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Anime Mondays #71

Talk about getting a video in under the wire…I hope it uploads before midnight.  I guess I can shoot, edit and upload a video in five hours, with breaks to book a flight to Tampa and plan my brother’s Disney vacation.  Like a boss, kids, like a boss.

This is still uploading, so check back.

Here is the cliff notes version for the home game:

  • Hikaru no Go – Episodes 33-36
  • Love Stage – Episodes 5-6
  • Btooom! – Episodes 3-9
  • Ao Haru Ride – Episode 6
  • The World God Only Knows Season 2 – Episodes 2-8
  • A-Channel – Episode 7
  • Tenchi Muyo! OVA Series – Episodes 9-10
  • Sailor Moon Crystal – Episode 4

Same stats as last week, currently watching 246 anime with 34 completed.  Comicon is next weekend, so I’ll be off stalking David Boreanaz instead of filming, but if I can pull another all-nighter on Monday, I’ll do it.  And yes…I’m still behind on Sailor Moon posts.  That’s what the weekdays are for.

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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 #67

This week’s random bit of Glitterbots news: I am no longer a blonde anymore.  That’s right.  No blonde at all.  Since I came back from my traumatic turn as a brunette a couple of years ago, it was blonde + some other color all the time (read: pink, red, blue, violet, etc.), but I bit the bullet and dyed my hair this dark shade of purple.  For those of you playing the home game, it was called “light radiant violet” or some crap, but there is definitely nothing light about it.  It’s like purple/black purple.  I also took a turn at dyeing my hair black once, to which I vowed never again, but this fades to a weird pink color, so I think I’ll be able to go blonde again in a couple months.  My hair sucks, it’s permanent dye, and it’ll be out in about 4-6 weeks.  I also cut it short because it was asymmetrical, and I decided I wanted to grow it out again, so it was just easier to go all one length first so it doesn’t grow wonky.  ANYWAY.  That was your beauty lesson of the day.  Can you tell I used to work at a hair salon?  Let’s talk about Sailor Moon or something now.

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

Yu Gi Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 91-107 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

Okay, I did not think I watched 16 episodes of this, but I guess I did…I swear, the box set episodes counts are off, but when I went to wikipedia to see where I was, it told me I had gone all the way up to 107, so there you have it.  I finished off season 2 of Yu Gi Oh! and am a disc and a half deep into season 3.  Firstly, season 2 ends at the WORST SPOT EVER.  So round one of the Battle City finals are over, right?  Kaiba beats Marek’s sister without using his Egyptian God Card, and she can’t use her fortune telling/future seeing powers anymore.  Then Evil Marek takes on Bakura/Original Marek for some reason I don’t quite understand (and to be honest, I don’t even remember what happened because it was so convoluted), and then, right when round two is supposed to start, the blimp gets sidetracked and caught up in some force field shit, where this kid named Noah now controls it and lands it on his ship in the middle of the ocean where they have to start a whole new tournament and leave the Battle City one behind.  Um…what??  Why would they insert this gigantic, stupid tournament in the middle of a perfectly good one?  Does this have manga?  Is this filler?  I don’t get it.  Anyway, this is another ridiculous “virtual” tournament where the old Kaiba Corp guys who lost in the last virtual thing come back with new rules to try to take over everyone’s bodies.  Okay.  Alright.  STUPID concept, but whatever.  These new rules make absolutely no sense, and I think all the old rules/continuity of the duels have gone right out the window.  Like, how many times can these shits attack per turn?  Sometimes they have to sacrifice monsters, sometimes they don’t.  How many monsters can they bring out per turn anyway?  And what’s up with these “duel masters” which make the cards talk now?  I can’t keep up with all this fuckery.  The virtual tournament actually has some good things going for it, namely, all the stupid puns from the English dub that are based on the settings (ie: the penguin battle has 64 million jokes about “chilling out”), and that people like Tristan and Tea are forced to battle.  Oh, and DUKE DEVLIN.  Marry me.  I have the oddest anime crushes.  I can’t believe I’ve watched over 100 episodes of this, though.  Closer to the end every week, kids.

Phi Brain Season 2 – Episodes 5-12 Phi Brain Season 2 Cover

See, now this is an anime I thought I got further into, but I’m not even halfway through.  It’s not that it’s dragging, I just had been steadily watching it all week and figured that it was almost over since the first arc ended rather abruptly.  Yeah, no.  So, it turns out the Orpheus Order is mainly after Kaito because — get ready for it — he had made a promise to Freecell when he was a kid to do a puzzle together, and Kaito forgot about it.  Freecell was then so traumatized that his sorrow transferred into his dying mother, so he thinks KAITO KILLED HIS MOTHER.  Shut the fuck up.  Sit the fuck down.  I’m really played out on these villains having the stupidest reasons to come after the protagonists.  Of course, when Kaito is forced to play a puzzle game against Freecell, he freaks out and is like, “Let’s play again, Kaito!  Again and again and again!!!!11”  Again, shut up.  Kaito did not kill Freecell’s mom by association.  Freecell is a nut job.  Anyway, Kaito’s group wins the challenge against Freecell’s group, and then we are abruptly taken into not one, but two, beach filler episodes.  Choke.  They’re on vacations and all these shits want to do is puzzles.  Finally, once that crap is finished, the student council president decides he’s worthless and wants to go undercover to learn more about the Orpheus Order so he won’t be such a waste of space.  Smart move.  Unfortunately, he’s not powerful enough to overcome the fake Orpheus ring’s hold on him.  And that’s where I paused.  Stop trying to have plot, Phi Brain, just do puzzles.

A-Channel – Episode 1 A-Channel Cover

For some reason I put this in my rental queue…I have no idea why.  Normally, all I put is retro stuff that I want to watch dubbed and whatever I can’t get on Netflix, but this is subtitle only and new.  Probably can’t get it on Netflix, though.  Maybe that’s why.  Anyway, A-Channel looks to be a worthless slice of life show where this girl who is a year younger than all her friends has an obsession with keeping people away from her blonde BFF.  That’s about all I got out of the first episode.  I’m really turned off slice of life lately.  Why?  Because NOTHING HAPPENS.  It’s not even funny or amusing to me anymore.  I just want something to happen.  Anything.  I’ll finish this this week so I can send it back, but I need to go through my lists.  Stat.

 

Ao Haru Ride – Episode 2 Ao Haru Ride cover

Two episodes in and I had a stomach drop already.  Oh my god, with the dude pulling the girl into him while she was crying so no one would see her…I died.  My heart broke and I just died.  Then I started crying, too.  I have this huge soft spots for guys who protect girls from the smallest things.  It’s like tiny gestures open my heart more than huge ones.  And that little half-hug thing…it just broke me.  And then when the girl stood up for the cute girl and lost all her “friends” in the process?  Holy crap.  I can’t.  This show is going to kill me this summer, I know it.  I love it so much.

 

 

 

Hikaru no Go – Episodes 21-24 Hikaru no Go Cover

I’m trying to remember anything that happened in these episodes and I’m drawing a blank.  Seriously.  I mean, I watched this DVD as soon as I got off work and saw it had come in the mail, but seriously.  Um…Hikaru passed his test to get to the next level in going pro.  Akira found out Hikaru is going after him.  Then Akira lost a match to the professional champion or something.  It looked like the anime was finishing off a season because the last episode had a bunch of snow, and like the tone was going to change.  That’s about it.  I can’t believe Hikaru ditched his friends and his middle school Go club to try and go pro, though.  What a dick.

 

 

Kimi ni Todoke – Episodes 7-13 Kimi no Todoke cover

God, this show.  With the feels.  I had to open up my second box set from NIS America I hadn’t popped the plastic on yet to continue my re-watch because it’s still.  So.  Good.  Sawako realizes she has romantic feelings for Kazehaya, and while he tries to let her know he has the same ones, he’s too damned shy to get it all out and Kurumi has flashed her bitch card, and UGH.  I’m sorry, this is romance done so right.  I don’t even mind that the set doesn’t have the recap episode (I watched it and it sucked) because it’s just so beautiful and sweet and innocent.  I wish when kids like these became adults that they would hold on to some of that.  All I’ve found are creeps.  This is why I’m single.

 

 

Dramatical Murder – Episode 2 Dramatical Murder cover

I know I said I wasn’t going to watch this on a weekly basis, but I was bored and didn’t feel like flipping to another Roku channel other than Crunchyroll, so I gave this anime one more chance.  And it still sucks.  Nothing happened.  I can see the hints of yaoi, but they are nothing spectacular.  Some stalker is following the blue haired dude.  He can’t remember anything about his duel.  That’s…it.  NOTHING HAPPENED.  I’m over you, Dramatical Murder, please step to the side.

 

 

 

 

Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance) – Episodes 1-2 Terror in Resonance cover

Holy crap, this show is good.  The whole time, I kept thinking to myself, “Too soon?  Too soon?!?!” but I guess it’s not.  This is an anime about high school aged terrorists.  It’s like Degrassi – it goes there.  But it’s not about bringing a gun to school or gang violence, it’s about stealing plutonium and blowing up police stations.  These guys just give no fucks.  They are like the anti-heroes of the decade.  I want to know why they are doing this, but at the same time, you want to punch them in the face for putting innocent people in danger and destroying things.  Plus, they wrap a girl up in their plots because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now she has to deal with the mental anguish of keeping their secret (or they will kill her) while not being allowed to help.  She’s like a lookout for a secret club she’s not allowed in.  This show is intense, creepy and insanely addicting.  Stop what you are doing right now and go watch the stream on Funimation.  You won’t be sorry.

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs – Episodes 11-13 (Completed!) Strawberry Eggs Cover

Told you I would finish this anime this week.  And surprisingly, it wrapped up and ended really well.  You know the creeper student/teacher vibe that was going on?  Well, they almost kissed.  ALMOST.  But they didn’t (though, not because the teacher stopped being a creep, but because they were interrupted).  And then the shit hit the fan.  This bitch who had been trying to get the teacher fired all year somehow got some hidden camera footage of the dude taking off his girl makeup and clothes and showed it at an assembly, and he was pretty much forced to resign.  Once all the kids realized he wasn’t just a pervert but a really great teacher, they decided they wanted him back, but the teacher gracefully walked off into the sunset, saying he needed some time to better himself before he could come back to the school.  He didn’t get with the girl who loved him.  He made the exact right decision.  GOOD FUCKING ON YA.  God, it was like a breath of fresh air to leave everything resolved with people making the right, moral decisions and not have him kidnap the girl or turn her into his love slave or anything.  This throwaway Pioneer release was much better than I gave it credit for.  I rated it 6/10 on MAL (which is good for it being a slice of life show), and if I didn’t spoil it too much for you, give it a watch if you have a few hours to kill.

Sailor Moon Crystal – Episode 2 Sailor Moon Crystal Cover

I’m actually writing this post before I write my episode review (because I haven’t watched it for a second time yet), but I’ll re-iterate what I posted on twitter: Sailor Moon Crystal is a beautiful show visually, but it severely lacks on the plot and originality.  Originality because it’s a re-boot.  If I were watching this without seeing any of the original franchise, I think I’d hate it.  Some of the magic is missing, but I’ll get more in depth into that in my episode review.

 

 

 

 

Bakamatsu Rock – Episode 3 Bakamatsu Rock cover

Yep, I’m still digging this show.  There’s not a whole lot to say about it, though, either you’ll love it for what it is, or you’ll hate it.  There’s not a whole lot of plot, other than for the rock band to better themselves as artists, and the music is great.  Approve, approve, approve.

 

 

 

 

 

Love Stage – Episode 2 Love Stage cover

Okay, so after the yaoi-filled opening, I was NOT expecting the hot dude to freak out once he found out Izumi was a boy and not a girl.  I knew he would have had no idea about his gender, but the dickbag like, FLIPS OUT after he admits that he’s loved Izumi for ten years after they met that one time.  Hello, love is love, gender notwithstanding.  Also, that Izumi thought his first kiss would be with a GIRL…how they got some gay dudes out of these characters, I have no idea.  I can’t wait for the next episode.  Love Stage is moving at a really quick pace, but it has to because it’s only a ten episode series.  I am so excited to see what happens next and how this whole thing is going to pan out.  Plus, I think I’m in love with Izumi’s older brother.  Marry me.  God, that’s two husbands in one column.  Again, this is why I’m single.

Currently watching 246 shows (added two new ones), while I have completed 33 anime this year (one off the list this week).  I’ve got to get my head around this backlog challenge again.  Watching a ton of Yu Gi Oh doesn’t help things, even though that was all I wanted to plow through.  Next week, we see if A-Channel is as big a piece of crap as I think after one episode, and more seasonal shows.  Figures, I’m really into the seasonals when I shouldn’t have picked up any new ones.  Life.

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.

Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 1 – How Does it Live Up to the Hype?

It’s here.  Let me repeat myself.  IT’S HERE.  The day has finally come, and alarm clocks and iphone apps around the world went off a mere two hours ago because NEW SAILOR MOON HAS PREMIERED.  Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know I am a complete and utter Sailor Moon fangirl.  I have the VHS tapes to prove it.  Needless to say, when I heard the announcement of a new series, I cried like I was back watching the R movie again.  I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this for over a year.  And today was the day when it was supposed to all pay off.  About 90 minutes ago, I woke up to watch the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, an anime that is not so much a new Sailor Moon story, but more like a re-boot, billed as a more faithful adaptation of the manga.

Did it deliver as promised?

Well…yes.

Did it live up to my expectations?

The jury is still out on this one.

The show opens on the still frames of outer space that were shown in the trailer with this gorgeous background track behind it.  Yeah, this girl on the hype train was crying again.  It helped to set the mood, but was completely unnecessary and a waste of time, up until we saw the moon and the earth, and then we were treated to some gorgeous Revolutionary Girl Utena-style art of a prince and princess.  I don’t want to spoil too much if you haven’t seen the episode, but, I mean, if you have watched even a tiny bit of the old series, you can tell what I’m talking about.  If you have seen the entirety of the old series, and can sometimes repeat dialogue verbatim from the episodes that DiC released on video back in the day, then this first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal will feel undeniably familiar to you.  Why?  It’s almost exactly the same as the first episode of the the original.  If you watched it in Japanese, there are huge portions of the script that are the ridiculously similar, if not lifted from the premiere episode of the old Sailor Moon outright.  It helps that both the original and Crystal hired the same voice actress for Usagi, and, while you can tell in the new series that her voice is a touch lower, it’s still like turning on something you’ve seen a million times, just with updated animation.

The new theme song is pretty solid.  I love the lyrics; they completely encompass what Sailor Moon is all about, a group of girls who can fight their own battles and don’t need a man to save them (sorry, Tuxedo Mask).  The opening animation feels stilted, though.  And the CGI parts baffle me.  Why would you just throw them in there like that?  And it’s not good CGI, either, it’s distracting Love Live! CGI, where you can completely tell that it’s not hand-drawn and the bodies just look off.  As for the character designs, well…Usagi is Usagi.  Her eyes feel a little vacant, but she is a little vacant, so I suppose it’s just something I’m going to have to get used to.

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Ami is gorgeous, which is odd for me to admit because I never really liked Sailor Mercury.

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You can’t really tell from this picture, but Rei has extremely distracting red lipstick.  It makes her look so much older than she should, and now she has permanent bitch face.  Actually, all the girls have distracting lipstick.

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Except for Makoto, who is stunning.  She is the favorite of a lot of my friends who admit to watching this show, and now I can see why.

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And then, we have Minako, and did you know that according to some Facebook quiz, I’m most like Sailor Venus?  But I digress.

If you’re looking for something new, you will want to look for the flashbacks/forwards that I previously mentioned.  Other than calling Sailor Moon’s tiara attack “Moon Tiara Boomerang,” which was never used in the anime, that’s about it.  Is it more faithful to the manga?  Yes, with the addition of these shadow scenes.  Now, in the original, these were never my favorites, but with the art style in Crystal, they are the best parts of the episode.  It’s Utena.  You know what I mean.

Utena silhouetteThink this but with long pigtails and a flowy white dress.

I also feel the need to mention that the hideous CGI returns in Sailor Moon’s transformation scene, which completely ruined it for me.  It wouldn’t be so bad if the background were CGI, but this was just unnecessarily distracting.

The ending and ending song, were, however, utterly gorgeous.  If you’re looking for a new episode preview, you’re not going to get it, but you will get beautiful title and eye catch cards.  Seriously.  All of that art is the best part of the show.  Best, best, best.  But, episode one of Crystal was still almost identical to episode one of the original series, which makes my hype train slow down.  A lot.

It’s still the first episode, and it remains to be seen whether or not they are going to cram the entire manga into this reboot, or if they are just going to stick with the first five or so volumes, before we are introduced to most of the outer senshi.  I have a feeling that that is what’s going to happen, and I will be sorely disappointed because, for me, Sailor Moon did not blossom until the S season.  In two weeks, we’ll get introduced to Sailor Mercury because they did give us a tiny hint of foreshadowing by showing a shot of Ami walking around the school before they cut to the ending.  And that’s all I know.

What did you think of Sailor Moon Crystal?  Are you more interested in this or that Viz is going to release the old series in its entirety?  Are you waking up ridiculously early again to catch the next episode in two weeks?  Let’s chat because it’s way too early to do anything else productive.

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à suivre…

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.