<![CDATA[Chanoc's Anime Blog - Home]]>Sun, 24 May 2015 01:53:21 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 17-23, 2015]]>Sun, 24 May 2015 04:30:59 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/05/report-for-the-week-of-may-17-23-2015.htmlAnime watched:  I started watching Soul Eater.  This is my second or third attempt at watching it, but even though this anime tends to drag things, I think I will be able to watch  all of it this time.  Crunchyroll also added Amagi Brilliant Park.  I have been able to watch only 3 episodes, but I like what I have seen.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of May 10-16, 2015]]>Sat, 16 May 2015 20:04:40 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/05/report-for-the-week-of-may-10-16-2015.htmlAnime watched:  This week I finally watched Death Parade, and I came out impressed.  I consider this anime to be of very high quality, but I do not love it.  I still plan to buy it when it comes on BD/DVD though. 
I also rewatched my BD's of Kill la Kill, and I liked it even more than the first time; I also bumped my rating of it.  And I watched Tokyo Ghoul √A, which took me by surprise because of how emotionally touching it ended up being.

Anime industry:  I think it is worth mentioning that AnimEigo is planning to Kickstart a BD release of Otaku no Video.  I am not a gigantic fan of this movie, but I plan to support this campaign with the hope that this could help AnimEigo or other company to release Gunbuster on BD.]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of May 3-9, 2015]]>Sat, 09 May 2015 17:12:29 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/05/report-for-the-week-of-may-3-9-2015.htmlAnime watched:  Another busy week.  I watched Xam'd: Lost Memories for, I think, the fourth time.  This gorgeous-looking anime is one of my favorite series, despite having a weak story/plot.  In this latest rewatch I started to get nervous when I saw that the story was making even less sense than I remembered. Thankfully things stabilize in the last two thirds.  The story/plot is more or less still problematic to me, but the show's internal logic and conclusion made more sense this time around.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of April 26-May 2, 2015]]>Sat, 02 May 2015 16:54:41 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/05/report-for-the-week-of-april-26-may-2-2015.htmlAnime bought:  Aniplex USA's copies of Hanamonogatari and Kill la Kill volume 5, standard BD edition.

Anime watched:  I rewatched Kokoro Connect with the Sentai dub, and it was solid.  The casting choices were adequate, but it took me a couple of episodes to get used to Greg Ayres' annoying voice.  I expected Luci Christian to do a solid job, and she delivered.  The best part of the dub was Monica Rial with her spot on and emotional interpretation of Iori.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring 2015, Report 1]]>Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:54:55 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/04/spring-2015-report-1.html1. Sound! Euphonium, episodes 1-4 (Very good) - I am enjoying and absolutely adoring what this series has done in its first four episodes.  The characters, especially the main character, feel believable and fresh.  The story is slowly but steady developing, and I look forward to more.  Lastly, the visuals and overall production values have been of very high quality so far.

2. Blood Blockade Battlefront, episodes 1-4 (Very good) - I suppose this is the real hit of this season and a contender for anime of the year.  I am having a great, fun time with the inventive visuals, craziness and coolness of BBB.  I am satisfied with what the first four episodes have done, but a more linear narrative would not hurt.  Still, fun times.

3. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, episodes 13-16 (Very good) - After a somewhat out of character episode 13, things have returned to the usual high quality of the first part.  I have no idea where the story is heading, but I am enjoying it and the characters.  My only big request is that I want the conclusion to have closure for the story and characters.

4. Heroic Legend of Arslan, episodes 1-4 (Good) - When this series was confirmed my expectation was that it was going to at least be a decently made action/adventure anime.  Four episodes in I can say that my expectations have been surpassed.  I am enjoying the pace of the story and some of the characters appear to be interesting.

5. Seraph of the End, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - So far the best thing about this show has been its pretty visuals, which evoke a 90's anime vibe.  I am well aware that the story is not advancing much and that the characters are plenty cliched, but I still look forward to new episodes.  I want this series to improve, and I still think it has potential to be at least entertaining.

6. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU T00!, episodes 1-4 (Good) - This second season picked where the first season left off, and it continues to be of high quality.  I am digging that it is focusing more on dramatics aspects.  It should continue being strong and engaging.

7. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - I decided to follow this series hoping for something light and fun.  So far, this fantasy anime has what I wanted and expected  from it, and I have been pleased by what it does.  I hope I keep liking it.

8. My LOVE Story!!, episodes 1-4 (Good) - I usually get bored by shoujo romance anime, but I am feeling engaged with this sweet but weird show.

9. Plastic Memories, episodes 1-4 (So-so) - I mostly see a wacky comedic show with occasional serious moments, not great science fiction.  But I am at least cool watching it.

10. Baby Steps 2, episodes 1-4 (Decent) - These four episodes have largely bored me because they have been somewhat repetitive, and the story did not advance much.
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<![CDATA[Report for the week of April 19-25, 2015]]>Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:26:11 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/04/report-for-the-week-of-april-19-25-2015.htmlAnime watched:  I rewatched Noein: To Your Other Self, and I did not like it as nearly as the first time.  
I should post the first report of Spring 2015 in a few days,]]>
<![CDATA[Report for the week of April 12-18, 2015]]>Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:37:50 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/04/report-for-the-week-of-april-12-18-2015.htmlAnime watched:  I tried watching D-Frag!, but it was so boring that I only managed 1.5 episodes.  But then I tried Absolute Duo, and I liked it.  I only watched 5 episodes though because I decided to watch the dubbed content.  I will follow the broadcast dub the rest of the way.]]><![CDATA[Spring 2015 Simulcasts List]]>Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:10:34 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/04/spring-2015-simulcasts-list.html1. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2 - I look forward to seeing the culmination of this ambitious and visually pleasing anime.

2. Seraph of the End - I consider it the hit show to watch this season.

3. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU T00! - I liked the first season and look forward to more of it.

4. Blood Blockade Battlefront - I am only impressed by the visuals and style so far, bu this anime is a blast to watch.

5. Heroic Legend of Arslan - This looks like a typical heroic king tale.  Let us see how it goes.

6. Sound! Euphonium - This new Kyoto Animation show looks promising.

7. My LOVE Story!! - It seems like a sweet but potentially heart-breaking story.

8. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - The title is weirder than the actual show so far, but it looks like a fun and light fantasy anime.

9. Plastic Memories - More meh than wow so far, but I do not mind watching it.

10. Baby Steps 2 - The first season was solid, and I like the characters.
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<![CDATA[Report for the week of April 5-11, 2015]]>Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:29:24 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/04/report-for-the-week-of-april-5-11-2015.htmlAnime watched:  I watched my Aniplex USA's BD's of both seasons of Valvrave the Liberator, and I liked and enjoyed it more than the first time I watched it.  I finished checking out the new series, and I should post my simulcast list tomorrow.]]><![CDATA[Report for the week of March 29-April 4, 2015]]>Sat, 04 Apr 2015 21:40:32 GMThttp://chanotaku.com/1/post/2015/04/report-for-the-week-of-march-29-april-4-2015.htmlAnime watched:  I finally watched Maria the Virgin Witch, and I liked it.  I also have been checking out some of the new simulcasts.  I have forgotten how fun of a time it is when a new season arrives:  checking out shows and waiting for license announcements.]]>