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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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!)
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
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
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.