Posted by psgels on 31 May 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

Okay, here the end-of-the-month-summary is again, consisting of two top-16’s, a top-11, top-5 and two awards of best male and best female part (got the idea from Hopeless). Hopefully it’s a bit more organized than last times, and I also attempted to include a few pictures. Dunno if it’ll be sucessful. Ah well.

+ Top 16 Spring Anime +
Out of all the series aired at the beginning of the Spring Season, I managed to continue following sixteen of them, if you ignore the series which have yet to get subbed, along with Dai Mahou Touge and Yoshinaga-san chi no Gargoyle, who both have just one subbed episode which is just too little in order to be able to be included in this list. Ranking these sixteen anime from worst to best proved to be quite a challenge, as it seemed that each anime has its great things and its flaws. Still, this is what it managed to become. Just a small note: my taste in anime is pretty strange, so this list may vary a lot from those you see on other websites.

16: Utawareumono

Currently the only series in danger of being dropped. This is just such a waste of a good concept. The main characters are just incredibly dull, and everything just seems too easy for our main character, and the eighth episode, which showed the departure of one of the best character (the guy with the axe) and the introduction of a very childish, busty angel didn’t really help too much either. It’s also certain that the main female character will get separated more and more from our main character until they eventually end up together again. The only thing stopping me from dropping it is the main character’s past. It’d better be good.

15: Kamisama Kazoku

Horrible waste of a concept, though Tenko managed to save it.

14: Witchblade

Same with Kamisama Kazoku: the anime itself is horrible, though the little girl SO managed to save this.

13: Soul Link

Okay, here it goes: the voice acting features one of the most horrible miss-casts ever, the graphics look horrible, the art of each of the single character is painful to watch, except when some female skin is shown, at these moments, the art looks decent again, every male looks horribly dull while every female looks like the typical cast of a harem-series, the music is awful, the characters’ personalities are annoying, the main villain is horribly cliché and the anime almost lives on the amounts of fanservice it offers. Still, I like the story.

12: Jyuu Oh Sei

I’m currently having trouble whether to decide whether this show is good or not. The first five episodes showed nice conflicts, though the main character remained an 11-year old boy. But overall, I liked it. At the sixth episode, however, five years suddenly seem to have past, and the anime turns into a fight between the two remaining Tops. Even though this remains a good twist, there are too many unanswered questions. Like, what did Thor do in while these five years passed? Clearly, he couldn’t have been sitting on his back for all this time?

11: Ouran High School Host Club

I’m currently seeing people going all giddly over this anime. And they’re right. Ouran High School Host Club is a good anime. But still, it could’ve been better. Various moments are wasted, and the drama sometimes seems a bit too over the top. Still, I’m still waiting for the Yuri-element to be introduced in this show. According to flou, it shouldn’t take much longer now.

10: Black Lagoon

The themes and moral questions introduced in this anime are just awesome. It really makes you think in a different way about issues like these. The action shown also is some real eyecandy, and the characters are great to see as well. I’m especially a fan of Dutch.

9: Tsubasa Chronicle

If you start to think about it, this anime doesn’t make any sense. Solution: don’t think about it. The characters, stories and worlds introduced in each of the episodes all remain just great and extremely enjoyable.

8: Saiunkoku Monogatari

The story being told is just great, Shiurei is a great character, and especially the antics of king Ryuuki while trying to please Shiurei are brilliant. Still, nothing really special has happened, though that can also be because I didn’t understand half of what was happening because I was watching the raws instead of the subs.

7: Simoun

One of the surprise hits this month. My disgust for the main character was immediately taken away along with the third episode. It promises to be great, especially when I see the reactions of some people who saw the eighth episode. I’d just wish more of this would come out.

6: Makai Senki Disgaea

People need to stop bitching about this. The anime’s great, period. Okay, it may have been horrible when you compare it with the game, but having not played the game, I don’t care.

5: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

I just love picking out all of the details about what happens each episode, and making assumptions of what’s going to happen next. This anime is perfect for these kinds of goals. The concept itself is also pure brilliance, and let’s not begin to talk about the awesomeness of the way each of the different characters interacts with each other. Still, let’s face it: the anime remains flawed. The first arc was too much over the top, and the second arc really felt unfinished and rushed.

4: .Hack//Roots

This is another one of those really awesome anime, especially the characters and the music are just great. Every one of the chracters has something unique, and the music itself remains memorable. At the moment, it’s just getting better and better. Still, it’s not the best series around, but it definately comes close!

3: xxxHolic

The stories told every episode just continue to get better and better. The characters are extremely brilliant, especially the dialogue between each of the characters remains memorable. And even though you have to get used to the unusual art a bit, the art is just awesome to see. This seems like it’ll be a very solid anime.

2: Good Witch of the West – Astraea Testament

Okay, it has its flaws, some of the scenes may be a bit too fast, and a few Deus ex Machina show up. Despite this, Good Witch of the West remains truly awesome. The art really is best ever to be featured in an anime, the themes introduced in every episode are great and especially the main characters are brilliant. I also really like the pacing and the direction this anime is heading for.

1: The Third

The previously mentioned anime all are awesome in their own way. Still, they all have their own major flaw. I’ve yet to discover a major flaw in The Third. Honoka is just an extremely versatile character. Her amount of development already ranks among the best anime around, and it’s only just reached its fourth episode. The battles also are just a feast for the eyes, not to mention the character design. This really will be a magnificent anime. Period.

+ Top 11 Older Anime +
I decided to not put these two categories together, as the older series have had more episodes in order to develop their series. Still, with cases like Ergo Proxy, who’s in danger of being overtaken by series like .Hack//Roots and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, this border remains very small. Anyway, this top 11 consists of my list of the 11 series which aired before spring 2006 and which were the best in the month of June. Series who finished in this month also count.

11: Bleach
Currently, Bleach is weak again. There were a couple of very strong and more importantly funny moments, but even these couldn’t save it from the weaker moments.

10: Ginga Densetsu Weed
There haven’t been too many releases out this month, but still, it remains an enjoyable anime. I get surprised every time it does the exact opposite of what a normal shounen-series would be doing, and some of the war tactics used in the latest episodes were just great to see.

9: Naruto
Call me crazy, but I actually like the fillers. They actually give some nice insight in all of the characters, and the stories told in each of the individual arcs are actually pretty good, especially the Laughing Shino-episode. Okay, it made no sense at all, but there were some extremely funny moments in it. I’m also a bit sadistical at the moment, I just love seeing all the Naruto-fans complain, flame towards the fillers and getting disappointed again. >:)

8: The Law of Ueki
This ended at the beginning of May, and it came with a very nice ending, providing a nice twist to close everything off. The last couple of episodes missed the brilliance that made Ueki shine, though.

7: Eureka7
I haven’t finished the series yet, simply because I’m too lazy to use the batched torrents (long story), therefore, I’ll just be keeping up with Nanashi’s releases. The season-long intermezzo continues, and Renton and Eureka develop more and more, providing some very nice, funny and entertaining situations. I indeed strongly recommend everyone who was turned off by the first episode to keep watching, as the anime shows one of the greater anime around.

6: Pani Poni Dash
The releases continue to come in very slow. And when I say slow, I mean slooooooow. Still, episode 24 totally made up for it, with one of the most brilliant parodies on ancient samurai-shows, with Becky as an evil landlord and Ichijou as a middle-aged samurai (hair included).

5: Ergo Proxy
The plot is about to turn into the amazing-direction. The basic concept of the anime is known, and now it’s up to the rest of the episodes to fill in this concept. So far, it’s really succeeding.

4: Blood+
This anime starts out mediocre, and as time progresses, it just continues to get better and better, without exception. Well then, what do you then get when this continues up to the 32th episode? Right, an amazing anime which only gets more amazing with every episode progressing. I’m really recommending this anime to anyone with a bit of patience.

3: PopoloCrois Story 1998
The living proof that childish designs and RPG-based anime are totally awesome. The story only continues to get better and better, and continues to deliver us numerous of amazing scenes.

2: Jigoku Shoujo
The first season of Jigoku Shoujo ended this month, and what an ending it was. Especially the pre-ending episodes were just too awesome. I can’t wait for the second season.

1: Noein
Yes, this certainly is one of the best anime ever made. It still hasn’t managed to beat Mahou Shoujotai, but apart from that, it surely reaches among the beauties of anime. Episode 22 was just pure brilliance.

+ Top 16 Summer 2006 +
Sometimes, my new anime previews cover all newly announced, sometimes they just cover the anime to come in the next season. I don’t really have a system for this, it mostly depends on my mood. This time, I was in the mood of giving thourough info about the anime which are to come in the summer of 2006, so here it is. Most people are currently worrying about series like the Second Honey and Clover, Genshinken 2, Mahou Sensei Negima, Kujian Unbalance, etc. I haven’t bothered to finish the first three, and I never even heard of the last one,which means that I don’t have anything to do with these new series. This was needed, as I have my own series to worry about: Arusu The Adventure. I’ve been letting it out from most of my new-anime previews, as there’s absolutely no information about it. The only thing that is known is that this anime has been announced to come in 2006. I first want some hard facts that it’s actually still in development, before I get all giddly over nothing. I so hope that these facts come soon.

The summer-season is so much different from the spring-season. Not only is the amount of released anime so much smaller, the settings vary as well. Spring covered a large amount of fantasy-series, while the summer season focuses more on modern or futuristic settings. It’ll be a very interesting twist. There are some real beauties among the new series. Most of the info is taken from the Animesuki-forums, AnimeNfo, AniDB and the respective official websites of the anime.


16: Night Head Genesis
(picture taken from official website). The Night Head-website seems to be a bit reluctant to give out information or material. Still, the website suggests that we’re dealing with another one of those big-budget anime. Still, this website almost made my computer crash, which didn’t make me too happy.


15: Tsuyokisu
“This anime is based on a game by Candy Soft. At first, it was released as an adult game, but later it was ported to PS2 platform as a non-adult game by Princess Soft. The game is a typical dating simulation that takes place in a high school. However, the selling point of this game is that all(?) the female characters are “tsundere”(Tsundere is a slang born in the Internet, and it is a word to describe the nature of female anime or game characters. Tsundere is a word combining two words, “Tsun Tsun” and “Dere Dere”. Both terms describe attitudes of a person. “Tsun Tsun” is used for cold/blunt/curt attitude, while “Dere Dere” is used when a person becomes spoony in front of his/her lover. Therefore, “Tsundere” is a female character who is usually cold, but she becomes spoony on her lover. Or, she is cold to the main character at first, but she becomes lovestruck later). The story revolves aroud a high school boy Tsushima Reo. He isn’t engaged in either sports or study, and he is always hanging around with his childhood friends, Samesuga Shinichi, Date Subaru, and Kanisawa Kinu. He secretly loves Kiriya Eria. She is a daughter of Kiriya Cooperation, very beautiful, smart, and a student leader. However, her acts are very eccentric. Therefore, at the same time she is loved by many students, she is hated by as many students. One day, because the main characters are being late for school, they try to sneak into the campus. However, a girl knocks them out to catch. It is Kurogame Otome. She is Reo’s cousin, and Reo thought of her as his elder sister when they were children, but they haven’t met for years. Soon, she begins to live with Reo in the same house in order to change his lazy life. In this way, he encounters various girls and makes friends with them.” (image and description taken from AnimeNfo). This is the big thing everyone’s waiting for. It’s supposed to be awesome. Still, I can not see the brilliance. The boy’ll probably end up with all of the different girls fallen in love with him, without any special reason except for the fact that he’s the main character. And “Tsundere”? What the heck is so special about a girl who’s cold and then opens up to our main character when she falls in love with him?


14: Tonagura!
“A childhood friend, Yuji, is coming home after a 10-year absence and Kazuki is eager to meet him again, hoping that he has become a handsome guy. In actuality, he’s become a very dirty pervert. In spite of her disappointment, he is making a move on her. Moreover, her older sister, Hatsune, tries to help their love along. Meanwhile, Yuji’s little sister, Marie, delights in shooting him with a paint gun.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). I’ve reviewed this series once before, back in december, and I remember that I really did not like the concept. I still don’t, but I have to say that the art begins to look too cute.


13: Chottoko Sister
“Haruma is a university student who lives alone. On Christmas Day, Santa Claus girl gives him a little sister.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). What the heck? Okay, this certainly is the strangest description I’ve ever seen. This’ll either be a mildly succesful comedy, or some material for the loli-fans among us. Judging from the picture taken from the website, I’m afraid it’ll be the latter.


12: Bokura ga Ita
“The beginning of high school life, also means the beginning of a brand new love life to the girls. For the lively high school freshman, Takahashi Nanami, nicknamed Nana, this is also the case… Incidentally, a popular guy, Yano Motoharu, happens to be in the same class as Nana. 2/3 of the girls in class fall in love with him but Nana seems to hate him?!”(taken from AniDB, picture taken from official website). No offence, but the story seems like the most standard love-story ever. I hope the side-characters can save it.


11: Zero No Tsukaima
“A normal high school student, Hiraga Saito, was summoned into another world. The witch who summoned him was Louise. She was very cute, but she was very haughty, and she had no facility for magic so that she was called “Louise the Zero” because of the success rate of her magic. While he was embarrassed, Louise suddenly pushed her lips to his. Soon, mysterious letters appeared on the back of his hand, and he became her familiar spirit. Then, Saito begins to live with Louise in a boarding house of Tristein Magical Academy. Every day, he is abused, scolded, and loved? by this haughty but cute girl. This is how his exciting days filled with courage, humiliation, and love begin.”(taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website) I can really see this one becoming the next MagiKano, including the extremely cheesy ending. Still, it provides a nice variety. Instead of the girls being the boy’s slave like in most harems, the boy gets to be the girl’s slave.


10: Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro
“The close relationship between political and business circles doesn’t die; politicians and government officers line their pockets taking advantage of their positions. Zaizen Jotaro is an investigator who is allowed to use extralegal methods to crack down these power abusing criminals.” (image and description taken from AnimeNfo). Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Jotaro, otherwise known as the anime with the very, very, very, very long name. Still, the concept seems like it’ll show promise.


9: Project BLUE Chikyuu SOS
“Now, unknown menace is approaching to the human being from outer space to invade. AD 2000, highly developed science reaches its acme, and the human begins are enjoying their brilliant age using dream engine, “G reactor”. At the opening ceremony of a bullet train, Inazuma-go, which runs from the capital Metropolitan to New York only for 90 minutes, Billy Kimura, Benny Carter, and Lotta witness a mysterious event. Inazuma-go is swallowed into iridescent light and gone. While Billy and Lotta are investigating the event, they know other disappearances occur all over the world. However, these events are not informed citizens, and they haven’t noticed them. United Nations organizes the Earth Defense Organization, Labyrinth, to investigate the event in order to confront the menace.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). I like the character designs so far. The plot seems a bit unrealistic, though (especially if Billy, Benny and Lotta also appear to be members of these Earth Defense Organization). Still, it can go into the right direction.


8: Muteki Kanbanmusume
“Onimaru Miki is a daughter of a Chinese restaurant, and she helps her mother to run the restaurant. She is supposed to be a Kamban Musume, or a poster girl, of the restaurant. However, she likes to fight and always makes troubles. Whether is she useful for the restaurant or not? This is a daily comedy revolves around Miki, and other unique characters. For example, Ohta Akio is a son of a vegetable store, and he is an otaku of Ranger series. Kannazuki Megumi is another Kanban Musume of a bakery store. At first glance, she is quite and cute, but actually she is a dissembler. She thinks Miki of her rival, and she disturbs Miki’s job in various dirty way.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). You know what? This can actually become pretty good, provided that the creators don’t focus the jokes on countless amounts of fanservice.


7: Chevalier
“In the 18th, in France, just before the French Revolution, it is Louis 15th Dynasty. Versailles enjoys its prosperity, with the gently flow of the Seine, Paris is full of beauty as well as grotesque chaos. At a dawn, a dead body of a woman floats in the Seine. Her name is Lia de Beaumon. On her coffin, mysterious letters – PSALMS – were carved. The little brother, D’Eon de Beaumon, works for the secret police, and chasing the consecutive lady missing case. His sister is one of the victims. Then, the history of taboo opens to D’Eon investigating the incidents.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). Another one of the big series, playing around the time of the french revolution. It seems to bring a bit of fantasy into the conflict. Overal, it can become good. The setting’s quite original, and it seems capable of doing great things.


6: Kemonozume
“The woman who he loves is a terrifying monster. The man she loves is the strongest monster hunter. They belong to adversary families, but they are attracted by the fate hard to resist.”(taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). Aah, a tragic love story between two characters who are destined to kill each other. Can become really worthwile if rightly executed.


5: Flag
“In 20xx, a civil war broke out in a small country in Asia is getting hard in spite of dispatch of UN forces. But a picture taken by accident in the battle field accelerates the peace process. It is a picture of a flag. Although they are enemies, they cooperate together to fly it in a sanctuary, and the flag becomes the symbol of the peace. However, just before the peace agreement is achieved, the flag is robbed by an armed extremist group in order to obstruct the truce. UN decides to send SDC (Special Development Command) and a cameraman to record their activities. The cameraman is Shirasu Saeko. She is the cameraman who took the picture of the flag. At first they think the mission is easy because they wear latest armed suits, HAVWC(High Agility Versatile Weapon Carrier), but they gets in trouble by unexpected attacks.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). I like the way that the main character is a photograper, sent on a mission in order to record the activities from some enemy extremists. I’m also a fan of the character designs. The fights can still mess up the anime, though, but for now I’m positive.


4: Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique ~Kokoro Mezameru Toki~
(image taken from official website) I’ve got no idea what this anime is about, but the art shown on the official site promises that this will be another one of those masterpieces. I’ll definately belooking forward to this series.


3: Coyote Ragtime Show
“The war has continued on the planet, Grazeland. Because the Earth Federation Governent is afraid the war might leap to other planets, they decided to destroy the Graceland by photon bombs. There are only 7 days left until the time limit. However, there is an inheritance of the Pirate King, Blues, somewhere in this planet.” (taken from AnimeNfo, picture taken from official website). When I first saw this, I was a bit reluctant about it. Still, the trailer convinced me: the combination of the great looking character, amazing music and creative concept will most probably be just awesome.


2: NHK ni Youkoso
Based on a novel by Takimoto Tatsuhiko, turned into a manga with illustration by Ooiwa Kenji. Japanese shut-ins, loli h-games and conspiracies, oh my! The existence of the evil organization of “NHK”, I happened to find it. All the reasons why I dropped out from the university, being unemployed and a “Hikikomori” – homicidal young person – are due to NHK`s conspiracy. I`ll keep fighting till the day I will beat the vice organization. But one day, an assassin from a religious group, shows up to kill me. She is a neat and beautiful girl, Misaki-chan, with a parasol. Who is she? What can save our future contaminated with eroticism, violence and drugs? Love, courage, or friendship? (image and description taken from AniDB) This really is a concept I’ve fallen in love with. It can fail horribly, yes, I know. But at the moment, it makes for such a great concept for an anime.


1: Otogi Juushi Akazukin
(image taken from official site) Everyone who’s been reading my monthly summaries knows that this is the series I’m really looking forward to. This is the first anime ever which is based on a figurine, other than a manga/novel/RPG/hentai game, and it promises to be awesome. The OVA, which came out last year, certainly proved that. The setting is about two worlds who live right next to each other. A world of magic and a world of technology. God split these worlds apart in order to prevent humans from joining magic and technology together, because that would become a bit too dangerous. The story focuses around a young boy who seems to posess some special powers and lives in the technology world. There are a couple of bad guys after his powers and so, the magic world sends a young girl in order to help him. Fairy tales also seem to be a strong influence in this anime, as the OVA showed us Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots references (probably even more, but I unfortunately forgot).

+ Best Male Character: +

Kurogane – Yes, Kuro-tan is shining again. Despite all of the things he has to endure from Fye, he remains his cool self.
Runner-ups: Haseo (.Hack//Roots), Sakisaka (.Hack//Roots), Roux (Good Witch of the West), Yuu (Noein), Domeki (xxxHolic)

+ Best Female Character: +

Honoka – Yes, Honoka’s probably one of the most fleshed out characters ever. Add that to the fact that her personality is just great, and you have a recipe for success.
Runner-ups: Firiel (Good Witch of the West), Shiurei (Saiunkoku Monogatari), Flonne (Makai Senki Disgaea), Yuuko (xxxHolic), Rena (Higurashi)

+ Top-5 Episodes +
5: xxxHolic – 8
This episode was just amazing to see. First starting with Watanuki, cleaning out Yuuko’s stuff and noticing the rug with the butterflies, the episode then displays a great story about a woman who loses herself and breaks down.

4: Ergo Proxy – 9
Both Vincent and Pino contributed to this amazing episode. The bad guy also was just great to see. It’s just too bad that Ril was nowhere to be found.

3: Jigoku Shoujo – 25
Emna Ai’s past. And it’s one of the saddest and best pasts ever.

2: PopoloCrois Story – 10
Seeing Gamigami trying to get his hands on the Crown of Wisdom was just too awesome to see. Finally we see a guy who has the right to call himself a genius. ^^

1: Noein – 22
One of the best episodes ever. No question possible. This was just so horribly sad for Isami, Miho and Ai.

8 Responses

  1. Cos says:

    NHK is a manga adaptation and the manga is really great,I just hope they won’t butcher it.It reminds me of Genshiken,but I don’t know why…
    As for Tsundere all men are crazy about them because they are basicaly the type of woman who are pure and hard to conquer,but when you succed they become perfect lovers..so it must be male instinct.
    And ergo proxy reaease are too slow!!

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Indeed. The Ergo Proxy-releases have been somewhat consistent at around the ninth episode, though the tenth episode is taking ages to come to us.

    NHK indeed seems too awesome, though after I made this post, I found out that Gonzo will be producing it. As Gonzo seems to be focusing at mainstream-only, I’m hoping for this anime to survive its butchering.

    And I can indeed see Tsuyokisu get all popular over nothing.

  3. Anga says:

    For some reason when i watched Otogi Juushi Akazukin OVA i got Final Fantasy flashbacks, though don’t if it was just results of playing those games too much back then.

    Dating sim full of tsunderes sounds…bad. I guess i don’t have to watch Tsuyokisu at all.

    Genshinken was ok, but didn’t really feel it needed second season. Why all animes about otakus are so special anyway?

    Btw, is there any shoujo series during summer season? H&C of course, but it sounds bit lonely to be only one. The image i got from your text isn’t that promising.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    “Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique ~Kokoro Mezameru Toki” sounds pretty shoujo to me. Especially when I look at the designs, though I have no idea what it’ll be about. “Muteki Kanbanmusume” has some small potential of becoming one, but somehow, I fear it won’t. It’s indeed true, the more I look at it, the more I see that this will be a unique season. Whether it’ll be good or not, I can’t say yet.

  5. Anga says:

    Okay, thanks. Though it’s not complete loss even if i don’t find any good shoujo since few from this season have more than 13 episodes.

  6. Hopeless says:

    This is the most extraordinary post I have read for a while. I once thought my top 30 list was huge! I’ve never watched PopoloCrois Story 1998, or anything related to it, but with your recommendation I must try it out, since if it wasn’t for your love of Mahou Shoujo Tai I would never have visited its wonderful world.

    I had no idea most of these upcoming shows actually existed! I’m a fan of the NHK manga, which is one of the most hilarious and yet painfully disturbing manga I have ever read, so I hope Gonzo will not dilute the anime. I’d only vaugely heard of Otogo…, but it looks to be one of the most interesting series in the near future. I’m already won over by Chevalier, and Coyote Ragimte Hour looks interesting. Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique’s designs seem attractive and promise fantasy, which I’ve always adored, while Kemonozume really sounds almost noir-ish. The other show here that really interests me is Project BLUE, which appeals to be on some subconcious level, the way Bushilord does. Apart form the tsundere show (I agree, I really do not see what is so special about tsundere, even though I like quite a few characters that fall loosely into the catagory), most of these seem exciting and potentially great.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Popolocrois is a rather old anime (as it aired in 1998), but I love it. Even though the character designs need some getting used to, thought he characters themselves instantly captured me. It starts off with a couple of seemingly random episodes, though after these, you can really see a great story evolving. I don’t know whether it’ll capture veryone like it did with me, though.

    Otogi once appeared as an unimportant, almost unnoticable OVA. I managed to see it, and I was sold instantly. NHK seems even more interesting, though I fear for Gonzo. Chevalier has yet to win my enthusiasm, though, but it remains a very interesting looking title. The characters in Coyote Ragtime Show are the ones that sold me. They really look interesting. Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique indeed seems like a very promising shoujo-show. And now that you mention it, Kemonozume indeed has the same atmosphere Noir did. I’m not too sure abut Project Blue. The character designs look great, but I first want to know more about the story itself.

    And thanks. ^_^ It indeed took a lot of time in order to produce this behemoth of a post. I’m glad it turned out right.

  8. mortgage says:

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    – Stonehaven & more2life.

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Note: I'm deciding to take Classroom of the Elite as my third show to cover. So, for this season we are covering 11 shows.
Vonter
Just to end, it kind of shows than even if a story is predictable on where it is going. Characters can make up for that, if they're funny, interesting, and perhaps not agreeing all the time and having different agendas and points of view despite all sharing the same boat.
Vonter
Yet as a game Tales hasn't felt deep since Symphonia, (at least from the ones I've played). I'm wondering if it'll leave me wanting check the anime of Zestiria, since apparently Berseria is a prequel to that game. And many say the anime is better than the game. (I can see why).
Vonter
I also like the reused Tales beats from Phantasia and Berseria. It those have moments like when Lloyd was exiled and Cless had his village attacked. It has clear antagonists unlike Vesperia, and trying harder than the cartoony villains of Graces.
Vonter
I've been playing Tales of Berseria, and it seems to be the anti Tales of Graces. In which I'm caring about the story and characters, but the gameplay is a drag. This is the first time I've been autoplaying an JRPG. But unlike Gravity Rush 2, I'm not dropping it because I'm liking the interactions of these characters even if it gets, campy, overdramatic, or edgy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I mean I watch anime and films subtitled but sometimes my reading speed can be slow if theres a lot of dialogue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I do that sometimes, mostly to check for message updates or on occasion to read reviews of what I am watching or to download more/check downloads.
SuperMario
For instance, I watched Okja yesterday and I had to take 15', 20' minute break in between for snack, surfing webs and playing mobile games...
SuperMario
I watched Fanny and Alexander... don't really remember which version I watched thou. I think it's a TV version since it divides into 4 separate parts
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it just that... my attention span has shortened greatly and I just can't stay focus on movies over an hour mark. In cinema, it's alright since you can't move anywhere but now it's abig task to finish a 2 hour and a half movie for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
And is good enough to keep up the quality for that long.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'll say this, for every medium, to me the length of something isn't so much the issue, if you have a writer good enough to keep something going for ages then the length shouldn't be an issue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If something goes over three hours I treat it as a miniseries and watch one hour or two a day.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: lol if you thought thats long, have you seen the extended versions of scenes from a marriage and fanny & alexander by Bergman? I can't wait to get my hands on the tv versions I hear they're completely different.
SuperMario
Okja is pretty entertaining with pointed social commentary. I don't really feel Tilda Swinton's double roles add up much but everything else is great. Bong has never disappointed me
SuperMario
@Kaiser: good luck with Satantango then. I guess now if I watch an 8-hour long film it would take me a whole week to finish it :/
Kaiser-Eoghan
Made in abyss and vatican keep staring at me. Although I'm not chancing them yet or anything else until I hear a bit more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My once massive film backlog is nearly cleared. I can try watching stuff this season hopefully.
K-Off
Same boat here. For the first time in a long time I spent almost half the day catching up on all of my manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'll have two weeks leave, I will finally watch Satantango, all eight hours of that film.
AidanAK47
I did a double take when I saw this. One of these things is not like the other.... http://gematsu.com/2017/07/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-announced
SuperMario
Well, finally have a bit of precious free time to watch something else and I have too much things to watch. Castlevania, the final Kizumonogatari movie, live-action Okja and some books planned to read... I guess I'll go with Okja today
Ninja
Looking forward to that Dies review
Lenlo
Yaaay! Time to enjoy your blogging time
AidanAK47
And now we are up to date. Just need to finally get that Dies Irae Review posted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again I'll watch almost every horror film I can, don't even mind the awful acting most have.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pet cemetary was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know how I'd feel if I rewatched salems lot, although a positive is that it did have James Mason in it and it was done in that 70s style of slow burn horror that I love.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The IT film has aged horribly and thats one case where I would advocate a remake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Stand by me was a perftly watchable coming of age film and it surprised me, seeing a non-horror King story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay theres one way to settle this =P Lovecraft > all of them ;) I have actually enjoyed some King adaptations even though I know the Shining took liberties , I also enjoyed Carrie and Apt Pupil.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, please. Early King > Richard Matheson > Modern King. Kings early works were good.
Lenlo
@Aidan, its true that Monty was the mind behind the fights. Sad, but I think the other directors are starting to come into their own instead of trying to copy Monty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But we all know Richard Matheson > King.
Kaiser-Eoghan
He did some collabs with Stephen King I believe.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Like the dead films he's trying to be thematic, although this one is clumsily put together, I kind of like how it hybridizes the 50s with 70s style exploitation, it has its moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
hmmm the only non Dead trilogy film I've seen by Romero is the Crazies, feels like he's still finding his voice with it.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Part of the reason is that they started using better animation software. But despite that there was a downgrade in fight chorgraphy when Monty died. Though the story I find is getting better.
AidanAK47
@Kinseryu, I think it's ridiculous to everyone but there are those that choose to ignore it.
@Anon, That's a bit harsh. It is true that his later works never truly panned out but he did pretty much popularise the zombie apoc. Even if Day of the Triffids did it before him.
Lenlo
Every season RWBY gets just a little bit prettier. Rooster Teeth really does have some of the better 3D animation skills out there.
Anonymous1272531
goerge romero was a hack trying desperate to stay relevant.
Kinseryu
Tenshi3P... I thought it was just me that this show was just ridiculous by putting three ten years old girl that knows how to play electrical instruments. They are insulting the people who plays these. But good thing I found this site with your first impression. I laughed and I feel better. Lol.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: he passed away? damn. He was the Father of Zombie genre. So like him or hate him, he was influential to say the least. RIP.
Kaiser_Eoghan
...holy shit George A Romero died? Now I have to watch the rest of his films.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Rei Hiroe is really dicking around with black lagoon lately, he's still releasing wasted chapters, just like re:creators, the most recent chapter of black lagoon was a slog.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Maybe the conversation and lives of others could sort of count as espionage stories to an extent.
Kaiser_Eoghan
If you're interested in spy fiction, Spy who came in from the cold, most wanted man, Smiley's people, deadly affair and tinker tailor soldier spy are your best bet.
SuperMario
@Travlos (regarding yoir earlier comment): yeah, it hit me as well that most of regular readers have been here even longer than myself. So thanks for sticking around mates
SuperMario
@Travlos: playing catch up with both Re:Creators and Virgin Soul yesterday. Agreed that last week's Re:Creators was weak because it focused on the Creators (they're not good) but last episode was on par again. Virgin Soul, I loved that episode that the girls go bacl to Nina's hometown
SuperMario
@anon1272074: I still haven't had the time to watch Pripri yet (probably in few more hours), but you bet I'm looking forward to it
Anonymous1272074
Then again, James Bond does count as a spy. I meant not a realistic one.
Anonymous1272074
Princess Principal 2 was pretty good. Still more James Bond via little girls than spies, but this episode was more about intrigue and stuff than action.
Lenlo
Started catching up with Kakegurui. The OP is the sort of mind games I remember from Mob Psycho. Dunno what that means for the show, but I like it.
KTravlos
Quite happy with this week's RE:Creators. Blitz is cool, Aliceteria looked so scary. It washed out the taste of last week's episode.

Bahamut is going interesting places.
BTW. Speaking of spies from Princess Principal. I watch TURN. That is a good spy show.
KTravlos
I mean you see the use of those heavy revolvers as clubs in westerns. Mythbusters did a experiment, and being hit by one could kill you just fine. But in anime, I do not remember seeing it often
AidanAK47
Homura used Gun-kata in the fight against Mami in Rebellion. Can't think of anyone who exclusively uses it though. After all Gun-Kata is more or less a flashy art that has no real benefit.
Anonymous1270604
amazing!
Vonter
Is Gun Kata the fighting style of Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue? I suppose I'm mainly thinking about how guns are handled in fighting games. Where the shots are mainly concussive. I suppose those are mainly energy blasts.
Lenlo
Ranbu took a step in the right direction I feel. Used the morals of whether or not to change history and it focused in on one of its characters.
Lenlo
Final Fantasy has had some gun swords. Cant think of any with guns in melee though. There are some with gun-kata like cowboy bebop though
Vonter
Just for curiosity, have anyone watched an anime, movie or game that uses a gun as a melee weapon. Or one in which the gun is mainly concussive but still has impact?
Spike
18if ep2 was a bit wacky... main character seems to be off his rocker.
AidanAK47
Alright. Time to finally play catch up with those series I need to blog.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But at the same time acknowledging love for creativity is more important in the end than making a profit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I was using death of artist/deceased artist as a term to suggest peoples careers in the area are too often killed before they get a chance.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Moreso also to save the guy the embarrassment of misinterpreting it so awkwardly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Puran: Nothing too extreme , moreso that the piece itself feels inappropriate/tainted to have up/leave around/submit. Ended up taking it down out of taste.
Puran
Did that change how you feel about your writing? I had a somewhat similar experience, where something I was writing was similar to a real situation some I knew was going through. After I found out I stopped writing it. Not sure why.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wasn't all that close to either of them much but yeah, weird coincidence.
Kaiser-Eoghan
He thought I already knew the guy was dead.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*earlier
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its all okay now...but fuck that was was awkward.
Kaiser-Eoghan
....Oh jesus christ...oh christ this is a creepy creepy coincidence...I showed an acquaintance a bit of writing I did early, it mentions death of an artist, thing is I was writing something based on a conversation with my editor friend, turns out said acquaintance's artist friend died (who he knows that I've spoken to in the past) and he thought the piece I showed him was about the dead guy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I believe I began visiting this site in 2008.
As for humanity has declined, I found it bizzare and darkly funny for a while but felt it ran dry in its second half and I kind of fell out of following it.
KTravlos
You know it hit me. I think I have been following this blog for a decade now, perhaps more. Cool that it is still around.
Lenlo
I do agree it had alot more western influence than eastern though
Lenlo
Eh nothing wrong with that I think. Astro boy was very much the same after all
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I personally saw it as more of a Saturday morning cartoon than an anime.
Lenlo
@Masky, Heroman was a decent giant robot show. It looked and sounded good, though the acting was off in places. Alot of people panned it thinking it was the West invading the east when really it was trying to bridge that gap
SuperWooper
@Kaiser: Hey, Humanity Has Declined was great.
KTravlos
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KTravlos
Masky it was not an issue of writing about politics. It is an issue of writing just about your preferred politics. A good political work need to be politicized if you understand what I mean.
Kaiser-Eoghan
...what the hell tsuki ga kirei was directed by Seiji Kishi? He was actually capable of making a good anime?
Masky
Anyhoo, lol. Haven't mentioned Jitsu wa watashi wa in long time, but I really find it hilarious that its only actually evil character's competence is just "they aren't a idiot" xD As in, they don't even seem that diabolically intelligent, they just don't get wrapped into hijinxs.
Masky
@KTravlos: Well, depends on your views. Some people think artists should have their work speak about politics and world instead of just good stories. I'm kinda neutral about that since while stories about nature of world can be great, most of them don't really teach anyone anything new or change anyone
Masky
Huh, another anime work with Stan Lee being involved? I wonder how well Heroman did
KTravlos
Yup. A mangaka that could had been another Urasaw imho is Kawaguchi Kaiji. I really like his art, and it evokes some of the elements that I love in Urasawa. He also has interesting stories. But I fear he has let his political and ideological prejudices get the better of him. Which is a pity. Definitely a missed chance.
Masky
Did Urasawa do that billy bat manga?
SuperMario
As for Urasawa, I mentioned here before but I read 20th Century Boys few months ago and the manga was a straight out masterpiece. Fillers, yes but they are still in service for the main plot. Although out of his work my favorite's still Monster
AidanAK47
Alright. Only one more. Though the two superhero shows won't air for another week. Seeing as one is reflectiona nd the other is that marvel kids show maybe we shouldn't bother covering them in the impressions.
SuperMario
@Amagi: agree with you on the Friday's anime (well, for me it's technically Saturday) but Kakegurui, Fate and Princess Principal are worth following as well
SuperMario
@Kaiser: if you're still deciding if you should check out the manga or novel then I say novel since it's the novel that was influential, not the manga
Kaiser-Eoghan
So based on that fantasy itch I had thought about Altair, but hesitated because it was labeled as a shounen action show.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There was a time where I was hugely into the shoujo fantasy/historical thing. I've actually been thinking of out of curiousity looking into some old obscure ovas such as Books of Y and Crystania.
Amagi
Man as much as I love the Friday's anime this time, and whenever Altair airs, but the rest of the working-week is weak as hell. At least now I will finally have more time for games, VNs and creative stuff I guess.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It was kind of nice to hear an announcer coming in before Genocidal organ started, mentioning that for a few months their cinema will be playing anime and Japanese films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Surprised to see an anime reference Kafka and Katyn.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have not yet checked out empire of corpses.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now, I'll have to consider the manga or the novel as I heard some of the philosophical stuff got chopped. This was however a more successful and accessible film for me than Harmony.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Manglobe was always a bit mediocre when it came to animation and voice actor direction, but this wasn’t a bad film for them to go out on.
It lives up to its name, it gets quite visceral with the action that’s there, if you don’t like seeing child soldiers getting slaughtered there’s your warning, but I appreciated getting this kind of violence I want to see more of again in anime/manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I just got back from my local arthouse cinema, from watching a special screening of that anime film, Genocidal organ, this is the sort of thing where you do wish that it had more time to explore its thematics but they at least offer a good enough flavouring to a solid man on a mission scifi thriller.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Just to state I don't hate Urasawa's work, rather I find it sort of difficult , I could say the same about Asano Inio regarding oyasumi punpun.
KTravlos
Urasawa is supposed to be working on Master Keaton Remastered. But it seems to be on hiatus. A pity because I loved Master Keaton (I adore Monster)-in general I love this person's work.
Amagi
20thCB would be my favorite Urasawa I think but I can't imagine it as an adaption. Kinda want to know what Urasawa will do next. He already announced that he's working on a new series months ago.
Amagi
I am really looking forward to the Pluto anime. I wanted this one the most, there is a serious lack of good sci-fi anime out there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
...billy bat is....scattered and directionaless fro what I read but shows interesting historical scenarios.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pluto was reasonably short, so this wasn't much of a problem.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And while from the film adaptations I could tell that the original manga for 20th century boys likely had a very good storyline , I couldn't get through the manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Despite watching monster a few times I feel I've missed or forgotten things about it, largely because although I understand its importance and did like it, its length and pace always made me watch it on and off with gaps in between.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised by how attached I got to Grimmer.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Monster is a good example of slow burn tension done right and has one of the most memorable villains out there. Though it isn't without its fillers.
Lenlo
You want a mystery, I heartily recommend Monster.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I also sometimes write impressions/reviews in my spare time, its hard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although the first season probably did have just that bit better atmosphere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I may have been one of the few who enjoyed true detective season 2 as much as the first however.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not sure anymore if I'm entirely happy or not with having less time now , yes I can see the frustration, but at the same time it stops me from filling in dead moments with terrible shows/films when there ends up being literally nothing else to do.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again I can only enjoy a select crime/mystery things .
Kaiser-Eoghan
It would take a very good writer to make case of the week episodes work, a mystery wrapped up in one or two episodes can just stop it from unfolding naturally or organically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As I've probably mentioned a few times, I pretty much go by what I'm told to watch and not watch , mostly to play it safe.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here. If the supernatural feeling is part of a series it's better if it's rather just hinted at to retain the aura of mystery but that the actual cases are just involving "normal" crimes that get resolved by detective work. Something like True Detective or Name of the Rose.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, that's good. I love a good mystery and hate it when it's ruined with magical wizard space ghosts.
Amagi
@Aidan: If people who know the original were telling the truth explanations will be rational and the series is rather an actual mystery instead of anything supernatural.
AidanAK47
@Mario, I haven't even watched the second episode of Apocrypha yet. Also behind on Re:Creators. Wonder if I will leave it. So far planning to get two more impressions out by end of day. Got one wrote up and just need to work on the other. Next up Tenshi no 3P...this is going to be painful.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, truly appreciate it. If Vatican can slow down it could really be something else. But I wonder how much of a supernatural element is going to be present in the series.
SuperMario
And now after I've watched all new shows save Gamers, I'll blog Princess Principal and 18if this season. I will watch second episode of Vatican and Centaur to decide the third choice, if I'm unconvinced by both I'll blog Tsurezure Children
SuperMario
@Amagi: Thanks, it's our pleasures. I like checking out new shows myself buy gosh it's time consuming. Have been behind on both Re:Creators, Virgin Soul because of this.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I also really hope that the pacing of the Vatican's series will slow down. Maybe they wanted to shove in as much as possible for episode 1 to attract more viewers. Love this dark and sacral atmosphere, it would be some wasted potential if they'd kill it by speeding through the story. Music is good as well.
Amagi
Don't blame yourself, your're doing this for free and there are a ton of new series. I also think that most people rather read impressions to know how others felt about the episodes and not in order to decide which series they should check out. You two are usually better at pointing out flaws than me, which is why I quite enjoy reading the reviews.
AidanAK47
Thing is that our impressions are usually late. Purely my fault of course as Mario does his write ups quickly. I am usually late with mine due to a lack of time to check shows out.
Amagi
I am usually fair and watch every first episode but sometimes I just stop after the fifth school series of the same anime season.
Amagi
I like how much Aidan's and Mario's first impressions match my own. This saves me quite some time since I don't even have to check the series that didn't look interesting to begin with.
AidanAK47
Finally getting somewhere with these impressions. God they build up.
SuperMario
@anon1264300: as far as I see the marriage system in Koi to Uso js just a setup for doomed love and whatever. They won't commit to explore that aspect at all.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I plan on playing it but first I am going to wait and see if it gets a PC port or remake. I say i will end up playing Taro's other work Drakengard before it.
Lenlo
@Aidan I played it after Nier: Automata, which is another game I missed, and both were just great.
Anonymous1264300
@SuperMario: It kinda weirded me out how the totalitarian(?)- and arranged marriage system was just accepted in Koi to Uso. Like, it's only presented as a problem because MC doesn't seem to get the girl he loves (because of some smile 10 years ago). I guess it gets more serious later but ep1 was really awkward.
AidanAK47
So cruchyroll is gonna co-devlop anime now. Guess that's one way to stop Amazon and Netflix from stealing all the anime licences.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, still hoping it's remade like they hinted it would. Would be nice if they integrated Automatas combat system.
Lenlo
Finally got around to finishing Nier, and I have to say, it was phenomenal. Still have those soundtracks stuck in my head
SuperMario
I watched the second episodes of Koi to Uso and Isekai Shokudou and... they're not good. Koi to Uso plot gets even more contrived and watching the latter show I have a feeling of watching some advertisment show for a restaurant
Kaiser-Eoghan
@K-off: Hmm, I don't know if you'll see this message, but I remember ages ago we discussed the second reboot film of Planet of the Apes, I reviewed the followup here: https://letterboxd.com/shao_liu_ringon/film/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes/
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