November Round Up – Diabolical Dio and Miscellaneous Clusterfucks

Hachimitsu is a place where I can pretend my opinions matter. Thankfully, some people have been fooled into believing this farce! Without further ado, here’s my roundup for the month of November.

14. Gintama
NO NEW EPISODES.

13. Wooser
This show is starting to bore me. Time to move on to better things, like Bottom Biting Bug

12. BTOOOM! (DROPPED)
Taira is a miracle of the universe, BTOOOM! is not.

Show should’ve ended here.

11. Sword Art Online
Thanks to the SAO livewatch I can go on watching this terrible, terrible series. It’s a great way to spend the time.

10. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai (DROPPED)
It took me a while to realize that I wasn’t going to like where this show was going. It was good while it lasted.

9. Code:Breaker
Why aren’t you watching this show? This is one of the dumbest yet most entertaining shows to come out in a while. It’s hard to say whether or not Code:Breaker is entirely aware of its own stupidity, but that’s what makes it so special. I have a lot of respect for Yasuhiro Irie, so let me just say that the animation during the fights are very good, most likely one of the best this season.

8. Magi
Magi has little to no subtlety at all. The main characters are all painted as good people and the series doesn’t explore different avenues when it comes to discussing the world’s state in the series. No to war and slavery ‘yo! This is a problem considering that Magi isn’t even a shounen fighting series. I will say this though, Sinbad is exactly what this show needed to escape its monotonous anti-war sentiments.

7. Ixion Saga DT
This month we went from a hot spring town littered with phallic imagery to a glowing Kon establishing his religion. The bits of genius hidden beneath all that juvenile clutter just keeps me coming back for more.

6. Zetsuen no Tempest
Tempest frequently fluctuates from being fabulous to BLAH. What really kills my enjoyment of this series isn’t really the long winding exposition or the repetitive info dumping is that it doesn’t quite push itself far enough. It’s sort of confused on what it wants to be and tends to slip into a more generic, conservative mode. When it’s overdramatic and superfluous, Tempest plays out more like a theatrical performance and that’s what I’d like to see more of. Flaws aside, the main cast is still charismatic as ever and the overall direction is still very impressive. A very slow month for Tempest but it looks like it’ll get interesting again.

5. Kamisama Hajimemashita
I like Kamisama Hajimemashita primarily for the comedy. But lately, even the romance part of the series is pretty decent. Too bad I have nothing much to say about it.

4. Psycho Pass
Psycho Pass is like mixing in your cyber punk sci-fi with the macabre. It’s a strange and sometimes awkward mix but so far, it’s been working for Psycho Pass. It has the tendency to point out the most obvious things and its messages aren’t exactly revolutionary. But what I find intriguing about PP is that it’s a show that can be interpreted in a number of ways and there’s always something to talk about. What Psycho Pass needs to do now is realize that being derivative of other cop thrillers won’t get it anywhere. Time to stand out from the crowd, Psycho Pass.

3. K
This show is great. It’s hard to put into words why I like K so much. I believe it has a lot to do with how K’s premise is the kind of premise anime works incredibly well with. Some say that K is the most ‘anime’ anime they’ve seen in a while. And they’d be right because you won’t find K anywhere else but in anime. It’s a gorgeous blue filtered thing filled with mythological allusions, fun characters and a knack for flair and humor. No other show makes me anticipate the next episode like K does.

What a beautiful girl.

2. Hunter x Hunter
As much as I like Hunter x Hunter I have to rank it lower because there wasn’t an episode last week. While I’ve read the manga and seen the first anime adaptation, Madhouse’s take does extremely well in creating that intense atmosphere that is so integral to Togashi’s writing. If you’re not watching HxH, stop reading this post and just watch it.

Liters of manly tears were shed on that day.

1. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Every time I think I have my Anime Power Rankings figured out, Jojo comes up and gives us a damn good episode. Never mind how over the top or silly Jojo can be, these characters grow on you and the story telling is so earnest that you can’t help but feel the kind of dedication and love that goes into making the Jojo anime what it is.

3 Comments

  1. I will miss you, Jonathan Joestar, and I will miss that wonderful OP. ;_;7

    and haha that Magi screenshot wtf

  2. Goddamnit, that Jojo scene. Jonathan Joestar is too good for this world.

    And woah, I totally disagree with you on Sword Art Online! Sword Art Online should have ended after the first episode!

  3. I still need to watch a bunch of these but this is a great round-up!

    I am suddenly hit with the realization that I am going to be quite sad when K is over. I know there are two running manga and side novels happening but it’s not going to be the same. It really has been the most “anime” anime I’ve seen in a while as well and just so fun and so rich in it’s own quirky way.

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