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
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!)
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!)
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
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:
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.