Winter Sonata is a super drama. So super drama it comes from South Korea.
There's honestly nothing to say about these. They are as plain as you can get honestly. I don't think I've seen a more boring pair of uniforms before. At least they match in their all blackness with that gold bar school crest... Gym uniforms are boring too and each gender wears the same outfit oddly enough. The only super small difference is that the girls have 2 pinkish stripes on the collar where the boys have blue. Can't see it very well in the picture below for the girls but trust me it's there.
Overall: No thanks!
So honestly upon thinking about this project more I REALLY should have started it when I started my blog. It would have been amazing to been able to have seen my stats from last year but oh well. I can do it for this year though so starting fresh is best here! I started off my year in a house somewhere in the middle of Vermont nothingness. I had a great time and oddly was able to watch 30+ episodes of anime while surrounded by rambunctious friends.
Kuragehime ep 11 END
Overall: It was rather unfulfilling first episode of the year but I still love this series to bits even if the last episode was lackluster. I really hope we see another season of this show someday because I think it was brilliant and really funny. We need some darn closure too! Don't make me go read the darn manga, but oh wait... That's not even finished either!!! It all makes sense now!
Winter Sonata ALL
Overall: If you love your drama to keep coming over and over again before you can take a deep breath this show is for you. It's a lovely Korean made anime that is beautiful to look at and it'll make you fall in love with all characters. Starts off with the character as children and they GROW up! I love anime that do this so I was taken with Winter Sonata in a heartbeat. 8/10
Heroic Age episodes 1-6
Overall: Great start to this series honestly. I've been craving a great space opera anime for quite sometime now and this certainly wet my lips.
Arakawa episodes 12-13
Overall: Very interesting and fun way to end the series. I'm still not sure what's up with it but I hope we'll see more someday. I love everyone that lives under that bridge!
Gintama episodes 1-17 (re-watch)
Overall: It's good to finally get around to this wonderful series. I'm starting from scratch again because I'm watching it with my boyfriend and it'll be more fun that way. He's loving it so far and I'm getting more out of it funny wise a second time around for sure.
Heroic Age ep 7-18
Rio: Rainbow Gate episode 1 was watched as well but I'll talk about that more in a Winter Season Start Review post coming up soon.
Gintama episodes 18-28 (re-watch)
Overall: This batch holds some of my most favourite episodes. The tranny episodes were just awesome and the epic meat battle will never get old no matter how many times I watch it.
Kimi ni Todoke episode 00
Overall: Did we really need this kind of episode?
Starry Sky episode 2
Heroic Age episodes 19-26 END
Overall: I'm honestly still putting my thoughts together on this one. I'll definitely need a re-watch of it at some point too. I really, really loved it but it's hard to explain why. It has a lot to do with it being a Sci-Fi SPACE show with kick ass "mecha" like creatures. I enjoyed the music and animation a lot and the OP and ED were great. All the characters were liked except for the twins... I don't understand too much why they had to be the comic relief but there they were! Great show and I highly recommend! 9/10
Gintama episodes 29-36 (re-watch)
Overall: It was a boring fight. I did enjoy that it was 6 minutes or whatever compared to the 10+ episodes it took in the actual series.
Gundam 00 Movie Trailblazer Crap
Overall: Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhg.... Was a great way to start off my "Snack of the Week" project though!
Gintama episodes 37-43 (re-watch)
Starry Sky episode 3
Overall: This show is fucking SO ugly.
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls Special 2
Overall: Kissing guide! lol...
Infinite Stratos, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Yumekui Merry, Gosick episode 1 was watched for all but once again more details will be included in the Winter Season Start Review post coming up soon.
Gundam Seed episodes 16-19
Overall: It certainly was an emotional few episodes. I'm not liking this sand arc too much but I'm told that it's not all that bad so here's to hoping! Episode 19 at the very end made me a little sad for Sai honestly because everything has just gone to shit for the poor guy. *shakes her fist at Flay*
Gintama episodes 44-51 (re-watch)
Overall: Episode 50 has been one of the best episodes yet. It has about a million different parodies and references in it which was highly amusing. This show just rocks so hard!
Attraction Studio 4°C Short
Overall: This is all about not smoking. As weird as it is, it is also very interesting. Especially since you can actually interact with the show but only 4 times and it just involves clicking where they tell you to and wiggling the mouse back and forth. I highly suggest you check it out if you are a fan of Studio 4°C.
Cardfight!! Vanguard, Freezing, Oniichan Crap, Beelzebub episode 1 was watched for all but once again more details will be included in the Winter Season Start Review post coming up soon.
Finished the Manga Brother
Overall: I didn't like how they kept telling the situation at the beginning of every fucking chapter. That was super annoying because it was rather short being only 2 volumes. I thought that the younger brother looking older than the real older one was just weird. 18-23 years old were the siblings which was a little odd at times. The sex was pretty darn hot though! Only check it out if you aren't afraid of yummy man sex! XD
Gintama episodes 52-54 (re-watch)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble Movie
Overall: Very much <3 I'll gush about it more for this weeks Snack.
Gintama episodes 55-61
Dragon Crisis, Kore wa Zombie desu ka, Wolverine, Mitsudomoe episode 1 was watched for all but once again more details will be included in the Winter Season Start Review post coming up soon.
Level E episode 1
Overall: I picked a GREAT anime to episodically blog about this winter season.
Episode Count: 138 + 3 Specials + 2 Movies
Manga Count: 1
I didn't forget about this! I just got so busy for December that there was no time to do one. So This one will be short and simple. The list consists of a lot of fall anime and since I already talked about those in my 2010 Fall Review post there is no point talking further about them here unless I have a special moment I wish to share. So here's some fun pictures from everything I watched over the month of December and a little bit of talking in between! I'll be starting the next Tuesday Tally from January 1st onward. I think this is the best way to start off the new year since it'll be way more fun of keeping track of ALL the anime I have consumed in a whole year by starting fresh!
Melody of Oblivion episodes 9-11 were watched and it's still pretty @.@
I watched some anime with the Skype anime viewing group for the first time and ended up sitting through Amagami SS episode 23, episode 4 of Tamayura and Kuragehime episode 8 I watched once on my own and once with the group. Overall that was a fun first experience but hope to do shows I actually care about in the future and that I haven't viewed already.
The rest was just Fall airing anime that ended up having nothing worthy of a mention.
Week 6 Starts off with more current airing anime but I shall only talk about Bleach from that. WE SAW GINS EYES! That is all...
I also re-started Gundam Seed this week and got through 7 episodes. The first time I watched episode 7 I was pissed at the end of it and this time around I felt even more rage oddly enough!
Yosuga no Sora episode 11 deserves a moment here. Sora, Haru, Sora, Haru, Sora, Haru, Sora, Haru, Sora, Haru... Urgg this show is pure crap.
My last Not so Secret Santa anime, Akagi was started. I got through 12 episodes before friends arrived for the week.
Week 7 I finished off Akagi very slowly but got it done before I posted about it on the designated day.
More anime group blogger watches started happening around Christmas time and what better show to pick than the happy go lucky Gundam 0080! This was a re-watch and honestly I was glad to watch it along side some super Gundam fans out there. I didn't like the OVA the first time around watching it on my own but with this re-watch I certainly appreciate it even more now. Those hamburgers were delicious!
Katanagatari episode 12 I finally got around to and lets just say. BEST ANIME OF 2010! More random fall airing anime episodes were watched.
In order to complete my anime goals for 2010 Shiki needed to be restarted since I had pretty much dropped it at episode 10 for being super lame and boring to no end. Man am I ever glad I picked it back up again. Episodes 11-13 were rather dull but gaining re-interest and when episode 14 hit I was hooked. I ended up watching it none stop all the way to episode 21 and ended up eagerly waiting for the final episode to air on new years eve. The end episode was something...
More weird Melody Of Oblivion was watched and it's still very @.@
Week 8 I decided to finish off straggler anime before I left for new years. So that meant picking up the Spring old K-on II. All I can honestly say is blaaaaaaaaa BUT I did find it hilarious that the bf was interested in it but ONLY because they had actual sponsored instruments in the show and he liked that.
Star Driver and Bakuman were caught up with from episode 9-13 for both. I gotta say I've completely enjoying these 2 series even though the majority of people aren't.
For some reason I watched episodes 1-3 of Haiyoru! Nyaru-ani: Remember My Love(craft-sensei). But then again I know I only watched it because I watched the other 2 minute 9 episodes of Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani before. These ones are only 4 minutes now so no brain damage occurred.
Starry Sky episode 1... Theres a lot of stars in the sky! The lead boys mom looks like she is his age which is a tad disturbing. But not as disturbing as his SUPER girly looking dad.The art honestly looks like they just took the manga and coloured in the pictures poorly.
Melody of Oblivion was finished off and honestly... I still have no idea what I watched... I didn't hate it though that much is known.
Samurai Girls I started from episode 6 straight onto 12. I wouldn't have enjoyed it so much if I didn't watch it in one scoop like this. The art is definitely something to marvel at though.
Gundam Seed episodes 11-15 were watched and they are all new ones for me now. I don't have much to say about it at this point but I did enjoy the odd kind of recap in episode 14 showing the gundam models as a report.
Winter Sonata I had started back in 2009 but subs were slow so I stalled it. Since I wanted some fun anime to bring with me on my new years trip I figured it was the most logical choice. After all I consider anime I actually want to watch fun anime even if the subject at hand is pretty darn harsh and dramatic. Which Winter Sonata will throw at you many many times. I only watched episode 0 which is basically a long plot episode and then the first episode of the series. I had seen both before but watching them again as a refresher was good for me.
Pretty Cure's magical silhouette sequence is awesome... Just sayin...
December was a busy month but was fun! Lots of anime watched and many more to come!
Fall is another big group of airing anime and most are still going onto the new year, so most anime are just being judged on half of the shows total episodes for fall but sometimes that's enough. Some sequels were aired from earlier shows in the 2009 year. The only one I didn't get around to was Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini. I just didn't have time in this busy year to catch up watching the season 1 of it. I will be watching it in the new year and looking forward to the OVA coming out around spring 2010 or so. I've heard magnificent things about the show so I hope I will not be disappointed.
Other than DtB the only shows I didn't watch were ones I couldn't get or well Battle Spirits: Shounen Gekiha Da... do you really blame me for not watching that? 😛 Gokyoudai Monogatari has no subs that I'm aware of but I don't think I'm missing much there. Shugo Chara Party! is another sequel that I have yet to watch as the other 2 two long magical girl series that come before it have yet to be viewed by me. It'll wait till later. Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu is a show about girls that magically turn into animals because they found some strange device in the attic. Sounds cool but it's kinda weird at the same time. With only 3 episodes out though, I have dropped this series and put my energy into all the other shows for the fall season. Maybe someday I'll get back to it if anyone picks it up and finishes subbing it.
Fairy Tail is likely to be the next really long airing series. Being a Weekly Shōnen Magazine manga it's sure to go on for quite some time. It hasn't won me over yet but then again I've only seen 10 episodes out of who knows how many there will be. I do like seeing Plu again. XD wooo Rave Master hahaha. Earlier on in the year I heard that Inuyasha: The Final Act was actually going to air. So I thought what perfect time to finally watch this show that so many fans complained about never ending. It was a long 167 episodes and 4 movies to get to the finale but I'm glad I finally watched this show that is loved by so many fans out there. Lame and annoying at times sure, but there is great action and the plot is rather good.
Best Show of fall for me so far is Aoi Bungaku Series. This series is made up of six classics of Japanese literature: No Longer Human (is getting a movie which makes me happy as this story really messed with my head 5/5 alone for this one), Run, Melos! (which is a updated version as there is another older Run Melos! movie. Very interesting twist), Kokoro (very thought provoking), Hell Screen (very thought provoking as well), The Spider's Thread (strange), In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (a weird love story) I highly suggest checking this out if you like shows that tell many stories in one. More details on the synopses here.
Worst show of fall for me I know for sure is Kampfer. There's just no way anything else that is still airing will be able to screw up as much as this show did. I seriously should have dropped this show and saved my eyes and brain the headache each week but I just didn't. (stupid goal) At least shows like this are easier to get through when they are current airing. Forget trying to marathon this crap. I'll watch Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo again gladly before I touch Kampfer.
Here’s my big list of Best to Worst shows so far of fall 2009:
- Aoi Bungaku Series 8/10
- Nyan Koi! 8/10
- Natsu no Arashi! 2 8/10
- Sora no Otoshimono 8/10
- Fairy Tail (still airing) 8/10
- Armed Librarians: Book of Bantorra (still airing) 8/10
- Letter Bee TV (still airing) 8/10
- Tentai Senshi Sunred 2 (still airing) 8/10
- Winter Sonata (still airing) 8/10
- Kimi ni Todoke (still airing) 8/10
- Miracle Train ~Ooedo-sen e Youkoso~ 7/10
- Inuyasha: The Final Act (still airing) 6/10
- To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (still airing) 5/10
- Shin Koihime Musou 7/10
- Queen's Blade: Gyokuza wo Tsugumono 4/10
- Kobato (still airing) 6/10
- Thriller Restaurant (still airing) 6/10
- Cheburashka Arere? (still airing) 6/10
- Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza 6/10
- Kuuchuu Buranko 4/10
- Sacred Blacksmith 5/10
- 11eyes 5/10
- Asura Cryin' 2 4/10
- Yumeiro Patissiere (still airing) 5/10
- White Album 2nd Season 4/10
- Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu (still airing) 5/10
- Sasameki Koto 3/10
- Kiddy Girl-and (still airing) 2/10
- Seitokai no Ichizon 2/10
- Kampfer 1/10
Surprise enjoyments: Nyan Koi! Put cat's in anything and I'm sure to like it. It helps that the characters were good too. For a harem/comedy being unique is a good thing. White Album 2nd Season. I hated season 1 of this anime A LOT but it really upped it's game more in season 2. It still isn't the best thing ever but for having such a shitty first season it was a surprise that it got me interested enough to care what happened at the end. (still pretty lame though)
Surprise fails: Sacred Blacksmith. The first episode was alright enough but after that it really just was a sword chick with big boobs with her other sword buddies doing some boring stuff. Kiddy Girl-and. I can't really say how much I'm disappointed with this show. I know it isn't suppose to follow the other series at all but I at least expected some awesome aspects from it. So far all we've gotten is ridiculous fan-service... It's kind of how I feel about To Aru Kagaku no Railgun but at least that show still entertains me.
Guilty pleasures: Sora no Otoshimono. Flying pantsu!!! The parody's were very hilarious, I laughed at every episode. Miracle Train. Bishies on a train that try to help women in trouble. Yeah it's silly but I watched every episode with a smile on my face. I kinda hope they make more. XD
Honorable mentions: Armed Librarians: Book of Bantorra. I went in not knowing a thing about it and expected a boring tale about books. I got something way more awesome than that. I can't wait to see what comes next. Winter Sonata. Is a hidden treasure hiding behind the oh so popular Kimi ni Todoke. It is Korean made but a romance/drama that has my interest even if it's a little slow. I wish more episodes would come out.