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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.