On the Fifth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
(Twenty)Five Years of Final Fantasy,
Four Video Game Feels,
Three Idol Shows,
Two Amazing Cartoons,
and The Best Boots in All of Anime
Exactly 25 years ago TODAY the very first Final Fantasy game came out in Japan. To celebrate the boyfriend and I went to the Distant Worlds concert in Montreal earlier this month. It was the first time the group actually made it to Montreal so we couldn't pass it up. Especially since Nobuo Uematsu was going to be there as well! We saw him at Anime Boston and were blown away so our bodies were ready for more.
I plan on making some in depth Final Fantasy posts eventually so for now I'll just leave you a very rough list of my Final Fantasy favourites. All of these I've seen all the way through to the end but might not have played them all myself. The bf and I play them together and sometimes he's in control more than I am but we're always together for story progress.
- Final Fantasy VI
- Final Fantasy IV (almost finished)
- Final Fantasy XIII
- Final Fantasy X
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Final Fantasy XIII-2
- Final Fantasy III (almost finished)
- Final Fantasy V
- Final Fantasy I
- Final Fantasy II
Games I haven't "played" yet:
- Final Fantasy VII (currently trying to struggle through...)
- Final Fantasy IX
- Final Fantasy X-2
- Final Fantasy XII
- Final Fantasy XI (Online gameplay)
- Final Fantasy XIV (Online gameplay)
And because why not add a bunch more memorable moments in a shout out anniversary post! Here's some anime moments and some bloggy ones too.
More fun ages (that I care about anyway)
Macross turned a whooping 30 years old this year. I didn't celebrate as much as I would have liked but I'll just look forward to watching that FB7 special they put out not that long ago.
The epic Legend of the Galactic Heroes novel started 30 years ago. One of these days I'll have a chance to read it I'm sure.
Space Adventure Cobra which I finally watched this year turns 30 too! Amazing show that they need to make more of!
Full Metal Panic and Chobits turn 10... Feels like yesterday still...
Fun note: The Astro Boy anime will be turning 50 freaking years old next year. So that's basically 50 years ago that anime really started to get noticed around the world! There's a fun project in the works that a bunch of peeps are doing. I'm going to be doing my own thing over here because I didn't find out about that project till it was too late but that's ok cause I had already been planning my own thing since October so look forward to it!
Blogging Buddy memories
2DT shut down in January a week after my Birthday... Still stalkable on twitter though!
There's of course more memories but I didn't write them all down because these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head while writing this post today. <3
Honestly this year has been pretty slow anime wise for me. I got a PS3 for Christmas and lets just say I've been very happy with said purchase. Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 have been my obsessions along with Dynasty Warriors Gundam I and II. I need to get III still but II has been keeping me quite busy even though I don't like it as much as I. How I don't have Dynasty Warriors 7 yet is a little mind baffling but all I can say is SOON.
Anyway enough about video games as that could easily fill a whole post and well I might just do that at a later date. I've honestly barely watched any anime this year series wise. I'm always in the mood for a one off ova or movie though so that's what this post is mostly about. I did finally watch Souten Kouro this year since subs were finally completed for it. It totally filled my RotK need for a while. Having the story revolve around Cao Cao was rather awesome and really makes me look forward to the last RotK title I have yet to watch, Koutetsu Sangokushi. I can only hope that one day the 2010 remake RotK series will be completely subbed. There's only so much enjoyment I can get from watching it raw after all.
The only other series I've completed so far that hasn't been currently airing was Galaxy Angel X and A. I watched Galaxy Angel and Z for my not so secret santa project so I figured I should complete the series. I still have to watch Galaxy Angel Rune though but I'll get around to it eventually. Rune apparently does things differently since X and A were pretty much the same as the first 2 series. I'm looking forward to Rune simply because it'll be a different take on the Galaxy Angel stuff which will be refreshing. It's a good series overall but nothing amazing either.
The fact that 3 big shounen series I watch and a lot of others as well, ended recently was a little strange. Beelzebub and Bleach sure I can live without airing anymore. I liked both shows alright but I won't miss watching them every week either. Gintama though... We just got it back and they take it away from us again! I'll look forward to when it comes back because I have faith that it certainly will. I'll at least look forward to more movies~
I've started watching Toriko again because my boyfriend was driving me nuts asking when we were going to watch more. Since I planned on blogging this (and I still do I swear) I didn't want to watch any of the episodes because then the chances of me blogging earlier episodes really start to disappear if I watch ahead of where I left off blogging. I gotta say I completely love this series. It shows a great love for food which I certainly share and I bet most people can relate to as well. I love food eating reactions! Toriko does this very well honestly and makes me remember just how awesome Yakitate!! Japan was when it came to food reactions too. I'm not 100% caught up with the series yet but I'm currently on episode 33 and plan to be caught up fully in the next few days.
- Sora no Otoshimono - This was a great recap movie. Everything about it made me smile and laugh. I can't wait for Season 3 to air.
- Suite Precure - Suite is my favourite Pretty Cure title to date so it should be no surprise that the Suite Movie has become my favourite Pretty Cure movie. But then again all the Pretty Cure movies are pretty great in their own ways.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos - I don't know why people were expecting super duper amazing plot and such with this movie. After all it was just a one off random story. I went in expecting awesome shounen action and that is exactly what I received and enjoyed a great deal.
- Recollections of a Certain Pilot - This movie doesn't really do anything new or amazing but I'm a sucker for planes in anime~
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira - I don't even know why I watch these Higurashi ova's anymore... Guess I just love the series that much.
- Steins;Gate - This ova was so darn cute by the end because the very end is what made it so awesome. I'm looking forward to that movie they'll be doing.
- Fantascope Tylostoma -
- Hotarubi no Mori e - A lovely short ova about a girl falling in love with a spirit. It's a little sad but oh so lovely at the same time.
- Gyo - GASHUNK! It was a great ova of a great anime. I know a lot of people were disappointed with it but I honestly can't figure out why. It did everything perfectly!
- Nakedyouth - I've actually watched this a few years ago but it floated up on my radar again and made me remember just how lovely a one off 10 minute work can be. Almost anything that explores youth and sexuality is always a treat to watch.
I've actually not watched a lot that finished airing during the winter season. I plan on watching them all but with it looking quite meh according to my tastes I decided I would skip watching it while it currently aired and wait till they were finished. I did watch a few I knew I would enjoy or that just happened to be Season continuations of shows I have already seen all of. I tried watching Another and Mouretsu Pirates while they aired/airing but sadly Mouretsu Pirates just didn't do it for me in the 3 episodes I sat though and just made me angry. Another is a horror anime so those are generally best marathoned instead of watching one episode a week. I do plan on watching both still along with everything but these are my priority anime from winter that have finished: Another, Black Rock Shooter, Nisemonogatari, Senki Zesshou Symphogear, and Rinne no Lagrange. If there's one you think I'm missing that I should get to asap leave a comment and I'll consider.
- Brave10 - I love these kind of anime. You know the ones with pretty boys and girls whooping each others asses... Yeah those... <3
- Daily Lives of High School Boys - HILARIOUS~
- Thermae Romae - HILARIOUS~
- Zero no Tsukaima 4 - I'm sure an ova will pop up for this at some point. But it's good to have it finished for fans.
- Recorder to Randoseru - a short episode series about a small girl who is in high school and her large brother that is in grade school. I've oddly enjoyed this series and an oddly glad that it is continuing into the spring season.
- Gokujo - another short episode series. This one is about girls being dirty and gross. Very pervy too. It's charming in it's own strange way.
- NatsumeYuujinchou Shi - Season 5 where?! <3
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 - meh
- Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki - still airing!!! ROUND CAT IS ROUND~
So far I've only watched one SPRING 2012 anime. That being Space Brothers of course. It was the #1 anime I was looking forward to and it certainly didn't disappoint me which was delightful. I might try blogging it but well we all know how terrible I am with keeping up to date with those. 😛
I wish this would happen so much...
So yeah the goal was to do this every week no matter what... BUT of course things just get in the way now and then and it was impossible for me to do for 3 weeks... The good news is that I didn't overly watch a lot of anime in those 3 weeks. Uncharacteristic like for me but real life just stepped in for the month and everything was pushed back anime blog wise. Although the title mark in this post looks huge it was mostly just small ova's and movies. I've gotten back into my anime mood over the last few days so I think things are back to normal!
Trigun Movie re-watch x2
Overall: I actually watched it 3 times total now since it came out. I find it very fun to watch and my second viewing was with other bloggers over Skype. Interesting to see others reactions to it. Too bad I had to leave half way through the viewing.
Gintama episodes 62-86
Overall: Episode 79 with the toilet paper crisis is probably my favourite episode of Gintama of all. It just makes me laugh a hell of a lot! It is also time since I've reached episode 86 that I am not re-watching episodes anymore and from now on every Gintama episode will be new to me.
Starry Sky episode 4
Overall: These voices don't match these douches at all. I can't stand it. I'm considering dropping it at this point.
Kamichu episodes 1-5
Overall: Kamichu is the first title I decided to watch that I haven't seen yet from digitalboy's top 100 list. It has a very slow start so I'm afraid that I won't end up enjoying it as much as I had hoped. 4 20:22
Final Fantasy Legend Of The Crystals OVA
Overall: Each episode takes a look at one of the 4 crystals. I can't say it adds anything to Final Fantasy in general but it was a fun watch. ep 2 7:00
Gintama episodes 87-88
Wandering Son, Kimi ni Todoke, and Fractale episode 1 was watched. Thoughts on these are here. I watched 7 episode 2's for some of the current airing anime too, but nothing worth mentioning since I can't really remember anything from them and didn't take proper notes.
Finished the Manga Love Stalking
Overall: This is a short smutty manga where each chapter (there's 4) follows a girl and her strange love life at the time. I enjoyed the sexy parts and only one of the stories so this gets a 5/10. The title doesn't make much sense either since only one of the stories involved stalking...
Koe de Oshigoto! re-watch
Overall: This is one funny ova about a high school girl who decides to learn how to become an eroge voice actress.
Gundam Seed episodes 20-25
Level E episode 2
Overall: I'm suppose to be episodically blogging this series but... Yeah... I'll do a batch episode release this week hopefully and get back on track. Simply loving this series though!
Gintama episodes 89-90
Finished the Manga Your Color
Overall: Really short yuri manga that doesn't really go anywhere 5/10.
Finished the Manga Koi wa Tenka no Mawarimono - Ikenai Candy Love
Overall: Meet a really shy quiet working girl who is about to loose her job. She happens to see a higher up getting a blow job in the alley way and things start to pick up for her from that point on. This manga actually has 4 other stories in it (I think) but only this one has been translated. I shall be eagerly awaiting the others in hopes that they were as good as this one was! 9/10 easily.
Finished the Manga Naughty Honey
Overall: 6/10 I don't have much else to say about it honestly...
Finished the Manga Girlfriend
Overall: Another compilation manga showing off girls and their loves. Some are good most are rather meh. 2 of them actually ended up intertwining story wise which I found to be most interesting. I feel that my 7/10 is generous but I did enjoy the ones I found that were good very much.
Andersen Douwa - Ningyo Hime Movie
Overall: Lets just say that this does not have a Disney's happy ending. Pretty good watch even though I viewed it over youtube.
Zenryoku Usagi episode 39
Twelve Months Movie
Overall: I had heard great things about this movie from a friend and it didn't disappoint! It was a fun story about a Cinderella type girl who was used and abused by her adoptive mother and sister. Sent out on new years eve to gather a basket full of flowers for the spoiled rotten Queen that is no older than a girl because she offered a basked full of gold coins. The poor freezing girl luckily ends up meeting some mysterious men who happen to represent the 12 months of the year! Since this girl is so kind they help her out with the gathering of these flowers due to their magical powers. Also viewed over youtube.
Gag Manga Biyori Jump Festa
Yumeiro Patissiere OVA
Overall: This was one strange little ova since it made me think of perverted things when it totally shouldn't have. The rest of the series wasn't like that so why do it in the OVA?!
Cool Cool Bye OVA
Suteneko Tora-chan Movie
Overall: This adorable cat themed 1947 movie short is great. It's like a cat opera which I found most amusing.
Noel's Fantastic Trip Movie
Overall: The name says it all in this case. You really do feel like you should be tripping over some drug to find it enjoyable. With it's pretty bad looks and terrible singing I recommend passing this one up for sure.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Parallel Works
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Superman Legend OVA
Overall: Random last minute pick for my Snack of the Week.
Megane na Kanojo OVA
Overall: Each episode follows a girl who wears glasses. It's short and sweet. It definitely could do with more stories as these ones were fun.
Yuri Seijin Naoko-san OVA
Overall: Meet an alien girl who is obsessed with human little girls. Yup this one is for the yuri loving lolicons out there.
Aki Sora: Yume no Naka OVA
Overall: Watch this as a soft core hentai only. Do not expect a mind blowing plot.
Crimson Wolf OVA
Overall: This ova ended up being really awesome. I mean it wasn't anything special but it certainly did what it set out to do. The poor girl that was in this almost never wore any clothing. She was either in the shower being attacked or clothing was being ripped off. Not to mention the numerous times she wore just a man's shirt. Hell she was even naked in flashbacks!
Black Lagoon OVA episode 3
Overall: The action certainly was more pleasing from the lack of it in episode 2. My Chang got pretty sassy with Rock over the phone which I found to be most amusing. The head maid that the little master has been trying to find shows an interesting side that he just isn't ready to deal with. I honestly was a little shocked by her actions too.
Gintama episodes 91-94
Kamichu episodes 6-16
Overall: With the super slow start I complained about earlier in the month I was rewarded when episode 8 came around. It revolved around a cat world fight club parody. It was the most interesting cute thing I had seen in quite some time. Especially since the leader cat was appropriately called Tyler. From that episode onward the time flew by and before I knew it, it was over. I was rewarded with a great ending that I really loved and won me over completely for the show. Someday I'll have to give it a proper blog post but for now this will do. I see why it is on digitalboy's top 100 list and I approve ^_^
Shin Koihime Musou OVA and Live
Overall: Yet another fun filled ova enters this franchise. It wasn't anything special but it was still fun. What was really odd was the Live. It was some of the girls singing tracks from the anime in a concert setting. Quite bizarre honestly.
Abunai Sisters episodes 1-2 ongoing? OVA
Bungaku Shoujo Memoire OVA
Overall: After watching the movie with some skepticism on my part and ended up enjoying it I certainly looked forward to this ova. Each episode can be watched as a stand alone but none really left an impression on me except for the 2nd one. It was really depressing and heavy on the drama.
Prefectural Earth Defense Force OVA
Overall: This is a delightful parody anime where people get turned into cyborgs and they must fight the evil Telegraph Pole Society. With a description like that what's not to like!
Overall: I first watched the live action movie with my boyfriend several years ago. It was bad but so bad in the way that it was great entertainment. I expected pretty much the same from the ova and that's what I got. I really wish that ova 2 was available somewhere.
Mirai Nikki OVA
Overall: This seems like a Death Note but slightly less serious as it has turned into a game of sorts among kids. If it ever turns into a series it could be interesting but I won't have high hopes for it as this ova was pretty average.
Prism Mergical: Prism Generations OVA
Overall: Well... The only thing I can say about this magical girl show is that it was only 15 minutes of my life... I did enjoy seeing a magical boy though.
Quiz Magic Academy OVA 2
Overall: I never actually thought a second ova would come out of this considering that it's first one was rather mediocre. Sadly the mediocrity didn't leave and I was still left wondering why it was made. Not a terrible watch by any means though. Think of it along the lines of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.
Overall: Is an ova about a really shy short girl that gets seated beside a really tall loud boy. It's short and rather cute. I'd watch the series of this if they ever made one. It could rival Toradora in my opinion.
Gintama episodes 95-99
Overall: The Shinsengumi arc is super duper awesome. It rivals the more serious Naruto and Bleach ones for sure!
Wild 7 OVA
Overall: This was my pick for the Chii & Kira Anime Watching Club. I haven't finished my review of it yet but lets just say it's completely opposite of what Kira thought about it. Check out her review while you wait for mine!
Koi Suru Boukun OVA
Overall: I hated this yaoi ova with a passion. It takes a lot for me to hate on a yaoi generally but this one was just downright bad. I'll take less rape in my boy love shows thank you very much. This show should probably go on my does not want list. >.<
Gintama episodes 100-105
Licca-chan Fushigi na Mahou no Ring OVA
Dragon's Heaven OVA
Overall: Words can't really describe how this ova started off. It was basically a real mecha model just being shown off. Very strange. Once the real ova starts you are graced with what I think is one of the worst looking ova's ever. From what I've seen only California Crisis can rival it's shitty looks. Then again both are pretty shitty story wise too...
Saishuu Shiken Kujira Progressive OVA
Overall: This is actually a 12 episode 5 minute series to begin with. Generally I don't watch the ova's of these kind of shows before actually viewing the show but for some reason I viewed this. It isn't a bad tale of magic sick girl meets a boy and tries to have a normal life for once but it's not something I'm going to remember next year.
Episode Count: 80 + 26 Specials/OVAs + 6 Movies
Manga Count: 5
This Tuesday Tally is more like Monster and Ika week this time around. I'm not sure about that match up honestly. All I know is that I was watching both with the boyfriend so that's probably what influenced my choice of Ika to watch in between Monster batches. Anime watching these days have been falling pray to Final Fantasy VI. I love these games and it's about time I catch up on them. I'm loving it so far and the story is pretty darn awesome.
November 30 to December 6
Monster ep 4-26
Overall: During episode 12 things started to become interesting. Which I'm thankful for because 74 episodes at a slow pace is just painful. My boyfriend compared Monster to The Fugitive quite often and I completely agree with him there. I dig the oldies songs that are played in the series but they weird me out at the same time since I know them all very well and can sing along. I also just realized that the ED credits have rainbow colours. For some reason I find this very fascinating. We watched a recap episode after episode 24 and I kinda wish I had just watched that for the first 24 episodes.
Ika ep 8
Overall: Shrimp costume!
Monster ep 27-53
Overall: The new ED I do not like as much as the old one. In fact it made me quite sad that the old one went away because it is really so awesome. This one sounds like a creepy old lady singing that wants to murder children... That last part just might be my crazy imagination though. I do however really like how the ED's show pictures from that storybook. Good call by whoever did that little extra bit. I've noticed that there is a lot of close ups of people eating food. I think I just pick up on some of the strangest things sometimes. Totally saw the cross-dressing coming since you know he has a girl twin. Episodes 46, 49, and 53 were some of the best stuff I've seen so far. Simply amazing. I've noticed that there seems to be, for me at least, about 10-12 boring episodes followed by 10-12 amazing episodes and rinse and repeat.
Ika ep 9
Overall: Lip stick on young girls is just wrong. Something about it puts me off. Those scientists were just hilarious.
Monster ep 54-end
Overall: Monster is a pretty amazing series when it's actually doing something with the plot. The slow pointless episodes were around too often for my likes and I just didn't see the point of most of them. I still can't quite grasp fully how I even feel about the series honestly. The last few episodes left me feeling pretty awesome about the whole thing. I can't really explain why I feel the way I do about the series or even really understand fully what I feel about it. This is why I think I'll need to re-watch this show once more to really get everything in my head the way I want it to be. All the characters were amazingly done and I have no real complaints there. They were real people with pretty real intense problems. Inspector Heinrich & Wolfgang Grimmer are by far my favourite characters in the series. Both their endings were amazing. Monster will sit at 8/10 for now.
Final Fantasy VI time!
A-LI-CE Movie Re-watch with Kira for our chii and Kira anime watching club. Still 2/10 -.-
Sunday - Monday
Final Fantasy VI time!
Overall: FUN! ^_^ Also, I can't take Kefka seriously as a bad guy at all. XD