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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Kaiser-Eoghan
Btfo Alexander of Russia OMO.
Kaiser-Eoghan
hahaha YES The peoples will has been mentioned in golden kamuy, excellent.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: She's a coin toss with me .
AidanAK47
Made some changes. Try joining again.
SuperWooper
The Discord button works for me, Anon. I'll bring it up with Aidan to see if there's anything we can do on our end.
KTravlos
Ok LOGH episodes 10 and 11 were quite good, and it hit me harder than the original on how much talent the alliance lost at Armistar. That said episode 10 at the end showed a major problem with rendition which is long filling shots (in this case the imperial fleets taking flight).
Anonymous2254364
The Discord "Join Server" button leads me to an "Invite Invalid" page, and from there to: https://support.discordapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001556852
SuperMario
I'm thinking of catching Maquia in theater as well. I'm not too hot on Mari Okada but every anime releases in global cinema should be a cause for celebration
Kaiser-Eoghan
Part of me is considering seeing Maquia , anime films don't get shown over here often, I feel I should support the cinema releases.
Kaiser-Eoghan
That was essentially my concern, that the writers would muck up Yuri's decision and create some hole in the story. Though they definitely need to commit to killing him off now.
Lenlo
I had a suspicion it would happen Amagi. I figured it would be a question of Yuri's character which way he went, even if I suspected this would be his choice
Amagi
@Lenlo & Kaiser: I expected this to happen. I was only unsure because I didn't know how deeply integrated Yuri's gear was. It's the only good way to conclude his character arc and the series as a whole. Kinda hope that all those "die"-death-hints are actually just a metaphor for the death of gears and the commercialised power-augmentation in sports.
Amagi
@Aidan: yeah and they're overinterpreting stuff. When you really love a series and watch it 10+ times you'll notice things nobody else will ever see and things that are most likely not even there or at least not planned. Then they see a sequel or somethign for the first time and of course they won't see the same 100 hints and deepnesses they believe to see in the original
Lenlo
Alright. Personally, I am pumped for Megalo Box's finale. I am so glad I was right in what Yuri did. It was great at building it up. Heres hoping it doesnt throw it away next week
AidanAK47
Like that's what really annoys me about Evangelion fans. The way they talk about the show, they assume that Anno was completely aware of the impact the series would have from the start and planned every intricate detail to perfection regardless of importance. But that's not just untrue by opinion, but is objectively proven untrue.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, There are some legitimate complaints like the audio Muxing not being great. But I hear stuff like the original character in the first season being SO much deeper and think "What?". If it's one thing that really annoys me, it's when people start talking about a show like it's a planned masterpiece.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Risky move there by Yuri in megalobox ep12.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sometimes the voice acting isn't good in both versions, Elfen lied and the original flcl didn't have great voice acting either in English or Japanese.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I got into the habit some years ago of watching most anime with dual audio because I used to do short reviews once upon a time and switching back and forth between subs and dub while marathoning a show gave me best of both and I could talk about both the English and Japanese versions when reviewing.
Amagi
I usually don't even watch dubs but considering that there is no other option here (yet) I did it and think it's pretty good, especially Haruko.
Amagi
@Aidan: Was thinking the exact same thing about FLCL. I fail to see how the original is much different than the sequel. For me it's pretty much the same thing - they tried to keep the style but change the frame to avoid copying it 100%. I enjoy the new series and love the characters.
AidanAK47
Dubs pretty good. Watched it dubbed myself.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Probably a good thing then that I haven't seen the original in a long time then, which I thought was alright but got better as it went along. How is the dub? Only the dub is out as far as I looked on Nyaatorrents.
AidanAK47
Alright, finished the 3 episodes out. I enjoyed it. It was a fun watch. But I gotta say that the reaction online is rather annoying. I see the original series getting placed on a higher and higher pedestal. Part of the reason I may be enjoying this series is because I didn't examine the previous series under a mircoscope and pretty much acknowledge that it was just a animators showcase.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Probably not as GREAT as Onizuka though.
AidanAK47
So I started watching the new FLCL and let me say that this new teacher is the greatest teacher I have ever seen.
AidanAK47
Don't think it's on Netflix. Though I think that Stardust crusaders is airing dubbed.
Amagi
Is this series on Netflix? It was always one of the few anime that were very popular in the West while still airing weekly and with subs (and despite the fact that we didn't even have the manga in the West)
Amagi
Man that's awesome. Also I have to admit that part 6 is probably my favorite so it's great to know that they'll most likely animate everything.
Amagi
What the hell
AidanAK47
JoJo's part 5 anime announced and it's about goddamn time.
Lenlo
Id agree to that. Im mostly interested in where it goes after what looked like a pretty final ending. Im guessing timeskip of some kind, or World Line switch
Kaiser-Eoghan
I didn't think any of the drama in this episode rung false.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pretty satisfied with steins;gate this week, kept things moving and the stilted style of the show didn't get in as much the way of the setpiece that was in this episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm quite surprised by how I've gotten over a 100 chapters in and Asirpa hasn't been fanserviced explicitly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
HH Holmes had a death hotel actually.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually I think one of the criminals was based on a real person.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The author really likes referencing real people to, Bonnie and Clyde , Ed Gein, some American agriculturist and the inventor of some refile .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its very true that golden kamuy does get goofier and thats true for the manga also, though theres a prisoner weirder than the one in episode 11 he does advance the plot further. One of the soldiers gets some backstory too. Sometimes the goofiness works but at others doesn't.
SuperMario
I'm watching the new FLCL and planning to review it once it's done. Maybe.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In my quest and love of historical manga I wound up running into this, these guys are translating it over at their site: https://blog.manga.club/blog/mangaclub-blog-vol-10-jose-rizal-serialization/
Lenlo
Not yet, no. Plannin on it this weekend
Kaiser-Eoghan
There are three episodes of the new flcl out. I haven't seen it yet and its been ages since I saw the original, has anyone watched any of the new series?
Lenlo
I can understand that. Anything less than a 3 I often dont finish/deem worthy even being talked about. In anime or movies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its too hard to give 1/5s or 2/5s.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Despite my complaints I gave it a 3/5.
Kaiser-Eoghan
....feck sorry about that. I didn't think anyone else on here would have been interested =< Thanks for removing it.
AidanAK47
Come on Kaiser, even if I didn't get anything out of it doesn't mean that other people won't. Best not to put a big spoiler on the front page of the site.
AidanAK47
Just deleting a spoiler there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
That production company tend to do quite poor trailers that misrepresent their films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I would probably punch someone for laughing/talking during a horror film though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Babadook did the grief horror better. Though honestly my favourite horrors this year weren't American ones.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Upgrade might end up being more fun, which is an action horror comedy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: While terribly schmalzy and lacking a proper ending, quiet place had a better idea and atmosphere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: In the end it just felt like comparisons to Rosemary's baby and the Exorcist hurt the film. I just thought it was an awkward mix of commercial and indie horror. Like a lesser version of the conjuring.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I didn't laugh but I also couldn't really feel it/connect with it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I also disliked how it answered its questions and story rather than leaving stuff unexplained and the actual exposition in the last act was quite awkward.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I saw it on Thursday, it doesn't live up to the witch or even it comes at night. On one hand I appreciate limiting the jumpscares and gore, going more for atmosphere and character drama. Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne kind of hold it together for me. But the two kids, like in most horror films were awful.
AidanAK47
Just seen Hereditary. The so called scariest film since The Exorcist.
So scary that people in the cinema were laughing.
Vonter
I've been playing Hollow Knight on Switch. It's perhaps the longest metroidvania game I've ever played. The game has a nonlinear progression with a lot of optional areas, which add wonder to the somber and mysterious tone of the game.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also like how much Nagai overstylizes, overdesigns his characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Not that its abandoned its comedic elements.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Sash: The twin tailed girl got impaled and its gone in a somewhat darker direction yes.
Sash
apparently cutie honey is getting devilman vibes.. haven't watched it though so take this with a grain of salt
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Somewhere in my head is an image of Baraka from mortal combat in the same picture as Himiko Toga.
Lenlo
Hero Aca, still my favorite Shounen.
AidanAK47
Just got the Re:zero Blu-ray a whole ten days before it's officially released. Gotta be the first to see the dub.
Lenlo
Yeah. Her whole scene was terrible. As much as I loved Maho in a pando costume, it should have stopped there. We didnt need the groping.
Kaiser-Eoghan
FERRIS NYAN-NYAN OmO kill it, kill it with muh-fire, kill it with muh-fire.
Lenlo
Also, Megalobox, hot damn. I love it. I love it all. Mmmm I cant wait.
Lenlo
Partly, yeah. Im mid writeup for it. Suffice to say the fan-service was... alittle awkward to me
Kaiser-Eoghan
Filler episode of Steins; gate this week.
Lenlo
I cant wait to see it, ive heard good things
Amagi
Damn I love Megalobox so much it's my favorite series this season.
AidanAK47
I can't wear a suit to work everyday
Kaiser-Eoghan
*wotaku's
Kaiser-Eoghan
You are now aware that you un-intentionally stealth cosplay as watoki's protagonist each time you go to work.
AidanAK47
Pretty sure Psgels is paying to keep the site up but it's not a sum that one would consider significant. Site is dirt cheap.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've thought about using MPC as an extra player, while mainly using vlc, but vlc can be buggy for me sometimes in that it lags and pixelates the video often , I've used MPC on videos that vlc bugs-out on and they work better.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Out of curiosity, what videoplayer (example media player, realplayer, winamp, vlc, mediaplayer classic)do all of you use for watching anime?
Lenlo
You silly old people
Kaiser-Eoghan
lol how do you think I feel, I've been at this for 20 years =P
SuperMario
All these "confessions" just underline how old we all are; and still keep on that stupid hobby after all those years :))
SuperMario
I first visited the site around 2009, 2010 but was pretty much a lurker until I started writing for the site.
SuperMario
As far as I know, psgels gave the admin privilege for K-Off and Aidan, and it's K-Off who pays for the site now (other admins pls confirm)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course I have no idea how much it costs to keep the blog up, he could always end up stopping paying for it if he needed to cut costs.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm actually curious in estimating how much longer the blog has left. Obviously psgels must be still paying to keep the site up, but he is, of course only mortal.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The blog began in 2005, but I started reading it in 2009, began posting on the chatbox in 2010.
Amagi
I wonder which weekly review was the first one I've read on psgels. I remember .hack//roots but not sure if it was the first one. Could very well be the case, though.
Amagi
Nevermind, despite being an old as shit reader I never actually read the whole text of the about-part.
Amagi
How old is this blog anyway? I am a regular reader since 2006 or something although it was only recently that I started talking here.
Lenlo
Oh I know all about that Kaiser. It was amazing to read about
Raggers
Wow, this is still going? Good on you guys
Kaiser-Eoghan
*wiki article
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Read the cultural impact of the original ashita no Joe on the youtube article, Japanese actually mass mourned him
Kaiser-Eoghan
Some writers just know how to get an un-explainably effective rhythm going.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I always struggle with commenting/reviewing mood pieces and slice of life mood pieces especially, even when I finish something in the genre sometimes I'll go "I don't understand why this worked so well for me, why wasn't it boring?"
Anonymous2194677
Microsot E3 Press Conference was nuts, they showed too many games.
Anonymous2189608
Hey guys, I made/edited my very first video about a show I greatly love, hope you'll give it a watch too:

https://youtu.be/PdjwePOIbQA
Anonymous2187735
Yeah, and an NES prequel to Bloodstained Ritual of the Night launched a couple of weeks ago. And while easier than NES castlevanias it's quite fun. Also very cheap only $10.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Alas, I've not kept up much with the videogame scene in a number of years. I know there's a spiritual successor to castlevania being made though.
Anonymous2187735
Sorry Nightmare Creatures its what it's called.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually come to think of it, the 64 games probably had more vampires than the others I played.
Anonymous2187735
Have you played the game that inspired this Castlevania? Deadly Creatures?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Never did get round to playing as Henry though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember the garden stage being especially frustrating as Schneider because of how slow he moved.
Anonymous2187735
Also that game demands you to play on normal or higher to play beyond that nitro stage.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember having to finish the game in a day because I was saddled with constantly rubbish memory cards for my N64.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sorry, I post fast and long so some of what I say probably might get missed/skimmed over.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually I did mention it, called it the nitro stage.
Anonymous2187735
Still I think despite the flaws it's has become fun for me because I surprisingly get better each time I play it. and last time I make the game chug because of how fast I was progressing.
Anonymous2187735
Yeah. But I'm surprised you don't mention the worst part. The Nitro and Mandragora level. In which you have to go across several rooms without jumping.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I remember the game punishes you for using the item seller guy too much aswell.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember the mansion level being creepy back then.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But the werewolf thing was pretty rad.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And then there was that crumbling labyrinth stage. I remember on hard mode you have to fight the chainsaw gardener too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The art tower stage is also annoying if you run out of day/night cards.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also it wouldn't let you finish it properly if you took too long.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: The N64 castlevanias have so many flaws, weird controls , bad camera , the day and night feature is kind of cool but it also puts a timer on things and certain parts become a pain because of it. They had frustrating bits too like the ice castle part with the weird jump sections and the nitro carrying stage.
Anonymous2187417
Lords of Shadow was another IP the developer had to accomodate into a known IP kinda like Star Fox Adventures.
Anonymous2187417
The other Castlevanias I haven't played are Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness. LoS was ok but very long. and it's interquel Mirror of Fate put me off playing LoS2.
Anonymous2187417
I haven't played that one. Seems like a mixed bag. Like Zelda 2 or Metroid 2.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've seen playthroughs of simon's quest, but we all know why thats a notorious mess.
Anonymous2187417
Castlevania 64 and Legacy of Darkness are also my guilty pleasures. I think if Konami still made Castlevanias it would have tried aping the Souls type of gameplay.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember some very very silly voice acting and dialogue in symphony of the night.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I preferred when they were just platform games. Later ones incoperated level up elements if I recall.
Anonymous2187417
After SOTN I think the game coming closer to that greatness is Order of Ecclesia if anything it keeps the difficulty of the classic Castlevanias and puts it in the Metroidvania formula. It has a platforming challenge level that's very satisfying to play.
Anonymous2187417
I've played most of them. Castlevania 3 is a very tough game, but that also makes the journey feel long and rewarding. Rondo of Blood feels like the cornerstone of the series since it's the Castlevania that got most of it's sprite reused in later games.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Reminds me, the game, clocktower is vaguely inspired by an old Italian horror film.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And symphony of the night.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually feel I should have played more castlevania back in the day, I've played bloodlines, castlevania 4, Dracula X, legacy of darkness, admittedly the last one isn't a good game and is more of a guilty pleasure.
Anonymous2186526
They could still meet Grant in the Clocktower.
Anonymous2186526
I wonder if the second season will be the journey to the castle like in the game. And the third season is entirely in the castle.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Already a season 3 announced.
Lenlo
Oh god yes. I cant wait
Kaiser-Eoghan
New netflix castlevania episodes out next month.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Was going to mention that. Wish more shows would do o.
Lenlo
Yeah, a lot of plot threads are converging and I like it. My favorite part though was Iglesias and their commitment to non-japanese languages. They were good!
Kaiser-Eoghan
*his bit
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Glad that sachio gets hit bit of backstory and that its well connected to the rest of the overall plot.
Lenlo
Alright Megalo Box was pretty good this week. So much to say
KTravlos
Indeed the Alliance system is atypical of mass democracy. There seem to be no organised parties and lists. Instead administrations seem to be formed on a personalist basis(me and my chums). And the Assembly seems to have very weak powers of oversight. A very flawed institutionally system. But I digress . It is still anime and even from Tanaka I do not expect deep discussion of democratic politics
KTravlos
I mean if two of 9 ministers in an administration resigned in any current representative/competitive election system it would be a big news and embarrassment to the goverment. My guess is that they were blackmailed to stay on, or were too afraid of the war party.
KTravlos
busy weeks (finals and deadlines). Watched the latest LOGH:NT episode. It was ok. A bit dry, but so are many of the episodes of NT or the Original on their own. One think it led me to think is that neither the books , nor the OVA, nor NT explain why Rebelo/Lebello and Huang Rui (the two politicians opposed to the Invasion of the Empire) did not resign in opposition. (Turnhit also opposed but..)
Lenlo
I think its cause of Daru's voice. Hes so overt about it and his voice makes it so clear hes not really being serious about any of that, cause it completely changes when hes talking serious subjects
Amagi
@Kaiser: Yeah I am watching CCS but funny enough I fell behind too, so it might be someone else you're thinking of
Kaiser-Eoghan
Always felt that Daru strikes a hit when it comes to pervy/otaku characters. Most of them tend to be incredibly annoying.
Lenlo
This episode was nice and chill while still moving stuff forward. I enjoyed it. It does seem like we are hitting the main conflict though, with Amadeus and Maho
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I feel with this episode the plot is really moving along now.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, Thats the question aint it? How to savem both? We know he does, cause of the original, but alot happens along the way. Its a great ride
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