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Anime Mondays #68

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

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

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

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

A-Channel – Episode 2 A-Channel Cover

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ao Haru Ride – Episode 3 Ao Haru Ride cover

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

 

One Piece – Episodes 79-80 One Piece Cover

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

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

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

Love Stage – Episode 3 Love Stage cover

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

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

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

 

 

Bakamatsu Rock – Episode 4 Bakamatsu Rock cover

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

 

 

 

Terror in Resonance – Episode 3 Terror in Resonance cover

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Anime Mondays #53

You guys…I just found out my mall has an anime store.  Now, being as I used to work in a mall, I make it a point to never enter one unless forced, so when I had to go today, I was very taken aback by this giant Luna pillow staring me in the face.  I thought it was all Hello Kitty stuff, but NO.  LEGIT JAPANESE PRODUCTS INSIDE.  Needless to say, I spent a bunch of money I shouldn’t have on a Sailor Moon purse, and a notebook, and a lanyard, and a wall scroll…which I can’t even hang up until I move.  BUT ANIME STUFF.  I was so happy.  Plus the girl working there knew all about Sailor Moon Crystal, and I wanted to hug her.  Speaking of…I do not like the concept art.  Hopefully it’s for the poster only.  Anyway, double post!  Get strapped in, this is gonna be a long one.

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

Naruto – Episodes 85-87 Naruto cover

So I got past the part where Sasuke was fighting his brother, where nobody won and then he got hurt a lot.  Then, Naruto’s “Pervy Sage” decided he’d teach him how to focus his chakra by having him burst water balloons…for three episodes.  These training things are killing me.  Is this what filler is?  Is this why lots of people hate this show so much?  I get it.  I get it now.  Oh man…do I get it.  The new female character everyone is looking for seems really interesting, but if we’re stuck with 80% of the episodes being about water balloons, are we ever going to see her fleshed out?  Nuts.

Magical Angel Creamy Mami – Episode 7 Creamy Mami Cover

Yay, Anime Sols sent my replacement disc!  I only got through one episode on it, though, about Mami having to go to the hospital to visit some sick kid, who really isn’t sick, but it turns out that his mafia Grandpa is.  Pretty dumb episode, but I am used to magical girl shows and know that a good 50% of each series will be just a bunch of stupid stuff that happens.  Still pledged for all four sets, though.  Mami party once I get the full series, anyone?

 

Persona 4: The Animation – Episodes 4-7 Persona 4 Cover

I think this anime wins the award for “Show That’s Based on a Video Game That Reminds Me the Most of an Actual Video Game.”  Seriously.  You’d think I was watching bad cut scenes from a game instead of an anime, but, nope…anime.  The scenes that have nothing to do with personas are fine, those are just random, high school tropes, but the ones that actually have the kids fighting monsters?  Stupid.  I am trying really hard to like this anime, but I’m just not.  It took me almost a week to watch one disc of this.  And I can’t find Part 2 on any rental service, so now I don’t know if I’ll even get to finish this without resorting to the subtitled version.  Maybe I’ll try it.  The dub is pretty atrocious.

Pupa – Episodes 10-11 Pupa Cover

Oh, thank god, there is only one more episode to go.  Episode 11 was just…incest city.  I mean, I read a lot of VC Andrews, but this is worse than all her books combined.  The saddest thing is that Pupa really could have been great.  The manga is solid, even without reading it, it had a good premise from the start, and it had all that hype surrounding it from being pushed back so much that it could air without censors.  But then, it was censored to shit, chopped up into little tiny pieces that make no sense unless you read the source material beforehand, and was “animated” to be the worst kind of torture, sick and twisted “fanservice” imaginable.  I put animated in quotes because, well, more often than not, an episode is mostly still frames with some narration over it.  One more episode and I can give a final rant.  Win.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – Episodes 66-73 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

So the last time I watched this I wasn’t really paying attention….yeah, apparently, I re-watched two episodes I had already seen without knowing it, but I had absolutely no idea what was going on.  Whoops.  Anyway, shit’s getting good now.  Joey has enough locator cards to get him into the Battle City finals after a re-match with the water specialist, and then he gets kidnapped by some of Marek’s goons, along with Tea and Kaiba’s little brother.  Meanwhile, Bad Ass Yugi (I mean, Yami, whatever) is running around with Kaiba, whining about how he has to save his friends before he will let Kaiba duel with him, and seriously…this big manly guy is legit WHINING.  Man up, dude.  I know Kaiba is being a little bitch too because he wants to take Yugi’s Egyptian God card, but seriously.  Stupid.  Then there’s a FOUR EPISODE duel where Kaiba and Yugi have to work together to beat some of Marek’s rare card dealers, and….oh my god.  Four episodes.  Really?  They could have done it in two.  Meanwhile, Tristan is trying to get in Joey’s sister’s pants, and every time they cut away to a hospital scene, it’s really awkward.  Still enjoying this show, though.  Not gonna lie.

Ranma 1/2 Re-watch – Episode 1 Ranma Cover

I know, I know, in my year of the backlog challenge, why the hell did I decide to start re-watching a 150+ episode series?  Well, it came out on Blu-ray.  And the transfer is fantastic.  I have a couple of issues with the set as a whole, mainly that the subtitles are unreadable in parts because of the white text, and that the opening song isn’t subtitled like the old version was with the rhyming lyrics, but other than that, this is the best Ranma has looked.  Though, I do swear they had episode previews, but this set does not contain them.  Can anyone confirm or deny this?  I watched this whole series (including movies and OVAs) within a little over a year, and I thought that was a huge accomplishment.  For those of you who don’t do retro, Ranma 1/2 is about a boy and his father who come to Japan because Ranma is going to have an arranged marriage with one of three daughters of his father’s friend…but when Ranma or his dad get hit with water, they turn into a girl and a panda, respectively.  This series is pure, comedy gold and I absolutely adore it.  The English dub is shit, so only watch it subtitled, but if you’re looking for some classic anime, I’d give this a shot.  And, if you don’t want to watch the whole thing, don’t worry — you won’t miss anything by not getting all the way to the end.

InuYasha – Episodes 16-21 InuYasha Cover

After my Ranma test episode, I decided to move on to things I hadn’t seen before, and turned on this beauty.  I actually PAID ATTENTION, TOO.  I know, normally I just turn on some shounen while I do 84 other things, but I watched this time.  Finally, there was a little hint of romance between Kagome and Inuyasha, but because he’s a stupid boy, he has to ruin it.  There’s also this new character who has a giant hole in his hand, who I’m kinda digging.  They’re off trying to fight this demon now, but everything seems to be because of this dead girl who Inuyasha loved a long time ago, and I just feel so bad for Kagome.  Hopefully, he’ll get his head out of his ass soon.

PES: Peace Eco Smile – Episodes 3-7 (Completed!) PES Cover

Let’s be real, I only suffered through this so I could mark it off my list.  Terrible anime.  Pretty interesting car commercial?  Yeah, this thing was created only to sell Toyotas.  Good thing it’s only about five minutes per episode.  There was absolutely nothing good about it, other than a couple background songs.  And the episodes that should have had the longer running time got three minutes.  Like, episode 4, which teaches people that if you want to be a giant dickbag, you have to have the fastest, most dickbag-esque Toyota.  Best episode.  Three minutes.  Don’t torture yourself with this unless you really like cars.  Even then, just don’t.  Redline it’s not.  I rated this 2/10 on MAL.

Uta no Prince Sama Season 2 – Episodes 6-13 (Completed!) Uta No Prince Sama Season 2 Cover

Another one bites the dust!  I’ve been thinking about doing a reverse harem series on here lately, because, let’s be real, if a show is classified as reverse harem, I will watch it.  Anything.  I liked Uta Pri Season 2 as much as I liked season 1, which is quite a lot.  The only thing I didn’t like was that I wanted the side characters to get more development, or maybe even their own episodes…I’m hoping this will happen in season 3.  I could get behind the backstory of Heavens and the seniors who mentored Starish.  I could also get behind less Cecil.  Ugh, I loathe this character.  HE IS A CAT.  PEOPLE, HE IS A CAT WHO TURNED INTO A BOY AND LOVES HARUKA.  I hate him.  Also, the music compared to season 1 was really subpar.  And don’t get me started about the Natsuki/Satsuki episode.  Way to ruin my precious Satsuki, never to be seen again.  RIP. 😦  Spoilers, okay?  Spoilers.  The ending was cute, if not predictable, but I could get behind it.  Maybe it’s because I got behind the *NSYNC vs BSB thing.  I mean, come on, it’s a reverse harem about boybands.  It would have to be an absolute disgrace for me to not like this.  I rated UtaPri Season 2 8/10 on MAL, and I can’t wait for season 3.  Now, Sentai just has to dub this and I’d totally buy it.  I’m waiting on that re-release, guys.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – Episodes 6-7 Panty and Stocking Cover

I apparently have a really pedestrian sense of humor because I think this show is hysterical, and I am okay with admitting this to the world.  I mean, my favorite movie of all time is Billy Madison, what do you expect?  This anime is not for everyone.  The art style is very Powerpuff Girls (aka: Americanized and NOT GOOD), and there is more cursing than a Tarantino film.  But it’s just. So. Funny.  Jamie Marchi at her best, people!  These episodes were based around two devils who try to take over the school (good) and a Transformers parody (not so good), and I laughed out loud.  Multiple times.  If you’re not into South Park-esque humor, you will not like this show, but I am, so I’m all about it.  This should be one of the next I finish.

Kuroko no Basket Season 2 – Episode 23 Kuroko no Basket Season 2 Cover

I had every intention of watching more than one episode of this, but I guess I got my simulcast times wrong because I couldn’t get episode 24 to come up all Saturday.  Now I’ll just wait until next weekend and finish off the season because this Yosen game is killing me.  Literally.  Like, I get heart attacks from yelling at the tv so much.  I freaking love sports anime, which is weird, because I freaking hate all real sports.  But fake sports?  I’m down.  I don’t know if Seiren is going to win or lose this game, but I just hope there’s a season 3 and more Kise.  Somehow.  Any way they can.  Just throw him in there.

AND THAT’S IT.  I am currently watching 235 shows, and have completed 15 so far this year.  Yay for checking some off my list!  And now that winter season ends next week, I should have two more down.  I’m so hoping to get to 230 by the end of April.  Also, that Dragon Box I bought last week?  Not a real Dragon Box.  I returned that shit so fast.  I did find a cheap copy of #3, though, so I snatched that up.  For those of you playing the home game, I now have 1, 3 and 5.  And instead of buying 6 like I was going to, I bought a Sailor Moon purse.  I have no regrets.