Sunday, September 4, 2011

2011 Anime-versary in Review!

Just so you know, here are a full list of entries I wrote this week just for this occasion:

The beginning
Anime I enjoyed before I was into anime
School Rumble anime review
Evangelion 1.11 impressions
Some gripes from an anime fan
The series I cannot finish

Here is a list of anime I watched over the course of the week:

A few episodes of Pani Poni Dash
A few episodes of School Rumble
A few episodes of Sgt Frog
All of Genshiken
Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone
A couple episodes of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
All of Fullmetal Panic: Brotherhood

So here we are, the final entry.  It won't be anything long or complicated, but just some things I noticed this week that I dedicated to anime.  This year's theme was "Outside your comfort zone" with new additions of Evangelion and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  They are not the typical kinds of anime that I watch.  Usually I stick more along the lines of the first few on the list.  Comedy series or romantic comedies.  That is my vice. 
Madarame FTW!
Genshiken I have seen before, but it is a series I appreciate more and more the further I get into anime fandom.  The comedy is hit and miss, but I appreciate the slice-of-life parts of the show that make the characters shine.  I will have to do a proper review of the series sometime.

Evangelion was about what I expected as far as mecha anime goes, but it did a good enough job that I will go ahead and watch the other movies as they come out.  I haven't changed my mind about mecha anime, or ones heavily mecha-based, but I can appreciate some of the underlying themes and characterizations that the series is trying to present.
Some call it emo, I call it steampunk!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood would probably be the surprise of the week as far as I'm concerned.  I saw the original Fullmetal Alchemist and was not too impressed.  Some parts of it was good, but some of it seemed odd, and now I know why.  The parts I found weird were deviated from the manga, not that I've read it.  This is an example of a series that should NOT have deviated from the manga.  Brotherhood surpassed the original by far in my opinion.  I actually found myself compelled to watch one episode after another, unlike the previous series which took me at least three separate occasions to finish.

As I said, I spent most of the week going outside my comfort zone and I found that some of it is actually quite fun!  There are series I know I could never get into, but I will try harder to not let my preconceived notions hinder me from at least trying a series out or research into it.  I will try to do this more as time goes on.  I may be taking some time off from anime after this, but this week was a ton of fun!

So that concludes the anime-versary 2011 festivities on here.  So now we go back to our regularly scheduled programming, possibly in progress.

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