Category Archives: 2010

>Atvrcr – The Best Anime and Games of Each Year

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This List Will Include Movies
Everything is based off what I can remember and my current feelings. I will probably look at it later and ask myself why its in the list but meh.

 Lets get on with this so I can go write my rant.

Anime
2000 FLCL
2001 Super Gals
2002 Ghost in the Shell -S.A.C.
2003 Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien
2004 Samurai Champloo
2005 Shakugan no Shana
2006 NANA
2007 Lucky star
2008 Clannad -After Story-
2009 Kimi ni Todoke
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Games
(Based on US Release dates)
2000 Chrono Cross
2001 Final Fantasy Chronicles (because as far as I can remember 2001 was not that great of a year for rpgs and this brought us Chrono Trigger onto the Playstation
2002 Kingdom Hearts
2003 Xenosaga
2004 Star Ocean 3
2005 Lunar Dragon Song
2006 Tales of the Abyss
2007 Persona 3
2008 Tales of Vesperia
2009 Ar Tonelico II
2010 Resonance of Fate
-No Worst of for this type of list, Sorry Tonkun-
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>Atvrcr – The Best Game Characters of the Decade

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Yes I’m late, sue me. I had the angriest Christmas Eve of my life. You’ll see a rant about that in a few so yeah.
This list is extremely hard to put together because I can guarantee I will be like ah shit, I forgot about that person >.<
In no particular order as usual  
Noel Vermillion (BlazBlue)
Luca Truelywaath (Ar Tonelico II)
Rita Mordio (Tales of Vesperia)
Yukari Takeba (Persona 3)
Edy Nelson (Valkyria Chronicles)
Liliane Vehlendorf (Mana Khemia 2)
Ayane (Dead or Alive)
 even though she was introduced before 2000, she is still going to be in this list so deal with it
Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia)
Maria Traydor (Star Ocean 3) 
Polka (Eternal Sonata)
-Worst Character –
As Request by Tonkun

Edward (Infinite Undiscovery) 
Fuck you, seriously man, fuck you.

>Pandadice – The Best Anime of 2010

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Alright, I decided it was time for me to add my post about the best anime of 2010. I dunno what to really write, so I’ll get right to it.

First just gonna throw in this disclaimer atv and onion used. -The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Atv-Oni-Ota.-

So you have an idea of what I’m selecting my favorite from, I’ll post what titles from this year I’ve watched:

Angel Beats, Attraction (an interactive video/website by Studio 4°C/Koji Morimoto), Baka to Test, Black Rock Shooter, Boku Otaryman, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Darker than Black OVA, Durarara (first 12 episodes), Hanamaru Kindergarten, Highschool of the Dead, Honey Tokyo, House of Five Leaves, Je T`aime (a music video directed by Mamoru Oshii), Katanagatari (first 3 episodes), Kurenai OVA, Ladies versus Butlers, Lupin: The Last Job, Madobe Nanami (I wasn’t gonna put this, but AniDB and MAL both count it as an OVA :\), Magic Kaito, Omamori Himari, Ookami Kakushi, Shoka, Sleeping with Hinako, Sora no Woto, Tatami Galaxy, Time of Eve movie, Unlimited Blade Works, and Welcome to the Space Show.

So, out of these titles I’ve chosen my top pick for 2010. It wasn’t a very hard pick, and I’m actually having more trouble deciding on some runner-ups xD.

The Winner is

The Tatami Galaxy
(Youjohan Shinwa Taikei)

Without a doubt, I thoroughly enjoyed Tatami Galaxy more than any other show. It honestly transcends its existence as a late night anime in Japan. It’s not just another show, one which happened to avoid tired tropes and old cliches, no, it’s solid entertainment, and true art.

The style is way unconventional, hardly resembling the expected “anime” visual. And that may have turned many people off. However, I loved that aspect about the show. But it’s not just the visual style’s “difference” that made me choose Tatami Galaxy. It’s just an all-around good watch, with an excellent and fulfilling conclusion. It uses the old narrative of reliving your life/specific times indefinitely, but it approaches it in a new and inventive way. It’s really intelligent and the whole series sets out to make a statement, which is pretty much unheard of these days.

Some people couldn’t get into the visuals, others thought the heavy dialogue was too hard to navigate. I’m not a writer, I’m not a critic or reviewer, it’s been 5 months since I watched the series. But I got so much enjoyment out of it, I definitely recommend it to everyone, and without hesitation rank it as the best title of 2010. (eh, I’m just a Yuasa fanboy m(_ _)m)

Now time to post some Runner Ups:

Shoka

For a singular half-hour OVA, there isn’t much there to judge it by. But the 30 minutes that are there are pretty sick. The story isn’t anything to talk about, but thats okay cause this OVA was all about the visual style. The animation all has this overly-sketchy, grotesque roughness to it. It’s really awesome. It was kinda like Windy Tales or Kemonozume, only more rough. Which I think is awesome, because those are some of my favorite titles for their visuals. So yeah, even though the story is sub-par, it’s only 30 minutes so what more do you expect? Plus it’s a period piece, so the setting is cool. All in all a quick, easy and entertaining watch.

Angel Beats

Guess I’ll throw this one in as a runner up. It was sweet, much better than I was expecting it to be. It was really crafted as an emotional roller-coaster, which I’m not so sure I liked. It seemed like one minute I was supposed to be laughing, but then the next I was supposed to feel sad for a character, so I ended up just not really doing anything either way. Now, thats not to say I didn’t laugh at all, oh I definitely found parts funny, and I definitely found parts dramatic or felt for the characters. But overall it took some getting used to and caught me off guard. I spent more time thinking “is this a set up to a joke for me to laugh at, or is it building a dramatic scene?” rather than me being in-the-moment of the show. Also, Tachibana is the biggest moeblob I’ve seen lately, which was awesome. I had forgotten how awesome moeblobs are.

Sora no Woto was good, Welcome to the Space Show was good, Ladies vs Butlers was good, Time of Eve movie was good but it was basically just the ONA. Not much else was really that noteworthy. The Studio 4C stuff, Honey Tokyo and Attraction, were both interesting, but not the studios best work.

Worst title –

Sleeping with Hinako

Was that that big of a surprise? I’m not sure why I watched this, but I did. 40 minutes of a chick occasionally rolling over while she sleeps in her bed. No one, ever, watch this. I don’t care how into fanservice you are, it’;s not worth it. Just go watch a hentai or something, seriously. It’s not even worth watching ironically with friends or anything. I mean, maybe the first like 4-5 minutes would be funny, but definitely not the whole thing.

Omamori Himari

I didn’t think this was that bad for the first couple of episodes. But by like the 3rd or 4th I couldn’t stand watching it. But I kept on watching, I don’t know why. I don’t know why I expected anything different to happen in the series after what I had seen in the first 3 or 4 episodes, but for some reason I thought “maybe it’ll get better,” but it only got worse. Even as far as harems go, there are many better titles than this. And definitely don’t bother if you’re in it for the fanservice, because that’s pretty minimal here.

(yay, no Shaft in the worst list orz)

There are still a ton of titles I’m looking forward to from 2010 though. Here’s a quick list of what else I wanna watch:

Midori-Ko, Redline (2009, but I still wanna watch it. plus it hasn’t seen it’s commercial dvd release yet, afaik), Trigun movie, Colorful (2010), Umi Kara no Shisha, Mardock Scramble, Hen Zemi, Iron Vendetta (this isn’t even out yet. probably gonna be a 2011 title), Kuragehime, Occult Academy, Amagami SS, Shiki, K-ON!!, Giant Killing, Rainbow, Working, Ironman, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and My Little Sister can’t be this cute.

Maybe out of this list I could find something that I’d place above Tatami Galaxy? Dobut it, but it’s totally possible. I look forward to viewing these titles someday.

Not sure I’m gonna participate in any of the other posting categories.. happy holidays people.

>Atvrcr – The Best Anime Characters of the Decade

>Before I start, all these characters are in no particular order. I had originally planned on writing down the reasons I love these characters but because of certain RL stuff I am too busy.

Main Characters:

Chii (Chobits)

Mahoro (Mahoromatic)

Yomiko Readman (ROD)

Ahiru (Princess Tutu)

Hiyono Yuizaki (Spiral)

Kaname Chidori (Full Metal Panic)

Ogiue Chika (Genshiken)

Ana Coppala (Ichigo Mashimaro)

Sayaka Suzuki -No6- (Pani Poni Dash)

Shana (Shakugan no Shana)

Nono (Diebuster)

Ai Enma (Jigoku Shoujo)

Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yutsuu)

Misaki Nakahara (Welcome to the NHK)

Reika Houjou (Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun)

Chiaki Minami (Minami-ke)

Kagami Hiiragi (Lucky Star)

Nagi (Kannagi)

Kuro (Kurokami)

Yui Hirasawa (K-ON)

Holo (Spice and Wolf)

Sawako Kuronuma (Kimi ni Todoke)

Taiga Aisaka (Toradora)

Mimi (Mnemosyne)

Side Characters:
Kaorin (Azumanga Daioh)

Mami Honda (Super Gals!)

Utau Hoshina/Tsukiyomi (Shugo Chara)

Asa Shigure (Shuffle!)

Mari Tomita (Air Gear)

Satoko Houjo  (Higurashi) Note: I didn’t think she was quite considered a main character so I placed her here.
Mai Kawasumi (Kanon/2006)

Evangeline Ak Mcdowell (Negima)

Tsubomi Okuwaka (Strawberry Panic)

Iroha Miyamoto (Sumomomo Momomo)

Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad)

Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)

Edy Nelson (Valkyria Chronicles)

Rina Ogata (White Album)

Mikan Yuuki (To Love Ru)

-Worst Characters-
As requested by tonkun

Onigiri (Air Gear)

Dan-kun (Bamboo Blade)

Harue Haribara (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteriru)

I hate characters who are abnormally  deformed for sake of being “funny”

>Atvrcr – The Best Games of 2010

>Before I start let me make this clear, all games featured in this list are based on US release dates.

The views and opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of Atv-Oni-Ota blah blah blah
I’ve played plenty of great games this year so it was a hard choice. You may notice that there are no FPS or racing games in this list. Let me get this out of the way first, if you say were is my Call of Duty or where is my Fallout… move the f*ck on, you aren’t going to find those in this here list.
Anyways lets get on with this thing.

1.Resonance of Fate
This game was absolutely amazing! Yes the game itself pretty simple as far as you go here and do this, then go here and do that, but the battle system is amazing. The characters were interesting, and although the story isn’t exactly totally engulfing, it is indeed enough to keep you interested. I give this the top spot because I thoroughly enjoyed every second while playing this game. It’s different, it was a gamble, and Tri-Ace lemme tell you what, it payed off.
2.Valkyria Chronicles II
I loved Valkyria Chronicles on PS3, so when I heard about this PSP sequel I was both excited and disappointed. Excited because more VC is awesome, disappointed because it’s on the PSP. So did the PSP gimp this game to make it not as enjoyable? Not by any means. It’s awesome to have VC on the go! Sure the story isn’t nearly as good as its PS3 predecessor but it is still amazing. If you have a PSP then go get this game now!

3.BlazBlue Continuum Shift
The best fighter out there has a sequel. Some small tweaks and some new modes make it even more amazing. The story is awesome, and yes it actually has a story. Go buy this people!
4.Atelier Rorona
Calm and relaxing, fun and entertaining. Rorona is awesome, the characteres are amusing, the game is good. If you want a plot heavy game then go somewhere else, but trust me this is enjoyable!
5.Agarest War
Hmm the naughty edition ftw! Oh and if you’re one of those people who are all like “this just uses fanservice to draw in the horny basement dwellers” then gtfo. Guess what!? This game is actually good! Battle system is good, nothing new but its solid. This game is essentially a grind fest but no so much as Cross Edge. You should definitely pick this up and put some nice hours into it.
-Worst of 2010-
As Requested by Tonkun
Final Fantasy XIII
Ok lets face it, this game is either heavily defended or heavily bashed. It looked beautiful, the battle system was alright, and the story was meh. Did I hate this with a passion? No. Did it meet my expectations? No. I both loved it and hated it. The reason that this is the worst game of the year for me is the fact that I felt the least overall satisfaction when I played it.

>Atvrcr – The Best Anime of 2010

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Well it’s that time. It is now December 21st and time for my first of seven posts this week. For this post (if you couldn’t tell from the title), I will post my pick for best anime of 2010. I hope to see plenty of responses to this and hope to see many of you posting your pick as well.
-The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Atv-Oni-Ota.-
It was extremely hard deciding what to pick. There were a few good titles that came out this year, but alas I can only pick one. Without further adieu…

The Winner is….
Angel Beats!
Yes it’s a bit anti climactic, and you are probably not very surprised by this. I should probably explain my reasoning behind this. Angel Beats was amazing, it was different from everything else that aired this year, hell it’s basically one of the few shows that wasn’t a moe slice-of-life show. The plot was unique and hell while I’m on the subject, it ACTUALLY HAD A PLOT. The characters were all interesting and for being only 13 episodes the show had a nice amount of development. I honestly can’t see anyone being angry with my decision to pick this as the best of this year. If you haven’t watched Angel Beats yet, then you should do so now!
Runner Ups.
Working! 
For being a slice of life/comedy show, it was actually refreshing in some ways. I thought that Working had the potential to be the best of the year and I almost chose it, but in retrospect I have to admit it can’t stand toe to toe with Angel Beats. The reason behind this is that a slice of life/comedy is usually only memorable for a certain amount of time but a great show that steps outside the norm will generally be remembered for a long time. Working is now available for pre-order through NISA under the title Wagnaria.
Highschool of the Dead
This is a show that was different from the norm as well. Yeah some people lost respect for the show because it took a cool concept and slapped on some overly ridiculous fanservice at points. I personally did not mind the fanservice, I didn’t think it was overbearing like some people tell me it is. I hope to see more of this in the future (if it will be allowed).
Panty and Stocking
Well I know that many people would disagree with me on this, but come on, it’s different. It has a different art style, has great music, and is pretty damn funny (most of the time). You have to respect the fact that it’s not the same ol cookie cutter formula we have been increasingly seeing over the last few years

-The Worst of 2010-
As requested by Tonkun.
Arakawa Under the Bridge.
For whatever reason I just could not get into this show at all. The humor was painfully stale, just tried too hard, and did not grasp me at all. If you love it then good for you, but keep this garbage away from me.