On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: nine SKULL MAN’s,eight SYNAPSE ATTACK’s,seven GARO’s, six OH GAWDS YUNO IS MOE!, five ZERO!, four VOLTEKKA!, three PRIMAL SCREAMS OF HOT BLOODED FURY!, two(million) RONs!, and one GIGA DRILL BREAKER!

This is the ninth post in a series as I look at the twelve best anime moments of the year from shows I watched. Key there being watched, as a few of these moments are going to be from some pretty old stuff, but I think they’re damn good enough to talk about at any time. This is a joint ABC blogging project with other contributions from Roxas, CCYoshi, Orion, Owen S, Xerox, Nekoron, Martin, Michael Huang, usagijen, and Moogy. Yeah, there’s a lot of us. And if you haven’t seen Skull Man then go watch it now, as this post contains some ending spoilers.

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The finale of Skull Man is a blast of action, to say the least. From the moment Hayate finds out his friend Yoshio is the Skull Man and dons the skull mask for himself, the show becomes an all out showdown between cyborgs, robots, mutants, mythical heroes, and one self-proclaimed god. At the end of it all stands Hayato, his body literally falling apart and staring at the charred out remains of a destroyed city. It’s a powerful image and when I think of Skull Man, I don’t think of all the great action and suspense, but that final moment of awed horror at the end. The viewer almost shares in the same revelation that Hayato recieves, that the destructive nature of mankind is truly neverending. It’s really hard to understand why I love this simple moment if you haven’t watched Skull Man, and maybe it’s still hard for those of you who have seen it, but I love it anyways for both its simplicity and complexity.

I also have to say that the ED of Skull Man is my favorite of the year. I usually don’t like ED’s, most of them are too slow for my tastes, but I really fell in love with this one. Part of it was the imagery of a battered and broken Skull Man in his fight against evil, and the overall hopeful sound of the song. I definitely looped it for a couple of weeks when the single came out.