(Some year-end hitchhiking, for lack of better pictures)
Series I watched at least 1 full episode of this year (*=continued from 2006, not eligible for awards aside from best finale):
*Demashitta! Powerpuff Girls Z
*Pretty Cure Splash Star
*Spider Riders (Canadian broadcast)
Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora
Les Miserables- Shojou Cossette
Master of Epic: The Animation Age
Yes! Pretty Cure 5
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
El Cazador de la Bruja
Hayate the Combat Butler
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Romeo x Juliet
Spider Riders ~Yomigaeru Taiyou~
Kodomo no Jikan OAV
Da Capo II
Dragonaut- The Resonance
Ef- a tale of memories
Kodomo no Jikan TV
Night Wizard- the Animation
Sketchbook ~Full ColorS~
For the official protection of all other characters, Buguese and Aqune are hereby prevented from winning any awards.
Well, I know I hardly update anymore, but I can’t ignore the excuse for a pointless gimmick post. :P
(It seems Miyamiya stuck poor Dan on the tree so she could become a lesbian for Tamaki)
To anyone who still comes by, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!
Here in the US, it’s one of my favorite days, a holiday about eating. Well, that’s not exactly what it’s for, but that’s besides the point.
It was a fitting day to watch episode 8 of Ninomiya-kun, an episode about cooking ramen. Never realized how complicated a process it could be. I can always count on this show for a steady source of crack this season.
*cough*Perhaps this is a gimmick post, but who cares? Happy Thanksgiving. ^_^
A couple quick posts are required, so I don’t fall further behind.
Da Capo 2 07
Okay. Koko wins. Nanaka, despite her feelings for Yoshiyuki, decided to give up on him and let Koko have him. The episode was really done in a dramatic way, making it look like she was going to confess, but in the end, she didn’t even go that far. I hope someone else at least goes as far as to confess, even though they’ll still lose to Koko, because it’ll add in some more angst and drama. Also, unless they get any development soon, I’m going to be really stumped as to why they even bothered putting Yume and Otome in this show, especially Otome. They do absolutely nothing. Even Anzu and Akane get more screentime than them.
From the preview, I was expecting (and hoping) this episode to be more about Syuri and Syusuke, but what we got was pretty good anyway. It’s god to see Syuri finally getting some development, because I honestly had little care for her before now. I feel bad for her, because her father is a bit of a jerk, although I also have to wonder if she’s wrong as well. Her stepmother didn’t seem as terrible as she thinks, and she’s obviously having trouble letting go of the memories of her old mother, seeing how she wanted to protect the park from her childhood. Although, none of that really excuses her father from hitting her. There was also some Nanaka/Sana/Asami drama, which will probably set things back in Sana and Nanaka’s relationship, unless it gets cleared up soon that he wasn’t really doing anything with Asami. Finally, the animal sacrificing lady is creepy. First the bird and now the cat. Eww… I hope she doesn’t show up again.
Bakugan Battle Brawlers 33
Had to mention this one, due to more freakiness
more cute shouta, and more development for Alice. Finally, a little reason for why she never battles is given. Apparently, she gets a bad feeling about it, and she doesn’t really understand herself yet. Well, I guess if she doesn’t know what her deal is, that’s probably why viewers like me are confused too. It was really cute though to see Tsuyoshi take care of her, and bring her up to his clubhouse. I’m starting to wonder if Tusyoshi might like her. He’s probably way too young, but I can see them in a brother/sister-type relationship. It’d be really sweet. And also, seeing Joe and the Infinity Core/Wyvern thing was interesting. It’s taken the form of his Bakugan now, granting him his wish of being able to fight to help his friends. Of course, the first person to challenge him was Masquerade, so I don’t know how much help he’ll be able to provide. All the excitement in the real world made Dan’s fight less interesting, although there was a great twist at the end.
Edit: Fixed post, and somehow it’s even shorter.
I knew I just needed to be patient, and interesting things would start to happen. The fate of one of the few characters I actually like is in question already, I guess. By that I mean the guy with the scar, whose name escapes me. They didn’t show a body or anything, but his mobile suit did end up rather torn up. For now, I’ll say that he’s probably alive, but just badly hurt. The most interesting thing though was the revelation at the end that Saji and Setsuna are neighbors. This just creates a lot of potential, and I hope they use it well. While it’s pretty apparent that Saji doesn’t know anything about Setsuna’s identity, I could see him getting involved with the Gundam pilots some time in the future. Maybe he won’t become a pilot himself, but in any case, it’ll at least complicate his relationship with Louise. They seem to already be having difficulties though, and I can’t see it lasting. I want more drama, please.
Now that just about everything has aired for at least two episodes, I think it’s a fair time to officially decide what I’ll be watching (not ncessarily blogging) this season.
Based on the day I’ll likely watch it, not the air date. Actually, it’s still subject to change, but it’ll help me stay somewhat in order when trying to watch 15 shows.
ef- a tale of memories
Da Capo II
Dragonaut- The Resonance
Night Wizard- The Animation
Ninomiya-kun *has givien up calling this by its full name*
Kodomo no Jikan
Bakugan Battle Brawlers :P
Amu is still mad at Ran, and in school she gets more reason, when all the girls continue to praise her awesomness due to her confession. Then, Nadeshiko appears to invite her to a tea party at the Royal Garden, giving her fangirls more to be impressed by. Later, she sees a boy named Tsuzuki fail at flipping over the pull-up bar thing. Everyone wants Amu to demonstrate, and Ran gives her the abillity to do impossibly fast flips. Meanwhile, the blue egg, Miki, hatches and goes away. When Ran realizes this, she wants Amu to go and find it, but she doesn’t care. However, it makes an appearance again by giving her amazing artistic abillity. Afterwards, she and Ran chase after it. Amu leanrs that her Shugo Chara will disappear if she doesn’t belive in them, so she decides she has to. She’s being watched by another mysterious evil bishie. Later, at the tea party, Amu learns that the guardians know everythign about her. They try to get her to join them, sicne she’ll be especially useful with the abillity to transform into her other self, but she denies because she doesn’t want to waer the cape. While there, she also learns about another kind of egg, which is evil. She ends up seeing Tsuzuki again, who’s decided to give up on his dreams and thinks he’s useless. New evil bishie turns his egg dark, so Amu has to transform to save him. The guardians watch this and are all impressed by it.
Okay, yay, this show is adorable. I’m really surprised it’s by the same people who did Rozen Maiden, considering how dark that was. Although, Rozen Maiden started off pretty fluffy too, so maybe this will get more complicated later on. The magical girl genre can be really, really great when done well. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a really good one in a while. I was surprised that Amu transformed using Ran this week, now that she has Miki too. I wonder what her other transformations are like, and if she has different powers with them. Probably, or else it wouldn’t really matter what she used. Another thing that interests me is why this new guy showed up to randomly turn people’s eggs evil. He probably has some objective, but it is a strange thing to do. I’m also curious as to whether he’s associated with Ikuto (and that blonde girl on the OP) or has his own motives of some sort. Or… maybe they said it and I missed it. Sometimes I can’t pick up on the little details, that this is a pretty simple show to understand raw. Speaking of which, I’ll give in and say that Ikuto is quite pretty too. I’m also curious in seeing what happens with him next week. The preview hints at a potential romance between him and Amu. Seeing how close Nadeshiko and Tadase seem, he might even have a chance.
Well, I might as well. There is actually quite a lot that interests me here.
Edit: Dates and sites added.
10/2-Night Wizard the Animation- It looks really cool. Do not disappoint
10/3-Kodomo no Jikan- Controversial lolicon series. I’m looking for sure.
10/4-Clannad- if it’s anywhere near as good as Air or Kanon, I’m in.
10/6- ef- A Tale of Memories- The story shows potential. I also like the character designs. Very reminiscent of Sola.
10/6-Gundam 00- It has Gundam in the name. I tend to enjoy Gundam, although I tend to enjoy Gundam substantially less if it’s devoid of kick-butt female pilots. I see none in this show, but I’ll look at it anyway.
10/7-Maple Story- It’s the RPG thing that’s appealing. I still thought Ragnarok the Animation was really good and from what I watched of Master of Epic, it was pretty fun. Not to say that this will be at all like either of them, but it definitely deserves a look.
10/7-Prism Ark- Has potential to be awful in a good way (although probably won’t be something as awesome as Eikyuu Alice Rondo like I want it to be.)
10/9-Genshiken season 2- I liked the first season. Never got around to watching the OAV though. Anyway, I’m sue it’ll be good, but it’s the kinda thing I probably won’t blog about.
10/1- Bamboo Blade- The plot seems to have potential to be something really unique. I’m not big on sports anime in general though.
10/2- Blue Drop: Tenchi-tachi no Gikyoku- Sounds rather epic, though I have really no expectations for it for some reason. It could be good.
10/2- Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro-Being a Shonen Jump series means it gets a look, but this one doesn’t seem too promising
10/3- Dragonaut ~ The Resonance- Sorta interesting sounding and I like the character designs. Too bad I don’t like Gonzo much at all.
10/7-Rental Magica- Hmm… maybe.
10/18-Ghost Hound- Seems like it could be vaguely interesting and the character designs are appealing,
I’d been losing passion for this blog for quite a while. It’s not the hobby of blogging myself that I’m tired of, because I often find myself wishing I had something worth blogging about. It’s more that I can’t find any anime that I want to write about anymore. I had strongly considered putting an end to More Shadows after the completion of Spider Riders, but I gave it a few weeks and discovered Sola soon after, temporarily restoring my enjoyment in a series. Then came the summer, and I can’t say I feel strongly enough toward any one series to want to actively write about or even follow them. I’ve even temporarily given up on most of the spring shows, save for El Cazador (and the Japanese, uncut version of Spider Riders, which can hardly be counted as something new.)
I don’t want to say something as conclusive as “I’m closing down this blog.” The fact of the matter is, I still don’t want to. I’m jst going to say that I’ll probably stop blogging for now. I hardly write anything anymore as it is. I may do a few upcoming episodes of SR by request, only because I already said I would, but aside from that, I’ll probably end up waiting around for a while. The best stuff always tends to premiere in the fall, so hopefully something there will really catch my attention and bring my passion back.
I was a bit reluctant to give this one a look after all the bad reviews it got. Like others, I was hoping for a show loaded with bad engrish and funny anime references. Instead, I got a mahou shoujo anime for lolicons. However, the first episode was a lot of fun. The characters look very cute. Although, I’m having a near impossible time believing that Ink is in the same grade as Nao. I thought she was about 5-6 when she first showed up on screen. Aside from that, there were some other pretty funny things. While I could do without the ero-duck, I did find it funny when he was digging up all the perverted things in Nao’s room. It was also kind of amusing that Nao has to be taught in terms of otaku subjects to learn English. He doesn’t seem to be a lolicon though, which is bad news for Ink. Even having her come into his room in her skimpy magical girl clothes didn’t seem to effect him. I actually feel bad for the girl. If she looked her age, she might get Nao to like her. I’ll give this another episode at least, because I’m curious to see if this will develop a plot (and if Nao and Ink will get together.)
If I’m not driven crazy by the lack of color (sometimes it got so dark that I had to more really close to the screen to see what was going on) I think I might like this show. In any case, I love the OP and want the MP3. I kind of have no clue what the plot is, however, even though the raw was pretty easy to follow. There’s lots of giant bugs attacking people, and apparently dreams play an important role. It also seems that Kusuriya Daisuke, one of the people involved in the bug battles, is now posing as a regular student. I also think I read somewhere that he’s a bug himself, but I can’t confirm that. The giant evil bugs kinda remind me of Spider Riders, but the bug theme and the lack of sense they make is really all they have in common. Oh, and the green-haired girl is adorable. Hopefully she’ll get more screentime next week, as she only appeared in the very beginning and very end.