12 Days of Something V: Terrible Endings

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No, stop.

The third season of Working aired back in the summer. It’s a season that will be known for introducing the parents of Aoi and Souta more than anything else. Actually that should have been the case, but they had to go and mess with the ending. I hope the use of the separate OVA or special to extend a season isn’t a new trend.

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12 Days of Something V: Because Why The Hell Not

triagex08aFor anyone out there tempted to watch this series after reading this post I will simply say this: don’t watch Triage X. It’s a bad show and anyone should feel bad if they do end up liking it. Yet, there was one episode I still remember fondly from its 10 episode (10 episodes is always a sign of a bad show) run. Unfortunately for those hoping I’d have taste it’s the 8th episode.

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12 Days of Something V: Working Towards the End

nisekoi24aThe 2nd season of Nisekoi aired earlier this year. It didn’t really do anything with progression of the plot in that particular realm. In the manga, however, there was plenty of progression towards a resolution of the harem at the center of the story. It’s really disappointing how that is turning out. Continue reading 12 Days of Something V: Working Towards the End

12 Days of Something V: Falling Madly in Love on an Overpass

oregairu21aIt’s a fairly tired trope in anime and manga these days to have a woman who is approaching or above 30 years old and is still unmarried. Oregairu‘s Hiratsuka Shizuka is yet another one of these characters. Yet, anyone who knows my opinions on this show will know that I believe she is the best girl in the whole thing.

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12 Days of Something V: No, No, The Other Saekano

saekano06aSaekano has a rather unfortunate English title that includes “How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.” Clearly that is something that will never be embraced by a casual audience. Then again, this show that I so anticipated last year would be completely impenetrable to that same audience.

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12 Days of Something V: Getting Caught in the Rain

gate08aGate was and still can be considered a show that brings up interesting ideas, and executes them about as well as a terrible writer with ambition would be expected to. Nowhere did this become more laughable than the introduction of a character by the name…sigh, Piña Co Lada.

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The Fall 2015 Eliminator Week 5: Not The Worst Crime Series With Note In The Title

Exactly the type of line that would be shouted by someone who would never be unpopular in real life.
Exactly the type of line that would be shouted by someone who would never be unpopular in real life.

Welcome back to the latest 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. The 35th Platoon bit the dust with its catastrophic writing. The Perfect Insider channeled its inner Dan Brown to go wherever the Vatican stores their supply of antimatter. Which terrible show will hit my drop list this week and make my viewing much easier and much more bearable?

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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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The Fall 2015 Eliminator Week 3

Any damn excuse to make this an imouto incest show.
Any damn excuse to make this an imouto incest show.

Each week I am going through the anime series available to me this season and choosing to drop the worst performer that week. Lance N’ Masques was eliminated for being boring. Hackadoll was eliminated for being putrid idol bullshit. Which terrible show will hit my drop list this week and make my viewing much easier and much more bearable? Continue reading The Fall 2015 Eliminator Week 3

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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The Fall 2015 Eliminator Week 2

Yes, yes you did. Now you are gone.
Yes, yes you did. Now you are gone.

This season I have taken a different approach with the newly airing shows this season. Since I am still in the middle of boycotting a licensor that shall not be named here, I ended up starting 19 different shows. Each week, I am eliminating one (or possibly more) shows that I deem the worst for the week until the end of the season is finally reached. As I have decided to start this feature on a whim, there is no week 1.

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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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Endings Without Context 7: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

"He brought this feature back for this!?"
“He brought this feature back for this!?”

“So it’s about uh, this guy Elric and he has a brother who lives in that armor suit. They are trying to get the brother’s body back after they messed around with alchemy and cost the guy his body. For some reason there are people after them too.”

– Me Attempting to Explain the Plot to Full Metal Alchemist to a Co-Worker circa 2006

I’ve decided to raise this feature from the dead after two years. It wasn’t simply a case of running out of shows that I hadn’t watched, but rather it felt like I was being compelled to only watch those shows that had infamously bad endings. Why not take on a show that is popular and pretty much watched by anyone who has casually watched anime, but that I had not seen? As for the explanation above, it was 11:30pm on a college campus where beer was being served a few feet away and I could only go off of what I had picked up about the show in vague things I read online. I think we’re good to go here. Continue reading Endings Without Context 7: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Episodes 11-14 (Broadcast Order): The Bittersweet Ending

That's right Taniguchi and Kunikida, Tsuruya-san is better than Mikuru.
That’s right Taniguchi and Kunikida, Tsuruya-san is better than Mikuru.

It’s now on to the final part of this strange journey into what was at the time of airing one of my favorite shows of all time. The second season put a bit of a dent into it, but the memories of the feelings caused by something linger longer than the actual events themselves. Or something along those lines anyway. This last set of episodes includes two filler episodes where Yuki does awesome stuff and the concert scene that was the greatest in anime until White Album 2 was a thing before the final two episodes of the main story. And ponytails. So on with the show.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Episodes 6-10 (Broadcast Order): The Middle Part No One Remembers Until The End

Free was always destined to be made.
Free was always destined to be made.

It’s back to watching the same old show as last time in weird order. The first segment wasn’t good enough to get a comment, so I will try to do better next time. Maybe I have to trash characters for no reason and wait three years for anyone to care. As alluded to in the title, this is the middle portion of the original series run which only covers one episode of the main story and is otherwise just filler with random plot points thrown in.

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The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Episodes 1-5 (Broadcast Order): Remembering a Different Kyoto Animation

So I haven’t died or fallen off the face of the Earth in maintaining this blog, though the reason for my long absence and reduced posting this year has been related to death itself. So to pass some time, I went back and watched an old DVD copy of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi in the original broadcast order because that’s how I remember it best. The reason I picked this and not any of my other favorite series is because I’ve been catching up on The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki, and it’s already in the discussion of what Satelight’s 2nd best anime is since nothing will ever match White Album 2.

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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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Emperor J’s Top 100 Anime of 2014

So rather than spend the time going through this and actually writing a little bit about each show, which you wouldn’t actually read, I will just give you the full list. This is all shows that ended in 2014 that I watched at least 1 episode of. So there are plenty of dropped shows and I did end up watching a lot of first episodes just to be able to get to over 100.

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