Category Archives: Reaction

Posts in response to anime, manga, or other media. We would call them “recaps,” except we’re not that diligent.

Summer 2011: Yuru Yuri

There's even a Yui, but she's not the ditzy one this time. Ooooh...how diabolically clever.

Summary: Another one of them K-On clones, only this time I think the creators really wanted to make a magical girl anime- so why didn’t they? Do they get, like, a tax break for making another one of these “four girls in a club that does nothing” shows? It boggles the mind. Anyway, it’s watchable and pretty inoffensive thus far, but also a tad dull- more than a tad if the references don’t amuse you as much as they do me.

Streaming: Crunchyroll. Continue reading Summer 2011: Yuru Yuri

Summer 2011 Anime: Kamisama Dolls

Blah blah blah my Pokemon can beat up your Pokemon whatever I don't care.

Summary: I, uh, loathe this show. From a plot perspective it’s actually not bad so far, but something about it just rubs me entirely the wrong way and I don’t even know what that is. The female characters are cookie-cutter as usual, and one character’s tumor-like giant boobs distract from the proceedings every time she’s on screen, but still, why did I hate watching this so much? I thought I was used to sexism, but is this like the set of tumor boobs that broke that camel’s back or something? I’m mystified.

Streaming: On Crunchyroll. Yaaay, something is finally streaming. Continue reading Summer 2011 Anime: Kamisama Dolls

Summer 2011: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee The Animation

Yune: Saving anime from moe by being more moe than moe.

Summary: This episode was pretty much pure wonderful for me, but I’m almost afraid to say anything nice about it in fear that it’s going to do nothing but tread water for episodes 2-11 so the two main characters can vaguely acknowledge that they love each other during the finale like it’s a surprise. Nevertheless, the first installment of a Japanese girl moving to Paris in the 1890s (or thereabouts) is beautifully animated and sweet, without ever crossing the line into saccharine territory.

Streaming: Nope, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Crunchyroll announced this soon. Continue reading Summer 2011: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee The Animation

Summer 2011: Ro-Kyu-Bu!

RKB: Not that bad when they're playing basketballl- now if only they would keep playing basketball.

Summary: Like last season’s Soft Tenni, only with basketball and much more blatant fanservice with even younger characters. Le sigh- why does it feel like my task as an aniblogger is to continually try to find redeeming value in shows clearly meant for pedophiles?

Streaming: Nowhere yet, but apparently it’s licensed by Sentai Filmworks now. That was fast.

Possible Alternate Titles: Random Loli Shower Ball, SoftBaski Continue reading Summer 2011: Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Summer 2011: Kamisama No Memo-Chou

Alice thinks she's SOOOOoo smart, but I bet Lain could kick her ass.

Summary: A show really trying to be Durarara!!, yet apparently made by people who didn’t understand what Durarara!! was about. Interesting, but not necessarily for good reasons.

Streaming: Nowhere that I know of. Actually, so far NOTHING is streaming this season….

Possible Alternate Titles: Durarara!! +Lain= Moe!, Victorique Buys a Computer, Psuedo-Intellectual Detective Hour

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The Peculiar Case of Astarotte’s Toy

“Good” and “Interesting” are not necessarily the same thing; I wouldn’t waste my time trying to defend Astarotte’s Toy as a quality anime, but I also can’t deny that I found it interesting. Sometimes, the joy of watching a show is to see just how the writers will dig themselves out of this incredible mess they’ve created, and that’s this thing in a nutshell.

It seems that while basically treading water until the two leads decide to hook up in episode 12, the show has, perhaps inadvertently, done some interesting things with mother-daughter relationships and sexuality that I don’t see a lot- and maybe there’s something to be said for that.

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X-Men Episode 12: Friendship is Indeed Magic

At last, Madhouse has found something it's good at: Creating perfect romance novel covers. Coming soon to a Barnes and Noble near you: "The Powerful Mutant Warrior and His Coy Teen Mistress," brought to you by Harlequin Books and Superhero Anime Partners.

Summary: As usual, the X-Men are incredibly slow on the uptake figuring out what’s going on in terms of the foe they’re fighting- guys, reality warping power means your reality will be warped. As I predicted (not that it was much of a feat), Hisako saves the world through the power of friendship, Jean’s conveniently omnipotent, and Takeo’s last wish is to make sure that his psychopath of a mother doesn’t get what’s coming to her. On the plus side, Hisako totally feels up Cyclops, making it a pretty good day to be Hisako. Continue reading X-Men Episode 12: Friendship is Indeed Magic

X-Men Episode 11: Yui is a Moron

Somewhere out there, someone was excited to see Wolverine go berserker. Not me, or you, or probably anyone you know, but...someone. Surely.

Summary: The X-Men defeat their opponents, including Mash, the Unlimited Semen Works guy (FINALLY), Professor X gets his bacon saved by Jean’s sultry disembodied voice again, and Mastermind may have had the worst plan to take over the world ever. Since #12 is already out as I write this, I’m going to kind of gloss over this episode and just comment on the major plot holes- it really doesn’t merit any more attention than that.

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X-Men Episode 10: Like We Didn’t Know This Already

Too bad Mash, the X-Ladies are prepared for your Unlimited Semen Works now! Well, except for towards the end of the episode, when it like, matters and stuff....

Summary: In keeping with the recent trend for X-Men episodes, the action was pretty decent- nice Wolverine and Storm team-up there, finally- while everything else was illogical at best, mind-numbingly stupid at worst. There were some pretty significant plot bombs dropped finally, but while we may not have known exactly what was happening, anyone even half paying attention won’t be surprised by any of this.

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X-Men Episode 9: It’s the Telepathy, Stupid

Emma gets to look badass for a few minutes before being continuously abused by a mysterious white viscous fluid for the rest of the episode. The two people who were busy defending this show as not being THAT sexist and disgusting have now officially packed up shop.

Summary: For the first time, I actually regret choosing to blog this anime- not because this episode was particularly bad or anything (we’ve been given worse this season), but just because I am so incredibly bored with this already. Still, I made a commitment, and someone should point out that the X-Men attacking Mastermind would be kind of a good idea.

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