Archive for February, 2010

taking the limit of (anime) as (stupidity) approaches infinity

February 28th, 2010

back to one-word summaries for today.

or so I tried.

(sry about the really stupid title.)

Polyphonica Episode 11-12 — Great.

To be more specific — the ending was not epic in any way, but it gave the series a so-so conclusion without anything big. The plot of this anime never really went anywhere, so I am extremely disappointed in that respect (they could have done so much with the set-up, characters, and unique creative setting!). Also, Coatie is overpowered, but I don’t mind that.

I heard Polyphonica Crimson S was a prequel, but either way, I will be eagerly looking forward to watching the second season. The first season was some of the best character/setting build-up I’ve ever seen… but the build-up went nowhere. Nothing happened, but the animation studio somehow still made the ending somewhat satisfying, so I respect them for that.

BakaTest Episode 05-06 — Interesting.

Pretty funny. Ep 05 was the standard pool episode, funny but nothing really unique. I liked Ep 06: firstly, Yuuji+Shouko is cute. Also, the setting and how the characters were trying not to be recognized was interesting and hilarious. They also managed to make the end of the episode slightly touching, while still maintaining the tone of the series. This is what I call a well-planned, well-executed anime.

Durarara!! Episode 07 — I like how every character’s side story is being explored. Also, this seems to be building up to something epic.

Railgun Episode 20 — RSPK Syndrome.

The To Aru series has some of the best techy-thing names ever… “Imagine Breaker” coming to mind first. This looks like it might become a better arc than Level Upper. More characters = more awesomeness. Where have I heard Haruue-san’s voice before… mmmm…

[spoiler]I looked it up, she’s voiced by Kana Hanazawa, and she voiced Kagome (Asu no Yoichi), Sengoku Nadeko (Bakemonogatari), Anri (Durarara!!), Kobato (Kobato.), and Mikan (ToLOVEă‚‹).[/spoiler]

Omamori Himari Episode 07 — Child-whatsherface is actually cute.

Yea, this anime isn’t important enough for me to remember the main characters’ names. I watch this because turning off my brain for 30 minutes is relaxing in a way. I hope the brain damage isn’t permanent.

Fairy Tail Episode 19 — This made me laugh more than average. Especially the Erza-Happy switch.

Ookamikakushi Episode 07 — Peach-Pit collaborated on this? Huh, how surprising. You’d think it would be more like Shugo Chara or Rozen Maiden than all Higurashi everybody dying ten times… this isn’t Peach-Pit style at all.

Shugo Chara! Party! Episode 03Shugo Chara sucks really really bad, buuuut… UTAU SHOWS UP IN THIS EP!!! That cancels all else out.

Ikuto’s harem… *sigh*… and I see love blossoming between Hiiragi and our little Easter President. The song wasn’t as great as Meikyuu Butterfly or BLACK DIAMOND. Sigh.

Railgun Episode 21 — Recurring characters for the win.

Omamori Himari Episode 08 — I think I’m getting to hate this anime. Except the catchy OP, I can’t get myself to hate that. How many times have I headdeskked.

Next week: Yuuto’s harem +1?

Zippers add sex appeal?

February 17th, 2010

Truly a magnificent discovery.

Shugo Chara Party / Dokki Doki Episode 02 — Dumbest shit ever.

And to think I liked it so much the first… maybe… 20 or so episodes.

Ookamikakushi Episode 04 — People dying = great. I still dislike the art. The mystery thickens… what is this secret that the entire town seems to be keeping?

Ookamikakushi Episode 05 — Issei is murdered. Joy to the world. I notice Isuzu’s hair looks like a hassaku.

Ookamikakushi Episode 06 — So in the end they’re all selfish bastards? Great, I like that.

Tegami Bachi Episode 04 — Wow, this is good! I’m like 15 episodes behind…

Polyphonica Episode 01 — Decided to watch an old anime. Good music. The plot I can’t say yet, but the setting is interesting. Characters don’t seem too bad.

[spoiler]The lead girl is hot… is this adapted from a dating sim? I kind of get that dating-sim feeling. The lead male is really nice. He’s like… Alto, long hair and all, minus the angst/drama. Oh yeah, the costumes are great too.[/spoiler]

Polyphonica Episode 02 — “You can’t hit our clients.” “Everything just sucks.”

Polyphonica Episode 03 –The side characters really feel like Full Metal Panic.

Issho ni Sleeping — I swear… the Japanese are getting more deranged every year. Besides “this is just wrong”, I shall refrain from further comment.

Polyphonica Episode 04 — Some backstory never hurts.

Polyphonica Episode 05 — All the random clients look the same. I really want Coatie to beat them up. (And, doesn’t “Kouti” or something sound much better?) By the way, what happened to that spacey princess way back from Episode 01?

Polyphonica Episode 06 — Hey, the highway signs look like California. Also, that police duo is awesome.

Polyphonica Episode 07-10 — Again, about the zippers…

Dance in the Vampire Bund Episode 05 — It’s naked loli vampire time again. =x=

I fail to see how this is epic. Mina Tepe’s speech mannerisms are extremely annoying. The camera angles and angle changes are just plain annoying too. Maybe they’re trying to be creative (trying to copy GAINAX?), but this just sucks.

Combining bad narration with bad camera angles makes me cringe in pain. I like narration similar to Saten’s narration in To Aru Kagaku no Railgun during the Level Upper story arc… that kind of sad, melancholic, inspirational, mind-opening heartfelt storytelling.

The Student Council is really annoying in this one. I like student councils such as… well, Seitokai no Ichizon is what comes to mind first, but… student councils like SoraKake‘s, or Hayate2‘s (not that… they… ever do anything) or… ugh, what is it that I’m trying to think of? Was it… ToHeart2 or something?

GOD… HORRIBLE ART. That’s it, I fail this anime. F


I know I don’t usually write about PVs, but…

Dancing in the velvet moon (live) Nana Mizuki – She, unlike some singers (cough… Aya…), can sing live, but it’s not as awesome as her studio singing. The costume was so-so, staging and stuff is probably typical Japanese concert. The actual song I’ve never heard before; it’s slightly below the typical Nana Mizuki song, but it’s still rather good. Sooo many glow sticks! :o

I’m kind of finding this choreography stupid. Seriously, it’s like… *chest shake*, *butt twitch*… it’s totally ruining my angelic image of Nana Mizuki ><; the other dancers on the stage are extremely annoying to look at. Either way, I didn’t like this video (not that I ever like PVs in general).

there’s a method to the madness. we just haven’t found it yet.

February 15th, 2010

Suddenly, I realize how pointless playing Mabinogi is, and revert to anime. (Don’t tell me anime is just as pointless as MMORPG-ing.)

Omamori Himari Episode 04 — These annoying harems really get on your nerves after a while. The “oh shit my lost childhood memories” line is really lame.

Fairy Tail Episode 16 — They’re trying too hard to be manly.

Durarara!! Episode 05 — Everything connects. It’s just that we don’t know what, when, where, why, or how.

Omamori Himari Episode 05 — It’s so serious, I’ve stopped taking it seriously. No, that was sarcastic.

Basically, the summary of Omamori Himari is… Yuuto falls in love with his pet cat. Awesome synopsis. Next week: the harem count increases to 5!

Railgun Episode 18 — Some comment about how this anime is gay now.

Fairy Tail Episode 17 — Epic story arc climax time!! Or not. Wahaha, good episode, though. Totally funny.

Omamori Himari Episode 06 — Too much fanservice.

[spoiler]The intro song has been stuck in my head for the whole week… and no, I have no idea why. Kuesu is not a cute name, her chest is too big, and she plays with her hair too often.

Yuuto’s voice is SO ANNOYING. And it’s funny how Himari got completely pwnt.[/spoiler]

Durarara!! Episode 06 — Cannibalism? Forlorn love? Celtic headless fairy? Vending-machine-tossing bartender? This anime’s got it all.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 19 — You know what I’ve noticed? Uiharu and Saten are better characters than Biribiri and Kuroko.

Uiharu is kawaii, and Tsuchimikado Maika from Index makes her cameo. Of course she only had like 3 frames in Index anyways, so she’s actually getting about the same amount of screentime. The mystery of the mysterious flowers on Uiharu’s head thickens. This episode is actually entertaining, for a change. Now all we need is Touma. Did I just hear a reference to Index? Haha, nobody else’s appetite can match Index’s.

I’m always really picky about how people animate characters playing the violin. This animation is no better. Stupid animators who have no idea what a violin looks like, and no idea how a violin is played. I lol at the song though, nice violin version of the outro.


Fairy Tail Episode 18 — Galuna Island arc finally reaches a conclusion.

I had the new Fairy Tail intro stuck in my head this week, too. Catchy and optimistic.

Baka to Test to Shokanjuu Episode 05 — There’s a reason why this is the best of the season.

Baka to Test to Shokanjuu Episode 06 — See above.

Rankings as of today:

  1. Baka to Test to Shokanjuu – Brilliantly unique art style combined with godly humor.
  2. Durarara!! – It’s got it all.
  3. Hanamaru Kindergarten – GAINAX genius channeled into two feet of pudgy chibiness.
  4. Fairy Tail – Reminds me of Mabinogi.
  5. Omamori Himari – No thanks to the obscenity, but barring that and the uncreative plot, the girls are cute.
  6. Dance in the Vampire Bund – I expected so much more.
  7. Kobato – Haven’t watched in a while.
  8. Sora no Woto – I don’t get the point of this anime. The female lead gets cutest character of the season.
  9. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – This is so boring.
  10. Ookami Kakushi – I dislike the art style, and how everybody in the town has a glasses fetish.
  11. Chu-Bra – No comment.

I feel misplaced.

February 11th, 2010

I just wanted to post today. So this post is just out of wanting to post.

So like, I got like 85.5 on the AMC12A, and like, that’s not going to get me into AIME. So like… like yeah.

I feel misplaced.

In the non-math-competition and non-anime-manga related parts of my life, I am also failing gracefully. I haven’t done math homework in 3 days due to studying for the AMC (let’s not go back there), and I haven’t done any AP Physics homework in like a month, and I have a major test tomorrow in physics. So as you can see, I am very stressed. One week ago, at this time, I thought I would score a 120 on the AMC, laugh away not doing work for the previous half of the week, and live happily ever after. Well.

As for anime, I haven’t watched any in about 3 weeks. I’ve read manga (Negima! and various) a little, but my entertainment life has mostly been dead. I admit I have played a lot of Mabinogi, but I haven’t accomplished much in-game. Today’s the Generation 9 patch (and yes, Nexon has extended the maintenance 4 times already), so I guess I might be staying up all night playing a laggy game and wasting the best years of my life away. Just another day in the life of a a teenager without a light to follow.

2010 AMC12 A – Difficulties and Philosophy

February 9th, 2010

Philosophy is the usual side dish to any real post I make. (A “real” post will be defined as… one that does not pertain to anime. These make up only about 5% of my total post count.) Thus, I shall entertain my traditional post style with a quote from a fortune cookie I had yesterday.

“Striving for the best will bring you closer to the best.”

— Panda Express fortune cookie, 2/8/2010

One singular comment: Panda Express lies.

Some people out there are the giants among ants. Yet, us ants never take notice of these giants. We notice their footsteps in the sand, but are usually too dumb to form the connection between big footprint and big foot. It’s really amazing. Really goddamn amazing, how brilliant some people are.

It’s almost laughable– no, it is laughable — how none of these brilliant mathematical monsters are among any of the famous people in our modern society. In their stead, we have talentless, brainless, spineless bastard celebities being paid millions for… being paid millions. They’re paid millions because they’re celebrities, and they’re celebrities because they’re being paid millions.

The world just gets more and more logical as the days fly by.

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