My, my, is it time already? This year sure went by fast. Time to regret all those hours wasted by watching chinese cartoon in my dirty room, shall we?
Ahem, I mean, here's my pick for favorite anime of this year.

Special Mentions:
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Since this show is still ongoing I can't include it to the top ten but honestly Jojo deserves the mention. Yes, it's very campy and the animation isn't really good but I enjoy it so much. That's the most important point.

Space Brothers
I'm totally fall in love with Space Brothers, you know that. Again, this show is still on the run so unfortunately this can't made into the top ten. When it's over I can guarantee this will be on my top 5 next year, if this blog still exist at that time.

Oda Nobuna no Yabou
I've been wondering whether this should be on top ten but decided to call it off at the last second. Still, this show is, like, really fun. I mean, it sets in Sengoku period with loli in place of old men. What's not to like?
There's bunch of show like this out there but sincerely this is the only one that I found interesting.

(Also, it's quite sad that all things I learnt about the history of Japan came from either porn games and genderbender anime)

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
It's a good show by all means however it's kinda missing something. Something that made the first half of the show so enjoyable. This show would work well as a plain humour but as a drama? Meh.

Binbougami ga!
Still haven't finish this but so far I like what I saw. There's plenty forced jokes here and there but hey, you can't please everyone. I also like the voice Kana-tan used for this show, it's my favorite from all of her possible voice (the last show she used this kind of voice is Hen Zemi).

Olololo. Greatest twist of the year. Best girl won. Monster girls strong.

Now, let's move on to the Top Ten
10. Yuru Yuri S2
Guess the cat's out the bag now, huh. Yes, I really like Yuru Yuri, not even as a guilty pleasure but with genuine kind of affection. There'd better be another season otherwise I'm gonna be so mad that I'll burn an orphanage.

9. Thermae Romae
I wonder why a 3-minute flash anime can be this good. This is the kind of anime that'll make you keep thinking about its next episode. Don't forget it's also got this subtle message about cultural exchange. No, I'm not joking.

8. Jormungand
That screenshot is from the second season but fuck the police. Jormungand is the show that keeps showing us cool stuff every episode even just for a few seconds. Not as satisfying as Black Lagoon in term of over-the-top action but cool stuff is still cool.

7. Hyouka
The picture above sums up Hyouka perfectly.There's a mystery somewhere (or not really, depending on your take on what can be called a mystery), Chitanda makes an ":o" face then bugs Oreki to solve it to quench her curiousity. Rinse and repeat for 22 whole episodes. Oh, and don't forget to add beautiful animations while you're at it. Wham! There you go, anime for intellegent boys and girls! HUEHUEHUE

6. Hotarubi no Mori e
I don't know when and how it happened but my Hotarubi no Mori e post somehow becomes the most visited page in this blog. Apparently you people have great taste too. Cheers!

5. Aquarion EVOL
Man. I don't even know where to start with this anime. From the over-the-top mecha action, love triangle, colorful cast of characters, sexual innuendo, glorious super powers, homo, "deep" philosophy and stupid attack names. Wait, these characteristics sound familiar! Yes, it's like Star Driver except goofier and has more pun. No wonder I like it so much.

4. Fate/Zero S2
Well what more can I say here other than it's a continuation of the already awesome anime from last year. Some moments in this show are somewhat memorable like the river battle, Saber with motorbike, Rider vs Archer, lolbackstabbing, and so on. The animation is also great, probably the prettiest show in this year.

3. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
This is that one comedic show that always show up in my list year after year. If last year we had Nichijou, 2012 has Nichibros. I was totally sold on this show after watching the pre-air episodes. The actual series is even funnier with more characters introduced. When it comes to comedy anime, I always get picky about the show. But this, I don't have any complain at all. This is my perfect comedy show.

2. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
This show comes as surprise to me. Nameless cynical protagonist. Suicidal bread. Headless naked chicken. Capitalist fairies. Time paradog. So much fun. I didn't expect anything when I started watching this, but at the end of episode 12 I realized I just watched one of the best satire anime ever produced.

1.5 Chiisana Oji-san
Touching story about a tiny old man's crawl and the women surrounding him. This definitely would be #1 if not for...

1. Nisemonogatari



While 2011 can easily be remembered by modern classic titles such as Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate or Mawaru Penguindrum, this year memento will probably terrible anime such as Sword Art Online, Guilty Crown or even Another. Fuck this gay earth. Happy new year, folks!
I'm gonna use this image over and over again until you guys read Punpun
Now let's talk about manga. There are several long running manga that ended this year like Bakuman and Negima but they're hardly held any importance to me, except for Gunslinger GirlTeam Medical Dragon and maybe Franken Fran. (Wait, actually add Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei too, as the ending of that manga blown my mind). Some long running manga I followed that still have no sign of ending including Berserk, NGE and Claymore. Some new shonen series popped up out of nowhere and surprisingly they're suited to my taste. They are Maoyuu, Gate and Akame ga Kill. Anyway here's some of the manga I enjoyed reading during this whole year. Treat this as recommendation or whatsoever, I don't care.

Oyasumi Punpun
Akame ga Kill
Molester Man
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought  There
Aku no Hana
A Girl by the Sea
One-Punch Man
Kangoku Gakuen
Wandering Emanon
I Am a Hero
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
Majo no Shinzou
Blood Alone
A Lollipop or a Bullet
Ryuushika Ryuushika

So yeah. That ending was totally disappointing.What a piece of joke this show was. Here's the recap of good and bad points of this anime. There are good points!

The girls
The first two episode
The rest of 22 episodes
When I heard Satelight is animating this I was like, whoa eyegasm mecha action incoming. I mean, they did Macross Frontier, EVOL and AKB0048 which are really great animation wise. But then I found out about the low budget thing and the horrendous animation.  It makes Mirai Nikki looks like sakuga. I know it's all basically just the publisher screaming "buy the bd so you can get your muvluv trilogy anime you're waiting for!" Yeah nah, you're a cunt.

Unnecessary fanservice episodes
The guys
Not enough Laser
Not enough PTSD
Not enoough gore
Well that's it. So long Total Eclipse. May there never be another catastrophe adaptation again for Muv-Luv franchise. I kinda looking forward to the visual novel for the real conclusion though.
Definitely not Japanese ghost rider
What in the Oblivion's name am I watching? Well, whatever it was I sure as hell don't mind more.
Here's list of my favorite anime OP and ED from this year. I'd embed Youtube videos if I'm not lazy well Youtube will eventually take down those videos anyway so search it yourself if you like. So without further ado I present thee, my 2012 OP & ED picks.


Aquarion EVOL OP1 - Kimi no Shinwa ~Aquarion Dai Ni Shou~ by AKINO with bless4
OSORE! I'm pumped as fuck everytime I start Aquarion EVOL thanks to this song. True that this OP doesn't hold up with its prequel legendary song (which is still one of my favorite anisong of all time, even though I don't watch that shitty show) but this is still great.

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia OP - CHOIR JAIL by Suzuki Konomi
Here's another OP that I feel in love with as soon as I heard it. I can hardly believe that the singer is a 14-yo newbie. Definitely looking forward to her future works.

Jojo's Bizzare Adventure OP1 - Jojo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ by TOMMY
Classy. This song gets better everytime I listen to it.

Nisemonogatari OP2 - marshmallow justice by Kitamura Eri
As generic as this song goes, I still like it. I-it's not like Karen is my favorite girl or anything!

Nisemonogatari OP3 - Platinum Disco by Iguchi Yuka
Possibly the best Monogatari song ever. Even better than Renai Circulation.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita OP - Real World by nano.RIPE
Honestly I never like nano.RIPE, mainly because I find the vocalist voice annoying (no offense to fans) but I can't hate this song. It's just too lovely, especially with the fairy dance animation. It's a good thing my family never once caught me dancing to the OP in my room.

Space Brothers OP1 - Feel So Moon by Unicorn
This is another song that gets better with the time. Too bad until this moment I can't find the full version anywhere, or is it because it hasn't been released yet?

Sword Art Online OP1 - crossing field by LiSA
As much as I loathe A-1 adaptation of SAO, I won't deny that the music department is very good. This OP by LiSA really captured the epic (lel) feel of the world of Aincrad.

Fate Zero OP2 - to the beginning by Kalafina
In contrast with the energetic first OP, this one has this more melancholic feel in it. Not to mention the great opening animation that follows. Also, I hate you people who say every Kalafina songs sounded same.

Hyouka OP1 - Yasashisa no Riyuu by ChouCho
I always know Choucho is a great singer ever since I first heard her in her utattemita days, but I never knew she can be this good. If I were to pick a 1st position in this list, this song will be it.

Hyouka OP2 - Mikansei Stride by Kodama Saori
The animation is awesome. 'Nuff said.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai OP - Sparkling Daydream by ZAQ
Somehow this song really fitted with the show. The animation sequence is pretty too so I don't need any reason not to include this one.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san OP - Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos by Asumi Kana, Matsuki Miyu & Ootsubo Yuka
Also, this.

Sankarea OP - Esoragoto by nano.RIPE
I said before that I don't fancy nano.RIPE but here I am picking another one of their song. The first part of the song is terrible however once you got through this song is nothing short of fantastic.


Joshiraku ED - Nippon Egao Hyakkei by Momoiro Clover Tei Ichimon
This is the first song that popped in my mind when I was thinking of creating this list. I remember playing the TV rip version at least around 130 times. How can a song be this catchy? It's almost like a sin.

Aquarion EVOL ED1 - Gekkou Symphonia by AKINO & AIKI from bless4
A very relaxing song in contradiction with its hot blooded OP. I fucking love it.

Ano Natsu de Matteru ED -  Vidro Moyou by Yanagi Nagi
Nagi's first solo debut in anime. What kind of a fan am I if I don't include this one? Anyway this song is really great mind you, just as expected from our great utahime.

Jormungand ED - Ambivalentidea by Yanagi Nagi
Okay everyone can go home now because this list is getting more biased towards my obsession with Nagi.

Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse ED1 - signs ~Saku Tsukiichi Yoru~ by Kuribayashi Minami
Ah yes, even though the show itself is shit at least the ED is pretty good. Not as good as her songs from the visual novel but yeah, this one is really pleasant to listen to.

Hyouka ED2 - Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery by Satou Satomi & Kayano Ai
Aw yeah, KyoAni is really good when it comes to OP & ED of their shows. This is probably one of the greatest use of costume in anime ED ever.

Inu x Boku SS ED3 - sweets parade by Hanazawa Kana

Sankarea ED - Above your hand by Annabel

Space Brothers ED2 - Kokuhaku by Angela Aki

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita ED - Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume by Itou Masumi
Glad to see her sing another song for anime. Her voice is so captivating, ever since I heard her in Azumanga Daioh and Haibane Renmei ED. Not to mention she's a fucking incredible composer too.

Mirai Nikki ED2 - filament by Yousei Teikoku
Call the cops because apparently I never heard of Yousei Teikoku before they appeared in Mirai Nikki OP&ED.

Wooser no Sono Higurashi ED - Love Me Gimme by Tia
One of my biggest surprise of the season, because somehow ryo composed a song for a rather unheard short anime which I assumed was irrelevant but turned out it is pretty entertaining.

Black Rock Shooter ED - Bokura no Ashiato by supercell
Guilty Crown ED2 - Kokuhaku by supercell
These two are in the same single so I decided to put it together. More songs produced by ryo made it into this list. I'm glad that ryo hasn't lost his magic touch.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou ED - Ohisama by Amesaki Annainin
Hands down the best ED of the year. Probably the best of all time too.

I probably miss some but there it is, list of my favorite OP/ED from 2012. What do you think of it? Do you have any favorite from this year? Do share in the comment below.
Top 10 (alphabetically):
30 Flights of Loving
Black Mesa
Dear Esther
Hotline Miami
The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb
The Witch's House
To The Moon

Special mentions:
Katawa Shoujo
Legend of Grimrock
Lone Survivor
Mark of the Ninja
Thomas Was Alone
Torchlight II

Frog Fractions

P.S. I wish Journey was released on PC
On the first day of Christmas, Asano sent to me a new Punpun volume.
(Beware of spoilers, chap!)

Sweet holy mother of god. I don't even know where to begins with this bloody volume. Let me get with the big spoiler first: Punpun killed Aiko's mom. Yep, that's right. There's no way back from his already downer life. There's only going down from now.

This volume is one hell of a ride. Even more so than the last one. I actually had to take a breather and went out of my room every once in a while because of the tension. Basically Punpun has lost it in this volume, his head changed to devilish horn. Aiko isn't better, even more broken than before since she suffered some kind of mental shock (PTSD) after seeing all that happened.

This volume also brought some development to the occult thingy and some previous characters like the gay duo (Seki & Shimizu) and Sachi also briefly appeared. What happened at the end of volume left a big question mark in my head, not in cliffhanger way but more like in "what the fuck is even going on" way. I hate the fact that I must wait for unknown months before getting the next volume.

Now speculah time. I read somewhere that Oyasumi Punpun manga is going to end in volume 14, so that's three whole volumes more. I think Inio is going to explain more of this cult stuff in the next volume. Also, I don't think Aiko can hold on any longer because of what Punpun did in this volume. There's also this problem with Sachi and her baby. The suffering never ends.

Anyway, that was a really superb volume. It started wild and chaotic, a bit calmed in the middle of volume, and went wild again. It's pretty depressing if you ask me but we're the reader of Punpun from volume 1 know all too well about depression, aren't we? Also it's really saddening to see what Punpun has become after all these tragic things. He started as an innocent boy who had interest in space and ended up being insane like this. Here's a quote from an anon which described my feeling accurately:
I feel like a father watching his only son fuck up his life with stupid decissions little by little, and there is nothing I can do to help him. Just watch behind a sound-proof glass, drinking my alcohol, on my 6th cigar this hour and just praying to whatever deity there is that it won't get worse for him.
Ho ho motherfucking ho, Merry Ruined Christmas, Punpun!
PS. Meanwhile in Akame ga Kill, some cute girl just died. What a great day, isn't it? (laughs)
Oh please don't mind me or this post. Just want to write down a few things that has been happening in this past few days.

(Okay, okay, I admit it. The post title is not very original indeed)

Bought a new external HDD
Finally! After few years of suffering and suffocating, I finally got myself a new space for all these pr0nz. It's a 2 TB WD that I bought, certainly not long until it'll be stuffed enough bytes to fill it. Nevertheless, at least my PC and laptop can breathe now thanks to it. No more deleting all those precious files!

Hotline Miami
This game is cool, yo. Go play it if you haven't. Beware of the dogs though.

Molester Man
Another 2ch tale turned into a manga. This time involves a guy who's mistaken as a molester. That's the start of the unexpected turn of events of his life.

It's pretty awesome if you ask me.

The world hasn't ending (yet)
Those fucking Mayans and their stupid pranks prophecy. Here I was ready to get turned into tang while Komm Susser Todd playing with max volume. Such a let down.

The Mirror Lied and Clock of Atonement
Two short games made with RPG Maker. Man, I'm such a sucker for good RPG Maker games.

The Mirror Lied is about... hell if I know what's the story is supposed to mean. It has pretty good music though. It was made by those same guy who did To The Moon.

And Clock of Atonement has a more accessible story. It was about a stalker guy who killed the girl he stalked and found a watch that can turn back time so he turned back the time so he can prevent the murder in a Ghost Trick way.

Beneath a Steel Sky
A rather old (1994) point n click adventure game with cyberpunk and sci-fi theme. It's free on GOG so I figured why the hell not try it. The graphics is well, old, but for 1994 I'd say it's pretty. The dialogues are funny and charming with all the british accent. The puzzle is well-done, too. It's recommended if you're into the genre.

Punpun new volume, SOON
According to Hox, he'll start translating the new volume on Christmas Eve. Way to go to ruin everyone Christmas, Hox!

Aku no Hana
Boy this manga sure is fucked up. I finally catch up with it and I can say it's one of top ten most crazy manga in my list. I can only imagine what sort of reaction we get when the anime airs next year.

Finished Kaiji S2
Never too late for zawa zawa. That damn pachinko machine, man. (Also, Mikako doujin where?)

Gonna do those end of the year posts (again)
Yeah, just like past years. Or did I really do it? wakarimasenlol.
I'll start tomorrow if I don't lazy.

Goodbye cruel world.
xoxo  minoru
Tokyo Encounter episode 18: Sugita and Nakamura talking about balls and playing Amagami.

Man, I wish Over-Time would release Tokyo Encounter sub faster. Watching those two playing obscure old game and spewing dirty jokes is really enjoyable.

In episode 18 opening segment they played game called Ninja Commando or something. They only played it for a while and after the title call they changed it to some random board game with baseball theme. I laughed way too hard even though I had no idea what's going on in this game.

In this game you first must create your own character (whose face is randomized!) and compete with other player, from grade school until you become top professional baseball player. It's played as a board game, it has random events to increase your stats. It also has two hard as hell mini games which one is to determine your contract offer by playing catch. Yep, basically a type of game you'd play with your friends when you're high as fuck.

Next they're playing Amagami. Sugita confirmed for Kaoru-fag.

Apparently Nakamura was having a hard time choosing the girl, so Sugita recommended him Sae.

But he chose Senpai instead. He got offed by her because he talked about  the health benefits of nopan with a cute girl.

In the end Sugita proudly showed Nakamura his savegame. He dedicated his game only to Kaoru. What a guy.