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August Roundup

I remember thinking earlier on this month that the only interesting thing to happen was a bunch of famous manga creators complaining about piracy. What was more baffling about all that were western fandom getting all angry even though they were specifically talking about Japanese fans. Whatever, anime fans can be really stupid no matter where they come from, what else is new. But then the famous anime movie director Satoshi Kon went and died, which put an awful downer on the whole month. Hopefully the actual anime airing will lighten things up a bit.


A Grade: One of the tops of the year. Get ready for some fanboying here

Blank space black space blankity blank space.

B Grade: Hugely enter­tain­ing stuff. Not amaz­ing but def­in­itely worth watching

I wonder if there are any good British or American shows on TV at the moment?

C Grade: It’s good enough to keep watch­ing but it’s not that memorable

C+ High­school of the Dead

It’s incredibly stupid, but for what it’s worth I’ve never once been bored by Highschool of the Dead. It knows what it’s doing and does it incredibly well, recoil ripple and bullet dodging boobs and all. I can’t remember the last time I watched a show mainly for the fanservice and yet still held the belief that it’s actually a pretty good show because of it. Looking forward to manga readers complain about Madhouse taking a different aproach from now on, even though episode 9 was the first one to deviate from the manga and yet was the best episode so far. However I suppose that was because it only had Saeko in it. She embodies everything that is good about this show, and what a body to embody it in!

C Occult Academy

What on earth happened with this show anyway? Wasn’t there an imminent alien invasion or something? Is there any sort of continuity between episodes anymore, or shall characters have near death experiences just for the hell of it? Admittedly it does achieve it’s aim of being amusing, but each episode has been slowly been getting worse and just that little bit more frustrating. I thought I wouldn’t mind so much the plot being left behind because the show is so silly, but episode 9 frustrated me just a bit.

C Giant Killing

I’m so used to watching anime weekly that going back to marathoning is incredibly difficult for me, especially when I’ve already started a show. But when it comes to sports anime, they really are better to marathon. Giant Killing got the match with TSUBAKI earlier on in the series perfect with it’s pacing, but I can’t say the same of this Osaka Gunners match. Too much filtering between characters saying the exact same things they say every time the camera is on them. Hopefully this epic comeback that’s inevitably coming this next week gives this show a grand finale that it deserves. Oh, and for Gino to get his own spin-off series.

D Grade: I’ve lost interest in this anime. If it’s a D then I’ve prob­ably dropped it

D+ Shiki

Dropped. Too little was happening per episode and I’m someone cursed with solid bouts of ADD (well no, I don’t actually have ADD, but for god sake move the plot quicker please!). When it’s moving so slowly, I find it hard to work up enthusiasm for when something actually happens. But remember, no anime is dropped forever, and this is one I’ll probably give another shot some time in the future when I can marathon. At least then I’m not waiting a week in order to watch the amount of plot movement most other series would work up in 5 minutes.

D Rain­bow

As a 14 episode series, Rainbow is excellent. A bunch of kids get thrown into jail and suffer hardships but band together to overcome these difficulties. It rounds off excellently and, while being so stupidly corny, makes for a very solid series. What comes after that I don’t care about. I don’t want to see these guys in their future lives. A final shot of these shadowy pictures of how they went about their lives after episode 14 would have been a fantastic way to end the series. Leave it to our imaginations. In fact, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Rainbow dropped. You didn’t need to go on this far.

D Nur­arara

Kind of a shame I ended up dropping this, because it wasn’t doing anything necessarily that bad. Then again, it wasn’t actually doing anything worthy of praise either. In fact, I was only watching the show because it had an awesome ending song and Ice Girl. She needs her own spin-off series, preferably with Gino. And maybe Saeko, although I think we get to see enough of her in HSotD as it is.

D- Legend of the Legendary Heroes

Finally this show was legitimately bad enough to warrant dropping! It was rather frustrating the way it ripped off Berserk because that made the show annoyingly good enough to warrant watching while it also produced more than enough stuff to warrant dumping. But episodes 5 and 6 were dreadful. The random side story mission was crap, but when even the court politics part that was originally the strongest part starts sucking then you know you’re aloud to abandon ship. Goodbye Legendary Legend. I can’t say I’ll miss your frustrating averageness one bit.

E Grade: Unlike D grades where I drop out of dis­in­terest, E grades are dropped in Disgust.

This month is so crap it didn’t even have any terrible OVA’s to make fun of.

F Grade: Any F stand­ard anime I would only watch 1 or 2 epis­odes of so god only know how an anime could last to the end of the month and still get an F but I’m sure it will hap­pen some day

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  1. Posted September 1, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I was hoping the Shiki anime would be less boring than the manga but okay it doesn’t look like I’ll watch it any time soon.

    With so little to watch, won’t you marathon ARIA~?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      Nope, I’m only watching anime that are at least 15 years old. Or they have the name ‘Ultimate’ at the end, and even that I’m delaying

    • Leah-san
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      He would be probably getting bored. Remember, he said that he doesn’t like cute girls who are insanely nice to eachother. But I watched ARIA mainly because of the atmosphere. It made me… so calm. Maybe it’s a bad thing for some other, but I liked that. Being quiet, looking for the small things in life that normally everybody overlooks…

      • Scamp
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        I’ve got it on my to-watch list. I’m a little bit wary, but I did sorta like it’s spiritual predecessor, Yokohama Shopping Log or whatever it was called, so all hope is not lost on that series

  2. Posted September 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I, for one, am glad that I ended up not watching Legend of the Legendary Average Show. I really have no ambition to watch it…..actually, I’m still around episode 2 of most these shows, except the Occult show, which I think is okay, but nothing to write home about.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if I’ve ever written home about anime…

      btw I’m nearly at the 200K hit mark. Remember the loser has to watch and review Apocalypse Zero ;)

  3. Taka
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    The first few episodes of Shiki bothered me. Then they started nailing horror moment after horror moment. The last 3 eps have been getting better especially now that they don’t focus on that stupid doctor. (who doesn’t think it is a disease anymore) I’m okay if he bands together with the other 3 but no more stupid epidemic talk.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      It’s an epidemic and everyone is dying, but let’s instead just sit around and watch them die while we collect more evidence. Yeah. That will work. Yeah

  4. Samshel
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Shame you dropped Shiki, I recognize it’s a slow show, but for some weird reason I’m enjoying it every week. Hope you pick it up when it ends, I guess marathoning that would be better.

    On high school of the dead, I remember what happened in episode 9 happening in the manga, but can’t remember when. So basically for now they’ve altered the time line, but from what they showed for episode 10, they are still picking it up where the manga continues when they arrive to Saya’s home.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      That must have been manga fans complaining about minor discrepancies then. She probably didn’t have her hair in a ponytail in that scene and now the whole anime is ruined.

      *doesn’t like manga fans*

  5. Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    The one bright spot about the summer season: It’s been so bad that I’ve watched more older series than I have in a good while!

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

      LoGH, Captain Tylor, Roujin Z and, for sheer weirdness factor, Dragon Half have been the highlights of this season

  6. Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I kind of agree with your assessment on Shiki. Had I not watched the bulk of it marathon, I would’ve dropped it. However, it’s really not a bad show in and of itself.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Not bad, but not a good weekly watch. Occult Academy and HSotD are good weekly watches, but Shiki and recently Giant Killing are not

  7. luffyluffy
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I have very bad ADHD, and I’ve been enjoying Shiki every week~

    Of course, me and a friend have dubbed the series Crazy Hair and have decided that the Vampires are killing people with normal hair.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      I wonder how much hair gel they use to keep it in place. Or do you think they’re born that way?

      • Leah-san
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        It could be worse. Their hair could be looking like hair from Yu-Gi-Oh.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

        But if you see it that way, it all makes sense.

        Thats why Shimizu killed Homebro. HIS HAIR IS NORMAL.

  8. Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Shiki is slow, but I’m really liking it – then again I’m blogging it so kind of stuck with it anyway :P It probably is much better suited to marathon though.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      I’ve blogged enough series that I didn’t enjoy…

      Seriously, when your blogging a show it makes the bad parts that much worse when you know you’re going to have to write about them, especially when you try to keep in a good mood because nobody likes reading a whinger

  9. Leah-san
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Dude, please change that icon. I’m getting freaked out by it. I want Nino-san back~
    Also boring season. Can’t wait for fall.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      Wooh, scary TK, woooh~

      http://en.gravatar.com/ <--- that's how to set yourself up with a custom pic. Really easy, plus it really helps me with commenter recognition. Looks like TK is already doing his job of scaring people to Gravatar. Good job my tubby goth friend

    • Samshel
      Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Permalink

      I actually liked having that face, but well one has to learn new things everyday.

  10. Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    You know what’s good about bad anime seasons? You can weed out which blogs are only interesting because they happen to blog good shows, and which blogs produce really entertaining content no matter the weekly material. Not that I couldn’t do that before, but a season like this one really separates the contenders from the pretenders.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Judging by your lack of commenting in my Occult Academy posts…:(

      Guess wild theorisation isn’t your thing

      • Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        Actually I just don’t read posts on shows I know I’m going to pick up later. I’ve bitten on spoilers too much to not be more careful now.

  11. Posted September 2, 2010 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    I agree with the marathon theory. Some shows just work better that way. Then again, sometimes I get something special out of watching a show at least twice (which I usually do to shows I’m blogging, so I can get screen shots).

    Anyways it wasn’t a great month, so I’m glad it’s over.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      There’s still next month though. A month where Madhouse produce a shitty non-ending end for Highschool of the Dead and never make a second season. Where Occult Academy rushes in a plot in the second last episode that makes no sense. Where the Eden of the East movie finally gets subbed and is exactly as bad as everyone said it was. Where the best anime of the month is Giant Killing and that had the most predictable bunch of episodes of the lot.

      Please come quicker October :(

      • luffyluffy
        Posted September 3, 2010 at 1:49 am | Permalink

        Eden movie is already subbed and out. It was out last week deary.

  12. Posted September 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    You should have watched Sengoku Basara 2.
    Flat? Sure. Enjoyable? Oh hell yeah! Memorable? I’ll certainly remember parting the seas by punching it.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Not entirely sure why I had such a negative reaction to that when I watched it originally. Seems like it should be right up my alley

  13. vucubcaquix
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Star Driver’s PV was released today:


    A Certain Anonymous Imageboard has dubbed it the offspring of Gurren Lagann and Code Geass and Utena with Mechas with a shiny coat of extra FABULOUS:


    Good or bad, a Certain Anonymous Imageboard is going to become a lot more interesting starting on Oct.10.

    Any initial impressions?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      I saw it when it hit twitter. Pretty much bang on what I expected after seeing the character designs, although I do like how he does a magical girl transformation sequence into that costume of his.

      Also, I dunno about you guys, but that mecha with that booty was a bit…strangely erotic.

      Anywho, still excited while remaining wary of a potential total mess

      • vucubcaquix
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

        I think we’re planning a singalong since the first OP is going to be sung by FLOW. You might of heard of them:


        You want in?

      • Scamp
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink


        Unfortunately I must decline. /a/ hurts my brain

      • vucubcaquix
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

        Ah that’s a shame. If you change your mind, this link will be updated with news about what’s happening. All you really have to do is submit some clips of your beautiful singing voice timed to an instrumental version of the OP that will be uploaded faster than you can pirates!, and you can do it completely anonymously


      • vucubcaquix
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

        “say” pirates, that is.

  14. Posted September 5, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Shiki > you

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