This blog’s final posts are overwhelmingly RWBY because I guess just don’t care. Also I like RWBY a lot so there’s that too.
I don’t have much to say here because, well, blogging is hard enough for me as it is lately. That’s why I’m going to make this as short and sweet as possible.
- Felt too long. It should have ended on Sunny Day Song instead of what it did. The last song wasn’t particularly good. Certainly not strong enough to end their part of the franchise on.
- Rinpana is a boring ship.
- Honoka is the worst. I may like Maki the least but goddamn Honoka is just the worst Main Character kind of character.She’s downright insufferable and because this movie focuses on her so much, I just ended up disliking her more than ever before.
- I assumed that it was just Honoka imagining her self to comfort herself (both when she was actually lost and then just emotionally so) but she actually had the mic so was it actually time travelling Honoka or what??And also future Honoka looks super homeless so yikes.
- Third years had the best song and performance. It was fun and cute and everything I could want from Love Live. The second years was bleh because the second years themselves are bleh (except Umi).The first years was pretty good too, far better than the 2nds, and I teared up when Rin started because even though Rin had a centric song before it was bad and this is the finale so seeing her lead made me really happy.
The most impressive thing the Love Live movie did was offer something that I haven’t really seen in anime like this before. There’s a billion anime about following your dreams and pursuing your goals but there’s not really any about… stopping.
Not giving up on your passion, per say, but accomplishing your goal and knowing that you have to stop or give up. Especially where they have to make the choice to do so rather than not having a say (like Go! Princess Precure).
I can’t imagine Chihaya from Chihayafuru going through a final arc where they give up karuta, you know?
Anyways, the movie was fine. It would have been better if it hadn’t come out in Canada so long after the announcement of the split (when it came out in the States would have been bice) but I guess I’m glad I could see it at all in a theatre.
Though I don’t have the strong emotional attachment to Love Live that some of my friends do, I still think enjoy it a great deal and this was a great send off.
Hopefully Sunshine can stand on its own now.
I haven’t posted anything in the new year yet and the first thing I actually do is RWBY? Oh what a cruel and twisted world we live in.
To be honest, I’m in a bit of a rut right now. This blog is nearly nine years old. Nine!! So this has happened before but this time may be the final nail in the coffin. I just don’t have the drive or determination to continue this any more. There’s lots of stuff I’d like to write and go in depth about but I simply can’t. When I start trying to write anything, I just lose all motivation. Even when I’m excited all day to come home and write it!
So I’m giving myself until March 7th to try and find my determination. If I can’t well then I guess that’s that. Well, whatever. On with this attempt to try and accomplish something.
The obvious flaws in this season, though a step up from the dreadful Yukine arc of the first season, did not stop me from enjoying the hell out of this show. Each and every episode kept me hooked with rapt attention. Despite the great shows that aired this year, this even became one of my favourite shows to have an aired this year. A true AOTY contender, if only for me.
Yuri Kuma Arashi was the perfect show for me. And yet… I just could not come to love it. Because despite everything… it lacked heart. It’s characters did not feel real and endearing to me. Though I was happy, and pained, to watch their tale, in the end the most important thing was them and they just fell flat for me.
But though Yuri Kuma may not be my AOTY, I think I’ll always remember it in high regards. After all, it would be the finale to my 12 Days if it wasn’t special in some way, right?
The last episode was… well, it made up for a lot of bad the show had done. There were lots of cliffhangers and twists that felt there for the sake of having cliffhangers and twists. Maybe it was because it was Ikuhara’s first 12 episode show that the pacing was so bad. Maybe with 24 episodes, my problems with characters would have gone away and the twists and turns wouldn’t have felt so forced.
But alas, we cannot change what is already done.
Anyways, episode 12 features two major events. One is Kureha becoming a bear and joining Ginko in an absolutely beautiful scene where they kind of just ignore the haters so much they fuck off to gay heaven or something.
The second is my favourite scene in the entire series (and there was a lot of great lesbian bear storm action for me to eat up so this is a big thing to claim) where a rando, Ai Uchiko, rises above the hate surrounding her. She may become the evil they hunt next but she’s doing what she believes in.
To the bear they’ve tortured and used, she offers her love. In the end, Kureha and Ginko have inspired at least one person (and at least set doubt into the hearts of some of the other girls) to change. To give up their hate and ignorance and embrace that which they don’t understand, even in the face of the danger their fellow humans may present.
That scene was beautiful to me. The whole episode is. Yuri Kuma Arashi is worth everything just for that final episode.
Please read my actual post about the episode where I go into detail about my feelings for it (as well as link to a lot more cohesively written pieces that illustrate why YKA hates yuri anime as much as I do and why it’s so great).
I was hesitant to include Insight on my list but since I’ve already included one AOTY, why not, right?
Just like Crowds I have trouble thinking why this anime is so good and why I just love it. But in my heart I know that it’s good and great. And I did enjoy pretty much every episode, even when things got tense and tough.
Maybe that’s a part of what makes Gatchaman Crowds and Insight so good though. That it lingers in the back of your mind, remebering watching it and realizing how good it is while watching.
My favourite scene of Insight was when our heroes go toe to toe with Gelsadra near the end. It was obvious during the fight who it really was. It was such a fantastic detail having Gel’s movements be the same as who it really was. But it made it so much harder to watch.
That whole scene, during the reveal, with her commentary and hearing our beloved and precious hero face her punishment for not acting sooner, hearing her in pain and suffering was too raw and hard to watch. Which was the point, of course.
But it’s a scene that’ll stick with me for a long time.
Cross Ange was an awful terrible show and if someone tells you the opposite in earnest, please run away. However it is incredibly entertaining if you need to watch a trainwreck that just never stops crashing and exploding.
This show manages to pull twist after twist, each more stupid than the last. Frequently gross, constantly bad, this show was a goddamn hoot to watch and I sometimes miss the spectacle of it all. Truly, I’ve never watched something that is so awful and yet never boring. Lots of times watching bad shows because they are bad (like World Break) gets boring quickly but not with this.
Goddamn Cross Ange. You’re the best at being the absolute worst and I love you for it.
So I didn’t watch anything in this season except for Norgami Aragoto so I’ll do a longer post about that after the final episode this week. Because of that and the fact that it’s one of my AOTY, I won’t go too much into it right now. I’ll be talking enough about it soon, that is.
Suffice to say, I was shocked at how much I loved Aragoto. I finished the first season while this was a few episodes in and once I got past the Yukine part that was insufferable in the first season, it actually was decent!
The second season, however, is fantastic. To the point where I don’t want to call it just a shounen. Which then brought up a personal debate with myself about why I’m uncomfortable with calling a show with good drama and characterization a shounen when it still mostly fits the bill of being a shounen. Well, it could be rather because Noragami doesn’t feature as many of the standard shounen cliches and plots?
Perhaps writing it off as another shounen when it’s better off as action/adventure is a mistake. Which doesn’t address why I’d get heated about calling it a shounen though, why not accept that?
ANYWAYS, Noragami Aragoto kept me on the edge of my seat with every episode. Though it still had quite a few problems that prevent it from being a 10/10 show, the amount of enjoyment I got out of it was almost incomparable to anything else I watched this year.
My own personal enjoyment of the show is enough to get it on the list but if not that, have one of these other suitable reasons: Bishamon and her unexpectedly fantastic arc and also her great fashion sense holy shit, Yukine’s character development, Nora as one of Rie Kugimiya’s best roles (FIGHT ME) or Taku Iwasaki’s fantastic, strange and controversial soundtrack.
There was one thing I always secretly hoped for in a Precure but never dared speak aloud. My all time favourite voice actress, Miyuki Sawashiro, as a Precure character. Well, in a big role as a Precure character. I thought it was something that would never happen.
But it did and it was fantastic. It’s a rather subdued role for her since she’s playing a gentle hime-sama (with a godawful design holy shit) but it’s still better than nothing.
Also from Go! Princess Precure is a certain episode. My favourite episode of the entire series (and there have been some good ones!) and quite possibly my favourite unserious Precure episode of all time.
Episode 33 introduces a new (cat) fairy, I won’t spoil the deets, who is very shy and reserved. Resident (also cat) fairy teacher Shamour (voiced by Mayumi Shintani aka Nonon from Kill la Kill) takes said shy fairy to meet with regular cats in town where they have a cat fashion off???
Shamour also teaches the Precures about respecting your enemies and Shut gets a lot of great moments as well. Someone punches a shark.
Overall the episode was hilarious and played to my weakness of cute anime cats. Especially the new fairy who I was so ready to buy merch of the moment I laid my lil eyes on his ugly and adorable little self.
The episode was so ridiculous and I can’t believe I enjoyed myself as much as I did when I watched it.