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Anime Mondays #47

Hey, Polar Vortex, can you please go back to wherever you came from?  I love living where I do because I get seasons, but this is ridiculous.  I’m about ready to pack it in and move to the Bahamas, and I hate sun (and the Bahamas).  Here’s what happened this week when I had to stay indoors.

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

Princess Princess – Episodes 5-12 (Completed!) Princess Princess Cover

It’s been a rough week with more family emergencies than you can shake a stick at, so I really needed to watch something where I could turn off my brain.  Fortunately, Princess Princess fit that bill perfectly, even if there is no dub.  What I thought was going to turn into a throwaway show was actually something charming, even with the strange overall plot points towards the end.  If you’re looking for boys making out with each other, you’re looking in the wrong place, though.  Well…for the most part.  My favorite episode had to be the one with the school festival, where the red-haired guy brought his girlfriend…man, it was cute.  These boys (mostly) love what they do, even if dressing in drag to cater to a throng of straight males is completely unbelievable.  If you want to be entertained and can get past the premise, I recommend checking out this show.  Besides, you can buy it for, like, $8.  I ranked Princess Princess 7/10 on MAL.

Code Geass – Episodes 10-13 Code Geass Cover

I am renting this disc by disc, and I will admit, I’m multitasking while watching, just so I can plow through it.  I should probably quit, as I’m not getting anything at all out of this show, but it’s been recommended so highly that (OCD aside) I have to finish it.  Apparently it gets better towards the end?  But right now, it’s just a bunch of mech battles I’m not interested in at all.  However, I will give it to Lelouch’s character design; he is one pretty boy.

 

Naruto – Episodes 71-77 Naruto cover

Okay, these Gaara flashback episodes are killing me.  Like, legit crying over this, even though it’s Naruto, and lacks any emotion whatsoever.  If you’ve been reading these columns for awhile, you know my love for Gaara, but the fact that his own mother didn’t love him, that his uncle, the one person in the world who he thought had his back, tried to kill him, oh my god.  I can’t.  I love him.  But now, Naruto is probably going to use his red chakra and kill him, and I will just…ugh.  I’m honestly, honestly surprised that one of the villains I like the most in anime is from a shounen series, though I am reluctant to call Gaara a villain.  HE IS JUST MISUNDERSTOOD.  NOBODY LOVES HIM.  SOMEONE GIVE HIM A HUG, OKAY?  On another note, this Hokagi fight with the snake dude has had them in the exact same position for about four episodes…can somebody die already?  The suspense is not killing me, it’s just annoying.

Lunar Legend Tsukihime – Episodes 5-6 Lunar Legend Tsukihime Cover

I bought this in the Right Stuf Christmas sale because Netflix was missing a disc, and it was cheap, so I thought, “why not?”  Then I needed something to watch with a dub while I did my nails, and I remembered why not.  I know I started to watch this because supposedly it had something to do with The Garden of Sinners, but as I have now hit the show’s halfway point, I have yet to discover what that is, exactly.  The dub is pretty bad, the music is nothing to write home about, and the plot is not going anywhere.  At this point, I’m just hoping I get the connection by the time I finish this series, whenever that will be.

Pupa – Episode 4 Pupa Cover

This was, by far, the worst episode of Pupa yet.  Firstly, they should have switched the order of episodes 3 and 4 because everything would have made much more sense, and I definitely wouldn’t have turned to the manga to spoil myself because I was so confused as to what was going on.  Secondly, the first minute or so is all re-used footage, so instead of three minutes of new animation, we only get about two this episode.  How freaking lazy can you be?  And, lastly, it was all exposition, which could have been helpful, oh, maybe episode 1.  If I’m only getting this horror anime in tiny chunks, they need to provide at least one gory thing or mindfuck per episode, and this had nada, absolutely nothing.  If this wasn’t three minutes long, Pupa would definitely be on my backlog to marathon once it’s over, but because I can take 180 seconds out of my life to watch it weekly (and then get pissed off about it), I will.

Maria Holic – Episodes 8-12 (Completed!) Maria Holic  Cover

I started Maria Holic so long ago, that it was when my cable company actually carried The Anime Network and thought it was amusing, but I wasn’t really feeling it.  Fast forward years later to when I needed a laugh and was clearing out my Hulu queue, and this show is hysterical.  Oh man, I laughed so hard finishing this one off, and I really needed it, too.  There is no over-arcing plot, for the most part, so I’ll sum up in really terrible fashion.  This anime is about this lesbian who gets into an all girls high school (who is also terrified of boys) and her ridiculous reactions to things like girls in maid outfits and swimsuit season.  Oh, and her roommate is a dude who dresses in drag and does everything in his power to make her life miserable.  She literally spouts rivers of blood from her nose in pure pervert fashion.  I think because I hadn’t watched a lot of anime when I started this show, I didn’t get all the trope-y jokes…but now that I have, I can’t wait to see the second season.  I ranked this anime 7/10 on MAL, and recommend it if you can read subtitles at warp speed because every character talks really fast, and there are a lot of text jokes.

High School DxD – Episodes 3-4 High School DxD Cover

Man, don’t judge me for this, but I think I found a fanservice show I actually like.  Yes, I could do without the nudity, but so far, this show has the right amount of drama, fighting and comedy to keep me completely interested.  Also, the dub…the dub.  Holy crap.  I can’t tell if it’s hysterical because it’s intentionally bad or because whoever wrote it just tried to make every character talk like a stereotypical 14 year old girl who texts too much, but without it, I’m sure it wouldn’t be as funny.  I mean, one of the characters said “totes” out loud, and I about lost it.  The male characters have funnier dialogue (because I’m 12 apparently, and laugh every time someone says ‘douchebag’), but man…trainwreck.  Then again, Jamie Marchi plays the lead girl, and that always means Funimation is going into Panty and Stocking territory.  I digress.  This show is amusing.  Disgusting, but amusing.  And I love the chess board metaphors they’ve got happening now.  This is going to be my guilty pleasure of the year, I feel it already.

The Story of Saiunkoku – Episode 11 The Story of Saiunkoku Cover

I bought this anime a looooong time ago.  Like, paid full price for the Geneon “artbox” and everything.  (I put artbox in quotes because it was the most god awful thing I have ever seen, where you have to take the dvds out of the cases to use it and then have them protected only by paper fan-like sleeves….um….no.)  And I really, really liked it, despite it’s slooooow pacing.  It’s a reverse harem.  There are very few I don’t like.  But then, Geneon folded and I only had ten episodes, and there was nowhere I could find the rest of it (and I didn’t even know it was released, to be honest).  But, huzzah, I found the dub on youtube, so I can continue my love affair with Saiunkoku.  However, the fact that one of the main guys is voiced by the dude from Black Lagoon again….ugh.  Could Geneon not find any other voice actors?  Anyway, for those not in the know, this anime goes way way back in time to follow a girl who is trying to pass all these tests to have some really important role in a council or something, which was unheard of because, gasp!, she’s a girl.  Also, there’s like six different dudes who want to marry her, but she’s not paying attention to it.  I’ve got to be real here, it’s been so long since I saw the first episodes, I’ve forgotten most of the plot.  And the male characters all look and sound the same, so I forgot who was who, also.  I suck.  I thought I could jump right back in, but that was not the case.  I smell a re-watch in my future…if I can stay awake for it.  Forgot to mention that if you’re not fully immersed in this show, you will fall asleep because it’s so peaceful.  Hence why there is no episode 12 listed up in the counter.  Whoops.

I am currently watching 237 anime and have completed 7 shows this year.  YES!  Look, the number is going down!  I am trying extremely hard to not pick up anything new until my count goes down to 229 so I can have an even number…but man, there are a couple winter shows I want to see so badly.  Backlog challenge kicking my ass, once again.

Also, I am still waiting on my Right Stuf order.  Actually, I’m waiting on about five of them right now.  I know I put two April pre-orders in my sale stuff, but come on.  Partial ship that thing.  See you next week, kids, where I’m sure I’ll be crying over Gaara some more.  I swear, if Naruto kills him…death to Naruto.

Anime Mondays #42

Dude…there are some weird things people search for that lead to my blog.  Seriously.  They’re not even on my page.  Please stop.  You know which search terms you are.  Anyway, I’ve been ridiculously sick all week, which leads to copious amounts of marathoning fueled by cold medicine.  You have been warned.

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

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle – Episodes 1-16 Phi Brain Season 1 Cover

See, I told you.  I never sit down and watch this many episodes of a show in a row, but I’ve been consistently going back to Phi Brain all week when I haven’t been knocked unconscious by Nyquil.  This is not a show I would have normally picked up; all the characters are ugly, the art style is just atrocious…yet, here I sit watching episode after episode.  The story is based around this genius named Kaito who is crazy good at puzzles.  He solves this one that tries to kill him, and then gets this armband which stimulates his brain to make him crazier good at puzzles.  Then there’s this puzzle league where people create these death traps masquerading as puzzles that may or may not have prizes attached…but you can only get them if you don’t die.  I guess it’s almost survival game-ish?  Maybe that’s why I like it?  I have no idea, but I can’t stop watching it.  There are three seasons, so it’s going to take me awhile, but I’m ready for the ride.  Also, it has one of the greatest opening theme songs I’ve ever heard.  I’ve literally had two bars of it stuck in my head since I started watching at the beginning of the week.  The opening sucks, but the song is amazing.  I’m banking on finishing the first season this week, so we’ll see what happens after I plow through it.

One Piece – Episode 74 One Piece Cover

So there were some giants fighting and one giant killed the other, and then some enemies came all up in here and started trapping people by capturing them in wax, and all Zoro wanted to do was make an awesome pose…that’s about all I can remember.  I switched a disc?  So I’m on the last one of collection three.  Yippee?  Don’t worry, I have a bunch of Christmas presents to wrap, so I plan on moving to collection four before the holiday.  On a side note, I hope Funimation decides to release more One Piece collections; I don’t want to change box art to have to continue the series in the stupidly overpriced voyage format.  Yuck.

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 25-40 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

This is what has replaced Naruto as the show I watch before I go to sleep until I get another set in, and since I’ve spent most of this week in various stages of sleep and insomnia, I watched a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh.  AND THE TOURNAMENT IS OVER.  And what a tournament it was.  Mai (who is the best character) copped out of her duel with Yugi, Joey beat that weirdo guy with the machine cards, and then it was Joey vs. Yugi in the Pokemon finals…wait.  Wrong show.  Anyway, since they got on the goddamned island, I was like, “Yugi doesn’t care about money.  Why doesn’t he just give Joey the money if he wins?”  I guess Joey would have been a shitty Duel Monsters player forever if that happened, and we wouldn’t have been treated to the most ridiculous montage ever before Joey and Yugi got it on, but what happens at the end?  Yugi gave Joey the money.  Called it.  Oh yeah, and then Yugi fights Pegasus, which dragged on for five episodes, I fell asleep a lot, the end.  If you didn’t know who was gonna win this battle then…I don’t know what to tell you.

Cardfight Vanguard – Episodes 1-2 Cardfight Vanguard Cover

Apparently this week was all about card game anime.  Unfortunately, this one sucks.  I only got through the first two episodes, but the game was so complicated that I really couldn’t follow along.  Also, it starts with bullying, and that’s never fun.  Cardfight Vanguard is less magical millennium puzzles and more stupid fight sequences, but it’s really boring.  And now that I’ve started it, I’m gonna have to finish it, and I’m dreading my life because the first season alone is 65 episodes.  It’d be so much easier if this had a dub…but I really hope it never gets one.  I mean, if this gets licensed before, oh, let’s say, the amazingness that is Chihayafuru, I will just hurt somebody.

Venus Vs. Virus – Episode 1 Venus Vs Virus Cover

Random surfing through the Funimation Roku Channel brought me to this, but, honestly, I’ve been trying to watch this for quite awhile, although I couldn’t tell you why.  And now that I’ve seen the first episode…I still can’t tell you why.  I can’t even give you a plot summary because all I remember is that it’s about these two girls who work together to shoot monsters…and then one of them turns into a monster.  I know, I’m not very helpful.  The dub was good?  Does that help?  If I randomly surf through there trying to find something else to watch, I’ll go check out another couple episodes and try to get a better read on this.

Shakugan no Shana – Episodes 1-3Shakugan no Shana Cover

Well, I did it.  I finally broke down and purchased the entire Shana series.  Amazon AND Right Stuf were having sales…so I had to take advantage of that.  I re-started season one and the only thing I can think of is that the male protagonist is voiced by the same guy who played the guy in Black Lagoon.  Seeing as I hated Black Lagoon, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  But basically, he’s not a human, but he has treasure inside of him, so Shana, who’s not a human either, but is named after her sword that she flails around like a bad ass, follows him around, I am guessing, to grab his treasure once he fades away.  The story is kind of hard to follow, mainly because I have no idea what’s going on.  I mean, most of the people who are “torches” like the main dude fade out within a day and are pretty much zombies, but he’s very cognizant and knows what’s going on.  I don’t know.  The blu-ray of season 1 looks like crap, though.  The picture is not crisp, at all.  I mean, I know this anime is older, but damn.

Sailor Moon S – Episodes 16-25 Sailor Moon S Cover

Yes, I’m still doing it.  I’m attempting to finish the entire Sailor Moon series before the new one starts.  Supposedly, it’s going to happen next month, but since we’ve seen absolutely no promo for it except that it’s going to only air on the internet….come on.  Please happen.  Don’t disappoint me.  Anyway, this group of episodes contains my absolute favorite ones that I have seen so far, including Haruka’s back story and the episode where Uranus and Neptune “die” because they find out they have talismans inside of them.  Sorry, I’m not sorry, but Sailor Uranus is my favorite senshi.  And I love her and Neptune together.  God.  My heart.  The feels.  They are perfect.  Go and watch this whole block of episodes and tell me you don’t love them.  This also has the Crazy Minako episode where she gives all her blood away until Eugeal shoots her with her giant rifle, and the one where Usagi gets drunk and everyone tries to speak really poor English.  BEST EPISODES EVER.

And that’s it from me.  I hope you have a nice holiday if you celebrate it this week, and if not, I hope you get some time off work.  And don’t drink the egg nog.  That shit is just gross.