My Top Three Anime in 2011

In my opinion, 2011 was a good year for anime. While there were some flops, disappointments, there were a lot of anime that I particularly liked from this year. When picking the top three anime, I decided them based on their plot, their designs, and their songs. Here are my top 3 anime in 2011:

3. Nichijou – This was a tough choice since there were other shows that I thought could be in the top three, but I just had to put Nichijou in this list. It was just too funny to not put in this list. I loved the trio that was Yukko, Mio, and Mai and I really loved the duo that was Nano and little Hakase. The OPs and EDs were also addicting. The songs and the ridiculousness that is Nichijou put this show at number 3.

2. Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica – Again, I had a tough choice between this, but this time, I had to decide between this and my #1. Admittingly, the first part was a bit boring, but I liked the direction of the plot as the series continued. I really liked the scene design and animation and I also really liked the character design and concepts. The soundtrack was also great. If my #1 anime didn’t show, this would have been my favorite anime this year.

Now, to #1:

1. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana) – If there was a show that would make me cry every episode, this one would be it. Originally, I wasn’t actually going to watch this, but the ED was what got me in. Funny how I wasn’t planning to watch this, especially since I wasn’t planning to watch Angel Beats last year, which is now my favorite anime. I really liked the plot of this anime and as I said, I ended up crying every episode. I would even cry whenever I would hear the ED and the ED was also very fitting for the plot. The animation was great and the character designs were not over the top, unlike other anime I typically watch. It was great from beginning to end, making this my number one anime in 2011.

The number of anime has been noticabally dropped, but I hope that 2012 will bring more great, if not better, anime.

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My Three New Year’s Resolutions

This year has been a very frustrating year for me. It was also a year of tradegy with the 3/11 tradegy. However, at the same time, this was a year of many firsts, like my first time in Anime Expo, my first time in a Miku concert, my first time in Japan, etc. While I try to forget the bad that has happened this year, I won’t forget the fun that I had this year. With that, here are my three New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Get a girlfriend: This has always been a resolution that has never been fulfilled. Hopefully, this changes this year. I hope to find a girl that likes me for me. I will not change the way I am. I will not change my hobbies just to get a girlfriend.

2. Be part of a cosplay group: Every year, I get more serious about cosplaying. Unfortunately, other than the random cosplay gatherings I attend, I always cosplay alone, partially because my friends don’t cosplay and partially because I have a tough time meeting new people. This year, I will work to change that. I should probably start using cosplay.com or other sites more often and that’s what I’ll be doing…starting in the New Year. I do also have the group I created, No Cosplayer Left Behind, which I haven’t done anything with yet, so I’ll start doing stuff with that also.

3. Get my Master’s Degree: This year has been so frustrating because of grad school. If I had any thought about getting a Ph.D. back then, this year basically erased those thoughts. I have to take three more classes and write a technical paper to get a Master’s Degree, so hopefully, I’ll finish that this coming semester. College life is great, but academic life is just too much for me, so it’s time for me to step out in the real world, as much as I hate that.

Buon Compleanno Chrome!!!

It’s December 5, which means it’s Chrome’s Birthday!!! She might be shy, but she’s the cutest and kindest girl in the whole world! So, Chrome-nyan, BUON COMPLEANNO!!! 誕生日おめでとう俺のクロームにゃん♥