Things are Looking Up

Well after a couple of seasons of mediocre anime, I’m starting to enjoy it again. One of the reasons is that Dr. Heinous finally convinced me to go watch Steins;Gate. I had intended to do that when it started back in Spring, but I got a bit lazy and was then disconcerted when I heard there was a trap in it. Traps are generally a turn-off for me, so I let the series slide. Now that it’s complete, I’m mainlining it on Crunchyroll, and I’m finding that he’s such a minor character (so far) it’s not a real problem. This show is turning out to be pretty good, exactly as the Doctor said. I’m not going to do a review of it, or anything, but imagine Dai Gaigoji of Martian Successor Nadesico, only he’s really crazy. Yeah, hard to imagine, I know. Now add “it’s not paranoia if they’re really after you …” And then add a conspiracy by CERN, er, “SERN” to take over the world, using the Large Hadron Collider to create black holes and manipulate time. All of the characters are delightfully eccentric, but the story is gradually turning darker as Our Heroes peel the onion to discover the truth.

But even better than that, was two pieces of good news I missed on Friday, both involving the Bakemonogatari franchise. ANN relayed an announcement from the Japanese website, reporting that Nisimonogatari (the sequel involving Araragi’s sisters) will broadcast starting in January 2012. Second, the first Kizumonogatari (prequel movie) trailer was now online. Both are Shaft efforts, so I scooted over there for a look. Well, all I can say is, if you hated Shaft’s style in the first series, this isn’t for you. If you liked it, you’ll get more of the same.

As for the preview itself… I can only say one thing: “Inappropriate music.” Which had me laughing out loud earlier today, and still smiling a bit even now.

Oh, and somehow, I failed to notice that Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya was released a few days ago.

Time for an order!

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Dirty Pair TV (gave the others to the Stainless Steel Brat (now the Stainless Steel College Student. Excuse me while I feel old)
Irresponsible Captain Tylor Enh, I needed some silliness.

And now, just to reward you for reading my drivel, this bit of beauty — Slightly NSFW:

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