Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Drop It Like It's Hot!: Summer Anime Edition

Nekogami Yaoyorozu, also known as Cat G-d on Crunchyroll, is one of the selected few series from this season that I just couldn't tolerate enough to keep watching. I admit that I only checked it out because it has "neko" in the title. I thought it was going to be a cute fluffy series but it was just meh. I couldn't get into the plot from the first episode which was one of the main reasons for dropping it. At this time it's highly unlikely that I will be interested enough to pick up the series again, if I don't have a lot on my watch list for the Fall season maybe I will give it another try. But that's a big maybe since I have a ton of other older series on my ever growing to-watch list. 
I haven't really seen much buzz about this show on twitter, which is either a sign that my pals on their aren't too crazy about it either or that it's just not as great as it could be. When the season if over I'd like to hear how others that stuck with it til the end thought of the series overall. I mean how bad can something with cat deities really be?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Anime Frenzy!

Other than some series continuing from the season prior this summer I'm failing at trying to keep up with the following series! So far everything that I'm watching for the summer is being simulcast on Crunchyroll.

I'll be honest in saying that I was surprised that Crunchyroll picked up No.6, especially since it was towards the end of their summer simulcast announcements. Despite of the flack it's getting in some online circles for the strong bl undertones, and maybe because of it, this is by far my favorite of the season. The only gripe I have is the choice of Rat for one of the main character's name instead of Mouse but after a few episodes I've overcome it.

After reading only the first volume of the manga I was stoked to hear there was going to be an anime based off Usagi Drop before it was even announced for a simulcast. Rin is as lovely on the small screen as she is in the manga. Over the first few episodes she is already coming out of her shell with interactions with other children; both either slightly younger or older than her.

Curiosity got the best of me and I got hooked with YuruYuri   The premise is a bunch of cute girls overtaking the former tea club room doing well um cute things? Naturally there are some fanservice elements to the series but as of the current episode it isn't that heavy and in your face. The adorable quartet is fun to watch, making it my guilty pleasure for this season.

So what is everyone watching this season? I'm hoping to keep cool while watching these series :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What I'm Watching This August: Shonen Edition!

Vol. 1

It's hard to believe that I'm still somewhat on track with my New Year's Resolution to finish series I have left hanging and to tackle ones that have been on my to watch list for quite some time. In August I plan on staying cool while watching (and hopefully finishing) the 3rd seasons of both Gintama and Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Reborn (Katekyo Hitman Reborn) ~3" mini-plush charm [Weekly Shonen Jump - 40th Anniversary Edition] (Japanese Import)
I want this lil plushie so bad!

Though KHR (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!) wasn't initially on my to watch list it is a series that I have been curious about since I got my premium account on Crunchyroll. And of course hearing about it from my peeps on twitter was more than enough to convince me to give it a try!

Other than some new and continuing series from last season I have plenty to watch for the moment. Yet again a few series I was watching on Netflix, that aren't available on anything legal streaming sites, are being put on hold til better days when I'm able to afford Netflix again aka gainfully employed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Early Summer Anime Kick Off!

I know I know I have so many other series I need to finish!
Normally during the summer months I'll find some older series on Netflix to rent but since I will be putting my account on hold, til I find another job, I wanted to find a longer series on Crunchyroll to watch since I plan to keep my account active even while continuing my never ending search for employment. Now that the spring anime season is coming to an end I decided to kick start some series that I plan on watching this summer.
First longer series that I will pathetically try to get current with is Gintama!  This month I've already watched 30-some episodes and have thoroughly enjoyed it thus far and highly doubt I will drop it at this point. I've always seen peeps on twitter talking about the series which ultimately struck my interest to check it out.
Bleach Uncut Season 2 Box SetI still am in the middle of watching Bleach, after surviving the horrid Bount-Pan Arc *not actually name of arc but will be forever in my heart* I took a much needed break from the series. During the summer months I plan on picking up Bleach again but currently I'm enjoying Gintama so much that Ichigo takes second place, at least for now. Since Bleach currently has almost 100 more episodes than Gintama it makes it seem more realistic that I'll be able to get current with Gintama over Bleach, though I will keep watching my shonen series regardless! When I initially got into anime I would stick with shorter series but now I'm not letting the amount of eps deter me from checking out a series :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spring 2011 Anime First Impressions: Round Two!

This season there have been so many shows I want to check out that its hard for this ditzy girl to keep track! Been a busy bee but have finally gotten around to checking out two more great shows; Deadman Wonderland and SKET Dance.

Deadman Wonderland: I was somewhat hesitant to check this series out mainly because I don't have much of a stomach for gory anything anymore, I dropped High School of the Dead like it was hot and surprised myself by watching one full episode. Though after hearing so much buzz on twitter about the manga my interest reached its peak and I just had to watch. And then watch more til I was caught up with the current episode. The blend of supernatural, horror, and a great plot makes this one series that I will keep watching til the end.

SKET Dance: Club organization who's mission is to help fellow students in need? Sounds corny, eh? But lo! It is a really upbeat but not sugary sweet series. Though the tasks they undertake my seem mundane but the sheer amount energy the put into everything they undertake is really fun to watch.

Both these series are currently being simulcast on Crunchyroll and each have at least a few episodes that are now free for all members, and non-members alike, to watch.

Monday, April 4, 2011

What I'm Watching: April 2011

Besides new simulcasts for this season I am watching a few other series either through Netflix, Crunchyroll, or Hulu.
I have one more episode of To Heart to watch through Comcast's Funimation On Demand Channel. Since they added one ep a week (sometimes every two weeks) it's been a slow process watching the show but at the same time enjoyed it that way.
Also forever in the middle of renting Urusei Yatsura from Netflix. Currently have disc 16 at home waiting to be popped in my dvd player. I'm hoping that by the end of the summer I'll finish watching the television series and move on to either the ova or the movies. Since I bumped my Netflix down to one disc at a time, instead of two or three like I used to, it may take even longer than that to finish since it's not top priority on my list of anime to rent.
Strawberry Eggs Complete Box SetStrawberry Eggs has been in a Netflix purgatory for quite some time so I plan to mix up my queue with this series along with the above. I already watched the first disc in March so hopefully I will finish this series in April. There are a few winter series on Crunchyroll, such as Level E, that didn't end yet so I will be sure to finish those off this month before getting too deep into the spring line up.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring 2011 Anime First Impressions: Hanasaku Iroha and My Ordinary Life (Nichijou)

Since Crunchyroll has much more titles for this season than ever before I am bound to check out more series then I'll be able to keep up with, but I enjoy watching them nonetheless! The first two titles to launch are ones I was curious about so naturally I checked them out this weekend.

My Ordinary Life (Nichijou) was everything that I expected it to be from the previews that I saw and then some. This series is really cute and refreshing to watch and is reminiscent of other series in that genre. Plus it has goats! I'm going to give this series a few episodes before I decide to keep it on my watch list for the spring season or not since there are still a few other series that I want to view.

Hanasaku Iroha has a much deeper plot than I gathered from the previews, which makes me almost instantly fall in love with this series. Though the plot has more substance than I gathered initially that does not necessarily mean that its very intellectually simulating; more of an emotional pull for me as a viewer. I'm saving up money to relocate someday so the aspect of the main character of the story moving to the hot spring inn in hopes of taking on a new persona and getting a fresh start really intrigues me. I'm hoping that I will stick with this series to the end since so far I was very impressed by it thus far.

Both these series are available to watch for premium members on Crunchyroll and in a week free for all members.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Animu

Lucky Star Anime Legends

Currently I have the last disc for Emma: A Victorian Romance - Season 2 that I rented from Netflix waiting to be popped in my dvd player, though when it comes to watching the final episodes for a series that I thoroughly enjoyed its hard to see how it all will unfold (since I don't want it to end!)
Besides the current shows that I'm watching this month I started Lucky Star and its freakin' awesome so far. Already watched the first ten episodes on Crunchyroll and hopefully more this upcoming weekend. Some of the anime on my to be watched list from Netflix is now either on Crunchyroll or Hulu.
In April I hope to rent I My Me Strawberry Eggs , its been slowly reaching the top of my Netflix queue since I started Netflix when I was finishing up college.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Broke Fujoshi Auctions! :D

Most of my peeps that I chat with on twitter know that I'm unemployed, after being laid off from Borders in January, and that I haven't been able to buy much manga! Sorrow! Though I did snag Toradora! Vol. 1 from Amazon at a nice pre-order discount, been hearing positive things about this series so I spoiled myself and got it. For February I squeezed and stretched my money as much as I could so I would have been able to have a few bucks at the end of the month to feed my manga addiction :)
Anyways, I've been  cleaning through my room to stave off boredom from staring at job boards all day I decided to put some of my manga on Ebay in hopes of cleaning off some shelf space and to have some spending money for April.

Here's what's up for biddin' on ebay. All auctions have free shipping!  If you have any questions feel free to comment or send me a message on ebay, my username is the same over there :)

Steady Beat Volume 1  Steady Beat v1-2 $2.99

RG Veda, Vol. 1 RG Veda vols 1-5, 9 $4.99

Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, Vol. 1 Kare Kano vols 1-5 $4.99
Gravitation, Vol. 1  Gravitation vols 1-2 $1.99

Ultra Cute Volume 1 Ultra Cute vols 1-5, 8 $3.99
Satisfaction Guaranteed 1Satisfaction Guaranteed vols 1-2 $1.99
Soul To Seoul Vol. 1Soul to Seoul vols 1-2, 4-5 $3.99
Lights Out Volume 3 (Lights Out (Tokyopop)) (v. 3)Lights Out vols 1-3, 7 $2.99
Bleach, Vol. 2Bleach vols 1-7 PLUS Bleach souls character book $9.99
Red River, Vol. 1 Red River vols 1-4 $2.99
Alice 19th, Vol. 1: Lotis MasterAlice 19th vols 1-7 Complete Set! $5.99

Instead of spamming my twitter feed with all the individual links I thought it would be best to post them all here. Thanks for reading and checking out my auctions :)
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