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Today’s Tub Manga: Kuroko’s Basketball (volume 7/or 13 & 14)

I knew this had to be a great volume because, well, all volumes of Kuroko’s Basketball are great but in this particular case you can judge a book by its cover. And a stern Aomine standing there all ominous is the sign of an awesome volume of manga.

This volume opens with one of my favorite scenes ever–the hot spring scene! Woo! Not only do I love the antics in the hot spring, the meeting and interaction between Kuroko, Aomine, and Kagami at the vending machine always makes me smile.

It’s training time and Kagami is off to secret training back in the states via Murican Airlines. O.o Then, after that famous, scissor-excessive meeting with the Generation of Miracles, it’s time for Seirin to face those black-jerseyed badasses of To-oh! If you can’t tell already, this is probably my favorite game in all of Kuroko’s Basketball. So although I admit to loving every volume of Kuroko’s, this volume kept me smiling and my heart racing (just a little) the entire time.

And I have to admit, I just love the stupid after-chapter bloopers. They’re brilliant.

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Today’s Tub Manga: Kuroko’s Basketball volume 6 (or 11 & 12)

I am thankful with each volume that “Kuroko’s Basketball” finally got English publication. My love of the series probably borders on obsession. But, uh, moving on to volume 6 specifically…

This 2-in-1 covers the backstory of my beloved Kiyoshi and his beloved Hyuga. I mean, uh, the backstory of how Kiyoshi pestered Hyuga to start the basketball club when they were first years. We also find out exactly how Kiyoshi hurt his knee and how serious of an injury it is…just in time to play the team that caused it all the year before! The plot thickens!

While the Kirisaki game is almost uncomfortable for me to watch (read?), I always tear up a little at Kiyoshi’s speech about protecting his team. And then I tear up again when the team promises to protect him. And I could re-read the Kiyoshi/Hyuga first year flashback a million times.

So obviously, I loved this particular volume of “Kuroko’s Basketball” (even though I love all volumes of “Kuroko’s Basketball”).

So, It’s Spring 2015! [Updated]

Let’s get this show on the road…

Uta no Prince-sama Revolutions Honestly, I had no idea I missed bishonen idols so much. They add so much to my life…which is why I was super disappointed by the CG dancing in the end theme 😡 But the first episode was already super ridiculous and I have to admit, in my mind I heard Ren Jinguji ask, “Are you ready?” right before I pressed “play.” I insist on at least one mindless, wonderful reverse-harem per season so now I’m happy.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Well, I dunno if it is or not, but Is It Wrong to Get My Hopes Up Then Make a Boring First Episode? For some reason I had really looked forward to this series and I barely made it through the first episode. About five minutes in, all I could think was, “I want to watch new “Gintama” instead.” I do think it will get better…I hope…Unlike:

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma This one is my own fault. I’d started reading the manga and ultimately dropped it. So I don’t know why I thought I might like the anime but…I don’t. Maybe because I work in a restaurant I’m tired of food and food-anime…though I still love the hell out of “Toriko” and read its new chapter every week. Maybe I’m just biased toward muscular men eating stupid things like “Mellow Cola” instead of squirming boobalicious women having foodgasms over overly-descriptive trying-to-sound-realistic-but-still-totally-wouldn’t-work-in-real-life dishes? I don’t know! Yes, I love muscles more than boobs! But I think it’s largely the over-explanation…which I’m doing right now about my dislike of this show. :/ Unfortunately, it was not the new season of “Gintama.”

Seraph of the End Apparently I never learn because this was another manga that I dropped yet…decided to try watching the anime. Honestly, the first episode isn’t bad…just like the first chapter of the manga wasn’t bad. But, unfortunately, it was no “Gintama.”

Plastic Memories Okay, so my first thought was, “Totally not ‘Gintama,'” but by the end of the first episode, I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, no, it’s still not “Gintama” or even close, but I will continue watching. Looks like it could be painful and heart-wrenching yet filled with toilet humor so might as well stick with it.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick this one up since I’m reading the manga; I thought it might be overkill. But because of my love of Daryun Hiromu Arakawa, I decided to give it a try. This first episode actually really sucked me in and convinced me that Daryun this show is a keeper.

Kuroko’s Basketball OMG TEIKO ARC! KYAHHHHHHH!!! Okay, so this isn’t a new title for Spring but I don’t care I have to gush about how excited I am! Young, sweet, fresh-faced Aomine being so cute and pure and nice and GAHHHHH I just want to puke love and sparkles and tears all over the screen. Everyone is so cute and mostly innocent and smiley and fist-bumpy and full of hope and everything hasn’t gone to shit yet and everyone turned to assholes and it’s all so adorable and great! I love it so much I can’t breathe. I LOVE KUROKO’S BASKETBALL.

GINTAMA DO I REALLY NEED TO SAY ANYTHING?! I AM SO HAPPY I COULD JUST EXPLODE INTO A HUGE CLOUD OF SPARKLES AND ANPAN. The day this episode aired I got up a half hour early just so I could watch it before work. TOTALLY WORTH IT. Honestly, I expected to see just a still image of the front of the building for 20 minutes while the characters talked so I was pretty excited we actually got a real episode for the launch. Words cannot describe how elated I am to see this show again.

I did watch a few other things too:

Punch Line I thought this was great and look forward to more. You can’t beat panties, nosebleeds, and Strange Juice.

My Love Story!! For the love of all that’s holy, watch this. I’ve been reading the manga and this was one of my most-anticipated Spring 2015 titles. It’s wonderfully hilarious. My only complaint is I wanted MORE.

Things I Love

Because, I’m sure you’re just dying to know…here are the THINGS I LOVE right now:

Gintama OMG these manga chapters lately are just killing me! I can’t wait to see what each new chapter brings and I’m hoping against hope this arc will be animated someday. The latest chapter (ch 529) totally made me cry.

Fairy Tail Alright, the anime has been kind of slow lately with a pile of filler (though perhaps my favorite filler ep, which is actually not filler because it’s legit from the manga..? “413 Days” aired last week) but the manga is kind of blowing my mind and keeping me on edge wondering what’s going to happen next.

I’m sure it’s no surprise, but something else I LOVE is Kuroko’s Basketball!!! Every week I get so excited and wish I could just watch “Kuroko’s Basketball” forever.

otpI won’t lie; I “kyahhh!”ed when I saw this end card.

How about Durarara!! X2? Seriously, within three seconds of the opening each week, I think, “Man, I fucking love ‘Durarara.'” And I think that again probably every few minutes every episode. If there’s a lot of Shizuo, then I think it about every seven seconds. Love love love the opening (and the rest of the show, of course.)

Speaking of great openings…I think I could watch the Death Parade opening on loop for about an hour. I get so excited when it comes on. This show has been really fun and interesting so far. I knew nothing about it when I started watching but was hooked immediately.

Girls who end their sentences with “gau gau” and guys who end theirs with “Shabadadoo.” I never thought lesbian bears could be so entertaining…thank you, Yurikuma Arashi! (To this day, I randomly blurt out, “Bears eat people; that’s what bears do.”)

Or maybe I just love bears because I can’t get enough Polar Bear Cafe. I realize this isn’t a “new” show but I marathoned it recently and was so bummed when I ran out of episodes. I wanted to find the perfect screenshot to share but realized I’d just end up watching episode after episode and forget my original purpose… >_<

Of course I love Hak Yona of the Dawn/Akatsuki no Yona. Ever since reading the cast list before the show aired, I’ve been waiting this entire time for Suwabe-san Jae Ha (or is it Jeaha?) to show up. Now my life is complete. Jae Ha and Hak can just banter back and forth and kick ass indefinitely and I’ll be happy.

hakI couldn’t agree more, Jae Ha. He *is* perfect.

The Onibaku and Great Teacher Onizuka. Yes, I realize this is old news, but after watching the GTO anime I started looking for another fix and ended up reading “Shonan Junai Gumi” (aka “GTO: The Early Years”). Loved the shit out of it. So of course I had to continue with “14 Days in Shonan” and I’m reading “GTO: Paradise Lost” whenever a new chapter updates on Crunchyroll Manga. So lewd, so inappropriate, so toilet…so fucking awesome and funny and manly. On several occasions while reading, I hear Elfman’s voice in my head, “That’s a man!”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, specifically any time Joseph yells, “Oh my God!” This is guaranteed to get a laugh from me no matter how many times he does it. This latest episode (episode 30) was a real treat because I think we got at least two “Oh My God!”s and even a “Holy shit!” I’ll be so sad when this anime is over.

OHMYGOD

Winter is…HERE!

It’s not a “new” title but I’m sooo glad JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is back. My life just didn’t have enough bizarreness in it otherwise. Welcome back, JoJo!

Aldnoah.Zero is also back…though I’m not sure how much I care. Sometimes I have a hard time staying awake during these episodes.

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! started off with boys in a public bath. Sign me up! Seriously, though, this show is hilarious. I actually said, “What the hell?” out loud at least once and totally lost my shit during the transformation sequence. I absolutely love stupid stuff like this. And somebody please hurry and make a plush version of that wombat; I totally need one.

KanColle Cute girls aren’t really my thing and ships aren’t really my thing…but together they’re somehow interesting? I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would and plan to stick with it, at least for now.

Saekano – How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend I loved the whole setup for this. I have this weird feeling that ultimately I’ll be disappointed, but for now I’m enjoying the tongue-in-cheekness of it all.

Durarara!!x2 Yes yes yes! That’s all I have to say about that.

Assassination Classroom At first I was wary of the hype but I read the first volume of the manga & really enjoyed it. The first episode of the anime was true to form and I have high hopes.

Yurikuma Arashi cute girls, cute bears, cute girls bears eating girls…it’s Yurikuma Arashi, the name kinda says it all. However, in total non-yuri fashion, I’d say it’s worth it just to hear Junichi Suwabe say “sexy.” 😉

Death Parade I had no preconceptions going in but the opening theme was a great sign of things to come. Totally morbid, totally fascinating.

…and last but not least…

KUROKO’S BASKETBALL *flail flail flail* Okay, I’ll admit, I was getting slightly irritated with all the recap in the beginning and thought, “This whole thing better not be a recap episode…I don’t need a recap, I’ve rewatched a bunch recently to get ready for season three!” But then the ball got rolling (no pun intended)…and I’m just so happy I feel like my heart is about to burst. I could cry, I’m so glad Kuroko no Basuke is back. And of course I laughed at the end theme and thought, “What, are they intentionally trying to give the fujoshi nosebleeds?” But it’s all good. I’m just so, so happy. 🙂

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.

 

 

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.