The big news this month was the Tokyo Youth Ordinance Bill. What it means is that any anime, manga or game (but not books or live action, for whatever bizarre reason) that “unjustifiably glorify or exaggerate” certain sexual or pseudo sexual acts are now 18+. The Bill is utter nonsense and can’t be defended from any logical standpoint, but what does it mean for the industry? It could mean that producers accept that their works will be rated 18+ and decide not to hold back and depict full on sex scenes anyway. The anime industry could revert further into softcore porn territory, internet streaming providing advertisement for the dvd and BD, essentially turning the anime industry further in on itself, the total opposite to what the bill intended. What also could happen is a brief period where anime companies are afraid of picking up any currently airing manga in case the material isn’t ‘safe’ and try create their own content. In short, we could get an unprecedented ‘golden era of anime’ where original productions increase dramatically. Or we could see no change at all except for the curious lack of homosexual anime characters.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.