Posted by psgels on 30 June 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

Well, here is my summary of the month June. Every time I do a post like these, it gets a bit more structure. At least, I hope. I’ve tried out a couple of new ideas, and kept a number of the old ideas. But damn… ranking series can get hard at times. Especialy when there are so many awesome ones.


+ Top 9 of series which got one or less episode subbed +
I’ve decided to split up the rankings again. This time, in series which were actively subbed/released and the series who only got one or less episodes released/subbed. Otherwise, the rankings would be just too hard. I’d base some things on just one episode, which is just too little.

9: Yoshinaga-san chi no Gargoyle
See Blood+

8: Blood+
I wish I could say something about this series. I wish I could rave about this series. Weren’t for the fact that there hasn’t been one release out for an entire friggin’ month! Did something happen at the fansubbers’ end?

7: Gun Doh Musashi

Extremely corny and cheesy samurai-show. I’m giving it a few more episodes before I decide whether to drop it or not. Still, I’m not crazy enough to touch the rubbish that the fansub group named “Best” produced, so I’m waiting for another fansub group to pick this show up.

6: Hime-Sama Goyoujin

Surprisingly funny for such a low-budget show. If the amount of comedy keeps up, I’ll keep following this. Still, you don’t want to watch this if you want to see some characters with an IQ of above 60.

5: Pani Poni Dash

Hilarious once more, though not as good as the previous episodes. I wonder what the creators had in mind for the final episode.

4: Gintama

I decided to drop this show, though somehow, I felt the urge to watch this again. The characters are turning less annoying by the minute. This surely is one of the underdogs of the season.

3: Noein

While not as strong as episode 22, episode 23 still was just totally amazing once more. I really can’t wait to see the ending. I wonder which one manages to finish first: Noein or Pani Poni Dash. They both need one more episode to be subbed.

2: Ginga Densetsu Weed

This show must have been doing something incredibly good, in order to be able to beat an episode like Noein 23. And it did. There was only one episode released this month, but during its climax, I was really clinging to the screen in order to not miss even a millisecond. This episode just SO totally captured me, it was almost freaky.

1: Mushishi

Episode 21 showed along with the total amazingness, the fact that the OVA’s are even better than most of the episodes of the series. Pure brilliance.

+ Top 21 of series which got two or more episodes subbed/released +
21: Bleach

I never, ever had such incredible hate/love relationships with an anime as with Bleach. Episode 86 was just amazing. But nothing will make up for the piece of garbage that the creators dared to show on episode 84 and 85.

20: Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran’s getting weak, unfortunately. The latest episodes just had a few funny moments, but Honey SO ruins this show.

19: Naruto

The latest arc had a great buildup, but it ended horribly, unfortunately. The best filler remains, of course, the end of the curry-of-life arc.

18: Witchblade

The little girl is too cute. She so manages to save this anime from being turned into garbage.

17: Kamisama Kazoku

Tenko was awesome. Though, she was the only thing that makes this anime worthwile.

16: Soul Link

A decent ending for a pretty decent story with pretty decent characters with horrible art, music and voice-acting.

15: Utawarerumono

Finally this show is getting a bit worthwile again. Still, only at episode eleven the garbage ended. I’ve also heard from certain sources that the show will experience a huge plot twist at around episode seventeen, so I’m curious enough to continue watching.

14: Jyuu Oh Sei

The ending was solid. It managed to recover pretty well, after a bad middle-part.

13: Tsubasa Chronicle

The series remains a bloody mess. Still, it’s a very enjoyable bloody mess.

12: Eureka 7

It seems like the season-long intermezzo has ended, and the anime’s now building up for a grande finale. It promises to be something very worthwile.

11: Good Witch of the West – Astraea Testament

Despite the huge flaw of Good Witch, the heavy drama still works perfectly.

10: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Ryuuki is just too funny in some of his antics. ^^;

9: .Hack//Roots

Around episode ten, this show fell heavily. Still, it managed to pick up, and it’s on a good way to turn out to be even better than before.

8: xxxHolic

The stories continue to be great. Not to mention the antics of Yuuko, Watanuki and Domeki.

7: Simoun

The atmosphere is just great, and not to mention that the setting’s incredibly original. I like the main character, Aaeru.

6: The Third

The third remains the show with the best character development ever. The episodes which came out this month showed a number of amazing scenes. Though not amazing enough in order to beat the five below.

5: Black Lagoon

That maid was just awesome. Black Lagoon proved itself to be able to go along with the big guys. Too bad it’s such a short anime.

4: PopoloCrois Story 1998

The plot progression isn’t as rapid as it was before, but still, Ston, Sanda and Gamigami remain awesome. Pietoro, Narcia and Hyuu remain too cute. I’m really keen on finding out about the later half of the anime.

3: Makai Senki Disgaea

Episode 7, 8 and 12 were okay, though 9, 10 and 11 were just totally incredible. It’s too bad the series ended.

2: Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

After the weaker second arc, the third arc returns just totally amazing. I’ve yet to see any flaws in this, except for the low-budget artwork. Still, the way Keiichi has acted was just totally amazing. Not to mention the great mystery it features.

1: Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy just keeps getting better and better. The atmosphere it manages to set is just totally amazing. Each episode just strengthens this effect.

+ Interesting Anime for the Future +
Well, my preferences for the next season are clear, so I thought to give a small list of interesting looking anime which will air after the summer-season. It’s a new part of the end-of-the-month-summaries I’m trying out, in which I try to find some future anime which have yet to air and are worth mentioning, or about which I’ve got something “interesting” to say. I’m also trying to not list the anime who’ve already been listed before in articles like this one (only one of them has, but let’s ignore that little detail). After listing them, I’ll be trying to give them a ranking based on how much I’m looking forward to these series. Thanks to AniDB for the info, by the way.

10: Strike Witches

“The world had received the attack from the existence of the mystery that appeared suddenly. Only girls who have magic can fight against them. They install arms in an own body, and fight in the sky, the land, and the sea. Fights of girls who defend the world start now.” Another series a lot of people are incredibly looking forward to. Another series I don’t like. The skimpy outfits didn’t really help. The concept reminds me a bit of Gunslinger Girl, though this time with more action and fanservice. Too bad that the parts which made Gunslinger Girls good were neither of these.

9: Pumpkin Scissors

Yeah, I know. The title sounds totally ridiculous. When I looked at the show´s logo and found out that Gonzo was producing this series, I kept gazing at the screen for a couple of minutes, wondering whether I was having some strange joke. Still, when I looked at the character designs, I had to admit that I saw things I liked.

8: Hataraki Man

“This is one-shot stories of working people drawn from the viewpoint of Matsukata Hiroko, who is a 28-year-old single woman and is an editor of Weekly Magazine, JIDAI.” I have no idea what this’ll be. You’d think that this would be a slice-of-life series, though somehow the show is labeled as seinen. This series can turn out to be good, though I’m worried about the amounts of fanservice it’ll contain.

7: Hayate Cross Blade

“The main lead of the story is a girl, Hayate, who is going to a special swordsmanship school that her twin sister, Nagi, was supposed to go to. However, because her sister is in the hospital, she`s taking her place. She arrives and discovers that the students at the school occasionally have challenges when a certain bell rings. They`re supposed to “take” the stars that are on each other`s uniforms, and they get monetary rewards for doing so. As a rule though, they have to fight in pairs. At first, Hayate`s not interested but she finds out that her friend`s apartment got vandalized and needs money, so she decides to participate. Hayate, who eventually gets discovered as a fraud but is allowed to remain, joins forces with a reluctant Ayana and their lives as students there start.” Err… Utena, anyone? The thing I like about this is the fact that duels always happen in pairs of two. I’m hoping for some strategic battles this way. Also, the anime is listed as shoujo ai, which could also become a plus.

6: Red Garden

“New York…girls who approach together being introduced by cruel fates…conflicts, and feuding over their sense of values… Kate, Rose, and Rachel go to a same school. Since the morning, they’ve been feeling something strange. They are informed of a sudden death of a classmate, Leeds. In the evening, being in grief, the girls gather in an empty warehouse street as if they were led by something. Usually, they are not in company, but coincidentally, they had the same strange feelings, and they lost their memories of the last night. When they hear someone’s footsteps and turn, there is a strange couple. The woman notifies them a surprising truth sounds like a lie; ‘You are dead'” This description gives a nice introduction, but I still have no idea what this series will be about. Let alone that the sentences in the description don’t make any sense. So, the main characters are dead, so what will they be doing afterwards? Still, this does sound very promising.

5: Asatte no Houkou

“Karada is an elementary school girl. She lost her parents in the accident, and she has been living with his big brother. Because she doesn`t want be a burden on her brother, she hopes to grow soon. On the other hand, there is a woman named Shoko. She used to be called “genius”, and she always misses those days. Those two happen to obtain mysterious stones to grant their wishes. They change their “time”. Karada turns to be an adult, while Shoko becomes a child. However…” This actually seems pretty interesting. An elementary student and a grown up woman get to play the main characters. This will be providing a nice twist. I’m also happy about the “However…”-part of the description.

4: Sumomomo Momomo

“Koushi Inuzuka is a smart high school student who aims to become a public prosecutor. Unfortunately for our good guy, he was born into a martial arts family whose head (ie his father) only knows one language: violence. When Koushi was still a baby, his father made a pact with his biggest rival to marry Koushi to his opponent-turned-friend`s daughter. The union of the two blood lines is supposed to bring forth Earth`s strongest martial arts clan. Skip forward: Koushi is in high school, oblivious to the marriage arranged for him at his birth. Enter Momoko Kuzuryuu: sugar bomb, airhead, loli martial arts artist and Koushi`s self-proclaimed bride (the strongest on Earth, no less). Her wish for sexual intercourse meets with Koushi`s square refusal as he has absolutely no desire to get it on with someone who looks like she could be his little sister, not to mention that he doesn`t have the foggiest idea who she actually is. Meanwhile, a war has broken out between the martial arts families. For Koushi, this means that numerous fighters are out to challenge him. As if that weren`t bad enough, our protagonist also has a fight phobia due to a traumatic incident that took place in his childhood. Now it`s up to Momoko and her superhuman fighting skills to protect her “husband.” Will the two sweethearts survive the trials and tribulations ahead of them? More importantly, will Momoko get her way receiving a baby from Koushi?” I have to say, I’m impressed. The concepts sounds like it’ll be the best of its kind (as in, high-school boy gets bothered by girl who’s fallen in love with him), it kindof reminds me of Ramna 1/2, which was brilliant, in my opinion. I’ll probably love the parts in which this “Momoko” keeps chasing Koushi and Koushi keeps getting bothered by people who want to challenge him. ^^ Still, there is that matter of the two of them being destined to end up together. I hope the serious scenes stay away from an anime like this, as they can ruin everything… *coughMagikanocough*

3: Gothicmade

“It is a colonized planet, Planet Carman called “Madder Earth”. It is a small planet where people are forced do hard works to send resources to the Planet Alliance. The consolidations of those who work hard are women called “Utame”. They have abilities to hand down their memories for generations. Their accumulated memories bind people divided into nations and tribes, and their words lead them to good direction.
A 16-year-old girl, Perin, was chosen a new Utame, and when she is going to the Capital, Hari, Trihalon who is the third prince of a military nation, Donau, is sent to guard Perin because the terrorism is plotted. He is supposed to accompany her all the way to the capital. However, their thoughts and characters are completely different. What will this journey to the capital bring them?”
This seems like an interesting concept. The two of them will definately fall in love, but I like this setting. I’m also a big fan of the character design. The long limbs look good on the characters.

2: Seirei no Moribito

I’ve talked about this one before, and it really seems like a solid fantasy title. “Chagumu, the second prince of New Yogo Kingdom, is the person who is chosen once in 100 years to be deposited an egg by a water fairly, and he must become the guardian of fairies. Thinking of him as a nuisance, the king tries to kill him, while the queen asks a female guard, Valsa, to protect him. However, the beings live in another world, Nayugu, aim at him to eat an egg laid in Chagumu’s body.” If you ignore the fact that the description doesn’t make any sense at all, the thing it’s trying to tell seems impressive.

1: Tales of Symphonia

I’ll be looking out for this. Why? Because this is the first anime at which I managed to see the original product before I get to see the anime based on it. This gives a good chance for some great comparisons to the game. I’m also SO looking forward to seeing Presea animated. She was my favourite character in the game.

+ Top 5 Episodes +
As usual, I close my summary with a small list of the best episodes which aired this month. Here they are:

Honorable Mention: Popolocrois Story 1998 – 14
One of the best standalone comedic moments ever. I laughed so hard at this moment. This series really deserves credit in this. ^_^

5: The Third – 05
Millie… so sad. Honoka was just great once more. Awesome episode.

4: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 11
I don’t know how others are in this, but in my opinion, this episode was so greatly executed that I really felt along with Keiichi as he carried out his plan of murdering that guy. The fact that he messed up incredibly only made this better, as I kept fearing that he’d do something which would give him away.

3: Ergo Proxy – 13
Iggy was just brilliant in this episode. Totally brilliant. The way he did the things he did and the impact this had on Real was just incredibly awesome.

2: Makai Senki Disgaea – 11
This was just such an incredible episode. The secret of the prinnies finally gets revealed, and not to mention the part that Laharl’s mother gets to play in this.

1: Mushishi – 21
Mushishi returns with its OVA, and immediately shows us the awesomeness it’s capable of. This episode displayed a truly magnificent story, about a mushi who wants to survive, no matter what.

2 Responses

  1. Hung says:

    The Hayate X Blade anime was really just a commercial. Sorry to burst your bubble. I really want to see it turned into an anime too, though!

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ack. Too bad. It would’ve made for a great concept. Thanks for notifying. ^^

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K-Off
@Bam I'll send you the itinerary in a few hours. Appreciate the offer for guides but I'll decline on that, otherwise it wouldn't hurt to have additional contacts in japan. The person I'm traveling with is half Japanese, so I trust that we won't run into tourist traps.
SuperMario
It logged me out again. Oh well! That was me Bam
Anonymous207007
@Bam: the first time I've ever heard of Chinchilla. Sorry to hear about your pet. Don't feel bad about the late post, it's perfectly fine. After all, we all volunteer to contribute here, so no pressure on the timing. Just write whenever you feel like it really.
Bam
Can anybody else see these?
Bam
@K-off: right on m8, I'm excited for you. Email me your itinerary and I can not only recommend some spots that aren't just basic tourist-traps, but can also hook you up with some friends to take you around and show you what the real Japan is all about.
Bam
I was planning to release the posts just as scheduled, but my Chinchilla suddenly got ill, and given the exotic nature of such pets I've been in and out of dozens of veterinary clinics. Over a week later and $600 spend, the poor thing finally gave out. I've been pretty out of since it happened, but again sorry for just disappearing.
Bam
I am actually still breathing. Sorry again for the unceremonious absence.
K-Off
@anon196168 I'm all ears for suggestions.
Anonymous196168
If youre going to japan maybe you could do something more unique than just taking pictures of locations? Plenty of those already on Google.
Kaiser Eoghan
Noticing a server error showing up on the shoutbox there.
AidanAK47
Good point, normal users generally just stay anono. ke69Vin?...69...really....that's just sad humor right there.
K-Off
That was most definitely little Kevin as well. 9vinke6 is obviously an anagram.
AidanAK47
@9Vinke6, I don't know what you are trying to share but it ain't an image. Deleting your comment as I don't want dodgy files on the site.
Anonymous181098
Are you kidding??!! Tokyo is amazing if you want excitement & you want to experience social life. But I agree go to Osaka. If tokyo is like Quebec then osaka is like toronto. More laid back
Anonymous180231
OPM was a shoe-in. It's showing very good success on Adult Swim on US TV and Viz is throwing big dollars to keep the gravy train rolling
AidanAK47
One Punch Man season 2 was announced. Expected but most certainly welcome.
...now I need Re:Zero season 2.
CJayTiiii
Honestly, if you are going to Kyoto essentially no shrine is worth visiting in Tokyo because none of them are as nice as the ones in Kyoto and they are essentially all tourist traps.
K-Off
If you guys insist I'll give Osaka serious consideration. But again I'd hate to gloss over Kyoto or Tokyo. But anyhow my 4 week stay in Seoul will be eternity compared to the Japan trip.
CJayTiii
Ikebukuro is probably used almost as much as shibuya? Specifically for durarara right around the station (east side) is used a lot. Kabuki-Cho in shinjuku is definitely used a lot but I couldn't tell you in what off the top of my head.
CJayTiii
Also as someone who lived in Kyoto and now lives in Tokyo, I would suggest spending as much time as possible in Kyoto as there is just so much stuff to do there. Tokyo there honestly really isn't that much stuff to do here other than going out to drink I feel. Lol also Osaka is only a 30 min train ride (about 5$ USD) from Kyoto so it's easy to go there for a couple hours
K-Off
@Mario I'll be home by new years unfortunately, I'll have to settle for Christmas in tokyo.
@CJay Thanks, any suggestions for Tokyo? I'm trying to avoid cliché locations for anime-related scenery. Like Shibuya.
CJayTiii
For Kyoto, Tatami Galaxy is probably the best anime for side by side comparisons. Kamogawa river, Kiyamachi street, and shimogamo shrine are famous areas that pretty much constantly make appearances throughout the show.
SuperMario
@K-Off: Disney Tokyo? haha If it was me I've chosen somewhere more... locally. But who I am to judge as I celebrated last New Year Eve in Times Square, the most tourist spot of them all. But I really hope you can spend some time to go to some shrines for the New Year in Tokyo.
K-Off
@Mario The person I'm travelling with wants to spend Christmas at Disney Tokyo, and unsurprisingly nearly all places will still be open, same as NYC. Christ, I'm more worried about my wallet.
SuperMario
@K-Off: Makes sense. I'd say better stick in one place for long days rather than short trips in several places. Even 10 days for those 2 places wouldn't be enough imo, well especially during Xmas since the streets will be busy and many places could be closed (I guess?)
K-Off
@Mario It doesn't seem like I'll go to Osaka, the goal is to explore Kyoto and Tokyo and much as possible for a week and a half. If I can squeeze it in there I will, but that means spending less time in Kyoto and/or Tokyo. The bulk of my trip will be in Tokyo for now.
SuperMario
Yeah, Kenshin had a whole Kyoto act, but it was more historical anw and I feel it didn't explore the city that much (more of a ruined city)
Really, only uchoten Kazoku, tatami galaxy and durarara come to mind. Are you planning to go to Osaka as well? I heard from my friend Osaka is about an hour drive from Kyoto only.
K-Off
@Anon174851 Ah good one.
@Mike Thanks. Durarara is a good suggestion, but I haven't watched Rurouni Kenshin.
Mike
@Kaiser Sure, the story doesn't do anything for me but it's not a waste of time.
@K-Off You can do pretty much anything in Tokyo I'll bet. Anime in general aside from shows like Durarara don't emphasize the setting very much... Kyoto is more interesting, rurouni kenshin is the first thing that comes to mind.
Anonymous174851
uchouten kazoku is a really good one set in kyoto!
K-Off
Haven't heard of it. Anyways, do you guys have any suggestions for favorite anime series set in Kyoto or Tokyo? I'm planning my itinerary and the idea is to take a lot of side by side comparison pictures from their anime depictions to RL. I have YuruYuri, SYD, Detective Conan, and various KyoAni spots in mind, but my brain isn't remembering others.
Kaiser Eoghan
I'm considering finding some War/military manga to read, has anyone read Gunka no balthazar? Is it worthwhile?
AidanAK47
@Anon164960, They announced a second season for it so they ain't done with that trainwreck yet.
Anonymous165129
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Anonymous164960
So Rewrite took the "Bad End" route. Interesting. Their choice, not the show of course which was a freaking mess from start to finish.
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, reminding me that I have not left Ireland since 2012 when I went to Rome. Although I have floated around the idea of maybe going to Slovakia.
K-Off
@Mario Thanks, although I'll be working the whole time I'm at Seoul with sundays off. Expecting about 40-50 hours of work a week. Sucks that your trip got canned, in the Winter there's no place you'd want to be other than southern California.
SuperMario
Congrats K-Off. Hope you enjoy the trip. I myself originally planned to go to US on this December but now the plan got wrecked. Should be fun spending Xmas in Japan especially
K-Off
Got my international drivers permit from AAA today, and it also looks like I'm stuck with over half the travel fees since I've signed myself off the agency plan. It's now official, I'm going to Seoul and then spending my christmas holidays in Tokyo. Been a long time since I left the country, last time was in 2011.
SuperMario
That was me Mario
Anonymous140274
@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.
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