As 2009 is coming to an end, it is expected that a blog should post something for the special occasion (I didn’t do anything in 2007 and 2008. I can’t believe it.). Most of the anime blog will surely post about best/worst anime of the year, best OP/ED, best character or something of that sort. Well, I can’t do that since I’m the only author of this blog and there is no way I could have watched all the shows released this year. The best/worst list would not do justice for the anime I didn’t watch. This post is my solution.
[WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.]
I’d like to summarize some moments in anime I experienced this year that brought greatest impact on me. Whether the anime are good or bad is not the point in this post (some of the anime listed here has already been reviewed, you can check them out.). Here’s the list.
ONE: The deadly rain drops
There are countless jaw-dropping action scenes in Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor but the battle between April and Goran at the end of the first episode strikes me hardest for many reasons. The technical details is so well done with the bullets moving in slow motion and Goran moving at incredible speed. In this scene April, the only familiar face from the first season, dies. What a shock. And lastly, who would expect a rain drop to be so deadly. The bottonline is that I was totally blown away.
TWO: The winged woman
Eden of the East contains many good moments but the one I remember so vividly is the scene that is extremely puzzling and fantastic. I didn’t expect Shiratori to suddenly spread out wings and literally fly away. I knew that Juiz was behind every thing and it was only an illusion but the anime didn’t clearly explain how Juiz did that. To me, this scene is borderline impossible and that’s why I can’t forget it. (read my review of this anime here)
THREE: The Nogizaka Maid Team introduction
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza may be inferior to its predecessor but there is one scene that really makes me smile. I admit that this kind of scene is not even remotely original but I found it really amusing to see those pretty maids introduce themselves with all those funny equipments. Oh! they even have a maid specialized in chemistry!
FOUR: A very dangerous cart driver
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is a great anime (see my review here) and it is also the first anime that makes me want to fly to Japan and mercilessly murder the anime’s creators. I was heart broken and enraged when a cart appeared behind Reiji, a sound of gunshot was heard faintly and Reiji fell down, smiling. Though I later realized that this ending was quite brilliant in certain ways, my heart has already been wounded and it would probably never heal.
FIVE: Another side of Sawako Sensei
I might have a lot to complain about K-ON! (read my review here) but I must admit that several scenes in this anime really makes me laugh, a genuine one, not merely smirk or smile. And the best laugh it gave me came from this scene in which the shy Sawako Sensei went berserk when her past as a rocker was about to be revealed. The funniest thing was that when Sawako started leaping, people started moving furniture around the hallway at the same time.
SIX: If your voice is lethal, always carry a pen!
Anyone who has seen Canaan must at least vaguely remember this scene. Hakko whose voice is lethal due to viral induced mutation, is tricked by Liang Qi into unintentionally attacking her lover, Santana. In his last moment, Santana asked Hakko to say ‘I love you’ and by saying those words, Hakko killed him. After I was done wiping my tears, I realized that Hakko should have carried a pen because writing ‘I love you’ on a piece of paper was perfectly safe!
SEVEN: Yuuki fading away
Despite the controversy surrounding it, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 undoubtedly succeeds in creating one of the most emotional ending sequence of the year. I knew that Yuuki was dead long before watching the final episode but the scene in which Yuuki slowly faded away and Mirai, holding her mother, could not stop the tears from flowing down her cheeks was just too painful to watch. Hell, I think I’m going to cry again.
That’s all I can think of right now. Nevertheless, there are several others that surely deserve a spot in the list but they slipped my mind or I haven’t watched them. If you have any suggestions, please share them here.
In general, 2009 was a decent year for me. There were lots of good anime released throughout the year but, unfortunately, none of them was universally praised by anime fans and none of them could earn A+ rating from me. Hopefully, 2010 will be different.
ps. My review on Canaan and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 will be published early next year (I’m always late, I know) but for Darker Than Black 2 and Nogizaka 2, I’ll review them when they are complete.