This winter we got 20 shows. Quite a bit more from last years 12 or so. All shows that aired were watched. There are a few ova's that I didn't pick up but that's not an issue since they are related to series I haven't seen yet. Everyone should know by now that I make it a yearly goal to watch all anime that airs in the year. I've been doing that for the last 3 years. I find it pretty fun and it makes these posts awesome. Anyway onward with winter aired anime!
Winter is either really fun or kind of meh. Unlike the last 2 years this year I didn't get a 10/10 anime that aired which I found a little weird because pretty much every season I get one of those... "Everyone's" top anime of the year/decade came out. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica was fun but I just couldn't get into it as much as everyone else. I do however love Kyubey very very much. I'd make a contract! ／人◕ ‿‿ ◕人＼
Suite Pretty Cure has jumped to the top of the pretty cure franchise for me. It's quite awesome and exceeded my high expectations that Heartcatch created. I only hope that the upcoming Smile can match the awesomeness that has become Pretty Cure! <3 Siren!
Best Show of winter is Level E. It did wonderful things in a hilarious way. I laughed a lot. I only wish that it could have been longer. It needed just a little extra bit of something to be amazing. All the characters were really great. The show almost seemed like it was a parody of sorts for Men in Black since it was about aliens on earth but no one else knows about them.
Worst Show of winter is without a doubt is the oh so terrible Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne... So bad that most people watched this show with sccsav while drinking because that was the only possible way to get through this show. Unless you are me of course! Everything about this show is offensive...
Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of winter 2011:
- Level E 8/10
- Suite Pretty Cure 8/10
- Wolverine 8/10
- Fractale 8/10
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica 7/10
- Beelzebub (still airing) 7/10
- Gosick 7/10
- Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 7/10
- Supernatural The Animation 7/10
- Kimi ni Todoke 7/10
- Dream Eater Merry 6/10
- Freezing 6/10
- Mitsudomoe 5/10
- Cardfight!! Vanguard (still airing) 5/10
- Infinite Stratos 5/10
- Rio: Rainbow Gate 5/10
- Wandering Son 4/10
- Dragon Crisis 3/10
- Starry Sky 2/10
- Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne 1/10
Surprise enjoyment: Supernatural The Animation was quite enjoyable. It probably helps a lot that I haven't seen the American show it originally is. I really like that ED. Beelzebub started off pretty weak but after a while I sank in and started to really like the characters.
Surprise fail: Gosick I honestly expected much more from. Sure it has a pass rating from me but I really just wanted to be wow'd by it and that never happened.
Honorable mentions: Rio: Rainbow Gate! Sharks, Gambling, and boobs! Fractale is a show everyone hated on but I still got a lot of enjoyment out of it regardless. Wolverine was super fun and Landon agrees! Wandering Son is my most hated noitaminA show. The only one I hate actually. Which is hilarious because everyone loves it.
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Eleven Season 2's,
Ten Long Anime,
Nine Delicious Openings & Endings,
Eight Digiboy Top Anime,
Seven Franchise Continuations,
Six Top Tier Anime,
Five Nyanpire Kitties,
Four Marvel Anime,
Two Anime Buddy Challenges,
and an Underrated Anime
Season 2's can either be great or not so great. Generally when season 2s are announced I make sure to watch the first one before they start airing. Amazingly all these I had already seen their season 1s for so I didn't have to go through any prep and just dived right in.
I FUCKING LOVE THIS SHOW! I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU MANGA READERS SAY!
I was happy to get more of this show but unhappy that I had to sit through more episodes revolving around Inami... If she wasn't in this show it would be a million times better.
Oh these girls... Weird that S2 was only 8 episodes.
Squid Girl 2
More aweseome squidaliciousness~
Seikon no Qwaser 2
I don't know... It gave us more boobs... I guess that's enough...
Tono to Issho 2
More hilarious shorts from feudal Japan!
Kimi ni Todoke 2
Thanks for another season of growing up angsty done in a girly way...
The World God Only Knows 2
I hope we get more. Haqua <3
Nurarihyon no Mago 2
Did anyone else even watch this? You should cause it's fun!
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 2
While season 1 was all hit, season 2 was mostly miss. I still enjoyed it but wish it was more like the first series.
BALLS BALLS BALLS!
So yup it's been a while. Why? Partially because I just kind of lost interest in blogging for the winter season because of personal issues I've been having. I also mostly only watched Detective Conan this month too even though that's not what this post will look like by the end... I completely caught up with Conan and I am most pleased with that because I love it a lot and put it off for far too long. Much like a lot of the other series I finally ended up getting around to as well.
Dragon Slayer,Devil Hunter YohkoOVAs
Lupin Season 1 episodes 1-23
Overall: I found Lupin to be quite fun honestly. The gags got a little old and the OP was completely hilarious let alone the music throughout the series but it was great fun to watch. I enjoyed watching Lupin doing his thing and seeing how he would get out of certain circumstances. I'm going to start watching the movies and specials next followed by season 2 and season 3. I think I've put off The Castle of Cagliostro for long enough!
Kyoran Kazoku Nikki episodes 1-26
Overall: This series starts off wacky and just keeps on going full on right to the end. It was another title on Digiboy's top list that I wanted to watch. He said that I should like it if I watched it in the right mood. Oh how correct he was. If I wasn't in the mood for weird and crazy I probably would have hated this but I was and enjoyed it a great deal. I loved how there were a lot of OP's and ED's. I still can't pick a favourite let alone a favourite character. I'll look forward to watching this again someday.
G-On Riders episodes 1-14
Overall: I think I said enough about this anime here.
Detective Conan episodes 236-293
Area 88 OVA
Area 88 episodes 1-12
Overall: I fell completely in love with this series and actually plan to watch it again soon. I love aviation in anime (thank you Macross Plus) and this certainly had a lot of it. The music in the series was electronic music based which interested me greatly. It made me feel almost like I was watching Macross Plus over again! The lead characters are great and the plot is pretty darn interesting.
AD Police Files OVA
AD Police episodes 1-12
Overall: This was meant to be watched after Bubblegum but I just wanted to watch it first for some reason. The AD Police take care of rouge boomers. Lots of action and very likable characters. The ova is one off stories where the series actually follows a somewhat straight plot.
The Fashion Boy is Cool OVA
George to Gerald no Bouken Movie
Overall: 2 rival mice set off on an epic journey to see who can get the "Dragon of Light" first and be the next leader of the mice world! It's fun and childish and full of adventure. Great to watch with kids.
Shounen Sarutobi Sasuke, Shisha no Sho Movies
Detective Conan episodes 294-311
Bubblegum Crisis, Bubblegum Crash OVAs
Overall: Finally getting around to these 2 series that I should have watched years ago but put off for unknown reasons. Maybe so I'd still have awesome stuff to watch now who knows! I greatly enjoyed both of these and wonder just when we'll get boomers in real life.
Ikkitousen episodes 1-13
Overall: I was told I probably wouldn't like this series by a lot of people because of the fanservice involved. THEY ALL WERE VERY WRONG! I simply fell in love with it right from the start. It was hard figuring out who was who in relation to ROTK at first but after a while it got pretty easy. I can see why they would give the girls paper clothing to get ripped off during all the awesome battles because that just adds to the hilarity of it all honestly. I like strange adaptations like this a lot and this one being based on something I really enjoy made it all the more interesting. Seeing some of the characters that are male as chicks = win.
Mokei Senshi Gunpla Builders Beginning G OVA
Overall: This short ova was about building Gundams! I laughed at it at first but really got into it when it got all futuristic with how you could get in this machine and fight with the Gundam you built like a kids card game. It reminded me of Angelic Layer but WAY more awesome because well... I like mecha not dolls.
Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami vs Mahou no Princess Minky Momo Short
Overall: Watching this REALLY makes me want to watch both of these series a lot. Older magical girl is oh so awesome.
Detective Conan episodes 312-426, One Piece episode 489, Fairy Tail episode 68, Naruto Shipooden episodes 200-202, Bleach episodes 310-312
Overall: I'm glad I finally got around to watching this. I enjoy the idea about this anime but I found that it tried too hard for shock value with all the sex and violence. Generally I'm all for that but they really did try too hard in what could have been a very enjoyable title. Hype disappoints me yet again but I don't regret watching it.
Crying Freeman OVA
Overall: Just lol really. I finally sat down and watched this after only seeing a few parts here and there when I was younger. My bf actually has a VHS tape of it downstairs and just plain out warned me that it was bad. But the thing is... It's not all that bad but it's certainly not meant to be taken seriously. I'll never forget Freeman threatening a womans nipples or how he always had to battle naked for some reason. But if you have a killer tattoo like his why wouldn't you wanna fight naked!?
Adventures of the Polar Cubs, Run White Wolf Movies
Detective Conan episodes 427-469
Mitsudomoe episodes 6-8+special
Overall: Weird that there was only 8 episodes made for a season 2 but ok. It's still pretty hit and miss with me but the points that made me laugh REALLY made me laugh so it was enjoyable when that happened. The special is probably my favourite part of the entire series aside from the barrel episode in season 1. How can I say no to sweet potatoes in the last episode too.
Heartcatch Pretty Cure Movie
Overall: Pretty much the same feeling I got when I watched all the other pretty cure movies. It was a long episode with a decent plot and a lot of cute magical girl action. I think Heartcatch needs another movie though just because it's my favourite Pretty Cure series now.
Love Position, Legend of the Halley Movie
Overall: I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I was interested because this was apparently the first original animated video produced by Tezuka Productions. I loved Hi no Tori so I was pretty sure I'd enjoy this. It has similar themes and the main girl in it is so adorable. I highly recommend people check this one out.
Detective Conan episodes 470-514
Bubblegum Crisis 2040 episodes 1-26
Overall: Watching this re-make of the ova's was rather fun. I still can't decide which I like more but I think it might be this series. I just found it a little more fleshed out and ended well. Not to mention we randomly got to go into SPACE at the end. Instant win!
Black Lagoon OVA episode 4
Overall: Episode 5 now please.
Haiyou Shorts episodes 1-12
Overall: I still don't know why they made more of this...
Hetalia World Series Shorts episodes 1-48
Overall: I didn't find this series as fun as the first season but it had it's moments here and there. I'll have to check out the movie soon.
Detective Conan episodes 515-609
Overall: Finally caught up with this and I gotta say I'm most pleased with how the plot has progressed. This series really will go on forever considering we only get plot episodes here and there. But they come at just the right time when we are itching to get more info and starting to loose interest in the one off case episodes. I can't wait to see where they'll go next.
Silent Mobius Movies 1-2
Overall: Ok wow. These movies sucked SO HARD. They were nothing like I expected honestly and now I'm debating not watching the series that I assume will try to make sense of it all. We all know I'll watch it anyway though... So here's to hoping that it doesn't blow too.
Samurai Shodown Movie
Art of Fighting, Samurai Spirits, Ogre Slayer OVA
Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny episodes 1-12+Specials
Overall: This one focuses on Liu Bei whom I have always really enjoyed too since he's always the main character in ROTK series for the most part being one of the "good" guys. Seeing him portrayed as a weak bookworm lady though was rather odd. But Guan Yu made up for that being in LOVE with him XD This was the most yuri undertone series of all the Ikkitousen franchise.
Ikkitousen: Great Guardians episodes 1-12+Specials
Overall: This season is my favourite and that's because they focused on Lu Bu for this one. He's probably my favourite ROTK character aside from Zhou Yu.
Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor episodes 1-12+Specials
Overall: Bring on season 5! LOL
Yu Yu Hakusho episodes 1-29
Overall: Super fun so far. It's like Hunter x Hunter but not as good mixed with some Bleach because of the supernatural effect. Most people find generic shounen fighting anime to be pretty boring but honestly it's pretty great if that's all you are looking for. It also helps that this one has a decent amount of plot but never gets in the way of the fighting. The version I have is pretty low quality but I'm just too lazy to get a better copy right now.
Tide Line Blue episodes 1-13
Overall: I'll have a review coming shortly for this. Worth watching but nothing overly special either. Still really fun though.
Macross Frontier Movie
Overall: I think I enjoyed this a little more than the whole series put together. I like movie compilations for series a lot, if they are good that is. This one was pretty darn good but I'd still recommend that people watch the series first for all those other little goodies that they left out of the movie. Some of it was rushed but they got all the real important stuff in there that anyone should really care about. I can't wait for the next movie!
Detective Conan Movie 13
Overall: By far the best Conan movie that they have made so far simply because it was about the plot and not just a one off story. I highly suggest not watching it unless you are past episode 500 or somewhere along those lines in the series.
Overall: So glad to have finally seen this. Sure it's something I have already seen already in the series but the intro and the end were SO worth it for more laughs. I hope they make all of these "serious" arcs into movies eventually!
X-Men episode 1
Overall: KYAAAAAAAA It looks so awesome! Wolverine actually looks like what he's suppose to now! This was the Marvel adaptation I was looking forward to a lot and since the first episode didn't disappoint I'm hoping the rest will be great! The OP gave me goosebumps after I viewed it too!
Yu Yu Hakusho episodes 30-53
Overall: Looking forward to more fighting and strange monster creatures!
Episode Count: 674 + 21 Specials/OVAs + 12 Movies
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I'll keep this short and sweet. After all if I really wanted to talk a lot about these shows I'd give them each their own posts
* means I'll be looking forward to these series each week.
* Beelzebub shall be interesting to see where it goes. It tries a little too hard to be funny for my tastes but that's what shounen is all about. I really hope that demon baby gets pants at some point. For some reason seeing that little boys dong so often creeps me out. I do look forward to the fights that this show shall be bringing.
Dragon Crisis will be the second worst episode that I've watched this winter behind the Brother love show. I love dragons and all but I don't generally want them in loli form. I like them as REAL dragons. I feel like someone took a look at Niche from Letter Bee and was like I need to make her better somehow... Oh hey lets make her a dragon and put her into a box! YEAH that'll work!!! -.-
Dream Eater Merry AKA Yumekui Merry I didn't expect this show to interest me in the slightest honestly. It's giving off a Soul Eater vibe that I like though.
* Fractale is a delightful Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou with a plot. We visit a futuristic world that relies a lot on computers to make people happy. We weren't given much to chew on plot wise yet but it'll come in the next episode I'm sure. For now we are left with a girl who appears out of a pendant and our lead boy is shocked. Honestly I was too. Best OP and ED along side of Level E for me as well.
* Freezing was a whole lot of fun honestly. Violence, blood, and boobs. I could do without the boobs and ecchi moments but it still does add to the entertainment of the show. I shall have a lot of fun watching this show this season.
Gosick was a HUGE let down. I was actually expecting to like this one a lot because I do love mysteries but man... I hate the chick already and her male counterpart already shows signs of no spine. No thank you.
Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love makes me wonder why they are making more of this. It was bad enough the first time around does it really need another part to it? I just don't get it.
IS: Infinite Stratos is Ladies vs Butlers with a sci-fi mecha twist. I relitivly enjoyed LvB so I actually liked this first episode even though it was painfully cliche. I shall look forward to seeing more of the mecha in this though as the 2 minutes or whatever it was at the beginning of the episode just wasn't enough for me to judge.
Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? probably had the most funny first episode of all airing this winter. I am afraid though that they will not be able to keep up with the pace that they have set and it will get stale. I hope I'm wrong but who knows with parody comidies. I do love my magical boy transformation scenes though and this one pleased me greatly. The ED for this show was pretty darn good too. Seeing those nipples was entertaining!
* Level E is probably the show I'm enjoying the most, along side of Fractale. I'm so glad I decided to blog it this winter so keep on the look out for those posts.
Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne AKA I Don't Like You at All, Big Brother uhhhhg. I'm sure everyone has ripped into this one a whole lot already so what's one more bad review of it. I'll keep it brief though so lets just say that when a show makes me cringe in the first 10 seconds it's generally a bad omen.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica AKA Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika very forgettable for me. I think people are pretty hyped up about this show but honestly it just kind put me to sleep since I wasn't interested in anything that happened. The art sure is pretty though.
Rio Rainbow Gate is lucky, shiny, boobs playing casino based card games. Card dealers battle it out to see who is the luckiest and win gate cards from each other. It's a little silly I must say and there are a lot of useless characters. I don't hate it yet but I really don't see why this got the green light either. I suppose someone out there needs their gambling beauty fetish filled in anime form.
Starry Sky is a strange reverse harem of sorts that is taking forever to get into what the show is suppose to be about. Maybe I just don't get it but I'm gonna blame the 10 minute episodes on this one. I probably would have dropped this show by now if it wasn't for the short episode length honestly. AND I kind do still want to see what is suppose to be going on here.
Wandering Son... Where a boy wants to be a girl and a girl wants to be a boy but shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it's a secret... oi I didn't enjoy this first episode at all. Took way too long to say what they wanted to say and then it just crawled by at a snails pace. I will say that it is pretty to look at though. Nice and pastel like.
* Wolverine was an interesting start honestly. I really liked the Canadian shout out with beer. Classy as ever. I'm questioning exactly what they are trying to do with this series still but from what I can make out of it, it'll be romance based with some awesome action. I do laugh at how Logan can stop bullets and kick ass at pretty much everything. But he can't beat a sword swung around by an old man. LOL!
In the Season 2 part we oddly only have 2 titles. I find this rare honestly because there's generally at least 4. But it being the winter season and all there is less all around so 2 is a good number here.
Mitsudomoe is still the same old show. We start off this season with a look at the newest Gachi Rangers movie or episode or whatever it was. I'm still not a fan of this show but I will admit that when it does hit a funny mark it is totally hilarious.
Kimi ni Todoke... ahhh... This season doesn't feel like a new one honestly and is more like it just keeps on going from the season one. We got an episode 00 to remind us what happened in the first series then episode 1 aired. This episode was about valentines day chocolates... I hate these episodes with a passion and watching stupid Sawako fuck up was just painful. I can not express how much I raged at her... Now this seems very negative but I actually do like the show... I think it's because it does remind me what it was like as a teenager with a first crush.
Overall: I'm a little sad that nothing totally blew me out of the water but I was given at least 5 maybe 7 shows that I think will please me. Oh yeah I completely forgot about Cardfight!! Vanguard... Lets just say this is WAY too shounen little boy for me... But if it'll be 12 episodes like I've heard I'll be able to sit through it.
Summer was actually really busy for me in real life so I ended up only steadily watching Sengoku Basara, Strike Witches, Sekirei, and Kuroshitsuji. Why those 4? Simply because they were all season 2's to shows I had already seen. I wasn't quite willing to get my hopes up for fresh and new like I did with Winter.
Oddly a new Digimon series started to air too. I'm not honestly sure why since Season 5 ended back in 2007 but I suppose they are reaching out to the new generation of kids or something. Maybe I'll watch it someday but probably after I finish/catch up with Pokemon. Who knows.
Summer is generally a lot like winter anime wise. There's often one or 2 really great series and the rest is rather meh. I was impressed that only 5 anime were on the low side of things out of 16. I also really enjoyed watching everything just after they completed. I had fun reading everyones end thoughts as I caught up with the ends myself.
Best Show of summer for me without a doubt is Highschool of the Dead. A lot of people actually picked this one to be their favourites. Weather it be for the zombies, for the ecchi, or for everything that was silly fun! Boobs defying gravity was a must in this show and it was hilarious. I never take ANYTHING that has zombies in it seriously. I mean come on really, zombies! That's just grand old fun and I was glad to see an anime adaptation of the zombie world. I love zombie movies!
Worst Show of summer for me of course was Amagami SS. I'm just not interested in the majority of romance shows. This one also teetered on the harem side of things but had a twist to it that they did one girl at a time. So it was basically like watching some lonely boy playing a VN over and over and over again to see how many different girls he could get. Yeah, no thanks.
Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of summer 2010:
- Highschool of the Dead 9/10
- Sengoku Basara 8/10
- Kuroshitsuji 8/10
- Seitokai Yakuindomo 8/10
- Occult Academy 7/10
- Nurarihyon no Mago 7/10
- The Legend of the Legendary Heroes 7/10
- Strike Witches 7/10
- Shiki 7/10
- Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi 6/10
- Mitsudomoe 5/10
- Sekirei 4/10
- Asobi ni Iku yo 4/10
- Shukufuku no Campanella 3/10
- Amagami SS 2/10
Surprise enjoyment: Seitokai Yakuindomo was one darn hilarious anime. I simply loved all the dirty jokes that the girls were making. I honestly had no idea what I was getting into. I mean the plot revolved around a boy who is one of the first that started going to this all girls school that suddenly opened their doors to males. Sounds like a boring harem plot line but man did it ever turn out way different and more awesome than I could have imagined. VIVA LA PERIOD JOKES!
Surprise fail: Asobi ni Iku yo you'd think it being about catgirls would be enough. Sometimes you need just a little more though. It tried REALLY hard though I'll give it credit for that. But even alien catgirls in SPACE didn't save it for me.
Honorable mentions: Shiki started off very weak. So weak in fact I put off watching the rest until earlier this week. Man am I ever glad I picked it back up because the later episodes after 13 are just pure awesome. I'm also glad that I got to watch them all but the last episode in one swift go. I can't imagine waiting each week to see what happens. Mitsudomoe while has a middle rating it is ok. It's very hit and miss with me more being on the miss side of things but man when it hits a funny part it is simply hilarious.