Fire Trucks!

“Fire Trucks!”

1st – 285 votes – Elucia de Lute Ima (Elsie) @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
2nd – 204 votes – Maekawa-san @ Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
3rd – 179 votes – Sakurai-sensei @ Nichijou
4th – 174 votes – Riccotta Elmar @ Dog Days
5th – 153 votes – Wajima Tomoe @ Hanasaku Iroha
6th – 147 votes – Aizawa Chizuru @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume
7th – 120 votes – Chaos @ Sora no Otoshimono series
8th – 116 votes – Kondou Mikoto @ Kämpfer für die Liebe
9th – 108 votes – Senou Natsuru @ Kämpfer für die Liebe
9th – 108 votes – Toudou Tsumugi @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
11th – 106 votes – Q @ C
12th – 101 votes – Rebecca Anderson (Becky) @ Dog Days
12th – 101 votes – Hatori Kanon @ Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo

Elsea dominates relatively weak Group 14. On second is Denpa Onna’s Maekawa, third, Sakurai Sensei of Nichijou. 4th and 5th are Ricotta Elmar of Dog Days and HanaIro’s Tomoe.

As expected of Kaminomi’s ace, Elsea dominated the competition. There isn’t much of a buzz but Nichijou surprised everyone with Saukrai-sensei at third. Nichijou will not be a dark horse or anything, but they’re not as weak as people would think. Dog Days and HanaIro just pushed more series mojo. 

Comments: Woot Nichijou! Hm…. Tsukimi-tan got 33 votes, fuckyouJapan.

Who will win the next round:

You know what Maybe Hitomi of Madoka Magica might just get it. But there is still A-channel’s Tooru (ace) and IS’ Laura. My bet’s on Hitomi though. GOGOGO NANO-CHAN!!

JULY ROUNDUP

So it’s July and it’s time for a roundup! I decided to screw the Mid-month impressions since I realized it was a bad idea so I just tried to stick with the traditional monthly impressions. The total score per month would be 50 and by the end of the season, I’ll add everything up and do a seasonal ranking. I love rankings btw.

16(new) BLOOD C – (15/50)

The fourth episode was very interesting, a step up from the disappointment of the first three. It’s still a disappointment though, these four episodes, and CLAMP needs to give better execution for me to rate this any higher.

15(new) Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi – (18/50)

I think I’m gonna hold this for a while. While it has an interesting story, it doesn’t execute it well. The characters are bland, there’s the bad type of fanservice, and it has a problem of telling and not showing. For now, I’d consider this dropped.

14(new) Baka to Test To Shoukanjuu Ni! – (22/50)

I love the first season a lot. I guess this one is much of the same but those first two episodes were very lukewarm and boring in terms of making me laugh. I just hope it doesn’t go to the same pile as Maria Holic.

13(new) Sacred Seven – (23/50)

It has an interesting premise but not executed well. I’m very engrossed to the series but it has a lot of glaring faults. There’s still a lot more episodes to fix that though.

12(new) Mayo Chiki – (27/30)

It would’ve made it to the passing mark but the third episode sucked. I think this is my guilty pleasure series this season though so I’m tentatively positive about this one.

11(new) It’s the NEET thing to do – (34/50)

The dialogue and the mystery is the main hook for me. It’s well done and it’s just so witty. There’s still something lacking though and I can’t point my finger at it but it’s a nice start for this series.

10(new) Dantalian no Shoka – (34/50)

The GOSICK this season, Dantalian doesn’t disappoint at all. Animation-wise it;s the best this season, and the plot is also pretty good. The main characters have great chemistry (the fact that they’re both smart is already a win factor) and its building up to something interesting. Again though like the other mystery-solving series before it, there’s something lacking that I can’t point my finger at.

9(new) Moe in Paris – (35/50)

It has a solid start for a heartwarming, educational, and cultural story. It is very laidback, the soothingness creeps to you slowly making you go AWWWW and Dawwwww. I realized though “WHY THE HELL AM I BLOGGING THIS?!!?”. It didn’t cross my mind until now that it gives me the same feeling as Usagi Drop and would be hard to blog. AHAHA I’m dumb.

8(new) No.6 – (36/50)

This is the BL Dystopia fantasy anime of the season. One moment everyone’s serious and then the next moment everyone’s hinting BL undertones on each other. Not that it’s a bad thing since it’s so LOL and they are chugging in an awesome plot. . . I’m very excited for this!

7(new) Kamisama Dolls – (38/50)

This series is completely appealing to all my Anime tastebuds. Interesting story: Check!, Interesting Characters: Check!, You know it will explode sometime soon: Check!, There’s the intrigue you really like in anime: Check!. This is how awesomely Kamisama Dolls rolls.

6(4) Hanasaku Iroha – (38/50)

I think I went overboard in praising this. Episode 16 I was all like, “It reminds me of Toradora! This is the shit!”. Then episode 17 came in to ruin he day. Damn episode 17, Hanairo was getting really consistent! I do hope they start tackling the main characters again now. It seems that the series is at its best when they put Kou-chan (though I personally lost interest in him when he dissed Ohana). Besides it was gonna be hard topping last month’s awesomeness.

TOP 5

5(new) Mawaru Penguindrum – (40/50)

There’s actually two new series I’m in love with this season. This is the one of them. Now that I’ve watched Revolutionary Girl Utena, I totally get why people are so excited about this. It’s very layered with symbolisms (not as bombarding as Utena) and there’s a good story to be told. It seems that the series is concentrating on beliefs; Fate or no fate. It’s not technically bltantly pointed out, but it’s something to realize. Also, those penguins are awesome.

4(5) Ao no Exorcist – (42/50)

It had an awesome mid-season climax; not to mention how it’s getting more and more exciting with the plot starting to finally roll. Big-boobs is a great addition to the cast. The awesome thing about this series that differentiate this from other Shounen action is the focus. It’s very character-oriented. Friends are a dominant team as also is teamwork. Also one must note that this series is really coll. Saying it’s not cool means your blind or something.

 3(new) Usagi Drop – (42/50)

When I watch this series, the thing that keeps coming out of my mouth is the word “DAWWWW”. Damnit the parenthood being shown in this series is so realistic and down to earth. It can really attack anyone who’s watching this. Rin is the most adorable thing ever and I’m glad 2ch isn’t into boning her because if they did, Imma kill all of them. Nice to know that sometimes, people like the idea of parenthood. Afer a long meditation, I realized I liked this quite a bit more than Penguindrum, thus the high score.

2(3) Steins;Gate – (49/50)

The series is completely chugging the plot. . . it’s getting more and more interesting as the episodes progress. I love the idea that Okarin and co. is trying to reverse engineer everything to the point that Mayuri wasn’t endangered at all. But yeah “No hope goiys” so far. . . SUZUHA!!!!!!!!! L

1(1)Nichijou (50/50)

So it manages to be funnier than it already is. . . WHATTUP! I think Mio’s wrestling spree propelled this into a perfect 50.

Addendum:

It seems that the gap between second and third place is getting bigger. Steins;Gate and Nichijou just keep on getting better and better! The new series are sure to challenge that though, especially Ping Duramu and Usagi Drop. So far no disappointments besides BLOOD CLAMPYCLAMPCLAMP.

One for the veterans

“One for the veterans”

1st – 326 votes – Shana @ Shakugan no Shana S
2nd – 293 votes – Cecilia Alcott @ Infinite Stratos
3rd – 291 votes – Nymph @ Sora no Otoshimono series
4th – 280 votes – Huang Lingyin @ Infinite Stratos
5th – 267 votes – Morishima L. Haruka @ Amagami SS
6th – 225 votes – Hagimura Suzu @ Seitokai Yakuindomo
7th – 203 votes – Yuzurizaki Nero @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
8th – 172 votes – Eclair Martinozzi @ Dog Days
9th – 168 votes – Sanada Yukimura @ Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
10th – 162 votes – Nakatsugawa Ui @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
11th – 158 votes – Amatsume Akira @ Yosuga no Sora
12th – 150 votes – Kinoshita Yuuko @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri

Shana beats IS newcomers for a group 13 win. On third would be Sora no Otoshimono’s ace Nymph and on 5th would be Amagami’s Morishima Haruka.

It seems that the flame will never ever die out. Fans frustrated every single year of her losing must be rekindling these flames. IS didn’t dominate as much as what would be expected of a high tier faction while Sora no Otoshimono surprises with Nymph still being strong. 

Comments: HURHURHUR SHANA.

Who will win the next round:

Elsea!!!! Come on fire truck domination! A bit of a mid-tier group (weakest do far) and Tsukimi-tan(Kuragehime) might just get into the top 12.

BLOOD C – 04

I C WUT U DID DER CLAMP. HURHURHUR.

Infinitely better than the first three episodes. It’s still far from the caliber I expect this series to be. . . but it’s getting there I guess. The “everday life” really is done on purpose and it looks like Saya’s now wondering why. I think there was a second we saw a bit of Blood: The Last Vampire in Saya’s memories, but obviously, this series is concentrating on its own story. The action finally got to a point where stuff needed to be censored so yeah. All positives this time around.

Now if only the characters weren’t so CLAMP copy-paste…

Infinitely Moe

“Infinitely Moe”

1st – 309 votes – Charlotte Dunois (Charles) @ Infinite Stratos
2nd – 249 votes – Touhara Asuha @ Astarotte no Omocha!
3rd – 235 votes – Hotogi Shirayuki @ Hidan no Aria
4th – 217 votes – Francesca Lucchini @ Strike Witches 2
5th – 209 votes – Lynette Bishop @ Strike Witches 2
6th – 204 votes – Shiomiya Shiori @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
7th – 201 votes – Shimada Minami @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
8th – 179 votes – Marui Hitoha @ Mitsudomoe series
8th – 179 votes – Aioi Yuuko @ Nichijou
10th – 178 votes – Reki @ Hidan no Aria
11th – 175 votes – Phantom Thief Arséne (Henriette Mystere) @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
12th – 148 votes – Minakami Mai @ Nichijou

Charlotte Dunois convincingly wins quiet group 12. 2nd to 5th would be Asuha of Astarotte no Omocha, Hotogi of Hidan no Aria, Francesca Luccini and Lynette Bishop of Strike Witches.

IS proves to be a top tier anime in this year’s tournament with Char’s win. Strike Witches continues the army making and Astarotte no Omocha and Hidan no Aria continues to prove that they’re not just mid-tiers. Nichijou also shows that they’re not 2nd Prelim fodder, though a round 1 win is somehow unlikely.

Comments: Nothing for Sawako. . . oh well not like I expected much. I need to watch IS.

Who will win the next round:

Shana.

PING DURAMU – 04

 

 

Reminds me of  Utena outlines 

A very interesting episode. It’s starting to form the ritualistic episodic nature (STAR DRIVER, Utena) and I like the grove I’m getting into with this. Learning from watching Utena, no one’s nice. Everyone’s hiding something . The nice blonde actress isn’t as nice as she is, Ringo is hiding a lot even though the guys know her true nature, I’m pretty sure Tabuki-sensei is hiding something too (given how he’s shown in the OP). We haven’t touched the meat yet, but we’re getting there, and at least with Ping Duramu, the creators know how to make a good introduction without going all bat-shit crazy (unlike a certain CLAMP original anime which did things poorly even with crazy being put in).

I’m very excited where this is heading. The series has a very solid start, I just can’t wait til the plot kicks in.

Now let’s all pronounce Destiny in a monotone scary voice.

Uncurrency Anime – Revolutionary Girl Utena

Kashira Kashira, Gozonjikashira!?!?

That’s a very weaboo statement so forgive me. Well it’s time to review Revolutionary Girl Utena!

Well as the name states, the anime is quite revolutionary. I’ve heard a lot of comparisons with this and Star Driver, but it really seems that Utena is the gay mother of Star Driver. More artistic, more creative, and more meaningful than our Mecha Flambouyance of 2010. Not that Star Driver is any bad, but hell this is just WAY BETTER! I think the only thing Star Driver has Utena beat is “Monochrome” but Utena walking the stairs/taking the elevator came really close.

One thing to note about Utena is that it tackles quite a number of relationship taboos. Yuri is very much the prevailant theme, the whole series revolves around Utena becoming a prince or if she’s rightful of being one, seeing as she is a girl. There’s also themes of incest, the second most prevailant theme. We have Touga and Nanami, a more not so serious incest, Miki and her sister, a more close-relationshiped one, and Himemiya and Akio, the one that can eat you alive. It was pretty clear when Akio came to the picture than there was something wrong happening with Himemiya, but OH BOY DID IT GET REALLY. . . IFFY. A love triangle that goes in all ways?!!?!? Also, I could hardly see Utena and Akio’s relationship to be normal anyway, so the whole love triangel thing is screwed. But yeah these are the themes one encounters in this series.

Artistry and creativity is the thing that catches everyone attention when watching the series. It’s even more attacking than Shaft’s Bakemonogatari (well I still prefer Bakemonogatari in terms of art) and the meaning and symbolisms of the different objects and artistry are abundant. Princes and princesses are technically the main theme, wether if one really is a prince, or if there are any prince at all, or the use of the Rose Bride. Castles, roses, coffins are also a big part in the meanign the series is trying to convey. I think the best line I heard in the series is “We’re all trapped in our own coffins” which really symbolizes our struggles, our pushes and pulls, our life.

Plot-wise the series has it in spades. It was very interesting where it was going. What was the whole point of a revolution, the whole duel thing, the end of the world. While I wouldn’t say I liked the ending, a lot of aspects of the series was answered. The only thing to really express the plot is by you yourself watching it. The series often uses repetition in which it almost become something you look forward too. Utena walking the stairs is almost always the highlight of the episode to me, not to say that the fights weren’t good because they were good. AS IN MEANINGFUL GOOD.

All in all, its a series to watch by all generations. Its a very old series and I must say, it still looks pretty good, considering how old it is. The series is something that completely appealed to my tastes and Revolutionary Girl Utena will definitely get a high score from me.

Execution: 38/40

Engagement: 27/30

Characters: 19/20

Production: 9/10

Overall: 93/100 (OLD MASTERPIECE)