December 3, 2008

Roxas’ 2008 Awards

Filed under: Anime — jroxas @ 11:39 pm
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I’ve been kind of lacking inspiration lately, but this is something pretty easy to do. Let’s see if I can keep it up all the way to the end. Every day from now on until I exhaust my reserve of ideas, I’ll be giving one or more shows some form of “XY of 2008″ award. (I will consider a show “in 2008″ if it either ended in 2008 or started in 2008, depending on which part of the show made me give it its award.)

Let’s start with an easy one.

Best soundtrack: Macross Frontier.

Do I really need to explain? A very solid case can be made for this being the best soundtrack for anything, ever.

OK, that was too easy. I’ll give you another one.

Most Misleadingly Good OP: Majutsu Toaru no Index

The OP on YouTube, for reference. The stylish cuts, subtle effects, and the way the song sounds combine to give the impression of a series featuring a diverse cast full of convincingly deep and emotional characters along with a good dose of both action and mystery. Instead, we get tl;dr: The Animation. Did it not occur to these people that creating an adaptation of a printed work in a visual medium does not consist of putting the entirety of the printed work, word-for-word, into said visual medium?

16 Comments »

  1. Well, I must agree with you on MF being one of the best shows of 2008.
    I haven’t seen Index yet, but judging from the OP, you’re right. The show builds up a awful lot of hype for the OP… but hey, it’s part of the marketing scheme right? Nice flashy OPs and popular songs make people perceive shows as being better.

    Comment by AOforever1 — December 4, 2008 @ 12:13 am

  2. What? You just said two things everyone has said, with like zero originality, and it’s not even tl;dr! C’mon, Roxas, this isn’t a post! It’s two tweets! In any event, Aria the Origination’s soundtrack can trump Macross F’s anytime as far as I’m concerned.

    Translation: yes, you do need to explain because you’re not expressing the unanimous opinion of everyone reading this blog.

    P.S. easy = no challenge = you’re not trying to understand your own stance

    Well, I must agree with you on MF being one of the best shows of 2008.

    WOAH WOAH WOAH THERE

    Okay, so there’re these two or three heavy-duty Macross fanboys rampaging around the ’sphere the last six weeks and now suddenly people are calling Frontier a good show? I thought it was crystal clear to just about everyone that the show had serious failings (like a crap plot, a lack of likable/believable characters, and a cop-out ending) and that it was nowhere close to being one of the best shows of 2008.

    Unbelievable. T_T

    Comment by lolikitsune — December 4, 2008 @ 12:50 am

  3. P.P.S. “anything, ever” includes the corpus of series for which Kajiura Yuki created music and the corpus of series for which Yoko Kanno created music and the corpus of series for which Iwasaki Taku created music. I’m not trying to say that all of those three’s music is OMG EXCELLENT or anything, but on average they have good records. Better, I’d say, than some over-hyped high-pitched jpop :S

    Comment by lolikitsune — December 4, 2008 @ 12:53 am

  4. “P.S. easy = no challenge = you’re not trying to understand your own stance”

    Guilty as charged. I was posting for the sake of posting more than anything else, just to get myself back into the rhythm of things. I didn’t even know that stuff is what everyone else has said, because I haven’t even really been reading what everyone else is saying either :(

    Re: the second part - he said it, not me :P I haven’t sorted out what I’d call the “best shows of 2008″ yet, because I still need to go back and look at what actually aired in 2008.

    Comment by jroxas — December 4, 2008 @ 12:55 am

  5. I know that the first comment was made by NotYou. Sorry if it seemed like I was blaming you for the comment; I was just being thorough :P

    And yeah. Posting for the sake of posting. I do that sometimes >_>

    Anyway, try to keep this up and hopefully things will get more inspired and more interesting as the days progress.

    Comment by lolikitsune — December 4, 2008 @ 1:26 am

  6. “Aria the Origination’s soundtrack can trump Macross F’s anytime as far as I’m concerned.”

    As much as I hate siding with Lolikit on anything, on this one I have to agree. =D

    Macross F’s soundtrack is nice, but personally I didn’t find it all that interesting, for whatever reason.

    Comment by 0rion — December 4, 2008 @ 3:41 am

  7. Personally, I like True Tears’ OST more than Frontier’s..But that’s just my opinion..

    Comment by deadguy — December 4, 2008 @ 4:24 am

  8. Agree with the guy above.
    Some of the tracks in True Tears OST are better than the ones in Macross Frontier (Ichijin no Kaze).
    But overall, Macross Frontier wins, hands down..

    Comment by Setsukyie — December 4, 2008 @ 6:19 am

  9. You see, the funny thing is, they still left out stuff in Index. Quite a lot of stuff. Just goes to show how much those bastards talk in the book.

    Comment by Lupus — December 4, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  10. KOWAI~! If there is that much dialog in Index D:

    Anyway, still never took in Macross F, but I like the pick because I did hear some of the awesome tracks at random… very solid stuff. ^^

    Comment by Ryan A — December 4, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  11. As much as I hate siding with Lolikit on anything, on this one I have to agree. =D

    H0ly phukk
    /me spontaneously combusts

    Comment by lolikitsune — December 4, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  12. While I seriously like Macross Frontier’s music, I seriously HESITATE declaring it better than anything, anything out there.

    @ lolikit

    >>Okay, so there’re these two or three heavy-duty Macross fanboys rampaging around the ’sphere the last six weeks and now suddenly people are calling Frontier a good show? I thought it was crystal clear to just about everyone that the show had serious failings (like a crap plot, a lack of likable/believable characters, and a cop-out ending) and that it was nowhere close to being one of the best shows of 2008.

    LOL.

    @ Roxas, everyone,

    For balanced views re Macross Frontier (from a fan’s perspective) I refer everyone to otou-san of Shameful Otaku Secret. http://www.shamefulotakusecret.com/2008/09/30/macross-frontier-review/

    For MACROSS KOOL-AID, read Crusader’s episodic coverage over at THAT. http://that.animeblogger.net/2008/10/01/macross-frontier-final-thoughts-analyses-and-verdict/

    I don’t do reviews, but my co-blogger Mechafetish wrote a long-ass post on the “hidden fail re macross sequels” http://ghostlightning.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/the-hidden-fail-of-macross-sequels/

    Polite arguments abound in the comments section.

    Comment by ghostlightning — December 4, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  13. Having not seen MF, I can’t speak for it besides the few Kanno pieces I’ve heard.

    I love Kanno’s arrangements/orchestration, they’re stellar and gorgeous. I don’t like her compositions though, they sound bland and recycled to me. She is pretty restricted though, her writing for specific lengths ‘n all, but I dunno.

    Seems that MF’s incorporation of pop singers gives Kanno another excuse to write big, magnificent orchestrations. If Macross didn’t have singers as a “central plot device” (or w/e we call it), would large, orchestral pieces be as effective? You could say that the presence of pop singers necessitates..uh..Kanno-esque pieces.

    I like Aria’s music ’cause it’s really fitting. It’s simple, non-intrusive, easy to listen to (especially the OP’s/ED’s). The music sources - Senoo Takeshi and Choro CLUB - complement the anime really well, not in that there are crucial performers within the anime to which they must “accompany” (that’s an interesting way of viewing Kanno, as a kind of “meta-accompanist”), but that they succinctly capture all of Aria within their very short OST pieces.

    re: the guy above - IMHO True Tears ST was sooooooooo cheesy…in a good way. My favorite ST’s are probably Eureka 7, G Gundam (yes, YES), Gundam 08th MS (YES, YES), Kurenai/Natsume Yuujinchou.

    Comment by lelangir — December 4, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

  14. oh, sorry for the Serious Response.

    Comment by lelangir — December 4, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

  15. Trolling on people’s soundtrack awards is lame.

    I mean, that is why the top 6 anime-related CDs sold on Amazon.jp this year are all Macross Frontier items right… the masses have spoken, I think Aria’s soundtrack can go back to rolling to scenic footage of Venezia knockoffs and enjoy its niche status.

    Heck, lolikit just dissed Kanno Yoko. That’s like hating on kitten, orchestra music and hats all at the same time.

    Comment by omo — December 4, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

  16. Heck, lolikit just dissed Kanno Yoko. That’s like hating on kitten, orchestra music and hats all at the same time.

    When did I diss her? You seem to think I diss her and Maaya pretty frequently but I can assure you that is never my intention nor the meaning of the words I spew. Furthermore I didn’t troll, as ghostlightning pointed out on Twitter.

    Comment by lolikitsune — December 4, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

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