Archive for December, 2010

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How long until this gets good again?

December 22, 2010

I decided to interrupt the top anime of the year gig and post something legit for my (surprisingly) larger fanbase. I do say though, I’m glad that this blog gets about 70 hits a day, without there being much new content. It’s motivation for sure.

Recently I’ve been watching an anime called Votoms, I’m sure most of you have heard of it, if not watched it in its’ entirety. This is an anime with a great score, amazing voice acting and really realistic, beautiful artwork from the 80’s, but the plotline is extremely lagging and takes forever to develop. I’m sure of you have heard the Sunrise theory told by Daryl Surat where he states that all 50 episode Sunrise shows are extremely boring at the first thirteen episodes, but after that it gets good.

 

Well, I currently own two DVD sets of Armored Trooper Votoms, and I have gotten through the first set of thirteen episodes…after about three months. The first thirteen episodes have been murder to get through due to the extreme uneasiness of the plot. So I’ve been asking myself, is it fair to ask someone to watch almost an entire fourth of the show and consider it good? As a matter of fact, as of this moment (episode 13) Chirico Cuvie has really done nothing other than discover the prototype and introduce himself something that should have happened about six episodes ago. This is an anime that has only gotten positive praise from people I have spoken to about it. I’m going to stick with it for the next set of DVD’s I own, but if it doesn’t at least get a meaning in the plot after TWENTY SIX EPISODES, then the anime is dropped and everyone’s opinion is wrong regardless. This anime is not like Gaogaigar where you can skip the first 25 episodes, because for every episode of Votoms, at least five minutes of that episode mean anything.

 

It seems as if I have that syndrome where I really don’t get what everyone sees in specific anime. It’s not me trying to be a rebel or unique, I just really don’t get the appeal of some anime like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking. Trust me, I’d much rather be the guy laughing at a show like that instead of wondering why it’s a huge piece of shit, but I’d rather not go into that at the moment so this post is over!

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Number Four Anime of the Year

December 20, 2010

Art’s Pick

B Gata H Kei

It’s amazing how quickly otaku forget the anime of previous seasons. Panty and Stocking has taken the spot of an ACTUALLY funny anime by the name of B Gata H Kei. I find it odd myself that this anime is ranked so high, since I despised the main character Yamada’s perverted antics.  I believe this anime was saved by the hilarious supporting cast. This anime is a good example of using penis and virgin jokes in a whole new form without using the obvious cliches. I normally have a distaste for ecchi anime, but this anime had a crisp cast of characters that kept me interested, from the loli girl that always said stupid lies about her sex life to the girl with a crush on her brother. I just really wish the otaku mentality would have a tighter attention span, because it’s ridiculous how fans of this as it was airing are no longer fans and don’t bring it up when they name their favorite comedy.

Jon’s Pick

Soredemo wa Machi wa Mawaiteru

 

Lets face it… we’re probably all sick of seeing anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. We’re also probably sick of seeing anime about maids. However, to hold the fact that Soredemo Machi Wa Mawateiru falls into both catagories against it would be a mistake. This is Shinbo at his very best. It has fun picking apart maid cafe culture, but doesn’t rely on that as its only source of comedy. Each character has their own delightful quirks that the show plays on to get in as much laughs as possible. On top of that it has Shinbo’s visual prowess supporting it, making it quite a pleasure on the eyes. Jaded critics of Shimbo may stay clear of this little gem, but honestly, it’s their loss.

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Number Five Anime of the Year

December 8, 2010

Art: Jon and I decided to do the thing most blogs do, and that’s rate the top five anime of the year. I personally do not believe in ranking anime, but for the hell of it, I decided to go along with it. 2010 was a semi-disappointing year (my number one anime is genuinely my number one anime) except for one anime that brought out it’s genre from a pile of shit year. I think anime did pick itself up a bit this year from the horrid year of 2009. Here’s to 2011 and the hopes that Nokemono to Hanayome gets made next year!

 

Jon’s Pick

 

Highschool of the Dead

Coming in on number 5 is Highschool of the Dead. This zombiefest was one of the most thrilling anime of 2010. While it doesn’t have the social commentary of a George A. Romero movie, it has just about everything else you can ask for in a good zombie apocalypes. It’s gorey, violent, and often can be quite frightening. It has an intense survival element that anime rarely brings to the table. An added bonus (or a minus, depending on your perspective) is the massive amounts of fan-service being thrown around. Regardless of how you feel about its ecchi elements, Highschool of the Dead is one of the most effective anime horrors in recent memory and has something to satisfy horror and anime fans alike.

 

Art’s Pick

K-On!!

I used to be a big hater of moe anime. Quite a huge hater. I remember watching the first season of K-On! and hating it for the cheap cuteness and awkward anime it was to watch due to the fandom. But upon watching it a second time, and watching the second season I genuinely enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because this anime had a bit more charm to it than the previous season. I think it just might be the fact that they were seniors, and they’re in the same situation I am. Episode 21 got me tearing up hard, something I’ve never done watching animation. Despite the animation (or what Kyo Ani considers animation) got much, much cheaper, the show gave me a warm feeling everytime I saw it. If you were watching K-On!! like the guys over at Bakacast were, you’re an idiot. This anime is not about music, but rather the girls that play it. This anime caused me to be more open minded, and how can that not be a ranked on my list?