Posted by psgels on 30 April 2008 with categories: Monthly Summaries

So, most series have had four episodes aired now. So far, the season is looking quite promising, with many good series that have debuted. I’ve been noticing an on-going trend though, about how much more 13 episode-series appear. It’s a shame, because a lot of these series could have easily been lengthened to 24 or 26 episodes.

#39 (new) – To Love-Ru – (4,6/10) – If it was only the fanservice, then this show could have been good, but everything about this series is crap: story, characters, nothing stands out whatsoever. Dropped.
#38 (new) – Kamen no Maid Guy – (5,5/10) – Ugh… This turned out disastrous. Any potential in this series has left due to the incredible overuse of unfunny fanservice-jokes. Dropped.
#37 (new) – Kanokon – (5,7/10) – Well, I guess nothing much can be said about this series that hasn’t been said yet. If you like young boys getting it on with horny fox-spirits, then this is a must watch. If you don’t, then stay far away from this thing. Dropped.
#36 (new) – Kyou Kara Maou – Third Season – (6,5/10) – The episode I watched was decent, but in no way did it make me eager to check out the rest of the series. Dropped.
#35 (new) – Monochrome Factor – (6,5/10) – Okay, so here’s a potential trainwreck. Stay away from this one. Dropped.
#34 (new) – Neo Angelique Abyss – (6,6/10) – Mary-sue, anyone? Dropped.
#33 (new) – Naisho no Tsubomi – (6,6/10) – I am so NOT the target audience for this. Dropped.
#32 (new) – Penguin Musume Heart – (6,9/10) – A very strange series, but I doubt that I’ll continue it with so many good series this season.
#31 (new) – Zettai Karen Children – (7/10) – The fun in this series quickly dies. Dropped.
#30 (new) – Net Ghost Pipopa – (7/10) – Good show for kids; not for me, though. Dropped.
#29 (new) – Kyouran Kazoku Nikki – (7,3/10) – This might become funny, but I don’t feel like finding out. Dropped.
#28 (new) – Nabari no Ou – (7,4/10) – I wish I could watch every series that came out this season, but unfortunately I can’t. Nabari no Ou wasn’t bad, but neither did it impress me. Dropped.
#27 (new) – Special A – (7,5/10) – I decided to drop this series after finding out that it’s only going to feature 13 episodes. Four lacklustre starting episodes may be excused for long series, but one-season long series really need to have delivered at least something at this point, and Special A never really seems to want to go anywhere.
#26 (new) – Golgo 13 – (7,6/10) – Duke Togo is an interesting protagonist, but 50 episodes may be a bit too much for a concept such as this. I’ve dropped it for now.
#25 (new) – Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 – (7,8/10) – Well, it’s getting pretty hard to take the different plot-twists in this series seriously, ever since the infamous episode 22 destroyed my suspense of disbelief, but I admit that Code Geass has been solid enough so far. However, I KNOW THIS SERIES. I wouldn’t be surprised if Suzaku ends up slaughtering the entire world population near the end of this second season, seeing as how this series is so eager to copy parts of the first season.
#24 (new) – Junjo Romantica – (7,9/10) – Yaoi aside, I admit that the romance in this series has been pretty good, and it actually does have a sense of humour. That said, I still don’t know why I continued to watch this series…
#23 (new) – Chi’s Sweet Home – (7,9/10) – It’s amazing to think how deep the creators dived into Chi’s mind. The adventures of Chi are an innocent way to spend 2 minutes
#22 (new) – Druaga no Tou – The Aegis of Uruk – (7,9/10) – Okay, I admit that this series turned out better than I expected it to do after watching the second episode. The band of idiots does make sense so far, but I really wonder what the creators plan to use to get them to the top of the tower when they already struggle at the first level.
#21 (new) – Toshokan Sensou – (7,9/10) – A good show, but for Noitamina, this seems to be missing something. Kaiba would have fitted this timeslot much better, I think. It’s just not a good sign that in an 11-episode series, the characters already start feeling a bit annoying after the third episode.
#20 (25) – Bus Gamer – (8/10) – A nice enough short series. The characters were dynamic enough to keep me interested.
#19 (7) – Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei – (8/10) – Well, it’s taken a bit longer than usual, but Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei is finally feeling the repercussions of the fact that it refused to develop its characters beyond their stereotypes. This series is still fun, but nowhere near as brilliant as it used to be.
#18 (new) – Vampire Knight – (8,1/10) – Solid so far. I personally like a healthy dose of angst, and Vampire Knight so far has done well in staying away from emo. However, the bishies and squealing fangirls are just as annoying as the hot babes and drooling guys in the shounen counterparts.
#17 (new) – Soul Eater – (8,1/10) – So far, Soul Eater has been a really stylish show. Now let’s hope that it’ll know how to remain fresh for 52 episodes.
#16 (new) – Allison to Lillia – (8,1/10) – This series has an engaging atmosphere so far. This series feels genuine, and it really succeeds in bringing across its sense of adventure, even though it sometimes struggles with believability.
#15 (new) – Wagaya no Oinarisama – (8,2/10) – A surprisingly fun and down-to-earth series for me. Great music, and finally the male main character looks at least a bit different from his counterparts in other series.
#14 (21) – Gintama – (8,2/10) – While Gintama has definitely been better, the transvestite-joke was priceless.
#13 (new) – Macross Frontier – (8,3/10) – At times, it’s a bit too silly for its own good, but the likable characters and godly production-values have really made up for this so far.
#12 (17) – Persona – Trinity Soul – (8,3/10) – Persona has developed into a pretty solid mystery-series so far, but I do hope that the creators have been saving the best for last, because this series still feels like it’s missing something.
#11 (new) – Blassreiter – (8,4/10) – Surprisingly, this turned into my favourite GONZO-series this season. It’s got the best action-sequences so far, and the characters are pretty likable so far. Now let’s hope it doesn’t go trainwreck somewhere in the middle!

#10 (new) – Nijuu Mensou no Musume – (8,4/10)

Great character-development so far, although it’s sometimes a bit hard to believe.

#9 (new) – Itazura na Kiss – (8,6/10)

Without a doubt the best romantic comedy this season. Heck, this series has the potential to be the best romantic comedy since years if it keeps up with this pacing.

#8 (new) – Kurenai – (8,6/10)

Without a doubt the best voice-acting this season. More anime should record the voices before the animation-process.

#7 (new) – Crystal Blaze – (8,7/10)

The animation and graphics may look just average, but to make up for it, Crystal Blaze has delivered us a very solid cast of believable characters that have already started to develop within four episodes. A recommendation for any mystery-fan.

#6 (new) – RD Sennou Chousashitsu – (8,8/10)

This series intrigues me like no other. It’s got a fascinating concept and a pretty good execution so far. It’s away from any stereotype so far, which also makes me very happy.

#5 (new) – Amatsuki – (9/10)

A surprise hit for me. I already somehow suspected that this series would be more than just pretty pictures, but I never expected that it would turn this dark, deep and emotional in such a short time.

#4 (new) – xxxHolic – (9,1/10)

What a wonderful way to start the second season. xxxHolic Kei has been just as good as the best parts of the first season so far, if not better!

#3 (new) – Himitsu ~The Revelation~ – (9,2/10)

I’m an absolute sucker for these kinds of series, and Himitsu has shown that it’s by far the cleverest series of the new season. Great themes, great characters, a terrific concept. This really is one of my favourites of the season so far.

#2 (new) – Kaiba – (9,3/10)

Without a doubt the best new series to air. Everything about this series has delivered so far! It’s a series that makes you think, and at the same time it’s got a wonderful story and cast of characters.

#1 (2) – Porfy no Nagai Tabi – (9,5/10)

April has been a sensational month for Porfy! Every episode delivered, there was no weak moment, and everything about this series was just so gut-wrenchingly sad. With this, this series earned it’s title of “World Masterpiece Theatre”.

20 Responses

  1. yoshi927 says:

    I thought that Gintama did pretty well this month, actually. I particularly liked the 7:3 joke.

  2. gdr says:

    what about Macross F???

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Wah! I knew I forgot something. Give me a second and I’ll add it in.

  4. Chris says:

    Junjo Romantica is interesting I’ll admit, the humor is decent and its quick to just fast forward some scenes that get too steamy, so I doubt I’ll continue watching but I admit it probably is one of the better, if not the best shounen-ai show (Sukisyo sucked and Gravitation took too long to get good.)

    Kaiba being the only series I’m watching faithfully is incredible, I’m glad that you gave it a high spot on the list as it really does deserve it. The opening theme song always hooks me in with its emotional lyrics, I really like the tagline the series has “Even if I forget everything, I’ll always love you” its somewhat cheesy yet still very romantic.

    Porfy is a series I kind of skip around on and just use your reviews as ways to fill the gaps, I usually will marathon a few episodes on a Sunday that I downloaded before, but I think I will follow it faithfully once I finish Kaiba seeing as its the only kind of anime I seem to be into these days.

  5. Solaris says:

    Hey wait!! Why do all the new series i watched are under the 30th place? ._.”””” There’s something wrong about this!!

    PS: my personal #1 are Kurenai and Allison to Lilia ;)

  6. marmot says:

    Well personally I can’t believe this list is devoid of the most original and thought provoking anime to come out this season: yu gi oh.

  7. saris says:

    Well, agree on most of that especially top ten ,although I don’t see why Kanokon get more points than to-love-ru….I mean they are both silly but at least to-love-ru has the main character that doesn’t like girls for their boobs.

  8. KaeBoo says:

    Macross Frontier kicks serious a$$… I am particularly interested with Ranka’s connection to the Vajras.

    Itazura na Kiss is just awesome… Crusader dubs Naoki Tsunderella, which is just a very appropriate name for that cold-hearted bitch of a brainiac.

    Kyou Kara Maou starts to get interesting… well, it would be nice if you have watched the first 2 seasons. You’d see how the characters have grown, no matter how little. :D

    Nabari no ou. well, it may have been an interesting watch for you. it’s the first ninja anime that got me really interested… i find it quite intriguing.

    Kanokon threads thinly between it being general patronage and parental guidance for ages 15 and below… but it is by far more “GP” than Junjou Romantica.

    xxxholic and kaiba are starting to draw my attention. i might as well decide to give both a try.

  9. BlueYoshi says:

    While it’s awesome to see that Himitsu, xxxHOLIC – Kei, Amatsuki and Kaiba are in the top spots, and that someone else likes Itazura more than the other Shoujo’s, it makes no sense whatsoever that you dropped Kyouran Nikki while your still going to torture yourself with the Ecchi’s. That’s what I assume anyway because you didn’t mention anything about dropping them.

  10. psgels psgels says:

    Solaris: heh, you must have really picked up the wrong series if they all fall under thirtieth place. :P

    marmot: let’s just say that I decided to leave Yugioh out of this list for sanity’s sake.

    Saris: I see it like this: at least Kanokon has decent dialogue. To Love-Ru is so generic that it’s got absolutely nothing that stands out.

    Blueyoshi: sorry about the confusion. Don’t worry, I’ve dropped kanokon, To love-ru and kamen no maid guy.

  11. Riza says:

    My personal favorite is Nabari no Ou and because of that I want to say:give it another chance

  12. Archer says:

    i have decided to continue only 2 of the anime that started this spring Code Geass and XXXholic kei but of course there are many more that i will watch in the near future(from your top 10 there are 7 :D )

    also about ZSZetsubou-Sensei i feel the same and i only watched 4 eps but it is not nearly as fun to watch as the 1st season,it has lost what it made it so original

  13. nahrub says:

    “Well personally I can’t believe this list is devoid of the most original and thought provoking anime to come out this season: yu gi oh.”

    i can’t believe that u see yu-gi-oh as thought provoking.

    i agree generally with the list n spot on for the bottom 3.

  14. Impz says:

    I am surprised that SA even gets #27. It’s ….wrong.

  15. marmot says:

    nahrub: that was sortof the joke

  16. BlueYoshi says:

    Ahh, that’s a relief. I love my crazy comedy just as much as the unique standouts like Kaiba and Himitsu. I’ll tell you if Kyouran Nikki gets better after the series ends.

  17. Shippoyasha says:

    I sort of disagree with some of the dropped shows especially something so well done like Zettai Karen Children.

    Not sure Porfy belongs in the top 5 personally, but I do think it’s vastly overlooked.

    Nice to see SOMEBODY enjoy Blassreiter, Himitsu and Amatsuki though.

    And yeah, Itazura na Kiss has been incredible so far. Lots of fun.

  18. Iru says:

    I understand your interest in Soul Eater, personally I was also expecting a lot from it and I’m not disappointed. But is it just me or are the voices really annoying? Especially Maka’s… -_- I just can’t keep thinking that they could get a better voicing staff.

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