Not so Secret Santa: Rumiko Takahashi Anthology

The Not so Secret Santa Projects first anime is Rumiko Takahashi Anthology. One of my good Anime-Planet buddies had been bugging me for years to watch this and I decided that this project would be the perfect surprise to tell her that I finally did watch it and she can have a review out of it too!

I've seen pretty much all of Rumiko Takahashi's works in anime form except for Maison Ikkoku which I do plan on getting around to one day. I was rather excited to start this series of one shots because I've enjoyed all her other stuff greatly. Each episode of this series is different and features all different characters. I've always enjoyed series like this honestly because if you don't like a particular episode you have something new to look forward to in the next. They had the same OP and ED for each of the episodes which I didn't mind so much but I didn't enjoy them at all either and always skipped them. Hearing them once was good enough. Visual wise there isn't really anything to talk about since it looks like pretty much like all her other works which is average and old looking. I like the look but I'm sure kiddies that won't watch anything made before the year 2000 won't touch this.

SEE YOU SPACE PENGUIN?

Episode 1 A penguin shows up in the middle of the night brought home by her husband. A very by the rules neighbour part of the housing committee doesn't like loud noises and always enforces the rules. Especially the no pets rule. Later in the episode we find out why this neighbour is the way she is and it is almost understandable. The woman who got stuck with hiding the penguin from her neighbour's the entire time has a son and he asked the cutest question being: "I wonder if penguin hating people exist?" I'm not sure how anyone could hate cute old Pitt-kun~ The woman at one point screams "A person that hates animals is a horrible person." Which I totally agree with haha! Near the end of Pitt-kun's stay at the apartment the woman takes him out for a walk late at night to a park a really surreal moment occurs where we see SPACE and a bunch of stars and stuff. It was quite strange but really calming at the same time. In the end they ended up getting caught by the rules lady but since Pitt-kun was leaving the next day nothing happened. I can't think of a better way to have started off this adorable show. Who wouldn't want a penguin in their house for a little while??

Episode 2 A romance villa is thinking about closing their doors because their father gave away his money a lot so they were always in the red. One of these people the father lent money to came back one day and wished to get married at the romance villa. Because of this old couple the girl who was thinking about closing down decides to keep trying and everyone else that works there agrees. Meh story was meh. There was some side romance dealing with the girl that ran the villa but it was terribly boring.

Episode 3 I dunno it was boring... Some old man and a girl...

Episode 4 We start with a funeral for a terrible mother in law. Everyone at the funeral rumors that it was in fact the daughter in law that was terrible but later we find out that the mother made her daughter in law out to be the bad guy when she was. Her husband ended up dying in the car crash with his mother. Some ashes were put into potted plants and it kind of haunted the poor widow. His last words to his wife was MOTHER and that drove her crazy. She ended up telling her story to a neighbour in hopes she would be believed that she wasn't the bad one in her situation. Pretty boring.

Episode 5 A girl tries to make her dad and mom upset pondering why her parents don't scold her anymore. She starts to assumes she's going to get murdered. Soon she finds out that the family is having financial trouble so she assumes everyone is going to commit suicide together. While on a family trip that they clearly can't afford, the boy she likes is on a date with another girl so suddenly she doesn't care if her parents make her commit family suicide but that thought vanishes when she remembers she has her diary with all her girly feelings back at their home. In reality the reason why the parents were acting so strange is that the dad has lung issues and assumes he's gonna die. Suddenly he drives the family off a cliff but luckily no one was hurt. Turns out he has food poisoning and everything will be ok. What a strange silly story.

SCARY!!

Episode 6 A powerful older business man took over his wife's job at a sushi stand because she is ill and he lost his job. He's ends up being uber creepy and scares off all the customers even though he thinks he's doing a good job. Eventually he figures out that he isn't all that great and tries his best to improve. A very cute foreigner girl works there too and helps him figure it all out since he stood up for her to some really rude customers. The shop owner gives the business man a hilarious suit to wear in hopes that it would help to not scare the customers away. One of my favourite episodes of the series.

Episode 7 An old woman on her death bed watches her life flash by before her. She dies and her family is sad. They find a locket and suddenly she springs to life and tells them not to touch it! She seems to have developed supernatural powers now so she could save one man from falling. Falling from many places... Weird story that ends kinda funny.

Episode 8 A woman and her family move into a new apartment complex that they discover is ruled by another woman by bossing the other neighbours around. Kanishabu is the secret word on how to defeat this woman! A crow owned by an old woman knows the secret of the crab dish. Cute and funny.

Yay I'm being haunted or BOO?

Episode 9 A wife passes away on their anniversary after they have paid off all their debts. The husband is going to be super lonely from now on. Yet her ghost remains in the living room and only he can see her! Some really cute and funny music plays throughout this episode. A young girl that the old man works with comes to visit him always after his wife's passing because she feels sorry for him being alone. I SHIP THEM SO HARD! One day the girl gives him a wallet as a present and the wife gets pretty angry about that. We soon find out that the reason why the girl was always visiting the man wasn't just because she felt sorry for him. Her boyfriend lives across the street so she always stared out the window at his place. They had grown apart over the last year and she was worried about their fate. The girl and her boyfriend eventually end up at the old mans place together and explain all their troubles. The old man understands and wishes them well. Later the haunting wife tells her husband to look in a drawer where he discovers his anniversary present is. It turns out to be a wallet too and once he finds it his wife disappears for good and he is truly left alone. By far my favourite episode of the series. It brought tears to my eyes!

Such cool masks!!

Episode 10 Garbage has been appearing in front of this ladies house for a long time now that isn't hers. One day some really cool masks show up and this is the last straw! She vows to do something about people leaving their garbage in front of her place. A business man that is an associate to her husband moved into the neighbourhood and they find out that the masks belong to him. His wife keeps getting rid of his things because they have too much stuff but the couple have agreed to return the items since everyone thinks in front of their house is garbage collection. A few characters show up in this episode that were from others which was kinda fun. Pretty cute episode honestly and another of my favourites.

Episode 11 A man gets invited to his high school reunion but he has no reason to go since he left that school early. But this memory lingers of a very cute girl and makes him want to go. His wife is a giant grump and he's pretty depressed with his current life so he goes. Has some laughs but in the end made me feel really awkward...

Episode 12 A little boy spirit haunts a woman because the house they wanted to buy was bad news or something. Boring.

THOSE EYEBROWS!!

Episode 13 A man that married into the top of the company asks one of his "buddy" employees to take care of his mistresses dog till he can find her a new apartment! Hilarity occurs all throughout the episode. This one would have been my favourite if it wasn't for that adorable old man episode. I mean how can you not love that dog with the hilarious eyebrows that the families kid drew on! XD

And there you have it. 13 fun and some not so fun episodes that are sure to warm or freeze your heart!

Yes indeed, What the hell are those eyebrows?? XD

If you are a fan of Rumiko Takahashi you owe it to yourself to watch this series.

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

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Review of 2012 Anime Part 4 ~Fall~

Fall is just finishing up at this point. Battle Spirits and a few other kiddy shows weren't watched. I didn't touch the latest season of To Love-Ru due to not having seen any of the rest. I decided NOT to touch Little Busters and Hidamari Sketch to save myself some sanity. I knew I wouldn't enjoy these so why keep going with something I know I'll hate! CHII IS LEARNING!

Sorry Hiro!

Gintama started up again but we only got a few new episodes to sink out teeth into. They were great episodes too! I wish we got more but we will be getting some come January sometime so at least there's that to look forward to. I find it interesting that they are airing re-runs in the meantime! Initial D Fifth Stage started and it is as good as ever. So nice to see more of this show being animated! A few other specials were aired but have stalled so I won't bother talking about them too much since they didn't leave an impression on me. A show that looked cute Haitai Nanafa aired but never got any subs along with another cute one by the name of Picchipichi. I will watch these if they ever surface.

Their lives will forever be changed.

Best Show of fall is Shin Sekai Yori hands down. I can't wait for more! I'd make the top anime Chiisan Oji-san but that's a pretty short show that no one else has heard of anyway. Check it out, it is about a little old man!

Worst Show of fall is Seitokai no Ichizon 2. Yup it still sucks. But it feels like a cop-out making it the worst show of fall since no one watched it. So I'll make Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo the "winner" for the title.

BARF!

Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of fall 2012:

  1. Shin Sekai Yori / From the New World (still airing) 10/10
  2. Chiisana Oji-san 10/10
  3. Psycho-pass (still airing) 9/10
  4. Jormungand 2 9/10
  5. Bakuman (still airing) 9/10
  6. Wooser no Sono Higurashi 9/10
  7. K 8/10
  8. Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster (still airing) 8/10
  9. Kamisama Hajimemashita 8/10
  10. Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer (still airing) 7/10
  11. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (still airing) 7/10
  12. Btooom! 7/10
  13. Busou Shinki 7/10
  14. Butt-Biting Insect / Oshiri Kajiri Mushi (still airing) 7/10
  15. Magi (still airing) 7/10
  16. Hayate the Combat Butler 3 6/10
  17. Hiiro no Kakera 6/10
  18. Lychee DE Light Club 6/10
  19. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (still airing) 6/10
  20. Suki-tte Ii na yo. / Say "I love you". 6/10
  21. Medaka Box 2 5/10
  22. Robotics;Notes (still airing) 5/10
  23. Code:Breaker 5/10
  24. Girls und Panzer 5/10
  25. Chou Soku Henkei Gyrozetter (still airing) 5/10
  26. Aikatsu! (still airing) 4/10
  27. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! / Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! 4/10
  28. Teekyuu 4/10
  29. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun / My Little Monster 3/10
  30. Seitokai no Ichizon 2 2/10
  31. Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo 2/10
TANKS!!

TANKS!!

Surprise enjoyment: Busou Shinki was a lovely surprise since it's ova kinda sucked. Btooom started off kinda lame but got better then the ending happened... I'd still say that I enjoyed the show overall though. Girls und Panzer TANKS! That's about it... Wooser no Sono Higurashi I ended up liking a whole lot more than I though I would. Probably because I blogged it. I didn't get a lot of what was going on but that's ok because it was pure randomness!

Surprise fail: Code:Breaker kinda took me by surprise by how much it sucked bawls. Robotics;Notes has let me down but it's not really too much of a surprise. I can't decide if I like or hate the otaku chick...

Honorable mentions: Suki-tte Ii na yo. actually turned out to be a pretty decent show after the first few episodes but still pretty forgettable too. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo keeps on being entertaining. I'm not sure how it keeps happening! Medaka Box 2 as the same score as season 1 but I enjoyed this season slightly more than the first one. I kinda hope we get more of it. Zetsuen no Tempest has a lot of talking but it just happens to be the kind of talking I like a lot. Can't wait to see where this one goes.

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Review of 2012 Anime Part 3 ~Summer~

Summer was a mixed bag of stuff. There were some really great shows, some really meh shows, and some down right terrible ones. I watched almost everything that aired after they all finished like I did for winter. Horizon 2, Kingdom, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, Sword Art Online, and Natsuyuki Rendezvous are the only ones I watched weekly along with whatever was still airing from Summer. I didn't watch that new season of Pokemon either because I'm so not up to date with that franchise. One day I swear I will be!! Wooo Pokemon Workout!

Kirito wishes everyone happy holidays. Cheer up buddy!

I got no 10/10 shows shockingly but Horizon could count for it honestly. I need to re-watch both seasons of that sometime soon. Since it is such a great show and all! Maji de Otaku na English! Ribbon-chan: Eigo de Tatakau Mahou Shoujo (long title is long) came out but I watched only one episode of that since it has some kind of airing delays that last months and months for new episodes.

He just gets stronger and stronger!

Best Show of summer is Kingdom. A show that no one but me is watching. More people should watch it!!

Worst Show of summer is Campione! because of no surprise here Who is Imouto wins for worst show of 2012 for me. I don't really care that people actually "enjoyed" watching this show to make fun of it either. Same can be said for Sword Art Online which I enjoyed a lot.

Yawn

Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of summer 2012:

  1. Kingdom (still airing) 9/10
  2. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere 2 / Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 9/10
  3. Joshiraku 9/10
  4. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna / Oda Nobuna no Yabou  8/10
  5. Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 8/10
  6. Sword Art Online 8/10
  7. Binbougami ga! 8/10
  8. Yuru Yuri 2 8/10
  9. Natsuyuki Rendezvous 8/10
  10. Moyashimon 2 8/10
  11. Humanity Has Declined / Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 7/10
  12. Rinne no Lagrange 2 7/10
  13. Kokoro Connect 7/10
  14. Utakoi 6/10
  15. Dog Days 2 6/10
  16. Ebiten: Kouritsu Ebi Sugawa Koukou Tenmonbu 6/10
  17. Hakuouki 6/10
  18. Arcana Famiglia / La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia 6/10
  19. Tanken Driland (still airing) 6/10
  20. Tari Tari 5/10
  21. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate / Love, Election, & Chocolate 5/10
  22. Chitose Get You 4/10
  23. Yurumates 3D 2 4/10
  24. Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai / So, I Can't Play H! 4/10
  25. Hagure Yuusha no Estetica / Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero 2/10
  26. Campione! 1/10
  27. Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! / NAKAIMO - My little sister is among them! 1/10

This about sums up the series... Not really!

Surprise enjoyment: The drama Kokoro Connect and the comedy Joshiraku came out of no where for me and were highly enjoyable! Very interested in the special episodes of Kokoro Connect coming up. Binbougami ga and Ebiten are 2 more comedy shows that came out of no where for me and were hilariously awesome.

Surprise fail: Arcana Famiglia had everything to be awesome but decided to be lame instead. Very disappointing.

Honorable mentions: Humanity Has Declined was pretty much universally loved by everyone who watched it. I think it was risky to air another gender bent Oda Nobunaga story while another one was still airing from spring but I liked The Ambition of Oda Nobuna a lot in the end! Natsuyuki Rendezvous SPOOKY GHOST!

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Review of 2012 Anime Part 2 ~Spring~

Like every year Spring gave us more anime we knew what to do with! Unlike winter I actually watched everything as it aired. Save for those kiddy shows that I'm not following being Bakugan, Inazuma Eleven, Jewelpet, and Metal Fight Beyblade. Saint Seiya had another season but since I haven't seen any of that franchise to begin with that wasn't watched either. A season 2 of Pretty Rhythm aired but since season 1 isn't even finished being subbed that wasn't watched. When subs appear I'll watch it for sure since I'm enjoying season 1 of it alright.

Still looks cute...

Some short anime called Koi-ken aired but I haven't even seen raws for this appear. I'm ok with that since it apparently is based on a popular dating sim which I'm so not all about. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 looks interesting but I'd prefer to watch the first stuff for that before jumping into something new. Ozma I didn't watch because I want to do some fun stuff with the Leijiverse stuff eventually.

There was actually very few shows that I didn't enjoy watching this time around. The amount of great shows to choose from was just that good! Even the shitty shows had a few good things to offer so I can't complain about them too much either. I still wish more people would watch Gon...

2 brothers aim for space because of this.

Best Show of spring is SO hard to choose but I'm going to go with Space Brothers for sure. Honestly if it wasn't for that cat anime I'm blogging it surely would have been #1 of 2012! SPACE!!! Polar Bear Cafe is a super close second for spring too.

Worst Show of spring is Natsuiro Kiseki because while it had an interesting enough idea, cute girls doing stuff just doesn't do it for me in a drama setting.

*snorts*

Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of spring 2012:

  1. Space Brothers / Uchuu Kyoudai (still airing) 10/10
  2. Polar Bear Cafe / Shirokuma Cafe (still airing) 10/10
  3. Mysterious Girlfriend X / Nazo no Kanojo X 10/10
  4. Fate/Zero 2 10/10
  5. Gon (still airing) 10/10
  6. Jormungand 9/10
  7. Tsuritama 8/10
  8. Kimi to Boku 2 8/10
  9. Sakamichi no Apollon / Kids on the Slope 8/10
  10. Folktales from Japan (still airing) 8/10
  11. Ginga e Kickoff!! (still airing) 8/10
  12. Sengoku Collection 8/10
  13. Zetman 8/10
  14. Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2 7/10
  15. Acchi Kocchi 7/10
  16. Queen's Blade: Rebellion 7/10
  17. Accel World 7/10
  18. Eureka Seven Ao 7/10
  19. Gakkatsu! 7/10
  20. Kuroko's Basketball 7/10
  21. Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 7/10
  22. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san  7/10
  23. Arashi no Yoru ni 7/10
  24. Recorder to Randoseru 2 7/10
  25. Sankarea  6/10
  26. Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~  6/10
  27. Saki 2 6/10
  28. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia / Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 6/10
  29. Hiiro no Kakera 6/10
  30. AKB0048 5/10
  31. Medaka Box 5/10
  32. Cardfight!! Vanguard 2 5/10
  33. Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan 5/10
  34. Upotte!! 5/10
  35. Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!! 5/10
  36. Yurumates 3D 4/10
  37. Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape 3/10
  38. Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden (still airing) 3/10
  39. Shiba Inuko-san 3/10
  40. Natsuiro Kiseki 2/10

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Surprise enjoyment: Ginga e Kickoff!! is a children's soccer show that should be watched by everyone! Mysterious Girlfriend X is a romance anime that I had no hopes for going in but ended up being one of the best romantic anime I've ever seen. Acchi Kocchi had great winter episodes which surprised me.

Surprise fail: Medaka Box ended up being quite lacking... I'll have more to say about it in the fall review.

Honorable mentions: Arashi no Yoru ni I'd like to see more of honestly. Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna BOOBS! AKB0048 is fun but still lacking in awesomeness for me but at least there's a lot of SPACE! Shining Hearts has one of the most hilarious ED's ever! Eureka Seven Ao is finished finished now right?

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Review of 2012 Anime Part 1 ~Winter~

Yet another winter came and went. 24 shows to choose from this time! I always like to watch everything in a year so all was watched yet again unless special circumstances apply! Doing these posts is always super fun with more anime to talk about anyway! Onward with winter aired anime!

POYO!!!

King Poyopoyo

Winter this time around gave me a whole lot of anime that I enjoyed. I didn't watch a lot of them till after they were finished airing since I needed an anime break after the holidays. I'll likely do the same this year honestly. I like how it ends up working out for me. Doing things this way puts me even further away from people in the aniblogsphere and on twitter but ehhh I'm finding it harder and harder over the years to want to dive right back into new anime at the start of a new year.

Smile Pretty Cure started but I'm sad to say it didn't live up to my expectations so I'm not too happy about that. At least watching my backlog of Yes, Pretty Cure fills the bill in awesome. The New Prince of Tennis and Danball Senki W weren't watched because I haven't seen any of the rest of their franchises. Someday I hope to get around to PoT but I'm in no hurry to watch a billion episodes of tennis.  Amagami SS+I saved myself the trouble with and didn't watch it. I wasn't a fan of the first season and that was way longer than this one. Enough is enough of that for me!

Thermae Romae I have a hard time classifying as a TV show rather than a TV special since it was only 3 episodes. I'd put it at #3 if I did include it though. Man that show was so manly and hot.

You are still awesome~

Best Show of winter is Natsume Yuujinchou Shi because obviously Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki is the show of the year! 2 anime that have awesome cats in it at the top of my list? Can I get anymore predictable?!

Worst Show of winter is Kill Me Baby. I don't understand how anyone could have liked this show... From a terrible OP and ED to ugly characters to ANNOYING AS FUCK characters... Yeah it clearly wasn't made for someone like me.

Assassins in school should be funny...

Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of winter 2012:

  1. Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki (still airing) 10/10
  2. Natsume Yuujinchou Shi 10/10
  3. Ano Natsu de Matteru / Waiting in the Summer 9/10
  4. Daily Lives of High School Boys / Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou 8/10
  5. Aquarion Evol 8/10
  6. Brave10 8/10
  7. Inu x Boku SS 8/10
  8. Senki Zesshou Symphogear 7/10
  9. Rinne no Lagrange 7/10
  10. Gokujo. Gokurakuin Joshikou Ryou Monogatari 7/10
  11. Recorder to Randoseru 7/10
  12. Nisemonogatari 6/10
  13. Black Rock Shooter 6/10
  14. Mouretsu Pirates 5/10
  15. Another 5/10
  16. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 4/10
  17. Zero no Tsukaima Final 4/10
  18. Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! / Listen to Me Girls, I'm Your Father! 3/10
  19. High School DxD 3/10
  20. Area no Kishi / The Knight in the Area 3/10
  21. Kill Me Baby 2/10

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Surprise enjoyment: Inu x Boku SS honestly wasn't on my radar. Even better that the bf completely loved it too! Ano Natsu de Matteru romance, drama, drama, and aliens... Yup it found it's way into my heart!

Surprise fail: Mouretsu Pirates still pisses me off and I honestly just don't want to talk about it anymore... Another turned out to be... Another horror anime gone hilariously wrong.

Honorable mentions: Senki Zesshou Symphogear LISTEN TO MY SONG! Area no Kishi SO GLAD YOU GOT CANCELLED! Aquarion Evol HOLES!

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