Observations of Everything: Bye-Bye November

Still hopelessly hooked on…

Black Lagoon (2nd Barrage)
Episode 19 and counting

The bog-standard Naruto fillers would be a lot more interesting if they managed to nab the creative bastards working on Black Lagoon. With that said the 2nd season has often flattered to deceive and appears to be more content to up the ante in terms of fire-power and “phat explosions” than provide any real character development. The end result is a darkly fun but superficial couple of action-packed story arcs. And something needs to be done about the painful Engrish – sorry Balalaika; you can’t be a bad-ass and talk like an idiot.

Code Geass
Episode 7 and counting

It feels wrong writing this but for what it’s worth I’m thoroughly enjoying Code Geass. I’m a sucker for colourful animation and this, mad haircuts and Victorian costumes abound, is so hideously over the top, melodramatic and knowingly fun that it’s become a ridiculous parody of everything that’s cliche within anime, from cloak wearing mecha to ditzy college days romance.

Death Note
Episode 9 and counting

Death Note isn’t an especially clever show but the suspenseful battle of wits and jaw-dropping brinkmanship between an increasingly unhinged Light and the quirky L has had me edging off my seat from the very first episode. I’m totally addicted to this show, and episode 8 contains the most dramatic opening of a packet of crisps e-v-e-r. What with all the Pizza Hut pimping in Code Geass, surely Walkers could have stumped up for some Shinigami flavoured chips?

One Piece
Episode 172 and counting

Well into the Skypiea arc now, but following on from the grandiose adventures of Alabasta, I must admit I’m finding it (“Save the country!”) all fairly predictable, same old music and same brand of narcissistic super villains’ ala Crocodile. Still though you can’t beat the smiling enthusiasm of Luffy and if I’m looking for something purely entertaining to stick on, One Piece has it all. That and Wiper is hella cool.

Welcome to the N.H.K
Episode 21 and counting

No Yamazaki, don’t gooooo! After the lull of the unengaging MMORPG arc, the last two episodes have shown Welcome to the N.H.K is back to its melancholy and border-line suicidal best. Yamazaki’s sad departure and Satou’s subsequently lonely realisation that he’s just lost his best mate rivalled Honey & Clover in its atmospheric reflection on the vital importance friendship. I can’t believe the end is so close now.

Stuck in backlog hell is…

  • 009-1 – Old school sci-fi anime revamped and I’ve read a lot of praise for this show.
  • Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto – Traditional Japanese dialogue is extremely confusing
  • Bartender – Sounds massively boring but because of that, I’m desperate to give it a shot!
  • Red Garden – Stop crying god dammit! No, don’t sing about it either!
  • Tokyo Tribe 2 – The animation looks odd and creativity deserves attention. Also going in its favour is that it isn’t harem.

Author: bateszi

A huge bloody nerd. I apologise in advance. I live in Cambridge, England. That's not an excuse, by the way.

3 thoughts on “Observations of Everything: Bye-Bye November”

  1. I’m up in the 280’s for One Piece and it’s getting pretty damn good. I agree that it’s the same ol’ thing again and again, but I don’t feel that it’s lost its meaning or its power yet. Even after so many episodes.

  2. I’d watch Bartender as its an interesting type of series that’s rarely seen in Live-action let alone animation.

    009-1 is a different matter though. It’s a stupid mix of 1950’s style U.S. paranoia and bouncing-breast female spies(with a bit of lesbianism to boot). My opinion is that I’d sooner watch a soap opera than watch the second episode, let alone the whole thing…

  3. Don’t worry, I’m still in love with One Piece, Retsgip :) It’s no doubt my favourite Shounen Jump anime ever.

    And thanks for the recommendations Janus – Bartender is sounding better by the day. I’ll have to force myself to sit down and watch it.

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