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


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:

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

  18. Risa Takashi says:

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

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My god those gay scenes in Yuri on Ice are hard to watch for me. Wonder if this is how it feels to be a girl watching 90% of normal anime nowadays.
okay, Flip Flappers episodic review was up. This is my lengthiest weekly review so far and I still feel I missed a lot of points. Damn you Flip Flappers
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You have seen the light, not needing to know everything thats happening to enjoy something ^_^
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I've given some consideration to reviewing that oujia film followup.
Whether you see one or the other is entirely up to your preferences, so it makes no difference to me which is worse. I have gotten very tired of generic character types, but again that's just because of the things I decide to regularly follow.
I will say if it must come down to either unnatural dialogue or unnatural character types, at leas the character type is speaking their own words and not the words of the script writer.
Or was that a black and white fallacy? Maybe it was a little of both.
@Realjustified, K-Off wasn't agreeing with me. That's a Moving the Goal Posts logical Fallacy but well I will answer regardless. Honestly it's preferable to have neither. The big mistake you are making here is that you are putting down a condiction that a show must have one or the other. But both cartoons and anime can have both. I just think it's a lot more prominent in cartoons than anime.
Like, having read hundreds of harem manga over the years, a majority of the ultimate love interest always happens to be the first girl the protagonist meets.
Wait wait wait wait. Aidan and K-Off. I get that dialogue in cartoon can seem like it was written by a script writer, but at the same time, lots of anime have characters whose sole purpose is entirely scripted. The whole spectrum of "deres" and everything. What do you think is worse? Unnatural dialogue, or unnatural character types?
You guys should really go fuck yourself, it's a solution and it's nothing short of great!
You guys should really watch the first 4 episodes of Bungo, it's a prequel and it was nothing short of great!
omg!! I just realized To be Hero was one of the show that I reviewed its 1st episode back in Chinese Animation post. I watched raw then though
forgive me if I'm a bit too overwhelmed by Flip Flappers... For this episode alone I took like 25 screenshots...trying to write a review now...
I have absolutely no idea what is going on in Flip Flappers plot. And yet for some reason I am OK with that.
Anyone out there that's a fan of crude humor should go watch ep.3 of To Be Hero. Certinately stepped it up a notch from the last two humor-wise.
One downside I can think of already is that I'm bound to lose or break one of the detachable controllers. The cost for those pieces is what I'm most interested in.
Nintendo Switch hmm? Honestly it looks too good to be true. I expect some major downsides to this thing.
I like cartoons, don't get me wrong. Certainly good for a change of pace. But there is something about the way they are written that I find rather distracting.
I don't know, maybe if I said it's like the difference from how characters talk in movie vs how characters talk in a sitcom?
@K-Off, I said one liner's or jokes. Not one liner jokes. It's hard to explain. Basically when I hear a conversation in anime even if it is based in stereotypes, it at least feels like a conversation that's being had in the moment. In cartoons however there is a layer of artificiality and it feels like characters know what a person is going to say and has a response prepared.
That's probably why some of my favorite anime in recent years haven't been very heavy on character archetypes, or were either parodies of it.
Comedic dialogue with anime in recent years have leaned too much on the idea of playing off character archetypes. The collected character vs the energetic character, for one. I'd like to see more variety. Some more word play, hyperbolic humor, body humor, etc etc.
@Aidan Not quite sure what you mean by that, because it's certainly not even a majority of cartoons that rely on cheap one liner jokes. I suppose it's entirely up to taste, but I can appreciate the energy in cartoons like Steven Universe or Regular Show when compared to the increasingly repetitive dialogue found in some recent anime.
@Topgavin: I just read that review and his main reason being Shelter is pretentious. oh well! Can't never please anyone.
Thought I'd check out the reviews for Shelter on MAl and the top review is a 1/10. Apparently because it's a cute girl we sympathise with her more, which is bad because reasons. I mean.. what? MAL never ceases to amaze me
@Mario, no. It's more that the dialogue keeps trying to push out one liners or jokes regardless of whose talking.
@Aidan: maybe because they spoke in your native language do you can feel that it's artificial, ya know? I know I have the same problem with Vietnamese drama/ cartoon and maybe Japanese people have that same issues with anime?
By which I mean, the way characters talk in cartoons is very...artificial. Like you can tell that the dialgoue was clearly written beforehand and it never really sounds natural. At least to me.
@Anon, I wouldn't. The writing and structure are too cartoon. What with the episodic nature and dialogue that generally pushes for a comedic tone.
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Flanagan also directed absentia which I haven't seen yet but I think someone I came across of 4chan linked it to being lovecraftian?
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Oculus was a film of two halves for me. Hush was a pretty standard home invasion thriller, making the victim deaf was an interesting twist but not as unique as you might think, still suspenseful though.
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I never saw the first oujia film. Though Mike Flanagan who did the sequel, he's never made a bad movie but he's never really made a great one either.
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I stick to the firm belief that cartoons and anime, visually should do and be their own thing. I'll prefer a western artstyle for cartoons rather than one pretending to look like anime style.
But this is a good topic and I'm sure everyone has their own opinions so I'm looking to hear some more arguments
@anon352392: no they aren't. For me not because of where their production based, nor their intended audience, but rather their styles, both visually and storytelling-ly, are different
Anime,” they assert, is not a “style” of illustration or animation.
That's where I differ to those guys. For me, anime is a style. In that sense, I consider RWBY, and Canadian-produced short Flutter as an anime. Thunderbolt Fantasy is not and anime-influence shows/movies that are intented for Western audience like AniMatrix or Afro Samurai are anime
@Anon nah they wouldn't be because they aren't made by a japanese producer for the japanese market. Quality isn't the question, production is
NX and Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers tomorrow.
They are good series and i honestly like them alot more than most anime series, would their quality make them anime?
What about cartoons like Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Star Vs The Forces Of Evil?
In other news a sequel to an absolutely terrible horror movie called Ouija is out and it's...actually pretty good? Wondering if critics were paid off or it is legit good. Well it did have the guy who was behind Oculus and that was a pretty good movie.
Simplify the term down enough and anime is literally anything animated but the whole point of the term is to distinguish it. For to call Spongebob an anime makes me want to projectile vomit. Point is this, you say you watched a cartoon, people think Tom and jerry, Scooby doo etc. You say you watched an anime, people think Cowboy bebop, Attack on titan, etc. Whole point of the term.
For example, I don't consider Avatar or RWBY to be anime for while they use anime style, the writing is fundamentally structured like an American cartoon. Through I would consider Bloodivores an anime even though it was made by a Chinese animation company, making it technically a Chinese cartoon.
As far as what is and isn't anime I honestly think of the term as a means of distinguishing it from cartoon which gives the impression of being for children. It's like Graphic novel is to comic book. Though techically graphic novels are issues of comics bound in book form, the term Graphic novel is often used to distinguish works that go above superhero comics and whatnot.
Basically I think it was due to Porter Robinsons involvement that they didn't consider it anime.
@Aidan: Did the mods give any concrete reasons why they didn't consider it an anime?
@Mario, It wasn't the community that had the problem. It was the mods. The community made it pretty clear that they considered it anime.
So despite the art style is obviously anime, the character speaks in Japanese, and the production was animated by A1 Studios, it's not an anime? Sometimes I feel sad that the anime community keeps limiting themselves with such fixed minds.
I saw it yesterday and yes it was good. For a 5-minute story, they don't make it too overwhelme with details, and still pack an emotional punch. Moreover it elevates the song. Good stuffs.
Shelter was quite good though. It works well and the animation was beautiful. Song is not bad either. It's got a nice emotional punch to it though it's a bit simple a story.
Well anyway I only saw all this because I checked out the video for the first time and wanted to see how others thought of it with a quick scan through reddit. And I get this shitshow instead.
Playing the victim is the one really pisses off the internet. For refusing to admit you f*cked up only encourages people to shove how you f*cked up into your face. That's what really grinds peoples gears.
Yep, seen that too. The mods even put up another tread about the video and tried to guilt trip people by saying they got death threats. Look, internet rules 101. If you said or did something stupid admit to it and just walk away. Do not try to deflect blame or play the victim, that only adds fuel to the fire.
@Aidan oh yeah saw that live lol. Porter himself even commented on twitter about it, gotta love internet drama
So did anyone happen to catch the big old shitstorm of that Shelter music music when a mod of the Anime subreddit decided it wasn't "Anime" enough and removed the discussion post about it? Oh internet drama...what silly nonsense.
Finally caught up with JoJo. Diamond is Unbreakable has turned out to be much better than Stardust Crusaders. Should have waited for the season to finish through as I really loved marathoning it.
I had a feeling that might be the case considering the source materail for luger.
@Mario Oh I watched that, certinately worth it. Packed more story that some 12-episode shows do nowadays and gorgeous animation.
and I will check out "Shelter" music video to see what all the fuss is about
*this weekend to be exact.
Sounds like Luger Code 1951 is an OVA that will air next week, the same air date with "my" Zaregoto OVA.
@Mario: doesn't sound real at all to me lol
@Mario, I might be able to manage. If all else fails I can talk about the past of these historical figures.
While I don't mind watchinng Drifters, I swaer if I had to cover that show, I couldn't come up with anything to say.
Do you guys know what language the fairies speak in Drifters? It does sound like a genuine language
@topgavin: humanity has declined is a great show. It has good writing and dark, witty sense of humor. I could talk about it in length but psgels pretty much covered it all. He was really impressed by that show however.
That should be me covered till the weekend. Why do all my shows air on the weekend...
@Mario nah I've watched the whole thing but I'd heard about it at the start of this year and put it off. The dialogue between her and the fairies was great stuff, probably gonna rewatch it this weekend now that you mention it
Alright, I got three posts written up and will be throwing them out in about two hours or do.
I thought you've finished it. Yeah I love her character a lot, so cynical but witty. My favorite moment was when she read about fairy's plan to invent religions. She was like "so religions are invented?" (beat) "I've learn something new today". Priceless
@Mario Oh nice, it was one that I had heard about but never got round to. To put it in simple anime terms, Watashi is best girl
@topgavin: I just finished the series yo mentioned the other day: humanity is declined. Man, I love it. I know now I have a thing for dark twisted absurdist anime
@Ano340004: the name is Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, or to put it short Motete. I have fun with it but i'm not that enthuastic
@anon the english name is Kiss him, not me. Search through the first impressions if you need the jap name.
then that girl really loves BL (boy love)
what is the name of the anime that the girl is fat and then she got depressed because her favorite boy anime died then she got thin?
Season 7 is awesome so far too. It feels like the tone of the show is finally back to normal and it feels like Adventure Time again.
Whew, I binged all seasons of Adventure Time this weekend. The show hit a low spot in Season 6 but I think it needed to happen...Poor Finn needed the serious character development after what he did to FP.
You guys are too hard on it
Motete is very funny
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When it comes to gag manga and four-koma, I just eventually reach a stopping point with a comedy series in that format. Even with hidamari sketch.
I think it was typical light novel trash based on what was in the PV. I laughed that despite it being horrible that the crowd still cheered anyway, likely because it had a bath clip in it.
The PV was hilarious. I had no idea what the anime was about.
@Aidan I'm good, I'll stick with Working.
@K-Off, you could switch to something like Gi(a)rlish Number if you like. I for one am really digging the satire of the show. Plus I like that it's basically showing how an utter train-wreck of an anime can be made. That PV in the last episode was truly painful.
Feeling pretty disappointed with Working. I haven't gotten any more cynical with comedies, at least I don't think, and its flaws are so irritating.
@Adam Le, I find that with Comic book dialogue. Which is one of the reasons I have gone off marvel movies. Cartoons have it to a degree as well.
I love the instagram shots in Yuri
Maybe I can have a watch through those live action films and do a compare/contrast to see which version works better. After all movie and tv series are 2 different medium, and live-action vs animation is the topic that we never get tired of
speaking of which, the overlap between anime and live-action adaptation from manga is overwhelming. For this year alone, there were Erased, 3-gatsu no Lion, Fune o Amu, orange, and Chihayafuru (part 1&2). Those were just the ones I know.
@Adam: Don't know which genre you're into but you can try Fune o Amu (The Great Passage)
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I can't seem to get into any of these new shows. I don't know, the dialogue always seems off to me and the forced comedy is a big turn off.
Reminds me of a thought I had when I was last at the Getty art museum. People walking past works of art hundreds of years old, but only taking a second-long glance before moving on to the next one. Not their fault really, it's only the professional critics who can understand what they see with depth.
I'm the opposite really, they're getting paid for what they said so they better know their shits
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I suppose I'm slightly envious of professional critics somewhat.
Sometimes you're just meant to experience the ride you know. I don't watch those explained video anymore because after all it's just one guy's opinions.
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And I mean people who art professionals or students.
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I guess I'm just unsure of something, how many people watching "arty" stuff are able to pick it up on their own. By looking up an "explained video" or "explained essay" to get it, am I copping out?
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I feel like I've begun getting on board with the european art stuff but am really only scratching the surface with the Chinese and that stuff.
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And find myself missing whats going on sometimes.
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I'll admit I do find it frustrating, that even though I can like art films, emotionally connect at times, appreciate the visual techniques and admire them for being so different without looking up analysis by people far smarter than myself I honestly feel lost sometimes as to the meaning.
@Kaiser: Apichatphong Weerseethakul's films are so otherworldly and spiritual that I wouldn't dare to call them "dreams" anymore. Check out his "Uncle Boonmie", "Syndromes and a Century", "Cemetery of Splendors". he has such singular vision that just watch and experience his films are rewarding enough
@afgm: well, if we really go over-analyze it, bunnies can represent desire for example ^^
like eating sweet snow is so randomness for me
@Badesh: the things you said might be something I might do in the future. After all I love dissecting symbolism. But for Flip Flappers I need to know more what are intentional and what are randomness first
So Papika is corrupting Cocona? That would make some sense I guess
I mean I guess bunnies represent purity? Maybe?
@Kaiser: I mean yeah I get that things can be beautiful just because they're beautiful. But the effort comes in trying to connect that beauty and symbolism to the story as a whole, which is something I honestly struggle to do with Flip Flappers. It just seems pretty gratuitous at this point.
I don't know I think flip flappers is probably deeper than people might give it credit for. I just don't have the time or energy to piece together the abstraction. Doesn't mean that the meaning doesn't exist, it's just hard (and possibly misguided) to uncover it on the first run through.
but i don't want to get into a "who is right" argument. it was just a wish of mine to get to know the persons view of the world and not just be part of his daily mood
yeah, but i could happen that you grow intelectual but not personal ;)
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But theres no shame in watching a heavily thematic arthouse thing, liking it then going "didn't quite get/catch that" then looking up what it means.
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But for going into things, analyzing them, I wasn't saying thats wrong, when I meant overanaylsis I meant people making shit up that isn't actually there.
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And going too deep into thinking about that image shows the person is failing to understand that they were supposed to interact with it on an emotionally or spiritually intellectual level.
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Rather than de-mystifying that image or losing its enigma.
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I just think sometimes people forget that things can be entirely impressionistic or expressionist, people sometimes forget that images don't necessarily need a giant essay behind them or meaning or analysis. What I mean is you can have a 15 minute stretch of gorgeous looking images but the point is that you feel that or see the imagination and creativity because its beautiful.
It requires an understanding and a concept of life of the reviewer that highlights the right things, the things that widens the readers perspective, based on the narrow popculture consicousness that we have, sorry to be that dramatic...
Yeah, i don't mean that kind of overanalyzing :) so i.e. that beautiful picture of flip flappers to the left is so much more than the "character floating through an imaginary world" if you start to go into that, what it does with the viewers heart, you can write an essay weather it was the creators intention or not. that's the kind of thing i dream about and care to read
Of course afterwards they will certainly claim that they planned everything from the colour of toothpaste used but I take that with a grain of salt.
Plus the basic idea that the creator of a materiel is a complete mastermind who has internally planned out a massive series of symbolic comparisons and intricate threads which the vast majority of viewers would completely fail to see. And quite frankly, people just ain't that smart and have no reason to put in such massive effort.
The problem with overanalyzling however is that it's usually down to a series of simplifed concepts held together by a flimsy logical foundation. Like the ring theory of star wars.
...which is only achieved through what you call overanalyzing - at least in the internet world where only words count.
I wish people would "overanalyze" more. For me it get's pretty boring pretty fast to read something along the lines of "this wasn't good/perfect because i have seen better" - that's interesting as long as i need anothers opinion to get a feel for the materia. once you are somewhat experienced in life you only care for this sort of things if you know that persons view of the world...
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@Mario: Would you say the Apichatphong Weerseethakul's films are worth looking into as "dream" films, always wanted to get into his work but it seems....daunting.
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I'd imagine if you went looking you could probably find people who overanalyzed Eden of the east (as with anything) to where they saw something none of us could (or that they wanted to see). Something about young peopl in society was one look at it. But for me eden of the east was an undercooked thriller merged with a bad chick flick and the films ruined whatever good will I had for it.
I'm almost giddy with the possibility of this being the closest thing I get to Utena this decade (besides actual ikuhara works of course haha)
@ano327926: Boy, how true. agreed 100% with you here
"liberate pure illusion" is the new "revolutionize the world"
@mnei, that's hardly the only thing in Eden of the east that didn't make any sense. It was a great idea but boy...did the writing fail hard.
Anyone here watched Eden of East and got fucking confused as I do about why Akira had to wipe off his memories and ship NEETS to Dubai? He wasn't really deceived (in my opinion). He didn't have to send the NEETS anywhere either.
@Mario and from what I've heard, they skipped out a whoooole bunch of fanservicey training sessions that happened before the 1st episode. Dunno whether I'm happy or dissapointed with that
I swear Keijo's everyday training is much more intense than Saitama's
I goddamn love Drifters opening.
@Anon, the story improved in volume 3 but I don't think your issues with the show have really disappeared. So yes, it did get better but it still has it's issues.
Did RWBY get better in vol 3? I watched the first two and hated them but the designs of the girls are nice and the characters are even good, I just can't stand these graphics and that shitty plot or the comedy scenes in which it tries to copy anime humor. The "western" comedy is nice.
So RWBY volume 4 airs next week. Nice. I was actually going to write a review on RWBY and just never got around to it. Seeing as it's somewhat anime I say it's suitable for the site though honestly while it is anime styled, the writing is pure cartoon.
So that's Raising project, Drifters and Occult Nine for me.
@Topgavin, seeing as it was pretty much Top of the Preview poll(Besides Natsume but I am not the man to do Natsume.) I will do Occult Nine. I can at least have fun ripping it apart and comparing it to its contemporaries.
@Mario, for starters you can stop calling her a bitch. Flip Flappers is a classy lady so put you fapping aside and treat her good. So yep, it fine by me.
@Topgavin: He'll be fine.... I hope
Guess it'd be Raising project, Drifters and Keijo/Occult Nine..?
@Mario poor aidan, what shows are there left to cover?
@Friend: Ha! I'm really looking for RWBY 4 as well. At one time I was intended to blog RWBY 4 here but even for me (who tend to go off track), I know that covering RWBY would not be appropriate for this site. But I'll give each season a proper review in the World Animation section, I promise!
@Topgavin: I'm a bit underwhelmed with Izetta 2nd episode, but it's still a better-than-average show out there this season. Anw I'm now settled for Flip Flapers
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