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Los primeros días con brackets siempre son algo así…
—¡Ay, te pusiste brackets!
—Noo, que va, lo que pasa es que los autobots me invitaron a cenar con ellos, ya sabes unos tornillos a la gasolina. La abuela de Bumblebee cocina sabroso ¬¬
Well, here we are again at the end of the year. Last New Years I compiled some good things from 2013. Figured I’d make it a tradition. Here are my favorite things from 2014:
The Bumblebee Dance (RWBY)
I’ll be honest in that I was never much into Bumblebee compared to White Rose. That was until season two when I started to like their interactions. I never expected that in the same season those two would dance together. It made me quite happy. We only got to see the end of their dance on screen, but that was good enough for now. It’s too bad Sun had to come in and ruin everything.
Ever since Eureka Seven, I have followed Bones closely, considering them my favorite anime studio. I always anticipate that they will make something that will catch my attention like Eureka Seven, like they did with Xam’d. This year, they did, with Captain Earth. It gave off some Eureka Seven vibes, so I was immediately interested and set off to follow it day one. I started watching it for the Eureka Seven feeling, but it became it’s own thing, and held my interest with it’s story and the interactions of the main team, as well as the individual stories of the main antagonists. It was definitely one of my favorite anime of the year.
Eureka Seven returns on Blu Ray
Speaking of Eureka Seven, that which I wanted to happen finally did. The series was rereleased on Blu Ray, along with the movie itself. I have long since rewatched the whole series and the movie. It is still the best anime series ever, and I am glad that the world was graced with a Blu Ray edition of it.
Frieza’s glorious return announced
Now here is a glorious return I never expected, but welcome all the same. For a long time, Frieza has been made a laughing stock in the Dragonballs Z series, starting with Trunks one shotting him, which I’m still not pleased about. After that, Frieza appeared a few times, only to be humiliated again and again. I never thought he would get the respect he deserves…until they announced him as the main villain for the next major movie, and are having him train for the first time in his life. THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE. The power he had that forced Goku into his Super Saiyan form for the first time was his own innate power that he didn’t even have to work for. With him training, the Z Fighters and the world will learn to fear Lord Frieza once again, and I can’t wait to see it.
This year has been an excellent one for glorious returns, and among that prestigious list stands the King of the Monsters, Godzilla himself, in a worthy portrayal in the first movie of the new Legendary Godzilla franchise. Though his appearances in the movie were brief, they did him justice, and his confrontation with the memorable new Kaiju pair the Muto was one of the best scenes among many in this excellent movie. Though his return does not end this year, as sometime in 2015 Toho will be making a new Godzilla movie for the first time in years, and the sequel to Godzilla 2014 will follow in 2018, with Godzilla facing three of some of the most famous Kaiju from the Toho series. I cannot wait to see both of these movies. They are sure to make this list in future years.
Batman is for sure my favorite comic book hero, and more than once I’ve related to him on a personal level. As such, I was excited to hear there would be a TV series before he took on the cowl, showing the origins of Bruce Wayne and the rise of crime in Gotham. With Jim Gordon as the main character, we got an interesting look at how an ordinary man deals with Gotham’s worst, and it did not disappoint. I can’t wait for the series to return from it’s break.
Hanabi and Hinata’s relationship expanded upon
This certainly won’t be the last Naruto related thing on this list, (You can probably guess what the other thing is.) but it outdoes everything in the cute department. Just look at this image. It is by far the most diabeetus inducing image in the history of anime, and seeing Hinata and Hanabi’s relationship unfold is even better. We never knew much about their relationship, until the anime team (bless them) decided to dedicate two episodes to it, revealing how dearly Hanabi loved and admired her sister, until the two were torn apart by rigid regulations of the Hyuga clan. The rift between did not last fortunately, and the episodes were an excellent setup for the upcoming movie. I can only hope at the end of it all that the two sisters remain united.
I love Hyrule Warriors. I cannot say that enough. It is everything I’ve dreamed of as a Zelda fan, and it gave me so much more than I ever expected. There are a few times in the Zelda series where you can play as other characters besides Link, but they are short and sweet and always leave me wanting more. Well I got more, and then some. If you told me that two years after Skyward Sword I would get to play as Fi, I wouldn’t believe you. But Hyrule Warriors made it a reality, and it was pure joy. Playing as Midna, Zant, Ghirahim, and Ganondorf was also wonderous, and topped off with a bevy of Zelda fanservice, Hyrule Warriors is one of my stand out games of the year, and I still haven’t even gotten close to 100% completion. I look forward to what characters they will bring for the sequel, when I’ll likely still be playing the first game. (Make Saria playable this time or else…)
Kill La Kill Finale
Kill La Kill was a ride, filled with humor and very memorable moments that left me in disbelief and in awe. Watching it was a journey, and when the story culminated in the final showdown, with Ryuko and Satsuki finally bonding as the sisters they should have been, it was an excellent end to a great series. Ryuko and Satsuki are right up there with Hinata and Hanabi as the best sisters.
Majora’s Mask 3DS Confirmed
This was what I and many others wanted for a long time, and after a lot of teasing, this year it was finally confirmed. Majora’s Mask is being remade for 3DS, like Ocarina of Time. From what I’ve seen already, it looks fantastic, and there are a number of interesting changes already, from Gyorg’s redesign to the potential complete overhaul of Clocktown with it being seamless and having no loading screens. I’m very excited about this remake, and can’t wait to have it in my hands.
Nagi no Asukara Finale
Nagi no Asukara was on my list last year as the stand out anime of the year, and it deserves a spot again this year. Nagi no Asukara is one of my absolute favorites, right up there with Eureka Seven. It is an exceptional anime, with a beautiful setting and unique story that came to an excellent end this year, with a conclusion that was heart wrenching and in the end heart warming. I love this series dearly, and what I want more than anything now is a Blu Ray release in the US so I can experience it’s majesty again.
This show was another favorite anime of mine this year, with it’s unique story and characters and crazy brand of humor. It was an interesting look at a ragtag group of “villains” who want to take over the world, with a precocious little girl as the leader who is not what she seems. Top of it with having one of the cutest duos (Asuta and Renge) and you have a great show that is worthy of this list.
Sonic Boom Hilarity
I was iffy about Sonic Boom right when I first saw it. It had all the makings of a trainwreck, and in the end I was right. I never bought it, as I could not possibility support such a grievous mistake. However, I’ve seen plenty of the game, and the one good thing I can say about it is that it is the funniest damn game of the year for it’s glitches and absurd moments like the one in the picture. It has provided much entertainment. Just not in the way the developers wanted. The other silver lining is that the TV show itself is actually good.
Zelda Wii U gameplay demo
This is the one other thing on the list I never expected to see this year. I thought that anything Zelda Wii U would be saved for E3 2015, but Geoff Keighley and Reggie Fils Aime pulled the rug out from under us with some brand new actual gameplay footage of Zelda Wii U, showing off the massive map and the game mechanics. It was a joy to behold, and the only bad thing is that it left me wanting more.
Finishing out the year of glorious character returns is none other than Toph Beifong, the greatest earthbender and metalbender to ever live. She has been my favorite Avatar character for a long time, and it was wonderful to see her again in Korra. I wish she had done more in the time she appeared, but just seeing her one last time was great.
The Legend of Korra finale
After her traumatic poisoning at Zaheer’s hands, season four was about Korra’s road to recovery and her eventual triumph over the final series villain: Kuvira, The Great Uniter. Kuvira was a foil to Korra, and she was very much part of Korra’s recovery, as she represented Korra overcoming herself. The finale of Korra was an excellent conclusion that brought all the major players together in a bid to take down Kuvira’s Mecha Giant, ending with a final confrontation between Korra and Kuvira, with Mako and Bolin getting their own moments to shine. In the end Asami reunites with her father, working together for the first time in years. Though it ends in heartbreak for Asami, she finally gets a moment of peace, vacationing with Korra in the Spirit World. There we see for the first time that Korra and Asami are actually together officially, and the two of them finally get the peace they deserve. It had been a tough road for Korra, but in the end she made it, and her legend will be cemented for all time. I followed the series since the beginning, and though it did have some narrative problems, it was a great show and I’m glad I went through Korra’s journey with her.
This…this right here is the pinnacle of a long journey of more than ten years. My longest supported anime pairing, Naruto and Hinata, of which I went through a rollercoaster ride as the two of them were tested and threatened again and again, each growing by using each other as a source of inspiration and strength. Finally, after countless battles and fearsome enemies, the two of them triumphed and found each other, finally getting together. I had been waiting for this one moment for so long, and to finally have it happen brings me such joy. Truly the defining moment of 2014, and it isn’t over yet. There is still the movie that shows how they get together. Nothing is going to stop me from seeing that movie, even If I have to travel halfway across the world. The movie is culmination of their relationship, and is everything I have ever wanted to see. I can’t wait to see it, and may NaruHina live forever.