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If you’re an anime fan and haven’t had your head buried under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Katawa Shoujo, an original-English visual novel with an amusing development history wherein you have the opportunity to date one of 5 girls with disabilities, and there’s some drama involved. It was kind of a Big Deal when it was released in January, not least because this pure labour of love had been in development since 2007.

It was kind of a Big Deal for me too.

Warning: Excessive sentimentality and personal-feelings-discussing ahead

Warning: Excessive sentimentality and personal-feelings-discussing ahead

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As the hype grew in anticipation of the third Rebuild of Evangelion film’s theatrical release in Japan in November, I felt it prudent to, y’know, actually watch the first two, which I eventually did during the summer. The first one (Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone) was pretty alright, a solid retelling of the early episodes of the TV version, but nothing remarkable.

But the second one man, oh man.

Massive spoilers ahead, if you haven't watched them already (go watch them already)

Massive spoilers ahead, if you haven’t watched them already (go watch them already)

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I am apathetic towards the word ‘fate’. Mostly because I don’t believe in it, although the implications behind it are rather terrifying once you remove the fairytale romanticism surrounding it. But it is for that very reason that fate can be such a compelling and fascinating literary theme and narrative device. Such is fate’s fate in Mawaru Penguindrum, a series I somehow skipped over when it aired and only got around to watching this year.

Given that it’s now one of my all-time favourite series, how could I possibly not mention it in this end of year retrospective?

There will be spoilers, by the way

There will be spoilers, by the way

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Winter 2013 Plans

As the surprisingly solid Autumn season draws to a close, it is time to cast our gaze on the next season’s lineup. As always, I’m picking up far too much, but whatever.

Here’s my list:

As usual, green = looking forward to, orange = picking up just coz, red = not watching

As usual, green = looking forward to, orange = picking up just coz, red = not watching

  • Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
  • Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun
  • Mangirl!
  • Chihayafuru S2
  • Yama no Susume
  • Cuticle Tantei Inaba
  • Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
  • Senyuu
  • Kotoura-san
  • Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
  • Ai Mai Mi
  • Tamako Market
  • Doki Doki! Precure
  • Nekomonogatari (kuro)

A few thoughts:

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Yay back home for Christmas yay time to do lots of uni work yaaaaaaay.

You're in for a wild ride this week hahahahaugh

You’re in for a wild ride this week hahahahaugh

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And on the third day, I feel it necessary to admit I am something of a Key fan. To some of you few reading this, that’s no big deal. The Key adaptations – at least, the ones handled by KyoAni – are generally highly praised, for many reasons. I absolutely loved Clannad, After Story even more so; Kanon could be inconsistent at times, but came together really nicely by the end; Air wasn’t as good, but it had some great ideas that simply needed a bit more time to really flesh out and develop (and besides, it was one of KyoAni’s earliest efforts, so the result is at least understandable considering their inexperience). But for a certain subset of anibloggers, the works of Jun Maeda are… not well-received, to put it mildly.

This year would prove to be one that would put my relationship with Key on the rocks somewhat, and make me believe that maybe, just maybe, they don’t actually know what they’re doing.

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This was certainly not kawaii uguu~

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One thing that I will undoubtedly take away from this year is the introduction into so-bad-it’s-good AKA terribad anime that I experienced. From airing series laughable in their execution to old OVAs with ridiculous premises and violence, I’ve had a lot of fun with these kinds of shows. When something is bad to that kind of level, it wraps around and becomes endearing. And when it doesn’t, it’s at least entertaining.

Oh, how I wish this post were about those types of series. Unfortunately, I was also introduced into types of series that can only be described as ‘so-bad-they’re-atrocious’. No humour can be gleamed from them; they only exist as an incredibly unpleasant little pustule on the face of the industry. This year was the year I saw the worst anime I had ever seen, and the first year I ever gave out a 1/10 on MAL.

Pretty much my expression rewatching this trainwreck

Pretty much my expression rewatching this trainwreck of a scene

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Jumping on the bandwagon that is the 12 days of anime, here is my first in a daily series of moments in anime that I saw this year that I feel somewhat strongly about. Also, because I’m unimaginative, here’s the obligatory one that everyone will mention. Perhaps by being first I can pre-emptively take the wind out of others sails; more likely, everyone will ignore this one in favour of a more insightful, entertaining or from-a-popular-blog version. Consider this just getting it out of the way.

As if it wasn't obvious

As if it wasn’t obvious what I was talking about

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Uuuuurgh looming deadlines means I can’t really spend much time on this.

emotou

emotou

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Maybe it’s because it’s nearing the end of the season, maybe it’s because I have lots of course work to do, or maybe it’s because each week I don’t really have anything useful or interesting to say, but these posts are beginning to get pretty tedious to write. I’ll see it through until the end of the season, but who knows what after then, really.

Loveliness and hugs abound this week

yay hugs and stuff

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