will i ever watch gintama?

Anime Mondays #18

Sorry I was absent last week, kids.  I hadn’t watched much at all, and then I was out of town at a wedding.  Ugh, I love weddings.  I was so proud of myself that I barely cried.  Glitterbots wears her heart on her sleeve, yo.  Let’s keep it on the DL.  Anyway, before I kick this off, I have some super sad news: the new Sailor Moon anime has been delayed, probably until 2014.  My heart.  It breaks. 😦  Hopefully, it could come a little sooner, but it definitely won’t be summer like projected.  At least it gives me a little more time to finish the original series…can I just skip past the Chibi-usa episodes?  Please???

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

Btooom! – Episodes 9-12 Btooom! Cover(Finished!)

Since I already did a full review/discussion on this, it’s pretty obvious that I completed this in the same weekend I watched it.  Want to know more of my thoughts?  Check out the post right below this one.  I guess my final thoughts were that I loved the concept, I just wanted more from it.  I know that’s a really cheap thing to say about a twelve episode anime, but whether or not there is going to be a second season, it definitely could have used a more cohesive ending.  It’s for that crap ending alone that I ranked it 7/10.  It could have been a solid 8, but since everyone is still on the goddamned island, it wasn’t going to happen.

Is This a Zombie? – Episode 4 Is This a Zombie? Cover

This episode got watched thanks to another round of playing Random-e.  And let me tell you, I could only sit through the one.  Even if it was about the necromancer’s back story (which usually I love, back stories, not necromancers), I was just…bored.  It provided some nice, mindless entertainment, but that’s about it.  On the plus side, I finally realized that this theme song was the one I couldn’t pick out that is on the CD I play in my car.  Don’t judge me.

Sgt. Frog – Episode 66Sgt. Frog Cover

Time for a little back story of my own now: I started watching this when Funimation started releasing the DVDs, and I devoured the first two seasons.  Holy crap, I thought the dub was hysterical.  I mean, I would post the lines on twitter, even though they were completely out of context because I just could not stop laughing.  But then, they said they weren’t going to dub anymore of it, and I was like…well, fuck it, this series is super long, impossible to track down, and probably not as funny in Japanese.  BUT THEY RELEASED SEASON 3!  And instead of immediately rushing to rent it, I…promptly forgot about it.  Whoops.  Luckily, the newest batch is up on Netflix Instant, so when it popped up Random-e style, I queued up the next episode I had to watch.  I heard rumors that in this new batch of episodes, the quality of the dub script had gone down…and I’m sad to say that those rumors are true.  The single episode I watched was in no way as funny as previous shows.  Now, maybe the episode just wasn’t that funny (it was about the kids getting kidnapped by an alien television station and the ninja girl going shopping with Natsume), but I was just bored.  Needs more Tamama.  That tiny frog can do no wrong.

Gintama – Episodes 21-26 Gintama Cover

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  I really did watch Gintama.  Not only did I watch it, but I watched the entire disc I had of it.  You know…the one I’ve kept from Rent Anime since October.  (If you were waiting for Disc 2 of Collection 2, I truly apologize…but it should be back in their system in about a week.)  Please pat me on the back.  Somebody.  Because I watched it, destroyed it, AND sat through a recap episode.  Well…sort of.  They were fighting over a goddamned hot pot.  Also, I got to a new opening and a new ending, and I am completely saddened to see one of my favorite anime endings of all time get thrown to the vault.  Let’s watch it again, shall we?

Okay, so that’s not the real ending, but it is the song, which is all that matters anyway.  In this group of episodes, we are introduced to that annoying ninja girl with glasses and my new favorite character, one of Gin’s friends who is constantly drunk and pilots spaceships.  I don’t even know if more collections of this were released on DVD, but I need a break.  It took seven months for me to watch this and I RENTED it, so that’s saying something.  I mean, it’s funny, but I just don’t want to watch more than one episode at a time…which is bad when there are six episodes crammed onto a disc.  Sorry, Gintama, I’ll pick you up again in…another seven months.

Yu Yu Hakusho – Episodes 23-28 Yu Yu Hakusho Title

Finally, the horrible ‘let’s rescue the Ice Guy’s kidnapped sister’ arc is over…and guess what?  He doesn’t even tell her he’s her brother!  The fuck?  That was such a waste of episodes.  However, it does set up something that I will be looking forward to: TOURNAMENT FIGHTING!  Yeah, I am a sucker for long, drawn out, melodramatic battles, what can I say?  It’s why I like the original Dragon Ball.  Anyway, the gang has to fight in some kind of “Dark Tournament” and right now the ginger dude is going up against some little kid with yo-yos.  I’m sure there will be no plot and they will win, but I don’t care because it’s TOURNAMENT FIGHTING!  Most of it will take place on the season 2 set.  You’re welcome.

Chihayafuru 2 – Episodes 11-15 Chihayafuru 2 Cover

This has to be like the WTF? post of the year, right?  Yes, I have officially caught up with Chihayafuru 2 (minus the recap episode from this week, ugh I HATE recap episodes).  It definitely benefited me to watch a huge chunk of episodes.  It prevented the episodes from going too slowly, which, honestly, is what’s starting to happen.  This tournament is just going on FOREVER.  I don’t even know if they are going to have time to finish the individual tournament during this season, and while that might be good because it could mean we might get a third season full of Chihaya goodness, it also might mean that the anime will end unfinished because I’m not sure if it’s doing so well ratings-wise in Japan.  Anyway, we are at the final round now.  The team is about to play the best in Japan, and they put a filler episode right before a recap episode.  It’s like they are just trying to kill me on the inside.  Especially since ARATA IS THERE AND CAN’T GO WATCH HIS FRIENDS PLAY, UGH.  I really sound like I skipped a bunch of episodes, but I didn’t, since most of them fleshed out back stories of the team’s competitors…who cares.  Seriously, who. cares.  It’s a nice touch and all, but I want to see some karuta and I want to see Taichi eat cake off Chihaya’s fork, okay, bye.  I’ll be back with more of this in a month or so because watching this in marathon form is completely the way to go.

Cowboy Bebop – Episodes 1-2 Cowboy Bebop Cover

That’s right.  I’m doing it.  I’m watching the most over-hyped anime of all time.  Now, though I’ve only seen the first two episodes, I can make some assumptions on why tons of people love this show.  #1: it’s very violent.  When push comes to shove, dudes like their anime full of blood and guns, and Cowboy Bebop has plenty of them.  #2: it’s episodic…so far.  That’s not really my cup of tea, but you can watch any episode in any order, which makes it great for the Toonami crowd.  #3: it takes place in space…sort of.  I hate space.  But I’ll continue to watch this.  I already know this show is not going to be my cup of tea, but I want to see if it can buck the bias I have for its genre and if I’ll end up enjoying it.  PS: Bebop is the name of the spaceship…and there are no cowboys, yet.  At least it’s not a western.  That’s the only thing I hate more than sci-fi.

And that’s a wrap for this week!  I’m at a stalemate with anime I want to watch lately, so if you know of something that I should pick up, please let me know!  My box set of Rose of Versailles won’t come until Princess Knight comes out, so I will really have nothing new until then unless Right Stuf is having an awesome sale, which I can never turn down.  It’ll give me a chance to go through some of my massive backlog but like…nothing looks interesting.  First world problems.


Anime Mondays #17

Hello friends, neighbors and followers, it’s Monday, so you know what time it is.  It’s also that time of the month (no, not like THAT, ugh) where the post comes with a surprise inside, so you know what to do.  If you don’t…just read the post, get down to the bottom, and it will suddenly come to you.  There’s that lightbulb above your head.  I see it now!

All images are from MALand there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch – Episode 24 Mermaid Melody Cover

Last week I mentioned that I ran out of episodes on my external for this, so in order to watch any more of them, I have to sift through a bunch of clips with terrible quality on veoh.  It’s not the most pleasant of experiences, so I only ended up watching one episode this week.  Fortunately, I found a different magical girl show to fill in for this one to give me time to find the rest of the series.  No plot was to be had in episode 24.  It’s still ungodly filler.  I’m about halfway through, and there were still only three episodes with plot.  Sometimes, the filler…it is just too much for my heart to take.  Sob, sob.  Whine, whine.  Next show.


Mawaru Penguindrum – Episodes 13-24 (Completed!) Penguindrum Cover

I’ve already told you about my love affair with this show.  Hell, I’ve even written a review/discussion for it (just scroll down to the previous post if you missed it, but beware, it’s full of spoilers).  I watched 12 episodes in one day.  That’s like…unheard of for me because my attention span is non-existant.  It’s been a week, and I already want to spend the rest of my day re-watching the whole thing.  And, and…did you hear there’s a new project by the creators in the works?  It’s called Penguinbear.  I have no idea what it is, but if it’s a second series of Penguindrum, I will be over the moon.  Everyone, please go watch this show.  It’s a little fucked up, but you won’t be disappointed.  I mean, if you can sit through 100+ episodes of Bleach or something, you can watch 24 episodes of one of the most amazing anime to ever exist.  Clearly, I ranked it 10/10.  Were you expecting anything different?


Phoenix (Hi no Tori) Episodes 10-13 (Completed!) Phoenix cover

Well, I’d had this DVD sitting here from Netflix since January, and I really wanted to send it back, so I made this my bedtime show.  (Yes, my Gintama rental is still by my Blu-Ray player since October.  Don’t judge me.  That is now my bedtime show.)  I literally kept falling asleep through this show.  I couldn’t help it.  When I finally stayed awake through the last couple episodes, I understood why; there is almost no dialogue and a ton of classical music.  That shit puts me right to sleep.  I’m sorry to say that I really disliked Phoenix.  The arcs that were the most interesting were the shortest and really needed more episodes, while they dragged out that Dog Face arc for two freaking discs.  The last one took place in the future, where the world was ending, except this dude got saved by a scientist (aka guy with the big nose) and the phoenix.  He finds a coffin that is set to open in 5000 years with a woman inside of it, so he literally spends 5000 years using the scientist’s research to try and create life for her to see when the coffin opens…but when the timer goes off, she’s clearly still dead and a mummy.  The entire last episode is filled with the end of the world and then the beginning of the world, and the dude realizes that the only reason he stayed alive for billions of years was to be able to start the new world after the end of the old one, so he could see creation and re-birth.  Basically, it’s a bunch of symbolic bullshit where the minutes would have been better used giving us another episode of that girl who was stuck in the time loop.  I ranked this 4/10, though I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me.  I’m a big girl.  I can take it.

Karneval – Episode 1 Karneval Title

I told you I was going to watch this show!  Unfortunately, it’s on the Funimation Roku Channel with its tiny, white subtitles.  I muscled through it, though, and I’m…well, I don’t know how I feel.  I thought it was going to be about a carnival, or even a circus, but it’s not.  The Circus is a code name for this defense organization.  Lame.  However, the characters are really pretty.  Yeah, I’m one of those suckers for beautifully drawn people.  Plus, it’s kind of fucked up.  I mean, in the first ten minutes, this woman tries to steal the innocence away from this boy and then turns into some spider-creature who goes on a rampage.  To contradict this entirely, the ending theme is extremely cute and bouncy and there are bright colors everywhere.  Oh, Karneval.  I don’t know quite how I feel about you, yet, but I’ll stick with it.

Toriko – Episodes 2-3 Toriko cover

It’s been awhile, my good friend, hasn’t it?  I’m still in love with your theme song.  And, even though, I had the random number generator choose you, I did enjoy the two episodes I got to see before I moved on to something else.  Toriko goes on the hunt for some rainbow fruit and a comes-out-once-every-ten-years whale in this selection.  Actually, the third episode continues into the fourth, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  We are introduced to more characters, including an incredibly annoying news reporter who follows Toriko around every chance she gets and one of the other kings who comes with to help him find this whale.  I’m not as addicted to this as I am to One Piece, but then again, I haven’t watched that in awhile, either.  These shonen shows…apparently I can only take them in small doses.  Go figure.

Pretty Cure (Futari Wa Precure) – Episodes 15-18 Pretty Cure Cover

See, I told you I found another magical girl show to fulfill my filler quotient for the week.  And really, I watched as many episodes as I did because I found a youtube channel that has all the English dubbed episodes that never made their way over to the US.  Huzzah!  No more shitty subtitles where the timing is off!  I will take that they renamed the main characters Natalie and Hannah instead of Nagisa and Honoka.  After all, I did watch 60+ episodes of Sailor Moon where Usagi was named Serena, okay.  I’ll even take that they renamed the love interest Fergie…how…fergalicious.  Anyway, for those of you not in the crappy magical girl show know, Pretty Cure has about six million sequels and movies, it’s so popular.  This first series is about these two girls who have absolutely nothing in common other than they go to the same school and both got these little Tamagotchi pets dropped on them that come to life and allow them to turn into magical girls who fight The Dark Zone.  They have to swipe cards through the readers to feed these pets and transform, which sounds like a horrible merchandise ploy to me, but, hey, whatever works.  The Dark Zone is after these things called Prism Stones, which I think are trapped in the little Tamagotchi cases, but don’t quote me on that.  So, they basically just cause trouble, turning people into monsters to try and lure Pretty Cure out so they can steal them.  The downfall of these magical girls is that they have to do everything together: transform, fight, you name it.  Shit, their only worthwhile attack has to be performed with them holding hands.  I know it’s all about the power of friendship, but what happens if Honoka is in cram school or something and Nagisa gets bitched slapped by a Zakenna and gets her stone swiped?  Everyone is fucked.  This show also has a lot of filler, but it’s so much easier to take in dub form.  Canada gets everything cool.  First Degrassi and now this.

RDG: Red Data Girl – Episode 1 Red Data Girl Cover

Ah, yes, here comes the part of the week where I was trolling around the Funimation Roku Channel looking for something to watch, even if it had tiny subtitles.  This was new, so I went for it.  Honestly, I never would have picked this show out to watch on my own, and it’s looking to be another surprise favorite like my beloved Chihayafuru (which, yes, I will catch up with before the end of the month…just not this week coming up because I’ll be out of town).  It starts off with this weird girl cutting her hair to give herself bangs.  Pretty random, right?  Like, who gives a shit?  Well, it turns out everybody gives a shit because this girl is a shrine maiden or something, and her hair is a source of her power.  And apparently, cutting herself some bangs throws everything out of whack.  See, she’s not just a shrine maiden, she is powerful enough to have people actually born to serve her, only she doesn’t know it.  She just thinks she’s a freak with only two friends who fucks up every computer she touches.  Okay then.  But after she cuts her bangs, she turns into this computer pro who can get her dad on Skype, tell him she’s not going to a high school in Tokyo like he wants her to, and then crashes every single computer in the computer lab.  What the hell, dude…add to this that her guardian is her dad’s best friend and his son is being forced to transfer into her school to become her servant (and I’m pretty sure his dad beats that into him, holy christ), and it’s all sorts of fucked up.  And you all know how much I like my fucked up anime.  I can’t wait to continue this.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer (Hataraku Maou-Sama!) – Episode 1 The Devil is a Part Timer Cover

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this anime.  It was another new thing from the Funimation Channel, so I just clicked on it.  At first, it started off like some random shonen fantasy show that I am prone to hating.  There was a gigantic fight between demons and humans and the demons escaped to Earth to save themselves.  Then, it took an entirely different turn.  Satan and Alciel had to learn how to adapt to an entirely new environment…and it turned into a comedy.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but you’d think that the ruler of the freaking underworld would not be so excited by getting a job at McDonald’s and trying to take over Earth by literally starting from the lowest rung of a customer service job and working his way up.  He thinks that selling the largest amount of black pepper french fries will somehow boost his social status.  Um…okay.  It kind of reminds me of Working!, which I started out liking — not enough to finish it, of course — that turned into a hot mess by the end.  Sadly, Hataraku Maou-Sama! turned into a hot mess by the end of the first episode.  I’ll give it another shot when I’m bored, but it’s not something I’m chomping at the bit to see every week.

The World God Only Knows – Episode 7 The World God Only Knows Cover

There’s not really much to say about this episode except that it ends the Kanon arc (FINALLY!), and that the next episode is filler.  I watched half of it and fell asleep.  Whoops.  Oh, and I’m still in love with the theme song.  So much that I have the tv version memorized…..I am a loser.  But I still want to start that anime music band.



Btooom! – Episodes 1-8 Btooom! Cover

Uh oh.  Looks like I found another anime I liked enough to marathon the shit out of.  In fact, I finished it in the middle of writing this post, so look for a complete review/discussion coming tomorrow.  They say Btooom! is like The Hunger Games.  And well, it is, but it isn’t.  It’s got a lot of bombs.  It’s got a lot more fanservice.  And it’s got a female protagonist that I really want to punch in the face.  I’d say it’s more like Sword Art Online mixed with Battle Royale, if you want to know the truth.  At least it’s not like Pokemon…except it is.  Because instead of trying to catch ’em all, you only need eight.  Btooom! is about this group of people who get kidnapped and thrown onto an island with tracking chips implanted in their hands and a fanny pack full of bombs who need to collect seven other chips by killing each other.  It’s based on a video game of the same name, and shocker, our male protagonist is the highest ranked Japanese player.  I really wanted to love this, and yes, I watched the shit out of it until I literally passed out, but…but…you will just have to wait and see.  Please note, I love everything it ripped off, Survivor included.  In theory, it should be one of my favorite anime.  But, in theory communism works, and we all know how that turned out.

Holy hell, I watched a lot of anime this week.  I guess that’s what happens when all you can do for a whole week is sit around waiting on phone calls, which is basically…what I did.  Not good phone calls, either, but this is not a post about my life.  It’s a post about distractions from it.  And here’s my present to you: a free crunchyroll guest pass!


Enjoy it!  Next week I may not have a post up because I’ll be out of town, but I’ll try my best if I watch anything besides the end of Btooom!….which I already saw.  Spoiler?

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?