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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 #17

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

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

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch – Episode 24 Mermaid Melody Cover

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Karneval – Episode 1 Karneval Title

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

Toriko – Episodes 2-3 Toriko cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Btooom! – Episodes 1-8 Btooom! Cover

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

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

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

Anime Mondays #16

You guys.  I think I’ve fallen in love.  No, seriously.  Legit.  Like head over heels.  I’ve been in love before but this is a different kind of love.  Like a love I should not have.  A love that’s all sorts of fucked up.  A love that’s….well…

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

Mawaru Penguindrum – Episodes 5-12 Penguindrum Cover

Yeah, I’ve fallen in love with Penguindrum.  Sadly, it is not a Mr. Glitterbots, but a show that’s so messed up it hurts my heart.  Last Sunday, I clipped through 8 episodes of this and then immediately went on Right Stuf to pay a non-sale, non-discounted price for the next set.  Shit, you know if that happens, it must be fate.  And speaking of fate…this show is all about it.  I don’t want to spoil what happens in the back 12 (which I have already started watching, just wait until I finish this beast of a show), but fate, destiny, it plays a huge part in the underlying plot.  It’s like…a character I don’t even like dies and I am sitting here sobbing like a giant freak show.  I have no feelings for this character, but when they died, it was like I got shot in the chest.  It’s like you have to know what’s going on.  You have to watch and watch and watch until you solve the mystery, and each time you get a clue, it’s shrouded in so much fucked-up-ness — I can’t even think of a word to describe it other than that — that you’re happy you know what’s going on, but you’re just staring at the television going, “What the shit…this is NOT going to end well.”  I’m devouring it like a lion attacking a zebra in the jungle.  I don’t want it to end, but I want it to end so I know what the hell is happening.  It’s very surreal.  It’s hard to figure out sometimes.  But they are doing so much to explain the plot after they show you what happens so that you have to go back, watch it again, and check out the details and clues in hindsight.  They’re all there.  You just have to realize it.  I don’t want to divulge anything else until I’m done with this show, but if you like shows like Revolutionary Girl Utena, the ones that make you think and groan and want to cover your eyes but peek through your fingers, then please, WATCH MAWARU PENGUINDRUM.  It’s not just a stupid show about penguins and aliens as the descriptions may lead you to believe.  And when you’re done watching it, and I’m done watching it, come talk to me because I need to gush to someone all about my brand new love affair and all the chaos it causes.

GetBackers – Episodes 9-10 GetBackers Cover

You know how I said last time that the show was getting good?  I lied.  It’s back to being a piece of shit, even with the poison girl coming back for these two episodes.  This plot is just so boring, the only thing I can tell you about it is that it has to do with an art thief.  There are a bunch of commentaries for this disc, and they are still the most inane DVD commentaries known to mankind.  ADV really tried to make GetBackers happen, much like Gretchen Wieners tried to make “fetch” happen, and I just think the show is never going to happen.  I won’t give up, though.  I’ll never give up…unless you’re Girls Bravo.

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch – Episodes 18-23 Mermaid Melody Cover

Playing the Random-e game with my MAL landed me on this show, and then I kind of got into it so I watched all the episodes I had on my external hard drive.  Sometimes, you just need to turn your brain off and watch something with bright, pretty colors.  Normally, I’d go on a Sailor Moon bender, but I only have the first two series subbed on DVD and the later two dubs are terrible and I will only watch them with subtitles.  I picked up Mermaid Melody awhile back because I’d heard it was pretty much a carbon copy of Sailor Moon but takes place in the ocean and has less of a plot.  Well…that’s pretty accurate.  I think there’s plot in about three whole episodes that were before the ones I watched this week.  I vaguely remember it, but those episodes were great.  The ones in the middle are filler central, but with all the personal drama I had this week, it was adorable filler that needed to come into my life.  The basic premise is this: three girls who are mermaid princesses…..well…….okay, the plot is so bad that I forgot it.  But you only need to know that they can’t tell anyone they are mermaids or they will turn into bubbles, and when they touch water, they will transform.  However, they can transform AGAIN into this idol group and that’s how they fight monsters: with their voices.  Honestly, the singing is pretty terrible, so I can buy it.  The best parts of the show are with Luchia (or possibly Lucia, the subs I have spell it both ways) and Kaito because they’re both too chicken shit to tell each other they’re in love with the other person.  UGH GIVE IT UP AND MAKE OUT ALREADY.  The sad part is that they do, but they still won’t go out together.  One day.  I have faith.  I’d also like to inform future Mr. Glitterbots that if we ever have a daughter, my top name choice is Lucia (pronounced Lu-SHA, not Lu-SEE-ah), so just keep that in the back of your mind.  Thanks, anime, you’re better than a baby names book.

Dirty Pair – Episode 1 Dirty Pair Cover

During Right Stuf’s latest Nozomi sale, I picked up this entire franchise.  I love classic anime, and I vaguely remember watching something Dirty Pair-related on the Sci-Fi Channel back in the day when they used to show anime at night for one week a year or something.  However, I did remember a dub…this does not have a dub.  It’ll take me longer to watch it, but that’s okay.  It’s also reminiscent of a cop show….even longer.  I kid, but I need to watch another couple episodes when I’m not distracted as hell to make a judgement call.  Right now, all I can tell you is that it’s about two girls who call themselves Lovely Angels, while everyone else calls them the Dirty Pair.  Hmm…clearly there’s some mistaken identity.  Don’t worry.  I’m a freaking detective.  I’ll solve it.

And that’s all folks.  Now if you’ll excuse me, halfway through this post, I saved a draft and finished Mawaru Penguindrum, and I’m still crying like a jerkface while listening to “Ash-Gray Wednesday.”  Check out the blog tomorrow for my spoiler filled jumble of thoughts I have about this outstanding anime.