Secret Santa 2015

Good old Matataku Santa

Good old Matataku Santa

So like most years now I've been taking part in the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa project and the Anime Planet one. It really is always fun to take part in these to see just what people will recommend someone else to watch. This year I gotta say I truly only enjoyed 1 of my 6 titles, was meh towards 1, hated 2, and didn't watch 2. The 2 I didn't watch I do plan on watching one of them still over the holidays and the other I plan on doing a giant watch with it since it is part of a big franchise.

Devil-May-Cry Poster

I'll start off with the Anime Planet one that I'm most indifferent to first.

Devil May Cry I honestly do not have much to say about it. It exists I guess. It will likely make you want to play the game instead of watching this 12 episode TV series which pretty much has an episodic tone to it while you watch Dante mow down monsters in a monster of the week fashion. I know I wanted to play instead of watch while I was viewing this that's for sure. The action wasn't very interesting. There wasn't really a story. Characters were pretty bland except for Dante himself and the dude that gave him jobs. An annoying child showed up in the first episode and never left. Her alone made the dub pretty terrible to sit through but the series its self would have been worse to sit through if I didn't watch the dub...

* Story 6/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 6/10
* Overall 6/10

Trinity Blood

The next Anime Planet series was worse than I thought it was going to be... I thought it was going to be boring but passable... Instead it just made me rage by the end of viewing it.

Trinity Blood is one of those shows that actually has a LOT of potential but fails in EVERY aspect. Shows are always taking a risk when they mix two genres together like Science Fiction and Supernatural. Except sadly in this case it was way more supernatural with hints of sci-fi thrown in and had a heavy religious tone to it. Honestly if the show focused on the sci-fi aspect of the show more than the supernatural crap it would have been a million times better. But instead we get to sit through the main character chasing after monsters and meeting a lot of new and crappy people along the way. Most of which we never see again.

I mean seriously they got old bad-ass tech left over from the Armageddon that occurred making things look super steampunk and cool like that but we rarely get to see any of it. I honestly really wish they went into greater detail about the past and how shit got the way it was. It really REALLY would have made for a better story!!

I will give the main character dude credit though... That scythe of his was BADASS!

* Story 2/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 5/10
* Characters 5/10
* Overall 3/10

Princess Nine 01

The first show I watched from my Reverse Thieves Batch I went into with great caution...

Princess Nine gets all kinds of praise for girl power and fighting the man within the baseball realm. Which was probably the only real interesting part of the show yet it was BARELY covered. I think there were 2 really good rara women can do anything a man can do episodes in the entire show and maybe a handful of moments randomly in other episodes. What this show was really about was a lot of shitty romance followed with the all the drama that comes attached to poopy love triangles and lost loves of the past.

I'm not sure why people like this show honestly. I thought the characters sucked (except for the stereotypical drunk coach since I enjoy drunk characters), the story sucked (for something billed as a baseball anime it sure did have very few baseball moments), the looks and sounds of the show were terrible. I mean look at those uniforms in that picture... Talk about cut and paste fill in the colours with paint!!

Anyway I did have a whole lot more to complain about in great detail but I honestly do not feel like giving this show anymore time than I already have... :\

* Story 1/10
* Animation 1/10
* Sound 1/10
* Characters 1/10
* Overall 1/10

Future Boy Conan 01

And finally my favourite show of the bunch that I watched.

Future Boy Conan is one of those older shows I had been meaning to get around to for ages. There's still a handful of these kinds that I'm really looking forward to and I generally get around to one each year. Mostly thanks to these santa projects.

I honestly dunno what more to say about this show. I enjoyed it for what it was and considering its age it looks amazing. Fun characters and a pretty darn good story. This is a good example of a show that was knocked back into the stone age that has future technology that actually doesn't ignore either of those factors and makes things really interesting.

* Story 8/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 9/10
* Overall 7/10

Thanks Secret Santa people!! Till next year~

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Secret Santa 2014

Going to do one huge post since I don't have much to say about any of my Secret Santa shows this year.... I live tweeted each show while I watched them but still didn't have much to say so yeah... Not a good secret santa year for me!

Overman King Gainer

So I start off with the one I disliked the most... Which is odd since I had hopes for this one actually being good. I generally enjoy a good/bad mecha show too. But when people on twitter were saying things like "I have a soft spot in my heart for this show" I knew I was either going to love it or hate it. Basically I can see why someone would enjoy this show since it really reminded me a lot of Turn A Gundam and not many people like that show either. But unlike Turn A Gundam which I love, I really couldn't get into King Gainer mainly because of the characters. I couldn't get invested in any of them. I didn't care about any of them at all so that alone made the show doomed for me. The character and mecha designs were hideous as hell too which doesn't normally bother me but wowow.

* Story 5/10
* Animation 4/10
* Sound 5/10
* Characters 5/10
* Overall 5/10

Romeo x Juliet

So I've never been a huge fan of Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet isn't one I'd consider great or interesting to me at all because I'm not overly a fan of romance. Tragedy I am a fan of though so at least there is that. Sadly the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet just didn't do it for me in this version. It doesn't help that the 2 lead characters that the show is about were the worst lead characters I've seen in quite a while. If it wasn't for the super strong secondary cast my score would have been much lower. I am also glad the show ended the way it did otherwise this little blurb I'm writing would have been written right after I viewed the show and would be full of much ranting and hatred. But SAVED!

* Story 4/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 6/10
* Overall 6/10

Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran

And now the best show I watched from the bunch but that's saying a lot since.. well... It was still pretty meh. I generally like samurai shows and this was honestly no exception. My biggest issue with this show was her annoying sidekick that roamed the country side with her. This samurai slice of life show is what Kenshin would have been without the plot and a female lead instead of a dude of course. I didn't hate it, didn't love it. I can't say more since most of it was pretty forgettable except for her roaming from town to town in search of sake to drink. I'd enjoy having a few bottles with her and listening to some of her stories if she were a real person. Drinking is what we have in common after all.

* Story 7/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 7/10
* Overall 7/10

El Cazador de la Bruja was also on my Secret Santa list but having gone through 3 meh anime already I didn't want to sit through another one that I KNEW was going to me meh or worse because I really didn't enjoy Noir (the 'best' of the girls with guns trilogy) or Madlax... The bf has to watch Bruja with me anyway and he had like no time and still has no time to watch shows with me. SAVED!

Finally Yugo The Negotiator is my Anime-Planet Secret Santa's choice but I'm only one episode into it at the moment so I don't have much to say about it yet. It has a dub so I'm watching that for the possibility of finishing it before tomorrow evening but the dub is pretty terrible I don't know if I'll be able to do that for much longer... but if I keep up with my drinking it will have to do. 😛 We'll see! I'll edit in my review for it later if I manage to finish it. I'm expecting it to be ok but not as good as say Flag which is what it really reminds me of.

Happy Holidays to all~

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Secret Santa! Ippatsu Hicchuu!! Devander

For one of my Anime-Planet Secret Santa anime choices I was given this lovely strange ova treat. I'm pretty impressed with my Santa for finding this "gem" that I haven't seen yet... Not too sure if I'm happy I saw this though...

COW ALIENS!!

Human and horse meet robot and mecha horse!

What's with the arms on that horse?! D:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • Very random
  • Makes fun of mecha series
  • Onii-chan can do it dance
  • Mecha horse
  • Space cows

Oh tell me what to do lord Haro Ball!

Being scared means being naked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's wrong creepy horse?!

Negative Points

  • Very random
  • Ugly as sin character designs
  • Scary "normal" horse
  • Pulls random shit out of no where
  • Goes no where

Peddle with all your might!

AIM FOR GOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are fail "winning" balls...

Why chii thinks you should watch it

This OVA was created in commemoration of Tatsunoko Productions 50th anniversary. Clearly to make fun of all the other mecha series they have done. If like me, you like strange random ova's that are short this is for you. Cow aliens coming to Earth for who knows what reason should be good enough to draw you in but I'll tell you a little more. A boy of course is the only one that can save the Earth, so says a Gundam Haro like ball with a mecha HORSE! Luck is the best way to defeat these cows and powers the horse. This of course is done by using one of those ball machines that we always see in anime where if you get a gold ball or any colour other than white you win a cruise or a trip to a hot spring or something fun! If all that wasn't WTF enough for you the boy gets to wear a power suit while he goes for the gold but he must stay positive or else the suit will disappear and he will be butt naked... It happens a lot... When a loosing ball comes out these strange little beings emerge and fight but don't do so well. They are like pawns I guess? The winning ball beings aren't much better looks wise but at least they are powerful and can defeat the cow foes! Will those pesky cows try to invade again?? Maybe we'll find out in another 50 years...

Time to regroup!

I dunno why your luck isn't working either...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN DO IT ONIICHAN!!

Oh boy those gold balls.........

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Year 4

haha how can I even be making this post now when I haven't done squat since April right? Well the answer is that I plan on returning to blogging about anime. I doubt I'll be posting more than I usually did but it won't be a huge 6 months of nothing in between posts either. This year since April has honestly been quite busy for me that I'll be laying out more in detail when 12 Days comes rolling around so look forward to that if you remotely care about what I've been up to all year. 😛

December Madness:

  • 12 Days of Christmas - Always super fun to write these and read everyone's too! Posts start December 14-25
  • Not so Secret Santa - 7 lucky people were chosen at random yet again this year! Was it you? Reviews posted December 19-25
  • Reverse Thieves Secret Santa - Hopefully I'll get 3 I haven't seen and no GITS! Reviews posted December 23-25
  • Anime-Planet's Secret Santa - Why not have one more anime to watch?! Review posted December 25
  • 2012 Anime - 4 posts of all anime that aired this year. Posts start December 28-31 If I can manage to watch everything still that is... I have like 50 shows to get through 😐

That's the list of the upcoming things I plan on doing for sure this year listed above. My plans for next year include:

  • Bringing back the 365 Days Project?
  • Catching up with Chibi Devi LOL
  • More Wooser!
  • More Cooking posts! I hope to have a few done for this holiday season too 🙂
  • Keeping up with Pokemon Workout! I workout but I'm so bad at getting these episodic posts up!
  • Blog Redesign!!!
  • More independent thoughts on anime posts
  • HIMITSU STUFF! 😮

Regarding the 365 Days Project. I'm still having a hard time figuring out what I want it to be for next year. I was thinking of going back to anime characters since I was actually more interested in posting those than that stupid uniform idea of mine haha. But someone suggested I do Anime Mascots as well. I've been toying around with the idea and I just can't choose. If there's one in particular you'd like to see I'd love to hear from you in the comments! If you have an even better suggestion I'm all ears too. I've thought up doing Gundam Characters, Mecha of Anime, Pretty Cure Baddies, Cliche Anime Episodes, Awesome Anime Chicks, Awesome Anime Dudes (though these 2 can honestly go under being plain old anime characters if I choose), OP's/ED's, Magical Girls, and that's about as far as my brainstorming takes me at the moment.

So yeah dunno what else to really say here.... 4 years hahahahahh....

Good to be back from my little break~

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Secret Santa Part 1: Rental Magica

Here's the first review for The Reverse Thieves Secret Santa project. I was going to watch all 3 but I really didn't want to review GITS for the holiday season... And that's a lot of anime to get through too so I did 2 out of the 3. Here's the first one being Rental Magica.

Rental Magica is about Astral, a magic company that of course has magic welders as the employees. They exist to rid the existence of annoying magical spirits and creatures and to try and beat their rival company, Goetia. The company use to be run by Itsuki's father but has mysteriously gone missing so Itsuki must take the reins of the company and the magic users under him. He of course has little to no magical powers so it is hard for him to gain the respect of several employees. His one power is in his right eye and it just happens to be very powerful but very painful to use as well so he barely uses it. His power is called Glam Sight which allows him to see magic and its weakness. Which is cool I guess... All the other magic welders are far more interesting in the magical powers department.

Harry Potter?

Honestly this a pretty generic magic show. One group of magic people battling with another while going after "monsters of the week". There's a few interesting stories in there but that's to be expected with an episodic formula. Too bad most of the stories were just boring in my opinion. I'm not sure why a lot of these magic heavy shows try to bounce between serious and funny all the time. It just doesn't work! Doesn't help that the look of the show wasn't really good either. It felt really grainy when magic was being used. It just looked like flashes of coloured blobs. I'm not sure why magic shows are hard to get right for animators honestly (not all of course but a lot of them). Shakugan no Shana gave me the same feeling along with 11eyes, which also has a main character boy with an eye-patch. I hate most characters with eye-patches btw 😛

I'm generally not a fan of Engrish OP's but this one manages to get stuck in your head really fast. I got sucked into listening to it more times than I'd care to admit. The ED is in Japanese and sung by a dude. It's too bland for me to really care about though.

Bride on bride action!

Characters are the shows strong point which is kinda funny because most of them are super generic. Especially the male lead. If it wasn't for his eye-patch people would have a hard time telling him apart from every other harem male lead ever. He of course ends up with 2 girls chasing him which are cookie cutter girls as well. These 3 were mainly what the show was revolving around but when the other side characters showed up they brought fun, drama, and interest to the story for me. My favourites were of course Manami, a ghost member and Ren, the Onmyoudou expert member who has 4 Shikineko; Seiryu, Byakko, Suzaku, and Genbu! I just can't help but to love a man who loves cats! There were a few others hanging around too but I didn't find them to be good or bad. Just there hanging around.

And because tis the season, here's a lovely song they sang for the holidays.

If you like magic shows that are interesting enough but don't quite go the distance this one is for you! At least it kinda ends.

Thanks Secret Santa! If it wasn't for you I probably wouldn't have watched and immediately forgotten I watched this show! 😛

HOHOHO

* Story 6/10
* Animation 6/10
* Sound 6/10
* Characters 7/10
* Overall 6/10

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