“Un Día en la Plaza”, (roughly translated as “A Day at the Park”, an obvious nod to the Marx Bros. movies A Day at the Races and A Night at the opera) is the short film that I made as my college thesis and that for some unexplainable reason has gotten a lot of good buzz everywhere I’ve shown it. So much so that it got me a job as production assistant in an upcoming movie by one of the country’s most talented directors.
The short is sort of a modern day silent comedy which I made as both homage to the Silent greats and as a sort of a protest to the regime that my college became over the course of my student years (it nearly got me kicked out for giving the bad guy a similar name to the dean). This is also the first thing in which I worked with a big team, which allowed me to direct and act at the same time.
It’s currently competing on a festival and the rules don’t allow me to show it online or on television until it’s over and distribution deals are settled, but here’s one brief scene from it, as well as the trailer and the bloopers (which are in Spanish, but hey, what the hell).
Kimi ni Todoke is one of my favorite shows, hell, it made it to the top of my “best of 2009” list when it wasn’t even over. So that alone tells you I really, really liked it. Almost a year after the end of the first season, the second season finally starts. And you know what? The first episode did not disappoint.
The thing that appeals to me the most about the series is that it doesn’t rely exclusively on one element and make a whole show out of it like most shows from nowadays. It’s a wonderful combination of a beautiful art style, heartwarming story and charming characters.
The first episode of the second season starts a month after the end of the first, specifically on Valentine’s Day. Our super cute, super shy heroine Sawako is a little more confident of herself and makes chocolates for all her friends, including her crush, Kazehaya. However, she finds herself in a dilemma when she sees Kazehaya rejecting the chocolates of a girl who was confessing her love to him. She starts wondering whether or not her chocolates are truly “friendly” or if there are other intentions behind them, never knowing that no matter the case Kazehaya would accept them because he actually likes her. This dilemma takes most of the episode which is why we mostly see Sawako talking to herself and what’s going on her mind, but the interactions with the key secondary characters are still there, most of them working as comedic relief.
KnT has always had an undeniable charm, and this episode is no different. The miniature-Sawako that appears whenever she doesn’t understand something fairly obvious is still cute and funny as hell and unsurprisingly, the colorful style hasn’t changed at all.
It was surprising though, that unlike the first episode of the first season, this one ended on a somewhat sad note. It’s not cut your veins-depressing but it was a nice cliffhanger that will surely make that wait for the second episode so much more dreadful. A new character was also briefly introduced, though we don’t get to see much of him, he looks interesting and seems like he could add a great love triangle element to the show.
The only negative thing I can say about this show is that the opening and ending are rather disappointing. Especially when compared to the songs of the first season. The opening is just bad, and the ending, though not terrible, is not anything special or memorable.
Kimi ni Todoke is a beautiful series, I don’t think I’ve ever smiled this much watching an anime. The characters are lovable, the art is beautiful and the story is developing to become one of the best romance animes ever. It’s not even over yet, but the 11 episodes I’ve seen so far have already established it as my favorite this year.
Ok, technically it started in 2008, but most of it was aired early this year so I’m gonna take it into consideration. Toradora! Is funny, sad and just… cute, I guess that’s the best word to explain it. Sure it’s predictable, but who cares? The characters and situations more than make up for that.
Yet another show that started in 08 but that I will also add to this list because more than half of it was aired this year. After Story is a fantastic sequel to a fantastic series and has some incredibly sad moments. The ending was disappointing but other than that, just great.
Only Shaft can take such a weird concept and make it into something enjoyable. Bakemonogatari is fantastically strange, filled with great characters and some of the strangest plots I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch.
Yes, K-on! I know some people here hate it but I thought it was ridiculously funny and as a music lover I enjoyed watching the process of the creation of a band. It doesn’t hurt that the animation is awesome too and that the characters are lovable.
Even though I’m not a fan of yuri, I enjoyed this series a lot. It’s a fun little romantic comedy that while doesn’t even come close to the awesomeness of Kimi ni todoke and Toradora! It’s really good. I love the intro music too, such a soft and calm tune, makes me feel relaxed.
I didn’t expect much from 11 Eyes, I thought it was going to be another shounen crap filled with fanservice, and in many ways it is. But there’s something about it that caught my attention, maybe it was the weird concept, the title having nothing to do with the story, the batshit crazy characters, the panty-shots or maybe all of that but it grew on me. Awesome little show.
Endless Eight aside, the new episodes of Haruhi featured some genuinely brilliant moments. It’s more Haruhi and that’s never a bad thing. Screw the haters.
Kobato is by no means original. It’s your typical Clamp stuff. But it’s so adorable that I can’t keep myself from watching it every week. And that alone grants it a spot on this list.
What can I say? I love cats and Nyan Koi has plenty of that. The quality of the episodes decreased after episode 7 or 8 which is why it’s all the way down here, but the first episodes were hilarious enough to give it a spot on the list.