Month: March 2014

Itadakimasu!

Toriko Episode 147: I haven’t really felt comfortable with the deviation from the manga, as necessary as it may be, so I was dreading this final episode. That said, if I’d only watched the anime and didn’t know any better, I’d be pretty content with this finale. Of course there are a lot of unanswered questions and loose ends and all that, but that’s to be expected. There were still scenes/moments that made this feel like a decent ending to me. (Of course, a part of me is screaming the whole time, “This is like the OPPOSITE of what happens!”) But if you are able to treat the anime and manga as separate things, then both are/were very enjoyable. *sniffle* I’ll really miss this anime, though.

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3-30-2014

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the END OF TIMES. Yes, we had more final episodes this week 😦

Hamatora Episode 12: All I can really say about this is, “What the fuck, Hamatora?!”

Samurai Flamenco Episode 22: I already blogged about this separately, but I just can’t let it go…this anime was so great. The climactic scene was so incredibly well done…dramatic and serious yet funny (to me) all at the same time. A wonderful emotional tornado. Baka baka baka!

Silver Spoon Episode 11: What the hell it’s over?! I so wasn’t ready! Please tell me we get another season! I have to know if Hachiken ever finds his dream.

Space Dandy Episode 13: So Space Dandy is catching flak because it’s episodic. So what? I like it. I like watching a vacuum cleaner fall in love with a coffee maker. I like just enjoying a show for what it is. And I love listening to Dandy’s voice, whether it’s episodic or not…baby. I’m looking forward to season two.

Witch Craft Works Episode 12: I think this was the end? I hope it was? I hate feeling this way about any anime but I was just slogging through at the end. The series did not hold my attention. 😦

World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 12: I started this series out of curiosity from controversy and stuck with it because of its potential. I don’t regret watching it but I’m kinda glad it’s over. It could’ve ended worse but when it’s all said and done, I just feel like like Zvezda failed to deliver.

Nobunagun Episode 13: The duration of this episode, I just kept thinking, “Man, I’m really glad I stuck with this show.” It even ended on kind of a satisfying/cute/possibly generic note. But I felt like everything was right with the Nobunagun world once it was all over.

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode 50: For the love of all that’s holy, someone promise me a third season! Episode 50 was wonderful and great and thrilling and fantastic and Murasakibara and Kagami and Kuroko and Aomine and manly tears and Himuro and love and rivals and and and…I’m just devastated at not having a new episode of Kuroko’s Basketball next Saturday.

And yet some still continue on…:

Nobunaga the Fool Episode 12: Was quite surprised this wasn’t the last episode. Oddly enough, I’m starting to get interested again. I just can’t quit you, Nobunaga the Fool!

Nagi no Asukara Episode 25: I love Tsumugu. To me, he was the episode’s unintentionally hilarious shining star. One more episode to go! Next week: the finale of Feelings & Tears! How will it all end?! How much will we all cry?!

Ace of the Diamond Episode 25: Sadly, all I remember from this episode is the coach stepping up to bat. At which point I thought, “I totally have a crush on the coach.” That’s not really fair to the anime, though, because it is so much more than just who I have a crush on every week.

Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode 12: I will be so sad when this show ends. I loved the Lilith plot/references this episode. It’s just such a pleasant, relaxing, slice-of-life show…in hell.

 

 

Let’s Flamenco!

It’s no secret that I loved Samurai Flamenco. From the very beginning I adored the show and it just continued to surprise and escalate and be awesome.

And now…it’s over. *sob sob sob*

I can’t quite bring myself to remove it from my Crunchyroll queue.

With a show like this, a disappointing crash & burn ending is entirely possible or maybe even probable. Heck, I didn’t even know how I wanted it to end, I just knew I had really high expectations. After this wild ride, I really didn’t want to be let down.

And Samurai Flamenco delivered.

If you watched the series, I hope you loved it as much as I did (is that possible?) or at least found it enjoyable and unique. If you haven’t watched the series, you’re missing out on the fun and complexity that is…Samurai Flamenco!

 

The End of the Sky, But Not the Anime

The Pilot’s Love Song Episode 12: For some reason, I assumed this was the final episode. It’s not. The highlight of the episode for me was Ari calling Ingacio a tsundere.

Toriko Episode 146: The deviation from the manga to bring the anime to an end is driving me insane. All I can say is: please read the manga, people! It’s so worth it! Though Toriko turning Super Saiyan was kind of mind-blowing…but it did make me feel a little uncomfortable. >_<

Yowapeda Episode 24: Abs Abs Abs! What is with this guy, he’s ridiculous! His pecs are named Andy & Frank?! Could the characters in this show get any better?

3-23-2014

Everything is escalating as many series are coming to an end and that includes perhaps my favorite non-Kuroko episode of the week:

Samurai Flamenco Episode 21: I started this blog because, apparently, everything I need to know, I learned from anime. There are a lot of life lessons and inspiration…and also some cynical, not-so-inspirational lessons. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a funk or indecisive about something and I’ll watch an episode of anime or read manga and OMG IT’S LIKE IT’S SPEAKING JUST TO ME! HOW DID IT KNOW?! Perhaps I’m just mentally ill and projecting but I find a lot of answers through anime. I have no goal of being a hero, but oddly enough, this episode really resonated with me this week. Unlike…

Log Horizon Episode 25: This is the last episode of the season, I believe (?) but it’s already been announced that we’ll get a season two. A few episodes ago I couldn’t get enough Log Horizon, but by the end of Episode 25 I wasn’t sure I really cared about a season 2. I’m sure I’m just being moody and felt let down by the generic ending/stopping point, much like:

Inari Kon Kon Episode 10: Another final episode (right?) which bummed me out. Though I don’t know what I expected, I think I wanted more of this show and it pretty much ended exactly as I thought it would. I don’t know why I should feel let down by my prediction coming true–I mean, at least it wasn’t a horrible devastating ending. And I guess not every ending can be like:

Noragami Episode 12: I loved Noragami from the beginning and it just kept getting better and better. I suppose I’m a hypocrite because this ending could be considered pretty generic, but I actually felt pretty satisfied when it was all over. Now I’m really looking forward to the manga.

Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode 11: All I could think was, “I love this show. It’s so soothing. I’m going to be so sad when it’s over.” I can’t say that about:

World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 11: Not particularly excited about this show anymore. It still has some good one-liners and I hope the finale brings everything together and conquers us all! Unlike:

Witch Craft Works Episode 11: I am looking forward to the final episode…because I’m pretty tired of this show. I thought it had potential but at this point, where action and excitement should be at its peak, I just think, “I shouldn’t have picked this one up. But now I have to see how it ends.” I don’t mean to dis the anime as a whole–there are some people who still love it. Witch Craft Works and I just aren’t seeing eye-to-eye anymore, much like everyone in:

Nagi no Asukara Episode 24: I swear, this show should have just been titled “Feelings & Tears” or something similar. We are nearing the end, though (I think?) and things seem (jinx?) to be falling into place a bit. I actually really liked this episode, maybe because things are starting to come together somewhat. Which could also be said for:

Hamatora Episode 11: Call me sick, but one thing I’ve enjoyed about Hamatora is its ability to make me laugh out loud in surprise at sudden blood splatter explosions. And Moral is simply a wonderful villain. I loved his over-coffee exchange with Nice in this episode. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and philosophical and get some shit done! Which you won’t find in:

Nobunaga the Fool Episode 11: I saw a tweet today about how purely DUMB this show is. At this point…I can’t really argue. But I enjoy it anyway. It has kind of devolved into an incoherent mess (okay, okay, maybe it was always an incoherent mess) but they say trainwrecks are fun to watch, too, right? At least it doesn’t resort to tentacles like:

Nobunagun Episode 12: Yes, I know this is my second week of transitioning from Nobunaga the Fool to Nobunagun by talking about tentacles. But if the tentacles weren’t bad enough, why the blushing?! Wouldn’t an appalled, creeped-out face be more appropriate? Yeah, okay, you have a giant squid monster, but I think NOT resorting to tentacle probing would be the edgier thing to do. My dislike of tentacles aside, this episode was actually pretty exciting (NOT BECAUSE OF THE TENTACLES!). And who would have ever thought I’d say something like, “Aw, that Jack the Ripper is such a sweet guy.” Hey, didn’t Nobunagun originate with an incident in Taiwan? Because that’s where our new character is from in:

Ace of the Diamond Episode 24: Holy crap, I can’t believe it’s been 24 episodes already! I hope it goes on forever. We get a look at another team’s ace–a precision, errrr, “clockwork” pitcher from Taiwan. At first he seems like a frigid asshole, but thanks to a bit of backstory, we realize not only does he look hot in glasses, but he’s actually a caring person who is just PASSIONATE ABOUT BASEBALL. And we all know that being passionate about sports makes *the best* anime…why, yes, we see this in:

Kuroko’s Basketball Episode 49: Sigh. I. Love. This. Show. Dai suki. Once again, I sat there thinking, “This show is amazing.” I can’t remember if I cried this episode or not, but I do remember laughing out loud at that brilliant scene between Himuro and Murasakibara. What a shit Murasakibara is, he is such a fantastic character. And I love “Zone eyes.” I love Aomine’s jacket. I love Teppei saying unintentionally heart-catching things. I love it all. And I love how a simple thing like Murasakibara asking for a hair tie signals the intense shit that’s about to come…next episode, of course. Oh shit, I got so worked up thinking about Kuroko’s Basketball that I forgot to mention:

Silver Spoon Episode 10: This is such a solid anime. This episode wasn’t as painful as the previous couple (thank goodness) and finally, we get to see a bit more of Mikage and she’s more likeable as a result. I also really liked how her relationship with Hachiken is progressing so–a friend of mine would use the word “organically”, which makes me giggle since this is an anime about farming. So yes, their relationship is progressing “organically” and it’s endearing while still maintaining sufficient tension.

Millennium Actress

No exaggeration, one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I realize this is not a new film by any means but I hadn’t seen it before. Much like my experience with “Paranoia Agent,” my brother’s Satoshi Kon obsession led to me watching shows I’d always *meant* to watch…but hadn’t quite gotten around to it.

My recommendation: absolutely watch “Millennium Actress.” If you like movies, anime, movies about film, Japanese culture, acting, great filmmaking, realistic-yet-fantastic characters, crying, laughing, mind-boggling, being awed, feeling fulfilled…if you like any of those things, watch this movie.

I realize I love all Satoshi Kon films and anything he does is pretty much genius by default, but five minutes into “Millennium Actress” I thought to myself, “This is brilliant. This is the most amazing thing.”

When it was over, I couldn’t quit crying (in a good way) and realized this could very well be the best movie I’d ever seen.

3-17-2014

Yowapeda Episode 23: This episode just reinforced a theory of mine that there are few things more obnoxious than a reformed fat kid.

The Pilot’s Love Song Episode 11: I am so glad I stuck with this series! Episodes like this one make it worth it. Though I couldn’t help but wonder how Kal could possibly hear Claire when he’s in a freakin’ plane? Or maybe it wasn’t the hearing that mattered, but just her saying it and admitting it to herself? Regardless, great episode.