I honestly don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. It’s bullsh*t for people that think they want to change, but honestly, mostly don’t have the actual willpower to do so. I’m not here to worry about that real life stuff. I’m going to focus on what I really can change, what really matters. Anime. I’m gonna fill in those glaring holes in my repetoire and make myself a better anime loving nerd. So without further faffing, here’s my list of anime resolutions for 2011.
(Nanoha, Heartcatch Precure, Princess Tutu)
I’ve gotten recommendations over the years for many things. My real life friends and associates kept pushing Afro Samurai at me. Some of my snobby (just kidding) aniblogger associates have pushed vampire anime at me. I’ve even gotten a request to read the Rave Master manga (I’m a bit afraid to go there). But one of the most nagging, the most prevelant, the most repetetive recommendations over the years has been NANOHA!
Apparently since the days of Sailor Moon, things have gotten a bit rougher and tougher. Somewhere along the line these girls stopped twirling and cackling, and started punching and getting really naked. I’m down. Doctor’s tweet about an episode of Heartcatch Precure gave me the idea to try this out.
You’re probably wondering why I included Princess Tutu in this list, aren’t you? Well she turns into a duck… or she turns into a girl. Regardless that’s not normal, so by my logic it’s super. Plus I really need to get this show out of the way.
Mecha & Space Operas
(Macross franchise, Legend of the Galactic Heroes)
You know, 2010 was supposed to be my year for Macross and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. I don’t know what happened. Oh wait, coupled with my short attention span and some spectacular Winter anime I kind of got thrown.
The original Macross should’ve been easy enough to finish, but for some reason I decided to be the good guy for that series and not download the torrented version. I went to HULU like a good boy and started marathoning those episodes. Then I got HULU Plus to go with my iPad. Not so fast! Turns out HULU hardly had a fraction of their content availabe on the “plus” version and I was paying $10 a month for something that wasn’t nearly as good as the free version. What the f*ck?! Like my capable company soon after, I dumped HULU like a cheating girlfriend with a venereal and never looked back. Unfortunately, I left the Macross baby in the car when I shoved it off the pier.
As for Legend of the Galactic Heroes, I decided to postpone watching that at about the right time. Episode 54, enough said.
Here’s to hoping I finish those series by 2012. I got a lot more Macross to watch, and it has got to be easier than catching up with Gundam. I’ll take space whales over f*cking ZZ any day.
(Trapeze, Aoi Bungaku series, House of Five Leaves)
THAT is exactly why I try to watch as eclectic a selection of anime as possible. So I don’t have to deal with comments like those. It’ll never be enough. Regardless I feel a little guilty for being distracted and not finishing shows that have been generally referred to as quality shows with things like strong characterization and writing. That’s why at some point during this year I’m committed to knocking out Aoi Bungaku, Trapeze and the House of Five Leaves. A combination of curiousity and guilt is what drives me in this instance.
(Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 2)
I had a hell of a time watching two different series for completely separate reasons. Hajime no Ippo for its action and music; Higurashi for its highly entertaining and creepy premise, if not unfair story telling practices. I have their second seasons high on my list of things to do.
Speaking of creepy, I only got 3 or 4 episodes into Elfen Lied before I decided to move on to other endeavors. It wasn’t that it wasn’t good, or entertaining; much like Berserk I just couldn’t get in the mood to commit to this series or deal with its nastiness. But I’m no pussy. I’m forging ahead this year. Besides, the series isn’t very long and I heard the manga ending was far more gruesome than the anime’s. The only thing I worry about is dealing with so many stupid people. Even with that small amount of exposure, I still noticed a large amount of dumbasses in the story.
Move on!/Put it behind you!
I WILL finish InuYasha! 6 or 7 years ago that wouldn’t be a problem or even up for debate. Hell, I watched and nearly bought all 160+ episodes of that damn show. You can’t challenge my commitment. But I’m not the same anime fan I was back then. Oh no! It’s not even close. I hadn’t even seen a fraction of the anime I’ve seen since.
I learned during my original attempt to watch 26 episodes of this new and final season of InuYasha that I really don’t give a damn anymore. I tired of the lack of development, the faffing about of the characterizations, the relationships, the damn plot! That stuff doesn’t fly with me anymore. I’ve seen better, much better stories like InuYasha’s that are much better than InuYasha’s. This is merely me attempting to relieve that nagging feeling I get from not having a series completed. After that I’m burning this zombie and putting its rotten ass back in the hole.
Honey & Clover (all of it)
I curiously picked up some of the discs for the first season on DVD from Netflix. And while I didn’t completely “get”, let alone fall in love with the series during the firstfour episodes I very well can’t ignore what many have regarded as one of the best and most important series of the decade. Like I initially did with Haruhi, I’m going to have to grin and bear it and hope for a huge payoff before the end. The gamble paid of that time. Let’s see if I’m rolling the lucky die again. Besides, I’m always b*tching about how I want more mature stories with more realistic romances, this should tickle my fancy. And my fancy does need tickling.
SOMEONE FINISH SUBBING THIS PLEASE! F*CK! I’ve been waiting years to plow through what some mecha fans regard as well kept secret/hidden gem. I don’t care if it is a Gundam ripoff. If I know it’s there I can’t ignore it. Come on fansubbers, this one’s all yours. You can do it. Just hurry!
By far, the most popular series that did not watch in 2010. It started out normally enough. Anibloggers giving their thoughts on the show as it aired. Something that could easily go unnoticed, which is why it initially flew under my radar. Then I started seeing non anibloggers on my Twitter feed talking about it. By the end of the year, I could not avoid the in-jokes, the banter, the cursing and fauning over the show. It was a phenomenon. I don’t understand its popularity, but I aim to try.
(A Certain Magical Index series)
Believe me, I knew of A Certain Magical Index before I watched A Certain Scientific Railgun, but just barely. With it being a relatively popular series and my absolute love of Railgun when it aired in 2010, I knew I had to give it a shot. Don’t worry, I’ve already been warned about the differences in the style and tone of the two series. I think I’m ready for it.
Fullmetal Alchemist vs. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
For years the original Fullmetal Alchemist has held a coveted spot in my Top 5. Dare I say it almost has tenure (I only hold that position for one series, Neon Genesis Evangelion; Azumanga Daioh and TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN are likely candidates too). I watched the Conqueror of Shamballa movie and accepted everything for what it was and was content. I made peace with the fact that I would just keep buying the manga volume by volume and I would eventually get to finish the series as Arakawa intended. Then Brotherhood was announced, and though I called bullsh*t on the original announcement, I couldn’t be more happy to be wrong. There’s a problem though.
There’s only room for one Fullmetal Alchemist in my Top 5. While both series have the same base, one series takes a more dramatic turn, has an ending very in line with what we can expect in a post Evangelion world of anime and borders on tragedy porn. The other series sticks to its manga base all the way through, stays truer to its shounen manga roots and does a much better job of fleshing out its world.
This is THE project for me for 2011. And I have no idea how I’m going to tackle it. Should I rewatch one series completely through and then the other. Or should I compare them more directly by watching them in an episodic, alternating fashion?
Ay Lebron! What should I do?
To make matter worse, this endeavor goes completely against the kind of anime fan I am right now. I’m always consuming more anime; whether it be classic legacy anime or in-season stuff. Most importantly this directly conflicts with my last resolution, as I don’t see how one is possible if I attempt the other. And the hardest part is that the punishment for the series that loses is that it’s out of my Top 10 permanently. Tough decisions have to be made.
(Just Around the Corner, Antique Bakery)
I try to be fair. Yaoi is pretty much the only genre I haven’t cracked and every year I get “ickies” and stop watching a show. This year probably won’t be any different, but I may as well try. “Just Around the Corner” will be my attempt to read a manga from this genre this year. Let’s hope I can see this for the story and not throw up all over the monitor.
A Splash of Haruhi
(The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya season 2, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)
I’d like to attempt to watch all of Endless Eight, plus The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya in one week. Which is doable. But if I could do that in one day it would be epic. Regardless, I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get to dive into such a well received movie before the end of 2010, but I think it will be worth the wait.
From 200 to 300
The year 2010 ended with me completing 200th and 201st anime (EVA 2.0 & Kuragehime respectively), and now I’m aiming big. It’s gonna involve a lot of watching shorts and movies and possibly a bunch of crappy OVA’s, but if I can reach that magic number I’ll be incredibly proud of myself. You also now know why it’s probably impossible to complete my Fullmetal Alchemist resolution and this one in the same year now. Watching over 110 episodes of an anime that doesn’t even count to that number is going to be suicide for the 200 to 300 goal.
Well that’s everything I have planned, anime-wise anyway. What are your resolutions? No matter how big or small, mundane or preposterous. I wanna here them.