The longer one remains an anime fan, the greater the number of shows that seem to be only remembered by one’s self.
Eight years ago (my how time flies), a series called Ga-Rei: Zero aired. It was an anime original series that functioned as a prequel to the Ga-Rei manga. It was a complete surprise and I ended up ranking it #5 on my top of 2008 list.
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 6: That Cameo
In the song 12 Days of Christmas the fifth day is always the one people take a breath on and is also the second most memorable day behind the first day. To honor that I’m picking for today my second favorite moment which just happens to feature people taking a break.
The moment in question is from episode 11 of Ping Pong. (Yes I know this is the second time I’m talking about Ping Pong in the span of 5 days but it was the second best anime of the year behind Hunter x Hunter and I’m going to attempt to keep mentions of Hunter x Hunter down to a total of three days.)
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 5: Shooting the Breeze
With the slowly shortening days harkening the cold desolation of winter it shouldn’t surprise one when attempts to prolong the impression of summer’s warmth are taken. In my case I learned many years ago that geraniums are super-hardy for an annual flower and will hang on and bloom till a true freeze comes. Since then, I grow one container of geraniums every year with the intent to see how deep into winter I can keep them alive, reasoning to myself that it’s not really winter yet if there’s still a green plant flowering. Making it to December is almost a yearly occurrence and harvesting the last bouquet of flowers means it’s normally almost Christmas before I’m forced to admit it’s winter.
This year as I moved the geranium pot into it’s sheltered place for Operation Enduring Summer I discovered a stowaway in the pot, an orange mini-zinnia plant. I didn’t think much of it since I was focused on the geraniums. This November was a truly cold and dreary one and it became apparent that the killing freeze was going to come early so I collected the final bouquet of the year on November 11th.
Every day I would contemplate this bouquet to convince myself that winter was not here yet; but, being cut flowers they slowly withered. Eventually, the last flower blooming was the stowaway orange mini-zinnia. In the end it lasted almost a full month as a cut flower, outlasting the geranium flowers by several weeks. That flower’s life was a complete accident and, though, it spent summer secretly growing, it eventually came to represent the entire season to me.
Since I’m an anime (with a little SF thrown in) blogger I thought about how to I could wring a post out about this flower and it hit me. That flower is reminiscent of those anime series that everyone overlooks but they nonetheless became the heavy hitters of the season and are often characterized as the series that save that season of anime.
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 4: The Nameless One Saves the Day
Last year for the 12 Days of Anime Christmas I talked about how thirsty I had gotten for real knock-down drop dead gorgeous animation and how when Little Witch Academia premiered it’s animation left me feeling slightly buzzed, pleasantly elated, and silly happy.
I wasn’t expecting to have that type of reaction from anime again but a year later and here we are again. This time the culprit is episode 3 of the OVA Yozakura Quartet – Tsuki ni Naku – more specifically, the fight between the two werewolves.
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 3: Getting Buzzed on Anime Redux
Of all the reactions one can have while watching an anime, crying – either from sadness, joy, splendor, or some other feeling – is the one people seem to be the most ashamed of. That’s the explanation I eventually came to, and the only one that makes sense, after reading many blog posts written about various anime series accusing them of being emotionally manipulative and wondering what these authors are thinking. Every work of fiction strives to manipulate it’s consumer to be moved in some way. Now, when I read someone complain about an anime being emotionally manipulative, I picture the writer sobbing his/her eyes out, blubbering, blushing in embarrassment, and casting furtive glances around to make sure no one is looking at them.
Me, I want anime to manipulate the hell out of my emotions and one of the best examples this year was the musical montage in episode 11 of Ping Pong.
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 2: There’s No Crying in Anime
This is going to end spectacularly bad :P . Last year I had most of my twelve days of Christmas posts and my Secret Santa review written at this point of the month. This year I have nothing ready. So, if I am spectacularly lucky and can get through these 12 Days of Christmas this will be the third year of participating :) .
For today I am going back to February of this year and start with what turned out to be my favorite moment from anime in 2014 – Hunter x Hunter episode 116 where Gon faces Pitou.
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 1: Like a Junkyard Dog