Midterm Grades: Fall 2007

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Shakugan no Shana II

Episodes seen so far: 12

Premise in terms of other anime: Shana II = (Shana I + Tenchi in Tokyo) / 2

Motivation for watching: To find out why everyone was saying it sucks

Good call: The Bitch-Slut-Pussy tandem

Bad call: Non-human entities with human feelings

Notable checklist inclusions: Failed confessions, Soft-spoken girl voiced by Mamiko Noto, Dinosaurs

Tragic checklist exclusions: Lesbians

I want more: Shana vs. Yoshida

I want less: Episodes where nothing happens

Best character: Margery Daw

Please kill off: That joker tomogara

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: No. The following characters are Baka-Raptor approved: Margery Daw, Wilhelmina, Chigusa, Pheles, and maybe Bel Peol with a bag over her head.

Bold Prediction: Shana will finally confess her love to Yuji, unless there's a third season, in which case we'll get fed some bullshit excuse for why the confession failed.

Projected Trend: No clue. I thought this series was awesome until I found out it wasn't based off a video game. Now I don't know what to think anymore...

Other Thoughts: Wilhelmina's cabbage looked delicious.


I will eat her food

Midterm Grade: B


Minami-ke

Episodes seen so far: 13

Premise in terms of other anime: Minami-ke = Binbou Shimai Monogatari + a third sister + money - sappiness

Motivation for watching: I hadn't watched a slice-of-life anime since Aria. Speaking of Aria, Alice is dekkai awesome.

Good call: Haruka the Banchou

Bad call: Only 13 episodes immediately followed by an alternate retelling? What's the point?

Notable checklist inclusions: Comical victimization, badass mid-episode transitions, amusing facial distortions

Tragic checklist exclusions: Themes of Hatred/Suffering/Revenge

I want more: Comically victimizing that glasses girl from Kana's class.



I want less: Pedophilic fanservice

Best character: Hosaka

Please kill off: That leaf-shaped clump of Chiaki's hair

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: Yes

Bold Prediction: None of the girls hook up with their male counterparts.

Projected Trend: Consistent

Other Thoughts: Just like Troy McClure...

Midterm Grade: A-


Clannad

Episodes seen so far: 12

Premise in terms of other anime: Clannad = Kanon 2007

Motivation for watching: Bashing Clannad could piss off the entire anime community. I love doing that.

Good call: Bullying Kotomi

Bad call: The dango song

Notable checklist inclusions: Soft-spoken girl voiced by Mamiko Noto, Stylish Visual effects, Well developed minor characters

Tragic checklist exclusions: Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura, Catchy dance sequence

I want more: Fuko the random character

I want less: Fuko the central character

Best character: Kotomi

Please kill off: Sunohara

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: Yes

Bold Prediction:

Projected Trend: Kotomi, Tomoyo, and Kyou's arcs should be strong. Nagisa's arc will suck if it has anything to do with that pansy ass robot.

Other Thoughts: Fuko's arc was boring and pedophilic.

Midterm Grade: A-


You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle

Episodes seen so far: 11

Premise in terms of other anime: You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle = [You're Under Arrest + (Simoun - Last Exile)] / 2

Motivation for watching: Saw the original season

Good call: Natsumi (Sagitta) and Miyuki (Auriga) look like they're Simoun Simula who just performed a Remergion in the Tempus Spatiem

Bad call: Nakajima x Miyuki is still the most frustrating pseudo-couple in the history of anime

Notable checklist inclusions: Comical victimization, Lesbians, Hilarious ambiguously gay dude

Tragic checklist exclusions: Simultaneous subplots, Time travel, Themes of Hatred/Suffering/Revenge

I want more: Evil Miyuki

I want less: Stories about a little girl who can't accept her father's death so she acts like the Chief is her father and drags him out on a boring filler episode and ditches him at the end.

Best character: That snake from episode 4

Please kill off: That little girl who can't accept her father's death so she acts like the Chief is her father and drags him out on a boring filler episode and ditches him at the end.

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: No. I'd do any of the women at Bokuto Station, especially Aoi if there's an American censored version where he's actually a woman.

Bold Prediction: No more episodes about a little girl who can't accept her father's death so she acts like the Chief is her father and drags him out on a boring filler episode and ditches him at the end.

Projected Trend: Up and down, consistent in the long run.

Other Thoughts: The lesbian ending makes perfect sense. Here's how you derive it:

You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle = [You're Under Arrest + (Simoun - Last Exile)] / 2

Simoun = Last Exile + Lesbians

You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle = [You're Under Arrest + (Last Exile + Lesbians - Last Exile)] / 2

You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle = (You're Under Arrest + Lesbians) / 2

You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle = (You're Under Arrest) + (Lesbians)

The half of the show that takes after the original You're Under Arrest is pretty obvious. Now let's analyze the (Lesbians) term:

- What's the title of the ending theme? ''
- What does it have? Lesbians

QED

Midterm Grade: B


Mokke

Episodes seen so far: 10

Premise in terms of other anime: Mokke = xxxHoLiC - Watanuki - those dumb fake lesbian kids

Motivation for watching: There's a character named Shizuru

Good call: My favorite opening song of the season

Bad call: A disproportionately boring first episode

Notable checklist inclusions: Comical victimization, well developed minor characters, amusing facial distortions

Tragic checklist exclusions: Lesbians (I'm looking at you Shizuru...)

I want more: Mizuki and her loaded arsenal of amusing facial distortions










I want less: Scenes that don't involve Mizuki

Best character: Mizuki

Please kill off: Mizuki's mom

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: No. Mizuki is awesome in a refreshingly non-pedophilic way.

Bold Prediction: Mizuki, Mizuki, and more Mizuki

Projected Trend: Consistent

Other Thoughts: Shizuru needs to pick it up

Midterm Grade: B-


Genshiken 2

Episodes seen so far: 12

Premise in terms of other anime: Genshiken 2 = Genshiken + 1 + 1

Motivation for watching: Recommended by Ghetto (right after the yaoi episode)

Good call: The yaoi episode. You don't have to be gay to get a kick out of it.

Bad call: Too many geeks. If I wanted to watch a bunch of geeks, I'd go to CMU.

Notable checklist inclusions: Mangled English, Giant robots, Hilarious ambiguously gay dude

Tragic checklist exclusions: Pimp in a white suit, Character who vaguely resembles me

I want more: Killer lines. This show has nearly all of my favorite quotes from the season.

I want less: Geeks failing to cope with their sexual frustration.

Best character: Oono

Please kill off: That guy everybody hates

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: No, but loving Kujibiki Unbalance does.

Bold Prediction: N/A

Projected Trend: N/A

Other Thoughts:

Midterm Final Grade: B+


The Boondocks Season 2

Episodes seen so far: 10

Premise in terms of other anime: N/A (The Boondocks still isn't anime)




"So then my dream got really weird, cuz I was a mummy in a Japanese girl pop band,
I had a skirt on and everything...do you know what that means, huh?" - Tom

Motivation for watching: I"m a fan of the first season and the comic

Good call: Bringing back Colonel Stinkmeaner and A Pimp Named Slickback

Bad call: Waiting over 1.5 years to make a second season, and then making only 11 new episodes

Notable checklist inclusions: Comical victimization, Graphic violence, Pimp in a white suit

Tragic checklist exclusions: Obligatory hot springs episode, Soft-spoken girl voiced by Mamiko Noto, Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura

I want more: Hilarious hip hop song parodies (Booty Buttcheeks, Stomp 'em in the Nuts, etc...)

I want less: Granddad in a speedo

Best character: Tom

Please kill off: Jasmine

Does loving this show make you a pedophile: No

Bold Prediction: N/A

Projected Trend: N/A

Other Thoughts: We be flippin' them burgers at Wendy's

Midterm Final Grade: A


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