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12 Days of Anime: 02 – “I Just Got A Step Closer To My Dream”

Though the bureaucrats at ANN won’t let you vote for Shirobako for AOTY (despite the fact that it’s anime of the year, every year), the best episode did air in March. Hell if I watch just this episode next year, I’ll probably include it on my list again because episode 23 of Shirobako is just one of my favourite anime episodes of all time.

From Seiichi meeting with the author and delivering comeuppance to Chazawa to the end of the episode where Shizuka records her lines and Aoi breaks down from happiness. It’s all fantastic and more memorable than the actual final episode that follows after.

It’s such a simple and powerful scene that for months after got me to tear up just thinking about it. I could be waiting for my bus after work and remember Shizuka turning to thank them and how Aoi just tries her best and man, gonna sure try not to cry at the bus stop.

Such a display of joyous emotion, of the happiness you have when a loved one succeeds, the pride you feel for them is all so wonderful. The excitement we viewers have for Shizuka whose talent shone through, who finally caught a break, and who as a miserable adult surrounded by succesful people, a lot of us saw ourselves in. She did it.

It’s a scene that will stay with me forever. An episode I’ll come back to watch over and over on it’s own, as if I wasn’t already encouraged to rewatch the series.

Thanks for being so great, Shirobako.

12 Days of Anime: 01 – Every Parade I Go To Ends Up This Way

I remember not knowing anything about Death Parade but seeing the opening all over twitter without stop (and I mean, with good reason right?). When I actually watched the first episode, I could not believe the disparity between the kickass opening and the dire content of the show.

Initially I thought I’d only remember the show for the shockingness of the first nature (because obviously the woman was lying to protect her husband) and it’s ridiculously fun opening but the show actually ended up being really good. Not a masterpiece for the ages but easily one of the best shows that aired this season.

Just thinking about the scene where she visits home (oh man did I cry) or the absolutely beautiful ice skating scene reminds me how much I enjoyed this show. (Not ot mention Mayu’s final scene like my god)

But hey, I would have never even given it a shot if it weren’t for it’s fun (too fun as it turns out later on) opening that even now is my favourite of the  year.

Monty Oum: 1981 – 2015

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Can you match my resolve?

If so then you will succeed

I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.

– Monty Oum, October 6th, 2012 1

I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard over the death of a “celebrity” before. Perhaps because despite his fame, Oum didn’t seem very celebrity-like. In the tales and stories that have come out in the last few hours, everyone describes him an insanely hardworking person with more drive and determination than the average person could possibly possess. Despite that, fans and friends describe him as easy to approach and someone you were better for knowing.

It’s seeing how he has touched and inspired fans so much or how deeply his friends and colleagues are grieving that drive home that he wasn’t some distant celebrity but just an anything but regular guy. Someone who just simply wanted to create anything he could and stopped at nothing to achieve this.

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12 Days of Anime: #04 – The Background and Circumstances of a Certain Family

I actually finished watching this at the end of 2013 but since that was after the 12 Days and during the last week of the year, I think it’s safe to include it. I finished it JUST in time to claim it as my AOTY last year and I stand by that.

This was one of those shows that I almost missed (much like my AOTY for 2014!!) but THANKFULLY because of twitter gushing about it, I decided to watch it. It was great. If I recall correctly, I probably cried like a baby.

It was a beautiful show that was confusing even after my second rewatch. Obviously by then, without the shock of episode 9, it didn’t pack as powerful a punch in the emotions department but I enjoyed it all the same.

All this being said (it’s actually a bit hard for me to talk a lot about because I watched it so long ago), one moment that stands out to me even now and that I think about a lot is genki Koto breaking down and crying and saying that everyone always wants her to solve their problems but she has her own too. It was so unexpected from a character like her and made her so much more real. I just think about it from time to time.

Oh man I’m gonna rewatch this again in 2015. TOO BAD NOBODY LICENSED IT AND I CAN’T OWN IT

Tales of Xillia 2 Final Impressions

Tales of Xillia 2: the Saddening aka Tales of Xillia 2: You Can (Not) Stop Crying aka Tales of Xillia 2: Kresnik’s wild ride aka Tales of MUTTON, FRESH MUTTON aka Tales of Xillia 2: everything hurts forever aka Tales of Xillia 2: Gaius is suddenly the funniest character aka Tales of Xillia 2:  like Bioshock Infinite but not bad aka Tales of Xillia 2: I’m still crying aka

spoilers ahoy!

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Legend of Korra Season 3 Final Impressions

Korra S3 was amazing. It was action packed, had interesting new characters, good comedy, no stupid romance subplots and ended on a surprisingly poignant note that will have serious ramifications for the future. It was a great season that is easily on par with ATLA when it was at it’s best.

And I never thought I’d praise Korra after the just ok first season and absolutely abysmal second season. At first I wondered, is season three only good because of the previous seasons being bad? But no. Long before it ended I knew that wasn’t the case. It’s just great on it’s own.

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