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Kiri ☂ ([personal profile] taotrooper) wrote2013-01-06 02:03 pm

Holidays are over


soy sauce


Happy belated new year? Welp, there are still 360 days left counting today, so it's not like I'm too late. LJ wouldn't open to me on the 31st and 1st, and I didn't want to post without a crosspost.

Two things, then. I've seen people still doing yearly scrapbooks and lists to keep track of what they'll check on 2013. I always do that kind of post and I forget to edit them later, and then at end of year memes I'm like WAIT WHAT BUT I WATCHED MORE SHIT so I'll do a new approach this year. I'm keeping track of progress on shows and books and stuff with cloud apps. And since it's easier to make it look pretty there, I'm making a log of finished stuff in a sideblog :D

The other one is the yeeeeeeear in reviewwwwwww meeeeeeeeme.



Animanga!



I don't know if I'm pickier or the year just sucked ass or I'm getting lower tolerance to mainstream main characters, but I didn't follow anime that much. I thought this could be a chance to pick up my backlog or watch classics but I didn't have much internet connection to do so (my brothers are in the house more often, so it's been hell to download/watch stuff on stream.) So anyway, the best I watched not counting rewatches was hands down Tsuritama. If you haven't tried it yet, please do because the characters are so charming and colorful. Fate/Zero was horrible in a "what you did to me was horrible" kind of way, not in quality. I keep watching Polar Bear Café, but some of the cast's schtick got old already.

In manga... I wish I could've read more manga. I tried interesting series like Shingeki no Kyojin and Onepunch Man, but when I was halfway I stopped and thought, "do I really want to keep reading stuff like this?" The first was too mortifying and full of anxiety to my taste despite being a good horror concept (those titans are way creepy). The second was too silly to even be funny. In the end, I continued with Kuragehime and Saint Young Men (I'm behind in all the historical seinen), and for manga I started Piano no Mori and a little yuujinchou-ish jewel (that reminds me, I should finish the anime and start the manga of that one) that charmed my socks off called Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou. PnM is like a weird Hikaru no Go with classic music, but Youkai Apato is something you gotta read because it's so cute.

I'm almost done collecting Rurouni Kenshin. Four deluxe volumes to go.

Books!



Well, I read and bought few books this time and none impressed me enough to rec in particular. Maybe Robin Hobb's Assassin series if it wasn't so full of suffering (and I have one book left anyway). Even The Mark of Athena wasn't as enjoyable as I expected, but I'm not sure if it's my fault for expecting more nakama in it or the bad timing of the book. October hated me. All my fandoms were douchebags to me in October. I even called it Oktoberangstfest.

TV!



Doctor Who is okay, but lately it kinda feels like it's pushing a bit too hard. Hopefully with a new companion, shit will be fresh again. The other live-action shows I've been watching were the ones we watch in family (American Horror Story and Game of Thrones), but since I'm meh about them they don't get bold tag or commentary.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra was this year's disappointment. The hopes were high, man. It started so well! But then it's a chaos, they didn't know what to do with half of the teen cast anymore beyond love rectangle, I didn't like the way they did the main ship, and the ending was just so... anticlimatic? In the end I enjoyed it more for the adult and kid cast, but it was just an okay show when it could've been glorious.

Now other cartoons! I'm still watching Adventure Time but the episodes are hit or miss. It's weird that Marceline was my favorite girl in the show before, but now she's all drama and I've been digging Bubblegum's mad science plots better. However, this year's best cartoon might be Gravity Falls because it's so charming.

Games!



...I almost didn't touch consoles this year. I still have to play most of the games I bought last year. The few games that intrigued me this year were either PC stuff (my laptop can't even handle the first Portal, let along Steam stuff) or shit for consoles we don't own and plan to buy anyway. So there's not a lot to say here because I just played a casual thing on my phone when I was bored as I was going to be interrupted soon.

I did buy a Humble Bundle of Android games and I have a few indie stuff in my tablet that I should finish already: Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, Waking Mars, Wind-up Knight, etc.

Oh, and I also got Kid Icarus for "actual" game, but I think it's cursed because every time I picked it I got sick of something. Plus I don't even know what table to use to play it, so I get too lazy to even get it from my closet.

Movies!



My two favorites when it comes to 2011-2012 movies were Hugo and The Avengers. I watched quite a few considering it's me, but they were mostly 80's-90's-2000's comedies and most of the Marvel superhero films I needed for Avengers context (haven't touched the Hulk ones though).

There were a lot of cool animated ones, but the ones I liked better were Wreck-it Ralph and Rise of the Guardians.

Comics!



I think this is where most of my fandom action lies this year. I can't exactly tell which I read this year and which the previous, so this will be messy.

Journey into Mystery (Loki) was my main fandom. Is it good? Yes. EVERYTHING HURTS? YES. Am I still buying the rest of the local edition? Fffuuu, yes.
→ The current run (Sif) is... not bad, but I'm disappointed she went nuts at the second issue. I wanted to get to know Sif, and I can't do that if change her D:
→ I also read random Thor comics and spinoffs here and there. The one I like better was Thor: The Mighty Avenger which of course was too cute to live.
→ Let's not even talk about the end of Everything Burns in Thor's side. Was that even an ending??? Thor: God of Thunder is boring me.
Hawkeye is awesome and probably the funnest thing published in Marvel now.
Incredible Hercules wasn't this year, but it was a total blast!
Immortal Iron Fist wasn't either, but it was fine.
→ I started Saga recently and got immediately hooked. Great decision.
→ I should just try more non-DC-Marvel stuff in general. And non-American too.
→ I have one volume left of Siegfried. This shit is seriously pretty.
→ I think the only thing from DC I read was volume one of Booster Gold? Fuck DC.

What am I looking forward to for 2013? Fuck if I know. There's Marvel stuff I'm interested in (and fearing it, in Young Avengers' case). Maybe I'll finish a video game or get a console; I think my brother is eying the Vita and P4G. There's a lot of stuff to catch up in my HDD and DVD collection too. So I have more to bite that I can chew, so it's just a matter of what and when to jump into. I need new fandoms urgently because I miss having an OTP.

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