Not so Secret Santa: Figure 17

The Not so Secret Santa Project is now graced with Draggle with the oh so awesome anime Figure 17! I LOVED IT SO MUCH!

Tsubasa is a super shy girl that suddenly moved from Tokyo to the country side after her mothers passing. Here is where her life changes for better or worse. An alien crash landed on Earth who just happened to be carrying some deadly monster seeds that have hatched! Tsubasa ends up merging with a liquid/metal life form that helps the alien fight these monsters. Except instead of going back into a liquid/metal form after fighting, Tsubasa's ends up making a clone of her. Thus the story begins to fight these monsters before they destroy the Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off I gotta start with the soundtrack. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It is pretty rare that I listed to an OP (sorry about the low quality) and ED each and every time but I just couldn't help it with these ones. SO GOOD. Even all the tracks throughout the series were great. They always fit the mood of what was going on and even got exciting during the battle scenes. I'm generally not one to care too much about looks but I gotta say for a series made 2001-2002 it didn't have that "feels like it was made in the 90s" look to it like most shows from the early 2000 have. Well maybe the alien monster designs date back to the 80s XD. I watched the show in English and didn't mind it one bit. I think it actually helped me enjoy the show more since I wasn't so focused on reading subtitles all the time. The girls clone got a little irritating with her voice now and then but nothing I couldn't handle. Each episode was also 45 minutes long which is always an odd yet interesting thing to me. Not quite sure why they went with this format but I gotta say it worked out very well. While some episodes felt like they were much longer because the show is quite slow I still enjoyed the length. Heck sometimes the episodes flew by in an instant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot wise the show is fairly simple. Girl has a kinda shitty life, it changes one day to super exciting, and she gets to save the world with aliens. But oddly enough what makes the show excellent for me (even though the alien plot is rather kick ass too imo) her daily slice of life routines is what really makes you care about every single character in the show. Going to school everyday, walking home, taking care of her dog, talking with her father, all really mundane stuff but always interesting. We really learn a lot about her and her friends and even her "family" that owns a dairy farm and makes bread. There was one episode that really focused on the farms daily life and I think it was one of the greatest episodes I have ever seen in all of anime haha! We even learn a far amount about the two aliens that are working with her to save the world as well. Not as much as I would have liked but what little we did get about them was fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing that I can honestly say that I disliked about the show was the rather lacklustre ending. While the ending was good in its own... For some reason I was just wanting a little more at the end. Not sure what but SOMETHING! But don't get me wrong the ending was really fitting and good for this kind of show.

WATCH THIS SHOW BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!

*Note this post was written pretty drunk so sorry if it doesn't make sense in some spots!

* Story 8/10
* Animation 8/10
* Sound 9/10
* Characters 10/10
* Overall 9/10

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Twelve More Awesome Anime Moments

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Twelve More Awesome Anime Moments,
Eleven Attacks on Titan,
Ten Anime Boston Moments,
Nine Anime Watched This Year,
Eight Farm Moments,
Seven Life Moments,
Six Tamako Market Bird Butts,
Five Golden Openings,
Four Vancouver Anime Moments,
Three Anime Games,
Two Avatars,
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes Keychains

What I'm going to do here is just leave a picture or video. If you don't get it.... Watch the show to find out! Thanks for reading these everyone. It's been super fun. Happy Holidays and all that jazz!

Oh Edo Rocket


Kingdom

I love all the fist pumps in this show!

Log Horizon

SO happy to be chomping on his head!

Genshiken

Chi's Sweet Home

Ohhhh Chi Poops!

Nooo Corey don't eat Chi Poops!

Unbreakable Machine-Doll

Dragons need to eat too~

Kakumeiki Valvrave

Having just gone through a power outage for a day and a half... Yes, indeed putting a dinosaur suit on keeps you warm!

WATAMOTE ~ No Matter How I Look At It It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!

I DIED LAUGHING!!

BlazBlue

Best shoes ever!

Yes Pretty Cure 5

Yes Pretty Cure 5 Go, Go got the subs completed this year so that means I have now seen all of the Pretty Cure titles to date~

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

I love these kids~

3x3 Butts

Sometime this year people were doing a 3x3 grid of their anime crushes or favourite anime in general... I DID MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL BUTTS FROM ANIME

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Not so Secret Santa: Mysterious Cities of Gold, Sisters of Wellber, Record of Lodoss War

This is what it looks like around here right now... That tree was straight at one point...

So for this Not so Secret Santa Project post we are going to have 3 different shows being reviewed. I lost power due to an ice storm and just got power back last night. Choose to catch up on my 12 Days posts first so I'm bulk doing my reviews today. Enjoy!

Mysterious Cities of Gold

 

We travel to 1982 for the Mysterious Cities of Gold suggested by fathomlessblue! Yet another anime that was on my radar! Any anime I want to watch anime with the boyfriend always gets put onto the back burner but when I do projects like this they sometimes get moved to the front. So glad it was because what a treat this show is.

A young boy named Esteban who is an orphan, joins Mendoza, a navigator and their search for the The Seven Cities of Gold in the New World begins. While their reasons for travelling to the New World are different, Esteban to find his long lost father, Mendoza to find gold, their journey is full of excitement, danger and friendship.

Looks and sound wise there's nothing to write home about. Typical old style look and the sound... Oh my... While the OP is amazing and if you don't like it there's clearly something wrong with you. All through the 39 episodes of the series the same few songs are used over and over and over again. It's like the studio got a new sound making box just to make this anime so they said "LETS USE IT ALL THE TIME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!" wooooo sound effects EVERYWHERE!!! Kinda got on my nerves a little with all that but once you settle into the series you actually come to love it... Or just tune it out which I generally did. There's a song that really makes me think of the opera from FFVI though which was pretty darn cool and always made me pay super attention to what was happening when it played. Oh yes I should mention that everything is in English. While the voice acting is a little painful sometimes overall it is very well done.

Like every typical adventure seeking show there are interesting episodes and some not so interesting. But what really helped this show be interesting almost all the time was the characters. It's pretty rare that I like shows that have young children as the leads but these 3 kids were really something else. They were strong and very independent. Always found their way out of really hairy situations. They rarely trusted adults which is always amusing when dealing with Mendoza and his lackeys. Mendoza was actually a very funny character to me. A typical love to hate him kind of guy really but what really got me about him was his outfit since he looked like a Spartan to me instead of a Spaniard.

You should seriously watch this show if you haven't already. Find the adventurous child in you! Looking forward to checking out the season 2 of it currently airing as well!

* Story 8/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 5/10
* Characters 9/10
* Overall 7/10

Sisters of Wellber

Hello super underrated show, Sisters of Wellber, suggested by CommanderKarasu, one of my good Anime-Planet friends! Wow did you ever pick a great one here! I can't believe this show is from 2007 and no one talks about it. I've only watched the first season of it so I can't really speak for season 2 here. But I'm willing to assume it'll be just as good.

The princess of the Kingdom of Wellber, Rita ends up stabbing prince Gernia of Sangatras, whom she was to marry. She flees his castle and together with Tina, a feisty cat burglar with a green fairy they must travel to the remote Kingdom of Greedom to deliver a message to attempt to prevent a full-scale war between Wellber and Sangatras because of her actions against the prince.

Sounds silly with the pretty simple plot of "princess must run away to try and save everything" but everything about these characters are amazing. Well except for that green fairy and a talking tank that the princess has... Wow those 2 are annoying. Everyone else though spot on with their back stories and growth throughout the show. You really come to care for them all honestly. Hilariously enough I do think that the princess could have had a bit more to her. She grew through other means but typical ones. Like yeah, she's a spoiled princess and now must fight her way throughout the lands full of hostile people, learning how to properly treat people, and fend for herself instead of relying on others all the time. But even then she does rely on Tina a fair amount.

Honestly I don't want to say more about the series till I get around to season 2 because that's when I think I'll learn even more about Tina. I hope she gets revenge for her dead parents from some dude that has a tattoo!

* Story 8/10
* Animation 8/10
* Sound 8/10
* Characters 9/10
* Overall 8/10

Record of Lodoss War

I was super excited when Landon suggested Record of Lodoss War to me. Yes, yet another one of those shows I'd been meaning to watch. Hilariously enough the boyfriend has seen this anime already which pretty much never happens. Pretty sure there are now no more shows he's seen that I haven't heh.

A long time ago, there was a tremendous war between the goddess of Creation and the goddess of Destruction, which made the earth tremble. Both goddesses perished in the war and created what people called a cursed land - Lodoss. Something evil is happening in the land of Lodoss. Parn, a reckless young warrior, along with his new found friends, takes on a quest to find out the source of this evil and becomes involved in the greatest epic struggle between good and evil since the war of the goddesses. (anidb)

I enjoyed this ova the same way I enjoyed Ys. Really liked it but would much rather play a video game of it. Since everything about it is so generic old fantasy rpg. Which is always kinda boring to watch but always super fun to play! I'm looking forward to finishing off the rest with the 27 episode series made after. I've oddly already watched the relating ova's a long time ago not knowing they were even part of this franchise. Legend of Crystania I found to be really good. So good I rated it 9/10. Not sure if that still stands up but well maybe it is time for a re-watch of those!

But yes sadly I found everything about Lodoss War to be terribly generic. Typical fight against evil, typical hero boy followed by a bunch of different people who just happen to have all the right skills for their giant task at hand. But hey, there's nothing wrong with being terribly generic either since sometimes that's just what you need to fill some fantasy voids.

* Story 6/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 6/10
* Overall 7/10

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Eleven Attacks on Titan

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Eleven Attacks on Titan,
Ten Anime Boston Moments,
Nine Anime Watched This Year,
Eight Farm Moments,
Seven Life Moments,
Six Tamako Market Bird Butts,
Five Golden Openings,
Four Vancouver Anime Moments,
Three Anime Games,
Two Avatars,
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes Keychains

Like most people, I love this show. Can't wait for more. Currently I'm reading the manga but not up to date with it yet. WHAT IS IN THE BASEMENT??? WHO KNOWS! Here have 11 creepy titans!

BONUS! I want these jammies!

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Ten Anime Boston Moments

On the Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Ten Anime Boston Moments,
Nine Anime Watched This Year,
Eight Farm Moments,
Seven Life Moments,
Six Tamako Market Bird Butts,
Five Golden Openings,
Four Vancouver Anime Moments,
Three Anime Games,
Two Avatars,
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes Keychains

I never did get around to writing a full on review of my time at Anime Boston this year so I'll write my top 10 moments here! So basically stuff I can still remember. XD

  1. Meeting ThePatches finally after years and years of bugging each other online and giving him some maple syrup.
  2. Wearing my dinosaur suit. Hilariously I have no picture of this online atm.
  3. Meeting Shinmaru and taking this amazing picture. POPEE!!
  4. Going to the Macross valkyrie panel. It was really well done. My favourite panel of the weekend.
  5. Going to ThePatches and adaywithoutme's Bad Touch panel. Drove Baka-Raptor nuts because I wouldn't raise my hand when Patches would ask how many people have seen certain anime/hentai. Teeehehehehe
  6. Handing out some fun LotGH cards to all the bloggers I meet (not all who got them are in this picture but it is oddly the only one I took with people LOL)
  7. Going to the Lighter Side of Gundam panel with Shinmaru and later on that night actually meeting MichaelToole at the hotel bar and bonded over cat butts... Don't ask! (I think I was wearing my dinosaur suit at the time too)
  8. Hanging out with friends and board gaming!
  9. Eating awesome food all weekend. This almost never happens when I'm in Boston!!
  10. Lastly that strange overly excitable Strike Witches panellist....... boy ohhhhh boy...
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