Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Top 10 anime of 2012

Another year over, and despite my intention last year to blog more failing miserably (no posts since Feb!) will endevour to do better in 2013, studies allowing.

Anyway, let's start the new year with the traditional countdown of my top 10 shows of last year,  but first off a few other things:

Honerable mentions:
Best movie- K-ON! the movie
Best OP song- Dreamer (Tari Tari)
Best ED song- Kokuhaku (Guilty crown)
Best animation- Chuunibyou

Dishonorable mentions:
Shows didn't finish:
Natsuiro Kiseki, Hyouka, Koi to Choco, Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
Biggest letdown: Hyouka
Biggest trainwreak: Guilty crown

The countdown:
Bubbling under: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? S2
Amagami SS+

10) Busou Shinki
9) Acchi Kocchi
8) Yuruyuri S2
7) Papa no Iu Koto Kikinasai
6) Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
5) Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
4) Tari Tari
3) Ano Natsu de Matteru
2) Kokoro Connect
1) Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai

No doubt you have a different list, so don't bitch about the differences please!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

HyperJapan 2012 photo gallery

Another HyperJapan event, the biggest to date. I could only go on the Sunday but was still very busy and had a lot to see, do and buy- event these:
Moe condoms- they do exist!

Also on sale were think are sex toys!
 Main events on today were a Sake award show,
Goth-loli models + Sake= a winning cobination
 Youtube hit Beckii Cruel Performing
highlight of the event for me
Beckii MC'ing
  Yet more stuff to long for
Though controlled nekomimi, comming soon!

Director Satoshi Miki and actress Eri Fuse during a Q&A session 
And most important of all- Cosplayers!
Black Rock Shooter

Higurashi's Rena and Link from Zelda

A Miku variant and a guy in his normal wear (!)

Golthic lolitas were out in force

And another

This guy was in the contest to represent the UK at Euro cosplay gathering, and deserved to win

more goth-loli's

may be a generic school but grade S zettai ryouiki and twin tails= win

family of nekomimi meido

Mario promoting Nintendo's booth

Vocaloid Kagame Rin


Surgery moe??

Kyoko and Kyubee (!!)

Madoka, Kyoko and Kyubee (no Homura or Sayaka this year)

Kurtonekko and friend

All in all a good day. Please also check out my youtube channel for video's of Beckii's performaces

Thursday, 12 January 2012

WInter 2012 initial impressions

So far have been a few shows this season that have piqued my interest, and one which I failed to reach the end of- yes I'm looking at you, Kill me Baby
my thoughts while watching this
JC Staff continued to disappoint with Ano Natsu de Miteru- seriously, if you're going to do an original story can you please make it less cliche and trope-ridden? Cast is a mishmash of character traits from other recent show and all done in the same Toradora/To aru series art style of all recent JC shows.
we've caught you plagiarising red-handed!
As for Highschool DxD, apart from the fanservice this show is dire, with the male characters all cretinous letches and the females all as emotionless as a 35 year old crack addicted pron starlet (whihc if they were 3D they probably would end up as)
'Are you sure it's essential to the plot for me to take up top off?'
Amagami SS S2- most enjoyed show so far, and a more interesting election than the republican primaries.Kinda sad that Ayatsuji would probably be a better pres than any of them, she'd fix the US economy no problem. Though I'd still vote for Sae!
Speaking of elections, the various pirate parties would adopt the cast of Moretsu Pirates as their new mascots. Despite having the usual cliches (transfer students- grr!) this could be fun if it doesn't try to be too serious
Down with SOPA!
 Which brings me finally to Papa Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai, the guiltiest of guilty pleasures this season. Am sure this show is going to result in me going to a very bad place, but will be worth it thanks to loli-Haruhi, loli-ier Saber and loli-est Hibiki. Plus liked how they set the scene and introduced the character's prior to the tragic events to come

Added bonus for those of us who like more mature characters as well, Raika-san and her deadpan 'acting' were epic!

All together a good start to the season

Friday, 6 January 2012

Vote Sae!

I'd caucus for her!

Updated Saturday: version 2

As for the episode itself, was great to see the cast again, and starting with Ayatsuji is a good idea. Only problem with the plot though is that we know from the end of the first season that they end up married and with a kid, so is no tension in Junichi's temptation. Though how he retained the ability to procreate is a mystery....

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Top 10 Anime of 2011

following on from 2 days ago (so much for posting more frequently- ed), here's my view on what were the best show of the last 12 months. Only criteria are what I've watched to the end, and no sequels. This is a personal opinion, so don't bitch if your favourite show doesn't make the cut!

10) Mayo Chiki- Delicious reverse trap butler, perverted mistress and violent imouto.

9) Ymekui Merry- JC staff show do about a mysterious DFC and don't cast Rie Kugimiya shock! Good characters, pacing and action scenes.

8) A Channel- K-ON! clone without the music, Yuuko was a passable Mio substitute. Touru was cute.

7) Kore wa Zomie desu ka? Very funny, tongue in cheek romp. Added points for Ayumu's crossdressing, Haruna and Sera kissing.

6) Ana hana- *sob* Menmaaaa!

5) Yuru Yuri- Chinastu sexually assaulting Akarin was one of my highlights of the year

4) Usagi Drops- thoughtful, great visuals and realistic performances. Rin gets the prize for cutest loli of 2011.

3) Nichijou- some bits were abit forced but overall hilarious. Best scenes- Yuuko's test, Principle v deer, Mio's sketching

2) The Idolm@ster- great mix of slice of life, comedy and drama. Cast were all memorable and fun to watch,  though Iori, Miki and Yukiho have to be my favourites. Good music too. K-ON done as I'd have liked perhaps?

1) Puella Magi Madoka Majica- no contest really, original, thought provoking, genre reinventing and possible the next EVA or Haruhi in terms of impact. Great visuals, strong characters and not afraid to kill the cute cast.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy new year!


Hope you all had a good new year's eve. My new years resolution is to to actually do some blogging in 2012, as opposed to the half dozen posts I put up in 2011.

Overall the past year has been a vintage one for anime IMO, and looking ahead there are already a few shows am looking forward to in the upcoming season. In particular:

Amagami S2- hopefully as each heroine's arc is supposed to be a direct sequel will be a bit like Clannad after story

Kill me baby- ultra-violence is always funny!

Mouretsu Pirates- could be a cute anime (space) version of the Pirates of the Caribbean, or a train wreak,

Ano Natsu de Matteru- JC staff comedies are always worth checking out,

Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!- a comedy version of usagi drops? At first I thought was a messed up concept as it was implied the male lead was the girls actual father (which would be unlikely as he's 19 and the oldest is 12 to 14). However as it is has been made clearer that he is just a relative it could be good.

I will def check this shows out, and probably tweet first impressions. Here's hoping for a good 2012 ^^

Friday, 19 August 2011

Idolmaster line

Who is who in this line up of silhouettes? As far as Ana can identify (left to right are Makoto, Takane, not sure, Hibiki, Yayoi, Azusa or Chihaya, not sure, Haruka, Yukine, the twins, Miki Chihay or Azusa and Ritsko.

Can you help Ana fill in the gaps?