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New Years resolutions for you and me

There was a cart driver is Castle of Cagliostro. Almost certainly The Cart Driver. Same cloak and everything

This was originally going to be a Year In Review post but the ending of Kuragehime sucked enough to make me have to reconsider whether it was better than Durarara or not. Plus, I was bored of trying to dredge up any romance anime this year in which I gave a shit about the actual romance while looking for excuses not to give that incomprehensible mess Gundam Unicorn any awards even though it looks and sounds so damn good. So instead, here’s some new years resolutions. Not just my new years resolutions though. Some new years resolutions for you lot too. Because I’m nice enough to share some of mine with you guys.

I will: Watch some big franchise anime

Towards the end of last year I dipped my toes into some of the biggest anime franchises around, but this is the year I’m going to properly delve into these franchises. Watching Castle of Cagliostro has made me yearn for more Lupin III. The lack of much decent mecha around nowadays means I should probably watch some of that massive Gundam franchise so I can actually understand what’s going on in Unicorn. There’s a hell of a lot of other franchises I’d like to try as well, from Votoms to Patlabor to Slayers. Heck, it doesn’t even need to be a ‘franchise’ per say. I’d love to watch some of those longer running series like Ruruoni Kenshin, Hikaru no Go, Hajime no Ippo and Galaxy Express 999.

You will: Stop writing banal crap on twitter

Sorry person-who-wrote-this, but why did you write this? Who did you think would care?

Twitter is cool. It’s understandably difficult to understand its appeal when you’re not on it, seeing it as the 140 character limit seems like it should degrade intelligent dialogue. But what it achieves is forcing people not to babble and express a coherent thought in as few words as possible. No really, it’s better than it sounds. But it doesn’t help when people decide that the format on twitter means they can write whatever. I ask you, denizens of twitter, before you hit that ‘tweet’ button, to ask yourself “why would anyone care about this tweet?”. Why do we care that you are awake? Or going to sleep? Or having a shower or eating biscuits or looking at photographs or any other banal activity. Or how about a disconnected tweet that tells us nothing? Or one that tells us that you are feeling angry for no apparent reason? It’s not difficult to stop writing uninteresting stuff. In fact, it’s easier than actually writing said uninteresting stuff. Just don’t hit that bloody ‘tweet’ button!

I will: Watch Terribad anime

Actually I'm not talking about Hida Sketch. I mean the stuff that that everyone hates, not just me. But goddamit, I HATE this show

The urge has finally hit me. It comes to each and every anime fan at some stage in their lifetime as a fan. The need to discover what is truly the worst anime of all time. It’s time to break into that vault of the truly legendary terribad anime. Eiken, Apocalypse Zero, Violence Jack, Garzey’s Wing, Mars of Destruction, Gundoh Musashi and a whole lot more that anime fandom have otherwise forgotten about (ayone ever heard of Abunai Sisters? Thought not). There’s a huge vault of truly terrible anime out there waiting to be thrown up upon. I now feel it’s time for me to dive into that pile. Wish me luck~!

You will: Call out sexual titillation-only anime for the crap they are

Yes, I'm not just talking about crap aimed at men in their 20's who can't handle real women. I'm talking about the Y chromosome too

To-Love-Ru is a terrible anime. Miracle Train is a terrible anime. Kiss X Sis is a terrible anime. Starry Sky is a terrible anime. Rosario to Vampire is a terrible anime. All generic, fan-pandering crap that relies on the viewers being enthralled by beautiful anime characters and fanservice shots instead with voices that make your hearts melt or dicks stand to attention are terrible anime. “Stop lapping up this crap” is what I want to say, but people want their boobs. They want their parade of identical bishies and wish-fufillment magical girlfriends in skimpy clothing. Whatever about that. What you need to do, though, is not pretend they are anything other than this and, more importantly, stop pretending that an anime that uses sexual titillation as its main appeal is a good thing.

I will: Try out a new way of talking about anime on the internet

For the record, I was wearing the hat in that video before I heard of Zero Punctuation

Sorta. What I mean is try something that’s not just text-based like this. Something instead of a new blog post. Something like audio, like maybe a podcast (except make sure I’m not just another one of the endless parade of ‘bunch of guys chatting about the latest news and what they watched’ that saturate anime podcast land currently). Or learn to draw simple facial expressions so I can write web cartoons and comics, because making people laugh is much easier in that format. Or video reviews, which is what I’m most interested in giving a shot. Something like Zero Punctuation, except with anime. Not exactly an original idea and I’m sure a search on Youtube would reveal plenty of other people trying the same thing. But I think I am funnier than them, have an existing audience to use as a springboard to stardom and, most importantly, I have an accent. Besides, it’s not like doing reviews of the latest weekly airing anime I watched was an ingenious or original idea now, was it?

You will: Learn the difference between Equinox and Solstice anime seasons

Learn the goddam difference please!I’m not sure how many seasons have to go by before anime fans get it into their thick skulls that the spring and autumn seasons are always better than the winter and summer seasons. That’s how things are. Anime companies release their big guns in those seasons. The 2-cour shows are released then (although there’s been a dearth of them recently) and the bigger companies like Bones and Production IG release their anime around then. If a winter or summer season has 4 anime worth watching, then it is a good season by comparison to previous winter and summer seasons. Actually let me use this space to try add two phrases to anime fandom’s collective lexicon: Solstice Seasons = Summer and Winter seasons, typically has less anime that are shorter and poorer quality. Equinox Seasons = Spring and Autumn seasons, typically has more anime by the bigger name studios, including many 2-cour or longer shows. Learn the difference

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56 Comments

  1. Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Excuse me, sir! I would like to point out that summer 2009 was pretty awesome, and that fall 2009 was a pile of garbage! Thank you!

    (Generally, that’s right, though. Just felt like needling you. :p)

    I feel like watching some more of that terribad anime too. Got a little bit into it with Angel Cop (which is entertaining solely because of the English dub) and Mad Bull 34 (which would be entertaining even in Japanese) and Garzey’s Wing recently, along with the Super Mario Bros. shit of course, but not much more than that.

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

      One of the terribad anime I have downloaded is the Mario Bros OVA thanks to that post. Looking forward to it =D

  2. A guy from /m/
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Amen about the fanservice tripe. The industry is currently being plagued, being shit over, and being exploited by this garbage, and it needs to stop. I can cope with some blatant nudity or a quick glimpse at somebody’s tits or ass, but not when it becomes the fucking point of a series. That’s just awful.

    • mcm38
      Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Another amen. I think ppl like us are rare. Cause otherwise the anime industry wouldn’t put much effort in fanservice. I realy hate the majority of the watchers for being such an *ss and loving fanservice.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      I don’t really hate them for the same reason I don’t hate hentai. It’s porn, hardcore or softcore. It has a reason for existing. Just so long as people don’t act like it’s anything other than softcore porn

    • Solaris
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      OMG! Thank you Internet wind that brought me here!! Hello I’m Solaris, and I’m very glad there’s somebody around that hadn’t his brain eaten by fanservice yet.
      As long as a little fanservice doesen’t do bad, except when ”
      it becomes the fuck­ing point of a series”, fanservice shows are actually becoming plain porn, and this is bad, really bad.
      It’s bad cause those show detract from comedies and whatever genre they belong to showcase dumb soft-porn. Just watch hentai for that, dammit why bother killing off an entire genre for the sake of porn?
      That said, It’s not that people shouldn’t like their own share of brainless fanservice, even I enjoyed such little brainless entertainment shows, like some of you too, i guess.
      But as more people are buying that only, the more producers will only produce worst crap.
      Shows like said “Rosario to Vampire” came that way cause producer thought of butchering a very nice manga into that unwatcheble halfporn would have it sold better, cause people like boobs only. So we anime fan must pretend something better.
      But everytime i say that i’m the sexist hater moralfag who want to kill their own enjoyment. Dammit!

      • mcm38
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

        Maybe the reason of those fanservice anime is their popularity by the main watchers, namely the Japanese. I heard Rosario+Vampire was one of the most popular anime last year in Japan.

  3. Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I don’t like any of these Bishi-Anime aimed at girls you mentioned -3- I don’t want identical Bishis, I want unique males with character developement, interesting relationships or something like that. I want to feel them as a character and not as a tool to turn me on… some of my favourite male characters include Mr. Koiwai, Harima Kenji, Germany, Ishida Uryuu, Doumeki, Itsuki Koizumi, Otani, Chiaki…. I could go on and on…

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      So true…fanservice is a ridiculous idea in general because you’re not going to get attached to a fanservice character with no development.

      The companies just want your money, but unless you have an inclination to get attached to bland and undeveloped characters in the first place, you’re not going to give it to them. And if that’s the case, you could still get attached to cute characters in a decent show without having to kill the quality of whatever you’re watching.

      Rawr.

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink

      >> Germany

      oh

  4. Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    If it counts for anything, I have heard and watched Abunai Sisters. And it was horrible. >.<

  5. Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Actually, Production IG has released plenty of series in the summer season. Winter Seasons also seem to have a 52 episode once in a while and for example a series like Baccano also debuted in a summer season.

    The main difference is there, though and it mostly has to do with far fewer serie being released during these seasons. Probably has to do with the holidays or something.

    Also, if you want something bad, then Abunai Sisters is really horrible. It had one of the worst first episodes I ever watched.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      heh, when I put down Abunai Sisters, I was thinking of your decade review post where you listed it as the single worst anime you had ever watched

  6. Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Well the Twitter thing means I should resolve never to talk on the internet again. It’s been good (wait. no it hasn’t), but now I need a way of communicating that doesn’t involve other people.

  7. Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    I feel like fanservice anime is the equivalent of reality tv in America-it’s cheap to produce and gauarantees an audience. It doesn’t require you pay attention to the plot, and thus is perfect for someone to tune in to while they’re doing, um, something else. It’s not immersive entertainment and it’s not meant to be, and I fear many people don’t want to put forth the mental or emotional effort that a show like Gankutsuou or Eva requires.

    Was anime always saturated with crap, and the boom of quality anime of the late 90′s and early 00′s an illusion? Perhaps more season previews from the past would shed light on that.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      There’s just as much crap in the late 90′s and early 00′s. Heck, 2000 and 2001 were dreadful years for anime if you ever took a look at what aired then. It picked up again in 2002

    • Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:25 am | Permalink

      I think the nostalgic quality of a “season” or “era” of anime is based almost purely on the megahits it spawns. When was the last megahit era? 2006/2007 with Code Geass, Haruhi, Baccano, Death Note, Higurashi and TTGL (probably more)?

      What megahits have come out in the past couple seasons? I’ll give you Brotherhood, but I refuse to acknowledge Clannad. Anything else?

      • Scamp
        Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

        Eden of the East

        …that’s about it

      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

        More like Wasted Potential: The Anime

  8. Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a terrible influence on you.

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      You’re a terrible influence on everyone, Vuc.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      You indirectly got me to watch Zero Punctuation. I will forever be grateful for that

  9. mcm38
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Wouldn’t placing a cliche like that on the anime seasons be unfair to the better animes of Solstice. Ppl would be more prepared to look for the lesser points in anime in those season. And in Equinox, we would get exaggerated and overrated anime due to the cliche of it being a good anime season. I don’t act much according to cliches, it’s possible that most ppl don’t 2. But I’m still not sure wether most ppl would still judge each anime equaly regardless of their season.

    Teribad anime helped me understand more of the difference between you guys and uhm … me? I watch, cause I like it than comment it. If I don’t like it I just say I just couldn’t watch it anymore. But you guys probably also,thus not only, watch to especialy write about it. Even if it’s getting worse you keep watching, because you’re interested in how bad it could turn out.
    Please confirm me, I want to understand more of your thinking.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      It’s not a cliche, it’s a fact. Big auld difference there. That’s like saying it’s a cliche to call 4 a bigger number than 3

  10. Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I like your resolutions…both for yourself and us, hehe. I think I’ll try to work on some things…~

    Your banal tweets from tonight have been hilarious though.

  11. Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    You will: Stop writ­ing banal crap on twitter

    Look, everybody, Scamp’s being a satirist.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      Look, everybody, Baka-Raptor is pretending he can talk twitter without ever trying it out for himself

  12. luffyluffy
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I’ll say it again: The best episode of Miracle Train was when they had the male problem on. it was glorious.

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

    Why does a hater gotta be hatin’ on my uguu~, tea, and cakes? I would say that a podcast would be a pretty groovy addition to what you’re doing so far, but only if you summon Jesus159159159 from the dead and make him your co-host!

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted January 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      That I would consider paying money to see XD.

  14. Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I can do without the terribad anime. I’m better off watching the good anime that I have on hold than spend my time watching crap that’s going to make me rage.

  15. Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    I’m going to be honest: if you podcast/make videos, I will not watch them. Videos have those little numbers in the bottom right corner that remind me of how much time I’m going to spend watching. I can’t stand that. xj09d87($Y

    also I will watch Abunai Sisters.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      I’m going to be hon­est: if you write blog posts, I will not read them. Posts have those side scrollers along the right hand side that remind me of how much time I’m going to spend reading. I can’t stand that

      • Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        Another vote against podcasts/videos-while I recognize that some people love them, I much prefer to read content than to listen to it, probably because I prefer to set my own pace. You may have a built in audience as a blog writer, but that in no way guarantees they would follow you to a medium they don’t enjoy.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

        Another reason to do podcasts/videos is they bring in an entirely different audience I can’t reach with blogging. Imagine the potential if I could tap into the Youtube anime browsing crowd with some witty video reviews? I’m always looking to expand, why be happy with the status quo?

      • Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

        A fair point-I would just suggest (plead?) that you don’t do one at the expense of the other. I would be very dissapointed if the best posts-like the reviews you mentioned wanting to do, or the season previews-were solely videos/podcasts and not written down.

      • Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:30 am | Permalink

        Good luck with the podcasts/videos. The next interesting podcast/video I watch/listen to will be the first, but if you can do it, good on ya. I’m eager to see what new ideas you can come up with.

      • Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

        @RP I know the answer to an interesting podcast! Sexual titillation and lots of boobs.

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Nobody reads my posts in the first place. Anyway, I say you focus on one or the other. There won’t be many readers/viewers out there who appreciate both videos/podcasts and posts equally (really, who reads Benu’s posts or watches embedded videos?). I stopped reading AnimeDiet altogether because their posts and podcasts equally suck. It’s great that you want to reach out to a larger audience, but people like me and Shrran will feel alienated with podcasts and videos. Of course, this applies to personal/anime hybrid blogs, figure/anime blogs, etc.

      also I watched the first two episodes of Abunai Sisters and I want to tear my eyes out now

      • Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:41 am | Permalink

        I disagree. Personally, I see no reason why Scamp should have to focus on one or the other as long as he knows what he’s getting himself into, and the pros and cons of it. While I don’t podcast, I did go from exclusively doing anime to branching out and covering a wider range of things.

        Yes, my quality as an anime blogger suffered, as I’ve never been able to cover anime to the extent I use to, but I think it made my blog a lot more interesting.

        Furthermore, I got a lot more personal satisfaction with my blog now then I use to, and didn’t risk the danger of getting, well, bored with it and that’s what is really important. If Scamp also ends up happier going that direction, and more satisfied with what he’s doing, I think it’s an accomplishment in the end.

        And really, there’s no loss in trying something new.

      • Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

        I’ve always had to struggle between personal blog and anime blog (I’ve had four manifestations of Mikotoism to date), and I’ve come to the conclusion that personal aniblog does not work. I’m not trying to push my opinion onto Scamp (actually, yes I am, but whatever), but I’m just saying that I personally wouldn’t find Scamp’s podcasts/videos interesting. Of course there will be people who like the podcasts/videos, but I’m sure most don’t like podcasts/videos and posts equally.

        Also, I’ve found that reading and writing are totally different things. I, too, like to write about a variety of topics, but I don’t really like reading a variety of topics on aniblogs. Case in point: Shit Storm. Kairu’s troll posts about anime were sometimes interesting, but when he posted about stuff unrelated to anime, gaming, etc., it seemed stupid and… more stupid.

        P.S.: Sorry, I don’t really like talking meta. It’s very, very subjective stuff.

      • Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:17 am | Permalink

        …adding to the thing about reading and writing (wish there was an edit option for comments here): Personally, because I don’t like reading about various topics in an aniblog, I also don’t want to subject my readers to the same kind of treatment. Thus I’m pretty much leaning on aniblogging right now instead of inserting other topics into my blog.

      • Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Well, if you don’t like talking about it, then I won’t push the conversation any further.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      I’ll watch it, but only if it’s free and you wear a silly/interesting hat every episode.

      It doesn’t even have to be a hat, try to balance a book on your head for the whole episode.

  16. hikaru
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Lupin was actually one of the first anime series I watched. Just recently I tried rewatching it but the audio and visuals were just waaaayyy to old, it was painful. I did buy some newer Lupin DVDs from Ritestuf however, and haven’t watched those yet, maybe I should make that my new years resolution too =)

    I also totally agree with you on the ‘banal crap on twitter’. Haven’t signed up for twitter myself yet, but the reason I never update my status on facebook is because I know no one cares. If I could impose a new years resolution on other people, I’d make em stop whinging in their status as well.

    Rurouni Kenshin (the manga) is great. The anime not so much (even though I only watched like 3 episodes). I think I was majorly biased against the anime because Kenshin wears bright pink AND red. The animators obviously have no sense of colour coordination.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Ah man, Castle of Cagliostro is still well animated. Sure, it clearly has a tenth of the budget Miyazaki usually has for his Ghibli films, but the animation quality of that movie still stands up today. I wouldn’t be surprised if the other Lupin III doesn’t stand up animation-wise though. Not everyone will get the sort of budget Miyazaki can get

  17. Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    A podcast would be awesome *___*
    Then I can hear your hot irish accent again *.*

  18. Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Mr. I picked something off the floor on twitter. :P

    I do love me so boobs. And I don’t pretend I don’t.

    Anywho, I wish you best of luck on trying new blogging things. I’ve never been able to get into podcasts or those type of things, I’m not much of an audio person I guess, but I hope it’ll do well!

  19. Posted January 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Uguu. I need to write a good comment, but I feel so lazy. Meh. Gonna use washroom.

    I really shouldn’t press Post. Ooops!

  20. Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    i would love to impose your new years resolution for twitter to many of my friends on facebook. i dont care what song you’re listening to right now or what the lyrics are. unfortunately i have to update my status every now and then because people actually think something’s happened to me if i didn’t (really people? really? i have a phone you know)

    meh, i’ll be honest and say i probably won’t watch/listen to any reviews/blog posts. but whatever floats your boat. i prefer to read and i keep my laptop on mute most of the time anyways.

  21. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I’d quite enjoy the inclusion of occasional podcasts or youtube vids, similar B.R.’s Talk-a-Rapter series. Like him, I think you have the charisma to pull it off quite successfully!

    As for fanservice shows, yeah I think that’s just an evil you’ll have to deal with. It’s easy enough to badmouth shows like Ore no Imouto as the garbage they are, but as you’ve already mentioned, those shows tend to bring more viewers/hits than more intelligent, respectible anime, even when you’re badmouthing it. It not fair, but it’s honest sign of where many fans true interests lie. The amount of seeders/leechers for Imouto and MM! on Nyaa torrents compared to every other show is testiment to that (bloody infuriating too!).

    Plus theres f**king HSotD, which seemingly everyone but me and about three other people loved. Why…. just why!

  22. OHEMGEE
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Spring/Fall better than Winter/Summer.
    Got it ;D
    I WILL NEVER FORGET MASTER

  23. Posted January 5, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Hit me up if you need some awesome bad suggestions for anime movies/ovas hehe. tis my specialty after all XD

    I’m happy to say I’ve already known the difference between seasons and have always stated so in my review of whatever year posts. And that said I hope you have lots of joy in your upcoming anime year!

  24. Posted January 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Ve~ Ve~
    Videos would be sooo awesome *.*

  25. Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    winter 2011 season sucks…

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