Anime

I need a master list to keep track.

Weird & Unsettling

Ghost Hound (ending was bizarrely Happily Ever After, though)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (“So if you ever feel like dying for the sake of the universe, please call me anytime.”)

Steins;Gate (Though, in my opinion, it gets less weird and unsettling as it goes on.  I’ve read/watched enough stuff with time travel in it that it feels fairly familiar, and the really bizarre stuff has gotten sidelined.  Also, at first I was convinced that Okabe was schizophrenic, but that was wrong.)

Bakemonogatari (I don’t know this this belongs in the Weird & Unsettling category, but this anime leaves me REALLY conflicted.  On one hand, there’s pretty great character development.  And it has some really funny moments.  On the other hand, all the female characters are sexualized.  Even the young girls.  Well, they’re all young, but the pre-highschool ones, even.  It really creeps me out.  I don’t understand what’s going on here, because in all other respects it is nothing like the normal cheesecake/fanservice anime.  I’m so confused.  And I feel dirty.  Why did those kids have to be sexualized?  Whyyy?  And why does it have to be interesting enough to keep me watching anyway?  WHYY?)

Boring

Skip Beat

Bizarre & Hilarious

Gintama

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Ouran High School Host Club

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Slow & Thoughtful

Mushishi

Kino no Tabi

House of Five Leaves (though I thought a lot of the characters looked the same, and I couldn’t distinguish the flashbacks from the scenes set in the “present”)

Natsume YujinCho

Usagi Drop

Anohana

Good

Baccano!

Tsuritama

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Darker than Black

Ok

Red Data Girl

Blue Exorcist (I liked the first half more than the second.  I think the ending was really fumbled.  I feel like, given what we know about Satan and Yuri, he should have been a lot more invested in his kids, especially because they were the only piece of Yuri he had left.  He shouldn’t have been like, haha!  I’ll possess one and kill the other.  Muahahah, Yuri, darling, this is our dream come true!)

Princess Jellyfish

Almost, But Not Quite

Gun x Sword

Pumpkin Scissors

Otome Youkai Zakuro (I liked the East vs West tensions, but this anime is a bit too…cute? For my tastes.)

xxxHolic (I liked it when I first watched it, but recently I tried to rewatch and couldn’t stand it anymore.)

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Sometimes I draw the wrong conclusions

Remember the “Life’s a moving Target” ads?  That slogan never made sense to me.  I see it, “Life’s a moving Target”, and I feel compelled to add, yes, because you keep missing it.  That doesn’t seem like a very nice thing to imply about your customers.

Anyway, I was reading wikipedia’s synopsis of the anime Eden of the East, and it starts out with:

“On Monday November 22, 2010, ten missiles strike against uninhabited areas of Japan, claiming no victims. This apparent terrorist act is referred to as “Careless Monday” and disregarded by most people.”

Turns out most of these two sentences is either highly misleading, or flat out wrong.  I know this because I watched the anime.  I watched the anime because I thought that “Careless Monday” seemed like a hilariously blasé way to refer to ten missiles blowing up bits of your country. My first impression was that it got its name due to something like, Oh, someone was careless with their missiles on Monday.  Turns out it was because the PM gave a speech and said, “Oh, I’ve been careless.  Apparently.  I can neither confirm nor deny whether I was careless with my missiles or careless enough to let someone else’s missiles through, though.  Uncle.”

Most of the above quote is either highly misleading or flat out wrong.  Hmm.  This is kinda fun.

Anyway.  I watched the anime, and I kind of liked it.

Plot: It was weird enough to be interesting, and occasionally bizarre enough to be hilarious.  Some bits fell through, though, because I never understood why he felt the need to be naked and holding a gun in front of the White House (of all places) when he wiped his memory.  Maybe we’ll find that out later.  Maybe not, though.  The series seemed to have a fascination with getting male characters naked (though certain areas were always tastefully blocked out with white scribbles, lulz).

Dialogue: I made do with the dubbed version on Netflix, which is always a pain.  I found about half of the things the characters said to be either cliché or unconvincing.  I’m not sure whether that’s due to the voice actors, the translators, or the original dialogue.  None of the voice actors made me want to tear my ears off, but that’s faint praise.

Animation: I’m very picky about how my anime and manga look.  I’ll usually judge whether I’m interested in an anime by how the characters look in the cover art (see Darker than Black and XXXHolic.  I decided to watch both due to nothing more than screenshots).  That’s why I was on EotE’s wikipedia page in the first place; it was in my Netflix suggestion queue and looked like something low on sparkles, shiny, and fanservice.  With that said, I was very happy with how it looked.  The two main characters really reminded me of something out of a Miyazaki film, though, thanks to their almost nonexistent noses.  That was kind of odd.

Though it does get an extra point for introducing (or reintroducing) me to the acronym NEET.  Suddenly Gintama’s obsession with acronyms for useless old people makes sense.  Ish.