Disappointing Anime of 2012


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While there have been many very good anime series this year there have also been a number of disappointing ones, series that had a lot of potential, but for one reason or another failed to live up to it. Such series aren’t necessarily terrible, but because they suffered from numerous problems ultimately never lived up to the potential that their stories or characters had. In fact there are a few of these series that I really enjoyed watching, or at least enjoyed parts, but their flaws were too much for me to really like them as a whole. I never really ‘hated’ these series, largely because hating an anime series seems to be an exercise in futility, although there are a couple of exceptions, series that were just terrible and what little enjoyment I got from them was short lived. This is a list, but not in any real order since it seems a little silly to try and order the disappointing anime in the same way as you would order your favourite anime (and I even find that pointless). Read more of this post

Sword Art Online – Interesting but flawed and disappointing


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Sword Art Online was not a very good series, in fact it was a rather disappointing and largely flawed series, but neither was it terrible, with numerous elements that were interesting and a fascinating set of worlds. As a set of stories Sword Art Online partly fails because of its inconsistencies and generally problematic nature of the entire setup and how it is portrayed within the series itself. Certain key elements to do with the worlds and how they work in a broader context for example are pushed to one side in order to concentrate on the central characters such as Kirito, Asuna and later on Sugu. This isn’t the end of the world of course since Sword Art Online is at its heart and action adventure, with the virtual world and characters allowing for excellent action sequences and some rather grand fights between players and boss monsters. The worlds are vast and colourful with an immense variety in terrain and monsters, thus producing vibrant and fascinating looking sets and landscapes. Unfortunately none of this is ever really used until the Alfheim Online, but even then these worlds, regardless of their vibrancy and apparently central nature are ignored and pushed to one side. It is therefore a series with lots of potential that never truly fulfils it, or does anything with the tools that are available. As a series it continually introduces new and actually rather interesting ideas and characters, but never really uses them to their fullest, often forgetting about them almost as soon as they are introduced. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #01 – It’s Koko!


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Her Name is Koko and she is Loco. I Said, OH NO! Need I say more? Read more of this post

The Illogicalzen Top Twelve Anime of 2012


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It appears to be that time of the year where many bloggers begin to list their favourite anime and make lists that may differ wildly from each other while containing a few common links. I didn’t do this last year, partly because I wasn’t really as involved with anime blogging as I am now, but this year shall be different! I have to admit that I don’t really believe in lists, finding them too restrictive and forcing you into picking your favourite, but for lack of a better format, and because I am taking part in Kidd’s Ani-Bloggers Choice Awards I shall have to come up with a list and an order for my favourite anime for the year. But, even thought they will be in order, these anime are essentially equal for me since I enjoyed them for different reasons and at different times, and in all cases there were points where they didn’t quite work as well. But, before I get into the list proper there are a few honourable mentions, all series that I enjoyed but weren’t quite good enough to make onto my Top Twelve List for a variety of reasons. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #02 – Mixed Bath Gattai!


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Aquarion EVOL is a brilliant series, one that is so full of ludicrous ideas and elements that it was almost in danger of deteriorating into some sort of slapstick comedy. However, one of its many strengths is the way it portrays the silly ideas, the ridiculous Gattai, and every other sexual innuendo that it continuously chucked at the screenRegardless of how silly these elements seemed it was the way every single character played things absolutely straight no matter how ridiculous the lines might have sounded. By playing things straight and for all intents and purposes acting like it was a serious series Aquarion EVOL managed to make the ridiculous elements not only fit, but have far more impact than they would if it were a comedy. Aquarion EVOL is full of crazy moments, but one defining moment that further reinforces the lunacy that is EVOL involves robots, a hot spring and for some reason, bananas, although this is but one moment in an episode of pure joy and silliness that perfectly encapsulates what makes Aquarion EVOL so brilliant.

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Twelve Days of Anime #03 – All hail the German Suplex


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In most other giant robot anime the main character might get into their mech and immediately reach for a gun or a sword/knife to defend themselves against attackers. Not so Madoka, rather than find a weapon she decides that the best course of action should be a German Suplex. This simple scene perfectly encapsulates why I find Rinne no Lagrange such an entertaining series. It is a mecha series that never takes itself too seriously.  Read more of this post

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 12 – Different Perspectives


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Chuunibyou is a fascinating and complicated idea, one that embodies the surprisingly simply but occasionally complicated notion of imagination. Throughout this series we have been told how ridiculous and embarrassing Chuunibyou is, with repeated examples of the strange and the wondrous shown in the form of Rikka and Dekomori. Chuunibyou is a social Haiku, as a term it is used to condense and concentrate numerous complicated social and cultural situations and attitudes into a single, easily used idea. At its most basic, Chuunibyou is essentially a term used to describe adolescence, a period in everyone’s life where external influences and ideas can have a tremendous impact on how you view yourself and the wider world. It is therefore tremendously difficult to truly label someone as a ‘sufferer’ of Chunnibyou, apart from those who act in the most extreme ways. Rikka, Dekomori, and the past Yuuta are all perfect examples of the more extreme end of Chunnibyou, with each character taking on a new, and altogether different personality. The way they act, speak, and interact with the wider world around them differs tremendously from the social ‘norm’, therefore marking them out as wider, or perhaps dysfunctional. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #04 – The Ballet Dance of Death


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Guilty Crown was not a good series, in fact it was a particularly bad series with numerous rather entertaining sections, some intentional, but many unintentional. The premise was rather interesting and it had all the staff necessary to make a truly amazing anime, but somewhere along the way things just got forgotten, or put on a high shelf, or perhaps turned into paper airplanes. As an anime the story seemed to change from episode to episode with important aspects of voids seemingly forgotten about as soon as they are revealed. Guilty Crown was a show that had plenty of potential, but ultimately turned out to be a terribly written show, with annoying characters, and very little clue about its direction. It started off as one of the most hyped shows for the Autumn 2011 season – there were immensely high expectations, which it ultimately succumbed to. The high expectations largely stemmed from the staff involved with this project – having the staff of Death Note and Code Geass working together sounded like a great idea, add to that character designs by Redjuice, and theme song by Supercell, and you had some form of anime dream team. In a sense Guilty Crown was destined to fail before it even began, largely because the expectations were simply too high – the show was never going to be as good as people were suggesting. Read more of this post

Twelve Days of Anime #05 – Sakura in the Wind


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Watching Oreki confess to Chitanda only to discover that its all a day-dream was a nice little touch that showed us how much he cared for her, while also maintaining his fairly restrained character. That it was so beautifully animated made these scene that much more powerful. Read more of this post

The slightly Illogical Winter 2013 Season Preview


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It is that time where, with the current season beginning to wind down that we begin to look ahead to the next season, although I am looking at it significantly later than many others seem to do. As per usual this season preview wont be definitive since there are always series I’m just not even remotely interested in. It will also be based off of whatever information I can find except for the preview trailers since I have never trusted those to tell me anything useful about any anime series. Trailers simply show the bits that the studio think will sell the series rather than give any real indication as to what the series will actually be about, and as such I don’t believe in watching them. There are quite a few particularly interesting series next season, including a number of sequels and a few light novel adaptations that look to be potentially fascinating. I have to say that there seems to be a nice mix of series next season, ranging from your normal slice-of-life and slapstick series, through to the harem anime and the more serious, perhaps psychological series.  Read more of this post