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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 #33

I feel like another addition to my “Dumb Things Boys Do at the Bar” series should be forthcoming, kids, as I went to the bar this weekend, and wow, they did a plethora of dumb things.  On the same token, so did some of the girls.  But that is for another time and place.  This place is about anime.  Are you ready?  Here we go.

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

Blood Lad – Episode 2 Blood Lad Cover

After giving this show a rest for a little while, I decided to give it another shot, just to see if I could at least stay awake through the second episode.  It took a couple months, but I finally plowed through it and was immediately disappointed.  What I thought could have been an entertaining vampire comedy turned into something that was not at all like my precious Soul Eater, and more just like a bunch of nothing.  So the vampire takes the human girl turned ghost back to the human world to see if he can fix her and then just ends up being a vampire tourist, geeking out over trains and manga.  Seriously?  I started it, so OCD insists I finish Blood Lad, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to like it or complete it anytime soon.  It’s sad when I just don’t care anymore.

Interstella 555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (Completed!) Interstella 5555 Cover

I am a HUGE Daft Punk fan and I didn’t even know this existed until I saw a Glass Reflection review of it.  I knew that the video for “One More Time” was anime and was completely enamored by it the first time I saw it, but I just had no clue they turned the entire album into a movie.  Discovery was the first album I purchased just by hearing it being played in a store.  I remember being in Virgin Megastore (RIP) in Chicago, hearing “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and immediately asking the first employee I could find what this was and purchasing the CD.  It’s one of those albums where absolutely every song is amazing, and I played the hell out of it even though none of my friends were interested at all.  The movie has no dialogue and is completely scored by the album and a few sound effects.  I know.  It’s got this Fantasia-esque concept, but in a long form, and it feels like the best music video ever made.  Take that, Michael Jackson.  Basically, this band from another planet gets kidnapped by this dude from earth, gets brainwashed, and gets forced to become a band from Earth.  Meanwhile, an alien dude who is in love with the girl in the band tries to save them…it’s really good.  My enjoyment of this movie is kind of biased, seeing as I love Daft Punk and wanted to work in music videos for the longest time until they became less about the art form and more about how many girls in bikinis they could show spraying champagne on some rapper, but I digress.  It’s not going to be everyone’s thing, just like a lot of people really don’t like Daft Punk, but I loved it.  I actually rated this 10/10 on MAL because it’s the only thing I’ve ever seen of its kind, and I had fun with every second of it.  It’s on DVD, but rumors have it going out of print soon, so if you can pick it up, I’d do it.  I got my copy for under $15 on amazon.

Dangan Ronpa: The Animation – Episode 12 Danganronpa Cover

OH MY GOD THIS EPISODE.  Like…I’m so happy my theory was proven wrong.  So, so happy.  Well…I guess there is a slight chance it could be right, but just the fact at who the “mastermind” really is…SO EXCITED.  I mean, come on, we’re in the spoiler zone, right?  My cosplay of choice :).  There is only one left, and I’ll be sad to see this end.  Does the game have a sequel?  I don’t know how it could, but if it does, I hope this gets another season.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this show, and it has succeeded in keeping me on my toes, which I can’t say about a lot of anime.  Wins all around.

 

Watamote – Episode 11 Watamote Cover

Can I just tell you that after all the crap I gave this show when I marathoned what I had left to watch…and then this episode came…it made me want to take back some of the crap I gave the series.  See, Tomoko can act like a normal person when she has a friend.  Even though sometimes she gets a little crush on her friend Yuu, she can act like a human being when they’re out together.  And then with the Culture Festival Chair dressing up like a bear and giving her a balloon and a hug…I almost lost it.  Seriously.  I was legitly trying not to cry.  I want Tomoko to have a school friend so badly, and if she doesn’t fuck this up, she just might have one.  Please let the final episodes of this series not turn her into a monster again where I’m cringing through every episode.  It’s amazing what friends can do for a person, and the change in Tomoko is just astounding.

Day Break Illusion – Episodes 1-9 Day Break Illusion Cover

I’m so late to this summer season party where I’m starting all these shows in September, but this one just might be worth it.  I watched a review of the first episode that said this was supposed to be like the red-headed stepchild of Madoka Magica, and you guys know how much I love my Madoka, so I had to watch it.  Needless to say, I’ll probably finish the rest of it that’s out before the day is up.  And while this anime does have some parallels to Madoka, it is by no means up to the caliber of that show.  Day Break Illusion is about a girl named Akari who inherited fortune telling abilities from her dead mother, along with, apparently, the ability to turn into a tarot card-based magical girl who fights tarot card-based magical demons.  Her card is the sun card, which means she can make plants grow.  Anyway, the Madoka comparisons begin because unlike children’s magical girl shows, this one has people dying right off the bat.  It has the magical girls doing the killing.  Plus, they don’t skimp on the blood here.  When shit happens, there’s red splatters all over the place.  The animation quality for this show is pretty sub-par, as most of the characters look like “more anime” style versions of characters from Panty and Stocking, and the writing…well, it’s not that great.  I mean, the girl who has the moon card’s name is Luna and her sister’s name is Serena.  Come on, now.  The characters, so far, have gotten very little time to establish detailed backstories, other than one girl’s mother died, one used to be poor, one lost her best friend to one of the demons they’re fighting, and one has a twin sister.  Something that I found quite engaging about this series, though, is that the girls’ parents and family members actually know they are magical girls.  They don’t have to hide it from anyone, and it’s refreshing to see them discussing the trials and tribulations of their duties with their elders, who have gone through it or know someone who has, as their abilities are hereditary.  In fact, one of my favorite scenes was when the one girl’s father came to visit his daughter at her “magical girl school,” and they could sit and talk about how she was making all this money from her battles that could help out the family.  Day Break Illusion definitely has peaked my interest, but if you’re looking for a quality show, this is not it.  It’s like when Shadowstar Narutaru came with all those weirdo plot twists, but had the shittiest animation known to man.  Okay…it’s not THAT bad, but that’s the best comparison I can make right now.  It’s no Madoka Magica or Lyrical Nanoha (another show I really enjoyed), but it’s good for what it is, and I can’t wait to see how they are going to wrap everything up, especially after episodes 8-9 when shit literally hits the fan.

GetBackers – Episodes 41-45 GetBackers Cover

You guys, I AM ALMOST DONE WITH THIS SERIES!  In fact, I have the final disc in my possession, but no telling how long it will actually take me to watch it…because the last arc is another Makubex arc.  WHY, GETBACKERS, WHY???  The first one went on for so long, and the series is going to end on one.  I guess I’m ready for it to be over now, though.  An almost 50 episode series, and the best episodes were the standalone comedic ones.  So sad.

 

 

Naruto – Episode 4 Naruto cover

Slowly making my way through this series…I watch this before I go to bed, and it literally took me until late Saturday night to make it through just this one episode because I kept falling asleep through it.  So Naruto and his new gang have to grab a bell from their teacher or they don’t get to eat lunch.  Somehow, I think there are more prevalent problems in their world or some better training they could receive, but episode 5 promises to explain why this is so important….too bad I keep falling asleep through that one, too.

 

 

Best of the Week: Interstella 5555, Dangan Ronpa, Day Break Illusion, Watamote

Love it or Leave it: Blood Lad

Hope it Gets Better: GetBackers, Naruto

Just a heads up now; October is going to be an extremely busy month for me, so I may or may not get Anime Mondays posts out.  I’ll be sure to put up my guest passes, though, and there will be different, non-anime content as I get ready to go out on my Disney vacation.  Please feel free to keep up with me on MAL (dangeresque), Hummingbird and Crunchyroll (magica), and Twitter (glitterbotstoo) for the latest ramblings.  See you next week!

Anime Mondays #32

Hello ladies and gents, I come to you this week sick as hell.  The weather changed here so freaking quickly that my head feels like a bunch of horses are trampling through it every single second.  Today’s post might be slightly less witty, but at least it exists.

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

Magic Knight Rayearth – Episodes 7-10 Magic Knight Rayearth Cover

Ah, a rewatch.  I love it when I love a show so much I have to not only watch it twice, but to purchase it, as well.  Although, truth be told, if I didn’t buy this show, there would be something wrong with me.  This was one of the shows I’d use to glue pictures from on my folders for school, even though I’d never seen it.  I listened to the theme song so much that I could sing the Japanese from memory when I’d never seen an episode.  And then, when I saw the whole series, I fell in love and wasn’t disappointed with the hype…well…sort of.  But when I get to the end, I’ll discuss it there.  MKR is a magical girl show from the 90’s made by Clamp, so you know it’s going to be gorgeous.  Hikaru, Umi and Fuu are three strangers thrown together into the magical world of Cephiro, and that’s where the fun begins.  Umi has always been my favorite…probably because I had hair like hers until I was a senior in high school…just not blue.  The episodes I got through this week were definitely some great ones: Fuu’s crush, Hikaru’s love for her dog, Umi’s strength and love for her new friends…ugh.  Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, just do yourself a favor and get on that shit right now.  It’s remastered from Media Blasters.

The Future Diary – Episodes 11-16 Future Diary Cover

How excited was I when Funimation magically listened to my plea and put the whole dubbed series up for streaming???  Marry me Justin Rojas.  I don’t really care for the new opening and ending as much as the first ones, but the series has not stopped being fucked up yet.  Thankfully, Yuki and his friends got out of Yuno’s death trap alive, but now there’s another power couple and all this talk about Yuki using Yuno and feeding her lines about how much he loves her just to stay alive…I mean, I know the girl is batshit crazy and clearly desperate, but come the fuck on.  Why can’t he get along with just his own diary?  It tells him everything, and the only thing Yuno is is a crazy bitch enforcer.  Yuki had some balls for one episode, and now it’s back to being a little bitch again.  I still love this show, though.  Just because one character is a pussy doesn’t mean I’m ready to forsake it yet.

Naruto – Episodes 2-3 Naruto cover

See how I am slowly making progress on this show?  A few episodes every four months.  At this pace, I’ll have it finished before I croak.  So…why do people like this show again?  I mean, I was getting kind of into it until one episode evolved into a bunch of shots of Naruto going to the bathroom and I was like, well now I have found the epitome of toilet humor.  Literally.  It’s just not good.  Does it get better?  Please, someone tell me it gets better…the first box set has 25 episodes in it.  I don’t know if I can take much more without forcing myself.

 

Attack on Titan – Episodes 22-23 Attack on Titan Cover

I have absolutely nothing to say except that I called it.  And I have written, blog proof.  I’m pretty much over this show now that I know nothing is going to get resolved before it’s over and I’m either forced to wait for another season or read the manga, both of which I hate doing.

 

 

 

 

Watamote – Episodes 5-10 Watamote Cover

I caught up with not only one, but two shows that are currently airing!  Wow, I am clearly just awesome.  Yet, I could not tell you why I chose to catch up on this one.  Watamote has finally crossed into the territory where it literally hurts my chest to watch it.  This girl has so many opportunities to make friends, and she just throws them all away.  It legitly HURTS me.  I’ll finish it off, but very reluctantly.  I hope to hell there’s not another season of this just because cringing for 22 minutes an episode hurts my life to no end.

 

 

Pastel Yumi – Episode 1 Pastel Yumi Cover

Right now, this show is up for crowd funding at Anime Sols.  I’ve already plunked down the money to get Creamy Mami its first box set, and I wanted to check this out to see if I like it enough to get my name in the DVD credits.  The short answer is: yes.  Pastel Yumi is another magical girl show (shocker) where our heroine gets a magic paintbrush, and everything she draws turns to life.  It’s pretty awesome.  She draws a horse and gets a Pegasus.  She draws a dress full of flowers to help her dad win a prize at a festival.  I’m not expecting this to turn dark like Sailor Moon or anything, but I love stupid, light hearted anime like this one.  When I get paid, anime sols is getting some cash from me.

Danganronpa: The Animation – Episode 11 Danganronpa Cover

Something’s not right with this show now.  Kirigiri is some genius detective?  It seems to me like Naegi has been solving all the cases so far.  And then bitch frames him???  I don’t know.  I wasn’t really into this episode, but I’m sticking by my theory that everybody else is still alive.  They have two more shows to prove me right.  I know a lot of people give this show crap, but I like it.  I need some more anime friends so we can all cosplay as this group and take a real life class picture like in the end credits.  I call the fashionista girl.

 

 

Best of the Week: The Future Diary, Magic Knight Rayearth, Pastel Yumi

Love it or Leave it: Danganronpa, Attack on Titan

Hope it Gets Better: Watamote, Naruto

Totally going to go take some Advil and a nap right now.  See you next week!

Anime Mondays #31

I believe this was a week of fucked up shows.  Now, you guys know how much I love my fucked up anime.  I mean, hello, three of my favorite shows of all time belong to the genre I like to refer to merely as “psychological fucked up shows.”  (For those of you wondering, these shows are Revolutionary Girl Utena, Madoka Magica, and Mawaru Penguindrum.)  But, I think I took the cake this week for the shows I chose to watch, and I didn’t even re-watch any of my favorites.  And I have now learned that sometimes “fucked up” is not as great as I’d like it to be.

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

The Wallflower – Episodes 14-16 The Wallflower Cover

So, I was in the mood to watch something light where I wouldn’t have to think too much, and I pulled out this gem of a reverse harem show.  It’s kind of sexist in a way — a group of hot guys have to teach this girl obsessed with horror movies and death to be a proper lady or their landlady will put them in the poor house — but at the same time, it’s pretty hysterical.  Plus, the girl who needs to be trained reminds me of myself.  Goddamn it, you can be goth and girly at the same time, though, hello, just look at some of the side characters, including the goth-loli trio who annoy the hell out of everyone.  True to form, however, I can’t remember a damn thing about the episodes I actually watched because I was doing something else at the time.  This show is funny as a whole, however, so I’m not dismissing it; it’s just taking a really long time for me to finish, seeing as I started it over a year ago.

Pokemon – Episodes 10-13 Pokemon Cover

I wrote on twitter the other day that all I want out of life is a boyfriend who’ll watch Pokemon with me and not rip on me.  It’s okay if he rips on the show…just not me.  I mean, is this possible?  We can watch other stuff, too.  I’ll sit through Star Trek, or something…shit.  I like to watch this when I want to turn my brain off and don’t need to focus on things like plot or characters for too long…plus it’s cute.  I like cute things.  So sue me.  One of my goals in life is to watch every Pokemon episode ever made, but seeing as I have the first three seasons and I’ve only watched 13 episodes in the course of about six months…I guess I’m not doing too well.  I actually remembered one of these episodes from when I was a kid, the one where the gang goes to that weird scientist’s house who is trapped in some kind of extinct pokemon shell…let’s just say this anime does not age well, even with the nostalgia factor.

Attack on Titan – Episode 21 Attack on Titan Cover

Um….the few words I have to say about this episode can pretty much be summed up with the following: what in the actual fuck just happened???  Really?  REALLY?  After last week when I said I didn’t want anyone else to die…and what did they do?  PRACTICALLY EVERYBODY DIES.  I can’t handle Eren getting eaten one more freaking time.  Leave this poor dude alone.  I can’t take Misaki breaking the hell down because she watched the love of her life get chomped on by that bitchy blonde titan.  I just…ugh.  What are they going to do to wrap this up?  I’m so into this show, and it hurts.  I want to marathon it, but I can’t wait that long.  What are you doing to me, Attack on Titan?  Just sit down for a second, and stop being so awesome.

Watamote – Episode 4 Watamote Cover

For some reason, I forgot where I was in this show, and since MAL was down, I accidentally rewatched episode 3…but I got 4 in there, so I guess it wasn’t a total wash.  I now understand what people were saying at the beginning of this series about the cringe factor.  It’s becoming really difficult to watch.  Like, I just want to see this girl make a friend so badly, and she’s so awkward that she just…can’t.  I feel bad for the one friend she has because she’s put in these awkward situations like being forced to go with to buy underwear.  Just…man.  Someone throw this girl a bone.

 

Another – Episodes 9-12 and Flash Video (Completed!) Another Cover

Here’s where the fucked up shows begin.  I really wanted to like this.  I really did.  And if it were for the fucked up factor alone, I would have.  But, I tried to get a plot out of this.  I tried to figure out some motivation for the characters’ actions.  Hell, I tried to remember the names of the characters…and I’ve got nothing.  The last time I watched this, I made a mental note that I would have to re-watch it just because I had no idea what was going on.  However, I watched it all the way through to the end and actually paid attention.  They explained the entire backstory and the plot.  I still couldn’t get it.  The last few episodes just became this ridiculous, giant bloodbath, and while that’s all well and good in slasher films that don’t even claim to have a plot, I just found the whole thing lacking here.  If this show had not tried to be some kind of psychological mystery horror show, and instead was just some kind of hack and slash anime, I could have gotten behind it more.  Watch the death scenes on youtube, if that’s your thing.  Don’t bother with the rest of this show, as it doesn’t bother with the viewer…so why should you put out the effort to care?  Also, the little bonus episode was pointless.  Don’t even bother watching it if you bought the DVD set.  I ranked this 7/10 on MAL for the fucked up death scenes…now that I think about it, I should have gone down another point, but the dub was good, so I’ll stick by this ranking.

Haganai – Episodes 8-9 Haganai Cover

Unfortunately, this show is turning into what I hoped it wouldn’t: a gigantic fanservice mess.  I did actually laugh out loud at one point, but that was completely the blonde girl’s fault.  I think she said something like, “What a shitty game!” and I just lost it.  But the fake dating sims are becoming the best part about this series…and that’s pretty sad.  Come on, Haganai, get better.  This is why you don’t have many friends.

 

 

 

Danganronpa: The Animation – Episode 10 Danganronpa Cover

Really?  This is a reality show?  I mean…I should have seen it coming.  That makes pretty much all the plot twists plausible.  But I don’t like it.  It feels like a cop out to me to say, well, this whole high school is just a television show.  However, it does give some credibility to my hypothesis that everyone is still alive after they “die.”  And did you see the ending credits?  All the characters were in the shot now.  It didn’t matter if they were dead or alive, they were in that shot.  I hope it wasn’t just a mistake or the animators being lazy…I hope that means I’m right.  There won’t be any more deaths, but the plot is going to wrap up in the next few episodes…I just want to know what’s actually happening already.

The Future Diary – Episodes 2-10 Future Diary Cover

Here we go, guys, this is the fucked up show I’m currently obsessed with.  My limited edition boxed set shipped early, so I pretty much marathoned most of part one on Saturday.  But, first, can I just say, the limited edition bonus item…valentines?  Seriously?  I couldn’t get a keychain or something?  Or maybe a box where the corner wasn’t all fucked up?  Anyway, this show is gold.  It’s so messed up.  Yuki is not as worthless as I pegged him to be in the first episode, and Yuno…holy crap.  This girl is psychotic.  I pretty much love her.  She loves Yuki so much that she literally kills for him.  And he’s so disgusted by it, but he feels like he has to use her to stay alive, but then maybe, just maybe, he has some kind of feelings for her…man.  You know how I liked Sword Art Online because of the romance?  Well, this is pretty much the antithesis of that, but it’s really freaking epic.  Also, the dub is awesome.  I love Ian Sinclair.  He plays a weird character called The 12th, and I heard him speak and was like, “Excalibur from Soul Eater!  He’s going to California!”  It was so great.  The girl who plays The 4th, she was also Ringo from Penguindrum, so clearly, she’s a pro at playing these fucked up characters.  I love, love, love this show.  I just am really broke and can’t afford to buy part two right now, so I’m hoping it’s up on the Funimation Channel by the time I finish with the set.  Come on, guys, throw me a bone here, I stood by you through all that Roku downtime…

Best of the Week:

Love it or Leave it: Watamote, Pokemon, The Wallflower

Hope it Gets Better: Haganai, Another

I forgot to mention this at the beginning, but this post has a prize inside!  Please enjoy this crunchyroll guest pass on me:

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See you next week!

Anime Mondays #28

You guys.  In two weeks, it’s Comicon.  I am stupid excited.  No, it’s not the good San Diego one, but a ton of great guests will be there and I’ll get to go fandom shopping, which is clearly the main reason I go.  If I can’t get some new Sailor Moon accessories, then the weekend might be a failure.  But, I know I’ll come home with some junk.  That’s just how I roll.  Anyway, I watched some quality stuff over the past two weeks.  Let’s get on it.

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

Attack on Titan – Episodes 14-16 Attack on Titan Cover

I have to get this out of the way first: the new opening is terrible.  The visuals are very striking, but the song sucks.  I love, love, loved the first Attack on Titan opening because the song was freaking perfect.  It matched the animation and it got me pumped up to watch the brand new episodes.  This new one…not so much.  In fact, not at ALL.  If it wasn’t a pain in the ass to fast forward on Crunchyroll, I’d skip it every time.  The new ending has a better song, but it’s nothing compared to the first one.  Downgrade.  The second arc of this show appears to be a downgrade, as well.  I skipped the recap episode because they drive me insane, but these first few of the new arc…filler.  It’s just exposition and back story, and the main point of the entire thing was to show which characters were going into the Survey Corps and which weren’t…and really, that could have been glossed over in two minutes to get to some action.  Or plot.  Or character development.  Or anything at all besides what we got.  Personally, I don’t like the senior Survey Corps members at all.  I wasn’t even interested in episode 15, but, thankfully, Armin et. all come back in episode 16.  I don’t know how they’re going to have a cohesive ending with nine episodes to go.  I’m getting ready to be disappointed.

GetBackers – Episodes 34-35 GetBackers Cover

Honestly…it’s been so long since I watched these that I don’t remember anything about the episodes in question.  I know I watched them…I just don’t know what happened, and I haven’t gotten a new disc from my rental service yet, so I can’t recap myself.  I’m stupid lame, I know.

 

 

 

 

K-On!! – Episodes 1-4 K-on!! Cover

Ah, yes, I have started the second season of K-On!.  My expectations were pretty high going into this.  After all, it had such a huge debut in Japan, so I was really hoping that a band anime would actually focus more on the band in its second season…….yeah…no.  I’m four episodes in, and it’s actually LESS about the music and the band than the first season, which I didn’t think was possible.  They spent an entire episode failing to find new members for their club and buying a turtle.  Then, there are two about a class trip.  A class trip.  Who cares??  I want them to play music, get better, debut, do something…but it’s just more slice of life bullshit.  I’m about to get into Aria the Natural-style hatred here.  Something needs to happen.  Anything.  God.  Some semblance of a plot.  Please.  Please, please, please.  Or at least they need to have some good insert songs.  The opening is annoying, and the ending is passable but it’s crap compared to the first ending, which was brilliant.  Once again, disappointed.

Watamote – Episodes 2-3 Watamote Cover

I don’t know how I feel about this show.  At first I thought it was awkwardly funny, like in a bus crash sort of way.  Now that I’ve seen a few more episodes, Tomoko is kind of a bitch.  Maybe the reason she’s not popular isn’t because she has some kind of irrational fear of interacting with people, but that she doesn’t take and appreciate the chances she gets.  I know I’m waxing way philosophical on a comedy anime, but I need to know a motivation for why characters act the way they do, or at least why they don’t feel a need to change their situation, but staying home and faking sick just so she won’t have to play basketball really isn’t helping her social status any.  I mean, all she had to do was ask to join the foursome’s team.  And in episode 2, she was such a bitch at the end to her only friend because Tomoko found out the other girl had a boyfriend.  I call bullshit.

Sunday Without God – Episode 2 Sunday Without God Cover

After watching the second episode of this show, I wasn’t any more impressed than I was with the first.  The ongoing story is just a bunch of incoherent mush, and I can’t, for the life of me, understand the character motivations/interactions.  Can someone help me?  I know a LOT of people are praising this show to the heavens, but I just don’t get it.  The characters aren’t compelling at all, the plot is inconsistent, and there is too much exposition that goes nowhere.  This is definitely getting put on pause for the rest of the season.

 

 

Princess Knight – Episode 1 Princess Knight Cover

My copy of this set shipped ridiculously early from Right Stuf, and you know when I talked about how I wasn’t really into Kimba the White Lion, and I was afraid that this would be the same way?  My thoughts are pretty accurate.  While I love that Nozomi is licensing all this stuff in a gender-bender genre, the old art style is killing me here.  Also, the quality of the episodes is extremely inconsistent, and the editing is atrocious.  We are even warned at the beginning of the first disc that Nozomi did absolutely everything they could to preserve the source material, and I have no doubt they tried their hardest.  It’s just…it’s really bad.  The release is good, the show is just awful.  It’s sad that there isn’t enough of the original material to release it in its Japanese form, but if it’s gone, it’s gone, and I’m glad that there’s anything at all to release.  It’s just not my cup of tea.  I’ll finish it and buy the next set because I’m a completist, but it’s going to take a lot for me to enjoy watching it.

Danganronpa – Episodes 2-4 Danganronpa Cover

Finally, something great.  This is definitely my show of the season.  Apparently people who have played the video game are really disappointed with this adaptation…but I haven’t so I love it.  And I’m about to get into spoiler central, so if you haven’t seen up to episode 4 and haven’t played the game, stop reading now.

 

WHY DID THEY KILL OFF ALL MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN THE FIRST THREE EPISODES???  It’s not fair.  Goddamn it.  It’s just not fair.  I had no idea that my best girl and guy were going to go in one swoop.  I don’t even care who lives and dies anymore, but maybe it was all a hoax and they might reappear in the end…god, I hope so.  Can I also just say that the ending is perfection?  It’s just this slow zoom out with a fantastic song, but I am in love.  Best show of the season, hands down, I’m calling it now.

Okay, so maybe I didn’t watch stuff that was all that great.

Best of the Week: Danganronpa

Love it or Leave it: Attack on Titan, GetBackers, Watamote

Hope it Gets Better: K-On!!, Princess Knight, Sunday Without God

I’ll be back next week if I watch something.  I’ve seriously got to finish Smallville before the Comicon reunion, and I’m only on season 3.  This feels like an unattainable goal right now.  Sigh.

Anime Mondays #27 (Summer 2013 First Impressions!)

Here’s your spoilers: this post has a prize inside like the cereal box.  Just scroll down to the bottom if you want to claim it first.

Now that that’s out of the way, this week, I took some time out to watch first episodes of a lot (for me, anyway) of the shows that are currently airing this season in Japan.  Please be warned that I HATE watching anime weekly (case in point, I’ve binge watched over half of Orange is the New Black on Netflix since Friday — and I am starting to pre-write this post on Saturday) and I don’t know if I will continue to write about each show on a weekly basis.  I also haven’t started a couple I was really looking forward to watching and…I have no idea why.  Apparently, I’d rather write about some random shit I found on Crunchyroll by scrolling backwards through the simulcast list.  Let’s get this party started.

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

Naruto – Episode 1 Naruto cover

I’m painfully aware that this is not new.  In fact, I don’t know why I even started this, seeing as it’s 220 episodes for this series alone, not counting spin-offs, and everyone either talks about how terrible it is or how ridiculously in love with it they are.  But it was cheap on amazon.  And I’m trying to find a show that will fill the void left in my heart by the ending of Soul Eater.  This show is not going to be it, but now I’m compelled to finish it because I started it.  Naruto is about some kid who wants to be a ninja, but sucks at it.  However, he doesn’t really suck at it, he’s just got these powers locked up inside of him.  The first episode didn’t really do much except for try to prove how much of a bad ass this kid would be, but I’m not really buying it.  I’m sure it’ll improve as it goes on (after all, it has 200+ episodes to convince me), but for now, after one episode, I turned it off and continued the Smallville marathon I’m trying to complete before Comicon in August.  I’m halfway through season 2.  I don’t know if I’m gonna make it.

Watamote – Episode 1 Watamote Cover

The full title of this show is really long in both Japanese and English and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either way, so let’s just go with Watamote.  So there’s this girl, and all she wants is to be popular, especially with boys.  However, she’s a giant weirdo.  Like…seriously.  There’s no other way to describe her.  She’s even worse that the protagonist from The World God Only Knows.  Like, that guy’s a douchebag, and this girl isn’t, but she just…wants to conform.  She makes facebook duck faces and puts her hair in pigtails and tries to give herself an extreme makeover to fit in with the other kids at school, and completely and utterly fails.  It’s funny, but it’s like…I want to give her a giant hug and cry my eyes out for her.  She reminds me more of Konata from Lucky Star than anyone else for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on.  Maybe it’s the art style.  This poor girl has giant bags underneath her eyes, and if she Google searches all this crap about making friends and being cute, she should probably start with a makeup blog and learn about concealer first.  Just sayin’.  I like this show, though.  I don’t know if I’ll continue it weekly, but I’ll definitely finish it sooner rather than later.  You can stream it on Crunchyroll if you want to check it out.

Blood Lad – Episode 1 Blood Lad Cover

Okay, so in the first three minutes of this show, I got a complete Soul Eater vibe.  Like, yes!  This could be it!  This could fill the void left behind by my beloved Death the Kid.  Plus, I love vampire anime.  Don’t judge me.  At least I don’t love Twilight.  Anyway, this vampire (who is obsessed with Japanese otaku crap) is the boss of one territory in the demon world, and a human girl mysteriously comes to his world.  He, of course, goes batshit on her, talking about junk like Final Fantasy, and I laughed so hard I almost spit out my Diet Coke.  However, shit hits the fan when she ends up dead and becomes a ghost.  Our good vampire friend claims to not be that interested in her anymore, but he makes it his mission to get her soul back into her body and revive her.  Um…okay.  This series is only ten episodes, so I really don’t know how they’re going to cram what feels like a gigantic plot into this tiny series, but I’ll stick with it.  Even if Viz won’t release it on DVD until like 2015.  It’s definitely not going to be my new Soul Eater, but maybe it could be my new Vampire Knight.  You can check this out on Hulu/Hulu + if you don’t want to wait 13 years before it gets a dub.  Why you so slow, Viz Media?

High School DxD – Episode 1 High School DxD Cover

So, I know this isn’t new either.  But the Funimation Roku Channel had two episodes of the dub up, so I gave it a shot.  And I’ve said it way more than once, but I’ll say it again: why does Japan ruin perfectly good concepts for shows with a shit ton of fanservice???  And it’s so much more than that here, it’s like full out cartoon nudity.  Yuck.  The dub is actually hysterical with all its boob references, even if I think I heard a “hells yeah!” in there somewhere.  But, Jesus Christ, I’d much rather see an edited version of the animation.  Sadly, the plot seems really interesting: these girls are all devils and this loser guy keeps getting killed for some reason yet to be explained, but the girls keep bringing him back to life.  I don’t know, I’m all for the occult stuff.  But I just…can’t.  If they start busting out some bananas for no reason Girls Bravo-style, I’m out.

Fantasista Doll – Episode 1 Fantasista Doll Cover

Card Captor Sakura meets Magic: the Gathering?  I don’t know, guys.  I know this was the first episode, but the plot of this show was just not explained well enough for me to want to keep watching.  Our main girl is a card game prodigy, and some freak slips a cell phone with a card reader into her bag on the train, and suddenly, she’s running for her life and being entered into a game where she controls these dolls through cards…I just don’t get it.  And they’re all bitches, too.  There’s something bubbling under the surface here, and I don’t know what it is, but it’s not dark like Madoka or anything, so I really don’t care.  This is one of those shows that I’m going to put on the backburner for a month or so and hope it gets better before I eventually finish it.  If you want to try to figure it out, it’s on Crunchyroll.

Sunday Without God – Episode 1 Sunday Without God Cover

This was one of the shows I was most excited to check out, and the first episode was, in a word, disappointing.  From the preview, I was expecting something a lot darker, and there was too much comedy in here for my liking.  Like, I really wanted this gory murder mystery with zombies, and I got some little girl calling this creeper her dad and both of them making stupid jokes to each other.  I’m trying to fill my Higurashi void, and I just don’t think anything is going to do it for me until I cough up the money for the first Umineko set.  I already bought the second.  Don’t judge me.  Anyway, this show is about some little girl whose mom is dead and her dad is a deadbeat who is told he has to be the town’s gravekeeper.  Because, you know, God just gave up on this world and turns people into zombies after they die unless a gravekeeper buries them.  It should be really good and gothic, right?  So far, it’s not.  Crunchyroll has it up, but it’s not on my must watch list anymore.

Stella Women’s Academy High School Division Class C3 – Episode 1 Stella Cover

Damn, this anime has a gigantic title.  What is it with the long titles this season?  First impression?  Strawberry Panic meets K-On! meets Btooom!.  I know…that sounds really odd.  I was super excited in the first few minutes thinking that this would be a fucked up show about girls in boarding school.  Then our main girl finds a gun under her pillow, and I was like, “if this turns into some mech bullshit, I’m out.”  Luckily, there are no giant robots to be found.  Instead, Stella is about a club full of girls who like to play war games.  No real blood is shed, even though it’s weird to see a bunch of cute girls running around shooting air machine guns at each other.  I’m guessing this is like paintball without the paint?  It really wasn’t made that clear.  But they bribe the main girl into the club with cake.  The concept sounds odd, but it was kind of charming and amusing.  However, if they stop playing the war games like K-On! stopped showing the band, I’m out.  I’ll keep tabs on this one on Crunchyroll for the rest of the season.

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist – Episode 1 Makai Ouji Cover

I was drawn in by the character styles for this show, but once I watched it, I found I wasn’t interested at all.  The animation is weird and looks almost unfinished?  I can’t quite put my finger on what I don’t like about this show, but I’m just not that into you, Makai Ouji.  It’s basically about this rich dude who loses all his money until he finds out he’s a descendent of King Solomon or something and all these devils need him to elect them to become king of the demons…it’s just strange.  And not good strange.  The bad guy was pretty cool, though.  I was digging him.  It was like a cosplay dream, especially with his purple ombre hair.  If I get desperate for something to watch on Crunchyroll, I might try this again, but don’t count on it for awhile.

Danganronpa: The Animation – Episode 1 Danganronpa Cover

I think I’ve found my weekly show for the season.  This shit is right up my alley.  First of all, it’s got the Battle Royale aspect, where 15 extraordinary high school students are trapped in a school, and then in order for them to get out, they have to commit a murder.  PERFECT.  Let’s all watch the shit go down.  Apparently, this is based on a game, which explains the atrocious art style, but even with all the ugly characters, I’m still going to eat this up.  The first episode just basically introduces everyone and the premise (the evil teddy bear who put them all in the school has done something to their friends/family members, which motivates everyone to get out instead of just staying at the school forever), and although the characters are all cookie cutter, I was still drawn to a couple (namely the fashionista and the the blond heir guy with glasses).  The main character is pretty worthless, but as with most anime, this is to be expected.  I cannot wait for the next episode, even if Funimation releases them almost a week behind when they actually come out.  I may have to sneak around for this show.

Best of the Week: Danganronpa, Watamote, Stella Women’s Academy

Love it or Leave it: Blood Lad, Naruto, High School DxD

Hope it Gets Better: Sunday Without God, Majai Ouji, Fantasista Doll

And now for your prize: a Crunchyroll guest pass!

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Next week may be a postponement because I have friends coming in from out of town, but I’ll try to get something up, even if I’m late.  What do you think of the new summer shows?  Is there something I’m missing?  Don’t say Free!.  I’m going to get to it…hold your half-naked horses.