Those familiar with The Null Set know that I normally watch somewhere north of 80 series of anime a year. At this point, I’ve finished less than two dozen series from 2016. There’s various reasons for this and I won’t waste the time recounting them; as a result of this, though, I decided I didn’t have enough “moments” of anime this year to do a full 12 Days of Christmas series of posts. I began thinking of a way to trim the number of moments down and realized/decided, on Christmas Eve, I could use the Octave of Christmas as my inspiration.
Continue reading The Octave of Anime Christmas – Day 1: May the Season Set You on Fire
And with the above picture, I give my leave and wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Just kidding. Not about the Merry Christmas part.
Because this project is really 11 Days of Advent and 1 Day of Christmas, I like to end with something related to Christmas. So for this year I’m picking a moment from episode 126 from Hunter x Hunter. With the Chimera Ant arc, Yoshihiro Togashi has done a wonderful job pulling apart – deconstructing – the shounen action hero genre. In today’s moment the strongest fighter humanity has produced is attempting to stop humanity’s biggest threat – the king of the Chimera Ants. In the end he is successful, not because he’s a better or stronger fighter, but because humans play much dirtier then our villain thought possible.
Continue reading The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 12: Going Nuclear or The Reason for the Season
I’ve been busy and a bit distracted lately but I didn’t want February to pass without wishing everyone a Merry Christmas in February. Since Christmas in February is a holiday that my family created 16 years ago I don’t expect most of those reading to even realize I was late in the first place 🙂 .
For those reading that have never heard of Christmas in February, it’s pretty much what you’d guess it would be. The impetus to start came from the realization that there’s always Christmas cookies left over and normally a turkey (or ham or Cornish hens or some other holiday-type meat) that was bought cheaply during the holiday season still in the freezer and no real good way to finish them. So, for fun, my family started with picking a day in February and having a Christmas-style dinner but, as things normally go, we slowly increased what we did for Christmas in February – we got a small 2 foot artificial tree and started decorating it then my parents started buying a small, inexpensive gift for us all. Which snowballed into a bigger Christmas tree and the $5 dollar gifts have now gotten to be $15 dollar gifts and now we invite extended family members to come 🙂 .
One of the nice things about Christmas in February is that we get to pick when in February we want to celebrate it – this year, it was on February 19th but next year might be the second Tuesday or the last Saturday of the month. Another nice thing is that it gives the dreary month of February a holiday that’s fun. There’s also a near 100% chance of having a white Christmas in February though this year was the first time we had a green Christmas in February. Also, since it’s not the official Christmas, it has all the nice parts of the holiday without any of the stress.
Continue reading Wishing Everyone A Belated Merry Christmas in February
In spite of only needing to watch and review a single title for the Secret Santa Project, the chance of discovering excellence a second time after Noein convinced me to squeeze a second series in. I chose Noein because it’s staff later did one of my favorite anime, Birdy the Mighty Decode, but I lacked such a clear indicator for the second choice. On one hand I had an anime called Figure 17 – which I’ve never heard of – and on the other was an anime called Simoun – which I remember hearing some positive buzz for. I decided that picking Simoun wasn’t in the spirit of the Secret Santa Project and went with the older and unknown Figure 17 as my second pick.
Continue reading Secret Santa Project – Figure 17 Review
I know what you’re thinking at this point – “He’s still alive? It’s a Christmas miracle!” Actually, probably not and those same readers probably don’t want some long meta explanation as to why I’ve been absent when you’re just here for an anime review. Don’t worry, I feel your pain; my excuse is related 🙂 . I like to write about anime that excites me in one way or the other and it was difficult to find that spark this season when compared to the two anime series that I watched for the Secret Santa Project.
I can’t tell you how many times I thought, “Gee, I really should write something for my anime blog … Noein was an awesome show … but I have to wait till Christmas eve to post about it … well, ahm … Noein was an awesome show …” repeat to ad nauseam. Of course, what I should have done was taken the time to write my review of Noein during November or any day of December before today but the side of me that demands perfection told me I had plenty of time to figure out how best to convey the sheer epic epicness of Noein. I’m not that surprised that it’s Christmas eve and I’m just starting now without figuring the perfect pitch 🙂 .
This is the best I’ve come up with.
Noein is ambitious, grand science fiction; wrapped in an emotionally satisfying story of love, redemption, and friendship; executed perfectly and featuring some of the best animated and choreographed action scenes ever.
Continue reading Secret Santa Project – Noein Review
Time zones being what they are, most people are already living in the future but I’m still stuck in 2010. 🙂
Before I work on a post of real content I wanted to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’m not one for resolutions but if I was, I’d probably resolve to blog more often and more consistently. 🙂
Below are the assorted related anime pics and real pictures I’ve taken of the season that you’d expect with a post like this.
Continue reading A Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2011)!!!