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
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
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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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.