Top 10 Anime Openings of 2009

As I did last year, here is the list of what I thought the top 10 anime OPs of 2009 were. Enjoy!

10. “Aoi Hana” by Kukikodan – Sweet Blue Flowers OP

This is a nice little song to start off the countdown.

9. “Super Driver” by Aya Hirano – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya OP2

While the ED was the good song from the first season, the OP was the good song from the second season of Haruhi.

8. “Kimi ni Todoke” by Tanizawa Tomofumi – Kimi ni Todoke OP

Another nice soft rock song that I think is pretty good and matches the show pretty well.

7. “Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare” by May’n – Shangri-la OP

I wasn’t too sure about this OP to start with, but it kind of grew on me after a while

6. “HANAJI” by Yu Kobayashi – Maria Holic OP

Rather ecchi, but how can one not like this OP?

5. “Karma” by KOKIA – Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom OP1

KOKIA once again makes the list, this time for her excellent, if not eerie, OP for Phantom.

4. “Parallel Hearts” by FictionJunction – Pandora Hearts OP

This OP just stuck on me from the very start.  I think it’s pretty good, anyway

3. “Oyasumi Paradox” by Etsuko Yakushimaru – Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chū OP

I didn’t watch this show, but I love this OP.

2. “Falling Down” by Oasis – Eden of the East OP

One of the very best OPs of the year, if not for the past few years. And being sung in English (being that it’s sung by Oasis) probably doesn’t hurt either.

1. “kiseki” by NIRGILIS – Birdy the Mighty DECODE 02 OP

However, the #1 OP of the year goes to a show from all the way back in the winter season.  It was a tough choice between #1 and #2, but I thought this one just won out.

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Top 10 Anime Endings of 2009

As I did last year, here is the list of what I thought the top 10 anime EDs of 2009 were. Enjoy!

10. “Kimi ni, Mune Kyun” by Yu Kobayashi, Asami Sanada and Marina Inoue – Maria Holic ED

This was kind an odd ED, though it probably fit the series in that regard.  It kind of grew on me, though, after a while.

9. “Hajimari no Asa ni Hikari Are” by midori – Shangri-la ED

I’m kind of surprised this landed as low as it did.  I guess it says something about the quality of the EDs this past year.

8. “Transparent” by KOKIA – Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom ED2

Like KOKIA’s OP for the same series, this one is somewhat eerie, and as a result, fits the series well

7. “Zetsubou Restaurant” by Zetsubou Shoujotachi – Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei ED1

This is kind of a funny ED.  I’ve never seen any of these series, though it kinda almost makes me want to

6. “Link” by angela – Asura Cryin’ ED1

Another good song by angela.  Many of the songs for this show were good, and this was the best one, but the only one to make the lists.

5. “Koi no Uta” by Haruka TomatsuShinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S ED

This is kind of a nice, soft but feel-good-like song, with interesting animation to add to it.

4. “BACCHIKOI!!!” by DEV PARADE – Naurto Shippuden ED8

Yes, I even check out OPs and EDs for shows like Naruto when doing this list.  For once, they had one which was not only good enough to make a list, but high on the list.  This ED is just hilarious to me, even though I’ve never watched the show.

3. “Blue sky, True sky” by Aira Yuhki – Tears to Tiara ED1

This was a tough choice for the #3 spot, but I think this song was, overall, a bit better quality.

2. “Don’t say ”lazy”” by Yoko Hikasa with Aki Toyosaki, Satomi Satou and Minako Kotobuki – K-ON ED

This song was a pretty easy choice for #2.  The show might not have been that great, but it did have some good music.

1. “Hikari to Yami to Toki no Hate” by Ceui – Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai ED

I melt whenever I hear this.  This was a no-brainer as #1 on my list.

Maria Holic – Anime Review

The Essentials

maria_holicName: Maria Holic
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 12
Aired: January 4, 2009 – March 22, 2009
Based On: Maria Holic manga by Minari Endo
Director: Yukihiro Miyamoto
Produced By: SHAFT, Genco
US Distribution By: Not Licensed

Cast

Character Japanese Cast English Cast (N/A)
Kanako Miyamae: Asami Sanada
Mariya Shido: Yu Kobayashi
Matsurika Shinouji: Marina Inoue
Nanami Kiri: Akemi Kanda
Sachi Momoi: Ryoko Shintani
Yuzuru Inamori: Saori Goto
Dorm Leader: Miyuki Sawashiro

Review

Maria Holic is about a girl, Kanako, who transfers to the Catholic high school Ame no Kisaki in hopes of finding her partner in life just like her parents did.  There are a few problems, however:  Kanako isn’t Catholic, Ame no Kisaki is an all-girls school and her father was a teacher and not a student there, all-girl schools aren’t the yuri paradises that Kanako imagines them to be, Kanako is very tall, and she breaks out in rashes whenever boys touch her.

There’s also another problem: Kanako’s prime dating candidate, Mariya, happens to be a cross-dressing guy who turns the tables on Kanako buy pointing out that many people at the Catholic school she’s attending may be unhappy about her lesbianism while no one would believe that Mariya, the grandchild of the school’s ex-chairman, is actually a cross-dressing guy.  He is overall quite sadistic towards Kanako, whom he decides to room with to keep his eyes on her, along with his maid Matsurika who regards both Mariya and Kanako as perverts.  However, all of this doesn’t stop Kanako from having frequent hallucinations about the other girls in the school, resulting in massive nose bleeds that often land her in the infirmary.

This series suffers a bit from repetitive jokes, but it still does a decent job of keeping things fresh and funny.  While this series ended up dropping off a bit from it’s start, it still ended up being a decent series to watch.  Probably the biggest issues I have with it are it’s lack of any real central plot, making it more of a random or episodic comedy, and it’s inconsistent humor.  This is a series which probably could have lived up to it’s potential a a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse as well.

The animation in this show is rather washed out stylistically, which I thought was sometimes annoying, but it wasn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things, I guess.  The music is also pretty good.  Overall, if you like a random yuri comedy series, you may very well like Maria Holic.

Scores

Story: 3/5
Animation: 4/5
Music: 4/5
English Dubs: N/A

Overall: 4/5

First Watched: January – March 2009
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

First Impressions: Maria Holic

Maria HolicMaria Holic definitely looks like that it might be the class of the Winter season after the first two episodes. It has a certain touch which just makes the show completely hilarious and already has at least three contenders for best character of, at the very least, the winter season in Kanako, Mariya, and Matsurika.

It's a Trap!

Despite the fact that it’s animation style is somewhat washed out, it still holds up pretty well overall. I think one of the more interesting parts of this show after 2 episodes is that which way all the different girls swing is left rather ambiguous (except for Kanako, of course). They’re all friendly and everything, but sometimes they seem a little too friendly too. I’m definitely looking forward to watching the rest of this show, and I hope it keeps the momentum that it has going.

Winter 2009 Blog/Watch List

It’s time that I actually decide what series I’m going to watch and blog for the upcoming season.

As I decided and noted earlier, the only series I’m going to blog is the second half of CLANNAD: After Story, to give me as light a workload as possible as I go into the final semester of getting my masters (yay!).

As for series that I’ll watch.  I’ll definitely continue to watch the two other series that are carrying over from the Fall 2008 season: Toradora and A Certain Magical Index, and with Soul Eater getting licensed, that gets dropped as a show I’m watching.

As a result, my target was to add 3 or 4 shows to my watch list this season.  In my season preview, I already said that I would watch Birdy the Mighty DECODE:02, Maria Holic, and Minami-ke Okaeri, so that gets three shows out of the way right off the bat.

Black God (aka Kurokami) probably would be added to this list, but Bandai licensed it and appears as like they won’t distribute it online, so I won’t even get an opportunity to watch it.  However, if they pull through on having it online, I probably will watch it.

That leaves me torn between the Munto TV, the second Druaga series, and White Album as series to watch.  However, in the end I think my decision will be this:

I’ll watch Munto, I’ll hold off on Druaga to see if I hear good things about it, and I’ll pass on White Album for now.

That makes my slate this season thus:

Blogging
CLANNAD: After Story

Watching
A Certain Magical Index
Birdy the Mighty DECODE:02
Maria Holic
Minami-ke Okaeri
Munto
Toradora!

Pending
Kurokami (pending it being distributed online by Bandai)
Tower of DRUAGA -the Sword of URUK- (pending good word)

Winter 2009 Anime Preview

It’s that time again: It’s time to look at what anime is airing in the Winter 2009 season. Shows are listed in alphabetical order.

There are 5 possible levels of ratings that I’ll give a show:

  • Will Blog
  • May Blog (presumes Will Watch)
  • Will Watch
  • May Watch
  • Won’t Watch

As usual, I’m leaving out anything that seems to obviously be a children’s show. Like always, thanks to the Fansub Wiki for keeping a great list of upcoming shows.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…here we go!
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