LMT’s Best of 2012

I think they got some things reversed here.

I think they got some things reversed here.

After yesterday’s rather absurd end-of-year ranking based solely on week-to-week viewing, I thought it may be best to provide a real ranking of the series that finished in the year 2012. Rather than just settle for just a simple top 10, I went over the top and just went for all 37 I completed this year. The first 27 of these will just be short descriptions of why I did, or did not like a particular series. After that, there’s a bit more detail. I hope you enjoy this, and feel free to let me know how wrong/right I was about the anime that aired in 2012 in the comments. Continue reading

Upotte!! 10 – Becoming More Human

This is the one moment of comedy in this episode.

The final episode of Upotte finishes with message that says more about people than the weapons themselves. The battle in the city commences as the enemy led by AK74 tries to defeat the four girls. Even with SAKO joining the fight, it appears to be a tough battle. It ultimately leads to a final confrontation between AK74 and FNC, which ends without a decisive winner.

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Upotte!! 09 – Meh, Terrorism

Spot the obvious joke here.

The 9th episode of Upotte is a beach episode that turns into something entirely different by the end of the episode. The girls are whisked away to a seaside city where the usual antics of beach and onsen episodes take place. Then, things take a dramatic turn as a group of shooters begin attacking the girls and then the city indiscriminately. The episode ends with the main cast preparing to counterattack as the city lies in flames.

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Upotte!! 08 – The Endless Cycle of Destruction and Rebuilding

M14’s puns reach new depths

The 8th episode of Upotte!! centers around the preparations for the cultural festival. As can be expected by this series by now, there is plenty of destruction involved as the students prepare for the event. The other teachers’ rather lax attitude toward preparation troubles the Token-sensei at the center of this episode. Eventually, he pulls everyone together to accomplish what he needed to do to get the maid cafe his class was planning up and running.

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Upotte!! 07 – Sad Guns Crying in Snow

That outfit doesn’t look very practical for -20C conditions.

The 7th episode of Upotte sticks primarily with the main cast over the winter break. The usual seasonal meetings and activities occur with their own nationalistic touches of course, but there isn’t too much different. Also getting involved is the Japanese teacher, who still as of yet does not have a name. His apartment gets visited by the girls and needless to say hijinks ensue, not once, but twice.

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Upotte!! 06 – Gun Harem

Do I have your attention now? Wait, didn’t I do this before?

The 6th episode of Upotte!! sees the conclusion of the battle for supremacy over the school as well as a 2nd story more focused on teenage angst. Sako continues to dominate in the final battle in disabling L85 before cornering M16. However, the battle ends in rather farcical circumstances. Afterwards, AUG wants to talk to FNC and T91 does everything she can to bring them together.

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Upotte!! 05 – Literally Gun Porn

There’s an important reason why T91 is holding her gun like that

The 5th episode of Upotte reverses all the gains from the last episode and returns to form in the worst way possible. The semifinals of the gun battles take place in this episode where M16 takes on a clone of herself and another bullpup rifle, where she runs into digestive problems. FNC and AR-18 then face off against the modified AKBs which turns out to have a vicious conclusion. Finally, L85 finally makes it back in time for the final match which leads into the next episode with a cliffhanger.

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Upotte!! 04 – Vietnam Edition

It took a ridiculous number of pen strokes to sign that.

The 4th episode of Upotte!! actually goes in a plot-relevant direction as multiple episodes actually go into this latest plot arc. M16’s modeling career is the starting point of this episode and others covet the attention that she gets. However, it comes at a cost as her relationship with L85 hits a new low right as they need each other in a match involving modified AKs. SG550, FNC and the high school rifles try to help out, but it’s to no avail as of yet.

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Upotte!! 03 – The Proud British Manufacturing Industry

Poor FNC, she has the best random faces.

The 3rd episode of Upotte sees the girls once again engage in a variety of short segments designed to elicit laughter out of the viewer. In this episode, the girls bathe, some punishment is dished out by Insert-sensei, SG550 fired her gun like a katana and L85A1 and the country who made it are mocked repeatedly.

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Upotte!! 02 – Bystanders Do Not Exist

The characters at their most intelligent

The 2nd episode of Upotte!! introduces three new guns to the mix as high school and middle schools do battle. Three of the middle school guns are forced into remedial classes after failing at long-distance shooting. They play capture the flag to measure their skills against higher caliber opponents. Actually that pun is much better than the puns in this episode. Continue reading

Upotte!! 01 – Waffles & Chocolate

He should have tried to no-scope that 3DS

As I highlighted in my season preview post, I chose Upotte as my throwaway fanservice show that I secretly like enough to blog for the season. So sit back for the next 3 months and not even bother to acknowledge self-aware moé anime at it’s most self-aware. You could go as far as calling this Akikan with a budget, but that’s seems unfair based on this first episode. That’s because there’s nothing more American than European made guns depicted as girls in a Japanese high school. Wait, what?

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