A Touching Conversation With A Cat

Osomatsu-san is a very serious show about medical ethics and the treatment of animals.
Osomatsu-san is a very serious show about medical ethics and the treatment of animals.

In this second half of this week’s 5th episode of Osomatsu-san, the story revolves around a cat that is able to understand human emotions. Four of the sextuplets mess around with the cat at Choromatsu while Ichimatsu sits in the corner. He has a soft spot for cats, but not so much ones that will spit out what a person is really feeling. It turned out that it would lead to a sort of touching insight into feelings I am very much familiar with:

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The Fall 2015 Eliminator Week 4: Everything Becomes Failure

Moe is exhausted after explaining the plot to the audience again.
Moe is exhausted after explaining the plot to the audience again.

Welcome back to another edition of the Fall Eliminator. Each week I am going through the anime series available to me and choosing to drop the worst performing show that week. Lance N’ Masques was eliminated for being boring. Hackadoll was eliminated for being putrid idol bullshit. Last week, the 35th Platoon bit the dust with its catastrophic writing. Which terrible show will hit my drop list this week and make my viewing much easier and much more bearable?

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30 Things I Like About My 30 Favorite Anime: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

zszs08aIn this edition of TTILAMTFA (which looks like a terrible program responsible for building death machines), I discuss an aspect of my 28th favorite series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. This is a series that I just came across by circumstance, and there is one particular character that made it memorable. Unfortunately, no one else in the whole wide world agrees with me on this. It’s my post, so I’m going to gush over them how I want. Got it?

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On the Annual Fantasy Football League and Dumb Wagers

Because Peyton is the right Manning for Bad QB League Play

Trust me, this isn’t really a post about American football or what not, but it’s tangentially related enough to put in the gif above. The origins of this post have to do with the whole process of trying to recommend a show to someone. Why does it have to be so hard?

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30 Things I Like About My 30 Favorite Anime: I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

This is not what this post is about nor is it actually true.
This is not what this post is about nor is it actually true.

Rather than just spit out a list of shows to then be subject to ridicule, I have decided to just take one aspect of each show on my list and talk about what I like about it. This will be an  eccentric list that caters to me and my ridiculous taste. Then again, it’s my list and I’m going to talk about what I want to on this blog.

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30 Things I Like About My 30 Favorite Anime: Kare Kano

Stop everything, it's a new feature on the blog.
Stop everything, it’s a new feature on the blog.

Rather than just spit out a list of shows to then be subject to ridicule, I have decided to just take one aspect of each show on my list and talk about what I like about it. This may end up being a rather eccentric list that is more sad than anything open to ridicule. It’s my list damn it and I’m going to talk about what I want to on this blog.

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The Resource Curse: Early Thoughts on Gate

 

Sorry, I never mention these characters by name in this post.
Sorry, I never mention these characters by name in this post.

I haven’t done one of these posts on a currently airing show in a while. It’s been a strange time for me that I don’t really want to go into great detail about, but I think I’ve needed to write something, anything for a while. I haven’t watched a lot of shows this season, but since the majority of the season had shows I wouldn’t watch without pirating or funding one of the worst people in the world I could feel better from a moral standpoint. That’s enough about me though, so I will move on to the rest of the post.

Gate is a show that I was initially hesitant about. The potential political problems with the plot and the worldviews of certain characters that I had heard about made me think that it would be comparable to Mahouka. That would mean that it would involve supporting a protagonist who is a psychopath about killing people in cold blood while getting the attention of all of the women. Gate only has half of that.

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The Bad Spring 2015 Anime Season Preview

 

Sorry, the Prison School anime is next season.
Sorry, the Prison School anime is next season.

I thought I would never come back to writing posts like these. They never turn out to work, I spend a ton of time and effort and no one really reads them anyway. However, I really needed something, anything to write about this season that wasn’t terribly meta or utterly depressing. So here I am back again to write about the upcoming season and not a single one of you will actually read this paragraph.

The obvious caveats that go with this are numerous. If you’ve listened to any of the recent Friday Anime Podcast season preview episodes, I’m the guy who knows fuck all about studios and who has a taste worse than Kelloggs, but no one bothers anymore about saying that because I’m beyond hope. So don’t expect to be informed by any of this.

Pointless Debate #42: The Last Anime That I Will Ever Love

wa207aRecently I’ve finally been able to put into words what I have felt about watching anime over the last 13 months. At first, the question after this season’s tremendous amounts of drops was Do I Even Like Anime Anymore? I can’t say I stopped liking it since I still watch some shows, but that would probably now put me in the filthy casual category. Instead, the question has now become, is White Album 2 going to end up being the last anime I will ever fall in love with?

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The First Impressions Post of 2015 Winter Anime

This is the effort I get from my lone carryover series from the fall.
This is the effort I get from my lone carryover series from the fall.

At this point in the season, there’s just Studio Arms (actually Arms Corporation if we are being completely accurate) series Isuca left to air. So for the most part we can consider that all of the good shows have already started to air. That’s mostly good news for the anime fans out there that aren’t me. What lies ahead is probably one of the most sad first impression posts of the current season that you will read, but that’s mainly because this season has been so meagre from my point of view.

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The 2014 Definitive Best Girl Ranking

The defending Best Girl Champion
The defending Best Girl Champion

Last year, the Definitive Best Girl ranking made its debut to critical fanfare. All arguments stopped over who was the best girl in each of those series after that since one cannot debate objective facts. In this second edition, a selection committee was formed that would take into account each girl’s record against their respective competition so that they could get a complete resume on each of them. There was a bit of controversy as in the final weeks the production committees of all of these shows advocated hard for a place in the final four playoff positions, but ultimately everyone came to the conclusion that this was the true Definitive Best Girl ranking. If the show you are looking for is not listed in this post, that’s because it is in the second-tier Best Girl Championship Subdivision.

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On Fun After 6 Years

There haven’t been many posts by me recently. The main reason for that comes down to the whole idea of having fun. If I’m not having fun with whatever I’m watching it will definitely come through like that on the post. I will be perfectly honest in saying that I’m not having very much fun recently. This particular blog, like almost all of the things I am involved with in my everyday life has always been a solo project. I think all of that has really started to take a toll on me recently. Work hasn’t been fun1 and everything else has sort of felt like work. I keep telling myself “just get to the end of November and everything will be fine,” but will it?

Rather than wasting more of your time on personal issues that none of you care about2, I’m going to go the anime contrarian/hipster3 route and talk about some of the shows this season that you are not watching. Continue reading On Fun After 6 Years

The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #13: Vividred Operation

vo02aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The thirteenth and final anime on this list was Vividred Operation, which aired in the winter of 2013. I had previously watched the first and sixth episodes of this anime before in the course of dropping it twice. I watched the show over a period of a week, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #12: Meganebu!

meganebu03aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The twelfth anime on this list was Meganebu!, which aired in the fall of 2013. I had previously watched the first two episodes of this anime before dropping it. I watched the show over a period of a two days, and these are my thoughts on it. Continue reading The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #12: Meganebu!

The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #11: Mawaru Penguindrum

mpd03aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eleventh anime on this list was Mawaru Penguindrum, which aired in the summer of 2011. I had previously watched the only the last episode back in a strange period for this blog. I watched the show over a period of a few days, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #10: Natsume Yuujinchou

By request, this week’s post will feature GIFs

Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The tenth anime on this list was Natsume Yuujinchou, which aired in the summer of 2008. I had previously watched the first episode during last year’s random show watch. I marathoned the first season of the show, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #9: Patlabor 2: The Movie

p2m04Seeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The ninth anime on this list was the second Patlabor movie, which premiered in August 1993. I sat down an watched it in a single sitting, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #8: Chihayafuru

Chihayfuru25aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eighth show on this list was Chihayafuru, a show that aired in the fall of 2011 and I dropped after viewing all of one episode of the series. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #7: Black Bullet

bbullet13aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The seventh show on this list was Black Bullet a show that began airing this past spring and that I had never attempted to watch because I thought I would drop it. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #6: Mushishi

mushishi14aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The sixth show on this list was Mushishi a show that began airing in the fall of 2005 and that I had never attempted to watch. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #5: Nurarihyon no Mago

nnm14aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The fifth show on this list was Nurarihyon no Mago (or given the terribad licensed title of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan…really?!) a show that aired in the summer of 2010 and dropped after viewing all of one episode of the series. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #4: Noir

noir21aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The fourth show on this list was Noir a show that aired in the spring of 2001 and which I had never started or even had an inkling to watch before. I marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on the series.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #3: The Severing Crime Edge

crimeedge05aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The third show on this list was The Severing Crime Edge a show that aired in the spring of 2013, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #2: Paradise Kiss

parakiss03aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. Second on this list was Paradise Kiss a show that aired in the fall of 2005 on Noitamina, and was a show that I had previously dropped. I went back and marathoned it, and these are my thoughts on it.

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The Summer Anime Season Preview That Embraces Nihilism

This guy also saw the Summer anime lineup.

I’m about finished with all of the spring shows and I can’t help but feel I’m witnessing the slow death of the medium. Maybe I’m just getting to familiar with shows doing the same stuff over and over again. Then I finally got around to glancing at the shows that will be airing in the summer. I now believe there is no intrinsic value in the modern world.

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