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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@Aidan, yeah. Its way better than I thought. The VA for some characters is just great, I actually liked Belmont alot. I really hope it gets a 2nd season, because Dracula was also great
AidanAK47
@Mario, Well you do write for STAR CROSSED anime blog. Maybe that's a factor.
SuperMario
@Aidan: "What is a man" huh? It's fun to listen to actually :)
SuperMario
I can't believe it myself... but I get sucked into the story of Koi to Uso. Yesterday was reading the manga until 2am (and I hd to wake up at 6.30 for work). SINCE WHEN FORCED CONTRIVED STAR-CROSSED ROMANCE BECOME MY THING? I blame those big eyes.
AidanAK47
I mean the best game in the series has dialogue like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMTizJemHO8
AidanAK47
@Masky, Castlevaina games are never played for their story. If anything the story is usually the weakest element. When I heard of this series before I thought it was ridiculous because the story of the games was too weak to make into a good story.
Masky
Better than any right to be? Like I know that video game adaptions usually suck, but surely that doesn't mean that being video game adaption itself is qualification for being bad? :p
AidanAK47
I will see if I can do a write up on Castlevaina tommarrow but yeah for a video game adaption it's better than it has any right to be. I think the reason for that is Warren Ellis.
Lenlo
Castlevania actually has good action scenes too. Very pretty.
Lenlo
The Netflix Castlevania series, one episode in so far, is actually pretty good. It does justice to the old series, more than any other videogame adaptation ive seen.
SuperMario
And I know this is way off the mark but whenever I hear Baltimore I'm thinking of Beach House band
SuperMario
@Lenlo: I feel you that the action scenes feel no weight.
Lenlo
Three degrees of Nazi. We always get there somehow
Lenlo
The story seems setting up to repeat to me as well, with the mutant/normie racial problems. Hopefully the Reflection event/mystery over takes that though.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Vatican's mysteries have gotten to a ridiculous level. This week throws up sexual abuse, drug use, corruption and somehow Nazis are involved as well. It's just too much for me
Lenlo
They could have kept the comic book feel though by doing what Ping Pong did, with the panel layouts. I feel the low framerate did nothing but hurt it. Had the action scenes been done differently it could have worked, but it was a traditional fight scene so it didnt work.
SuperMario
Speaking of 18if, I still consider that show an experiment wreck, but a fascinating wreck it will
SuperMario
I don't really mind the low frame rate in the Reflection. I think the choice is deliberated to resemble the comic motion. I'm more worried about the story as they have some random fights that I feel even more dreamy than 18if
Lenlo
@Kaiser, I quite liked the Reflections art but the animation, or lack thereof, held it back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Once again my anime taste falls in with Marios =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though you can only imagine if shinbo or Yuasa were to work on 18...if.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although I do think 18..if is exactly what I need right now, I am not certain it will top flipflappers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The premise for ballroom is of no interest to me.
I’m hearing Vatican is quite silly in a campy horror way
which appeals to me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While visually the show seemed to improve with episode 3, I wasn’t all that emotionally invested with that story.
I would take this protagonist over IdiotMCx100 any day.
Kaiser-Eoghan
18..if is the most interesting thing I’ve looked into so far, largely due to it being the most un-conventional/abnormal, the concept interests me and poor as the animation is , the worlds it shows/creates, the imagination of the show gets close to forgiving that, as it was the most macabre, episode 2 has been my favourite so far.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I’ve begun (at last)checking out some of the series airing this season.
The reflections style is complete push away/turn off for me. I feel made in abyss could grow into something and I’d like it to actually properly get going/start, the buildup is slightly dull.
K-Off
@Vonter Graces is nothing compared to the pandering mess that Symphonia 2 was. Just embarrassing.
SuperMario
"There's a white house waiting for us in Casablanca" haha, can't help but laugh at its wordplay
Lenlo
Im planning on mentioning it, but yeah. Alot of the combat didnt really have an 'impact' to them. There are other shows, like Ping Pong, that I think do this sort of style better, if alittle differently.
Anonymous1283104
I think the main issue was the animation being kind of simple, the scenes didnt have 'motion'
Lenlo
@Anon, yeah The Reflection moved at the pace of a glacier. The art style was unique and should have lead to good looking fights, but instead it moved at the pace of a glacier. Ill have a write up on it later today
KTravlos
very nice episode of Virgin Soul. Really liked seeing Favoro look like Favoro again.
Vonter
Tales of Graces sadly might have the most childish, and pandering story of the series.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - Tales of Graces worked around having to both attack and defend to continue attacking. If just attacked you made less and weaker attacks. It was a way of cooldown that was more reliant on the player thinking about the attacks it used. Later games followed a more typical cooldown and combined special attacks with the regular ones.
Anonymous1282493
Reflection was kinda painful to watch, I didn't expect anything in the first place and was disappointed nonetheless.
Lenlo
I cant snowboard or ski at all so its ok.
SuperMario
I did hit my head on the ground (for the first time) but I was lucky that I was wearing helmet. I curse S turn
SuperMario
@lenlo: it's fun but it's a lot of pain as well.
Lenlo
Sounds like fun
SuperMario
I'm literally covered in snow right now with my butt numbed. Will get back home in few hours to catch up on 18if
Lenlo
Havnt had the chance to watch it yet, but Reflection apparently looks like a comic book but has weird fight scenes? Ill get that write up tomorrow once I watch it tonight.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*hear
Jesus Christ what happened to my spelling
AidanAK47
That's one of the things that mainly turned me off. The battle system is essentially button mashing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The regular complaint I here from Tales of naysayers is a dislike of the battle mechanics/system.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I avoided the anime adaptations of the tales games mostly because I assumed they presumed previous knowledge of the games. I actually only saw Phantasia due to having been familiar with the games story when I was younger.
HelghastKillzone
No Re:Creators this week. I get a week off which is good since I'm stuck on an army base.
AidanAK47
@K-Off, A lot of people say Vesperia is their favorite as well. I only have played Abyss so far and was really not impressed with it.
K-Off
@Kaiser Damn, Detective Conan has a long way to go then.
K-Off
Phantasia was my first Tales game (and its anime is the best amongst anything after) but Symphonia really did take it to another level. In general I think most fans will agree with Symphonia, Abyss, and Xillia in their favorites.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I believe Kochikame is the longest running manga of all time 1,960 chapters, 200 volumes, actually does have a record.
K-Off
@Aidan I remember you saying how it's funny that no two fans of Tales will have the same favorite title. But that's definitely because Tales has changed very little over the years, and they've always been solid games, and so for most fans they'll remember the first title they played.
K-Off
@Vonter With you there. The art direction in Tales hasn't been really that exciting since Xillia, and as a long time fan of the series I finally got sick of the gameplay after Vesperia.
K-Off
Jeez, detective Conan is reaching its 1000th chapter. Pretty sure it's a milestone for some Guinness record.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Embarassing
**Here
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also agree about complaints made about the mumbled dialogue when it does occur.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think thin red line is a good thing to bring up hear as throughout much of Dunkirk I was thinking about how much more Mallick's film did for me, how I should have been re-watching that instead.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet at the same time I couldn't connect with it, it became repetitive, disjointed and the shots/Zimmer score towards the end were embaeassing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There were definitely aspects to praise, to be fair there is no shortage of action, it eschews exposition and tries to visually immerse the viewer to make them feel as if they are present.
Lenlo
Im ready. Reflection comes on tomorrow, so heres hopin its worth it
Anonymous1279803
it was trash. just british propaganda
Vonter
I finished Tales of Berseria. And I'm conflicted. I really liked the story and the characters, essentially a Tales of were the story is told form the perspective of the villains. I also saw the episodes Ufotable made of the beginning of the game, and I want moar. It's was a waste as game, considering the archaic and dull game design. It mainly came up to buying time in regards to things to play.
KTravlos
I also watched it. I thought it was a great war film. Very intense and unrelenting, but still at points the images reminded me of Thin Red Line. My only quip was the end. The film did a great job in getting me to feel the hopelessness the soldiers felt. So great that the attempt at making a "happy" end was forced and fell flat. Beyond that I liked it.
Anonymous1279184
I already lost interest when I saw Inception which I didn't really like. My favorite Nolan movie will always be Memento.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, saw Dunkirk, I think at this point I'm done with giving Nolan any more chances, this like his other works, I can appreciate them to some extent but come away honestly not giving a damn.
SuperMario
and this week's Sakura Quest is damn great as well... This backstory of Chitose and Kadota rocks
SuperMario
Just watching the 2nd episode of Gamers, It was actually pretty good. I can't believe they fleshing out that annoying hot guy into such a relatable guy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I recall the extent of my interest in Linkin park in my early teens was strictly the breaking the habit video and that was it.
SuperMario
The frontman of Linkin Park commited suicide by hanging himself... sad news. Never been his fan but I feel sad nonetheless
AidanAK47
Actually forgot with all the impressions and whatnot but I do believe we said we would review the Castlevania Netflix series. Now that everything has calmed down I will see if I can do a write up next week.
AidanAK47
I was busy trying to discern whether the story had any point besides "Life is shit"
Kaiser-Eoghan
Again, while I enjoyed punpun, the excessive internal narration, when marathoned, I had to take a break.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone that does that, haven't bought a new one since 2004.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, you see I could never force myself to browse/type/use the internet on a phone, too used to using a desktop exclusively for that.
AidanAK47
Oh bloody hell. Stupid phone autocorrect. Yeah I meant Punpun.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Read Freesia.
Kaiser-Eoghan
umi no onnanoko is probably the exact thing ninjarealist would be interested in.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*oyasumi punpun
I found it alot more accessible than nijigahara holograph. deded-demon-destruction while enjoyable, is beneath him. Solanin is probably his easiest work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I assume you man oyasui punpun. Its been about five years since I read in, the final couple of volumes stay in my mind the most, all the stuff with him, the girl and his uncle also, I love Asano Inios art and the surreal elements but I got lost/bored somewhere in the middle and most of the other side characters and the cult thing I didn't really care about.
AidanAK47
Finished reading Goodnight Pumping. Really not sure on what to think of it. The story kept me reading but it just felt really empty.
Anonymous1276500
There are 2 Nyaa's now. This one is considered the 'real' one: https://nyaa.si
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looks like anirena is down for me. Although it looks like nyaa went back up as this: https://nyaa.pantsu.cat/
SuperMario
Aidan: Fate/Apocrypha, Made in Abyss, Kakegurui
Mario: Princess Principal, 18if, Youkoso
Lenlo: Touken Ranbu, The Reflection
Wooper: Ballroom, Shoukoku no Altair
Helghast: Re:Creators
SuperMario
Note: I'm deciding to take Classroom of the Elite as my third show to cover. So, for this season we are covering 11 shows.
Vonter
Just to end, it kind of shows than even if a story is predictable on where it is going. Characters can make up for that, if they're funny, interesting, and perhaps not agreeing all the time and having different agendas and points of view despite all sharing the same boat.
Vonter
Yet as a game Tales hasn't felt deep since Symphonia, (at least from the ones I've played). I'm wondering if it'll leave me wanting check the anime of Zestiria, since apparently Berseria is a prequel to that game. And many say the anime is better than the game. (I can see why).
Vonter
I also like the reused Tales beats from Phantasia and Berseria. It those have moments like when Lloyd was exiled and Cless had his village attacked. It has clear antagonists unlike Vesperia, and trying harder than the cartoony villains of Graces.
Vonter
I've been playing Tales of Berseria, and it seems to be the anti Tales of Graces. In which I'm caring about the story and characters, but the gameplay is a drag. This is the first time I've been autoplaying an JRPG. But unlike Gravity Rush 2, I'm not dropping it because I'm liking the interactions of these characters even if it gets, campy, overdramatic, or edgy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I mean I watch anime and films subtitled but sometimes my reading speed can be slow if theres a lot of dialogue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I do that sometimes, mostly to check for message updates or on occasion to read reviews of what I am watching or to download more/check downloads.
SuperMario
For instance, I watched Okja yesterday and I had to take 15', 20' minute break in between for snack, surfing webs and playing mobile games...
SuperMario
I watched Fanny and Alexander... don't really remember which version I watched thou. I think it's a TV version since it divides into 4 separate parts
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it just that... my attention span has shortened greatly and I just can't stay focus on movies over an hour mark. In cinema, it's alright since you can't move anywhere but now it's abig task to finish a 2 hour and a half movie for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
And is good enough to keep up the quality for that long.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'll say this, for every medium, to me the length of something isn't so much the issue, if you have a writer good enough to keep something going for ages then the length shouldn't be an issue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If something goes over three hours I treat it as a miniseries and watch one hour or two a day.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: lol if you thought thats long, have you seen the extended versions of scenes from a marriage and fanny & alexander by Bergman? I can't wait to get my hands on the tv versions I hear they're completely different.
SuperMario
Okja is pretty entertaining with pointed social commentary. I don't really feel Tilda Swinton's double roles add up much but everything else is great. Bong has never disappointed me
SuperMario
@Kaiser: good luck with Satantango then. I guess now if I watch an 8-hour long film it would take me a whole week to finish it :/
Kaiser-Eoghan
Made in abyss and vatican keep staring at me. Although I'm not chancing them yet or anything else until I hear a bit more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My once massive film backlog is nearly cleared. I can try watching stuff this season hopefully.
K-Off
Same boat here. For the first time in a long time I spent almost half the day catching up on all of my manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'll have two weeks leave, I will finally watch Satantango, all eight hours of that film.
AidanAK47
I did a double take when I saw this. One of these things is not like the other.... http://gematsu.com/2017/07/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-announced
SuperMario
Well, finally have a bit of precious free time to watch something else and I have too much things to watch. Castlevania, the final Kizumonogatari movie, live-action Okja and some books planned to read... I guess I'll go with Okja today
Ninja
Looking forward to that Dies review
Lenlo
Yaaay! Time to enjoy your blogging time
AidanAK47
And now we are up to date. Just need to finally get that Dies Irae Review posted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again I'll watch almost every horror film I can, don't even mind the awful acting most have.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pet cemetary was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know how I'd feel if I rewatched salems lot, although a positive is that it did have James Mason in it and it was done in that 70s style of slow burn horror that I love.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The IT film has aged horribly and thats one case where I would advocate a remake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Stand by me was a perftly watchable coming of age film and it surprised me, seeing a non-horror King story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay theres one way to settle this =P Lovecraft > all of them ;) I have actually enjoyed some King adaptations even though I know the Shining took liberties , I also enjoyed Carrie and Apt Pupil.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, please. Early King > Richard Matheson > Modern King. Kings early works were good.
Lenlo
@Aidan, its true that Monty was the mind behind the fights. Sad, but I think the other directors are starting to come into their own instead of trying to copy Monty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But we all know Richard Matheson > King.
Kaiser-Eoghan
He did some collabs with Stephen King I believe.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Like the dead films he's trying to be thematic, although this one is clumsily put together, I kind of like how it hybridizes the 50s with 70s style exploitation, it has its moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
hmmm the only non Dead trilogy film I've seen by Romero is the Crazies, feels like he's still finding his voice with it.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Part of the reason is that they started using better animation software. But despite that there was a downgrade in fight chorgraphy when Monty died. Though the story I find is getting better.
AidanAK47
@Kinseryu, I think it's ridiculous to everyone but there are those that choose to ignore it.
@Anon, That's a bit harsh. It is true that his later works never truly panned out but he did pretty much popularise the zombie apoc. Even if Day of the Triffids did it before him.
Lenlo
Every season RWBY gets just a little bit prettier. Rooster Teeth really does have some of the better 3D animation skills out there.
Anonymous1272531
goerge romero was a hack trying desperate to stay relevant.
Kinseryu
Tenshi3P... I thought it was just me that this show was just ridiculous by putting three ten years old girl that knows how to play electrical instruments. They are insulting the people who plays these. But good thing I found this site with your first impression. I laughed and I feel better. Lol.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: he passed away? damn. He was the Father of Zombie genre. So like him or hate him, he was influential to say the least. RIP.
Kaiser_Eoghan
...holy shit George A Romero died? Now I have to watch the rest of his films.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Rei Hiroe is really dicking around with black lagoon lately, he's still releasing wasted chapters, just like re:creators, the most recent chapter of black lagoon was a slog.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Maybe the conversation and lives of others could sort of count as espionage stories to an extent.
Kaiser_Eoghan
If you're interested in spy fiction, Spy who came in from the cold, most wanted man, Smiley's people, deadly affair and tinker tailor soldier spy are your best bet.
SuperMario
@Travlos (regarding yoir earlier comment): yeah, it hit me as well that most of regular readers have been here even longer than myself. So thanks for sticking around mates
SuperMario
@Travlos: playing catch up with both Re:Creators and Virgin Soul yesterday. Agreed that last week's Re:Creators was weak because it focused on the Creators (they're not good) but last episode was on par again. Virgin Soul, I loved that episode that the girls go bacl to Nina's hometown
SuperMario
@anon1272074: I still haven't had the time to watch Pripri yet (probably in few more hours), but you bet I'm looking forward to it
Anonymous1272074
Then again, James Bond does count as a spy. I meant not a realistic one.
Anonymous1272074
Princess Principal 2 was pretty good. Still more James Bond via little girls than spies, but this episode was more about intrigue and stuff than action.
Lenlo
Started catching up with Kakegurui. The OP is the sort of mind games I remember from Mob Psycho. Dunno what that means for the show, but I like it.
KTravlos
Quite happy with this week's RE:Creators. Blitz is cool, Aliceteria looked so scary. It washed out the taste of last week's episode.

Bahamut is going interesting places.
BTW. Speaking of spies from Princess Principal. I watch TURN. That is a good spy show.
KTravlos
I mean you see the use of those heavy revolvers as clubs in westerns. Mythbusters did a experiment, and being hit by one could kill you just fine. But in anime, I do not remember seeing it often
AidanAK47
Homura used Gun-kata in the fight against Mami in Rebellion. Can't think of anyone who exclusively uses it though. After all Gun-Kata is more or less a flashy art that has no real benefit.
Anonymous1270604
amazing!
Vonter
Is Gun Kata the fighting style of Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue? I suppose I'm mainly thinking about how guns are handled in fighting games. Where the shots are mainly concussive. I suppose those are mainly energy blasts.
Lenlo
Ranbu took a step in the right direction I feel. Used the morals of whether or not to change history and it focused in on one of its characters.
Lenlo
Final Fantasy has had some gun swords. Cant think of any with guns in melee though. There are some with gun-kata like cowboy bebop though
Vonter
Just for curiosity, have anyone watched an anime, movie or game that uses a gun as a melee weapon. Or one in which the gun is mainly concussive but still has impact?
Spike
18if ep2 was a bit wacky... main character seems to be off his rocker.
AidanAK47
Alright. Time to finally play catch up with those series I need to blog.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But at the same time acknowledging love for creativity is more important in the end than making a profit.
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