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04 April 2013 @ 12:48 pm
Sakura-Con and Anime to Watch  
So i did end up deciding to go to Sakura-Con, which was last weekend. I ended up spending most of my time in the AMV room. I also went to 1.25 panels, spent an hour or two in the exhibition hall, and almost four hours at the friday and saturday night dances.

So as usual after watching a bunch of AMVs as usual i started thinking "I really need to get caught up on some of the more popular and interesting anime."

So this is the list of anime that i came up with:

Tiger & Bunny - Seen two or three really cool dedicated AMVs for it recently and looks kinda interesting
Squid Girl - Come on! It's about a squid! :)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica - This is used in soooo many AMVs, and people keep telling me it's an awesome homage/parody/deconstruction/something-or-other of the magical girl genre
Rideback - Looks awesome, and i'm told it's awesome
Black Heaven - People keep using this one in awesome AMVs
Magi: the Labyrinth of Magic - Saw a dedicated AMV for this one in the Sakura-Con contest, and it looks very pretty and fun. Plus it was mentioned at ALA's "Best new anime of the year" panel.
Eden of the East - Saw a dedicated AMV for this one in the VCA contest, and it looks pretty interesting. And then when checking the "Best new anime of the year" list i found a note from someone claiming this was the "best anime ever" which i had forgotten about.
Nichijuo/My Ordinary Life - This is used in a lot of AMVs, including a couple really cool dedicated ones.
K-On - I have no idea if this is any good or not, but it's used in sooooo many AMVs
Princess Tutu - Just bought it, probably ought to watch it
Romeo x Juliet - Just bought it, probably ought to watch it
Fate/Stay Night - Own it, probably ought to watch it
Gurren Lagann - Own it, watched at least a half-dozen episodes, probably ought to finish it
Spice & Wolf - Watched all but two or three episodes of the first season while it was on Netflix (i don't think it's there anymore?) probably ought to finish it.
Azumanga Daioh - Own it, watched three or four episodes, probably ought to finish it
Code Geass - It's really popular and used in a lot of AMVs. Watched the first episode or two. However one person told me they didn't like it at all, and one person told me the second season is divisive, so.... not so sure about this one.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Cause duh

So since i'm just about done with Twelve Kingdoms and just started using Crunchyroll again to watch "Polar Bear's Cafe" (which is very silly and cute by the way =) i decided to go look through their catalog and see what i could find.

This is what i ended up with in my queue:

Nichijuo/My Ordinary Life
Magi: the Labyrinth of Magic
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Squid Girl
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna - Was listed in the "Best new anime of the year" panel
Nisemonogatari - Was listed in the "Best new anime of the year" panel
Bakemonogatari - prequel to Nisemonogatari
Erin - Looked kinda cool
Folktales from Japan - Looked kinda cool
Fairy Tail - Apparently a really popular series that i think i've seen in a few AMVs, though it looks like they don't have many episodes
Girls und Panzer - Someone at the "Best new anime of the year" panel recommended it, so thought i'd take a look.
Chi's Sweet Home - Heard about this somewhere or other, and it looks kinda cute
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Own the first couple DVDs but never finished it, and didn't even think of it for the first list until i saw it on Crunchyroll

Of course i'm not necessarily planning on finishing all of those. I figure since it doesn't actually cost anything extra there's no reason not to watch an episode or two of a bunch of different anime i'm not sure of just to see if they're actually interesting.
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on April 4th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh hey, I have opinions on some of these things! I will share them with you. :)

Tiger & Bunny - This is good! I'm sure you've got the gist of the "corporate sponsored superheroes" premise from the AMVs; it's quite well done.
Squid Girl - Eh, watched a few episodes and my impression was "cute but kind of meh". YMMV
Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Madoka:MagicalGirls :: Eva:GiantRobots is about how it goes. Plays with the tropes, massive twists, pretty bleak through the middle sections. Not everyone's cup of tea, but well-executed for what it is.
Rideback - Like you said, awesome. ;) Only drawback is it feels like a larger story is just getting started by the point where the show ends.
Black Heaven - Good stuff, yes. An rather different take on music saving humanity.
Magi: the Labyrinth of Magic - Haven't seen, know a person or two who like it. Apparently the manga was good?
Eden of the East - Series is fantastic, if a little open-ended. Some people were disappointed by the two-movie conclusion, though I was okay with it.
Nichijuo/My Ordinary Life - It's the new crack (think Excel saga) only more moe-riffic. I can only take it in small doses.
K-On - It's cute girls in a band, and that's about it. Okay, so I haven't actually watched it...
Princess Tutu - Yes you should.
Fate/Stay Night - I think I heard the new prequel Zero is better, but I haven't seen any of the franchise
Gurren Lagann - The ending is worth seeing, yeah.
Azumanga Daioh - So adorable
Nisemonogatari - If it's anything like Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari get ready for a looooot of talking.
Fairy Tail - Pretty sure this is a big long Shounen Jump series, so expect the usual tropes.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on April 5th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
K-On is moe-blob girls in a band.

Rideback the anime covers the beginning of the Rideback manga, which will probably never appear in English *sigh*

Squid Girl made me want to kill people, but Jellyfish Princess was pretty cute.

As old as Black Heaven is, I'm surprised you haven't seen it yet.

Princess Tutu is the best.