Winter 2011/2012 Anime Chart

UPDATED: Version 3 of the Winter 2011/2012 chart is here. Well, its actually been out for about a week now but there are new series on this chart such as Mobile Suit Gundam Seed HD, a new Precure series, and other new goodies sprinkled around. So take a look!
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Music Video Monday #47: Chasing Light Edition

This week I chose ‘Chase the Light’ by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or better known as the OP to Kaiji Season 2. I’m not the biggest fan of screaming music… or autotuning, but this isn’t too bad. I’ve gotten used to it while watching Kaiji’s second season (which by the way is a must watch for the year). I still find myself enjoying Kaiji’s 1st OP way more, but it’s nice to have a chance in pace in music. Fear and Loathing has also produced the new Hunter x Hunter ED, another show of the season I’ve yet to catch up on.

New seasons comin’ round the corner

Almost every season, I see the same pattern of reactions towards the new shows. A majority of the anime community seems to flow a certain way when it comes to the new seasons. It’s normal to have these kinds of reactions, but at the same time, they appear so narrow-minded. I’d like to think there are times of the year when there are exceptions, but the truth is that it doesn’t change at all, and never will change. I won’t deny that I’m not among the populous or that I feel like I’m an exception all the time (Believe me, I’m not a hipster). Perhaps it’s something I need to get off my chest.

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Anime Afterlife Podcast: Summer 2011 Impressions

Anime Afterlife Podcast hosts, DavetheZombie, Vensito, Gabe, and Lerxst, are joined with blog writers, Richard, and Zekana, along with guest, Aeroblip, to discuss their impressions on the summer 2011 animes. As for the main show and Top 5, they’re well on their way to being edited soon. I should forewarn our audience that the audio quality in the Top 5 isn’t.. superb, but we did our best to fix it. Apologies to our In the meantime, here’s AAP and friends’ impressions on the summer 2011 animes.

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Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special

At last! Here it is! Anime Afterlife Podcast hosts, DavetheZombie, Vensito, and Gabe, along with blog writer, Lerxst, are joined with guest, aeroblip to discuss the winter shows of 2011. The special is broken up into three parts: The first is where we discuss the winter shows, the 2nd part: The spring shows, and the third: where we give our top 5 shows of 2011 (so far).

Winter season

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Spring season

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Top 5 shows of 2011 (so far)

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I came.

I just heard earlier today that Shakugan no Shana Season 3 is officially due this fall! I’m very excited for the season for many reasons. The second season left off at a big cliffhanger, and I’m well eager to see what will happen next. I’m always glad to see Rie Kugumiya in one of her better roles, rather than say… some of the ones (Gintama aside), that she’s done recently. I’m not the biggest fan of Shana, but I do find it to be a pretty entertaining and well done series. I’d probably put it on the same plateau as the first season of Index. Anyhow, I’m glad a lot of great shows are debuting this fall. Persona 4 anime, Mirai Nikki anime, and Shana as well. Just maybe the fall season will outdo the spring. We shall wait and see.


Oh yeah, the new layout. I assume Gabe’s the one fucking with the setttings. Not sure how I feel about it myself though.

Music Video Monday #25: Blooming Flowers Edition

This week I chose ‘Hana no Iro’, by band, nano.RIPE, or better known as the the opening to this season’s show, Hanasaku Iroha. Other than the small bit at the beginning of the song to the point where the instruments finally pick up, I really like this song. Something about it is just so damn catchy.

First Impressions on a Few 2011 Spring Anime

My Spring Break is over...

So now that I have watched an episode of most of the shows that I’ll be following for this lovely spring season, I would like to present to you my [obligatory] first impressions! I’ll be adding the impressions of the shows I have yet to watch as I watch them. In order of broadcast by day…
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A Channel First Impressions!

Alright, finally get to knock this one off the board. Probably not surprising at all that this is one of those animes I’ve been highly anticipating because I’m somewhat a fan of the manga. A Channel is a comedic anime about a group of 4 girls, Nagi, Run, Yuuko and Tooru, and their life in high school. Run is the energetic and popular girl at school who is always in the middle of a crowd of people, while Tooru is more of a distant person and only really shows interest when it comes to Run, she is also a year younger than the other three and likes to carry a metal bat around with her. Yuuko is kind of timid and always gets into suggestive situations with Run which is why Tooru doesn’t really like her. And Nagi is just Nagi… pretty much the level-headed character so far.

Since the manga is a 4-koma, I didn’t really know what to expect from the anime, but I thought they handled it very nicely. The first episode deals with a few short pieces from the beginning of the manga that flowed together quite nicely and made the episode, overall, flow really well. I wasn’t expecting to laugh too much during it, but I did and it was great. I really liked seeing everyone in animation, even though it seemed like the studio might have taken a risk with how they use CG to animate the characters/backgrounds in a few scenes, but I thought it looked cool so I can’t really complain.

I remember being really excited when I heard Run and Tooru were being voiced by Kaori Fukuhara(Tsukasa from Lucky Star) and Aoi Yuuki(Victorique from Gosick) and they did not disappoint. Well, at first I might have been a little skeptical, but when I heard them I thought they fit really well and had no complaints so now I’m even happier >.<!– The music seemed very laid-back and up-beat at times which definitely fit the mood, but I would have liked to hear a little more variety in the songs. I guess it’s better than having Tooru swinging a bat around to heavy metal or something(that sounds awesome) but anyway I’m getting off topic. All in all I really liked the music but I’m hoping for a little more variety in the following episodes.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I still think Nichijou had the better first episode, but it’s kinda hard to one-up KyoAni so I don’t hold anything against them. I just hope the anime doesn’t slow down in the middle since they have a lot of content to work with, but I am worried that the manga is still not even 20 chapters in and as of now the anime is kind of up in the air for how long it’s going to be. But I’ll just wait and see and I hope for the best for future episodes!

First Impressions: Tiger and Bunny

Wow, this spring season is already off to a good start! After seeing the first episodes of Tiger and Bunny and Nichijou, I have a good feeling that this new season will be quite an enjoyable ride.

Tiger and Bunny is set in Sternbild City, home to superhuman beings known as “Next” who use their abilities and powers to protect the civilians of the city and maintain peace and order. The city is monitored by “Hero TV”, a popular tv show that ranks superheroes based on their actions and how well they can do their duty.  Wild Tiger is one of the veteran superheroes, and our main protagonist, who is seemingly being overshadowed by a very popular superhero known as Sky High. As it turns out, Wild Tiger is actually an ordinary family man when he’s not battling crime. He has a small daughter living with his mother, signifying that his wife may have passed away. We see that he’s no longer in the spotlight, as the public begins to show less admiration for him, and more for their idolized hero, Sky High.

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