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

Whoa… the summary this month is bigger than ever. This is mostly due to lots of series ending, lots of series starting and me, trying to check out series I missed over the course of the months. Believe me, that does add up. ^^;


+ Top 24 Anime with 1 episode released/watched +
Heh, normally, this list only has ten entries, though this time, it’s more than twice as big. But that is, indeed logical, as I was forced to drop a lot of shows after only one episode.

24: Yoake Mae Yori Ruri-iro na ~Crescent Love~

Sigh, a horrible concept horribly executed. A moon princess who comes to live at a guy’s place in order to learn about earth’s customs? Yeah right. Dropped

23: Mamoru-kun Megami no Shukifuki wo!

Another painful premise: we’ve got a tsundere, who beats up every person she runs into. She’s also the most popular girl in the school and nobody has managed to ask her out. Then she falls in love with a geek. Dropped -_-

22: Gin-Iro no Olynssis

Third-rate mecha anime who tries to get away with a couple of teenagers piloting mechas like full pros. Ugh… Dropped

21: Tokimeki Memorial

Transfer student, check. Loser male main character, check. Surrounded by beautiful girls, check. Evil president of student council, check. Basically, this anime is a huge collection of non-sensical clichés. Dropped

20: Super Robot Wars OG – Divine Wars

Good soundtrack, baaaad anime. Dropped.

19: Galaxy Ange-Lune

Tries to be funny, but isn’t. Also has way too much fanservice. Dropped

18: Shijou Saikyou no Denshi Kenichi

Needs to be a bit more realistic. The main character’s screaming like a little girl also didn’t help much. Dropped

17: Shounen Onmyouji

An anime about a fourteen year-old brat who hopes to become the best onmyouji ever. Say, where did I hear this before? Dropped

16: Katekyo Hitman Reborn

Nice premise, but tries too hard, making this comedy-anime an utter failure. Dropped

15: Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru

A harem in disguise. At least it tries to be original, though there was way too much emphasis on fanservice for me to even bother to continue. Dropped

14: _Summer

At least it experiments a bit. ^^;

13: 009-1

Nice action, but it’s just a female James Bond-clone. Dropped

12: Ginga Tesudo Monogatari

The premise is interesting, though the first episode was rather boring. I also feel like I missed a season. Dropped

11: Hataraki Man

An interesting series, but slice-of-life shows aren’t really my thing, unfortunately. Dropped

10: Oroshitate Nerima Daikon Brothers

*twitch*

9: Rakugou Tennyo Oyui

Although nothing special, I kindof enjoyed the first episode. Perhaps I’ll be watching the rest of this anime raw.

8: Koi Suru Suru Tenshi Angelique

Cheesy concept, good atmosphere. I’m planning to watch the rest of the series raw before the second season starts in January.

7: La Corda D’Oro

Okay, things don’t make sense, but this anime has some nice potential. :)

6: Bartender

A nice and quiet series, about cases which focus on adults. Should prove to be interesting once more episodes start coming out.

5: xxxHolic

The last episode was a very nice one, even though it was just a side-story. A good way to end such a great series.

4: Ghost Hunt

I like the concept, even though it seems so cliché at first sight. The different characters really helped to save this show.

3: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

The episode itself was very good as usual, though I refuse to believe that this is the final episode of Higurashi. I demand a second season.

2: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Even though I only got the chance of watching one episode, it was a great one. Saiunkoku Monogatari remains awesome. ^^

1: Mushishi

And it’s finally over, and Mushishi ends with an extremely strong story. It’s been so much fun watching this series.

+ Top 42 Anime with more than 1 episode released/watched +
Seriously. This month has been the hardest to rank thus far. Not really because of the huge amount of series, after all, there just was a bit of more junk than usual, but because there were so many awesome series, and furthermore, all awesome series were almost equally as awesome as each other. (To give a small indication, I loved Gintama, but still it only ended up at place seventeen). Sigh… this is what you get for having a broad taste. ^^;

42: Gift – Eternal Rainbow

I tried to watch the second episode because of the cases. Unfortunately, there was no case and the episode was a huge pain to watch. Dropped.

41: Sumomomo Momomo

I managed to survive up to episode two, but this anime is just waay too annoying for its own good. Momoko isn’t funny, she’s an annoying brat. Dropped.

40: Busou Renkin

Episode 2 was rather disappointing, as it didn’t feature the only thing I liked about the first episode: the pacing. Afterwards, I dropped this.

39: Happiness

I tried to watch more of this, though I failed. An annoying harem remains an annoying harem. Dropped

38: Love Dol: Lovely Idol

While it may be better than the majority of other harems, it still remains a boring show. Dropped

37: Kujibiki Unbalance

The second episode didn’t really give me motivation to watch more of this, and when I had to drop a few scenes because I’d be watching too much otherwise, this series became the victim.

36: D.Gray-Man

Same as with Kujibiki Unbalance. I had to drop a few series, or otherwise, I’d be watching too much. D.Gray-man may get better in a while, it didn’t really impress me, even after three episodes.

35: Pumpkin Scissors

Ugh, Pumpkin Scissors showed how fast good impressions can turn into bad impressions with its second episode. I praised this show for its realism. So, what does Gonzo do in the second episode? Right, they just couldn’t resist to throw in a couple of cute maids. And a guy who doesn’t even die after being hit by a bullet. I also got annoyed because of the fact that they claim to be an easy-going organization: mostly paperwork, with your occasional action-mission. If that’s the case, then show us some paperwork, instead of immediately ignoring this and throwing in lots of useless action. Thus when I had to drop some series, (see above) this one became target.

34: Shibawanko’s Spirit of Tradition

Nice, easy-going two-minute anime. The only problem: the OP.

33: Kanon

Okay, it is better than your average harem. But still, the character designs are ugly, the female characters are as stupid as a paper bag and the main character is a huge player. Not exactly the best cast out there, is it? So far, this anime has been mostly annoying with some occasional funny parts.

32: Kamisama Kazoku

The ending really came with a bang, turning everything extremely dramatical. Good for a few very interesting moments, and a few predictable ones.

31: Marginal Prince

A cheesy reverse harem. Still, it’s interesting to watch. It does focus on fleshing out the different characters. They’re pretty interesting, though there are two problems with this anime. The main character’s whining and the incredibly cheesy j-pop songs.

30: Utawarerumono

It ended quite interesting. The drama was nice, but predictable at the same time. I also feel that we missed some explanations as well. Where did the mechas and zombies come from in the first place?

29: Hanoka

Cute, very cute. This series is perfect for a light watch. Still, I’m fearing that three minutes may be a bit too short to fully develop the characters.

28: Power Puff Girls Z

Bubbles’ first love really was cute. I’m suspecting that we get to see more of him, later in the series. The Amoeba boys also were as funny as usual. and the camera guy looked rather scary.

27: Night Head Genesis

This turned into a fine mystery series. It’s a nice watch, but this month didn’t feature anything amazing.

26: Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi

For the first two episodes, I had my doubts, but with the third episode, this show started to grow on me. I’m not sure what it is, but it was surprisingly good. Episode four also was fairly enjoyable.

25: Code Geass

This anime will be very exciting, but remember that Clamp was involved in this, making this series in a way similar to Tsubasa Chronicle. In order to fully enjoy it, don’t worry about the details. Sure, this anime makes no sense at all. But it’s definitely fun to watch.

24: Kekkaishi

Pretty good for a shounen-action series. There were actually some thoughts put behind it. Now, let’s see if this quality doesn’t just disappear after a few episodes.

23: Ayatsuri Sakon

A nice arc, though I’m feeling that the best of this series was in the first two arcs, unfortunately. Still, that doesn’t mean that the current mystery isn’t great.

22: Himawari

I managed to finish this series. It’s pretty good, the episodes either focused on one side-character or Himawari. Mendoi also seems to have picked up this series again. I’d like to see the episode with the disguises and the final episode subbed, as they were rather difficult to follow without subs.

21: Ergo Proxy

A good ending for Ergo Proxy, but the best of the series definitely was in the first two thirds of the show.

20: .Hack//Roots

It depends on how you look at it. The final two episodes were two great standalone episodes. But they’re horrible as an ending.

19: Popolocrois 2003

Episodes 15, 16 and 17 teased the hell out of me with some decent moments with one or two great moments, only for episode 18 to come and blow me down with a great episode. Are things going to be even better in the future episodes?

18: Gintama

I love all of the parodies and random moments in this anime. Gintama definitely is a successful comedy.

17: FLAG

Finally, things start happening. And due to the fact that episodes 1 till 3 spent a lot of time building things up, the episodes turned out great. I’m also getting more and more caught by the atmosphere, set by each episode. I also love the style of this anime. And not to mention the huge dose of realism.

16: Le Chevalier d’Eon

A well written story, great fighting scenes, terrific animation, what more could you wish for? I’m really liking the direction in which Chevalier is going.

15: Kemono no Zume

One thing I noticed about Kemono no Zume: each episode is different and alike at the same time. While the story, atmosphere and graphics remain the same, the contents of each of the episodes greatly differs from each other. One time, we have a hilarious comedy-episode, while the next episode focuses on fight and yet the next focuses on a naked guy, tied up on a chair with a bag over his head. In any case, I had my doubts during the first three episodes, but this anime turned out greatly.

14: NHK ni Youkoso

Finally, this anime is getting good! The suicide arc ended in a magnificent way. The MMORPG-arc started out in an incredibly annoying way. I noticed lots of flaws. Why does a random girl just come up and falls in love with Satou? Why is she dressed in such skimpy clothing? Why does she know a brother of Satou’s ex-classmate? Why does she have to act so friggin’ annoying?! At the end of the arc, however, I understood. I totally understood. That was SO mean of the creators. XD

13: Yoshinaga-chi no Gargoyle

One word: hilarious. No, really, give it a try. This show is really funny. ^_^

12: Tsubasa Chronicle

I just love the atmosphere in Tsubasa Chronicle. The episodes released this month have been ranging from good to excellent.

11: Death Note

I really like how much thought is put behind each of Light’s plans. You can really see that he’s the top of his class for a reason. This show also knows how to use the element of surprise very well.

10: Black Lagoon

Episode 13 and 14 were very interesting to see. The problem really was fleshed out, and I liked how this arc actually focused more on Balalaika than on the Black Lagoon company. Still, it felt like the arc missed something. Everything just was a bit too standard. Then, episode 15 appeared. Seriously, that was awesome. So many creative ideas were used. The Roberta Arc still was better, though the Hansel and Gretel-arc definitely deserves credit.

9: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

This anime is outright hilarious. It really shows that you can make a successful comedy-anime out of a low budget with the right direction. I also wasn’t surprised a bit when I found out that Nabeshin is directing this. This anime also makes a fairly good chance of the best soundtrack of the season-award, especially if you include the OP and ED. And with a season with series as Bakumatsu, this really has to say something.

8: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

This show has such incredible production values. The animation is excellent, and the soundtrack is gorgeous. The battles each episodes also are a feast for the eyes. This definitely will be an interesting watch.

7: Red Garden

I’ve been looking forward to this series, and really, it hasn’t disappointed at all. Seeing normal schoolgirls fight is so much better than to see the usual fighting-machines fight. The former really are scared, the latter just try to act as touch and cool as possible. Also, for one of the first times ever, the characters don’t suddenly appear to have the singing voice of a j-pop idol.

6: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

Otogi Juushi Akazukin really has been as amazing as ever, both with the darker episodes in which Turude appeared, as downright awesome episodes in which the City Musicians of Bremen appeared.

5: Jigoku Shoujo

I’m really glad Jigoku Shoujo is back now. ^^

4: Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club

Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club turned into an extremely touching anime. The first season focused on developing the girls, while the second season introduced a very intriguing plot. The different characters are awesome to see.

3: Asatte no Houkou

I already said this before, but I can’t believe how great this anime turned out. This anime knows what it is, and makes perfect use of this. It’s cute, touching, entertaining and downright awesome at the same time. A definite recommendation.

2: Eureka 7

Eureka 7’s final episodes were so incredibly emotionally strong. It definitely was an awesome watch. Too bad that the final episode ruined things a bit, but Eureka, Renton and all the others were so incredibly sad to see.

1: The Third

Yes, I’m still a huge fanboy of The Third. This really turned out to be one of my favourite series, due to the highly fleshed out characters. The current arc also was awesome to see, getting more interesting by the minute.

+ 10 Notable Future Anime +
Nagasarete Airantou

“Touhouin Ikuto runs away from home at the age of 14 and jumps onboard a ship. He falls off into the ocean and drifts for 5 days until he is swept up in a storm. He wakes up on Airantou, an isolated island inhabited, coincidentally, by girls roughly his age who have never seen a boy before. After being thwarted in his attempt to escape by the fierce whirlpools that surround the island, he decides to accept his fate and remain. One boy to an island of girls? Let the fighting — err, I mean fun, begin!” Seriously, it looks like the makers of the harem-anime are running out if ideas. I’ve seen a lot of garbage this season, but this premise can easily rival that of the worst ones among them. -_-

Getsumen To Heiki Mina

“An animated spin-off from the Densha Otoko (Trainman) tv drama. In the drama, actor Itoh Atsushi plays the otaku Yamada, who`s main love in life is the Mina anime, a cutesy busty heroine with floppy rabbit ears and carrots sticking out her rear. Mina itself is a character homage which triggers back to the Daicon Animation done by GAINAX where a similar nameless bunny girl appeared. Densha Otoko futher featured an opening with scenes which were appearing back in the Daicon Animation.” Gonzo and their strange ideas again. I guess that this’ll only appeal to those who saw Densha Otoko.

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica

There was once a world where Spirits roamed free. And there were once brave men and women called “Dantists” who sought to make Contracts with those Spirits. Word of their miraculous deeds spread far and wide throughout the land, and all good men and women aspired to be like them. This is the story of the Dantist who would grow to become the most famous of them all. The concept sounds, interesting, except for the fact that this is another one of those harems, our main character will probably get powerful without any good reason at all, the character designs are trying to hard to appeal, achieving the opposite effect, and not to mention that they scream “fanservice”.

Giant Robo

When I looked at the title, I was fearing another one of those cheesy robot-shows who pop up once in a while (like Super Robot Wars did this season), but when I took a look at the site and the trailer, it seems that this anime isn’t that bad. The background art looks very nice, and it seems that a rather big budget went in the graphics. And guess what? For one of the first times ever, the main character isn’t a 14 or 16-year old brat. He’s actually 18. Okay, that’s still young, but a definite improvement.

Hidamari Sketch

“Yuno has just entered Yamabuki High School she’s longed for. She lest home and begins to live alone in Hidamari-so, a small apartment located just in front of the school. There, she meets a classmate, Miyako, and a senior student, Hiro. Because strange artists gather in Hidamari-so, she has troublesome days. Although she’s not accustomed to the new life, being with gentle friends, Yono’s new life slowly moves to realize her dream.” This is probably going to be a slice-of-life school-comedy featuring some cute girls. I’m a bit worried about this, as series from this genre never really work out. Still, it doesn’t look like a boy is among the main characters, which is a good thing. At least this show won’t focus around predictable love affairs.

Devil May Cry

“The game revolves around P.I. (Private Investigator) Dante and his one-man devil hunting agency “Devil May Cry”, which he runs in hopes of finding and killing the demons that killed his mother. Dante also has a twin brother named Vergil, whom we however learn little about during the course of this first game in the series. The story alludes to The Divine Comedy in the game’s areas (roughly resembling and representing inferno, purgatorio, and paradiso) as well as in some of the character names; however it is purely an aesthetic similarity, and indeed the game borrows from a very wide range of sources for inspiration. After a less than proper introduction, a woman named Trish, who bears a striking resemblance to Dante’s mother, convinces Dante to help her defeat Mundus, the Emperor of the Underworld, who is the leading antagonist of the game. The duo then sets off to Mallet Island, where Mundus’s resurrection is about to take place, and where the majority of the game plays out.” I’ve yet to play the games myself, though they seem to be immensely popular. Not that that’s a good thing, though. Still, I’ve got hope. The game is supposed to have a dark gothic undertone. If used well, such a tone can prove to be very interesting.

Catblue: Dynamite

Scheduled to be released at the end of the year. There is no summary yet, though they have released a trailer. And by the looks of it, this series will be all eye-candy. It’s another one of those experimental 3D-anime, and revolves around some kind of sword-gun-wielding cat-woman. I also could have sworn that cell-shading has been applied to this anime. Well, whatever the creators have done, it looks gorgeous. Now, let’s hope it has an interesting story.

Tokyo Majin Gakuen

I have no idea what this anime will be about. It looks like some sorts of supernatural events will happen around a school in Tokyo. It doesn’t look like a harem either, as there are actually more than one male characters, which is always a good sign.

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora

“10 years have passed since the most serious crisis of human beings. The story takes place at the giant academic city, Academia, which is the symbol of the recovery. The main character Shiratori Ku is a high school girl who enjoys school life but she thinks her routine lives empty. She sometimes has the same dream, the dream in which a prince meets her. While all the students are preparing for the school festival, the prince whom she has met over and over in her dreams appears. This is not in a dream, but in a real life. The prince named Ayanokoji Koshiro asks her in the same way like in the dream, “Come with me…”” Say, does anyone know whether this anime has any connections with Kannadzuki no Miko? Seriously, I could have sworn I saw Chikane and Himeko among the list of characters. Anyway, I like the premise. It seems to be a mecha-show with a healthy dose of romance. Could become interesting.

Himawari, Second Season

One of winter-season-series I’m looking forward to. I mean, there has to be a reason for the promo-art to be this dark, hasn’t there? The first episode had some definite good points, with already fleshed out characters. The fact also remains that the first season ended with a huge [SPOILER] appearing from out of [SPOILER] with the guy who [SPOILER], saying that [SPOILER]. That has to mean something, doesn’t it?

+ Top 5 Episodes +
5: Death Note 02
This episode really showed how great the power of surprise can work out for Death Note. Some real thoughts were put behind the events, and I especially loved how Light was pwned by L.

4: Black Lagoon 15
I’m placing this here not only because the episode was awesome, but also because it’s one of the best saves from a standard storyline I’ve seen in a while. Also, the number of creative elements used in this episode was top notch. You really won’t be able to predict what’ll happen in this episode if you haven’t seen it.

3: Red Garden 02
Seeing normal schoolgirls like these struggle for their lives, be truly scared, and seeing how this affects their lives was awesome to see. Red Garden really can become a very interesting series.

2: Otogi Juushi Akazukin 18
An episode full of songs, songs and even more songs. Everyone played their part perfectly, not to mention Hameln’s performance.

1: Mushishi 26
Mushishi closed with an awesome story. There really isn’t a second season of some sort?

18 Responses

  1. yukiusagi says:

    Catblue: Dynamite — It may be experimental animation, but I look at that picture and see “Motoko Kusanagi with fangs” in the wayback machine.

  2. Matrim says:

    How the heck did you manage to find the strength to write all that? ;)
    Nice decision to drop Pumpkin Scissors, I agree it’s a good example how good impressions become bad impressions quickly. Seems like I agree with a lot of your assessments – I find Red Garden to be awesome and Kanon overrated as hell for instance, so I think I will check out some of the top positions in the list. In toher words that is a nice summary.

  3. Jim Kitchnen says:

    “Nice action, but it’s just a female James Bond-clone. Dropped”

    Except that James Bond sucks, and 009-1 is awesome.

    “And a guy who doesn’t even die after being hit by a bullet.”

    I’ve never seen Pumpkin Scissors, but you do realize that most bullet wounds are not fatal, right? In fact, unless you’re hit in the heart, neck, or head, the chance of you dying is slim at best (with the caveat that you get some form of medical treatment within several hours). Anyway, lol @ realism.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Matrim: Heh, it’s something I’ve been doing for a couple of months now, although this month was a bit extreme.

    Jim Kitchnen: I realize that, but when the bullet is fired from a huge badass tank, and you’re hit over and over again by multiple shots, your chances of surviving get rather slim, don’t you agree? ;)

  5. Matrim says:

    Don’t you mean an artillery shell, rather than a bullet (I assume you mean Oland as the guy getting hit)? I don’t recall the Pumpkin Scissors tanks having machine guns. Of course, this makes it even less realistic but I think we were supposed to think the guy dodged the shots well and never got a direct hit from a shell. I actually could have tolerated the lack of realism but all the characters either annoy me or bore me to tears so I decided it wasn’t worth it.

    “Also, for one of the first times ever, the characters don’t suddenly appear to have the singing voice of a j-pop idol.”

    From all the complaints I have read about the singing in Red Garden it seems that you and I are one of the very few people who actually enjoyed the singing. I guess it takes a refined taste to appreciate it. :)

  6. Jim Kitchnen says:

    psgels: I would agree, which is why I thought it seemed strange for you to say that he just died from being hit by “a bullet.” :)

    Still, I feel the need to reiterate–lol @ realism. If a universe and it’s physics and characters work by their own internal logic (e.g. any work of fiction), then it’s actually more important to display the rules of their universe than those of ours. Otherwise we might as well just skip the fiction, stick to copying real events, and call it a day. But anyway, I’m actually just covering for the fact that I’m looking forward to watching Pumpkin Scissors. :x

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Okay, my bad. Artilery shell it is. :P

    And it’s indeed possible for anime to come up with its own set of rules in order to make their characters tougher, but I’m not a fan of it. First of all, it’s easily abused and it’s really hard to prevent it from becoming inconsistent, and second of all, it’s hard to sympathize with the characters, when you know that they’ll just stand up again when they get hit.

  8. asdfdfsghg says:

    man ghost hunt surprised me with how good it is. i even got goosebumps watching the last two episodes. if this were live action, i might be too creeped out to watch it.

    and why is catblue in english, will it be released in other parts of the world or something? will the series be all in english?

  9. Lene says:

    Thanks for this. I’m going to give Red Garden a try and you just reminded me in IRC that I need to go and finish Mushishi. The 8 episodes I watched of that were all excellent.

  10. Kariba says:

    I love Pumpkin Scissors.
    And.. to really be fair… The second episode didn’t make him seem invincible, the first did. He got nuked with a missle that melted half his clothes and he was still moving.
    You have to watch more to actually understand it. Oland has a reason for being seemingly invincible. The second episode is what got me hooked. I don’t like serious animes. So Oland getting shot by multiple rounds from a canon was actually pretty cool. If I wanted serious I’d watch the news.
    His “invincible” comes from the lantern, but I’m not saying anymore than that for fear of spoiling to those who might still be watching and/or wanting to watch it.
    Why the unit isn’t quite as carefree anymore is explained in later episodes too.

    For those who are expecting this to be a continuous “serious” anime, it’s not. It has it’s really funny moments. Some of the episodes were meant to follow the “war relief” theme going while still being funny.

    I kinda liked the Mamoru-kun Megami no Shukifuki wo! It was pretty funny from the first episode. Sure it makes no sense that the “popular” girl would fall in love with the new boy, but I found it really cute. And.. she’s not really so much as popular as she is feared. That’s what I got from it at least.

    ^-^’ Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru was one of the ones I liked too. It started out retarded as heck, but I’m interested to know the full reason as to why the main characer is going to the school. It explains a little as to why he’s dressing as a girl to do so (yes, it’s explained in the first epsiode that the main character is a guy) but as stupid as it sounds, it makes me watch it.

    I didn’t like Red Garden due to the high school dramatic girls. At first I was like hmm… don’t understand.. normal girls fighting… pretty cool… Oh.. oh there goes crying and bad choices. Yelling while a man who’s acting like a beast.. not to mention hunting you down and trying to kill you wasn’t a bright idea. And.. I’m still trying to figure out the plot. WHY are they being chased by dog-men and being talked to by stranger lady? Not to mention the relevance of how the girls ended up in the same predicament. I never caught that. Maybe because after the opening theme my brain couldn’t focus on the story. I’ll do well to skip that next time I watch it. Maybe I’ll catch on to what’s going on.

  11. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, yes. It seems that our tastes are not exactly the same. I like serious and mystery-series, so Red Garden is a great watch for me. On the other hand, I just can’t understand the harems and stories where a boy and a girl just fall for each other without a proper reason, so that’s why I dismissed Otome and Mamoru.

    Regarding Pumpkin Scissors, I may pick it up again in the future. The cute, sympathetic maids also were a factor for me dropping it.

  12. AndB says:

    Sucks! I don’t know how did I stumble into this stupid post in this silly post. Skimming through your foolish comments over those series was a pain in the neck. Son of a bitch!!! you know nothing about anime & character designs….you’re such a pathetic dog….

  13. psgels psgels says:

    I do wonder, do you think I suck, just because my tastes are different from yours or is there a deeper reason this “stupid post in this silly post” “sucks”?

    Oh, and I’d wish you’d refrain from calling me a dog as well. I’m not a poodle, or anything, you know?

  14. mermer says:

    wel, i think diz must be a gud love story dat cn touches d heart of d readers or viewers..i hope wen i finally done watching diz..i would be inspired..

  15. swarm420 says:

    I’m sad that you didn’t like the idea for Nagasarete Airantou. It did turn into an anime and was a pretty good one, actually. It seems, though, that people either love it or hate it. I, of course, love it. You should at least watch the first couple of episodes, they were pretty good…

  16. SamuraiSx says:

    La Corda D’Oro ~ that’s one of the best, not that’s one of the BEST anime I ever watched!!!!! sugoiiiii :D kawaiiii ;)))) fantastic story about music and reallity about musician students life, after watching that anime serial, I resolve to continue music school and playing piano, even I was thinking about that… and grafic and music and personas – all is great!!!! and Marginal Prince ~ wonderful story of mistic island and students and they life and adventures and sadness….grafic is great and personas (boyss :Pp) last episode is especialy attractive! kawaiiiii :))))

  17. ezzell says:

    wowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!
    ang dami palang cute cartoons!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Risa Takashi says:

    This site was very helpful… (/(-.-)\)!!!

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@Anon, That Yellow is blinding.
Anonymous972195
I doubt we'll see anything like ACCA 13 for a long time. It's so dang unique in every way: art style, world-building, subdued story telling, etc. It was kind of an anomaly to have an anime like this to begin with. Happy we got to enjoy it though, I really liked it.
SuperMario
@KTravlos: it ends well, doesn't it? My, my, can't wait to watch it tonight :)
AidanAK47
Just finished Nier Automata myself.
Little confused as to what exactly I should be feeling.
KTravlos
And thus ACCA 13 comes to an end. A truly exceptional series imho.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Horriblesubs do direct downloads.
http://horriblesubs.info/
Kaiser-Eoghan
Animefans ftw is dead, animetake doesn't do direct downloads =< Have to find new direct download site now =<
SuperMario
Just finished Rage of Bahamut and I have to say I didn't expect an emotional climax. Also Rita is the best in show here. But really I don't see the prospect of sequel, especially a 24-episodes one.
Anonymous967177
Evidently so. That still feels just wrong. He's sort of her father. Ehhhh
Anonymous967177
"I am a slave to my own blood" -Konatsu.
Anonymous965463
Aldnoah needed actually interesting characters and character arcs instead of boring assholes. Why does it need more time on the lore when it's just generic scifi jib
SuperMario
One minor thing that baffled me beside *that* in Rakugo was they don't show Konatsu's rakugo in the end. It makes more sense if we can see her perform, but I understand that the show have to put new rakugo material and that was impposible.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I think *that twist* is sweet (not). Points for the show for having a balls to address that, but...
AidanAK47
And that's Rakugo finished. A delayed finale but non the less a satisfying one....Though on the matter of *that* I am going full head canon and pretending it didn't happen. Because HELL FUCKING NO.
HelghastKillzone
Troyca's Aldnoah.Zero was 24 eps long but it really needed 50 to flesh out concepts and lore.
HelghastKillzone
*Virgin Soul
HelghastKillzone
Apparently, Virgin is going to be 24 episodes and Re:creators is 22 eps long. I don't know how to feel about that.
SuperMario
Catching up with Rage of Bahamoth myself. Say I really enjoy what I see so far. Characters are its weakest part and pacing is uneven, but everything else work quite well
SuperMario
... Feherlofia is Hungarian one. But I have a really fond feeling towards Soviet and those ex-communist animation. Movies as well
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, know both of them. Actually
SuperMario
@Topgavin: wuah your love with Madoka. I was like watching that show for 3 times, but Rebellion just once. I still think that Rebellion adds up to the series narratively. Shaft (be themselves) put a lots of extra background details to the Bluray version, so I'm sure you can't go wrong watching Madoka on Bluray.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Guess I'm just in the mood for some comfycore anime. =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
There's really stuff I need to get round to watching like alderman and chain chronicle, giving utawerumono's s2 another chance, watching those dumb old golgo ovas, catching up on Shamo and city hunter where I left off.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If you are looking for something to review for the world animation project, I recommend Fehérlófia , a Soviet era psychadelic folktale animation. Also look into the available short animations by Alexander Petrov (he uses a style of animation which mixes oil painting on glass).
Konstantinos Travlos
Finished watching Chain Chronicle :Light of Hacchetias (TV version). While not something to write home about it was not bad. It did a tried old recipe well.
Lenlo
@SuperMario, we dont have to, but its fun to try and pinpoint the real-world timeline to the shows timeline.

@Topgavin, oh yeah. Madoka is amazing.
Topgavin
Just finished watching the Madoka Magica series, 4th rewatch but 1st time on blurays. The show is such a work of art, and I was surprised by the sheer quality of the backgrounds in the blurays. It looked 3x as expensive to make as the normal show, Shaft must've poured a lot of money into post-screening editing.
SuperMario
They are all just average shows to be honest, but at least they're deserved to have full reviews.
SuperMario
and just an update for readers, I intend to give full reviews on shows that I followed but haven't covered here, starting from this seasons. The verdicts are: Seiren, Demi-chan, Dragon Maid and Hand Shakers
SuperMario
Do we really need to know all the historical context to enjoy/ appreciate Tanya? I think making a comparison does have influence in your expectation of the show in later events.
Lenlo
But this is all from wiki articles, since the last time I actually studied WW1 & 2 was in highschool. So im alittle rough on the subject :P
Lenlo
I thought, time-wise, we were past WW1, but this was in reference to how Germany at the end of WW1 was defeated, but not destroyed, which allowed them to rebuild enough to start WW2. You know, that famous quote "This is not peace, this is an Armstice for 20 years".

Thought it was a reversal of that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Just one more note on silent voice, only one of those three omitted subplots I felt worth taking issue with, they leave out a couple scenes that flesh out Shoko's mother more.
AidanAK47
@Helgast, while that fairly obviously hinted at, don't spoil future events.
HelghastKillzone
@Lenlo We are way past the stalemate of WW1 and onto this anime's interpretation of the Battle of Dunkirk. Season Two is gonna be fighting against the Brits, Americans, the French Resistance and the Soviets.
Lenlo
I did some reading up, since WW1 & 2 arnt the points in history im really into, and I get her anger now. If they get a second season, possible time skip to WW2 because of it?

The episode was great btw, she just seemed to come out relatively unscathed for what she went through
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, It annoyed me that she got injured but then magically healed within the next scene but otherwise I loved the episode. It may be difficult to grasp in the show but if you know your history then you would realise just why Tanya was so bent out of shape. In truth this was Tanya's first major loss. One that renders her previous victories utterly worthless.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Your gonna have to elaborate on that "Most." When it comes to the three shows I was covering this season I thought I was praising them quite a bit. Only thing really bothering me is Rakugo stretching out it's ending. Otherwise this is one of the best seasons of anime I have seen in quite a while.
SuperMario
Hell yeahh, OwariMonogatari will air next Summer season. I'm hyped. Thank you Shaft
SuperMario
But it's good to hear your opinions on that. Like you said, honest opinion is good so I hope to hear more from reader's comments
SuperMario
@Anon958618: We writers are here to give you readers our personal impressions, and of course if we don't like a show we'd give the reasons why we don't like it, we can't really say otherwise if we found an episode to be sub-par. Personally, I have nothing but praise on my posts to the point I think I have to be stricter :)
Anonymous958618
I used to like reading this blog, but I find that most of the posts now are overly negative. Although I think honest opinion is good, it's a bit of a turn off in my opinion for readers...
Lenlo
Its nice to see everyone grown up in Rakugo. Old Yotaro and Konatsu. Also, how in the heck is Matsuda stil alive. That man was old when Yakumo was young. Finally, people need to stop telling that story if its gonna haunt everyone, I mean jeez.
SuperMario
It's Tanya for me next ^^
SuperMario
It ends happily. But go and see the twist. They make it like the most natural thing of all
Lenlo
Watchin Rakugo next. It end well?
Lenlo
Tanya disappointed me alittle. There was a change to actually hurt Tanya, but nope, she still comes out of it unharmed. She hurt herself more when she blew herself up than when someone else blew her up. Least shes seemingly drunk on war.
SuperMario
so sad to see Rakugo end... And that little twist. How can they make that twist so poetic?
SuperMario
@Lenlo: me & Kaiser? We were talking about the movie Koe to Katachi/ A Silent Voice
Lenlo
I must have missed something, because I have no idea idea what is being talked about.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I purposely put off the manga so I could watch the movie with fresh perspective. 2 weeks until we have a screening here
SuperMario
@kaiser: woah, thanks Kaiser. I know packaging a 6-volume manga into a feature film means they have to cut quite a lot of subplots, I just hope the main plot is going to be rewarding
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually, there aren't that many manga that portray disabled characters, not even hentai.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: One of the people I got talking to after the film talked about Clannad and we both laughed about "what if Lars van Trier worked at Key"
Kaiser-Eoghan
Rakugo you are now on hold again until you end.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I look forward to your review of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: There were, because I talked to the audience afterwards and looked around, people who weren’t familiar with anime there, so it does have a wider appeal.
While cheesy/melodramatic obviously its nonetheless heartfelt and well executed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The voice actress for Shoko is required to well, I can only call it deaf-voice-talk and she pulls it off quite well, it’s never cringy or forced.
Comparatively to other anime dealing at any point with bullying this does fare better and because it’s animated by kyoani, visually it’ll catch interest. The protaganists regret and redemption story still remains a very watchable one/theme.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Putting a voice on Kawai and Ueno will make you rage at them more.
While I didn’t think it was too bad/overly used, you’re going to have to do with the maudlin piano score Kyoani gives it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: At 130 minutes it’s a little lengthy, especially for an anime film, there is the feeling of attempting to stuff in the manga, three subplots at least have been removed/shortened yet at the same time despite the skipping in parts it does still feel long/aimless. Based on that I did feel it flows better in manga format.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: @Mario: I just came home from seeing koe to katachi/silent voice. Can't really say enough to fill a review, but it gets the general 3 1/2 out of 5 from me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Warning the next few posts contain words words words:
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I can take or leave Kaiju stuff.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Wheras Mothra was the most fun.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Aside from that, I've seen a few Godzilla films, Mothra vs Godzilla, shin Godzilla, Garth Edwards Godzilla, 90s American Godzilla and original 50s, the 90s one has aged horribly, the recent American one felt more faithful, the 50s one and the new Japanese one feel most socially relevent.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Wait...whah, why'd I get logged out I registered =<
AidanAK47
I previously had no interest in a Godzilla Anime film. But after reading the concept here I am now very very interested: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-24/godzilla-anime-film-reveals-full-title-story-new-visual-november-premiere/.113863
SuperMario
@Kaiser: they are still around. And believe it or not the actual band members are Damon Albarn (former lead singer of Blur) taking care of all the music and Jamie Hewlett who taking of the animation. I love alternative music, I can enjoy hip-hop music and I'm a fan of animation => this band basically has everything I personally love
Anonymous956164
@Mario: Kaiser here, posting from public computer. I had no idea the gorillaz were still around, many years ago I would have listened to their Clint Eastwood song, aswell as dirty harry and feel good inc, I also remember the artstyle of their videos catching my attention.
SuperMario
Anyone here listen to Gorillaz? They're one of my favorite band and their new song Saturnz Barz is great. Excited for their coming album now
Kaiser-Eoghan
I guess I'm considering blood blockade also because I'm burnt out o demanding and old films to some extent.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I really enjoyed the first season of Blockade. It's one of those cases where I think the delayed of the last episode killed all the exciment regarding the show. I actually fall behind and then catched up again as soon as the last episode was out so I enjoyed everything so much more
SuperMario
@Aidan: makes me really wonder why some of the studios are very uptight about their show's details. Like, they have to know if it is a short series or not, right.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet its not exactly a show that fits into being my thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Blood blockade battlefront is one of those shows that is always in the back of my head, despite negative biasI managed to at least enjoy some of gungrave, I grew up, sort of with trigun, so with blockade having Yuji Nightow involved theres always that part of me that says to watch blood blockade battlefront.
AidanAK47
This is one of the annoying things about previews. You got o the trouble of looking it up and writing on it only for it to get delayed or turn out to be a short series.
SuperMario
ohh, Blood Blockade Battlefront moves back to October airing. I might have a chance to cover it after all. Though look at how it gets delay and the change of director, it yells more concerns than optimism
AidanAK47
Yep, Manga is completed at 6 Volumes. But it's kinda weird that the series managed to cover 6 volumes when it's so slow paced. I normally thought that 5 to 6 episodes was needed to cover a manga volume on average.
SuperMario
@anon954341: ACCA will finish in 1 cour, as the manga is already completed and from what I heard episode 11 & 12 cover the last 5 chapters of the manga.
Anonymous954341
is Acca 13's story going to finish in 1 cour, or is it still ongoing?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Honestly do wonder how much longer anime blogging will be a thing and how much they have to compete with popular youtuber's channels.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I once had some idea of doing a forum with a friend, it never went anywhere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Aidan gave good advice anon, I still found old posts from when I was teenager archived somewhere online and it made me facepalm.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I wanted to throw myself into Mario and your conversation about personalities by talking about myself, force of habit.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Not sure what this rambling is about but good for you...I guess?
AidanAK47
@Anon, Blogs take a lot of work for very little in return. I wouldn't try starting one unless you are ready to make a huge commitment. Besides at your age(Based on that comment) it would be best to not put too much on the internet. The internet never forgets and it can come back to haunt you later in life.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The reason I bring some of this up is because I think that even if someone isn't the most emotional person out there, they shouldn't ignore/bash on certain shows/genres because of that, even if you don't get feelings out of it, the story/drama/characters could still be worthwhile.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I do think getting pissed off though is much easier irl than doing it online where it doesn't bother me as much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And it surprises me alot that I followed so many romance manga years ago, enjoyed them, but I've never been a romantic person irl at all.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also hate incompetence/failure and am generally not especially patient.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I care about others and appearances mainly to extent it either is of benefit, if I have to or it avoids hassle.
Kaiser-Eoghan
People tend to think I'm cold, articulate, blunt irl too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not a sentimental or passionette/emotional person irl, I don't like wasting time with other peoples shit and don't bother with it, avoid looking at people or touching them physically, talk in long dry speeches and in general come off as a quiet, reserved but snarky/cynical person.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I probably unknowingly come off as different on this site than I would irl.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Honestly I'd veer towards depressing or surreal/strange/messed up work more out of just wanting to see weird and depressing stuff happen and little else, just interests me, I can't remember the last time I cried.
Anonymous953782
um i wanted to make my own blog but it wants a email but i dont want my parents finding out
AidanAK47
It is weird how we never clash on what we want to cover on each season. Anyway I need someone to contrast my egotisical self so it's all good.
SuperMario
haha, Aidan: heartless grumpy monster & Mario: sentimental sappy bloke. Readers, you got yourself quite an odd combination of writers here.
Anonymous951955
We'll see; trailers can give false impressions
Anonymous951955
Not that all changes from source adaptations are terrible, but in this case, at least the trailer makes it look pretty bad.
Anonymous951955
It looks not great; I understand the need to change it a bit to suit the format/audience, but at what point does it turn from adaption to "loosely based on"?
HelghastKillzone
I'm glad we're past the phase of moe club shows.
AidanAK47
@Helghast, now that's something I never thought I would hear.
HelghastKillzone
Hell ya. We are in a golden age of anime that is filled with options and quality.
Anonymous951809
What a great week! Iron Blooded Orphans, Onihei, Little Witch Academia and ACCA 13 all had great episodes! I am spoiled!
Anonymous950847
@Anon and @Aikan

The LoGH manga remake has been out. It did not work for me.

I hope he anime goes its own way. I do trust Production IG, so I hope. I think it might not be this year. No lgoic, just a hunch.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Only info I can find is that it's coming out this year and it will be by Production IG. But I think you are right in that if it;s coming this year it will definitely be winter.
Feeling rather cautious about the remake myself. LoGH is dated visually but in a way it is a product of it's time and things you could forgive in the old version wouldn't be so forgivable in the new.
Anonymous949997
Does anybody know when that LoGH readaptation is coming? It's supposed to be this year right? Probably winter right?
SuperMario
But I will give it a full review anyways because all the amount of time I spent in that series should be paid off somehow, right?
Kaiser-Eoghan
But serious Gohands is a studio that had potential its just a shame its wasted on rubbish writers. Although I did like mardock scramble, because cyberpunk =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
If I met handshakers in public I'd refuse to shake its hand =D
SuperMario
Oh, it's actually just an extra Hand Shakers episode that serves as a prequel story. Not that bad then
SuperMario
Not to disregard Hand Shakers, but the best way to describe how I feel about that series is mind-numbing
Kaiser-Eoghan
They tried with that Military guy and his daughter but not by much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I do agree that there needs to be more to the characters, right now its JUST Tanya.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As for Tanya, having caught up with it, its a nice trashy guilty pleasure, especially due to the protagonist and I enjoy the setting because I'm a war film fan and like some of the action/politicking. I still do wish it was aesthetically a bit better. The dub isn't that bad and I'd welcome a second season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In an ideal world Kino's journey would have been a good model for what light novel adaptations can be and SHOULD be.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If we must have more light novel adaptations, I would prefer them to be like Tanya, Muvluv, okay hardly breathtaking, but still better than that thing Aidan linked.
Lenlo
*Sigh* It looks exactly how I imagined it would and its terrible.
Lenlo
Please dont tell me thats an actual title.
AidanAK47
In another world with my smart phone light novel to get an anime.

Oh my god...This literally sounds like a joke title you would see within an anime. Tried giving it an honest chance by reading it and it's just shit. Just pure terrible.
AidanAK47
If people in Japan are actually buying blurays thinking its a good show then something is seriously wrong with the world.
AidanAK47
@Topgavin, maybe too many people watched it because it was so terrible. I haven't watched past episode 1 but it doesn't sound like it improved.
Topgavin
Just incase you guys were avidly waiting for the announcement, Hand Shakers is getting a prequel season because it's apparently selling well......
SuperMario
Should be happy for it, though I'm a bit disappointed that I can't be able to cover it
SuperMario
Inside Mari gets live-action series adaptation. Why not anime?? Duh
Spike
Little Witch Academia finally tips it's hand on the overall plot! I'm pretty pleased and think some direction might help bump it up from just being 'good' overall.
HelghastKillzone
@KTravlos Still watching it week by week and I'll write up a review on the second season of Iron-Blooded when it ends.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It is however the kind of anime film that would have the wide audience appeal though, as in anime for people who don't watch anime.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: just prove that people has paid attention to anime. That's an encouraging sign actually
Kaiser-Eoghan
Feck, silent voice was booked out when I got there just now....should have booked in advance, showing at 7:00 on Friday booking it now.
SuperMario
@KTravlos: I haven't, but that more because I'm not a big fan of Mecha genre. I believe one of our writer HelghastKillzone still follow the series
KTravlos
No idea, if you are all still watching MS Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. I am, and while the 2nd Season toned down some of the elements that made the 1st Season good, it is still pretty good with the last episode doing a great job. If it keeps it, it definitely is head to head with Turn A Gundam for my favorite long-form Gundam Series (I am doing Gundam Origins for the original story)
Lenlo
Mhmm. It was one of those shows it weave adult themes into a kids show, so it had something for both. Now I can also appreciate the artstyle that doesnt use hard black outlines for everything.
AidanAK47
If anything I get so much more out of Samurai Jack now than when I watched it as a kid.
Lenlo
Love that dude Aidan. And yes Kaiser, I think anyone get enjoy it now. I love that its back, but even without that its easily standing on its own
Kaiser-Eoghan
How much of this love of samurai jack is a nostalgia driven thing? I'm not knocking that nostalgia but would it be possible to get something out of the show now if I never watched it when I was younger?
Lenlo
Yeah, that conversation was great. Really shows you how messed up hes become. Its also amazing when you realize that was the last set of spoken dialogue in the episode. There was not a single word uttered in the second half.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The audience who enjoyed samurai Jack has grown up, them bringing up seppuku and blood is possibly a part of that.
AidanAK47
Scene with the coffins was awesome as was the fight in the dark. My personal favorite part of the episode though was Jack arguing with his old design self. And young jack suggesting committing seppuku made my eyebrows raise. I mean..damn.
Lenlo
I agree Aidan. That quick shot of Jack vs the Daughter, with the sudden blood, suprised me as much as it did Jack. I really loved the scene with the coffins. The music nad sound was just great there.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, It was a really great episode. I love the meta of Jack being worn down by the wait and the wait the viewers had to endure for the new season. I is rather odd seeing blood in Samurai Jack though but it does make that particular moment have so much more impact.
Topgavin
April 16th for NZ. It is a lesser known movie than Kimi no na wa though, so I do wonder how available it's going to be in cinemas
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