Ranking The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of the Spring 2011 Anime Season – Part 2: The Top Fifteen

Two of the best things that aired in April, conveniently in a single picture.

Looking at both halves of this countdown/first impressions list I noticed two interesting features that I hope become trends. The first is that there’s only a very small handful of sequels this season. Which is a good thing since a high level of sequels can signal timidness (and an aversion to risk) by those that pay to create anime and the truly great anime are the first victim of overly timid producers. Having a low amount of sequels also allows viewers to watch a greater number of series and it also quiets – a bit – those that whine about “the end of anime”. (Sorry zzeroparticle, Kaiji happens to be one series that I missed the first time around and didn’t watch this season.)

The second feature is the high number of oddball series this season. Oddball probably isn’t the best term because they aren’t actually strange but seem to signal either the further diversification of what anime “is” or the decision to attract non-traditional viewers of anime to anime. If this continues, this is bad news for those people (including R1 anime executives) that like to watch and license the same shows year-in and year-out; but, for everyone else, it’s great news. I’m ready to welcome the oddness be it tea-sipping feudal lords, pizza-eating aliens, management book-reading baseball managers or pantsu-less ice princesses.

(15) – X-Men

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 6/12  B-

The adaptation of X-Men by Madhouse marks the third time in three seasons that they’re working on an anime version of an American comic franchise. I didn’t watch the first one because the reviews of Iron Man were just too brutal but I decided to give the second series, Wolverine, a shot. I reasoned that it’s exceedingly difficult to muddle a show built around someone uncomplicated like Wolverine and it turned out that I was basically right. The animation quality was on the very low-end for what Madhouse can do but it was a decent anime overall. So, for X-Men, I hoped Madhouse could, at a minimum, repeat. Four episodes in and I’m glad to see a much better effort with the animation but I’m not quite won over with the story (and plotting) yet. On the plus side the Japanese mutant that is introduced in this series appears to already be a character in the “X-Men universe” so there’s a better chance she won’t get killed off in the end like what happened in Wolverine but, on the negative side, the show’s been a little too talky and not enough actiony. There’s still plenty of time for this anime to get even better and I’m definitely going to keep watching.

(14) – Fireball Charming

Rating for episodes 1 to 3 – 6/12  B-

A micro-series from Disney (!!, seriously it’s from Disney) about a robotic princess and her adventures as a princess; Fireball Charming is a fun little series that I wish would run longer than it’s 2 minutes episodes. In fact, really the only reason it’s ranked so low is because it’s format makes it problematic to accurately rank and grade it.

(13) – A Channel

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 6/12  B-

A Channel is like the made-for-TV version of a blockbuster movie that gets made after the fact with about a tenth of the budget, a tenth of the acting, a tenth of the writing, and a tenth of the quality. On paper the two might be very similar but no one will actually remember the made-for-TV version a couple of years later and the blockbuster movie becomes everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure for years-and-years to come. The only thing that saves A Channel from falling any further into complete mediocrity is Aoi Yuuki’s excellent vocal work (much like how she makes watching Gosick worth it).

(12) – Tiger and Bunny

Rating for episodes 1 to 5 – 7/12  B

Initially, I was very impressed with Tiger and Bunny. I like how the main character, Tiger, is an over-the-hill superhero that still actually believes in what he does even though it’s so cynically commercialized. I like the idea about how superheroes are being manipulated for commercial reasons. I like how the show seems to take place in an alternative Manhattan. I initially liked what Sunrise was doing with the story but with a few more episodes watched I’m no longer that keen on what they’re doing. It’s pretty much a given that a show like Tiger and Bunny will see Tiger and Bunny overcome their differences, become an awesome hero duo and both of them will get what they most need or want: Tiger gets the admiration of his daughter/the respect of the public and Bunny finds a family to belong to/learns the meaning of friendship. This type of story has been done to death so the execution needs to be stellar to make the show great and it hasn’t. Which is what separates it from That Really Long-titled Flower Anime. Everyone knows how that’s going to end but everyone is still enchanted by it.

(11) – Maria+Holic Alive

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 7/12  B

Maria+Holic is one of the weaker Shaft/Shinbou anime offerings and one of most disappointing series that they’ve done. (The set-up was perfect for Shaft/Shinbou; it should have been a home run but it was a big miss.) So, while, I’d prefer one of their better series like Arakawa Under the Bridge or Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, that are in more of a need of a sequel, to be getting a sequel now; I am willing to try any anime from the joyfully demented minds at Shaft. So far, I am pleasantly surprised with Maria+Holic Alive. In the two years since the first season of Maria+Holic, it’s apparent that Shaft/Shinbou has become better at making anime. The show’s biggest liability – Kanako, the main character – has significantly less screen time in the sequel and the two best characters – Maria, the abrasive cross-dressing boy who attends an all-girl school, and Maria’s maid get a corresponding boost in screen time. It’s still far from perfect but it’s now a pretty decent anime.

(10) – Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 7/12  B

Brains Base takes the animation quality and polish of a modern anime and applies it to a 40 year-old manga in Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera. The result was about what I expected; it looked good but the content felt completely different then everything else that I’ve watched in recent memory. I imagine what I felt was akin to an anime fan that’s only watched Naruto or Bleach before, watching Bakemonogatari for the first time. I wasn’t scared off, partially because I like and respect Brains Base; but, before the fourth episode I wasn’t sure what to really think about this anime. Then episode 4 arrived and suddenly something clicked in my brain and Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera became a fun series to watch. It’s got this energetic vibe to it that leaves little time for character development so far but that’s okay. Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera  has been too busy with demon attacks, absurd situations, fan service and making the viewers laugh to explain the sad back-story (because it always has to be sad) of the kappa that helps capture demons or fleshed out the talking, flying hat beyond him/it being a bit lecherous. I see this anime getting stronger as time passes and getting included among the top series of the season. Next I demand a modern reboot of the Lupin the Third franchise.

(9) – Moshidora

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 8/12  B+

I realize at this point that most of Moshidora has aired due to it’s unique release schedule but I wanted to include it here so I stopped watching it after the fourth episode until I finish writing this post. The rest of the long-winded title of Moshidora encapsulates the premise of the show; namely, what would happen if a baseball manager read one of the classic books about business management theory and applied it to baseball. I’m not much of a fan for sports anime when the focus is on the sport itself but when anime, like Bamboo Blade and Cross Game, make the sport secondary – I’m willing to give the show a chance. Moshidora turns out to be, much like Bamboo Blade and Cross Game, not really about the sport. Now, it’s not quite as good as either Bamboo Blade or Cross Game (both anime I highly recommend) but it’s still pretty good and better than a good portion of the anime this season. Definitely worth a look for people looking for something slightly different.

(8) – The World God Only Knows II

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 8/12  B+

I have to credit Manglobe for doing their absolute best with TWGOK2. The result has been better than the first season and an all-around pretty entertaining show. I still don’t think it’s ever going to compete for a spot among the best anime of the season; though, the introduction of a second spirit-catching demon seems to signal that the show will begin moving away from merely focusing on the main characters capturing spirits and developing a deeper story. So, maybe it’s still possible.

(7) – Steins;Gate

Rating for episodes 1 to 5 – 8/12  B+

After the ending to Chaos;Head burned me a couple of years ago, I approached Steins;Gate (from the same people) with a fair amount of trepidation. I didn’t want to get burned again. The first episode was really cool; cool enough that I started thinking maybe this time will be different. Then episodes 2-4 aired, and it started feeling like the show was going to just wander around and not make good on it’s promises. I gave Steins;Gate one more episode to re-interest me and, wouldn’t you know-it, episode 5 got me hooked again. So, that’s where it stands; I love conspiracies, time-travel, people with secrets and shadow organizations and when this anime delivers that, it’s wonderful. Depending on how the ending, this could still make it’s way further up the list or it could crash-and-burn. Time will tell.

(6) – Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 9/12  A-

I’m not a fan of 15 minute shows when it crimps the overall quality of the show and that’s the case with Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. From Production I.G., the story revolves around a young woman who has become the assistant to a private detective that makes pacts with devils to accomplish tasks that clients need done like stopping a cheating husband from cheating or stopping a stalker of an idol. The third and fourth episodes really showcase how well-done and funny Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san is. It got bonus points for casting Yuu Kobayashi as a mermaid demon that personifies jealousy and uses this jealousy to drive her magic. She’s fabulously perfect for the role and it’s nice to see someone other than Shinbou/Shaft understanding how to use her (her special talents were completely wasted playing Clain in Fractale).

(5) – Hyouge Mono

Rating for episodes 1 to 3 – 9/12  A-

The lack of buzz around this anime is truly criminal. Set in Japan’s Warring States era (think Sengoku Basara), the main character is a feudal lord under Oda Nobunaga (yeah, that guy though not quite as cool here) and lives his life pursuing the beautiful things of the world which includes tea and tea ceremonies. It’s not a comedy, per say, but more like a historical drama with a healthy dose of comedy, mainly centered around the main character’s lack of restraint around all things tea. Perspective viewers should note that Hyouge Mono is set to run 39 episodes so the pacing is a bit slower than a typical one season series. This is definitely one of this season’s gems and I hope more people will give Hyouge Mono a chance.

(4) – Hanasaku Iroha

Rating for episodes 1 to 5 – 9/12  A-

I’ve already wrote a first impressions post for this and I don’t really have that much to add now.

(3) – Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 10.5/12  Strong A

The second Shinbou/Shaft series of the season and the best way to sum Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko up is by saying it’s a typical Shinbou/Shaft anime. There’s the head tilts, the strange girl claiming something fanciful which might be true but probably is just covering over a tragic past, the clueless guy that falls for the strange girl, the awesome backgrounds and the best done night sky scenes, the dialoguing that fills so much of the episode up yet still is so insanely interesting and the little things that tell the viewer that once again Shinbou/Shaft is trying to do too much with too little time. In short, another winner for Shaft/Shinbou. The most notable thing about this anime, in comparison to past Shaft works, is the character designs are probably the most visually appealing of any Shaft series that I can remember. After last season, I’m glad I can get my Shinbou/Shaft fix and not have to worry about the heat death of the universe.

(2) – Nichijou

Rating for episodes 1 to 5 – 11/12  A+

Between it’s placement and it’s rating, I, obviously, happen to really like Kyoto Animation’s latest series – Nichijou. Truthfully, I’m scratching my head after reading the vast majority of other posts about this show. I think it’s great that people are forming their own opinions about this anime but I’ve started wondering if I’m watching the same show as everyone else. Episode 5 made me laugh so hard that I was like an asthmatic fish flopping around at the bottom of a fishing boat trying to breathe after watching it. Nichijou is just so effortlessly funny and well put together all-the-while having this season’s best animation quality. Luckily for my sanity, I’m watching this with my younger sister and she’s loving Nichijou as much as I am so my chance of just being insane falls significantly.

(1) – Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

Rating for episodes 1 to 4 – 11.5/12  Near Perfect

Whereas, I’m almost assured not to catch any flak over picking this as the early top anime of the season. Nor, are there many people who have not heard of this anime at this point. After making Railgun vastly superior to Index, I’ve been wondering and impatiently waiting for when Tatsuyuki Nagai would show up again. I’m glad the wait is over but I’m surprised it’s not with another J.C. Staff series. Having him helm this anime and the resulting awesomeness goes a long way to proving, in my mind, the idea that A-1 Pictures is really only as good as the director is. (Which is why their last great work was the second season of Birdy the Mighty Encode.)

Wow, that was way more writing then what I was planning to do. I hope you enjoyed this double post.

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20 thoughts on “Ranking The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of the Spring 2011 Anime Season – Part 2: The Top Fifteen”

  1. We definitely need more love for Hyougemono 😦
    I agree with you on Tiger and Bunny. Great visual, great setting, great character design but the plot is so lacking. If not for the visual perhaps I would have dropped it. Everything is soooo predictable.
    Dororon…Although Nagai Go has all my respects as the creator of many classic mangas, sometimes I just can’t stand his dirty jokes and this is the main reason why I don’t enjoy this anime. If you look for a classic anime with Youkais in it, go for 60’s – 90’s versions of GeGeGe no Kitaro instead (the new one sucks).
    I’ll save Human Banana Cream and Nichijou for a Marathon 🙂

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  2. – Moshidora was great; I really enjoyed it.
    – Hyouge Mono: This is the show I complain every season about NOT getting. We have it now. I’m happy.
    – Steins;Gate is really working, but it is the kind of show that still has time to implode. On the plus side, that is because it is staking a lot on developing an interesting plot. If they pull it all together in the end, it will have been a brilliant series.
    – Maria+Holic Alive: despite my love of SHAFT, I just can’t get into this series. The humor just does not work for me.
    – HanaSaku Iroha is probably the most gorgeously animated show in a while, but it doesn’t seem to be living up to its early promise plot-wise.

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  3. You are aware that insanity often runs in families.

    I only watched the beginning and ending of Chaos;Head. What was wrong with the ending?

    Most of what I got from Chaos;Head the pc eroge game was its mystery, drama, gruesome atmospheric settings, and impactful climax.

    Reading your view of it, I would say the harem aspects were integrated as mind puzzles and delusions in the game. Which appeared to carry through although in a less powerful fashion in the anime. You never knew whether the protagonist was dreaming stuff up or whether it was really happening. And at the end, everything started really happening.

    There is no harem route in the VN. A second version, Chaos;Head Noah got routes for the heroines and a different ending (the Black Knights of Gajull) and that seems to be what was incorporated in the anime. The original pc game is a pure linear plot, which I believe is often better for visual novels given how much better the plot consistency and atmosphere turns out.

    A lot of the background stories for the heroines are rather sad and that makes you feel sorry for them. I really don’t think they could have added that into the anime if they were doing the harem delusions as well. Of course Taku is also a rather pathetic mess so he’s in good company. Except the girls are rather active while Taku is hiding in his box. *heh, box, that’s pretty funny for a hikimori* Almost half the game I’m sitting here hoping Taku finds a pair. That was the point of the ending in the end, self-gratification. Most of the story had us being annoyed at Taku and hoping the villains get terminated. The story does a good job of giving the reader reasons to hate the villains. There were a couple of things involved with the plot that weren’t included in the anime, so “gruesome” is more overwhelming than may be seen on the surface.

    I’ve seen quantum mechanics used more in such stories as ML Alternative. It’s a rather convenient background for how so many of these stories utilize parallel word and superpower components. It shows that imagination is working quite well in Japan. Whereas modern entertainment in America’s idea of originality is to dig up old myths, legends, and novels to use as base constructs. When that’s the only thing you can do, it’s no longer re-inventing but pure derivative copying. Chaos;Head didn’t need as many episodes as LOGH or Cross Game, but 24-26 should have done it. It doesn’t look like they made any erroneous decisions on what to prioritize. It was supposed to jumble up user perceptions by relaying both the erotic and the gruesome hand in hand. One contrasts against the other so to speak. The wall full of dioramas was really funny. I kept looking at it and then after awhile I realized, “Hey, I know some of these characters”. It’s much like Imouto Kawaii ja nei. Things are funnier when you have the background necessary to comprehend the context.

    I’ve recently noticed that recent animes are putting blushes on female characters’ cheeks. IN order to simulate skin tone and a more subtle temperature change then whole face akai ness. Makes them look more alive.

    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

    That’s a rather interesting title. A wave of girls to the springtime of man? Or rather, a propagating wave of women opening the door to man’s springtime of youth and fun?

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  4. I forgot to mention, the VN made great use of two visual illusion tricks. So it was really getting to ya because you would do them and you would see the effect described. And then relate it to the story’s weirdness as reality.

    Concerning the “blind spots”, they had two dots on a piece of paper (the pc screen) and told you to move close enough so that one of them disappears out of your sight. So you do it and when it happens, it’s freaky. It’s a visceral reaction. It’s easy to think “oh, this isn’t real because I can’t use those superpowers” but when they present a visual illusion in such a fashion that you can perceive it yourself using your senses, the impact is rather strong.

    Concerning the sword, I looked forever to find it in the scene presented but just could not find it. So when it came time to pick a bunch of True/False statements about the sword, failure ended up with Taku falling to his death on the balconey. Bad End His failure=your failure. He’s frustrated with not being able to grasp/attain the sword and so is the reader if the reader was, like me, not very good with visual illusions or simply focusing on the wrong area.

    Taku gets a lot of false starts in the story. Which increases the frustration level. It never appeared, to me, to be a short transformation. We know ultimately something had to break or else this guy was going to go boom, but the lead up was fatiguing enough to make it seem like Taku is late, not early.

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  5. @Ibby: Thanks!

    @Jellyfish Marine: GeGeGe no Kitaro sounds like something I’d enjoy, maybe I’ll look to see what I can find.

    @Joojoobees: Just because you got what you wanted, doesn’t mean you have to stop complaining 😉 I’m just worried that the subbers will only do a part of Hyouge Mono before losing interest 😦

    I heard the animators are going to back-load the plot in the second 13 episodes of Hanasaku Iroha and keep the first half light. Which I don’t mind but they need to keep the slice-of-life part interesting enough that people will still be watching when it gets to the second half.

    @ymarsakar: I found a comment you made recently that ended up in the spam folder. Sorry about that, you’ve the first person that happened to.

    I should have elaborated a bit more, my sister has a very different taste in anime and it only sometimes overlaps with mine so I like using her to get a good second opinion.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve watched Chaos;Head – maybe I’ll dust it off after Steins;Gate is over – but thinking about my reaction to the ending, I think my displeasure might have been related to the reveal not living up to my expectations I built up during the mystery part of the story.

    @Panther: Remember this is just an initial ranking, there’s still plenty of time for C to finish higher – which after watching episode 4 of C seems more likely.

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  6. And my nightmare was done. O well I expected this, Anohana is a very good show, but seriously Fire ball?, Ninchou?, A chanel?, Maria?, Dororon?, Cammon…., well ist all about likes and dislikes, and personally I dont really like various animes in this top 15 list.

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  7. The reveal was rather complicated. I think they would have had a good shot, given how they started out, if they had more episodes to work with. They did not fundamentally change the plot like the series composer did for Chrome Shelled Regios, so continuity was not broken. All they had to do was to reproduce it utilizing visual mechanics and drama.

    They did get hurt by utilizing the PS2 version of the story. That was an add on made because people were complaining that they didn’t get any ero scenes with their favorite heroines. It wasn’t actually critical for the story or suspense.

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  8. A supplemental reason why I make that claim about their probable success is how well they interpreted events into a visual and faster paced medium from the novel writing. The stake fight and the final showdown all had visceral qualities expressed through words originally, but they were able to produce some visual orientation scenes to mimic the effect. I found that to be rather subtle and elegant given the limitations they were working under. I see no reason why they would have had less success with more resources.

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  9. I watched the 3 episodes of Hyouge’s story.

    A lot of the background makes a lot more sense after Shogun 2: Total War.

    The Mori, a clan based around naval armada strength, who constantly supplied a castle Oda Nobunaga was besieging, thus preventing the fall of the castle-town until Oda Nobunaga built an armada utilizing the iron armor/wood clad concepts of a battleship: six such battleships were built at great expense. The Myrmidon and the Constitution were the US’s first iron clads, which had rotating turrets and with a waterline on par with that of a surfaced submarine. Oda Nobunaga did not have the technical wizardry to match such fine engineering, but his concepts were superior enough in technological scale to overwhelm the Mori armada, thus breaking the supply lines sustaining the castle-town.

    The Chosokabe clan mentioned in the story were known for their archery and farming on the soil (volcanoes) of that island between Kyushu and the mainland of Japan. They were a hard nation to invade given the defensive power of archery in defending castle-towns as well as it being an island in the island nation of Japan.

    Nobunaga, like all great conquerors, was never much for civil administration in keeping the peace. Unlike MacArthur in WWII, historical conquerors were very good at one thing: the exercise of military might, but not much else. Conducting an invasion of Korea at that time was too hasty. Such things are usually best kept between generations but a great conqueror has no time to wait for the next generation to fail in copying his shadow. And in that haste, much is ruined for no gain. Ambition on the order of Alexander the Great may be admired by men for its daring and sense of invulnerability, but all men are mortal and the empires they build on the fields of corpses they scythed, may die a faster death than their own.

    The Useugi clan led by Uesugi Kenshin was a noted rival of Nobunaga early on. Funny how all these great military conquerors were never defeated and killed on the battlefield. They died of other causes, health related. You may conquer the world, yet death itself is the end of us all. No mortal has ever faced and defeated such an enemy entirely. Although it is said that divine descent has powers to mitigate death: Lazarus, who lived again yet died again as well. Kenshin was a much better tactician and warrior than Nobunaga, but as the fates would have it, Nobunaga carved out a higher destiny because he lived longer at the right time.

    I remember a quote on life and death.

    To be honest I do not think whether they live or die is the matter at hand. Life is not always better than death. It is not that simple. Living and being made to live are very different things. What matters is what the person chooses of their own free will. Whether or not it can be achieved or how difficult it is.

    I want you to think about this… imagine if what matters most to you was taken away against your will. If that is indeed worth less than your life

    -Mitsurugi, Meiya in ML Alternative

    “‘He either fears his fate too much,
    Or his desert is small,
    Who fears to put it to the touch,
    And win or lose it all.’ – Montrose’s Toast

    Japanese death poems are of both literate worth as well as being aesthetically powerful and true. I suppose forging one in another’s name would be like marrying a woman by killing her real fiance and adopting his identity, and getting away with it. Something not quite right about that.

    Regardless, in the end, Hyouge’s story brings up interesting topics for discussion once the historical context is better understood.

    P.S. WordPress has an automatic moderation queue which applies to key words or more than 1 link in the comment spread.

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  10. EDIT: The Oda CV in your link, Null, has the same voice actor as numerous villains portrayed in the visual novels I have read. His voice is methodical, slow, and deep, which makes for a menacingly calm antagonist in http://vndb.org/v57

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  11. Upon reading your opinions, i have realised we have very different tastes in quality entertainment.

    Looking at your choices, i am very sure, you have no job, or any activity that consumes 10-11 hours of your day.

    Because of that, your judgement is corrupted by the fact that you have a lot of time on your hand.

    I’d be interested in your preferences after a year of work.
    Y’know the kind that makes you travel 3 hours and work 8 hours a day five days a week.

    The difference between the rankings would be … worth looking into.

    On the other hand, if you do happen to work the way i described…. let’s disregard this post then.

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  12. Judging material isn’t “corrupted” when more time is invested. That’s just a matter of personal bias, not objective standards. Meaning, art and beauty are not decreased or increased the more time people spend on them or the less time people spend on them. They tend to be independent variables that don’t depend upon the element of time utilized.

    Beauty is both fleeting as well as timeless. There is nothing mortals can change about that, no matter how short their lives become or how long they resist death.

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  13. I’m currently on vacation with my family so I can’t spend too much time here (and the ancient computer I’m using doesn’t help) but I wanted to respond to Swheen’s comment but first I wanted to say thanks to ymarsakar in reminding me that Shogun 2: Total War has come out and for the background info since most of what I know about the Sengoku period is the result of Sengoku Basara. 🙂

    @Swheen : I would like to disregard your comment since your off in your assumptions but your air of smarmy superiority really grates on my nerves.

    The longer I live, the more I realize that just because I belong to what I consider the only true Church or that I believe in clearly superior political ideals or that my college education and career makes me “smarter” then the average person – I’m not, in fact, a better person. None of these things makes me a superior person or gives me the ability to use my “superiority” to look down on other people that don’t quite live up to my exacting standards.

    I wonder which anime, in your clearly superior opinion, are the best new anime series of the season and why? And while you’re at it, can you explain how my picks show that my judgment is “corrupted”?

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  14. Steel: Glad to be of help.

    Both Alexander the Great and Nobunaga had ambitions greater than their mortal realities. You always know, almost, what to expect to happen to such arrogance. Even if they had great inherent abilities, they had no inherent humility or understanding of “restraint”.

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  15. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”-TR

    That’s a sort of pseudo answer to Steel’s legitimate questions.

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  16. Oh, I get it. Watching first episode. Denpa Onna is slang for “incomprehensible woman” alluding to the fact that the woman sounds like EM waves on a radio.

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