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Anime Mondays #68

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

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

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

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

A-Channel – Episode 2 A-Channel Cover

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ao Haru Ride – Episode 3 Ao Haru Ride cover

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

 

One Piece – Episodes 79-80 One Piece Cover

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

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

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

Love Stage – Episode 3 Love Stage cover

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

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

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

 

 

Bakamatsu Rock – Episode 4 Bakamatsu Rock cover

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

 

 

 

Terror in Resonance – Episode 3 Terror in Resonance cover

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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The World God Only Knows Is a Place Where Anime Has No Real Plot

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I really wanted to like this anime.  I saw the first episode, and other than the fact that Luci Christian put her whiny voice on, it was pretty decent.  The best part was that it set up the plot nicely for the rest of the series: the “God of Gaming” makes a deal with the devil to try and rid the world of evil that lives in girls’ hearts by dating them.  And, of course, since he’s the best dating sim player to ever live, he should be able to do that, right?

Wrong.

As it turns out, our hero, Keima, has never been on a date with a real live girl in his life.  Instead, he prefers to spend his time beating video games where the main goal is to date a girl in a game, and he even likes these pixelated characters more than living and breathing women!  Uh…okay.  But, all that aside, it looks as though our hero is set up for disaster, because if he can’t save these girls, he’s not going to be able to save himself.

And thus starts The World God Only Knows, an anime with a great premise, but very little payoff.  The opening is pretty fantastic, especially the song, holy crap, but it’s sad when the first 90 seconds of an episode are the absolute best.  Throughout this season, Keima has to make four different girls fall in love with him in quick arcs that last from 1-4 episodes apiece interspersed with filler that doesn’t have anything to do with anything except his love for games.  We get it.  We got it in the first episode that Keima was obsessed with games.  I’d rather see another arc with a different girl falling for him than to deal with all this filler garbage.

However, it’s just not that easy.  You see, once a girl falls in love with Keima, or she lets him get close enough to kiss her, the evil is sucked out of her heart and she completely forgets about him.  A part of each girl is always changed for the better, but she doesn’t remember falling in love at all.  Now, you would think, that once Keima gets a shot at having a real life with a real girlfriend, he would go remind her or something of all the special moments they shared and maybe try to form a relationship….but no.  He just moves onto the next one.  Like it didn’t even matter to him.  And herein is my problem with this show.  I know, I know, it’s basically a harem (why do I keep watching these?), and the point is to have the main character interact with as many girls as possible, but come on.  He barely gives any of them a second glance after he makes out with them, and just as a human being, that’s pretty cold.  Maybe he’s not a human being.  Maybe he’s just a robot who is really good at video games.  But either way, it just did not sit right with me.

Also, there’s the fact that this show can pretty much go on forever with an endless stream of girls and nothing will get resolved.  When will all the evil be sucked out of their hearts?  Will Keima ever grow a pair and start to have real feelings for someone?  The answer is probably not.  So why should I bother to keep watching if nothing is ever going to happen?

My favorite girl from this first season was the second one, the blonde one who tries so hard to keep up appearances, even when she doesn’t have the means to.  Unfortunately, her arc is over way too quickly and then (after some oddly placed filler, of course) we go onto one that drags way too long about some idol singer.  Man, are the people who made this show obsessed with Kanon, or what?  She has like ten music videos on the bonus features of the DVD.

If you like the kind of harem that can drag on forever, by all means, ignore everything I said and watch this show.  Season 2 has already been released and season 3 is on the way.  Personally, I should have stopped after the first six episodes, but we all know already what a glutton for punishment I am.

The World God Only Knows seasons 1 and 2 are available from Sentai Filmworks in separate season sets.  You can also watch it on Crunchyroll if you don’t want to pay for it, but honestly, I can’t tell if the dub or the sub is worse because in both versions, the girl with the skull in her hair sounds like a whiny baby.  I do want that skull, though.  Anyone know where I can buy one?

Also, don’t forget to enter my Crunchyroll anime membership giveaway!  Just scroll down and post a comment with your Crunchyroll username in the post below and you could win a free month of anime.  That’s like…four episodes of Attack on Titan.  You’re welcome.

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Crunchyroll Anime Membership Giveaway! (Now Closed)

Today is my birthday!  Sucks that it’s on a work day, but I’m ready and willing to party all weekend, and tonight I’m going out to dinner where some waiters will more than likely give me free cake, so that’s a bonus.  Also, wordpress informed me on Sunday that it’s my blogoversary!  I’ve had this account for one whole year.  I know for a fact I didn’t start posting a year ago, but at least the thought was there.  To celebrate, here is the giveaway I had promised.  I plan to do more in the future, though the ways to enter may change depending on how this one goes.  Want to know the prize?  I am giving away…

TWO ONE MONTH CRUNCHYROLL ANIME MEMBERSHIPS!

Want to know how to win one?  It’s really simple.  Just comment on this post with your crunchyroll username.  That’s it.  I will send you a message on that site if you win (as well as announcing it on this blog) to make sure you wish to claim your prize, and then I will gift a one month CR anime membership on over to you.  It’s just that simple.  Please only post one comment with your username.  I screen them all to keep the spam away, so if you enter more than once, I’m just going to delete all of them.  I’ll be using random.org to pick the numbers for the winners, and I will close the giveaway to new comments and announce the winners at Noon Central Time on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  To keep all the comment numbers in order, I will not be replying to comments on this post, but you can always comment any other post or send me a message on crunchyroll (my username is magica), and I will answer you as soon as I can.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted!

These gift memberships will be paid for with my own money.

No company or organization has given me anything in regards to this post.

Just trying to spread some happiness, okay? It’s my birthday, I can do what I want. 🙂

Uta no Prince Sama – Making Teenaged Fantasies Come True

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Guys…if this concept were in reality and not just an anime, I think all my dreams would come true.  To attend a school that would train you to be an idol while pairing you with someone who would write you the perfect song?  And to be swimming in a sea of hot guys?  God.  What I wouldn’t give.  I went to a performing arts college.  I attended music school.  Let me tell you, it did not compare to the perfection of Saotome High, the setting for Uta no Prince Sama.  However, before I get into my gushing about how this concept is the best thing since Cadbury Eggs, let me tell you a little about the actual show.

Firstly, if you want to avoid inevitable spoilers for the entire series, skip past the first episode’s opening song and all the endings.  Now, I don’t recommend this, simply because this is one of the greatest anime endings EVER (I know you think I say that a lot, but trust me, I don’t watch endings most of the time because they all suck, so if I mention that it’s good, then just trust me), but if you watch it where they placed it at the beginning of episode 1, it’s the most maximum level of foreshadowing you could possibly achieve.

Not to mention, it royally confused me, and I thought…

SPOILER!!!

That the guys were in a boyband first and came to the school in secret to hide and get training…..spoiler.  If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know why I said that.

END SPOILER.

You can all breathe now.

Anyway, so this girl with freakishly red hair and INSANE YELLOW EYES WITH NO PUPILS decides she has to take the entrance exam for this music school because she wants to write songs for her idol, HAYATO, (whose name, by the way, is almost always in all capital letters in the subtitles) because his voice saved her.  However, she’s late because she had to help some little girl find her mom or something and the guards at the gate don’t want to let her in.  Luckily, these two hot guys sweet talk them into letting her take the test, and when we jump to the first day of school, everybody’s in!  Yellow Eyes is named Haruka, and there is nothing extraordinary about her.  Seriously.  She’s soft-spoken and that’s about it.  Her roommate, Tomo, is a real knock out, and shockingly, no one pays much attention to her.  Instead, this literal harem of boys is drawn to boring, whiny Haruka.  They consist of:

  • Otoya Iitoki, otherwise known as the red-haired dude.  AKA the all-around nice guy.  AKA the first one who gets to work with Haruka and “discovers” how great a composer she is.  AKA the one who’s pretty awesome and one of two favorites.
  • Masato Hijirikawa, otherwise known as the blue-haired dude.  AKA the control freak.  AKA the “super serious” one.  AKA the one who you probably don’t want to be alone in a room with because he’s going to start talking about how totally jealous he is over you speaking to other guys and might just pull your hair and slam you against a wall.
  • Ren Jinguuji, otherwise known as the blonde one with the long hair.  AKA the playboy.  AKA the guy all the girls want.  AKA the one who thinks he created the sun and all his wishes should be granted because he’s just that awesome.  AKA the one who really would push you against a wall just to get your attention.
  • Natsuki Shinomiya, otherwise known as the other blonde one (but with glasses!).  AKA the one who likes cute things.  AKA the one who is in love with Syo….what?  AKA the one who has the best image song.  AKA THE ONE WHO IS FREAKING BI-POLAR AND IT IS GLORIOUS.
  • Syo Kurusu, otherwise known as the other, other blonde one (but who usually wears a hat!).  AKA the bad boy because he wears spiked bracelets and black nail polish.  AKA the short, tiny one who gets picked on for his size.  AKA the one who gets chased around a lot by his roommate….what?  AKA my second favorite because, let’s be real, he’s adorable.
  • Tokiya Ichinose, otherwise known as the…other blue-haired guy (or maybe it’s purple…close enough to blue that I couldn’t tell him and the other blue-haired dude apart for two episodes).  AKA the one who claims to be a twin of Haruka’s HAYATO.  AKA the one who doesn’t buy into her crap.  AKA the “mysterious” one.

There’s also a seventh guy….but I’m not wrecking that surprise.  BECAUSE IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND AND MAKE YOU WANT TO DIE AND THEN COME BACK TO LIFE AND THEN RE-LIVE IT AGAIN.  You’ll see.

Anyway, Haruka’s pretty worthless.  She somehow got into a music school and the composition program without knowing how to read music…and then she picks it up in a day.  Literally.  One day.  I know that you can be a prodigy and play by ear (I know many of these super talented musicians) but not one of them has ever claimed to learn how to read and write sheet music IN ONE DAY.  I wanted to poke out an eye when that happened.  The first several episodes all center around one guy apiece, and they each have their own individual songs, which is pretty sweet for a typical, throw away harem anime.  But the boys, they end up bringing out all this musical talent and confidence in our female protagonist, and she, therefore, brings out the passion for…music…in each one of them.  I say music, because, well, people at this school are not allowed to date.  We don’t know why.  It’s never explained.  So if you’re thinking this is going to be a pretty awesome romance, it’s not.  At least until each student has to pick a buddy for the graduation audition: one singer for each composer.  And if you don’t know where this is going, then you obviously need to watch more anime.

Uta no Prince Sama is a really cute show.  It’s not ground-breaking or extraordinary, by any means, but the concept is pretty much what I wanted my life to be like when I went to music school, so I’m completely biased towards it.  I watched the whole goddamned thing in two days.  I mean…come on.  It’s got a great soundtrack (apparently worthless Haruka can compose some good music after all…) and if you like music-themed anime, this is right up your alley.  It actually reminds me an awful lot of one of my favorite shows, La Corda D’oro, which is pretty much the same thing but with classical music instead of idols and a female protagonist that people actually like, as opposed to want to punch in the face.  If you swapped a couple things around and mashed up the two shows (and thrown in a bit of fuckery), you’d pretty much have my perfect anime.  Though the plot goes nowhere, it’s four hours of your life where you’ll get a little bit of mindless enjoyment and we can all use that sometimes.  Plus, the opening is pretty bad ass.  I find something new each time I watch it.

You can currently watch most of the first season streaming on Crunchyroll, and there is a second season that’s currently airing.  Sentai Filmworks has licensed both of them, and if they give it a shitty sub-only release like they did with La Corda D’oro heads are gonna roll.  Just sayin’, Sentai.  Just saying.  Check it out and let me know what you thought, and maybe I’ll tell you what really happens in music school.  Sadly, there was no Shining Saotome to give us a circus act at the entrance ceremony.  We did, however, have an ice sculpture.  Yeah…not as cool.

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Awesome/Not So Much #3

It’s that time of the week again, kids.  I can’t decide what day to put this on.  Just let it be known that it won’t be posted on Mondays because that’s taken up with my giant post of anime goodness.  Speaking of which, that Crunchyroll guest pass is still available, so scroll down and take it!  ETA: it’s gone now.  It pays to be fast!

Five Awesome Things for the Week of March 20, 2013!

1.  The “Veronica Mars” movie is a go!

Have you heard about this?  Marshmallows, rejoice!  The “Veronica Mars” movie is happening because it was funded via kickstarter.  I can’t wait until I get paid so I can give them my money.  I’ve been a donor for one kickstarter project in the past, and it’s a lot of fun.  Basically, any donation you make will be used to fund a specific project.  And, honestly, I’ve been waiting for some kind of “Veronica Mars” continuation since the end of the third and last season (and not that horrible FBI school rumored fourth season, yuck).  VERONICA AND LOGAN FOREVER….even though I love Piz.  Don’t judge me.  Go give them your money.

2.  Justin Timberlake’s song “Mirrors”

So “Suit and Tie” was not my jam.  I’m not down with this whole throwback album Timberlake’s got going on this time around.  But “Mirrors?”  Holy hell, it’s a good song, even if it is incredibly long.  Go listen to it on Spotify.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

3.  Penguindrum

I will wait to talk about this in detail so just watch at least the first four episodes and then wait for Monday.  It’s coming.

4.  New spring products over at Fortune Cookie Soap

I can’t wait for my giant box of body butter and bath bombs to arrive at my house.  I actually liked a good number of the spring scents (I’m definitely a spring/summer person more than fall, ugh, everything in the fall smells like food), and their whipped cream body butter is to die for.  Seriously.  The scent lasts ALL DAY.  My favorite scents out of the new bunch are Honeydew Me (watermelon/honeydew), Down to Earth (it says it smells like lavender and basil, but I don’t get either of those…it just smells FANTASTIC) and The Birds and the Bees (Carried Away from Bath and Body Works).  Go try a whipped cream sampler if you haven’t before to see what you like.  The sample tubs are big; I got about a week and a half out of my last one and I used it everyday.  If you have a $75+ purchase, you get free shipping, and normal shipping is $9+ so keep that in mind.

5.  The SeeYaReelSoon youtube channel

I love this channel.  No, really.  I found it searching for Disney World tips, and while Ashley and Joe do share awesome trip planning ideas, the best videos are their “Family Vacation” series, where they actually tape their days at the Disney parks.  Oh my god, when Ashley started crying on the carousel because they were leaving, I cried, too.  The two of them are just so cute, and their love for Disney World is so genuine, it’s refreshing to see.  Also, their videos are shot in great quality, the editing is awesome and the theme music is catchy as hell.  Yes, these things make a difference to me.  Deal with it.  And then go watch everything they have ever put out.

Five Not So Awesome Things for the Week of March 20, 2013 …:(

1. This season of “Celebrity Apprentice”

I don’t want to spoil you, but either the celebrities this season are making the STUPIDEST decisions ever or Donald Trump is being a real dick in who he fires.  My favorites are all gone already.  I miss Meat Loaf and Clay Aiken 😦

2.  McDonald’s

I don’t know what it is, but every time I’ve eaten there in the past month, I’ve gotten ridiculously ill.  It’s so easy to go there.  It’s right across the street from me.  But it’s also now proven deadly.  Stop being so shitty, McDonald’s.  Make me a salad or something that’s not disgusting.

3.  Degrassi two-part episodes

Why is it that part one is almost always incredibly good, and then part two sucks something terrible?  I’m looking at you, every single episode that’s aired thus far in 12C.  The Eli-centric ones have been the best of the season by far, but even the second part of that was kind of a let down.  Except the very end.  You know.  That was boss.

4.  The fact that nail polish racks cost $60+

Okay, I really need a new one.  Actually, I need about four of them.  They’re too fucking expensive.  It’s just plastic.  It’s not like I want a designer rack, I just want one that spins and holds a lot of polish.  BE CHEAPER.

5.  Katy Perry is still on the radio.

Can someone shut her up already?  Now she’s on it even more because she broke up with John Mayer.  NO ONE CARES.

What’s something awesome that happened to you this week?  Do you want to punch Donald Trump in the face, too?  Let me know in the comments, and we’ll chat!

Anime Mondays #11

For all intensive purposes, I really, really didn’t intend to skip a post last week.  I got off work on Monday and was laid up with the stomach flu.  Ugh.  It was so not cute, guys.  I’m better now, though, and now you get twice the anime AND a little surprise at the bottom of the post.  Hey Monday!

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers below!

[C] Control: The Money and Soul of Possibility – Episodes 1-11 C Control Cover

I actually marathoned this series in a week, even with the utterly slow menu lag times on the Funimation Roku Channel.  Ugh.  Seriously.  The lag is almost unbearable.  However, since I watched it all in one go and the series is still fresh in my mind, I’m going to write a proper review on it.  For now, think of [C] like this: it’s Pokemon with money instead of hit points and instead of catching them all, you only get one or two.  Oh yeah, and it finishes it off (not so) nicely in a quick 11 episodes.  I ranked this anime 7/10 on MAL.

 

 

Master of Martial Hearts – Episodes 4-5 Master of Martial Hearts Cover

Oh boy.  Here we go.  Let me start off with the reason I started this series in the first place: I liked the title.  Yeah.  I’m really that cheesy.  But I knew nothing about Master of Martial Hearts, saw the show on Netflix Instant and was like, “Oh, what a cute name!  I bet it’s some cute little Funimation romance title like Peach Girl and I’ll love it!”  Yeah….no.  It’s definitely not a cute little romance ANYTHING.  I watched the first episode and was utterly appalled.  Thankfully, the audio track on the Netflix stream for episode 2 was screwed up beyond comprehension (like screechy noises and high pitched sounds everywhere for no reason) so I never felt compelled to finish it.  Months, possibly a year, later, I saw the thing on the Funimation Roku Channel (how does this bring me both so much joy and so much pain all at once??) and was like, “Fuck it, it has to get better, right?  I’ll see if the audio track is messed up here, too.”  Luckily (or unluckily, I suppose), the audio worked and I watched the next two episodes.  Guys, let me tell you, this is fanservice, ecchi garbage.  The plot is so convoluted, there’s not even any sense in trying to explain it except to tell you that it’s a tournament fighter where every time one girl lands a blow on another, her clothes fall off.  If that’s your thing, have fun, but I couldn’t take it anymore.  But then…then…I was trolling around on youtube for some anime reviews to watch and I came across this gem.  Okay, after a lead-up like that for the final episode, you know I had to see what the fuss was all about, especially since I felt entirely compelled to watch part two of her review immediately.  So, I braved the lag time again and turned this shit on while I was cleaning.  Episode 4 was more of the same bullshit, but 5…oh, episode 5.  Oh my god.  I love me a good twist ending.  The more out of left field it comes, the more I like it, as long as it has something to back it up.  But this…this…what in the fuck did I just watch??  I literally put down my Swiffer and stared at the television, mouth agape, for a good fifteen minutes while the entire “plot” of the anime was spun in a whole new context that didn’t make a shred of sense.  Okay…it may be passable at least for the writers to think that it could have made sense, but there wasn’t enough back story in the anime to make it work for me.  And then the last two minutes or so…just, fuck you, Master of Martial Hearts, with your convoluted, leaves no closure even though you spent the last twenty minutes attempting to give the viewers closure, ending.  Newsflash: it’s fucking ridiculous.  However, at least they tried to salvage what little shred of credibility this show could ever possibly have by giving it one of the most ludicrous twist endings I have ever seen.  I gave it a whole extra point and rated it 4/10 on MAL because of it.  Honestly, though, don’t watch this crap.  Watch the second part of JesuOtaku’s review instead.  It’ll save you about 90 minutes of your sanity.

Blood-C – Episode 4 Blood-C Title

The goddamned song is back.  Other than an extended fight sequence in this episode where a character who I actually gave a shit about is either critically injured and/or killed, it’s more of the same crap.  I’ve officially given Blood-C a pass on my Saturday morning cartoons list.  Next.

 

 

 

Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 5-6 Chihayafuru 2 Cover

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love to watch the Mizusawa kids play in tournaments.  I’ve never seen any movie, anime, tv show, etc. where the characters all love the game they’re playing so much.  It’s the passion behind these characters that make me so passionate about this show.  Porky loses his match in the final, which means that the team is down one at the start.  But Taichi pulls one out for the team.  Score!  Literally.  However, then the other side pulls some dirty karuta dealings and splits the cards so that it’s almost impossible for Mizusawa to win…and they don’t.  Chihaya loses her last card to their ace in a tie because they touched it at the same time, and the gang loses 3-2.  However, since the top two Tokyo teams would advance, they are still moving forward.  Even though she lost her match, at the end, Chihaya can’t stop talking about how much fun she had playing karuta, I cry, the end.  Except it’s not.  Then Arata texts her, asks her if she had fun, and SHE cries because she completely did and Arata knows her so well and Taichi gets all red and wants to punch him in the face because Arata made her cry happy tears while he didn’t….lord.  My rambling skills get a workout with this show.  I just love it so, so much.

My Sister Is an Osaka Mama (Boku no Imouto wa “Osaka Okan”) My Sister Is an Osaka Mama Cover

Episodes 1-5

In my bouts of stomach flu insomnia, I needed something to pass the time.  This lovely series streamed nicely on my Kindle Fire and was only three minutes an episode.  Perfect.  It’s pretty much a bunch of cultural reference jokes, which really aren’t my thing, coupled with crappy animation, though.  Not so perfect.  It’s fine if you need something to pass the time, but it’s really not a show I’d go out looking to watch.

 

Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria) – Episodes 1-12 Aria the Scarlet Ammo Cover

Once again, I marathoned this show during bouts of illness insanity.  How’s that for alliteration?  I liked it enough to keep watching, which is something that’s hard for me to say about a show that’s ripe with fanservice and poorly executed literary allusions, and I ranked it 7/10 on MAL.  A full sized review is forthcoming.

 

 

You did it!  Congrats!  You made it through the entire post, even with a Master of Martial Hearts review!  Because you’re so awesome, here’s a free crunchyroll guest pass to the first reader who can snatch it up:

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I’m still trying to figure out the whole youtube review thing.  The possibility is there, but so is my hatred of editing.  I don’t know which will win out.  Don’t worry, there won’t be a Martial Hearts tournament to the death to decide or anything.  I may be a mean girl, but I’m not THAT cruel.

Anime Mondays #2

It’s Monday!  And no, I didn’t forget that I owe a post.  Don’t worry.  I’ve got this.  It’s almost holiday time over in retail-land, which means soon most of my time will not be my own.  I’m sure I’ll be posting about all the idiots, though, you can count on that.  For now, though, let’s do this.

(Once again, all images come from MAL and there are spoilers below up to the episodes listed!)

Nana 7 of 7 – Episode 6

Welcome to yet another series I purchased because it was cheap.  This is a cute show, though, and as a bonus, the main character’s best friend is the voice of Misty from Pokemon.  Yes, it took me about three episodes to figure it out, but it was driving me insane, so I knew I would.  Nana 7 of 7 is about this girl whose personality shatters into seven parts, and each one turns into its own little Nana.  It’s kind of like the seven dwarfs, only these Nanas only care about this one dude and who can go to school to see him.  Honestly, I don’t even remember much about the single episode I watched.  I think it had something to do with a late night radio show?  I’m not sure where exactly this series is going, but it would be nice if this poor girl didn’t end up in pieces for the rest of her life and got to be put back together again.  It’ll take me awhile to find out, though, so don’t hold your breath.

One Piece – Episodes 62-66

Remember last week when I was excited to get out of that stupid Dragon Island arc?  Well, now I’m totally confused.  I thought these guys were on the freaking Grand Line, but then there’s this whole subplot about a self-mutilating whale and this whole new slew of bad guys who aren’t really bad guys…I don’t even know.  It’s like I jumped into Degrassi, One Piece style.  I kept expecting Ellie Nash to hop out with her compass and start showing the whale how to slit its wrists.  Fins?  Whatever.  There is a really cool evil princess named Miss Wednesday.  I hope that bitch sticks around.  I feel like I have so much of this anime to get through, and although I wanted to plow through the long ones on purpose, I just feel like One Piece keeps getting so far off track.  Like for 20+ episodes at a time.  I’ll keep going, but I think I’m sticking this on the back burner for awhile.

Save Me! Lollipop  – Episodes 5-6

I went back to this one on the Funimation Channel to kill some time, and it is getting a little better.  These episodes went into the backstory of the annoying girl with purple hair whose name escapes me.  Forte (Fo, how do you get that from Forrrrrrrte, but it’s Japanese, so, eh) is her cousin and her only friend because her entire family has shunned her.  It’s sad, but not sad enough that she can be so annoying.  I love those stupid episodes that try to establish why the bad guys turn bad, but this didn’t have anything to do with that.  I guess they were trying to show why her and Forte were friends, but…like I said.  It doesn’t move me enough to establish why she’s so goddamned annoying.  Go buy your own cake, kid.

Sword Art Online – Episodes 13-18

Once my beloved Accel World ended, I needed something to fill the void of a stupid anime about video games, so I started SAO.  Dear Jesus.  This is not just a stupid anime about video games.  I got sucked into this so quickly, and before you know it, I was sobbing through most of the episodes.  The one where Kirito almost gets killed and then tells Asuna, “My life is yours…” forget about it.  I was curled into a ball making incoherent noises.  I never expected the romance in this, and maybe that’s why it’s so great.  Like I just want to shove the two of them together in their little house in the forest and keep them there forever.  They deserve to have that happiness all the time.  But then, the game ends…in the middle of the goddamned series.  What the shit?  Like, he beat it, but he didn’t.  Most of the people who were trapped in their Nerve Gear got out, including Kirito, but Asuna is still stuck in a game…only it’s not SAO anymore, it’s some stupid elf game.  It turns out that this dude who’s supposed to marry her works for the company that took over the old one, stole SAO’s servers and made up a “new” world that’s all about kids with pointy ears.  Um…what?  So now with only a couple episodes left, Kirito has to save Asuna out of this bird cage in a game so the creepy dude can’t marry her comatose body in the hospital.  It’s pretty fucking twisted, but I’m one of those people who actually liked School Days, so, for me, it works.  Did I mention the elf girl helping him is really his sister (who’s not really his sister, but still his cousin) and probably in love with him?  Bingo.  I have no idea how they are going to wrap this up in the few remaining episodes and no sign of a second season, but I’m going to wait until more shows are out before I pick this up again.  SAO is best seen in marathon form because now that I watched all those episodes in a row, I’m pissed that I’ll have to wait until Christmas to get an ending.

My Little Monster – Episodes 1-6

I’m a sucker for these romance anime.  A complete and utter sucker.  But what I hate the most is when it takes an entire season for a couple to hold hands or kiss.  Like, what the shit?  The real world does not work that way, kids.  Which is why I was so happy that in the first episode, Haru grabs Shizuku by the shirt and plants one on her.  AWESOME.  Of course, the anime seems to move backwards from there, with nobody knowing how they really feel and the poor girl having to wait for this clueless dude to “fall in love” with her, when it’s obvious he’s been in love with her the entire time.  And now there’s this new girl with glasses who wants his ass, too, and it’s like…knock it off.  Leave Haru and Shizuku alone.  Let him try to put his hand under her skirt while she sits and studies at the library or something.  It’s so good.  I’m just so sad it’s only going to be 13 episodes.

Say “I Love You” – Episodes 1-6

See, I told you I love romance anime.  And this one reminds me of my precious Kimi Ni Todoke, which I refuse to watch the second season of because if it messes with my perfect couple, I’m going to rage, but ANYWAY.  Mei and Yamato.  Why he likes her, other than the fact that she kicked him in the face while everyone else loves him, I don’t know.  But he LIKES her.  And it’s so cute to see her accept this.  He saves her from some creeper by kissing her and then shows her the different ways he kisses people and I die, the end.  All these other skanks want to get with him.  There’s a model who’s all up on his jock.  Stay strong, Yamato!  Don’t dump your adorable girlfriend because you feel badly for all the girls you’re rejecting!  Don’t give her a pity lay like that other chick!  Nuts that I’m so into it.  I don’t even care anymore, I gave up all sense of personal pride and street cred when I started this blog.

Gintama – Episodes 14-19

Hey look!  Another ridiculously long anime I started just to prove I could finish it!  This one is actually pretty hysterical, even though it doesn’t have much of a plot.  My favorite character is the dude from the army shinsen…something who likes to shoot things constantly.  Lord, I laugh every goddamned time.  These episodes had an alien pet show and a trip to the beach and a bunch of other random things that I can’t be bothered to remember because I was forced to plow through this to send it back in the mail to my fabulous rental service.  However, I am now privy to one of the greatest ending songs of all time…which you can see here.   I really am the queen of random crap.  I have another disc of this at my house.  Hopefully you will see another of these entries next week.

For sticking through this whole post, here’s a reward!  Please take these crunchyroll day passes off my hands.  I have an anime subscription, but so do the other people I talk shop with and they are going to waste.  First come, first serve.  Enjoy!

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