Since 2009 I’ve been participating in the anime blogsphere’s “12 Moments of Anime” project, which consists of us counting down our best anime-related moments of the year every day during the twelve days until Christmas. As usual, I prefer to list my twelve moments altogether in one post rather than split them over twelve posts. I know I’m doing my moments post earlier than usual this year, but that’s due to my new blogging schedule of only posting once a week and in the coming weeks I’m already planning to review some seasonal anime that are going to be ending. So, without further adieu, here are my 12 moments of anime for 2012…
#12: The Aniblog Tourney 2012
Like in 2010, my blog again participated in the Aniblog Tourney held this year. This time the blogs were placed into different tiers depending on their popularity and age. My blog was in one of the higher tiers so I didn’t get my first match until a couple of months after the tourney started. I managed to win my first match but lost my second one…but regardless, it was a thrilling ride like it was in 2010 and I look forward to the next one in 2014.
#11: Shakugan no Shana Final
The Shakugan no Shana series isn’t one of my favorites per se, but Shana is one of my most favorite characters and it was great finally seeing the ending to an anime I’ve been following since 2007. Not only that, but I enjoyed this third season of Shana more than both of the previous ones. So yeah, it was awesome that my favorite flaming tsundere got to go out with a bang! Now I’ve gotta rewatch all three seasons back-to-back someday =P
#10: Finishing the Bleach anime
Even more accomplishing than completing the Shana series, this year I completed the anime version of a much longer series – Bleach. While I did skip some gaps of filler episodes, for the most part I’ve been watching Bleach continuously since 2005, and since it’s classified as one of the big, seemingly never-ending shonen series, I had no idea when it would ever end. Despite having a lot of issues with the series in general and never much liking most of the characters even after all these years, I guess I still found enough good in it to keep tuning in until finally this year, when the anime finished airing. The manga is still going, but from what I’ve heard it’s going to be ending soon as well. I don’t like Bleach enough to want to read the manga to see the things left out of the anime, but if an anime version of the final manga chapters is ever made, like what was done with the finale of Inuyasha, I’m sure I’ll check it out.
#9: Kingdom Hearts
Since gaming has always been a secondary hobby to me after anime and all I really do is play games from a few select series I like, mostly on Nintendo consoles, I’ve never had a PS2 and thus never played many of the most popular games. Kingdom Hearts was quite a hit amongst my peers when I was in high school but all I saw was bits of it when I went to friends’ houses and never thought that my PS2-less self would play through it all – until earlier this year when one of my friends who now has a PS3 lent me her PS2 and Kingdom Hearts to play. Being unemployed at the time, I had plenty of time to play through the game…and while it took a while for me to get into it, I ended up really liking it! =) I’m not familiar with Final Fantasy but I’m a huge Disney fan, so I loved playing through the various Disney worlds and interacting with the characters. I played through the whole game as well as many of the difficult side-quests. I started Kingdom Hearts II but didn’t get very far before I had to stop to play Pokemon Black 2 =P But I plan to pick it up again one of these days. I greatly enjoyed the first Kingdom Hearts at least, and I’m glad I finally got to play it even if it is ten years late XD
I’ve praised this series enough already, but like I said, it’s hands-down the best series I watched this year even though it came out in 2005 (season 1) and 2007 (season 2). Definitely better late than never with this one ;) Having such high regard for it, how could I not place it somewhere amongst my best anime moments? XD Again, I urge anyone who likes quality anime titles that don’t have any of the typical otaku traits, to check it out. You can also get both season box sets for a good price on RightStuf.
#7: AnimeYume turning 10 years old
While my blog and domain name grow a year older every year, I think turning ten years old is a big accomplishment. The blog itself just turned six but my AnimeYume.com domain name finally hit the decade mark this year. As I thoroughly discussed in my post about it, it’s quite a good feeling knowing that I’ve been able to keep up a web site for so long despite various changes in my life. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up for more years to come~
#6: Changing web hosts
And in addition to my site turning ten years old, I also moved my entire site and domain name to a new host for the first time since buying my domain ten years ago. Despite how expensive and limited my Yahoo! hosting was, I resisted changing servers all these years due to my lack of knowledge as to how and fear that something might go wrong with some part of the site if I did. But this year I finally decided to go through with it thanks to the help of fellow blogger and computer whiz Chikorita157. The transition from Yahoo! Web Hosting to HostGator went smoothly and so far HostGator is pleasing me =)
#5: English release of Haruhi novel 7
Since 2009 the good folks at Yen Press have been releasing official English versions of the Haruhi novels at the rate of two a year. This year however marked the release of a very special volume, novel 7, “The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya.” It’s the first volume that contains a full story (rather than a series of short stories) that has not been seen in the anime. It’s also a big turning point for the series in general in that it introduces new, important characters, antagonistic ones actually, as well as big plot points. It’s one of the better stories in the series in my opinion, and for this big Haruhi fan, it certainly deserves a spot on the list ;) Now if only I can be sure it will get an anime adaptation…
#4: English release of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
I didn’t get nearly as excited about Black 2 and White 2 as I did for their predecessors, but I still got really into my copy of Black 2 when I got it, and I’m actually still playing it often, having gotten hooked on the Pokemon World Tournament feature and battling players in real-time over Wi-fi. As I said in my review of the game, despite being a bit weak in story, it’s great in all its other aspects. Being the big Pokemon fan that I am, Pokemon game release always rank highly amongst my moments XD
#3: Madoka Magica movies
As many of you know, the Madoka Magica movies have been having showings in various parts of the world, quite a few in the US. I was lucky enough to attend one of the earliest showings in LA. It was an awesome event, the movies were great, and I managed to get a bunch of rare goods! Definitely an irreplaceable anime event and one that easily places highly among my anime moments this year!
#2: Weiss Schwarz
For those of you who read my recent post about trading card games, Weiss Schwarz is an anime-themed card game that I recently got totally engrossed in. I haven’t gotten this passionate about a card game in years. As I explained in the post, it’s just such a fun, unique game and the fact that you can crossover so many anime series just makes it irresistible to a fan like me XD You can tell how much I got into it by how much money I’ve already spent on getting those rare card sets and accessories – and I still plan to dish out a lot more if Playmoya ever gets more copies of the Haruhi booster box!
#1: Anime Expo 2012
Anime Expo always ranks highly on my list of moments for the year, and this year nothing else topped my four day stay at the con =) I actually spent the most time at this year’s AX than I did for previous years, going there on Day 0 to get my badge as well as spending the full four days and not leaving until late afternoon on the last day. I also went to two concerts and other fun events, as well as purchased lots of goodies of course XD AX is always the highlight of the year for me and this year was one of the best~
In the coming weeks, I plan to review the seasonal series I’m watching that are ending soon, as well as count down my top favorite anime of 2012 around New Year’s. See you all soon!