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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 #30

Man, it’s been a couple of busy weeks.  Luckily, it was productively busy.  All my Disney Fast Pass+ stuff is now booked (yes, we got in the trial…baller status), my Halloween costumes have been purchased and accessorized, and I spent an awesome day at the Ren Faire yesterday yelling at people in a British accent.  AND I CAUGHT UP ON SOME ANIME.  Let’s rock.

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

Full Moon wo Sagashite – Episodes 1-8 Full Moon cover

I started to watch this anime on Hulu a long time ago, but when the DVDs came from Netflix, I had to start at the beginning.  Thankfully, I had the good sense to do this because I couldn’t remember anything I had seen however many months ago.  The plot for this show is semi-morbid: a girl is dying and her last wish is to be a famous singer, so some shinigami come and grant it for her.  I usually love these idol shows, but something about this one is throwing me off.  Sure, it’s cute, but I can’t stop the feeling of overwhelming dread I get whenever the main character gets reminded that, hey, she’s going to die really, really soon.  So it’s like…bittersweet with a side of heart-warming.  However, the female shinigami is such a bitch sometimes that I just want to punch her in the face.  I hope there’s a twist at the end, like the main character doesn’t die, but I’m not holding my breath.

Haganai – Episodes 6-7 Haganai Cover

Yay, my pre-order came in!  The artbox for Haganai is pretty cute, but I wish it came with some kind of extra other than the box.  The dub has consistently gotten better from episode to episode, but I’m developing a real dislike for Jerry Jewell.  Did I say that before?  He just seems so one note to me.  Please don’t get me wrong; I’d much rather have Jerry as a male lead in a show than another show with Todd Haberkorn in it, but sometimes the voice is just so…flat.  Also, I’m beginning to really dislike all the supporting characters in this show besides the main three.  The creepy sister, and the tiny nun and the extremely inappropriate scientist girl…pass.  Despite all its faults, I still like this show.  Clearly, my taste is warped.

Dragon Ball – Episodes 46-48 Dragon Ball Cover

So I started watching this renting it off Netflix…but Amazon had a great deal for the blue packaged season sets so I bought them all…and promptly decided I didn’t want to watch them.  Dragon Ball really succeeds in its tournament fighting, but fails in everything else.  I feel like I should watch this just because I’m a fan of the genre, but I never really got into Dragon Ball Z…anyway.  It was a Saturday morning, and I wanted to watch something I didn’t really have to pay attention to.  When I’m bored enough, I’ll pick this back up.

 

K-On!! – Episodes 8-13 K-on!! Cover

I think the world is ending; I’m actually enjoying K-On!!.  It only took me 20+ episodes in the franchise to like it, which I consider to be a problem, but I’ve finally gotten there.  I think it’s because more episodes centered around music in this last bunch that I watched.  The episode with Sawa-chan’s band…CLASSIC.  I loved it.  Mio freaking out over going to her first summer festival, that was adorable, too.  I love it when characters are passionate about something I’m also passionate about, and since I don’t have magical powers or a talking cat, music is pretty much at the top of that list.  I get it now.  I feel so much better about watching this through to the end.

 

Persona 4: The Animation – Episodes 1-3 Persona 4 Cover

I had never even heard of this show until I watched a few videos by The NSCL (good editing AND hysterical…who even knew that was possible? his stuff is fantastic), so I felt compelled to check it out.  And I’m really glad I did, so far.  The dub cast is awesome, which makes it really easy to watch…although the first disc only had three episodes on it.  What the shit, Sentai?  Anyway, Persona 4 is about this group of people who can literally jump into television screens and get into this alternate universe.  It’s kind of complicated to explain…but I’m digging it.  I just hope my rental service sends me another disc sooner rather than later.

 

Danganronpa: The Animation – Episodes 8-9 Danganronpa Cover

You know…I honestly thought that the killer in this arc was going to be my last remaining favorite character, and I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t.  However, I don’t know if I can get behind the way this is playing out.  Like, all of a sudden, there’s another kid in the school now?  I call bullshit.  I do have a theory about the overall plot/concept.  You ready?  I don’t think the dead kids are actually dead.  I think they’re still alive somewhere.  And I also think that they’re all drugged with some amnesia-inducing thing and they all knew each other before they got dragged to the school.  Like, those pictures weren’t faked…or they were taken once the “dead” kids got out of the school.  You know…cause I don’t think they’re dead.  We’ll see if this pans out.

The World God Only Knows Season 2 – Episodes 1-3 The World God Only Knows Season 2 Cover

I don’t know why I bought this.  Remember how I wrote that whole review and couldn’t decide if I liked this show or not?  It’s pretty clear going into season 2 that I don’t.  The first girl was kind of cute, but the new devil/witchy/whatever girl?  I’m not digging her.  I just want this dude to have a real relationship with ONE person.  It’s not going to happen.  I’m just setting myself up for disappointment.  I can only blame myself for this one, kids.

 

 

Attack on Titan – Episodes 17-20 Attack on Titan Cover

How are they going to finish this in five episodes?  The pace is so maddeningly slow compared to the first half of the series, that I have no idea how they are going to come to some sort of conclusion that gives the answers we’ve been waiting for for months.  Okay, so now there’s a female Titan, and even though they haven’t said who it is in the show yet, it’s painfully obvious…thanks to the opening.  We’ll see if I’m proved wrong, but just watch it and look for the characters who are featured.  One of these things is not like the others, my friends.  I want to know how all these human titans are popping up.  I want to know why the fuck they are wasting time going outside the walls and not going into Eren’s basement where they need to be.  And I want to know why people want to destroy themselves…because if they are destroying humanity, that’s what’s going to happen.  Mostly, though, I don’t want anyone else to die.  That’s a pipe dream.

Sankarea – Episodes 1-2 Sankarea Cover

Being a Funimation Elite member has its perks: one of them is getting to watch the first two episodes of this anime dubbed before it’s released in October.  Honestly, I just wish there were more ready to go because of one name: Aaron Dismuke.  Take note, Funimation: hire this kid for everything.  Even if he were in every show like Todd Haberkorn, I’d never get sick of him.  I randomly saw this was up and watched it, even though I wasn’t too fond of the concept, but I wanted to finish it immediately because the dub was so great.  Basically, this kid is in love with zombies and wants to re-animate his cat.  A girl with a completely fucked up home life joins him in this quest, but when it doesn’t work decides to kill herself instead of being reborn and turned into a zombie…yeah, it’s weird.  Good weird, but still weird.  I can’t wait to watch more of this…dubbed.

Best of the Week: Persona 4, K-On!!, Danganronpa, Sankarea

Love it or Leave it: Attack on Titan, Full Moon, Haganai

Hope it Gets Better: Dragon Ball, The World God Only Knows Season 2

I’ll be back to weekly next Monday, I promise.  I know these double posts are a lot to get through.  See you next week!