Thanks to a personal desire to be as accurate about anime as I can be for this anime blog, I watch series that don’t necessarily interest me and series that I know will probably stink. Sometimes I’m surprised and find that diamond in the rough. Sometimes the anime is as bad as I thought it would be. More often, I’m stuck watching anime that isn’t quite bad enough to outright drop but not good enough to enjoy watching. I’d rather spend my time blogging about the good stuff but, once a year, I want to focus on the mediocre, the bad, and the terrible anime that I watched in the past year to cleanse the palette and remind myself that not all anime is good.
This section of awards and the worst of countdown is that focus.
If you haven’t read one of my seasonal or year end reviews before, I try to keep spoilers to a minimum but there’ll be some because of how they’ll relate to specific awards. Also, as for the continuing shows, only the part of the series that ran during this year is under consideration for this year’s awards.
Now onto the awards.
Continue reading The Best Anime of 2014: Part 0 – The Worst Offenders
Somehow Firefox recently updated itself to the latest version 3.6 from 2.0 and one of the new things Firefox has is a really quick/easy way to change the look of your browser window called Personas. A quick look at their gallery where people can upload Personas revealed some anime ones – the Totoro one is really nice but nothing really grabbed me so I decided to make some of my own. And because I figured some people might be interested, I thought I’d show them off and direct you to where they could be found.
Continue reading Making Anime Personas for Firefox (Haruhi and Soul Eater ones)
This was a good week of anime watching. Many of the shows are inching towards their conclusions and others are transitioning from introducing the series to getting to the central story of the series. Also this week, I watched one of the most bewildering scenes I have ever seen in an anime – I’m still not sure if I liked it or not.
Before I get to the scores, I’m listening to the Cruel Angel Thesis cover by Itou Shizuka on the Hayate cover cd and the thought has come to me that I’d have to argue for Cruel Angel Thesis being the all-time top opening song in anime. It’s one of the few songs that will probably be remembered by anime fandom for a very long time. If we haven’t blown ourselves up, I’d even bet that a hundred years from now, people will still recognize the song.
Continue reading Weekly Anime Review (Mar 2 – Mar 8)
Only a month later then just about everyone else 🙂 .
I thought 2008 was another very solid year of anime, with good shows to be found in most, if not all, major genre types. The fact that I became an anime blogger this year pushed me to watch more shows then I would have otherwise and I was rewarded in finding several quality shows.
Before getting to the countdown I wanted to clarify the status of a few shows. Last year, I decided to consider Kanon a 2007 show and the first season of Clannad as a 2008 show in the matter of ranking the show. The same reasoning will push the second season of Clannad to 2009 so for this countdown only the first season is eligible. Also pushed back are Xam’d: Lost Memories and Michiko to Hatchin because too much of the story was unresolved by the end of 2008. Toradora is getting split, the first 13 episodes will be considered for this countdown and the rest for the 2009 list. I did this because the show seems to have been structured in such a way that it could have been aired in 2 – 13 episode seasons.
Continue reading Best in Anime 2008 – Part 6: Top Anime #10 – #6
Soldiering on, this next set of awards cover some of the many different types of anime out there. I enjoy many of these types of anime and this sometimes leads to odd pairings; for example, I remember watching Kaiba and Maid Guy back-to-back on several occasions.There are a few categories you won’t see like best shounen or best shoujo because I just don’t watch enough to feel confident in those picks. Though I can say that in matters of shounen, Soul Eater is superior to Bleach and probably Naruto but I only watched the first 25 or so episodes of Naruto before I was bored of it – maybe it got better. As for shoujo, I liked Earl and Fairy and Skip Beat so maybe I should watch more.
Continue reading Best in Anime 2008 – Part 3: Genre Awards
If last week had been a light week of anime, this week was the opposite – as you can see below. And I didn’t include my marathoning of Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and the first two episodes of OVA over a two day period. I decided it was the last of the 2008 shows that I wanted to get to before getting to my awards for the whole year. In hindsight, watching that much Despair at one time probably wasn’t the best idea since my brain almost turned to mush. Which is actually a complement, it reminded me of watching FLCL in one sitting.
Continue reading Weekly Anime Review (Jan 12 – Jan 18)