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March 27th, 2017
So after my last update was rather lackluster, I really wanted to have a lot of progress in my next update. My original plan was to try to complete all five shows in between Gabriel DropOut and Zaregoto on the list so there wouldn’t be so much space in between them; I was even going to title this update something like “Cutting Out The Middlemen”. Yeah, it didn’t quite work out. I wanted to get all of them finished within two weeks, but I fell out of the anime-watching mood a bit and it took me nearly two weeks to finish the third series in the gap. By that time, Gabriel DropOut was almost finished airing anyway (and I did finish the series today), so I figured, screw it, the gap won’t even matter by the time I’d watched the other two shows. Anyway, this update was a long time coming, but at least I got a lot of things to talk about this time around; maybe a little too much as far as the episode-by-episode shows go. Oh well. On to the running list:



-Another
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) - Completed:
And here we have my third *new* anime to be scored a 10 from this Challenge (technically Kizumonogatari and Koyomimonogatari were also scored a 10, but they’re grouped into the overall Monogatari Series so they don’t really count as “new”; see a little further down for the second show I scored a 10, while the first was Prison School four updates ago). Anyway, it took me about half way through this series to really develop a connection with the characters from this show, but when I did I REALLY got connected with them. Deku is of course a very touching character, but I also developed deep feelings for his rival Kacchan and I absolutely loved Tsu-chan (one of the tensest moments in the series for me was with her and the main villain; I was totally about to cry hard). With a very large cast, not everyone gets a chance to shine, but just about everyone who does get significant screen time are very interesting and/or loveable. For now, this is my third favorite very-shounen action series after One Punch Man and Full Metal Alchemist with it currently clocking in #41 on my working Top 100 List. I specifically chose to watch this after I realized that the whole “Cutting Out The Middlemen” thing wasn’t working out because I wanted to be able to start watching the second season as it airs starting 1 April and I am so glad that I did! I can’t wait!! ^_^

-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Completed:
Episode 9 was rather good! The girls try to have a nice Christmas party, but before she even arrives Satania calls Vignette to inform her that the day indeed is about the birth of Christ! Something demons like themselves have no business in celebrating; no, it is in fact the perfect day for them to cause wide-spread chaos instead! However, Vignette just wants to have a fun, nice party with close friends so while she is preparing with Raphiel, they make a plan to get Satania over to the “it’s just a day of fun” side of things. It almost goes pretty well, too, but not perfectly. We get some really good Vignette moments during this segment and the segments that follow are also amusing as the group goes to a shrine for New Years and then take a trip back to Heaven and Hell for vacation (though we don’t get any further than customers as Gab is trying to smuggle in gaming paraphernalia). A very solid episode! Episode 10 was also rather good as we get to see a little bit of the characters’ home lives back in Heaven/Hell. Gab just wants to be lazy and sleep into the evening, but her cute little sister is home and wants to play. Satania’s family is just as stupid and overly confident as she is; at least her mom and dad are while her little brother always whips out a quick reality check for their delusions of grandeur (they’re not really high ranking demons in hell, they just run a bakery). Vignette comes home with fond memories of a little monster she saved a year ago, but while she remembered him as being the size of a small dog he is now a 10 ft. tall behemoth. Raphiel was probably the most amusing to me as she is the only character from a very well off family and the only person she interacts with is her masochistic, perverted female butler; love it! Again, another rather good episode. Episode 11 had a major focus on Satania in the first half, having some great interaction with the infamous melon bread stealing dog. It’s a really sweet segment that makes for a great episode, but in addition to that we also finally had the return of Tapris! There is some great moments of her trying to learn how to use a computer by herself and then she has a nice dinner party with the rest of the group. The episode then ends with a bit of a cliffhanger as Gab freaks out after being told that her older sister is coming to visit.... Episode 12 ended the series on a pretty good high note! Gab’s sister was very amusing as she struck fear into the little sister for her fallen lifestyle on earth. Gab’s plots to deceive her sister into thinking she’s still a model angel were amusing and so was what ultimately ended up saving Gab’s ass. This has been a fun series to watch week-to-week with amusing characters and solid gags. Although it was a bit flat at times, the high points easily outweighed the lows so I ended up giving it a final score of a 9. I don’t know if I’d care to buy the original manga (which was recently licensed by Yen Press), but I’d definitely give it a shot if I can find a digital copy and I won’t hesitate to buy the anime if it eventually gets licensed as well. Good stuff!

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!) - Completed: Oh man. I loved this show. So much. I knew the basic premise of the show before I started watching, but it was still shocking and very well executed. I cried at least a little at some point of nearly every episode. I just really connected to it. I think this is the second thing during the challenge that I’ve scored a 10 after Prison School. I don’t really want to say too much about the story because if you’re fortunate enough to be able to go into this series completely blind, I really don’t want to ruin that. Anyway, this was used to fulfill item 10, watching an anime by a studio who has only produced 3 to 50 anime. Big props to Lerche for creating such a wonderful adaptation without a whole lot of other anime under its belt. Really, I’m kind of confused as to why it only has an average score of 7.70, ranked at #1057 on MAL. I guess a lot of people didn’t like it as much as I did. Maybe they just didn’t appreciate the moe, slice-of-life style of the series. I don’t know, but whatever, I totally plan to eventually read the manga. Like Prison School, this anime had a great ending for an adaptation of a manga that wasn’t finished yet. Love this show!! It moved up the ranking of my Top 100 list in a big way at #32.

-Gi(a)rlish Number - Completed: I watched this anime to fulfill item 51, watching a slice of life show, and it was honestly extremely hard for me to evaluate. It was somewhat interesting, giving what seemed like a pretty realistic look at the anime production business with a focus on voice acting. Although there were moments that would make me giggle and smile, for the most part I was bored while watching it and now that it’s over I don’t really have any desire to re-watch it ever. For me, mostly being bored and not caring to re-watch something puts it into a score range of 6 or lower. However, thinking about it really hard and putting into consideration that it was mostly a well-constructed show that made me giggle and such at least a few times each episode, I ended up going ahead and giving it a 7. It was really close, though. But the series just didn’t really connect with me. I’m a little worried that it might be a lack of interest in idol-type stuff and that I might also end up bored with Love Live! whenever I end up watching that. Maybe the school life aspect will help, though. I guess we’ll see.

-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined) - Completed: This is a series that I initially watched the first episode of a number of years back (closer to its original 2012 airing) with some friends of mine. We were going to do a weekly anime night, but we ended only meeting once, watching the first episode of a bunch of different series. Anyway, this one had a rather memorable scene of a living piece of bread ripping itself down the middle of its body, spraying blood-like carrot juice everywhere. Now as I finally pick the series back up and finish it, it’s pretty damn weird and at times a little on the too-deep-for-me side of things. It was definitely an interesting show that I got a good amount of enjoyment out of, but it won’t rank up in my favorites of all time (ending up with an 8 score). But I can definitely say it was a memorable experience and the bread scene was easily outdone in my mind with the second episode which included what felt like obvious Cowboy Bebop action parodies. Good stuff.

-Kaiba
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai - Watching:
I’m still not quite sure what to think about this series; I’m not really connecting with the characters too much yet and the dialog doesn’t feel as engaging to me as it did in the Monogatari Series and Katanagatari. But anyway, the previous episode ended with the discovery of one of the 12 characters being dead, decapitated in her art studio. Episode 3 is all about setting the stage for a murder mystery and doing some light investigation. Again, not too much to really pull me in. We’ll see if it develops into anything as the series goes. I mean, it took six or so episodes before I really started to like the characters in My Hero Academia. And just to note, even if there’s a long time in between updates, I’ll only be watching one episode per update since the episodes are coming out monthly; don’t want to run out of stuff to watch too quickly.

-Little Witch Academia - Watching: Episode 9 was a rather sweet story about family as the girls accidently raise a zombie. It was kind of basic, but I was amused and the ending was very touching. Episode 10 is one of my favorites so far! Using love-magic as the main driving force behind the story is rather cliche, but it was executed so well. I loved the classic-shoujo-vision used to illustrate the charm effect and there were a ton of good gags and some nice touching scenes. Great stuff! Episode 11 was also a great episode which actually injected some major plot points into the story. We get some mysterious elements behind the world of Little Which Academia and what it means for Akko to progress as a witch. I’m getting the impression that the second half of the series is going to be much meatier in the plot department than the first and I’m really looking forward to seeing where they take things. Episode 12 continues to hint at the developing overall plot of the series, but it focuses more on preparing for a new event and a silly story about Akko being transformed to look like Diana. There are also some more nice scenes of Akko’s training and learning more about what it means to follow in Chariot’s footsteps. Another rather solid episode.

-Love Live! School Idol Project
-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Potemayo
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)
-Steins;Gate
-Trigun
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
Posted by pluvia33 | Yesterday, 7:41 PM | 0 comments
March 5th, 2017
In previous weeks, I was rather sick and calling into work a lot and there was also a holiday in there. There was no such extra days off this week; I worked a full five-day work week. Lame. There were also a few other things going on so I didn’t get that much progress on my challenge this week. However, I did make sure to at least finish one new show, so I had a total of 15 episodes worth of progress. However, if I keep this up and watch at the very least 15 episodes a week, I won’t have any problems with completing my challenge on time. Good luck, me!



-Another
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
Although I’m sad that Tapris once again didn’t make an appearance, episode 8 is one of my favorite episodes so far! Everything just worked really well. Each character got some good screen time with Satanichia and Raphiel especially having some of their best content yet and Gabriel’s trip to the cooking club felt both in character and ridiculously adorable! Vignette’s part wasn’t quite as strong as everyone else’s, but she did play a good supporting role, especially as Satanichia’s “straight man” during the interview segment. Easily one of my top three favorite episodes so far with episode 1 and Tapris’ episode being my other two favorites. Hopefully they can keep this up until the end from here. ^_^

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number
-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai - Watching:
With episode 2, I’m still not quite sure what to think of this series. This time around, some of the conversations felt a little more engaging, but I’m still not connecting with the characters quite as much as I have in other NISIOISIN works. However, the ending of this episode definitely made me interested in seeing the next one. We’ll see how that turns out, but either way I’ll be in it for the whole series since it’s part of the challenge.

-Little Witch Academia - Watching: Episode 8 was all about Sucy in a large way. We get a glimpse into her subconscious mind as Akko travels into her dream world. It was rather amusing and a nice way for Trigger to really cut loose a bit more than usual with their animation and silliness. Good stuff!

-Love Live! School Idol Project
-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Potemayo
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)
-Steins;Gate
-Trigun

-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!) - Completed:
Watched to fulfill item 48, watching a shoujo anime. When I was hearing about this show last year, I was a little iffy about it. The concept of a fat fujoshi BL otaku having some significant, unexpected weight loss and then becoming really cute and catching the eyes of four attractive guys at school felt like it could easily go wrong. Like, oh, so these guys are only interested in her because she lost weight and stuff; but it actually ended up being a rather touching shoujo romance series with a lot of hilarious comedy! One of the guys (best boy, Matsumi Asuma) was actually a friend of Serinuma’s before her weight loss as her senpai in the history club and he was the only one of the four guys who immediately recognized her after her weight loss. When she temporarily gains her weight back after constantly eating leftover Valentine’s chocolate from a project, Matsumi just said, “yeah, I guess she got a little chubby,” while the other three initially freaked out like crazy. Oh, and another fun twist was adding a handsome girl into the mix a few episodes in who also fell in love with Serinuma and is actually a rich BL doujinshi artist. She also brings the “you only like her because she became thin and cute” attitude of the other three guys out into the open as she actually liked Serinuma (from a far) before her weight loss and, like Matsumi, didn’t have an issue when she gained her weight back (she actually liked her chubby softness). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by this series. It was very fun and funny. It did have a bit of a cop-out ending, but as it’s an adaptation of an ongoing manga and the ending’s comedy was effective, I didn’t mind. However, it really did feel like a once-only season of anime; I’m not expecting a sequel to ever be made. However, like the anime, the original manga for the series is available on Crunchyroll so I’ll definitely be reading that eventually since I tend to like my shoujo in manga form more anyway. Great stuff!

-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
Posted by pluvia33 | Mar 5, 11:32 AM | 0 comments
February 26th, 2017
With 34 more episodes of anime watched and three more items on my list finished this week, I continue to make good progress on the Challenge. I actually ended up giving everything that I finished this week a 9 score. As I’ve said in my profile, I might be a little easy on my scoring, but whatever. I like a lot of things! Don’t really have much else to say about this week, so on to the list status....



-Another
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
So Tapris still hasn’t made her return to the show yet in this week’s episode, but we did get a little bit of an interesting concept of Gabriel and Vignette getting their living money cut because they don’t act correctly; Gabriel is an angel who doesn’t do good deeds while Vignette is a devil who doesn’t do bad deeds. Vignette takes center stage as we only see her trying her best to be bad while Gab is just as lazy as usual. It was amusing and at times really cute, but mostly standard-level stuff for this series.

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number
-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien - Completed:
I used this series to fulfill item 73 of my challenge, to finish an anime that I had on-hold. This was a rather weird show to pick back up because I watched the first five episodes about 8+ years ago when I bought the DVD set (the first disc in the set) and I hadn’t touched it since then. Yeah, so I generally knew what had happened in the first five episodes, but it was still weird to pick it up from there. Thankfully, in episode 12 out of 14 there was a quick flashback of clips of everything that had happened up to that point, so that was nice to remind me of some of the things that went on right before the climax. And I have to say, the ending was rather great! Watching the show again at first was a bit hard to get into. It moved at a really slow soap-opera pace with very little going on in each episode. But I rather enjoyed the ending and the series as a whole when all was said and done; it all came together really well. I don’t know for sure if it would make it into my Top 100 or not, but I did go ahead and give it a 9, so it’s possible. I’ll have to let it sink in to know for sure if it makes the cut.

-Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba) - Completed: This is a series that has been talked about a lot as one of the best comedies of last year. I watched all ten episodes of the first season in one day, watching it to fit item 29 as an anime adapted from a light novel series. Yeah, I had a lot of options that could have filled this one. But KonoSuba is a fantasy comedy, so it felt pretty much right up my alley. In the end, yes, it was a pretty fun show. I ended up giving it a 9, but like a number of other things I’ve watched for this challenge so far, I’m not quite sure where it will fall in my Top 100. As with Rakugo, I’ll probably have to wait until I watch the second season to really know for sure. More stuff to watch after I’m done with my challenge stuff! Anyway, this was a fun and funny show with nice characters. I don’t really have much else to say about it beyond that....

-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai - Watching: This is the last item on my list that is “currently airing” in Japan. I used it to fulfill one of the easier conditions in the challenge, item 71, to watch an anime that has a main character with an unnatural hair color. I suppose that’s actually a little less common with more recent anime as many creators don’t seem to use the old “different color hair” trick to differentiate characters anymore. One of the main reasons I picked this show to fulfill this item is because Tomo Kunagisa’s blue hair is actually canon. Most shows just have crazy hair colors for their characters and never mention them, acting like the color is perfectly normal. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen a series actually acknowledge a weird hair color like this. Aside from that, I’ve been looking forward to this show since I’m a big NISIOISIN fan. I’ve only watched the first episode so far because it’s an OVA that usually comes out with one episode per month and I don’t want to run out of stuff too fast. Four of the eight planned episodes are out so far with the final episode due out 28 June. Anyway, as far as the actual episode goes, it was a bit harder to follow than most of NISIOISIN shows since instead of focusing on a single one-on-one conversation for most of the episode, the main character talks to I think five different people throughout the episode. It seems like it can be a nice show, though. I look forward to watching more.

-Little Witch Academia - Watching: In episode 7 Akko continues to be the poor, bumbling student with heart. This episode was funny and heartwarming with some more nice student-teacher bonding between Akko and Ursula-sensei. The series continues to be a pleasure to watch every week.

-Love Live! School Idol Project

-Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends) - Completed:
So here’s a series that I’ve heard good things about for many years but am only now giving it a shot with it satisfying item 31 in the challenge, watching an anime adapted from a manga with an average score of 8.0 or more. As I began watching, the first thing that stood out to me is Natsume’s voice as I was pretty sure that it was Hiroshi Kamiya just by ear and I confirmed it to be so after watching the first episode. Funny enough, since the anime is mostly centered around the main character dealing with supernatural beings, this made me think of Natsume as the shoujo version of the Monogatari Series (as Hiroshi Kamiya also voices Araragi). Fun stuff, although I was a little sad at the lack of Natsume/Monogatari crossover fanart that I could find on the internet. Oh well. Anyway, I liked this first season rather well! For the most part it was a nice, clam, touching series with interesting stories and characters. Like all of the other stuff that I finished this week, I gave it a 9, but don’t know where it will fit in my Top 100 (if it makes the cut). But with season 6 coming out during the next anime airing season, I’ll have plenty more to watch before I make my decision! And yes, I feel that it is definitely worth watching more, especially when I just feel like chilling out. Good stuff!

-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Potemayo
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)
-Steins;Gate
-Trigun
-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
Posted by pluvia33 | Feb 26, 9:09 AM | 0 comments
February 18th, 2017
So I’m posting this week’s update a little early because I just finished off my 18th anime for this challenge! 31 more to go! Yeah, with 30 episodes of anime watched this week, I’d say I’m pretty well on track to complete this challenge without much trouble. Yay! And I don’t really have anything else to say about this week, so one with the anime challenge list....



-Another
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
Sadly the wonderful Tapris who made her debut last episode was completely absent from episode 6. That’s a shame; I really hope she’ll pop back up soon. However, the major focus on Satanichia in this episode kept it pretty amusing, though mostly just on par with most of the other episode. Not bad, but not particularly amazing either.

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number
-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
-Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba)
-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

-Little Witch Academia - Watching:
Episode 6 of Little Witch Academia was rather touching as Akko continues to have trouble with learning proper magic. Although she gets really discouraged when things weren’t going her way, she was able to feel better again thanks to Ursula-sensei. And yeah, the animal ear stuff was super cute, too! Good stuff.

-Love Live! School Idol Project
-Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Potemayo
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

-Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - Completed:
One day this week I had trouble falling asleep and watched the last four episodes to finish of this first season. I actually had some weird thoughts about this series after finishing episode nine which ended up being totally wrong, I think. This season was definitely solid, though. I’m glad to have watched it and I’ve rated this entry with a 9, but I’m not completely sure if it’s enough to break into my Top 100 on its own. I really feel like I need to see how the second season turns out first to know how I really feel about the series. The season didn’t feel very conclusive to me and honestly it didn’t really touch me that deeply. The second season will definitely be one of the first things I watch after I’m done with the challenge since I want to watch that before the next time I officially revisit my Top 100 list.

-Steins;Gate
-Trigun
-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

-Yuri!!! on Ice - Completed:
So it’s time for me to finally watch perhaps the biggest anime of last year. This is filling item 42 in the challenge, watching an anime with a human main character that is not Japanese, since Victor is Russian. Honestly, the first episode or two of this series didn’t grab me at all, but I think that’s largely because of all the stuff I’ve been hearing about the series; even the most basic theme summaries of the series takes a lot of the thunder away from the early episodes. Anyway, even taking that into account, the anime really picks up after a few episodes and is rather good in the end. The relationships are touching and the competition is really exiting; I always liked figure skating and other performance-based athletics. With these initial 12 episodes, the series doesn’t quite make it into my top 50, but it does fit somewhere into the bottom half of my top 100; not quite sure where at right now, though. Great stuff, though!

-Zero no Tsukaima F - Completed: A big part of this challenge for me was using it as a way to get back to some of the anime that has been on the back-burner for me; things that I should have watched a while ago, but never got around to doing it. Few other things on my list are truer in that regard than this anime. Used to fulfill item 9, watching an anime with one of my favorite voice actors (tsundere queen Rie Kugimiya), not only is this anime from 5 years ago but it’s part of a series that I started watching over a decade ago! Having begun this anime back when I was REALLY getting deep into anime, watching this series again after so long was like being reunited with old friends. Seeing the old characters during the first episode just put a big smile on my face even though there wasn’t much going on. And in the end this season brought a satisfactory close to the series. When I did my Top 100 list, this series as a whole was placed at #42; I don’t see the final season changing its relative position in the ranking for better or worse, but it might get shifted down a bit due to other awesome stuff (like Prison School, as I mentioned last week, being set to place in the 30s). But yes, good stuff and I’m really happy to finally finish the series. These old friends will now be waiting for me whenever I feel like visiting again. ^_^

....In retrospect now, I’m a little sad that I didn’t find a way to work the final season of Shana into my challenge list, too, but I was trying to limit the number of 20+ episode series that I picked. Oh well. Maybe next year.
Posted by pluvia33 | Feb 18, 9:53 PM | 0 comments
February 12th, 2017
As of this week, I’ve completed 15 of the 49 items for my challenge. With 25 full-length episodes worth of anime watched this week, if I can keep up this pace I’ll have no problem with finishing the challenge! Don’t really have much else to say this week, so here is my current list of things I still need to watch and the progress that I’ve made this week!



-Another
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs

-Carnival Phantasm - Completed:
I watched this series to meet item number 57, watching a parody anime. I wasn’t too sure how much I’d like it since it’s primarily a parody of Type-Moon’s Tsukihime and Fate franchises and it’s been a rather long time since I’d watched Tsukihime and the old Fate/stay night anime (and I had some issues with the latter). However, this was rated rather highly for a parody series and now that I’ve finished watching it I can see why. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who has seen or played both Tsukihime and Fate/stay night. It’s hard to recommend to anyone who hasn’t experienced either franchise or has had contact with only one of the two since you would be missing a lot of assumed knowledge for the parody to work properly, but it really is a rather fun little series! Good stuff! And with that, the final short (3 hours or less) anime entry on my list has been finished. Time to really get chugging along!

-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
Episode five introduced a new character with Tapris and it was kind of just what the series needed. At first I was a little disappointed that this episode didn’t go into Gabriel’s fall in more detail like episode four hinted at, but thanks to Tapris this was probably the strongest episode since episode one! As Gabriel’s kohai, Tapris had a lot of comedic potential since the last time she saw Gab she was still the picture-perfect angel in heaven. Tapris had amazing interactions with all four of the main cast members. Again, this is easily the best episode since episode one and may even be better. Hopefully they can keep this momentum up!

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number
-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
-Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba)
-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

-Little Witch Academia - Watching:
Episode five took a fun look at dragons in the world of Little Witch Academia. I don’t want to give too much away since it’s more fun not knowing, but it was interesting and amusing. The two “misfit” groups (Atsuko’s and Amanda’s groups) get a lot of interaction together which is nice. Another solid episode, but again, not especially exciting like the first and third episodes were.

-Love Live! School Idol Project
-Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Potemayo

-Prison School - Completed:
Wow! So this is the second all-new-to-me series that I’ve watched for this challenge that is for sure breaking into my Top 100 and it’s likely going to debut in a rather big way with a tentative placement at #37. I’d heard good things about the original manga from my good friend Mike Bz so I expected it to be pretty good, but even when I hit the half-way mark I was expecting to give it a solid 9, not the 10 that I ended up giving it once it was over. I actually marathoned the series in one day almost non-stop which is rare for me these days. It just kept me engaged, kept me laughing, and kept me on the edge of my seat! I ended up taking the series far more seriously than I expected I would and probably more seriously than the original creator intended. Some scenes that seemed like that were meant to be simple gags came off as legitimately dramatic to me and the ending gave me chills! Man, that ending! This is probably one of the best endings I’ve ever seen for a manga adaptation with an original source which hasn’t ended yet. It was just a perfect stopping point which felt immensely satisfying yet also made you want to know what would happen next. I’d love to see another season get released, but I wouldn’t be completely disappointed if it never happens. I’ll most likely be reading the manga either way. Great stuff!!

-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

-Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - Watching:
So I’m shooting to get this series finished off instead of only watching one or two episodes a week, like I’d kind of been pretending like it’s an ongoing series. So this week I watched through episode 9 and I should finish it within a week from now. Anyway, a lot has happened in the five episodes that I watched today! Kikuhiko was able to find his style of rakugo and become successful while Sukeroku, while loved by his audience, fell out of favor with his master and the rakugo association. Oh, and relationship drama. A lot of drama. Episode 9 was a pretty good place to stop for this week and digest so I can finish it off in a few days. It’s been a pretty interesting and enjoyable, but as of now I don’t really see it becoming a favorite of mine. We’ll see next week, though and I’ll give my thoughts on the series as a whole....

-Steins;Gate
-Trigun
-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
-Yuri!!! on Ice
-Zero no Tsukaima F
Posted by pluvia33 | Feb 12, 3:50 PM | 0 comments
February 5th, 2017
Anime Relations: Karas, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku
So I haven’t had a lot of time to watch a lot of anime these last two weeks. Most of my new progress was actually done just this weekend. But hey, progress and progress. Hopefully I’ll have more next time.



-30-sai no Hoken Taiiku - Completed: Fulfilling requirement to watch an anime with a number in the title, this half episode series is meant as a comedic anime providing sex education and relationship advice for 30-year-old virgins.... Honestly, if I hadn’t been watching this for the challenge I probably would have dropped it after two or three episodes. It really didn’t connect with me early on, but it grew on me after a while. The female sex god characters helped a lot, but I think the biggest issue early on is the MASSIVE amount of censorship this series had for its initial broadcast, especially in the early episodes. Most of it is just ridiculous, unnecessary, and detrimental to the purpose of the show. I checked a raw uncensored version and there was really no point to censoring a lot of the stuff other than to try getting more home video sales. Sadly, from what I can find, there is no subtitled version of the uncensored edition right now, but this series desperately needs one. Regardless, by the end of it, this is a sweet little anime.

-Another
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Carnival Phantasm
-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
Episode three of Gabriel was rather good. The character interactions between the main cast continue to be funny and although it started off a little slow, the coffee shop owner stuff had some good payoffs when Satanichia and Vignette were tasting his house blend. Satanichia encountering super-spicy food was also amusing again and the censorship joke was also pretty funny. Another good, solid episode! Episode four was also pretty solid and mostly centers around a beach story. There were some nice jokes and generally good slice-of-lifeyness going on, but it was kind of weird that they decided to break up the episode with an additional seven minutes of content happening after the ending credits which began to talk about how Gabriel and Vignette first met. On a side note, I recently watched my first Weebcast from the Mother’s Basement YouTube channel. I’ve been watching a lot of his regular videos and have been putting off the Weebcast podcast ones because they are insanely long! But a new one came out about Winter 2017 impressions so I threw it on while I was doing stuff around the house a couple of weekends ago. They [url= https://youtu.be/pnMfoK-bQY8?t=1h2m18s]talked about Gabriel DropOut[/url] and although Geoff, the guy from Mother’s Basement, seemed to genuinely like the show he seemed to really get drowned out by the other two guys who really didn’t like it and he kind of seemed to change his tune a bit as the discussion went on. One aspect of the discussion that really annoyed me is how they got hung up on the “oh, she get addicted to an MMO so now she’s a piece of shit; how insulting!! What lazy writing!” I mean really? This show isn’t that serious. It’s a dumb fun slice-of-life gag comedy.

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number
-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba

-Karas - Completed:
To fulfill the simple task of watching a stand-alone OVA I picked Karas, a series that I actually watched the first half of about 10 years ago. I figured I’d go ahead and watch it from the beginning and finally finish it as part of the challenge. I don’t really have much to say about it. It was a pretty basic story which was essentially a tokusatsu superhero show in anime form. The mix of CG and traditional animation hold up pretty well considering the first episodes are over a decade old now. It was a pretty good little OVA.

-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
-Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba)
-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

-Little Witch Academia - Watching:
Episode three felt a little slow to start, but once it get really into trying to get Akko to fly it picked up and then the actual race really kicked things into high gear! Easily the most exciting episode so far! Then episode four came to bring things back down to a little more low-key level. It wasn’t a bad episode at all, but it was definitely not particularly exciting or impressively animated. It was all about Lotte and her obsession with a novel series called Night Fall, a not-at-all-subtle parody of the Twilight series. Except that instead of only having 4 books, this one is never ending as it’s been going for 120 years and the 365th volume is now being released! Again, the action and snazzy animation takes a bit of a backseat this week, but it’s still a solid, amusing episode.

-Love Live! School Idol Project
-Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Potemayo
-Prison School
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

-Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - Watching:
Episode three and four of this series continues Yakumo’s story of growing up to one day become a Rakugo legend. He actually had a really slow start in the art compared to his friend Sukeroku. This is building up to an interesting character story, especially the heartfelt time of his being left behind during WWII by both his friend and his master as they went to entertain the Japanese soldiers. Now it’s time for things to get a little more complicated with a woman entering/dramatic. I look forward to watching more and now that I’ve knocked out almost all of the shorter completed shows now, maybe I’ll try finishing off the series this week.

-Steins;Gate
-Trigun
-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
-Yuri!!! on Ice
-Zero no Tsukaima F
Posted by pluvia33 | Feb 5, 8:31 PM | 0 comments
January 22nd, 2017
So I guess this is Week 2 of my 2017 Anime Watching Challenge! This week I focused on watching short entries on my list to thin things out a bit. So I watched movies, OVAs, and short-episode anime; pretty much anything that was less than three hours long. There are a few such anime that I didn’t quite get around to watching (30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Carnival Phantasm, and Karas), but I did finish nine things off of my list this week and also watched a new episode of each of the shows that I’m currently “Watching” so I say it was a pretty productive week! Hopefully next week will also be productive, but with me starting grad school and running a Pathfinder RPG campaign while continuing to work full time, we’ll see how things work out. Anyway, so here’s the continued list and such:



-30-sai no Hoken Taiiku
-Another

-Arcade Gamer Fubuki - Completed:
So I watched this to satisfy item #11, “Watch one of the 5 lowest scored anime from your favorite studio” and chose Shaft as my “favorite” studio; I mean, I don’t really have a favorite studio, but with Shaft being the creators of Madoka Magica and the Monogatari Series anime, they’re just about the closest I have to a favorite studio (KyoAni is cool, too, but aside from Haruhi, they don’t have much in my top-top anime). Anyway, Fubuki is one of Shaft’s lowest scored anime for good reason. Man, it is so bland, and pretty damn dated. At least it was pretty short, though. I don’t really have much good to say about it, so I’ll leave it at that.

-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Carnival Phantasm

-Cheating Craft - Completed:
Man, this show was so extraordinarily Meh. This anime was used to cover item #32, to watch some that has an average score of 6.0 or less. So yeah, I shouldn’t have expected much. With such a silly concept, it seems like this should have been more entertaining, but the execution just wasn’t there. These 12 minute episodes were mostly just a drag to watch. It’s kind of lame that I got two items that specifically ask me to watch bad/mediocre anime. Oh well. At least they’re out of the way.

-Date A Live
-Death Parade

-Dwaejiui Wang (The King of the Pigs) - Completed:
To fulfill item #7, I had to watch a Korean or Chinese anime, something I don’t normally do. (Hey! Exposure to new things! One of the main purposes of the challenge!) So, The King of Pigs was interesting, and not particularly enjoyable to watch; it was just plain ugly, both in art style and story. That’s not to say it’s a bad movie (again, it is interesting), but the character designs and CGI artwork is rather ugly and the story about vicious school bullying and the aftermath of it can be really uncomfortable to watch. I wouldn’t really call it required viewing, but if you’re interested is seeing a very compelling view of some of the worst aspects of human nature, it is worth seeing.

-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
Episode 2 was amusing enough, though it didn’t have me laughing quite as much as the first. Raphiel not having quite as much good material is probably part of that, but I did love how Satanichia reacted to super spicy food. Good stuff!

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number

-Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice) - Completed:
I watched Hana & Alice for item #8, to watch something by a creator (director) that I’ve never watched anything from. I’d been wanting to watch Hana & Alice for a little while and since I’d never seen anything by director Shunji Iwai it fit in here. Anyway, this was an interesting movie. Although the rotoscoped animation was a bit jarring and the beginning was rather slow, once Alice actually met Hana it became a rather charming slice of life story. Good stuff.

-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba
-Karas
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

-Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen - Completed:
So, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a Shameless Monogatari Series Fanboy. I love the crap out of the series. I love NISIOISIN’s dialog. I love Shaft’s handling of the series. Shinbou is my hero for committing to animating the entire series. Not too long ago, I finally caught up on watching everything other than these movies and Koyomimonogatari (see below), and now I’m finally watching them! And yes, just like all of the other Monogatari Series stuff so far, I LOVED the first Kizumonogatari movie! I kind of want to go right into watching the second movie, but I’d rather let this one digest. Honestly, not that much happened in this first installment, but despite the name, this series is not STORY driven; it’s character driven through and through (see the above linked Fanboy blog post for more talk of this). However, I was really surprised on a stylistic level, or should I say execution? This still had the typical Monogatari/Shaft/Shinbou style, but the way it was executed was very different. Beautiful CGI art replaced the typical flat, artsy backgrounds and it actually looked really good! Anyway, I really don’t want to go on and on about this. I just want to say that as a fan I wasn’t disappointed at all and look forward to watching the rest of the movies and Koyomimonogatari and everything else that’s eventually released in the future.

-Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba)

-Koyomimonogatari - Completed:
And I thought the first Kizumonogatari movie had me anxious for more Monogatari Series stuff! At first, this was just some side story material presented in half-length episodes. I mean, I was still loving it and was going to most likely rate it a 10 regardless; as a shameless fanboy, it will take a lot for a Monogatari entry to not get a 10. But damn! They just had to throw in a crazy cliffhanger ending to make me NEED more! Hopefully with all three Kizumonogatari movies out in Japan now, maybe we’ll get some news of more anime going in production soon? Maybe when Kizumonogatari III is released in Blu-ray? A fanboy can only hope....

-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

-Little Witch Academia - Watching:
The second episode of Little Witch Academia (TV) was a little more low-key than the first, but was still rather good. The interactions between Akko and Diana were especially nice. I’m really interested to see how their relationship develops when they have 25 episodes to work with.

-Love Live! School Idol Project

-Military! - Completed:
So I watched this to fulfill item #45, watching an anime that includes one of my favorite (Slice of Life) and least favorite (Military) genres. This is a short-episode anime with just 12 3-minute episodes and it was actually more enjoyable than I expected! I usually don’t like military anime because it gets too deep into Serious Business, focusing on tactics, politics, and military gear fetishism which don’t interest me. The military fetishism is the only thing that’s really included in this show and it doesn’t overwhelm the show, focusing much more of light-hearted, dumb comedy. Yeah, they’re using all these “cool” military weapons and they have a quick blurb at the end of each episode describing some piece of military tech, but those blurbs are VERY quick and the weaponry is just a means for the gags. All in all, I was amused!

-Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
-New Game!
-No Game No Life

-Oshiete! Galko-chan (Please tell me! Galko-chan) - Completed:
Wow! So this was a show that I’ve really been looking forward to watching. This filled the FREE spot on my BINGO card, using item #3 from the list of criteria (watching a short-episode anime). But yeah, I wasn’t quite expecting to enjoy this show as much as it did. It was Great! (I mean literally; I gave it a 9 score) I was so impressed that I immediately went to my Top 100 List to see where the series would fall and it ended up placing in between Snow Fairy Sugar and Mai-HiME (#54 without factoring in any of the other stuff that I’ve really loved since I made that list, like Orange and Little Witch Academia). Anyway, I’ve never really seen anything like Galko-chan before. It’s a slice of life series that is extremely charming and cute while also speaking very frankly about sexual acts and bodily functions. The main characters are just flat-out adorable and the supporting characters are also cool. A major theme in the series is subverting expectations/going against stereotypes, the most notable being the expectation/stereotype that gyaru/kogal-type girls are slutty while Galko-chan is one of the most innocent girls in the class. It’s really good and I totally want to start reading the original manga now!

-Potemayo
-Prison School
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE
-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

-Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - Watching:
After the introductory double-length episode, the series goes back in time. It’s interesting to see how the master performer totally sucked when he first started out. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out. I’m not sure if I’ll try to watch through more than one episode next week or not. We’ll see.

-Steins;Gate
-Trigun

-Uchuu Patrol Luluco (Space Patrol Luluco) - Completed:
Trigger’s silly little short anime about a space police force. It was fun and random, but aside from that, I didn’t really connect with it too greatly. The high point for me was probably the Little Witch Academia cross-over. Maybe I should give it a re-watch at some point, but for not it’s just a solid 7.

-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
-Yuri!!! on Ice
-Zero no Tsukaima F


And that’s it for now. I look forward to watching more and more anime! Until next time, laters! ^_^
Posted by pluvia33 | Jan 22, 12:41 AM | 0 comments
January 14th, 2017
So every year MAL does Anime/Manga Challenges, a way to encourage people to watch more and different kinds of anime by providing a number of specific criteria to fill in with different items. I've been interested in trying this before but never took the plunge until now!

So I have signed up, and at the largest level to boot! I don't know if I might be overestimating my ability to watch a ton of anime, but we'll see if I'll be able to complete all 49 anime. I even made myself my own Participant banner, since I didn't like any of the banners they had well enough to use (also includes a link to my sign-up post):



So this year they added this BINGO card thing which adds a random aspect to the challenge which is kind of cool, but my sign-up post can be a little rough to read, especially since they want you to keep the list in the order that each item is listed on the BINGO card you get. But I have already chosen everything that I'll be using to fit all of my criteria, so the questions don't really matter much at this point. So to chronicle my progress I'll just list all of the anime that I'll be watching in alphabetical order. Each post I make, I will say a bit about each anime that I either finished or am currently watching. Once I have Completed a show, it will be removed from the list for future posts so eventually there will only be a few items remaining (make sense?). So here are all of the anime that I'm watching for the challenge this year:

-30-sai no Hoken Taiiku
-Another
-Arcade Gamer Fubuki
-Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
-Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
-Bungou Stray Dogs
-Carnival Phantasm
-Cheating Craft
-Date A Live
-Death Parade
-Dwaejiui Wang (The King of the Pigs)
-Flip Flappers

-Gabriel DropOut - Watching:
This is one of only two currently airing shows that I am watching as part of the challenge. I've only watched the first episode so far because that's all that's out, but I'm really liking it so far! I especially like Raphiel; she's such a mean bitch, but she is hilarious in the process! And the "torment" that she causes (at least in the first episode) is really pretty harmless. All of the main cast is pretty amusing. A pretty nice surprise!

-Gakkougurashi! (School-Live!)
-Gi(a)rlish Number
-Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice)
-Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity Has Declined)
-Kaiba
-Karas
-Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
-Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen
-Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba)
-Koyomimonogatari
-Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

-Kumo to Tulip (The Spider and the Tulip) - Completed:
So this was an anime actually picked from someone else's list (challenge item #60). To make it simple, I used the first person who signed up. This was one of the only items that was finished on that list and since my BINGO sheet didn't pop the "began airing between 1917 and 1959" item, I thought it'd be interesting to see this vintage anime. It was pretty cool. I didn't quite enjoy it as much as Kobutori, but it was close. It's always interesting to see really old anime. You can watch it yourself here.

-Little Witch Academia - Watching: The other currently airing anime that I'm watching. LOVED the first episode! It was pretty much like another one of the short films. I really hope they're able to keep up the energy and quality. Really looking forward to watching this week-to-week. Kind of sucks that I have to watch fansubs of this though since Netflix has the rights to it and they probably won't put it up until after the series is finished.

-Love Live! School Idol Project
-Military!
-Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)
-New Game!
-No Game No Life
-Oshiete! Galko-chan (Please tell me! Galko-chan)
-Potemayo
-Prison School
-Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
-ReLIFE

-Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto) - Completed:
The first full-length TV series I finished for the challenge! It's a fun, silly comedy so it was pretty easy to marathon over two days. I usually had at least one good laugh every episode. All of the characters were really likable other than the only real villainous guy (and it's not his job to be likable). Good stuff!

-Sakura Trick
-Shigofumi
-Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis)

-Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - Watching:
So this is a show that some people have called one of the best anime of the year, if not THE best. After watching the initial double-length episode, I can see why. It's cleanly animated and has an interesting story presenting a very interesting art form (rakugo). Although I'm really looking forward to watching more, I'm not sure if I'll be able to marathon this show. It's not a light comedy at all (though there are some funny parts). I'll see how deep I can get into it for the rest of the long weekend, but I really doubt that it will be the next thing that I finish.

-Steins;Gate
-Trigun
-Uchuu Patrol Luluco (Space Patrol Luluco)
-Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)
-Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
-Yuri!!! on Ice
-Zero no Tsukaima F


So that's it for now! Looking back, I'm a little sad that I didn't try to fit in more shows for the current season as there are three others that I'm really interested in watching and I don't think I'll be able to watch much more other than stuff for the challenge this year. But hey, if I actually finish this challenge I'll have watched a lot more anime than I did in 2016! I put a bigger priority on finishing stuff that I'd had stuck on my Watching and On-Hold lists for a while. It's not encouraged, but it is an option to watch an anime that you had previously watched part or all of, as long as you go back and watch it all from the beginning in 2017. I'm not doing that with too many entries though, just: Another, My Hero Academia, Humanity Has Declined, Kaiba, Karas, Potemayo, Re:Zero, and Trigun; so 8 shows. Most of these I had either only watched one episode of and/or it has been YEARS since I'd seen any of it. Trigun I'd actually only ever seen one episode of it, on TV, dubbed, and I'd seen that particulate episode three times and it wasn't even the first episode. I've felt a little bit of a hit to my otaku cred for having never watched more of the series so I'll be taking this chance to fix that.

And with that, I'll be saying good night. I don't know how often I'll be doing posts to update my progress; maybe at least once every two weeks? We'll see. Until next time, laters!
Posted by pluvia33 | Jan 14, 11:21 PM | 0 comments
January 6th, 2017
So I haven't been writing very regularly lately, but Happy New Year! Although 2016 has been a crazy year (both in the overall world and on a personal level), I am rather optimistic about 2017, at least in my personal life. A big part of that is my wife and I both starting new jobs soon which both pay significantly more than our current jobs and will hopefully be much less stressful as well. Yay!

However, first and foremost this is a blog that's primarily meant for my ramblings about anime. To inspire discussion in today's post for the end of 2016, I'll be doing Article Commentary on this:

Top 20 Best Anime of 2016

Now, before I begin, I do want to mention that I'm a little unprepared for this topic as I'd only watched about 15 things from this year and of those only 7 are TV anime that I've actually finished watching to date. Yeah, it's been a bit of a rough year for scheduling anime viewing time (damn adulting). But whatever, I'll still talk about this article and the year as a whole.

So these types of articles are relatively simple, usually boiling down to doing a search of a specific type of anime (2016 TV anime in this case), sorting them by Score, and talking about them. There's not really much to say about the format and writing in general; it's fine and serves the purpose of this type of article.

However, the most striking thing about this list is something that's a bit of a general "problem" with average scores on MAL: Franchise Bias. Basically, if a show is a second season/prequel/spin-off of an established franchise, a large percentage of the people who are likely to watch it already love the previous work(s) and those who hated previous entries in the franchise are likely to skip it all together, causing slightly inflated scores for items from established franchises (assuming the new entry mostly stays on par with its predecessor).

This Top 20 list includes 12 entries which are sequels or prequels of previous shows. Such shows also make up the entire top 4 series. With this in mind, I'd like to cut out all of the franchise entries and show the top 20 NEW anime of 2016:

20. Orange
19. Ajin
18. Poco's Udon World
17. New Game!
16. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
15. Flip Flappers
14. 91 Days
13. Alderamin on the Sky
12. March comes in like a lion
11. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
10. Drifters
9. Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
8. ReLIFE
7. My Hero Academia
6. Mob Psycho 100
5. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan
4. Yuri!!! On ICE
3. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
2. Re:ZERO
1. ERASED


Personally, I see this as a much more interesting list. Also, I consider it to be much more useful as a "what should I watch?" tool. For one, it doesn't have the Franchise Bias factor which can inflate scores, and two, if you had already seen the old seasons (such as me already being a Durarara!! fan and currently being about half way through the first season Assassination Classroom) you already have an idea of if you would want to watch the next entries in the franchise. It's also interesting to note that this shows more evidence for the existence of the Franchise Bias as the first seasons of both Ajin and Bungou Stray Dogs also aired in 2016. The first season of Ajin barely made it on the "New Anime" list at 19 while the second season was right behind ReLIFE on the article's list. And the first season of Bungou Stray Dogs would have been #21 if I went that far on the New list while the second season beat out My Hero Academia. Also, the second seasons of both shows have less than half as many non-PTW members attached to them, showing the drop-off from season one to season two.

As far as my personal year in anime, as I already said, I haven't watched as much as I should have. I have watched a bit from previous years, such as getting mostly caught up on the Monogatari Series, chronologically by release date making it all the way through Owarimonogatari after starting the year not even half way through Nisemonogatari. Yay progress! I still have a lot to work though with over 100 items between my Watching and On-Hold lists, especially when I want to also watch new stuff at the same time. Too much anime, too little time.

I've also been trying to get back into reading more manga this year, as mentioned in my first blog post of 2016. From that list, I've now finished:

-Anne Freaks
-Negima
-Kabu no Isaki
-Soul Eater

With Berserk, I'm fully caught up and the series is currently on hiatus. -_-

With Kimi ni Todoke, I recently bought the 24th and 25th English volumes and have read them both, so I'm fully caught up with the official English release. Japan has two more volumes in print right now, the 26th of which will be out in English in March. Again, I really, really hope it ends soon so it doesn't drag on too long, but it still has me interested as my favorite shoujo series!

I am currently reading Nodame Cantabile, having recently finished volume 20. Just five more to go!

I haven't touched any of the other series since my post, but I'll probably be picking one of them to start back up after I finish Nodame. I've gotten into a few other things over the year, but in the interest of not dragging this on for too crazy long, I'll stop there. I'll just say that I'm glad to at least be reading manga pretty regularly during my lunch breaks if nothing else. Hopefully I'll get much more read this year!

The last thing I'll talk about for 2016 is that I've recently been getting into watching YouTube people more. On the anime side of things, I've taken a liking to a relatively new channel called Mother's Basement which will be active for two years this May. His main shtick is doing in-depth analysis videos on anime openings. I wasn't really interested by this at first, but they're actually pretty interesting and I like his style of speech. He also does other videos like anime season/year reviews which are nice to get a good grip of anything you might have missed. I really enjoy watching his stuff and look forward to watching more. Although, since he talks about stuff in great detail, it does make me want to watch more recent anime before I watch videos he's done about their openings and such. I guess that's kind of a good thing, but I do still have my backlog to tackle.

Well, this is probably a bit of a disjointed entry, but it's been a while and I had a lot to talk about, with a lot of things that I'd wanted to talk about not even getting mentioned. Oh well. I wanted to at least get a new entry out there. Hopefully I'll start writing more regularly again from now on. Until then, laters!
Posted by pluvia33 | Jan 6, 11:14 AM | 0 comments
October 27th, 2016
Anime Relations: Shuumatsu no Izetta
So it's been a while (2 and a half months) since I've done a blog entry. I've had an idea for a post, but haven't fully fleshed it out yet. But I figured I should give kind of a general updated, mainly talking about a piece of disappointing news.

As the title mentions, the main focus of this post is concerning the end of the Magic Kaito's Blog Patrol club here on MAL which I mentioned a little while back.

Yes, sadly the club is gone. It hasn't just gone inactive like many other clubs do on MAL; the club seems to have been deleted or been restricted to private access or something. It's no longer listed in My Clubs and when I try to get to it from the link in my old post linked above, it gives me an error that it's "No longer active" and "This club restricts public user access." I have no idea why the creator(s) of the club would decide to kill the club instead of just letting it live and see if other people might want to take over admin/mod duties for the Club.

But it seems that the guy who created the club is a bit flaky and makes quick decisions on a whim. He seems really cool and I became friends with him, but yeah. I was doing a lot of commenting back and forth with him on our profiles and that was fun, but then he ended up closing down comments on his profile because he was doing that with a LOT of different people and it was becoming too much for him. Well, just slow down, dude. You didn't have to kill your comments! Then I began messaging him back and forth on MAL a bit instead, but then one day when I was going to respond to one of his messages after a bit of a delay, I got an error back saying that he no longer accepts private messages. Like, what? After the blog club disappeared, I checked his profile and he now has a message on his page stating:

Offline due to living my dreams finally. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and provided excellent input through these past few months of hard work and training : ). Friends truly make the difference through it all. Much love!


In addition to having this (to me) cryptic message, having comments turned off, not accepting private messages, and killing his club, he has also made his entire blog private. And this was a guy that was making blog posts almost every single day, many times multiple a day, with well over 100 posts total. Really, I'm very confused by all this. With all this, why does he even keep the friends on his profile? Why not just unfriend everyone if there is no way to communicate with him anymore? He sounds all appreciative of all of his friends and their support and such, but is he really? He honestly just comes off as flaky/fake/inconsiderate/etc.

Now, I shouldn't really badmouth the guy. He really is a pretty nice dude and it'd be pretty difficult to message all of his friends (131 of them) plus all of the people from the club to make sure everyone knows what's going on with him and the club. But still, I can excuse everything except killing the club. What he wants to do with his own profile and permissions on MAL is his own business. But even though he may have started the Blog Patrol, just killing it after getting hundreds of people to join is pretty messed up. I don't know. I have been kind of in-and-out with the club so maybe he posted a thread about deactivating it and maybe he even solicited for replacement admins/mods. Maybe I'm being a complete dick about this. But from my perspective, I'm really disappointed.

I'm especially disappointed because what's the way forward? Pretty much nothing. After I noticed the Blog Patrol was gone, I searched for similar clubs on MAL. There's pretty much nothing comparable to the Blog Patrol. There's the Anime Bloggers Union, but even though it still has 199 members, it is rather inactive and it seems to have a bigger focus on blogs done on other sites (such as Wordpress) instead of blogs actually done on MAL. And yes, blogs still kind of sucks/aren't supported on MAL, but the basics of the blog system is functional and it's nice to blog directly on here since this is the main anime website that I use (aside from ANN for most of my news and their columns).

So yeah, Magic Kaito's Blog Patrol was really a breath of fresh air and very helpful in filling in need of blog promotion on MAL since the website itself sucks at it. I'm really sad to see it go and hope that it may pop back up again someday. Until then, I guess I'll just be talking to next to no one.... -_-

Anyway, a quick general update, I've been playing a lot of Neverwinter on PS4 these past couple of months (probably part of the reason that I haven't been blogging much) and have otherwise been feeling kind of lethargic. As a result, I haven't been keeping up with anime much. Hopefully I'll be getting back into the flow, finish the shows I started from last season, and check out more stuff from the new season. So far I've only check out Izetta: The Last Witch and of that only the first episode. There are a bunch of other shows that I have my eye on, but so much anime and gaming, so little time....
Posted by pluvia33 | Oct 27, 2016 11:42 AM | 0 comments