Cover

So happy I finally finished Golden Time, not because I wanted to mark it off, but because I unashamedly enjoyed it.  Once I started watching it, it was pretty much the only thing I watched all week.  When I started this as it was airing, I said it would probably be one of my favorite shows of the season, and I stand by that statement.  Golden Time is something special, not because of the “supernatural” plot elements (because, really, I could have done without them), but because of the relationships portrayed.  Once Banri’s amnesia started to hit full force, the show almost went downhill for me, but I love Koko, so I carried on.  I’m one of those people who will do anything in her power to make people happy, so when I saw her faking her way through dinner and wearing a cute apron just to get a smile of approval from Banri, all whilst thinking that her relationship could dissolve at any moment, I was like…yup.  Been there.  It’s hard to be secure in something that could change just because of someone else’s whim, where you really can’t control it.  I wanted them to succeed as a couple so badly, and their relationship did not disappoint.  The side characters, the amnesia, whatever other plot points happened didn’t leave me with much of an impact, so meh on that.  Guys, but let’s talk about those openings and endings.  That second opening…that song haunted me ALL WEEK.  It’s so weird because the first time I heard it, I was like, what the fuck is this, how could you replace the perfectly girly first opening with this cacophony of a song, but once I realized, hey, it goes with the plot…it was perfect.  Also, Koko running up the stairs with the stars falling was one of the greatest images ever, so someone must gif that immediately.  I looked through as far as I could go with the Golden Time tag on tumblr and came up with nothing.  Also, Nana.  NANA.  So blatant an homage.  It made me very happy.  I’ve really been into these shoujo drama/romances lately, hence, I really liked Golden Time.  I rated it 8/10 on MAL, and while it’s no Lovely Complex, if you like the genre, I’d definitely check it out.

Naruto – Episodes 130-135 Naruto cover

Well, Naruto and Sasuke had their death match, and you know who won?  NOBODY.  What a fucking waste of time.  Sasuke had to kill Naruto because he’s his “best friend” and he won’t get this advanced sharingan power unless he commits murder, so that was his motivation.  Apparently, that’s been his motivation the entire time.  What an asshole.  I’m officially off Team Sasuke now.  At least with Gaara, you knew he was a villain right off, but this feels so forced to me.  Naruto gets the shit kicked out of him but doesn’t die (can he EVER die?  It seems like he gets revived more than a video game character), so I guess technically he loses to Sasuke…but still.  At least all the other little ninja are alive.  CHOJI <3.  There was my little fangirl moment.  I don’t know…I’m pissed off.  The main goal was to get Sasuke back, and it really doesn’t seem like he should be back if he’s just a little asshole.  Give him his three years to destroy the world/be destroyed.  I’m over it.

And that’s the end.  For your efforts in wading through my love of all things Kaga Koko, here’s a free crunchyroll guest pass:


For those of you playing the home game, I am currently watching 238 anime and have completed 26 shows this year.  Knocked one off the list, YES.  I don’t know what kind of time I’ll have to watch a lot of things for the rest of the month, but taking a quick look at the list…maybe it’s time I finish Nodame Cantabile…I would start Toradora, but I’m waiting for the dub set to come out.  Hello, pre-order.  Also, if anyone has any suggestions as to what to put in this year’s giveaway, please let me know via comments, email, twitter, etc.  I want to do more than just some paid Crunchyroll time.  I’ll be baaaack.  Don’t miss me too much.

Anime Mondays #59

So, I watched Attack on Titan on Toonami last night…I mean, that should be all I need to say, right?  Maybe it’s because I haven’t watched anime on television since I was in the hospital for an extended period of time and couldn’t sleep because I was getting surgery the next day so I stayed up all night in a morphine-induced haze while watching reruns of Full Metal Alchemist and Inuyasha, but it seems to me that Cartoon Network could have handled their editing a little better.  I mean, they cut the opening and ending to pieces, which are the best parts of the show, and had a really awkward commercial break segway.  As for the dub…scouts?  What is this, Sailor Moon?  Say “Survey Corps,” it’s not hard, and most people who own a dictionary will get it.  Also, Baby Eren’s voice is ANNOYING, and it hurts my heart that nobody can pronounce “Mikasa” correctly.  I mean, all you have to do is listen to the Japanese version once.  It’s not that difficult.  The best voice acting was done by Eren’s mom, and well, we won’t be hearing her again anytime soon.

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

Naruto – Episodes 115-129 Naruto cover

Clearly, I really got into Naruto this week, at least, until they started the extended Sasuke flashback episodes and I switched to something else.  I hate flashbacks.  I hate extended flashbacks even more.  But you guys…GAARA IS BACK!!!  And apparently, he’s a good guy??  I don’t know how I feel about this.  I mean, obviously I’m a happy fangirl because he’s back and I can hear his wheezing voice again, but he was such a good villain…and I’m in the camp where bad guys should be bad guys.  If they turn good, then they’re either trying to trick you or they’re doing it wrong.  But all the super ninja got defeated and now it’s Naruto vs. Sasuke again, who is all power-hungry and makes me want to punch him in the face.  God, just go home, Sasuke.  Are you too good for your home??  ANSWER ME!  (Bonus points to whoever got that awesome movie reference.)

Soul Eater Not! – Episode 4 Soul Eater Not Cover

Thankfully, this episode had another Maka cameo.  Unfortunately, it was a stupid one.  Stop teasing me, Soul Eater Not!.  Just give me a good three minutes with the old gang or something, and don’t have them all act stupid.  This episode was more about the protector guys than anybody else.  And although we still don’t know exactly what they are protecting the three girls from or why, at least we now know they have actual personalities.  I’m digging the dark haired dude.  I can’t tell if he actually likes the weapon girl or if he just takes his job really seriously, but that’s a good thing.  Keeps me guessing.  In case you couldn’t tell, this episode was also about forced romances.  Nothing to really write home about.



White Album – Episodes 4-13 (Completed!) White Album Cover

I knew this week that I had to knock out another show, and it came down to either White Album or Anohana and this one won out.  I immediately regretted this decision.  Okay, for all you people who say School Days is the biggest piece of shit out there, I implore you to watch the first season of White Album.  Talk about a male protagonist whose head needs to be cut off…ugh.  Firstly, it’s painfully obvious that this show is based off a visual novel because half the shots are of these girls all talking to the camera from the perspective where the viewer is the asshole guy.  There are also all these weird captions that come up on the screen every now and then that are supposed to show his inner thoughts, or whatever, mostly centered around, “this girl is a goddess,” or “is this girl a goddess?” or “goddess of the day.”  It’s really annoying and also proves my point as to what a scumbag this Fuji dude is.  He’s supposed to be in a relationship with this girl named Yuki who is an upcoming idol.  He calls her his girlfriend, they kiss, etc. etc., which is all well and good.  Except, then, all these girls start throwing themselves at him for absolutely no reason.  He’s a lazy dick and doesn’t do much and is in no way attractive, but at least five other women are in love with him.  Okay, it’s a video game…I can buy it.  But then, he cheats on Yuki SO MANY TIMES that I cannot keep count.  He tells his senior that he loves her after letting her stay at his dad’s house for weeks so they can make some costumes for a stupid play.  He has sex with Yuki’s manager, even though he KNOWS she is only using what tiny bits of sex appeal she has to keep him away from Yuki, and Fuji even states that her lips are cold and dead like doll lips.  His best female friend is in love with him.  The girl he tutors is in love with him.  Yuki’s rival idol is in love with him and he does everything in his power to help all these other girls out and give them false hope, and then he COMPLETELY IGNORES YUKI FOR LIKE A MONTH.  And so many of the problems this couple has could have been solved if they both had cell phones…and then I realized in episode 11 that this anime is supposed to take place in 1986.  Um…why did it take so long for the viewer to have this important detail spelled out for them?  Sure, they probably put a date stamp up in the first episode, but like hell I’m going to remember that weeks/months later.  Anyway, I hate Fuji.  I hate him because throughout this whole thing, even though he tells other girls he loves them and sleeps with that whore of a manager, he still thinks he should get some sympathy because he cries about how much he loves Yuki.  In fact, he tells the manager that she might not be Yuki, but they could be “something else” together.  Ugh.  I just hate him.  This anime has a second season that I probably will not watch for a long, long time, until I get this horrible taste out of my mouth.  I rated this show 4/10 on MAL.  Yuck.

Blade of the Immortal – Episode 1 Blade of the Immortal Cover

This is one of the shows I got from my latest Crunchyroll Mystery Box, and I started it because I was all Naruto‘ed out.  As far as I can tell, there’s this samurai who goes around killing a bunch of people who is immortal.  Once his sister gets killed, he pledges to only kill bad people and has to knock out a certain number of them before he feels like his life will be vindicated or something.  It’s pretty dumb.  I wasn’t that impressed.  It’s kind of gory in theory, as in, they show shadows of people’s heads being cut off, but not the actual heads, but there’s still blood everywhere.  The dub is pretty subpar, but the DVD packaging is nice, so that’s why I popped it open.  Also, the opening theme is REALLY stupid.  It’s about a rabbit.  And this is a bloody samurai show.  Okay then.

Akuma no Riddle – Episode 5 Akuma no Riddle Cover

Nooooo, they got rid of the awesome Pocky girl already!  Goddamn it.  I want a reunion special.  I know a lot of people are turned off by this monster-of-the-week episode style this anime has going on, but I really like it.  Blame my massive consumption of Sailor Moon, if you want, but it doesn’t bother me.  This was a really good episode, even if I lost one of my favorite assassins.  Though whatsherface pulled out her yuri card towards the end…watch out, Tokaku, she’s coming for you.





Sailor Moon S – Episodes 26-28 Sailor Moon S Cover

Speaking of Sailor Moon, now that we have a release date for the new show (July 5!), I am frantically trying to finish the series before the new one comes out.  I might actually be better off reading the manga — I just finished volume 5, which is what equates to the end of season 2, and it was SO much better than the anime, holy shit — but I’m still fighting the good fight here.  We’ve gone into the Hotaru-centric episodes, and I keep remembering all the awesome Outer Senshi moments that happen here, especially since Haruka is being a super BAMF and getting pissed off all the time.  I love her.  She’s by far one of my favorite anime characters of all time.  The Outers are more powerful than everyone else because they are supposed to protect the planet from things in outer space…but since shit got real down on earth, they are working below their stations now, slumming it to “help” Sailor Moon. I use that term loosely because they really just want to find the Messiah and make sure she doesn’t turn all evil and rip the place to shreds…and we all know who that is supposed to be, right?  Right?  I get confused around this point because I sort of remember what happens but sort of don’t, so finishing off this season will be both good and bad.  Good, because I’ll get everything straight.  Bad, because then I have to delve into Super S, which is all about Chibi-usa…shoot me.

Save Me! Lollipop – Episodes 9-10 Save Me Lollipop Cover

I really had the intention to knock this whole series out last night before Attack on Titan came on, but then I got on the phone, so that was put on hold.  These two episodes were actually pretty cute.  It turns out Zero has a nutso fiance, and Ichii used to be in love with his (not blood related) sister.  Yeah, fucked up stuff in a girl’s show~!  This anime has actually not been as shitty as I thought it was going to be, and it’s not all cutesy fluff crap, either.  Don’t get me wrong, I still want to finish it immediately just to get it off my list, but it’s not as bad as Fantasista Dolls or anything.




So now we’ve come. (pause) To the endddddd of the road. (pause) Still I can’tttttt lettttttt goooooo. (pause).  Okay, I’m done.  Boyz II Men do it better than anything I could type in this box.  Current tallies: I’m still currently watching 239 anime and have completed 24 shows this year.  I have already promised myself I’ll knock out Save Me! Lollipop for next week and I will try for one other.  I got the urge to finish Golden Time, but I don’t know if I’ll have the actual time to get through more than 10 episodes of it for next week.  I guess this is the cliffhanger.  Dun dun dunnnnnn…okay, I’m done.

Disney World Trip Report Day 3 Part 1 – Where Nobody Told Me This Was a Water Ride

The water rides…they are an ongoing theme.  I hate water rides.

Last I left you, we had just done one marathon of a day over at Magic Kingdom, and on our second full day in the parks, we were off to MGM…I mean, Hollywood Studios.  This would be an entirely new experience for me, and (spoiler) it quickly became my favorite park.  I had only two goals in mind: riding Toy Story Mania as many times as possible and meeting Wreck-It Ralph.  I figure if I had a Mr. Glitterbots, he would be exactly like a gigantic video game villain, so there you go.

We were up early enough to just miss rope drop, but that was okay because as soon as we went through the elusive bag check, we hopped in standby for Toy Story, and this was the longest wait we’d have all day.  However, I’d never been in the building before, and the queue line was AWESOME.  So I took a zillion pics of it.


I cropped myself out of this picture of a dinosaur.  Yes, that’s a dinosaur.


I took like 30 photos in here.  No joke.


That’s the ceiling.  THE CEILING.


I used to have one of these when I was a kid.  The talking one.  Baller status.


One of the best games ever.  And NO PEOPLE.

tripreport-040There are some people.  But look at that.  Seriously.  Best line ever.  It sure kept me entertained.

Would I skip a fastpass just to walk the line again?  Hell no.  But there was lots to look at.  There was even a talking/singing Mr. Potato Head.  And the ride itself?  THE BEST.  I love video games, and it did take a little while to get used to the controls and the Tilt-a-Whirl-esque movement of the car, but it was fun.  I lost, but we had a fastpass plus to cash in later, so it was all good.  We would get round two.

We didn’t really have a plan, so we strolled over to do the Pirates of the Caribbean show, where I got to pull out my bad ass pirate joke that I stole from David Cook again.  And this time, people actually laughed!  That thing is so bad, I have no idea why, but I’m all about beating a dead horse.  I can’t remember if I put this in the last installment, so here you go: have you heard about that new pirate movie?  It’s rated ARRRRRRRRRR!  Yeah.  I’m awesome.

This was not the boat ride from the kingdom, but, rather, a projection show in a really awesome room that had a pirate ship and SKULLS EVERYWHERE.  I was pretty much home, even though I have never seen any of the movies.  A lot of good my Disney movie marathon did, huh?  It’s not something I’d wait in a long line for, but…skulls.  One even TALKED.


Meh…not the greatest photo, but that is a projection, not a person.  Even Jack Sparrow agrees.


My new digs.

My new husband.  I call him Bony.

Next, we took a voyage under the sea and watched The Little Mermaid play.  I liked what there was of it…it was just way too short and cut out the entire middle of the movie, much like the ride.  AND IT RAINED.  This marks one of the many times I looked over at my friend and stage whispered, “You didn’t tell me this was a water ride!”  I hate getting wet and I hate it even more when my camera gets wet.  Also, Gaston and Prince Eric were BFFs.  I was so amused.


This is the WORST picture, but go back to my older reports and compare and contrast…


And check out that fake kiss!  My heart, it hurts.


Ursula was a puppet.  I was not impressed.


At least Ariel was stunning.

tripreport-049And this is the room you wait in before you get in the theater.  Yes, I realize my pictures are backwards.  Oh well.

After that unexpected water ride, we decided it was time to head over to the Animation Pavilion to meet my future husband, Mr. Ralph.  The line looked messy by the time we got there, but the CM assured it was only 20 minutes, so we hopped in it.  Gotta tell you, I was way too amused by all the little subway scrolling messages that had little classic video game inside jokes.  I wanted to look around at all the parents with small children and be like, “LOOK IT’S THE KONAMI CODE!” but that would have been weird, so I just took a lot of pictures.


There, now I got them in the right order, I just had to go through Picasa backwards.



tripreport-054Our arcade console was sick 😦

When we got to the front of the line, I pretty much gave the character handlers my Photopass, regular camera and iphone and told them to go to town.  I have never been so excited to meet some dude in a suit before.  But Ralph is BIG.  I was wearing my Fix-it Felix bow that day (thanks, Magical Ribbons) and Vanellope freaked out over it.  I look like a total moron in all my photos, but the five year old in me just came out.  It was the best.  Best, best, best.

At this point, we had some time to kill, but not too much time, before our lunch reservation at Mama Melrose.  Fantasmic dinner package all the way.  So, we meandered over to the general area, immediately got lost, and had to turn around and find it again.  We may or may not have gone on Star Tours…we went on it eventually, but I can’t remember if it was before or after lunch.  Anyway, I LOVED that ride, and I have never seen any Star Wars movie.  It just felt very immersive to me.  Mama Melrose was pretty good, especially because it was free, free, free!  It was pretty much like an Olive Garden with better theming, and with the Fantasmic package here, you get an appetizer.  I was all about my tomatoes with mozzarella and balsamic vinegar.  I’m pretty sure I ate that more times than I could count on this vacation.  Be warned, the desserts sucked.  Thankfully, I had steak, so I wasn’t very hungry for them once they came…I even tried panna cotta, and I do not put anything with that weird jello texture in my mouth.  Disgusting.

Once we were done with lunch, it was time to work off some of those calories, so we…went in an air-conditioned theater and watched Muppet Vision, HA.  I loved it.  I won’t lie, I dig the muppets.  But the best part was that my favorite muppet of all time was prominently featured: Bean Bunny!  If you have never seen Jim Henson’s Tale of the Bunny Picnic, do yourself a favor and youtube that shit right now because it was my favorite thing of all time growing up.  I wore out a VHS tape, that’s how much I loved it.  After our trip through the gift shop, it was time to go back and hit up our Toy Story fast passes (where I lost AGAIN), and then we met up with one of my other friends who just happened to be in Disney at the same time.  Reunion!

I will leave you there for now, but I’m really trying to finish this before I leave for my next trip in 19 days.  Yes, 19 days. I’m going to try out a vlog this time, even though I hate editing with a passion, so we’ll see how this goes.

More Hollywood Studios fun to come!