After enjoying a high of inspiration thanks to Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings and furiously churning out a long post to promote its greatness, I am now suffering from a refractory period. Nothing has provided enough inspiration for me to produce another post. There are no earth-shaking figurine news, just run-of-the-mill stuff. Save for the 1/4(!) scale Hoshino Ruri in a swimsuit and 1/5 Ruri in waitress outfit, both cold cast. If you don’t grasp the size of 1/4 and 1/5, note that the dimunitive girl actually stands at 37 and 33 cm respectively. Priced at 23,100 yen and 20,760 yen, this is out of reach for most casual collectors due to its space and financial demands.
Back to the topic, I don’t do episode commentaries since so many other people are doing it better. For the anime aspect of this blog, I’ll like to do posts similar to the previous one and the Shounen Sickness. Unfortunately, there is no other series which are great but unpopular, worthy of any promotion right now.
I will now do a list of what’s hot and what’s not of the series currently still showing (or still in the process of being subbed). This is my choice and I’m sure people will disagree, please voice them in the comments section. I will probably do posts on the individual anime in the top tier soon.
The currently running great ones are:
Not in any order of merit.
- Eureka seveN
- Pani Poni Dash
- Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings
- Ergo Proxy
- MS Igloo (OVA)
- Hellsing (OVA)
- One Piece (I have not watched this but I’m biased since the manga is so good and the anime follows it.)
These are the ones I can’t wait for the next episode of. It’s a good mix of the top of their genres, like E7 is THE mecha anime right now, on par with FMP since it makes up for its lesser comedy with an engaging long epic storyline.
Pani Poni Dash is the ultimate in Otaku comedy, including not just billions of references in creative situations but really deep (lol) jokes and moe characters, a set of the top seiyuu and wonderful OP and ED song and sequences.
RW is the boss of realism. It owns the genre.
Ergo Proxy is the only dark sci-fi right now, and I like dark sci-fi.
Capeta is quite the typical shounen sports anime. But I like go-karting and can learn some skills from this (I hope). I’m also a sucker for good sports anime. This may not be Slam Dunk level, but it’s still a tear jerkingly good at some points. Btw I only cry at sports, war and rescue shows.
Magikano, awesome seiyuu comedy. I find most of the jokes’ success due to the skill of the seiyuu and the intentionally unorthodox ugly characters. I’m not the biggest fan of harem, but this is good harem. Comedy is always the way to go for harem, and emotional harem is the worst. If you want emotions, have a proper 1 on 1 relationship, not go out with a bunch of girls.
MS Igloo is the 2nd best Gundam series. For those Seed fanboys and girls (are there any left after the catastrophe that was Destiny?), you will have to learn a bit about the original Gundam universe. Btw the best is 08th MS Team and this MS Igloo is more similar to 08th than it is to all the other Gundams. With awesome and full CGI, well choreographed and perfect battle scenes, proper deaths, this is one episodic anime series that is a must watch for everyone. Even your mother and school principal. Hey I like Tomino too, but the best Gundams do not come from him. He just likes all these little pointless skirmishes that take up way too many episodes.
Hellsing Ultimate, made the proper way on the 2nd attempt.
One Piece is on course to be the greatest shounen series. Keep it going, Oda Eiichirou. I have barely watched the anime due to it being identical to the manga (I hope). I’ll be jobless starting from next January for four months, so I’ll watch it then.
The currently running 2nd tier great ones are:Not in any order of merit.
- Fate/ Stay Night
- Shakugan no Shana
- Canvas 2
- Kage Kara Mamoru
- Yakitate Japan
- The Law of Ueki
- Black Cat
- Keroro Gunsou
These are the ones that I download and watch as soon as I have free time.
FSN hasn’t been the god-like anime it promised to be. Not at all. It just spends too much time building up the battles and its all a let-down. Every single time, some idiot (Emiya if you haven’t noticed) interrupts what could have been a great fight. At least Tsukihime’s Shiki was no idiot, he was cool and deadly. Emiya you are an idiot. Please die already.
Shakugan no Shana is picking up after its poor middle portion. I’m not enthralled with Shana’s moe power or her generic Nietono no Shana. I suspect the reason why I like it more is either the increasingly interesting story which is promising to deliver a big final battle, or the moans of Noto Mamiko.
Blood+ started well but fell behind like most 50 episode series. Even E7 had a bad start. Surprisingly, only Destiny had an exciting start but it all went downhill. Blood+ is the more common uphill anime, so with the introduction of 3 factions, I’m looking forward to some battle royale. Vampire style.
Canvas 2 is harem but with a twist. All the characters are pointless vases with no hope of getting the guy except for Kiri. The twist is that there is ONE character with a personality, unlike normal harem that have zero. That makes it kind of a romance series rather than a harem, since the relationship between the main character (damn these harem forgettable main character names) and Kiri is pretty dramatic and engaging.
Kage Kara Mamoru is just easy to watch, requiring about 2% of your brain capacity. It provides some laughs too, along with the cutely retarded Yuna who really has less brain power than Burumaru the dog. But she’s funny. Is it just me or is Sawagashi Airi a total reference/rip off of Sawachika Eri from School Rumble? They share similar names, are tsundere (Airi barely makes it), and uber rich.
Noein comes with cool and intriguing story, awesome fight scenes, distinctive character designs and a good voice cast. Basically ownage, but it just cannot break through the 2nd tier to become a top top anime. I suspect it is because Haruka saves the day all the time by basically WANTING to save the day. Haruka is too mature and perfect to be a kid. No kid acts that way. Kids act like Yui.
Karin is rapidly sliding down the league. It’s on the verge of relegation to the next section, with its milking of the same jokes. Elda just manages to stall the slide in the last 2 episodes. Basically, it’s all about Karin spraying blood, Usui being poor, Winner being an idiom-using name-calling retard and Maki’s cute. Anju is pretty funny though, she has really grown since the first ep.
The Law of Ueki is a series I started watching a week ago. I’m up till almost episode 20 now, out of the 42 available. So far, it’s been pretty decent. The main draw is the uber cool main character Ueki and Noto Mamiko as Rinko. Noto did a pretty bad job though, her voice doesn’t suit Rinko at all. The main thing is, Law of Ueki is totally similar to Shaman King. I actually liked Shaman King a lot (manga only) thanks to the three main characters of Yoh, Anna and Hao. Law of Ueki shares elements such as the Shaman Fight to be God, superpowers and one weak but cool character fighting an impossibly powerful and cooly deranged antagonist who charms other strong people into joining his gang. Ueki and Yoh are similar, but Ueki has an extra strong sense of Shounen Justice which is quite lame.
Yakitate Japan is going on too long for its own good. In its heyday, it was in the top league of anime. But like all cooking shows, the ideas run out sooner or later. The Monaco Cup consisted of dumping a bunch of rare ingredients together to get reactions full of puns from the pierrot. At last, the cup’s won and the show moves on. The new arc is more interesting, with Kuroyanagi as the judge instead of the tiresome pierrot. A shocking piece of info - Pierrot’s seiyuu is none other than Seki Tomokazu who is SAGARA SOUSUKE. Man, he’s good.
Zipang is not too popular for obvious reasons. I shan’t get too political, but I do know for sure that majority of the people in Japan have zero idea of the truth behind WW2. As a country who knows only one language - Japanese, they cannot access information from outside their country without translations so the stuff they learn are always skewed. Anyway, back to this anime, I pretty much enjoy any war/military action (I know it’s evil but still..) and it’s quite interesting to see how the war is changed.
Guyver is a retro remake. If I’m not mistaken, the average Western viewer would not be familiar with this. Grotesque monsters are an old specialty of Japan, together with Super Mecha.
Karas has only three episodes out I think. Being an OVA, it has great animation and action sequences. Slightly overdone, the Karas scenes. The story promises to be great too.
Black Cat is a Gonzo mutant. I’m enjoying it because I liked the manga albeit it being a hotpot of shounen ideas but the anime is typically Gonzo, stressing style over everything. It’s easy on the eyes and you can just sit back and enjoy the action. It’s nice to see the story changed, as I do not want to see the manga only animated. One major problem - Sephilia is now a weak old hag. Why? Why? Why? She was the coolest, most beautiful and powerful character in Black Cat. She was a great man-manager that could use everyone to the best of their abilities. She was intelligent, graceful and loved Japanese culture. Now she’s an old hag that loses all the time, charging into battle like Naruto. And Inoue Kikuko’s voice is too mature/old for her. ARGAH. Someone better make a manga character design styled Sephilia 1/8 PVC or I’m going to stage a one man riot.
Keroro Gunsou is wildly popular and funny in Asia. Suitable for all ages, it’s like a Pani Poni for everyone, not just Otaku.
Lamune is a slice of life harem. What makes it work is a mystery. I find myself watching this, but not understanding why I do. It must be the Aria effect. Therapeutic anime stress dissolvency.
The currently running decent anime are:
Not in any order of merit.
- Solty Rei
- Jigoku Shoujo
- Shinigami no Ballad
I download these but they are piling up on my backlog. Just for clarification, Mushishi, Jigoku Shoujo and Kamichu would be great if only they weren’t so episodic. This makes the desire to watch it purely based on how good each episode is, rather than a normal connected anime which has factors like “must know what happens next”, “I love this character who reappears” and “it feels incomplete if I don’t finish this series”. The 3 anime lack these factors, which are an important draw for viewers. Let me give an example. Kino no Tabi was obviously an uber anime in terms of creativity, suspense, story and on but it was the epitome of an episodic anime and I had to motivate myself to sit through it even though I knew it was a great anime. I do not like forcing myself to watch anime. Mushishi, JS and Kamichu make me do that, even though by the end of each episode I would have enjoyed it. Btw Enmai Ai rocks totally.
The currently running rubbish are:Not in possession of any merit.
- Naruto (filler)
- Bleach (filler)
- Love Love?
- Koi Koi Seven (I think it ended but I really do not care)
- Tactical Roar (Is anything worse than Tactical Roar?)
These are bad. I have stopped watching the fillers, especially Naruto ones.Note how they add a bickering scene, eg Renji and Ichigo, Naruto and Kiba ever so often just to waste time and let the episode drag on. The illogical way the characters move is worse. Why ask Chad to knock down the door when the 2nd storey window is open and you are in shinigami mode (with a big sword that can slice buildings in half, what’s a door or two?)? I only continue watching Love Love? for its nudity. That’s what the show is all about, the nudity. As for Roar, it really brings harem anime to a whole new level. Downwards. I’m giving it a chance for its promised naval battles but I really can’t see it becoming anything as interesting as Zipang.
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