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.

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    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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AidanAK47
I went and read Double Arts. This really was a great manga with tons of potentail and truly didn't deserve the axe. It's so depressing that this was cut off so soon and the author went on to make the most generic Harem ever Nisekoi, and that got over 200 chapters.
Lenlo
All of the important dance scenes for Yuri were fantastic, its just some minor one off characters and some reused ones that were an issue, so no they are better than the CGI
Anonymous1190387
Is it worse than those CGI dance scenes in some anime?
AidanAK47
@Puran, It is pretty surprising how well that story turns out. I say IG might do the job even if there animation isn't the most consistent. The one thing I am worried about is those necks though. In the PV those things were ridiculously long.
Puran
Fair enough, recycling the animation was bad, agreed. But the animation itself was really good.
Lenlo
See, I found the repeated dances in Yuri one of the worse parts. Alot of it was recycled animation and certain characters were obviously rushed/not done. Some were amazing, cause they took their time, but others looked terrible.
Puran
I kinda wish Mappa was doing the anime though. Yuri on Ice had really nicely animated dances (and was more or less the only actually good quality of that show :P )
Puran
Reading the Ballroom e Youkoso manga has made me really excited about the Anime.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Aidan: I'm particularly turned off by bully/bullying cliches these days. I've only read the first two volumes to see how awful she was but I ended up simply losing track of the series and stopped reading.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Mario: Actually that has changed, I had to pick a different day to see it given changes in schedule, I've booked it for NEXT Wednesday now. I've watched Akira about four times.
AidanAK47
Oh, Rising of the Shield Hero is getting an anime adaption. Hmmm...honestly after finishing the series and looking over it as a whole I am not sure I even want that. Plus seeing Bitch Animated...would fill me with rage.
SuperMario
I intend to re-watch Akira soon, probably this weekend. It has been almost 10 years since my first watch and now I don't remember much about that one. Thought it was intriguing and complex but not as acclaimed as people hyped it to be (I'll pick Ghost in the Shell anytime). Wonder how I'd feel now after re-watching it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I remember you mentioned that you were going to watch In this Corner of the World today right? How was the movie Kaiser?
Lenlo
Oh cool, food wars is getting a 3rd season
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ballroom youkoso appears to be leading the polls.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Fumiko is a female mangaka yes. Also I found bokura no hentai worth reading.
SuperMario
yep, I finished that manga too and I have conflicted feeling about it. Yuri(!) part and fanservice are to blatant but they have a purpose. This mangaka (not sure but I think she's a girl) has some unique voice.
AidanAK47
....well I skimmed that manga. And it was weird
SuperMario
By all appearances,Sakura is normal,albeit sheltered junior high school girl who enjoy talking about love and walking home from school together.However,they also happen to inhabit a strange and supernatural world populated by mysterious,gigantic beings and unusual plant and animal life.Amid their peaceful lives,Sakura becomes very interested in something only alluded to exist in old books: dicks
SuperMario
Here's a synopsis of other manga from the same author, I think you'll have a better idea of his theme -
Sakura no Sono
AidanAK47
Pretty much what Masky said. I am not really praising it. Anyway I plan to read one or two more chapters to see where it's going. But if it's going in the direction I think it's going then I am dropping this one fast.
Kaiser_Eoghan
There is of course the underlying concern that it will go a very ugly route with that development or it could become edgy/horribly minipulative, but for now it is as mario said, a hook.
SuperMario
Well. overall I don't dislike what I read there. It has good hook and I'm intrigued to know more what the hell will happen. Good set-up for me. I'm in
SuperMario
@Masky: it's fine Masky, since I will chec itk out any way and see it for myself ^^
Masky
So since you guys started being interested, I checked it out and uh.. Yeah, not reading. I think ye guys misunderstood Aidans warnings since that was just fucked up and not in the interesting way.
Lenlo
@Aidan: Berserk will never again go more than 3-4 months without a hiatus.
SuperMario
Hmmm, that manga Cutie Mutie sounds good to me. I might check it out later today
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: But had you not alluded to that scene, I may have seen the cover of that manga and skipped over it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I had a feeling, sort of, sad, I am intrigued to read more.
AidanAK47
Hyping and warning are not the same thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well with Aidan hyping up the horrors of cutie mutie I may as well glance at it to see what he' on about.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There are three manga with the name rec.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am familiar with the artist for cutie mutie, she did that manga about the three kids dealing with gender/orientation issues.
AidanAK47
Oh look Berserk is on Haitus again....
.....the sad thing is that it comes as expected now.
AidanAK47
For reference the two I read were Cutie Mutie and Rec. Be warned, the first one goes to a rather uncomfortable level.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Read two manga. One started lighthearted and then went to really dark territory. The other one looks like it's about a really dark subject but turned out to be something more lighthearted.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Alright. Tested it now so it such be fixed. Try again.
Masky
@Aidan: Huh? What you read that turned dark/didn't turn dark? .-.
SuperMario
"too many answers selected for question 1! only 3 answers allowed!"
SuperMario
@Aidan: I still have the same issues. Weird
AidanAK47
@Mario, Wasn't my intent. Try it now and you should be able to pick as many as you want.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I'm not allowed to vote more than 3 votes. Is it your intention Aidan?
AidanAK47
Well that was weird. I read something that looked innocent but turned out to be really dark. Then something that looked really dark only to become innocent.
Masky
Yeah, nothing that interests me I see :D Like my strongest reaction to season preview was "Someone made isekai with smartphone? Really? REALLY? Thats best idea you had"
Masky
Ah Knighs and Magic, found that manga. It was boring enough for me to forget its name. Also besides being boring, I kinda find MC unlikeable since their only personality is that they like mechas and were a programmer before renicarnating as short bishie kid
Masky
Woo, time to vote stuff
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that movie In this Corner just getting more and more acclaimed huh? Thou I think it'a a type of movie that if you have high expectation for it you will likely be disappointed. It works best as a sleeper hit
SuperMario
As for cute monster girls, most of the time I don't find them cute at all. I know I'm being racist, but...
SuperMario
@Lenlo: I'm guilty with that cute girls genre, as i enjoyed K-On tremedously for example. Or If I have more time I'd follow Hinako Note this season ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
They don't always adapt all that well or work as well outside of manga format, especially 4-komas.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*three
Kaiser-Eoghan
The only two of any interest were hidamari sketch, azumanga daioh and yuru yuri and that was largely down to being in the mood for them a few years ago.
Lenlo
@Mario: Personally, I have 0 interest in this Monster girls doing cute things subgenre, just like I have very little interest in the cute girls doing cute things major genre.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As it turns out I DID read in this corner of the world. I'll also be seeing it next thursday.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: at this moment I'm very skeptical with the whole Monster girls doing cute girl subgenre, so I'm approachig Centaur with a caution. Of course, it all depends on how I feel after the first episode
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Happy End isn't as bleak aa his other works. But it's certainly Hanake's films, as it explores many of his favorite themes: the voyeurist of camera in his Benny's video, the detachment to the world and the underlying violence. Not his best thou but it's still very good
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'd be up for watching jigoku shojo, its been a long time since I watched the original two seasons and this one won't be as long, so it won't get as repetitive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I voted centaur no nanami on the poll, think Mario could cover it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: How did did you get on with Happy end? I heard its like a mix of his best works. Is it as dark and depressing?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have vague memories of in the corner of the worlds manga, unless I'm mixing it up with something else.
SuperMario
Some news, Lu Over the Wall won the best prize at this year's Annecy (the 1st anime won the award since 1995's Pom Poko), with In the Corner of the World took the Jury Prize. Quite a good showing for anime this year.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Hello.
SuperMario
Really, still no vote for Kakegurui?? I thought it would take the top poll for sure
SuperMario
That 18if, even the poster doesn't make much sense, but it looks dazzling ^^
Lenlo
go-go licensed products!
SuperMario
@Lenlo: and Madhouse is the studio behind that Marvel rip-off. Are they really going that low for profits?
Lenlo
Lookin forward to Kakeguri next season, but thats the only thing thats really caught my eye
Lenlo
Well, you have to watch Marvel next season right?
AidanAK47
And done. I swear these previews take a lot out of me.
AidanAK47
Almost done....almost done...
KT
Attack of Titan, ended ok. But man the production values had gone down.

Virgin Soul had a okish episde

Re:Creators continues to rock for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I liked the 70s version ending, it was mean spirited =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The original used its one room location quite well and dim lighting in parts, very closed in/claustrophobic.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: just finished the Beguiled and it was much better than I expected. Like, I didn't expect it to be that well shot. The guy was put in a passive role than active here, which help the theme imo. Also, the ending admitedly isn't for everyone but I liked it just fine
SuperMario
@Kaiser: using a black girl? The girls in this one are all white :(
AidanAK47
Sato in Re:Creators isn't doing himself any favors is he? Honestly the more I learn about him, the less likable he becomes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It was a good film though, one of scarjos better moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As for Sofia, I'm only familiar with lost in translation, which I haven't seen since it originally came out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Everyone goes on about Francis' for the Godfather, the conversation is massively underated and apocalypse now is better, but it has to be the theatrical cut.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I guess it was probably seen as progressive in its day by way of using the black girl.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Very very cynically 70s of course.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Actually just happened to finish it there, I felt it stood out for its somewhat successful gothic feel and aesthetic and Eastwood's performance which shows how well he can command the audiences attention even when he isn't shooting people. Kind of liked how it got slightly grisly later on. It makes a small effort in giving one line backstories .
SuperMario
@Kaiser: the original movie isn't that well-received. It's more like an exotica film where the main guy (Clint Eastwood) hooks up girls of all ages. This one I heard has a good spin on feminist angle. I'm sure is intrigued but Sofia Coppola's filmography has been mixed for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
....I doubt any one has ever heard of this....I know I didn't, I haven't read it either but I came across some weird old Blacksploitation manga, probably from the 90s, Blast knuckle or something...
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Still remaking the beguiled might be good, we need more modern westerns.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I suppose I can busy myself with the original 70s version of beguiled. At the moment I've been focusing on old Japanese films, they had such a good film industry, it makes it hurt so much more now knowing that all they do now is shit live action adaptations.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: gonna be a long day for me with the screenings of The Beguiled, Wind River, The Other Side of Hope and Happy End
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now I need to re-watch 08th ms team.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I watched 4 hours straight of Gundam the origin, hit me with a hard punch of nostalgia, actually seeing his backstory rather than hearing about it is a good thing, I enjoyed the action scenes, it was high-melodrama but well used and more Char is always a good thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'll just put Kado on hold for now and see whats being said about future episodes of it, I'm too unsure of it being worth it or not at the moment.
Vonter
I want to comment on a humble indie game called Sakuna of Rice and Ruin. Is a simple hack and slash similar to Muramasa and Dust: Elysian Trail. The game has a scarf mechanic that is very fun to use to evade attacks and throwing stuff. It kind of reminded me of those Mickey games from the Snes and the visuals reminded me of Pocky and Rocky. Its a game to play on a sunday, simple, fun and relaxing.
Vonter
From the stuff I played Dragon Ball FigtherZ seems legit at capturing the speed of the battle and feel of the action.
Vonter
Back from E3. Nintendo is still my main jam. The Rabbids game seems better than I think anyone could imagine. Odyssey seems like a good time. Xenoblade and Metroid 2 remake look like hype.
KT
On Gundam OG, the new Origin Manga, and the movies based on it are very good. Recommended.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember reading the first chapter of that manga, but it was a long time ago and the updates were slow.
AidanAK47
A manga about Ballroom dancing? Yeah there's no way I am into this.
(Starts reading)
(Reads ten chapters)
Crap...I am into this.
Anonymous1166615
Feel I need to re-visit gundam again through 08th MS team, unicorn and Origin as I'd enjoyed the 70s series, its sequel and chars counterattack. Seed turned me off the franchise for ridiculously long and 00s movie and second season wern't as good as the first .
Anonymous1166615
Looks like I have another Yuasa work to look forward to, he's doing his own take off on Nagai's devilman , hopefully he can reign in Valvraves writer though.
Masky
*first manga in couple last weeks I've seen
Masky
Da fuq. Found manga called Kemono Jihen, but it somehow already has tv tropes page(I tend to check randomly whether works have tv tropes page to see how notable they are) O_o I mean this is first manga with 1-3 chapters that has that, so I guess author is really popular or something in some circles?
Lenlo
Huh. Guess they figured out rewriting a story for Re:Creators.
Masky
Ya know, even if i hadn't heard that Suka Suka is based on one of more tragic light novels, the death flags, all of the death flags :D
HelghastKillzone
I'm a patron of someone who is writing mass effect fanfiction at 2 million+ words. It combines games, writing and fan creativity. So there is that....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, while I listened to some Lovecraft audiobooked, I felt as if I was copping out by listening instead of reading.
Kaiser-Eoghan
A horror manga often works well episodically in a short story format.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Had a flick through Shibito, of what I read I liked how ridiculously camp and gleefully, proudfully nutso it was combined with the silliness of the violence. While not my favourite chapter, the one about the actress stood out for me because she was clearly a reference to Setsuko Hara, one of Japans most famous actresses lol
AidanAK47
I try out a number of things from time to time. Books, movies, music, comics and the like. But I always come back to anime.
AidanAK47
I have dabbled in quite a few mediums myself. My recent experiment is audiobooks which I am currently using to get through Moby Dick. And Jesus H Christ is this book padded to hell and back. It may be well written but it is an awful story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But what this film venture has shown me is that while I've gotten much out of it, it shows just how STRONGER the connection I have to anime/manga is.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And definately, I don't get the "people focus on only one media thing". One of the reasons I started branching out was because I felt "Fuck, I'm in my 30s and I've neglected a whole medium by being too focused on cartoons"
Kaiser-Eoghan
The sign you're at something too long is when the suspense of waiting for the next part to come out isn't there or when you find yourself not picking up on whats going on!
Kaiser-Eoghan
Manga/visual novels/anime I've noticed especially now are much much easier to stay awake during when you're wrecked tired.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And to be honest, I've gotten busier and more tired lately, getting home on a weekday later after a new job, I'm not alert enough to watch art films, just started leaving them till the weekend.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I know exactly what you mean. That is one of the reason why I like to mix up what I watch: sometimes books, other time manga and even music to get me away from burning out from 1 medium
Kaiser-Eoghan
*eventually get back
Kaiser-Eoghan
The short of that is, I think a good scale back with ANY hobby is a good thing because it can feel special all over again when you get back on it more mainly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But now that after three years of mainly focusing on films moreso than anime/manga as much, because I'm now incredibly burnt out from watching films 4 times a day, I feel now I can watch ANY anime or read any manga and get that fresh feeling/some of that old passion back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Remember that feeling you got when you first really got into anime/manga and pretty much excitedly/panic watched EVERYTHING and almost everything felt great? I've been thinking how a few years back now, I sort of re-lived that feeling again...however for films.
AidanAK47
(Finished watching SukaSuka 10)
Awwww...that was a sweet episode end....
.....
.....They are all gonna die.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Kids off school pressumably in Japan with more time to watch stuff and more shows.
AidanAK47
God why is there so many anime during the summer season.
AidanAK47
Of course there are the really obvious recommendations of Grand Blue and Kaguya wants to be confessed to.
AidanAK47
I say the only other recommendations I got are Jagaaaaaan, Maou no Hisho, Ore wo Suki Nano wa Omae Dake ka yo and Yuuutsu-kun to Succubus-san. Though I still think Shibito no Koe o Kiku ga Yoi would be up your alley.
Kaiser-Eoghan
By all means keep posting random manga you've all come across, I will read them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I thought route end did a good job on the protagonist's feelings regarding his mothers death.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though my interest in Route is largely due to it was the most lurid of the selection.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I felt route end holds the most interest of that selection of recommendations, although before reading it I thought it would be an episodic manga, similar to a series called death sweeper.
Lenlo
@K-Off, well I think both the manga got handed down to the assistant, and the anime got handed down as well. The original author/director for both arnt working on Boruto
K-Off
@Lenlo Probably, haven't checked. But the manga and anime are completely different so I don't know.
AidanAK47
The Streisand effect in full force.
SuperMario
*Now the media...
SuperMario
No the media storms over it and eventually want to check out this film. It has gain more publicity after this shameless incident
SuperMario
oh god, really? Chinese government tried their best to force Annecy (Animation film Fest) to remove a Chinese animated film name Have A Nice Day from screening there because of its "sensitive content"
AidanAK47
Still think Sawano needs to lay off the vocals. It can get really distracting in Re:Creators.
KT
oh my the RE:Creators OST is all I wanted.
Lenlo
Well, Boruto isnt being run by the original manga author is it? I thought he handed the series off after Naruto to his chief assistant.
K-Off
The contrast between wanting to do something different yet using the same character traits is just too jarring.
K-Off
Gave Boruto a shot, and while it isn't bad, it's so detached from the original series that it might as well have been unrelated. I appreciate that the plot is different, but the modern setting, and lack of any clear character motivations (for now) makes it such a chore to watch. If they were going for something different, why did they use the same character designs and archetypes?
SuperMario
Sorry guys for the delay of Eccentric Family post, just can't bring myself to finish the post. Not that many of you following the show but Yeah, I will plget it done later today. Also, hell yeah for Pluto. Urasawa is my God
SuperMario
@Aidan: I kinda imagine Isekai Shokudou would be like Time of Eve upon reading the synopsis. Like each week about some peculiar customers. Well, if they focus more on food, then... *heartbroken*
AidanAK47
Two Metroid Game announcements and an anime of Pluto.
Today was a good day.
Anonymous1161527
KT here:YES!
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: One of his better works, despite reading it twice I've forgotten too much as its been too long since reading it, good though as when I watch the anime the manga won't be as fresh in my mind.
Anonymous1161483
Urasawa's Pluto anime announced! Get hype! Looks like they're keeping designs faithful just like they did with Monster (at least judging from the poster)
AidanAK47
By the way Mario, that Isekai show you were interested in is basically food porn.
AidanAK47
Man that was a lot of procrastination. I haven't even written up that Little witch academia post yet...and then there's the preview.
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Isekai stories have become somewhat of a tiresome genre as of late. There have been many stories of people being transported/reincarnated into other worlds where they shed their once pitiful exterior and become some legendary figure in another world. In most cases it’s trit, balant childish wish fulfilment and the stories often become tiresome when […]

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. (Winter 2017) Review – 83/100

Imagine my utmost amazement when a show that I wasn’t that confident on taking in the beginning turned out to be one of the most solid offering this season had to offer. ACCA is the most recent anime adaptation from mangaka Natsume Omo, which despite isn’t a household name, many of her works (6 titles […]

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Winter 2017) Review – 62/100

Demi-chan is one of the newest addition to the monster girl subgenre, which usually feature a human helpless male lead get stuck in a harem of mythical creatures, in form of oversized boob girls of course (why usually those monsters are in female forms anyways? Aren’t they sexless?). In this case, we have monster girls […]

Seiren (Winter 2017) Review – 51/100

Let me say this out front, Seiren is NOT a good show, it’s a highly uneven one. Throughout its run, I can see some solid moments and fresh ideas that could potentially raise it above the bar, but ultimately, view it as a whole, Seiren is a show that isn’t worth recommending. At first, I’m […]

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 […]