Paniponi Dash is about a girl who is only 11 yet she teaches high school students.
Holy bright colours Batman! Too bad they are ugly ones. Bright in your face yellow shirts with a ugly pink tie or bow tie and a baby blue skirt to tie it all off. Yup Easter egg uniforms don't really do it for me but at least the show had some laughs.
Overall: Ish no...
On the Eighth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
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
At the end of last year Digiboy made an awesome list. I looked through this awesome list and found 8 shows that I hadn't seen yet and decided I would try to watch them all this year. I think very highly of Digiboy's taste in anime so I knew that I was going to be in for some real treats.
#1 Genshiken 10/10
So many people were shocked that I hadn't seen this anime before. But I knew that I had to wait for the right moment to watch an otaku show like this. I watched Otaku no Video and didn't enjoy it at all early on in my anime watching "career". This is an anime I must re-watch with a keener eye knowing all I do now about anime. I knew that this was going to be the case with Genshiken so I waited. I figured that now having watched well over 2500 anime titles it was time. And boy oh boy was it ever GREAT! No actually more like... AMAZING! It captured everything in the right kind of light about otaku and anime culture. Good sides of it, bad sides of it everything was done perfectly.
#2 Kamichu 9/10
Others had been bothering me to watch this show for a few years now but I always tossed it aside because the idea of it just seemed weird to me. Once I finally sat down and watched it boy was I ever wrong about it. First of all I had no idea there were so many cats in this show. I love cats so that's always a nice bonus. Everything about this show was realistic. But... How can a girl that becomes a God be realistic you might be wondering. Honestly supernatural plot aside it was a wonderful story about coming of age, school troubles, and romance. Which generally I don't care about unless it is done WELL. And this show does everything well!
#3 Kyouran Kazoku Nikki 9/10
Random anime which turned out to be very funny. Sometimes when there are too many quirky characters in a show they get lost and the viewer just doesn't care because "everyone" is weird in it. But somehow this show balances the strangeness of the characters and plot very well. Most of the time it was random good fun but then they would hit you with some serious shit that is so serious you are like WOW didn't see that coming!
#4 Darker Than Black 8/10
It shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone that I enjoyed this show. I actually was a tad disappointed that it wasn't better to be honest. I think I just had too high of expectations for it because I don't really know anyone that dislikes it. Hei is awesome~
#5 Neo Ranga 8/10
What a treasure this anime was! With 48 delightful 10 minute episodes I wasn't expecting much from a show about girls who get powers over a robot. But well once again I was proven wrong! I love it when an anime actually exceeds my expectations. The character development in this show was amazing honestly and that alone really blew me away. As I got closer and closer to the end I felt myself wanting to watch the next episode more and more until suddenly it was over. Everyone should really watch this hidden treasure!
#6 The SoulTaker 7/10
This show was quite the experience. I still don't really know how I feel about it so I think I'll watch it again someday. When a show conflicts my feelings in that way it is generally a good thing.
#7 Pani Poni Dash 6/10
This was a really cute comedy and I totally see why a lot of people love it. I felt there was just too much hit and miss to it for me. When it was funny it was HILARIOUS. When it was dull man was it ever dull. I'm pretty hard to please when it comes to shows like this but overall I'd still call this a quality anime.
#8 Bamboo Blade 5/10
This is the only show that I just couldn't get into. I'm not sure what I was expecting from it honestly but whatever it was I didn't get. I can't really see the appeal of the show either. I regret making my boyfriend watch this show with me under the assumption that I thought he'd like it. He complained all the way through it so that might have added to my dislike of it overall. I did like that teacher dude in it though so at least there's that.
Oh what a week. Watched some fun stuff that I had been looking forward too and finished off a lot of series too. Parody anime seems to be taking up a lot of my time these days and I think I've actually found a romance drama that doesn't annoy me in the slightest!
Miyamoto Musashi Movie
Overall: I actually had no idea what I was getting into with this movie. It is about a samurai warrior that is almost like a biography of him in some strange documentary kind of way. It was interesting but I don't think I'll ever watch it again.
Kemono to Chat OVA
Overall: I love cat humour and I'm so happy that the Japanese like to feature a lot of cat humour in their shows. This one had me crying from laughter over the 30 minutes it is. I almost wish there was more episodes to come but oh well.
Coo: Tooi Umi Kara Kita Coo Movie
Overall: This movie was really long and slow but it was actually rather interesting... As long as you are ok with sea monsters befriended by humans though.
The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon and Alakazam the Great are 2 more movies I watched but I really don't have much to say about either. They are OLD.
SoulTaker episodes 1-13
Overall: While watching this show I felt the same way while I was watching both Utena and Melody of Oblivion. Both shows use a lot of imagery and a lot of strange things are going on. You fill in the blanks what things could possibly mean. Like the other 2 anime SoulTaker leaves me wondering what I watched and confused as how I feel about them in general. I know I liked the shows but I couldn't really explain why very well either. They are fun and SoulTaker proves to be mysterious in a rather mysterious way. I can see why this is on Digiboy's top 100 list since he eats these kind of shows up like candy.
Gundam Seed episodes 38-42
Paniponi Dash episodes 5-26+OVA
Overall: This is basically on the same level as all those other cute girls doing cute things parody shows for me. Lots of laughs but lots of misses too. In fact I'll say that I found most of it boring but at least it didn't annoy me as much as Lucky Star ended up doing after a while. I've also come to the conclusion that while I do like to laugh my funny bone just happens to be VERY different from the majority when it comes to comedy titles. Yet another worthwhile watch from digiboy's top 100 list. Oh and the ova was the funniest over the entire show. hehe
Level E episodes 3-5
Overall: I swear I'll make a post about this soon... >.>
Overall: This movie was BORING. I expected good things but man... No I haven't read the book that this is based on but it's safe to say that the book is probably way better than this crappy movie that took me over 4 hours to watch and I had to restart it 3 times cause I just would stop paying attention. >.< I watched it because I was going to feature it for a snack of the week post but after viewing I just couldn't bring myself to write anything about it.
Magical Chocolate OVA re-watch
Touch episodes 1-42
Overall: Having been created by the same person that made Cross Game I expected to not overly enjoy this older version. Oh how wrong I was! So far this show has been a complete blast and does the drama romance side of the baseball story just fantasticly. The twist that was thrown in around episode 25 was REALLY good but had me wondering just how the show would keep my interest. So far though it's doing a wonderful job and I'm sitting at a 8/10 rating so far. I'm not interested in baseball in the slightest but there's enough romance drama filling the show up nicely that I don't mind sitting through an intence game here and there. I do find it weird that they give the next episode preview before they roll the ED credits. I'm not sure why they decided to do it that way but it keeps me on my toes to skip to the next episode in order not to be spoiled. At first I thought the main girl lead would annoy the crap out of me but she has shown herself to be not all that bad. Has tantrums now and then but that I can deal with. I can't wait to get to finishing off this series!
Zenryoku Usagi episode 41
Gundam Seed episodes 43-45
Gundam Seed episodes 46-50
Overall: Finally finished this shitty show... I REALLY feel bad for making my friend watch this terrible show with me... I was going with the benefit of the doubt when I first started it but sadly that failed. The way it ended just made me rage all the more but it was a very fitting ending considering the SHOW SUCKS BALLS. I won't even go into a lot of details about it since the show is so shitty it doesn't even deserve my rage... (right now) I really have to stop picking favourite characters in shows as they always die... >.< But at least my most hated character was put to rest.
Touch episodes 43-48
Gintama episodes 147-171
Overall: Coming closer and closer to the end only to have it start back up of course! I've actually found that from the beginning of season 4 I haven't been laughing nearly as much as the others have. Only 2 episodes so far got a lot of laughs from me. I'm hoping the best is yet to come though as generally parody comedy shows do start off lighter when they start fresh on a new season.
Gundam Evolve OVA
Overall: It was really fun watching all these shorts especially after viewing Seed I really needed some awesome Gundam to shine through. Episode 7 and 13-15 were my favourite episodes. I really wish this was made after Gundam 00 aired so one of that could have been included somehow. Very fun watch and just might get me ready to watch Destiny sooner than later...
Baldr Force Exe Resolution OVA
Overall: Fun look at a world that is very connected through the internet. I'll feature this for a snack of the week post sometime soon.
Episode Count: 122 + 5 Specials/OVAs + 5 Movies
Manga Count: o
Since I was so behind on all my current anime watching I decided to dedicate my Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to catching up with these titles. Earlier on in the week I watched a lot of shorts I had been meaning to watch for a while now along with tonnes of Gintama.
Gintama episodes 106-146+ both OVA's
Overall: I have come to the conclusion that the episodes revolving around the trannies and bathroom issues are by far my favourite episodes of the entire series. I hope I get a few more before I am finished but I can always look forward to Season 2 airing this spring. I also really enjoy the action packed story arcs. They are SO kick ass and generally have me watching none stop until they are finished. Such amazingly funny characters showing their super serious side to one another is just so special to me. Can't wait to keep going and see what laughs await me.
Jigokudou Reikai Tsuushin OVA
Overall: Fun and random mysterious supernatural ova. The animation was a little out there but it actually seemed fitting to add more mystery to it. There was 3 stories in one that somehow just flowed along like one big story. 45 minutes well spent!
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Movie 1
Overall: WAY better than the series shitty Season 1. It honestly was a great recap of it because it cut out all the crap and left in all the awesome. I watched Season 1 dubbed too so watching the movie subbed was a much better experience for that. I still love how the magical staff just talks in English and seems like it's the one in charge half the time. Good stuff and I can't wait to watch movie 2 even though it won't be out until 2012.
Paniponi Dash episodes 1-4
Overall: Started this on a whim because I didn't want to watch anything else I had at the moment. I had heard interesting things about it and since it is one of digitalboy's top 100 anime, I just had to check it out. Not much to say about it so far. It's humour is pretty hit and miss and of course it reminds me a lot of Lucky Star due to its weird parodies. I'm not sold on it yet but I'm not running away in fear.
Gundam Seed episodes 26-37
Overall: Slowly making progress on this show. I think around episode 35 I actually started to care what was going on simply because it got more interesting. Episode 26 was one huge recap too which helped me and my partner out since it had been a while since we had watched the show. Episode 27 brought us a new OP and we both agree that it is not as good as the other ones. I can't stand the bowling pin noises I can't help to hear in the song. It just sounds wrong and the new ED isn't on our good side either but it isn't as dislikes as the OP. If I had to pick one character that I don't hate in the slightest it would be Sai. He is just simply awesome. Mu La Flaga is also among my favourites along with the masked man. They make good rivals!
Hoshi ni Negai o OVA
Overall: Very much one of those weird Sci-Fi internet type shows. It's interesting enough but I can't really explain what went on cause stuff just happened.
Houkago no Pleiades OVA
Overall: VROOOOooooOooooM! Magical girls with a sponsorship from the car company Subaru have a lot of people scratching their heads wondering why. I personally just thought the ova was super fun and now I have magical girls to think about when I see Subaru cars on the road rather than the sexy car wash hunks that I saw in a commercial a few years ago!
Sonic: Night of the WereHog OVA
Overall: It was added to Anime-Planet so I watched it. I don't have much to add here except maybe I'm an animation watching whore...
Kanzen Shouri Daiteioh, Transformers: Scramble City, Kamen Rider SD, Shina Dark, Kigurumikku V3 OVA's I watched but have nothing of significance to say about them.
SHORTS: Kid's Castle, To Shoot Without Shooting, Aquatic, Dojoji, House of Flame, Briar Rose or The Sleeping Beauty, The Life of a Poet, Anthropo-Cynical Farce, Oni, Hanaori, Travel. These are all really weird older animations and most have to do with puppets. Some pretty weird and abstract stuff for sure. Kihachiro Kawamoto Film Works is where most of these came from and the others are from Koji Yamamura Film Works, which I can't wait to watch the rest of. If you are interested enough you'll look it up 😛
Heartcatch Precure episodes 46-49 END
Overall: What a wild finish to what I'd like to say is the best Pretty Cure series to date. I've put a lot of time into this franchise and I'm glad I've finally truly enjoyed a series from start to finish. I didn't have to be coursed into it after 20 episodes or so like most of the others to get enjoyment out of it. I love how this series all the girls are of very different ages and still manage to find common ground. Old learning from the young and vice versa. I will miss this series but I shall be eagerly awaiting the movie that is coming out soon!
Fractale episodes 2-4
Overall: I'm in love with this world. It gives you so much to think about and explore within it. I'm not fond of how we keep getting dicked around with the show in general though. It's rubbing me the wrong way and I know I'm not the only one feeling this as some people have already dropped it at this point. I'm willing to keep going with it though since I really do like it a lot.
Starry Sky episodes 5-7
Overall: Are there really fans for this show????
Wandering Son episodes 2-4
Overall: SLOW!!! I hate shows where each episode feels like movie length. I almost fell asleep 3 times. I don't overly care for the plot in general either. Nor do I really enjoy the art. It's pretty but it's so light that it just hurts my eyes after a while.
Kimi ni Todoke 2 episodes 2-4
Overall: This show is completely adorable but enraging at the same bloody time. The fact that I can relate to most of the girl characters kinda weirds me out at just how realistic this anime really is. I like that factor about it though and still look forward to a confession between our two very awkward love birds.
Astro Fighter Sunred episode 49
Overall: The egg dish that Vamp cooked up looked really good. I love this show so much and it gave me a great idea for a new blogging project that I hope to start up after my diet.
Mitsudomoe 2 episodes 3-5
Overall: Oddly season 1 didn't make me laugh nearly as much as season 2 seems to be making me. I'm very interested in these kind of shows that have a better S2 than their S1. At least that's from my opinion. The series started off weak with that first episode but has gotten better and better as it goes along. I actually look forward to a new episode each week where before I could have cared less.
Rio ep 2-5 episodes
Overall: Who thinks up these strange games? I find them to be very weird sometimes and very un-casino like. I really like the ED but only the first 20 seconds with the bunny girls doing leg lifts... Something about that is just awesome.
IS episodes 3-5
Overall: Fanservice fun is all I'm really getting out of this show. I do like the weird mecha design they got going though. Not much else to say about it honestly.
Freezing episodes 3-5
Overall: This really is starting to make me think of Queens Blade but with annoying male characters and in a school setting. These girls simply can not keep their clothing on which makes watching battles highly amusing. I love trying to guess which girl will flash a boob to us first. Episode 5 introduced a new girl joining the school and I think she'll end up being my favourite of the bunch. There's just something super adorable about her!
Gosick episodes 2-5
Overall: Episodes 2-3 on the ship was awesome. I think that story would have made a better anime on it's own than this one. Not overly fond of this Gothic loli but meh.
Cardfight!! Vanguard episodes 2-5
Overall: I'm weirded out that I've actually started to get into this show since I'm not generally interested in card battle shows in the slightest. I'm amused by how they imagine themselves battling as the cards and that they also make strange dying faces when they take damage. I'm also weirded out by the fact that I keep expecting or subconsciously wanting this to turn out like Hikaru no Go! I think I need some boardgame anime to make this weird feeling go away. Or MAYBE I'll be delightfully surprised...
Yumekui Merry episodes 2-5
Overall: I don't hate it but i don't have anything to really say about it either...
Index II episodes 13-17, Letter Bee 2 episodes 12-16, Super Robot Wars ~ The Inspector episodes 14-18
Overall: Not much to say about these. They are making some interesting progress as we slowly near the end. Index just got finished up with a pretty interesting arc. Letter Bee had some amazing progress but Lag certainly still cries... SRW is the same as ever. Entertaining but slightly boring at times.
Suite PreCure episode 1
Overall: I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. I'm always afraid of magical girl series that take a dive into music. Especially since this one reminds me a lot of Onegai my Melody which isn't very good at all... Time will tell. One thing that I do like about it is that the girls bicker a lot so far. This reminds me of Pretty Cure Max Heart which is one of my favourites in the franchise.
Star Driver episodes 15-18 & Bakuman episodes 14-17
Overall: Both series are coming along splendidly. I find myself enjoying Bakuman more and more with each episode that comes out where generally all I hear around me is moaning and complaining over how crappy it is. Oh well though.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica episodes 1-5
Overall: Re-watched this one from the start to see exactly what all the fuss is about. I still don't quite understand all the high praise but I do understand why people are freaking out over it as much as they are. I'm interested I'll give it that much but I still think it's trying a little too hard to bring forth a dark magical girl side where things have pretty sever consequences if you fail or falter. I really love the music though that is highly fitting for the series. Still getting use to the strange imagery but I can see how people would gobble that up since it's very different from the norm.
Dragon Crisis & Oniichan episodes 2-5
Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri episodes 40-43
Overall: My singing magical girls are still going strong with each episode that flies by. I've come to really enjoy that they get new outfits with each new episode too. I simply LOVED the wedding dresses in episode 40 and in number 42 the skating theme was wonderful. Hello chii's girly side much? XD
Kore wa Zombie desu ka episodes 2-5
Overall: Funny stuff but it's gotten a little tiresome after the first 2 episodes. That first episode sure did bring in the masses with how random and hilarious it was. I still love the idea of a magical girl zombie that just happens to be a boy.
Wolverine episodes 3-5
Overall: Just seems to me like this is one action packed weird romance show. I do find however that the action is a lot of the same thing over and over again. I can always predict Logan getting beaten up but somehow winning or something happens where neither can fight it out any longer. The chick that is following him around seems to be a pretty useless character only around for revenge purposes. I do however really like that samurai that has his sword in his hand. Reminds me a lot of X which is AOK by me.
Beelzebub episodes 2-5 + OVA
Overall: I watched the ova first before resuming the episodes and came to realize that the ova basically summed up all these episodes so I feel like i've wasted over an hour on this series that I'm not entirely sure where it's going. I get that he's a demon baby and all but the gags and the baby himself is just plain annoying. I enjoy some of the humour but it's getting old.
Episode Count: 145 + 23 Specials/OVAs + 1 Movie
Manga Count: 0