The Illogicalzen Top Twelve Anime of 2012 - 107410 black_hair cube_(artist) game_cg japanese_clothes kakyouin_kotone kimi_to_boku_to_eden_no_ringo night

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

Gods and Monsters in Campione

Campione is a series with two distinct elements, exploring the nature of gods and monsters as a destructive and intangible force, while also demonstrating that it is those humans who have gained the power of the gods who are the most dangerous. The gods in Campione are shown as fickle beings, they bring destruction and in some cases death, but they are not evil, instead these ethereal beings and following their desires. Godou has to navigate the maze of mythology and meaning that has been presented to him, discovering what it means to be a Campione, along with finding out how the world views these god-slayers. It is ultimately the humans in the series, and specifically those who wish to gain the powers of a god who bring about the most destruction and cause the most harm. It is hardly surprising then that the Campione are also described as being demon-lords, they are humans with the powers of a god, but with the feelings, emotions and thirst for power that many humans posses. Read more of this post

Campione First Impressions

Campione was one of the few series that I didn’t really look prior to the season actually starting, partly because I couldn’t really work out what it was supposed to be about. The description was quite jumbled and convoluted, with ideas to do with killing gods and becoming a Campione, it just didn’t sound particularly special. But, I decided to watch it anyway after having another little look for information and am very glad that I did, because regardless of the ridiculous description, this series looks to be brilliant. The story itself seems to need a few episodes to truly get going, especially with the introduction of all the characters that we caught a glimpse of in this premier. Read more of this post