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Just when you thought /a/ was safe from yours truly, I have returned. Not that anyone really cares, but hey, it's almost the new year, which means it's time for my annual screed about what I enjoyed...or not in 2016.
Oh yeah, time to eat some bandwidth.
Anyways, I've kept my eyes on the beloved 7/a/, since I do consider this my home board. But yeah, I have traveled across chan street from time to time, but trust me, it's better here. Maybe not for traffic, but at least here, there aren't so many idiotic rules.
I've never gotten banned nor edited due to grammar here. That-is a giant plus, since I need the linguistics gestapo like I need another hole in my ass, so I'll probably do more posting in 2k17 then I did in '16. If I can draw any more traffic here, I'll do it.
Btw, anyone still modding this board? Amethyst, you still around? Cable? DocF? I could have sworn I saw a thread not long ago that had a post from Bjoli (my brother in Sky Girls love....that and XII). In any regard, old/a/fag checking in to give my rundown on the year.
This will take a bunch of posts, feel free to jump in and complain.
One thing that proved a point I made last year (maybe even in '14) is that the anime studios wised up in one way. They started making extended series that didn't all run at one time. I mean, I get it, if a series doesn't to jack as far as BD and merch sales are concerned, why make it a long series that no one watches. So-instead, they've been making series 10-12 eps long, and if it's popular, they run the "next" season later in the year.
Sometimes this works well, as Concrete Revolutio, and Bungou Stray Dogs proved. But then again, it also brought possibly the one series that had less of a budget than Kill Me Baby had-and I prove to myself once again what kind of masochistic anime fan I am, since I watched both seasons of Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Girls.
Oh well, win some, lose some. Personally I'd love to win myself some sweet Kitsune looks from Concrete Revolutio.
And wholley carp, back to back seasons of Show By Rock? More Cyan was always welcome, but there wasn't anywhere near enough Retoree.
Fujoshis really got their fill this year too, as apparently they decided the whole rural setting/High School setups weren't just for the seinen fans anymore.
Sakamoto desu-ga, Tanaka-kun, Handa-kun, and one for the furry/shota fans, Poco's Udon World (the Japanese title's too damn long), probably made some fujos have to go hit the markdown store for more cheap undies.
There were more that fit this bill, like Bungou Stray Dogs (pls, no homo), but these shows had enough humor to keep staight guys still straight.
There are shows I didn't watch (looks like a shitload of 'em), that went even further, I think.
Buuuutttt.....being in the boonies wasn't always a yaoi thing (thank Haruhi), as there was plenty of humor to be found in the sticks too.
Starting off with Dagashi Kashi, headed even further to the country with Flying Witch and Kuma Miko. If you decided to get away under water, there was Amanchu.
Looks like a lot of "best girl" types were out in the country. Not everyone has to be urbanites, ya know.
Before I take a short break. (Need food-so I can handle more beer and tequila)(what about it?), there's something I'll let anyone who's thinking of going one numeral higher in chanland-the /a/ board over there doesn't just have the grammar Stasi, they have rules against "shitposting" and even "fartposting".
There's something to be said about collective tightassery there, but you might be able to take that figuratively, or maybe literally.
A little over a year ago, one of those types attempted to defect (or infect) right here. Tried to blast a series I liked, and I don't think he could handle the laid-back atmosphere here. He posted a few times and disappeared. No loss.
But I think I found him, and now I know how to smoke him out-just criticize purple haired girls with severe superiority complexes-his weakness. He -and the mods there- aren't into lowbrow series........
too bad for them.
(to be continued)
Lots of girls riding bikes and/or motorbikes this year. I think.
I watched 4 eps of one (the motorcycle one) and dropped.
Rest, I missed. Looks like more of the same coming up. I'll probably miss those too.
No watchee-no picee, sorry.
Okay, to pick up on a few posts ago, there was no lack of shows to annoy the crap out of people. Prudes, SJWs, self-admitted anime snobs/intellectuals, or just those who can't stand comedy-at it's admitted lower levels-all had crap to froth at the mouth by.
Literal toilet humor? Nothing short of the Anime Of The Year (okay, if you were waiting for this, you're dismissed), To Be HERO was pretty much based around this. Welcome back to my life, Nabeshin!
Oh, so you think i'm trying to be some old fart wiseass?
Well, if so, you can hook up with all 4 of the actual translated eps of Onara Gorou. Not AOTY, or AOTS, but in the running for best OP or ED of the year.
Fart Idols. Hellz yeah!
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There were more magical girl series I kept with this year, but I don't thnk they were the more popular ones. Or at least the (most) srs kind that make Madoka fans stand out so much.
Easy to do, too. Just say Madoka's name, and they'll come out of the woodwork....and not let you go until you (act like) agree on everything-though you're not really listening. Anyway...
Mahou Shoujo Nante came back, but that ending...was it an ending, or did it get Gangsta-ed? Flying witch counts, kinda. Well, it is witches (and other supernatural types), and magic's used, so...yeah, it fits. Hundred was barely above Luck & Logic's level of maudlin unwatchable actionless action shows, but again, a potential best girl appeared. The ONLY reason I kept watching it, and haven't deleted from the HD yet. Onigiri, which wasn't just retarded, it was short enough and watchable retarded. A series I can marathon if I got a half hour to kill. Ange Verge- a show I actually lasted through 5 eps. No plot to get in the way of the dumbest hairstyles ever. Dropped, but the hair is enough to burn my synapses. ReWrite, more Key Visual Killers/Sellers of cute characters. Oh, and S2? Goodie! If it goes 82, 773 episodes like Little Busters did, i'm gone. The latest installment of the Sky Girls franchise, Brave Witches, was...watchable (though not magic girls, Haifuri blew BWitches out of the water) (pun intended? You betcha). But the big winner of the Mahou genre for me was none other than Shoushin Shoujo Matoi. I didn't mind the delayed subs, for this outcome. Serious runner up for AOTY.
Yuma-chan is in running for best girl of....ever.
School clubs that had things to do with art and/or videogames seemed to be kinda trendy again this year. I'd add New Game to this list, but since Aoba (and more importantlly, Nene) was just out of High school (and the background manga clues you in too), so it counts. Kinda. Stella no Mahou was the best DogoKobo show that wasn't DK after all. Seems like folks have already forgotten about Netoge, odd, given all the threads made about it when airing.
Personally, the best, most overlooked of these was Konobi. That had more GA style humor in it, and was smarter than it looks. Problem was-it looked like Inou Battle, and for some reason, lotsa /a/holes didn't like Inou Battle. I did, but then again, I watched it through (and intend to re-watch soon).
Then again, girls just being girls was good enough. So good, that some of the shows were interchangable.
WWW.Working shows waitstaff in more of a light that the non-foodservice people in the world don't need to know about.
And anyone who asks why Anne Happy and Sansha Sanyou aired the same season (Yuyushiki and Aiura did as well), weren't they the same show? Not really, one had Purple Head Snob/Eater of Everythng-All the time/Bi-polar blond megane, while the ogher had Purple Head Snob/Turbo Stupid/Brittle Miss Ro-Kyu-Broke blond megane. There is a difference, you know.
Music was pretty instrumental this year. (again, pun intended-tuff noogies). Show By Rock wasn't too bad, though getting more bands added was something I could deal with.
Classicaloid is something that seems to be an acquired taste. Personally, I find it quite amusing, with the shoebill, and the continuous meltdowns.
Hibike Eufonium 2. Oh Heck Yes. The music, the plot, the characters, the Kumiko Sound Effects, the Asuka.....please, KyoAni...another season or at least a movie. I'd even settle for an OVA.
And, having the Fall season have OP or ED songs from Kotoko, ZAQ, and even AiRI (KiraKira, anyone?) helped my musical psyche a bunch! Though I could have used more tubacabra.
I do feel sorry for any /a/nons who were trying to diet this year. Having to avoid Shokugeki no Soma2, Pan de Peace (really, avoiding this wasn't that difficult-not that I skipped it, nuh-uh), or aamama to Inazuma, which again, had best girl potential.
Then, there are shows that are already driving /a/nons into patientless frenzies. Like Haruhi S3, to be followed up in about a week or so by Haruhi4.
Most people know it by it's other name, KonoSuba. I'm in for this ride.
Okay, it's getting close to midnight, and I'm getting close to done.
Last winter was pretty strong, I haven't even mentioned Pandora, or Luluco-but enjoyed both. Spring was the SanshaHappy/AnneSenyou season. I smiled a lot. Summer was the most meh of the year, but I still stayed with about a dozen shows, so it wasn't a washout. Fall though? 20 shows. All watched through, none dropped. Plus, I wedged in at least one new (to me, but been recced plenty, Upotte!) and a bunch of re-watched shows, and I got busy. Busiest season for me since 2013. I think that year-end thread might still be around if you dig back a few pages.
I've already stated my AOTY, which was a surprising runaway as I hadn't really planned on watching, but caught 1st ep on a whim, and was instantly hooked. An OP that's more KyousoGiga than KyousoGiga, and an Ending credit roll that's straight out of the "Nekomimi Mode" of Moon Phase. And it's the f'n return of Nabeshin. He hasn't lost it yet. It's AOTY, but.....it's not.....
...it's not AOTD.
This year produced my Anime of the Decade...so far.
Saiki Kuso gets that in a runaway. I spoke of Nabeshin already, but this has so much of a cross between Excel Saga (for the kinetic feel) and Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei (for all the walls-or at least speed and amount of text).
I just hope the S2 doesn't decline the quality, but reading the manga, there's still plenty to pull from. And though it's not a "best girl", it did have the "Ma'am"-liest girl of the year.
I want to go to an all you can eat with Mera, and just watch.
Before I have to wheelbarrow her ass home.
Okay, okay, almost done. Got AOTY/AOTD out of the way, and mentioned a lot (though hardly all) of what I watched this year. Being a seinen fan-had plenty to keep me busy.
But who was best girl. BGOY? (no, I'm not jewish, actually a catholic, surprise!). There were plenty of candidates, a few that have already been posted.
Given the positive attributes bestgirls have, the most obvious winner would have to be from Tanaka-kun. That Oota-kun chick.
What do you mean, it's a guy?
anyway, Happy New Year 7!
Oh, okay, so I have to put an asterisk by Oota-kun. Move over Roger Maris.
Then, with all the necessary requirements for best girl status-in that regard, for me, this would include: attitude, coziness without guilt, very home-y (enjoys life at home, including taking care of things and the satisfaction of accomplishment), versatility, selfless sense of humor and lack of guile, attentiveness, loyalty, friendliness, not to mention cute as can be with the true killer smile.
That can only lead to Chie.
Oh, that's right, this was from EARLY 2016, way back in the prehistoric era. Oh you, of the short term memories. Re-watch Ooyasan. You will recall that Chie is unbeatable.
I hope to continue to annoy 7 in '17. Seems fitting to do so.
and no...i'm still not doing IRC. Is that still a thing?
ya IRC is still a thing. It can be very busy or very quiet, sometimes good sometimes bad depends on time of day/who is on.
Never did go IRC here-or any site really. I always vent in the threads. The past few years, I got requests to become mod here (yeah, me, a mod) and why not show my face IRC.
Just never felt like getting that familiar. So I kinda bailed on this place the past year or so. Occasionally posting here, as well as other sites. With 20 series caught in Fall alone, just the current ones, along with ebay 3 mights a week (I work 6 days/week), plus, losing one night due to other interests...making any posting time is pretty nebulous.
But 7 /a/ is where I cut my teeth. I might meander now and then, but I'll remain loyal. I'll be around. ...someone's gotta spam Mai HiME/Otome occasionally.
what is good, my nigga. glad you are here
Glad to be back, and thanks for still letting my dopey ass in the door.
So far I've seen about 8 shows this season, most I've liked, but I'm not even giving Akiba's Trip the 3ep treatment. This show is going nowhere and everywhere at once, with absolutely no sense of plot and some of the least likable characters ever. This isn't 3 and out, it's 2 and through.
But at least it's not Kemono Friends. That was 1ep that was almost dropped halfway through. Still lasted longer than that sad attempt to re-boot Komugi-chan though. That was a complete abortion.
Yep, just happy to be here!
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