Take Twos: An Anime Progress Report on Previously Ignored Shows

Sometimes, being too selective has its disadvantages.  For somebody like me who likes my shows a bit serious, without moe or harems or ecchi etc if possible, the tipping point was the weight of real-life worries.  Not only did I not like to watch sad shows that would make my mood even sink further, I wanted to seek out lighter shows from my usual fare.  My pickiness probably borders on elitist sometimes but this time, I was willing to take off the pet peeve goggles for a while.  I do not know if this seems like lowering of standards, or if this is just me looking for something more positive from what I usually watch.  I might be thinking too much these days, I’m afraid.

So where did I find material?  The shows that I normally ignored from the previous seasons, those shows which I dropped or dismissed as fluff, provided some watchable finds.  What were these shows?  Read on.

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My Top Anime for 2008: Final Version

Happy New Year everyone!  This post was delayed because I was waiting for Mouryou no Hako’s last episode, and while waiting I was not in the mood to write any ‘thoughtful’ description about each anime on my list.  But now it’s finished, so enjoy!

So unlike in 2007, I feel perfectly fine now.  I don’t have headaches.  My room is a mess though, but blame it on the cold weather.  It creates the perfect mood for blogging because you become too lazy to do anything else like cleaning, organizing, washing–the mundane stuff.

Another more important difference from last year though, is the use of the watchlist and the matrix.  Before I had to research again on the shows that aired for that particular year, and it was such a bothersome task.  Clicking search result links like a zombie isn’t a fun way to be spending the last days of the year, right?  Another equally tedious task was how to rank the shows better, which got solved when one boring day at work the gods of anime gifted me with the matrix.  It’s not truly anything groundbreaking for me but it is a great help when sorting out what I think about each series.  Now the only thing left to solve is how the post writes itself lol.  Actually the description for each series is the only remaining problem now, because sometimes I forget what happened with a certain series.  2008 was a busy year for me–I had to study for JLPT 2, plow through my pile of books, try living a healthier lifestyle, think about my career, blah3x and other things in between.  So this could be my new challenge for 2009.  🙂

Now enough with the boring talk, and on with the list!

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After the storm that was JLPT…

…my room is still a mess.  I haven’t had the chance to do major cleaning because of the various things that come during Christmas season here in the Philippines–the Christmas dinners, going round and round in malls to look for the gift that matches the wishlist, or just plain wandering around to celebrate the new-found freedom after months of agonizing study for JLPT.  So the mock test papers, books, and other stuff are still lying around waiting to be stored somewhere else.

However these past two days I’ve been downed by a cold–so I haven’t done my intended shopping and all I could do was just catch up on the shows that have backlogs.  I’m still behind on Casshern SINS, Mouryou no Hako, and Gundam 00 though.  As if to inflict more self-injury, I decided on starting on To Aru Majutsu no Index.  Every now and then my head aches, but it’s still better than lying in bed all day doing nothing.  The cold is annoying me, but perhaps it’s just my body reminding me to rest after everything that I’ve been doing?  Though when real vacation starts next next week, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to rest, or blog if I get better.

My next post is still a draft–dunno if I  can finish it today.  But before I forget, how was my JLPT test?  Listening exam was where I think I made the most mistakes, especially the part where there are pictures.  I think I did OK with the vocabulary, but the grammar and reading part, I’m not so sure about my answers.  All I made sure was that I finished shading everything before the test ended.  So a lot of my answers were guesses.  It isn’t very comforting, right?  But I’m glad it’s over–I can now watch anime till I drop! lol   🙂