Finish or Fail 7 – Kuuchuu Buranko – A Feel-Good Hit

Kuuchuu Buranko was my favorite show of the last season (fall 09), and I would probably have blogged the whole thing episodically if OMG-Life hadn’t intervened. No matter, I knew I’d finish it before too long because there were only 8 eps left, and I got the drive to do so when I started listening to the OP and ED like crazy over the past week or so.

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Finish or Fail 6 – Saki – The Meaning of Moe

‘Moe’. Moe, Moe, Moe. One of the most debated, debased, derogatory, yet delightful and potentially deadly terms of anime fandom. There are those who can’t wrap their heads around moe, or grasp it, or understand it, who think it’s a trend or a style or a visual phenomenon. There are those who try to pidegonhole moe, who try and categorize it as a genre, and who try to bash it or warp it. Now, I’ve done a lot of study on moe in the past. Moe helped me grasp my fandom when I almost lost it, I trained myself to learn more about it, and I published a definitive guide to breaking into it as a culture. However, if there is one thing I haven’t yet done, it’s to define moe. Saki has given me the confidence to do just that.

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Finish or Fail 5 – Bakemonogatari (TV) How I Relate to Being Part Crazy

Warning: this will probably the most confusing review ever >_<

Bakemonogatari for me is like an old friend that you’ve known for as long as you can remember. It’s the kind of a friend whom you love and can hang out with at any time, but you do KNOW him. It’s not like the two of you have to sit there and talk about yourselves and get all interested in one another, and it’s not like a cute girl who you’re flirting with for the first time. In many ways, I may want to hang out with this friend more than anyone else. Sometimes, meeting new people and making new impressions is stressful and difficult, so it’s always good to have friends you can fall back on and know they’ll be good to you. A lot of the times, that’s what you do when you are rewatching a show you love, but for me, Bakemonogatari was that all along.

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Finish or Fail 4 – Canaan Teaches Me An Important Lesson About Love

If you’ve been reading me since last September, you may remember that I was fanboying pretty hard about Canaan, and then suddenly stopped. As a matter of fact, as of the first 7 episodes, I was considering Canaan a ‘surefire favorite’. After two more episodes that weren’t quite as great, I was not deterred from loving the show, and yet somehow, I stopped watching it. Ghostlightning maintains that he will ‘never forgive me’ for not finishing the show when I’d convinced him to watch it to the end even though he didn’t like it. Why did I stop? That, my friends, is a matter of love.

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Finish or Fail 1 – Outlaw Star

In a recent post, I detailed the fact that I have a tendency not to finish a lot of the anime that I start. In response to this, Ghostlightning told me that I should make a comeback in the following year and finish or drop as many of the shows that I can which I have left unfinished. I have of course wanted to do this for a long time, and being as I never back away from a challenge, I decided to go through with it. Through the use of MyAnimeList and a series of checks and eliminations, I composed a list of the shows I needed to finish. Unfortunately, this list came to 225 fucking results, many of which are lengthy or have sequels. Obviously there is no way I will finish all of these in a single year, but I will nonetheless make an effort for as many as possible. My goal is to either finish each show or watch it to the point that I can no longer stand it and drop it. The first show is Outlaw Star.

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