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Quite Possibly the Best Anime I Never Knew About Until Now

18 May

Somewhere between the time I stopped watching anime and was busy trying to stop being an otaku, I missed out on watching a great anime. A great anime that might be better than Death Note. Wait. It is better than Death Note. It does spoof Death Note here and there. Yes, I daresay it is better than Death Note even though every other episode borderlines on filler. But guess what, I don’t even skip the filler episodes because this anime is so great. The last time I laughed so hard for 20 minutes straight was in The Hangover. If you even ask me what it is about I don’t know how I’d sell the idea to you without being at a loss for words–it’s about 3 people who are part of a Yorozuya (Jack of all trades) and go around picking up jobs? That didn’t sell it to you, did it? One is a samurai with a natural perm of icy blue hair, one is a beastly strong Chinese-looking girl, one is a four-eyed (but not literally four-eyed) otaku samurai. Does that do it for you? Do you want to watch “Gintama” now? No? Then I don’t know how else to put it… except that you should just start to watch it anyways, because I have never watched an anime so funny and so full of heart at the same time. I can’t really even compare it to anything except maybe it’s the fact that this anime parodies everything and its characters are self-aware of the fact that they’re in an anime.

Our 3 main characters: Kagura, Gintoki and Shinpachi

The magic of Gintama is that it doesn’t fail to be entertaining, ever. One of its best episodes is one where the characters try to “improve” on their show in fear of being canceled and each character throws out its fantasies of what the show should continue on as. It has absolutely nothing to do with the loose storyline “Gintama” follows, but little do you realize that each of these episodes cleverly develops traits of each unique character. There’s another episode spoofing video games. There’s an episode with a random baby. An episode where the toilet paper has run out at an especially crucial time… an episode–if you can think of it, Gintama will most likely have it. Now that I reflect upon this series, I don’t know why I even mentioned a “storyline”, I’m not sure what these characters are headed towards but I’m enjoying the journey.

This was from one of my favorite episodes. Image via simon-p.com

A friend recommended this to me knowing I love shounen anime, but I balked at its 201 episode commitment. What follies. I started a mere month ago and I’m now on episode 91. Here I can still barely tell you what it’s about. There’s aliens. Robots. Sexy robots. Headless robots. Bazookas. Lots of food. Perverted jokes. There’s a ninja with hemorrhoids and a ninja with poor eyesight. I don’t know what else to say–just don’t blame me if watching Gintama becomes part of your daily routine.

Wow. CLAMP finished another manga series?!

13 Jan

Don’t get me wrong. I love CLAMP. They are the sole reason I got into manga as a typical Asian child. But CLAMP, as you know, are notorious for leaving their readers hanging with their unfinished manga series (ahem, X/1999Clover..wish…)

So when I heard that xxxHolic was coming to an end in February, you can bet your bottom I almost fell out of my swivel chair. xxxHolic is one of my favorite CLAMP series, and I loved the anime interpretation. I didn’t watch season 2 so don’t spoil anything for me. I liked how series 1 ended. I gotta admit, some scenes were downright SPOOKY in xxxHolic. I’m getting chills now as I recollect my thoughts. xxxHolic had two of the most compelling and mysterious characters in the history of CLAMP–Yuuko and Watanuki. You never really learn ANY USEFUL BACKGROUND INFO about either character, but you’re horribly invested in the both of them anyway. Yuuko is also the only reason I can say, with a straight face, “But the bunny is the witch’s drinking partner.” I could never come up with something as quirky as that on my own, you know.

I’m excited to see how CLAMP wraps up their 17th volume of xxxHolic in February–but I won’t have my expectations bursting to the roof. My fingers are crossed they didn’t just cop out and end the series like they did with Cardcaptor Sakura (uh… predictable, much?)

Just how much do I love xxxHolic? Enough to buy these absolutely useless, but adorable chess pieces.

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