I didn’t have a secret santa this year, unfortunately. I kind of missed the deadline. Haha, I guess it’s for the best since the last two months have been so hectic and busy!
Anyways, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all LoSal readers. December isn’t over yet so there’s still a lot of content I’ve got to pump out for the last week! Since I’m very likely by myself this Christmas, I might even write them all today if I can! Errr well, I hope all of you enjoy yourselves more than I will be!
Now don’t get me wrong, I already said what I needed to about Mekakucity Actors earlier on this list so it’s not like this show was even good enough that it needed to be on here twice. No, it definitely does not.
Ayano, however, does.
As some will recall, I sure do love me some Ayano. She’s a character I respect and admire very much. And I got all I wanted from the show by having her get a happy ending too. My only problem with Kagepro had ever been that she had such a sad story and didn’t receive the happy ending that everyone else did in Summertime Record (depending on which interpretation we’re going with since I don’t remember what was canon for what’s going on in that MV).
But – SPOILERS RIGHT – everybody more or less gets a happy ending in Mekakucity Actors (albeit one that could have used a little fleshing out and maybe seeing the gang’s reactions to getting Ayano, Haruka and Hiyori back from the dead). Ayano gets that extra focus in the end though that made me beyond happy.
Though they did butcher the TV version of her song, I was still happy to see her animated so prettily outside of that one scene. I was happy to see the show at all. To see her and everybody get that happy ending. I wrote that big long, silly personal post that involved Ayano but to add on to that and sound like a huge idiot again: seeing a character you respect like a hero get their happy ending even though the strangest of means does give you some hope.
tl;dr I loved Ayano then and I love Ayano now and I’ll love Ayano until I die.
While Happiness Charge might not have been my favourite thing in the world, the first 33ish episodes all had something very special to them. To celebrate the series 10th anniversary, they had all the Cures from past series appear with original voice actors and new animation to say a line or two as the opening started.
It was so exciting waiting to see if it would be a favourite, to see what series it would be from and just remember the good times associated with that character. It was such a treat and I’m glad they did something like that. It would be nice if they continue to do things with the older characters but I guess I’ll just be content that we’re still getting All Star movies after all.
Plus it meant we got to see March play with her hair again.
I wasn’t going to include Love Live because I’m pretty burnt out on Love Live but that doesn’t seem fair at all. Season two was way better than season one and I was obsessed, like so many others, when LLSIF first came out. I’ve pretty much stopped playing since the first Nozomi event but I’m trying to get into it again, slowly and with moderation.
Season two was better for a lot of reasons. The drama and emotional scenes in it weren’t as completely stupid and awful (“no don’t go fulfil your dream kotori”), lots of the “side” μ’s members got really good episodes (as a Rin fan I was super happy and S2 made me like Nozomi) and it had the completely wonderful and catchy final song. Not only is the song so much fun but the sight of every single character dancing along to it was such a wonderful way to end the series.
Like, the whole sequence is just so much fun. It might be tough to call it the best song of all but it has the best visuals. Heck, development for side characters and decent drama about graduation aside, I could have JUST put Happy Maker on this list. Happy Maker is easily one of the best things to happen this year and was the best part of Love Live.
I can’t even pick a few things to screencap from it. There’s so much going on and so many great moments that I can’t pick. Just watch Happy Maker again if you haven’t seen it in awhile and if you’ve never seen it, watch it like fourteen times and you should be set.
I don’t normally watch comedy anime. Maybe once in a blue moon. Nichijou was so good that I have no need to.
This year offered some pretty great and awful comedy. Nozaki-kun is the purest of the shows I watched. Everyone loved it and with good reason. It was so much fun and every character was so damned lovable. For some reason I thought there was a season two airing next year but I guess not? That’s kind of a shame.
Sabagebu and Gugure! Kokkuri-san were both awful comedy. Like I constantly felt bad for how hard I was laughing. It was offensive in the most nonoffensive ways. I felt shameful for laughing at this joke about lolicons or pervert otakus but it didn’t matter, I still kept coming back for more. I also enjoyed I Can’t Understand What My Husband is saying though I only got a few episodes in. Even more of that awful “I shouldn’t be laughing at this but here I am” jokes.
Alright though seriously, Nozaki-kun better be getting a second season.
I can’t believe it’s over. I can’t believe almost everything else was wrapped up in a satisfying way. I can’t believe that a show that started off so terribly and seemed to only get worse, some how got so amazing. I can’t believe it ended that way. And I can’t believe how happy I am.
I could have picked MANY things from Yona for it to make the list. The cute expressions every one makes, the moe bishounen (#NoHetero), how legit Hak/Yona is, and more, I’m sure. And Yona is going to be talked about lots in the coming weeks because it’s going to get it’s own final post because I love it so much and it’ll be in the year end AOTY post (oops spoilers). So I’m going to try and keep it brief and different (at least compared to the upcoming posts involving it).
Akatsuki no Yona makes me feel like a teenage girl. It makes me feel giddy and it makes me want to squeal. It’s cute and fun and it shipteases in just the right ways. It’s got eye candy from both pretty Yona and the hundred or so bishounen in. And if my last day’s post was any indication, I’m not even into guys so this show is so bizarre for me.
To be honest, I don’t even think I would have given this show a shot in high school. In early middle school I still liked the shows most 13 year old girls liked a few years back but I get really hipster about that stuff once grade eight rolled around. My girl friends would have loved this show to pieces and I would have rolled my eyes, never giving it a chance.
But obviously I’m an adult now and I know what I like, shame or no (as “something a younger me would like” is not always a compliment because I had awful taste as all teenagers do). Not that Yona is anything to be ashamed about. It’s a delight. It’s equal fun, romance and drama. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and more. And for a shoujo, it sure lacks most gross shoujo tropes! Yona is, as hoped, coming into her own as a tough character and her development has been ACES.
It specifically makes this list for the way it makes me feel though. It was unexpected and I almost missed it but some how this show has become everything I’ve never known I’ve wanted. And makes me feel like the young girl I never was. Stuff like that just doesn’t happen often. Thanks, Yona.