The year 2011

2011 was  – without a doubt – an awesome year of Anime.

Every Anime season had at least two very interesting show I was looking forward to weekly and 2011 also delivered several extremely successful and very influential anime to the Anime fandom.

So let’s begin with the annual Anime award presentation : There will be three categories and in the end one winner, bearing the title of Anime of the year 2011.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s start!

(warning, contains strong language and excessive ranting in some parts, viewer discretion is advised)

Well then, unlike last years summary where we started with the bad things, let’s start this time with –

The good (awesome anime I really liked)

Steins;Gate. Without Steins;Gate, this whole post would be meaningless. And without a doubt, Steins;Gate was one of the best “building up and everything comes perfectly together” anime of this year (meaning it has a coherent plot). This is all thanks to the cleverly written dialogue and script which makes the interactions between the characters a real pleasure to watch. And with the time you will grew up with the characters while the story steadily progresses and the plot thickens… culminating in a very satisfying finale.

Steins;Gate also introduced me to the Microwave phone, Tuturu~, KURISUTIIIINAA, and Dr. pepper. Also, it made me actually bought a lab coat. IT’S SO COOL! Sunovabitch.

Need I say more?

Nichijou is a bit controversial in the anime fandom. While some people regarded it as plain boring and unfunny, other people found it downright hillarious and acknowledged it as the funniest Anime since Azumanga Daioh. I am the latter one. And -in my holy opinion- , this anime clearly deserves more attention and credit because it has a really charming and hillarious cast, excellent gag timing, combined with a top-notch animation and a fantastic OST. It has also one of the most touching moments of Anime this year. (episode 25).

……

I will miss my daily dose of Nichijou ;_;

Dantalion no shoka is underrated as hell, and I can’t really understand why: Because of the episodic nature? Because it didn’t have a plot? Well, you may be right, but nonetheless, it was an intriguing show. It has an awesome OP, a badass Main character who don’t give a f’*ck if he shoots someone in the head, an interesting setting with a dark mood, and lots of experimental animation.

My only – and probably biggest – complaint is: there are not enough episodes.

Seriously, just when I thought the real meat of the story has finally began – it abruptly ended. It should have had 24 episodes or more. A shame, really. I still hope that someday, there will be a second season… oh, and it also had an excellent OST.

Ben-to! is also one of the hidden gems in this winter season. There is much more behind it than the first impression gives. I expected a badly acted Harem with tons of fanservice and a lowbudget animation but surprisingly, it turns out to be one of the most entertaining anime I’ve seen this year. I mean, people are fighting to the death over half-priced lunches, – how awesome is that? Definitely deserves a second season. Also, every character is a real bro.

Shana IIIsee this. And it still gets better and better every week.  And yes, I am fan-biased.

And now some honorable mentions:

Ikoku Meiro no croisee, a really excellent and charming Slice-of-life series with a interesting setting in good ol’ Paris with old master Satou junichi as director. How could I possibly not like this? But unfortunately, it was really short. I really wish there were more episodes to flesh the characters out. The same applies to

Tamayura – Hitotose as well. Seriously, why only 12 episodes and not 24? ;_;

Aside from TV-series, 2011 also brought us numerous awesome Anime movies like

Karigurashi no Arrietty, the long awaited next Ghibli magic,

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo, a “ripoff” of Ghibli movies, as some malicious tongues said, but I think this is actually Makoto Shinkais best work,

the INCREDIBLY AWESOME ADRENALIN PUMPED WACKY RACERS ON CRACK EYEGASMIC ANIMATED REDLINE,

the bittersweet drama Colorful, which teaches us the value of life,

the light-hearted epic kid-adventure tale Welcome to the Space Show,

and the incredibly exciting first installation of Cyberpunk Anime Mardock scramble.

Yeah, as you can see, 2011 kicked ass. But as every good thing in life, it follows –

The bad (shitty anime,  I just want to pretend they never existed)

No 6. Gay. No, not only the Characters, but the whole story. Gay. Seriously, don’t bother with it.

Fractale. It had so much potential. It has a fascinating setting, the animation was good, and Yamakan, the director, claimed this anime will “revolutionize” the whole anime industry (okay I am over-dramatizing a bit here). And what do we get? A clusterf*ck of a story which didn’t made any goddamn sense. And the finale- OH GAWD THE FINALE . F*ck this shit.

Ao no exorcist. Why – is – every – goddamn – shounen – the – f*cking – same?

You know, you got this hot blooded idiot as the Main Character. He was actually a normal boy and lives a normal live until he discovers his hidden power and suddenly – his life was never the same as before and evil forces began to chase him blablabla… – you know, the standad fare. But I don’t want to appear as too biased. In the beginning I really had hopes that this shounen will be different, try something new, it could actually become quite cool, I mean, the main character is the Son of Satan himself. But noooo – it got from episode to episode worse, it introduced me to many annoying characters, many annoying Shounen cliches and many annoying plottwists and and and.

TL;DR, all shounen are the same and sucks.

Guilty Crown.

– oh boy I can’t wait to watch the eagerly anticipated original Anime in the mature Noitamia timeslot for mature people as myself, it sure has to be an absolute masterpiece with an incredibly complex plot and characters with a lot of depth….

– (3 episodes later) wait… are they serious? Did Gai just….? And how did Shu….?

– (another 3 episodes later) …. this shit don’t make any sense. And why are the main characters so uninteresting and annoying? Why is Shu such a emo crybaby?

-……..

-…………………

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA-

HAHARHARHARHAHRHARHARHARHARHARHAR-

Hahahahaha..ha….ha *sniff* *sniff* – ha – *sniff* … *uuuuuhh~*

*cries uncontrollably in a corner*

Translation note: Guilty Crown had tons of potential, awesome animation, good OST, excellent Character design, but is butchered into unidentifiable horseshit by a horrible, horrible script, which was probably written by a bunch of monkeys in the rainforest.

Of course there are more shitty shows I would rant about but these were only the shows I’m holding a special grudge against (I want my wasted lifetime back, damnit)

Now, let’s proceed to the next category, –

The ugly (anime I really want to like and which had much potential, but turned out to be very disappointing)

Yumekui Merry had a very strong beginning, a weak middle part and a terrible ending. It’s a shame, really. Because I really liked it at first, it had a very cool concept of “Dream invading” (Inception anyone?), a bunch of cool characters, (occasionally) fantastic background arts and a surprisingly good OST.

Nevertheless, I owe this Anime for introducing me – including many other people – to the infinitely superior Manga. Highly recommended, if you are disappointed by the anime original ending.

Oh and my vote for best character design and best portrait of a human middleriff  goes to Merry, too.

Hanasaku Iroha – not sure about this, but initially, I hoped for a serious drama dealing with characters and their interpersonal or daily problems, but instead I get some random slice-of-life Anime with the tendency of being stupid. Yes, you heard me right, some stories were just plain silly (author and it’s SM fetish, the field maneuver) It just didn’t fit to the Hanasaku Iroha atmosphere. Dropped because it keeps being silly and thus losing interest. Also, Minchi is annoying.

Ano hana and the title that’s soo long nobody can remember – or abbreviatedAno Hana, was for many people of the anime community the epitome of drama and tearjerking. So… am I a heartless monster if i say, I didn’t care about the character at all and found the complete story a bit melodramatic because everyone is just crying and suffering?  I think that’s because of the three problems I had with the series:

1. I find Menma a bit annoying, especially her voice

2. I didn’t care for Jintan nor for any other characters in this show

3. There weren’t any Ghostbusters present – okay that was lame but I still… nah… this show didn’t work for me.

Well, I heard, at least the soundtrack is excellent.

And now,  finally, the time has come, for the most important event.

Ladies and Gentleman,

the award for the “best Anime of the year 2011” goes toooooo…

Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka!

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, really. Madoka was THE most talked and universally acclaimed Anime of the year 2011.

Madoka really came out of nowhere, virtually no one had expected that Madoka would become such a international phenomenon. The fanarts exploded, Madoka’s characters dominated the Saimoe, there are even fan music before the official Soundtrack came out!  Not to mention the legendary third episode which caused a shitstorm as never occurred before in the anime community, the incredible epic boss fight between Homura and Walpurgisnacht, the relevation of Homuras true nature, the tragic heroine Sayaka – everything. Buzzwords like Deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre was born, a new emoticon was created based on Kyubey,  /人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕ 人\  , and even a entire wiki dedicated for Madoka was found.

Madoka came, enchanted and left with a bang in only 12 episodes. After Madoka, nothing was the same anymore. It marked the beginning of a new era, a new phenomenon in the Anime fandom, the new “Haruhiism”, but this time, it’s called “The Church of Madoka”

Well, I have always had some minor bias against SHAFT for their pretentiousness, but! This time, I really have to congratulate SHAFT for creating this fascinating piece of work.

And that was about it, folks! I hope you also enjoyed the year 2011 as much as I did and with these words, let’s look forward to the next year!

We shall meet in year 2012 again! (and let’s hope the world will not end like the Mayas had predicted)

/人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕ 人\

Oh before I forget: here are some interesting stats of my Youtube account:

For the year 2011, I got:

1.138.684 upload views on my Youtube channel

174.375 views on my most popular video (Madoka ED – Magia)

54.387 channel views

4.984 new subscribers

16 new sheets including

4 “classical style” sheets

1 video as well as 1 audio upgrade and finally –

one big thank you, for everyone who supported me in this years by leaving some comments and downloading the sheets!

Especially TehIshter, for being a bro and a fellow transcriber.

Animenz

Impressions of Summer Anime Season 2011

I have just noticed recently, but I am becoming more and more demanding with each new Anime Season. When I used to follow 6-7 series weekly 2 years ago, now it’s only 2 or at most 4 shows I watch on a weekly basis. I used to watch the generic harem-romance-comedy hijinx shows but now it is just exhausting. I used to decide whether I’ll follow the series or not by doing the 3-episodes-test, but now I don’t even have time for this anymore.  Because in the course of the years, I’ve realized something:

If I wasn’t hooked at the first episode or couldn’t find a particular reason for liking it, then it makes no sense in continuing watching it. There are a few exceptions of course but basically I trust my inner voice and judge by the first episode.

Let’s have a look at shows which I already dropped (credits for the screencaps goes to randomc.net )

Sacred Seven:

This show is dumb. No seriously, just look at this picture:

"Hello, officers? I think I didn't spot any Pizza-hut ads."

You ask me what’s wrong with this picture? The maids.

Not that I despise Maids in general but as long as the maids serve as some sort of “elite troops”, I can’t take the setting serious. They just don’t belong in here, in this “serious” situation.

The first episode starts with cliches over cliches like average boy suddenly gets superpower, the loli girl with her combat butler being an absurddly powerful student council president and lots of other stale tropes I’ve been long tired of.

You can make only ONE highschool-comedy-mecha-drama and actually succeed with it and that would be Code geass. Everything else are fakes.

Dropped.

Kami-sama Dolls:

"M-my hips are moving on their own!"

“What the hell are wrong with her boobs?” – I asked myself during the first 20 minutes of the first episode. They are horribly, horribly deformed and way too large. The animation was also full of inconsistency and fail.

And I already dislike one of the main characters: the imouto with the brother-complex. This is a really, really booring character archetype which I’m fed up with and it will certainly lead to some face-palming embarrassing scenes like: “kyaah, don’t look at me, baka onii-chan” or “it-‘it’s not like I did it for YOU, b-baka!” Not that it would actually happen though, but the animation sucks hard, so

 dropped.

Mawaru Penguindrum:

"APPRIVOISE!" *monochrome playing in the background*

This is your typical excentrical-experimental show where you are not sure where things are headed to. This is your typical “wtf-am-I-watching” show.

There are good chances it would turn out to be something ground-breaking epic. It is definetely not your average mainstream anime, it is undeniable innovative and full of symbolism and it could be a fun ride. But not for me.

I didn’t find it entertaining at all. I think it’s rather annoying. It feels random and trying too hard being FABULOUS. But at least, the visuals are interesting.

I will pick it up again later, if the the reviews are positive. But for now, it’s  – dropped.

Mayo Chiki:

"Sorry, I lied about being allergic to girls. You are F*CKED now."

OH BOY HERE WE GO AGAIN

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a passionate fanservice hater. I like fanservice – delicious fanservice. But not this type. A few years ago, I would regard it as guilty pleasure of the season and watch it. Now these times are over.

Dropped.

BLOOD-C:

Okay, I admit I still haven’t watched the show yet, because there weren’t any decent subs available when it aired two weeks ago. The situation has changed meanwhile but I won’t bother to begin with it because it’s a Spin-off (?) of Blood+  which I disliked and dropped it long time ago.  Because the idea of a vampire girl who REFUSES to drink blood is just… stupid, really.

Pre-Dropped.

Okay, I think that’s enough for the time being, I will continue it some time later.

And now for something completely different:

DR. PEPPER GET!

Kyon disapproves of me spending +50€ for beverage

Seriously, I never would’ve thought that Dr. Pepper would taste that awesome. It was refreshingly different, a untypical coke flavor I never could have imagined.

All credits goes to Steins;Gate of course, who introduced me to this beverage. I really wanted to check out Okarins favorite drink but it turned out to be difficult, due to the fact that Dr. Pepper wasn’t available anywhere here in Germany.

There weren’t a single supermarket, who had it in stock. You could only buy this (to a overpriced cost of 2€) in selected gas station…

– or buy it online via Amazon like I did. Damn, it’s already my forth can, I love this stuff.

Best consumed if it’s well-chilled. Can you handle the taste? (no, I wasn’t paid for writing this)

TL;DR: You jelly, germanfags?