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Ten Shows of 2006

I realize it’s a bit late for “Year in Review” posts, but some inexplicable urge just compelled me to write this out. Possibly attributed to my current holiday I guess. In anyways, I suck at ranking things, so this is not a “Top Ten” styled post, but more of a focus list of shows I thought best represented the year that was 2006 for me.

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4 Days of Awesomeness

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Kimitachi ni wa… imagoro doku ni iru darou…bokutachi no… eien no shoujo wa…

So thus Simoun ends, as one of the best but underrated shows this year. I have my dislikes about the ending (mainly, because it ends), but overall, still made of awesome and win. Still can’t believe I only started this like 4 days ago, and now, it’s like an obsession, with Chor Tempest adorning my desktop and the OST put on full repeat.

So, taking in the episode’s title to heart, I’m going to present some portraits of the cast members, 10 years in the future.

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“Door to the New World”

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Caught up to episode 25 now, and even though the episodes wasn’t as awesome, still there were quite a few shocks and surprises here and there….

(Warning: Massive spoilers ahead)

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AAAAEEERRRUUUU!!!!

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Holy. Shit.

(Warning: Spoiler ahead)

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Ladies…. and Ladies!!

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I now present to you the official Simoun relationship chart! (God, this chart is just made of blunt truth and win.)

Anyways, I reached episode 13. Yeah, that was a big fuck-up there by Aaeru. I’m like… “OH SHI….!! NOOOO…!!”.

Still, I haven’t find her detestable yet. She somewhat…. does not irritate even when screwing up.

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Utsukushii kereba sore de ii

(I initally wanted to make the title in English, but “Being Beautiful is Enough” sounds weird to me some how)

Now, as I said in my Za Paper post, I’ve started up on Simoun, with some initial encouragement from Jeff :). Initially, I tried watching raw but I gave up after the first episode as I couldn’t endure watching through it’s jargon filled self without guides.

I’m up to episode 09 now, and although I won’t be saying it’s the best show of the year yet, but I find it quite an entertaining watch. God damned trying hard not to get myself wiki-spoiled now.

But man… there really are no guys in that world. Simoun is the only anime so far now that I’ve watched that does not have a single male seiyuu yet. The cast list is really all female. Quite a few surprising roles for some of my favourite seiyuu’s in there which I did not really notice, like Nana Mizuki’s Morinas. And yes, Noto Mamiko’s Limone kinda feels weird at first, but it’s starting to grow on me.

I must say one thing too… Simoun’s theme track, Youen Naru Kizuna Hibiki, is made of accordians(?) and win. And Aaeru is a really awesome character. She carries a perfect balance of tomboyiish stubborness with a mature grace, making her one of the most intriguing and interesting characters I’ve seen in a while that doesn’t try to conform to the current moé stereotypes.

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