Tuesday Tally Months October to November

2 months behind is better than 6! Anyway lots of anime consumed here so I'll get to it.

Picture done by bon

October was a busy month as I really started to get my goals list finished off. I dunno why I wait till the last minute for everything, yes even anime watching apparently, but I got a lot watched. I guess it helped that my wrist was injured during this month and I had nothing better to do than just sit and actually watch anime. Most was rather meh but there were a few that stood out from the rest. I also think this list is a little short because of the wrist too (lol contradiction) but I watched a shit load of hockey during October too and when I'm watching hockey I ONLY watch hockey.

My favourite of the Neo Ranga sisters.

YUM?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

  • Piano - Snore fest to the max. The main characters hair was one of the worst styled hair I've ever seen in all of anime. I wouldn't recommend watching this unless you are a huge fan of the piano or slow paced anime.
  • Narue no Sekai - This ended up kinda like Onegai Teacher in my eyes but instead of the alien being an "adult" she's a teenager. So because of that it was much more boring for me. Kids and aliens falling in love in a school setting... Blehhhh
  • Neo Ranga - Is probably the most fun I had watching an anime this month. It was super campy at first then it turns into something that really made me think of Evangelion. The little sister of the three sisters is the best character of the show easily. Episode 40 onward it gets really awesome and had me hooked to my computer screen till it was over. I also really like short episode series for some reason since these ones were about 10 minutes long.
  • The Big O - Super classy and very batman cartoon like. I dare anyone having watched both to not think that. Dorothy is fucking awesome and definitely my favourite character in the show. The first OP was weird as hell but awesome where the second OP was not so awesome at all. The 2nd part of the series really takes you for a loop. TOMATOES as A Day Without Me put it.
  • Daughter of Twenty Faces - Has a great first half then it sorta goes downhill. Still interesting in the end but not as awesome as the first episodes at all. Episode 6 pretty much murders everyone which was quite shocking to see so early in a series. It was rather awesome actually. I was upset that there was a really crappy filler episode for the final episode of the series.

Always willing to fight.

LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ninja Scroll TV - WOW is it ever bad. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece like the movie was (in my eyes) but I really had no idea that it would be this bad even though I have heard nothing good from those who have watched it before I did. The main character is the only good thing about it because I think it's impossible not to make him awesome even if everything else around him is complete shit. The music in the show does not fit at all (even though it was awesome music) and was just laughable half the time. It's like someone was like "Hey I like this song! Put it in the show even if it doesn't fit the scene at all!" oi
  • Petite Princess Yucie -Girly and slice of lifey with some really dark undertones that pop up now and then. The meh ending was a let down but I didn't expect them to actually go through with what should have happened even though it comes from Gainax.
  • xxxHolic ALL - Great looking, fun stories, and Yuuko is simply amazing and super pretty. The 2 boys, Watanuki  and Doumeki are clearly VERY tsundere for each other and I'm sure there's plenty of fan art on the internet of them making out. Like Caraniel said to me over twitter I would surely enjoy to have a wardrobe as glamorous as Yuuko's.
  • Requiem From The Darkness - This was an arty, episodic horror show. Very enjoyable if you enjoy that sort of thing.
  • Human Crossing - Urg this was so boring and it doesn't help that it was episodic real human stories. The only thing it has going for it was that it actually had a good last episode where the rest I really didn't enjoy sitting through very much.

<3

OVA/MOVIE

  • Ah! My Goddess - Together, Forever - Boring first episode but the 2nd one made up for it because of the girls in swimsuits.
  • One Piece 3D - Fucking awesome~
  • Space Neko Theater - Man do I ever like cats and people who make strange shorts about them. A cat space suit is just awesome!
  • Sorette Dakara ne! - Very shitty and very glad it was only 8 minutes.
  • Aoyama Goushou Tanpenshuu - This was a really fun ova from the creators of Conan. It's like they made this first to work out some kinks that they fixed up when they started production on Conan. The last episode with the voice actors was really cute to watch.
  • Deadman Wonderland - meh
  • Thumbelina - "When you are sick you go and see a doctor, when there's something REALLY wrong you go and see a witch." Damn that's been my issue all along with my health I suppose! There's this blue thing that has hair like Lisa Simpson that scares the crap out of me that was in this too... I wouldn't recommend wasting your time watching this.
  • Oishinbo: Nichibei Kome Sensou - Political RICE!
  • Oishinbo: 2 - Make some food to make people live longer! I really wish the series for these 2 movies was avaliable in English.
  • Lupin Special 1-4 - All were fun but #4 was my favourite because of RASPUTIN!
  • Macross Frontier Movie 2 - Just as awesome as movie 1 maybe even more so. I'll have to watch it again just because I <3 Macross.
  • Detective Conan Movie 15 - Conan is having some fun in the snow. The movie featured some hilarious skateboarding/snowboarding. I like that they made a reference to diamond dust. This is the longest Conan movie to date and was definitely one of the best.
  • xxxHolic Movie - Fun short story. Loved the food and the art was interesting like the rest of the series.

Shitty shoujo manga is shitty

When November rolled around  I started to panic a little again because I was still quite behind on all the titles I wish to have complete before the year is out. I gotta say I did pretty good at finishing off most. I have 2 more titles to watch off that list but I think they'll wait till after the December flurry of posts that are coming up. (More on this in a post scheduled for December 1st) I did however end up reading a lot of manga, One Shots to be exact since I read like 60+ of them. But I also made myself read a longer manga too by the name of Cat Street. I wish I had good things to say about it but I really dislike most shoujo manga and it doesn't help that it was about an actress. I can't relate with someone who acts and complains about being awesome at something and gets paid a lot of money to do it. Fuck that. -.-

<3 Hei

The whole group is just awesome~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 November

  • Darker Than Black ALL - S1 was very good. A tiny bit too episodic for the type of thing it was trying to do but it still worked. I really loved all of the amazing characters. I started watching S2 right after S1 but Scamp was all like NOOO watch the OVA next since it happens before S2. Glad he mentioned that to me so I wasn't as lost with what was happening in S2 after watching the OVA which has great violence, bloodshed, and a very interesting main bad guy. The music for all the shows were awesome. S2 really made the music shine for me. It also made me love Hei more than I already did from S1. (Hei without a mask is the best Hei) He really reminded me of when Sousuke from FMP Second Raid was all depressed  but Hei actually took to the bottle unlike Sousuke. I really didn't like the chick with her twin that was introduced in S2. I found everything about her boring and the end just kinda leaves you wanting more or at least should have take another episode to not rush things to finish up. Her magical girl contract for calling out her gun was also another quite annoying thing about her.
  • Shuffle ALL -SHIT. I will however give one credit to it. In the end he did choose a chick! Not many harem shows do this.
  • Genshiken ALL - HILARIOUS! S2 surprised me with a lot of things I didn't think they would venture into. This show is definitely best watched after one has consumed a lot of anime and engrossed themselves in otaku culture. I think that if I watched this way back in 2004 it would have been lost on me.
  • Kujibiki Unbalance - Unlike Genshiken that was awesome this was oh so terrible. I'm not sure how this even got made honestly but now I know that the Genshiken group was obsessed with a pretty shitty anime. LOL

LOL

Trapalicious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • GTO - Onizuka is the most hilarious teacher ever. His students were all annoying little brats though and made it hard to sit through a lot of the episodes where they were front and center. Having seen the OVA of when Onizuka was a young delinquent first made viewing this extra special.
  • Read Or Die - I went into this expecting AWESOME. The first half of the show blew huge chunks and made me hate the 3 sisters right away. From episode 14 onward though things came around and got much better. But because of the sisters I still couldn't stand it very much. It was worth watching but ended up not living up to my expectations I had from the OVA.
  • Ergo Proxy episode 1 - I tried hard to keep going but I keep getting this really bad Witch Hunter Robin feel to it because of the lead chick... I will complete this but it just may take a while longer... The world interests me but if that's all there is to it I don't think I'll have a good overall impression of the series.
  • Maze - I was honestly expecting something not so great but this might not even be watchable for most people. Maze is what happens when you have an idea for a hentai title with a "plot" but can't add in any of the sex. So all you are left with is a shitty plot, characters, and very out of place sexual tension. The OP was good though... but holy shit was that OVA for it ever... something... hello nudity at every turn!
  • Le Chevalier D'Eon - This oddly ended up being nothing like I was expecting it to be. It has a very supernatural feel to it that is very interesting. I hate how slow paced it is though. Even when amazing sword battles are going on and great action it still feels like the show is inching along. I really enjoyed how it ended.
  • Allison & Lillia - Really reminded me of Last Exile but slower and not as awesome plot, animation, and character wise.
  • Neuro - This was a great anime that was full of quirky amazing characters. I really liked the episodic stories aproach but it did have one main plot that they visited often enough so we wouldn't forget about it. I found it to be very much like Ghost Hunt in that it had an awesome male lead with a sucky female that just happens to be with him.

Wouldn't want that on me...

Always after treasure and pantsu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOVIE/OVA

  • Fafner - Meh it was alright.
  • Tekken - LOL!!!
  • Lupin Special 5-11 - Not much to say here honestly. All the Lupin films after a while start to blend together as one. The only thing that changes is what treasure they are after. I did really like Special 9 (A poison spider tattoo that made them stuck on an island) and 11 (really good action and sexy scenes) though.

Picture done by haruka (maake)

So yeah, that's it! Quite a lot. XD

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Chibi Devi! 06

They are starting to look like a young happy family!

Chibi Devi's get their power from whatever suit they happen to be wearing. AWESOME! So when Sawada and Shin went to the daycare party there were 2 other devil babies dressed up in cute outfits. One was was, I assume, a penguin so they breathed ICE and the other...! Was dressed as LUM so it conducted electricity! Mao had on his dragon suit so he was able to do his fire thing that we saw in the first 2 episodes.

LUM!

PENGUIN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTRICITY!

ICE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing much happened in the rest of the episode except the principal telling the mothers that when they need help their baby devils will protect them as long as they are wearing an outfit where they can imagine what power they should be using. To demonstrate this he made the babies scared that he was going to harm their mothers and ended up getting shockingly iced many times! I hope that it works for any outfit on any baby. So say Mao was wearing the Lum outfit then his power would change to electricity. I wish I could wear a dragon suit and breath fire! Why oh why wasn't I born as a demon baby?!

Normal Mao.

Fire Mao!

Demon baby superpowers!

 

 

 

 

 

If only he would stop getting in the way of the demon babies powers...

The Lum shout out was enough for this episode to be truly awesome. Urusei Yatsura is an alright anime but Lum is just pure love. And of course the potential promise of other babies hanging around more often with their superpower abilities is great. The new discovery of the suit powers is great and I hope to see the babies having more fun with them in future episodes! These suits (if not already) need to be sold for mothers to dress their babies as these adorable little animals. Deep down I kinda wish I could fit into them too, because yes, if I had a dragon suit I'd wear it everyday.

So cute seeing Shin blush~

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Chibi Devi! 05

A teacher at the daycare. She looks pretty evil.

So, little baby Mao's first day at daycare without Sawada around was a pretty boring episode. They showed Sawada dropping Mao off in front where a kind lady took Mao in for her. He started to cry and carry on of course. What baby wants to be separated from his Mama? The kind lady urged Sawada to go ahead to school because it is normal for baby demons to have a fit when they are first dropped off at daycare.

Have a good day Mao...

Farewell...

MAMA NOOOOOOO!

 

 

 

 

 

Sawada goes on with great hesitation. She's really getting into this baby stuff after all and what kind of Mama would she be if she just walks away without a care in the world when she hears her baby crying up a storm. She wanders back once more just to be sure that Mao is ok but finally goes to school. The episode then cuts to her coming to pick him up and it looks like that lady just stood outside with Mao all day. It would have been nice to see him interacting at the daycare but I guess they'll leave that for another episode (6 hopefully).

I stood here all day holding Mao! He cried till he fell asleep!

Mao is very upset with Mama.

Very upset!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once home Mao is very upset with Sawada still for leaving him alone all day. He starts to pout and be quite rude to poor Sawada. Just when she started to give into despair (she does this a lot...), Shin knocks at the door to see how things are going. If it's only going to be for a month he supposes he could be Mao's Papa like Kyou suggested. Shin magically makes everything better by making Mao jealous that he was laying his head on Sawada's lap. Mao crawls over and quickly pushes Shin's head away from his dear Mama. Super cute.

It's not like I want to help you or anything!

Jealous little Mao?

VERY! GET OFF MAMA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come to my welcome to daycare party tomorrow! Lots of other parents will be there! WOOOO!

The principal suddenly appears out of no where and invites them to a welcome party for the next day. All the other parents will be there so that means all the other DEMON BABIES will be there too! I can't wait for episode 6!

Who knew there were other demon parents out there?! Scary...

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Chibi Devi! 04

Follow me I swear I won't touch you...

So the mystery man turns out to be a daycare owner (The Chibi Devi Nursery School to be exact...) that wishes to offer Sawada a place to keep little baby Mao. He explains that Mao is a devil and of course he gets some strange looks from Sawada and Shin. They demand to know more but the dude doesn't really explain anything and just tells Sawada that he'll be taking care of Mao from now on. THANKS RANDOM DUDE I JUST MEET!

This is my Chibi Devi Nursery School!

Yeah, I don't get it either...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evil scary demons!

Little Mao can't really be a demon, can he?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawada thinks about being separated from Mao for a minute, looks a little sad, but realizes that it is the best thing to do for Mao and says goodbye. She of course completely misunderstood the mystery man and he makes it clear that he will only look after little Mao during the day. He explains that whoever finds a demon baby first instantly becomes their parent... I so don't get this but ok...

Oh little Mao, I love you but it's time to say bye bye!

She doesn't understand how she can even take care of a baby and Shin completely agrees. After all she can barely take care of herself... Not to mention she's only... 14!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about how Mao will become an orphan if she doesn't take care of him convinces her to keep up with it. Baby Mao is really cute of course so how can she say no to his adorable little face. The good thing is that the mystery man can try and find a new parent in the meantime but it will take a whole month. Sawada is still questioning her ability to take care of Mao but if it is only going to be for a month she might be able to manage!

Looks like a bedroom pow wow to me!

Sawada be the Mama, Shin be the Papa!

Terrible idea but it's going to happen anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They return to Sawada's apartment and Kyou greets them. His anime is finished now and he has time to deal with the Mao issue. Or at least listen about it. He jokes that if Sawada is going to be the Mama of Mao that Shin should be the Papa. Shin of course hates this idea and starts his usual screaming and carrying on but before he can really let Kyou have it, Kyou runs off again to watch yet another anime! lol... I would too... Who wants to deal with this baby business when you are a kid?

They are both just like sleeping little angels.

This episode we learn that Sawada doesn't actually have negligent parents that are always at work or off doing whatever. They are in fact DEAD! The thought crossed my mind earlier because she is living on her own after all but it never really sunk in till Kyou said it out loud. I find it weird that Sawada's grandmother allows her to live on her own at such a young age but I guess Sawada not wanting to rely on her relatives outweighs any rational thought. Instead we are stuck with the writer trying to make us feel really sorry for her. Which, I suppose I do a little, but she doesn't HAVE to be alone or having such a hard time trying to take care of herself. After all she does seem to rely on her friend Kyou a lot even if he isn't the brightest star in the sky.

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~A Look at Anime to Come~ Winter 2012

There is only one anime everyone needs to concern themselves with coming up in winter 2012.

 Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki!

That is all...

Seriously though I'm also looking forward to a grand total of 5 other anime that will be airing. Another (Looks interesting), Brave10 (Could be good), Daily Lives of High School Boys (Because I'll need something to fill the Kimi to Boku void),  Mouretsu Pirates (Fuck yeah!), and Season 4 of Natsume Yuujinchou!

There's also an awesome OVA adaptation of one of my all time favourite manga coming out sometime in February (hopefully) called Gyo. It kicks ass and everyone should be excited for it. GASHUNK!

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