It's April?

Apr. 2nd, 2016 08:26 am
Dimension W 3-7! Mira becomes friends with some local street kids, one being New Tesla's granddaughter. We see a bit of Kyoma's past and girlfriend in episode 7. The suspense has slowed down a bit as much of the plot is rather dull. The characters are too generic for my liking. The pop cultural references are cute though. Dropped at episode 7.

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Akagami no Shirayuki-hime S2! 1-12. The end. Season two continues the super sweet, cavity-creating tale of Shirayuki and Zen. Shirayuki is sent to her hometown as a guest of the prince who kidnapped her in episode 1. Because of their past, he tries to turn over a new leaf. She gets kidnapped twice but as annoyingly damsel-in-distress-like that sounds, the new characters are interesting. ~6/10~ rating I'm not sure why I watched this...I suppose I had nothing else to do on Mondays. It was a simple shoujo show with very little drama, but hey, the fluff is soothing.

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Koyomimonogatari 3-12! the end. Episode 3, Koyomi Sand, features Hachikuji and takes place after Oshino is gone. 4 is about Kanbaru's father. Like the previous two episodes, these are about something that are seemingly supernatural, but turn out to be mundane. Koyomi Wind features Nadeko and Kaiki. 6 has Karen and a tree. 7-8 were forgettable. 9 features Shinobu and donuts. These half-episodes were hit or miss in terms of entertainment value. Episodes 11-12 bring Kagenui and Gaen back to fill in the plot but delightfully confuse again. Koyomi Dead is the last episode's title..unfortunate that. ~7/10 rating~ for this arc. Another portion of Owarimonogatari, and Zokuwarimonogatari, Orokamonogatari and Wazamonogatari are left...plus, the Kizumonogatari movie...hopefully, that's all.

Durarara x2 Ten 1-12! Another binge-watching session. Episode 9 showcases a flashback of Shinra and Izaya Orihara's friendship in middle or high school. Quite of few of the characters get injured this season while more new characters pop out of the woodwork. ~7/10 rating~

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Durarara x2 Ketsu 1-12! finally, the end to the whole series. I lost track of all the new characters' names and their motives. They are all pretty immaterial, but Celty going after Shinra was awesome. And Shizuo and Celty's horse/bike interaction was cute. We see what happens when Celty finally gets her head back. Mikado while being one of the main characters, is probably the least interesting and bordering on mostly annoying. His dark side was tedious to watch these past two seasons. ~7/10 rating~ for a lengthy 6-year series. The animation quality was spotty throughout the past two seasons. I'm glad Celty and Shinra got their happy ending. If not for my curiosity around them and Shizuo, I would have stopped after the first season. I would have preferred the completion of Baccano in anime form instead.

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Boku dake ga Inai Machi 3-12! the end. Satoru finds Kayo after she was abused by her mother, and narrows down the date of the kidnapping. After their birthday, Satoru thinks that he changed history, but finds out he failed and heads back to the future. Satoru is able to go back in time again to try and prevent Kayo's murder again. Great cliffhangers, but it's a little disappointing that they made the bad guy wear enough 'bad guy' expressions that the audience knows he's the culprit. I hope that the live-action movie as interesting as good as the anime. ~9/10 rating~ for a plain good mystery. Minus 1 for cutting out the bad guy's past (which is in the manga) and for interesting, but unexplained time-travel.
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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 18-22! Poor Lancer...there has to be an version of Fate/Stay where he gets to win. Archer versus Shirou continues in epic ramblings and some cool fighting. Gilgamesh finally shows his true colors, and Shinji gets what he deserves.

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Arslan Senki 5-10! I like the world building as Arslan continues to gather allies and tries to figure out a way to save his kingdom. Neither Pars nor Lusitania are countries with rulers or ideals worth rooting for, so it'll be interesting to see how this works out. The humor between Narsus and Daryun begs for fanfics. In episode 10 Arslan see that freeing the slaves isn't quite the easy fix he thought.

Kekkai Sensen 6-7! Thought that the underlying plot would present itself but so far the episodes have only been mostly episodic. Still waiting for the characters to develop some. May drop this now or marathon this later.

Sailor Moon Crystal 22-23! Sailor Moon saves her friends but loses Chibi Usa and Tuxedo in the process. This part of the story is dragging a bit. Usagi's jealousy and general incompetence is a negative rather than the usual intended 'cute'.

Durarara x2 5-12! the end of the first part of season two. I decided to marathon the rest of this to pass some time and it was better as it went on. Shizuo and Celty are fun to watch. The weaknesses are Masaomi's indecisiveness and Izaya's arrogance, but episode 12 throws a twist into their bland characters. Thankfully, the second part of this starts back up in July.

Spring?

Mar. 22nd, 2015 08:43 pm
Nanatsu no Taizai 16-23! Enjoying the super-fast pacing of the story. Elizabeth is captured and teleported away. Meliodas, Ban and Gowther follow to the castle..the others soon follow. On the other side is Arthur and Merlin; Merlin being the last Sin. Pretty bloody fun fights featuring Diane, Gowther and King so far. As always the good guys are losing....but only until they get a chance to show their true strength. Lots of heads flying when they get to the 'main boss', but gotta love the anime miracles. It's a shame the pig had to die.

Durarara!! x 2 4! sorry...other than a passing interest in Celty, the rest of the cast put me to sleep. Dropped.

Assasination Classroom 2-3! each episode seems to focus on one student's personal problems and how Koro-sensei is able to help them through 'tough love' via assassination attempts. Unique premise, and mildly interesting...but knowing that the manga hasn't ended yet prevents me from having interest in seeing what happens in the anime.

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Sailor Moon Crystal 15-18! introduces the Black Moon arc. Glad to see Sailor Pluto in the opening. So in this arc, the Sailor Soldiers power-up only to be abducted. Thankfully, in episode 18, Tuxedo Mask gets his 'la smoking bomber' attack....haha, the attacks were funny in the original and are still funny.

This spring's lineup looks more entertaining...
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Part 2
Kyoukai no Rinne
Kekkai Sensen
Arslan Senki
Digimon Adventure tri...lol.
I guess I am posting monthly now....too many other distractions and lack of exciting anime:

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Nanatsu no Taizai 1-15! Standard, but enjoyable shounen anime about the a young boyish-man, Meliodas, who comes to the rescue of a princess. It's fun to watch the seven 'sins' gang come together to fight the corrupt holy knights. So far the episodes are generally action-packed and funny. It's not completely fluffy even if they have a talking pig. There's blood and death that brings out the dark-side of Meliodas. Episode 13 brings out new opening and endings. A potential weakness to this anime is that it will catch up to the manga soon, but I think there's enough manga story to last another season. I enjoyed the twisted intro to the sins of lust character, because most of that episode was pretty confusing.

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Durarara!! x 2 1-3! I know I liked the first season, but I can't really remember what actually happened (it's been like 4 years). I'm glad this continues the story..I suppose I'll have to rewatch or wiki the first season. Anyway, this episode takes place 6 months after the first season and introduces some new characters and reintroduces old ones. (I really wish they'd continue Baccano!)

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Yuri Kuma Arashi 1! The title gives away the content of the anime clearly...lesbians, bears and a storm. Alien bears who can change into girls have come to 'eat' humans. An all-girls school is the setting. Ikuhara Kunihiko (of Utena fame) has created another weirdo anime with rather blatant sexual innuendos all over the place...there is possible deeper symbolism...but really, he just likes to create girl on girl action.

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Yoru no Yatterman 1! A young single mother raises her daughter with a couple 'bodyguard' type friends. She tells her daughter stories of a lengendary hero. Well, no quest is born without the loss of parents, thus the mother dies due to poverty and the lack of medicine, and the daughter then decides to go to find why the 'hero' didn't help. Mediocre production, but somewhat interesting.

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Death Parade 1! has a fun opening, but bland episode. A newlywed couple is brought to a bar where they have to play a death game...well, they find out that they are dead and the game's outcome determines their fate. The production is pretty nice.

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Assassination Classroom 1! is about an octopus-shaped alien who destroys part of the moon and threatens to do the same to the Earth. He allows Earth a chance at survival if a student can kill him while he is teaching. Turns out the class he teaches is a delinquent class and that he is a good teacher. The class is motivated by the government's 10 billion yen prize for killing their teacher, too. Decent animation production and one of the more original twists in a GTO-like storyline make this interesting. The tone of the first episode is quite like GTO where a young boy is buillied into a suicide-bomb plot to kill the teacher, but the teacher is able to protect him while teaching the other kids a lesson.

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Tsukimonogatari 1-4! the end. is the next part of the Monogatari series. Araragi has to refrain from using Shinobu's vampire powers so that he does not turn into one himself. Ononoki helps out when circumstances test him. This was definitely a blander story arc out of everything so far. ~7/10 rating~ I think I missed a story arc....was there a movie? Ah ha, Kizunomonogatari never aired yet...

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Sailor Moon Crystal 14! the end of Metalia and the beginning of Chibi-usa. Go little gun-wielding girl!
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Durarara 25! hm, I don't remember what happened in the other DVD-only episode. Shizuo x Izaya love was the focus of this episode. There were also some other forbidden sibling-love fanservice hints and not-so-hints. Pretty fun episode. Wish the animation quality was a little better.
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Durarara 25! hm, I don't remember what happened in the other DVD-only episode. Shizuo x Izaya love was the focus of this episode. There were also some other forbidden sibling-love fanservice hints and not-so-hints. Pretty fun episode. Wish the animation quality was a little better.
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Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt 1! Yes, I think every reviewer will compare this to the PowerPuff Girls or some other Cartoonnetwork show. I guess the PPG was the American response to the magical girl anime and this is a response to the American response? Yes, this also reminds me of Sweet Valerian without the 'sweet'.

+ Garterbelt is a black minister with a big afro
+ Panty is the slut
- Stocking is the goth girl that likes sweets...zzz.
+ Nice Cartoonnetwork-style animation from Gainax
- Toilet, barf, fart, sex humor

Quick impression~ As the title suggests, there is fan service for the male audience. Panty uses her panty as a weapon, a gun actually...Stocking uses her stocking, a sword. They were kicked out of heaven and now fight monsters to earn heaven coins to get back. I think I might prefer Spongebob over this, but this might appeal to some who like Mtv humor.

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Durarara 12.5! a DVD only episode with a short cameo from Isaac and Miria <3. Mikado, Kido and -- visit a maid cafe. Various people are chasing red bags. This is one of those episodes that is told backwards and forwards. I liked the humor at the end.
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Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt 1! Yes, I think every reviewer will compare this to the PowerPuff Girls or some other Cartoonnetwork show. I guess the PPG was the American response to the magical girl anime and this is a response to the American response? Yes, this also reminds me of Sweet Valerian without the 'sweet'.

+ Garterbelt is a black minister with a big afro
+ Panty is the slut
- Stocking is the goth girl that likes sweets...zzz.
+ Nice Cartoonnetwork-style animation from Gainax
- Toilet, barf, fart, sex humor

Quick impression~ As the title suggests, there is fan service for the male audience. Panty uses her panty as a weapon, a gun actually...Stocking uses her stocking, a sword. They were kicked out of heaven and now fight monsters to earn heaven coins to get back. I think I might prefer Spongebob over this, but this might appeal to some who like Mtv humor.

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Durarara 12.5! a DVD only episode with a short cameo from Isaac and Miria <3. Mikado, Kido and -- visit a maid cafe. Various people are chasing red bags. This is one of those episodes that is told backwards and forwards. I liked the humor at the end.
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Durarara 24! the end. While the first half of this series used the same storytelling method as Baccano, the characters and scenarios were pretty inventive. The second half switch out the method, and focused on the problems of the three teens. I was disappointed that the most interesting characters, Shizuo, Celty, etc. took a slight backseat to the teens, hive mentality, and trying to belong struggle. I think the novels probably have more depth to the other characters from the spoiler snippets I've seen, so I suppose the anime chose a path for its intended audience. The production was iffy throughout the entire season which was another small disappointment. ~7/10 rating I can't really see myself jumping to rewatch or even buy this series as I did with Baccano, but it was imaginative in the beginning. Celty, Shizuo & Simon are great characters. I hope the 2 DVD bonus episodes are amusing. The end of the tv portion had tiny funny parts, but on the whole was predictable.

House of Five Leaves 11! Hair-service. Yaichi and Masa had a disagreement...I think...time for makeup smut...something like that.
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Durarara 24! the end. While the first half of this series used the same storytelling method as Baccano, the characters and scenarios were pretty inventive. The second half switch out the method, and focused on the problems of the three teens. I was disappointed that the most interesting characters, Shizuo, Celty, etc. took a slight backseat to the teens, hive mentality, and trying to belong struggle. I think the novels probably have more depth to the other characters from the spoiler snippets I've seen, so I suppose the anime chose a path for its intended audience. The production was iffy throughout the entire season which was another small disappointment. ~7/10 rating I can't really see myself jumping to rewatch or even buy this series as I did with Baccano, but it was imaginative in the beginning. Celty, Shizuo & Simon are great characters. I hope the 2 DVD bonus episodes are amusing. The end of the tv portion had tiny funny parts, but on the whole was predictable.

House of Five Leaves 11! Hair-service. Yaichi and Masa had a disagreement...I think...time for makeup smut...something like that.

G'morning

Jun. 19th, 2010 08:22 am
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Durarara 23! I'm wondering what happened to the crazy cop who was after Celty. While I was hoping for an all out gang fight with Shizuo, Kida kicked a tiny bit of ass in this episode.

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House of Five Leaves 10! Good episode as they reveal enough about Yaichi's past that we know what's up. Masa's amusing sister leaves.

G'morning

Jun. 19th, 2010 08:22 am
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Durarara 23! I'm wondering what happened to the crazy cop who was after Celty. While I was hoping for an all out gang fight with Shizuo, Kida kicked a tiny bit of ass in this episode.

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House of Five Leaves 10! Good episode as they reveal enough about Yaichi's past that we know what's up. Masa's amusing sister leaves.

Pancakes?

Jun. 12th, 2010 07:47 am
Durarara 22! When Mikado was using the Dollars board to help Anri, it reminded me of the news bit about the guy who ran out of toilet paper at some public location and then used twitter to find help. In this episode the three kids mope some more, but the shooting was unexpected...oh noes.

Pancakes?

Jun. 12th, 2010 07:47 am
Durarara 22! When Mikado was using the Dollars board to help Anri, it reminded me of the news bit about the guy who ran out of toilet paper at some public location and then used twitter to find help. In this episode the three kids mope some more, but the shooting was unexpected...oh noes.
Sad news about Diana Wynne Jones. Just read 'Enchanted Glass' which is very, very charming.

Durarara 21! Heading towards the gang showdown or something, Anri gets into some trouble. You'd think she would use the 'mother' hypnosis at a time like that.

Arakawa under the Bridge 9! Stella meets Maria. Both seem to vie for Sister's attention by being scary women.

House of Five Leaves 8! Another kidnapping. This time Matsu, the resident spy, gets into trouble.
Sad news about Diana Wynne Jones. Just read 'Enchanted Glass' which is very, very charming.

Durarara 21! Heading towards the gang showdown or something, Anri gets into some trouble. You'd think she would use the 'mother' hypnosis at a time like that.

Arakawa under the Bridge 9! Stella meets Maria. Both seem to vie for Sister's attention by being scary women.

House of Five Leaves 8! Another kidnapping. This time Matsu, the resident spy, gets into trouble.
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Durarara 20! woe the angst and product placement. Kida learns that Masoumi is the leader of the Dollas.

House of Five Leaves 7! We get some insight into Masa's uke meek personality. This anime teases you with thoughts of samurai action, but beyond the first episode, there hasn't been much full sword activity; just not that kind of anime.

Arakawa under the Bridge 8! Riku's secretary & assistant come to see what he is doing under the bridge. Fasta kissu...funny episode.
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Durarara 20! woe the angst and product placement. Kida learns that Masoumi is the leader of the Dollas.

House of Five Leaves 7! We get some insight into Masa's uke meek personality. This anime teases you with thoughts of samurai action, but beyond the first episode, there hasn't been much full sword activity; just not that kind of anime.

Arakawa under the Bridge 8! Riku's secretary & assistant come to see what he is doing under the bridge. Fasta kissu...funny episode.

9:15

May. 22nd, 2010 08:39 am
Durarara 19! I like the first few strands of the opening *pluck pluck pluck*. I like the adults in this show more than the kids who continue to be pushed around by Izaya. I hope the gang fight is either a gore-fest a la Baccano, or something humorous with Shizuo.

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Tsuki no Koibito 2! Made me laugh when Hazuki tries to pimp Xiu Mei to the fat white guy, so that he win a contract. Thought the white guy's lecher act was pretty hilarious. I can kinda see the childhood friend taking over the company at the end of this show when things belly-up with Rensuke and Xiu Mei. All the actors are talented and attractive, but still not loving the drama.

9:15

May. 22nd, 2010 08:39 am
Durarara 19! I like the first few strands of the opening *pluck pluck pluck*. I like the adults in this show more than the kids who continue to be pushed around by Izaya. I hope the gang fight is either a gore-fest a la Baccano, or something humorous with Shizuo.

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Tsuki no Koibito 2! Made me laugh when Hazuki tries to pimp Xiu Mei to the fat white guy, so that he win a contract. Thought the white guy's lecher act was pretty hilarious. I can kinda see the childhood friend taking over the company at the end of this show when things belly-up with Rensuke and Xiu Mei. All the actors are talented and attractive, but still not loving the drama.

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