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 #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

Rinne no Lagrange – Past, Present and Future


The Past, Present and Future and themes that have been touched upon throughout Rinne no Lagrange, demonstrating that what happened in the past can impact the present and the future. These ideas are all encompassing, bringing in anything from the apparently mundane notions of what you want to do after high school to the future of the Polyhedron. In fact the series is about the mistakes of the past catching up to those in the present and impacting upon the future of Earth, Le Garite, De Metrio, and numerous other nations and planets. The very existence of the Vox units is seen as the dangers of the past taking physical form and endangering the present. However, it is far more complex than this, and it has become clear that everyone has different ideas and views of the past. Throughout this and the first half of Rinne no Lagrange it has become ever clearer that these Vox units are far from simple, and that there are conflicting opinions of their use and their power. Read more of this post

Rinne no Lagrange and the realities of war


Rinne no Lagrange was a fascinating series, one that demonstrated the cruel realities of warfare, with no apparent bad guys, but instead a murky world of intergalactic politics and diplomacy with out heroine Madoka at the centre. At the same time we see how a friendship can be created between these opposing sides, regardless of affiliation and ideals. The central theme of friendship between Lan, Muginami and Madoka, three girls with entirely different characters and attitudes towards the war clearly demonstrate this. It is this central friendship that drives the story forward, with all the other elements circling around it as if we were seeing a solar system in the form of a story. Read more of this post

Rinne no Lagrange First Impressions – Swimsuits, Robots and a German Suplex


I never got around to watching the pre-airing of Prodcution I.G. and Xebec’s new original series Rinne no Lagange, and stayed away from it after I heard the quality was awful. It was however worth the wait, and I think this series will be one of my favourites of the season, assuming it continues the way it started. From the very interesting opening sequence to the blend of mecha action and comedy that works well and produces a show that is both entertaining without being entirely serious.

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