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More EDs! These ones missed the first list for one or more of these reasons: I forgot about them; I didn’t want to include two from the same show; I counted it as not awesome enough because I was being a lazy dick; I haven’t actually seen the anime it comes from but know the ED by reputation.
TO MAKE THIS LIST, if I can actually think of how the song or video goes, it’s got a good bet.
Starting with what part of Evangelion I see reflected—Eva is what comes to mind when I think of taking an established type of anime to the next level in every way. Without getting into too much of “what Evangelion is,” since not all of it serves my purposes in this comparison, what matters is that Evangelion:
1. Is an amazing-looking show.
2. Is extremely well-written and directed.
3. Presents common genre tropes better than other shows that feature them.
Time for yet another ridiculous plot to power through my infamous on-hold list! According to MAL, I currently have 195 shows on-hold, which I’m proud to say is a lot fewer than last year at this time—but not enough. I don’t want to have *any* shows on-hold, so I must keep plowing forward! This new plan revolves around airdates~
I picked one anime that I had on-hold from each of the past 25 years and wrote them down on lots to be drawn one after another until all are completed. (Sadly, I didn’t have an on-hold show for every year, so there will only be 21 total). The first lot that I pulled from an old shoe was Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. I started this show in 2008 at a time when I was buying a lot of random used DVDs wherever I could find them. I’d only seen the first four episodes and I remembered only basic things about them, so I started back from the beginning.
Parts in [bold pink brackets] are spoilers.
SaiMoe is an annual tournament-style competition to determine whom the most moe anime character of the year is. Some people have a lot of fun participating in it each year, while others make their own English-language versions or alternatives like “SaiGAR.” Currently, set-up is going on for SaiMecha, a tournament to determine the most… well, the mecha that can get the most votes, I guess. Find all your info here.
Anyone can contribute nominations while they’re still open, and each person can submit up to fifteen mechs via email to executiveotaku AT gmail DOT COM. This post is to show off my noms in the same vein as ghostlightning and Schneider. These nominations are in alphabetical order by the name of the mech.
There are three general categories of interest for me when it comes to mecha: first and most importantly, their appearance. Second and equally important, their presence in the series. And third but still important, how they move. The third criteria has nothing to do with the functionality of their movement, but more to do with how that movement is animated.
I tend to miss my blog’s benchmarks. I realized in June that my third anniversary had passed in April, and I’m not sure when I broke 300,000 hits, but I’m already halfway to 400,000. But most of all, I’ve missed my specially-numbered posts, or realized after the fact that I’ve made them. Well, today I was lucky and noticed that this will be my 800th published post! It’s a great mark to have, because 8 has always been a special number to me (I was born on August 8, weighing 8 pounds and 8 ounces) so to mark the occasion, I’ll be listing 8 of my favorite ‘episode 8s’.
8 tends to be an important episode number in anime. In a lot of 26-episode shows, the 8th episode marks the transition from plot set-up to actual movement of events, and will often feature a shocking twist or revelation that changes the way things will happen from there on out. This is a common enough practice that I could make a list of just transitional eighth episodes, but of course, being an important episode doesn’t necessarily qualify as being a memorable and awesome one, so this list will take eighth episodes from any series. The requirement for consideration on this list was that the eighth episode wasn’t just great, but was one of the most memorable or amazing episodes in the entire series. Oh, and you can count on there being spoilers for each episode.
The immediate satisfaction of watching 2.22 is finally not being in the dark anymore. Now I can go back and read all those fun-looking posts, and can stop worrying about whether or not I will like Makinami Mari Illustrious and fap to all that damn porn already. (My eyes were in pain the entire time I watched this movie. I was a little disappointed when I found out that my recent eye defectiveness is a side effect of the medication I’m taking, because I was sort of looking forward to wearing a pair of red spectacles around and referring to myself as a ‘meganekko.’ Although I doubt I could be so bold as to wear Mari’s lovely pair of extra eyes.) I also don’t have to feel behind the times, envious of those Japanese bastards and all the cuntwaffles who watched the camrips. It was worth holding off to get to watch this in glorious 1080p. I watched it with my younger brother, who saw Evangelion with me, dubbed, in a single day, 4 years ago (when I was ‘14 and so fucked up‘) and understandably, not unlike myself, has only vague memories of it. I’ve rewatched bits and pieces of Eva here and there, and I’ve seen almost everything time and again in AMVs and the like, but I’ve still yet to give it a proper rewatch. (End of Eva, though, I’ve seen several times, as it is one of my top 5-or-so favorite anime). After 2.22 I’m really not sure if I’ll want to watch the original again, haha. In any case, my brother was on the edge of his seat, especially at the end, and then spent minutes raving about how ‘This is like if you fused Evangelion with Gurren Lagann!’ (his favorite show) and then declared it ‘one of his favorite things ever.’ It’s too bad the boy can’t write.
By the way, you may have figured it out already, but I still feel like I have to formally warn you: this is going to be one of those posts. Also, there will be massive fucking spoilers.