There were a lot of anime that aired this spring! The only ones I didn't watch were the long running continuations of shounen aimed at a younger audience: Inazuma Eleven GO, Beyblade: Metal Fury, Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, Digimon Xros Wars 2, and Danball Senki. I haven't seen any of these series except for Digimon but even then I only made it through the first 2 seasons before the 2010 reboot of the franchise. There was one shoujo title in there that I would actually like to watch someday called Jewelpet Sunshine. But first I want to watch the other 2 seasons of it...
With so many shows airing during the spring it should be no surprise that my favourite anime of the year started airing. Yes, Gintama 2 is my #1 for the year 2011. It's great to see all the characters back and getting into wacky situations! That space arc was AMAZING!
If Hyouge Mono actually had timely subs it might be in this spot but I can't put it there comfortably since I've only been able to watch 10 episodes from a 39 episode series. Hyouge Mono is certainly awesome though and more people should watch it!
Best Show of spring aside from Gintama because that's #1 of the year would be Toriko. He's a manly man out to find the most delicious food. It doesn't matter if he has to kill it himself! Just look at those arms! I plan to re-start blogging this series in the new year so look out for those! GUTS GUTS GUTS!
Worst Show of spring is Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi... Harem... I don't need to say more. I hate most harem cookie cutter shows. Especially ones that come from eroge games...
Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of spring 2011:
- Gintama 2 (still airing) 10/10
- Toriko (still airing) 10/10
- Hyouge Mono (stalled) 9/10
- Steins;Gate 9/10
- Ao no Exorcist 9/10
- X-Men 9/10
- Kaiji 2 8/10
- Honto ni Atta! Reibai-Sensei 8/10
- Astarotte's Toy 8/10
- Hen Zemi 8/10
- Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai 8/10
- Yondemasuyo Azazel-san 8/10
- Shouwa Monogatari (stalled) 8/10
- Tono to Issho 2 8/10
- Tiger & Bunny 7/10
- Battle Girls: Time Paradox 7/10
- Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera 7/10
- C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control 7/10
- Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream (still airing) 7/10
- Deadman Wonderland 7/10
- Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko 7/10
- Sket Dance (still airing) 7/10
- Happy Kappy 7/10
- Seikon no Qwaser 2 7/10
- The World God Only Knows 2 6/10
- Dog Days 6/10
- Suzy's Zoo (stalled) 6/10
- Fireball 2 6/10
- 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku 6/10
- Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 6/10
- Nichijou 5/10
- Hana-Saku Iroha 5/10
- Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai 5/10
- Maria Holic 2 4/10
- A Channel 4/10
- Softenni 4/10
- Aria the Scarlet Ammo 2/10
- Moshidora 2/10
- Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi 1/10
Surprise enjoyment: Steins;Gate took me by storm. I didn't plan on watching it at first but a friend convinced me to start it. It was like a super win with this series because I really thought it wasn't going to be good, like at all. Astarotte's Toy was pretty much written off by everyone. I too doubted it at first. After all when you see "Semen and 10 years old" in a first synopsis of the series it's hard not to be judgmental.
Surprise fail: Deadman Wonderland while it still gets a passing mark from me, it really needed more for it to be truly awesome.
Honorable mentions: Ao no Exorcist is awesome and no one can tell me otherwise. I hope we get more someday and I can't wait for that movie. Tiger & Bunny should have been a show I fell in love with right from the start. Somehow that didn't happen at first. It took a while for all the characters to grow on me too long for me to truly enjoy the show. Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream is SO girly but I can't stop watching it. I love ice skating and wanted to be one when I was a kid. I should probably write a diary post about it or something~
On the Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Four Marvel Anime,
Two Anime Buddy Challenges,
and an Underrated Anime
I'm a huge fan of X-Men and when I heard that they were getting an anime I was excited! I was probably the only one rejoicing for it because adaptations between Japanese and American things never seem to go well. But I'm glad to say they didn't disappoint me at all with this one or well any of the 4 actually. 9/10
I don't like vampires but Blade is an exception. He's a total badass! 8/10
#3 Wolverine & #4 Iron Man
Both these shows were such fun to watch and rage at. Rage because the women that were casted beside our lovely heroes were annoying as all hell for me. Otherwise I was pretty happy with the action and simple stories. 8/10 for both.
MADHOUSE is one of the biggest anime studios with well over 200 titles to their name. They hold almost all of the late Satoshi Kon's works too. They are still working on his final film Dreaming Machine that I actually can't wait to see. You'll find many of his titles in the lists below as I was a huge fan of his stuff. MADHOUSE is currently working with Marvel Entertainment to bring us some wonderful superhero anime that we have grown to love in comic form in the US. Some people might not like these titles as much as I do since I've been enjoying every single one so far. None of them has a rating lower than 8/10 for me. I also can't wait to finally watch Redline. I've heard wonderful things about it so far and it's one of the movies I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into.
I can not praise this show enough. It totally blew me out of the water and had me watching non stop whenever an episode would be released. It has a fun kind of CSI feel to it but it takes solving cases to a new level by using a new science that can look at the brain of the dead person to see if there are any clues to who murdered them. THAT IS SO COOL. I love murder mysteries so there's no reason why anyone who enjoys them too won't like this show. It also has a very good sub plot following the main detectives in the show that will keep you guessing.
Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowell are 2 of the most manly men around in anime. Living the life of crime it was only sooner or later that something would come between the 2 men. This anime is about that tale and I was glued to my seat from start to finish. I know a lot of people are pretty confused with the first episode of the series as it is VERY different from the rest of it. But if you are willing to give it a chance past that episode you are in for a real treat. I need to re-watch this badly!
Kick ass women fighting monsters! There really isn't much more I can say honestly. That is probably good enough to get most to watch it anyway. I want a re-make or a season 2 of this show very much. I'll be getting the manga for it at some point when I can afford to do so. These girls seriously kick so much ass!
Chobits was the first manga I read. I collected the volumes as they came out and once it had an anime made of it I watched it happily. I can't say which is better because I honestly love both very much. Ironically my name is NOT a copy of Chii from Chobits as most generally think. I had the nickname chi when I was a kid in elementary school because I had a lot of "energy". Happy coincidence that the adorable Chii shares the same name. This is one of my most favourite romcom's because it's a little out of the ordinary.
Texhnolyze is one of those anime that I can't overly explain why I loved it so much just that I do. It was slow and gritty but kept me interested all the way through. It made me think and wonder about many things not just about the anime but in life. It's not one I would recommend to people unless they are willing to give anything a try and actually sit through it all.
Trigun is one of the first anime I watched and really got into. Everything about it was just so fun. I love western movies and this fit that spot for anime very nicely. It was a great treat to have gotten a movie made from it after all these years last year. It rebooted my love for this series and pushes me to re-watch it whenever I think about it.
Paranoia Agent I probably don't like for the same reasons as everyone else does. I liked it for Misae Ikari, the wife of Detective Keiichi Ikari. She shows up late in the series and if I remember was only in one or two episodes. Like I said in her character post I really DO have a Diary of an Anime Lived post half written that will explain my thoughts on her and the show further. I highly recommend watching!
I love prison movies so it was no surprise to me that I would love an anime about prison life. I liked the dated aspect of this show and how it actually showed life for the inmates after their release. The dark and terrible aspect of the show was grim and just right. It kept you watching just to see how terrible things could get. It also had a remarkable cast that you could love and hate at the same time as appreciating what they brought to the show.
Zombies, boobs, guns, and lots of action. Seriously what more do most need in a good post-apocalyptic story?
I'm a huge fan of X-Men so some blind sightedness is in order for this placement. But I feel that X-Men translated very well into an anime and I would actually like to see more someday. I don't think that will happen but I can hope! This is the way Wolverine should have been in his own anime!
Featuring adaptations inspired by six short stories from Japanese literature this series was a real treat. I love compilation anime and this one is one of the best I've seen. All were honestly very delightful to watch and it was great seeing Run, Melos! remade with pretty graphics.
Monster is a long anime that very slowly builds to a pretty awesome finish. Every character is very well thought up and watching their struggles was very enjoyable. Johan will send chills down your spine and Dr. Tenma will lead you on a fantastic journey to find out the truth behind everything. If mystery and suspense is your thing, why haven't you watched this show yet?!
Shokujinki are monsters that eat human flesh! But they look just like us until they are ready to feed! This story is fun and romantic in a very strange but charming way. The animation is so far out there that even people that like that kind of stuff might think they are taking it a bit too far but I think it's simply wonderful. It's very much worth watching if you can stand the strange awesome animation.
This show is very lovable for some reason. The characters were very interesting and well ninja fighting is awesome. I think I enjoyed it so much because someone actually said I wouldn't like it. HA! Proved them wrong! Season 2 was pretty kick ass as well.
MADHOUSE is to thank for how darn beautiful Casshern Sins is. Casshern Sins it's self is an pretty good story, slow in spots here and there but all is forgiven when you are watching it because of how wonderful it looks. Some might not enjoy how it looks since it's done in a very different style from the norm but that's precisely why I loved it as much as I do.
Other fun information
MADHOUSE shows that I've watched that are awesome too but missed the list: Kaiji, Akagi, Mouryou no Hako, Tatami Galaxy, and Kurozuka
MADHOUSE shows I still have to watch that will make this list a top 20/25 list eventually: Nana, Paradise Kiss, Master Keaton, Souten Kouro, Allison and Lillia, Record of Lodoss War, Tenjho Tenge, Hajime no Ippo, Uninhabited Planet Survive, Gokusen, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Mokke, Tokyo Tribe 2, Okusama wa Joshikousei, Hidamari no Ki, and Supernatural The Animation
MADHOUSE shows I still have to watch but have NO interest in actually watching them anytime soon: Dragon Drive, Magical Meow Meow Taruto, Chance Pop Session, Pita Ten, Aquarian Age, Magic Users Club, Maple Story, and Kamen no Maid Guy,
MADHOUSE shows I simply can't stand: Beck, Chaos;Head, Ichigo 100%, and Needless
MADHOUSE shows I was really disappointed by: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Boogiepop Phantom (don't hate me digiboy :P), Ultraviolet: Code 044, and Death Note
Top 10 MADHOUSE Movies/ovas
1. Ninja Scroll
2. Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
3. Battle Angel Alita OVA
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
6. Millennium Actress
7. Tokyo Godfathers
8. Perfect Blue
10. Chi's Sweet Home (Short series)
11. A Wind Named Amnesia
12. Birdy the Mighty OVA
13. Barefoot Gen
15. Phantom Quest Corp OVA
I know I said that J.C. Staff would be next but for the 24-27 of June 2011, I'm holding a Monthly Marathon over on Anime-Planet and the theme is MADHOUSE anime. So clearly this list is more appropriate to advertise for the marathon than a J.C. Staff one! So I encourage people to sit down this weekend and watch some awesome MADHOUSE anime that they haven't seen or hell re-watch an old favourite!
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 rather like the circle and have a legend attached to it way of doing these posts, so that's what I'll be doing from now on. So here's yet another one of Scamp's charts modified to suit my needs.
Click image to actually read it.
I'll never include any ova's or movies in these posts because they are just so random and a pain in the ass to keep track of for the one person in probably a thousand that would care. Yet again I chopped off 2 of the bottom anime that were kiddy ones that no one will care about. Hilariously enough I actually enjoy Cardfight Vanguard from last season that I did the same thing to. I decided to add in an extra category for those anime that I just don't care about one way or another. I'm hoping a few of these will end up in my "like" category after viewing.
I'm looking forward to 10 anime that will be airing which I find a little dull with over 40 new listings. They are mostly season 2's since we have a lot of those this spring, 8 of them in total and 5 of them are must watches for me. Gintama being the #1 that I can't wait for among the sequels. Kaiji is a very close second. For original anime it's totally Toriko. I LOVE the ova to bits and I almost went and started reading the manga because of how awesome those 30 minutes were. Also I don't care what anyone says, X-Men WILL be awesome! Hyouge Mono I'm super interested in but I can't really explain why other than I like the era and the proposed characters.
The noitaminA block looks interesting but I don't wanna get my hopes up for it like I did with Winter. Both anime could honestly go either way for me and like always I'm hoping for in the "like" direction. Deadman Wonderland I've seen a lot of hype and praise for it so I'm hoping it's not all just talk there.
The facepalm award goes to Lotte no Omocha. Semen and lolis... Opposed to Seikon no Qwaser where it's breast milk, so suppose I shouldn't talk but... I'll take the mature boobs over young girls drinking magical youth making semen... I mean I kinda like the idea but I don't like that the girl is 10 years old.
I might actually just watch only the "must watches" for me and the of interest ones making the total 16. I always try to tell myself to save everything else for when they are finished airing. But that'll probably fail like always and I'll watch it all in one go as they air. I will admit that over 40 new current airing anime does scare me to try and keep up with so maybe my only watch those 16 anime goal will work this time around.
Ah well, here's to another season!
EDIT: I'm going to try my hand at blogging Toriko each week. Maybe this time I'll get past the first episode XD