Posted by psgels on 31 May 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

Okay, here the end-of-the-month-summary is again, consisting of two top-16’s, a top-11, top-5 and two awards of best male and best female part (got the idea from Hopeless). Hopefully it’s a bit more organized than last times, and I also attempted to include a few pictures. Dunno if it’ll be sucessful. Ah well.

+ Top 16 Spring Anime +
Out of all the series aired at the beginning of the Spring Season, I managed to continue following sixteen of them, if you ignore the series which have yet to get subbed, along with Dai Mahou Touge and Yoshinaga-san chi no Gargoyle, who both have just one subbed episode which is just too little in order to be able to be included in this list. Ranking these sixteen anime from worst to best proved to be quite a challenge, as it seemed that each anime has its great things and its flaws. Still, this is what it managed to become. Just a small note: my taste in anime is pretty strange, so this list may vary a lot from those you see on other websites.

16: Utawareumono

Currently the only series in danger of being dropped. This is just such a waste of a good concept. The main characters are just incredibly dull, and everything just seems too easy for our main character, and the eighth episode, which showed the departure of one of the best character (the guy with the axe) and the introduction of a very childish, busty angel didn’t really help too much either. It’s also certain that the main female character will get separated more and more from our main character until they eventually end up together again. The only thing stopping me from dropping it is the main character’s past. It’d better be good.

15: Kamisama Kazoku

Horrible waste of a concept, though Tenko managed to save it.

14: Witchblade

Same with Kamisama Kazoku: the anime itself is horrible, though the little girl SO managed to save this.

13: Soul Link

Okay, here it goes: the voice acting features one of the most horrible miss-casts ever, the graphics look horrible, the art of each of the single character is painful to watch, except when some female skin is shown, at these moments, the art looks decent again, every male looks horribly dull while every female looks like the typical cast of a harem-series, the music is awful, the characters’ personalities are annoying, the main villain is horribly cliché and the anime almost lives on the amounts of fanservice it offers. Still, I like the story.

12: Jyuu Oh Sei

I’m currently having trouble whether to decide whether this show is good or not. The first five episodes showed nice conflicts, though the main character remained an 11-year old boy. But overall, I liked it. At the sixth episode, however, five years suddenly seem to have past, and the anime turns into a fight between the two remaining Tops. Even though this remains a good twist, there are too many unanswered questions. Like, what did Thor do in while these five years passed? Clearly, he couldn’t have been sitting on his back for all this time?

11: Ouran High School Host Club

I’m currently seeing people going all giddly over this anime. And they’re right. Ouran High School Host Club is a good anime. But still, it could’ve been better. Various moments are wasted, and the drama sometimes seems a bit too over the top. Still, I’m still waiting for the Yuri-element to be introduced in this show. According to flou, it shouldn’t take much longer now.

10: Black Lagoon

The themes and moral questions introduced in this anime are just awesome. It really makes you think in a different way about issues like these. The action shown also is some real eyecandy, and the characters are great to see as well. I’m especially a fan of Dutch.

9: Tsubasa Chronicle

If you start to think about it, this anime doesn’t make any sense. Solution: don’t think about it. The characters, stories and worlds introduced in each of the episodes all remain just great and extremely enjoyable.

8: Saiunkoku Monogatari

The story being told is just great, Shiurei is a great character, and especially the antics of king Ryuuki while trying to please Shiurei are brilliant. Still, nothing really special has happened, though that can also be because I didn’t understand half of what was happening because I was watching the raws instead of the subs.

7: Simoun

One of the surprise hits this month. My disgust for the main character was immediately taken away along with the third episode. It promises to be great, especially when I see the reactions of some people who saw the eighth episode. I’d just wish more of this would come out.

6: Makai Senki Disgaea

People need to stop bitching about this. The anime’s great, period. Okay, it may have been horrible when you compare it with the game, but having not played the game, I don’t care.

5: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

I just love picking out all of the details about what happens each episode, and making assumptions of what’s going to happen next. This anime is perfect for these kinds of goals. The concept itself is also pure brilliance, and let’s not begin to talk about the awesomeness of the way each of the different characters interacts with each other. Still, let’s face it: the anime remains flawed. The first arc was too much over the top, and the second arc really felt unfinished and rushed.

4: .Hack//Roots

This is another one of those really awesome anime, especially the characters and the music are just great. Every one of the chracters has something unique, and the music itself remains memorable. At the moment, it’s just getting better and better. Still, it’s not the best series around, but it definately comes close!

3: xxxHolic

The stories told every episode just continue to get better and better. The characters are extremely brilliant, especially the dialogue between each of the characters remains memorable. And even though you have to get used to the unusual art a bit, the art is just awesome to see. This seems like it’ll be a very solid anime.

2: Good Witch of the West – Astraea Testament

Okay, it has its flaws, some of the scenes may be a bit too fast, and a few Deus ex Machina show up. Despite this, Good Witch of the West remains truly awesome. The art really is best ever to be featured in an anime, the themes introduced in every episode are great and especially the main characters are brilliant. I also really like the pacing and the direction this anime is heading for.

1: The Third

The previously mentioned anime all are awesome in their own way. Still, they all have their own major flaw. I’ve yet to discover a major flaw in The Third. Honoka is just an extremely versatile character. Her amount of development already ranks among the best anime around, and it’s only just reached its fourth episode. The battles also are just a feast for the eyes, not to mention the character design. This really will be a magnificent anime. Period.

+ Top 11 Older Anime +
I decided to not put these two categories together, as the older series have had more episodes in order to develop their series. Still, with cases like Ergo Proxy, who’s in danger of being overtaken by series like .Hack//Roots and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, this border remains very small. Anyway, this top 11 consists of my list of the 11 series which aired before spring 2006 and which were the best in the month of June. Series who finished in this month also count.

11: Bleach
Currently, Bleach is weak again. There were a couple of very strong and more importantly funny moments, but even these couldn’t save it from the weaker moments.

10: Ginga Densetsu Weed
There haven’t been too many releases out this month, but still, it remains an enjoyable anime. I get surprised every time it does the exact opposite of what a normal shounen-series would be doing, and some of the war tactics used in the latest episodes were just great to see.

9: Naruto
Call me crazy, but I actually like the fillers. They actually give some nice insight in all of the characters, and the stories told in each of the individual arcs are actually pretty good, especially the Laughing Shino-episode. Okay, it made no sense at all, but there were some extremely funny moments in it. I’m also a bit sadistical at the moment, I just love seeing all the Naruto-fans complain, flame towards the fillers and getting disappointed again. >:)

8: The Law of Ueki
This ended at the beginning of May, and it came with a very nice ending, providing a nice twist to close everything off. The last couple of episodes missed the brilliance that made Ueki shine, though.

7: Eureka7
I haven’t finished the series yet, simply because I’m too lazy to use the batched torrents (long story), therefore, I’ll just be keeping up with Nanashi’s releases. The season-long intermezzo continues, and Renton and Eureka develop more and more, providing some very nice, funny and entertaining situations. I indeed strongly recommend everyone who was turned off by the first episode to keep watching, as the anime shows one of the greater anime around.

6: Pani Poni Dash
The releases continue to come in very slow. And when I say slow, I mean slooooooow. Still, episode 24 totally made up for it, with one of the most brilliant parodies on ancient samurai-shows, with Becky as an evil landlord and Ichijou as a middle-aged samurai (hair included).

5: Ergo Proxy
The plot is about to turn into the amazing-direction. The basic concept of the anime is known, and now it’s up to the rest of the episodes to fill in this concept. So far, it’s really succeeding.

4: Blood+
This anime starts out mediocre, and as time progresses, it just continues to get better and better, without exception. Well then, what do you then get when this continues up to the 32th episode? Right, an amazing anime which only gets more amazing with every episode progressing. I’m really recommending this anime to anyone with a bit of patience.

3: PopoloCrois Story 1998
The living proof that childish designs and RPG-based anime are totally awesome. The story only continues to get better and better, and continues to deliver us numerous of amazing scenes.

2: Jigoku Shoujo
The first season of Jigoku Shoujo ended this month, and what an ending it was. Especially the pre-ending episodes were just too awesome. I can’t wait for the second season.

1: Noein
Yes, this certainly is one of the best anime ever made. It still hasn’t managed to beat Mahou Shoujotai, but apart from that, it surely reaches among the beauties of anime. Episode 22 was just pure brilliance.

+ Top 16 Summer 2006 +
Sometimes, my new anime previews cover all newly announced, sometimes they just cover the anime to come in the next season. I don’t really have a system for this, it mostly depends on my mood. This time, I was in the mood of giving thourough info about the anime which are to come in the summer of 2006, so here it is. Most people are currently worrying about series like the Second Honey and Clover, Genshinken 2, Mahou Sensei Negima, Kujian Unbalance, etc. I haven’t bothered to finish the first three, and I never even heard of the last one,which means that I don’t have anything to do with these new series. This was needed, as I have my own series to worry about: Arusu The Adventure. I’ve been letting it out from most of my new-anime previews, as there’s absolutely no information about it. The only thing that is known is that this anime has been announced to come in 2006. I first want some hard facts that it’s actually still in development, before I get all giddly over nothing. I so hope that these facts come soon.

The summer-season is so much different from the spring-season. Not only is the amount of released anime so much smaller, the settings vary as well. Spring covered a large amount of fantasy-series, while the summer season focuses more on modern or futuristic settings. It’ll be a very interesting twist. There are some real beauties among the new series. Most of the info is taken from the Animesuki-forums, AnimeNfo, AniDB and the respective official websites of the anime.


16: Night Head Genesis
(picture taken from official website). The Night Head-website seems to be a bit reluctant to give out information or material. Still, the website suggests that we’re dealing with another one of those big-budget anime. Still, this website almost made my computer crash, which didn’t make me too happy.


15: Tsuyokisu
“This anime is based on a game by Candy Soft. At first, it was released as an adult game, but later it was ported to PS2 platform as a non-adult game by Princess Soft. The game is a typical dating simulation that takes place in a high school. However, the selling point of this game is that all(?) the female characters are “tsundere”(Tsundere is a slang born in the Internet, and it is a word to describe the nature of female anime or game characters. Tsundere is a word combining two words, “Tsun Tsun” and “Dere Dere”. Both terms describe attitudes of a person. “Tsun Tsun” is used for cold/blunt/curt attitude, while “Dere Dere” is used when a person becomes spoony in front of his/her lover. Therefore, “Tsundere” is a female character who is usually cold, but she becomes spoony on her lover. Or, she is cold to the main character at first, but she becomes lovestruck later). The story revolves aroud a high school boy Tsushima Reo. He isn’t engaged in either sports or study, and he is always hanging around with his childhood friends, Samesuga Shinichi, Date Subaru, and Kanisawa Kinu. He secretly loves Kiriya Eria. She is a daughter of Kiriya Cooperation, very beautiful, smart, and a student leader. However, her acts are very eccentric. Therefore, at the same time she is loved by many students, she is hated by as many students. One day, because the main characters are being late for school, they try to sneak into the campus. However, a girl knocks them out to catch. It is Kurogame Otome. She is Reo’s cousin, and Reo thought of her as his elder sister when they were children, but they haven’t met for years. Soon, she begins to live with Reo in the same house in order to change his lazy life. In this way, he encounters various girls and makes friends with them.” (image and description taken from AnimeNfo). This is the big thing everyone’s waiting for. It’s supposed to be awesome. Still, I can not see the brilliance. The boy’ll probably end up with all of the different girls fallen in love with him, without any special reason except for the fact that he’s the main character. And “Tsundere”? What the heck is so special about a girl who’s cold and then opens up to our main character when she falls in love with him?


14: Tonagura!
“A childhood friend, Yuji, is coming home after a 10-year absence and Kazuki is eager to meet him again, hoping that he has become a handsome guy. In actuality, he’s become a very dirty pervert. In spite of her disappointment, he is making a move on her. Moreover, her older sister, Hatsune, tries to help their love along. Meanwhile, Yuji’s little sister, Marie, delights in shooting him with a paint gun.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). I’ve reviewed this series once before, back in december, and I remember that I really did not like the concept. I still don’t, but I have to say that the art begins to look too cute.


13: Chottoko Sister
“Haruma is a university student who lives alone. On Christmas Day, Santa Claus girl gives him a little sister.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). What the heck? Okay, this certainly is the strangest description I’ve ever seen. This’ll either be a mildly succesful comedy, or some material for the loli-fans among us. Judging from the picture taken from the website, I’m afraid it’ll be the latter.


12: Bokura ga Ita
“The beginning of high school life, also means the beginning of a brand new love life to the girls. For the lively high school freshman, Takahashi Nanami, nicknamed Nana, this is also the case… Incidentally, a popular guy, Yano Motoharu, happens to be in the same class as Nana. 2/3 of the girls in class fall in love with him but Nana seems to hate him?!”(taken from AniDB, picture taken from official website). No offence, but the story seems like the most standard love-story ever. I hope the side-characters can save it.


11: Zero No Tsukaima
“A normal high school student, Hiraga Saito, was summoned into another world. The witch who summoned him was Louise. She was very cute, but she was very haughty, and she had no facility for magic so that she was called “Louise the Zero” because of the success rate of her magic. While he was embarrassed, Louise suddenly pushed her lips to his. Soon, mysterious letters appeared on the back of his hand, and he became her familiar spirit. Then, Saito begins to live with Louise in a boarding house of Tristein Magical Academy. Every day, he is abused, scolded, and loved? by this haughty but cute girl. This is how his exciting days filled with courage, humiliation, and love begin.”(taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website) I can really see this one becoming the next MagiKano, including the extremely cheesy ending. Still, it provides a nice variety. Instead of the girls being the boy’s slave like in most harems, the boy gets to be the girl’s slave.


10: Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro
“The close relationship between political and business circles doesn’t die; politicians and government officers line their pockets taking advantage of their positions. Zaizen Jotaro is an investigator who is allowed to use extralegal methods to crack down these power abusing criminals.” (image and description taken from AnimeNfo). Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro, otherwise known as the anime with the very, very, very, very long name. Still, the concept seems like it’ll show promise.


9: Project BLUE Chikyuu SOS
“Now, unknown menace is approaching to the human being from outer space to invade. AD 2000, highly developed science reaches its acme, and the human begins are enjoying their brilliant age using dream engine, “G reactor”. At the opening ceremony of a bullet train, Inazuma-go, which runs from the capital Metropolitan to New York only for 90 minutes, Billy Kimura, Benny Carter, and Lotta witness a mysterious event. Inazuma-go is swallowed into iridescent light and gone. While Billy and Lotta are investigating the event, they know other disappearances occur all over the world. However, these events are not informed citizens, and they haven’t noticed them. United Nations organizes the Earth Defense Organization, Labyrinth, to investigate the event in order to confront the menace.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). I like the character designs so far. The plot seems a bit unrealistic, though (especially if Billy, Benny and Lotta also appear to be members of these Earth Defense Organization). Still, it can go into the right direction.


8: Muteki Kanbanmusume
“Onimaru Miki is a daughter of a Chinese restaurant, and she helps her mother to run the restaurant. She is supposed to be a Kamban Musume, or a poster girl, of the restaurant. However, she likes to fight and always makes troubles. Whether is she useful for the restaurant or not? This is a daily comedy revolves around Miki, and other unique characters. For example, Ohta Akio is a son of a vegetable store, and he is an otaku of Ranger series. Kannazuki Megumi is another Kanban Musume of a bakery store. At first glance, she is quite and cute, but actually she is a dissembler. She thinks Miki of her rival, and she disturbs Miki’s job in various dirty way.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). You know what? This can actually become pretty good, provided that the creators don’t focus the jokes on countless amounts of fanservice.


7: Chevalier
“In the 18th, in France, just before the French Revolution, it is Louis 15th Dynasty. Versailles enjoys its prosperity, with the gently flow of the Seine, Paris is full of beauty as well as grotesque chaos. At a dawn, a dead body of a woman floats in the Seine. Her name is Lia de Beaumon. On her coffin, mysterious letters – PSALMS – were carved. The little brother, D’Eon de Beaumon, works for the secret police, and chasing the consecutive lady missing case. His sister is one of the victims. Then, the history of taboo opens to D’Eon investigating the incidents.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). Another one of the big series, playing around the time of the french revolution. It seems to bring a bit of fantasy into the conflict. Overal, it can become good. The setting’s quite original, and it seems capable of doing great things.


6: Kemonozume
“The woman who he loves is a terrifying monster. The man she loves is the strongest monster hunter. They belong to adversary families, but they are attracted by the fate hard to resist.”(taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). Aah, a tragic love story between two characters who are destined to kill each other. Can become really worthwile if rightly executed.


5: Flag
“In 20xx, a civil war broke out in a small country in Asia is getting hard in spite of dispatch of UN forces. But a picture taken by accident in the battle field accelerates the peace process. It is a picture of a flag. Although they are enemies, they cooperate together to fly it in a sanctuary, and the flag becomes the symbol of the peace. However, just before the peace agreement is achieved, the flag is robbed by an armed extremist group in order to obstruct the truce. UN decides to send SDC (Special Development Command) and a cameraman to record their activities. The cameraman is Shirasu Saeko. She is the cameraman who took the picture of the flag. At first they think the mission is easy because they wear latest armed suits, HAVWC(High Agility Versatile Weapon Carrier), but they gets in trouble by unexpected attacks.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). I like the way that the main character is a photograper, sent on a mission in order to record the activities from some enemy extremists. I’m also a fan of the character designs. The fights can still mess up the anime, though, but for now I’m positive.


4: Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique ~Kokoro Mezameru Toki~
(image taken from official website) I’ve got no idea what this anime is about, but the art shown on the official site promises that this will be another one of those masterpieces. I’ll definately belooking forward to this series.


3: Coyote Ragtime Show
“The war has continued on the planet, Grazeland. Because the Earth Federation Governent is afraid the war might leap to other planets, they decided to destroy the Graceland by photon bombs. There are only 7 days left until the time limit. However, there is an inheritance of the Pirate King, Blues, somewhere in this planet.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). When I first saw this, I was a bit reluctant about it. Still, the trailer convinced me: the combination of the great looking character, amazing music and creative concept will most probably be just awesome.


2: NHK ni Youkoso
Based on a novel by Takimoto Tatsuhiko, turned into a manga with illustration by Ooiwa Kenji. Japanese shut-ins, loli h-games and conspiracies, oh my! The existence of the evil organization of “NHK”, I happened to find it. All the reasons why I dropped out from the university, being unemployed and a “Hikikomori” – homicidal young person – are due to NHK`s conspiracy. I`ll keep fighting till the day I will beat the vice organization. But one day, an assassin from a religious group, shows up to kill me. She is a neat and beautiful girl, Misaki-chan, with a parasol. Who is she? What can save our future contaminated with eroticism, violence and drugs? Love, courage, or friendship? (image and description taken from AniDB) This really is a concept I’ve fallen in love with. It can fail horribly, yes, I know. But at the moment, it makes for such a great concept for an anime.


1: Otogi Juushi Akazukin
(image taken from official site) Everyone who’s been reading my monthly summaries knows that this is the series I’m really looking forward to. This is the first anime ever which is based on a figurine, other than a manga/novel/RPG/hentai game, and it promises to be awesome. The OVA, which came out last year, certainly proved that. The setting is about two worlds who live right next to each other. A world of magic and a world of technology. God split these worlds apart in order to prevent humans from joining magic and technology together, because that would become a bit too dangerous. The story focuses around a young boy who seems to posess some special powers and lives in the technology world. There are a couple of bad guys after his powers and so, the magic world sends a young girl in order to help him. Fairy tales also seem to be a strong influence in this anime, as the OVA showed us Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots references (probably even more, but I unfortunately forgot).

+ Best Male Character: +

Kurogane – Yes, Kuro-tan is shining again. Despite all of the things he has to endure from Fye, he remains his cool self.
Runner-ups: Haseo (.Hack//Roots), Sakisaka (.Hack//Roots), Roux (Good Witch of the West), Yuu (Noein), Domeki (xxxHolic)

+ Best Female Character: +

Honoka – Yes, Honoka’s probably one of the most fleshed out characters ever. Add that to the fact that her personality is just great, and you have a recipe for success.
Runner-ups: Firiel (Good Witch of the West), Shiurei (Saiunkoku Monogatari), Flonne (Makai Senki Disgaea), Yuuko (xxxHolic), Rena (Higurashi)

+ Top-5 Episodes +
5: xxxHolic – 8
This episode was just amazing to see. First starting with Watanuki, cleaning out Yuuko’s stuff and noticing the rug with the butterflies, the episode then displays a great story about a woman who loses herself and breaks down.

4: Ergo Proxy – 9
Both Vincent and Pino contributed to this amazing episode. The bad guy also was just great to see. It’s just too bad that Ril was nowhere to be found.

3: Jigoku Shoujo – 25
Emna Ai’s past. And it’s one of the saddest and best pasts ever.

2: PopoloCrois Story – 10
Seeing Gamigami trying to get his hands on the Crown of Wisdom was just too awesome to see. Finally we see a guy who has the right to call himself a genius. ^^

1: Noein – 22
One of the best episodes ever. No question possible. This was just so horribly sad for Isami, Miho and Ai.

8 Responses

  1. Cos says:

    NHK is a manga adaptation and the manga is really great,I just hope they won’t butcher it.It reminds me of Genshiken,but I don’t know why…
    As for Tsundere all men are crazy about them because they are basicaly the type of woman who are pure and hard to conquer,but when you succed they become perfect lovers..so it must be male instinct.
    And ergo proxy reaease are too slow!!

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Indeed. The Ergo Proxy-releases have been somewhat consistent at around the ninth episode, though the tenth episode is taking ages to come to us.

    NHK indeed seems too awesome, though after I made this post, I found out that Gonzo will be producing it. As Gonzo seems to be focusing at mainstream-only, I’m hoping for this anime to survive its butchering.

    And I can indeed see Tsuyokisu get all popular over nothing.

  3. Anga says:

    For some reason when i watched Otogi Juushi Akazukin OVA i got Final Fantasy flashbacks, though don’t if it was just results of playing those games too much back then.

    Dating sim full of tsunderes sounds…bad. I guess i don’t have to watch Tsuyokisu at all.

    Genshinken was ok, but didn’t really feel it needed second season. Why all animes about otakus are so special anyway?

    Btw, is there any shoujo series during summer season? H&C of course, but it sounds bit lonely to be only one. The image i got from your text isn’t that promising.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    “Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique ~Kokoro Mezameru Toki” sounds pretty shoujo to me. Especially when I look at the designs, though I have no idea what it’ll be about. “Muteki Kanbanmusume” has some small potential of becoming one, but somehow, I fear it won’t. It’s indeed true, the more I look at it, the more I see that this will be a unique season. Whether it’ll be good or not, I can’t say yet.

  5. Anga says:

    Okay, thanks. Though it’s not complete loss even if i don’t find any good shoujo since few from this season have more than 13 episodes.

  6. Hopeless says:

    This is the most extraordinary post I have read for a while. I once thought my top 30 list was huge! I’ve never watched PopoloCrois Story 1998, or anything related to it, but with your recommendation I must try it out, since if it wasn’t for your love of Mahou Shoujo Tai I would never have visited its wonderful world.

    I had no idea most of these upcoming shows actually existed! I’m a fan of the NHK manga, which is one of the most hilarious and yet painfully disturbing manga I have ever read, so I hope Gonzo will not dilute the anime. I’d only vaugely heard of Otogo…, but it looks to be one of the most interesting series in the near future. I’m already won over by Chevalier, and Coyote Ragimte Hour looks interesting. Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique’s designs seem attractive and promise fantasy, which I’ve always adored, while Kemonozume really sounds almost noir-ish. The other show here that really interests me is Project BLUE, which appeals to be on some subconcious level, the way Bushilord does. Apart form the tsundere show (I agree, I really do not see what is so special about tsundere, even though I like quite a few characters that fall loosely into the catagory), most of these seem exciting and potentially great.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Popolocrois is a rather old anime (as it aired in 1998), but I love it. Even though the character designs need some getting used to, thought he characters themselves instantly captured me. It starts off with a couple of seemingly random episodes, though after these, you can really see a great story evolving. I don’t know whether it’ll capture veryone like it did with me, though.

    Otogi once appeared as an unimportant, almost unnoticable OVA. I managed to see it, and I was sold instantly. NHK seems even more interesting, though I fear for Gonzo. Chevalier has yet to win my enthusiasm, though, but it remains a very interesting looking title. The characters in Coyote Ragtime Show are the ones that sold me. They really look interesting. Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique indeed seems like a very promising shoujo-show. And now that you mention it, Kemonozume indeed has the same atmosphere Noir did. I’m not too sure abut Project Blue. The character designs look great, but I first want to know more about the story itself.

    And thanks. ^_^ It indeed took a lot of time in order to produce this behemoth of a post. I’m glad it turned out right.

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That was me Mario
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@Masky: it wasn't, but Gui Niao did mention the pipe has multi-purpose functions: do far he uses the pipe to write, to create a hallucination smoke, to make an actual bushfire, to open the lock, now to be a sword-pipe. What's next? To be a wifi modem? to be a boomerang? to shapeshift into an umbrella?
Masky
So Thunderbolts Fantasy :D Totally called the pipe being a sword (assuming it wasn't shown earlier and I just forgot about it)
AidanAK47
@Anon146321, typos are hard to avoid when you write fast. What's really important to is that the point gets across, which it did.
Anonymous146321
Medium not meduim
Masky
I wonder if trolls consider people explaining why their trolling is bad a successful trolling .-. I mean, my experience is that most of trolls aren't really smartest or most creative of people, I think most of them are happy if people just talk about them.
AidanAK47
@Anon141285, oh come on boy. Put some effort into trolling. You need to get people to actual think you believe what you are saying. Here you have already messed up because you use the old "Chinese cartoons" which is supposed to piss of anime fans because it suggests you are ignorant of the meduim but then you reference the nukes showing full well you know where they are from. You have failed.
Anonymous141285
Chinese cartoons proof that two nukes weren't enough. Or were too much depending on the perspective
SuperMario
oh, talking about teenage horror female movie, make sure to check out Raw whenever its available online. That is one hell of a fun cannibal ride!
SuperMario
my point is we tend to spend our stupid 20s phase feel like its wasted, but really it does help develop our hobby/sense/wisdom, whatever it is.
Kaiser Eoghan
I find myself now that I've grown up wanting to punch kid characters from horror films lol
Kaiser Eoghan
About the watching stories with younger female characters...its starting to feel like I shouldn't be or that it doesn't feel appropriate, actually sort of awkward/skeevy.
SuperMario
True enough. But remember that even Quentin Tarantino had his 20s basically just a movie-clerk, watched movies like a maniac and he made that classic Pulp Fiction when he was like 33
Kaiser Eoghan
Looking back It feels dickish that I laughed reading NHK.
Kaiser Eoghan
I mean look at Re-life, I mean ow, everyone went through that.
Kaiser Eoghan
I think we'll find that stage where we'll get irritated by stories reminding us of our stupid 20s phases eventually just as some teenage focused anime/manga annoyingly remind us of being teens.
Kaiser Eoghan
In terms of anime/manga, much as I'd still see myself liking NHK I could see myself getting more frustrated with the lead character now being in my early 30s.
Kaiser Eoghan
In the past year I've been looking at hentai/ecchi imageboards not as often as I used to.
Kaiser Eoghan
Judy Delphy and Juliette Binoche have aged surprisingly well...
Ah its less fancying/finding them attractive, moreso taking notice of them.
SuperMario
I can understand the others but Meryl Streep too? Man, you're aging I can tell
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Julianne Moore, Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Sreep, Susan Sarandon, Cate Blanchett.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: like whom if I may ask?
SuperMario
But I'm always interested in women issues myself so Mustang just hit me hard
Kaiser Eoghan
Its a sign of me aging I guess too. I'm noticing older actresses too now where I wouldn't have in the past.
SuperMario
Looking forward to Under the Shadow too, also really keen to see how The Bad Batch would turn out to be
SuperMario
Strangely I've become more engaged with teen, coming-of-age films recently (well, Aku no Hana is sort of teen drama as well),but yes, old man's psyche is my thing too
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Synecdoche, the passenger, winter light, anomalisa , wild strawberries , la notte for example.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: The day is coming where drama centred around twentyboppers won't have the same level of effect on me. Had I seen buffalo 66 5 years ago I would have been all over it. Old man/middle age angst is becoming more my thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I'm honestly having a harder time getting into films that focus on young girls/teenagers.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Theres only a few upcoming films left I'm looking forward to, Elle, Valley violence, whispering star and under the shadow.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I appreciate mustang for the issue it deals with and addresses but I felt it predictable and the drama didn't hit harshly enough. It feels like an academy/oscars film.
SuperMario
Kaiser: remember I mention about watching those 96 Cannes line-ups? I think I will get to watch them soon, since I downloaded all the movies already
SuperMario
@Kaiser: btw, you hated Mustang? It's also one of my favorite film so far.
SuperMario
but maybe think of it that way will make the manga more entertaining...
SuperMario
You see Aku no Hana as a dark comedy? haha I'm speechless
Kaiser Eoghan
Like you Mario I don't care for heavy infodumping and that took me out of the new world.
Kaiser Eoghan
Bebop had that problem for me in that I saw outlaw star and trigun first.
Kaiser Eoghan
I still feel aku no hana is a guilty pleasure manga, a crazy dark comedy or maybe thats just my humour.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hataraku had me laughing up to episode 7, while Amagi felt stale from the start.
Looking back on Baccano I still like Claire and Russo but the other characters not so much, the main series is enjoyable enough but the extra episodes hold back the score.
I've never watched Habane straight through although I have finished the series. Ghost vs ergo? Ergos final episode wrecked the show.
Topgavin
I thing Hataraku was a lot more consistent, but Amagi had some standout episodes. For me the OVA, the pirate ship episode and the school episode were great. "Simply put, we have to go lewder" is one of my fav quotes
K-Off
How was that by the way? I never bothered to watch Amagi Brilliant Park all the way through because I felt so cynical about it after the first two episodes. Hataraku Mao Sama on the other hand was genuinely refreshing for the first half of the season.
SuperMario
In other news, The Eccentric Family is getting 2nd season. Now I'm filled with joy
SuperMario
Still feel bad to compare an 1-cour series (Baccano) to an 4-cours one. But in this case Baccano would take my cake.
Topgavin
I reckon The Devil is a Part Timer vs Amagi Brilliant Park would be a fun one, and I wouldn't know which would win.
AidanAK47
Baccano vs Durarara might make a good matchup. Baccano is the better one but Durarara does seem to be more popular.
Syndrome
Yeah it is a bit obvious and they dont share much in common anyway. Just that they are two of the most well known anime out there. I enjoyed NGE more than Cowboy Bebop, but I agree on the later beeing overall a better anime.
AidanAK47
Oh look. Berserks Manga is on Haitus again. Muira...just..at this point I ain't even mad. Just disappointed.
SuperMario
Well, new post on Flowers of Evil is out. Come eat it up.
SuperMario
@Syndrome: was thinking about that match-up (NGE vs Cowboy Bebop) but isn't it too obvious? I always intend to pick something that caught you guys off-guard haha
AidanAK47
@Syndrome, no contest. Cowboy Bebop wins outright.
Syndrome
On a serious note, for related anime, I would be curious about something like Ergo Proxy against Ghost in the Shell
Syndrome
Go for NGE vs Cowboy Bebop and watch the world burn
SuperMario
Yeah, I agree it's one of the main factors, but even so From the New World had a higher grade too. But I wouldn't pick Haibane Renmei against From the New World if I didn't think it had a chance to win. Those who loved the former really loved it, while people more appreciate From the New World than actually love it. Well, can't beat the consensus I guess.
Topgavin
I'd say a major reason for that would be the popularity difference. On MAL, Haibane has a following of 110k people, with FTNW having 270k.
SuperMario
I'm personally quite disappointed with the results. Will try harder for a more competitive match-up next time
AidanAK47
@Mario, if you say so. I say by now the victor has been decided.
SuperMario
@Aidan: we don't need to sticky the Versus Show again, as I will put up the Aku no Hana post tomorrow anyway
AidanAK47
Yeah the brightness got a bit much in some places after episode 18.
Topgavin
I thought the brightness was done well in the episode with Rem sitting beside Subaru's bed and her smiling/crying, but yeah this was too much
SuperMario
@anon125687: my thought exactly. While I was watching it I thought to myself that it's too bright!!
Anonymous125687
Why do final episodes overdo the blur effect and fuzzy lighting its literally over dramatic cancer. Just let it end normally ffs
afgm
Well, it's hard, since it doesn't really feel finished, so even if you know it will eventually end well if given a chance, you can't really put your full confidence behind those bets
AidanAK47
Got a bit long winded in that review and yet I feel like I really didn't get across what makes the series so good.
AidanAK47
Well that's the Re:Zero review written up. I will get to work on 91 days next and maybe Prisms Illya maybe after that. Lost all entuasim after they messed up that last episode in Illya. Overall it's been pretty disappointing.
AidanAK47
As for that twist. I think they could work it easily into a first episode. The impact would still be there for people marathoning the thing in the future and it would be a good "Oh Shit!" moment to start the second season. If they jump ahead a bit to a certain moment it would actually make for a great opener.
AidanAK47
I say the only chance of season two not coming would be if White Fox doesn't like money. Considering that the pace which the light novel adaption has sped up from every few months to a release every month I guess that they want to make that second season as badly as we want it. At this pace they could start a second season in maybe a years time. Maybe every half a year depending on cour length.
Syndrome
Also, if season 2 ever come (that would be a surprise if not, and truly annoying), I dont know how they will manage with the "twist", as something this impactful would come way too fast without any kind of setup. Wait and see, I guess.
Syndrome
After seeing the last Re:Zero I couldnt help but spoil myself, and I kind of understand why WhiteFox went with that kind of ending, skipping what would be a giant shtstorm on the internet. Even though, in a sad world where there would be no season 2, Im still a bit disappointed with the ending. Its nice to wrap it up this way but its a stale regarding the plot and there is no food for thought.
SuperMario
@aidan: you sure are fast when it comes to Re:Zero haha. Alrighty, we'll go with that then
AidanAK47
@mario,I am putting up a Re:Zero post. Tommarrow. I will unsticky it for a day and then we can sticky it again.
reaLjustified
@K-Off No worries, it's so messed up. Stay safe.
SuperMario
@Aidan: if you going to post Re:Zero review soon, you can unsticky the Versus Show post, otherwise I will take it down in 2 days
SuperMario
@K-Off: I feel for ya. Glad that there were only minor injuries. I heard a blogger claimed that he did it because of the gay rights. Sound bullsh*t to me
K-Off
Shit ton of manga have gotten updates but I don't feel like talking about them for a while, lost my appetite.
K-Off
@Kaiser Living in NYC all my life I remember 9/11, flight 587 crash in Queens, the Hudson River water landing, and now this.
AidanAK47
So far it seems most of the people calling it disappointing are those who know whats comes after that last scene and were looking forward to how the fanbase reacts to it. But it would have been a pretty terrible as well as evil way to end the series.
Topgavin
Yeah, I thought it gave enough closure for us to be satisfied yet still desperately wanting the next season.
AidanAK47
@Anon120947, I really don't see what's so disappointing about it. I thought it was a pretty solid way to end the series.
Kaiser Eoghan
I think at most the worst thing that happened in my area was two conmen going around and an gangster attack on a nearby hotel.
Kaiser Eoghan
@K-off: Honestly, glad to hear you're safe. And having a bomb go off nearby would make me feel paranoid.
@Anon: I'm waiting, waiting for reviews written after the show ends.
Anonymous120947
Feels like it has been done this way in case of a never happening season 2... to kind of close it.
Anonymous120947
Wow, that last episode of Re:Zero was pure straight disapointment... finishing like this feels is real suffering.
K-Off
Well, we don't know yet. We don't know who did it, if it was connected to the pipe bomb explosion in jersey, etc. But the second device found on 27th street does seem to point the situation towards terrorism.
afgm
Luckily it doesn't seem to be a terror attack
K-Off
Yeah. I was a good 8 blocks away inside a restaurant so I didn't even know until later. It must have been a pretty small bomb since all the injured have apparently already been released from the hospital.
AidanAK47
Damn. Just looked it up. Good thing you weren't at the area when the bomb went off.
K-Off
Fucking hell, transit is so congested I still can't get home. Luckily it seems like there's no fatalities according to the initial reports, there are still a shit ton of people around central for shelter. I didn't hear or feel the explosion at chelsea, and currently I'm at lenox with my bicycle. So congested it looks like I'm going to have to walk my bike a few more miles before I get picked up. L
AidanAK47
Watched The Empire of Corpses. I makes me sad to see a great idea be turned into such a mediocre movie. I think this concept could have been put to much better use but instead it decided to go with the blandest option.
SuperMario
The guy who will direct it is a live-action director who only had Psycho Pass the Movie (not a good one) as an anime director. WTH? Don't know what to think about this new FLCL now
SuperMario
and it will be co-produced by Adult Swim on top of that?
SuperMario
How comes I just noticed this old news that FLCL will get two-seasons sequel...
Masky
And by that I mean "Huh, haven't checked the blog for two days"
Masky
Yay commenting on two days old blog posts
AidanAK47
Finished rewatching Re:Zero and now ready for the finale. Let's see how this goes.
AidanAK47
I will be mourning the now dead hope of a somewhat decent Berserk adaption.
The last few episodes were not bad but purely on the merits of the source material and not the adaption.
SuperMario
@Bam: I'll be mourning indeed.
@Anon 112098: I haven't watched Chef, but it has more to do with me not interested in chef's life whatsoever. Is it good?
Bam
I'm out of town until Sunday evening. The Berserk finale post will hopefully be up early Monday mourning, followed by the overall cour review a bit later in the week.
Anonymous112098
Habe u seen Chef with John Favreau?
AidanAK47
I am quite upset with how Sliver link handled that scene. It was the one scene I wanted done right. Just that one scene...and they screwed it up.
SuperMario
He scored the Prince of Egypt? I didn't know that, but yeah I remember it had a great score. Also "When you believe"
K-Off
Well, a lot of his earlier work is just brilliant. Prince of Egypt in my opinion is his greatest work.
SuperMario
*nothing wrong
SuperMario
Well, Hans Zimmer could do nothing really; but that's a reason why I have a bit of problem with his scores. Everything he made are solid but ultimately sound the same to me.
SuperMario
Agree that the music has been excellent. Not only the soundtrack thou, but the sound editting in general is great (that ringtone during the Great Whale for example).
AidanAK47
@Mario, Understandable. As much as I love this show, I admit that it has elements I am sure could turn off people.
Also I really should have talked about the music in this series more. It really is a phenomenal soundtrack. I hear they were going with a more cinematic approach to it with Hans Zimmer being a primary inspiration.
SuperMario
@Aidan: it has been a fun ride, I'm glad I stick with it till the end; although I'm not as enthusiastic about it as you are. :)
AidanAK47
Re-watching Re:Zero in preparation for the finale. Still is awesome a second time through. In fact the middle part of the series I felt dragged fairs a whole lot better when marathoned though. Noticing a number of things watching the second time. For one Roswell has a really goddamn annoying way of talking. I say I will be giving this on a very favorable review.
Anonymous110962
Hugh Mungus
AidanAK47
@TopGavin, I haven't watched it yet but I hope what you said about the animation isn't too bad because this is where they need to be on top of their game.
Topgavin
So that fate episode was interesting, lotsa stuff happened. Seemed like the animation was worse than usual and my god how could the subs screw up the incantation.
reaLjustified
@Aramus Why would you want to send the picture to your friend? Tell 'em to see it for themselves at the site! lol.
Friend
Most of the time they meant no harm, I think it's always about getting recognition. They quickly take them down after I send them a polite email, and I let them save their ego without smearing them on their page.
afgm
(ok maybe a little fault should go to them lol)
afgm
@Friend: That sucks, but its definitely understandable. People can be pretty thoughtless at times (no fault to them of course).
afgm
tiger mask did make it into the upper quartile though, which is surprising
Friend
@afgm I don't have a large internet presence with my work exactly because I've had situations with theft on Pinterest. For work, I just carry USBs with my portfolio pieces in them :/
Friend
@Aramus Heya, thanks for the inquiry. Unfortunately the fell image won't be available openly unless for commercial purposes, but otherwise feel free to contact me in my business email! :)
afgm
ah you know what? I read the title Time Bokan 24 and thought it had 24 votes x)
SuperMario
@afgm: Time Bokan receives 0 vote the last time I checked it. I'm more surprised that people love Haikyuu that much
SuperMario
Such a shame because I enjoy writing it a lot
SuperMario
2 more episodes on Thunderbolt Fantasy and I might break the sites' record (hall of shame really) for covering a show without any comment, haha.
afgm
Also what is Time Bokan and why does it have more votes than 95% of the other anime in the poll haha
afgm
well it's always iffy giving out images without the creator knowing. You can never know where its going to end up. I strongly suggest you contact Friend.
aramus1
@Afgm Sorry, I was the anon. The weird username thing is bugging out. And was going to send it to a friend, did she not want it out there?
afgm
@anon: you better not be thinking about refistributing the image without her consent. youre better off contacting her on her homepage...
AidanAK47
@Anon108797, In the comments he mentions that it's an April Fools joke. So there is hope for humanity yet.
Anonymous108797
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bBa44-FIqk Why does this even exist
Kaiser Eoghan
Can't believe I still haven't read Dragon head or the world is mine yet...I need to fix that.
Anonymous108669
@afgm Awesome! Is there any way to get the source image though, her portfolio doesn't have it unfortunately.
afgm
the footer has the source. it was made special by her
Aramus
Yo, can anyone give a source on the new wallpaper thing? it looks awesome!
AidanAK47
@Mari, no problem. Thanks for for the thanks.
I argee that the fall looks to be pretty weak but it's hard to tell until the season really starts. I have been blindsided by series before.
MariShandy
AidanAK47 and those who helped you, thank you for the season preview. Time to pick the series that I will follow. You make this much easier for me!
Anonymous107505
#nochin
afgm
it reminds me of Durara
afgm
Well Occultic;Nine does have pretty good promotional material, too, and the concept is pretty cool.
AidanAK47
I think the majority of our readers are Steins;gate fans seeing as Occultic;Nine is currently in the lead on the poll.
AidanAK47
Updated the preview with the more tag so episode posts don't get pushed down to the end of the page.
SuperMario
haha so watch the anime with us then
Kaiser Eoghan
Too many chapters of both out at the moment for me to marathon/catch up lol
SuperMario
Good choice, Kaiser. Good choice!!
Kaiser Eoghan
My vote is for drifters and 3-gatsu no lion. Will jump onto the manga where both leave off after.
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