Secret Santa Project Review: Living for the Day After Tomorrow – Anime Freaky Friday

hisui_icon_4040 At this point I have to wonder if I will ever rope Kate into doing the Secret Santa with me again. I thought that maybe decent picks over the last few years would have changed her mind but I think Texhnolyze was truly the straw that broke the camel’s back. (It is actually mostly Kate’s lack of free time during the holidays but I will continue to blame the Scourge of God that is Hiroshi Hamasaki and Chiaki J. Konaka’s land mine in the shape of an anime.) In turn that means that I got another trio of decent choices. This year I got Asatte no HoukouThere She Is!!, and Tokyo Godfathers.

So begins my tradition of trying to decide which of my three choices to make my main article. I usually try to pick the most unusual title of the three. It seems to be most in keeping with the spirit of the Secret Santa Project. I am trying to broaden my horizons with the project so I try to go for the risky titles as opposed to the safe choices.

Tokyo Godfathers was the safest of safe choices.  If I did not like the Satoshi Kon movie it would be amazingly shocking. I actually mostly have not watched it so I could have a “Break Glass in Case of Emergency” review around the holiday season. It is a nice quick review that Kate and I could do during a very busy time of the year.

Speaking of “Break Glass in Case of Emergency” I mostly did not pick There She Is!! because it was my last second replacement. If for some reason I could not finish Living for the Day After Tomorrow in time for Christmas I could easily watch There She Is!! and put out a review in a single day. It takes so much pressure off my mind when I know there is a safety net under me.

So I really only had one choice at that point. I knew that Asatte no Houkou existed as an anime but I did not know that much beyond that. In my mind it was this anime where two characters switch ages that came out in 2006. Since we were not blogging back in 2006 it was very easy for a show to slip past my radar. I can’t remember a good deal of discussion about the show that was overly positive or negative. It was mostly just a footnote in the annals of anime history. That can often be a sign that an anime is merely mediocre but it can also just mean that it unfortunately came out at a time where it was just unfairly overshadowed. It was against Black Lagoon: The Second BarrageCode Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionDeath NoteD.Gray-manKateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!, as well several other series so it is hardly inconceivable that it could be a good show that just fell through the cracks.

In many ways my main goal in watching this show will be to see if I feel that Living for the Day After Tomorrow was unfairly forgotten or if deserves it currently status as a show that has fallen in between the cracks.

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Secret Santa 2010 Project Reveal

And now the part you have all been waiting for. The Secret Santas are revealed, the ancient conspiracy is foiled, and the destined couple finally consummate their relationship. This is the master list of all the participants, what they reviewed, and who gave them their recommendations. I know that several people are not going to finish on time because of various mishaps during the holiday season. So I will do my best to update this list at least once a day as reviews come in. Hopefully everyone watched something a bit unexpected and maybe learned something new about the range and scope of anime. Other than that Happy Holidays and I wish you and yours the best of luck in the upcoming year.