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Anime Mondays #51

So, you know how last week I said I was a little burnt out and probably not going to watch a lot of anime?  Yeah…I watched a ton of anime.  I don’t really know what got into me, but I just had this urge to keep on chugging, so this post is pretty super-sized.  Anime binge watching: sometimes, it just happens.

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

Dragon Ball – Episodes 52-61 Dragon Ball Cover

I mentioned this on twitter this week, but I am trying to collect the Dragon Boxes (you know, the epitome of Dragon Ball Z collector’s editions with the only un-cropped print of the series) without going broke.  So far, I’m 2/7, but I’m realizing that if I want these without paying absolutely insane prices, I’m going to have to buy them used.  Which means, when I acquire each one, I’m going to have to actually play the discs in a prompt fashion so if there’s anything wrong with them, I can send them back. Which means my OCD requires me to watch the original Dragon Ball before I even consider putting a Dragon Box disc in my player.  Ugh.  I finally finished off the season 2 box set, though, and just when I thought we were done with the Red Ribbon Army…they come back with a new villain to annoy me.  The pirate arc is done, but now Goku is climbing this Korin Tower trying to get a mysterious power that will help him to get all the dragon balls back again to bring some little kid’s father back to life.  What?  What?!?!?!  Yeah, this is actually happening.  I miss the dude who was scared of Bulma.  I hope he comes back soon.

Fushigi Yuugi – Episodes 1-2 (Re-watch) Fushigi Yuugi Cover

Yup…I went there.  After last week’s ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ debacle, I just broke down and popped the first volume in.  Man, I love this show.  I collected this on subtitled VHS back in the day, and I think I’ve seen the first four episodes at least 30 times, but it doesn’t get old.  It’s one of those fantasy world, modern-girl-gets-sucked-into-a-book shows, but it’s also one of the greatest reverse harems (with an actual partner choice) of all time.  I love, love, love Fushigi Yuugi.  But the dub sucks.  I mean…badly.  The Japanese version has the voice of Chibi-usa from Sailor Moon playing Miaka, and that equates to awesomeness.  Also, that I recognized a Japanese voice actress without looking at the credits makes me feel like a proud, proud anime fan.  I really need to get the re-mastered first set of this, but for the time being, I’m making due with my $1 a disc copies I purchased from a library.  No shame here.

Redline (Completed!) Redline Cover

I blind bought this movie with no expectations whatsoever other than I wanted to see what everyone was talking about and why people thought this was the greatest anime movie to come out of Japan in a long, long while.  Let me tell you…the hype is totally justified.  It took about two minutes to get used to the slightly out-of-place art style, but once I did, Redline sucked me right in.  I never wanted it to end.  This movie is visually stunning.  STUNNING.  I do not lie.  And there’s none of that CGI crap in there that I hate.  The soundtrack is to die for, and when it was over, I immediately wanted about thirteen sequels.  I do not joke.  But that’s the hype.  If you’re looking for what the movie is actually about, well, it’s pretty much like Mario Kart on speed and steroids put together thrown into space.  I know that sounds really ridiculous, and it is, but it’s awesome.  It’s also got this underlying love story, which, although forced in parts, I completely got into.  There are some side characters that really deserved their own spin-offs, and…man.  Redline is an hour and a half you will not regret.  I ranked this 9/10 on MAL, and highly recommend it.  It’s cheap, even on blu-ray.  You can afford it.

Digimon Adventure – Episodes 3-4 Digimon Cover

I’m beginning to think I’m not a huge fan of Digimon.  I remember watching a couple episodes back in the day when I couldn’t watch Pokemon, and I thought it was okay…but now, trying to purposely watch it…meh.  Nothing really exciting is happening.  It’s like one digimon evolving after another.  And the girl with the pink cowboy hat is really annoying.  Time to set this one to the side for awhile.

 

 

Kamisama Kiss – Episodes 3-13 (Completed!) Kamisama Kiss Cover

Guess whose Goddess Edition finally came in?  Oh, yeah.  As soon as I got that box open, it was on to complete this series as quickly as possible.  I stopped myself from watching this streaming just so I could wait for my pre-order to come in, and I’m glad I did.  Am I happy I paid $78 for a cheap tote bag and a hair stick that weighs about a pound?  Not really.  But the box is gorgeous, so I’m good with that.  This dub is so completely fantastic.  Remember how I said Tia Ballard was the poor man’s Laura Bailey?  She gets better.  I mean, I watched the video commentary, and she has as much personality as a box of rocks, but she does a good job in this anime.  Tatum is great.  MICAH SOLUSOD LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.  And I’m pretty much in love with Sean O’Connor, and it has nothing to do with that fact that he voiced my favorite character in this show.  Kurama forever.  No shame.  Thankfully, although the same people were involved, this anime is NOT like Fruits Basket.  I say this with love because, well, I didn’t like Fruits Basket.  Everything in that anime felt forced, but here, it really didn’t.  When Nanami falls in love, you feel her fall in love.  When Tomoe is a jerk, you want to punch him in his fox face.  I was getting some Lovely Complex emotions over here, I won’t deny it.  The episodic nature of the show bugged me somewhat, but the conclusion made up for it, by far.  If you want to get your romance on with a twinge of reverse harem, this is the show for you.  Also…Kurama.  KURAMA.  I rated this 9/10 on MAL.

Hikaru no Go – Episode 2 Hikaru no Go Cover

Since I put Naruto on hiatus, this is what I’ve been watching before I fall asleep at night, and, let me tell you, it gets the job done.  Not that it’s boring, there’s just a lot of talking and not a whole lot of action yet.  I mean, it’s an anime about playing Othello.  Yes, I just said Othello.  But, hi, Chihayafuru is one of my favorite shows, and that’s about playing karuta, so clearly I love these niche “sports” anime titles.  I just wish the dub were on Hulu.  I’d probably be awake for more of it, but eh.  Serves its purpose.

 

High School DxD – Episodes 5-12 (Completed!) High School DxD Cover

Yup, sure did finish this hot fanservice mess off.  And the final verdict is…it was worth it.  God, the fanservice was distracting to no end, but I was actually able to look past it because it wasn’t disturbing (just a lot of unnecessary nudity) and the dirty dub jokes were actually funny.  I watch a lot of South Park, okay, I can take jokes about giant douches.  The plot actually was good (up until the last few episodes with the stupid rating game), and I didn’t hate the ending.  The biggest flaw, though, was that the first half of the series plays up this big connection between Asia and the main dude, and then towards the second half, she becomes this clingy, stereotypical harem girl and the connection gets lost in the shuffle while the “romance” plot takes a 180 and goes in a completely different direction.  I know there’s a second season of this, but I have no desire to watch it unless it gets dubbed, so if the plot turns AGAIN, I will never know.  And, honestly, I don’t even know which direction I would like to see it go in, I just thought the juxtaposition between the two very different sides of the coin came out of nowhere.  But, fuck, this is a fanservice show, and I just used the word “juxtaposition,” so it’s pretty clear I’m thinking too much.  I ranked this 6/10 on MAL.

Kaitou Saint Tail – Episodes 4-5 Saint Tail Cover

Found my external hard drive that I can plug into my Roku, so, hey, it’s time to clear some old school random shows off of it.  Saint Tail is a magical girl show, but not.  It reminds me of Marmalade Boy in a strange way that I can’t quite put my finger on.  Meimi has a magician for a father and uses his bag of tricks, along with a little magic of her own, to become a master thief.  But, not the mean, scary, greedy kind, more like the Robin Hood kind.  And this show is really cute.  I love Meimi’s character design, especially those eye catches when she sits in the top hat.  Then again…I love top hats.  It’s kind of like Lupin Light, and it’s just adorable.  Plus, it’s long, so you know how I love that stuff.  I know it got dubbed, and I wish I had a copy of that, but sadly, it’s subtitles all the way.  This might take awhile.

Nanatsuiro Drops – Episodes 1-4 Nanatsuiro Drops Cover

I had to re-watch the first two episodes of this show because I could not remember at all what it was about except that I got it confused with Magical Canan (which is a fanservice mess and is absolutely nothing like this anime).  Nanatsuiro Drops is a magical girl show about a competition to collect these things called star drops which this boy needs because it will allow him to stop changing into a stuffed goat every night to be this whiny girl’s familiar.  …yup.  Thank god it’s a short one.  It wouldn’t be so bad except the plot points are really hard to follow because they introduce all these new terms and this magical language, and once you’ve heard more than one nonsensical transformation catchphrase, they start to confuse you after awhile.  I’ll give it this, though, when the girls transform, some of them look nothing like they do in real life, disguising them completely.  I was actually surprised when I found out the secret identity of one of them.  Good on ya.

Save Me Lollipop! – Episodes 7-8 Save Me Lollipop Cover

Can you tell I’m trying really hard to complete random magical girl shows?  If not, well, that was my plan.  Unfortunately, I can only stomach a couple episodes at a time.  It’s not that this show is ridiculously bad, it’s just ridiculously…meh.  I do love the dub, though.  It’s the only thing that’s making this a little more tolerable.  So, our main girl now has a massive crush on one of her two protectors and she wants to confess to him at a “courage test.”  Which one will it be??  Who will gain her love?  Plus, more enemies!  Too many characters, guys.  Let’s make a rule to have four max per show, okay?

Pupa – Episode 8 Pupa Cover

TOO MUCH CENSORING.  This guy pretty much sums up my exact feelings about this episode here.  How can you censor a knife but not someone gouging someone’s eyes out??  Japan makes no sense.

 

 

 

Dragon Ball Movie 1 – Curse of the Blood Rubies (Completed!) Dragon Ball Curse of the Blood Rubies Cover

I actually had forgotten I bought the box set of the Dragon Ball movies…and it probably should have stayed that way.  The first movie was basically a re-telling of the part of Dragon Ball before the stupid Red Ribbon Army comes in with different villains and character introductions, etc.  It was okay.  But the dub was AWFUL.  Oh my god, Monica Rial as Bulma?  WHO DOES THAT??  It was just bad.  And having the voice of Luffy be the voice of Goku…no.  I’m going to have to watch more of the original series just to get the whines out of my head.  It was nice to see my BFF Yamcha, though.  Once again…needs to come back to the anime ASAP.  I ranked this 4/10 on MAL.

I am back down to currently watching 236 anime, and have completed 13 titles this year.  Welcome to the double digits, me!  Now, if I can only cut my list down to 230 by the end of the month…let’s work towards it.  Together. 😉

 

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.

Anime Mondays #35 (Fall 2013 First Impressions!)

Man, I was so excited when I completed a bunch of shows last week.  I’m trying to get my list of currently watching anime under control since I’m in the middle of over 200 shows…don’t judge me.  So what did I do?  Picked up a bunch more.  Stupid fall season.  By the way, if you want to stalk my life, you can follow me not only on MAL, but on Hummingbird and Anilist, as well.  They all pretty much have the same features…except the awesome status update feeds on Hummingbird and Anilist.  That way I can talk about junk I’m watching while it’s happening instead of spoiling my twitter feed.  Shall we get started?

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

Naruto – Episodes 9-13 Naruto cover

I viewed some of these episodes and actually watched them (as opposed to when I normally watch Naruto, which is when I am half-conscious and in my bed), and damn…the quality is terrible.  Like, I seriously had to check to make sure I was watching this show on DVD, as opposed to streaming it with a crap connection.  The animation is really poor, along with the quality of the transfer.  I was still entertained even though I was awake, however.  Ridiculous.  There’s this new ninja now who was disguised as some kind of super ninja tracker who goes and kills bad guys, but no one can tell if this ninja is a boy or a girl.  Seriously.  I mean, this character has said multiple times that he’s a boy, but I totally don’t buy it.  We’re still building this bridge, and the ninja that the tracker “killed” isn’t really dead, and we spent two episodes watching Naruto and Sasuke run up a tree to train their chakras or whatever….and I hate that it’s so mindless that I enjoy it.  I can have it on in the background while I’m doing other things, and I don’t have to worry about whether or not I’m going to miss something important.  Total plus for a girl like me who always likes noise.  I mean, I’m listening to My Chemical Romance as I write this.  The Black Parade, if you were wondering.  RIP, MCR, RIP.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion –  Episode 1 Code Geass Cover

Oh, the fond memory I have of turning on Cartoon Network in Nashville really late on some random Saturday night while my friend and I were throwing back Captain Morgan to finish off our giant bottle and finding anime on…and I think it was Code Geass; all I remember is watching some really well drawn guy pilot a giant robot.  Anyway, even if that wasn’t the same show, I’ll just pretend it was because I was really drunk and wearing a cowboy hat, and that’s how I’d like to keep my first memory of this show.  Fast forward years later, and even though I hate mech shows, I picked this up because I heard it was fucked up.  One episode in, and it has definitely met my fucked up standards.  I couldn’t even tell you what it’s about other than this weird girl gives Lelouch all these bad ass mind control powers, and he makes a shitload of soldiers kill themselves.  Just like that, I want to continue.  See how my twisted mind works?

Hayate the Combat Butler – Episode 8 Hayate the Combat Butler Cover

I really only watched this because I’ve had this disc from my rental service since the summer started, and I can’t bring myself to watch more than one episode at a time.  It’s not that this is a bad show, because it’s not, it’s really funny, it’s just that it’s extremely fast paced and only has subtitles so I have to pay attention to it when I watch it.  I know.  I say that like it’s such a horrific thing to have to pay close attention to the shows I watch, but when I watch tv, I’m usually doing six things at once.  Multitasking for the win.  This episode was cute, though.  Hayate and the maid went on a date while his creepy stalkers tried to take pictures of him.  I swear, if this was dubbed it probably would have sold better.  Doesn’t matter now because Bandai went under, but you know.

Strike the Blood – Episode 1 Strike the Blood Cover

Now…you guys know how I feel about vampire shows.  Despite my, ahem, distaste, for Blood Lad, I normally devour every one of them.  Did you like that?  My horrific puns?  Okay, I’m done.  Strike the Blood seems interesting enough.  This high school dude becomes an extremely prolific vampire, even though he had no desire to whatsoever, and still tries to act like a normal teenager in an area of the world where magic and monsters are allowed to exist as a sanctuary and for research purposes, as long as they don’t fuck things up too much.  This demon fighter girl gets assigned to trail the vampire dude, and because he ends up breaking up a fight she’s in and finding her wallet, she doesn’t kill him straight off.  There’s some ridiculous back story that’s only hinted at in flashbacks before the first episode ends, but it’s not as dumb as Blood Lad, so it won’t take me months before I watch the second episode.  Unfortunately, there’s a lot of pointless fanservice, which makes me cringe, but I’ll motor past it.

Beyond the Boundary – Episode 1 Beyond the Boundary Cover

This show is really beautiful.  It’s got the brilliant Kyoto Animation art style,  but that means it also comes with the KyoAni moe tropes.  Holy crap, the female protagonist is ANNOYING.  I mean, she’s supposed to be this bad ass demon fighter who can flip over a tall gate and stab some dude instantly with her blood sword (Deadman Wonderland, anyone?), but she constantly trips over shit and gets buckets on her head and thinks someone turned the lights out.  Seriously???  Seriously.  Luckily, the other characters are more interesting, including the fact that the aforementioned “some dude” is actually immortal.  Awesome.  I don’t know if I’ll be keeping up with this weekly, but it will definitely be a show I’ll finish by the time the season ends.  I was going to put a highly inappropriate question here, but just be thankful I deleted it.  You’re welcome.

Golden Time – Episode 1 Golden Time Cover

FINALLY AN ANIME THAT DOESN’T TAKE PLACE IN HIGH SCHOOL.  It takes place in college, but at least it’s a step up.  I love this.  It reminds me so much of when I was in college, even though I didn’t go to law school.  From the first day jitters, and wondering how you’re going to fit in, to meeting a group of diverse people who you’ll end up spending the next four years with…I love it.  Finally, a slice of life I can get behind.  Plus, the main girl is certifiably insane, but adorable, and I love, LOVE the lead guy.  When he saw that festival chair with the lipstick for the first time and fell instantly in love with her, I fell instantly in love with him.  He’s not a doofus guy like most of the ones that are main characters in anime, he actually gets ideas of his own and runs with them.  I really hope I continue to love this show.  It might be my new Chihayafuru.

I Can’t Be a Hero, So Instead I’ll Get a Job – Episode 1 Hero Cover

I don’t even know what the real title for this is, in English or Japanese, so let’s just pretend it’s that.  I cannot get behind this show at all.  It’s like an unfunny version of the show from a couple seasons ago about the demon that worked at McDonald’s.  Except that was funny.  This just has a bunch of really unnecessary and badly drawn fanservice and an incredibly lame plot.  I’d almost rather watch this sped up and backwards like it does in the end credits, but even that is 90 seconds too much.  I hate that I started it because now I’ll be compelled to finish it, but just…ew.  It won’t be any time soon, I can tell you that much.

Ace of the Diamond – Episode 1 Ace of the Diamond Cover

Come close, I want to tell you a secret.  I really, really like sports movies.  I don’t like sports, but I like the movies.  Like The Mighty DucksRookie of the Year?  I’m all over that shit.  I’ll take my sports scripted over live any day.  Now, here’s another secret: other than Japanese games, I’ve never seen a sports anime all the way through.  I might have to make an exception for Ace of the Diamond.  So far, it’s a pretty charming tale about a pitcher who prides teamwork above all else, even if his team sucks, transitioning from junior high baseball to high school baseball.  A baseball school is scouting him, but he doesn’t want to leave his old team behind.  The protagonist is kind of a goof, but I like where this is going.  Plus, the fact that I think this show is only going to be 12 episodes or something means it won’t drag out like tournament fighters.  A+++.

Diabolik Lovers – Episode 3 Diabolik Lovers Cover

Screw the haters, I still like this show.  It’s not for a valid reason, like it has great animation or a complicated plot or anything like that.  But it has vampires, a reverse harem, AND is completely fucked up.  So take that.  Vamp of the week is the one with the headphones, and he pulls the lead girl into the bathtub with him (fully clothed, but how are they both not electrocuted??) and bites her after the red haired vamp gave her hickeys on her chest and had her for a snack.  I know.  I know.  I like…can’t even.  But I must.  This lead girl makes me want to punch her, or at least hope that one of the vamps sucks her dry, much like the lead of UtaPri, but I can’t stop watching this.  I’ll be the only person who buys the DVDs because Sentai actually licensed this.  I KNOW.  I never claimed to be a rational person when it comes to reverse harems, guys.  Leave me alone.

Kill La Kill – Episode 1 Kill La Kill Cover

I went back and forth over whether or not I wanted to watch this because of all the hype.  I’ve heard this was supposed to be THE show to watch of the season, and I avoided Attack on Titan for the same reason, but then I really enjoyed it for the most part, so…ugh.  Anyway, I bit the bullet and watched Kill La Kill.  And subsequently HATED it.  Apparently, this is supposed to be one of those shows where you have to “turn your brain off” to watch it, but I can’t even see myself enjoying it like I watch my damned shonen.  The art style is atrocious.  Everything is ugly,  And it’s set in this world where school uniforms give you magical powers, and the one that comes alive attaches itself to our main girl (via some fucked up shit where the UNIFORM literally rips the girl’s clothes off) and says “FEED ME BLOOD!” like it’s freaking Audrey II.  The plot is ridiculous, and it’s not the kind of fucked up that’s psychological, it’s just the kind of fucked up that’s stupid.  I’m not going to feel bad if I drop this show entirely, which is something I never do, but on the same token, it’s made by the same people who did Evangelion, which is the only show I have dropped.  I just can’t get behind this.  I know I’ll be the only one, but I don’t care.  Let’s kill Kill La Kill, y’all.  For real.

Best of the Week: Golden Time, Diabolik Lovers, Ace of the Diamond, Strike the Blood, Code Geass

Love it or Leave it: Beyond the Boundary, Naruto, Hayate the Combat Butler

Hope it Gets Better: I Can’t Be a Hero, So Instead I’ll Get a Job, Kill La Kill

I know I have a Crunchyroll Guest Pass coming up, so I’ll put that in a new post once it comes, along with a few more first impressions because there won’t be another Anime Mondays post until November.  I’ll miss you, Anime Mondays!  But you will rise from the dead like zombies and everything will be right again once Halloween is over. ❤

Anime Mondays #26

It’s been a pretty quiet month concerning anime.  I just haven’t had a whole lot of time at all to plow through anything.  And if I don’t have at least three shows to talk about, I’ll hold it over for a week.  This weekend, I went to visit some of my buddies up in Detroit (a good four hours away) and it was like being on another planet.  Or, at least in South Jersey.  Michigan lefts?  Oh, no, those are Jersey U-turns.  But driving woes aside, it was an awesome time.  Plus, we went to the cupcake store.  I pretty much want to live there.

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

Full Metal Panic! – Episode 2 Full Metal Panic Cover

I’m still rightfully enjoying this series, even though it’s a mech show.  And we all know how much I loooove mech shows.  Insert your shifty eyes here.  Fortunately, this episode had very little to do with giant robots and more to do with the relationship forming between our two main characters.  This show is funny.  It’s not in your face comedy like School Rumble or Lucky Star or anything, but it’s just the right amount of laughs to make it work.  And I was right, Monica Rial is the blue-haired girl’s best friend and her voice is not annoying!  It’s a small miracle.  Luci Christian is also pulling out a top notch performance as said blue-haired girl.  Why can’t we get English dubs like this anymore?  Why does everything have to be a screechy mess?  Anyway, when the Funimation Roku Channel works (which is becoming spotty again, ugh), this is what I turn on.

Yu Yu Hakusho – Episodes 43-50 Yu Yu Hakusho Title

So we’re still in this tournament.  And I guess now I’ve hit the wall with it because I can’t remember much about this string of episodes except they won.  Yusuke did this intense training thing while everyone else is literally taking one for the team, and I really hope that they get to fight the main asshole guy who made them do this tournament in the first place soon because I’m about ready to turn in my Hakusho card for a Dragon Ball one or something.  I guess there really is a thing as too much tournament fighting.

 

 

Rozen Maiden – Episodes 1-2 Rozen Maiden Cover

I started a re-watch of this series because the new one is airing soon (did it already start?), and as my OCD dictates, I must watch everything in order.  I bought the Sentai Complete Collection of this, even though I watched it the first time on the Geneon singles.  Yes, I am kicking myself for not buying that velvet-covered art box, thanks for asking.  This show goes dives into the world of creepy looking dolls that come to life to play this thing called The Alice Game, where the goal is to pretty much kill one another.  They have to have a human to give them energy, and our main doll in charge picks one who completely hates life and spends all his time buying crap from the internet.  The concept starts out amazingly, but as with 80% of anime, it goes downhill after a little while.  However, the first two episodes set the show up nicely and add some unexpected comedic bits, like when Shinku says she’ll take her tea in the bathroom.  The main problem I have with this show is the audio, though.  The English dub is pretty atrocious, and most of the Japanese voices are completely annoying.  Desu, anyone?  I’m going to attempt to rush through this quickly so I can pick up the third season before too many episodes have come out.

Rose of Versailles – Episodes 16-20 Rose of Versailles Cover

I’m now officially halfway through this series, and it’s still nothing short of amazing.  A huge reveal happened in these episodes, as it turns out the streetrat whom Oscar has befriended because Madame Polignac killed her mother by running her over with her carriage is actually a noble…and her real mother is the same woman who killed her adopted mother!  THE DRAMA.  Then, Madame Polignac’s other daughter commits suicide because her mom wants to marry her off to this giant creeper.  And, AND!  OSCAR HAS FEELINGS FOR THE DUDE WHO IS IN LOVE WITH MARIE ANTOINETTE.  And Fersen and Marie finally sleep together!  I can’t.  I can’t.  This show is so great and so filled with Degrassi-esque drama and characters I love and characters I hate and love triangles and squares and I just want to marry it.  Now, now, now.

Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 16-25 (Completed!) Chihayafuru 2 Cover

With the final episode aired, I took the opportunity to marathon the shit out of my beloved Chihayafuru 2 and finish it…and boy am I glad I did.  I was honestly getting burnt out watching it weekly because I felt like it wasn’t moving fast enough, but when I breezed through the last ten episodes in one day, I remembered why I love this show.  Okay…technically, it was nine episodes; I skipped 16 because it was a recap episode that was totally unnecessary.  But here’s the cliff notes version.  CHIHAYA’S TEAM WON THE KARUTA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!!!  Her biggest dream came true.  She sobbed.  I sobbed.  We all sobbed.  But then, she gets injured.  And while she does compete in the individual tournament, she loses her third match to the Queen herself.  All she wanted to do was play Arata, and that dream was shattered.  So, I cried again.  But Taichi…Taichi WINS.  HE WINS AND MOVES UP TO CLASS A.  And instead of letting his win sink in for awhile, he immediately wants Chihaya to go watch the championship match for Class A, which is Arata vs. the Queen.  He loves her so much.  Arata wins, and it turns out that every class winner was someone who Chihaya cares deeply for.  However, the show doesn’t end there, oh no.  Turns out Chihaya needs surgery on her finger, and while she is in the hospital, she has this epiphany where…(here we go.  I’m taking a deep breath now.  This is so hard for me to say.)  she realizes she loves Arata.  Arata.  Not Taichi.  Um.  AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.  Really?  Really???  I can’t have this in my life.  Everyone but Chihaya knows that Taichi is butt crazy in love with her, and they tell him to man the fuck up because she’s not going to be oblivious to boys for much longer, and he agrees and goes with her to karuta training camp once her finger heals…and that’s where the series ends.  UGH.  There is an OVA confirmed, but I NEED ANOTHER SEASON.  It did not end nicely like the first one did, and I am so unfulfilled, and WHAT IS THIS CHIHAYA/ARATA BULLSHIT?  The manga needs to catch up, though.  If we do get anything else, we’ll be waiting awhile for it.  But man.  MAN.  I love this show.  Even when I hate it, I love it.  I rated it 9/10 on MAL because of the pacing problems.  Marathon this, don’t watch it an episode at a time, but I highly recommend you watch both seasons.  I will miss you, my beloved Chihaya.

Attack on Titan – Episodes 11-13 Attack on Titan Cover

Much as the previous anime, Attack on Titan is best seen in marathoned form.  Maybe that’s just how a ton of shows are for me, but I can’t stand the long gaps between episodes.  I know what happens.  I yell at the tv.  And then I have to wait a week to yell some more and get even more frustrated.  So Eren is a titan.  And he can control his actions, but he can’t.  He saved everybody, but Armin had to literally stab the shit out of him to get him to remember who he was while he was in titan form.  And now, he’s going to join the Survey Corps to go back to his basement to get the key to the titans.  Of course, this week is a recap episode, so that shit will be skipped since there’s a giant bunch of recap in like…every episode.  The animation quality of this show as a whole sucks now.  I know they’re running out of money and time, but come on.  Just because you make some nice titan battles does not mean you can recycle animation or use a bunch of panned still frames.  Show’s still good, though, definitely the only thing I kept up with in the spring 2013 anime season.

GetBackers – Episodes 27-33 GetBackers Cover

I’m almost done with this series.  I AM ALMOST DONE WITH THIS SERIES.  I must admit, I got thrown off when my rental service sent me something that I had listed above this in my queue that was a long wait.  I actually went, “but…my next GetBackers disc…” and pouted.  The next case was an art heist about the Venus de Milo actually having arms and the art thief from one of the previous arcs hired them to make sure the arms didn’t end up on the statue.  But, surprise!  All the art stuff was a cover up for some drug smuggling.  Wasn’t expecting that, but it sure was a nice surprise.  See, I like it when the arcs are short.  That Makubex crap was just too much to handle.

 

Another – Episodes 1-8 Another Cover

I started Another when it was airing in Japan and on Crunchyroll, and I thought the show had promise.  However, when I found out it was licensed and getting a dub, I held off because the supernatural shows are a lot for me to handle while reading subtitles at the same time.  And boy, am I glad I did.  The first episode of this anime really isn’t too terrible, but as it’s going on, it’s heading into Higurashi territory, which is making me so, so happy.  This isn’t a Shiki-esque fake out, oh no, this is the real deal.  The dub is surprisingly great, too, with Greg Ayres (I love him) and Monica Rial in another performance that’s not at a pitch that only dogs can hear and JESSICA BOONE (what happened to her? I love her, too!).  It also came out almost a month early from Right Stuf, so I’ve been watching it since I got back from Michigan.  Can I just ask what the deal is, though, with putting nine episodes on one blu-ray disc and just four on another?  Like, I want quality when I’m buying a blu-ray and cramming a million episodes on one disc when they just as easily could have done half and half feels like they significantly compromised it.  Oh well.  I don’t want to ruin the surprise of this show until I finish it, which…will probably be as soon as I’m done with this post.  Whoops.

Best of the Week: Chihayfuru 2, Rose of Versailles, Another, Full Metal Panic

Love it or Leave It: GetBackers, Attack on Titan, Rozen Maiden

Hope it Gets Better: Yu Yu Hakusho

It was definitely a good couple weeks!  I’m glad I held off.  What are you most looking forward to in the summer season, and what should I check out?  Right now, I’m thinking about Blood Lad, Rozen Maiden 3, Free, and that show about Sundays…the title is escaping me.  Let me know in the comments if I’m missing anything worth not marathoning!

 

Anime Mondays #18

Sorry I was absent last week, kids.  I hadn’t watched much at all, and then I was out of town at a wedding.  Ugh, I love weddings.  I was so proud of myself that I barely cried.  Glitterbots wears her heart on her sleeve, yo.  Let’s keep it on the DL.  Anyway, before I kick this off, I have some super sad news: the new Sailor Moon anime has been delayed, probably until 2014.  My heart.  It breaks. 😦  Hopefully, it could come a little sooner, but it definitely won’t be summer like projected.  At least it gives me a little more time to finish the original series…can I just skip past the Chibi-usa episodes?  Please???

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

Btooom! – Episodes 9-12 Btooom! Cover(Finished!)

Since I already did a full review/discussion on this, it’s pretty obvious that I completed this in the same weekend I watched it.  Want to know more of my thoughts?  Check out the post right below this one.  I guess my final thoughts were that I loved the concept, I just wanted more from it.  I know that’s a really cheap thing to say about a twelve episode anime, but whether or not there is going to be a second season, it definitely could have used a more cohesive ending.  It’s for that crap ending alone that I ranked it 7/10.  It could have been a solid 8, but since everyone is still on the goddamned island, it wasn’t going to happen.

Is This a Zombie? – Episode 4 Is This a Zombie? Cover

This episode got watched thanks to another round of playing Random-e.  And let me tell you, I could only sit through the one.  Even if it was about the necromancer’s back story (which usually I love, back stories, not necromancers), I was just…bored.  It provided some nice, mindless entertainment, but that’s about it.  On the plus side, I finally realized that this theme song was the one I couldn’t pick out that is on the CD I play in my car.  Don’t judge me.

Sgt. Frog – Episode 66Sgt. Frog Cover

Time for a little back story of my own now: I started watching this when Funimation started releasing the DVDs, and I devoured the first two seasons.  Holy crap, I thought the dub was hysterical.  I mean, I would post the lines on twitter, even though they were completely out of context because I just could not stop laughing.  But then, they said they weren’t going to dub anymore of it, and I was like…well, fuck it, this series is super long, impossible to track down, and probably not as funny in Japanese.  BUT THEY RELEASED SEASON 3!  And instead of immediately rushing to rent it, I…promptly forgot about it.  Whoops.  Luckily, the newest batch is up on Netflix Instant, so when it popped up Random-e style, I queued up the next episode I had to watch.  I heard rumors that in this new batch of episodes, the quality of the dub script had gone down…and I’m sad to say that those rumors are true.  The single episode I watched was in no way as funny as previous shows.  Now, maybe the episode just wasn’t that funny (it was about the kids getting kidnapped by an alien television station and the ninja girl going shopping with Natsume), but I was just bored.  Needs more Tamama.  That tiny frog can do no wrong.

Gintama – Episodes 21-26 Gintama Cover

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  I really did watch Gintama.  Not only did I watch it, but I watched the entire disc I had of it.  You know…the one I’ve kept from Rent Anime since October.  (If you were waiting for Disc 2 of Collection 2, I truly apologize…but it should be back in their system in about a week.)  Please pat me on the back.  Somebody.  Because I watched it, destroyed it, AND sat through a recap episode.  Well…sort of.  They were fighting over a goddamned hot pot.  Also, I got to a new opening and a new ending, and I am completely saddened to see one of my favorite anime endings of all time get thrown to the vault.  Let’s watch it again, shall we?

Okay, so that’s not the real ending, but it is the song, which is all that matters anyway.  In this group of episodes, we are introduced to that annoying ninja girl with glasses and my new favorite character, one of Gin’s friends who is constantly drunk and pilots spaceships.  I don’t even know if more collections of this were released on DVD, but I need a break.  It took seven months for me to watch this and I RENTED it, so that’s saying something.  I mean, it’s funny, but I just don’t want to watch more than one episode at a time…which is bad when there are six episodes crammed onto a disc.  Sorry, Gintama, I’ll pick you up again in…another seven months.

Yu Yu Hakusho – Episodes 23-28 Yu Yu Hakusho Title

Finally, the horrible ‘let’s rescue the Ice Guy’s kidnapped sister’ arc is over…and guess what?  He doesn’t even tell her he’s her brother!  The fuck?  That was such a waste of episodes.  However, it does set up something that I will be looking forward to: TOURNAMENT FIGHTING!  Yeah, I am a sucker for long, drawn out, melodramatic battles, what can I say?  It’s why I like the original Dragon Ball.  Anyway, the gang has to fight in some kind of “Dark Tournament” and right now the ginger dude is going up against some little kid with yo-yos.  I’m sure there will be no plot and they will win, but I don’t care because it’s TOURNAMENT FIGHTING!  Most of it will take place on the season 2 set.  You’re welcome.

Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 11-15 Chihayafuru 2 Cover

This has to be like the WTF? post of the year, right?  Yes, I have officially caught up with Chihayafuru 2 (minus the recap episode from this week, ugh I HATE recap episodes).  It definitely benefited me to watch a huge chunk of episodes.  It prevented the episodes from going too slowly, which, honestly, is what’s starting to happen.  This tournament is just going on FOREVER.  I don’t even know if they are going to have time to finish the individual tournament during this season, and while that might be good because it could mean we might get a third season full of Chihaya goodness, it also might mean that the anime will end unfinished because I’m not sure if it’s doing so well ratings-wise in Japan.  Anyway, we are at the final round now.  The team is about to play the best in Japan, and they put a filler episode right before a recap episode.  It’s like they are just trying to kill me on the inside.  Especially since ARATA IS THERE AND CAN’T GO WATCH HIS FRIENDS PLAY, UGH.  I really sound like I skipped a bunch of episodes, but I didn’t, since most of them fleshed out back stories of the team’s competitors…who cares.  Seriously, who. cares.  It’s a nice touch and all, but I want to see some karuta and I want to see Taichi eat cake off Chihaya’s fork, okay, bye.  I’ll be back with more of this in a month or so because watching this in marathon form is completely the way to go.

Cowboy Bebop – Episodes 1-2 Cowboy Bebop Cover

That’s right.  I’m doing it.  I’m watching the most over-hyped anime of all time.  Now, though I’ve only seen the first two episodes, I can make some assumptions on why tons of people love this show.  #1: it’s very violent.  When push comes to shove, dudes like their anime full of blood and guns, and Cowboy Bebop has plenty of them.  #2: it’s episodic…so far.  That’s not really my cup of tea, but you can watch any episode in any order, which makes it great for the Toonami crowd.  #3: it takes place in space…sort of.  I hate space.  But I’ll continue to watch this.  I already know this show is not going to be my cup of tea, but I want to see if it can buck the bias I have for its genre and if I’ll end up enjoying it.  PS: Bebop is the name of the spaceship…and there are no cowboys, yet.  At least it’s not a western.  That’s the only thing I hate more than sci-fi.

And that’s a wrap for this week!  I’m at a stalemate with anime I want to watch lately, so if you know of something that I should pick up, please let me know!  My box set of Rose of Versailles won’t come until Princess Knight comes out, so I will really have nothing new until then unless Right Stuf is having an awesome sale, which I can never turn down.  It’ll give me a chance to go through some of my massive backlog but like…nothing looks interesting.  First world problems.

Anime Mondays #17

Hello friends, neighbors and followers, it’s Monday, so you know what time it is.  It’s also that time of the month (no, not like THAT, ugh) where the post comes with a surprise inside, so you know what to do.  If you don’t…just read the post, get down to the bottom, and it will suddenly come to you.  There’s that lightbulb above your head.  I see it now!

All images are from MALand there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch – Episode 24 Mermaid Melody Cover

Last week I mentioned that I ran out of episodes on my external for this, so in order to watch any more of them, I have to sift through a bunch of clips with terrible quality on veoh.  It’s not the most pleasant of experiences, so I only ended up watching one episode this week.  Fortunately, I found a different magical girl show to fill in for this one to give me time to find the rest of the series.  No plot was to be had in episode 24.  It’s still ungodly filler.  I’m about halfway through, and there were still only three episodes with plot.  Sometimes, the filler…it is just too much for my heart to take.  Sob, sob.  Whine, whine.  Next show.

 

Mawaru Penguindrum – Episodes 13-24 (Completed!) Penguindrum Cover

I’ve already told you about my love affair with this show.  Hell, I’ve even written a review/discussion for it (just scroll down to the previous post if you missed it, but beware, it’s full of spoilers).  I watched 12 episodes in one day.  That’s like…unheard of for me because my attention span is non-existant.  It’s been a week, and I already want to spend the rest of my day re-watching the whole thing.  And, and…did you hear there’s a new project by the creators in the works?  It’s called Penguinbear.  I have no idea what it is, but if it’s a second series of Penguindrum, I will be over the moon.  Everyone, please go watch this show.  It’s a little fucked up, but you won’t be disappointed.  I mean, if you can sit through 100+ episodes of Bleach or something, you can watch 24 episodes of one of the most amazing anime to ever exist.  Clearly, I ranked it 10/10.  Were you expecting anything different?

 

Phoenix (Hi no Tori) Episodes 10-13 (Completed!) Phoenix cover

Well, I’d had this DVD sitting here from Netflix since January, and I really wanted to send it back, so I made this my bedtime show.  (Yes, my Gintama rental is still by my Blu-Ray player since October.  Don’t judge me.  That is now my bedtime show.)  I literally kept falling asleep through this show.  I couldn’t help it.  When I finally stayed awake through the last couple episodes, I understood why; there is almost no dialogue and a ton of classical music.  That shit puts me right to sleep.  I’m sorry to say that I really disliked Phoenix.  The arcs that were the most interesting were the shortest and really needed more episodes, while they dragged out that Dog Face arc for two freaking discs.  The last one took place in the future, where the world was ending, except this dude got saved by a scientist (aka guy with the big nose) and the phoenix.  He finds a coffin that is set to open in 5000 years with a woman inside of it, so he literally spends 5000 years using the scientist’s research to try and create life for her to see when the coffin opens…but when the timer goes off, she’s clearly still dead and a mummy.  The entire last episode is filled with the end of the world and then the beginning of the world, and the dude realizes that the only reason he stayed alive for billions of years was to be able to start the new world after the end of the old one, so he could see creation and re-birth.  Basically, it’s a bunch of symbolic bullshit where the minutes would have been better used giving us another episode of that girl who was stuck in the time loop.  I ranked this 4/10, though I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me.  I’m a big girl.  I can take it.

Karneval – Episode 1 Karneval Title

I told you I was going to watch this show!  Unfortunately, it’s on the Funimation Roku Channel with its tiny, white subtitles.  I muscled through it, though, and I’m…well, I don’t know how I feel.  I thought it was going to be about a carnival, or even a circus, but it’s not.  The Circus is a code name for this defense organization.  Lame.  However, the characters are really pretty.  Yeah, I’m one of those suckers for beautifully drawn people.  Plus, it’s kind of fucked up.  I mean, in the first ten minutes, this woman tries to steal the innocence away from this boy and then turns into some spider-creature who goes on a rampage.  To contradict this entirely, the ending theme is extremely cute and bouncy and there are bright colors everywhere.  Oh, Karneval.  I don’t know quite how I feel about you, yet, but I’ll stick with it.

Toriko – Episodes 2-3 Toriko cover

It’s been awhile, my good friend, hasn’t it?  I’m still in love with your theme song.  And, even though, I had the random number generator choose you, I did enjoy the two episodes I got to see before I moved on to something else.  Toriko goes on the hunt for some rainbow fruit and a comes-out-once-every-ten-years whale in this selection.  Actually, the third episode continues into the fourth, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  We are introduced to more characters, including an incredibly annoying news reporter who follows Toriko around every chance she gets and one of the other kings who comes with to help him find this whale.  I’m not as addicted to this as I am to One Piece, but then again, I haven’t watched that in awhile, either.  These shonen shows…apparently I can only take them in small doses.  Go figure.

Pretty Cure (Futari Wa Precure) – Episodes 15-18 Pretty Cure Cover

See, I told you I found another magical girl show to fulfill my filler quotient for the week.  And really, I watched as many episodes as I did because I found a youtube channel that has all the English dubbed episodes that never made their way over to the US.  Huzzah!  No more shitty subtitles where the timing is off!  I will take that they renamed the main characters Natalie and Hannah instead of Nagisa and Honoka.  After all, I did watch 60+ episodes of Sailor Moon where Usagi was named Serena, okay.  I’ll even take that they renamed the love interest Fergie…how…fergalicious.  Anyway, for those of you not in the crappy magical girl show know, Pretty Cure has about six million sequels and movies, it’s so popular.  This first series is about these two girls who have absolutely nothing in common other than they go to the same school and both got these little Tamagotchi pets dropped on them that come to life and allow them to turn into magical girls who fight The Dark Zone.  They have to swipe cards through the readers to feed these pets and transform, which sounds like a horrible merchandise ploy to me, but, hey, whatever works.  The Dark Zone is after these things called Prism Stones, which I think are trapped in the little Tamagotchi cases, but don’t quote me on that.  So, they basically just cause trouble, turning people into monsters to try and lure Pretty Cure out so they can steal them.  The downfall of these magical girls is that they have to do everything together: transform, fight, you name it.  Shit, their only worthwhile attack has to be performed with them holding hands.  I know it’s all about the power of friendship, but what happens if Honoka is in cram school or something and Nagisa gets bitched slapped by a Zakenna and gets her stone swiped?  Everyone is fucked.  This show also has a lot of filler, but it’s so much easier to take in dub form.  Canada gets everything cool.  First Degrassi and now this.

RDG: Red Data Girl – Episode 1 Red Data Girl Cover

Ah, yes, here comes the part of the week where I was trolling around the Funimation Roku Channel looking for something to watch, even if it had tiny subtitles.  This was new, so I went for it.  Honestly, I never would have picked this show out to watch on my own, and it’s looking to be another surprise favorite like my beloved Chihayafuru (which, yes, I will catch up with before the end of the month…just not this week coming up because I’ll be out of town).  It starts off with this weird girl cutting her hair to give herself bangs.  Pretty random, right?  Like, who gives a shit?  Well, it turns out everybody gives a shit because this girl is a shrine maiden or something, and her hair is a source of her power.  And apparently, cutting herself some bangs throws everything out of whack.  See, she’s not just a shrine maiden, she is powerful enough to have people actually born to serve her, only she doesn’t know it.  She just thinks she’s a freak with only two friends who fucks up every computer she touches.  Okay then.  But after she cuts her bangs, she turns into this computer pro who can get her dad on Skype, tell him she’s not going to a high school in Tokyo like he wants her to, and then crashes every single computer in the computer lab.  What the hell, dude…add to this that her guardian is her dad’s best friend and his son is being forced to transfer into her school to become her servant (and I’m pretty sure his dad beats that into him, holy christ), and it’s all sorts of fucked up.  And you all know how much I like my fucked up anime.  I can’t wait to continue this.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-Sama!) – Episode 1 The Devil is a Part Timer Cover

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this anime.  It was another new thing from the Funimation Channel, so I just clicked on it.  At first, it started off like some random shonen fantasy show that I am prone to hating.  There was a gigantic fight between demons and humans and the demons escaped to Earth to save themselves.  Then, it took an entirely different turn.  Satan and Alciel had to learn how to adapt to an entirely new environment…and it turned into a comedy.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but you’d think that the ruler of the freaking underworld would not be so excited by getting a job at McDonald’s and trying to take over Earth by literally starting from the lowest rung of a customer service job and working his way up.  He thinks that selling the largest amount of black pepper french fries will somehow boost his social status.  Um…okay.  It kind of reminds me of Working!, which I started out liking — not enough to finish it, of course — that turned into a hot mess by the end.  Sadly, Hataraku Maou-Sama! turned into a hot mess by the end of the first episode.  I’ll give it another shot when I’m bored, but it’s not something I’m chomping at the bit to see every week.

The World God Only Knows – Episode 7 The World God Only Knows Cover

There’s not really much to say about this episode except that it ends the Kanon arc (FINALLY!), and that the next episode is filler.  I watched half of it and fell asleep.  Whoops.  Oh, and I’m still in love with the theme song.  So much that I have the tv version memorized…..I am a loser.  But I still want to start that anime music band.

 

 

Btooom! – Episodes 1-8 Btooom! Cover

Uh oh.  Looks like I found another anime I liked enough to marathon the shit out of.  In fact, I finished it in the middle of writing this post, so look for a complete review/discussion coming tomorrow.  They say Btooom! is like The Hunger Games.  And well, it is, but it isn’t.  It’s got a lot of bombs.  It’s got a lot more fanservice.  And it’s got a female protagonist that I really want to punch in the face.  I’d say it’s more like Sword Art Online mixed with Battle Royale, if you want to know the truth.  At least it’s not like Pokemon…except it is.  Because instead of trying to catch ’em all, you only need eight.  Btooom! is about this group of people who get kidnapped and thrown onto an island with tracking chips implanted in their hands and a fanny pack full of bombs who need to collect seven other chips by killing each other.  It’s based on a video game of the same name, and shocker, our male protagonist is the highest ranked Japanese player.  I really wanted to love this, and yes, I watched the shit out of it until I literally passed out, but…but…you will just have to wait and see.  Please note, I love everything it ripped off, Survivor included.  In theory, it should be one of my favorite anime.  But, in theory communism works, and we all know how that turned out.

Holy hell, I watched a lot of anime this week.  I guess that’s what happens when all you can do for a whole week is sit around waiting on phone calls, which is basically…what I did.  Not good phone calls, either, but this is not a post about my life.  It’s a post about distractions from it.  And here’s my present to you: a free crunchyroll guest pass!

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Enjoy it!  Next week I may not have a post up because I’ll be out of town, but I’ll try my best if I watch anything besides the end of Btooom!….which I already saw.  Spoiler?

Anime Mondays #14

I should probably not listen to Spotify while I’m writing these posts because, let’s be real, I’m sitting here jamming out to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan like it’s nobody’s business.  You know how they say, “dance like nobody’s watching, sing like nobody’s listening?”  Yup.  That’s what’s happening right now.  Just wait until I bust out “Strangers Like Me” from Tarzan.  Oh yeah.  I went there.

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

Haganai – Episodes 1-4 Haganai Cover

This is what happens when you troll the Funimation Roku Channel, which, I’m happy to report, seems to be working much faster now!  I’m gonna knock on wood so I don’t jinx it, but all weekend it’s been pretty quick for me.  Plus, they took away the load screen with the creepy rice bowl, or whatever the fuck it is.  What is their new logo supposed to be anyway?  But, right.  Haganai.  As far as I can tell, this anime is about our main dude who is part English and came into school one day with a mean face, so nobody likes him.  He’s frumping around the school and runs into this girl who is talking to her imaginary friend inside an empty classroom.  They’re both friendless, so they decide to form a “Neighbors Club” to try and make some buddies.  Hilarity ensues….?  I’m questioning this because sometimes it’s funny and sometimes it’s not.  Like, this blonde girl joins and the dark haired girl hates her immediately just because a string of boys follow her around.  Oh no, they’re not the blonde girl’s friends, though, they just want to bang her.  She wants some female friends.  Unfortunately, the dark haired girl wants to punch her in the throat.  But then it turns out the main dude and the dark haired girl used to be BFFs when they were kids, except the dude thought she was a boy, which I totally called the minute the kids came on screen and one of them was in a baseball cap.  Oh, and then all the girls start falling for the main dude.  Sidenote: why can I never remember character names?  I mean, I can look them up, but you’re still gonna reference them as the main dude and the blonde girl anyway, so why bother?  The club starts to get more members, including some nerdy girl who comes right out and says she wants to sleep with the main dude, and a nun, who is technically their faculty adviser, even though she’s like ten years old.  Um…okay.  There’s pointless fanservice thrown in here, too, and some of it is insanely inappropriate (eg: the main dude has a little sister who thinks she’s a vampire….you can just figure it out from there).  The best part so far was when then blonde girl starts playing these dating sims and gets so into it, like she’s actually going to hop into the video game and start befriending all these pixel girls.  Like most harem shows, it’s better before they started adding a bunch of new characters besides the main threesome who could have carried the show by themselves.  I’ll finish this, but I might hold out until Funimation gets around to dubbing it because their subtitles are tiny and annoying to read.

Mawaru Penguindrum – Episodes 1-4 Penguindrum Cover

I purchased this courtesy of RightStuf’s latest Section 23/Sentai/Maiden Japan/ADV sale (dear lord, pick a company name already) because I’d heard it was like one of my favorite anime of all time, Revolutionary Girl Utena.  Now, I love me some Utena.  It’s all sorts of fucked up and makes you think and just begs to be rewatched 34,000 times.  And I can definitely see the comparisons here.  The plot has nothing to do with it, but just in the art style, etc.  The plot’s pretty tame so far, actually.  This sick girl dies in the middle of an aquarium but when she puts on a magical penguin hat, she pretty much gets possessed by some alien and comes back to life.  Then her two brothers, with the help of some alien penguins, have to find this thing called the penguindrum, even though nobody knows what it is or where to find it, other than that this girl named Ringo might have it.  Oh, and Ringo is stalking the brothers’ homeroom teacher who’s completely older than she is.  And she has this diary that tells the future, so she keeps thinking that the teacher is going to fall in love with her, but, in actuality, the stuff that’s predicted happens in such a roundabout way, or with the brother with purple hair, instead.  It’s…weird.  But nothing completely out of the ordinary has happened yet, other than crazy Ringo pushing some girl down an escalator and possibly murdering her.  Oh yeah.  That happened.  There are crazy Utena references, in the fact that each time the sick girl gets possessed, she has to go through this whole stock footage transformation with a catchy song, and there are rose borders scattered throughout, and in the very first transformation, the alien girl pulls something (a sword maybe? I can’t remember) out of someone’s chest.  I want it to be more screwed up.  I can’t wait to see all of this, even though I only purchased the first volume.  The dub isn’t horrible, either, except for the parts when Monica Rial is talking, but that’s just my bias.  And one of the alien penguins is the biggest pervert ever.  I’m easy to amuse like that, so I laugh every time he gets underwear in his face.  Penguindrum is weird, but that’s how I like my anime.

Case Closed (Detective Conan) – Episodes 100-102 Case Closed Cover

Okay, so remember last week when I was like, “what the hell is this show doing having a four part episode?”  Yeah, they totally cheated.  There was another case right after the magician one.  I honestly wish they would have stretched the magician one out so that I didn’t have to sit through two and a half episodes of Jimmy solving a boring case with his mom.  The only thing that tied the four parts together was that Rachel figured out that Conan is actually Jimmy Kudo, but his mom came up covered for him, making poor Rachel feel like a dumb ass.  I know this show is 500+ episodes long, but is anyone ever going to figure out that Jimmy Kudo is Conan other than his parents?  That poor girl, thinking her boyfriend is just ignoring the shit out of her all this time.  And poor me, because I still have three episodes to go before I can return this disc.  I’m so behind on my rentals, it’s sick.

The World God Only Knows – Episodes 0-6 The World God Only Knows Cover

I will admit to this now: I bought the show because I liked the theme song.  I don’t even care for the whole opening, I just love the song.  I mean, I listen to it in my car, love the song.  It’s almost eight minutes long.  I am obsessed.  I didn’t really have high hopes for the show, though, especially because Luci Christian is really whiny in this dub, and usually, when that happens, I end up disliking the whole thing.  Dub problems aside, it’s actually cute sometimes.  Our main dude is obsessed with dating sims, even though he doesn’t want to touch real girls with a ten foot pole.  He unknowingly makes a contract with a demon to help her catch “loose souls” from girls who just need a little love in their lives.  Well, of course, the main dude doesn’t want anything to do with real girls, but he uses his dating sim prowess to woo them anyway.  The sad part is that once he wins his conquest, the girls don’t even remember that he made out with them.  However, that being said, this saves it from being a creepy harem show and makes the main dude less of an asshole for kissing girls and then moving onto the next one.  The best girl so far has been the blonde one with the pigtails who pretends she’s rich even though she’s not anymore.  The main dude makes it so that all her Cinderella fantasies come true.  I swooned.  I’m so easy.  Towards the back end of this episode block, some idol girl starts chasing the main dude instead of the other way around, and instead of being cute, it’s just really annoying.  I hope her arc finishes ASAP.  The concept of this show is what makes it watchable, though I wonder if the main dude is going to actually fall for one of these girls instead of just thinking of each one like a level up.  I kind of hope that he doesn’t.  I’m terrible.

Vampire Princess Miyu (TV) – Episodes 1-5 Vampire Princess Miyu Cover

Ah yes, another Sentai sale acquisition.  Unfortunately, this one is from the Maiden Japan part of the label and COMES IN A FREAKING STACK PACK.  Seriously??  They couldn’t have even put the discs in those plastic page things?  Stack packs are worthless.  Anyone know where I can find some kind of case to replace this one?  Anyway…I own the Vampire Princess Miyu OVA, but every time I’ve tried to watch it, I’ve fallen asleep.  I’d heard the tv version was a little more viewer friendly, so I picked it up.  And, yes, it’s much better than what I’ve seen of the OVA.  It’s a lot like Hell Girl, and I devoured every season of that show, even without a dub.  Basically, Miyu is a vampire princess, but instead of sucking the blood of everyone in sight, she kills these evil spirits for good.  She’s like a guardian, I guess…not that she’s entirely good, though.  In the very first episode, she murders the shit out of this nerd who has been following her around just for shits and giggles.  And after she catches her evil spirits, she just leaves their victims (who may or may not be entirely dead) to die slowly and painfully if they still happen to be alive.  In other words, it’s pretty fucked up and right up my alley.  This show is pretty episodic, though, so at times it feels like wash, rinse, repeat.  I’m hoping there will be a more intricate, underlying story, but that has yet to be seen.  For now, I’ll just watch the chaos unfold.

And that’s it for this week.  I know, I didn’t even watch my beloved Chihayafuru 2!  I’m going to wait a couple weeks and then have a mini-marathon.  Now I can’t read any spoilers for the next month or so.  That’s gonna be torture.  Have you watched anything you want to talk about this week?  Let me know in the comments!