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December Roundup

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

Nothing. Jellyfish Princess would normally fill this spot but the ending sucked and dragged it down to B territory.

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

B+ Jelly­fish Princess

Epis­odes 7-11

The ending was rubbish. The bullshit resolution to the house issue was my biggest problem. What sort of piss-poor wimp out conclusion was that? Bleargh. There was also no resolution to the romance, although that was sorta expected. Plus my ship, which I originally joined as a joke because I didn’t have any interest in the ShuuKimi ship nor the KuraKimi ship but eventually came pretty invested in, actually ended the series on the highest note. But whatever about the ending, Jellyfish Princess was otherwise easilly the best show of the season. Just watch the blasted thing if you haven’t already.

B The Disappearence of Haruhi Suzumiya

It hasn’t converted me to Haruhi-ism. I have quite a few issues with it, the most obvious of which being that it was padded out waaaaay more than it should have been. The prologue was dull and the plot part of the second half felt like a dragged out rehash of Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody. But the way it captured Kyon’s anxiety and feeling of wrongness through brilliantly subtle means in the middle portion of the movie was fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another anime achieve that, even when it was just scenes of Kyon pacing around a table. It was just remarkably well done and totally sucked me in.

B Kurenai OVA

Episode 2

This may offend the fans of the Kurenai TV series fans, but I really enjoyed the Kurenai OVA. It’s not a sequel, it’s not a rehash, it’s not even a re-telling. It’s taking the characters we know from the Kurenai TV series and having some fun with them. The Kurenai OVA is essentially a harem story. It’s just this harem includes such a great cast of characters that you can do anything with them and it’s still huge fun to watch. Plus it has Murasaki, who is and will always be awesome. Her taking advice so sincerely as the various girls spill out their frustrations to her is hilarious to watch.

B Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge

Epis­odes 9-12

As fantastic as the ‘Nino to Venus’ episodes were, their inclusion was probably the reason I had such a difficult time enjoying this season. Take them out and accept that this isn’t a sequel and suddenly Bridge X Bridge becomes a lot more enjoyable. Seriously, I really enjoyed Arakawa’s episodes this month for largely the same reason I enjoyed the Kurenai OVA’s. Take the same characters of a show and muck about with them, leaving the original plot intact. It’s just a shame they taunted us with those ‘Nino to Venus’ episodes.

B– Panty and Stock­ing and Garterbelt

Epis­odes 10-13

Lest we forget the crap, both literal and figurative, I’m here to remind you that there was an awful lot of it in Panty and Stocking. But those moments when it shone made this anime well worth the time. The Anarchy music video, the epic fight scenes against Scanty and Kneesocks, the pole dancing transformation sequences, that one episode about the depressed salaryman and that oh so glorious middle finger to the viewers that was the ending. When Panty and Stocking hit the mark, it was fantastic. I’m not going to say “Bravo Gainax” but I will applaud them for this series. Now if you don’t mind me, I’m going to FLY AWAY NOW, FLY AWAY NOT, FLY AWAAAAY~!

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

C+ Angel Beats! OAD

Episode 1

I know it was just a bunch of obnoxious yelling. I know watching this just reminded me how Angel Beats stomped on all my world building theories and how it never did anything worthwhile with most of its characters. But I still laughed. I still laughed at TK leaping about like the engrish spouting idiot he is. I still laughed at the muscles, at Yuri’s evil laugh, at Tenshi’s stupidity, at Angel Beats as a whole.

C- Inva­sion Squid Girl

Epis­odes 9-12

That ending was a real stab in the gut. For a while there I thought Squid Girl was going to end by actually doing something. There’s a  change, there’s a message, a character develops, just something. Spoiler warning – Show ▼

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

D+ Bak­u­man

Epis­odes 10-12

No I haven’t dropped this. This score is a representation of how my patience with Bakuman’s dreadful romance has evaporated. It’s become like Ore no Imouto. I have an idea of what I’d like out of the anime, but its intent on focusing on a totally different aspect that even goes so far to seep into the actual good parts, infecting them with its terribleness and degrading everything good about the anime. Why are you focusing on the romance Kasai? There’s other stuff out there you could have adapted to use your capable skills as a romance director. Why couldn’t you have left Bakuman to someone who actually wanted to adapt the shounen aspect?

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

E+ Ore no Imouto

Epis­odes 5–9

Everything I liked about Ore no Imouto is dead. Everything I hated took over the show. Kuroneko was reduced to Yet Another Moeblob. The real ending the dvds are going to hold won’t be any better, because this is what the anime wants to be portrayed as. Otaku pandering siscon crap. Moe is the cancer that is killing the anime industry. We are all doomed.

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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36 Comments

  1. Posted January 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Having read the Haruhi novel, I personally thought the film it was too short and too rushed.

    Although having friends, whom I’ve made watch the film, that haven’t read the novels, they said t was slow and dull.

    Strange how things like that work out…

    • luffyluffy
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      TOO SHORT?! IT WAS 3 HOURS!

      • Scamp
        Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

        ^ what she said

        Actually I’m not sure. I think they needed more scenes of Kyon looking distressed as he paced around tables

      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        I needed three sittings to get through a movie of a book I read in less than a day

  2. mcm38
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I tought the Kurenai OVA’s were the most entertaining this month and I still do. I don’t know why, but watching Kurenai always puts me at ease, maybe cause it doesn’t keep trying to get more fans with continuous fanservice even tough it’s a harem. This show proves that harem anime without much ‘fanservice’ can be entertaining too. (In short: It’s a harem good enough without focusing on the fanservice and the echhi)
    Kuragehime’s ending: I hoped for a somewhat better ending, I mean it’s still good, but I realy hate it when the producers don’t give the potential of a good anime everything they’ve got.

    Btw, I think Bakuman lost it’s points mostly cause it became too predictable. At some point I could almost guess in to details what would happen next. It’s always the same thing. The guys try hard for something, but always end up winning a little of what they hoped for.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      I’m going to make a shocking statement here: I (theoretically) like the harem genre. It forces female characters to act and face their personalities. It makes tsunderes wimpy around the other females, makes Yanderes frightening for the others and I’m a hetrosexual male who likes the idea of lots of women fighting over me. It’s just most harems decide that they can toss out a bunch of grope shots and use that as a reason why they like the main guy. Kurenai OVA is the harem done well. Each character has this strange reason why they are fascinated by the main character and all act differently around him with brilliantly quotable dialogue.

      Shame the plot of the Kurenai TV series went to shit right at the end, but whatever it still had the best dialogue of any anime ever

      • mcm38
        Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

        Am not realy surprised about a guy wanting to be popular. But I’m not the type that can manage a conversation without getting nervous with girls, even more so if it’s a cute one.
        You’re 138% true about the conversations, maybe that’s another reason why I felt ease.

  3. Posted January 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Except for Haruhi because I’m biased when it comes to the franchise, this might be spot on

  4. Posted January 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    The Bakuman anime…follows the manga just enough to bore me sometimes, but it doesn’t have that shounen flair that keeps your attention and makes you want to cheer them on to victory and etc.

    Blergh, I’m sure it fits right into some people’s interests though. If, you know, they don’t care about, er, doing anything well!

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Haruhi was great, I’m happy I treated myself to 1080p.

    The best parts of the movie were Kyon vs Inner Kyon, and That ending with the stabby stabby.

    Besides, the end of the novel felt like a jumble, and the time travel holy shit

    • Scamp
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      Inner Kyon vs Outer Kyon were (surprise surprise) too dragged out. I did like how the conflict was basically just that he liked being with Haruhi though. Such a strangely simple solution to a nonsense time travel plot that proceeded it

      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

        After Doctor Who shoving simple time travel (sept for Pandorica Opens / Big Bang) down your throat, Haruhi’s bullshit sorta rapes your mind.

        By the way, pick Shiki back up now after it’s over. DAT GARBEARD

      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

        Oh, and by the way! The movie wasn’t padded out at all. Trust me, everything is exactly how it happened.

  6. Posted January 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    After the masturbation scene, My Little Sister cannot be redeemed for me. By anyone or in anyway.

    • mcm38
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think anyone with a little sister would want to. I can tell, cause I’m one of those guys (and my little sister happens to be only 2 years younger than me)
      Gotta tell ya, there is no way my litte sister can be that cute. -.- The irony lol

  7. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    lol, man, my blog literally has about a fourth of those totals.

    Anyway, yeah, agreed on the Kuragehime ending. Lame enough to leave a bad taste in my mouth, but not so much as to totally wipe away how enjoyable it was for most of the season. Man, that bullshit with the building was terrible, though.

    • Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      It’s because you aren’t a handsome chap with an Irish accent and the name of a boxer.

      Sorry.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

        It’s also because I make charts

      • Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

        One out of three isn’t bad, though, right? :(

      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink

        But his name was Jack Dempsey, not Joe Dempsey D:

    • mcm38
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      What’s your blogg url/name? Am currently looking for interesting bloggs.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        Interesting blogs are all on my blogroll

    • Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink

      Blog Hetalia. It’ll do wonders.

  8. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Kuragehime was quite disappointing in the end. Even after I lowered my expectations about how it would conclude I was disappointed in the ending. I think you’re on to something about the Brains Base thing.

    OreImo also took a dive from some of the better stuff it had in the middle of its run with Kuroneko and Manami. But I’m pretty sure any good in that series was just an aberration, a mistake of sorts that happened by accident amid the real purpose of the show.

  9. Tenchi ryu
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    SWEET….I was wondering if you were still watching Panty & Stocking scamp. Oreimo definitely went down the shitter, and PSG did a good job of saying fuck you to all those MOE lovers. And a classic “FUCK you, buy our shit” ending in GAinax style really topped it for making it my favorite of the season.

    Side Note: KIRINO you can GO TO HELL!!!!
    “kicks her down the holw sparta 300 style”

    • Scamp
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      Panty and Stocking remained stoicly pinned in the B- territory for every monthly roundup thus far. It’s that score that is enough to be enthusiastic about while not quite being enthusiastic enough to ever write about the thing

      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

        So us all a favor and Blog P&S as a blanket review for the whole series~? Pleeeease?

  10. Nebulous
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    A Grade – Nothing

    Clearly someone hasn’t been watching Shiki.

    • mcm38
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think Shiki would leave enough of an impact on Scamp for an A. I bet most likely on a b+/b.
      But I did realy enjoy it, especialy thanks to my right choice in watching environement.
      Environement: I always watched it at midnight with nobody at home if possible or at least making it look like that. Alone in my room with a window open but a curtain in front of it so I can’t see what’s outside.
      Also I happen to live in a little part of a small village surrounded with a hill and woods.
      That made it more spicy when watching the horror scenes like when Natsuno gets all shizofrene when Undead Megumi is haunting him.

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

      Scamp dropped Shiki. Worst decision evarrrrrrrrr. Maybe he can not drop it forever!

      • Scamp
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        Only a 30% chance of enjoying it if I pick it up again

  11. Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m still saying Otome Youkai Zakuro was my favourite show of the season.
    But Shiki is the best. Maybe not my favourite, but the best. Noitamina, you did it again.

  12. Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    My complaints exactly about Disappearance. Way too long, rehashed plot devices from Bamboo Rhapsody and the first Melancholy arc, and ending was ambiguous. The fan in me that loved almost everything the first season did is still looking for that fun, energetic, anything-can-happen show again.

    You should watch Shiki now that it’s done. You can blaze through the slow parts and there’s just a point in the series where you go “HOLY SHI-” and can’t stop no more.

  13. Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    blah kuragehime end was such a cop-out ;/ i really wanted to see them bust out their own clothing company and buy off the whole block surrounding the building and make a fujoushi wonderland. sadness ;(

    ah well, more reason now to pick up the manga :D

  14. OHEMGEE
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Err. I rather liked Kuragehime’s ending. It’s an ongoing manga so there was only so much they could do XD I seriously expected a bull shit “to be continued” situation concerning their house.

  15. BrainBlow
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Ika Musume had a fine ending.
    They HAD to have a filler ending, since the manga is EPISODIC and there is nothing they could end the season with normally.
    However, a second season is greenlit.

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