Posted by psgels on 30 April 2009 with categories: Monthly Summaries

I think that this is the first time that this ever happened ever since I started including ratings in these summaries: none of the shows I’m watching has a rating of 9/10 or above. But that’s logical since the only awesome show that continued from the past month was Hajime no Ippo, and that one had a lesser month this time. In any case, this is really typical of this season: there are no instant classics yet, but there sure are a hell of a lot with the potential to become one.

Oh, and another thing: I ended up experimenting with the rankings again. The result is that some shows with higher ratings may be ranked lower than you’d expect and vice versa. This time, I basically tried to generate the rankings for each show, compared to the others that are currently airing. Say, for example that Show A has a really good setting, and there are only a few other shows with a better setting, it’s going to rank higher than if there are many shows with excellent settings, and vice versa. Please don’t ask me in what kind of mindset I was when I thought of this system.

#41 (new) – Gokujou!! Mecha Motte Iinchou – (2/10) – The honour of ‘worst show of the season’ goes to this… thing. Congrats. I never imagined that something would end up beating Queen’s Blade in this category. Dropped.
#40 (new) – Queen’s Blade – (3,25/10) – One thing I don’t get about these series: why aren’t they just turned into a hentai-series? I mean, you get a lot more nudity that way and the show doesn’t have to pretend to have a plot or anything. In any case, this one’s obviously dropped.
#39 (new) – Cookin’ Idol Ai! Mai! Main! – (3,75/10) – In this series, the impossible happened: Hiroshi Watanabe surpassed himself. The cabbage song combined with the utterly bad acting were already bizarre, but when I looked at the staff list, everything suddenly made sense. When I thought that he couldn’t sink any lower than Shining Tears X Wind, this guy proves me wrong once again. Dropped.
#38 (new) – Metal Fight Beyblade – (6,5/10) – Stupid shounen stuff of which I don’t even remember what it was about. Dropped obviously.
#37 (new) – Hanasakeru Seishonen – (6,75/10) – The best way to describe this show is a teenaged soap gone anime. Seriously, the incredible stupidity of the bits that I saw before dropping this show are nearly unbelievable. Characters have really dull and overemotional personalities. Dropped.
#36 (new) – Jewel Pets – (7/10) – Ever since Otogi Juushi Akazukin and Power Puff Z I’ve been looking for those really charming and childish kiddie shows. The only problem is that the good ones are really hard to find! I was hoping that Jewel Pets would finally return some spark to a genre that virtually burnt out now, but alas; it showed its true colours soon enough: all of the characters lose their personality completely after their introduction episodes and become mere paper bags. Dropped.
#35 (new) – Tayutama ~Kiss on my Deity~ – (7/10) – That first episode had its enjoyable moments, but there is no way that I’m going to continue with this series. It just feels too much like your standard average harem. Dropped.
#34 (new) – Slap Up Party ~Arad Senki~ – (7/10) – While I appreciate the idea of an international production between Japan and Korea, there’s no denial that the writing in this show sucks. While usually Gonzo’s game adaptations have some surprise in them, Slap Up Party only consists out of a bunch of clichés struck together, and the humour really quickly gets dull. Dropped.
#33 (new) – Dragonball Kai – (7,5/10) – I sat through 270 episodes one time already, and I don’t want to do the same, even though everything’s shortened. This really is the series for those who are new to the franchise. Dropped.
#32 (new) – Hatsukoi Limited – (7,5/10) – In the end, I figured that the lead girls seemed a little too much like copy-pasted moeblobs and I don’t feel like sitting through this series to find out whether I was wrong when there are many other better comedies this season.
#31 (new) – Higepiyo – (7,5/10) – Ooh, this isn’t looking good. While it had the nice premise and the first two episodes were hilarious, it’s quickly getting dull because the creators keep overusing the food jokes. Bring in some novelty, please!
#30 (new) – Charady no Joke na Mainichi – (7,5/10) – I tried to follow this for a while, but in the end it’s just not worth the trouble of having to sit through the episode, not knowing when a joke falls flat or becomes hilarious. Out of the first fourteen episodes I watched, only two really made me laugh, and there are much better comedies this season. Dropped
#29 (30) – Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica – (7,5/10) – I pretty much agree with the general consensus of this remake: it’s definitely better than the original, but still not really worth it to watch all the way through the end. Dropped.
#28 (new) – Asura Cryin’ – (7,5/10) – There is potential, but the characters are too annoying for me to want to check whether the show can realize it. Dropped.
#27 (new) – Tears to Tiara – (7,5/10) – I’m not that interested in the next Utawarerumono. There’s much better stuff this season, so I ended up dropping this series.
#26 (36) – Hayate no Gotoku – (7,75/10) – It’s unfortunate that I can’t watch every show that airs. I know that I never really gave this series a proper chance, but at the same time there are too many other shows this season that I also want to watch. Dropped.
#25 (new) – Saki – (7,75/10) – The big problem with Saki is that I’m not yet convinced of Saki’s talent. Take Shion no Ou, for example: even though the rules of Shougi were unclear to many, you could see that Shion was pwn. Saki instead is a character who could perform a Russian Roulette eighteen times and still come out alive. Still: the characters are enjoyable to watch and because of that I haven’t dropped this series yet. But seriously, there need to be less episodes of the kind of episode four. A bit of moe is of course fine, but that was really stretching it.
#24 (new) – Souten Kouro – (7,5/10) – Madhouse’s only new show this season, and quite frankly it’s a disappointment. I’ve never been interested in the whole romance of the three kingdoms setting, and this show again doesn’t seem to convince me otherwise. Dropped
#23 (new) – K-On – (7,75/10) – Obviously, this isn’t my kind of series. I still don’t understand why the heck everyone’s drooling over Mio. For me, the characters were just way too annoying. Dropped.
#22 (23) – Gintama – (7,75/10) – Granted, it still in no way lives up to the first 100 episodes, but the new director at least is competent when he gets to the serious parts, and I have to agree that episode 108 was pretty good.
#21 (new) – Full Metal Alchemist – Brotherhood – (7,75/10) – The new Full Metal Alchemist isn’t perfect. Especially its idea of cropping two chapters in one episode leads to rushed episodes. But on the bright side, Ed and Al are a hell of a lot more likable than in the original series, and that has definitely potential for the future of this series.
#20 (17) – Koukaku no Regios – (8/10) – I can’t really say that Regios is getting better, but neither is it getting worse. It still has nice characters with a competent plot in an interesting setting, but as usual, nothing really stands out.
#19 (18) – Chi’s New Address – (8,25/10) – The first four episodes were a bit too serious for their own good, but after that Chi’s Sweet Home really became just as good as the first season, if not better. Especially the rate of dull episodes seems much smaller now.
#18 (new) – Valkyria Chronicles – (7,75/10) – While this show is nothing special yet, there looks to be potential for its second half. The lighter moments, especially those involving Alicia, are a bit annoying, but once the tank combat starts the show gets much better. Now let’s see whether the creators can pull this show off.
#17 (new) – Shangri-La – (8/10) – The character animation is incredibly inconsistent, yeah. Thankfully the rest of the series has enough potential to make up for it. Shangri-La at the moment is nothing special yet, but I’m intrigued by the setting, the cast is likable and you can see that it’s really using the beginning episodes to build up for something. This show can really go anywhere, but for now I’ll remain positive.
#16 (new) – Shin Mazinger Shougenki! Z-Hen – (8,25/10) – You can really count on the creator of Giant Robo to make a remake of the Mazinger series awesome. And oh, the irony: all of the giant robots of the good guys have proven to be absolutely useless so far, and instead the best action happens between the spectators. A very nice touch if I say so myself. I’m definitely going to enjoy this series.
#15 (7) – Hajime no Ippo – (8,25/10) – Just about my only complaint of Hajime no Ippo is that it suffers from the Dragonball Z syndrome. With that, I don’t mean that it has the ability to stretch five minutes into five days, but rather that once formidable side-characters become absolutely useless as soon as the lead character level up much faster than them. This month was relatively weak for this series: it was still fun (with some hilarious facial expressions), but nowhere up to the level of the first half.
#14 (new) – 07-Ghost – (8/10) – This one has been quite the solid series so far. So yeah, there are some shounen ai undertones here and there, but it’s nothing that should really distract you from viewing unless you’re a complete and utter homophobe. The characters are quite likable and it’s got lots of potential for the future.
#13 (new) – Sengoku Basara – (8,25/10) – I know I talked down on this series in my first impressions, but it looks like I’m going to have to take back those comments. Sengoku Basara is GAR, manly, exciting and has some amazing action scenes. Once you start to get the back-story a bit, the whole thing suddenly becomes much more interesting.
#12 (new) – Marie & Gali – (8,25/10) – Call me crazy, but I’m enjoying this little show. It’s fun to see especially Marie’s antics, but also all of the weird stuff and cameos that goes on, along with this show’s unique style and episodes of only five minutes proved to be quite entertaining.
#11 (19) – Kurokami the Animation – (8,25/10) – Woo! I’m glad that my prediction with this series was right: during the past month, Kurokami became significantly better when compared to the rather lacklustre first half. Now that the storyline’s evolving there are lots of nice and juicy plot twists that are actually pretty interesting to watch. Now let’s hope that the show can keep this up.

#10 (14) – Hetalia Axis Powers – (8,5/10)

Episode 14 was absolutely brilliant. It’s a really good thing to see that this series is just getting better and better. The inclusion of the rest of the cast has really been good for this show. Although I do have to say that Hetalia is at its best when it makes fun of country stereotypes, and at its worst when it’s overusing gay jokes.

#9 (new) – Konnichiwa Anne – (8,25/10)

I was a bit fearful that this series might end up a bit too dramatic, but so far there turns out to be no reason for those worries. Anne is shaping up to be an awesome character, and she especially shines when she dives off into that own world of her.

#8 (new) – Basquash! – (8,25/10)

Some of the jokes used are… immature to say the least, and yet I still find myself enjoying this series quite a lot. It’s got a great sense of fun and the chemistry of the characters is working out surprisingly well.

#7 (new) – Ristorante Paradiso – (8,25/10)

Rispara has definitely been an interesting series so far, and I especially like the detailed and fleshed out characters that stood apart right from the beginning. David Production made a good debut with this show.

#6 (new) – Natsu no Arashi – (8,5/10)

The most underrated show this season. I may have dropped this show from blogging, but that in no way means that I don’t like it. It’s good to see Shinbo finally handling a series with actually good characters. This show has some wonderful slice of life scenes, and yet at the same time there’s this theme of past versus present that keeps everything together. Also, am I the only one who likes the male lead? Sure, he takes some time getting used to, but I find him quite enjoyable.

#5 (new) – Guin Saga – (8,5/10)

Classic fantasy, and for once it’s done absolutely right. The pacing is really slow, but it’s the type of show that really easily draws you in. Just about everything in this series is big, ranging from the locations, characters, the soundtrack or the setting.

#4 (new) – Phantom – (8,75/10)

It may not be that different from Bee-Train’s usual series, but I’m biased so I don’t care. Besides, with such an excellent source material, this series is promising to be one of the top Bee-Train series. Already after four episodes we can see the awesome characterization that certainly proves lots of great stuff for the future.

#3 (new) – Pandora Hearts – (8,75/10)

I really like this series so far. The whole atmosphere that seems like a modern-day fairy tale gone really dark continuously has something interesting to offer. As a big fan of mystery-series, I really like how it just keeps bringing in new questions after answering a few. The storytelling has been really solid so far, and I actually quite like the very distinct look of the graphics. Definitely something to look out for.

#2 (new) – Cross Game – (8,75/10)

Do not get fooled by the simple character-designs, because this show really stands out as one of the best of the season so far. Already after four episodes, the show has a cast of characters in which nearly all of them (including the tiny side characters) have presence. It’s got a very subtle sense of humour, combined with great slice of life and just the right amount of drama. Definitely one of my top picks of the season.

#1 (new) – Eden of the East – (8,75/10)

Yeah, this series is really good stuff. The production values are really high and the episodes thus far have been incredibly intriguing. I can’t wait to see the rest of this thing!

37 Responses

  1. Shippoyasha says:

    Hmmm… I’m totally clueless as to whether you say there’s power leveling in Hajime no Ippo. I mean, total scrubs can tap Ippo with a well placed shot and the guy nearly crumples to the mat. I don’t think it’s as pronounced as it being an actual power leveling.

    As for Pandora Hearts, I see its appeal, though I think its plot is a little sloppy. I do like its atmosphere but the plot with the contractors… we’ve seen that before.

    For Hayate no Gotoku.. I guess a lot of people don’t really give it a chance. Light moe seems to be in a niche category to get go and personally, I love it. As for Mio like you say in K-ON, I think it’s because she’s the archetype of character who is lightly tsundere and also very easy to tease. I like Tsumugi for being a weird rich girl archetype though. lol

  2. psgels psgels says:

    With Hajime no Ippo, I meant the two of Aoki and Kimera, whose last two fights were… pathetic to say the least. It may just be building up for them, but I was actually looking forward to see them fight.

  3. kikki says:

    I hope I’m not posting in the wrong area, since using the chatbox didn’t seem really appropriate to me.

    This place used to be the blog I’d recommend to my peers in case they wanted to read clever, well-informed, researched and thought-out posts on airing anime.
    Ever since a yera or so it’s been quietly turning into another fanboy den. Reviews and impressions that were once informative seem to now be written by a ten-year-old in search of lauds. Outburts that were once occasional and founded, have degenerated into cheap low-blows pulling at whatever seems to be either “too in” or “too out”. It’s a bit like seeing a competent journalist turning into a glamourised paparazzo.
    Sorry for the intrusion.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Kikki: I must thank you for that post. It’s always good to hear constructive criticism like this, and I must say that I wasn’t aware of this at all, and to be honest I thought that I was getting less biased.

    At the moment, I’m not exactly sure what you exactly meant, but I’ll try to look into it. Can you perhaps give a few examples?

  5. Shippoyasha says:

    Aoki and Kimura never seemed to really rise above in most matches they were in though. Except for Kimura gunning for Mashiba in the first series.

    As for what’s and and what’s out and all that stuff, at least you’re putting in the effort to actually watch and give sports anime a fair shake. It seems barely any anime bloggers ever give sports anime a scratch chance.

  6. Machi says:

    Actually I’d say sports anime are one of the genre’s that have been wrongly shrugged off, especially when good quality ones exist such as Ookiku Furikabutte :wub: or as you watch Hajime no Ippo (I’ve only watched the first season and that was years ago will watch the second once it finishes XD). I’d say sports anime has been gaining ground in trying to “fix” its reputation now if only more anime watchers would give em a chance.

  7. Matt says:

    pretty much right on with most the selections… Especially in the top 3… I am pretty much all sports anime’d out right now, so i am not watching Cross Game… But Eden of the East is so far above and beyond all others. The characters, plot, and animation is brilliant. I love Pandora Hearts, of course i am not a fan of the music style though. I heard that first chanting with instrumentals and I immediately called, .Hack/sign. Low and behold the person who is doing the music for this is the one who did it for the .Hack series… Which i don’t mind, but i am not sure if it fits, i would rather like a less fantasy style music to bring this show closer to the realm of reality than fantasy because it has such a nice hybrid feel to it. Oh well, lets hope these can keep up the good work..

  8. Firechick says:

    My favorite new anime right now are Pandora Hearts, K-ON, Cooking Idol Ai Mai Main (don’t hate me), Jewelpet, and Konnichiwa Anne.

  9. psgels psgels says:

    Firechick: I’m intrigued. Why Cookin’ Idol Ai Mai Main? I’m of course not going to hate you since everyone’s taste is different, but I do wonder whether turned out to be likable to that series.

  10. Perrin4869 says:

    psgels: You really need to check out American series like Lost or Fringe or Breaking Bad. I mean, you like serious and mature stories, and while there are many anime that can be categorized that way, you’re missing some really interesting stories. Personally, even though I watch many anime, I find the American series I’m following to be much more intriguing and enjoyable (my favourite being Lost). Even at comedy, something like Big Bang Theory or Married with Children are definitely superior to all the anime comedies I’ve watched.
    Don’t get me wrong, I follow most of your top 10 (except for Basquash! which I won’t give a chance as it looks terribly lame, and Hetalia Axis Powers which I never heard of), but really, as enjoyable and engaging as they all are, I’d drop them all before dropping Lost, or Fringe, or Breaking Bad, or Chuck…

  11. Windspirit says:

    Yup, agreed, go watch House M.D. or Dexter, anime are getting shittier…

  12. Kim says:

    That’s funny because I still feel American TV is as awful as ever. Even if they have a great concept they drag it out until it sucks. And I am not sure how anyone can consider Lost quality TV anymore (maybe in its first season). There are a few British series I really like though (Life on Mars was excellent for example).

    Of course there are a lot of crappy anime titles out there but I always find a few good ones to watch each year. And honestly I would rather waste my time being disappointed in a short anime series than being disappointed in a long American TV series.

    Although if you really want the best that entertainment has to offer I say read a book.

  13. Perrin4869 says:

    Kim: Maybe you just don’t have the patience, but Lost has only become better and better since its first season in my opinion, and almost all of the episodes in the whole series are enjoyable and shed some light on the overall story and on the characters. I don’t think it dragged at all, and it’s coming to a close next season. Sure, there IS crappy American TV, like Prison Break, which is an example of the series you hate, but Lost is certainly not like it. It’s as astounding a science fiction/drama as they get.

  14. LOL says:

    hmm, why waste time saying negative stuff to animes you don’t like? r u being forced to review shows you don’ like? u know why? its annoying.

  15. midenz says:

    Your top 10 is my top 10 :)

  16. erwf says:

    prisonbreak is awesome, u get a thrill watching every episode the tensions great, the dramas great and you want to know whats gonna happne. If you’d just give it a chance, and not go into every episode thinking, ‘wow isn’t this lame i mean the name of the show is prisonbreak n theyve broken out so this sucks’.

    On the other hand, Lost has no plot, the characters are run to the ground its on their what 5th season? its fucking unrealistic..one of the worst shows I could think of.

    And no, chuck and house though good as they are can’t really match anime. House they’ve been using the same damn concept for the past 5 or so years? jesus, everytime its a patient with a seemingly incurable and unknown illness and at the very last second house solves it. chuck is nice but its so unrealistic and lame that it sometimes takes the fun away.

    Eden of the East > american tv

  17. Machi says:

    I think the biggest issue with american shows is ironically when they get popular. The reason I see this as their biggest downfall is that american shows are so much more sensitive to ratings and based on those ratings they’ll try to milk out every facet that made them so good until well it gets axed, which again is pertains to the issue of ratings. Generally though the first season of american shows do tend to be good, as ratings have not gotten into their heads, but the proceeding seasons are undoubtedly weaker, either due to novelty wearing out or that they tend to inject the sophomore season with just too much of everything that made it popular (they tend to go hog wild).

  18. john says:

    Some constructive criticism:

    1. I don’t get your idea of annoying characters. To me, it is starting to seem like an easy excuse to use when you don’t like a series but can’t come up with an excuse. Next time if you want to say “annoying characters”, provide some details! Who was being annoying? How was he/she being annoying? When was he/she being annoying? Why was it annoying?

    2. “everyone’s drooling over Mio” is not a valid excuse to hate a series. If it’s bothering you that much, stop going on forums or where you are hearing it from, but know that’s not the anime’s fault. It is however, a valid reason to hate the K-ON community.

    3. “Stupid shounen stuff of which I don’t even remember what it was about.” Terrible argument. What is the “stupid shounen stuff” that you speak of and why is it stupid? Write something less emotional, and more rational, like “the series has the tendency to ______ as shown in ______. I consider that stupid because ______.”

    4.”It still has nice characters with a competent plot in an interesting setting, but as usual, nothing really stands out.” Nothing stands out/nothing really stands out. You use it way too much. What do you want to see for it to stand out? Tell us! Something like “In order for this series to stand out though, I think so and so should happen or so and so should be more developed.”

  19. Snowolf says:

    psgels: You really need to check out American series like Lost or Fringe or Breaking Bad. I mean, you like serious and mature stories, and while there are many anime that can be categorized that way, you’re missing some really interesting stories. Personally, even though I watch many anime, I find the American series I’m following to be much more intriguing and enjoyable (my favourite being Lost). Even at comedy, something like Big Bang Theory or Married with Children are definitely superior to all the anime comedies I’ve watched.
    Don’t get me wrong, I follow most of your top 10 (except for Basquash! which I won’t give a chance as it looks terribly lame, and Hetalia Axis Powers which I never heard of), but really, as enjoyable and engaging as they all are, I’d drop them all before dropping Lost, or Fringe, or Breaking Bad, or Chuck…

    Agreed. but that’s not the point of this blog. Even if I am seriously one of the biggest House and Bones fans out there… :D I’m sure you’d like those. Anytime you need an American TV show to look at, just call me. XD

    As for your top ten, they are valid ten, so don’t worry about your “mindset”. I agree that really none of the animes out right now were as splendid as the Winter season, but maybe that’s just due to slow pacing. A lot of them are solid and good but don’t go beyond my expectations. The only exception is Pandora Hearts and maybe Phantom. I’m gonna have to look into Guin Saga though- many people have told me it’s quite creative, and I could do with some of that right now.

    On a second note….I’m watching Noein psgels! AND IT’S AMAZING!! :D

  20. Eraserhead says:

    Heh… your top 4 are exactly the same as my top 4, though not in the same order. I’m going to have to give Natsu no Arashi a chance, as I have to admit I was turned off by the character designs at first glance.

  21. Thelonius says:

    I don’t think you should write long, in-depth explanations of why you don’t like some animes. If you say the anime is bad and give a single example of annoying, it is enough for me (I have 80% same taste in Anime).

    As for my critisism, I think you are too hard on clichés and coincidences. If sometimes characters didn’t meet by chance or something unlikely didn’t happened there wouldn’t be a good story. And something like overused “transfer student” plot isn’t bad by itself, if it fits the situation well.

  22. Keith says:

    Honestly, psgels writes blogs more anime than most GROUP blogs out there. I’d never expect him to give in-depth details on all the bad shows out there (theres a LOT when it comes to anime). It’s good enough that he blogs in great detail the 12 or so he does each season.

    Don’t you guys think it’s asking a bit much to explain every nuance with the anime he DOESNT like?

  23. Machi says:

    4.”It still has nice characters with a competent plot in an interesting setting, but as usual, nothing really stands out.” Nothing stands out/nothing really stands out. You use it way too much. What do you want to see for it to stand out? Tell us! Something like “In order for this series to stand out though, I think so and so should happen or so and so should be more developed.”

    I hope you don’t mind me answering this since I just had a discussion with a friend regarding what I mean a statement like this, though I am not sure if this is how psgels feels but I think it may be close ^^
    I think for this one its not much of a mystery to understand this statement in that the show/episode doesn’t have anything in particular that would represent a climax or a new pinnacle in its story telling. Take Eden of the East for example many people, including myself, would rave that its an awesome show but when you get down to dissecting the episode in your mind scene by scene and try to pick out what stood out the most or what you could call a climax you don’t particularly find it. By “find it” I mean either as I’ve said the climax or perhaps the hinge that bolts open the change of pace or revelation to something and so that scene becomes “it” as being the best/greatest scene in the episode that easily comes to mind when recollecting what you’ve just watched. I think one great example of this would be in Dennou Coil (I hope you’ve watched this series!) episode 23 when Yasako and Isako are talking through wireless communication as Isako walks down the stairs talking about how different and deep her problem is that Yasako would be better off not understanding (what made the scene stand out so well was the use of background with a painting of a vast valley of canons that really makes apparent the great detailing and creativity the show had as well as summarizing what the entire episode was about. To think all that in just one scene!) That’s what I think makes a great episode/series stand out from a solid one, which would be a series/episode with no flaws but no particular peaks either.

  24. Machi says:

    Adding to that post I don’t think anyone can really give a strong/definitive comment on “In order for this series to stand out though, I think so and so should happen or so and so should be more developed.” Since the fact is you’re not the script writer and part of the joy of watching shows is being taken aback at how some people can direct/write a scene far better than you would’ve imagined/predicted. The best one can really do is to just point out what was the flaw that may have marred the episode/series but I think writing how YOU would’ve done the show to make it better is somewhat too arrogant, since whose to say whether really editing a scene, adding music, creating this sorta plot twist, etc would REALLY improve the series. Yes there can be wishful thinking on some parts with regards to commenting, though in general I think those comments are more relegated to regret at either not delivering what was built upon or on a certain flaw that really stands out badly, but I think its going too far if you glean too much on how you would’ve done the show.

  25. kikki says:

    I’m glad you didn’t take my criticism as just an improptu of fury, first of all ^^.

    I think most of my disappointment has been generated by your new stance on reviewing, by which I mean the “I want to be surprised by anime, so I’ll stop getting pre-available informations, such as staff-cast lists, promo images, plot premises and so on” ( I hope I haven’t misunderstood this). While I can see where this look comes from, especially from someone who’s actually able to follow an unholy amount of series and write reviews for specific episodes of many of them, I feel like you’re following a lot of series just for the heck of it, without really contextualising them (i.e., while I personally wouldn’t watch an entire series of Beyblade to save my life, it’s pretty clearly aimed at a very young public and has no artistic pretense whatsoever (unless selling toys is) , so I *think* it shouldn’t be judged on the same ground as say, Higashi no Eden or even Shangri-La . That’s just an example mind you :)).
    Maybe what I’m saying ultimately boils down to “keep blogging only what you really feel interested in, contextualise things, don’t blog (I’m not saying don’t watch , of course ^^) something just because you feel you should because, say, you’ve never seen that kind of anime or have never been into it, and so on .

    Sorry for the rant, I’m stepping down my soapbox now ^^’

  26. bdgr says:

    You say you don’t want to sit through another Utawarerumono, yet you still watch Guin Saga?
    Come on… a masked man with lost memories and more significance that initially appears?
    Not that I’m planning to stop watching it.

  27. psgels psgels says:

    Though Machi has some good points, I do agree that that blurb on Regios was pretty vague. Saying “yeah show x is nothing special” doesn’t really say anything.

    Kikki: well, my original purpose of not looking at any of the promo-material was becasue I was getting tired of getting my hopes up too high for one series, only to be disappointed in the end when it doesn’t deliver.

    But i can see your point now. During the past year, I did pick up a lot of shows in an attept to remove my bias for a particular genre (mostly moe and fanservice shows), but most of the times that just never really got anywhere. Thanks for that insightful comment.

    bdgr: I obviously meant that in terms of execution and not in terms of plot. Heck, if you want to look at it that way, then there are many more series that resemble it if you look at it in a certain way. ;)

  28. john says:

    Keith: if you realize, I was just telling him how instead one vague sentence, he can instead write a little bit more detailed sentence. Yes, I know that space is a problem, especially in something like this where there is only few lines of space available. But even so, that makes it even more important to write detailed sentences instead of vague ones, other wise you pretty much wasting space. You have to use the little space available to put in as much detail as possible.

    Machi: I think you misunderstood me. Nothing he isn’t already doing, stuff like “I would like to see more character development for so and so character” or “less recycling of jokes” and all the other great points he already made so far are all valid points as how the series can stand out from his point of view. No, it doesn’t have to be long, he can just add it after “nothing stands out”. It will just be one more sentence.

  29. Machi says:

    I think an example would be best in putting your point across, like Kikki did in her response. Now lets say the series in question is Chrome Shelled, my contention with regards to suggesting what could improve the series still stands as whose to say what minor tweaking will really add to well to the series when its pretty much formulaic (by formulaic I mean it goes by the standard fanfare of beach episodes to party gathering and duels here and there just think Gun X Sword or Chrome Shelled). That because it follows the formulaic scheme without trying to particularly break the mould, lets use Dennou Coil again as an example this time with regards to its so called “filler” episodes which brings into question the concept itself in that sure they didn’t add to the main plot itself but it did investigate and show the extent to which the concept of “Illegals” could go (and it became a reference point to future episodes), that in the end it feels like the same story again so to speak. And so it feels precisely that “nothing stands out” and down the line nothing is memorable. Perhaps that is one complaint with regards to the one liner blurbs in that when compared to all the other shows the fact that its not particularly memorable is why it won’t lend itself well to being commented on. Maybe it would be best to bunch together the lower tier series of the month together, ones that have the same score and generally have the same comments, and just write them altogether into one paragraph rather than trying to squeeze or nitpick a show that really just doesn’t have much interest to lend itself well to a discussion. Because I do see based on the April Summary a lot of the same lines were repeated, namely it was dropped XD, so since the comments were generally the same for lower tier shows (save really terrible ones) just bunch em together with their quirks to note.

  30. kuromitsu says:

    Sorry for interrupting the concrit – I just want to say I’m glad you didn’t give up on Sengoku Basara. :) It’s a fun show that doesn’t really take itself seriously, and if you view it that way it’s actually pretty good. (In fact, it’s the only show I decided to follow this spring – I have time for only one and Basara is just perfect for this.)

  31. c160 says:

    I’m with kuromitsu in being glad that you gave Sengoku Basara a chance :D But I have to say that depending on which character’s ending the anime will follow,the ending may become a very different ending than most endings or it will just be the usual good guys triumph over the bad guys ending.So psgels,keep your hopes high(or not :P)

  32. Shippoyasha says:

    American shows are hit or miss. Lots of things to love and hate.

    But Breaking Bad seriously is awesome. Lots of intricate drama and lots of tension and even comedy intermixed. It’s not a wannabe-crime drama that most crime dramas are. Breaking Bad is a DEFINITE recommendation to anyone who doesn’t believe in American television.

  33. Khan says:

    I think the best currently running anime is probably Kemono no Souja. I haven’t really watched more than 2 episodes of most of the above though.

  34. green says:

    Not watching many TV shows but the BEST TV show is from Canada: Trailer Park Boys, hands down, is the real shit.

  35. mds says:

    Khan :
    yes ,probably it is -_- (as the others being Hayate,Natsu no Arashi,Eden,and Kurokami)
    too bad you doesn’t blog this ,psgels
    This is seriously going to become the hybrid between WMT X Xam’d,if you could thought this as a cross of that two series,you coul possibly enjoy it…
    after all,it’s a rare chance to me for enjoy a series that actually have WMT feeling to be subbed….

  36. nah says:

    after episode 5, i would suggest you to give another chance natsu another chance to blog it. i’m the “eden” type, attracted by mistery and weirdness (i mean: i enjoyed donnie darko and pi and requiem from a dream, you got the picture) and conspiration and accurate, subtle writing, good characterization, and i think that eden might be one of the best series of these years, and i’m usually bored by comedy. but nna has finally won me over; ep 5 is downright hilarious (i mean: it’s some of the best comedy i’ve seen in years, not limited to anime), with extremely good rythm and tasty direction, the previous episodes had shown a good mix of comedy and nice touches of writing.

    i don’t believe myself saying it, but i think… it’s better than eden. it feels and it sound as an instant classic, too bad it’s so much overlooked. a real pity.

  37. scarlet says:

    O_O

    PH’s on the third? I guess you’re the first non-PH-manga fan who would actually put it in the TOP 3. Well, I do love the manga (the only thing I want to complain about PH is the fact it only comes out each month and only chinese scans are available for it) The anime turns out pretty good considering its production company :p. I’ll just need to pray to god that they won’t change the manga plot. I do admit that XEBEC’s really good in making fillers (they proved it with Shaman King XD) but no, not PH. I demand second season which follows the manga’s plot!

    And yeah, totally agree with Eden of the East :D
    It has a really unique storyline, realistic, a new style in making mangaesque reactions, interesting characters and such an imaginative technologies (I want the Noblesse oblige mobile phone!!!) Within 7 episodes, Eden has showed LOTS of mysteries and awesomeness

    Haven’t tried Cross Game; not too interested with sport genres but will give it a try when the dvds are out here. Same goes with Phantom, Natsu no Arashi, Guin Saga, Shangri-La, Ristorante Paradiso and Hetallia Axis Power.

    I’ve tried Basquash and 07-GHOST. Basquash is pretty good but somehow I don’t feel really pumped ’bout it… But I’ll still wait for the dvds. For 07-GHOST, I’ve tried the manga; beginning was awesome but it gets pretty boring later on and finally dead later, I think i’ll hunt for it when i really absolutely had nothing, NOTHING to do.

    Queen’s Blade, Hayate, etc which are not mentioned in the previous paragraphs have -1000% chance to be watched…

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AidanAK47
But there are times when it goes way too far and you can barely make out what is even supposed to be happening. Or characters go so off model that they are unrecognizable. It can be immersion breaking. Much like uncanny CGI.
AidanAK47
@Niel, I do agree that it's annoying to see people complain about animation when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Like those inbetween frame screenshot people. But I will say I appreciate on model characters more so than chaotic movement. When the off model stuff suits the tone of the scene like that blade runner part, then it's fine.
niel
I also don't want to see someone imply visual=animation for the hundredth time. Are people really that ignorant of the technical/artistic aspect of the media they consumed?
niel
It just depends on what works best in given scene and the aesthetic they want to go for. People can complain all they want about off-model stuff, but if they really only want that the they won't be getting nearly as much of those impactful scenes as there are now. So many of the ways people complain about it is really irking to me.
niel
normal/low action scenes is different from being on-model during the action sequences and just the ones that need some extra impact in general. https://youtu.be/rrZk9sSgRyQ?t=6m45s
niel
But that depends on the situation though. And I'd argue that being consistent and on-model during
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter/Niello/Mario: Ideally I want it both ways, fluid animation AND consistent model visuals, all the while never sacrificing choreography.
SuperMario
But really, who am I to say. I'm the dude who prefer beautiful shot composition myself
SuperMario
The same can be said with Shinkai's movies since he always prefers static, beautiful shot that people tend to overlook that his animation is quite poorly handled
Vonter
You're right, but art direction does alleviate limited animation, I mean the old Berserk anime, kinda has a lot of slideshow moments. MahoYome has nice backgrounds, and despite the samey faces, at the very least doesn't come from the same mold as other series. Still cutting corners with chibi segments is was a mistake.
SuperWooper
Is it any wonder that people prefer things to be static/on-model? They want to see characters who look consistent and familiar so they can relate to them.
Nie
MahoYome being the biggest offender of people getting triggered to any kind of statement about the show's animation not being good. And it's absurd because the show's animation really isn't great at all. It's good with distracting people with pretty pictures, but animation-wise it's still mediocre.
Nie
@SuperMario: Not much. Just stuff like "Art is part of the animation weather it's beautiful backgrounds or just amazing looking characters. It's not all about how they move. If it was, CG would be considered great animation" multiple times. I've just been finding myself being replied with these kinds of comment non-stop since the start of the season.
SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Yes that edgy villain kid in COTWs was annoying though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I don't care much for the male character that leads some of the episodes in this new adaptation.
@Niello: Its a non-mainstream shoujo that isn't set in a school, moves at a quick enough pace and has some nice background art/chara design, I grew up on shoujo fantasy manga also so theres that.
Amagi
I mean there are parts I like. I enjoyed the first episode, and the part about the country of liars. But many other things annoy me and the last episode was the worst. I also feel like the edgy bomb loli and slapstick Kino don't fit to the rest of the show somehow. Maybe I forgot everything, but the "old" Kino felt like a better character to me somehow, this one is more faithful to the LNs though
Amagi
@Kaiser: I honestly gave up on Kino and I think it's only partly the fault of the new series. I am just so tired of how stupid most of the episodic-characters are unless their are friends of Kino, how everyone gets bent being irredeemable evil for plot's sake and how everything Kino and her friends do gets justified. Maybe I am just too old or boring for this fairy tail like moral bending.
SuperMario
Still have Night is Short review to write... i will get there. I will get there
Anonymous1612237
It's like having potty mouth characters. If you have one, it can be funny and a good comedic relief. If everyone does it, it can come out as mean spirited or trashy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I haven't watched A Bad Idea Gone Wrog, as for now my top priority is to catch up with 2017 anime for the Yearly summary. But I will get on to it when I have some free time
Anonymous1612237
Amagi - Chibi stuff I've seen it mainly work in anime comedies with low budgets like Those Who Hunt Elves, Ranma, Excel Saga, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nanbaka, etc. I think if you really have to use it in a more serious anime, I think it might work if it was part of one character's gag.
SuperMario
Children of the Whales, along with Juuni Taisen, keep falling out on me. Kino is pretty a hit-or-miss at the moment. I don't mind the last episode's multiple tales though
Niello
Problem about AMB chibi jokes are that they arwn't funny in the first place nor do they have a punch line.
Niello
@Eoghan, Really surprise you put Children of the Whales so high, I'm falling behind on some shows but it is still near the bottom of my list (the absolute bottom remains Kino).
Kaiser-Eoghan
The latest Kino episode was a real slap in the face/insult, really really thought that one segement would carry on for the whole episode and be a redemptive one/getting the series back on form but then it followed it up with crap comic relief segement.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: For now yes.
Lenlo
Droppin Mahou Kaiser?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I no longer care what Dia's gender is, no longer I will lie to myself and deem them female.
Kaiser-Eoghan
5. would be juuni taisen
Kaiser-Eoghan
My rankings for the season based on what I am following: 1. Houseki no kuni 2. Children of the whales 3. inuyashiki 4. girls last tour dropping mahou and Kino.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't remember Joseph being all that present from what little I read of the manga.
Amagi
Fear so too. I mean it has a bunch of good ideas and good quality and such, but it feels like it won't be much more than the magical being of the week (or two weeks) and some Elias highjinks inbetween
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still say, I've got the feeling mahou will be wasted potential that won't really go anywhere much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Did you watch that indie film you recommended yet? Bad idea gone wrong it was called. I just finished it there, budgetary limitations and outside of Matt Jones the acting isn't great, theres a few limp/dead bits too, nonetheless it has its amusing moments here and there to make for an okay comedy that isn't all that essential but amusing enough in moments if your bored.
Amagi
Yeah I think Mahou has some pacing issues. But I also think it would work way better if it was less episodic or semi-episodic.
SuperMario
I normally don't mind the chibi stuff that much but I agree in Mahoutsukai they break the tone and pacing. Serious at one time, fluffy at another...
Amagi
@Vonter: I honestly never like chibi stuff I think. Didn't care back then but nowadays I consider it annoying. One reason is that jokes only work when they aren't pointed out but just happen, sometimes even so casually that you almost miss them. Turning everyone into a chibi for a joke makes it as fun as repeating, explaining or shouting it again (which many series also do)
KTravlos
I have to give it to Altair. It got me reading the manga. The episode this week did skip over a whole manga story, but to be frank it is not too much of a loss. Pacing issues still exist. One thing I noticed was a degrading in animation. They are probably hoarding for the next two episodes which are the major battle.
Anonymous1611511
Just dropping my 2c here: Isn't it too late for the studio to correct such inherent design issue once eps start rolling out?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Angel: The dub wasn't all that impressive in the first place however.
Angel
When Will fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub come out?
Vonter
The chibi stuff sadly, is like watching someone make the same mistake over and over again, without acknowledging that thing isn't coming across well. At this point it seems like an intentional choice rather than just cutting corners. Kinda like when an anime has a decent dub but has that one character with a really annoying voice.
Lenlo
Its continued this willful ignorance, this virtual refusal, to actually address the issue. Thing about the chibi is, the first scene with Silver worked. Then it just got overused.
KTravlos
Mahoutsukai continues denying itself. We finally had some tough questions asked, but the show just ignored them in the 2nd half (with generous doses of chibi). That said Elias true form is terrifying.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: If you enjoy The Scent of the Green Papaya and Cyclo, you can also check out his unofficial third film about Vietnam: The Vertical Ray of the Sun, which is about the modern day of Hanoi. It's my favorite film of his, although I know that artistically it can't compare to his earlier films
SuperMario
And I can say the mafia aspect of Cyclo is more like Hong Kong than Vietnam. But, whatever. I like this one well enough
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I particularly love the score in Cyclo. No wonder later on Tran Anh Hung asked Joony Greenwood from Raidoohead to score his films. His score has the same uncomfortable feeling with this one
Kaiser-Eoghan
I would have watched an entire story based around that old man in the new Kinos journey episode.
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