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.

  8. mortgage says:

    Interest-only lifetime mortgage plans are provided by two lending institutions presently
    – Stonehaven & more2life.

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Hate when this happens, keep getting this itch to watch the followup to something I liked in the past but no full well I'd hate if I went back to it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hopefully I'll make time for Irae and subahibi, don't know anything about clockwork. Ended up getting involved in what will likely turn into a business course soon.
AidanAK47
Some really great Visual Novels localised this year. Muv Luv Alternative, Sharin no Kuni, Dies Irae, SubaHibi and clockwork key line. It's good year to be a VN fan. Now I just need an update about Baldr Sky.
AidanAK47
Subarashiki Hibi is getting published by Front Wing. Hell goddamn yes. Finally I can read it and be traumatised for life.
Anonymous870083
mm okay thanks!
AidanAK47
@Anon1, Think you might just have to go with a torrent. It's pretty hard to find direct download anime these days.
Anonymous870541
the latest episode of rakugo just made my heart sank. i didn't think it would get better than it already is. i thank god that i didn't read ahead
Anonymous870083
does anyone know where I can download the remastered version of the Utena series? without torrent?
SuperMario
the same very thought here Lenlo. What I considered the weakest part turned out to be so layered. Sorry for ever doubting you, Rakugo.
Lenlo
And that smirk at the end, beautiful
Lenlo
The weakest plot point of S1 has just become the best part ever.
Lenlo
OOH MAN. I was not ready. The entire first season was all a setup. I cant. What. HOW DOES IT GET BETTER
Lenlo
Cant wait to watch Rakugo tonight, just got home and im lookin forward to it,.
AidanAK47
I think before grabbing the protest signs it might be worth considering if the thing you are demanding be uncensored is even worth it. Oh yeah, now you can see genitalia in crap sex scenes that were crow bared into the plot. No more need to use your imagination.
AidanAK47
Some protest because they want there porn. That I suppose I can understand even if I think they would be better off buying some nukige. But then there are those who demand it just for the sake of standing against censorship. They don't give a crap about the game or the fact we are getting the exact same thing the japanese got. What? Censorship of sexual organs? DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!
AidanAK47
There are people actively proclaiming they won't buy the game, because they can't see dicks. That is not hyperbole. This is literally exactly whats happening here. And they just act so goddamn self righteous about it. Porn is not the goddamn point of these games. Shouldn't even be in them in the first place.
AidanAK47
So another Sekai Kickstarter is up for a trilogy of Visual novels called A Clockwork Ley-Line. Chipped in my bit as I am going to be buying this regardless but like goddamn clockwork you get the idiots yelling for Mosaic removal. No matter how I try to rationalize it, this just sounds stupid.
Kaiser Eoghan
Just whenever I think Rakugo may be dragging its feet it comes out a gives me three big strong moments in this weeks episode, you will know them when you come to them.
K-Off
Dubbing in more subdued performances work fine. It just becomes unbearable when it involves shouty dialogue, which idescribes most of the Japanese games I play.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I think at the time it allowed Bagel (where did he go?) to find some exploit/gap in the sites security too.
SuperMario
I mean the spoiler code in the comment section. ^^. Like I don't mind if readers give (potential) spoilers but I don't want to ruin the fun of other readers as well
AidanAK47
After all it wasn't a intended feature of the old shoutbox. We were pretty much hacking the thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
I seem to remember all those old html codes stopped working on the old shoutbox too at one point.
Kaiser Eoghan
There was also originally an ability to animate text too of the shoutbox and have gifs appear in the message box but not as links.
AidanAK47
I remember some HTML code worked with the old shoutbox but nope. But I suppose you could change the colour of text to white...though that would effect everything you write.
SuperMario
Btw, do we have spoiler tag here Aidan?
SuperMario
@anon861679: Agreed. They have big ambitions, but they seems unsure on what to do next. I mean engaging your readers to give their thoughts is good, but if it is a mean for you to get inspiration to write essay about isn't that great. Well, give them say 6 months until they can settle down (they just launched this site for 3,4 months only)
Kaiser Eoghan
Despite being fine with anime in English, I've almost always felt that voice acting in videogames isn't as good.
Anonymous861679
Hey mario, that anime feminist blog was well, kind of awful. While they're well intentioned, it felt like they were pushing tumblr stuff onto chan stuff and that always ends up in a smoking mess.
SuperMario
Okay I'm going to erase my memories right now
SuperMario
I swear I'll stay off reddit for good. Have been spoiled by the development of ACCA by one of their "theory". As soon as I realized it's freaking spoiler I stopped but what done is done. Ahhhhhhhhhh
K-Off
Christ Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty addicting, micro transactions are not necessary at all. Though it irks me that I can't get Japanese voices. Dubs just make me cringe every time.
SuperMario
@ckspike: Hand Shakers, the very quality that makes you brain cells die while watching it. Well, I actually think the music is one of the best part of the show, now that you mention it like that...well...*slap my forehead*
ckspike
... my roommate just told me the background music when I'm watching Hand Shakers sounds like a bad porno... Now I can't unhear it. Fuck!
Lenlo
I havnt kept up with Academia, for some reason it just didnt catch me as well as the movie first did.
AidanAK47
You know what's funny? I thought little Witch Academia would be the hardest one to blog. Yet halfway into the current season and it's the one I write the most about.
Lenlo
I actually dont read many blogs. Mostly just this place and the occasional pop on reddit
Anonymous859067
I'd like to present to one of my favorite blogs, A work I just created: Greed Island! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tc2r.greedisland
AidanAK47
I go to Reddit anime myself but I don't really like the upvote system. Basically the majority rule opinions get put to the top which more often than not are jokes.
HelghastKillzone
I listen to podcasts on youtube and others places as well as going on Reddit Anime to hear a thousand people yammering away.
Kaiser Eoghan
I irregularly follow the episode reviews on ANN and sometimes read standing on my neck. I fell out of the habit of following random curiousity.
SuperMario
Anime Feminist (animefeminist.com), while sounds ambitious on paper, hasn't been too hot unfortunately. I know they aim to be "big" so they're still figuring out how to do it best. Well, good luck for them!
SuperMario
Oh, I know I've mentioned this site before but you guys should read it (blog.sakugabooru.com), this site is one of the only few blogs that I actively subscribed to read their post. They have some insights to the anime industry that is very informative and inspiring
SuperMario
I also think that this chatbox here plays a great role to keep a fair amount of readers for the site, as many sometimes just come here to give their two cents on certain anime.
SuperMario
I just checked out rabujoi blof for the first time, (https://rabujoi.wordpress.com) and I think they're in pretty good shape. Content-wise are solid (as far as I read), and they update their post pretty regularly (comparing their amount of posts last month (80) to ours (28), ouch)
SuperMario
Just really wonder, what are other anime sites that you guys follow beside this? Well, ANN and RandomC are a given, but I found myself haven't bothered to read ANN's episodic reviews lately (mostly due to time constraint)
AidanAK47
Don't tell me this is gonna be a regular thing.
Lenlo
There we go
Lenlo
Oh god JSON objects. I thought that nightmare was over
SuperMario
Mine is working probably as well. Thanks a bunch K-Off and glad to hear back from you.
K-Off
No problem.
K-Off
I really need to figure out how to get those damn tooltips working again on the sidebar thumbnails. It'd be useful to have the descriptions popup.
AidanAK47
Cleared my cache and it looks to be fixed. Thanks as always K-Off. I would be completely screwed without you around.
K-Off
Alright I think that did it. Let me know if it pops up again. If you still see it, clear your browser cache and let me know if its still there.
AidanAK47
Messages still get sent. You just might have to reload the page. We are working on getting it fixed.
Vonter
AidanAK47 I can't get into Fate since like with Nanoha there's a lot of stuff with those names in it. Zero was the most straightforward, yet the buildup was very dragout but the payoffs where very worthy.
HelghastKillzone
testing message.
AidanAK47
This is what I get for updating the bloody plugin.....
AidanAK47
He finished it and was telling me what he thought of Saber defeating Gilgamesh. Minute he said that I was like "OH GOD..." He watched the Deen 2006 adaption. Sadly it loos like he's not going to bother watching UBW TV despite me showing him part of the berserker fight. With Fate/Extra, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Oath under the snow and all the rest this problem will happen again.
AidanAK47
You know I wish the Fate series did a better job naming it's series. I was introducing a newbie so I gave him Fate/Zero first. He loved it so I specifically told him to watch the UBW TV Series and don't mistake it for the movie. He then went and watched the movie. I told him to watch the TV series regardless and brought up the MAL page to show him which one.
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, there's definately no harm in doing further reading on more arthouse stuff before reviewing it/watching/after watching, it extends our understanding and is pretty much required.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Go for it, you might sell me on reading it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Yeah, I generally only write reviews every now and then, and they tend to be kept simple and to 200-300 words. My writing ability only really works when I write in stream of consciousness.
Anonymous855550
Zestiria is such a feast for the eyes... The colors and backgrounds are so vivid and magnificent. Story has improved on the game's weaknesses too!
Lenlo
Given enough time, im sure I could write something, but as I writer I tend towards quick, decisive statements of what I think and why. Engineer, so technical documents are like the only thing I know how to write.
Topgavin
@Supermario ah, I'd say I'm the opposite in that I sometimes don't know why I like something so much, and when I read a review about it I can relate my own experiences and put it in my own words pretty well. Can thank Highschool eco for that
SuperMario
But to tell you guys the truth, I never think that I'm cut out as a reviewer (even now), because I'm a type of viewer who more perceive (I know why I like/ don't like stuffs) than express (just can't never explain stuffs well)
SuperMario
@Topgavin: it's depending on what grabbing you really; as I always find shows with heavy symbolisms like Penguindrum or Flip Flappers the easiest to dig deeper. But those are always my kind of show to begin with
Topgavin
I'd find it really hard to write something about a show without reading about it first; watching it one time by myself I usually only notice the big things. Stuff like Flip Flappers I had no clue what half the episode's hidden meanings were, can't imagine reviewing a show like NGE or penguindrum.
SuperMario
that's exactly how I write my reviews anyways
Lenlo
I cant imagine writing a review, id just repeat myself with different words but the same intended meaning over and over again
AidanAK47
Wonder if I should write a review of this. Might be hard without giving too much away.
AidanAK47
(Finishes Sweetest monster Visual novel)
.....well....fuck.
(Buys all authors visual novels on steam.)
Lenlo
Sadly, I doubt Nioh will get a PC port. Sony is pretty stingy on their exclusives, like Bloodborne. But I am so very happy with Nioh. I love technical combat like this
Kaiser Eoghan
I suppose this means I'm looking into this rpg maker game thing now isn't it? Might aswell.
Kaiser Eoghan
I remember the word animerican used to describe things like avatar last airbender. Filthy word =P
Anonymous853606
God no. Jiro Taniguchi died.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I have been hearing very good things about Nioh. Really hoping it gets a PC port.
@Topgavin, No real surprises there.
Topgavin
I'm sure most of you have heard, but looks like New Game is getting a season 2 out of all things. Apparently they had good sales, and I can certainly see why. CGDCT with yuri undertones and clean animation is hard to get wrong, let alone not sell.
Lenlo
Just started with Nioh, and oh my goodness do I love it.
Anonymous852887
anyone play resident evil 7? its so good.
AidanAK47
Thought that's because the term American Anime just feels wrong to me on all levels.
AidanAK47
@Anon, they do not. They are cartoons.
Anonymous852775
DO people call D.C. Comics animated movies American anime?
AidanAK47
@Anon, I am certainly interested in seeing the next episode. Those minisodes were pretty good too. One thing I thought the writting faltered on though was the comedy. It really was a little too slapstick considering how serious the drama was.
SuperMario
@Lenlo: ah remind me the time I went to Texas (Corpus Christy) before X-mas time and I was wearing short pants and thongs (nice!!!), then went all the way up to Niagara Falls and I was almost freezing there.
Lenlo
See, I love winter, but its almost non-existent in Texas
Anonymous852268
@Aidan: I agree. I loved To the Moon. It's so good seeing emotional drama that isn't centered around high-school kids. Seeing the ups and downs of a whole long life of a person gives everything that happens way more impact.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: An Australian friend put it as "A sunbaked rock in summer, a giant zoo, that actively tries to kill its population"
SuperMario
Not that I'm enjoying the winter either. Why autumn always go so fast?
SuperMario
Believe me but summer here is way too much. When it's too hot and dry it starts bushfiring really badly. And it's too hot that even a big fan straight in front of you don't do you any good
Kaiser Eoghan
What is this mysterious creature known as summer you refer to? =P My country is grey as a black and white film =P
SuperMario
I'm wondering how freezing you guys have to endure right now, but the place I came today in Aussie just reached 50 degree celsius this noon. So hot I felt myself burning
Lenlo
I think the part I liked the most, was just how satisfying those mud splatter sounds were. I dont know why, but its in my head
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki 6 subs came out at 11pm PST.
Lenlo
Atleast Rakugo didnt get held up. Still amazing as ever
AidanAK47
Well I spent my time waiting for it to come out by playing and finishing To the Moon. Got to say, it takes some real skill to make a game in RPGmaker that can make you really feel something. But maybe I am just a sucker for this kind of story.
SuperMario
Hey, I would be very frustrating if Hand shakers got delayed. But I agree this delay is caused by Being X. And Scum's Wish, haizzz, this is the show we love to get pissed at. Haha
Anonymous850298
I blame Being X.
AidanAK47
Sigh, Youjo Senki 6 is delayed. Why is it always the best shows that get delayed? If an episode of hand Shakers was delayed no one would give a crap but nope. Gotta be the show you want to watch right away.
AidanAK47
@Anon, in both anime and manga I never liked that character much.
Anonymous849783
Meh, dropped Masamune-kun. Seriously why do they always have to shove in these one dimensional characters with a crush out of f* nowhere. It never made any of these shows more interesting, it's always the opposite.
Vonter
@Kaiser Eoghan - I find it weird having the teacher being so unashamedly evil. In a way I like that, but at the same time I can't relate to the notion of people like that existing IRL.
Kaiser Eoghan
As I continue to watch scums wish, it becomes an anger inducing as much as it is engrossing experience.
AidanAK47
Or the UBW movie over the TV series. You just don't do that.
AidanAK47
That's like recommending someone to watch NGE death and rebirth instead of the TV series.
Kaiser Eoghan
Meh, I just got fed up with the padding in the tv version.
AidanAK47
Jojo has the kind of entertainment that clicks with you or doesn't so I understand if you didn't get into it. Though to give it a fair chance I would recommend trying the first episodes of Battle Tendency. It starts at episode 10 of the first season, you can jump to it. If that doesn't catch you then Jojos really isn't for you.
AidanAK47
Don't listen to Kaiser. The OVA is bad.
Kaiser Eoghan
....found out where a friend had been off to lately, making a movie and he ended up actually making and finishing and I got first dibs. Had a hard time commenting on it as I know the guy personally.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Totally with you on the academy thing.
@Lenlo: If you ever try jojo again and get onto part three go for the ova instead as it trims down an overly bloated arc.
Lenlo
For JoJos, I couldnt get through the first season. It just didnt hook me
Lenlo
What I dont understand is how anything other than Mob Psycho won best animation, cause my god.
Lenlo
I think Erased lost not because of the libido, but because Yuri was "gay" and "progressive" and most important of all, recent. Yuri had just finished airing so it was stuck in everyones heads. Of course it was going to win everything
AidanAK47
Erased truly deserved to win that category and it only lost because people voted with their libido instead of their head.
AidanAK47
If there's one thing that really makes me angry about these awards it's Yuri on Ice winning most heartwarming moment for "The Kiss". Because A) It wasn't a fucking kiss and B) Even if it was that isn't heartwarming. Oh I am sure something is getting warm but it sure as hell isn't your heart.
AidanAK47
Likely the main reason Kira didn't win main villain because Jojo has grown to a episode count which makes people hesitant to pick it up. Not to mention many would lose interest by Stardust crusaders midpoint.
AidanAK47
When it comes to judging quality you have to leave it to the people who have experienced enough of the medium to truly be able to critical judge it. Pretty darn sure most who voted didn't even bother watching everything worthwhile each season and just gravitated towards whatever they were exposed to.
AidanAK47
Lets not forget someone voting multiple times and bot voting. Because yes, people really do that. As you two pointed out, a public vote was never truly going to be a accurate gauge of quality. For you are not only opening the vote to anime lovers but also newbies and those who simply haven't refined their tastes yet.
SuperMario
so they either abstained their votes (which actually was reasonable); voted for something popular or even voted based on what their kids liked the most (which was flat out unforgivable).
SuperMario
This from my own frustration mostly when it comes to awards like this. But I've been following the Academy Awards for way too long now and every now and then you heard something that really disheartened about their voting process. Like for example many of the Academy members admitted that they don't care to watch anything animated because... it's kiddy stuff
SuperMario
TL;DR: my point is I have mixed feeling about the whole Crunchyroll awards. One more thing that I noticed about the nomination is that the pool was dominated by shows from the first half of last year.
Lenlo
I dont think public voting is the way to go is the thing. Popularity contests are horrible. With popularity contests moe is going to be near the top every time, while shows like Rakugo never really have a chance. And I think there is little doubt that Rakugo was one of the best shows last season
SuperMario
@Lenlo: there is an issue with the first thou, because reviewers like us don't actually represent the whole public opinions. So it's all come down to the very reason they create an award in a 1st place (your second point). But with voting we can't really reason why the winners win the trophy, right?
Lenlo
The problem with awards like that is for them to mean anything they need 2 things. 1) A board of voters who are actual reviewers who have watched a large portion of what was on shelf that season. 2) Reasons for why each thing won its award. An award without reasons means nothing
SuperMario
Other issue about voting for these awards is that the nominating body and the voting body aren't always the same. Usually the voting body is broader and more generic in taste, so I'm not at all surprised when shows like Rakugo couldn't win. Too art-house for their liking. Well, at least it got nominated which for me is good enough.
SuperMario
That's the thing. When it comes to awards, they are more 'popularity' contest than actual quality, since people tend to vote for the safer choice (the one that are both popular and mildly critical success), YOI fits the bill here.
Lenlo
Those awards were not the best and little more then a popularity contest imo.
SuperMario
Actually with that line-up I had no problems with YOI taking the top spot
SuperMario
I actually forgot about the Crunchyroll Anime Awards so I came to check the winner. Guess which show won AOTY huh? Alright, at least it wasn't Kabaneri or Jokers Game
Kaiser Eoghan
But the best one was Mask of Phantasm.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: And return of the joker also.
Kaiser Eoghan
It has aged admittedly very poorly, but I always got a great kick out of that old 1994 spiderman cartoon.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I think its fair to use the term K-anime or C-anime for the Korean and Chinese influenced stuff, or maybe just anime would be just as appropriate. If some Argentinian guy can write/draw a manga for a Japanese manga magazine (big comic superior thats the magazines name) and have it actually be called a manga, it should be the same for China/Korea.
Lenlo
Mhmm. Marvel had the movies, but DC had the animated series
AidanAK47
Man, I loved the villains of Batman Beyond. Inque and Shriek had such interesting powers. The DC animated shows tended to be the one that didn't treat you like a kid while watching.
Lenlo
Well, they released a trailer for Samurai Jack S5, so its coming. Batman Beyond I also enjoyed
AidanAK47
Ah Samurai Jack. Wonder how that Adult swim revival is going? Batman the Animated Series as well didn't need Batman to crack off jokes every minute to be great.
Lenlo
Agreed. Samurai Jack was one of my favorite cartoons for that very reason. It ran the gamut of genres, each episode being something different.
Also I used Nichijou cause it was the first to come to my mind as a "Kids Show", though Love-Ru works as well
AidanAK47
One thing I think Cartoons could do to move away from the stigma of being for kids is having more genres than Comedy and Action adventure. Or at least stop putting comedy in everything.
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