It’s the End of 2012 as we know it!
Oh, you guys know I wouldn’t leave you in 2012 without a “best of” or “2012 was awesome/horrid/blah/meh/cool” type post. I know I am on hiatus but my good conscience could not allow me to end the year without an end of the year post. I would feel so unfulfilled. Well, not really, because wedding planning is now getting into full swing and I am about to explode. I’m still watching anime, but thank goodness for that technological contraption called the iPad because now I can plan for the wedding, watch anime, and blog no matter where I go. I’ve only really done the first two, though. We all know that the world didn’t end on 12/21/12 and I doubt anyone truly believed that it would outside of a few preppers. The quality of popular anime has appeared to have ended. “Pish posh”, I know some of you are saying, “this year’s shows were great”! I beg to differ, my dear small group of readers. I can barely remember the majority of shows that came out this year. But I can remember the lamentations of many anime fans on the decline of some of anime’s greatness, the spark dulling, the lack of anticipation for each new season, and the division between anime fans. I also can remember making new friends because of anime. Those who have more in common with me than I have ever encountered for a long time. 2012 has been a year of growth. A year that things I had only ever dreamed and prayed about came into fruition. A few things were accomplished and goals that I set for myself were realized. I managed to make one full year blogging on my first anime blog. That was very exciting for me. I finally felt like I had come full circle with my anime fandom. I found an outlet that I was comfortable with to express how I felt about anime-related topics. It wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked nor as titillating as and interesting as I envisioned it but it has been satisfying. Here are my favorite shows of 2012, which I’m basing off “Would I re-watch this show?” For these; the answer is yes:
1. Uchuu Kyodai (Space Brothers) - I have continued to watch this show that is the epitome of slice of life. I really like that the main characters are adults. Not college students, but adults, some were parents, some had their own families, and some still lived with their parents *cough* Mutta *cough*. But they were adults over the age of 25. This is something that I have found missing in anime lately, shows that have adult characters. There is only so much I can take regarding middle schoolers and high school kids. But when I think about it, even when I was younger, outside of Sailor Moon, I’ve always preferred anime with adult characters. Maybe one day I will explore why that is a preference. Now that I’m off my tangent, though there is a sci-fi element to this show, possible space aliens (the twinkle on the Moon!) and the show is set in the near future, it is still very relatable and down to Earth. Mutta struggles with feelings of inadequacy and doubt though he is undoubtedly a genius who is extremely socially awkward. The back stories of the characters are real and provide you with a full picture of each character. I really have an attachment to them all and without spoiling anything, those who I expected to be chosen to be astronauts for JAXA were chosen.
2. Jormungand – Child soldiers. Family. If you’re wondering where “family” comes from, the team of gun-toting weapons’ dealers are a family. It becomes glaringly obvious that this is a family whether any of them would admit them or not. Though, Jonah started with a hate of weapons’ dealers, he loves Koko, and the feeling appears to be mutual. He is a calming factor to her which seems like an oxymoron because he is killing people throughout the show. Jonah also seems to get along well with the other member’s of Koko’s team and they care for him. He’s expected to pull his own weight but many times, it seems that they try to protect him almost as much as they protect Koko. I do wonder how it will end.
3. Sakamichi no Apollon – This show had the potential to be one of my favorites but ended up leaving me with a lukewarm feeling. It got increasingly boring each episode and what saved it was the final episode that culminated into a bittersweet ending.
4. Another – This technically started in 2011 and ended in 2012. But I did enjoy the show to some degree that I have considered re-watching it to catch anything I may have missed.
That is about it. I thought 2012 wasn’t the best year for new anime but I did catch up on a lot of old anime series and movies that kept me more than happy such as Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Nodame Cantabile (still haven’t finished the finale season), Ergo Proxy, and Omoide Poroporo (underrated movie). I’m hoping 2013 brings back quality anime that not only has great visuals but great stories. I am willing to tolerate fanservice if the story entertains me. Please, anime industry, give us more mature content (not of the XXX kind) and less of the unnecessarily and abnormally enlarged bouncing boobs and panty shots on underaged and even of age females with the stupid stories that provide me with little entertainment. It would be greatly appreciated by this long-time anime fan.
So what were your favorite anime shows of 2012? Any recommendations (new or old)? Did you have a good year whether it was related to blogging or your life in general? Any goals for 2013?