2009 in Review, Part 2

2009

Part 2 as promised. Happy New Year everyone!

Favourite Theme Songs in 2009:

Kimi ga Shiranai Monogatari (Bakemonogatari ED): Meaningful lyrics are nice.
The fine every day (Tayutama OP): Still on my playlist even though the anime was shit.
Silky Heart (Toradora 2nd OP): Hocchan should do more “serious” songs.
Ring my Bell (Sora no Otoshimono OP): Very catchy, surprisingly.
ALTERNATIVE (Asura Cryin’ 2 OP): Epic song that makes you feel better about the show than it actually is.
Osaki ni sil vous plait (GA: Geijutsuka Art Design OP): Hitotsu~ hitotsu~ hitotsu~ hitotsu~ hitotsu~
Shin’ai (WHITE ALBUM OP): Song that shows the prowess of Nana’s vocal cords.
Tsukiakari no Michishirube (Darker than Black 2 OP): Generic catchy pop song that just works. Admittedly the full version I don’t like so much.
mind as judgement (CANAAN OP): The countdown is awesome.
only my railgun (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP): I swear it’s the blatant Engrish that makes me love it!
Miracle Upper WL (Ontama OP): Great combination of May’N and Masami Okui!
again (Fullmetal Alchemist (2009) 1st OP): A very nice thematic song.

Female Character of the Year:

Senjougahara Hitagi

Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari)

Who else? Pretty much a damn solid choice for this year, even if she is a bit whacked in the head sometimes.

Runner-ups: Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni VN), Ami~n (Toradora), Felli (Chrome-Shelled Regios)

Male Character of the Year:

Maria+Holic

Shidou Mariya (Maria+Holic)

Okay, this choice might be a bit cheating… but seriously, it just shows how this year is in terms of male characters!

Runner-ups: Takizawa Akira (Eden of the East), Sakurai Tomoki (Sora no Otoshimono)

Dumbass of the Year:

Kampfer

Senou Natsuru (Kampfer)

Ought to fucking die a horrible death. CAN’T YOU SEE IT’S REALLY A DATE, DUMBASS?!!

Most Wasted Character of the Year:

Felli

Felli Loss (Chrome-Shelled Regios)

She really stole the whole show with her tsundere attitude and deadly shin-kicks. Plus it’s Nakahara Mai. It’s just a fucking shame the show was pure shit apart from her.

Runner-up: Sango Shizuku (Kampfer)

Lesbian of the Year:

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

Shirai Kuroko (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)

I admit, I thoroughly enjoy the lesbian antics of Kuroko in Railgun way more than the show’s story itself. Plus the way Satomi Arai voices her with a combination of haughtiness and naughtiness really makes her stand out.

Runner-up: Nishida Haruka (Kanamemo)

Best new series I picked up this year:

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

The Visual Novel of course. The only good thing that ever came from the anime.

Troll of the Year:

Suzumiya Haruhi

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

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Runner-up: World’s Most Influential Person.

Disappointing Series of the Year:

Asura Cryin’

It had a nice potpourri of awesome elements from mecha to magic and a bunch of hawt speciments of the female gender. Just too bad they decided to hinge the whole story on a contrived plot device and gave it a generic “life goes on” happy ending. Did I mention how QUALITY the production was in the later episodes? Adult Nia is still extremely HAWT though.

Runner-ups: Kampfer, CANAAN, K-ON!

Ballsiest Idea for an Eroge this Year:

Osananajimi ha Daitouryou (My Girlfriend is the President)

Your girlfriend is “Omaha” and she rules Japan in her White House. Putina is the President of the USSR. Throw in a loli alien that doesn’t give a fuck about fixing her own mistakes and very moe-moe spaceship and you have a really weird eroge on your hands.

Weirdest Cameo of the Year:

Kiddy Girl-and

Yaranaika in Kiddy Girl-and

Absolutely unexpected and totally hilarious. I can only hope they really ARE dicking around with the fans for this first half of the show. I don’t think it can be saved otherwise.

Gintama Arc of the Year:

Gintama

The Popularity Poll arc.

Nothing is sacred in the eyes of Gintama’s production team. I can’t believe they managed to even make a whole arc on the premise of the characters killing each other to improve their ranks. Add that to them killing the original mangaka as well….

22 Comments

  1. Sebz Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    Happy new year and great review! :)

    well, guess we’re to expect even more next year, best of luck! :)

  2. Haesslich Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    Also, Kuroko sounds like a 60-year old… which sounds REAL weird, but fits well with her antics.

  3. Des Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Happy New Year =)

    And Kudos to Gintama Orz

  4. Azure Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Happy new Year~
    Personally I think Natsuru could have easily won dumbass of the decade, but thats just me.

  5. ~XXX Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    hitagi is the best girl any guy would like minus her war-freak mindedness… I guess an ideal girl.

    nothing more to ask, Happy new year!

  6. ~XXX Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    P.S. …wait, I thought the 1st OP of fullmetal alchemist 2009 is ‘again’?

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    @XXX: oops, my mistake. Corrected already.

    @Azure: Haha yeah, but I don’t dare to presume.

  8. ReshenKusaga Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    Fuck yeah Bakemonogatari >:D

    Best ed, evar

    Shizuka D:

  9. ReshenKusaga Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    Well i’m a failure…

    I meant Shizuku.

    and i’m pretty sure Haruhi was Troll of the Decade

  10. RP Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 1:18 am

    lol, the Battler/Beakids picture is awesome.

  11. wew Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    “Male Character of the Year”

    This suck!

  12. Silver Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    I heard that the actual ending to Asura Cryin’ was not that happy at all, in fact, seems like all of the main characters for some reason became ‘lost’ and Tomoharu’s step sister take up the role of finding out what happened.

    Personally, I don’t know whether I liked that ending or the happy ending we have for the anime. I like happy endings but at the same time, it felt a bit weird for Asura Cryin’. What do you think about that?

    Anyway, I so agree with you about Osananajimi ha Daitouryou and Kiddy Girl. It was awesome and crazy! Also, I agree that Kuroko’s voice actress was just great. The voice it self was not exactly awesome but at the same time, it just fits with Kuroko’s antic so much that I end up really liking it.

  13. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    @wew: U MAD?

    @Silver: Yeah I heard Asura Cryin’ novels ended with a very sad note to the main characters, but I am not sure of the accuracy of that news.

    In any case, the problem with Asura Cryin’ is mainly Adaptation Decay, added on with steadily decreasing production quality and the contrived way the whole casuality loop presented itself. The happy ending is the least of its problems, IMHO.

  14. Kuzame Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    how bout hinagiku as female char of da year >:D… at least runner up :(

  15. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    January 3, 2010 @ 2:05 am

    One of the better things that came out of Endless Eight were Kyon’s sister cutely telling Kyon to answer the phone. The fact that she didn’t speak that line for all 8 episodes was fail though. D:

  16. Epi Said,

    January 3, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    Asura Cryin’ started off so good too… it just got worse and worse and worse.

  17. Lehq Said,

    January 3, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    haha totally agree with your music list.

  18. Rin Said,

    January 3, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    You forgot QUALITY MOTHER OF THE YEAR.

  19. Silver Said,

    January 4, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    I still very much enjoyed Asura Cryin’ but yeah, the series had a huge consistency issue. The production quality is no consistent, the pacing is not consistent, a lot of things just were not consistent. It’s somewhat funny that I still highly enjoyed it though so I guess I could say that in a way, it was good and fun to watch.

  20. ~xxx Said,

    January 5, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Good choice of music!

    I think KyoAni will then be remembered as the one who pull out a stunt like that, and Haruhi too…

    my favorite there is ‘silky heart’ and ‘again’…

  21. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 5, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    @Kuzame: I think I already did that last year.

    @Lehq @xxx: Thanks.

    @Rin: Oops.

  22. murakai Said,

    February 1, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    why without summer wars, evangelion 2.0?

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