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