Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Anime Year in Review, Part II: #11-20

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All in all, this is a pretty darn impressive group of series.

Adventures at Comiket 83

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I wouldn’t exactly call attending Comiket fun, per se, but in a way I do think it’s sort of (stay with me here) inspirational.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Anime Year in Review: The Top 10

There was never really any question in my mind what my #1 anime of 2012 would be, once I started seriously considering it.

Winter 2013 Season Preview

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Tamako Cuticle-Detective-Inaba haganai Zettai

I’m going to cut back on my blogging schedule this season.  I really mean it this time.

Bakuman 3 – 12-13

[BFS]_Bakuman_S3_-_13_[720p][4191982D].mkv_snapshot_03.39_[2012.12.30_22.02.44] [BFS]_Bakuman_S3_-_13_[720p][4191982D].mkv_snapshot_08.02_[2012.12.30_22.07.17] [BFS]_Bakuman_S3_-_13_[720p][4191982D].mkv_snapshot_18.57_[2012.12.30_22.20.22]

It’s hard to believe based on pacing that the Bakuman of episode 12 is the same series that gave us the first season.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

12/28/12 - Nikko

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Nikko is a good place to go if you want to dispel the notion that all of Japan displays a Zen sensibility.

Hyouge Mono – 15-16

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Meanwhile, back in the 16th Century…

Jormungand: Perfect Order – 12 (End) and Series Review

[Asenshi] Jormungand Perfect Order - 24 [nograin][C51D004B].mkv_snapshot_10.25_[2012.12.29_17.03.45] [Asenshi] Jormungand Perfect Order - 24 [nograin][C51D004B].mkv_snapshot_12.18_[2012.12.29_17.05.37] [Asenshi] Jormungand Perfect Order - 24 [nograin][C51D004B].mkv_snapshot_14.59_[2012.12.29_17.08.34]

Perhaps it’s clear now why it was so hard for me to write about Jormungand these last few weeks.

Hikaru no Go Manga Movable Feast

Animemiz is featuring Hikaru no Go in the "Manga Movable Feast" this month, a venture to which I've been privileged to contribute an article.  If you love HnG like I do - or need a good reason to read a great manga - it's well worth checking out.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ginga e Kickoff – 29-30

[Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 29 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [9E973C73].mkv_snapshot_11.02_[2012.12.27_23.19.25] [Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 30 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [35770916].mkv_snapshot_00.38_[2012.12.28_22.12.27] [Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 30 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [35770916].mkv_snapshot_20.41_[2012.12.28_22.32.20]

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say, but mine was already pretty fond of this series before the latest information blackout.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sakurasou no Pet no Kanoujou - 12

[rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 12 [476B8E59].mkv_snapshot_06.52_[2012.12.25_20.02.22] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 12 [476B8E59].mkv_snapshot_19.04_[2012.12.25_20.14.48] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 12 [476B8E59].mkv_snapshot_20.35_[2012.12.25_20.16.19]

Oklahoma isn’t the only place where the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – 13 (End) and Series Review

[HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_13_[720p].mkv_snapshot_04.32_[2012.12.25_15.22.08] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_13_[720p].mkv_snapshot_16.15_[2012.12.25_15.34.12] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_13_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.29_[2012.12.25_15.39.48]

Since this is the last time I’m going to be able to say it about a TV episode, I’m going to repeat myself one more time – I love Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun.

Christmas in Tokyo

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Holidays are a wonderful way to bring the differences between cultures into focus.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Little Busters! - 12

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Are those the unmistakable strains of magical realism I hear coming from the background?

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic - 12

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It’s getting close to decision-time with Magi.

Uchuu Kyoudai - 38

[HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 38 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_12.51_[2012.12.23_22.44.27] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 38 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_17.30_[2012.12.23_22.49.31] [HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 38 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_21.06_[2012.12.23_22.53.07]

Of all people, it was Furuya-kun who best summed up this episode of Space Brothers.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hunter X Hunter 2011 - 60

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 60 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.33_[2012.12.23_20.02.47] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 60 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.59_[2012.12.23_20.03.19] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 60 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.03_[2012.12.23_20.06.57]

Seriously – did anyone doubt for a second that Gon would put out “Rock”?

Btooom! – 12 (End) and Series Review

[HorribleSubs]_BTOOOM!_-_12_[480p].mkv_snapshot_03.16_[2012.12.23_12.52.46] [HorribleSubs]_BTOOOM!_-_12_[480p].mkv_snapshot_10.39_[2012.12.23_13.01.05] [HorribleSubs]_BTOOOM!_-_12_[480p].mkv_snapshot_20.14_[2012.12.23_13.10.41]

All in all Madhouse does a pretty good job here, delivering a non-ending that serves the purpose with few surprises.

Sukitte Ii na yo - 12

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Give Sukitte some credit for this: it never misses its cues.

Jormungand: Perfect Order - 11

[HorribleSubs]_Jormungand_-_23_[720p].mkv_snapshot_05.43_[2012.12.22_22.19.04] [HorribleSubs]_Jormungand_-_23_[720p].mkv_snapshot_07.25_[2012.12.22_22.21.27] [HorribleSubs]_Jormungand_-_23_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.02_[2012.12.22_22.39.02]

In some ways, this may just be the hardest blog post I’ve ever had to write.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Shin Sekai Yori - 13

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Sometimes even in the darkest stories, you can find a glimmer of hope somewhere.  So far that isn’t the case with Shin Sekai Yori.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Psycho-Pass - 11

[Commie] Psycho-Pass - 11 [FDE8B4BB].mkv_snapshot_08.10_[2012.12.21_19.41.00] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 11 [FDE8B4BB].mkv_snapshot_19.55_[2012.12.21_19.54.39] [Commie] Psycho-Pass - 11 [FDE8B4BB].mkv_snapshot_20.18_[2012.12.21_19.55.16]

If you’re a fan of NoitaminA – and I’m one of the biggest – this goes down as one of the best and worst days of the year.

Robotics;Notes - 11

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Now that’s how you kick things up a notch.

Zetsuen no Tempest - 12

[HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_12_[720p].mkv_snapshot_13.16_[2012.12.21_12.57.34] [HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_12_[720p].mkv_snapshot_17.58_[2012.12.21_13.02.16] [HorribleSubs]_Zetsuen_no_Tempest_-_12_[720p].mkv_snapshot_22.47_[2012.12.21_13.07.04]

If I know anything, it’s that when two trees throw down, you do not want to get in the way.

12 Days of Anime

For those interested, my entry in Random Curiosity's "12 Days of Anime" series has been posted.

Kamisma Hajimemashita - 12

[HorribleSubs] Kamisama Kiss - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.25_[2012.12.21_10.37.44] [HorribleSubs] Kamisama Kiss - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.45_[2012.12.21_10.40.03] [HorribleSubs] Kamisama Kiss - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.44_[2012.12.21_10.42.03]

Be careful – this is a series that will crawl inside your consciousness and build a nest before you realize it.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shirokuma Café - 38

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Without question, no other anime has gotten so much mileage out of the soujiki.

Chuunibyou – 12 (End) and Series Review

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While Chuunibyou never achieved real profundity in its final episode, I think it crafted a finale that was true to itself.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hourou Musuko - 116

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“State of Mind”

Weekly Digest: 12/19/12 – Kamisama Hajimemashita, Sakurasou

[HorribleSubs] Kamisama Kiss - 11 [480p].mkv_snapshot_07.10_[2012.12.18_19.40.49] [HorribleSubs] Kamisama Kiss - 11 [480p].mkv_snapshot_22.17_[2012.12.18_19.56.07] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 11 [1BB342F3].mkv_snapshot_10.42_[2012.12.18_23.39.52] [rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 11 [1BB342F3].mkv_snapshot_18.26_[2012.12.18_23.48.09]

These two series are a textbook example of extremely different approaches to storytelling.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun - 12

[HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_12_[720p].mkv_snapshot_09.10_[2012.12.18_20.30.18] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_12_[720p].mkv_snapshot_18.49_[2012.12.18_20.41.18] [HorribleSubs]_Tonari_no_Kaibutsu-kun_-_12_[720p].mkv_snapshot_21.00_[2012.12.18_20.44.11]

Damn you, Brains Base – why must you torture us with masterful adaptations that stop in the middle?

Weekly Digest: 12/18/12 – Btooom!, Magi

[HorribleSubs]_BTOOOM!_-_11_[720p].mkv_snapshot_11.54_[2012.12.18_10.27.46] [Commie] Magi - 11 [90DCD193].mkv_snapshot_05.13_[2012.12.18_11.00.50] [Commie] Magi - 11 [90DCD193].mkv_snapshot_12.06_[2012.12.18_11.08.03]

While Btooom was unable to carry over its momentum from last week, Magi sails along without missing a beat.