Weekly Anime (12/21 – 12/28)December 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Weekly Anime | 13 Comments
Craaap. The Fall season is ending and I’m still behind. Thank god I’m not picking up much in Winter so I can finally catch-up. I did a pretty good job this week though.
Also have my blogging plans for the Winter stuffed in here at the bottom.
Anime: Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka (11 & 12 END…rant), CHAOS;HEAD (09, 10, & 11), ToraDora! (09 & 10)
I got the first season of Shana for Christmas (Yay?). I haven’t started watching it yet, because I specifically gave my parents the choice of buying me one of like…three or so boxsets because I wanted something new to watch when I’m too sick to even get on the computer.
So~ I’m wondering if I should start including the Shana episodes I watch in here as I go along or if I should just stuff all my thoughts in here at the end. If anyone has an opinion, feel free to let me know.
And “I don’t think you should watch it” is not the sort of opinion I’m looking for. I have the boxset now, so like Hell I’m not going to watch it.
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka (END)
I’m not going to bother separating my thoughts on each episode because there’s no real point. I got spoiled like hell about the ending (willingly because I didn’t care, unwillingly because I didn’t want to…not care). I watched the last episode on fastforward the whole way through…which actually made it more entertaining. I can only imagine watching it normally because the DORAMA still felt like it was stretched out.
So…I can pretty much just call this a fail ending and be done with it, right? Of course, not I am a rambler, so ramble I must.
It’s not like I have a big, “OMG INCEST DISGUSTING!” thing like a lot of people. It’s fiction and for me fiction is very easy to separate from reality. I’m not like girls who because they have a brother, automatically connect anime with their real life. If you ask me, there’s something a little odd about the person who connects fiction to their real life so easily. At least when it comes to vague situations like just having a brother. -_-;
No. My problem with AkaSaka’s incest is that it came out of nowhere. I mean, sure Junichi was staring at his sister like a perv a lot of the time, but outside of that she was just treated like his sister. Any development happened between Yuuhi and Junichi. So therefore…this ending is stupid. It’s a failure as an ending. Even if I’d been a Minato fan I’d hate this anime.
And it’s not really like we’ve been trolled either. Trolling is done on purpose. As far as I can see it, the anime was just trying to please everyone and shove out their crap with the least possible effort. Yuuhi fans get all the story and screentime, Minato fans get the ending. There! Everyone happy.
Except not quite. This anime sucked long before the ending anyway. Random filler in a series that’s only 12 episodes long? wtf. Trying to go from random un-funny filler to an attempt at siscon drama? SERIOUSLY! WTF!
Really though, if they did do it on purpose I can imagine why. It’s a commercial for the game! Most people watching get built up to like Yuuhi as the main girl (while the only people who like Minato just like siscon or stupidly perfect girls) and BAM! Yuuhi’s development gets derailed for a different end. Now would people want to play the game to see Yuuhi’s real end?
In that case, I could try to admire them for doing a good commercial, except I have no urge to play the game. Though there is that OAV (which I will only watch if I hear Yuuhi gets proper time in it).
I’m also bothered by the “we like the same guys but let’s be friendly rivals in love!” thing. The fact that Yuuhi forgave Minato in the blink of an eye, but got so pissed at Junichi seems stupid. Both of them were lying and hiding things from her, I mean yeah…get more pissed of at the guy, but the natural thing would be to get pissed at everyone.
Sheesh, I could have at least gotten some sort of girlfight out of this, but no. They keep the trash out at all the wrong times. Especially here where one girl is in love with her brother. I think that would cause a normal person (especially someone living with them) to freak out a little. It’s not even like it’s the blood-relation that’s so creepy (though if they go ahead and have deformed babies, it is), it’s the fact that they both treat each other like siblings which makes this sort of thing so…well actually stupid. Usually other attempts at siscon get at least that part right.
If you treat someone like a sibling, I have a hard time believing there’s any romance there at all. In fact, don’t girls turn guys down by saying they’re more like a brother to them?
Maybe this is why girls don’t get the siscon thing…
Meh. This still could have been a good ending if Yuuhi just said, “screw you” to the sibling-complex duo and took over her father’s company on her own like I wanted her to be able to do back in episode two. That’s what I’d call a good end. At least she did kind of stand up to her father in episode 11…but whatever.
Hrmph. I’ll admit for proper disclosure that I’m feeling grumpy over this anime because I like my romance. When a series tries to push a couple that I saw zero development for over the course of the anime on me, I feel rather insulted. I am not an idiot! I can accept many plotholes for the sake of love, but when it defies common sense completely and goes the shallow route I must object!
In the preview for the finale when they were showing all of the “moments” for each girl, I found it really pathetic comparing Minato’s to Yuuhi’s. Meh. Well whatever. It’s not like I didn’t expect this. But whatever. I guess this post can be entertaining for everyone? It’s part of the AkaSaka experience to make fun of (and just generally bash) this anime as much as possible. But now it’s over…and I want my time back. T_T
I guess something good you can say about this anime is that it’s an expected RAGE anime. In these cases, at some point you know it’s coming, you enjoy getting pissed off with everyone, and it kind of ends up being therapeutic instead of truly rageful. But that just makes it a predictable bad end. I don’t think that’s much better.
In fact, I think I started fearing a Minato end when I saw in the second episode that she got her chance at the “dame yo” part too which officially gave them both equal time in the opening. I’m programmed by Key and KyoAni to believe (rather logically) that whatever girl gets the most time in the opening, wins. Nagisa, Ayu, and Misuzu all got at least one more moment in the opening than the other girls did, therefore…Main girl.
So to wrap this up (because I’d like to avoid putting more effort into my post than they bothered to put into the show)…I want to see Rie Kugimiya play another cute Yuuhi-like role in an anime that doesn’t suck. Polite, adorable, and less (than usual) tsundere ojou-sama please! And this is the last time I watch an anime for a great cast of seiyuu. If a bunch of my absolute favorites with less roles are in an anime though, I’ll still watch it (Meaning SoraKake for Winter is totally on my watchlist).
lol. All Rimi Screencaps.
Rimi protected Takumi again so my only belief in this anime is right! Rimi is good. End of story. Moving on. Shogun is Takumi! ZOMG~! Actually, I got spoiled on Takumi “being a delusion” so I kind of figured that he would be shogun’s delusion. It’s a shame since that’s the sort of WTF!? cliffhanger I like from this show. Oh well. Anyway, all the girls do have their stories and they’re becoming relevant again (except Kozue…she still seems unimportant).
Felt bad for Takumi. Finding out you’re a delusion sucks. My sympathy only lasted so long because I got distracted by how loudly right I was about Rimi wanting to help Takumi, but there possibly being something holding her back. Totally right. Diswords also appeared like crazy in this episode. Also, young detective was bad (like the opening wasn’t a hint).
Most importantly though, Rimi got development. She has her own set of worries. It’s quite awful too, I feel so bad for the characters in this show. Tragedy and mind-messing all around. Rimi and Takumi are the ones I think I feel the worst for though (but that might be because they get the most screentime?). Rimi’s also awesome, going in to save Nanami (I assume they know each other through Takumi). Oh yeah and Rimi isn’t the killer. Yay~
btw…seeing Rimi actually show dislike for someone (and lots of it) made an impression on me. She’s usually smiling or just has a kind of blank expression. Norose must be an asshole!
How did my supernatural mystery turn into a love story? Of course, it’s not like I mind. I’m such a sucker for “fake” or created beings falling in love. I think it’s CLAMP’s fault. So fun that Takumi changed from being a hikikomori loser to SAVING THE WORLD because of Rimi. Hehe, because he likes Rimi so much, I really find it hard to dislike him (even though he’s been such a loser). Especially now. Why can’t I dislike people who like the girls I like? I can’t help but like Ayase too because she smacked Rimi for her own good.
Yup. Rimi is too kind. Trying to shoulder everything on her own. That finally explains my weakness for her though. I really like the sort of girls that help people (whether it’s intentional or not). Someone that’s so kind that they make other people around them feel better. I like that kind of girl. In Rimi’s case though, she has a little bit of coolness too because of the disword. I really like the design of hers the best.
Let’s see plot-related…The nurse that we hadn’t seen until so recently, it was kind of a letdown that she turned out to be the one behind all the murders. I mean, we didn’t see her until really just a little while ago. Anyway, she’s a really messed up person. Glad she’s gone. Crazy detective too. Now there’s only one “bad guy” left to really worry about. He’s an asshole so I hope he really gets what he deserves!
Damn. Didn’t get even close to episode 13. By next week for sure! (lol well hopefully next week I get to 14)
ROFL What the Hell was that dream in the beginning? XD That’s some messed up Ryuuji (lol and Taiga too). Ah~ What a fun plot device. Ah this episode made me laugh so much (hahaha that was great with Minori and Kitamura at the trainstation). The whole bunch of them are already acting like a big group of friends. Which should be expected since it’s the ninth episode, but I’m including Ami in it too. Oh how I can recall the number of times I have pretended not to know my friends and vice-versa. You’re embarassed by them, but you still hang out with them! Except Ami and Taiga still don’t really act like friends (not friends I know anyway).
I love the girls in this show now (though Kitamura and Ryuuji are entertaining as well). Minorin is awesome and hilarious, Taiga is…well tsuntsuntsun(dere), and Ami is such a sly little tease that now I can’t help but like her (I love how Ryuuji basically went crying to Taiga like she’s his mom or something after the shower scene). Well, to put it simply, this episode was awesome and had so many, “WTF!? ROFL XD” moments that I can’t even list them all (Minori taking pictures of almost-naked Kitamura stands out though).
Outside of the funniness, the scenes with Minori and Ryuuji outside was really memorable. Since she’s usually so weird, it’s nice to see her talk calmly and seriously about something. I think if I like any pairing in this anime it would be Minori and Ryuuji because of that scene. But it still feels like it might head for Ryuuji and Taiga and I’m not prepared to have another pairing I support not work out so shortly after AkaSaka (There’s still only like three total that haven’t gone the way I want).
‘kay~ It’s been kind of unofficial for a while now, but Minori is now officially my favorite character. She’s the one I enjoy watching the most and now she gets to be cute sometimes too (before she was just weird but when she went “yay” near the beginning of the episode I could help but smile). It also helps that she keeps getting development now too. But ah, why do they keep putting her and Ryuuji alone together!? It feels like if I let my guard down I’ll get my hope up. Luckily it’s not that hard to keep my shipping fangirl side at bay because I’m always distracted by some joke that comes up.
I’m also getting to like Ami more too. Of course I wouldn’t like her if she were a real person, but she’s really entertaining. I can’t help but think that eventually Taiga is going to suffer from being the most featured character and I’ll get bored with her. At the very least I don’t seem to have the same reaction to her being cute because she’s cute so often. And of course, now I think Ami ending up with Ryuuji wouldn’t be that bad either (except I can’t help but feel deep down in my heart that girls like her can’t win!), so I’m thinking I’m just for anyone ending up with Ryuuji but Taiga (really, why mess with such a great friendship?). But ah. This turned into a big ramble about stupid fangirl things (while trying not to do so). So basically, I think I like the episodes with all five characters together the most.
I’m going to try to limit myself to four new shows this season. It’s kind of messed up. Winter isn’t that interesting, but it’s interesting enough for me to want to pick up pretty much the same amount of shows that are ending. Maybe more?
So as I’m predicting it…
White Album – Episodic Category Blogging (Love Triangles equal developments I can rant and rave about)
Maria+Holic – Weekly Anime (I watched the early online stream and this anime is great. Watch it!)
Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo – Weekly Anime (I love mech and action, but I rarely have much to say)
Munto – Weekly Anime (Hm…kind of would like to check the OAV of this out first though)
Also quickly about SoraKake…my god. I heard Sayuri Yahagi is going to be in this too. With Yui Makino, that’s like two out four of my most-loved but need-more-roles seiyuu (the other two are Megumi Nakajima and Kanae Ito btw).
But that’s off-topic. As for the others from my preview…
KuroKami – I’m still interested in it, but since it’s getting dubbed so quickly, I figure I can wait for a DVD release. If it turns out to be good I’ll buy it. Seems like it might be a good anime for when I’m sick.
Asu no Yoichi – I figure I won’t get past a couple of episodes of this, since I have Yui Makino in a bigger role in another anime. If I do watch it I won’t blog it (maybe first impressions)
Akikan! – I think I actually want to watch this…what a surprise. But I don’t think I’ll blog it at all.
So that’s that.
I haven’t watched anything yet, even though Akikan! and Maria+Holic are available online. I need to catch up with my current anime before starting anything new. Which became easier (because I’m dropping two).
I have other new plans for Winter as well. Fall’s Weekly Anime struck me as too jumbled. It’s almost impossible for new visitors to go back and see what I said about another anime, especially since I want to delete the site tags once I’m done with them (they’re bumping some of my fun tags out of the cloud).
So! I plan on doing two “standalone” posts for every season from now on. The First Impressions and the Wrap-Up. In the Wrap-Up I’m going to include all the past Weekly Anime posts that the anime was in. Then the schedule page (probably) will link to past series by their Wrap-Up posts after I delete the tags. Of course this season’s tags just get deleted. Bye-bye~
I’m also going to continue blogging Shugo Chara!! Doki, Skip Beat!, Clannad ~After Story~, and ToraDora! in all their respective ways.
Yes, To Aru Majutsu no Index is not on that list. After I finish watching the episodes on my harddrive, I’m putting it on hold. I think it’s probably better to just marathon through (and without trying to say something about it). Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it when the series is over. My On-Hold list is getting too long.
lol. I think I’ve kind of dropped Hakushaku to Yousei for the meantime too because I haven’t thought about it in forever and everyone else is going on about what a big disappointment it is. I’m so unmotivated to catch-up with six episodes. Maybe someday, but that day is not today.
Huh. Out of all the anime I watched, who would have ever thought I’d drop HtY?
On a random note, CrunchyRoll has started filling in some of the anime that will be available legally in 2009. Not much of what will be airing though, outside of the Gonzo stuff.
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