2013 has obviously been not as good as 2012 (as seen by my 1 year hiatus). There just wasn’t enough quality anime going around and the seasons where I was expecting a lot (Spring, Fall) just didn’t produce enough. Winter Season is almost non-existent if not for Chihayafuru 2. Well even though this year sucked a bit, there are obviously still a lot of good shows produced and here is my personal top 10 from 2013. Continue reading
Fuck this Season.
Without further ado. . .
Mysterious Girlfriend X, for me, contains the best scene (and arguably the best episode) of the year. Anime Romances almost never tend to focus on the relationship part and this is why MGX is so different and fresh. It focuses on the actual relationship itself. It also doesn’t focus on “Romance Plots” that stuff like Sukitte Ii Na yo falls trap to (the whole I’ll steal your boyfriend and all that crap) but rather it focuses on a select few characters which is really really rare for an anime. The only other anime that I’ve seen that managed to do this type of romance well is Bokura Ga Ita.
So anyway focusing on this certain scene. For ten to eleven episodes, the series has shown Urabe and Tsubaki’s relationship and how much it has blossomed into. Still though, it still hasn’t quite gotten intimate as I hope it would be (well of course if you exclude all of the kinky and drool parts (which you shouldn’t)) and the two characters haven’t even hugged each other. This episode changed that.
That hug. That sweet little scene. Somehow, everything from the first episode until then started gushing back to me. It reminded me how far these two characters have gone in their relationship. It reminded me how amazing this series is.
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Mashima Taichi is probably Chihayafuru’s most complex character. He’s good at everything but isn’t particularly great at anything. He gave his best at Karuta but he still isn’t in Chihaya’s level. He likes Chihaya but he can’t really get himself to tell her that.
For such a bishounen character, Taichi is fairly human. I’ve said this before already but Taichi has all the characteristics of a bishounen but he isn’t exactly quite like it.There are tons of defining moments that show Taichi as a character that’s frustrated with himself yet at the same time he isn’t. There’s also his inherent selfishness. Taichi has a lot of moments where he asks himself if his goals truly are his goals. Overall, Taichi is a character that thinks too much and the way Chihayafuru presented this is just glorious.
Chitanda Eru is Kyoto Animation’s newest embodiment of the perfect moe character. Moe is something that Kyoto Animation lives, breathes, inhales and exhales. The moe formula Kyoto Animation uses is the most polished and Chitanda Eru proudly shows it off in their 2012 Masterpiece, Hyouka.
Slightly googly eyes: Check
Wobbly animated walking: Check
Weird trait that can be turned cute: Check
Cute catchphrase: Check
I’ve learned towards the years that my favorite studio really is Kyoto Animation. While it’s always infuriating that they never veer off far from their expertise (moe), the things they do always catch my attention and more often than not, become masterpieces in my eyes. Hyouka is no exception.
Well, I’m pretty sure every anime blogger has this in their list.
Anime fetishes has sunk so lowly that even the act of brushing one’s teeth isn’t so innocent anymore. While I’m pretty sure (or rather I’m hoping) that this trend won’t catch on since only SHAFT can pull this weird shit off, it still feels slightly chilling that fanservice in the near future will involve innocent daily utilities like forks or book cases.
It was a pretty darn amazing moment, but please SHAFT, Shinbo, and NisiOisin . . . don’t do it again.