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Anime Mondays #68

What’s been happening this week, you guys?  I had to shell out a shit ton of money to fix my car.  My poor baby.  The air conditioning was broken, so I took it in, and the technician discovered ten other things wrong with it.  It’s just an adorable PT Cruiser, how could things have gone so awry??  It’s putting a cramp in my style, that’s for sure.  I have some Right Stuf orders I need to make (big ones), and that’s not going to happen anytime in my near future.  Gee, guess I’ll be forced to watch my backlog.  Or, you know, Crunchyroll.  Probably Crunchyroll.

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

Yu Gi Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 108-128 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

I have no shame.  I watched the entire “Noah” arc of this series.  All of it.  Pretty much in a day.  And I am stupidly confused by it…not by any of the plot/character elements, but by the fact that I was sure Noah was Kaiba’s brother and that his step-dad was pulling the strings the whole time the first time he came on screen.  And this was supposed to be a big reveal??  The bigger reveal would have been to tell us what kind of accident he had to pretty much kill himself.  And how the step-dad’s disappearance factored into all of this.  Did he injure his own son and then feel guilt about it so many years later and want to injure himself?  Goddamned censoring.  So that happened.  And in the last episode of this arc, Kaiba said what I had been feeling the whole time.  I’m paraphrasing, but it goes a little something like this: that was a completely pointless diversion from the main path, NOW LET’S GET BACK TO THE BATTLE CITY FINALS.  A fucking men.  The coolest part of this is the four way duel that goes down to see who will battle against each other because all the strategies make zero sense, but everyone thinks they are the smartest in the world for spewing some words out of their mouths.  There cannot be a strategy in a four way duel because everyone is going to fuck up your strategy.  Although, Joey does grow some balls and tells Yugi to stop helping him…but then the idiot decides to battle Marek.  Stupid.  He loses, but has another one of those technicality TKO’s where he doesn’t lose by points but because he can’t get up off the ground.  And that’s where I stopped because I couldn’t take anymore of the made-up rules.  Is this less confusing in Japanese?  Can I even track down some fansubs?

A-Channel – Episode 2 A-Channel Cover

Yeah, the second episode wasn’t any better than the first.  Everyone gets caught in a rainstorm and then they all get in the bath.  I’ll never understand why Japanese people all like to jump in the tub together.  When I’m in the bath/shower, it’s the most peaceful time of my day since I don’t have to deal with anyone and can have some me time.  I do not like this show.  I will struggle to finish it because it’s a rental.

 

 

 

 

 

Ao Haru Ride – Episode 3 Ao Haru Ride cover

My Crunchyroll Roku channel would not play this episode, so I was forced to watch it on my laptop.  Actually, my Crunchyroll Roku channel has not been playing a lot of shit lately.  What is up with that?  I pay for this.  And I know I have to watch it in shit quality because it doesn’t support 1080p for some unknown reason, but goddamn, when I want to watch my shoujo romances, they had better work, or I am going to shounen-ly punch somebody in the face.  Hear that, Crunchyroll??  Anyway, this episode was cute.  I almost, ALMOST thought they were going to kiss, but then they didn’t and I’m okay with that.  And now, we are going to get a plot with other people, since they all joined the student council together.  I guess that’s fine.  I’m glad the main girl will make some real friends.  I’d rather this just be a romance, though.

 

One Piece – Episodes 79-80 One Piece Cover

I have put Naruto on an indefinite hiatus to try and tackle some of another long-running shounen that I feel I’ll never catch up on: enter One Piece.  I have the re-released collections from Funimation, and I’m up to 9 with 10 on pre-order, but I’m watching Collection 4.  Yeah.  Trying hard to catch up.  It doesn’t help that I’ve tried to watch episode 81 at least four times, and I’ve fallen asleep every time.  Ugh.  Anyway, so when we last left off, Nami was sick, and the guys were trying to sail somewhere to find her a doctor.  Well, they come upon this winter island, where they almost get shot before they get off the boat.  Luckily, there’s a good Samaritan in his winter coat, and he takes the gang onto the island to try and help Nami.  However, the only doctor is really a witch, and Luffy and Sanji have to carry the sick girl up a giant mountain to get to her.  Yeah, that’s happening.  There are giant killer rabbits, though, so life is good.  The giant duck is the best part of this series.  I’ll be sad if he ever leaves.

Ranma 1/2 – Episodes 2-3 Ranma Cover(Re-watch)

I was watching something…and got the urge to pop in Ranma for a couple of episodes.  Clearly, it wasn’t any actual anime episodes, probably something on youtube.  I’m going through the new Blu-ray release for these.  Remember last time when I swore there were episode previews and I couldn’t find them?  Yeah, you can’t chapter skip past the ending theme.  They are there.  I’m a moron.  Akane takes Ranma to school, and he is shocked to find out she has to knock down a gauntlet of guys who want to fight her to be able to date her every morning.  What??  Yeah, that is thanks to her senpai (whose name is escaping me but he calls himself Blue Thunder) who is also in love with her and doesn’t want anyone to touch her, so he issued that challenge.  Asshole.  He fights Ranma, but they fall in the pool, and now he’s in love with Girl Type Ranma.  Suck on that, Akane.  Say what you want, but I really like this show.  It’s definitely a classic, and I think everyone should check out at least a few episodes.  Just…not in English.

Love Stage – Episode 3 Love Stage cover

OH MY GOD.  There is a scene in this episode where I about lost my shit.  It’s pretty tastefully done, all outlines and glitter everywhere, but holy crap.  Never before have I seen something in an anime on Crunchyroll.  To recap, last week I wondered how the two dudes were going to fall in love with each other since neither one appears to be gay.  Apparently, it’s just immediate, animal attraction.  I’ll buy it.  You know why?  Because both of them are traumatized after they kiss again, and neither one knows what to do with himself.  Those poor dudes.  They are just so clueless.  I really hope in the next episode they both attempt to come to terms with their sexualities (or at least the fact that they are attracted to each other, gender be damned).  A lot of people wrote this series off because the character designs aren’t the norm, or because it’s yaoi, but Love Stage is really solid so far.  It’s my second favorite show of the season.  You go boys, with your bad selves.

Phi-Brain Season 2: Episodes 13-15 Phi Brain Season 2 Cover

I would have watched more of this, but, you know, Crunchyroll on Roku doesn’t want to play this, either.  I even succumbed to watching an episode on Hulu.  WITH COMMERCIALS.  The student council president fights Kaito with the fake ring and loses…and then he disappears.  Great.  Now I will be missing his stupid apple juice jokes for the rest of the season.  And then the Orpheus Order gets a new leader who is a real dickbag, and just starts trying to kill Kaito again.  I’d rather have Freecell, who just wants to play with him.  And then…and then…there’s an episode where they give a dog a replica ring.  Let me repeat.  THEY GIVE A DOG A REPLICA RING.  This show is fucking camp.  I can’t take it seriously.  I love it.

 

 

Bakamatsu Rock – Episode 4 Bakamatsu Rock cover

Speaking of camp, this entire episode takes place in a bath house.  Elephant noises abound!!  Oh god, I can’t take it.  You know how the stupid bath house/spa episodes always show girls running around naked?  Well, now it’s boys running around naked.  And the female anime watchers rejoice.  It’s hysterical, though, like, the guys hold a concert in an all-male bath house, and they are halfway into their first song when hundreds of dudes whip off their towels and start swinging them over their heads.  So they are legit about to start a naked mosh pit.  The fucking best ever.

 

 

 

Terror in Resonance – Episode 3 Terror in Resonance cover

I am starting to lose faith in this show.  There is some big plot element that’s going to be revealed, and it’s going to be something completely stupid.  I can feel it.  Also, it’s turning into a police drama, and that shit is boring.  But, it looks like 9 and 12 were in an orphanage?  Or possibly a little kid asylum?  There was some kind of bomb scare years and years ago, and while they were trying to get out, a lot of kids died.  Like, they couldn’t save them all.  So that looks like it’s going to be the reason why they are bombing seemingly random places that have to do with police and/or government.  Oh, and Lisa runs away from her crazy mom.  I really hope I’m wrong about this show, that the characters’ motivations will be something that’s relevant, but…eh.  I mean, I watch Phi-Brain.

 

Sailor Moon S – Episodes 32-38 (Completed!) (Re-watch) Sailor Moon S Cover

Watching the last six episodes of this series reminded me how much I love the Sailor Moon franchise as a whole, and why S will forever be the best series.  First of all, you have villains that do actual damage.  Mistress 9 and Pharaoh 90 actually BLEW UP A SCHOOL.  There’s wreckage and everything.  Secondly, they destroyed the Holy Grail and fucked up Sailor Moon to the fact that she had to force her heart crystal to pop out of her body in order to defeat them.  And Sailor Saturn had to kill herself just to fight off the evil.  Yeah, she gets re-incarnated, but still.  There are also more witches who get killed off in one episode apiece.  What??  I mean, shit is getting real.  And at the very end, Uranus and Neptune call out Sailor Moon on how unworthy she is to be the Messiah because she tried to save Hotaru instead of the world.  Ugh.  It’s SO GOOD.  I cried.  A lot.  Unfortunately, this marks a turning point for Uranus and Neptune who peace out of town after getting bitch slapped by Sailor Moon’s heart crystal power and don’t appear for the entirety of the next series.  Hence, I will be re-watching Sailor Moon Super S for continuity’s sake only.  This is just the best the Sailor Moon franchise has to offer because Sailor Moon is best when it’s serious.  I rated this 10/10 on MAL, and while I’m not positive it deserves it for all the filler, this is a show I will watch again and again.  I can’t wait until it comes out on Blu-ray.  And god, I hope they don’t fuck up the dub voices for Uranus and Neptune.  I don’t know who could do them justice.

Sailor Moon S Movie – (Completed!) (Re-watch) Sailor Moon S Movie Cover

I think I’ve seen this movie at least 50 times.  This might be showing my age a bit, but when I was a kid, I begged my parents to let me go to the post office to get a money order so I could order some VKLL fansubs.  Remember those?  Oh man.  This was the first glimpse I ever received of the Outer Senshi that wasn’t on a tiny .avi file on my computer.  And I loved them.  I haven’t seen this movie in years, though, since I got back into anime, and the whole Kaguya Hime thing?  It makes SO much more sense, now that I get the context.  I bought this Pioneer dvd off amazon or ebay or something, and it’s…interesting.  The transfer is terrible.  It looks just like my VHS tape did.  But the bonus features…man.  Shit is spelled incorrectly, but you can watch all the transformations and attacks just by pushing a button, and if I would have had this back in the day, maybe I wouldn’t have worn out my tape.  It also lets you jump to the infamous “Tuxedo Mask transformation,” and I did laugh out loud because I had forgotten about it.  Also, it recognizes — in print — that Haruka and Michiru are in love with each other.  No more cousins!  Take that, English dub!  The movie is cute.  It’s nothing special plot wise.  But this meant the world to me when I was a kid, and it will always be one of my favorites.  (In case you were wondering, the Sailor Moon movies do go down in quality the later they get.  Like, R is my favorite, then S, then Super S).  I rated this 8/10 on MAL, and I’ll stick by it.

Btooom! – Episode 1 (Re-watch) Btooom! Cover

I purchased this at the beginning of the month, and I have been holding off re-watching it for the sole fact that I didn’t want to add anything new to my list.  But yesterday, I said fuck it, and popped that sucker in.  The dub.  Oh man, the dub.  This new-ish guy who does the main dude…he is AWESOME.  Give him more work!  And then, my precious Brittney Karbowski is the main girl in the episode preview…so I’m sold.  I’m really glad I bought this.  Let’s be real, though, I really wanted to start it again just so I could watch the opening.  It does not disappoint.  And now it’s translated!  And I’ve been singing it wrong the entire time.  I won’t go much more into this since I did a whole review on this series (and that barely ever happens anymore), but it’s just as good the second time around.

 

Stats are the same as last week: currently watching 246 anime with 33 completed this year (re-watches don’t count).  My Sailor Moon Crystal episode review is coming, I didn’t forget about it.  As for next week…any suggestions?  My list is linked at the top of every Anime Mondays post so you can see what I’m in the middle of.  I’m kind of feeling the void since I finished off Sailor Moon S.  Help.

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Anime Mondays #67

This week’s random bit of Glitterbots news: I am no longer a blonde anymore.  That’s right.  No blonde at all.  Since I came back from my traumatic turn as a brunette a couple of years ago, it was blonde + some other color all the time (read: pink, red, blue, violet, etc.), but I bit the bullet and dyed my hair this dark shade of purple.  For those of you playing the home game, it was called “light radiant violet” or some crap, but there is definitely nothing light about it.  It’s like purple/black purple.  I also took a turn at dyeing my hair black once, to which I vowed never again, but this fades to a weird pink color, so I think I’ll be able to go blonde again in a couple months.  My hair sucks, it’s permanent dye, and it’ll be out in about 4-6 weeks.  I also cut it short because it was asymmetrical, and I decided I wanted to grow it out again, so it was just easier to go all one length first so it doesn’t grow wonky.  ANYWAY.  That was your beauty lesson of the day.  Can you tell I used to work at a hair salon?  Let’s talk about Sailor Moon or something now.

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

Yu Gi Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 91-107 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

Okay, I did not think I watched 16 episodes of this, but I guess I did…I swear, the box set episodes counts are off, but when I went to wikipedia to see where I was, it told me I had gone all the way up to 107, so there you have it.  I finished off season 2 of Yu Gi Oh! and am a disc and a half deep into season 3.  Firstly, season 2 ends at the WORST SPOT EVER.  So round one of the Battle City finals are over, right?  Kaiba beats Marek’s sister without using his Egyptian God Card, and she can’t use her fortune telling/future seeing powers anymore.  Then Evil Marek takes on Bakura/Original Marek for some reason I don’t quite understand (and to be honest, I don’t even remember what happened because it was so convoluted), and then, right when round two is supposed to start, the blimp gets sidetracked and caught up in some force field shit, where this kid named Noah now controls it and lands it on his ship in the middle of the ocean where they have to start a whole new tournament and leave the Battle City one behind.  Um…what??  Why would they insert this gigantic, stupid tournament in the middle of a perfectly good one?  Does this have manga?  Is this filler?  I don’t get it.  Anyway, this is another ridiculous “virtual” tournament where the old Kaiba Corp guys who lost in the last virtual thing come back with new rules to try to take over everyone’s bodies.  Okay.  Alright.  STUPID concept, but whatever.  These new rules make absolutely no sense, and I think all the old rules/continuity of the duels have gone right out the window.  Like, how many times can these shits attack per turn?  Sometimes they have to sacrifice monsters, sometimes they don’t.  How many monsters can they bring out per turn anyway?  And what’s up with these “duel masters” which make the cards talk now?  I can’t keep up with all this fuckery.  The virtual tournament actually has some good things going for it, namely, all the stupid puns from the English dub that are based on the settings (ie: the penguin battle has 64 million jokes about “chilling out”), and that people like Tristan and Tea are forced to battle.  Oh, and DUKE DEVLIN.  Marry me.  I have the oddest anime crushes.  I can’t believe I’ve watched over 100 episodes of this, though.  Closer to the end every week, kids.

Phi Brain Season 2 – Episodes 5-12 Phi Brain Season 2 Cover

See, now this is an anime I thought I got further into, but I’m not even halfway through.  It’s not that it’s dragging, I just had been steadily watching it all week and figured that it was almost over since the first arc ended rather abruptly.  Yeah, no.  So, it turns out the Orpheus Order is mainly after Kaito because — get ready for it — he had made a promise to Freecell when he was a kid to do a puzzle together, and Kaito forgot about it.  Freecell was then so traumatized that his sorrow transferred into his dying mother, so he thinks KAITO KILLED HIS MOTHER.  Shut the fuck up.  Sit the fuck down.  I’m really played out on these villains having the stupidest reasons to come after the protagonists.  Of course, when Kaito is forced to play a puzzle game against Freecell, he freaks out and is like, “Let’s play again, Kaito!  Again and again and again!!!!11”  Again, shut up.  Kaito did not kill Freecell’s mom by association.  Freecell is a nut job.  Anyway, Kaito’s group wins the challenge against Freecell’s group, and then we are abruptly taken into not one, but two, beach filler episodes.  Choke.  They’re on vacations and all these shits want to do is puzzles.  Finally, once that crap is finished, the student council president decides he’s worthless and wants to go undercover to learn more about the Orpheus Order so he won’t be such a waste of space.  Smart move.  Unfortunately, he’s not powerful enough to overcome the fake Orpheus ring’s hold on him.  And that’s where I paused.  Stop trying to have plot, Phi Brain, just do puzzles.

A-Channel – Episode 1 A-Channel Cover

For some reason I put this in my rental queue…I have no idea why.  Normally, all I put is retro stuff that I want to watch dubbed and whatever I can’t get on Netflix, but this is subtitle only and new.  Probably can’t get it on Netflix, though.  Maybe that’s why.  Anyway, A-Channel looks to be a worthless slice of life show where this girl who is a year younger than all her friends has an obsession with keeping people away from her blonde BFF.  That’s about all I got out of the first episode.  I’m really turned off slice of life lately.  Why?  Because NOTHING HAPPENS.  It’s not even funny or amusing to me anymore.  I just want something to happen.  Anything.  I’ll finish this this week so I can send it back, but I need to go through my lists.  Stat.

 

Ao Haru Ride – Episode 2 Ao Haru Ride cover

Two episodes in and I had a stomach drop already.  Oh my god, with the dude pulling the girl into him while she was crying so no one would see her…I died.  My heart broke and I just died.  Then I started crying, too.  I have this huge soft spots for guys who protect girls from the smallest things.  It’s like tiny gestures open my heart more than huge ones.  And that little half-hug thing…it just broke me.  And then when the girl stood up for the cute girl and lost all her “friends” in the process?  Holy crap.  I can’t.  This show is going to kill me this summer, I know it.  I love it so much.

 

 

 

Hikaru no Go – Episodes 21-24 Hikaru no Go Cover

I’m trying to remember anything that happened in these episodes and I’m drawing a blank.  Seriously.  I mean, I watched this DVD as soon as I got off work and saw it had come in the mail, but seriously.  Um…Hikaru passed his test to get to the next level in going pro.  Akira found out Hikaru is going after him.  Then Akira lost a match to the professional champion or something.  It looked like the anime was finishing off a season because the last episode had a bunch of snow, and like the tone was going to change.  That’s about it.  I can’t believe Hikaru ditched his friends and his middle school Go club to try and go pro, though.  What a dick.

 

 

Kimi ni Todoke – Episodes 7-13 Kimi no Todoke cover

God, this show.  With the feels.  I had to open up my second box set from NIS America I hadn’t popped the plastic on yet to continue my re-watch because it’s still.  So.  Good.  Sawako realizes she has romantic feelings for Kazehaya, and while he tries to let her know he has the same ones, he’s too damned shy to get it all out and Kurumi has flashed her bitch card, and UGH.  I’m sorry, this is romance done so right.  I don’t even mind that the set doesn’t have the recap episode (I watched it and it sucked) because it’s just so beautiful and sweet and innocent.  I wish when kids like these became adults that they would hold on to some of that.  All I’ve found are creeps.  This is why I’m single.

 

 

Dramatical Murder – Episode 2 Dramatical Murder cover

I know I said I wasn’t going to watch this on a weekly basis, but I was bored and didn’t feel like flipping to another Roku channel other than Crunchyroll, so I gave this anime one more chance.  And it still sucks.  Nothing happened.  I can see the hints of yaoi, but they are nothing spectacular.  Some stalker is following the blue haired dude.  He can’t remember anything about his duel.  That’s…it.  NOTHING HAPPENED.  I’m over you, Dramatical Murder, please step to the side.

 

 

 

 

Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance) – Episodes 1-2 Terror in Resonance cover

Holy crap, this show is good.  The whole time, I kept thinking to myself, “Too soon?  Too soon?!?!” but I guess it’s not.  This is an anime about high school aged terrorists.  It’s like Degrassi – it goes there.  But it’s not about bringing a gun to school or gang violence, it’s about stealing plutonium and blowing up police stations.  These guys just give no fucks.  They are like the anti-heroes of the decade.  I want to know why they are doing this, but at the same time, you want to punch them in the face for putting innocent people in danger and destroying things.  Plus, they wrap a girl up in their plots because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now she has to deal with the mental anguish of keeping their secret (or they will kill her) while not being allowed to help.  She’s like a lookout for a secret club she’s not allowed in.  This show is intense, creepy and insanely addicting.  Stop what you are doing right now and go watch the stream on Funimation.  You won’t be sorry.

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs – Episodes 11-13 (Completed!) Strawberry Eggs Cover

Told you I would finish this anime this week.  And surprisingly, it wrapped up and ended really well.  You know the creeper student/teacher vibe that was going on?  Well, they almost kissed.  ALMOST.  But they didn’t (though, not because the teacher stopped being a creep, but because they were interrupted).  And then the shit hit the fan.  This bitch who had been trying to get the teacher fired all year somehow got some hidden camera footage of the dude taking off his girl makeup and clothes and showed it at an assembly, and he was pretty much forced to resign.  Once all the kids realized he wasn’t just a pervert but a really great teacher, they decided they wanted him back, but the teacher gracefully walked off into the sunset, saying he needed some time to better himself before he could come back to the school.  He didn’t get with the girl who loved him.  He made the exact right decision.  GOOD FUCKING ON YA.  God, it was like a breath of fresh air to leave everything resolved with people making the right, moral decisions and not have him kidnap the girl or turn her into his love slave or anything.  This throwaway Pioneer release was much better than I gave it credit for.  I rated it 6/10 on MAL (which is good for it being a slice of life show), and if I didn’t spoil it too much for you, give it a watch if you have a few hours to kill.

Sailor Moon Crystal – Episode 2 Sailor Moon Crystal Cover

I’m actually writing this post before I write my episode review (because I haven’t watched it for a second time yet), but I’ll re-iterate what I posted on twitter: Sailor Moon Crystal is a beautiful show visually, but it severely lacks on the plot and originality.  Originality because it’s a re-boot.  If I were watching this without seeing any of the original franchise, I think I’d hate it.  Some of the magic is missing, but I’ll get more in depth into that in my episode review.

 

 

 

 

Bakamatsu Rock – Episode 3 Bakamatsu Rock cover

Yep, I’m still digging this show.  There’s not a whole lot to say about it, though, either you’ll love it for what it is, or you’ll hate it.  There’s not a whole lot of plot, other than for the rock band to better themselves as artists, and the music is great.  Approve, approve, approve.

 

 

 

 

 

Love Stage – Episode 2 Love Stage cover

Okay, so after the yaoi-filled opening, I was NOT expecting the hot dude to freak out once he found out Izumi was a boy and not a girl.  I knew he would have had no idea about his gender, but the dickbag like, FLIPS OUT after he admits that he’s loved Izumi for ten years after they met that one time.  Hello, love is love, gender notwithstanding.  Also, that Izumi thought his first kiss would be with a GIRL…how they got some gay dudes out of these characters, I have no idea.  I can’t wait for the next episode.  Love Stage is moving at a really quick pace, but it has to because it’s only a ten episode series.  I am so excited to see what happens next and how this whole thing is going to pan out.  Plus, I think I’m in love with Izumi’s older brother.  Marry me.  God, that’s two husbands in one column.  Again, this is why I’m single.

Currently watching 246 shows (added two new ones), while I have completed 33 anime this year (one off the list this week).  I’ve got to get my head around this backlog challenge again.  Watching a ton of Yu Gi Oh doesn’t help things, even though that was all I wanted to plow through.  Next week, we see if A-Channel is as big a piece of crap as I think after one episode, and more seasonal shows.  Figures, I’m really into the seasonals when I shouldn’t have picked up any new ones.  Life.

Anime Mondays #66 (Summer 2014 First Impressions!)

Oh god, my backlog challenge really took a hit this week.  I can’t stop watching new shows.  I know I’ll never have time to watch them weekly while they’re airing, and they are all going to require some marathoning down the line, but UGH.  I picked up so many.  For those of you new to this blog, this year I decided to attempt to cut down my currently watching list (because I never finish anything), and while I had cut it down by about ten shows, now it’s just up to…well.  You’ll see.  I am a failure.

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

The Familiar of Zero – Episodes 10-13 (Completed!) The Familiar of Zero cover

See, I started off the week okay, and knocked out at least one show.  And, man, I loved this.  The Familiar of Zero wrapped up in a way where if there were to be more seasons (there are), they could continue the story, but if it stopped right there, I felt satisfied with the ending.  This show has such a simple premise, and nothing earth shattering really happens in it, but I just adored it.  Well…except for the part with the “dragon,” which was spoiled in the opening.  Once I figured that out and saw it would be the turning point of the entire series, I was really pissed they would put such a huge plot twist at the very beginning of the show.  Other than that, though, the characters were cute, Louise wasn’t annoying, and there were more cute moments than I could shake a stick at.  I hope Sentai decides to pony up, license the two middle seasons (I’m pretty sure they have the last one already), and dub them with the old cast.  The voice of Louise is going to be in the new Sailor Moon dub, so she’s still around, Sentai!  Make this happen!  I rated this 8/10 on MAL, but will probably wait a little while before I track down season 2.  I’ll hold out for that dub…unless Greg Ayres gets miscast as the lead and then I’ll just be pissed.

I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs – Episodes 8-10 Strawberry Eggs Cover

Another disc of this came from my rental service, so I had to knock this one out, as well.  Ah, the days with only 3 episodes on a DVD…I do not miss you, at all.  Actually, this is another underrated show that I am really enjoying.  It’s a gender bender comedy, but these episodes erred more on the serious side of things where one girl professes her love to a boy, gets rejected, he professes to a different girl, gets rejected because SHE LOVES HER MALE TEACHER WHO IS DRESSING AS A WOMAN JUST TO TEACH AT THIS SCHOOL…yeah, shit just hit the fan.  It’s odd to think that all these heavy themes would be in a throwaway anime, especially because of the student/teacher relationships here.  I mean, the kids are supposed to be in middle school, but the teacher (who is a grown ass man) is both trying to aid the school in gender equality, but has a ridiculous crush on his 14 year old student.  He’s trying to do his job, and is doing it well…but then he’s going to ruin it all by falling in love with a child.  Is this still common in Japan?  I know it used to be, I mean, I watched the entire series of Maison Ikkoku, where the girl’s dead husband used to be her teacher, but here, Chris Hansen would be all over this shit, telling the teacher guy to take a seat.  I don’t know.  And it’s looking like it just may turn out that the teacher/student relationship is actually going to happen, and it’s just creepy.  But it shouldn’t be creepy…it’s just some random anime!  Anyway, I’ve rambled on for way too long about this.  The last disc is on its way to my house.  Hopefully, we will get a resolution next week.

Bakumatsu Rock – Episodes 1-2 Bakamatsu Rock cover

For some reason, this season I decided to pick up a lot of shows that are based on video games.  I have no sane idea why, as I don’t even play them; they just looked like the most interesting ones I could find on Crunchyroll.  Bakumatsu Rock has surprised me so far.  I don’t like the timeline issues they have going on (glowsticks in ancient Japan?  Okay…), but other than that, it’s a really amusing show about this dude who just wants to play his guitar and sing.  You can tell it’s based on a game, though, not only because of the awkwardly placed CGI during songs, but because there’s this thing called a Peace Soul, which looks like it’s supposed to be the little golden time thing in the game where if you tilt your guitar in the right direction you score more points.  When I did play video games, all I played was Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc., so I know how this goes.  You get your perfect score, you sing a note during the time when the bar glows, then you get even more points.  Some people will have issues with this concept and the way that they actually inserted it into the anime, but I’m all about it.  Honestly, my opinions about the shows this season are pretty much the complete opposite of everything I’ve read/watched on youtube so far, but whatever.  I like this anime.  It will be one that I’ll watch weekly.  And there’s some crafty manservice thrown in there.  Winner.

Dramatical Murder coverDramatical Murder – Episode 1

I hadn’t even heard of this show and had absolutely no intention of watching it until I saw a summer preview youtube video where I found out a: it’s based on a video game, and b: it’s based on a video game where boys kiss a lot, so then, of course, I had to give it a shot just so I could understand people’s shit show reactions.  I’m not a huge yaoi fan, mainly because I haven’t seen anything except Gravitation that I especially liked (and even that wasn’t that good), but I’ll watch anything as long as it doesn’t have robots.  Anyway, so I caught the first episode…and I really hated it.  The character designs are ugly, the music is nothing special, and the plot only kicked in in like the last two minutes.  I did like the perso-com pets, though, and I’ll be interested to see if this turns into a trapped-in-a-video-game series like Sword Art Online, but it’s not something I will rush to watch every week; in fact, I probably won’t watch more of it until I get bored and need to check it off my list.

Shounen Hollywood – Episode 1 Shounen Hollywood cover

This show has everything going for it where I should like it: a bunch of guys, an entertainment setting, a BOYBAND…but I found the first episode to be ridiculously boring.  I don’t know if it’s the unengaging characters, or the color palette, or the lack of plot, but I just could not get into it.  I’ve already started referring to the guys by their horrible boyband taglines, though, so, while, yes, they are terrible, they sure work.  My favorite is the lucky boy, in case you were wondering.  The main dude doesn’t even know if he wants to be in this boyband, and his apathy is the most major turn-off here.  Hello, you’re in a BOYBAND.  Do you know how many people would want to trade places with you?  Hell, when I was in high school, all I ever dreamed of was becoming the next Britney Spears, and I even went to music school to chase the dream.  I just really want to punch the main guy in the face.  I hate the character designs, too.  I’m still on the fence over whether or not I’ll watch this weekly or just marathon it when it’s over, but…meh.  I’m disappointed.

Ao Haru Ride – Episode 1 Ao Haru Ride cover

Ah, here we go, something I will watch on a weekly basis.  In fact, as soon as this episode was over, I was crying over that I wouldn’t get another one until next week.  Oh my god, how I love my shoujo romance shows, especially ones that remind me of Kimi ni Todoke, which is one of my favorites of all time.  Ao Haru Ride is by the same people, and it shows, from the color palette to the character designs…except it’s BETTER because there aren’t as many deformed sequences.  I’ll admit, when I heard of the premise in the preview videos I watched, I couldn’t really understand it, but when I watched the show, it all made sense.  Our main girl loved the main guy in middle school, but she opened her mouth and said something stupid and wrecked the relationship before it could even begin, and then the dude moved away.  Then, she got teased so badly by her female classmates because she was “cute” (aka that’s girl code for slutty, when she’s not really a slut), and in high school, re-invented herself so she could have more female friends and not be outcast.  Meanwhile, main guy is now at her high school, and can’t understand how the girl could change herself so much just to fit in.  I get where she’s coming from, but I get what he’s saying, too, and this anime will not only be about the romance, but about the girl’s quest to find herself — to see if she can be happy and have friends without being fake.  This is going to be good.  My heart’s thumping already.

Kimi ni Todoke – Episodes 1-6 (Re-watch) Kimi no Todoke cover

Sure did have to start this series over again after I saw Ao Haru Ride.  And it’s just as good as I remember.  Sawako is SO CUTE, I can’t stand it, and her relationship with Kazehaya is the most adorable thing I have ever seen.  If you love shoujo romances and haven’t seen this, stop whatever you are doing and watch it right now.  You’ll thank me later.  I’ll wait.

 

 

 

 

 

Sword Art Online II – Episode 1 Sword Art Online 2 Cover

Yes, I fell asleep while watching this episode.  But…I fell asleep at the end, where the “action” was taking place.  If you don’t know/remember my feelings on the original Sword Art Online, I wrote a whole post on it, but the tl;dr version is that I liked it because of its romance aspects and not much else.  So, of course, the fact that more than half of the first episode was about Kirito and Asuna talking and holding hands on a bench made my heart all a-flutter.  Ugh.  I still love them.  Fuck the haters.  I really could give  a shit about him having to go back into a game and play with guns…I just want to see Kirito and Asuna do cute things.  I have no idea if I’m going to like the sequel at ALL, because from everything I’ve seen, Asuna isn’t even going to be in this…but I’ll keep watching.  I guess.  Maybe not weekly, though.

 

Say, “I Love You” – Episodes 10-13 (Re-watch) (Completed!) Say 'I love you' Cover

I finished my re-watch of this, and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like it as much the second go round.  I’m guessing this is because I watched the dub.  Or it could be because I wasn’t surprised by anything that happened.  Or maybe because I hated all the supporting characters a lot more this time.  I don’t know.  But when I got to the end, I was left with an even worse taste in my mouth than the first time I watched, and I still believe this should have ended at episode 12, and 13 was a pointless throwaway.  My rating didn’t change — 8/10 — because it’s a good shoujo romance…it’s just not one of my favorites anymore…at least until I go back and watch it in Japanese again.

 

 

 

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 82-90 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

I’m almost caught up on purchasing this series (note to self: do an anime pickups post in the near future so you can put shit on the shelf), so I popped it in so I could have something on dubbed in the background while I did other things.  Shit is getting real, guys.  This Battle City Tournament is insane.  Marek stopped playing around and is now Marek, Joey won against an Egyptian God Card (what?!) and poor Mai is going to be a sacrificial lamb.  Again.  I love Mai.  She deserves to win at least one tournament.  I don’t get why the Egyptian God Cards are so dangerous, though.  I mean, it’s a card game.  Everyone thinks that by defeating Marek, they are saving the world, and that’s completely inflated.

 

 

Beyond the Boundary – Episodes 3-5 Beyond the Boundary Cover

Told you I would watch more of this.  This anime is still really good, but I’m finding myself getting confused with who all of the side characters are and what they are supposed to be doing.  Like this one girl with a giant weapon came out of nowhere, and I felt like I should have known who she was because she looked like someone else…but I wasn’t.  New character.  Ugh.  The main dude does have a really interesting power, though, you know…when he’s almost dying.  I’m finding it hard to watch more than one episode at a time, though…fucking moe.

 

 

 

Love Stage – Episode 1 Love Stage cover

I’ve heard from so many people that they hate the character designs in this show, the eyes are weird, etc….I love them.  I think they are unique, and I LOVE the eyes, especially of our main little otaku character Izumi.  He is ADORABLE.  I can’t even.  He hates his entertainment family and just wants to be a normal kid, and I can respect that.  Meanwhile, his parents are trying to push him into the family business.  He has the looks, but he doesn’t have the personality. If you don’t have the drive, it’s all good.  This is another boys making out with boys title, and it does absolutely nothing to cover that up.  The opening is amazing and gay and I love it.  In fact, there’s nothing I dislike about this show at all.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out, especially with the romance, and I’m just sad that it’s only going to be ten episodes or something.  Lame.  So lame.

Phi Brain Season 2 – Episodes 2-4 Phi Brain Season 2 Cover

It may not look like it since this post is getting to be ridiculously long, but I had trouble finding something I actually wanted to watch that wasn’t new this week.  Back to Phi Brain, a show I am watching only for the plot.  This anime is ugly.  I mean, ugly.  The characters are ugly, the colors are ugly, the backgrounds are ugly…but I watched one whole season of it, and when I started back up season 2, I can’t deny how much I loved this franchise.  It’s about this group of friends who solves these deathly puzzles.  I mean, it’s not like the plot is convoluted or anything…I don’t know.  I just really enjoy it.  It’s also fun to laugh at the cheesiness as each of the enemies are named after a card game.  I mean, some dude’s name is Freecell.  It went there.  This is the show that I’m about to go turn on after I finish writing this, and I have no shame in it.  Talk about a guilty pleasure anime, Jesus.

Naruto – Episodes 152-153 Naruto cover

Okay, so I don’t know what I did, or if the DVD came this way, or what, but episode 153 on my DVD is completely unplayable.  It’s like there are these gross scratches on the disc, and I can’t remember if it was like that or if they just magically appeared, but let’s just say that I actually watched this stupid filler episode about people being buried alive because I just can’t get it to play.  Rock Lee is back.  You can see me jumping for joy over here.  PS – that’s sarcasm.  I’m sure I didn’t miss much anyway.

 

 

 

 

Oh my god, this post.  Never again.  I’ll break my impressions posts into two next time.  Currently watching: 245 shows.  Definitely went over my magic number of 240.  I’ve completed 32 anime this year, though…re-watches don’t count.  See you next week when I promise not to ramble so much.  Seriously.