"I'm So Glad I Ate Six Chalupas"

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Welcome, Kotaku clan, to our relaxing Thursday night open thread. We have had a dearth of late-night open threads of late, and I can only blame the holidays for that. Fortunately, we're back and running.

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How were your holidays? How has the new year been treating you? Have you finally beaten all of the games you got? Are you caught up in the horse-race of the Republican Presidential primary?

Today I realized that after all this time, I didn't know who "Snooki" actually was. I've never really watched Jersey Shore, as it turns out. After seeing a picture, I thought, "Okay, so that person I've seen so many places is 'The Snooki.'" I'm not better off for having this information, but I'm also not worse off. I'm pretty much just keepin' on keepin' on.

Culled from the internet, here are a variety of random things that may serve as conversation starters:

And that's that! Enjoy talking amongst yourselves.

DISCUSSION

So new anime this season. Shows I like:

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou: Slice of life show about 3 guys (yes guys, not girls!) in highschool. It's also way, way better than Kimi to Boku. Well much funnier at least.

Aquarion Evol: Apart from the whole weird Union thing which seems like an excuse to have magical shojo-like transformations, this looks like it will be a fun show. Pretty breathtaking art, very good use of CG (and I hate CG in anime) and some pretty cool fight scenes.

Thermae Romae: 10 minute anime show about a ancient roman guy who builds bath houses. He travels through time and shit. This is why I watch anime.

Brave-10: Stereotypical samurai-shonen anime for sure down to almost every last cliche, but it was enjoyable all the same. Guess I'm easy to please.

Amagami SS+: Apparently this season is only 12 eps. Which means like 2 eps per girl or something, which is kind of a bummer. Oh well, it still will probably be good.

Ano Natsu de Matteru: What seems like a cross between last year's Ano Hana (which was awesome btw, if you haven't seen it yet) and Onegai Teacher, I'm pretty hopeful about this one.

Nisemonogatari: What can I say, I like Shaft's style. Probably will be good.

Rinne no Lagrange: Great art, animation, promising story, only hampered by completely unnecessary fan service. Still should be good.

Shows I'm ambivalent towards still:

Another: I'm all for more horror anime, but so far this show has been about as subtle as a brick to the face. Still has potential, will watch another couple eps before dropping.

Moretsu Pirates: Ehhhh I dunno, it could be good. But it just seems so derivative for now.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear: What could only be described as "Put random things that otaku like in a jar and just see what happens" this show was meh for me. Sure it had some rather spectacular art and animation, but it was just too random and felt like it was pandering too much. I'll watch another ep to be sure, but I'll probably pass on this.

Zero no Tsukaima F: While I liked the 1st and 2nd seasons when I watched it way back when, I remember the 3rd season was pretty much crap. Still I'll probably watch this for the sake of finishing the series.