Let’s all watch together with Nagi-sama
Like the title says, this post reflects what I see as the most memorable episodes of this year. These are in no particular order, and obviously don’t include episodes from shows I have not seen. Feel free to comment on my selections and add some of your own. I’m sure there are plenty of you Macross Frontier fans out there who may have an episode or two to add.
Clannad Episode 14- “The Theory of Everything”
I’m not into drama as much as I used to be, and as you can see comedy largely fills this list. However, I really enjoyed the first season of Clannad, especially the Kotomi arc. This is for many reasons, first of which is because Kotomi is my favorite Clannad girl, and I was so enamored with her and her arc that I made the rare effort to make a special “editorial” post about it (you’ll have to excuse the messed-up formatting, the newest version of this site borks the archives occasionally). After watching the arc I broke my promise not to play the game because I just had to see what Kotomi’s arc with the romantic elements was like. I was blown away, and yes, I cried even though I knew what was going to happen. The post I just linked goes into a lot more detail, but I think the episode wonderfully concludes a story that felt very real to me, something that I often find lacking in anime. I know this is Key we are talking about, but it was refreshingly un-supernatural, and for someone who often finds himself somewhat outside the norm, and has experienced the death of a parent, it resonated personally.
Kure-nai Episode 6- “Light Shines Over Your Head, Doesn’t It?”
I’ll let it be known right up front that I hate musicals generally. Maybe it has to do partially with the fact that growing up, my mother was a musical lover. I mean she would go around belting out the lyrics in movies such as The Sound of Music. And the few forays into the musical anime category for me had not been pretty (I’m looking at you Red Garden, and yes I know it’s ironic that it’s the same director, perhaps he learned from his mistakes). But even considering all of that background I loved this episode. It brought together the vast majority of the characters in a hilarious fashion, and showed off all of their prominent character traits: Shinkuro was trying to please everyone, Yuno was all over him, and Murasaki just couldn’t keep from telling it like it is. It was just an all around fun-loving episode where it looked to me like everyone was having a great time.
Kannagi Episode 7- “A Cutie In A Big Pinch! The Counterattack of Spicy Hot Hitsumabushi (Part 2)”
To be honest, I could have picked multiple episodes of Kannagi such as the maid cafe or karaoke episodes, but I ended up settling on the closet episode (and for more reasons than it reminds me of the Tom Cruise coming out of the closet episode in South Park). For one, it takes something special to make a filler such a wonderful episode. So often when directors decide to stray from the original or come up with their own material it fails to impress, but this isn’t the case here at all. Second, I love the use of silence as a comedic device, the ending scene especially where Jin expresses his shock. I also really enjoyed how they brought all the characters together, each getting a piece of the comedic pie. And of course, “it’s a Sony.”
Code Geass R2 Episode 21- “The Ragnarok Connection”
This show definitely wins the most lulz-worthy series of the year, and this episode in particular is the highest point of lulz for the season. It was high trolling throughout, as Sunrise killed off the guy whom viewers assumed would be the final boss since episode one, as well as reviving and killing off Lelouch’s mother. There was so much buildup to some sort of epic Lelouch vs. Charles epic finish but then Taniguchi was like “lolz lets troll them all and install Schniezel as the final boss.” And then Lelouch uses his geass on the subconsciousness of all of humanity to top it off. And that wasn’t even the end, Lelouch decides not to blow up Brittania but instead become Emperor (complete with trademark fabulous leg crossing). Oh yeah, and Suzaku becomes the Knight of Zero with the biggest shit eating grin of all time. Oh my, how epic.
Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Episode 4, Part 1- “A Painter by the Roadside”
The primary reason I chose this episode was because the cause of Itoshki’s despair was the fact that people are often drawn from the main point by distractions, something that happens to me all the fucking time. Seemingly moreso than others I find myself distracted by the stupid little things like some guy wearing a stupid hat, or the fact that somebody has some food stuck to their face, or a picture frame isn’t straightened (coincidentally, I often find myself in total agreement with Chiri while watching this show). And once I think about the fact that it is distracting me I cannot get it out of my head and then I’m really boned. Anyways, I found that hilarious, as well as the rather over-the-top parody of sci-fi (there is a secret weapon and it is conveniently right here). Oh, and then there were bell pepper panties…where do they come up with this stuff? The second season of SZS had some weak spots, but that doesn’t diminish the hilarity of this episode in particular.