Lookback at 2007: The Raspberries

Well, that was quite a long delay between my first post and this one. Guess I just got caught up with many things in between.

Anyways, in this edition, I’ll be giving out a bunch of raspberries to those who deserved it this year. First, let’s kick it off with the…

Biggest Lemon of the Year

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

Nanoha StrkerS

Ah yes, StrikerS was already interesting because of the bold decision to give the Nanoha franchise a 3rd series. Not only that, it also un-lolified the main characters, causing it to be a target of criticism from *ahem* certain quarters.

Nevertherless I had really high hopes for the show at the start, but eventually, the horrible production quality, the jumbo mess of characters and uninspired plot caught up to me.

’tis too bad really, and StrikerS had many chances to elevate the Nanoha franchise to even higher peaks, but sadly, this was all scuttled away.

Most Disappointing Ending of the Year

Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~

Zero no Tsukaima

After a rather lackluster and messed up run, Zero no Tsukaima II was about to end the show with one of the best highlights of the series, namely Saito’s selfless sacrifice to face an entire army, alone, just to save Louise, his abusive master.

Sadly, even that was ruined with the deus ex machina of the year by having Saito miraculously return back, unharmed, with the only explanation given in a 5 second titillating scene of Tiffania. That really just ruined the ending for me. Really.

There’s a 3rd season in progress though… I seriously hope it doesn’t turn out to be like this.

Most Impressive 3D Scenes That Was A Waste of Budget.

Getsumen to Heiki Mina’s Carrot Rocket lauch scene.

Seriously. Gonzo. WTF?

Weirdest Series Adaptation of the Year

Idolmaster XENOGLOSSIA

Okay, idol-making game turns in to mecha show, fine. Said mecha’s function as asteroid breakers, fine. Main heroine falls in love with her mecha? Not fine.

Worst Show of the Year that I actually finished watching.

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora

I have no idea how I survived this. Well, I admit it was the attraction for more Kaon x Himiko action every episode that compelled me to watch… but really, I admire myself for the fortitude to finish this.

Kyosora

If only they had more scenes like this…

11 Comments

  1. Shirukii Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

    Regarding Kyousora, the actual series is but a mere memory in my mind, watch the specials, they’re vastly superior and contain plenty of ChikaneXHimeko

    err…KaonXHimiko, whatever

  2. senn Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    Agree with Kyoshiro – cant believe I actually finish it as well.
    I swear it’s because of Setsuna.

  3. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    CHIKANE X KAON! I mean HIMIKO X HIMEKO! err… you know whatever >_>

    the 3rd nanoha series shouldn’t even exist. horrible was it. nanoha is a dish best served loli.

  4. Calawain Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

    1) ZnT- Yeah the series as a whole was pretty crappy but they totally ruined a perfectly good ending. I would have given the show a 9/10 if they had the balls to kill Saito off.

    2) Idolmaster- Vote for the weirdest and most uncomfortable show this year too, where she strips down to her bra and panties I think for her mecha lover. Very, very…..awkward to watch, and something only the Japanese could think up, mecha-human sexuality.

  5. Azu Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

    They didn’t lolify VITACHAN! :D

  6. Crisu Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    Despite its production values, somehow StrikerS still got all that hype and publicity. They’re still in Megami magazine. Is big business just milking the last bit of it out?

    Because I do agree with you it could have been much better, and then the money would be rolling in easily, like with all the Lucky Star sales; those are tremendous.

  7. 0rion Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

    Hahaha, oh man…those carrot rockets! You called that one right. xD

  8. Sheba Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

    I am just hoping they would animate A’s to StrikerS manga, but this is just wishful thinking.
    But yeah, too much characters and most of them have little screentime and development, unless you LOL read the translated manga chapters.

    And Hayate was shafted, as if they didn’t know what to do with her after she joined the party. =(

  9. nutcase23 Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

    FINALLY! SOMEONE AGREES WITH ME!

    I can’t believe I actually finished watching Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora either!

  10. Asrialys Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 11:52 am

    What? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this lovely confession.

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g317/Asrialys/Anime/Idolmaster-23-01.jpg

    :P

  11. Asrialys Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    Very sorry for the double post, but I forgot about this. If you haven’t yet, I think you should check out the KyoSora DVD Specials, if you believe you can take some more of this anime. At least the third and fourth ones.

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