sickVisionz (Level 24)

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Man, they better not burn me on this... 
Man, they better not burn me on this... 
I woke up at around noon today with the sun beaming in through my windows, the sound of birds chirping and a knowledge that it's way too hot outside to enjoy any of it.  I hopped on my laptop a little bit later and made my usual rounds.  I decided to check out Hulu and I saw the same thing I also see: a super huge list of recommendations for me.  I usually ignore stuff like this unless it's from Netflix (every media company should use their recommendation engine or whatever it's called) but today I decided to be different. 
 
Every week I write an article about good shows you can watch online and as of right now, I'm a little bit less than 50% through the initial list of series that I came up with.  I need more anime watch, and hopefully enjoy, so that I can continue doing this for than another month.  I'm usually extremely picky and eccentric about what I will watch because I find anime descriptions to be extremely misleading, but like I said today I'm going to be different. 
 
Today I'm going to wade through this list of recommendations and watch two back-to-back episodes from five shows.  I'm picking the 5 solely from gut reaction to seeing a picture and what I've heard about it from others. 
 
Ikkitousen 
 Man, I hope looks can be deceiving...
 Man, I hope looks can be deceiving...
I've heard that this show is nothing but over the top fan service and violence.  That stigma has always turned me off but they say I'll like it because I liked Shikabane Hime, which also threw as many panty shots and decapitations at you as possible.  The girl with green hair is kind of cute so I think i'll give it a shot.  It's gotten three seasons it so it can't be that bad, right? 
 
Shuffle 
My first impression is yuri porn.
My first impression is yuri porn.
"Recommended to you because you liked Nana."  They've just set themselves up for something they can't possibly live up to imo.  Judging a book solely by its cover makes me think that this is yuri porn.  I clicked the link and saw a guy in a hospital, which gave me hope that maybe this show will be heart-wrenching, which could be really good or really bad if done poorly. 
  
Ghost Hunt 
All I know is that it's probably about hunting ghosts. 
All I know is that it's probably about hunting ghosts. 
I've heard people talk about this show being good, although I can't recall when or where I've heard this.  The only thing I know about the show is that it probably involves hunting ghosts (go figure) and whenever I start to type Ghost Hound into the Anime Vice search engine, this pops up.  They say I'll like it because I like Jyu-Oh-Sei... maybe that means it's got a nice mix of action and somber romance.
  
Black Blood Brothers
 Cool hat, check.  Cool sword, check.
 Cool hat, check.  Cool sword, check.
All I know is that this show is about vampires or demons.  The guy in the picture has on a cool pair of gloves and his hat reminds me of a character from Guilty Gear fighting game so it gets the thumbs up.  He's also holding a sword, so maybe there'll be some good fights in it as well.  They say I'll like it because of Shikabane-Hime.  Hopefully that means violence, gore and sad moments. 
 
Honey and Clover 
The little girl seems odd, but I think I'll like this 
The little girl seems odd, but I think I'll like this 
Now this I have heard something about and I believe at one point in time I was really interested in watching it, but for some reason I never did.  Oh, I think it was in a thread about Spice and Wolf and someone was saying that these shows were both good romances and it was funny how they had a X and Y style name with food in the title. 
 

Final Verdict 

I've been chronicling my adventures in the comments section but here's a wrap-up.  Realistically, I believe I've found 2 shows that I'll definitely finish: Black Blood Brothers and Honey & Clover.  I plan on finishing Ghost Hunt, but I feel like it could end up as a show that I drop 60% through.  I think Ikki Tousen will be a guilty pleasure show that I'll get around to.  Shuffle... I don't know.  My gut tells me that it will eventually develop into something that I like, but at 20+ episodes who knows if that'll happen 2 or 10 episodes from now.  Either way, I've got something to watch on a rainy day or when I'm sick.
 
Overall, I'm glad I forced myself to check out some series that I missed.  Only one of them was bad, but it was so bad it's good.  The rest of them ranged from solid to really good and I feel satisfied that I at least gave them all a shot.
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