You know, maybe 2016 wasn’t so bad after all. The Cubs did win the World Series this year. Back to the Future Part 2 was off by a year and a couple weeks. Close enough, I guess?
On second thought,. 2016 was a fucking dumpster fire of a year and no amount of booze can make the pain go away.
Anime 2015 was a fairly decent year, but it came off the heels of a garbage year for anime. 2016 seems so much better now. I’d say 2016 was the antithesis of 2014. 2014 was a fairly good year for most media, but anime that year was garbage. 2016; fairly good year for anime, but a dumpster fire of a year, mostly because of all the celebrity deaths. We should’ve seen it coming when David Bowie and Alan Rickman passed away.
But, y’know, Leonardo DiCaprio did win his first Oscar, and the Cubs did win the World Series for the first time in 108 years, so I guess 2016 wasn’t 100% a dumpster fire. Continue reading →
Well, Toonami had a fairly decent year. Even with 3 1/2 hours, we still had a lot of good stuff (and Dimension W) come to the block. And a bunch of good stuff (and Akame ga Kill!) leave the block. But we’ve had a ton of good news, and I’m gonna go over everything that happened this year, and my thoughts about what each show has brought to the block.
So last year, we’ve seen a return to form for Gundam after a couple of blunders. But Iron-Blooded Orphans is only halfway done. So without further ado…
In the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, in the couple years since Tekkadan’s mission to escort Kudelia to Earth, as well as her plea for Mars independence, was a success, resulting in Gjallarhorn’s corruption being exposed to the public, Tekkadan’s exploits has only increased PMC’s demand for more child soldiers. Even Tekkadan has taken in some new recruits, since having expanded their operations with the help of the Teiwaz group. Mobile Suits that were once retired after the Calamity War have been recommisioned. The world is changing, but not in the way anyone expected it to be…
So the start of the second season is a reintroduction to the series after taking half the year off, so catching up on where our characters are at this point in the story is par for the course. As we’ve seen, Orga’s relegated to a desk job, which basically means Mikazuki (who lost the use of his right eye and arm when not connected to Barbatos) is now Tekkadan’s field commander. It starts off slow, but gets running out the gate once a battle breaks out. Aside from that, we are stepping into new territory with Season 2 and I’m excited to see how it can hold up. And for God’s sake, please protect Cookie and Cracker, Okada. You already took Biscuit away from them…
Yeah, a .hack/Sword Art Online crossover. Because the true king of MMO gaming anime needs to return to put this usurper in his place.
Seasonal Thoughts: Man, this season’s kinda… eeeeeh. I was right when I said to expect a subpar Winter from a craptastic Fall 2015. I was only really entertained by a few shows. And nope, I didn’t like Erased as much as you wanted me to; I’ll just save you the disappointment. I mostly spent time watching stuff on Toonami and in my backlog, and getting a handle on Bayonetta in Smash. Man, whatever happened to the really good Winter from last year? Was that just a fluke? The fact is that we’ve had four less than subpar anime seasons in a row, which hasn’t happened since Fall ’13 until Summer ’14, and that’s worrisome. About as worrisome as the likelihood that the Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie could get axed. But, don’t worry. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I think the quality of next season will determine the remainder of the year. Not sure about The Batman, though. Well, at least there’s LEGO Batman.
So Deadpool was fun from start to finish. Fun enough for me to forget Fant4stic was a thing. Enough said about that. But seriously, Hollywood? Just because Deadpool was a big success doesn’t mean we should start making every superhero movie R-Rated. It only worked because Deadpool couldn’t work the way it did it was PG-13.
On a more exciting note: Symphogear seasons 4 and 5, baby, YEAH!
On a not-exciting note, freakin’ movies for Sword Art Online and Mahouka, two of 2014’s biggest piles of hot garbage; which means, once again, Aniplex (and A-1, in the case of SAO) has ahold of your dicks. I’ll go into that at a later date, but I’ll just save you the trouble of those movies:
In the SAO movie, the bad guy’s a rapist, because Kawahara only follows one rule when it comes to writing bad guys and it’s “all bad guys are rapists.” Heck, I won’t be surprised if the Accel World movie has a rapey guy too, because why the hell not?
The Mahouka movie will consist of Crystal Dragon Jesus Donald Trump Onii-sama doing bloody everything, including turn water into wine, and his sister who’s waiting to dryhump him the first chance she gets.
There, that’s money and time saved for something worthwhile.
So how was your Christmas? Did you get the gifts you wanted? Get wasted on eggnog? I sure as hell did.
With the Toonami block trimmed down to 3.5 hours, 5 new shows grabbed, 3 of these yet to be concluded next year, a number of marathons, and one Immersion Event, Toonami’s had a fairly crazy 2015, don’t you think? But while Toonami isn’t exactly in the dumps, it can recover.
So here are somethings that I’m personally (and hopefully) am looking to see from Toonami in 2016 (at least the first half).
So recently, the Gundam franchise is in a bit of a slump. Even though the Build Fighters series has been recieving their success, and the OVAs Unicorn and The Origin has been fairly good, but for Gundam on TV, it’s been misses. Apparently AGE was bad (I can’t say until I’ve seen it for myself). Reconguista in G was a mess. If this doesn’t resonate with viewers, Gundam on TV is as good as dead, and I want to protect my favorite franchises as much as possible. Heck, if you ask me, I think the entire mecha genre is in a slump.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, a Sunrise original, is set in Post Disaster year 323, 300 years after the Calamity War left the old Earth Sphere Government in ruins and a new one was formed. The colonized Martian city of Chryse seeks independence from the new Earth government, and Kudelia Aina Bernstein, the daughter of a Martian upper-class family, intends to speak on their behalf. The private security group Chryse Guard Security, including members Orga Itsuka and Mikazuki Augus, are tasked with escorting her to Earth. However, the CGS is attacked by Gjallarhorn, an Earth military group out to assassinate Kudelia. To fend off Gjallarhorn, Mikazuki jumps into the cockpit of an old nuclear-powered mobile suit from the Calamity War, the Gundam Barbatos.
Well, Iron-Blooded Orphans is off to a good start. The overall layout pretty similar to Aldnoah.Zero, which if you recall, had a good start but went to shit badly, and the setup seems similar to last year’s Argevollen, which I thought as just okay, but completely unremarkable compared to say 08th MS Team, which is awesome (and one of my favorite UC OVAs). Hopefully this can be something that can rejuvenate the mecha genre. I certainly hope so.