Anime of 2012

Sorry Haruhi, not this year

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It’s time to get down to business in picking some needles out of a haystack. Overall, I’d say that this was a pretty weak year in terms of anime, but that isn’t to say there weren’t a handful of series that managed to stick out, in both a good and a bad way. This post will chronicles some of the series that managed to make some sort of impression on me this year – the good and the bad.

Based on categories ranging from most endearing to most loathed, the funniest to the unfunny, the best writing to the most obnoxious wish-fulfillment, etc. Obviously the selection’s only from the series I’ve bothered to watch, so feel free to suggest any gems that impressed you and I’ll gladly marathon them along with the rest of my backlog. I might even update this list, maybe.

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2012/13 Winter Anime (Haganai NEXT!)

Winter Anime Season

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Once again, it’s that time to pick out which anime to watch/blog for the next season. Because of my college’s winter quarter, I’ll only do a full blogging season of one anime. The rest of the list is a (rough) representation of what I will watch, but will only do occasional posts about.

Here’s the chart.

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Key’s Rewrite! First Thoughts and Feelings Thus Far

I've done it again.

I DO THIS TO MYSELF. I REGRET NOTHING.

PROCRASTINATION HO!

We interrupt your broadcasting of Duel Savior and Da Capo III for another visual novel to once again delay everything else I’m doing! Yes, everyone, it’s that time of the year. Where some really cool guys translate the latest Key visual novel (in record time!) and everyone is forced to go through bitch-tears and reduced masculinity for awhile. Yep, it’s that old song and dance. Rewrite has been translated. And unfortunately, everything else I’ve been doing has taken a small trip into the back-burner, because there is no way at all I can bring myself to read anything else when I have something so hyped in front of me.

So, curious? Of course you are. So this, friends and enemies alike, is the beginning of my journey into Key’s latest monstrosity! Let’s get ready to count the scars, alrighty? Okay, so, on with the show!

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12 Days of Anime, Final Day: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all my readers and everyone in the anime blogosphere! Hope you’re having fun with holiday festivities and such.

This post will conclude my “12 Days of Anime” posts, but I will continue to reflect upon 2012 once New Years rolls around.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 11: Another favorite

I don't have many favorites...just kidding

I’m always looking for new series to adore. Which makes me even more disappointed when a series fails to impress me in some way, or be even mildly entertaining and memorable. Which is why I always try my hardest to see the positive sides to anything I watch, read, and play.

There are quiiiiiiiite a few series this year that have disappointed me greatly. But we’re not going to talk about them today.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 10: Baseball Tears

Kud says Merry Kurisimasssuuuu

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Couldn’t get this post up yesterday because I was at a family Christmas Party (which doubled as a birthday party for my little sister, which is why I went). Strange seeing my cousins/nieces unwrapping their presents on the 23rd. 😛

Gonna get Day 11 up later today because today is technically Day 11… and I’d be bothered if I broke the flow of these and decide to end it on the 26th.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 9: My return to blogging

Blogging will eat you alive like 2hu

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Recently, I’ve looked over some of my earliest posts on this blog, back when I started this blog around the middle of my junior high school days (2007). My reaction to my earlier days on the internet?

Funnily enough, I noticed that six months into blogging, the way I expressed myself and my writing in general became a lot less cringe-worthy (at least to my present-self!). Don’t know how that worked out, maybe it was puberty or something.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 8: Carpe Fulgur is AWESOME!

Loot! Loot!

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While I definitely appreciate serious stories in media, more often than not, I enjoy a departure from that kind of atmosphere in favor of something that’s more friendly and innocent. Good stories don’t always have to be dark, edgy, and full of drama, after all.

For me, that remains especially true for anime, manga, and video games.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 7: We Gotta Power

Ooooo 7 days oooooooo

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Twenty Twelve’s been a great year when it came to nostalgia. At least for me, anyway.

There certainly seems to be a good amount of revivals and look-backs for me to talk about.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 6: I got 99 problems, but a witch ain’t one

99 problems but a witch aint one

I’ve grown to realize that some of my favorite anime/manga are the type of stories that present themselves as being tied to a particular genre… and then quickly go on to establish themselves as subversions to every trope associated with the genre.

That isn’t to say that all shows that fall into this category are qualified to be counted in my favorites, but twists and surprises like that certainly help an anime stand out.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai 12 – Final Impressions!

We'll be delusional together!

Several hours ago marked the end of one of my favorite anime this season, Chuunibyou demo Koi Shitai!, and damn was it an emotional ride.

As I hoped, Yuuta manages to pull through and not disappoint me. Go get that Rikka!

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12 Days of Japanese Propaganda, Day 5: Right Stuf is AWESOME!

MY WALLET IS DEAD

Being a starving college student and an impulsive buyer of anime-related stuff is not a good combination of qualities to have.

Boys and girls, take it from a victim, save your money for school, food, and maybe a nice car. You’ll probably get through your life smoother than me.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 4: Tales Comeback!

Presents are over THERE

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The worst part about having Paint Tool Sai installed on my system is knowing that other artists are using the program to its full potential with a Wacom Cintiq or other expensive tablets that I can’t afford.

…oh well, enough with the jealousy and time for some holiday spirit, and all that other jazz. Day 4, man! ($4k present for Mikoto…please? Please?)

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Chinese Cartoons, Day 3: Convention Time!

Must. Buy. EVERYTHING!

You know that feeling when your best friend is at a family barbeque while you’re at home writing posts about anime and singing silly Christmas carols?

You don’t? Er, yeah, I don’t either! 😛

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 2: The Addiction of Haruhi Suzumiya

Holiday greetings from Gensokyo

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Yesterday, I talked about how happy and excited I was about the Rurouni Kenshin revival that has been going on this year, and discussed how godly my hype is for the live-action movie.

But let me just clarify, I’m not only going to talk about notable shows/characters this year (best saved for a New Years post!), I’m also going be talking about activities I’ve been doing that are related to anime as well.

And with that, let’s get on with the second day… *kidnaps a bunch of singers*

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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Imouto birthday! Favorite little sisters in anime

Aw shit, nigga!

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Hold it. Stop. Forget the holidays for a second. It’s my sister’s seventh birthday today. Because of this, I was sort of inspired to make a top-best list of cutest little sister characters, before my family decides to get all festive in celebration of the birth of the most adorkable first grader I know. Of course, I don’t know that many first graders to begin with, but… whatever!

She may be a pain in the ass sometimes, but it’s nice to have her around to brighten up the mood. Which is what little sisters are for in fiction, most of the time. At least in Japanese fiction, where the presence of a little sister character is supposed to be soothing – and these just happened to be my favorite little sister characters in recent times.

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12 Days of Anime, Day 1: The Return of a Ronin

Sakura wishes you a Merry 12 Days of Anime... it'll be her turn soon!

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A little less than seven years in the blogosphere and this is actually my first time taking part in a “12 Days of Anime” post-spree, a project in which bloggers recount memorable moments related to anime either this year or in general. I decided to do it about 2012. I’m pretty excited about it, mostly since I don’t really physically *celebrate* any holidays outside of buying one or two gifts before Christmas Day comes around… and taking a break from school.

I was originally planning on doing this when the REAL 12 Days of Christmas began (which is Christmas Day), but then I saw everyone else start doing it today. So, I figured, I was probably planning on doing it wrong, somehow…

Any-who, let’s get the holiday season started. *calls the Christmas Carolers*

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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The funny thing about Kyoto Animation

We have to continue our anime, Kyon!

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I realize that I may be beating a dead horse, but I’m still (after all of these years) baffled at KyoAni’s business practices. They’re just so bizarre and simply do not match what your typical business-minded person would think of when you say “making a profit from popularity.”

This is seriously one of the ONLY times where I wished a company would milk their popular products, yet they don’t! They just don’t want my money. Do they like money? Because they don’t like mine.

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 11 – THE HNNNG STOPS HERE

Depressed Rikka makes for a depressed anime blogger

Today’s episode of Chuu2Koi was a really good one. On an emotional level, I thought they did a really good job on it.

I still find it highly amusing that I started watching this show because I figured it would give me a good chuckle, and now here I am, connecting to it on a deeper level. I’m not so sure I would give it an award if I were in a position to give one, but I will say that this show has proven to be very powerful in terms of characters. I find the characters extremely likable and memorable, and at the very least I’d give it an award in that regard.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part II

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part II

Continuing the planned series of Haruhi-rewatch blog posts that started with the first episode, during the beginning of 2008  (yes, I’m *that* bad). Considering it was 2008 back when I wrote that, these subsequent posts won’t be from the same viewing – by this time (the end of 2012), I’ve already re-watched the series AGAIN over thirty times (might be exaggerating, but it is one of my favorite anime and light novel series of all time). And, of course, I promised to resume this along with my Cardcaptor Sakura posts in my summer anime blogging list. This may also be the first in my series of “finishing things that were never finished being blogged as an apology for the fact that Mikoto is a lazy dirtbag that lets life get in the way too much” posts that revisits crap I never gotten around to finish blogging.

Same as the first post, screenshots are taken from my The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya complete first season set and I’m planning on doing these posts in chronological order. Oh, and guess what? I’ve brought Kyon back.

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