Sup guys? We are all Dick Clarks reanimated by occult Botox tech-never-meant-for-man, yammering incoherently at a teleprompter and probably dying onscreen as the Clintons massage a glowing orb like they are going to make their monster groooow. Since so much grotesque imitation of humanity was stretched over the television last night, this is the perfect time to talk about anime. As we are hung over.
Japan-cartoons in 2008! Whooooa hoooooooo boy! It's not that exciting, but there's too much that went on to actually sum up in this post! Man stuff did pretty alright: Golgo, as ever, delivers exactly what you expect, every time, and that's how he rolls. Kaiji ended in a not-so-great arc and the promise of a better next season, One Outs is fantastic-- light on the baseball and heavy on the psychological shenanigans-- and it looks to stay that way. I haven't written up Astro Fighter Sunred yet, but I just want to throw out there that it's pretty good, though it perhaps gets a bit too mundane to be funny sometimes?
Rosario + Vampire is shit. It's shit, right? Shit.
Was Casshern Sins perhaps the biggest surprise of this year? It's not just an ultra-bleak reimagining of a bright and shiny Tatsunoko hero, it's actually does so with excellent results. It's a genuine hell of a show both literally and figuratively, and I really need to catch up on it.
I was watching Ryoko's Case File and I kind of dropped out in the middle: the writing was way under the level I expected from Tanaka and the show was really being carried solely by its hot, hot lead character. By the time the cliched action maids got involved, I got the hell out. I might still finish this show, but I kinda doubt it!
Sci-Fi is kind of sneaking up there after Cartoon Network decided to start sabotaging its anime lineups, and aside from the cuts for time, the intrusive advertising, and, well, okay, there's really nothing good about their airings but the fact that MD Geist is on TV.
Colony Drop: Bullshit of The Brazen Braggarts saved anime forever, and when you watch Bubblegum Crisis in 720p, I hear you can actually see God hiding between the frames.
Holy shit, Jam Project at Otakon! Holy shit, Jam Project at Otakon! Holy shit, Jam Project at Otakon! What a cool bunch of guys and a cool chick! This was the otaku event of '08 as far as I'm concerned and the best time I've ever had at an anime convention or nerd gathering of any kind. If you were not there, you were factually wrong. That's science. Is there even a point going to these anymore, now that I've experienced the highest peaks of geekdom and also become a webcomic character?
I dunno, NYAF kinda sucked except for the cosplay! I still want one of those Sega jackets that I saw the reps wearing at the con, though. Can I get hooked up with that or what, Sega? I mean, we're Twitter friends, right? You can manage this. I'll pay you by singing all the Daytona USA songs (or in money), is that okay?
I-Con is great because I get to run panels there! I hope everybody had an awesome time watching such QUALITY anime as the unfinished cut of Gundress, Musashi Gundoh, Genma Wars, and all the rest. We might not have the same level of QUALITY, but I guarantee you that we will have anime just as horrible this coming year, with some of your old favorites coming back for seconds.
And what a fighting game year, by the way! One of the best games ever got rebalanced and re-released-- albeit with nasty bugs by a known terrible developer, but HD Remix is still so good it's worth $15. And then Street Fighter IV came out, too! Good god, has Capcom been at it, and Eighting has done some killer work for them. Tatsunoko vs Capcom is ace, Fate/Unlimited Codes is undecipherable combo madness, and they've still got the home release of SFIV coming. And a Studio 4C movie to boot! Christ!
Blazblue is a fine piece of work, if a bit typical of Arc, and Guilty Gear 2 was undeservedly stillborn (I still wait for 20 minutes sometimes to get my ass handed to me by some Japanese player on Live, usually the same guy). I guess we can count Battle Fantasia as an '08 game because that's when the West got to play it, and besides that, Battle Fantasia is one of the freshest fighting games in years. If there's anything on this list you ought to buy it's that one.
Also, there was another Melty Blood revision, which was alright but nothing to flip your shit over, considering the class of genre competition the game has right now. The best thing about Actress Again was probably that I was able to make a really obnoxious Chinatown Fair regular really mad over it after playing it for two weeks.
There's a lot more than that in the world of Japan-cartoons and fight man game, but there's a lot more in the world than Japan-cartoons and fight man game. I hope all of you guys had an awesome holiday season, and that the new year kicks just as much ass, if not more. I'll be here, doing my thing. Maybe I'll get work this year? Maybe I'll go to AX this year? I sure hope life is that sweet!