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Four little presents to four little advents

November 30, 2008

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In the last few days I finally found the will and time to do something I regularly thought of: A top trumps game featuring anime shows!

Okay, maybe the idea sounds rather unspectacular and also a bit childish, even boring maybe, but if you think about it a bit, top trump cards are a great way to compress information about a specific topic into a rather small shape, making it easy to compare different aspects of the topic. This topic can be cars, tanks, dictators, even poets or elemental particles. As long as you can find some numerical data to differentiate the different aspects you can put them on cards to compare them. And even if you don’t want to play with them, the set of cards can still give quick overview about the spectrum the topic has to offer. And in the least there might be some nice pictures to look at. I always wondered why nobody already did this for anime shows (or at least I never found somebody who did this, except of this short lived, but none the less nice attempt).
So here is my try on this, hopefully with a not too crappy card design. The further plan is to put 8 new cards online each new advent, leading to a full set of 32 cards shortly before christmas. Those 32 cards are divided into 8 groups of 4 animes sharing the same studio. This concept won’t be always true, because there are some animes I like to add of studios that won’t contribute any other shows. I only put animes on the cards I have watched myself, but I highly encourage everybody who misses his favourite show here to create his own cards, using my design or creating a better one, I will be happy either way.

Now some short words about the numerical data I used. I tried to find some rather objective ways to compare the different anime shows and the obviously first choice was a ranking from 1 to 10 points given by the varied people who have watched the anime. Ironically this value might be the least significant one of all used because most of the time only people who enjoyed or really disliked the show invest the work to rate it afterwards. The majority of viewers with no special feelings toward the show will never influence this rating. Thus, the next value I chose was how many people rated the anime, leading to a number that increases for shows which highly polarise its viewers, in a positive or negative way. I took both values from ANN because it has the highest number of users rating animes out of allt the sites I know that have such a feature.
Furthermore I’d like to have some data that express how much extra work the studio and the fans invested into the specific anime. For this I chose the number of image entries of two different image boards, namely Minitokyo and Danbooru. The idea is that the number of entries of the first one is higher if there is a lot of material about the show to scan and the second one is higher if many users are willing to put effort into creating art about the show. Of course this imaginary borderline between those to sites is really just imaginary, lots of fanart is also featured on Minitokyo as well as many scans can be found on Danbooru, but at least the tendency should be correct. Also the Danbooru entries are often of a more sexual content, so the difference between Minitokyo and Danbooru gives a vague information about the kind of fanart that was made about this anime.
The last data I chose to list is the year the anime was published. Normally the anime of the studio with the earliest year will be the first one of the four, Cowboy Bebop is the only exception of this rule because it’s a tradition to put a “top trump” on the 1A card. Cowboy Bebop has the highest user rating of all cards, thus being the top trump of the whole set.
If a high or a low value in all these categories is preferable I leave to everybody to decide themselves. Also one should always remember that those values are momentary ones, bonded to the date I copy&pasted them from the internet sites. In a few days, months or even years these might and will change with no doubt.
After having collected all this numerical data I’d like to add at least a little personal touch, so I added a little quote under each shows picture. This gave me much more work than I anticipated in the beginning, because while some animes have a variety of memorial quotes to choose from, listed on many internet sites, a lot of other animes are quite the opposite. Thus sometimes the featured quote is just the first sentience that came to my mind thinking about that anime. Therefore, those quotes are often not the best examples of meaningfulness.

So, here are finally the links to the first eight cards, the first four shows were made by Sunrise, the other four by J.C.STAFF:

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Enjoy!

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My Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 6

December 21, 2007

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

One Girl to take me back in time
Two Yaka to brighten up my night
Three Sisters to let me laugh anew
Four Ghibli Movies to complete my set
Five sad Girls in the snow to make me care

Mai is only an apprentice after all

And six Ghost Hunters to find my missing spirit.

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Ghost Hunt – The whole story (?)

April 6, 2007

So much left to tell...

There is a very interesting post on THAT Animeblog about some (or all?) missing information about the characters of Ghost Hunt. The information are collected from the novels this series is based on. I can’t say anything about the content, because I haven’t read it yet since I don’t want to spoil a possible OVA or second season for me. However, my determination gets weaker each hour. In any case I think this post is a very good idea and believe it’s a nice addition to the Ghost Hunt series.

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Ghost Hunt

April 1, 2007

NOW he comes crawling back...

It’s a pity that I’ve stopped blogging about Ghost Hunt after the middle of the series. Reasons why I’ve stopped are firstly much other stuff to do, then heavy lacking in inspiration what to write about and finally some laziness on my side. Still a nice series I think, a bit slow at times and (as somebody else already pointed out) Mai is kind of useless most of the time, but at other times it’s pretty decent, the artwork and character design is looking very good and the last arc is quite enthralling. In the end some questions about the character’s backgrounds are left unanswered, quite a shame because I really like the character set of Ghost Hunt and the interaction among them. I’d love to see more episodes with satisfying answers, but it seems to me that this series wasn’t that big of a success, so this is unlikely I guess. In conclusion I’d say that some arcs could have been concluded a bit faster and some characters could have used some more development, but this aside Ghost Hunt was always fun and entertaining to watch.

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Ghost Hunt 12 & 13

January 29, 2007

Christmas is all about the Christmas trees!

The spirit of Christmas.

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Ghost Hunt 11

January 26, 2007

Sucks to be you, eh?

Don’t ask us, we are making this up as we go.

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Ghost Hunt 10

January 21, 2007

That's way to easy

Again the culprit was a bit too easy to guess. But I wonder why she knew which desk was to curse but didn’t knew the name of the one sitting at it. And how did Naru know that Mai told the culprit her name, he wasn’t with her at the time she did so if I remember correctly. Beside this I’m pretty glad that I spot the same hints that Naru used to name the culprit. And I still think that he has some supernatural powers, even if he faked his spoon bending, but I’m quite sure that he won’t entrust a secret to Mai in the near future again and that is your fault, girl.