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Anime Mondays #34 (yes, I am aware it’s really Wednesday)

No, I didn’t misplace a calendar, I just have been stupid busy.  I said I would get this post out, though, and I do not want to disappoint, as the next Anime Monday might be the last one for the month.  Plus, tomorrow is National Mean Girls Day.  I didn’t want anyone to forget.

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

Naruto – Episodes 5-8 Naruto cover

Well, hell is freezing over.  I am actually enjoying this anime.  I KNOW, RIGHT?  I wanted not to so badly, but it’s actually getting to a point where there is a semblance of a plot other than ninjasninjasBELIEVEITninjas.  Right now, the little ninja squad is trying to protect this bridge builder as bodyguards so he can go home and do his thing…but he totally got attacked by a REAL ninja.  Now, why would a little bridge builder get on a hit list?  It’s explained, and I don’t know if i really buy it, but at least you learn more about the Naruto universe in this group of episodes than just the ninjaninja…yeah.  It’s not as fun as Bleach, but it will fill my pointless shonen void for the time being.

Day Break Illusion – Episodes 10-13 (Completed!) Day Break Illusion Cover

Told you I would finish off this show.  Time to dip into spoiler territory.  First off…there were WAY too many unanswered questions after the ending for me.  Like, who was that dude that Cerebrum was working with?  What did he have to do with anything?  Was Cerebrum Akari’s dad?  (Gross.)  Why was it such a big deal for the blonde girl to fight her dark tarot clone and be “annihilated” when she came back to life at the end?  What card was the girl with pink hair and glasses supposed to be?  Why wasn’t the cool witchy girl in it more?  Ugh, it just….I wanted to really love this and I just didn’t.  Plus, the animation is cheap.  I know there’s going to be a bonus episode, but who knows when that will get subbed, you know?  I enjoyed the overall premise and I ranked this 6/10 on MAL, but…I just wanted more answers.  Does this have a manga?  Don’t tell me to read the manga.  I totally won’t unless it’s Nana or Sailor Moon, and I own those and still haven’t gotten too far.

Attack on Titan – Episodes 24-25 (Completed!) Attack on Titan Cover

I fucking hated this ending.  I’m done.

Okay, I guess I owe this show a little more than that.  It started off so well.  I was completely hooked.  And then it just dragged…and dragged…and dragged…you get the drift.  The plot twists and OMG! moments were not enough to save it from the shit animation and filler episodes.  I can take a lot of talking in my anime, but if it starts to get up into the Spice and Wolf territory, I check out.  I ranked this show 8/10, and it would have been higher if a large part of it didn’t suck so badly.  Oh, and also, if the ending didn’t blow.  You know.  CAUSE IT TOTALLY DID.

Watamote – Episode 12 (Completed!) Watamote Cover

Yet again, another ending I absolutely hated.  I mean, they cut this poor girl a break in episode 11, couldn’t they have ended it on a bright note?  But to say she just doesn’t matter and have it end with the sense of what the fuck did I just spend 12 weeks watching…yeah, it was pretty cheap.  I just wanted her to make a friend.  Like…she was SO CLOSE.  But it was all for nothing.  I rated this 6/10, though, honestly, I should have gone lower.  I disliked this more than I liked it, but the parts that I adored…well, they pushed it higher.  I would be friends with Tomoko.  True facts.

Dangan Ronpa: The Animation – Episode 13 (Completed!) Danganronpa Cover

JUNKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!~~~!!  Okay.  Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…

Everyone is ripping on this cheesy ending, but don’t they get that 50% of anime shows end this way?  There’s always hope, or the power of friendship, or true love, and that’s going to beat the shit out of evil.  Unless the damned thing is unfinished (see above), if it’s a good ending, that’s what’s going to happen.  I’m glad everyone left got out alive, but still kind of pissed that the other kids weren’t secretly still living somewhere.  Everything was summed up pretty concisely, though, I would like to know what the hell was on the outside, because I highly doubt that the world was destroyed by a Godzilla-like Monokuma Monster.  There’s a sequel to the game, so I’m hoping the anime will get a sequel, as well.  I need to know what happens to the swimmer girl, okay.  I have priorities.  I rated this 8/10 on MAL because I still think that if it would have been longer, it would have been better.

Diabolik Lovers – Episodes 1-2 Diabolik Lovers Cover

This is the first fall season show I picked up, for no other reason than it was on the simulcast list on Crunchyroll…and man, am I glad I did.  It’s like Uta no Prince Sama crossed with Vampire Knight crossed with a twisted version of Ouran High School Host Club.  I sure love me some reverse harems.  And in this one, the guys aren’t going to be satisfied with just being friends, oh no, they want to suck our main girl’s blood and have her for a snack.  I mean, she gets bitten in the second episode.  Sure, it’s pretty stereotypical, but I’m digging it.  I just wish the episodes were standard length and not this short crap.  Clearly, I need to start playing these games or something.  Anyone know where I can get them in English?

Cheeky Angel – Episodes 4-5 Cheeky Angel Cover

I decided over the weekend that I needed to clear some stuff off my external drive, so I just started going through the anime I had on there and watching it.  I love older stuff like this.  Cheeky Angel is a long series about a boy who turns into a girl and has to adapt.  I forget why…it’s been awhile since I watched the first few episodes.  But, by now, he already has a reverse harem of his own, and the big bully is totally in love with him.  It doesn’t have a lot of substance, but it sure is fun to watch when you want to turn your brain off.

Floral Magician Mary Bell – Episode 2 Mary Bell Cover

Oh, look, it’s another retro magical girl show.  I’m sure you’re not surprised at all.  Mary Bell is a tiny witch who has powers that have to do with flowers.  I think she may have come out of a book?  I don’t really remember.  Again, it’s been awhile since I watched that first episode.  But she helps out these two kids, and in this show, she makes it so this mean, old neighbor guy who hates flowers (gasp!) learns to love them again.  It’s definitely not one of my favorite magical girl shows, and it’s LONG, but I’ll power through it…if only to get it off my external.

Mermaid Melody Pitchi Pitchi Pitch – Episodes 27-28 Mermaid Melody Cover

So it only took half the series, but finally, a plot is starting to come out.  It turns out there is a new purple haired mermaid, who is the twin sister to the green haired mermaid’s bestie, and she hates everyone because she’s convinced that the green haired mermaid let her sister get captured by the bad guy…yeah.  I didn’t say it was a GOOD plot.  But, fuck it all, I still like this show.  And I’ve been watching it more often than I’ve been watching Sailor Moon, so what does that tell you?  PS: I got the first SM figure…why did no one tell me I’d have to put it together? 😦

Sankarea – Episodes 3-5 Sankarea Cover

Everybody is up in arms because Funimation released the censored version on DVD instead of the real version…and I can see why.  The version on the stream is censored, and it’s painfully obvious.  Now, you know how much I love fanservice (read: not at all), but the steam and the blurs are really hideous.  If I had purchased this, I’d sure be asking for a refund.  Luckily, I didn’t, so I will make due with the awesomely dubbed censored version that streams.  And Rea actually died and became a zombie!  And she is decomposing!  And she is in love with the dude who loves zombies!  If this all sounds too good to be true, it pretty much is because the main dude is completely looking a gift horse in the mouth.  I mean, I think he even says, “Wow, Rea really is perfect for me, now I can have my zombie girlfriend!” but then he doesn’t treat her any differently, other than shutting her up in his room and making sure her body doesn’t decompose.  I’m interested to see how this turns out, but I really hope this dude doesn’t turn into an even bigger asshole.

Best of the Week: Diabolik Lovers, Dangan Ronpa, Mermaid Melody, Sankarea

Love it or Leave it: Naruto, Attack on Titan, Cheeky Angel

Hope it Gets Better: Floral Magician Mary Bell, Day Break Illusion, Watamote

And now it’s time to watch “Survivor.”  Perfect timing.

Anime Mondays #33

I feel like another addition to my “Dumb Things Boys Do at the Bar” series should be forthcoming, kids, as I went to the bar this weekend, and wow, they did a plethora of dumb things.  On the same token, so did some of the girls.  But that is for another time and place.  This place is about anime.  Are you ready?  Here we go.

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

Blood Lad – Episode 2 Blood Lad Cover

After giving this show a rest for a little while, I decided to give it another shot, just to see if I could at least stay awake through the second episode.  It took a couple months, but I finally plowed through it and was immediately disappointed.  What I thought could have been an entertaining vampire comedy turned into something that was not at all like my precious Soul Eater, and more just like a bunch of nothing.  So the vampire takes the human girl turned ghost back to the human world to see if he can fix her and then just ends up being a vampire tourist, geeking out over trains and manga.  Seriously?  I started it, so OCD insists I finish Blood Lad, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to like it or complete it anytime soon.  It’s sad when I just don’t care anymore.

Interstella 555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (Completed!) Interstella 5555 Cover

I am a HUGE Daft Punk fan and I didn’t even know this existed until I saw a Glass Reflection review of it.  I knew that the video for “One More Time” was anime and was completely enamored by it the first time I saw it, but I just had no clue they turned the entire album into a movie.  Discovery was the first album I purchased just by hearing it being played in a store.  I remember being in Virgin Megastore (RIP) in Chicago, hearing “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and immediately asking the first employee I could find what this was and purchasing the CD.  It’s one of those albums where absolutely every song is amazing, and I played the hell out of it even though none of my friends were interested at all.  The movie has no dialogue and is completely scored by the album and a few sound effects.  I know.  It’s got this Fantasia-esque concept, but in a long form, and it feels like the best music video ever made.  Take that, Michael Jackson.  Basically, this band from another planet gets kidnapped by this dude from earth, gets brainwashed, and gets forced to become a band from Earth.  Meanwhile, an alien dude who is in love with the girl in the band tries to save them…it’s really good.  My enjoyment of this movie is kind of biased, seeing as I love Daft Punk and wanted to work in music videos for the longest time until they became less about the art form and more about how many girls in bikinis they could show spraying champagne on some rapper, but I digress.  It’s not going to be everyone’s thing, just like a lot of people really don’t like Daft Punk, but I loved it.  I actually rated this 10/10 on MAL because it’s the only thing I’ve ever seen of its kind, and I had fun with every second of it.  It’s on DVD, but rumors have it going out of print soon, so if you can pick it up, I’d do it.  I got my copy for under $15 on amazon.

Dangan Ronpa: The Animation – Episode 12 Danganronpa Cover

OH MY GOD THIS EPISODE.  Like…I’m so happy my theory was proven wrong.  So, so happy.  Well…I guess there is a slight chance it could be right, but just the fact at who the “mastermind” really is…SO EXCITED.  I mean, come on, we’re in the spoiler zone, right?  My cosplay of choice :).  There is only one left, and I’ll be sad to see this end.  Does the game have a sequel?  I don’t know how it could, but if it does, I hope this gets another season.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this show, and it has succeeded in keeping me on my toes, which I can’t say about a lot of anime.  Wins all around.

 

Watamote – Episode 11 Watamote Cover

Can I just tell you that after all the crap I gave this show when I marathoned what I had left to watch…and then this episode came…it made me want to take back some of the crap I gave the series.  See, Tomoko can act like a normal person when she has a friend.  Even though sometimes she gets a little crush on her friend Yuu, she can act like a human being when they’re out together.  And then with the Culture Festival Chair dressing up like a bear and giving her a balloon and a hug…I almost lost it.  Seriously.  I was legitly trying not to cry.  I want Tomoko to have a school friend so badly, and if she doesn’t fuck this up, she just might have one.  Please let the final episodes of this series not turn her into a monster again where I’m cringing through every episode.  It’s amazing what friends can do for a person, and the change in Tomoko is just astounding.

Day Break Illusion – Episodes 1-9 Day Break Illusion Cover

I’m so late to this summer season party where I’m starting all these shows in September, but this one just might be worth it.  I watched a review of the first episode that said this was supposed to be like the red-headed stepchild of Madoka Magica, and you guys know how much I love my Madoka, so I had to watch it.  Needless to say, I’ll probably finish the rest of it that’s out before the day is up.  And while this anime does have some parallels to Madoka, it is by no means up to the caliber of that show.  Day Break Illusion is about a girl named Akari who inherited fortune telling abilities from her dead mother, along with, apparently, the ability to turn into a tarot card-based magical girl who fights tarot card-based magical demons.  Her card is the sun card, which means she can make plants grow.  Anyway, the Madoka comparisons begin because unlike children’s magical girl shows, this one has people dying right off the bat.  It has the magical girls doing the killing.  Plus, they don’t skimp on the blood here.  When shit happens, there’s red splatters all over the place.  The animation quality for this show is pretty sub-par, as most of the characters look like “more anime” style versions of characters from Panty and Stocking, and the writing…well, it’s not that great.  I mean, the girl who has the moon card’s name is Luna and her sister’s name is Serena.  Come on, now.  The characters, so far, have gotten very little time to establish detailed backstories, other than one girl’s mother died, one used to be poor, one lost her best friend to one of the demons they’re fighting, and one has a twin sister.  Something that I found quite engaging about this series, though, is that the girls’ parents and family members actually know they are magical girls.  They don’t have to hide it from anyone, and it’s refreshing to see them discussing the trials and tribulations of their duties with their elders, who have gone through it or know someone who has, as their abilities are hereditary.  In fact, one of my favorite scenes was when the one girl’s father came to visit his daughter at her “magical girl school,” and they could sit and talk about how she was making all this money from her battles that could help out the family.  Day Break Illusion definitely has peaked my interest, but if you’re looking for a quality show, this is not it.  It’s like when Shadowstar Narutaru came with all those weirdo plot twists, but had the shittiest animation known to man.  Okay…it’s not THAT bad, but that’s the best comparison I can make right now.  It’s no Madoka Magica or Lyrical Nanoha (another show I really enjoyed), but it’s good for what it is, and I can’t wait to see how they are going to wrap everything up, especially after episodes 8-9 when shit literally hits the fan.

GetBackers – Episodes 41-45 GetBackers Cover

You guys, I AM ALMOST DONE WITH THIS SERIES!  In fact, I have the final disc in my possession, but no telling how long it will actually take me to watch it…because the last arc is another Makubex arc.  WHY, GETBACKERS, WHY???  The first one went on for so long, and the series is going to end on one.  I guess I’m ready for it to be over now, though.  An almost 50 episode series, and the best episodes were the standalone comedic ones.  So sad.

 

 

Naruto – Episode 4 Naruto cover

Slowly making my way through this series…I watch this before I go to bed, and it literally took me until late Saturday night to make it through just this one episode because I kept falling asleep through it.  So Naruto and his new gang have to grab a bell from their teacher or they don’t get to eat lunch.  Somehow, I think there are more prevalent problems in their world or some better training they could receive, but episode 5 promises to explain why this is so important….too bad I keep falling asleep through that one, too.

 

 

Best of the Week: Interstella 5555, Dangan Ronpa, Day Break Illusion, Watamote

Love it or Leave it: Blood Lad

Hope it Gets Better: GetBackers, Naruto

Just a heads up now; October is going to be an extremely busy month for me, so I may or may not get Anime Mondays posts out.  I’ll be sure to put up my guest passes, though, and there will be different, non-anime content as I get ready to go out on my Disney vacation.  Please feel free to keep up with me on MAL (dangeresque), Hummingbird and Crunchyroll (magica), and Twitter (glitterbotstoo) for the latest ramblings.  See you next week!