Although I participated in the blogsphere’s “12 moments of anime” series last December, I didn’t do it this year because I’ve been too busy and I also couldn’t think of twelve things. However, not wanting to neglect it all together, I decided to make one post for the eight moments I have managed to come up with…
#8: The Aniblog Tourney
I’m sure most of you remember the Aniblog Tourney organized by Scamp and others earlier this year. I had never had the opportunity to promote my blog like that before, or to see it directly compared to other blogs, so it was all very exciting. Since the tourney, I believe my blog has gained more readers as well. I also couldn’t believe MAY managed to advance up to Round 4!
#7: Anime Expo 2010
I missed out on AX ’09 so I was determined to go this year. Even though I was only able to go for two days, I had a fantastic time. The highlights of my time there were the May’n/Megumi Nakajima concert, the Toradora! focus panel, and of course buying lots of goodies in the dealer’s hall. Overall, I didn’t have quite as much fun as previous years, but it was still a great AX!
#6: Evangelion 2.2
Even though the second of the new Evangelion movies came out last year, I only got around to watching it this year when the BD/DVD came out. Eva 2.2 was much more exciting than Eva 1.0 not only because it had a lot more new animation and divergences from the TV series, my favorite Eva character, Asuka, finally made her appearance! It’s now been eight years since I first watched Evangelion and I’m finally getting my wish of seeing more Asuka and a different take on the original story.
#5: Rewatching Wolf’s Rain
Wolf’s Rain has been one of my most favorite anime for the past few years, consistently ranking among my top 5 favorites. Although I’ve rewatched it a few times dubbed and subbed over the years, I decided to rewatch it again, but this time on my new 40″ HDTV. Seeing it in upscaled quality on the big screen was almost like seeing it for the first time. I enjoyed this rewatching of it more than any other and I now love it even more than I did before~
#4: Angel Beats!
Out of all the anime I’ve watched this year, Angel Beats! has been the only new favorite, currently ranking among my top 10 favorites, as well as giving me a new favorite character. Think of me what you will for tending to like the really popular anime, but I can’t deny how much I fell in love with Angel Beats! I liked it so much that I even rewatched it (this time in H.264 mkv on my HDTV!) just a few months after finishing it and I loved it even more~ I haven’t become obsessed with a new anime like this since Kannagi two years ago. An official U.S. DVD release of the series can’t come soon enough XD
#3: Haruhi volume 10 preview chapter
I first read the Haruhi novels back in mid-2007 (nine volumes thus far) and since then I’ve been waiting impatiently for three years for the next volume to be published. I finally got part of my wish granted with the release of the first chapter of volume 10 earlier this year. I was so excited about it that I even started writing my own translation of it before someone else finished the job. Even though there’s still no official release date for the rest of volume 10 (would you believe this book was originally supposed to be released in 2007?), having a chapter of it finally come out after three years of being stuck on a cliffhanger in the previous volume was still a great moment for this Haruhi-ist.
#2: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie
Yes, this year was good to Haruhi fans. This movie, which has gotten just about only good to godlike reviews from what I’ve seen, was truly something fans have been waiting for. As many will agree, you don’t even have to be a Haruhi fan to appreciate it. The movie just came out on BD/DVD a few days ago, but I had been able to see it twice subbed in the theater during its run in San Fransisco and LA. Attending the theatrical events and watching it together with other fans made this movie an even more fantastic moment for me this year.
#1: Pokemon Black and White
The Haruhi movie got really close to being #1 on my moments this year, but my excitement for the latest Pokemon games was just a little more intense. I’ve been buying all the new Pokemon games on their release dates since 1999, but I honestly think that I got the most excited about B&W. I was so excited that I even preordered the Japanese version rather than wait for the U.S. release, which is something I’d only done one other time with Pearl version. And boy did I get crazed waiting to play that game – I spent hours browsing sites about it online, practically hunted down the mailman daily, and became overwhelmed with disappointed each day it didn’t come. But as expected, when my copy finally did arrive I played it every waking moment of my spare time until I completed the main story. My initial excitement of it has since died down, but I’m looking forward to reliving it again with the U.S. release! XD
Other blogs participating in this year’s 12 moments of anime project: Aorii, 8C, prototype27, Borderline Hikikomori, TWWK, Landon, digitalboy, Fawkes, FNSNA, super rats, Jubbz, TheBigN, mefloraine, Caraniel, Glo, Chii, Valence, dai1313, bitmapchaos, Mike, RP, schneider, doctordazza, Scamp, drmchsr0, Jinx, and Janette