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!

StrikerS can apparently be good when it wants to be

Posted by Demian @ 6:07 pm, August 15th, 2007

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The reason I haven’t posted the last couple of days is my modem went and died on me, so I had to go get a new one and get it activated. A big hassle overall, just to let you know.

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But anyways, on topic now. Oh god, Strikers 17 kicked all kind of ass. Let’s be frank; Strikers is basically crap, a training montage interrupted by brief periods of awesomeness. No, Nanoha doesn’t need constant fighting to be entertaining, but endless training and QUALITY animation don’t make a winner either. The only time Strikers is any good are those brief episodes of intense fighting, of which 17 has been the best. One reason why: Subaru.

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Berserk Subaru was epic. The screaming, the rage, the self-destruction, the ass kicking; it was all so perfect. Only could of been better by Subaru actually ripping a Number in two, but this is Nanoha and people don’t die, just get befriended. Am I surprised Subaru is a cyborg? Perhaps, but it makes sense in the scheme of things. Yes it’s very “wtf?” but, again, this is strikers. Reason is kicked to the curb here. And Subaru is Gaogaigar-tan after all. I’ve been trying to figure out which scene berserk Subaru fits into Gaogaigar and I think Genesic vs. Palparepa works best, though GGG vs. EL-01 is also a good candidate. Judge for yourself:

The other cool elements of this episode were Erio kicking ass, before getting owned that is; and Caro summoning Behemoth-I mean, Voltaire. Most creative use of a french philosopher’s name ever? Vice was also pretty cool with his sniping skills and tragic backstory. And why didn’t Zafira transform? He could of kicked so much ass that way. Strikers tragically lacks human Zafira and Arf. And what’s with all the new bad guys? The Numbers are a cool idea, but they seem to just be thrown in. “We need more mage fights. How about robot cyborgs in a world of magic lol.” I still have no idea what Lutecia, Zest, or Agito want. At least Scaglietti has the crazy look down and Uno can play the organ. Can’t be evil without an organ.

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The one nagging thing is this episode to me was, why the hell is it only section six fighting? This is the f*cking TSAB! It’s a dimension spanning army, and you can’t spare some people to protect your most important meeting that you have warnings of an attack on?! You trust everything to a bunch of kids (albiet they have hax powers)?! Strikers has taken the TSAB down from some insanely powerful dimensional government to a bureaucratic mess. Apparently magic makes your military incompetent. So, how many crappy filler episodes till the next awesome battle?

Thoughts on Nanoha StikerS 7

Posted by Demian @ 7:44 pm, May 24th, 2007

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Subaru loev Zafira. How about some Subaru x Zafira now (in human form please)?

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Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere? You were on a show a while back. Something about…ferrets maybe? Were you on Animal Planet? Discovery Channel?

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WHAT HAS SCIENE MAGIC DONE?!

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No, don’t listen to the bad man, Lutecia! All he speaks of is lies! Oh yeah, he better get party vanned.

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What’s with all the tentacle monster symbolism in these summonings? What are they trying to tell us? Lutecia is pretty awesome, though. Mainly just for being a loli rider. And I guess being able to kick ass without the help of your big, scary bodyguard is cool, too.

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Oh Shi-! Subaru and Tea go emo, Tea more so because she has an inferiority complex and doesn’t believe in hard work and guts like Subaru. Vita was pretty nasty, too. Guess she still hasn’t gotten over Nanoha’s injuries in the past. And Teana thinking she’s the weakest is just funny, because when it comes down to it, she’s the leader for all of them, even if they’re a bit more powerful.

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Guy has a “Ohoho I’m going to rape you Hayate,” face. I blame the QUALITY animation, though, maybe he does want to rape her. The animation was noticeably down this episode. Not that it we ever exactly stellar, both in StikerS and the other series, but still, it’s getting downright awful in some places. How am I supposed to enjoy Subaru and Healthy Fate with bad animation?

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More emo Tea. Poor Subaru. She wants to be supportive, but Tea won’t let her at all. And despite being all hot blood and guts, Subaru really isn’t confidant at all. That’s why she and Teana are perfect together, they compliment each other. Without Teana, Subaru is useless, and Teana needs Subaru’s optimism to make up for her emo nature, if she’ll just listen to her. Not time to wait for episode 8 subs. Can’t wait to see the White Devil own Tea. As all good anime has shown, a good ass-whoopin’ is the only cure for emoness. The only one.

Trivia of Nanoha StikerS

Posted by Demian @ 3:18 am, May 15th, 2007

A few awesome videos this guy did for Nanoha StikerS. Mostly just a bunch of Gaogaigar references, so only I probably find these funny. Some work, some don’t, but they’re pretty good.

Gaogaigar Broken Phantom attack.

Some move from Kamen Rider 555.

Gaogaigar Eraser Head attack.

Gaogaigar Dividing Driver attack.

Subaru’s awesome Gaogaigar transformation. Posted it before, but too awesome not to be seen twice.

Gaogaigar Protect Wall attack.

More Gaogaigar. Double Gun attack.

Gaogaigar eyecatch.

Transformation Time!

Posted by Demian @ 5:04 pm, May 6th, 2007

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Subaru loev Nanoha’s coat.

Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for: transformations! Time to see every woman/girl/loli stripped naked and gain a color appropiate outfit. Some are great, some are okay, some, ok one, are highly discomforting. Let’s look at them all:

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First is the sexy Fate-chan, showing off for the first time her bountiful assets, which I’m sure Nanoha has already seen. Take note of the black Lingerie with purple imprint and the perfect Zettai Ryouiki.

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Still funny how Nanoha’s transformation is all girlish, despite the fact she’s a twenty-year-old woman. That’s some rockin’ Zettai Ryouiki though. And her using beamspamz to shoot all those robots out of the sky was great. Classic Nanoha is back in action.

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BUILD UP! FINAL FUSION!

I’ve already said how awesome Gaogaigar-tan’s transformation is. Her actual music isn’t as inspiring as the Gaogaigar soundtrack, but it reminds me of what the themes of old super robot shows from the seventies would sound like, so the theme is still there. I like how she insisted Mach Caliber had a heart, to which he/she/it reluctantly agreed to. Mach Caliber is a tsundere the whole way. Must of put some of Tiana’s personality into it.

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Chow Yun Fat + Mai Tokiha = Teana

Why was Teana’s transformation the only one where all we saw was reflected through Cross Mirage? It was alright, music was okay. The part with Cross Mirage card form turning into a gun was pretty cool though. Another girl showing the Zettai Ryouiki love.

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Nagi Springfield + Sanger Zonvolt = Erio

While still desperately in need of a pair of pants, I’ll admit that he looks badass. So far Erio has proved himself the most capable male in the Nanoha universe. He actually fights, unlike Chrono who spent most of his time lounging around the Ashura. He’s gained the affection of one of the few straight girls in existence and is actually developing the relationship. Take that Yuuno! Also, his transformation music is the best out of them all.


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There are really no shots of Caro’s transformation I feel comfortable posting. At all. Though, I find her final pose cute in a “I’m gonna beat the shit out of you, nasty tentacle-robot!” kind of way. I like how this episode developed her character, with her being a dragon summoner and feared for it. Then there’s the “Caro loev Erio” angle worked in. Finally, Fried evolves into Friedliche and burns up everything. Fate acting all tenderly with Caro was also cute. I really like the way they’re handling the Caro X Erio relationship. Obviously the producers mean for this to be something more serious, but right now it’s just a childhood crush. It’s actually very sweet to watch.

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Ok, enough with the mushy romance, finally StrikerS gives us some solid action. Seeing Nanoha and Fate take down those robots was a great “fuck yeah!” moment. I was also reminded that someone needs to make a Nanoha shooter game like Ace Combat. It’d be awesome. More Subaru kicking ass is good, especially with more Broken Phantom. And finally Erio powers up and completely owns the big boss robot. I think there must be something wrong with me if the shota is my favorite character after Gaogaigar-tan.

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Why hallo thar evil villian! Hints of the bigger plot show up with this cloaked figure. Seems like he wants to gain control of the new recruits or something. Can’t wait to see his ass kicked. Next episode: Lolion Hammer vs. Broken Phantom!

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Caro loev Erio.

Mahou Henshin, Approved!

Posted by Demian @ 5:10 pm, May 2nd, 2007

Now that’s awesome. The Gaogaigar comparison is further proven. Not only does she have the green wind shield thing, but even the G-stone set at the end. And Subaru + bouncing breasts = MASSIVE WIN! So, when does she upgrade to Genesic?

I knew Nanoha was strong, but…

Posted by Demian @ 3:52 pm, April 29th, 2007

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She needs her own limiter? It seems like the TSAB is just saying “We need to lower your power so you don’t pwn the enemy so completely.” And poor Hayate has to go down four levels instead of Nanoha’s and Fate’s two. Which doesn’t make much sense she’s their commanding officer. Oh well, her limiter probably breaks when her and Rein Gattai. You just know at some point in the series Nanoha and the bunch are going to be in a pinch and request limit release, so then Chrono is going to go “LIMIT RELEASE, APPROVED!” and Amy’s gonna smash a button through glass. And then the group is going to perform FINAL FUSION power up to over 9000 and own the enemy. And it’s going to be epic when it happens. Man, it’s so easy to use mecha references for Nanoha. Take Subaru for instance. She’s a G-Stone powered Jeeg that can use Broken Magnum.

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For some reason, when the alert came on I thought Fate’s car would all the sudden transform and start flying. Just a random idea I had. Anyone else think her car looks exactly like Knight Rider? Needs Bardiche to synchronize with it and act as a sarcastic sidekick. There’s your spin-off series right there. Why do Mid-childans need to drive anyways? Can’t they just teleport everywhere? Here’s a more important question: will we ever see Subaru driving a subaru?

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Elio is still surprisingly awesome. He was the only one that managed to hit Nanoha, even if it was with Caro’s help. The boy still needs pants, though. His transformation is going to be akward to watch next episode. Very akward.

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And, contrary to everyone else, I’m really enjoying StrikerS. It may be a little slow now, but the characters are fun and I like the new ones. I think people are too used to the fast-paced action of A’s. The original series was slow in the beginning; hell, it was pretty damn boring actually, but it got better and I’m glad I stuck with it. The shit looks to be hitting the fan next episode, so I can’t wait to see it. Spoilers: Subaru’s transformation is awesome. BUILD-UP!