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Happy American Holiday everyone! Launch fireworks, eat hotdogs and hamburgers, get  CRAZY! America exists! CELEBRATE!

No, I’m not using the 4th as an excuse to delay posting for a week! I actually have something I want to rant about. Honest!

So I was watching Astarotte no Omocha the other day… you know, the one that is supposed to be about a 10-year old succubus that has to suck life energy from a man, despite her hatred of men… but is ACTUALLY about how the random human male selected is secretly her mother’s ex-lover and how she is also falling for him in an odd and, frankly, awkward way? Anyways. That. That thing. So I was watching the last couple of episodes and… nothing made sense. The series had been kinda drifting along on premise anyways, but suddenly they decided (as many anime do) that the last two episodes are the best place to try to toss a DRAMATIC PLOT TWIST!

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of good anime have done the DRAMATIC PLOT TWIST without it feeling bad. In fact, some even made it feel good. Take Ouran for example. It was the event that pushed the main character into action, rewarded a starving fanbase and gave us a high note to go out on. All-in-all, we left the last episode of Ouran feeling good.

That is NOT the case with this crap.

Okay, so… I’m not sure how much my average reader will know about this show, but let me set up what little cosmology we are given. There is the human world and then there are a bunch of other worlds. All the other worlds are connected through the magical world tree, but humanity was chopped off because humans ruin everything. Anyways, they briefly opened the gate to let in two plot-relevant humans, but apparently their presence is throwing the tree out of whack… and it is releasing red leaves to erase the hell out of them… or at least their colored-pencil picture diaries…Oh and the princess has a red mark on her back. Maybe it is trying to erase the part of her that was touched by humanity.

Still with me? Okay. Now, they introduce a thing where the main human character and his daughter can no longer hear or be heard by residents of this world, as they are fading out of existence in this plane or something… but that doesn’t even last until the end of the episode! The massive second-to-last-episode cliffhanger was that the princess finally asked him out on a DATE! GASP! HOW WILL THIS SERIES END?!

They’ve been pushing the entire 23 year-old human and 10 year-old succubus romance hard in this one… I thought it might turn into more of a father-figure thing, seeing as he is the only good male role-model she’s had below 60. (The fact that he’d slept with her mother couldn’t hurt either.) But no, we are going to riiiiiiiide this premise to the very end, despite the fact that they don’t seem to want to commit to the entire “sucking him off for life-energy” bit. So, our dramatic last episode consists of the following: A boring date at an amusement park, complete with the one drink with a 2-headed straw bit… then a tearful goodbye… then magical skype…. then some sort of ceremony or something… and then the main character rides back in on a dragon. Bam. That’s it. There was no drama in the DRAMATIC PLOT TWIST. There was no tension… there was no POINT, either… oh… and remember that mark on the princess? It turns out it was a bug bite. Why put it there to begin with?! It isn’t as though it was thoroughly explained what it was supposed to do to begin with!

I hate it. I hate it soooo much. It was a sub-par “meh” anime to begin with, but I watched it to see what they would do with it. They decided not to do anything. The magical rabbit sage girl? Oh she is just here for a gag. Don’t expect her to ACT like the most learned person in the realm and be able to tell the difference between a matter-erasing energy and a mosquito bite. “But what about the queen?!” What about the queen! We set up some sort of romantic sub-plot, but we never went back to it.

It is a massive problem with this sort of deal… The author didn’t plan anything in advance. Things are being made up on the spot… and, as such, we don’t have any sort of satisfying conclusion… just another pile of crap. We are told something mysterious is going on and we should care. Then we are told it is resolved. Great. If you haven’t seen this crap, you are missing NOTHING. If you are watching this, stop cold turkey. Just walk away. You will be better for it.

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This season is kicking my butt. I’m trying to keep up with all the anime I’m interested in while trying new ones… but I’m falling behind, horribly.  There is an overwhelming amount of stuff on my “To Watch” list… but I’m working on it. Sorry for the weeks of not posting. Post-semester depression + writer’s block + distractions + anime back log = zero productivity. However, consistency was my blog’s only real strength, so here I am again. This time for sure! So, without further padding, here is the next batch of impressions for the current (can’t really call it new anymore) season.

Ao no Exorcist: I’m really liking this one. It is a pretty standard shonen anime, but the visuals are beautiful and the execution is very well done. The main character finds out rather quickly that he is actually the son of Satan, lord of the demonworld. He decides that he doesn’t like the idea of his biological father using him as some sort of super-evil pawn and, instead, becomes an exorcist intent on defeating demons. It has a certain flair and I haven’t heard anyone scream out move names just yet, only religious text. Watch it.


A-Channel: So, A-Channel is an interesting little slice of life anime about four girls in highschool. One of the girls has some sort of quasi-lesbian friendship with the girl who is closest to what we could call a “main character”, alas she is in a different class. This causes all sorts of interesting personal drama, and gives us an interesting set of side characters in the form of the first girl’s friends from her class. Most other people in the school, however, are forgettable background characters.  The main story  is about the interaction between the four girls when they get together after classes or during lunch breaks. They talk about things relevant to their interests, we see them play video games, eat out, watch things on TV… mostly, we just watch them be their charming selves… and there is nothing wrong with that. I find it refreshing and relaxing. I enjoy it. I would have to say that A-Channel is- What? Wrong picture? But I… oh. OH! Sorry! That is Lucky Star, a completely different anime entirely.

How Embarrassing.

Hyouge Mono: The lascivious beauty of this terracotta piece shakes my soul to its very core. This is an anime about a fictional general in the Sengoku period named Furuta Sasuke, who knows the value of works of art. Trying to balance his life as a warrior and his life as a man of art, he serves the always awesome Oda Nobunaga. Once again, Nobunaga is My Favorite Character, making him my favorite character in THREE separate anime this season. The anime is full of awesome sengoku stuff, but with an odd twist… from the disco opening to the enemy general’s hairpiece… there are little twists that keep things just a little bit disconnected from the history upon which it is based… and yet, it is one of the more faithful sengoku anime I’ve seen in recent years. Loving it.

HenZemi: This… anime… you know how there are those anime that are so over-the-top, so strange, so surreal, so OUT OF THE NORM CRAZY that you can’t stop watching them? Yeah… this isn’t one of them. HenZemi is trying too hard. HenZemi wants to be weird, it wants to be strange. It wants to be so out of it that you will love it… but instead it just comes off as annoying. I gave it two episodes, I really did… but I just can’t tolerate it. The animation style isn’t to my taste, the jokes aren’t to my taste, the characters aren’t to my taste… everything is… off. I would much rather watch Zetsubou-Sensei or NHK or Arakawa Bridge or any of the other odd anime I love. Feel free to take a pass on this one.

Deadman Wonderland: I want to make it perfectly clear, Deadman Wonderland has my seal of approval. I certainly did NOT cover up any sort of watermark from any sort of amazing anime downloading website. I mean no disrespect to my anime-teachers, it is JUST a seal of approval. So, Deadman Wonderland! This is a really interesting anime… and a new personal best time for My Favorite Character. I think it is really one of those anime that will be best when it comes out of DVD/Blueray, because then you will get to see the unedited version. As it is, there is a lot of the anime you can’t see because of censor-shadows. That being said, the anime holds up just fine without the gore. The premise is extremely interesting and, while I’m not up-to-date with it, the two episodes I have seen were just dandy!

Astarotte no Omocha: This is an anime that fails to live up to its premise, but that is fine. It sells itself as a story about a fledgling succubus who will need to consume the “Seed of Life” from men to survive, but has to overcome a crippling phobia of malefolk. Forgetting about that, it is the story of a twin-tailed blonde loli tsundere with that same tsundere voice-actress, who has daily life happenings with the rather pure main character. It has some interesting family drama going on and I’m enjoying watching it. Moreover, the main character’s tsun streaks seem less PSYCHOPATHIC than your average tsundere. Where-as that voice actresses has had tsun moments involving attempted homicide before, this time we only get social awkwardness. Excellent. It is watchable. Added points if you love little blonde girls who verbally abuse older men. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Trigun: If you enjoyed Code Geass or Death Note, you certainly shouldn’t pass THIS anime up! Boy howdy, this is the best new anime ever for people who enjoy Code Geass or Death Note. Oh man, if I could watch this after watching Code Geass or Death Note, I certainly would. Yes, sir! If you like Code Geass and Death Note, watch this. Definitely the best anime this season for Code Geass or Death Note lovers!