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

Twelve Days of Anime #02 – Mixed Bath Gattai!


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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