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Jan 2, 7:46 PM
Anime Relations: Serial Experiments Lain, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Shinreigari: Ghost Hound, Strike Witches, Hottarake no Shima: Haruka to Mahou no Kagami, Strike Witches 2, Kuuchuu Buranko, Kuragehime, Strike Witches Movie, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??: Dear My Sister, Golden Kamuy OVA
Overall, I feel as though I didn't watch all too much last year. I had hoped to have been able to rewatch Ergo Proxy and Excel Saga. I also was eyeing Blood+ and Heartcatch PreCure. However, I did manage to finish a number of movies, ONAs, and OVAs I had been eyeing, though many of them were watched on a whim. Many of the series I watched took longer to finish than I thought they would and there was some times where I was not able to watch anime or I didn't have the time to. I watched many of those aforementioned movies and et cetera in between a cople of series, though I do not know I will do that again for the other movies I have yet to watch. I will like to make this post end at the beginning of the actual summer season, but it might end earlier depending on how much I watch and when I finish it.

I really enjoyed Higurashi and Neon Genesis Evangelion, which I watched last year. They are probably a couple anime I will alway remember. Made in Abyss and Utena were both also quite good, and I really liked Avatar despite it not being an anime. However, the one anime I really enjoyed that isn't as well known or highly received as the others is So Ra No Wo To. It was very good, and I think it should get more attention, though some people may not like it.

In terms of seasonal anime, there was only two I really liked. Chio's School Road was one of them. I loved the comedy. There was also UzaMaid! Compared to other lolicon anime, it is probably one of the better ones and is my favorite. A few months later, I learned that type of shoujo-ai is called "onee-loli," and I would say it has to be my favorite type.

The OVA for the first season of Golden Kamuy aired while watching Ghost Hound and Cross Ange. It was an OVA is my opinion of it.

I originally came across Cross Ange in the summer of 2017 and planned to watch it in the spring of 2018 after Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was different from what I thought it was going to be, but it was okay. The songs and mech combos reminded me of RahXephon. Of the two, I enjoyed Ghost Hound more. I came across it the same time I found Ghost Hunt, and that is the reason why they were watched close to each other. The OP was good, but I passed pver the ED. In some ways it reminded me of Serial Expiriments Lain and Higurashi. Similar to Mawaru Penguindrum and Ghost Hunt, these both had no OVAs or specials.

Hottarake no Shima: Haruka no Mahou no Kagami was another movie aimed at a younger audience like Welcome to the Space Show or Ancien and the Magic Tablet. It was fine, though the CGI not trying to be 2D was a little different. I found it while looking CGI anime. I was partialy doing this for inspiration for my 3D modeling, but also because of Virtual-san is Watching.

Kuuchuu Buranko was a very unique show. The art style was interesting. I found the live-action Mayumi and photos of real people to be incredibly neat, and it worked with the overall feel of the show. I also liked how all the cases intersected and took place in the same couple of weeks. Its OP was really good. I liked the ED but not as much. I believe I came around it in the Summer of 2017 like Cross Ange. It probably was around Welcome to NHK due to the similarities in their names. Ultimately, I forgot its name. However, I found it again a few months ago and was able to put it on my list so I would remember it. Kuragehime was also enjoyable. I think I came accross it a month or two months ago. I didn't really think to much about it, but then I saw it listed as one of the manga on the home page. It looked familar and then sounded familar, so I found the anime again and decided to watch it. Its OP and ED were fine.

Is the Order a Rabbit? was a show I have seen in many memes before. I don't remember exactly when I learned of it, but I would bet it was around the time I first started watching anime. It was cute show. A lot of the moe/slice-of-life shows I watched over a year after I came across them were most likely learned of because of Yuru Yuri? I like the opening but didn't care for the ED. For the second season, my opinion remained mostly the same, though I didn't care for the OP and the ED. Similarly, I don't have too much to say about the Dear My Sister movies or OVA.

I decided to rewatch Serial Expiriments Lain again. I believe I started it around the same time as Is the Order a Rabbit? Like when I rewatched Flip Flappers and Haibane Remmei, I watched one episode every other day. The first time I rewatched it, I watched a couple a day, and my first viewing of SEL was completed in a few days. I took a while to watch it in order to give myself time to digest what I was seeing and because I wanted to draw out the series as I did enjoy it my other two times. However, there was a couple of times where I forgot to watch an episode, so some episodes had two or three days in between them. I had a good understanding on the overall story after my second watching, and I can't say if this third viewing has added much. I am still confused on the one Pantasm, or whatever it was called, game. I have some theories about how it ties into the other thing that was confusing me, the child pyschic expiriments. Perhaps the Knights were using the game to get children. These children could then be used by collecting their natural ESP. That, and the collective power of the Knights themselves, was what gave Deus his power. I don't know if that is right or not, but it is what I think. Also, I have no clue what all the alien stuff meant. I noticed how the striped alien was mentioned in episode two. It also showed itself to Lain as the alien, but to Arisu as Lain. Perhaps the Wired was not a human invention, or, at least, it was not completed by men alone. I doubt it more than my other theory, but maybe it was a hint that Lain was not human. In the end, I did enjoy my third viewing of Serial Expiriments Lain. I had read the Otherland series over the summer, and the Net stuff in it encouraged me to rewatch the series.

Like so many other shows, I came across Strike Witches in the summer of 2017. I heard that it was full of loli fanservice, and it sort of delivered. I didn't care for the nudity mainly because some of the girls had too big of chests. If they were all flat-chested lolis, it would have been more appreciated. The art style really screamed late 2000's to me, which, of course, made sense. Overall, I enjoyed the first season. I didn't care for the OP and ED, though. My opinion on the second season was about the same. I sort of got the feeling during the final episodes that the anime would have been something I would've watched in my early days of watching anime. I think that feeling came from the ED. I don't really have an opinion on the movie, or the OVAs.

Although I didn't rewatch it or anything, I did give Utena a score of nine. I had held off on scoring because I didn't want to give it a nine but also didn't want to lower the score by giving it an eight. However, after letting the series sit with me, it has grown heavily on me. It has probably been one of the anime I have thought about the most in the past few months.
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