June 04, 2008
The old online joke is that you have reached the end of the web. There are no more pages. Turn off your computer and go read a book.
Reading through Bob's upcoming titles page, I have realized that I seem to have reached the end of anime. There's almost nothing coming that I care about! Not for a long time, anyway.
I keep a "To Buy" shortcut folder where I note stuff I might pick up. Most of what's in it right now is stuff I've already bought, or stuff I've decided not to buy after all.
I never finished DVD 5 of the second Ah! My Goddess! series, so I'm not going to bother getting the sixth and last. The series was already stale and not even the appearance of Hild ultimately could revive it.
I never unwrapped the first DVD of Witchblade, or the first DVD of Mushishi. Why buy any more?
Shuffle DVD 1 would be a guilt buy, but I think I'm not going to bother. I'm certainly not interested in any of the rest of the series. (Yandere! Eeek!)
Definitely to buy next time: Aika R-16 Virgin Mission, Ayane's High Kick, Legend of the Last Labyrinth. Crap all, though.
In the "well, maybe, someday, but probably not" file are Genshiken, Mao-chan, and Maps. Maps just sounds like it's junk. Mao-chan might well be pretty good, but it isn't a budget release and I don't think I'm up for spending full price for it. Genshiken?
Well, there's the Ayako principle. Kawasumi Ayako does the voice of the girl who's into cosplaying -- which is to say, she's the primary fanservice purveyor in the series. And it's got a couple of other seiyuu in it that I like. On the other hand, shows about otaku tend to make me cringe a bit. They strike too close to home.
However, now that it's out as an economy release for only $33, and given that it also includes the Kujibiki Unbalance OVA (i.e. the one with the good cast), I will probably include it in my next purchase.
But I look rather forlornly at the "Upcoming" list, and the next thing coming that isn't out yet that I want to buy is Lucky Star #2, and that's scheduled for July 1. Then on July 8 we (might) get the first Gurren Lagann release.
And then? Well, I'll pick up the third DVD of Tweeny Witches (July 22) but after that there's nothing. Just nothing. More of Gurren Lagann as it comes out, whenever. Nothing else.
(Please note that this is not an invitation for people to flood me with suggestions. Or trickle me. Do Not Want. I mean it. I really am sure I don't want to watch Gunslinger Girls. I don't have the slightest doubt about my decision to not watch it. Or any of the other things on this list.)
I've been looking around for older more obscure titles, which is why I ended up with weirdness like Ayane's High Kick and Legend of the Last Labyrinth on my list. I'll probably do more of that, but it's kind of a sad feeling. I seem to have reached the end of anime.
Gad, will I have to start downloading fansubs?
UPDATE: There was a degree of hyperbole in there, of course. There are things coming that I'm going to want. But there aren't many, and they're all a long way off.
For instance, I'll definitely be buying Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny. I have every expectation that I'll like Gurren Lagann and will eventually get it all. I'll give Aria a try. Rocket Girls is probably silly fluff, but I'll at least buy one DVD of it. And Nanoha is on the list.
But that's not much. Sad, isn't it?
Historically, June and July have been months where the R1 companies announced a lot of new licenses. I hope we see some good ones this time. (I hope we see anything at all.)
Top of my list of things I hope get licensed? Magipoka, and Dai Mahou Touge. But I don't expect either of them to get picked up.
UPDATE: Oh, and I really, really, really do not want any suggestions or recommendations.
UPDATE: Sorry about that, folks. I'm in a foul mood right now and it's coming out here.
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Posted by: J Greely at June 04, 2008 09:06 PM (2XtN5)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 04, 2008 09:11 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: ubu at June 05, 2008 03:55 AM (cNPo8)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at June 05, 2008 12:28 PM (prIxR)
(flees in terror)
Posted by: EvilOtto at June 05, 2008 03:26 PM (08dnm)
What did I do to deserve this?
(And I had nightmares all last night. Woke up this morning and spent five minutes sitting on the edge of my bed with my head sunk into my hands.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 05, 2008 03:30 PM (+rSRq)
And Otto, that wasn't nice. Especially considering it's already on his list with a NO. Nope, you should have reminded Steven he hasn't finished The Third, either!
Posted by: ubu at June 05, 2008 03:48 PM (cNPo8)
Posted by: EvilOtto at June 05, 2008 04:14 PM (08dnm)
Urusei Yatsura might be a good choice as I don't think you have come across , Oyuki and Asuka.
Posted by: ColoradoJim at June 05, 2008 04:54 PM (92FSs)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 05, 2008 05:39 PM (+rSRq)
So how about Ghost In The Shell: Stand-alone Complex? (hides behind Otto)
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 05, 2008 07:16 PM (AW3EJ)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 05, 2008 07:26 PM (+rSRq)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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