Posted by psgels on 28 March 2007 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

And the spring-season has started! To be honest, only the summer-season of 2006 has started off with a great first batch so far, and the spring-season didn’t really change this. Hitohira was cute, though Keitai Shoujo and Idolmaster Xenoglossia belong in a garbage-can somewhere. But then again, I never had high expectations of these two anyway.

Keitai Shoujo
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Short Synopsis: Ordinary schoolboy has a childhood-friend who’s in love with him, he’s in love with her as well.
Good: Finally, a harem that’s short! Only 4 minutes per episode.
Bad: Harem; Childhood friend; Annoying classmate; The usual.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 5/10
Well, the spring-season started out quite horribly with Ketai Shoujo. But then again, it’s not like I expected something different. And at least it’s an OVA-harem. Those usually have a bit more creativity than the usual TV-Series-harems. _summer, for example, was horrible, but it did feature some interesting direction. Keitai Shoujo on its turn only has 4 minutes per episode, excluding OP and ED, so at least it won’t be able to bore you to tears. But then again, four minutes per episode, with only five episodes in total. There’s no way the creators are going to get some good development out of this. And heck, Keitai Shoujo, the phone who turns into a girl has yet to even appear. Anyway, It’s not like I’m going to continue this one. Dropped.

Idolmaster Xenoglossia
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Short Synopsis: Girl auditions to be an idol, gets selected, but doesn’t know that she’s actually going to pilot mechas
Good: Some funny characters, solid animation.
Bad: Cast of stereotypes, useless fanservice-jokes, why are these girls the only ones who can pilot mechas?
Overall Enjoyment Value: 5/10
Idolmaster Xenoglossia got aired on its website for its first lucky 1000 visitors. Obviously, this had to leak out somewhere, resulting in raws getting posted for everyone to view. After watching this episode, it’s clear that we’ve got ourselves a sunrise-anime here, as it just screams “Mai Otome”. Not that that’s a good thing, though. The main character is your usual clueless girl who will end up piloting a mecha without any prior experience, she’s joined by a rather shy girl and a loudmouthed one. So far, these characters didn’t really catch my interest, though I do admit that the loudmouthed one was funny. I wish I could say the same of the small fanservice-jokes which slip in occasionally. Those who are into solid animation could check this one out, but don’t expect the character-designs to be memorable. Dropped.

Hitohira
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Short Synopsis: Extremely shy girl gets recruited for the drama-club
Good: Charming main character, some very interesting side-characters.
Bad: Other side-characters, though, were rather clichéd.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7/10
I’m glad to see that Hitohira actually turned out good. The first episode definitely showed that Mugi is more than just the standard shy girl of a harem whose only goal is to get into the harem lead’s pants. She’s got a really cute personality, especially if she doesn’t know what to say. She’s more versatile than I imagined, which is always a good thing. This series comes accompanied with quite a few interesting side-characters as well. My main problem lies with two characters: the head of the drama-club and the Mugi’s love interest. The first is a bit too nice to her, while the second just screams “harem lead”. While it’s good to see the latter being abused and chased around, and his sense of humour is nice, I just can’t help but fear that his relationship with Mugi will be too forced.

2 Responses

  1. Kite says:

    Graphics remind me of a grown up Manabi Straight!

  2. hayase says:

    >>The main character is your usual clueless girl who will end up piloting a mecha without any prior experience

    Make it clueless guy/girl and you have the standard formula for the first episodes of A LOT of mecha series =p

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 02:00 AM)
    And yeah, I don’t jump to conclusions based on allegations against celebrities, but in this case I think there is most likely some truth to the cases, specially considering that the stature of limitations have passed and these women have nothing to gain from this and it actually must be pretty hard and embarrassing for them to even bring it up.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 02:00 AM)
    @Realist: Your really flying through these recs. Aye, yes I was talking about Kisshou Tennyou. I am more used to that authors thriller themed mangas such as Yasha and Bananna fish.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:58 AM)
    Heck the world thought they knew pretty well who Bill Cosby was and they lionized him as the quintessential family man and a “father of America”, but now 30 years down the road we have a pretty different picture painted for us through these new accusations.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:56 AM)
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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:51 AM)
    @Emma When you say Shoujo one, do you mean Kisshou Tennyo? I thought it was really good but IMO suffered above all else from neglecting some of the best characters and by rushing through interesting parts while devoting too much time to boring stuff. It was also sort of lacking in subtext IMO. But the dialogue and composition were just excellent. Way above average in that regard.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:48 AM)
    @Emma I could not avoid the tears. This entire last volume has really torn me up. This manga really knows how to hold back on the grim/dark and effectively juxtapose it with happy cute things in a way that’s just devastating.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:30 AM)
    Even the AVGN overlooked the game and never reviewed it as far as my knowledge goes.
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    Contra on the NES was a masterpiece, but the series as a whole sadly flopped as soon as the 32 bit era drew to a close. While it was my favorite game on the NES at the time, in hindsight, Life Force was a far better game with gameplay that is sadly underestimated.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:20 AM)
    @Realist: Been having a bit of a re-read of that shoujo one I recommended, still good mind with a strong lead, creepy in parts but very very heavyhanded in its gender politics, overly wordy and too short.

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