Category Archives: 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas – Day 4 – Where the Hell is Arika?!

I still haven’t gotten used to the feeling of a manga I’ve been reading suddenly coming to an end. I know lots of popular series that have ended this year, like Bakuman, REBORN, Zetsubou Sensei or Air Gear, among many others. Of those I’m reading, only three came to an end in 2012, and I don’t think any of them felt like the traditional ending of a manga. I knew Bokura ga Ita would be ending long before I got caught up, and BARRAGE¬†didn’t last long enough to have the proper impact. Of course the big finale that happened this year, and the one I wanted to briefly touch on one last time, is the ending of Mahou Sensei Negima. Read the rest of this entry

12 Days of Christmas – Day 3 – Praise from Caesar

People like to knock shonen and call it much simpler than other genres, but the truly great ones can create interesting drama and characterization as good as anyone else. Just this year I got to see Yoshikage Kira, the Phantom Troupe, and possibly the board chairman from Assassination Classroom. The character I wanted to discuss for this post, though, is the most recent One Piece villain, Caesar Clown. Through a combination of deception and a special brand of insanity, he manages to set himself apart from his predecessors and show how entertaining a mad scientist can be. Read the rest of this entry

12 Days of Christmas – Day 2 – Long Live The King

When watching an adaptation of one of your favourite works, you’re always nervous about how it will handle all the most memorable scenes. Sometimes the show can do the original justice, sometimes the Disgaea¬†anime happens. Going into Persona 4 The Animation, the scene I was most looking forward to was the King’s Game, being originally one of the funniest moments from the game. Of course it wouldn’t take too much effort to screw it up by accident, so it was also the scene that scared me the most. Luckily the show managed to take this event and make it even funnier, and it’s very interesting how they managed it. Read the rest of this entry

12 Days of Christmas – Day 1 – Standing Committee for the Really Long Name

Hello and welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas series. For those who are unaware, there is something of a tradition among ani-bloggers to compose a list of 12 of their favourite moments, events or general experiences from the year as a series of posts around Christmas. I never got to do this last year because I was too busy with finals and everything, but I told myself I would try and participate this year if I could. Of course right now I have not only exams, but a 3-4 day period with no Internet, a show to marathon and review for Anime Secret Santa, and there’s a slight chance we’ll all be killed on the 21st by an apocalypse of some kind. But screw it, I’m gonna do it anyway! Read the rest of this entry