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December Roundup

There’s a lot of bloggers out there doing decade-in-review posts. I won’t be following suit though. It’s not so much that I haven’t seen enough from this decade, or that I haven’t been around long enough. Those are both true but the main reason is because if I was to list out my top 20 tv anime from the decade, the only difference between that and my top 20 of all time would be the exclusion of Cowboy Bebop. It’s not that I haven’t seen enough from this decade. I haven’t seen enough from the previous decade. I will, however, be doing a year in review of 2009. But for now, lets get down to this month!

Up until now I’ve simply tossed in a Gintama picture but there’s a limited amount of Gintama art out there. I’ll come up with some new format for next month so for now you can just view the ending message in Trapeze.

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

A- Full Metal Alchem­ist: Brotherhood 

Hurrah for FMA returning to form again! Last month was the first time since doing these monthly roundups that FMA didn’t get an A grade but with the situation at Briggs getting more interesting every episode and the grand plot of the series showing up, it’s certainly taken a turn for the better. This really has been one of the best shows of the year, even if we had seen half of it before.

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

B+ Trapeze 

Yes, Trapeze deserves a B+ for the last few episodes. It’s really snuck up on me but Trapeze has gone down as my ‘sleeper hit’ of the year. The best feel-good anime I think I’ve ever seen. Even with all the pretentious artfaggory, I loved this series and oh god am I going to miss it. Irabu sensei, Fukuuichi, Mayumi and all those nutters that appeared over the course of this series, it’s really snuck up on me how much I loved watching them. Noitiamina strikes again!

B Darker than Black: Comet of Gemini 

Can’t say I liked the ending all that much. The build up wasn’t well done and it went along that road of ‘fudged mystical ending’ that admittedly I saw coming. Even so, I still enjoyed this season of DtB an awful lot. It kept consistent quality the whole way through, the total opposite to last season, but at the same time never really left me over-awed. Still, this has been one of the few good shows this season produced and I’m now looking forward to those OVA’s.

B Cross Game 

I’m really loving Cross Game at the moment. The build up to Seishu has been quiet and yet effective. I’ve found my new favourite duo to ship with AzumaXAoba. Heck, Azuma has become one of my favourite characters of the year. I may take the piss out of the fact that he spends pretty much all of his time in the ‘default blank face’ mode but that’s one of the reasons I love the guy. You better pick things up Kou. Azuma and Aoba are stealing the show from you.

B- Book of Bantorra 

It’s a good show. Despite the total lack of love Bantorra gets, I’m enjoying this show quite a bit. However there’s a problem that I identified at the start of the series which still hasn’t rectified itself. I just don’t care for the show. I’m not emotionally attached to any of the characters and no amount of plot advancement leaves me endlessly pondering what will happen next. Basically, when I’ve watched an episode, I instantly forget about the series until the next episode airs. You need emotional attachment to trully enjoy a show and Bantorra just hasn’t done that yet.

B– Hetalia Axis Powers 

Standard month for Hetalia. Some episodes make me fall out of my chair from laughing, the others make me fall out my chair as I fall asleep. What I have enjoyed is hearing all the different countries rendition of the ending song. Englands rock music ending was certainly memorable although the best ending still has to go down to Germany’s marching theme.

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

C Umineko 

Over the past 6 months I’ve been treated to the continuous disaster of badly written story-telling of Umineko. Yet, I never dropped the series. Being the insanely harsh dropper that I am, why did I keep with Umineko right until the end? Because damn, was it entertaining, albeit often unintentionally. Maria’s head on a plate, the totally random appearence of goat butlers, death by giant cake, epic Battler point, Moetrice, uuuuh~, the greatest mother of all time. Yep, Umineko was a constant form of entertainment. Not sure if I’d watch a second season though if they made one.

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

D Let­ter Bee

There is quality in Letter Bee. Every now and then you would get a glimpse of what it could achieve and what it was capable of being. However if you wanted to find these moments you had to fight your way through mountains of cheese and jokes that just weren’t funny. In the end, the terrible fillers killed this show for me and I don’t have the enthusiasm to continue even if the plot returned. It would move too slow for me to care anyway.

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

This entire season deserves a bloody E grade. 3 shows is all I’ve ended up watchingto the end, providing Bantorradoesn’t collapse in the next few episodes. I’d like to put this season behind me and start anew with the upcoming winter season. Thank you FMA, Hetalia and Cross Game for picking up the slack. Where would I be without you guys? I’d probably have metamorphosed into an oldfag.

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. kadian1364
    Posted January 2, 2010 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    I can’t even say I watched as much as you did this month, at least not the current stuff.

    “Basic­ally, when I’ve watched an epis­ode, I instantly for­get about the series until the next epis­ode airs.”

    Wait, isn’t that how you defined your C Grade, watchable but not memorable? What makes Bantorra better than that (B-)?

  2. Posted January 2, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Ouch, so the whole of fall is a disappointment for you? Well, that’s true to a sense. Some people have some interest in series that season, especially the shojou-esque Kimi ni Todoke. I understand why you hate it (pacing of plot), so yeah, to his each own.

    I remember only catching Kimi ni Todoke and Kobato. Darker than BLACK S2 is still in my watchlist since I have yet to finish watching the first one.

    I have to agree with FMA: Brotherhood. I won’t say that it’s better than the first version (since the first one is good in its own right), but finally it has taken the pace during the Briggs arc.

    Oh yeah, Happy New Year to you! ^^

  3. Scamp
    Posted January 2, 2010 at 9:19 am | Permalink


    You’re completely right, in all honesty Bantorra should be C+. The thing is I had just watched the most recent episode that day and thought ‘hey, this show is freaking awesome!’. I remember having the same problem with Gundam 00. I knew it was a good show and whenever I watched an episode I loved it, but I just couldn’t get attatched to the show for ages. It eventually rectified that problem and I’m hoping Bantorra will eventually follow suit.


    Yeah, shojo just isn’t my thing. Take out Kobato and Kimi ni Todoke and you have a very poor season indeed. As for FMA:B vs original, I’ve taken to placing them at around the same level. And Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Posted January 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I liked how you do a round-up like this…I need to do that *thinks to self* – but you thought darker than black was B? Hmm, seems everyone else is on it’s d*ck lol.

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