Category Archives: 12 Days, 12 Moments 2010

12 Days, 12 Moments 2010 DOUBLE FEATURE: Ginga! Bishounen! Tauburn!! and Poop Monsters

Two moments today, since I missed last night’s due to travel! Today we enter into the current, soon-departed season and talk about Takuto’s fabulous transformation sequence in Star Driver, and the defiantly crude humor of Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.

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12 Days, 12 Moments 2010: Do the Censor! (Seikon no Qwasar 1)

This moment is more like a phenomenon, really. The example I’ll be using is taken from Seikon no Qwasar episode 1, but it now seems to happen across a number of anime series this past year. I mean, of course, an increasingly intrusive censorship in anime TV shows in order to sell DVDs that are either borderline or outright hentai.

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12 Days, 12 Moments 2010: Male, Female, and Hideyoshi

Today’s moment is brought to you by the gender benders at Silver Link and director Shin Oonuma, who together have brought to us one of the comedy hits of the year: BakaTest. And one of the most memorable traps in recent memory: Hideyoshi.

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12 Days, 12 Moments 2010: Shizuo vs., Like, Everyone

For my next moment, I turn to one of the year’s most original shows, Durarara!!…and a scene from its 16th episode which alone could qualify for my annual Kickass Award.

I refer, of course, to Shizuo’s REAL ULTIMATE POWER BEATDOWN of the zombiefied hordes.
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12 Days, 12 Moments 2010: Amazing Grace

I begin this year’s 12 Days, 12 Moments series—an annual blogospheric fest where we post the most striking moments in anime for the year—with a musical interlude.

Sora no Woto means “the sound of the skies,” and above any melody played in the series it was a familiar one: that of “Amazing Grace.” Stripped of its words or original context, one might wonder whether it’s anything more than a pretty, vaguely nostalgic tune in show’s context, a use of a Western artifact not too unlike the appropriation of Christian and Kabbalistic imagery in Evangelion.

At its best, however, Sora no Woto powerfully evoked the sense of loss and grief of a world already half-destroyed, whose survivors have gently acknowledged that civilization is in its twilight years. Seen in this light, the small joys that Sora no Woto concentrated on do, in fact, feel like grace. Kanata herself, too, was once lost but then was found, and the song is among her first memories; and it is the playing of the song that ends a potentially destructive battle near the end. The hokeyness of the ending comes, in part, from how neatly the song’s meaning matches the plot’s outcome and how, once again, a song saves the world. (Then again, Dostoevsky once said that it was beauty that would save the world. He probably didn’t have Lynn Minmay in mind, however…)

“How sweet the sound,” the creators must have thought. For a show filled with such wild promise but with a somewhat disappointing conclusion, this still stands out as being a memorable motif, one of the great moments of the year.

The “12 Days, 12 Moments” series is part of an aniblogosphere-wide project to blog about the most memorable moments in anime for the year in the 12 days before Christmas. It was started in 2007 by CCY of Mega Megane Moe. Others participating this year include Aorii8Cprototype27Scampschneider, Borderline HikkikomoriTWWKLandonJanette, and digiboy.