The good, the bad and the ugly

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With the new year just around the corner, I find myself mulling over anime I saw this year. Some were horrible, a few were excellent but most were entertaining enough.

I noticed many of the shows I watched had a supernatural or magical theme. I don’t even remember seeing anything mecha-related. Sorry but giant robots leave me cold.

I have to feed the artsy fartsy side of moi now and then so I gravitate toward shows that look unique, tackle an unusual subject matter or tell a tale in a way I haven’t seen before. “Mononoke”, which deals with the adventures of an unusual medicine peddler, fit that bill. You should check out the show when you have the chance. I suppose you could say “Mononoke” was a spinoff of “Ayakashi” since the peddler was a character in one of the featured tales there.

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Yes, I also saw my share of shonen anime from “Naruto Shippudden” to “D. Grayman” this year. The latter ended recently and was a letdown. Since the manga isn’t finished, the animators decided to end the show just after the Black Order’s headquarters get attacked. Lame. I hope they later come out with movies.

Do stay away from the mess that is “Le Chevalier D’eon”. It is loosely based on a historical figure who was a spy for the king of France and who had a fondness for wearing women’s clothing. In the anime, he dons dresses when the ghost of his murdered sister possesses him. The show is a mishmash of historical figures involved in conspiracies, secret societies and other arcane stuff. While the animation is beautiful, the plot is too convoluted and unbelievable. And anyone who loves history better steer clear of this anime which plays fast and loose with the facts.

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Time for a power-up

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I am now one episode away from finally seeing Allen Walker, the hero of “D.Gray-man”, finally get his arm restored and earn a power boost. Yep, he gets a new costume and new moves. Woohoo! I really couldn’t take any more episodes where he would have emo moments on what his real purpose was and whether he would be able to return to the battlefield where the other exorcists are fighting with the Duke of Millenium and his minions in Japan. I cannot wait.

I didn’t like this show in the beginning but it has grown on me. I like it much better than “Death Note” now. (ducks apple thrown by Ryuk). Well I can’t lie. Sometimes I felt like the creator of “Death Note” overthought the plot. It was hard seeing it through the end despite the great animation.

I leave you with a shot of Allen.