How a Teacher Shouldn’t Behave, or Hidamari Sketch X 365 - 06

Posted by Demian @ 5:53 pm, August 12th, 2008

I wonder how the guys in Yoshinoya’s class feel about their hot teacher prancing around in bikini’s, or less even, all the time. We never really get a reaction from them, but aside from the Principal I’m not really sure if there are any guys in Hidamri Sketch. And despite Sae’s “experience” I don’t think her and Hiro mind at all. Especially with how good of a waifu Hiro is.

This scene is even more hilarious without subtitles as it just looks like Yoshinoya freaking out at a sexual fantasy of Yuno. Of course, who hasn’t had a sexual fantasy of Yuno and then freaked out cause she’s way too moe moe to have fantasies about?

Impressions: Hidamari Sketch x 365

Posted by Demian @ 8:24 pm, July 4th, 2008

OH GAWD MY NUTBLADDER! The OP is the most sickeningly sweet thing I’ve seen in a long time. Hidamari Sketch x 365 is just as good as I expected it to be. It’s cool how the episode goes back to show how Yuno and everyone met. I think Yuno is even more adorable this time, and it’s nice to know that Miya has always been the same. Shaft got an influx of money for this season, so everything looks great. The artistic stuff is actually here for a reason now, instead of masking where the first season didn’t have money. Here’s a restrained Shinbo who knows how to make things look good without going over the edge. And we’re actually getting subs fast this time! This season is going to be great. I really need to order the first volume of the manga now, to fill the longing in my heart for Hidamari Sketch (and Yuno).

Oh My God, They Killed Yuno!

Posted by Demian @ 6:31 pm, January 22nd, 2008

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You bastards!

My Picks of Anime ‘07

Posted by Demian @ 2:31 pm, December 30th, 2007

Best ” OVA ” - ARIA the Arietta

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Ok, actually ARIA the Arietta was probably the only OVA from this year I saw, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Like everything about ARIA, it was great; calming, funny, whimsical, and slightly melancholic. Fortunately the OVA did not signal the end of the great ARIA franchise, but as a detour on towards better things. I’m sure almost everyone will be checking out ORIGINATION in the coming weeks.

Best ” OVA that didn’t come out this year but I finally saw ” - Giant Robo

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Now tell me that’s not awesome?

Best ” Artsy Show ” - Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei

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It was a toss up between Sayonara Zetsubuo-sensei and ef ~ a tale of memories ~ for this category, but ultimately I enjoyed SZS’s stylistic flair more. From the orgasmically surreal OP (BURE BURE BURE BURE) to the several design quirks that characterize Akiyuki Shinbo’s work, it is impossible to say SZS didn’t have style. The style could either enhance a joke to something truly hilarious, make an incromphrensible joke even more cryptic, or stand alone in silent beauty. I’m looking forward to see what the second season will showcase in its artistic melting pot, but as in SZS tradition I have to ask: SUBS?!

Best ” I couldn’t believe it could turn out this bad show ” - Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

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It’s amazing to see how StrikerS went from the darling anime of the year to being derided by almost everyone, even hardcore fans. I tried to put up with it, but there were just too many flaws and I dropped it shortly after Vivio was introduced. The endless training, introduction of too many characters, poor villians, shoddy animation, bad pacing, Vivio, disappearance of old characters we loved; all a perfect mixture of fail. The only good things to come out of StrikerS were Subaru and Teana; Subaru’s a great character all around who deserves a better show, and Teana just because I think her design is sexy. They do make one hell of a lesbian couple, another thing that couldn’t save StrikerS.

Best ” Show that’s halfway finished ” - Code Geass

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Great plot, great action, great characters, great pizza, great ass. I look forward to more in the spring.

Best ” Honi Honi ” - Potemayo

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I had to give Potemayo something. There is not a more sugary sweet, diabetes inducing moeblob in all of anime. The show never took itself seriously and had fun with its characters, creating a great comedy show all around. Also desperately in need of a second season.

Best ” Romance Show ” - Genshiken 2

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I’m not much of a romance guy. Too much romance in anime seems forced and unnatural to me, and often times it is, but Genshiken 2 got romance right. Genshiken had the benefit of being a slice-of-life/romance show, so it never had to rely on romantic intrigues to carry the story but could also insert gundam references. The natural love between Ohno and Tanaka and Sasahara and Ogiue grew throughout the series, and in the case of the later couple hasn’t even come to fruition yet. Hopefully we’ll get some OVA’s to finish up that story.

Best ” Other show made by SHAFT this year ” - Hidamari Sketch

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For that other awesome show made this year by SHAFT. Also can’t wait for the second season airing soon.

Best ” Show of the Year ” - Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann

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Could there be anything else but Gurren-Lagann for best show of the year? Everything about it is perfect. Stellar animation, manly GAR characters, and an epic plot that encompasses the entire universe. It had a couple problems in pacing halfway through, but nothing could stop this juggernaut from reaching the top. The spirit of this show - its characters, its emotions, and its many great monologues - will definitely stay with me in the coming year.

On a personal note, it’s been a pretty good year overall. The blog reached one year old. Readership increased dramatically, declined dramatically, and finally leveled of. My fanboyism of Type-moon reached new heights with the Fate/stay Night patch, but due to the lack of any new games has settled down to a kind of pessimistic cynicism. My fanboyism in touhou was similar, with much reading of doujinshi and playing of games at the beginning of the year leading to me not even thinking about touhou now. Too much too fast I guess. I discovered a love for mecha and tokusatsu which does continue now and have been watching as much as I can in those areas, which has definitely been reflected in the blog. And I got a cute girlfriend who I love, which was the best part of the year. And she has seen the blog and agrees: otaku make great boyfriends.

Finally, in mimicry of what one of my favorite bloggers does, let’s look at which post each month you readers most commented on and, I assume, liked.

January - Series Review: Black Lagoon Second Barrage - several people seemed to agree with me on how great this anime was. A third season is still sorely missed.

February - Saigar Update: Quarterfinals Match 3 aka. Good Night Sweet Prince - Archer’s lost in Saigar prompts a discussion on what the hell GAR is.

March - Greatest Haruhi Pic Evar - still rings true.

April - I have found it! - video of the first live action attempt at Lucky Star dance. Not to be viewed by the faint of heart.

May - Claymore Manga: Awesome, Claymore Anime: Meh - everyone agrees the girls of Claymore are moe.

June - Game Review: Fate/stay Night - FATE Route - still waiting for UBW patch.

July - Impressions: Sayonara Zetsubuo Sensei - the beginning of the madness.

August - One Year Anniversary Extravaganza - looking back, it wasn’t that big of an extravaganza.

September - Final Thoughts on Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann - the end of a legend.

October - Tomoya’s Dating a Retarded Person - more people really need to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

November - Prelude to the Ultimate Battle of Manliness V.2 - it’s on in a couple of days.

December - I Hate Keyches - I love inventing new words.

Well, that’s it for 2007. Happy new year everyone and I’ll see you in 2008!

Twelve Anime Moments of the Year (For Me): Hidamari Sketch

Posted by Demian @ 9:31 pm, December 19th, 2007

One the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: 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 sixth 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.

This is probably the best made MAD I have ever seen.

Ok, so I cheated a bit with this one. There really is no one moment of Hidamari Sketch that stands out to me, except maybe something from the pool episode. Instead Hidamari is a bunch of little moments that add up to being a perfect show. It’s quirky slice-of-life with an unique style and material that just soothes the soul. I love every single character; not just because they’re moe, which they insanely are, but also because they’re fun to watch. Who can forget Yuno’s freak out moments, Miyako’s spastic outbursts, or Sae’s barely suppressed sexuality? The incredibly cute voice acting also helped. I can’t wait to see these girls again next year when the new season airs. Hopefully the subbing situation will be better this time.

Hidamari Sketch Season 2 Announced.

Posted by Demian @ 8:20 pm, November 18th, 2007

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My prayers have been answered. Can’t wait for 2008.

Final Thoughts on Hidamari Sketch

Posted by Demian @ 10:19 pm, November 11th, 2007

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Don’t ask me why it took me three months to watch the final episodes of Hidamari Sketch. It just kinda happened that way. Not that I hate Hidamari or anything, I like it a lot. It’s a great slice of life series with wonderful characters and unique art direction courtesy of Akiyuki Shinbo. After the downright insanity of Negima!? it’s nice to see Shinbo tone down the absurdity while maintaining his unique style. You can tell Hidamari never had a large budget, but the way Shinbo directs things makes even the lack of backgrounds look good. All the staples of Shinbo’s work is here, from inserted real life images to characters being represented by visual cues, especially in Yuno’s case.

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Of all the slice of life series I’ve seen, I wouldn’t exactly say Hidamari Sketch is memorable. I had the exact same pleasant feeling as when watching ARIA or Bartender, but it doesn’t resonate with you like ARIA or ever be beautifully poignant like Bartender. It’s just four cute girls talking about their lives. It’s not compelling, just very peaceful. And I mean cute girls. Only Potemayo tops Yuno in sugary sweetness, and Miyako has an incredibly hot wild moeness about her. Sae’s sister Chika was definately cute, but sadly only appeared in the last episode. And who can forget OH GAWD YOSHINOYA-SENSEI IS HAWT? A fun little series to watch overall. A hour special just came out in October, so now it’s time for the familiar cry of SUBS?!