The year 2010

2010 was overall a rather underwhelming year for Anime. I have been more often disappointed than pleasantly surprised at the new aired shows in 2010. Nevertheless, I would consider it as a good year because of one particular reason but first, I’ll start with the bad part.

The fail

The majority of anime in 2010 didn’t lived up my initial expectations and I was pretty disappointed by the final results.

Angel beats had so much potential. I mean you could make an epic dramatic story with the afterlife setting. But the good premise is ruined by unbalanced pacing, confusing and incomprehensible plot, and shallow characters. The animation, especially the character design, is also inconsistent and poor sometimes. Too bad actually, it would become really good, if the execution weren’t so shabby.

Durarara. Althought not really bad, I really didn’t find it particulary interesting, nor did I care much about the characters. That’s a pity because Shizuo is such an awesome character. But I just couldn’t go further than ep 7 because I don’t have the motivation to continue  it.

Shiki. A Mystery anime? I’m in. But wait, the character design is horrible. And I didn’t feel the slightest tension watching this. Nothing. This show just didn’t work for me. Dropped.

K-on! Season 2: Probably the most popular Anime of the year 2010 but why can’t I enjoy it like the rest of the people? I mean, I the love slice of life genre. Aria, my all time favorite is also a slice of life Anime. It’s basically cute girls doing cute things too. But why can’t I enjoy it? Maybe it’s because of Yui. Yes, that’s it. I dislike her. I dislike her stupidity, her airheadness, her antics. I dislike her voice, everything. And I am glad I dropped this early, before I got too far in.

Working!! is a shallow comedy with a shallow premise and shallow characters. I almost lost complete interest at the first episode. How to do Comedy right? See Ika musume.

Bakuman is probably the biggest fail this year. A completely unneccessary anime adaption of a really good manga. The Bakuman manga is one of the most exciting Mangas I’m currently reading, but the Anime was just boring as shit, and the animation reminds me of a slide show.

There were also a few Anime’s I liked at the beginning but then gradually became boring, such as

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. At first I genuinely find it funny. The Comedy Anime of the year. But then it recycled the jokes, it became repetitive, nothing fresh came to keep me glued on the screen. I am disappoint. Dropped.

Mitsudomoe. I could never finish the last episode. It’s not like i don’t enjoy toilet humour (see Panty and stocking), but they made the same mistake as Baka Test: The jokes became repetitive and wear off with time. Pity, because some scenes made me really laugh like a maniac.

Ookami-san and her seven compagnions: The show has been the whole time mediocre, it’s your typical Love comedy with a tsundere as the main character. With every new episode, I hoped it would get better, but it didn’t. And the final confession scene? -“I didn’t dislike you” FFFFFFFUU—


 

The Shit

Everything listed here made me rage like Eyjafjallajökull (like a volcano)

I hate these shows to death and I wish I’ve never watched them at first. Beware of massive amount of hate.

Bungaku Shoujo – what the hell was that? I’ve never ever dropped a movie before but this one was so absymal, I couldn’t take it anymore. The characterdesign was downright hideous, nothing ever happens, the dialogues are dull and etc etc. I was bored to death after I was in for 5 minutes. I ragequit at 15 minutes.

High school of the dead – Why. HSOTD, you could become an awesome action packed zombie slaughtering Anime with a lot of gunfights/swordfights… –  if you hadn’t exaggerated your ridiculous fanservice. I laugh at ridiculous fanservice but when it’s TITS TITS ASS TITS BLUSHING EVERYWHERE – then no, it’s not funny. It’s just sad. Also, I will never forgive this Anime for creating such shitty characters named Rei and a retarded teacher with pig disgusting mega boobs.

Ore no imoto. Kirino is easily one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever seen. Bar none. I really want punch her face so badly for being a annoying and unthankful bitch. (See this)

But why did it have to end like this? The first two episodes were so good, it was leading in the right direction, but then the LOLdrama appeared, following a LOLyandere Ayase and a LOLrandomly creating an Anime drama twist. The“good end” was the most ridiculous plottwist I’ve ever seen. I facepalmed so much, my forehead is still bleeding. This anime sucks beyond worlds, and I don’t wanna talk about it.

To aru majutsu no Index II. Touma, shut up. Seriously, I have enough of your moralspeeches. Every Arc is build like this: everyday life of Touma – *index bites* I’m huuungryy – some unknown danger approaches – blablabla explaining – wordswordswordsw-GODDAMN JUST FIGHT ALREADY! – Touma punch – end. *sighs*

The pacing is terrible as ever and even the animation is worse than before. I really really hoped, it would improve but no, it keeps all the flaws from the first season. Too bad, since I like Misaka and Accelerator. Oh right, and Index, you useless annoying moeblob: I hope you die in a fire.

The World God Only Knows. What have they done. I’ve read the manga a year ago, and I liked it a lot. But what happened here in the Anime? Have Elsea always been such an stupid moeblob? Wasn’t Keima more badass in the manga? And why do the heroines suck so much? I have no idea what they have done wrong. But I’m certain of one thing: This Anime sucks.

The Awesome

Okay, with all the bad things covered, it’s time for the good things the year 2010 delivered: Anime, which makes me think Wow, I’m glad I am watching Anime at all. Anime I don’t need to hide from anybody. Anime I could easily show and recommend everyone.

Unfortunately there were only a handful of good shows this year, but these are the shows I truly enjoyed and loved.

Ika musume has done everything right for being a successfull Comedy anime: A really endearing main character, a funny and likeable cast and jokes with the right timing. It also has the most touching scenes I’ve seen for a while (the mini ika in ep. 5). I’ll certainly miss this show and I hope there’ll be a second season.

Panty and stocking with garterbelt. FLY AWAY NOW FLY FLY AWAY NOW – Screw the haters, this is the best thing ever since sliced bread. Batshit insane action, packed with smut jokes, and a main character who just wants to f*ck with every single person she could get in her fingers – awesome. Every episode was an stunning experimental visual presentation accompanied by a unique (read: kick-ass) electronic soundtrack. And it had one of the best villains (Scanty and Kneesocks), the best episode (the demons vs angels fight scene) and the best scene (the musicvideo) this year. The only thing I didn’t like it was the bizarre and unexpected ending. Oh well, GAINAX trolled the viewers again. Anyway, I can’t wait for the second season.

Also Panty is my new favorite character. She kicks ass, and she’s a real bro.

Sora no woto was probably one of the most memorable Anime this year. The Atmosphere was amazing because tt has a truly fantastic setting, a bunch of interesting characters, and an awesome soundtrack. I love how much details were brought in, (it even has a own wiki). Too bad, it was that short. I am still hoping for a second season.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st. I usually despise recap movies but this one made everything right. I’m quoting now Fuzakenna because I pretty much agree with him:

The 1st Movie, for all intents and purposes, is the same thing as the first season of the show. The difference is that whereas the original show was terrible, the movie is amazing. Everything has been improved. The pointless opening episodes and meaningless scenes have been cut and the writing is wrung taut. Nanoha and Fate’s dialog and expressions have all of the depth and splendor that they have in A’s, and both are able to be far more interesting characters when allowed to shine on the wonderful canvas of this production. […]

There weren’t any really great Openings this year, but my favorite would be the Sora no woto OP Hikari no senritsu and the first Durarara! OP Uragiri no Yuuyake. In return there are a lot of amazing ED songs, my top three would be the Durarara ED 1 Trust me, Angel beats Ed Brave song and Panty and stocking ED Falling angel.

And now, the best Anime of the year 2010 is…


The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi movie

Without question THE highlight this year. Words cannot describe how great the movie was. I may be a biased fanboy, but I just can’t find a single flaw in this movie. There were so many epic scenes and genuine emotions packed in 162 minutes of top-class animation. I was stunned when Kyon took a level in badass  in his monologue scene. I shed manly tears when I saw a heartbroken Yuki. This is a movie, I will still remember and love it in 10 years.

Finally, here are some fun facts about my blog and my youtube channel. I got…

395.760 total upload views on my youtube channel…

108,183 unique visitors on this blog…

114.028 views on my most popular video,

the Durarara ED trust me

1.189 subscribers on my Youtube channel…

333 comments on my blog and…

9 new sheets were posted

(okay, I guess that’s not much, but I’ll give my best)

And 1

big thank you for everyone who download and play my sheets!

With this, I wish all you readers a happy new year! See you next year again!

Animenz

11 thoughts on “The year 2010

  1. Thank you too for this year 😉 May the next year 2011, be better that 2010.

    Honestly I can’t agree with you about some anime, like Shiki, Angel Beats ( in my opinion one of the best anime in the 2010 ), and with, the most, Bungaku Shoujo, try give it more time really, the plot start very slow, but in some time it gets, speed, and its much better.

    And again, happy new year 2011.

  2. Baka to Test was better than you gave it credit for. And Angel Beats was probably the best anime this year – if they’d fixed the pacing it had the potential to be the next Clannad.
    I liked K-ON S2 better than S1, probably because the conclusion was more final – it’s over, KyoAni can get back to working on anime with actual depth to them.

  3. That oreimo post = WIN.

    I do agree with you on DRRR!!. I thought it was… okay. Just… okay. (not as amazing as Baccano!)

    P&SwG: I loved it. The ending was majorly Gainax’d though. >_> But still…. love.

    Ika Musume … LOVE.

    Your anime blogging is awesome. ;D

  4. While I find myself agreeing with you to an extent with a lot of these shows I also found most of these same shows really enjoyable regardless, guess my standards are lower 🙂

    My 2010 youtube highlight would be your cover of Yasashii Boukyaku from the Haruhi movie, god knows how many times I’ve played this on a loop.

  5. You didn’t even watch You are Delicious? Shame, Animenz, shame.

    And the World God Only Knows had only one flaw, that there wasn’t a new heroine every episode to conquer for all 13 episodes. If that had happened, I’d definitely vote it wayyyy higher than anything else this year (mind that I basically didn’t watch anything this year so ehhhhh).

    Arrange more!

  6. I agree with you on a lot of these things. Angel beats had a large amount of potential, and it probably would have been a great anime, if it had more episodes.

    Guess what Index reminds me of? My dog. The thing that bites me everyday for very petty reasons. Misaka and Accelerator, should get more screen time.

    I haven’t actually watched the Haruhi movie yet, because of time restraints, and my homework. Though, seeing as you rated it as the best, I guess I’ll watch it when I have the chance.

  7. First of all, awesome skills, I’m in awe, thanks for all those wonderful transcriptions!
    IMO some of your version, sound even better than the original.
    if I was in the anime industry, I’ll definitely ask to collaborate with you.

    I never realize that when you say you like anime, you Really Do like anime, very professional comments on almost every show, especially those harshly funny critics.
    When I read that you don’t like Akiyuki Shinbo’s works, I thought “Uh-Oh, our anime-taste might be different”, but I absolutely hate every anime you hate! especially your comments on “To aru majutsu no Index II”, “Ore no imoto”, “High school of the dead”, “Bakuman”, right on! LOL. It feel so good to see you tear them apart, and you’re been fair to them.
    Keep up the good work!

  8. aw, pity you dint like Bungaku Shoujo.. Its like… literature… so the emotions and feelings are really in depth unlike usual animes… hence the seriousness and lack of entertaining bits like comical moments or direct touching moments. ah, seeing you put it under ‘shit’ has made me feel rather sad~~~~~ if you cant appreciate such serious genres, at least dont call it shit (TT_TT)~ and heck yes, i agree that Ika Musume’s really good!

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