Once again, I threw my hat into the ring, and participated in the Reverse Thieves Secret Santa Project. It’s a great opportunity to try out something that you just never thought of. My secret santa chose for me Cat Soup, Now and Then, Here and There, and the series I ended up watching and reviewing, Kaiba. This series has been recommend to me before, however, I never took the time to sit down and watch it. Now, I regret not picking it up sooner.
For a second time, Hunter x Hunter was granted an anime adaptation of a long running manga. I had never watched the earlier series, or even delved into the manga, so starting this series left me uninhibited by preconceptions. And for the better part of the last three years, I can safely say that I have been thoroughly entertained by this series. It’s a series that takes you through highs and lows. And all the time, it sticks to it’s one unifying theme.
This fall, those of you that regularly engaged with here on AAL may have wondered “where are these guys?” While we haven’t been completely silent, this place has been pretty much a ghost town. I think it’s safe to say that for most of us, real life got the better of us. So what was I doing? Traveling for work, living out of a hotel, and suffering the East Coast. I don’t know how you guys live out there. Much too crowded for my liking. I like my little corner of the Northwest USA.
And because of all my travels, I’ve spent the better part of the last three months all but avoiding anime. I didn’t have time to watch, and generally speaking, my interests waned for a period there. I’ve had a number of gripes about shows and fandoms over the last year, and it was a chance to step away, and gain some perspective. And honestly, I didn’t miss it a whole lot. It was a well needed break.
What did I do with my free time? Sitting in airports and on planes does leave a lot of down time, so I decided to dive in and read some fiction. Honestly, not enough people read anymore. They’re looking at a portable screen and watching a TV way too much. And I was falling into that same trap. I read what there is of A Song of Fire and Ice (aka Game of Thrones), which amounts to five long books. What an epic series of fantasy fiction. And it’s been too long since I’ve read a good fiction. For those that have just watched the TV series, you’re missing on a much better written story.
So whats next, for me as well as the blog? First up is to decide what anime to catch up on. There is still much from Fall, and a few series from Winter, that I need to see. Luckily, Winter is slow enough that it will be easy going. You can see what I was interested in here:
And plans are in the work for the blog, so February should be an interesting month. We’re planning to bring some content back, and as for me, drop some others. I don’t have the time right now to blog something episodically, so Kill la Kill will be falling by the wayside, except for some editorials here and there. But we’ll be working to fill in with some other content in the next few weeks.
As always, the comments sections are open. Feel free to give feedback as needed. And hopefully you stick around long enough to see what’s next!
It’s that time of year again. Time to look back on the year, recognize greatness, mock the ridiculous, and acknowledge what made the previous year great for fans of anime. In this special podcast, Acostoss, JoeAnimated, and Numberss take a walk down memory lane. Come check it out!
Evangelion is unique amongst anime fans for the wide range of emotions it brings out from those that watch it. Love, hate, confusion, amazement; and maybe all of those at the same time. It’s considered a pinnacle series of the 90’s, with it’s beautiful animation, multi-threaded twisting plot, and controversial ending. If you’ve never watched the original series, I highly recommend it, regardless of what your tastes are.
It’s the ending that leaves most fans in a state of bewilderment. “What is going on?”,What did I just see?”, are the typical reaction after watching the last two episodes. It’s this fan reaction that brought forth an expanded retelling of the ending found in the movie The End of Evangelion. Episodes 25 and 26, combined together, along with additional scenes, work to bring a small amount of closure to the fans of the series. But let’s be honest, it just continues where it left off it in messing with our heads.
It is time. Time for the ultimate battle royal for Ryuuko. The last few episodes covered the short time leading up to this moment. She’s fought her way to the top, and now she faces her first opponent, who only yesterday assisted her. But can she win by brute force alone?
In most anime schools, the disciplinary committee gets a bad rap. An unmovable force for the rules, they seldom show compassion in the face of a wavering belief in justice. But we learn something interesting this week, as Ryuuko encounters Ira Gamagoori, the head of the disciplinary committee.
If there is anything gambling in Vegas has taught me, is that there is no gaming the system. There’s a reason the casino’s, and the businesses that own them, are filthy rich. You just can beat the house at their game, with their rules. Unfortunately for our protagonists, it’s a lesson they have yet to learn. When playing against the house, you can’t follow their rules if you expect to come out on top.
Sorry for the long drought between posts. I’ve been out of my normal routines because of work, and I’m just now catching up on this season. I’ve been able to avoid spoilers on this show, so what I write may be a bit out of date, at least it’s free from knowing what’s coming next. Thanks for sticking with us!
Ryuuko is having a bad week. In our last episode, she was man handled by the soldier from Nudist Beach, Tsumugu. And as she comes to find out, the teacher that’s been helping her is also associated with this rebellion. But her ignorance of the what’s going on in, and around Honnouji Academy. Her only answer is to keep fighting to get stronger. But as her latest battle teaches her, that path is much harder than she thinks.