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Hunter x Hunter 116 – You Won’t Believe How Far Back You Need to Go to Find a Better Single Episode of Anime

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My brain broke a few days ago and I hope talking about the cause – Hunter x Hunter episode 116 – will start the healing process because I have a slew of mediocre to good anime series I’m watching right now that I’d like to finish and, right now, I have utterly no desire to do so.

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Using Anime Soundtrack Albums to Fill Out Your Halloween Playlists

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Happy Halloween!

This past weekend my sister was throwing a Halloween party for the extended family and, two days before, she came to me and asked if I’d make a Halloween mix playlist for the party. I knew she was expecting something containing ~10-15 tracks of mainly the “classics” like Monster Mash and a few instrumental pieces like the theme music of Twilight Zone and Psycho; however, I immediately thought of the eerie music from Shinsekai Yori and knew I needed to include that as well.

This set off a search through my other anime soundtrack albums – which, admittedly, is on the thin side – and I harvested almost 2 hours of music to use. I thought someone might find this list of anime songs useful in constructing their own playlist so I’m writing this post to share.

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Merry Christmas In February (2013)

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Long time readers of The Null Set will probably remember that at some point in February I make a post wishing everyone a Merry Christmas in February and today is that day for 2013. Merry Christmas in February! Now, may spring be on it’s way now.

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Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai is Kyoto Animation’s Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Sneaky KyoAni; slipping this in the OP when it didn’t mean anything to the viewer.

Probably not in the way you’re thinking; I don’t think Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai (Chuu2) will put up anywhere near the same sales numbers as Madoka.

Shaft, the animation studio behind Madoka, is not a new animation studio. It was founded in 1975 and was a minor animation studio that produced only a few of it’s own animation series and movies for much of it’s history. That began to change when Akiyuki Shinbou was brought in to direct Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase for them back in 2004. After that series he stuck around and has directed to some degree almost every series Shaft has produced since then. Their profile slowly increased, in spite of the low budgets and hurried deadlines, and they had the chance to work on a wide variety of series like Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei to Hidamari Sketch.

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My Top 20 Anime of All-Time – #10 to #1

The danger of putting together a list like this is the sudden temptation to rewatch the series that one mentions instead of trying to finish writing up said list. A quick look at what I’m watching confirms that I don’t even have the room to fit in Planetes, Haibane Renmei, or Paranoia Agent. To name but three series that I really want to rewatch right now, maybe over the quieter summer season I’ll find the time. (It might be a quiet season but there’s still Moyashimon season 2 to get excited about.)

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When Anime and Politics Collide

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Political topics are an area I try to avoid (this one will only be the third post over the 4+ year history of The Null Set) but I’ve had this thought rattling around my brain for the last couple of months and I just can’t seem to forget it. Every time I hear Mitt Romney speak about voting for him all I hear is Kyubey trying to convince another unsuspecting victim to have their fondest wish granted and get the chance to become a magic girl.

Needless to say, when I vote tomorrow in the primaries, it won’t be for Mitt Romney.