No CommentsTwelve Days / By Inushinde /

12 Days of Anime: 6 Bewitching Witches

 

WHICH WITCHARAOKE

Or why I’m glad a show I really liked had a sextet of great characters, so I could write about something specific without putting together something extremely tangential. Thanks, Witch Craft Works! Read More »

3 CommentsUncategorized / By Shinmaru /

Gundam Build Fighters Try 11 – Anime Ja Nai!

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Behold possibly the most adorable cold open to an episode this year. It’s beautiful. Truly beautiful. (Credit to Twitter Dot Com’s Yuyucow for the video!)

Of course, our wonderfully dorky pals earned the right to happily sing silly old robot anime OPs. They’re in the nationals! Let out all that happiness! (And let Yuuma stew in the No Fun Zone over in the corner.) What I enjoy most about this scene is the unspoken idea that along with teaching Sekai about Gunpla, Fumina is turning Sekai into a full-fledged mecha anime geek. Presumably, they’ve already burned through the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Zeta Gundam and are now watching ZZ Gundam. Going through UC in chronological order with a new fan?! Girl’s got some guts! My theory now is that eventually Sekai will go through a slump, but he’ll break out of it because he and Fumina finally reached G Gundam and it’s given him massive inspiration.

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5 CommentsTwelve Days / By Scamp /

12 Days of Anime: 7 minutes of joy each week

roundup_04_1When I finally do post my top anime of 2014, I’m sure a few eyebrows will be raised when people see how highly I rank Seki-kun, Master of Killing Time. Which might have something to do with 2014 not being a terribly good year for anime, but I’m a glass half full guy who prefers to instead talk about how great this show is. “But it’s some dumb short” I pretend to hear you say, a fact that hasn’t stopped Cromartie High School from being one of the best comedy anime ever, or the fact that many comedy anime like Daily Lives of Highschool Boys split their episodes into smaller chunks so they might as well be shorts. But to be fair on those crying foul, short anime have a history of being cheap and unfunny. So let’s talk about what makes Seki-kun work in spite of, and indeed partly because of it’s format.

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22 CommentsPsycho Pass / By Scamp /

Psycho Pass Season 2 episode 11 (finale) – Let’s never speak of this again

vlcsnap-2014-12-18-18h02m59s28I hope this upcoming anime movie being written by Butch Gen treats season 2 the same way shounen franchises treat its steps into theatrical movies. They introduce a bunch of characters for that movie and that movie alone, they all either die or leave over the course of the movie, and then nobody speaks of them ever again. Everyone acts like all of that never happened. Because that’s what I’m going to do with Psycho Pass Season 2.

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2 CommentsTwelve Days / By Shinmaru /

12 Days of Anime: Eight Friends for the Final Fight

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Don’t be cheeky and point out that there are merely seven fists in that screenshot. Reiji’s not onscreen at the moment! I’ve got my bases covered!

Gundam Build Fighters is one of my favorite series of the year. It has great robot battles, neat animation, an earnest sense of fun and excitement, and a cast of characters that while not super deep, are quite engaging and made me want to dive headlong into the world of Gunpla Battle. What I realized as the show went on is that while competition is clearly important in the series, the true spirit of Gunpla Battle is allowing people to live their Gundam Dream. The different terrain and scenarios could be said to be there for competitive balance; they could also be said to be there so that people can fight out famous battles from Stardust Memories, 08th MS Team, and what have you. I mean, why settle at beating each other up with robots when you can also pretend you’re your favorite Gundam pilot while you’re doing it??

That’s what makes the finale so appropriate to me.

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12 CommentsTwelve Days / By Inushinde /

12 Days of Anime: 9 Better Than Expected Shows

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If there’s anything that I’ve learned over the past 3.66 years blogging anime, it’s that I’m my own worst judge when it comes to expectations and general taste, and that a show with young-looking girls will never ever be bad, apparently. Over the course of this year, I’ve had that reinforced no less than nine times— or at least I’m going to say it’s no less than nine because my “9 Reasons Why the Sonico Anime is Better Than Zankyou no Terror” list fell through after the second item. I can’t say that the following shows are the year’s best by any stretch, since that would imply that the Sonico anime was good, but they sure were pretty alright, all things considered. Read More »

10 CommentsTwelve Days / By Scamp /

12 Days of Anime: 10 best episodes of Space Dandy

Space Dandy - 09 - Large 17[2]I wanted some Space Dandy representation in these 12 Days posts of mine as it’s one of my favourites of the year. But choosing a moment to represent what it was I loved about Dandy was difficult because nailing down one single piece goes against what it is I did love about the show. For me Dandy was about the spread of creativity across the show’s airing run. Even if one episode didn’t deliver, I still was excited to tune in each week because you knew it would throw something completely new at you each week. When we at The Cart Driver Dot Com settled on our 12 Days theme though, it suddenly became much easier. I can just pick the 10 best episodes of Space Dandy that represent that spread of creativity it brings! So here we go, my top 10 Space Dandy episodes (in chronological order, because ranking them proved too difficult).

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7 CommentsTwelve Days / By Inushinde /

12 Days of Anime: 11 Horribly Utilized Characters

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While these 12 Days posts are great opportunities to reflect upon the good of the year, they’re also good for talking about the bad– like how these characters are used in their respective shows. And those who have read pretty much anything I’ve written might know that I love awful stuff. While I try to divide the list between good characters used poorly, and bad characters used badly for sympathy, they still kind of blur together after awhile. Enjoy! Read More »

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