35 CommentsTwelve Days / By Scamp /

12 Days of Anime #1: Twas the Night of Walpurgis

Twas the night of Walpurgis, and all through fandom
people were waiting all in tandem
Downloads were watched, F5′s were pressed
[gg] fansubs was repeatedly refreshed

While those not interested were snug in their beds,
No interest in blondes that had just lost their heads.
Not knowing of contracts nor a soul gem,
The word ‘incubator’ meant nothing to them.

We were all entranced for 2 months and a week,
But twas the final 2 episodes that we did seek.
We demanded them now, perhaps arrogantly
The earthquake had delayed them indefinitely.

Fund raisers were run and money was raised
Surprisingly few series were delayed
But to think that the good people at Shaft
Would not be delayed indeed was daft

The episode past was the Homura one
A time travelling lesbian who wielded a gun.
The excitement had risen to fever pitch,
As we waited for Walpurgis, the most powerful witch

But delayed regardless the finale had been
Waiting we were to see if Madoka came clean
Would the world be destroyed when Walpurgis attacked
Or would Madoka accept Kyubey’s contract

So on that night in april, the forums were still
imageboards were silent, twitter quiet with thrill
The finale of Madoka had aired in Japan,
We waited for subs to come out of the can.

Forget Morning Rescue, forget Mami’s head
I want to remember something else instead
That night in april when we all waited,
For some asian cartoon to be fan translated

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35 Comments

  1. CS
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this awesomeness.

  2. Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    A Night Before Christmas parody. How cliche.

    (P.S. I lol’d.)

    • Scamp
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      It had to be this poem! It’s the only one that fit with Walpurgis

  3. Blargh
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    [gg]

    I AM DISAPPOINT.jpg

    • Scamp
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      MORNING RESCUE!

  4. Langer
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    hehe….Morning Rescue xD

  5. Nebulous
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    You have a talent son.

  6. Posted December 25, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I love you.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      I love myself too

  7. ryett
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Brilliant.

  8. Posted December 25, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Somewhere out there, an alternate universe version of you is writing a sonnet about Fractale.

    • KBKarma
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 3:06 am | Permalink

      *brain has exploded*

      • Fadeway
        Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

        *as part of a brain explosion chain reaction*

  9. Aeroblip
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Well done, good sir.

  10. Posted December 25, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Amazing, Scamp. I want to share this with everyone, but they have not seen Madoka. Sob.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Those poor souls

      • Posted December 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

        You want those poor souls to see Madoka? Because I can do it for a price. / 人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕ 人 \

  11. KBKarma
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Excellent. Well done. And merry Christmas.

  12. Posted December 25, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    <3 Good stuff, Scamp. I lol'ed.

    (I also did this exact same thing last Christmas xD)

  13. Posted December 25, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Awesome! Especially the time travelling lesbian part XD

  14. Moomba
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Awesome poem and a surprisingly good summary of that day!

    I’ve had a few people who’ve watched Madoka long after it aired, already knowing that it’s supposed to be awesome but not finding it as gripping as it was hyped to be at the time.

    I think there’s something to be said about being one of the ones who watched it as it aired… the way it seemed to start as a mostly run of the mill Magical Girl anime and then suddenly twist into something epic that no-one saw coming. Without that original feeling of mild disinterest, it seems to me like something is lost from the experience.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      I’ve never liked that “you had to be there” idea regarding anime. Yes there’s something special about being there as it exploded onto fandom, but I like to think Madoka will have a longer lasting appeal than that

      • Moomba
        Posted December 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        Oh I agree, Madoka is undeniably awesome and will hopefully continue to be loved forever. It’s just that many of the people I’ve spoken to who watched it later don’t seem to have understood why it became such a big deal to the fandom.

        I think it’d still be possible to get the same effect anyway, as long as you can avoid all the people screaming at you to at least watch to episode 3 because “something big” happens. That the twists were completely unexpected is one of the things that brought me to love the anime.

      • HomuHomu
        Posted December 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        lol I did the same when I recommended it to my friend. She kept complaining on how frilly and how it was just another magical girl show aimed at a young audience. She didn’t seem to impressed by Gretchen’s lair either which imo wasn’t the best one.

        I kept trying to get her to watch it without spoiling what would happen in the third episode. Now I wish I had just told her that Mami dies in the third episode. Since that wasn’t the best part of the series anyway just the beginning of something better.

      • Posted December 26, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

        Since the end of the show, I tried to convince some friends to watch it – about 10 or so. I just told them to watch the show. I never told them that it was good, but I did tell them to avoid spoilers.

        All of them loved it.

  15. Demo
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    But you forgot the best bit, when [gg] released episode 12 before episode 11.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Oh lawdy me, I’d forgotten about that

  16. Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    You sir, are a genius.

  17. Posted December 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    How long did this take you?

  18. Redcrimson
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    A+ Would read again.

  19. HomuHomu
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Best Christmas present, ever.

  20. romulus
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I knew it would be this one. :D IMO Madoka deserves the title of best anime of the year.
    It’s good that even now they still make animes that can (should) be everlasting and can shine for many-many years to come among all the moe, loli, shounen etc.

    • Posted December 26, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      Keep in mind that a good portion of Madoka’s success came from the stuff that would usually cater to your average “Type B” otaku. It wouldn’t be fair to the show if we deny that Madoka’s success wasn’t influenced by moe and yuri subtext.

  21. Posted December 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    (Gratuitous snapping)

  22. mcm38
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    That’s just amazing. You can’t expect any less from Scamp.

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