#12DaysofAnime 12: Akemi Homura and the Pain of a Happy Ending

Merry Christmas! In celebration lets talk about how Akemi Homura ruined her own life, and how she was never going to be able to accept Madoka’s “Happy Ending”.

Just some light material today.

Also, Spoilers for Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Rebellion.

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#12DaysofAnime 11: 2017 Best Couple Awards

Lets take a moment to look back on some of the best couples of the year! This is of course entirely subjective and all my opinion. Also spoilers for a lot of stuff sorry.

Also Mari and Kanan didn’t make the list but they get the header image and are amazing and wonderful. Just for the record.

(yes they’re all gay girls. My list, my rules)

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#12DaysofAnime 10: Anime Cannot Live on Sakuga Alone

I’ve found myself of two minds when it comes to sakuga, not in whether or not I enjoy anime that is well animated. I do, of course. However I feel I don’t put the same emphasis on it that some other people do. Or rather, I find it to be a surprisingly minor part of why I enjoy anime.

If you have no idea what I mean by “Sakuga”, I suggest you check out the Sakuga Blog, a great resource and run by some of the nicest people around.

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#12DaysofAnime 9: Centaurs, Dragons and Adaptional Change

Centaur no Nayami’s anime was, to put it frankly, not very good. This was highly unfortunate since the manga is excellent. So why was the anime bad? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but the main reason is simple: It was too much like the manga.

Kobayashi-san Chi no MaiDragon is, at best, a mediocre manga. On the other hand, its anime is fantastic, easily one of the best shows of the year and leagues beyond the source manga. Why? Well, because it wasn’t all that much like the manga at all.

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#12DaysofAnime 8: Kurosawa Ruby Does Her Rubesty

First of all, all the Aqours are good. Secondly, Kurosawa Ruby is by far the most underrated member of the group, and the one that tends to get the most overt dislike or disparagement. This is super unfair because as she will tell you herself, she always does her Rubesty. She also happens to have one of the best character arcs in both seasons of Love Live Sunshine. I touched on this briefly before, though it was mostly in the service of discussing her and Hanamaru joining the group.

Spoilers, I guess.

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#12DaysofAnime 7: Blue Reflection and the Fantasies Games Sell

So, Blue Reflection. A Magical Girl RPG with a vaguely Persona-esque School-life aspect. Its an interesting game! Deeply flawed, but interesting. Shortly after its Western release, an article which talked to Kishida Mel, the character designer and main creative force for the game caused a bit of a flap. He said that the game was aimed at a male audience, primarily.

This is interesting, not only because quite a few women who enjoyed the game took exception to it, but also because a game like Blue Reflection represents a type of fantasy that no western made game ever tries to sell, to males or females.

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#12DaysofAnime 6: Shin Koihime Musou and the Importance of a Protagonist

Some of you may have heard of the show Koihime Musou, or perhaps the visual novel its based on. If not, the basic idea is easy enough. What if you took the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and made everyone a girl? If that sounds absurd, well, it is.

Before we start, you should read “The Elephant in Koihime Musou’s room” by my good friend Jao. Once you’ve done that, then we can start!

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#12DaysofAnime 5: Netsuzou Trap is Bad (Content Warning)

This probably doesn’t come as a shock to most people, but Netsuzou Trap (NTR) is almost breathtakingly bad. It is bad in ways most people probably never expected. It is a sterling example of how not to tell a story, before you even consider its exploitative nature and how it treats some relatively sensitive content.

Guess what? Spoilers. Also Content Warning: Rape and Abuse discussion

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#12DaysofAnime 4: Avoiding Male Leads

This year I will have (probably) finished 33 anime series. That’s a lot! Less than I used to watch, but still quite a bit. Just over eight shows per season. Of those shows, the vast majority have one thing in common.

They don’t have a male lead. I did not set out, precisely, to minimize the number of shows I watch with male leads, but its been a continuing pattern for several years. This is the first year where I have an easily accessible record of what I watched (thanks to this blog!) so lets talk about these shows, and something they have in common.

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#12DaysofAnime 3: The Rise and Fall of Kemono Friends

It would be pretty fair to say that of all the anime that aired this year, the most surprising was Kemono Friends. Honestly what more is there to say about it? The saga of Kemono Friends has become legend by now, even though a bare year ago if anyone did know about it, it was just as that “upcoming show who’s mobage was canceled before it even aired”.

Now, well. Kemono Friends has become a lot more than that.

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