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Beamcast – September 6

September 6, 2010 2 comments

[download link – 137min, 60mb]

In this week’s show:

News
Beelzebub anime adaptation
One shots for Watsuki and Arakawa
To LOVE-Ru Darkness premieres in Jump SQ #11 (Oct. 4)
Shonen Shikku Canceled; Enigma to Debut
Light Wing to Debut in Jump
Hayate no Gotoku! gets Taiwanese live action adaptation
One Piece DVD/BDs earn 2.16 billion yen in one week
Moonlight Mile author, Eyeshield 21 artist collaboration
Golden Boy II

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/23 – 8/29)

New releases

[manga]
Hoshin Engi (vol. 20) $9.99
Naruto (Chapter Book 15) $4.99
Oh My Goddess (vol. 36) $11.99
Shaman King (vol. 30) $9.99
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (vol. 3) $9.99
Toriko (vol. 2) $9.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
What is your favorite currently-running comedy series?
(Beelzebub, Gintama, Hajimete no Aku, Hayate no Gotoku!, Onidere, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Sket Dance, The World God Only Knows, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Characters re-tiered:
Asakura Yoh (Shaman King)

Characters added:
Edward “Whitebeard” Newgate (One Piece)
Hoshigaki Kisame (Naruto)
Amamiya Sakurako (Psyren)
Nogami Aoi (Zettai Karen Children)
Saitou Hajime (Rurouni Kenshin)
Kenshiro (Hokuto no Ken)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 9)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 10)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 10)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 9)

This Week in Manga
0:58:27 – Mirai Nikki 55
1:00:28 – Naruto 508
1:07:07 – Bleach 418
1:11:40 – Bakuman 99
1:18:57 – Beelzebub 75 + extra
1:24:07 – Fairy Tail 198
1:28:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 286
1:31:24 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 396
1:36:28 – AR∀GO 33
1:38:58 – Toriko 108
1:43:41 – Gamaran 61
1:47:03 – The World God Only Knows 112
1:49:17 – Psyren 132-133
1:52:43 – Zettai Karen Children 229
1:54:42 – Hajime no Ippo 906
1:59:24 – GE ~ Good Ending 49
2:02:43 – Kimi no Iru Machi 103
2:07:24 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 39
2:08:36 – Code:Breaker 102 (new series!)
2:10:29 – Defense Devil 63
2:12:05 – Gintama 320-321
2:14:17 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 304
2:14:59 – Nurarihyon no Mago 120

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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GE ~ Good Ending 49

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment
[scanlation by iMangaScans]

Actually, Seiji, “Please don’t meet with Touru” is exactly the worst possible thing you could say.

Eri’s crudely-drawn map would have been much funnier without her facial expression and self-deprecating gesture. Your audience isn’t stupid, Sasuga; we get that the map is bad.

The first people that Seiji finds who know Yuki immediately launch into a lengthy flashback about Touru. That’s both depressing and unrealistic. I understand cultural differences between societies, but is it at all realistic for complete strangers to go into lengthy detail about a common friend’s personal life?

Yuki’s mom is certainly excited to see her daughter’s friends. She seems not to have much contact with Yuki.

Were the speed lines necessary?

A heartwarming reunion between Seiji and Yuki (and friends) is overshadowed by the arrival of Touru. Worse still, his friend reveals that Touru attends school in the same city where everyone lives. So much for positive, uplifting progress; surely, drama is imminent.

Final Flash: The brevity of the trip to Yuki’s house is appreciated, but this chapter had both too much angst and too much setup for future angst.

Beamcast – August 30

[download link – 136min, 58mb]

In this week’s show:

News
Director Satoshi Kon passes away
Arata Kangatari to receive anime adaptation in 2011
One Piece sells over 20 million volumes in 2010
Shueisha reports first ever annual loss
Gintama movie DVD to bundle bonus new animation

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/16 – 8/22)

New releases

[last week]
Naruto Season 3 Box Set 2 (DVD) $49.99
One Piece Season 3 Part 2 (DVD) $49.98

[this week]
Bleach (vol. 32) $9.99
Elemental Gelade (vol. 12) $10.99
Suzuka (omnibus, vols. 13-15) $21.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
What underlying power system concept is the most interesting?
(Alchemy, Changing A to B, Devil Fruits, Gourmet Cells, Nen, Stands)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Re-tiered this week:
Allen Walker (D.Gray-man)

Introduced this week:
Might Guy (Naruto)
Ishida Uryuu (Bleach)
Enel (One Piece)
Sani (Toriko)
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Kurama (YuYu Hakusho)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 8)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 8-9)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 9)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 8)

This Week in Manga
0:42:23 – Bleach 417
0:47:21 – One Piece 597
0:58:36 – Naruto 507
1:04:54 – Bakuman 98
1:11:55 – Beelzebub 74
1:15:48 – Fairy Tail 197
1:18:55 – Hayate no Gotoku! 285
1:21:46 – Kekkaishi 317-318
1:25:08 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 395
1:28:09 – Toriko 107
1:33:26 – Gamaran 52-60
1:39:22 – The World God Only Knows 111
1:42:07 – Psyren 131
1:46:54 – Zettai Karen Children 228
1:50:12 – Hajime no Ippo 903-905
1:55:51 – AR∀GO 32
1:59:22 – GE ~ Good Ending 48
2:03:48 – SWOT 8
2:06:23 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 38 (new series!)
2:08:44 – Defense Devil 61-62 (new series!)
2:10:29 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 303
2:11:53 – Kimi no Iru Machi 102
2:13:08 – Nurarihyon no Mago 119

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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GE ~ Good Ending 48

[scanlation by Eat Manga]

What a forlorn look on Yuki’s face when she hears the news of a proposed trip back home. Let’s hope this doesn’t shift the focus away from her again.

Nice flashback scene of Seiji and Yuki having fun at the waterpark. We need to be shown scenes like this more often. There’s been too much drama lately.

Seiji is completely right about the agony of being apart from the one you love, but rolling around on the floor in front of your parent is not exactly a mature way of handling it.

Now Seiji is practically bragging on his way to morning practice? You’ve been a miserable, two- (or three-) timing scumbag for the past several chapters. One chapter of keeping your eyes on Yuki does not earn you enough glory to be able to boast.

Wipe that undeserved grin off your face

Well, at least Seiji is properly shaken up by news of Yuki going back home. That’s more dedicated than he’s been for a while.

The conversation between Shou and her friend begins awkwardly and a bit too direct, but eventually Shou is revealed to be handling what happened between herself and Seiji as maturely as could be hoped. She’s acting just like our protagonist should be, while Seiji is off panicking and fantasizing about anything and everything.

Seiji is following Yuki to her home. A similar storyline greatly reduced the overall quality of Kimi no Iru Machi; let’s hope that Good Ending can present such a storyline in a more interesting and less angst-ridden fashion.

Final Flash: One chapter after reestablishing Yuki as the “right” choice, she’s pushed further away, and the spotlight again shines on Shou. Make up your mind, Sasuga.

Beamcast – August 23

[download link – 138min, 57mb]

In this week’s show:

News
One Piece volume 59 sets first-week sales record of 1.85 million copies sold
Dragon Ball Z Kai premieres on Toonzai
Love Hina one-shot in September
Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar ends

Licensing announcement
Viz: Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/2 – 8/8; 8/9 – 8/15)

New releases

[last week]
20th Century Boys (vol. 10) $12.99
Vagabond (vol. 32) $9.95

[this week]
Bleach (DVD 31) $24.99
FMA: Brotherhood Part 2 (Blu-ray) $54.98
FMA: Brotherhood Part 2 (DVD) $49.98
Genshiken DX (DVD) $34.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Which ending of these manga series did you enjoy the most?
(Cross Game, Death Note, FMA, Love Hina, Rurouni Kenshin, Shaman King, Slam Dunk)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Discussion (Freiza vs. Bleach characters, Orochimaru vs. Jiraiya)

Re-tiered this week:
Kuchiki Byakuya (Bleach)

Introduced this week:
Namikaze Minato / Fourth Hokage (Naruto)
Urahara Kisuke (Bleach)
Brook (One Piece)
Hiei (YuYu Hakusho)
Cell (Dragon Ball)
Giorno Giovanna (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 6-7)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 7)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 7-8)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.6-7)

This Week in Manga
0:47:52 – Soul Eater 77
0:54:25 – Kure-nai 33
0:56:59 – Sankarea 9
0:59:55 – Naruto 506
1:02:49 – Bleach 416
1:08:35 – One Piece 596
1:18:10 – Bakuman 97
1:22:09 – Beelzebub 73
1:26:35 – Fairy Tail 196
1:29:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 284
1:32:39 – Kekkaishi 316
1:34:56 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 394
1:39:36 – Toriko 105-106
1:43:51 – The World God Only Knows 110
1:45:40 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 299
1:49:10 – Psyren 130
1:51:11 – Zettai Karen Children 226-227
1:54:07 – AR∀GO 31
1:56:15 – GE ~ Good Ending 46-47
2:01:27 – Metallica Metalluca 11
2:04:34 – SWOT 6-7
2:09:15 – Deadman Wonderland 37
2:10:36 – Gintama 319
2:12:21 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 302
2:14:14 – Kimi no Iru Machi 101
2:15:39 – Nurarihyon no Mago 117-118

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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GE ~ Good Ending 47

August 22, 2010 1 comment
[scanlation by iMangaScans]

Excellent color pages. The swimsuits are not overly gratuitous, and the coloring is fantastic.

The exchange between Oonuma and Izumi is some excellent humor.

It's okay, being short builds character

Seiji is actually confronting Yuki about trying to set him up with Shou. Good. Stand up for yourself, Seiji, and maybe she’ll follow suit.

Eri has cemented herself as my favorite character in the series. She’s funny, straightforward, reliable, and a great friend… so of course, she isn’t a love interest.

Excellent observation by Izumi. This is a great chapter for him, out of nowhere.

"Perhaps"?

Even Eri’s reactions are excellent.

How to explain this to the doctor...

Finally, a moment alone for Yuki and Seiji. It seems she took care of him, too. Excellent ending to a much improved chapter… even if Seiji looks thoroughly ridiculous on the last page.

Which is worse: His face or his arm?

Final Flash: It doesn’t make up for recent developments, but this chapter was just enjoyable, which is a welcome and overdue relief.

GE ~ Good Ending 46

[scanlation by iMangaScans]

Seiji is a lost cause. He’ll never have the decency to stay true to Yuki.

Wow. Not only is Seiji unable to focus on one girl, but he’s not even able to focus on the girl in front of him, instead picturing her naked. That’s pretty awful.

Saved by a phone call, and then they both play the whole thing off like a joke. It’s official: I can’t stand our protagonist.

Hilarious

Seiji’s friends are so much more interesting (and tolerable) than he is. Really, this manga has developed an interesting supporting cast for a protagonist who ruins the whole thing.

How to summarize plot

Oh, hey. It’s Yuki.

Final Flash: Hugely disappointing chapter. I have no reason to root for the main character anymore.

Beamcast – August 9

[download link – 108min, 47mb]

In this week’s show:

News
The World God Only Knows vol. 10 to include anime DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist side story next month
New KochiKame live action film

Licensing announcement
Sentai Filmworks: Ghost Sweeper Mikami

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/26 – 8/1)

New releases

[anime]
Naruto Shippuden (DVD 12) $24.99

[manga]
Inuyasha (vol. 51) $9.99
Inuyasha (vol. 4 VIZBIG) $17.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Which character do you most wish you could remove from his/her respective manga?

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Franky (One Piece)
Orochimaru (Naruto)
Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)
Medusa (Soul Eater)
Frederica (Psyren)
Kira Yoshikage (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 5)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 6)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 6)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.5)

This Week in Manga
0:33:06 – Soul Eater 76
0:38:31 – Kure-nai 32
0:41:31 – One Piece 595
0:52:15 – Naruto 505
0:56:56 – Bleach 415
1:02:19 – Otter #11
1:04:55 – Bakuman 96
1:09:05 – Beelzebub 72
1:14:06 – Fairy Tail 195
1:16:28 – Hayate no Gotoku! 283
1:19:27 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 393
1:22:57 – The World God Only Knows 109
1:26:07 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 298
1:30:01 – AR∀GO 30
1:32:19 – GE ~ Good Ending 45
1:35:14 – Metallica Metalluca 9-10
1:37:41 – Devil Clutch
1:40:57 – D.Gray-man 197
1:41:27 – Air Gear 286
1:42:07 – Gintama 318
1:43:13 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 301
1:44:20 – Kimi no Iru Machi 100

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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GE ~ Good Ending 45

[scanlation by iMangaScans]

Clearly, Shou’s invitation is indicative of what happens between two nervous teenagers left alone in a house. They discuss tennis matches.

For once, Seiji is on the verge of showing some conviction, but his is overcome by Shou’s own conviction. At least someone has backbone; it’s just not the right person.

Just as evidenced in the corresponding scene at Yuki’s house, it seems that Japanese mothers have no greater wish than to give their daughters away.

Certainly not American ones

Even if Seiji is trying to stay distant, rambling on about Shou’s ex-boyfriend is a pretty awful thing to do.

Cliché accidental intimate situations, one after another. Shou’s mom and sibling peeping from a ladder was a decently funny moment, but this is entirely too straightforward.

Final Flash: If ever there was a time for Seiji to grow a spine and be decisive about his feelings for Yuki, next chapter is that time. I can’t say I have any confidence.

Beamcast – August 2

[download link – 107min, 47mb]

In this week’s show:

News
To Love-Ru spin-off
Funimation pre-paid debit cards

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/19 – 7/25)

New releases

[anime]
Naruto Shippuden (DVD Box Set 3) $49.95
Naruto Shippuden Special Edition (DVD Box Set 3) $69.99

[manga]
Bakuman (vol. 1) $9.99
D.Gray-man (vol. 18) $9.99
Gintama (vol. 19) $9.99
Hikaru no Go (vol. 20) $9.99
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (vol. 15) $9.99
Muhyo & Roji (vol. 18) $9.99
Slam Dunk (vol. 11) $9.99

Current/Classic Reviews
Kekkaishi
Double Arts

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Nico Robin (One Piece)
Tsunade (Naruto)
Hitsugaya Toushirou (Bleach)
Shishio Gen (Kekkaishi)
Elraine & Kiri (Double Arts)
Saotome Ranma (Ranma 1/2)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 4)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 5)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 5)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.4)

This Week in Manga
0:45:19 – Mirai Nikki 54
0:46:42 – Bleach 414
0:54:37 – One Piece 594
1:04:51 – Naruto 504
1:08:49 – Beelzebub 71
1:12:37 – Fairy Tail 194
1:14:56 – Hayate no Gotoku! 282
1:15:59 – Kekkaishi 315
1:17:11 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 392
1:20:47 – Toriko 104
1:24:45 – The World God Only Knows 108
1:26:38 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 297
1:30:37 – Psyren 129
1:32:43 – Zettai Karen Children 225
1:34:33 – Hajime no Ippo 902
1:36:17 – AR∀GO 29
1:37:26 – GE ~ Good Ending 44
1:39:56 – SWOT 5
1:41:33 – Air Gear 285
1:42:14 – Gintama 317
1:42:22 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 300
1:43:17 – Kimi no Iru Machi 99
1:44:11 – Nurarihyon no Mago 115-116

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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GE ~ Good Ending 44

[scanlation by iMangaScans]

Yuki counters Seiji’s date offer with a different date offer of her own, but her attitude and delivery make it quite clear that this won’t be a straightforward date.

She set up Seiji and Shou on a date together. This is absolutely unacceptable. There’s only so long I’m willing to root for Seiji to get the “right” girl if she’s constantly going to be putting up ridiculous obstacles in her own path to happiness. What a horrible plot development.

Meanwhile, Seiji compounds the problem by going along with the date. He’s almost as frustrating as Yuki.

Shou’s cheating ex-boyfriend is here, too. Surely this will lead to a moment of closeness between Seiji and Shou.

There’s the “accidental” hand-hold.

... you're dumb enough to forget Yuki.

To top it all off, a sudden rainstorm. This is embarrassing writing, really. One or two coincidences here and there are acceptable; an entire chapter of perfect arrangements is not. The pieces are all lining up, they’re just the wrong pieces forming the wrong result.

Shou invites Seiji to her house. She deserves credit, at least; she’s direct and honest with her feelings. Even if she’s the “wrong” choice of Seiji’s potential love interests, her character integrity alone makes her a better character than either Yuki or Oonuma.

Final Flash: This series continues to move away from everything that made it good. It’s still not beyond hope, but as always, its redemption depends entirely upon Seiji growing a backbone, which looks less likely by the page.

Beamcast – July 26

[download link – 138min, 60mb]

In this week’s show:

News
OneManga closing
Yen Press+ launching as online magazine
Marvel anime to run on G4 in 2011
Bakuman spin-off in upcoming Jump double issue

Weekly Oricon rankings (7/12 – 7/18)

Licensing announcements
Seven Seas: To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Yen Press: Highschool of the Dead
Viz: Genkaku Picasso, Death Note Black Edition

New releases

[anime]
Dragon Ball Season 5 Uncut (DVD) $49.98
Love Hina – Complete Series (DVD) $39.98
Soul Eater: Part 4 (DVD) $59.98

[manga]
Black Jack (vol. 12) $16.95
Cirque du Freak (vol. 6) $10.99
Code:Breaker (vol. 1) $10.99
Negima! (vol. 27) $10.99
Oh My Goddess (vol. 15) $10.99
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (vol. 7) $10.99
School Rumble (vol. 14) $19.99
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (vol. 27) $10.99

Current/Classic Reviews
Toriko
Devilman

The Great Shonen Tier List

Introduced this week:
Jiraiya (Naruto)
Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
Ichimaru Gin (Bleach)
Devilman (Devilman)
Coco (Toriko)
Minami “Ikki” Itsuki (Air Gear)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 3)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 4)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 4)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.3)

This Week in Manga
1:06:47 – Naruto 503
1:12:12 – Bleach 413
1:17:02 – One Piece 593
1:26:43 – Bakuman 95
1:32:01 – Beelzebub 70
1:35:26 – Fairy Tail 193
1:38:21 – Hayate no Gotoku! 281
1:39:58 – Kekkaishi 314
1:42:08 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 391
1:47:11 – Toriko 103
1:50:55 – The World God Only Knows 107
1:52:52 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 296
1:55:24 – Psyren 128
1:58:56 – Zettai Karen Children 224
2:00:32 – Hajime no Ippo 901
2:02:47 – AR∀GO 28
2:04:56 – GE ~ Good Ending 43
2:06:57 – SWOT 3-4
2:11:17 – D.Gray-man 196
2:12:43 – Gintama 316
2:13:37 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 299
2:14:37 – Kimi no Iru Machi 98
2:15:45 – Nurarihyon no Mago 114

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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GE ~ Good Ending 43

[scanlation by iMangaScans]

Who cares if the text is long? Just send it! Be done with this.

He calls instead, and the issue is circumvented. That’s not a good sign.

No matter whether Shou should be in the harem again, it’s still sad to see her this distraught over the situation.

Yuki being so perceptive of Shou’s troubles is both a kind character trait and slightly worrisome. It’s great that she’s such a good friend, but I worry that she might use her guilt as yet another self-imposed obstacle in the way of her feelings for Seiji.

Shou is certainly a fan of ice cream.

This is an awkward flashback. It’s a little late to be seeing Shou in such a positive light. I don’t want to be rooting for her anymore; she had her chance already. That’s not to say I dislike her character, but the story needs to progress without her in the spotlight as much.

It seems Yuki is conflicted after all. I can only hope she doesn’t ask Seiji to resume morning practice.

Final Flash: The potential displayed at the end of last chapter hasn’t been realized at all.

Power Rankings – First Half 2010

July 15, 2010 1 comment
Rank
Series
Chapters
Score
1 One Piece 569-589 86.55%
Aside from overall excellent quality, chapter 574 stands out as the most important shonen manga chapter in the next 10 years.
2 Bakuman 68-91 81.92%
Great character development across the entire cast, most notably Mashiro and Iwase. Highlight: Mashiro breaking down and calling Azuki (ch. 74).
3 Cross Game 156-160 81.50%
Brilliant ending to a magnificent series. In particular, the last page of chapter 158 is still breathtaking.
4 Beelzebub 43-66 78.58%
Expertly funny. Highlights: OHKO (ch. 56), Demon World / huge Baby Beel. Furuichi still among best comedic straight men.
5 Toriko 78-101 76.50%
Toriko vs. Tommyrod: Best fight so far this year.
6 Bloody Monday: Season 2 10-33 76.08%
Consistently thrilling and packed with interesting twists. Highlights include a powerful death and a wonderful kiss.
7 Gintama 291-314 74.83%
Four Heavenly Kings arc again proving Sorachi’s talent for poignant seriousness amid absurd comedy.
8 Psyren 101-124 72.75%
Great trip to Psyren. Excellent Shao/Vigo fight. Kyle, Frederica, and Kabuto also noteworthy.
9 AR∀GO 2-26 72.30%
Fascinating narrative and a perfect cast of characters combine for a strong showing from a young series.
10 Kekkaishi 289-312 71.92%
Few series make training arcs as interesting, and the huge steps forward in the story have left nothing to be desired.
11 Hayate no Gotoku! 254-277 70.67%
An extremely impressive serious arc (Athena) set this series apart from ordinary comedy fare.
12 GE ~ Good Ending 18-41 70.67%
Great relationship buildup that has only recently begun to disappoint.
13 Defense Devil 34-55 70.27%
Fantastic art, clear action, and solid (if not overwhelmingly engaging) plot.
14 The World God Only Knows 81-104 70.25%
Uncharacteristic half-year for this series, with neither major arc following the series’ tried-and-true formula.
15 Nurarihyon no Mago 89-112 69.00%
Finally experiencing a return to form after focusing on everyone except Nura for far too long.
16 Ane Doki! 25-26 68.00%
Suitable, enjoyable conclusion to a short series.
17 Hajimete no Aku 47-71 67.50%
Fun but unremarkable episodic comedy.
18 Gamaran 31-54 66.08%
Excellent fights interspersed with fights featuring comparatively less interesting characters.
19 Mahou Sensei Negima! 275-294 65.50%
Straightforward, enjoyable fantasy action with just enough humor (and a little fanservice) to keep things lively.
20 Hunter x Hunter 291-310 65.00%
Biggest “what the hell” moment of the year to date (ch. 299). Great to finally see Gon relevant in this arc.
21 Kimi no Iru Machi 74-95 60.27%
Strong start to the year marred by a largely disappointing trip to Tokyo.
22 History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 366-389 59.83%
Some fantastic fights, some fantastic new enemies, a heartwarming moment, and entirely too much fanservice.
23 Air Gear 265-283 53.34%
Excellent art, unintelligible plot, “fanservice” bordering on hentai, and President Obama body-swapped with a high school girl.
24 Zettai Karen Children 200-222 53.28%
Notable positives (Kugutsu, Kaoru’s maturity) counterbalanced by questionable moments (“Lost Guys” arc, Feather’s tremendous power).
25 Hajime no Ippo 879-899 52.74%
A horrible half-year for an otherwise fantastic series.
26 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 272-295 48.17%
Thankfully, the end of the pitiful Future arc. The Shimon arc started well, but is beginning to regress into Future arc territory.
27 Naruto 477-499 48.07%
Sasuke ruined any plot involving him. Madara’s “Moon’s Eye” plan is laughable. Series very recently began to improve drastically.
28 Fairy Tail 165-190 46.90%
Cats.
29 Metallica Metalluca 1-7 44.79%
Acceptable but completely generic shonen, most notably borrowing liberally from Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Hunter x Hunter.
30 Lock On! 1-18 43.22%
Horrible art, formulaic plot, generic characters. One exceptional highlight: Sanada’s flashback in chapter 16.
31 MiXiM☆11 78-102 37.90%
Over-dramatization of ridiculous elements (the death of a finger puppet), predictable fights, and dime-a-dozen characters.
32 Bleach 387-409 22.41%
Invisible story, uninteresting characters, terrible pacing, awful art, incomprehensible fights, most insulting moment of the year (ch. 396 – ‘everything according to plan’).

Beamcast – First Half 2010 Review

July 14, 2010 1 comment

[download link – 143min, 60mb]

The Beamcast crew presents a special 2+ hours mega-episode recapping the first half of 2010!

Series Discussed
0:00:17 – One Piece 569-589
0:16:59 – Naruto 477-499
0:27:46 – Bleach 387-409
0:37:16 – Bakuman 68-91
0:49:24 – Beelzebub 43-66
0:57:53 – Fairy Tail 165-190
1:05:07 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 272-295
1:07:23 – Hayate no Gotoku! 254-277
1:12:36 – Kekkaishi 289-312
1:17:05 – Gintama 291-314
1:18:45 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 366-389
1:23:03 – Toriko 78-101
1:28:12 – Gamaran 31-54
1:30:27 – The World God Only Knows 81-104
1:37:14 – Hunter x Hunter 291-310
1:39:16 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 275-294
1:44:16 – Psyren 101-124
1:51:02 – Deadman Wonderland 31-36
1:52:22 – D.Gray-man 191-195
1:53:11 – Soul Eater 70-75
1:55:31 – Zettai Karen Children 200-222
2:00:59 – Hajime no Ippo 879-899
2:03:30 – AR∀GO 1-26
2:06:11 – Nurarihyon no Mago 89-112
2:08:47 – GE ~ Good Ending 18-41
2:12:25 – Kimi no Iru Machi 74-95
2:13:37 – Lock On! 1-18 (complete)
2:14:36 – Cross Game 156-160 (end)
2:15:24 – Mirai Nikki 49-53
2:17:23 – Fullmetal Alchemist 103-108 (end)
2:19:20 – Metalica Metaluca 1-7

Awards

First Half 2010
Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Action
Most Improved
Biggest Disappointment

Second Half 2010
Most Promising
Least Promising
Dark Horse

Series of the (half-)Year

We encourage you to let us know what you’ve thought of the first half of 2010. Leave a comment, email the Beamcast team, make your voice heard. We’d love to hear from you!

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