Posted by psgels on 29 December 2010 with categories: Yearly Summaries

And here is the second out of four 2010 Summary posts I’ve planned for this year. I’ve noticed that during previous years, I paid rather little attention to the different characters that appeared in each year, so this time I decided to devote an entire post to them. This post contains a bunch of character-based awards, along with my top 6 of favourite supporting characters, male characters and female characters. These were really the characters who caught my attention the most and made the biggest impression on me, so yes: they’re quite personal lists. Feel free to share your own favourite characters of 2010 in the comment section. ;)

Most annoying character

Ookami Kakushi – Hiroshi Kuzumi

This award only goes up for the series that I finished watching. If I didn’t drop Amagami SS on its half-way point, half its cast would probably have walked away with this award. Another character who really annoyed me this year was Elcea from The World God Only Knows as an incredibly obnoxious moeblob, but Hiroshi, the lead character from Ookami Kakushi takes the cake. Throughout the entire series, he’s supposed to be the central character, and yet he does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. He just runs around randomly, says the most generic lines and never gets the story anywhere. This guy… who found it a good idea to make him the central character?

Worst Character

Iron Man – Tony Stark

Again, this only goes for the shows that I actually finished this year, but dear god. At the start of this year, I really could not have guessed that I’d pick an adult for this category. Still, there’s so much wrong with Tony Stark’s character that I hardly know where to start. It’s a complete bastardization of a Cobra-wannabe, who runs after women with cheesy one-liners at one time and keeps on sprouting ridiculously corny morals the other. As a superhero he also makes some of the dumbest decisions out there. I really hope that Wolverine will fare better. A honorable mention goes to Il Re from Togainu no Chi, just for what the heck he turned into in the final two episodes of that series.

Best Cast of Minor Characters

Giant Killing

This award goes to the series that had my favourite side and supporting characters, both major and minor. With this award, I especially want to congratulate the series that came with huge casts, and yet gave every character his own purpose, story and development. Full Metal Alchemist and the Armed Librarians were especially good at this, but also Shiki and the way that it gave a unique feel to all of its villagers stands out and Star Driver is also doing a pretty good job so far. None were as good as Giant Killing though: the entire series is about teamwork, and how everyone involved with football is important, from the players to the coaches, the management and the supporters. All of the characters in Giant Killing were great to watch and together they painted a wonderful whole.

Best Voice Acting

Sarai-ya Goyou

This year had a lot of comedies where you could really hear that the voice actors were having the time of their lives: Gag Manga Biyori and Tentai Senshi Sunred had very simple animation, but this gave their voice actors a lot of freedom that they used really well. Beyond that, Full Metal Alchemist also had a very inspired voice cast and Yojou-han’s endlessly fast monologues were also a delight to follow. Ookiku Furikabutte delivered a greatly realistic and down to earth performance, but in the end I decided to pick Sarai-ya Goyou for this category. The voice actors are both restrained and deliver with a lot of emotions, and they really seem to understand their characters.

Best Character Development on a single character

Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei – Watashi

There were a few characters this year that were really well developed throughout their series. A simple form of this is Kobato, who grew up wonderfully as a character. Then there also are these long-running series like Full Metal Alchemist and Cross Game who make great use of their time to show the span of several years. Especially Kou, Aoba and Edward go through these great, subtle changes. For great changes that are anything but subtle, there was Shiki with Toshio who really hardened up as a character with all of the things that happened to him. The best though, was Watashi: the entire series is devoted to showing his antics, and in how many different ways he can change depending on the choices that he makes. Usually the series with the great character development are the long ones, but this is one series that puts more character-development in than most other.

Best Character Development on an entire Cast

Armed Librarians – The Book of Bantorra

Armed Librarians was just amazing: in every arc, it just took a bunch of characters and developed them in a way that just kept surprising me. Even the long series of Cross Game and Full Metal Alchemist, which both had around twice the amount of episodes to develop their cast didn’t do it as interesting as Bantorra did it. They do take up the second and third place, though: the way in which they show several years subtly change their entire cast made them into some really memorable series. I also want to give a honorable mention to Rainbow: granted there was a lot of stuff wrong with its characterization, but it really tried to give its seven main characters as much development as possible, and that’s really what saved that series from being yet another cheesy drama.

Top 6 Supporting Characters

#6: Rainbow – Ishihara

Ishihara is actually a character that I for a long while considered way too over the top to be likable, often dubbing him “Psycho Guard”. But in the end that’s what his charms turned out to be: he was such a ridiculously over the top character that he became priceless at the point where Rainbow’s plot really got interesting. He’s the ultimate of sadistic characters, but at the same time his development and conclusion had me nailed to the screen.

#5: Kuroshitsuji – Alois Trancy

I only noticed this once I had fully compiled this top list, but my favourite supporting characters of 2010 are chock full of testosterone while surprisingly this isn’t necessarily the case for my favourite main characters. The characters on this list are just so out there that they immediately caught my attention, despite not being the central characters. In the end, Ciel and Sebastian remained the central characters of Kuroshitsuji’s second season, despite all of the hints that previously pointed at this sequel. I still believe that Alois should have been good enough as a lead character himself: his flamboyance totally dominated every scene he was in and it was always great to see his rambling.

#4: Giant Killing – Kazuki Kuroda

Much less over the top than the two previous entries, Kuroda was the lovable nagger of the series: he was constantly complaining and annoying the people around him, but he did it in such a way that it just instantly became charming. Especially when he was trying to pick a fight with people much taller than him. As the series goes on, we also learned quite a bit about him and some of the soccer players around him.

#3: Shiki – Tomio Ookawa

Tomio Ookawa is hard core. He mostly stood out in the latter half of Shiki through his actions, but this guy genuinely impressed me. The exact reason why is riddled with spoilers, but as a supposedly random villager, his change and development were a part that made the final act of Shiki truly memorable.

#2: Full Metal Alchemist – Brotherhood – King Bradley

The thing with King Bradley is that even the animators loved him as a character: every single action scene involving him portrays him as an unstoppable beast with absolutely gorgeous and imaginative drawings. This guy is ridiculously competent and at the same time his backstory gives him a surprising amount of depth.

#1: Shiki – Tatsumi

When I first saw Tatsumi, I laughed at his ridiculous haircut. Throughout the series however, he really made me take all of that back. He is an excellent villain: just when things are starting to look good, this guy shows up. His loyalty and aggression really made him stand out as one of the top characters of 2010, especially considering how he as a villain has so relatively little airtime.

Top 6 Male Characters

#6: Cross Game – Kitamura Kou

First and foremost, Kitamura Kou is a wonderful character to watch during the many slice of life moments in this series. His often-faked nonchalance is consistently witty and enjoyable to watch. He forms a good combination with just about every other character of Cross Game, but his relationship with Aoba really stands out with the way that the creators just consistently kept subtly poking it. His development is amazing, with fifty episodes dedicated to his growth from elementary schooler to a high school student.

#5: xxxHolic Rou – Watanuki

Watanuki only appeared in one single OVA this year, so he counts too as a character of 2010. I mean, before this OVA Watanuki already was a really well developed and sympathetic character, and here the Rou OVA comes and SPOILER is suddenly SPOILER and not to mention that SPOILER. It’s a very spoilerific OVA so I’m not going to detail what happened in this Summary, but he really impressed me.

#4: Sarai-ya Goyou – Yaichi

Sarai-ya Goyou had sublime characterizations, so a few characters were bound to turn up in these lists. Yaichi was an enigmatic character throughout the entire series, subtly menacing, yet he had a ton of different sides. His conclusion was especially stunning, but he was portrayed consistently excellent throughout the entire series.

#3: Shiki – Toshio Ozaki

The reason Toshio is amongst my favourite characters has a lot to do with the things he does through the series. Again due to spoiler reasons I can’t exactly explain what part of him left such a huge impression on me, but those who watched the series can probably imagine what I’m referring to. I will say that we don’t often get doctors as main characters, and this makes him a unique main character for this series to work with.

#2: Sarai-ya Goyou – Masanosuke Akitsu

Masanosuke was completely unlike your average samurai, lacking in confidence due to his timid personality. He had a subtle background, and the entire series was about him coming to terms with both himself and his new friends where he was forced to question his own morals. He was a terrific lead character with excellent development throughout the series, and the chemistry he had with the rest of the cast worked in just about every way.

#1: Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei – Watashi

This top 6 is really dominated by Noitamina, but both Shiki, Sarai-Ya Goyou and Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei featured some truly terrific characters, al in their own way. My favourite was Watashi, though. It’s like I said above: every single episode was dedicated to developing Watashi in a different way, depending on the choices he made. He was generally a loser, but in some he was actually successful. In some he was an idiot, in others he turned into a prankster and in others he completely wasted his time. Everything comes together wonderfully at the end, everything about his development feels completely calculated. And that’s what made me chose him as my favourite male character of 2010.

Top 6 Female Characters

#6: Armed Librarians – The Book of Bantorra – Noloty Maruchie

Noloty could be a main character or a side one; Armed Librarians always was a bit vague on who its main characters were, but with the impact she made on the story, I’m considering her a main one. The thing is that with Noloty, she could have easily been a really annoying character: she’s the epitome of morality. But the creators played it so pure, making her naivety both a cure and a curse with long-lasting implications. Because of this she avoided the problem that most characters with strong morals have: becoming preachy.

#5: Seikimatsu Occult GakuinMaya Kumashiro

Occult Gakuin’s biggest fault was that it spent too much time on Maya’s character, and too little on the plot. This left a really unbalanced series. But granted, Maya was an awesome character in the end. She was ridiculously fun to watch as a strong character with plenty of flaws and her deadpan attitude to everything was consistently entertaining. On top of that, Occult Gakuin is one of the first shows who can actually boast some good five-minute DVD-specials that show a very cute younger version of her.

#4: Cross Game – Tsukishima Aoba

The creators really had a knack for portraying Aoba in situations that turned out completely different from what you first thought they were. Aoba is a very talented baseball player and teacher to Kou, and yet it’s tragic that due to being a girl, she can’t really participate in official matches. Her loyalty to Wakaba combined with her wonderful realistic portrayal made her a character who was consistently enjoyable throughout 50 episodes.

#3: Letter Bee – Nichi

Nichi is awesome in just about everything she does. Her innocence is both comedic gold and captivating in the serious scenes. She works well in combination with just about every other character due to her childish jealousy and loyalty.

#2: Kobato – Hanato Kobato

Clamp… you did it again. I’m not sure why, but they really have a talent to create captivating characters with really strong developments, and Kobato was 2010’s addition to this. For most of Kobato’s first half, she was this typical ditzy female character who just runs around, but as the series moved on, she more and more grew up, found her identity and her conclusion was amongst the best of the year. I usually like strong characters, but Kobato’s charms and innocence really won me over.

#1: Armed Librarians – The Book of Bantorra – Hamyuts Meseta

This number one spot was a no-brainer for me. Hamyuts Meseta is in a completely different league from all of the other characters this year. She single-handedly took the concept of a strong female character and gave a totally new meaning to it. She was just a fantastic anti-heroine throughout the entire series, and her wishes to die were only a slight hint to her eventual back-story. Hamy consistently kicked ass when she appeared on the screen and her entire appearance was like a steam train: nearly unstoppable.

46 Responses

  1. Tan-Tan says:

    ALL HAIL KING BRADLEY

  2. Firechick says:

    Why is this listed as part 2? Shouldn’t it be part 1?

  3. Shy says:

    I’m usually too shy to comment, but I just wanted to say that I hope you continue covering characters every season! This was a great post :)

  4. Solaris says:

    #1: Armed Librarians – The Book of Bantorra – Hamyuts Meseta
    :O seriously???

  5. totoum says:

    Firechick:part 1 was top OPs and EDs posted earlier this month

  6. Msteak says:

    @Solaris

    Well, what is there to choose from in an era of god-awful moeblobs and flavor of the week tsunderes?

  7. m says:

    Well since you asked, Celty, Akashi, and Togame were more entertaining than anything in Armed Librarians. Hamyuts Meseta did actually became more interesting near the end of the show, so maybe I could see knocking out the one-dimensional Noloty and keeping her.

  8. Otaku Surf says:

    Both Kitamura and Aoba really made Cross Game for me and both are my favorite characters.

    Cross Game is an anime that I would not think that I would be interested in at all…(a sports anime….seriously?). My tastes usually drift toward Gundam, Macross or outright silly anime like Hayate no Gotoku.

    But the characterization of the characters especially Kitamura and Aoba had me coming back for more.

  9. Gummi says:

    I was really not impressed with Armed Librarians, so some choices just look wrong to me. Maybe I should give it another try (dropped at Ep. 2 before). Other than that though I agree with your choices (especially the uselessness that was the Ookami Kakushi Lead).

  10. Jeremy says:

    I LOVED Armed Librarians so I mostly agree with your choices. Hamyuts Meseta was a complete character, she had differents sides and was a total bad-ass. The cast of House of Five Leaves were also some of my favourites!

  11. Frost says:

    Great list, I agree with almost everything… And having just watched Armed Librarians a couple days ago, I love that you picked Hamy for best character

    A big part of it goes to the voice actress as well, which fits the character PERFECTLY

    In fact, thinking back, the parts I enjoyed the most out of the whole anime were the flashbacks to Hamy’s past, particularly that episode where she meets Matt

  12. Mk says:

    I like your list but I have to disagree with Hamyuts Meseta, I didn’t find her character interesting at all.

  13. Kilocron says:

    Nice to see Niche getting some love. She’s always overlooked for some reason, despite being so awesome

  14. Bear says:

    Watanuki is far and away one of my favorite manga/anime characters. Great to see him get a mention, it’s too bad Holic anime releases are so few & far between now.

    Kobato was definitely my favorite for 2010, the balance the staff and Kana Hanazawa managed to strike as not to make the character optimistic and cheerful to the point of being annoying was skillful. She was just so damn cute from the outfits to the voice to the personality. Great choice. They totally floundered on the male lead, however…

    Aoba, Kou and Five Leaves crew also fantastic choices. Will check out some of the others on your list out of curiosity.

    I personally would have given the worst character to the lead of The World God Only Knows… the most awful show and lead I’ve seen in recent memory.

  15. AKI says:

    Tomio Ookawa should be number one. He’s just went insane and amazing at the end of Shiki! I would have to agree with Kuzumi being an annoying character. I didn’t see any characters from Ookiku though, I think both Abe and Ren were an amazing characters this year.

    Speaking of characters, you should have added characters with chemistry, koibitos, tandem characters and/or worst excuse for a loveteam. Just a thought, but I think you might have more in store for us.

  16. Solaris says:

    @Msteak, Even Kirino would be better than Hamyutsu Meseta as a bitch lead. That char was unidimensional and stereotypical for 25 episodes, and was saved at the last moment for the grand finale. At least choose Mirepoc that sucks slightly less than her boss…

  17. SaoJealous says:

    I’ve got to agree with(most of) your choices, specially Hamyuts Meseta! Just like you say, she was an unstoppable train that screamed her strengths and weakness and was always reacting to everything brilliantly, I would’ve added any of the fem leads of Katanagatari since I consider them great but that’s just my way.

  18. Tomato says:

    @Otaku Surf: I agree. Personally I think baseball could possibly be one of the worst sports ever. Yet Cross Game is one of my favorite animes ever. It shows how with the right talent, you could even make a show about watching paint dry be amazing.

  19. Heinsia says:

    @Solaris: Can you stop insulting Hamyuts Meseta already? Everyone gets it that you don’t like her, stop forcing your opinion on other people by keep saying how bad of a character she is.

    I was surprised and glad to see Maya up there xD
    Didn’t like Kobato and Watanuki though. I think I hate most of Clamp’s characters.

  20. The only character (among the positive rankings) that I could never understand has become pleasing to any fan is Kobato, the rest I could relate and agree. =P

    I haven’t thought of my own favorites yet… and it would be quite difficult since I haven’t seen much 2010 series. What I’m certain though is that Kaitou KID from Magic Kaitou and Izaya from DRRR!! would be my number one, followed by Alois from Kuroshitsuji 2.

  21. mds says:

    Well.. I’m the ones who also hated Armed Librarinas with passion – -;
    ambitious show that never go anywhere…

    anyway there’s a LOT annoying characters this year.half of Amagami SS ,agreed.other than that :Kasugano siblings in Yosuga (+ Nao), Ookami-san’s narrator,Eiji Nizuma (so irritating),Saya from HOTD,Simon,Kadota,and Mikado (yes many characters from Durarara),Shouko in Baka to Test,almost everyone in Hakuouki,almost everyone in Seitokai Yakuindomo (too bad),EVERYONE in To love Ru

  22. totoum says:

    Kobato is a bit of a surprise to me too,especialy so high,though I guess I can see where you are coming from.

    Problem for people that might have just watched a couple episodes is that they might not get that she actually evolved as a character,the turning point was episode 13 where things didn’t go as she wanted and she had to accept reality,from that point on she really started growing as a character beyond the dumb/innocent/cheerful girl she was in the first half.

    I definatly think many people underate her,so i’m glad someone gives her credit,but 2nd place is quite high

  23. Nomus says:

    Yes, Kobato did it! And surely Armed Librarians, Sarai-ya Goyou and Shiki had the best cast of characters this year… Maybe for some previous years too.

    Hamy is the best. While watching Drrr I hoped Celty will develop this good. But…

  24. Solaris says:

    Heinsia: Your kind remark just let me want to continue, just to piss you off.
    I said elsewhere everybody have their own tastes, and it’s fine. But that doesn’t mean I must applaud everyone’s other choice cause it would hurt their own susceptibility do else way.
    The example with Kirino and Mirepoc wasn’t just for show. I can show that both have much more to praise than Meseta chick.
    She, at number one ranking for the whole year, means that Psgels couldn’t find any other best char and appointed that as #1. Just notice Meseta and quite any other char from Bantorra bring a strong negative message. I said it in Bantorra’s review once. The shows redeems itself as the ultimate thesis is that life blooms from negativity and horror too. But episodes and episodes of heavy despair are there, and hinder all the chars. The one that “grows” the most isn’t Meseta, but Mirepoc.
    With this said, I am free to say you, or Psgels aren’t right, and discuss with them. This is not rudeness or forcing opinions. This is civil discussion. Unless the parts don’t come to a mutual agreement, at least it’s not war, it’s just two opposite opinions that are worth exactly the same.
    So, I’ll continue to disagree when I feel like it, and if you fell offence in that pity yourself, not I.

  25. Nomus says:

    Solaris:You are talking like you created the show or written the novel. What you say is still your point of view on the whole thing.

    I think you are looking at her from only one point. But she is the best, because she has a lot of different sides. Thats why it takes time to understand her, that’s why she is so interesting.

  26. tk007 says:

    Yeah, I agree that Hamyuts Meseta deserved that top spot : )

    @Solaris, you can disagree all day till the cows come home. Still not going to change the fact that she’s number one here. ^^

  27. Solaris says:

    It’s just two opposite opinions that are worth exactly the same.
    Blogs are made for discussion, and it’s not a crime to point out some criticism.
    It’s not like I see someone disagreeing with the bloggers once, in any blog I visited.
    It’s like you people haven’t any opinion, so you borrow that of the blogger. (Psgel’s here)
    I would never pretend any change in that rating, but I pretend less conformism in you all that are audience.
    Just start thinking with your own head you damn conformists.
    Tell me your choice and explain it to me. Don’t stick with the blogger’s one only cause he’s the king here and must be right by default.
    You aren’t making him a favor too like that.
    If your reason matches his and not mine, it’s not like I loose the war, we only grow in understanding, right because many opinion make our own view grow larger.
    So, enough with Bantorra. I’ll take you on in it’s own topic, if it’s necessary, but let’s end it here.

  28. Heinsia says:

    @Solaris: Your reply to me is civil but the other ones before that aren’t. You didn’t say how or why Meseta is bad, you just insulted her for no reason.
    No one tells you to not disagree, but speaking out your opinion is different from trying to tell everyone to stop liking a character because you hate her. Which is my impression of what you were doing.
    If you tried to piss me off by your reply, than I’m sorry to say that you failed because you didn’t swear on her.

    Just like how you prefer to say how you disagree with Psgels, there are people who prefer to talk about what they agree with him and don’t mention the part they disagree. If you want to know why people like/hate a character, ask them to explain. Just because they don’t say anything doesn’t mean they don’t think anything.

  29. Msteak says:

    @Solaris

    Kirino as in My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute? You mean the type of character who functions only to pander to Otaku by projecting her as their wet dream? As one-dimensional as Hammy was, anything is better than such lazy characterization. At least the former had reason to act like a complete bitch, and was amusing throughout her antics. The latter, though? Not so much.

  30. Hogart says:

    It’s always nice to see a list that isn’t dominated by moemoe and flat characterization. Hamyuts and Bradley would make for one hell of a pairing, at least, if I was the shipping type.

    > since you asked, Celty, Akashi, and Togame were more entertaining than anything in Armed Librarians

    Lol. Celty? Cute, yeah, but not developed at all as a character beyond some token awkward romance and creepy backstory plugs.

    Togame? You mean the vengeful girl that said cheerio a lot as though it was funny? I thought she was one of the least interesting characters in that series.

    Akashi was much better, but she’s not really that memorable, and is completely overshadowed by Watashi and other characters.

    @Solaris:
    Your trolling always has me just the slightest bit worried that you might actually be taking it seriously. Kudos. You’d make Kirino proud.

  31. Solaris says:

    Well, I didn’t want to follow up the conversation any more, but I guess I have to answer this.
    Yes, that Kirino. That show started as bad as you say, but later its chars are fleshed out very well, as long as Oreimo turns into a nice comedy. There would be more to say, but all of its chars are depicted better than how it may look at start. The end is another facepalm too, so the overall impression of the show can’t be good, but not as bad as its first impression though. Kirino is depicted not so flat and her bitchy whims are cause of the feeling she can’t express for his beloved brother, who is as dense as ever.
    Hamyutsu Meseta, as I said before, is an anti-hero, but brings a negative message for most of the show. She’s haxed for most of the show, and resembles more of a villain than of an anti-hero. Her char was fleshed via deus ex machina at the end of the show, rather than being carefully fleshed out during the show.
    So between a not so good char, but that’s being developed, corrected and given quite some deepness in only 12 episode, and one that is horrible for 24 episodes and saved on the last four, what should I choose?

  32. m says:

    Lol. Celty? Cute, yeah, but not developed at all as a character beyond some token awkward romance and creepy backstory plugs.

    I think you are moving the pea on me. The question wasn’t, “Which characters are well-developed?” but rather “Who else can you choose from?” I used for inclusion of (absent from psgel’s list) female characters the criterion that they were ‘more entertaining’ (it’s a technical term, naturally, see page 166 of MTW’s Gravitation for details) than the characters from Armed Librarians. Armed Librarians characters were, paired-down comic book (said with haughty scorn) characters filled with different ideologies and then acted out rigidly for most of the show, until the adaptation decay piled into that crazy, but admittedly interesting, stuff toward the end that ultimately salvaged Hamy from fitting (with a squinted, possibly infected eye) your caricature of Togame without the ‘cheerio!’

    Female characters in these shows are often not very well-developed, because they serve mostly as fan service of one type or other. Sometimes simple types without a lot of development are just easier to write for. If I were going to look for a series where I would expect some developing of the female characters it would have been Sarai-ya Goyou, but the females received short-shrift there.

    It’s not that males are necessarily given a lot of development, either. Tatsumi, for example, has no development as a character, and when Shiki ends you don’t know anything about his history. However, I would still agree with psgel’s ranking him as the best supporting male character for the 2010 season. The performance of the voice actor, in conjunction with his efficacy and level-headedness made him threatening, while not being too perfect that he thwarted Eldritch Horrors between episodes kept him from being too cheap. Sometimes, perhaps, what characters aren’t is as important to then working as a storytelling device as what they are.

    Now (pushing glasses up) I think that pretty much wraps this discussion up.

  33. totoum says:

    @solaris

    Just to be sure I understand you,are you saying “Meseta is so bad that even Kirino is better” or is kirino in your top 6 female characters of the year?

    (not going to debate with you I just want to know if I understood you correctly

  34. Vanny says:

    Hamyuts Meseta!
    She was a Beast.
    I’m glad you loved Bantorra as much as I did. It was so underrated.

  35. Hogart says:

    @Solaris.
    If you followed along in Bantorra, you’d have noticed that Hamyuts had development in most episodes, not just in the end. She’s always there in the background, with other characters trying to find out what her larger goals are, as well as how she relates to the other antagonists of the series. She’s not just always there treating her brother like a doormat because she secretely loves him (how convenient).

    But whatever, I’m not going to argue anymore over something so trivial. If you prefer Kirino and OreImo, that’s really not an issue to me. Kirino certainly *was* memorable, just not the type of “entertaining” I like. Much like Hamyuts isn’t the type of “entertaining” that you like.

    @m: yeah, I misinterpreted you.. I see your argument now. But I have to say it still doesn’t change anything on my end. Hamyuts was still more entertaining and intriguing to me as a character, and I simply didn’t find her as cookie-cutter as it appears you did. That’s fine, and I also agree with you – there were a lot of colorful characters with little actual depth this year (including the ones you listed). And some of them, like Celty and Hamyuts, were understandably short-changed because of being in shows with huge casts.

  36. Solaris says:

    @Totoum: “Meseta is so bad that even Kirino is better” was what I meant.

    Bantorra is sure one of the best stories I saw this year, but it’s so heavy, so pretentious i barely arrived at the end. I guess it’s a matter of mood, cause it excels in storytelling and plot. I must admit it.

  37. Solaris says:

    Anyway, I already argued with someone and wrote a lot about Bantorra in its own topic. If you’re really willing to speak about Bantorra, lets move there already. I stole enough space here. Just don’t mind me anymore and continue your former discussions.

  38. redfactor says:

    How could you chose Hamyuts Meseta as the best female character? She was a one layer character, the story holds up pretty well but you get tired of that b!tch pretty soon, to me she was like a fan service char for the series.

  39. Msteak says:

    @Solaris

    Fleshed out? Really? In what way was she fleshed out than acting like a stereotypical tsundere who basically acted like a digital inflated sex doll? Her love for eroge is as wish-fulfilling as things get, and the peer pressure dipicted is just a means to make her appeal even more to Otaku. None of it was smart or very well crafted. Furthermore, the show got worse as the story progressed, turning into a let’s rally under the banner of moe instead of showing appreciation for your hobby and thus being more open to it.

    If you paid more attention to Bantorra than you should’ve known that its major theme was love, and how such a pure emotion can be turned into a cynical weapon not above rebuke. So Hammy fitted perfectly in the mold of that theme and overal story.

  40. Taara535 says:

    Ignoring Bantorra for a moment (I dropped it after the first episodes – wasn’t a fan of its story or voice acting), how could anyone say Togame had a really boring and uninteresting character?!

    Her character was consistently developed in every episode, and there was a great mystery about her intentions throughout the anime.

    The last episode also had a brilliant! twist in her character that forces you to reinterpret all of her previous actions in a different light and it all still makes perfect sense. Or was there even a twist in the end? Was that the real her in the last episode or was the real her in the previous 11 episodes? This level of complex character development is quite rare.

    I won’t say Togame should have been ranked 1st – I didn’t see Bantorra so I can’t make any substantial comment about its female characters.

    Still, Togame most certainly is one of the more (or even most) developed female leads of 2010.

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Vonter
Guys. I don't even recall how I ended watching this anime. But I'm enthralled with Ashita No Joe. Despite looking really really rough, despite having a rather easy to follow story. This anime feels with weight, it feels like reading a novel in best way.
SuperMario
...But I don't plan to watch anymore of it
SuperMario
@Spike: I watched the first 3 episodes of Akiba's Strip and I enjoy the show for its dynamic animation and its goofiness, after all I think Akiba's trip represents well the goods and bads of anime medium
SuperMario
This week has to be one of my personal favorite KonoSuba episode. Everything was hliarious from start to finish. I certainly didn't expect to enjoy Darkness that much. She's freaking amusing.
AidanAK47
Yamishibai really has gone downhill since it's excellent first season. Second season was alright. Third season was ruined by them relying on visual horror drawings that were more silly than scary. Fourth season is being ruined by the way that the stories don't seem to have a punchline. All the endings have been just let downs.
Kaiser Eoghan
I never expected this but, there's going to be an animated adaptation of Castlevania of all things.
Spike
Akiba's Trip is a real sleeper imo. It's pretty damn funny and goofy borderline trolling at times that make what should be a stupid forgetable show entertaining, worth checking out if you haven't.
SuperMario
@anon877854: just finished ACCA episode and I agree that everything getting really interesting now. Review will come up soon.
Anonymous877854
Well I thought ACCA would dance around the truth for a few more eps but they had a bunch of big reveals this ep. Will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Not too fond of really old vn games like those. They put up a presence of being point and click adventures. I have a hard time enjoying the stories when the "Gameplay" keeps killing the pacing. Big offender was Eve Burst error. Really couldn't enjoy that one at all.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: And policenauts, how about that one?
Kaiser Eoghan
Honestly I really don't mind all the side drama/romance in rakugo...in the longest time its been an anime that gave me feelings worth feeling.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Would you in any way recommend snatcher (I think that counts as a visual novel) or is it a dated product of its time. On a side note I love the soundtrack.
Kaiser Eoghan
Case in this point I was blown away by utawerumono and chaos head when I was a less experienced viewer, nostalgia keeps poking at me to watch the sequels, but I just know chaos;child will be awful as will utawerumono 2.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hate when this happens, keep getting this itch to watch the followup to something I liked in the past but no full well I'd hate if I went back to it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hopefully I'll make time for Irae and subahibi, don't know anything about clockwork. Ended up getting involved in what will likely turn into a business course soon.
AidanAK47
Some really great Visual Novels localised this year. Muv Luv Alternative, Sharin no Kuni, Dies Irae, SubaHibi and clockwork key line. It's good year to be a VN fan. Now I just need an update about Baldr Sky.
AidanAK47
Subarashiki Hibi is getting published by Front Wing. Hell goddamn yes. Finally I can read it and be traumatised for life.
Anonymous870083
mm okay thanks!
AidanAK47
@Anon1, Think you might just have to go with a torrent. It's pretty hard to find direct download anime these days.
Anonymous870541
the latest episode of rakugo just made my heart sank. i didn't think it would get better than it already is. i thank god that i didn't read ahead
Anonymous870083
does anyone know where I can download the remastered version of the Utena series? without torrent?
SuperMario
the same very thought here Lenlo. What I considered the weakest part turned out to be so layered. Sorry for ever doubting you, Rakugo.
Lenlo
And that smirk at the end, beautiful
Lenlo
The weakest plot point of S1 has just become the best part ever.
Lenlo
OOH MAN. I was not ready. The entire first season was all a setup. I cant. What. HOW DOES IT GET BETTER
Lenlo
Cant wait to watch Rakugo tonight, just got home and im lookin forward to it,.
AidanAK47
I think before grabbing the protest signs it might be worth considering if the thing you are demanding be uncensored is even worth it. Oh yeah, now you can see genitalia in crap sex scenes that were crow bared into the plot. No more need to use your imagination.
AidanAK47
Some protest because they want there porn. That I suppose I can understand even if I think they would be better off buying some nukige. But then there are those who demand it just for the sake of standing against censorship. They don't give a crap about the game or the fact we are getting the exact same thing the japanese got. What? Censorship of sexual organs? DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!
AidanAK47
There are people actively proclaiming they won't buy the game, because they can't see dicks. That is not hyperbole. This is literally exactly whats happening here. And they just act so goddamn self righteous about it. Porn is not the goddamn point of these games. Shouldn't even be in them in the first place.
AidanAK47
So another Sekai Kickstarter is up for a trilogy of Visual novels called A Clockwork Ley-Line. Chipped in my bit as I am going to be buying this regardless but like goddamn clockwork you get the idiots yelling for Mosaic removal. No matter how I try to rationalize it, this just sounds stupid.
Kaiser Eoghan
Just whenever I think Rakugo may be dragging its feet it comes out a gives me three big strong moments in this weeks episode, you will know them when you come to them.
K-Off
Dubbing in more subdued performances work fine. It just becomes unbearable when it involves shouty dialogue, which idescribes most of the Japanese games I play.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I think at the time it allowed Bagel (where did he go?) to find some exploit/gap in the sites security too.
SuperMario
I mean the spoiler code in the comment section. ^^. Like I don't mind if readers give (potential) spoilers but I don't want to ruin the fun of other readers as well
AidanAK47
After all it wasn't a intended feature of the old shoutbox. We were pretty much hacking the thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
I seem to remember all those old html codes stopped working on the old shoutbox too at one point.
Kaiser Eoghan
There was also originally an ability to animate text too of the shoutbox and have gifs appear in the message box but not as links.
AidanAK47
I remember some HTML code worked with the old shoutbox but nope. But I suppose you could change the colour of text to white...though that would effect everything you write.
SuperMario
Btw, do we have spoiler tag here Aidan?
SuperMario
@anon861679: Agreed. They have big ambitions, but they seems unsure on what to do next. I mean engaging your readers to give their thoughts is good, but if it is a mean for you to get inspiration to write essay about isn't that great. Well, give them say 6 months until they can settle down (they just launched this site for 3,4 months only)
Kaiser Eoghan
Despite being fine with anime in English, I've almost always felt that voice acting in videogames isn't as good.
Anonymous861679
Hey mario, that anime feminist blog was well, kind of awful. While they're well intentioned, it felt like they were pushing tumblr stuff onto chan stuff and that always ends up in a smoking mess.
SuperMario
Okay I'm going to erase my memories right now
SuperMario
I swear I'll stay off reddit for good. Have been spoiled by the development of ACCA by one of their "theory". As soon as I realized it's freaking spoiler I stopped but what done is done. Ahhhhhhhhhh
K-Off
Christ Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty addicting, micro transactions are not necessary at all. Though it irks me that I can't get Japanese voices. Dubs just make me cringe every time.
SuperMario
@ckspike: Hand Shakers, the very quality that makes you brain cells die while watching it. Well, I actually think the music is one of the best part of the show, now that you mention it like that...well...*slap my forehead*
ckspike
... my roommate just told me the background music when I'm watching Hand Shakers sounds like a bad porno... Now I can't unhear it. Fuck!
Lenlo
I havnt kept up with Academia, for some reason it just didnt catch me as well as the movie first did.
AidanAK47
You know what's funny? I thought little Witch Academia would be the hardest one to blog. Yet halfway into the current season and it's the one I write the most about.
Lenlo
I actually dont read many blogs. Mostly just this place and the occasional pop on reddit
Anonymous859067
I'd like to present to one of my favorite blogs, A work I just created: Greed Island! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tc2r.greedisland
AidanAK47
I go to Reddit anime myself but I don't really like the upvote system. Basically the majority rule opinions get put to the top which more often than not are jokes.
HelghastKillzone
I listen to podcasts on youtube and others places as well as going on Reddit Anime to hear a thousand people yammering away.
Kaiser Eoghan
I irregularly follow the episode reviews on ANN and sometimes read standing on my neck. I fell out of the habit of following random curiousity.
SuperMario
Anime Feminist (animefeminist.com), while sounds ambitious on paper, hasn't been too hot unfortunately. I know they aim to be "big" so they're still figuring out how to do it best. Well, good luck for them!
SuperMario
Oh, I know I've mentioned this site before but you guys should read it (blog.sakugabooru.com), this site is one of the only few blogs that I actively subscribed to read their post. They have some insights to the anime industry that is very informative and inspiring
SuperMario
I also think that this chatbox here plays a great role to keep a fair amount of readers for the site, as many sometimes just come here to give their two cents on certain anime.
SuperMario
I just checked out rabujoi blof for the first time, (https://rabujoi.wordpress.com) and I think they're in pretty good shape. Content-wise are solid (as far as I read), and they update their post pretty regularly (comparing their amount of posts last month (80) to ours (28), ouch)
SuperMario
Just really wonder, what are other anime sites that you guys follow beside this? Well, ANN and RandomC are a given, but I found myself haven't bothered to read ANN's episodic reviews lately (mostly due to time constraint)
AidanAK47
Don't tell me this is gonna be a regular thing.
Lenlo
There we go
Lenlo
Oh god JSON objects. I thought that nightmare was over
SuperMario
Mine is working probably as well. Thanks a bunch K-Off and glad to hear back from you.
K-Off
No problem.
K-Off
I really need to figure out how to get those damn tooltips working again on the sidebar thumbnails. It'd be useful to have the descriptions popup.
AidanAK47
Cleared my cache and it looks to be fixed. Thanks as always K-Off. I would be completely screwed without you around.
K-Off
Alright I think that did it. Let me know if it pops up again. If you still see it, clear your browser cache and let me know if its still there.
AidanAK47
Messages still get sent. You just might have to reload the page. We are working on getting it fixed.
Vonter
AidanAK47 I can't get into Fate since like with Nanoha there's a lot of stuff with those names in it. Zero was the most straightforward, yet the buildup was very dragout but the payoffs where very worthy.
HelghastKillzone
testing message.
AidanAK47
This is what I get for updating the bloody plugin.....
AidanAK47
He finished it and was telling me what he thought of Saber defeating Gilgamesh. Minute he said that I was like "OH GOD..." He watched the Deen 2006 adaption. Sadly it loos like he's not going to bother watching UBW TV despite me showing him part of the berserker fight. With Fate/Extra, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Oath under the snow and all the rest this problem will happen again.
AidanAK47
You know I wish the Fate series did a better job naming it's series. I was introducing a newbie so I gave him Fate/Zero first. He loved it so I specifically told him to watch the UBW TV Series and don't mistake it for the movie. He then went and watched the movie. I told him to watch the TV series regardless and brought up the MAL page to show him which one.
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, there's definately no harm in doing further reading on more arthouse stuff before reviewing it/watching/after watching, it extends our understanding and is pretty much required.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Go for it, you might sell me on reading it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Yeah, I generally only write reviews every now and then, and they tend to be kept simple and to 200-300 words. My writing ability only really works when I write in stream of consciousness.
Anonymous855550
Zestiria is such a feast for the eyes... The colors and backgrounds are so vivid and magnificent. Story has improved on the game's weaknesses too!
Lenlo
Given enough time, im sure I could write something, but as I writer I tend towards quick, decisive statements of what I think and why. Engineer, so technical documents are like the only thing I know how to write.
Topgavin
@Supermario ah, I'd say I'm the opposite in that I sometimes don't know why I like something so much, and when I read a review about it I can relate my own experiences and put it in my own words pretty well. Can thank Highschool eco for that
SuperMario
But to tell you guys the truth, I never think that I'm cut out as a reviewer (even now), because I'm a type of viewer who more perceive (I know why I like/ don't like stuffs) than express (just can't never explain stuffs well)
SuperMario
@Topgavin: it's depending on what grabbing you really; as I always find shows with heavy symbolisms like Penguindrum or Flip Flappers the easiest to dig deeper. But those are always my kind of show to begin with
Topgavin
I'd find it really hard to write something about a show without reading about it first; watching it one time by myself I usually only notice the big things. Stuff like Flip Flappers I had no clue what half the episode's hidden meanings were, can't imagine reviewing a show like NGE or penguindrum.
SuperMario
that's exactly how I write my reviews anyways
Lenlo
I cant imagine writing a review, id just repeat myself with different words but the same intended meaning over and over again
AidanAK47
Wonder if I should write a review of this. Might be hard without giving too much away.
AidanAK47
(Finishes Sweetest monster Visual novel)
.....well....fuck.
(Buys all authors visual novels on steam.)
Lenlo
Sadly, I doubt Nioh will get a PC port. Sony is pretty stingy on their exclusives, like Bloodborne. But I am so very happy with Nioh. I love technical combat like this
Kaiser Eoghan
I suppose this means I'm looking into this rpg maker game thing now isn't it? Might aswell.
Kaiser Eoghan
I remember the word animerican used to describe things like avatar last airbender. Filthy word =P
Anonymous853606
God no. Jiro Taniguchi died.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I have been hearing very good things about Nioh. Really hoping it gets a PC port.
@Topgavin, No real surprises there.
Topgavin
I'm sure most of you have heard, but looks like New Game is getting a season 2 out of all things. Apparently they had good sales, and I can certainly see why. CGDCT with yuri undertones and clean animation is hard to get wrong, let alone not sell.
Lenlo
Just started with Nioh, and oh my goodness do I love it.
Anonymous852887
anyone play resident evil 7? its so good.
AidanAK47
Thought that's because the term American Anime just feels wrong to me on all levels.
AidanAK47
@Anon, they do not. They are cartoons.
Anonymous852775
DO people call D.C. Comics animated movies American anime?
AidanAK47
@Anon, I am certainly interested in seeing the next episode. Those minisodes were pretty good too. One thing I thought the writting faltered on though was the comedy. It really was a little too slapstick considering how serious the drama was.
SuperMario
@Lenlo: ah remind me the time I went to Texas (Corpus Christy) before X-mas time and I was wearing short pants and thongs (nice!!!), then went all the way up to Niagara Falls and I was almost freezing there.
Lenlo
See, I love winter, but its almost non-existent in Texas
Anonymous852268
@Aidan: I agree. I loved To the Moon. It's so good seeing emotional drama that isn't centered around high-school kids. Seeing the ups and downs of a whole long life of a person gives everything that happens way more impact.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: An Australian friend put it as "A sunbaked rock in summer, a giant zoo, that actively tries to kill its population"
SuperMario
Not that I'm enjoying the winter either. Why autumn always go so fast?
SuperMario
Believe me but summer here is way too much. When it's too hot and dry it starts bushfiring really badly. And it's too hot that even a big fan straight in front of you don't do you any good
Kaiser Eoghan
What is this mysterious creature known as summer you refer to? =P My country is grey as a black and white film =P
SuperMario
I'm wondering how freezing you guys have to endure right now, but the place I came today in Aussie just reached 50 degree celsius this noon. So hot I felt myself burning
Lenlo
I think the part I liked the most, was just how satisfying those mud splatter sounds were. I dont know why, but its in my head
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki 6 subs came out at 11pm PST.
Lenlo
Atleast Rakugo didnt get held up. Still amazing as ever
AidanAK47
Well I spent my time waiting for it to come out by playing and finishing To the Moon. Got to say, it takes some real skill to make a game in RPGmaker that can make you really feel something. But maybe I am just a sucker for this kind of story.
SuperMario
Hey, I would be very frustrating if Hand shakers got delayed. But I agree this delay is caused by Being X. And Scum's Wish, haizzz, this is the show we love to get pissed at. Haha
Anonymous850298
I blame Being X.
AidanAK47
Sigh, Youjo Senki 6 is delayed. Why is it always the best shows that get delayed? If an episode of hand Shakers was delayed no one would give a crap but nope. Gotta be the show you want to watch right away.
AidanAK47
@Anon, in both anime and manga I never liked that character much.
Anonymous849783
Meh, dropped Masamune-kun. Seriously why do they always have to shove in these one dimensional characters with a crush out of f* nowhere. It never made any of these shows more interesting, it's always the opposite.
Vonter
@Kaiser Eoghan - I find it weird having the teacher being so unashamedly evil. In a way I like that, but at the same time I can't relate to the notion of people like that existing IRL.
Kaiser Eoghan
As I continue to watch scums wish, it becomes an anger inducing as much as it is engrossing experience.
AidanAK47
Or the UBW movie over the TV series. You just don't do that.
AidanAK47
That's like recommending someone to watch NGE death and rebirth instead of the TV series.
Kaiser Eoghan
Meh, I just got fed up with the padding in the tv version.
AidanAK47
Jojo has the kind of entertainment that clicks with you or doesn't so I understand if you didn't get into it. Though to give it a fair chance I would recommend trying the first episodes of Battle Tendency. It starts at episode 10 of the first season, you can jump to it. If that doesn't catch you then Jojos really isn't for you.
AidanAK47
Don't listen to Kaiser. The OVA is bad.
Kaiser Eoghan
....found out where a friend had been off to lately, making a movie and he ended up actually making and finishing and I got first dibs. Had a hard time commenting on it as I know the guy personally.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Totally with you on the academy thing.
@Lenlo: If you ever try jojo again and get onto part three go for the ova instead as it trims down an overly bloated arc.
Lenlo
For JoJos, I couldnt get through the first season. It just didnt hook me
Lenlo
What I dont understand is how anything other than Mob Psycho won best animation, cause my god.
Lenlo
I think Erased lost not because of the libido, but because Yuri was "gay" and "progressive" and most important of all, recent. Yuri had just finished airing so it was stuck in everyones heads. Of course it was going to win everything
AidanAK47
Erased truly deserved to win that category and it only lost because people voted with their libido instead of their head.
AidanAK47
If there's one thing that really makes me angry about these awards it's Yuri on Ice winning most heartwarming moment for "The Kiss". Because A) It wasn't a fucking kiss and B) Even if it was that isn't heartwarming. Oh I am sure something is getting warm but it sure as hell isn't your heart.
AidanAK47
Likely the main reason Kira didn't win main villain because Jojo has grown to a episode count which makes people hesitant to pick it up. Not to mention many would lose interest by Stardust crusaders midpoint.
AidanAK47
When it comes to judging quality you have to leave it to the people who have experienced enough of the medium to truly be able to critical judge it. Pretty darn sure most who voted didn't even bother watching everything worthwhile each season and just gravitated towards whatever they were exposed to.
AidanAK47
Lets not forget someone voting multiple times and bot voting. Because yes, people really do that. As you two pointed out, a public vote was never truly going to be a accurate gauge of quality. For you are not only opening the vote to anime lovers but also newbies and those who simply haven't refined their tastes yet.
SuperMario
so they either abstained their votes (which actually was reasonable); voted for something popular or even voted based on what their kids liked the most (which was flat out unforgivable).
SuperMario
This from my own frustration mostly when it comes to awards like this. But I've been following the Academy Awards for way too long now and every now and then you heard something that really disheartened about their voting process. Like for example many of the Academy members admitted that they don't care to watch anything animated because... it's kiddy stuff
SuperMario
TL;DR: my point is I have mixed feeling about the whole Crunchyroll awards. One more thing that I noticed about the nomination is that the pool was dominated by shows from the first half of last year.
Lenlo
I dont think public voting is the way to go is the thing. Popularity contests are horrible. With popularity contests moe is going to be near the top every time, while shows like Rakugo never really have a chance. And I think there is little doubt that Rakugo was one of the best shows last season
SuperMario
@Lenlo: there is an issue with the first thou, because reviewers like us don't actually represent the whole public opinions. So it's all come down to the very reason they create an award in a 1st place (your second point). But with voting we can't really reason why the winners win the trophy, right?
Lenlo
The problem with awards like that is for them to mean anything they need 2 things. 1) A board of voters who are actual reviewers who have watched a large portion of what was on shelf that season. 2) Reasons for why each thing won its award. An award without reasons means nothing
SuperMario
Other issue about voting for these awards is that the nominating body and the voting body aren't always the same. Usually the voting body is broader and more generic in taste, so I'm not at all surprised when shows like Rakugo couldn't win. Too art-house for their liking. Well, at least it got nominated which for me is good enough.
SuperMario
That's the thing. When it comes to awards, they are more 'popularity' contest than actual quality, since people tend to vote for the safer choice (the one that are both popular and mildly critical success), YOI fits the bill here.
Lenlo
Those awards were not the best and little more then a popularity contest imo.
SuperMario
Actually with that line-up I had no problems with YOI taking the top spot
SuperMario
I actually forgot about the Crunchyroll Anime Awards so I came to check the winner. Guess which show won AOTY huh? Alright, at least it wasn't Kabaneri or Jokers Game
Kaiser Eoghan
But the best one was Mask of Phantasm.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: And return of the joker also.
Kaiser Eoghan
It has aged admittedly very poorly, but I always got a great kick out of that old 1994 spiderman cartoon.
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Flip Flappers (Fall 2016) Review – 93/100

What makes Flip Flappers stand out from the rest of the anime field? I found a lot of people asking that question along the way. Well, first off, Flip Flappers isn’t your ordinary anime offering, that’s for sure. Its visual styles are too much and too incoherent for one thing, the narrative never really reveal […]

Sound! Euphonium 2 (Fall 2016) Review – 86/100

I must admit that out of all the series I was blogging last year, Sound Eupho 2 was the one I’m saddest to see it ends; not because it was my absolute favorite anime last year, but because the sheer amount of their attention to details and their ridiculously quest for perfection are something that […]

Fune wo Amu (Fall 2016) Review – 81/100

This series is, in retrospect, a really appropriate title that speaks to the very spirit of noitaminA block: an adult drama slice of life about the making of dictionary that surely don’t try to target the young audiences. Sound as dry as it is, Fune wo Amu’s actually one of the strongest noitaminA show come […]

Your name. (2016) Movie Review – 82/100

As of this writing, Kimi no Na wa, or Your name. has enjoyed a phenomenal commercial and critical success. It becomes the highest grossing film of the year in Japan, and broke many records elsewhere in Thailand, China, America… you name it. Even in the local theatre where I went to, we got a full […]

Occultic;Nine Review – 0/100

I am certain this may seem like an extreme rating for some but the number scale always has been something I only carried over as part of psgels format. But this rating exemplifies my feelings about this show in its entirety. This show is awful, terrible, rage inducing, illogical, nonsensical garbage. Watching this show was […]

Magical Girl Raising Project Review – 65/100

In the success of Madoka there have been plenty who have tried to capitalize on turning the Magical girl genre dark. Few have actually succeeded and while Magical Girl Raising Project doesn’t quite succeed, it is still a much more competent attempt than many others. The story is about a phone app which promises to […]

Yuri!!! on Ice (Fall 2016) Review – 83/100

“Can you hear my heartbeat? Tired of feeling never enough. I close my eyes and tell myself that my dreams will come true” That’s exactly what Yuri on Ice offers, a heart-pumping ride to the sport of figure skating. Yuri on Ice’s current success and mainstream breakout is something that no one could have guessed before it aired; but here […]

Strange Frame – Love & Sax (2012) Movie Review – 76/100

Hooray, I’m finally back to this section after a while. I originally plan to review a more in-focus groups of animated films, like Korean movies, anthology movies, female-directed films, etc but now I have a different plan. The days that I cover all these will come, I promise. Instead, this time I want to highlight […]

Thunderbolt Fantasy Review – 84/100

Sometimes you dread for the current state of anime: high school settings, cute girls, fan-service jokes, idol madness… that you wish for once to see something different, and out of nowhere an oddball like this just pop up: a wuxia puppetry show influenced by Taiwanese glove puppetry written by Gen Urobuchi. The sheer fact that […]