Impossible Possible

Yep. Thanks Fukuda. Next up, Square publishes a remake FFVII for the PS3. Just in time for April Fool’s.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original SEED, and I still do. But this kinda shit makes me sad, because it wasn’t that quality, maybe it’s the 720p, or maybe it’s nostalgiagoggles, but if you’re going to re-air this during AGE’s run, make it worth my goddamn time Sunrise. Seriously.

But, it does include a new mix on the ED, See-Saw’s Anna ni Issho Datta no ni so for what that is worth, it was gold.

However, because I haven’t reviewed it here (or probably at all since it originally aired) I am going to do you folks a solid. I am going to review it as it airs again, and offer new commentary, like it is a new show. It’s been years since I’ve re-watched the non-SE proper, so I figure this is a good chance to break in new fans, and old fans, to one of Gundam’s best modern retelling of the original series. Before Destiny ruined it.

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A 2011 in Animu Review

FUNNELS. FUNNELS EVERYWHERE. Also Newtype.

UNLIMITED GUN WORKS

2011 has been quite the season for many reasons. Many spectacular series were had which made this year’s Anime Saimoe Tournament one of both legend and massive filibuster. Still, throughout it all, I felt it was necessary to take a look into what made this year so goddamn awesome and look into the next year of upcoming delights.

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Just an Inch

With the holidays over and the new year in, the season comes to a close in ever the so melancholy way. This week starts the new season of shows, along with four carry-overs from the previous season, Shana, Guilty Crown, Mirai Nikki, and Gundam AGE. Let’s wrap up the old and begin the new.

huhuhuhuh, coming

One short-order orgasm coming up.

Haganai ended on probably the best note it could for something that has future season potential, without leaving too much hanging. You finally get to close the nagging secret you’ve known throughout the entire show, how they both knew each other, but he didn’t know who she was until she cut her hair short. The others didn’t get much screen time for this episode, and the season ends on an open note, hinting the possibility in the future for more, which is always good.

Title: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Sub Group I Watched: Mazui
Episodes: 12
Rating (1-10): 9

Favorite Character: Yozora Mikazuki
Least Favorite Character: Yukimura Kusunoki
Real Favorite Character: Sena “Meat” Kashiwazaki
Superior Favorite Character: Rika Shiguma
A CHALLENGER APPEARS: Kobato “Kukuku” Hasegawa

he is pervert after all

...as delicious as you when you were asleep...

Ben-To finished exactly as it should have, although not seeing The Ice Witch fight the twins for the final time was a bit of a letdown, but Pervert jumping in and taking the win would have been better if they showed the actual fight. I feel like they could make more of this show and I’d love to watch it, but even if they don’t, I am content with what I got, it was a true underdog show of the season that was interesting to watch with every episode.

Title: Ben-To
Sub Group I Watched: EveTaku
Episodes: 12
Rating (1-10): 8

Favorite Character: Sen “Ice Witch” Yarizui
Least Favorite Character: Ume Shiraume
Why Ume Shiraume? I felt she wasn’t needed, while I enjoyed the counterbalance effect and her attitude, she just seemed over-the-top and unreasonable without any cross-check throughout the show. She needed to get clocked in the head at least once for good measure.
Favorite Lunch: That special one from the pool episode looked pretty good. I’ve never had omelet rice though.
“Pervert”: While funny, they could have tried harder. But then when they referred to them as “wolves” and “dogs” there isn’t much room for interpretation.

Normally normal.

That's perfectly normal.

Another season in Wagnaria closes with the last episode of Working!! and it went out on an interesting note with Popura Poplar talking about the future and Yamada spinning it into a tale of her leaving. This along with how she reached the accident sheet got our intrepid Pedo Bear Takanashi all emo over her not being the cute little girl anymore. We also got to finally hear and see Maya Matsumoto more as she interacts with this story, and is the subject of Sato’s terror for a moment. I’m not sure if they plan to make more of this show, but I seriously hope they do, it is a terrible amount of fun.

Title: Working!!
Sub Group I Watched: Horrible
Episodes: 13
Rating (1-10): 8

Favorite Character: Popura “Poplar” Taneshima
Least Favorite Character: Kyouko Shirafuji
Inami Time? They scaled back the Inami this season, which was fine given what we got, but they still haven’t elected to tie up much from the first season. Really, I wish they never went there in the first season, it could have stayed blissfully ignorant, but poor Inami, she deserves to be a little less crazy.
Creepy Soma: What makes this character so much fun to watch, is that if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, there is always one person, who knows everything about everyone and somehow occupies all points of the floor at the same time. They’re the ones you can’t touch because they have blackmail on everyone.
Another Season? It’s possible, there is still plenty they can do with the cast, and at the very least, tighten up the Inami arc from the first season. But more of the same would be acceptable.

om nom nom

I'M GONNA EAT YOU

UN-GO was probably the only series this season to offer a truly excellent ending that wrapped up the show nicely without any loose ends. It got a bit hard to follow in places because of the vagueness that surrounded Inga and Bettenou, and it was hard to deduce who was who and what was what, but the last episode kind of sorts that out in the most simple primitive way possible, and that’s through ol’ fashion force. Still, they didn’t really explain the monster’s existences or how they came to be, except it being something from the war, but oddly enough I did not need an explanation, it seemed like “magical bullshit” was good enough for me.

Title: UN-GO
Sub Group I Watched: Horrible
Episodes: 11
Rating (1-10): 8

Favorite Character: Kazamori Sasa
Least Favorite Character: Izumi Koyama
Tasty Souls: I felt this was a bit of a gimmick in the series, that they could have removed it and it would have retained the same charm it had throughout the show. The extra mechanic seemed to catch up at the end when it was necessary to explain who and what Inga and Bettenou were. Fortunately they weaved this flawlessly, but I often think I would have been fine without the supernatural element.
Character Overload: I kinda got annoyed with the constant re-introduction of characters a bit in each episode, but admittingly, it made it easier to remember some of the sporadic faces.
Political Statement? It’s nothing new to anime, Japan likes to sneak little pieces here and there about how they perceive the world and politics today. 9/11 came up at least once if I recall, and though they don’t really say what the “war” was, I think they hinted at terrorism and a possible struggle over communications and energy.

For the Horde

Super Fish Catch

Ika Musume‘s second season draws to a close, and leaves open the possibility of more. Overall I think the first season had a little bit more going on, but the addition of Kiyomi and her friends added another layer to an already random show full of random moments. I do wonder though, if they make a third season, if there will ever be an end to it, will she return without succeeding in the invasion, or will she go somewhere else besides the beach and start a new chain of adventures? But I’m overthinking this, it’s simply squidding fun.

Title: Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
Sub Group I Watched: FFFpeeps
Episodes: 12
Rating (1-10): 7

Favorite Character: Chizuru Aizawa
Least Favorite Character: Martin
U Mad Eiko? That tends to be the fun in her pseudo-tsundere character, she is always mad or annoyed with Ika, but as the last episode shows, cares for her a lot.
English Cindy: Still one of the high points this season, the english episode was fun, because it actually sounded good and not like someone with a basic sense of it tried haphazardly.
MIT Shenanigans The snow machine was probably their best invention yet, and best screw-up.

Cool Story Bro.

I watch Maken-ki for the plot.

I tend to be a glutton for punishment, and that punishment is sitting through an obvious fanservice show looking for signs of the plot they tease you with in the first couple episodes. Well in Maken-ki they finally deliver, in the very last episode, and cheap the entire fucking thing out. I mean, oh look, here is a big bad with some mind control or someshit and oh look, our dorky perverted “hero” is now a fucking super-strong monster who gets PIERCED THROUGH THE HEAVENS by his big-titted heroine. You know what? Just drop the super powers and all that bullshit and just give me fanservice, at least then I would keep watching for the right reason and not the trainwreck reason. I don’t even feel like completing the rest of this review, it got a 5. Don’t bother. I didn’t even make a new screenshot because I permanently deleted the folder after I finished watching. Oops.

The preview chart is out for next season’s draw, which includes eight shows added to the four carrying over from this season, bringing my total up to twelve for this season, as much as I believe I had for the summer. Heavyweights include Zero no Tsukaima and Tantei Opera Milky Holmes along with some new shows that look interesting. I’m setting up my shit for the new premieres, so I’ll have a first week preview after everything airs next week. Roughly.

Our Lady of the Bazooka

Back again in what will likely be the last post of the year unless I squeak one in before. Lot of things to cover, so let’s not waste your time.

I mean seriously, she HAD to have known that shit. What a Haruhi.

You're a sly one... Ya-zor-a~

After a rabble-rousing eleventh episode of Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai we finally figure out who his childhood friend really was. What? You knew already? I mean, they totally didn’t give it away several episodes ago? Well what the fuck man, where was I? Surely I jest, I knew this too, however I was unprepared for her to Haruhi her hair to fit the part. Haruhi is a verb now. FYI. Not sure how this show is going to end, but frankly, I hope it gets more. I’ve certainly enjoyed every episode.

*drums*

Maybe you should have been Sixth and been facing the other way.

The odd thing about Mirai Nikki is when it tries to be funny in a serious manner, it’s rather terrible in its execution. But that is easily forgivable in Yuno’s crazy-ass methods of shooting first, dragging Yuuki, and asking questions later. Now there is some temporary truce with Ninth, and I see her sticking around for awhile in this show, at least until the end where Yuuki kills everyone, becomes God, and brings everyone back. Cause you know, that’s how they roll. Maybe.

RIDE THE LIGHTNING

BATTLE NUN

Things continue to heat up in Shakugan no Shana Final as Shana and Co. head into the gate in search of Darth Yuuji and his followers, while Sophie and the army of Flame Haze continue to mount their attack on the castle. Fortunately, we get to see her in action quickly as she removes Decaberia from action before he could take out their main force, but realizes quickly the enemy reinforcements they thought would be late to the party, show up early. Meanwhile, Keisaku and Margery share an intimate (read: LEVEL UP) moment before we see her get ready to get back in action soon, which is awesome because the party was missing its Druid. I moved Shana up in the ranks because rightfully, this shit is getting good, the dull wait was worth it.

INNOVATOR!

I LOVE YOU~ I TRUST YOU~ whoops, wrong show

Gundam AGE geared up and down as the crew handed the UE another loss, but at the hands of losing Don Boyage and many of his forces. Still, enough data was gathered for the AGE system to make a speed version of the Gundam and put it on par with the suit that faced off against Flit, likely piloted by Decil Galette. The ship docks at another colony to meet the man who would be helping coordinate the attack on the UE nest. Flit meets Yurin again, whom was adopted by the man, but was short lived when Flit and the crew had to leave again. I suspect she, like Decil, have some sort of Coordinator/Newtype/Innovator power that allows them to sense their surroundings, and Flit likely as well. Still, I’m ever curious how this show will progress, because of the character listings on MAL for his son and grandson. I assume there will be timeskips at some point.

I mean seriously. Who doesn't like kittens?

Naww dog, that ain't true... actually yeah it is.

Working continues the crazy adventures at Wagnaria with more Inami-style hijinks, this time centered around her text conversations with Takanashi. Clearly kittens make for a good ice-breaker, much to Izumi’s disarray, as she doesn’t want him to leave so he can continue taking care of her. Also, Yamada tries to claim she can take care of herself, but that is laughable at best. The manager tries to cross-dress for snacks, but her tits do not allow for it, and Soma almost gets Inami-PAUNCH’ed, but Sato intercepts it with Yamada’s bear. Just another day at work.

Everyone is clapping for you. In your head. They're actually dead.

Congratulations, Shinji

I’ve read a lot of Twitter and blog traffic and most folks don’t like Guilty Crown. I’m going to have to be that guy who begs to differ, in a couple ways. I’ll start off by saying that it is not Ghost in the Shell: Stand Along Complex. Not even close. There are similar plot elements, but the characters are too flimsy and one-dimensional to compare to the fuckwin awesomesauce that is GitS:SAC. To compare it to Code Geass, is a better comparison, but still not quite the mark. CG had better characters that often times would be unpredictable and change the story with it. Guilty Crown has been fairly predictable from the start, and even with it’s latest TWEEST involving the stone that started it all, I can only imagine this is going to bump Shu in the direction he should have been going from the start. Despite all that, I actually am enjoying this show and what its worth, despite the criticism.

I CAN SPEAK FOREVER

I CAN SEE FOREVER

I often forget to watch UN-GO because I keep forgetting to add it to my torrent bookmarks, so it ends up being the last thing to watch, and after you watch 10 other shows, fatigue sets in and I end up saving them for another day. Despite all that, it is a fantastic if not puzzling show at times just trying to follow what is going on. The introduction of another supernatural character and its handler kinda threw me for a loop, but it’s to be expected. In a way, this show reminds me a lot of last season’s Dantalian no Shoka in many ways. Hopefully it doesn’t mimic the same though.

Don't know if want

Can you put this pill up her ass? No? I'll do it.

What makes a show like Ben-To hard to rank each week is that it is fantastic, but there is so much fantastic happening ahead of it. Rather annoying. After the twins beat the Ice Witch last week, she ends up getting sick from the ordeal and misses class, while Satou tries to help care for her. They agree to get her well enough for Grilled Eel at the local store where she plans to challenge the twins to a rematch, only to make herself sicker from leaving the A/C on. Meanwhile Kaneshiro finds out what really creamed the twins three years ago and races back to warn them of it occuring again, as he steps off a train in the final scene of the episode.

Those MIT boys

Me either

Meat, snow, and the secret of Chizuru’s power are on the docket for this week’s Ika Musume and they were pretty solid episodes. I actually enjoyed the snow episode the most, finding it hilarious that they would combat the hot with the snow, and the snow with the hot. Also Ika in winter clothes was rather humorous. I’m surprised Cindy was surprised though at the display, being the head of the nerds and all.

FOR THE PLOT

You do? You certainly did a half-hearted job of unzipping your jacket there.

Finally, on the bottom, as usual, is Maken-ki. I’m afraid introducing the “big bad” in the last episode is just poor taste for a show that had a sliver of promise as a proper show, but then I discarded the notion of it having a plot and watched it for the fanservice from the second episode. My hope though is it gets a DVD/BD release and remove some of those goddamn sun rays and blurred lines so I enjoy my tits and ass proper. Jesus Japan, have some respect!

Last episodes of the season are this week or next week, depending on the holiday schedule. Regardless I will probably not have another post up until either next week, or the week after into 2012, depending on how shit stacks. I have this week off from work though, so I will be doing the Winter 2011/2012 Preview Chart soon. A few shows from this season carry over, so I should have a fairly full roster again next season.

The beat goes on.

Master and Student

With the holidays and other things work and home I didn’t get to watching two weeks worth of anime until this weekend, and even then I crammed it into the evenings after helping out with moving office furniture. But fear not, I got your back, everything covered here except UN-GO, which I’ll get to tomorrow, and this week’s Ben-to and Gundam AGE, but I’ll recap the previous. Going in random order:

About damn time. It's go time.

Guess who's back. Back again. Shana's back. Guess you're dead.

The wait is over for those of us impatient through the story building, Shakugan no Shana Final heats up as Wilhelmia and Co. find the secret sneak attack into Seireiden with the goal of collapsing the barrier around the castle, destroying the portal, and rescuing Shana. This is the first real action scene for Khamsin Nbh’w, who was seen in the first season, along with Rebecca Reed. Fortunately, Shana’s strong will revives the sword and the spirit within to return to her and regain her powers. About fucking time. Let’s rip some shit up and set Darth Yuji vs. Shana into motion.

and not all over the wall

Well at least he got to the bed.

Haganai continues to be the best show this season, haters gonna hate. Every scene between Meat and Kukuku is adorable and priceless, and Rika is my idea of fun. A bit disappointed in no Yozora swimsuit edition for the pool episode, but perhaps the beach will nullify that.

Never trust the head chef

Working is just a barrel of non-stop awesome, seriously, with Yachiyro and the cell phone, Yamada doing Yamada things, Inami, and poor Popura, it’s never a dull moment at Wagnaria. Ever.

That Sanae.

...were set up to stalk Ika-chan? Yeuuuuuuuup.

Ika Musume squiddin’ around, what would she do without her shrimp? For that matter, what would Sanae do without her Ika? Probably molest other little girls.

Or just pierce the Martian Successors. Wait...

PIERCE THE HEAVENS

As I mentioned before yesterday, Gundam AGE plays off to me like an interchangeable model with a billion different parts. We all know Gundam exists to print money for Bandai, in models, and no doubt the base Gundam will be sold with lots of snap-on parts for it sold separately. Essentially Gundam has become Figma, and I’m not sure if I like that. That said though, the series has gotten pretty good, even if they’re still up to no major plot point, other than Beardsly McTurban striking backroom deals for warships to take on his foes. Emily also wasn’t a complete cunt, but that will no doubt happen when Flit tells her he is staying to fight. She’ll join the army anyway, and whatshisname will leave like that asshole from SEED did at the first sign of trouble.

Hide yo kids hie yo wife

Rule #1 - Don't Piss Off Yuno

Mirai Nikki is pure win, from the action to motherfucking creepy Yuno and her super-yandere with Yuuki. Seriously, she’ll kill children to keep him safe, and it’s fucking fantastic. That said though, I’m surprised they censored the knife in the kid, presumably because it was a kid she killed, but they also censored the end of the girl’s arm in the last episode. Crazy Japan. The BD/DVDs will probably be awesome. If you aren’t watching this show, you should.

Crazy literary people

Oh it's coming alright. Through your panties.

Ben-To stalls the fighting to introduce Kyo and Kyo, twin sisters with different silver hair styles. They apparently have taken an interest in The Ice Witch, and attempt to infiltrate a hospital they thought she was staying at, but it turns out to be Satou recovering from a fall he took to save his Sega Saturn. They provoke him in a way only sexy nurses can before realizing their error, after he shows his title off, and hypes up Oshiroi to write more of her yaoi about him. Such a good show, can’t wait to watch the latest tomorrow.

I'd undertake them.

That'ta boy Shu, eyes down there. Like a man.

I have to admit, Guilty Crown has turned out much better than I expected, almost a guilty pleasure to watch, even if it’s starting to settle into a monster-of-the-week format, the different awkward situations Shu and Inori can get into are worth the ticket price. The student council prez isn’t half bad either, although at first glance, I almost thought it was Gai in drag.

Cool Story Bro.

I watch Maken-ki for the plot.

Honestly, if anyone is watching Maken-ki because it’s an actual story with good characters, you best be joking son. It’s tits, tits, and more tits, and when they think you haven’t had enough tits, they introduce new character with tits to add to the other characters with tits. They’ve got more tits to give you on this show than you’ll see at a concert in a Buick with a fucking monkey. But seriously, is Tate and Mai Takaru and Haruko going to fuck, or what?

I’m pretty bad at keeping regular updates and updating the stuff on here, more so around the holidays, so expect updates to be sporadic over the next few weeks until the new year. The Winter 2011/2012 lineup should be starting to form or be final soon, so expect a preview of what I’ll be watching, which will no doubt be the final season of Zero no Tsukaima.

YOU GET TO BURNING

I haven’t done a classic review in awhile, so I felt like now was a good of time as any, and I’ll do it with one of the very first series (excluding what aired on Toonami) that got me into anime way back when. Martian Successor Nadesico.

and a good one at that

The Original Smugsnake

Martian Successor Nadesico (or Kidou Senkan Nadesico) was a starship-bound science fiction series originally aired October 1996 to March 1997 spanning only 26 episodes. Produced by XEBEC, directed by Satou Tatsuo, with character designs by Gotou Keiji, it was based on the manga of the same name by Asamiya Kia which ran from 1997 to 1999. The story was based around Tenkawa Akito, a resident of the Mars colony where his parents were stationed as part of the scientific community. After an accident kills them, he remains until an attack by unknown enemy units forces him to take shelter with other refugees. He encounters a little girl whom he protects by using the nanomachine controller embedded in his hand to control a heavy-lifter and block the attack. However a bizarre accident occurs and he wakes up to find himself in a field on Earth, millions of miles away. He takes up a job at a local restaurant doing what he always wanted to do, cook. Being a Mars resident however, he had nanomachines integrated into his hand to operate machines, on Earth, only military pilots have such marks, making him seem like a military deserter to everyone he meets.

Meanwhile the daughter of Admiral Misumaru, Misumaru Yurika, is preparing for her first day as the Captian of the Nadesico, a private battleship funded by the NERGAL Corporation, whose intent is to return to Mars as the military abandoned it after the attack years previous. Since they could not assemble a traditional military crew, Prospector, in charge of running the ship as a representative of the company, along with Goat Hory, round up the most bizarre cast of characters who are experts in their field, but leave little to be desired in social graces. This includes Chief Engineer Uribatake Seiya, an expert at mechanics and Aestivalis but not with women, Hoshino Ruri, a child prodigy and ship controller, isolated from society most of her life, Minato Haruka, the secretary of a corporate president who becomes helmsman, Reinard Megumi, a voice actress who becomes the communications officer, and Howmei, the ship’s cook and former military officer. Together they are to launch with Fukube Jin, a retired admiral and commander of the forces which first encountered the aliens on Mars. En route to the ship though, Yurika bumps into Akito as he is riding his bicycle and some of her things fall out of her trunk. Among them is an old picture of the two of them when they both were children living on Mars together. He remembered who she was and followed her to the ship. One thing led to another and he wound up in an Aestivalis defending the ship while it launched amidst a battle with the aliens. Having successfully defended the ship and boarding it on its way through the atmosphere, and robbing it’s main pilot, Daigoji “Yamada Jiro” Gai of his chance at super robot glory, he is met by starry-eyed Yurika who never lost her love for him ever, in front of the entire ship’s crew.

ALSO A BIG MAC FROM SPACE-DONALDS.

BRING ME BACK A MODEL KIT WHILE YOU'RE OUT

As the series progresses they add more characters to the crew, including “The Three Angels”, Aestivalis pilots, the cryptic pun master Maki Izumi, hot-headed Subaru Ryoko, and female otaku, Amano Hikaru. Together with ship’s XO Aoi Jun and other characters from the military and NERGAL they set forth on a mission to Mars, and discover not only what danger really lies out in deep space, but also about each other. They uncover secrets and lies held deep in the hands of certain people for years, and an almost century-long stuggle between humanity.

It was made to parody many series at the time. Space Battleship Yamato, Gundam, Macross, Captian Harlock, and more. The anime within an anime, Gekigangar 3, was a parody of most super robot shows of the era, mainly Go Nagai shows, like Getter Robo. It’s subplots were used to fuel the main plot of the show and how the characters acted and reacted towards the end. The great thing is though, that while executed perfectly, the show took on its own voice in the second half of the series and became an awesome piece of drama and storytelling, rivaling that of any Gundam series. It’s a shame they really didn’t make more of this than they did, because I would have dug it all the way to the bank.

Before Vista

Well, have you tried turning it off and on again?

One of the show’s main characters, and still my “All Time Top Favorite Character” is Hoshino Ruri. Not only do you get smartass cynical loli, you get the best deadpan humor one could hope for along with what most would call today a typical tsundere although not immediately noticeable. She went from cynical kid in the corner to radical free-thinker towards the end, setting her up for her greatest performance as the star of the movie. But not only she was awesome, Yurika, Akito (when he wasn’t a whiny bitch), Seiya, Gai, Ryoko, even Goat MOTHERFUCKING LOYALTY Hory made this show worth watching down to every last letter.

Now as far as Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness, if you’ve seen it for the first time, it is awfully confusing. It’s set 3-4 years after the events of the series, but that time skip isn’t explained in the movie, it’s explained in “The Blank of Three Years” which was published for Sega Saturn in Japan only. So for us US folks, you’ll have to check out the internet to get the TLDR for what happened, which I will omit due to spoilers from the show and the movie, but the basic premise of the movie is Hoshino Ruri, now 17, commands the Nadesico B for the UE Spacy fleet. She and her crew of mostly new cast with a couple of old faces, embark on a new mission that completely rips apart everything she knew and loved and puts a final spin on the story that overshadowed it all.

MODS = GODS

You sit your fucking ass down son, she's going into RURI RURI MODE. There is no stopping that shit, it's fucking ON.

The movie, after you make sense of what is going on, is probably the most satisfying and bone-crushingly annoying ending to a franchise you’ll ever experience. Quite honestly, I really wish XEBEC made more, even if it was same universe different characters, it was such an awesome franchise. Some say that Stellvia of the Universe was almost like a prequel (or sequel) in a way, due to its similarities and styles, and Shipon is also among my top-tier favorites. Unfortunately it too was shelved for a second season because XEBEC seems to not be able to produce beyond one season of everything there is good in the world, despite having some excellent titles like Bakuretsu Hunters, DN Angel, Outlaw Star, Rockman.EXE, Shaman King, and more. Really, only To-Love Ru and Zoids seem to get past that one-season barrier. But when quality over quantity counts, they do deliver of the better shows to watch, even Ladies X Butlers wasn’t half bad.

So if you’re looking for an old school space comedy and drama with super/real robot action and memorable characters, you want to tap one of the greats, Nadesico. I suggest finding the remastered version as the graphics upgrade is the best until we possibly see a BD release someday, which I will own.

Title: Martian Successor Nadesico
Sub Group I Watched: (Back in 2001) Unknown RM files (Today) ADV DVDs (original release version)
Episodes: 26
Rating (1-10): 10

Favorite Character: Hoshino Ruri
Favorite Robot: Black Selena (Movie)
Least Favorite Character: Akatsuki Nagare
Least Favorite Robot: Those silly looking things Jun piloted in the first few episodes.
Favorite Angel: Ryoko
Obligatory Troll: Omoikane
Crowning Moment of Awesome:Every time Akito appeared in the Black Selena in the movie. He was out for vengeance and to get Yurika back, and I only wish he had that in the series, it was fucking awesome.
Least Explained Element of the Series: Omoikane, the ship’s sentient computer system. Why would NERGAL go through the effort to make it when Ruri can bend it to her will without much thought?

Only One Question

I’m finally back after a long hiatus filled with many interesting adventures, some of which I could have done without. Finally caught up to this week’s airings, just in the nick of time. Here is the rundown of week six, in the usual order.

and Gundam. Science and Gundam. I'd be in heaven.

I hate to blur reality with fantasy, but fuck man, she's into science.

Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai continues to be my number one show each week, because it’s the Haruhi that KyoAni couldn’t muster, and it’s fantastic. I know they’re trying to open up the “oh that boy was Yozora” bit very badly in each episode, but I could watch 26 episodes of just this shit all day and take it to the bank. It might not take much for me to be entertained though. U mad sophisticatebros?

Don't know if want?

Does a psychopathic girl who wants to fuck my brains out then stab me count?

Yandere yandere Mirai Nikki continues with the untimely demise of two more Future Diary users, and Yukiteru escaping with his life once more, but can’t seem to shake the creepy Yuno from keeping ahold of him, and now she’s wooed his mother over to her wiles. This series really puts such a fantastic spin on “The Highlander” type series, and the cast of characters isn’t half bad, including blind oracle girl who was raped her whole life. Sucked for her in the end.

Remodel them all into kitties.

No, no, please do.

Working is doing.. you know.. Working things, as the past two episodes have focused mostly on Takanashi’s relationship with Inami as her “handler”. He of course sees her as a dog, and she sees him as a… er… punching bag? Add some other hijinks involving colds, possibly Yamada’s brother, and the Manager’s gang, and two more episodes of the greatest show on earth go down in the books. Well, maybe not greatest, but damn close.

The Joe Swanson of GC

You knocked her out of her chair? The ADA is gonna have a field day with you.

Guilty Crown surprisingly remains strong in a point where you expect it to fault, given the weak babby protag and no clear idea of who The Undertakers are really fighting, but the episode, which largely focuses on Shu and Ayase with Inori also as Shu finds out Inori was basically using him under Gai’s orders to bring him into the fold easier. Fortunately he retains some guts to join and actually defeat Ayase in her Enclave, albeit using someone’s Void. I might be the only blogger to like this show, but it’s not half bad, and less campy so far than Code Geass’ high school hi-jinks, which aren’t happening here for some reason yet.

So is the robot too. Awkward three-some.

Well, he/she is part girl, right?

Hot on the heels of GC is UN-GO which continues to be the shining diamond in the rough this season, with its quirky style and cast of characters. Inga and the RAI amuse me the most, mostly with their antics through the episode, but even the mysteries and how Shinjirou and Kaishou solve them differently amuse me as well, it’s like Sherlock Holmes and Encyclopedia Brown. Inga however is the wild card, and now that we hear she used to kill people, presumably for souls, and now obtains them differently, suggests they met somehow during the war.

Seriously, are all civilians this stacked?

COME WITH ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE-- WOOGAAAGUHOOO

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE ducks indoors for their sixth episode to highlight some internal strife among one colony, which continues to fight an age-old war on a smaller scale daily within the colony, and those in the slums below trying to make a living. Flit of course tries to take up the cause of the noble man, and ends up blackmailed by the UE as they run away and leave him to the colony army who assumes he tried to attack the colony. Meanwhile shady captain seems willing to trade military secrets for warships to take on the feds. WHAT A TWIST!

We don't need no water?

This must happen a lot, eh?

Shakugan no Shana Final steps away from Shana a bit to focus on Keisaku who arrives at the HQ for Outlaw, but is put in a room for almost a week, until being “rescued” by “Scatterer of Sparkling Light” Rebecca Reed, who was a personal friend of Wilhelmina, and decided to help her on her quest to rescue Shana from Bal Masque, despite warnings of the impeding war between them and the Flame Hazes. Shana is starting to get good, and I know it’s a buildup, but man, so ready to rock this shit fo’serious.

Mary Sue galore

If only he was there to stop Twilight from being written in a similar fashion

If it wasn’t for everything else above it, and I allowed ties, Ben-to would be much higher, it really is a fantastic show. The inclusion of a “Mid-Boss” was a bit out of place at first, especially given how fast it took them to defeat him, but made for an interesting feat of strength shown from The Ice Witch. For a show about half-priced lunch, you have to commend their style in keeping it real.

Would have also accepted TEAM GINYU

MIGHTY MORPHIN SEA INVADERS

Ika Musume continues to squid around in various ways, including having Sanae as a bodyguard, and another episode of Mini-Ika and her adventures outside, like “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”. Can never go wrong with our intrepid sea invader.

Tsundere likes cats isn't a surprise anymore.

Oh, she likes cats. Eh.

Of everything this season, Maken-ki is on the bottom rung. There just isn’t anything more to a harem show with super powers when it just touts a pro-feminist line more often than not and just seems unappealing. The main character is a joke and the main female character is overbearing and retarded. Still, there is some compelling force that keeps me watching in the hopes that something intelligent will spark and end the show on a high note. Right. When pigs fly.

All wrapped up for the week, just in time for the next wave tomorrow and into the weekend. Also, I am looking around for Winter 2011-2012 information to get started on that, I know ZnT’s final season is among that list. I’ll have more as I look into it.

I’ll also try to remember about this blog. Once and awhile.