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Anime Mondays #70

Once again, I went over to youtube this week.  The crunchyroll guest pass is still active, so if you click in the description box on the actual youtube page for the video, it’s all yours.

Went to the Ren Faire this weekend, and (shocker) only bought a couple things!  But there were hot guys everywhere, so, really, that’s where the majority of my time went.  Next week, I am going out of town, so I will probably go back to the actual blog, but we’ll see if I have the time to film.

For those of you playing the home game, here is the anime I watched this week, if you don’t want to watch the video:

  • Hunter x Hunter – Episode 2
  • One Piece – Episodes 85-87
  • A-Channel – Episodes 3-6
  • Ao Haru Ride – Episode 5
  • Nana – Episodes 38-47 (Re-watch) (Completed!)
  • Nodame Cantabile – Episode 3
  • Hikaru no Go – Episodes 29-32

246 currently watching anime, 34 completed this year.

Anime Mondays #69

Well…I finally did it.  I got off my butt and did my first youtube Anime Mondays.  We’ll see how this translates to a visual medium.  Yeah, writing is visual, but you get the drift.  Anyway, here it is!  Vlog or blog?   You be the judge.  That sounds like a really horrible reality show.

Clearly my purple hair is fading to some reddish color.  Don’t worry, it’ll get fixed in 12 days.

PS – The prize inside this post is in the video description box on youtube.

Here is a list of the anime I watched this week in case youtube isn’t your thing:

  • Btooom! – Episode 2
  • Naruto – Episodes 154-163
  • Hikaru no Go – Episodes 25-28
  • Ao Haru Ride – Episode 4
  • Madoka Magica – The Beginnings (Movie) (Completed!)
  • One Piece – Episodes 81-84
  • Yu Gi Oh! Duel Monsters – Episodes 129-137
  • Love Stage – Episode 4
  • Zankyou no Terror – Episode 4
  • Sailor Moon Crystal – Episode 3
  • Walkure Romanze – Episode 1

Currently watching 247 anime, completed 34 this year.  Let me tell you, blogging is much faster to do than vlogging.  I think I spent over 6 hours editing the two videos I put up, and I HATE editing.  It’s why I quit film school, friends.  Luckily, most of that 6 hours was spent learning how exactly to use iMovie (after figuring out that I couldn’t even begin to touch Final Cut Pro), and by the second video, I felt like a pro.  I’ve got a different camera to use for next week so this will be in higher quality, and, hopefully, the lighting won’t suck as much, but that depends on if my setup comes or not.  Youtubing is rough.  Major props from me to everyone who makes any type of video on there.  Seriously.

 

Anime Mondays #65

This week has been a challenge.  Let me tell you guys, I’ve had no power since Monday night after a bunch of tornadoes ripped through our area.  It finally came back on Friday, but I was going insane.  No air conditioning.  No anime (almost).  I felt like a farmer or something, waking up when the sun came up only because I could have light to do normal things like not shower in the dark and attempt to make my hair not look horrific because I couldn’t turn on a blow dryer.  I rely on technology way too much, but, you know what?  So does everyone else.  And I learned I could charge my phone in very unusual places.  Anyway, I did manage to knock a show off the list this week because once I got internet again, I binge watched all over the place.  And, and!  This is a post with a prize inside.  You know the drill.  Also, I finished the newest season of Orange is the New Black, and damn.  That ending.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

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

Red Data Girl – Episodes 4-6 Red Data Girl Cover

I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this anime.  I mean, none, other than it’s some kind of Japanese spirit-apalooza, trying to lump as many different kinds of ghosts and demons in there that they can.  I mean, I know a little bit about various spirits thanks to watching other anime, but they did a much better job of explaining the details so I could understand that, oh yes, this is a fox spirit, and this one lives in the water, and this one will kill you while you sleep.  Not Red Data Girl.  Oh, no, it’s like I should just know them automatically and roll with it, but that is not the case!  I don’t want to have to wikipedia a bunch of crap on my iphone just to figure out what’s happening.  Also, it’s not a scary or action-oriented show about spirits, they all like…attend this school for endangered spirits.  It’s stupid.  I liked this show more when the preview tricked me into thinking it was a reverse harem.  PS – it’s not.  At all.  Don’t get your hopes up.

Soul Eater Not! – Episodes 8-12 (Completed!) Soul Eater Not Cover

If Soul Eater Not! had spent the whole series leading up to what happened in the final three episodes, it would have been a much better anime.  All the slice of life stuff was completely unnecessary.  The last three episodes were action, action, action, and that’s where the Soul Eater franchise belongs, not making stupid boob jokes every four minutes or trying too hard to produce some yuri undertones.  Episodes 8 and 9 were just atrocious.  They were filler and throwaway, and I had to force myself to continue on, just because I knew I wanted to knock this series off my list this week.  But the last three…epic.  The dark haired girl learns how to be a proper weapon, she “chooses” a partner, there’s a witch battle, and, most importantly, there’s another Death the Kid cameo.  Swoon.  It’s a real shame that they wasted 3/4 of a series, though.  An anime should not have to have a shit build-up just to blow it out of the park at the end.  I know a lot of people dropped this show early on, and maybe this was our payoff for sticking through, but man…don’t do that.  I rated this show 6/10 on MAL, and, yes, I added two points for the last arc.  Watch this if you really, really like Soul Eater, otherwise, I’d pass.

Beyond the Boundary – Episode 2 Beyond the Boundary Cover

This show was recommended to me in my birthday giveaway, so I thought I’d give it another try.  I had watched the first episode when it was airing, but the comedic/moe elements really threw me off.  Taking a second look at it, I was ready to watch more than one episode…but then my power went out.  Bastards.  I like the darker tone that Beyond the Boundary has going for it, and that it actually has semblance of a plot, other than like, K-On!, which is what the anime reminds me of.  Same studio.  That’s why.  It also reminds me of a Deadman Wonderland Lite, but that’s just because the main girl gets her power from spilling her blood.  And she’s anemic.  Oh my god, the moe.  However, she was less annoying in episode 2 than I remembered her being in the first episode.  I will definitely be continuing this in the near, as opposed to the far, future.  Thanks for the rec!  You picked a winner!

Hikaru no Go – Episodes 17-20 Hikaru no Go Cover

In case you were wondering exactly what I was watching when my power flipped off, this was it.  And right in the middle of an episode, too, so I had to finish off the disc over the weekend.  LAME.  So, we’re back in this internet gaming thing, where Sai is playing games and kicking ass, and people in these amateur tournaments are like, “Who is this Sai?  WE HAVE TO KNOW!” and they go around like the Spanish Inquisition asking anyone if they have any information.  Um…why didn’t they just trace the IP address?  I’m sure that information was available.  Play less Go, hack some more.  Anyway, so Akira ends up playing Sai, and he thinks it’s Hikaru, but he’s not positive because Hikaru sucked a lot in their tournament match.  Little did he know that it just wasn’t Sai cheating for Hikaru in that match, but I digress.  Hikaru and Sai decide to stop playing online because he doesn’t want to be found out, and then Hikaru jumps onto the professional bandwagon because he wants to compete with Akira.  What?  Turns out he can’t go pro unless a: he passes a test, and 2: he quits his middle school team.  What will he do?  Will he abandon his friends for his selfish desires???  Gasp!  Yeah, I don’t know the answer because that’s where the disc ended.

Karneval – Episodes 1-3 Karneval Title

Okay, I swear to god, I have seen the first episode of this anime about 30 times.  Why?  Because I can never remember what happens in it when I want to go past it, and then I will fall asleep during episode 2.  Not kidding.  I used up a good chunk of my laptop battery trying to keep from going nuts at night when I had no power watching this, and every time, at episode 2, I’d knock myself out and wake up hearing that “Be My Reason~” theme song.  I’d rewind, try to start it over, and promptly fell asleep again.  Ugh.  Karneval, why are you so boring???  The character design in this show is what drew me to it, and the colors are outstanding.  I’m like a kid staring at rainbows just going, “ooh…pretty!”  I BOUGHT this.  I mean, the art box, come on.  I just can’t get into whatever plot it may or may not have at all.  I finally watched up to episode 4 just because I was doing my nails while my laptop was on, and I couldn’t fall asleep, but ugh.  Something about a rainbow forest and some animals…I don’t know.  Greg Ayres is severely miscast in this dub (he should have played the white haired kid), but the dude who plays Yogi (the blond guy) is fantastic.  Hold on, I’m gonna look him up.  Christopher Bevins.  Marry me.

Say, “I Love You” – Episodes 8-9 (Re-watch) Say 'I love you' Cover

Okay, the dude who loves The Land is amazing.  Sorry, I love him and his blond fauxhawk a lot.  Not sorry.  And his English dub voice actor is hysterical.  Hold on, I’m gonna look him up, too.  Andrew Love.  You can marry me, as well.  Polygamy for the win.  Other than that, these were the huge communication misunderstanding episodes, and other than the last episode of the series, they are clearly not my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

Sailor Moon Crystal – Episode 1 Sailor Moon Crystal Cover

I pretty much said all I needed to say about this episode in the post right underneath this one (which I will do each time a new episode airs, yay!), but I did end up watching this twice, and I liked it better the second time around.  The silhouette dream sequences are still the best part of the anime, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailor Moon S – Episodes 29-31 Sailor Moon S Cover

Of course, as soon as I was finished re-watching new Sailor Moon, I wanted to re-watch old Sailor Moon, and from here until the end of the series is where shit gets real.  It’s like plot, plot, plot all the time, and there are Outer Senshi everywhere, and I LOVE IT.  It’s almost as good as the arc in the middle of the series where the talismans pop out of Uranus and Neptune, but not quite.  It makes me nervous about their new English dub voices because Viz really fucked up casting Stephanie Sheh as Sailor Moon (ugh, she ruins about as much as Monica Rial does), and, while I am all for Cristina Vee (aka Mio from K-On!) playing Sailor Mars, I don’t know about the rest.  Todd Haberkorn.  Why…anyway, I’ll just watch this subtitled.  Not like I haven’t a million times already.

 

 

The Familiar of Zero – Episodes 1-9 The Familiar of Zero cover

Episodes 1-8 of this were actually a re-watch, as I have seen them all before subtitled.  But Right Stuf had a Sentai sale…and you know where I’m going with this.  Honestly, I purchased this on blu-ray from Deep Discount DVD because it was cheaper and I haven’t had issues with them in the past like every other person in the universe.  So, I watched more than half the series in one go.  Dubbed.  This is a Geneon dub, and it is GOOD.  It took me a little while to realize Saito wasn’t actually 30 years old, but once I got past that, the dub became a winner.  For the newbies, The Familiar of Zero is about a magical boarding school (think Harry Potter), but way less serious.  Our main girl, Louise, is terrible at magic.  Awful.  Everyone in her class has to pick a familiar, and she conjures up this peasant human boy from Earth while everyone else gets dragons and shit.  Poor girl can’t catch a break.  So, while all the rest of the familiars are flying around and spitting fire, Louise’s is washing her underwear.  Yeah, there are cheap jokes.  Yes, there is a harem vibe in here.  But I think this show is hysterical.  Hell, it has like, four seasons, so it must be doing something right.  I’m surprised it’s not more popular in America because it really has everything going for it, and it looks amazing on blu-ray, even though it’s ten years old.  Pick this one up if you can, it’s not out of print anymore, people.  I got my copy for $30.

Damn, that seemed like a lot for a girl with no power all week.  Here’s a free Crunchyroll guest pass:

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So, I’m still currently watching 241 series, with 31 completed shows this year.  Expect both numbers to go up next week, as I will be doing my summer season first impressions.  I’m looking at that show about the rock band, the one that has the word “Hollywood” in the title, the terrorist show, and…Tokyo Ghoul.  Along with anything else that has a pretty title graphic on Crunchyroll.  I’m so easy.

Edited after the fact: I forgot that I also re-watched the rest of the first set of Dear Brother… and let me just tell you that the transfer looks fantastic.  If you can pick up these sets at Right Stuf or something, DO IT.  You won’t be disappointed.

Anime Mondays #61

I have no idea where the spring season went.  Seriously.  No idea.  All of a sudden, it’s new chart time and in less than a month I’ll finally have my new Sailor Moon, and I AM NOT READY.  I saw the trailer.  I don’t know how I feel about it.  It looks so digitized and fake…but it’s Sailor Moon.  I hope it’s good.  It’s going to take a year for them to even air the series, but I just…I want it to be good.  I’m terrified.  Lots to talk about this week since I’m doing a three week backlog.  It’s time.  You will be rewarded at the end.

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

Red Data Girl – Episodes 1-2 Red Data Girl Cover

Wow, I just realized I’ve been away for so long that I couldn’t go into my MAL history because it doesn’t go back in time that far.  Instead, I had to go into my RSS feed…which I didn’t even know I had.  Creepy.  People can stalk me by anime episode.  Anyway, funimation.com put up the dub preview of Red Data Girl, so I had to watch it.  I actually pre-ordered this, but who knows when it will come.  I still haven’t gotten my gift set of Attack on Titan from Right Stuf yet because I ordered it with something that doesn’t come out until July.  Lame.  Well…it’s good in this case because I am utterly broke right now, but I digress.  Once I realized that Red Data Girl would probably turn into a reverse harem, of course I had to pick it back up immediately.  But it’s…weird.  It’s like this ghost of a princess from another world is going to take over this girl’s body, and all these dudes have to protect her because she’s the vessel…I don’t know how I feel about it.  But the dub is solid.  I had to re-watch the first episode because I didn’t remember what happened, and after watching it a second time, I still don’t really remember what happened.  So maybe it’s a forgettable reverse harem.  I’ll finish it when it comes in the mail.

Kaitou Saint Tail – Episode 6 Saint Tail Cover

A few weeks ago, I really wanted to knock a huge chunk of this show out…and then I watched one episode.  I don’t know if I got distracted or what, but this is the episode where the little cop dude gets a rival…and boy, is she annoying.  My quest to watch all the magical girl shows is really taking a beating right now.  Shit, I pretty much ruined my backlog challenge.  I mean, you’ll see from the stats at the end of the post, but I will need to finish a lot of my seasonal stuff in the next few weeks just to get back down to the count I started with.  I need to kick my ass back into gear.

 

 

 

Akuma no Riddle – Episodes 6-10 Akuma no Riddle Cover

This show got harder and harder for me to watch each episode because you know the assassins are going to “die,” and I love me some villains.  It’s like my favorite characters are getting knocked off one after the other, never to be seen again…or are they?  I know a lot of people didn’t like the Romeo and Juliet episode, but I loved it.  Yeah, the writing was sloppy and the end felt like a cop-out because Chitaru was my very favorite and she pretty much went and killed herself, but UGH.  I bought into it.  The pool episode was okay but rushed.  The ones with the gel nails girl were probably the best, if only because it took two episodes to finish her arc and I want more time with these characters.  And then the last girl…holy crap.  Haru completely did a 180, but I knew something was wrong with her, and she wasn’t this perfect little victim like everyone made her out to be.  We’re in the home stretch here, and while I know there probably won’t be a second season, I just hope we get to see some of the assassins again…and not in puppet form.

Soul Eater Not – Episode 5 Soul Eater Not Cover

I’m going to be completely honest here and tell you that I don’t remember anything about this episode at all, other than apparently I watched it.  Not a goddamned thing.  I’m going to finish this just to knock it out, but Soul Eater Not has NOT left a great impression on me.  Bad puns aside 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doujin Work – Episodes 1-4Doujin Work Cover

This was one of the titles I received in my latest Crunchyroll mystery box, so I decided to go ahead and start it.  Doujin Work is a comedy about a girl who decides to begin drawing her own doujinshi for…some reason I can’t remember.  Not because she’s into it.  I think she needs money or something.  Anyway, she has no idea what she’s doing, but she has a bunch of friends who do and encourage her, and it’s pretty hysterical to watch this girl first freak out and then completely accept drawing questionable comics to cater to fanboys.  This show kind of reminds me of Hayate no Gotoku, but it’s easier to digest because the episodes are only 12 minutes long.  Unfortunately, they’re packaged with these live action segments that drag on and on while two of the voice actors from the show try to draw their own doujinshi so they can get themselves a big tv, a PS3, and pay for an after party for the anime’s staff.  I think I’ll skip the real people from now on and just stick to the anime — at least that is intentionally funny.

Kamigami no Asobi – Episodes 3-4 Kamigami no Asobi Cover

Back into reverse harem territory we go.  Are you ready for adventures with some hot guys?  Well…I guess I wouldn’t call them adventures, even if a lot of clothes do come off in these episodes.  Don’t get excited.  It’s a beach episode.  Basically, the main girl decides to teach all the gods about summer school and clubs, and she takes them to the beach and tries to help Hades with his astronomy club.  While Hades gets a little crack in his I HATE EVERYONE exterior, no one is really impressed by summer school, other than that the blond guy with short hair gets elected class president or something.  God, they’re all meshing together for me now and I’m referring to characters by hair color.  Thankfully, this is anime, and I can do that because having blue hair doesn’t mean you’re strange like it does in real life.

 

Naruto – Episodes 136-141 Naruto cover

One arc ends, and another begins.  Sakura proves (and to herself this time!) how fucking useless she is and decides she needs to make a change…right after someone is talking to the new Hokage about how each ninja squad should have a medical ninja.  Then, oh so conveniently, Sakura asks her if she can be her apprentice.  Did I mention new Hokage is the best medical ninja ever?  Yeah.  So now she can put her useless-ness to some kind of work, since she can’t fight to save her — or anyone else’s — life.  Also, we find out that Orochimaru has Sasuke and we probably won’t see him again for three years.  Seriously?  Does that mean he’s out until Shippuden??  I don’t know if I can take 80 episodes with no Sasuke.  That’s like blasphemy.

 

 

Hello Kitty’s Fairy Tale Theater – Episode 1 Hello Kitty Cover 1

I picked this up when Right Stuf was having a bargain bin sale.  It’s no secret that I have loved Hello Kitty since I was a little kid.  Hell, Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater was my absolute favorite Saturday morning cartoon.  And, honestly, I hoped that that was what this series was, even though I was pretty positive the show I watched so long ago wasn’t anime…it’s not.  Completely different show.  Completely different vibe.  Not as good.  It’s also a compilation of a bunch of OVAs, which makes tracking it next to impossible.  The first episode was split into two parts, one of them the Hello Kitty version of Snow White, and the other The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  The latter was pretty stupid, and the dub was TERRIBLE.  I thought my ears were going to bleed from Badtz-Maru.  Snow White was okay, but the animation was stilted, and it’s yet another character Monica Rial ruins.  I wish more of her voices were like the one she did in Princess Nine, but I digress.  It’s good to see Hello Kitty in her natural Japanese habitat, but I liked my English adaptation of this better.  I hope it’s still on Hulu, but I have a feeling it’s not, since I know for sure it got taken down from Netflix.

Hikaru no Go – Episodes 1-12 Hikaru no Go Cover

My rental service and I are back on good terms, so I powered through three whole DVDs of this show because it’s extremely easy to watch dubbed.  With subtitles, I fell asleep.  The dub voices are so annoying that I am forced to stay awake and listen to these kids go at it board game style.  I guess Go isn’t the same as Othello, though, it’s way more complicated, and the show makes that clear.  The basic premise now is that Hikaru wants to play Go as much as possible, and he joins a Go competition team at his middle school.  His rival, Akira, who is skilled enough to go pro, takes a giant step down and plays for his middle school team for the sole reason of wanting to play against Hikaru as much as humanly possible.  But everybody hates Akira.  In fact, these kids start doing some Boys Over Flowers-esque shit just because he beats them at a board game.  I don’t remember if I have talked about the saga it was for me to finish that anime, but for a girl who loves her some melodrama, even I couldn’t take some of the shit that went down there.  Anyway, with the dub, I can power through this show and have two more discs on the way.  I’m going to be a Go master once I’m finished.  …yeah right.  I still don’t even understand how to play, and they have tutorial live action sequences after each episode.

Dragon Half – Episodes 1-2 (Completed!) Dragon Half Cover

Guys, I have real life friends who watch anime now.  I know!  I’m as shocked as you are.  So, after my birthday dinner at Medieval Times (I know how jealous you are that my life is completely awesome), I went back to their house slightly tipsy, and they introduced me to the hot mess that is Dragon Half.  I had never heard of this show in my life.  But the ending song is about like…eggs.  It’s NUTS.  Apparently, it’s one of my friends’ favorite shows because of how ridiculous it is, and when you’ve been drinking vodka all night, it’s even funnier.  However, it was SO BAD that they only made two episodes.  Hysteria.  Dragon Half is about this girl who is — gasp! — half dragon.  And there’s a boyband idol, some dudes trying to kidnap her to get to her parents, a tournament fighter…it’s just nuts.  It makes absolutely no sense.  If you have an hour to kill, grab yourself a bottle of Pinnacle and have a good time.  I rated this 5/10 on MAL.

Ben-to – Episodes 1-2 Ben-to Cover

Once again, another dub preview comes up on funimation, and I feel compelled to watch it immediately.  I actually tried to pick up Ben-to while it was airing, but I fell asleep during the first episode.  This time, I fell asleep during the second episode, but I was really wrecked.  It’s basically a show about people who have a fight club revolving around half price boxed lunches.  These bitches beat the shit out of each other to net that $5 beef bowl.  It’s so ludicrous that it works, and I don’t hate the characters, so that’s a plus.  The dub is passable, nothing special.  I won’t be buying this one, but I’ll watch the rest of it on the funimation streaming service.  I pay for that shit, you better believe I use it.

 

 

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs – Episodes 5-7 Strawberry Eggs Cover

This random blast from the past came to me along with my Hikaru no Go discs from my rental service, so in order to send it back, I watched it.  This is actually a cute little show.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cute little stupid show, but it’s still cute.  This dude is really getting into being a cross-dressing teacher to help his students out.  In true trope fashion, these episodes contained a “health exam,” a camping trip and some kind of sports festival…I think.  I was multitasking while I watched this.  But I do remember it being funny.  The DVD menus are weird, though.  I can’t even explain them other than that they are ridiculously hard to navigate.

 

 

 

Attack on Titan – Episodes 1-5 (Re-watch) Attack on Titan Cover

While my gift copy of this show has not arrived at my house yet, the Collector’s Edition I bought from the Funimation store did come in.  Yes, I pretty much paid $30 extra for some necklaces and some pins.  They’re not even good quality and the chains are short as hell.  I would have been better off ordering from the etsy store where I got my first Attack on Titan necklace that gets compliments all the time.  Let me tell you, the packaging on this sucks.  It’s not in a box, the case doesn’t close, and you can’t take the book out of the package to look at it.  I heard reports that a lot of the discs were fucked up, so while I wasn’t planning on watching this now, I stuck the first Blu-ray in the player just to make sure it worked.  And while it works, the volume is so freaking low, I had to turn my tv all the way up just so I could hear the dialogue.  I normally watch it at like…11, and I had to turn this all the way up to 42.  NOT CUTE.  I’m not impressed with the release at all.  The picture looks amazing, but I thought they were going to re-animate some of the footage to not show still frames…yeah, still frames are still everywhere.  The dub commentary is a joke.  The director specifically pointed out that he spent a long time researching how to pronounce the German names of the characters so they wouldn’t be incorrect, and then NO ONE can say “Mikasa” correctly.  And while all the others characters are passable, Eren’s voice completely grates, even when he grows up.  Maybe it’ll get better in titan form.  One can only hope and dream.

Bleach – Episode 29 Bleach Title

Amazon Prime now has the dubbed version of this anime up to watch for free, I think up to season 5.  Now I have no reason not to knock some of this out…except that this episode was completely boring and it advanced the plot absolutely nowhere.  Come on, Bleach.  Get good already.

 

 

 

 

 

AND WE MADE IT!  Here’s a free Crunchyroll guest pass:

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I’ve completely screwed up my backlog challenge, but here are the counts.  I am currently watching 242 shows and have completed 27 shows this year.  Ugh.  I’ll try to knock one out for next week, but it’ll be a short one since I have concerts and a wedding to go to.  Life.  So, did you miss me?  Don’t forget to enter my birthday giveaway to win a free two month Crunchyroll anime membership!  Now you missed me because I’m giving you presents.  I see how this goes 😉

2014 Birthday Giveaway!! (AKA My 100th Post)

Wow, it’s been awhile, huh?  I thought I would have time to get a few posts up during my hiatus, but it turned out to not be the case.  I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the past three weeks, and it doesn’t look like June is going to grant me a respite either, but any weekend I’m home and not running off to the opposite side of the country, I will get my posts up.  Posts!  Posts everywhere!!!  Or at least on Mondays.

Anyway, my birthday was last week, and you know what that means…giveaway time!  Like last year, I will be giving away a two month subscription to Crunchyroll Premium (this is for the anime membership, not the one with all the manga and K-Dramas).  Unlike last year, I’m using rafflecopter to make this work instead of blog comments.  In theory, this should be really easy.  All you have to do is leave me your Crunchyroll username in the little widget off to the side, and you are entered!  Just look to the right and click on the link below the Birthday Giveaway! sidebar that says “a Rafflecopter giveaway.”  If you’d like to get some bonus entries, you can recommend me your favorite anime to watch or leave a comment to this blog post.  You can enter through midnight EST on 6/29/14 (pretty much because that’s the next weekend I know I have free so I can get you your prize right away).

My Disney cruise/vacation was awesome, in case you’re playing the home game, and Wednesday starts summer concert season, so the majority of my time/money is going to see as many bands as possible.  Never fear, your Anime Mondays post will be up on Monday.  It’s gonna be a long one.  And yes, it comes with a prize inside.

On a side note, this is my 100th blog post.  Thanks to my subscribers for sticking through all my ramblings.  Or, if you just found this blog through a google search about Mandy Moore’s haircut and the movie Tangled (which is how I get the majority of my hits, oddly), thanks for stopping by.  You’re all beautiful.  And now…the contest.

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Anime Mondays #60

Damn, it has been one hell of a weekend.  A good one, but I am so ready for about six million naps.  May is always busy, and this year is no exception.  I feel like this would be a good point in time to let you guys know that Anime Mondays will be going on hiatus until June.  I’ll be out of town, out of the country, out of my mind, etc. for the next few weeks for a bunch of celebrations including my birthday. ( ~!!!)  Don’t worry, though, before I leave this time zone, I’ll leave you with a couple posts, along with another birthday giveaway like I had last year.  I’ll definitely be doing it differently, though, I just have to figure out how I want to go about it.  Speaking of a giveaway, this is a post with a surprise inside, so scroll down to get to the goodies.

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

Mahou no Star Magical Emi – Episode 1 Magical Emi Cover

Yeah, I know, what the hell am I doing watching another Studio Pierrot magical girl show when I just barely started Creamy Mami, and I’m not even sure that I like it?  Blame late night fansub random searching, okay.  When I checked my list to see what I had watched at the beginning of the week, I had forgotten entirely about this show, so take that for what you will.  Magical Emi is pretty much EXACTLY the same as Creamy Mami except for a few choice details, ie: the main character’s name, the type of magical friend animal she has, that her family is a group of magicians rather than owning a crepe truck…I seriously thought I was watching the same show at certain points in time.  Though, if I’m being honest, I’m more behind the concept of Magical Emi and liked it a little bit more than Creamy Mami just from what I’ve seen so far.  I’m more apt to believe that a girl from a family of magicians would be a magical girl than just some random literally picked off the street.  Now I just have to track down the rest of the episodes because I know where I was watching it only had up to episode 13…and it’s a long series.  Super.

Save Me! Lollipop – Episodes 11-13 (Completed!) Save Me Lollipop Cover

I told you I was going to knock out this show this week.  And for my efforts, I was treated to another “power of friendship” ending.  Super.  If you know anything at all in Anime Mondays history, you will know how much I loathe the power of friendship ending.  It’s one of the biggest cop outs of all time.  It’s just as bad as the “to be continued…” ending, which I also hate.  Anyway, despite the shit ending, Save Me! Lollipop wasn’t that bad of a shoujo anime.  I’m sure it was something Funimation had to take in a package deal because there’s no way anyone would voluntarily license this AND dub it, but I liked it.  The main characters were cute, the plot was pretty adorable, and Brittany Karbowski is always a welcome addition to any dub.  However, there were way too many side characters/villains to keep track of, and the plot completed got turned on its side in the last two episodes, bringing out this super evil thing that was never even mentioned up until then, which threw me for a loop. If you want to kill three hours watching a mindless show, you could do worse, but I won’t highly recommend it as something YOU MUST WATCH RIGHT NOW OH MY GOD.  I rated this 5/10 on MAL, if you’re jonesing for your animated candy fix.

Golden Time – Episodes 9-24 (Completed!) Golden Time Cover

So happy I finally finished Golden Time, not because I wanted to mark it off, but because I unashamedly enjoyed it.  Once I started watching it, it was pretty much the only thing I watched all week.  When I started this as it was airing, I said it would probably be one of my favorite shows of the season, and I stand by that statement.  Golden Time is something special, not because of the “supernatural” plot elements (because, really, I could have done without them), but because of the relationships portrayed.  Once Banri’s amnesia started to hit full force, the show almost went downhill for me, but I love Koko, so I carried on.  I’m one of those people who will do anything in her power to make people happy, so when I saw her faking her way through dinner and wearing a cute apron just to get a smile of approval from Banri, all whilst thinking that her relationship could dissolve at any moment, I was like…yup.  Been there.  It’s hard to be secure in something that could change just because of someone else’s whim, where you really can’t control it.  I wanted them to succeed as a couple so badly, and their relationship did not disappoint.  The side characters, the amnesia, whatever other plot points happened didn’t leave me with much of an impact, so meh on that.  Guys, but let’s talk about those openings and endings.  That second opening…that song haunted me ALL WEEK.  It’s so weird because the first time I heard it, I was like, what the fuck is this, how could you replace the perfectly girly first opening with this cacophony of a song, but once I realized, hey, it goes with the plot…it was perfect.  Also, Koko running up the stairs with the stars falling was one of the greatest images ever, so someone must gif that immediately.  I looked through as far as I could go with the Golden Time tag on tumblr and came up with nothing.  Also, Nana.  NANA.  So blatant an homage.  It made me very happy.  I’ve really been into these shoujo drama/romances lately, hence, I really liked Golden Time.  I rated it 8/10 on MAL, and while it’s no Lovely Complex, if you like the genre, I’d definitely check it out.

Naruto – Episodes 130-135 Naruto cover

Well, Naruto and Sasuke had their death match, and you know who won?  NOBODY.  What a fucking waste of time.  Sasuke had to kill Naruto because he’s his “best friend” and he won’t get this advanced sharingan power unless he commits murder, so that was his motivation.  Apparently, that’s been his motivation the entire time.  What an asshole.  I’m officially off Team Sasuke now.  At least with Gaara, you knew he was a villain right off, but this feels so forced to me.  Naruto gets the shit kicked out of him but doesn’t die (can he EVER die?  It seems like he gets revived more than a video game character), so I guess technically he loses to Sasuke…but still.  At least all the other little ninja are alive.  CHOJI <3.  There was my little fangirl moment.  I don’t know…I’m pissed off.  The main goal was to get Sasuke back, and it really doesn’t seem like he should be back if he’s just a little asshole.  Give him his three years to destroy the world/be destroyed.  I’m over it.

And that’s the end.  For your efforts in wading through my love of all things Kaga Koko, here’s a free crunchyroll guest pass:

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For those of you playing the home game, I am currently watching 238 anime and have completed 26 shows this year.  Knocked one off the list, YES.  I don’t know what kind of time I’ll have to watch a lot of things for the rest of the month, but taking a quick look at the list…maybe it’s time I finish Nodame Cantabile…I would start Toradora, but I’m waiting for the dub set to come out.  Hello, pre-order.  Also, if anyone has any suggestions as to what to put in this year’s giveaway, please let me know via comments, email, twitter, etc.  I want to do more than just some paid Crunchyroll time.  I’ll be baaaack.  Don’t miss me too much.

Anime Mondays #55

I was about to start this huge rant about not being able to find the new season of La Corda D’oro online anywhere (because I thought I had been keeping up with the simulcast announcements), and it turns out that I haven’t at all because Crunchyroll has it.  Whoops.  Jumping the gun: one of my strong points.  In actuality, I had to go on the Crunchyroll site for a different reason, though…which you can find at the bottom of this post.  You know the drill.

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

Hanasakero Seishounen – Episodes 5-19 Hanasakeru Seishounen cover

Last week, I told you how this anime wasn’t what I was looking to watch, but I started it up anyway.  Then I watched 15 episodes, so clearly it was doing something right.  This is a reverse harem, but it’s not.  It’s like…a reverse harem with a plot.  In fact, it’s plot-driven.  I know, sacrilege.  The more I watched of the show, the more I forgot about the romance aspect of it, and, while that’s neither good nor bad, Hanasakero is solid.  Every episode gets more and more fucked up (not Penguindrum fucked up, but still, in a good way), and it’s like I’m watching some kind of prime time soap opera instead of an anime.  First off, guy with the headband is actually a prince of this made up country, and he’s pretty much the most important character, as almost everything in this block of episodes has revolved around a political plot involving said made up country.  It’s really complicated and would take way too long to explain (along with ruining some of the best spoilers in the show), but just be warned that Brothers Conflict this is not.  I’m a big fan of the fact that the main girl actually acts her age (15) sometimes, especially during the romance parts where she admits to not knowing what love is, and keeps her head, even though boys are throwing themselves at her.  It’s completely refreshing that she’s not a submissive protagonist, to say the least.  And all of the guys have distinct personalities that aren’t just outlined by the fact that they are each falling for this girl in their own ways.  I’m not even going to classify this as a reverse harem anymore, I’m just going to enjoy the plot twists to the fullest.  And I still think she’s going to pick Lee-Leng.  We’ll see.

Princess Nine – Episodes 1-4 Princess Nine cover

Do not judge me for starting a new show.  Right Stuf shipped my set early, so I had to.  Princess Nine is not only a sports anime, but it’s old, so it would have to screw up really badly for me not to like it.  Let me tell you, so far, it does not disappoint.  It does show its age animation-wise, but I won’t fault it too much because Right Stuf did a great job on this release.  There are only four episodes on each disc, and the first one had a handful of extras.  The transfer is about as good as it’s going to get, and the (old) English dub didn’t immediately force me to turn on the subtitles, so +++ all around.  Princess Nine is about a girl named Ryo who likes to play baseball.  Her dad (unbeknownst to her) was apparently a high school baseball champion, but when he died, he left her and her mom to run this restaurant, and Ryo is such a good daughter that once she graduates junior high, she’s not even going to go to high school, but help her mom out with the restaurant instead.  Luckily, her mom tells her about her dad and encourages Ryo to follow her dreams when she gets a chance to be interviewed for a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious high schools — as long as she plays on the baseball team — and bam, Princess Nine is born.  Actually, there’s a lot more going on here, as this is an all girls high school, and the headmistress wants to make the one and only all girls baseball team in Japan.  Hell, her main goal is to see Ryo play in the Japanese high school baseball finals just like her dad.  But, she gets no backing from the school board, can’t find nine players to start the team…it’s just a mess.  However, it’s also a really great piece on gender roles.  It’s an intelligent sports anime.  I know.  Impossible.  They haven’t made the full team yet, but I think my favorite girl is Seira…this should come as no surprise.  I can’t wait to watch more.  In fact, I think I will as soon as I complete this post.

Naruto – Episodes 90-93 Naruto cover

So, it turns out Tsunare isn’t a traitor, after all!  Hooray!  Just as I started to lose all hope in the Naruto characters, I re-gained a little.  The Pervy Sage actually told her that she had been chosen to be the fifth Hokage (which she turned down), and then this all out battle between her, Orochimaru (spelled correctly this week!) and that kid with the glasses from the Sound Village (who really cares what his name is) begins.  That Sound Village kid is a real dick.  I don’t know what his motivations are, but I want to punch him in the face, anyway.  I purchased the next set of this, so I think I only have one or two left to go.  Almost halfway done.  And then Shippuden.  I hope I can make it.

 

 

And that’s it.  I am currently watching 234 anime (I added one), with 19 completed shows this year.  There wasn’t a whole lot happening this week, but I did get sucked into the defunct CW show Cult that got added to Netflix.  Yeah…didn’t know it was prematurely cancelled.  Therefore, the ending…UGH.  Can’t I get a creator interview to wrap some shit up?  Please?  Please???  Anyway, here’s a free Crunchyroll guest pass:

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I plan to start on the spring season next week with the two (possibly three) shows I’ll be watching, but hopefully I can clear a couple off my backlog before that happens.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day, friends.