So I’ve watched a good bit of anime lately. Here’s how they stack up.

This is in order by ranking with a quick rundown of the series.
10/10 Masterpiece.

9/10 A MUST WATCH!
“Your Lie in April”
The FEELS!!! But such a wonderful series.
“One Punch Man”
Hilarious! Great send up of the super hero genre.

8/10 Damn good.
“Konosuba”
FUNNY! Haven’t seen series two yet but I can’t wait. I was ROLLING for some of this show.
“Toradora!”
Slice of Life/High School love triangle. Liked the main characters and the way they changed over the series.

7/10 Worth the time.
“Interviews with Monster Girls”
I’m a softy and this was Cute! Not overly funny, but humorous none the less. I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

6/10 Worth it if you like the genre.
“The Devil Is a Part-Timer!”
Funny hook, but it didn’t really go anywhere. Bubblegum time waster with a few laughs mixed in.

“Seiren”
Based off a dating sim; the show is basically three love stories with the main character living a different ‘path’ in each. Each story is fine but it doesn’t lead to any ‘flow’ for the overall story. Still I did enjoy the individual stories and how the characters from other ‘paths’ interacted with the current ‘path’.

“Kokoro Connect”
I liked the hook, but I think it needs more episodes.

“My Little Monster”
Think this could be really good if it completed it’s story, but it didn’t.
“Nisekoi”
Very cliche. Much Harem.
“If her Flag Breaks”
Harem, but not much fanservice (which I appreciate). I liked the Matrix twist at the end.

“To Love Ru”
Beautiful nude space babe appears in bath with the main character. That pretty much lets you know what to expect. Some funny moments.
“Motto To Love Ru”
Like To Love Ru? You’ll like this. It’s the exact same but with even more fanservice, and the girls giving that service are getting younger.
“To Love Ru Darkness”
See above, but the girls are getting even YOUNGER. What The Hell man?

5/10 Mediocre
“Chu-Bra”
I found it watchable, but doubt the subject is anything my friends would want to actually bother with.
“The Kawai Complex Guide To Manors and Hostel Behavior”
Didn’t feel complete. Wacky characters aren’t enough to recommend this series. Maybe read the manga instead?
“My Wife is the Student Council President”
Rather unremarkable and forgettable. In fact I think it’s only a fanservice show.
“Nourin”
I remember watching it but it was totally forgettable otherwise. Harem genre.

“Champione!”
Action harem. Much cliche, some fanservice.

4/10 Starting to really Stink.
“Kanokon”
Just a harem fanservice vehicle.

3/10 Stinker

2/10 Just really bad.

1/10 Has no redeeming qualities.

Top Two Anime (Out of the latest batch)

I’ve said before that I haven’t watched anime seriously in around a decade now, and that I recently watched a ton of what I’d call bubblegum/popcorn series. Stuff that isn’t serious and isn’t all that memorable either. Basically most of the series I’ve watched lately are time wasters.

HOWEVER, two series stand out. I believe both will be considered classic shows soon if they aren’t already.  ‘One Punch Man’ and ‘Your Lie in April’.  These series stand out head and shoulders above the rest and although they couldn’t be more different I HIGHLY recommend both.

I’m not going to spoil either show so if you want those say so below and I’ll post spoilers in a separate post. ‘One Punch Man’ is a send up of the superhero/shonen genre and it is hilarious and action packed.  If you like superhero stories you’ll laugh your ass off at Saitama as he wins every fight except the one he has with boredom.

In the very opposite corner you have ‘Your Lie in April’. It’s a very sweet AND sad (really need a word for this but I don’t know one that fits) story about a young piano prodigy whose life has gone totally monotone after the death of his abusive piano teaching mother and what happens to him when he becomes ‘Friend A’ to his best friends new girlfriend. A bubbly and vivacious violin player that brings color, music and yes love back into our protagonist’s life.  I give this series a even BIGGER recommendation than OPM. This is a masterpiece and should be watched by pretty much anyone. One warning, have a box of tissues ready, you WILL need it. (Yes, even us burly he-men will be in tears on the final episode.)

I already said I am reading the manga for ‘One Punch Man’ (both the manga and webcomic versions) and I intend to read the manga ‘YLIA’ is based on when I can find it, but I don’t think it’ll be quite as good as the anime, because of the MUSIC! The music is WONDERFUL in this series, and I find myself listening to it off of YouTube when I can.

Both ‘One Punch Man’ and ‘Your Lie in April’ are available through Netflix. WATCH IT!

Bad Manga Reading Phase

So, I’ve been reading a LOT of manga lately. I blame ‘One Punch Man’. I watched it about 2-3 weeks ago and because it had a lot of story left to tell, I checked out its manga, and the next thing I know, I’m reading all sorts of stuff.

Just finished reading “Nisekoi”.  All 229 chapters!  I am very glad to be done with it, but I don’t recommend it to anyone; way to cliche. It has a conclusion but watching it’s anime is probably just as good for the casual viewer.  My OCD got me on this one. Once I start something (especially a story) I just have to finish it.

I’m also suffering because I ignored my ‘Jordan rule (wheel of time reference for those not in the know)’ of entertainment media. Namely don’t read/watch/listen to ANYTHING until it’s finished. I didn’t follow that rule and now I’m stuck reading One Punch Man (both versions) for the next couple of years or until it gets finished!

I mean I’ve found myself reading a lot of junk; really I just wanted popcorn stuff and that’s what I’m getting, lots of romcoms and slice of life high school junk, and I’ll let you know a quick rundown of them once I’ve finished them. If anyone requests a more in depth review I’ll do it but I doubt anyone even reads this blog anymore.

My Fantasy Football season just keeps getting worse.

I think it may be time to give up fantasy football forever. I’ve NEVER had such a bad season as this one. I’m in two leagues this year and have not won a game in either yet. That’s right 0-4 in both.

I’ve never even come close to having a season this bad much less two at once.  If you have a favorite player better make sure not to tell me because a week or two after I select him for my team he’ll go down with a suspension or injury. The number of players I’ve lost this season is just ridiculous.

NOT HAPPY!

Excellent to ‘Really Good’ Basic Cards in Hearthstone:

This is a list of the cards that I think are the ‘best’ out of the basic set. These are the cards you are given to start with, for free, by the game.

And even though these are all ‘old cards’ you’ll find them used in many ‘meta decks’ to this day. So for new players try to focus on making your starting decks using these cards. Notice that MAGE has the most listed by far. I think this is intentional by Blizzard and most people start out with mage decks as a result.

 

All:

  • Boulderfist Ogre
  • Frostwolf Warlord
  • Chillwind Yeti
  • Shattered Sun Cleric
  • Wolfrider
  • Acidic Swamp Oooze
  • Bloodfen Raptor (till you get something better in this slot)

Druid

  • Swipe
  • Wild Growth
  • Innervate

Hunter

  • Tundra Rhino
  • Houndmaster
  • Animal Companion
  • Kill Command
  • Hunter’s Mark

Mage

  • Flamestrike
  • Fireball
  • Polymorph
  • Water Elemental
  • Arcane Intellect
  • Frost Nova (iffy)
  • Frostbolt
  • Arcane Missiles
  • Mirror Image

Paladin

  • Truesilver Champion
  • Blessing of Kings
  • Consecration

Priest

  • Holy Nova
  • Shadow Word: Death
  • Shadow Word: Pain
  • Mind Vision
  • Power Word: Shield
  • Northshire Cleric

Rogue

  • Vanish
  • Assassinate
  • Fan of Knives
  • Sap
  • Deadly Poison
  • Backstab

Shaman

  • Fire Elemental
  • Bloodlust
  • Hex
  • Flametongue Totem
  • Rockbiter Weapon

Warlock

  • Hellfire
  • Shadow Bolt
  • Mortal Coil
  • Soulfire
  • Voidwalker

Warrior

  • Kor’kron Elite
  • Shield Block
  • Fiery War Axe (Possibly the best card in the game.)
  • Execute
  • Whirlwind

Edit: Good arguments were made to take out Ironbark Protector and Sprint as being to slow for new player’s decks.