Have a Happy New Years!

I realize this doesn't fit the season

よいお年をお迎えください!

Hope you guys are having a Happy New Years. Lack of time has kept me from posting a “12 Days of Anime” countdown like I did last year, but I’m still up to share some of my anime-related highlights of 2013 all in one post.

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Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you guys out there are having a wonderful holiday! I just finished watching the final episode of Kyoukai no Kanata a few days ago, so I’ll be writing my full thoughts on that series later this week. Even though I’m not exactly taking part in what is traditionally considered “12 Days of Anime” this year, I’ll also post some end-of-the-year rambles as a treat to the readers that put up with my nonsense.

As usual, my Christmas wasn’t anything particularly special – I hung out with family and friends (like every year, just on Skype), but I got into the holiday spirit by giving away free starter Pokemon on Pocket Monsters XY that weren’t available to non-Asian countries until the 27th-28th an unknown date on Pokemon Bank (I got them via connections and some randomly on Miracle Trade). I was basically mass-breeding them and sending them to whoever asked for them and to random passerbys on the PSS, in exchange for any Pokemon (I accepted throwaways). I also dumped more than a dozen of each onto Miracle Trade. I know that it made a lot of people happy to see their favorite starters on Amie/Parler (I know I’m enjoying the hell out of playing with my Chikorita and Mijumaru on Amie!), so it made me happy to give them the experience before the actual international Pokemon Bank opening.

damn bro das kawaii
damn bro das kawaii

セレナ the PokeSanta wishes you a fun holiday with your friends and family!

Have a wonderful holiday break everyone, and stay safe.

The use of review scores for anime and others

Pretty much what I'm currently focused on right now, btw

Image Credit: p-suke from Pixiv

…and why I don’t use them.

Now, if you’ve managed to follow my blog since its conception (congratulations for putting up with my nonsense), you’ll notice that whenever I do overviews of an entire anime series (like Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Mirai Nikki, the latter of which I’m ashamed for even enjoying), you’ll notice that unlike review sites like THEM Anime Reviews, Anime-Planet, the anime portion of IGN, etc., I don’t end off my reviews by giving these series some form of a review score, be it stars or numbers.

Why is this? Well, to be frank, it’s because I believe the concept of giving out review scores is the most idiotic and counterproductive thing in the realm of proper critique. Review scores are something reviewers in general, let alone anime bloggers, shouldn’t use. At all.

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Autumn 2013 Anime Leftovers

Have a loli, I mean lovely, winter

Image Credit: angelo (gomahangetsu) from Pixiv

Now that it’s Winter Break and I’ve escaped the hectic college life for the time being, I can devote more time into the blog. Let’s give a round-of-applause to free time not being eaten up by the PS3 and Pocket Monsters X! That being said, here’s my updated thoughts on the leftovers from the Autumn Anime season. I’ve put Kyousogiga on-hold for the time being, so I can marathon it all at once the moment it’s finished, in order write about this fantastic series in a separate well-deserved post.

Kill la Kill‘s pretty much near its halfway point, whilst Kyoukai no Kanata has one episode left to go. Let’s get this quick run-down started!

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Yuruyuri: Happy Go Lily Blu-ray Season 1 Premium Edition (Review) + Pro NISA rant

Akarrrriiiiiin~!

AKARI~N!

は~い! ゆるゆり始まるよ!

Greetings from college and relentless gaming – I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving a few days ago. If you follow my Twitter, you’ll know that I recently acquired NISA‘s Blu-Ray release of Yuru Yuri season 1 on RightStuf (about three weeks ago?). Thank god I have a PS3 now, for I now have the luxury of enjoying my daily dose of “Akari~n!” in 1080p Blu-ray (no matter how abysmal her presence is). Tales of Xillia, Tales of Graces f, THE iDOLM@STER, watching Yuru Yuri, and trophy whoring back-to-back? Yup, I’m the worst person in the world for wanting these more than a healthy gaming PC with a Blu-ray player.

Anywho, as a person who has our lovable ignored side-character protagonist with hair-buns as my Twitter image and my Gravatar, it’s pretty self-explanatory about how I feel about the series itself. If you like an endearing slice-of-life with an innocent dash of yuri thrown in, then go for it! The question I’m tackling here, though, is: was this release worth the money?

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