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Today’s Tub Manga: My Love Story!! (volume 13–final volume)

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this series. Watch the anime, read the manga–this series deserves your attention!

Volume 13 is the final volume…and in my opinion, it’s perfect. Everything is wrapped up nicely, nothing drags on too long, and we can see everyone off with a smile, loving them even more than when we started. I feel like this is a refreshing departure from the “how the heck do I end this..?” syndrome I’ve seen too often lately. Sure, the ending of My Love Story!! isn’t anything too radical or revolutionary, but it is a well-thought-out ending and I appreciate that.

On a final note, while I’ve loved Suna from the beginning, his role in this final volume really just made everything perfect for me. My Love Story!! doesn’t just encompass the romance between Yamato and Takeo, but the friendship between Takeo and Suna as well.

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Endless Summer 2015

Welcome to my Endless Summer 2015 Wrap-Up! Why is it “endless”? Because it seems like every series I watched for the season ended in the middle of nowhere! *dies*

My most-anticipated series of the summer was Gangsta. I love the manga, I love the drama CDs, and I loved the shit out of the first episode. I loved all the episodes! Even that weird one that the art is kinda screwy for half of it and you’re wondering if the animators went on strike or something (then I read about the bankruptcy of Manglobe and wondered if the two were related). From the very beginning, I knew that it would have to end “incompletely” if it followed the manga closely…but I didn’t expect quite the sudden non-ending-feeling of episode 12. However, for all my bitching about the non-ending, the art was great (overall, forget that one episode) and the acting was great and seeing Worick and Nicholas animated was wonderful. I’m having a hard time letting go.

I’m also resisting the end of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Daryun kept getting more amazing This show kept getting better as it went, I felt, with more intrigue and plot and characters. I was really looking forward to seeing Arslan take on Silver Mask and reclaim the capital and—well, it doesn’t matter, because apparently the series doesn’t go that far. But I loved it anyway.

GATE was the first new summer show I watched based solely on scheduling reasons. Suwabe-san’s voice sucked me in and the premise made me stay. It felt a lot like Outbreak Company at first but I enjoyed the art and the “military conundrum” aspect of GATE a bit more, I think. Or maybe I’m just shallow and like to ogle animated men in uniform. Episode 12 is titled “What Would Itami Do?” and I bitterly think, “We may never know because…it’s over!” I’d like to think Itami would come back for a second season!

Aoharu x Machinegun was another of my “anticipated shows.” It met my expectations by being cute, funny, crazy, and having hot well-drawn guys that were a pleasant surprise. I’m always on board if the show has a host character or a eromanga character and hey, this show had both! Throw in that girl-everyone-thinks-is-a-guy a la Ouran High School Host Club and you can’t lose. Except we never actually get to the part where the guys find out she’s a girl… But hey, I’d probably watch it again anyway.

Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers- I was really excited about this anime…up until halfway through the first episode when it got bogged down with dialogue. Still, when we started meeting other characters I thought it could really bounce back but it never did for me. I didn’t care what happened to any of them. There seemed to be so much potential but the show itself fell short. The “reveal” was…validating? except that anyone who’s watched enough Scooby Doo could probably see it coming.

Monster Musume I don’t really know why I watched this–let alone twelve episodes of it. But I did and I might’ve actually enjoyed it more than Rokka.

Junjo Romantica I’m not gonna lie, my rotten friend and I were too excited for season three. “It is what it is”–and I say that with love. Three seasons in we still have major miscommunication, denial, and misunderstanding between beautiful boys in love. What more do you people want?! Well, if you’re like me, you want another season or OVA with the story of that dark-haired guy you always see around Ijuin-sensei. But that aside, Usagi was hilarious, Misaki was neurotic, and everything is right in the BL world.

Prison School ended up being one of my favorite shows of the season. I almost didn’t watch it because that girl’s huge boobs were a turnoff but I am soooo glad I did. Pretty sure I laughed til I cried every episode. Also, contrary to most of the summer shows, the last episode felt satisfying to me, like we’d actually reached a reasonable “end.” Typing this writeup is hard, though, because I keep thinking of different scenes and just start shaking my head. Prison School definitely gets my “Fucking Hilarious” endorsement.

Man, I love Durarara!!. All it takes is two seconds into the opening theme and I fall in love all over again. Every damn episode. It’s so twisted and complicated and strung out and strung together I almost have a little headache from watching it but it’s so good. Thank goodness for the blip at the end telling me Chapter Three is coming in January before I threw my computer across the room in frustration. Now instead of being furious I’m just…full of Durarara happiness and patiently waiting for January…

MY love STORY!! This was adorable. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I love the manga and about died from happiness when the anime started. It never disappointed, staying adorable and funny all the way through. The final episode was appropriate and satisfying. I totally recommend this one.

Okay, I think that’s it for the shows that ended this summer. There are a few I still have to finish that probably won’t make it in this post like Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Shimoneta, Actually, I Am, and Snow White with the Red Hair. I will finish them sometime…I just got too far behind. 😦 And I’ve been saving up makuranodanshi because I didn’t want it to be over!

And of course I have my ongoing shows…Fairy Tail, One Piece, Ace of the Diamond, Naruto Shippuden, Ushio & Tora, and my all-time favorite GINTAMA!!!!! Gintama Gintama Gintama…

So what’s coming up for Fall 2015?!

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.