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Once again it is time for that most beloved of aniblogger holiday traditions — 12 Days of Anime, in which we highlight 12 moments from anime, anime fandom, etc. that stuck with us throughout the year. This year, however, I’m sneaking in a little twist. One night on Twitter at the beginning of the month, I mentioned that I had watched so much ridiculous terribad stuff that I could make 12 Days posts for that and “serious” stuff if I put my mind to it. Then one Nazarielle came up with the simple, brilliant name “Naughty and Nice Moments”, and I thought to myself, “Well, damn, I can’t waste a perfectly good name like that!”
So here’s the drill: In the mornings, I’ll post about moments from those crazy terribad anime I love so much, and the afternoons will be dedicated to more “serious” stuff (which will not all be serious). And now that explanations are out of the way, let’s get to the first moment!
You are missing out if you did not watch Rio: Rainbow Gate!
I know what you are thinking: “That anime is the dumbest thing in history. It’s based off a pachinko game, is stuffed full with sleazy fanservice and all the characters are stupid, lazy moeshit.” All valid points. But those obscure the true brilliance of Rio.
A lot of shitty anime exists, but I don’t believe creators are stupid. They know a bad show — a bad idea — when they see one (doesn’t mean they aren’t cynical, though, but that’s a post for another time). Nobody in his or her right mind could look at the genesis of Rio and think that this series could even be average, much less good. And that’s where the genius of Rio comes into play: The creators don’t try to make something good; rather, they go the opposite direction. They make Rio into the goofiest, most god damn absurd show I’ve watched in quite a while . . . and some way, somehow, Rio is endearing in its utter awfulness.