Anime Review: Grinding…grinding…grinding…

I’m still slowly but surely grinding away at watching and reviewing various anime series, specials and movies. As always, ridiculously behind schedule but them’s the breaks. I thought it might be a good idea to give a quick status update.

I’m in the process of watching (and reviewing) every anime show from the beginning of 2010 that has been subtitled into English. For multi-episode series, I start with the first episode, and if it gets a thumbs-up I continue on to the second episode, and so forth and so on. For the strong majority of shows, some fan group subtitles them within a matter of days of release. But for some movies, specials, and really obscure stuff, it may take weeks…months…sometimes years. And sometimes never at all.

So, here’s what I have left to review for 2010 and 2011, broken down by season. For most of the 2010 and early 2011 stuff, it’s because it has only recently become available, or I just recently found it:

Winter 2010 Season (for shows debuting between December 22, 2009 and March 21, 2010):

  • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
    • Rain Town (short special)
    • Gag Manga Biyori + (first episode)
    • Eden of the East Movie 2: Paradise Lost
  • Continuing stuff:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (3 episodes released so far, waiting for the next one)
  • Spring 2010 Season (March 22, 2010 to June 21, 2010):

    • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
      • Hana Kappa (first episode)
      • Crayon Shin-chan Movie #18: Chou Jikuu! Arashi wo Yobu Ora no Hanayome
      • Ashiaraiyashiki no Junin-tachi (short)
    • Summer 2010 Season (June 22, 2010 to September 21, 2010):

      • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
        • Kaichou wa Maid-sama Special (DVD extra)
      • Fall 2010 Season (September 22, 2010 to December 21, 2010):

        • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
          • Kakko-kawaii Sengen (first episode)
          • Shokupan Mimi (first episode)
          • Mardock Scramble (first episode)
          • Bleach Movie #4: The Hell Verse
          • Armored Trooper Votoms: Case;Irvine
          • Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder
          • Pokemon: Best Wishes (first episode)
          • Dragonball Super Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Kaikaku (repackaged OVA)
          • Senkou no Night Raid Special: Devil in the Opium Den (DVD extra)
          • Heartcatch Precure Movie
        • Continuing Stuff:
          • Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi (2 episodes released, waiting for the next one)
        • Winter 2011 Season (December 22, 2010 to March 21, 2011):

          • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
            • Soukyuu no Fafner Movie: Dead Aggressor
            • One Piece Movie: Mugiwara Chase
            • Macross Frontier Movie: Sayonara no Tsubasa
            • Toriko Movie: Kaimaku Gourmet Adventure
            • Spelunker is a Teacher (special)
            • Inazuma Eleven Movie: Saikyou Gundan Ogre Shuurai
            • Precure All-Stars DX3 Movie
            • Golden Kids (first episode)
            • Norageki (special)
            • Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again
            • Danball Senki (first episode)
          • Continuing Stuff:
            • Fractale (2 episodes to go!)
            • Hourou Musuko (2 episodes to go!)
            • Yumekui Merry (4 episodes to go!)
            • Gosick (15 episodes to go!)
            • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (3 episodes to go)
          • Spring 2011 Season (March 22, 2011 to June 21, 2011):

            • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
              • Detective Conan Movie #15: Quarter of Silence
              • Detective Conan vs. Wooo (first episode)
              • Detective Conan Magic File #5: Niigata
              • Jewelpet Sunshine (first episode)
              • Saiyuki Gaiden (first episode)
              • Towa no Quon (first episode)
              • Xi Avant (short special)
              • Onigamiden Movie: Legend of the Millennium Dragon
              • Metal Fight Beyblade 4D (first episode)
            • Continuing Stuff:
              • Steins;Gate (4 episodes reviewed)
              • Deadman Wonderland (4 episodes reviewed)
              • Hanasaku Iroha (4 episodes reviewed)
              • Ano Hana (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Tiger and Bunny (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Nichijou (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Yondemasu-yo, Azazel-san (3 episodes reviewed)
              • C: The Possibility of Soul and Money Control (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Blue Exorcist (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Kaiji Season 2 (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Hyouge Mono (3 episodes reviewed)
              • Appleseed XIII (2 episodes reviewed, series stalled)
              • Fujilog (1 episode reviewed, the only one subtitled)
            • Summer 2011 Season (June 22, 2011 to September 21, 2011):

              • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
                • The World God Only Knows OVA
                • Sorette Dakara Ne! (special)
                • Gensou Mangekyou: Memories of Phantasm
                • Astarotte no Omocha EX OVA
                • R-15 (first episode)
                • Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Series 2 (first episode)
                • Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai OVA
                • Tantei Opera Milky Holmes OVA
                • Sora no Otoshimono OVA
                • Magic Kaito Special
              • Continuing Stuff – all with 1 episode reviewed with a thumbs-up:
                • Busou Shinki: Moon Angel
                • Blood-C
                • Mawaru Penguindrum
                • Kamisama Dolls
                • No. 6
                • Dantalian no Shoka
                • Uta no Prince-sama
                • Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
                • Nekogami Yaoyorozu
                • Kamisama no Memochou
                • Nurarihyon no Mago Season 2
                • Natsume Yuujinchou Season 3
                • Usagi Drop
              • Fall 2011 Season (September 22, 2011 to December 21, 2011):

                • New stuff that I haven’t watched yet:
                  • EVERYTHING!!! Everything, dammit!
                • As you can see, I definitely have my work cut out for me. And this does not count the stuff that may get subtitled in the next few months that aren’t even on my radar.

                  • As soon as I finish up all of the 2010 stuff listed above, I’ll re-visit my season-by-season recommendations with a comprehensive summary list of everything I reviewed by each season, followed by a reconsideration of my “Top 20 Best of 2010” and “Worst 20 of 2010” lists as well.
                  • I’m still working my way through the last of the Winter 2011 shows, and I’m in the middle of the Spring 2011 shows, plugging away at ’em slowly but surely.
                  • I’m about 75% of the way through watching the first episodes of the Summer 2011 shows and I’ll be posting my “Best to Worst” recommendation list shortly (about 1 to 2 weeks from now).
                  • Then it’s on to my preview edition of the Fall 2011 Season (also about 1 to 2 weeks from now), and I’ll start grinding away at those shows as well.
                  • And then, sometime in early 2012, after it’s all said and done, my final Best and Worst lists for 2011.

                  As far as 2012 and beyond goes, I’m definitely looking into ways to streamline the whole review procedure, because this just plain takes up too much damn time. More summary reviews, and less details for the second episodes and beyond. I’ll need to free up more time, especially if my “real life” plans I’m thinking about come to fruition.

                  So, what do you think, sirs? This is just a quick little update (as much for my benefit as anyone else) to give an idea of what to expect in the next couple months. Got dozens and dozens of shows spooled up and ready to go. Time to get crackin’!

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