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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.

Anime Mondays #41

So, you know how I’ve been talking about making the transition to youtube?  I pretty much have the whole theming planned out, along with a filming location…I just need to learn how to use iMovie.  This is going to be interesting.  Look for a 2014 debut.  In other news, this “Timber” song by Ke$ha is really distracting and stupid.  Spotify, you are failing.

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

Diabolik Lovers – Episodes 11-12 (Completed!) Diabolik Lovers Cover

And so it ends.  And it tries to have a plot.  I cry, the end.  Seriously…I know why boys watch all the fanservice shows I hate.  And when they try to have plots, they just fail even harder.  Such is the case with Diabolik Lovers, that ends on a low note that makes absolutely no sense.  I can’t even attempt to explain the ending, but this is what I got out of it:  Yui stabs herself because she’s a moron, the old lady vamp tries to awaken her anyway, the purple haired smart guy makes a potion to flush the old lady out of her, Ayato makes out with Yui’s almost corpse in order to give her the potion, she wakes up and she’s thirsty.  Thirsty for…what?  Blood?  Water?  Then the credits roll, I get confused and almost throw my Roku remote at the TV, and afterwards we are treated to a coda that is more than likely recycled game footage of all the vampires coming on to Yui.  Sadly, that was the best part of the episode.  It was cheesy as all hell, but I mean, I didn’t watch this show for its plot, I watched it to see what kind of ridiculous things would come out of the characters’ mouths.  I will still be the only person who liked this anime, like, ever, and my cosplay is being made right now by someone overseas.  You can go ahead and judge me, but who’ll be the one picked up a reverse harem at the con?  This girl.  I ranked Diabolik Lovers 7/10 on MAL, taking one point off for the shitty ending.  I don’t know why anyone expected this to be anything other than a show that panders to fangirls, which it did exceptionally well up until the end.  So trash it all you want, but it did its job.

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 17-24 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

This block of episodes can be summed up in the following sentence: oh my god, Yugi loses a match.  I know.  I was shocked, too.  Seeing as this is the protagonist who can do no wrong, homeboy straight up loses his match to Kiba.  However, this doesn’t come without a twist.  Yugi could have smoked him, but in doing so, he may have pushed Kiba off a wall or something, so he refused to attack and let him win.  Seriously??  I mean, it’s a goddamned card game.  Even with holograms and stuff, if you’re taking this crap so seriously that you’re willing to commit suicide if you lose…Jesus Christ.  I know, I know, Kiba was trying to save his brother who Pegasus kidnapped, but come the fuck on.  I want Yugi or someone in his group to really lose, not just throw it away.  It’s not that I dislike the characters, it just gets so boring when you know the good guys will always win.

Naruto – Episodes 44-52 Naruto cover

Thank god, the Chunin exam preliminaries are over.  OVER.  I mean, the exam as a whole is still going on, but at least we’ll get to see them do something slightly different for awhile.  Predictably, Naruto won his match.  Rock Lee got slaughtered by the sand guy (though he put up enough of a fight to make his match last three episodes, fuck), and the quiet girl who has a crush on Naruto got a beat down from her cousin.  In the real exam, the sand guy is going to go up against Sasuke (who is still currently in a goddamned coma), and that is going to be the shit.  I think sand guy is my favorite character.  I mean, not favorite enough that I can remember his name, but, you know.  He just doesn’t give a fuck about anything but slaughtering people AND HE CAN’T BE TAMED.  Love it.  Of course, I ran out of episodes, so I had to buy another box set off Right Stuf, and it’s coming with my Christmas order where one thing is out of stock, so who knows when I’ll get it.  It’s an amazing thing that’s out of stock, though, so I’ll wait.  No worries.

Accel World – Episodes 1-6 (Re-watch) Accel World Cover

When I was lucky enough to score one of the best deals I have ever come across at Right Stuf (spoiler! I’ll talk about it in a minute), I had to pad out my cart, so I ordered the first volume of the Accel World blu-ray.  I love this show.  I watched it while it was airing on Hulu, and every  Saturday morning, I would get up and turn it on.  I would not miss it for the life of me.  It was a no brainer that I was going to buy it, but I was going to wait until a Viz sale…whatever, I picked it up and got the “art book,” which was not worth it because the quality is crap.  Sadly, the quality of this blu-ray is crap, as well.  The dub is terrible.  I don’t know what it is about Viz doing this horrific dubs, but, oh my god.  The Vampire Knight dub was an atrocity, and this dub…ugh.  I hate it so much.  It’s like the actors are just reading lines off a piece of paper.  Secondly, I think the video quality was better off the internet, and I was watching it on a big screen tv in HD, so that’s something.  The show is still awesome, though.  I liked it better than Sword Art Online, and I adore that show to pieces, so that’s telling you something.  It doesn’t get really good until the back half, though.  Another thing Viz sucks at?  Making people wait for the next installments.

Gun x Sword – Episodes 1-4 Gun x Sword Cover

Ah, yes, another title I got out of a Crunchyroll mystery box that I have every disc from…except volume 2.  Will I ever finish this?  Probably not until a blind box buy throws the next volume in my direction.  That aside, this is not a very good show, and not at all up my alley.  You’d think, guns and swords, so it should be okay, right?  Wrong.  Turns out, the main dude with an American name fights with “armor…” which is code for “inside a giant robot.”  I fucking hate robots.  After I figured that out, it lost all its appeal for me.  On a side note, I have so many doubles of a few volumes of this.  Does anybody want them?  Please take them off my hands, otherwise, I have about 40 dvds I need to sell back to Amazon for a quarter apiece.

Stellvia – Episodes 1-4 Stellvia Cover

Another blind box pick, but one where I only have this volume.  I’m slightly saddened by that, because even though this show takes place in space (the only thing I hate more than anime about robots is anime about space), it’s pretty good.  I guess it’s more a school show than a space show, at least so far, as the main girl goes off to space boarding school, and is learning to become a pilot, or an engineer, or something.  Really, this was on in the background while I re-did my anime shelves, so I wasn’t paying close attention.  But I did put my entire Tenchi Muyo! collection in one spot!  And I’m only missing the space spin-offs which I refuse to buy.  Maybe I’ll check out the rest of Stellvia, though.  Netflix has got to have it collecting dust somewhere.

Code Geass – Episodes 3-5 Code Geass Cover

I probably should have paid more attention to this, but I got to the point where I just wanted to send the disc back, so I put it on while I was cleaning.  Consequently, I have no idea what’s happening now except Lelouch saw some girl in the shower and one came to visit him who’s a princess…I don’t know.  All the robots turned me off.  I have disc 2 that I need to send back, as well, so I’ll try to pay more attention to that one.  You know, I’m attempting to watch anime series that people think are “classic,” age not defining, but most of them are robot shows.  Doesn’t anyone have a classic shoujo or a classic romance or even a classic horror?  Man, I hate robots.

Tenchi Muyo OVA – Episode 8 Tenchi Muyo! Cover

I love the theme song to the second half of the OVA series.  Man, I had completely forgotten about it, but as soon as I popped my blu-ray in, the pioneer song just attacked my ears, and I remembered how I spent days trying to memorize it.  Ugh, I love it.  Anyway, other than the theme song, I was not a huge fan of the back half of this series.  My VHS collection attests that I purchased them, but I didn’t watch them nearly as much as I watched 1-6.  Wanna know why?  Filler-palooza, even when I didn’t know what filler was.  Case in point: this episode is all about Tenchi and his harem taking care of a baby.  Yes, a whole episode dedicated to infant care.  And while it’s cute, it’s nothing to write home about.  I can’t remember if any of the episodes after it have plot or not, but I’ll find out.  I’m making my way through the whole collection, including the Pretty Sammy spin-off which I forgot that I had.

Cowboy Bebop – Episodes 6-10 Cowboy Bebop Cover

I have been looking and looking to try to buy this series for a price that’s not hundreds of dollars, when lo and behold, someone tweeted that Right Stuf had a bunch of Bandai titles back in stock…and this was one of them.  So I picked up all of the Remix edition for $5 apiece.  MY LIFE, IT JUST GOT GREAT.  Well, except for volume 2.  But, wouldn’t you know it, I had volume 2 just sitting at my house from Netflix, and I can buy it on Amazon, so merry Christmas to me.  Unfortunately, these episodes were not as good as 3-5.  I was waiting for the epic to kick in, and it just didn’t.  I won’t give up, though.  Something awesome has got to happen before the series ends.  I have faith.  And now I own it, so I can watch it whenever I want to instead of forcing myself to watch this DVD I’ve had from Netflix since June just so I can get a new one…in case you were wondering, it’s the third live action Death Note movie, and it’s full of subtitles and I can’t make it past the first five minutes without forcing myself…but I will.

One Piece – Episodes 71-73 One Piece Cover

It’s Christmastime, so instead of watching Frosty the Snowman specials, I watch a lot of One Piece.  I know.  I’m weird.  But I have 8 collections of it to get through, and I am only on #3…which I think I was on LAST Christmas.  Oy.  These episodes have dinosaurs in them (spoiler, I love dinosaurs), which makes them semi-interesting, but they also have strange giant fights, which cancels the interesting out.  Also, they say Baroque Works a lot, which is an awesome name.  Other than that, not much is happening.  People getting kidnapped.  Vivi is still there.  The giant duck got beat up.  That giant duck is like the best character ever.  I want one.

And we’re done.  What do you think of the holiday layout?  I can’t see the post tags, but it’ll get changed in 2014.  I still can’t find a WordPress layout I’m in love with, but at least they’re better than blogger.  See you next week!

Anime Mondays #12

Welcome to this week’s double post of doom!  Okay, so it’s not really doom-like at all, I have a couple new shows in here, a conclusion, some regulars…it’s been a busy week in Glitterbots Grove.  Yes, I just made my screen name into a fictional place.  Alliteration for the win.  Hey Monday!

 

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers below up to the episode numbers listed!

Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 7-8 Chihayafuru 2 Cover

How does this show keep getting better and better?  Honestly.  Somebody answer me.  This is the only show of the new anime season I’ve constantly kept up with, and for good reason: it’s fantastic.  Chihaya and friends go from the Tokyo regional karuta tournament immediately to the national tournament.  Look, mom, no filler!  Thankfully, everything seems to be coming up roses for the team as they win their first round match against a group of “foreigners.”  How cute was it when Chihaya was writing on the board in English???  Ugh, she loves karuta.  She loves when other people love the game just as much as she does.  CHIHAYA JUST LOVES EVERYTHING.  Oh, and can we talk about Arata coming to surprise her and Taichi to watch the team matches?  But that Queen…something is brewing here, and I don’t know what it is.  Bitch needs to leave the three amigos alone so they can get some BFF time in.  I don’t really like where some of this is going…you know…this Chihaya/Arata relationship that might be slipping through the cracks (Chihaya/Taichi forever!~), but I’m interested to see where this goes.  Watching this one week at a time is TORTURE for me, especially since I marathoned most of season one in a couple days, but I’m sticking it out.  Friday afternoons when I get off work are my favorite times.

GetBackers – Episodes 1-5 GetBackers Cover

So, this is what came from my anime rental service lately (that I actually chose to watch, hello, Gintama DVD that’s been sitting here since October, ugh).  Firstly, this dub is atrocious.  I don’t know if it’s my crappy television, or if my DVD player is on the fritz, or what, but the audio mix on the English version is absolutely horrible.  Most of the first episode sounded like the characters were either underwater, trapped in a tunnel, or echoing their faces off.  Add to this that one of the main guys is voiced by the dude who did Kenshin (and I watched all 90+ episodes of that hot mess) and that the lead female is worse than Monica Rial on the screech scale, and I turned the subtitles on immediately.  It’s not that much better in Japanese, but the first four seconds of the theme song are extremely catchy (I love songs that start off with just a drum beat and then add a vocal).  Of course, it goes downhill from there, but whatever.  GetBackers is one of those episodic, we-do-anything-for-money, long-running shonen shows, wow, just like Gintama that I keep putting off!  These two guys “get back” things people have lost or have gotten stolen.  The first two episodes are terrible, but, luckily, the next three are all connected in a series and the villains are pretty bad ass.  It’s sad that the girl who uses poisoned perfume as a weapon and Dr. Jackal, who has weapons INSIDE HIS BODY, are relegated to being a transport team instead of causing general debauchery, but I hope their tasks get more evil as the show progresses.  This show is like 50+ episodes long.  They have time.  As a sidenote, ADV really tried to give some good extras with their release, including voice actor interviews and commentaries, but they’ve got to be the most BORING interviews and commentaries I have ever heard.  The actors try too hard to be funny, or they’re just so wooden no one cares, and it just doesn’t work.  This show is going to be a chore to plow through, I can feel it already.

Lunar Legend Tsukihime – Episodes 1-4 Lunar Legend Tsukihime Cover

I don’t remember why I moved this anime up so high in my Netflix queue.  I think it was a prequel to something (post note: it’s by the same people who did Garden of Sinners, and now it all makes sense), but I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Anyway, this show has a premise to either be really fucked up (win!) or really boring (lose!).  The main dude can see strings of death, so he knows exactly where to chop the bad guys up into tiny, bloody pieces, even if they are monsters.  He has a pair of glasses that someone gave him when he was a child that effectively block his death-vision, and he, smartly, wears them all the time.  However, when he has to move in with his sister, weird shit starts happening.  He keeps having these weirdo flashbacks/visions of slicing some girl into ribbons, and then she magically appears right in front of him.  Turns out this girl is a vampire, and she needs him for….something.  Either I forgot, or it’s not exactly clear.  She tells him how his death-vision works and then he kills some monster for her.  Then, for some reason, she shows up like, in his bed and tries to chomp the shit out of him.  I love these mind fuck anime, but goddamn, I wish I could keep a plot straight.  Is it me, or is it the show?  I guess I’ll pay more attention to the next volume whenever it decides to show up at my house.

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs – Episodes 1-4 Strawberry Eggs Cover

Before I even talk about this show in particular, I’m going to pose a question: is it just me, or did Geneon license a bunch of anime that look exactly the same?  This show reminds me so much of about six shows I’ve gotten from those old RightStuf sales where you could get 25 DVDs for $100.  They all have similar art styles, similar harem plots and were all licensed by Geneon.  Ai Yori Ayoshi and some horrible show about maids come to mind immediately (I can’t remember the title, but it really wasn’t something to write home about), but I know there have been more.  Maybe ALL the anime made around this time period just reeks of plagiarism, but I digress.  Sidenote: what the shit with all these shows with the word “strawberry” in the title?  There are so many and I get them all confused, and there are NO STRAWBERRIES anywhere in the shows!  Seriously.  Where were the strawberries in Strawberry Panic?  Yeah, I sat through that one, too.  Okay, now onto the egg show.  This dude needs a gym teacher job and money so he can pay his rent.  However, the only school in the area that seems to be hiring gym teachers is one where they only hire female teachers.  So, instead of, I don’t know, commuting, this dude thinks it’s a smart idea to go all Rupaul on us and dress in drag so he can teach these kids how to vault over a horse in long, pleated skirts.  Um…now, I love me some “Drag Race,” but I don’t know about this anime.  To add insult to injury, he starts to fall in love with one of his students.  And now I am checked out for good.  I’ll still finish it because I’m pretty positive nothing will actually happen, but Jesus Christ, get a girlfriend your own age, already.  And throw some strawberries into this show so I can feel validated, thank you.

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OVA) Episodes 6-7 Tenchi Muyo! Cover

Man, I have so much to say about this series, but almost all of it is nostalgic.  Tenchi Muyo! was one of the very first anime series I ever owned that was in Japanese with English subtitles.  I had this on VHS tape.  You know the ones that had one ova episode on a cassette and was still $30 apiece?  I have all of them.  I still have the posters and comment cards that came with them.  I remember the gigantic yellow subtitles all in caps.  I remember I made up my own words to the theme song.  I begged for new volumes from my parents for every birthday and Christmas until I had them all.  Anime is NOT a cheap hobby, friends.  I got a stuffed Ryo-Ohki for Christmas one year and I carried that thing around like a badge of honor.  I gladly explained to everyone what the hell a “cabbit” was and got funny looks when I imitated the meow, but I didn’t care.  I love, love, loved this show.  And honestly, I didn’t really get parts of it?  I just played it off that everyone ran around naked during the hot springs episode, and I wanted to be Ryoko because she was so bad ass, and I wanted to punch Ayeka in the face because she was a whiny, princess bitch.  I got my initiation into RightStuf by purchasing this show.  I went to my local comic shop to beg the dude to carry new volumes of this so I could buy it.  I’m sure he was like, what the fuck is a little girl doing watching this show about a lame dude surrounded by women, but I did not care.  Shit, I have a TV that only hooks up to a VCR in my basement that I watch when I’m on the treadmill, and I watch these tapes to time my workouts.  So, when I heard Funimation was re-releasing them in Blu-Ray, I had to have it.  I don’t care that the show’s not that great.  I don’t care that the plot is strung together at best.  I don’t care that Washu is a pervert and sticks her hand down Tenchi’s pants, and I don’t care that the longest OVA episode is filler.  I now own the entire Tenchi series (except for Tenchi Muyo GXP, which I watched and HATED) on DVD, including the Pretty Sammy stuff and the Sasami Magical Girls Club spin offs.  Like, Sailor Moon, however, I’m still in the process of watching it all.  Oh, but I’ll finish it, no matter if I still want to punch Ayeka in the face all these years later.  I just had to start with a massive re-watch back at the beginning, where the magic begins.  Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Baka and Test Summon the Beasts Season 2 – Episode 1 Baka and Test Season 2 Cover

Okay, I love the first season of this show.  I watched it in Japanese, laughed my ass off through every episode, and bought it when it came out on DVD, to which I laughed my ass off through every episode with the English dub.  I know that a lot of people pan this show, but I think it’s hysterical.  My favorite character is Hideyoshi, and goddamn, I don’t care how old the gag is, I crack up every time someone thinks he’s a girl.  However, when season 2 started the simulcast, I couldn’t get into it.  I literally fell asleep through the first episode each time I started it.  I just don’t like beach things, so sue me.  But, I bought this from the last Funimation RightStuf sale and have successfully stayed awake through episode 1.  Yahoo for school!  Yahoo for me!  The avatar fights are my favorite part, so they need to hurry and get back into the classroom.  When I want to watch something mindless, I can always turn to Baka and Test.  It’s golden.

Bleach – Episodes 21-24 Bleach Title

Netflix decided to send this my way and I devoured it as soon as it came in the mail.  I don’t know what it is, but I can get through a volume of Bleach faster than almost anything.  In this set of episodes, the gang jumped through that dimension door or whatever to go save Rukia.  Ichigo fights this giant and then a dude who rides a warthog…that’s about it.  Seriously, about nothing happens, and then the disc is OVER.  I don’t know how people watched this weekly.  I feel like I’m going to need about four more DVDs just to finish this boss battle.

 

White Album – Episodes 1-3 White Album Cover

This is what happened to me yesterday when I was surfing through the Seinen section on my Crunchyroll Roku Channel.  I was like, oh, White Album, maybe it’s a Beatles reference and is about music!  So, I turned it on.  And it is about music…sort of.  Basically this dude has a girlfriend he never sees because she’s trying to become an idol.  However, all these chicks are practically throwing themselves at him for no apparent reason (honestly, he’s like…super wooden).  It reminds me a lot of School Days (and I’m the only person in the universe who actually liked that anime, so shut up, it’s not a bad thing), and then I saw on MAL that it’s based on a game…great.  So this creeper really IS going to hook up with every girl with a pulse, fantastic.  I was only being slightly sarcastic with that statement.  One day, I will explain why I liked the most hated anime to ever exist, but today is not that day.  I will say that the characters in White Album are all sorts of fucked up, and I haven’t even begin to crack the surface on it, yet.  I just wish the male protagonist would be more interesting.  Maybe he is.  Maybe it’s coming.  Maybe there’s a nice boat.  We shall see….

And we have come to the end of another Anime Monday.  Next week, the post comes with a surprise inside…totally better than cereal, right?