2008 in Review: The Good, the Bad and the WTF?!

2008 in Review

This post is dedicated to the good, the bad and the WTF’s of this year. It’s really been an interesting year…..

Heh, I was supposed to post this yesterday, but with all the shopping, satelite tracking, celebrations and epic rickrolling, I only finished it today. I guess this will be my first real post of 2009, hehehe.

Anyways, the point of this post is to relive the more memorable moments of 2008 for me, in terms of anime and such. Another year filled with good things, bad shit and “just WTF were they thinking?!” craziness.

The Good.

Redeeming ending of the year: Code Geass R2

Code Geass R2

I have to admit, despite the general descent to craziness, R2 managed to cap it off with one of the more touching endings of this year. Rest in peace, dear prince, rest in peace.

Studio of the year: Studio Gonzo

Despite the general decline of their quality, one thing makes Studio Gonzo stand out this year, the beginning of their free online streaming of their shows, WITH SUBTITLES, on major video-sharing sites such as Youtube and Crunchyroll.

Probably the single most celebrated initiative by any Japanese production company in this decade, Gonzo braved through critisicm from their peers in the industry and semi-legalized what most fans have been doing all along anyways.

Besides, their shows this year weren’t all that crap. Strike Witches even made it in to my Top of 2008 list, not to mention the more significant milestone of topping the DVD sales chart. Let’s just hope news of their near-demise is greatly exaggerated.

Pose of the year: Ranka’s (ノゝ∀・)~キラ☆ pose, Macross Frontier

Seikan Hikou

Seriously, is there any challenge for this award? Ranka’s (ノゝ∀・)~キラ☆ pose has been spotted even on politicians. There’s something to be said about that pose that’s so powerful it disarmed an entire platoon of rebelling alien giants.

GAR Male of the year: Negi Springfield, Mahou Sensei Negima.

Negima!

Sure there was Ozma Lee and Orange-kun, but this year’s GAR award goes to Negi for sure. Especially after single-handedly pwning a professional bounty group with his bare fists.

Furry of the Year: Horo

Horo
Anyone disagrees?

Miko of the Year: Kou

Kou

I thank the gods for Wagaya no Oinari-sama for fulfilling my miko quota this year.

Gym Shorts of the Year: Fujibayashi Kyou, CLANNAD series

CLANNAD

Legendary episode is legendary. CLANNAD 17 nearly pulled my trousers down me over the edge. That said, balancing two coins on top of each other is a task I still fail to achieve T_T.

Imouto of the Year: Sunohara Mei, CLANNAD series

“What are you saying? Onii-chan, you’re acting strange~”
“Why can’t I call you ‘Onii-chan’, Onii-chan?”
“Onii-chan~ what should Mei do?”

CLANNAD

Saishuu Heiki Imouto Sunohara Mei. God damn you Sunohara for having such a cute lil’ sister!

Cosplay of the Year: Hiiragi Kagami, Lucky Star as Hatsune Miku, VOCALOID series

Kagamiku

It just fits her so well. KyoAni really has a knack to stir up their fans and hit them right where it counts.

The Bad

Disappointment of the year: ef – a tale of melodies.

After the highly praised ef – a tale of memories, the inevitable announcement of the sequel was a happy news for me, but sadly, the show itself didn’t quite match up to the first season in terms of connecting the audience to the characters and the pacing was, quite frankly, awful. Even the ending lost some impact despite of its intended tear-jerking qualities due to how rushed the final two episodes were. SHAFT… if only… if only…

“I only watched this because of my favourite seiyuus were in it” show of the year: Kanokon.

Kanokon

Oh, the power of a seiyuu(s) doing crazy roles compels me to watch even the shittiest of shows.

“I can’t believe I actually finished watching this show” of the year: D.C. II. S.S & Zero no Tsukaima III.

Honestly. The fact I actually followed both those shows until the very end should win me an honorary title or something. Especially for finishing the piece of shit that was ZnT III. Even the DVD OVA.

Controversial Ending of the Year: Akane-iro Somaru Saku.

Akane-iro seemed like it went down the much more supported Yuuhi end, made more significant since it was the first time in YEARS that Rie Kugimiya voiced an ACTUAL tsundere, but betrayed all expectations of Yuuhi camps to choose a WINCEST ENDING with “Imouto of the Year” runner-up, Nagase Minato. Really reminds me of a certain 2005 show….

Most Tragic Death of the Year: Shirley Fenette, Code Geass R2

Shirley

SHIRLEY!!!!!!!!!! BAWWWWWWWWWWWW. That homo shota totally misunderstood her and killed her despite that she actually kept Lelouch’s identity a secret even after she remembered it. It was made even more painful as she confessed her love for Lelouch as she lay dying in his lap. I could write volumes more about her death, but I’ll just leave it at here, it’s too painful to continue talking about it.

The WTF?!

WTF Ending of the year: H2O ~Footprints in the sand~

H2O almost ended up in the previous category, but thanks to it’s ending, it barely escapes that and instead making it over here. Sure the ending had its good bits, but dear god, it was still bloody “WTF?!”. One thing’s for sure, H2O managed to rock my soul.

WTF Father of the year: Mikawa Kirameki, Shigofumi

Norio Wakamoto nearly ended up here, but Mikawa Kirameki really is the better (or worse) choice for this award. Probably the biggest narcissist ever seen in an anime, you really have to admit his dedication for beauty was awe-inspiring and disgusting at the same time. Poor Fumika T_T.

WTF Mother of the year: Queen Marianne, Code Geass R2

After making Marianne out as some sort of heroic existence throughout most of Geass, it was surprising to discover that she was still alive all this while, hiding inside the body of a loli. Then when she finally appears before Lelouch, the first damn thing she does is to do a single can-can styled twirl to greet him. And to think she was one of the big reasons that Lelouch became a ruthless manipulator who would sacrifice even his siblings to find out the truth behind her “death”. Sigh…

Control Mechanism of the Year: Nipple controllers from Magical Heart Kokoro-chan.

Mahou Shoujo Kokoro-chan

Really one of the single most WTF moments in anime this year, the supposedly April Fool’s joke that was Magical Heart Kokoro-chan actually came to life as an OVA and 0verflow sure made a lot of people 0verflow with it.

Prettiest Male of the Year: Saotome Alto, Macross Frontier

Alto'

Admit it. Alto is undeniably the prettiest amongst the trio, especially when he is in his Sakurahime-mode.

Trap of the Year: Hamaji Yakumo, H2O ~Footprints in the sand~

Hamaji

Solely in this list because not only he’s 99% a girl already, he actually manages to score with his best friend to the point of marrying and having kids AND THE WIFE DOESN’T MIND HIM STILL CROSSDRESSING! Living proof that traps can still achieve real happiness.

Wasted yuri potential: Sheryl x Alto x Ranka

Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier would’ve been 100x more awesome if Alto was really a girl. Yuri love triangle three-some…. ooohh I shiver at the thought.

“What was I thinking when I was doing this” Post of the Year: “I am now heartbroken….. T.T”

The Suki Suki Sat-chan fanclub is still accepting membership applications.

18 Comments

  1. meganeshounen Said,

    January 1, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    Typo on the Controversial Ending of the Year title there. Nothing major, lol.

    But still, isn’t Jeremiah “ORANGE” Gottwald a better fit for Most GAR character for year. I mean, c’mon, he’s half-man, half-machine, 200% fucking LOYALTY.

  2. arigatou Said,

    January 1, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

    Oh you forgot to mention Itazura No Kiss episode 14 as the Climax of the year.

  3. michan Said,

    January 1, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

    [Macross Frontier would’ve been 100x more awesome if Alto was really a girl. Yuri love triangle three-some…. ooohh I shiver at the thought.]…..

    SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Staberinde Said,

    January 1, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

    I think the most GAR character was KoGARashi. The others are not even close.

  5. Panther Said,

    January 1, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    Furry of the Year – Horo

    Agreed.

    WTF Mother of the Year – LOLOL

  6. TheBigN Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 1:29 am

    “Macross Frontier would’ve been 100x more awesome if Alto was really a girl. Yuri love triangle three-some…. ooohh I shiver at the thought.”

    You know that the actual final pairing I was hoping for was Sheryl x Ranka, right? This idea seems much more awesome though. :D

  7. Setsukyie Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 2:09 am

    Finished Akane-Iro just now, and not satisfied at all..
    Incest? Siscon?
    I’m not really against them (in anime), but poor Yuuhi..

    Dropped D.C.II.S.S. on the 11th episode (lol)
    Couldn’t bear it any longer..

    I agree on most of the categories here.
    Including the most creative 2008 anime review xD

  8. Syaoran Li Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 2:26 am

    I’m with you abotu Macross F waste potential… damn it!

  9. TJ Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 2:39 am

    Macross Frontier with with Alto as a girl… that just blew my mind! That would certainly have been something to remember…

  10. anon Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 3:40 am

    trap of the year should be tieria erde

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 4:07 am

    Tieria’s not a trap, he’s just really, REALLY confused. Plus he’s actually genetically engineered, so yeah.

    Hamaji on the other hand….

  12. Lehq Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    @meganeshounen
    most LOYAL character. yeah.

    btw, how bout some best product placemen award?
    Ga-Rei:Zero>> you cant deny Pocky’s aweseme yuri triggers.

  13. Alvin Lim Said,

    January 2, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    The nipple thingy…I saw that i really went WTF. =_= Guess some Japs are really…creative.

  14. le nuage Said,

    January 3, 2009 @ 4:12 am

    You should praise more Kanokon with the best shota rape of the year, the best spanking and the best use of a kekai (ever).

    Oh and Sunohara is the real GAR here. :D

  15. Komidol Said,

    January 3, 2009 @ 4:47 am

    You missed Giant Fighting Robot of the year…

  16. igro Said,

    January 3, 2009 @ 9:27 am

    GAR Male of the year: NaGARsumi~~ the one and only (though I gotta admit, someone should acknowledge that Sunohara, and Kitagawa Jun from Kanon, is one of the most GAR sidekicks eva~ >_

  17. Maximilian Said,

    January 4, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    Puhleaaaaaaase, Negi is the best candidate for Gar of the year. He has always been Gar( especially during the Mahora-sai Arc, which has not been shown in those s***ty anime adaptations) but it multiplied by 100 in the last arc.

  18. aeriolewinters Said,

    January 5, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    You pretty much got the controversial ending right: I still can’t believe that after 10 episodes of developing Yuuhi, Jun goes for Minato…. This would’ve been alright if Minato was as aggressive as Urashima Kanako, or if Minato actually tried… but meh…

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