Secret Santa 2015

Good old Matataku Santa

Good old Matataku Santa

So like most years now I've been taking part in the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa project and the Anime Planet one. It really is always fun to take part in these to see just what people will recommend someone else to watch. This year I gotta say I truly only enjoyed 1 of my 6 titles, was meh towards 1, hated 2, and didn't watch 2. The 2 I didn't watch I do plan on watching one of them still over the holidays and the other I plan on doing a giant watch with it since it is part of a big franchise.

Devil-May-Cry Poster

I'll start off with the Anime Planet one that I'm most indifferent to first.

Devil May Cry I honestly do not have much to say about it. It exists I guess. It will likely make you want to play the game instead of watching this 12 episode TV series which pretty much has an episodic tone to it while you watch Dante mow down monsters in a monster of the week fashion. I know I wanted to play instead of watch while I was viewing this that's for sure. The action wasn't very interesting. There wasn't really a story. Characters were pretty bland except for Dante himself and the dude that gave him jobs. An annoying child showed up in the first episode and never left. Her alone made the dub pretty terrible to sit through but the series its self would have been worse to sit through if I didn't watch the dub...

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

Trinity Blood

The next Anime Planet series was worse than I thought it was going to be... I thought it was going to be boring but passable... Instead it just made me rage by the end of viewing it.

Trinity Blood is one of those shows that actually has a LOT of potential but fails in EVERY aspect. Shows are always taking a risk when they mix two genres together like Science Fiction and Supernatural. Except sadly in this case it was way more supernatural with hints of sci-fi thrown in and had a heavy religious tone to it. Honestly if the show focused on the sci-fi aspect of the show more than the supernatural crap it would have been a million times better. But instead we get to sit through the main character chasing after monsters and meeting a lot of new and crappy people along the way. Most of which we never see again.

I mean seriously they got old bad-ass tech left over from the Armageddon that occurred making things look super steampunk and cool like that but we rarely get to see any of it. I honestly really wish they went into greater detail about the past and how shit got the way it was. It really REALLY would have made for a better story!!

I will give the main character dude credit though... That scythe of his was BADASS!

* Story 2/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 5/10
* Characters 5/10
* Overall 3/10

Princess Nine 01

The first show I watched from my Reverse Thieves Batch I went into with great caution...

Princess Nine gets all kinds of praise for girl power and fighting the man within the baseball realm. Which was probably the only real interesting part of the show yet it was BARELY covered. I think there were 2 really good rara women can do anything a man can do episodes in the entire show and maybe a handful of moments randomly in other episodes. What this show was really about was a lot of shitty romance followed with the all the drama that comes attached to poopy love triangles and lost loves of the past.

I'm not sure why people like this show honestly. I thought the characters sucked (except for the stereotypical drunk coach since I enjoy drunk characters), the story sucked (for something billed as a baseball anime it sure did have very few baseball moments), the looks and sounds of the show were terrible. I mean look at those uniforms in that picture... Talk about cut and paste fill in the colours with paint!!

Anyway I did have a whole lot more to complain about in great detail but I honestly do not feel like giving this show anymore time than I already have... :\

* Story 1/10
* Animation 1/10
* Sound 1/10
* Characters 1/10
* Overall 1/10

Future Boy Conan 01

And finally my favourite show of the bunch that I watched.

Future Boy Conan is one of those older shows I had been meaning to get around to for ages. There's still a handful of these kinds that I'm really looking forward to and I generally get around to one each year. Mostly thanks to these santa projects.

I honestly dunno what more to say about this show. I enjoyed it for what it was and considering its age it looks amazing. Fun characters and a pretty darn good story. This is a good example of a show that was knocked back into the stone age that has future technology that actually doesn't ignore either of those factors and makes things really interesting.

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

Thanks Secret Santa people!! Till next year~

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Secret Santa 2014

Going to do one huge post since I don't have much to say about any of my Secret Santa shows this year.... I live tweeted each show while I watched them but still didn't have much to say so yeah... Not a good secret santa year for me!

Overman King Gainer

So I start off with the one I disliked the most... Which is odd since I had hopes for this one actually being good. I generally enjoy a good/bad mecha show too. But when people on twitter were saying things like "I have a soft spot in my heart for this show" I knew I was either going to love it or hate it. Basically I can see why someone would enjoy this show since it really reminded me a lot of Turn A Gundam and not many people like that show either. But unlike Turn A Gundam which I love, I really couldn't get into King Gainer mainly because of the characters. I couldn't get invested in any of them. I didn't care about any of them at all so that alone made the show doomed for me. The character and mecha designs were hideous as hell too which doesn't normally bother me but wowow.

* Story 5/10
* Animation 4/10
* Sound 5/10
* Characters 5/10
* Overall 5/10

Romeo x Juliet

So I've never been a huge fan of Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet isn't one I'd consider great or interesting to me at all because I'm not overly a fan of romance. Tragedy I am a fan of though so at least there is that. Sadly the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet just didn't do it for me in this version. It doesn't help that the 2 lead characters that the show is about were the worst lead characters I've seen in quite a while. If it wasn't for the super strong secondary cast my score would have been much lower. I am also glad the show ended the way it did otherwise this little blurb I'm writing would have been written right after I viewed the show and would be full of much ranting and hatred. But SAVED!

* Story 4/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 6/10
* Overall 6/10

Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran

And now the best show I watched from the bunch but that's saying a lot since.. well... It was still pretty meh. I generally like samurai shows and this was honestly no exception. My biggest issue with this show was her annoying sidekick that roamed the country side with her. This samurai slice of life show is what Kenshin would have been without the plot and a female lead instead of a dude of course. I didn't hate it, didn't love it. I can't say more since most of it was pretty forgettable except for her roaming from town to town in search of sake to drink. I'd enjoy having a few bottles with her and listening to some of her stories if she were a real person. Drinking is what we have in common after all.

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

El Cazador de la Bruja was also on my Secret Santa list but having gone through 3 meh anime already I didn't want to sit through another one that I KNEW was going to me meh or worse because I really didn't enjoy Noir (the 'best' of the girls with guns trilogy) or Madlax... The bf has to watch Bruja with me anyway and he had like no time and still has no time to watch shows with me. SAVED!

Finally Yugo The Negotiator is my Anime-Planet Secret Santa's choice but I'm only one episode into it at the moment so I don't have much to say about it yet. It has a dub so I'm watching that for the possibility of finishing it before tomorrow evening but the dub is pretty terrible I don't know if I'll be able to do that for much longer... but if I keep up with my drinking it will have to do. 😛 We'll see! I'll edit in my review for it later if I manage to finish it. I'm expecting it to be ok but not as good as say Flag which is what it really reminds me of.

Happy Holidays to all~

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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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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Secret Santa! Ippatsu Hicchuu!! Devander

For one of my Anime-Planet Secret Santa anime choices I was given this lovely strange ova treat. I'm pretty impressed with my Santa for finding this "gem" that I haven't seen yet... Not too sure if I'm happy I saw this though...

COW ALIENS!!

Human and horse meet robot and mecha horse!

What's with the arms on that horse?! D:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • Very random
  • Makes fun of mecha series
  • Onii-chan can do it dance
  • Mecha horse
  • Space cows

Oh tell me what to do lord Haro Ball!

Being scared means being naked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's wrong creepy horse?!

Negative Points

  • Very random
  • Ugly as sin character designs
  • Scary "normal" horse
  • Pulls random shit out of no where
  • Goes no where

Peddle with all your might!

AIM FOR GOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are fail "winning" balls...

Why chii thinks you should watch it

This OVA was created in commemoration of Tatsunoko Productions 50th anniversary. Clearly to make fun of all the other mecha series they have done. If like me, you like strange random ova's that are short this is for you. Cow aliens coming to Earth for who knows what reason should be good enough to draw you in but I'll tell you a little more. A boy of course is the only one that can save the Earth, so says a Gundam Haro like ball with a mecha HORSE! Luck is the best way to defeat these cows and powers the horse. This of course is done by using one of those ball machines that we always see in anime where if you get a gold ball or any colour other than white you win a cruise or a trip to a hot spring or something fun! If all that wasn't WTF enough for you the boy gets to wear a power suit while he goes for the gold but he must stay positive or else the suit will disappear and he will be butt naked... It happens a lot... When a loosing ball comes out these strange little beings emerge and fight but don't do so well. They are like pawns I guess? The winning ball beings aren't much better looks wise but at least they are powerful and can defeat the cow foes! Will those pesky cows try to invade again?? Maybe we'll find out in another 50 years...

Time to regroup!

I dunno why your luck isn't working either...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN DO IT ONIICHAN!!

Oh boy those gold balls.........

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me, Nine Anime Watched This Year

On the Ninth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
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 really didn't get around to watching a lot of anime this year that wasn't from 2013... Hell I didn't even watch a lot of 2013 anime haha. Here's the nine titles I did manage to get through this year but I don't remember a lot from most of them!

- Decided to watch this because of the new one that came out in the winter this year. It was actually really enjoyable and helped me enjoy the season 2 even more. I kinda would really like to see more of this series honestly. I think they did a really good job "rebooting" interests in the series.

- This was a Secret Santa anime from last year that I didn't finish in time. And that's ok honestly because I'm not sure how I would have written a review about it. I liked it and all but it is one of those really strange shows where there's a lot to dislike but a lot to love too.

Bokura ga Ita - I HATE THIS SHOW!!

- The picture above makes the series look way more interesting than it really is. Yay for short episodes though.

- So glad these were short episodes... So creepy.

- I honestly don't really remember anything about this show... I remember that each of those girls had something strange about them. Like one is a robot and another is a werewolf... I think one was a vampire too...

sola - ehhhh ok I guess but forgettable and boring...

- For a really slow slice of life show I oddly enjoyed this one a lot. Especially since there were some really cute cat moments in it and none of the girls was annoying. All adorable!

- I had no idea what this show was about going into it. My friend and I picked it at random. We watched half together and I finished the rest on my own. I thought the later parts of the series were better than the first half. I really liked how it made me think of Gintama because of the setting and all the strange shit that went on in the show. I think fans of Eureka 7 would enjoy this Edo Rocket greatly.

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