On the Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Seven Pretty Cure Titles,
Six Underrated Shows,
(Twenty)Five Years of Final Fantasy,
Four Video Game Feels,
Three Idol Shows,
Two Amazing Cartoons,
and The Best Boots in All of Anime
Watched them all now so why not make a list! (ok well not all still waiting on the second season of yes to get finished but close enough right?)
1. Suite Pretty Cure
Everything about this series was pure awesome. There's only one thing that could have made it better but I won't say here because it's a pretty big spoiler for what does actually happen in the series. Best mascots ever.
2. Yes! Pretty Cure 5/GoGo!
I marathoned the first season of yes this year only because I got completely addicted to the characters. There's a pretty darn good story for this season that just kept me wanting more. Transforming mascots kick ass.
3. Heartcatch Pretty Cure!
Everyone's favourite Pretty Cure series is only 3rd favourite for me. I'm all about the weak kicking ass but it's over done a lot.
4. Pretty Cure/Pretty Cure Max Heart
Where it all began. I think I wanna go back and re-watch this for the fights and kickassery. This one is the most like Sailor Moon for me.
5. Smile Pretty Cure!
The currently airing Smile just doesn't quite do it for me as much as I was hoping. Yayoi is the most annoying girl ever to me.
6. Fresh Pretty Cure!
I didn't overly enjoy this one. I didn't like the characters or the look honestly. Their Magical Girl Uniforms looked pretty ugly too. But having almost all of them go to different schools was pretty darn interesting. A shout out to Sailor Moon yet again perhaps. Most annoying mascots ever too.
7. Pretty Cure Splash Star
I hate this one with a passion... Stupid Pretty Cure 1 clone wannabe... >.<
Here's to hoping that the next Pretty Cure coming next year, Dokidoki! Pretty Cure will rock!
Heartcatch Pretty Cure weaklings have their own strengths too!
We have a nice batch of simple uniforms here. The one we see the most is the white one with the pink buttons and big red bow tie. They are snazzy looking. Boy uniforms are all white which is always fun instead of all black. Next we see the pale and spooky uniform. Grey and brown in tone it fits this character perfectly.
Overall: All for sure. While Cure Moonlight is kinda a downer her magical girl uniform would suit me best.
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
Manga Count: o
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!
Like last year I made it a goal to watch everything that aired this year. With a few exceptions of course. Season 2 of shows I haven't seen were counted out and shows that I had seen a lot of but knew I couldn't just stomach anymore. Yup that means no Hidamari Sketch for me this winter! I still can't stand that so many seasons of it are being made... Cobra The Animation was the only other show I didn't watch that aired. It is something I've been wanting to watch for a while and this as certainly bumped it up in my want to watch list. Here we go with Winter's Aired Anime.
Winter actually was a really short season with only 13 shows that aired. Katanagatari started but it only showed one episode per month for the entire year so I don't quite count it. Only 2 shows ended up being 24 episodes (Durarara and Qwaser) and carried onto Spring where all the others were 12-13 episodes. So everything pretty much ended for new spring anime to take over the airwaves.
Winter honestly was a pretty boring season. It had some winners but half my list is on the lower half, out of 10 score wise for only 13 series... Everything was new except for Hidamari Sketch, Cobra, and Heartcatch but since I only started Heartcatch that didn't really matter to me. I was expecting new and fresh from everything but all I got was lame and crappy for the most part.
Katanagatari did something new. Something I haven't ever really seen before. Well in more ways than one honestly. Some of it was cliche like the one episode per sword capture type deal but mostly it was unique. The art and music were amazing and not to mention that you only got one episode per month! That was something special to me. I had always honestly wondered why no one had ever really done a show like that before (There might have been but I'm too lazy to research it) spanning an entire year with 12, 45 minute episodes. Generally I hate shows that have long air dates but Katanagatari was reliable for when it was going to come out. So I knew I would get my show once a month no matter what.
Best Show of winter for me, aside from Katanagatari because that is the winner for overall best anime of 2010 was Durarara. I was looking forward to it from the moment I saw it announced. I watched the first episode and wrote a little something about it and then I actually ended up waiting till it was finished to watch anymore. I'm SO glad I waited too because there's nothing worse than waiting to see one of your favourite shows one episode at a time over many, many weeks. Some people love that but I just can't stand it with something I'm totally into.
Worst Show of winter for me would be Chu-Bra... Even though it's THE only series I have "successfully" blogged all the way through... ._. ...I love panties but not from the eyes of a 12 year old. I'm not even going to chew this anime out anymore. I think I've done that enough already. Urrg.
Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of winter 2010:
- Durarara 10/10
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 8/10
- Hanamaru Youchien 7/10
- Sora no Woto 7/10
- Heartcatch Pretty Cure (still airing) 6/10
- Seikon no Qwaser 5/10
- Dance In The Vampire Bund 4/10
- Ookami Kakushi 4/10
- Ladies Versus Butlers 4/10
- Omamori Himari 2/10
- Chu-Bra 1/10
Surprise enjoyment: Hanamaru Youchien I expected to be just another one of those perverted school kid shows that everyone thinks is cute. It ended up being much, much more.
Surprise fail: Ookami Kakushi I don't even know what that was...
Honorable mentions: Cobra I honestly can't wait to sink my teeth into. I put off watching the new one because I haven't seen the old. This is something I shall be completing in the year to come for sure. Sora no Woto I actually expected to hate a lot more than I ended up. It was total win though. Well not total, it could have been a little less slice of war life like and a little more awesome even though what was there in general was pretty darn awesome. I'm still not sure of my overall thoughts of the show. Heartcatch has brought Pretty Cure back up to my magical girl standards. It was shattered with Fresh last year so I was expecting the worst. Thankfully I got the best. Seikon no Qwaser I think digiboy said it best here "purposefully awesomely bad".