Posted by psgels on 4 April 2010 with categories: Giant Killing, Hakuouki, Some Quick First Impressions

Giant Killing

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is a famous football coach
Now this is why I love anime. There just are those times when these series come around, who completely exceed my expectations. This season was already full of these series, but Giant Killing takes the cake. It’s been ages since Studio Deen really came out with a new and fresh premise, so I wasn’t expecting much of them at this point (as shown by Hakuouki, which pretty much was them and their bishies again). And here this episode comes, and it’s SO WELL made. The characterization is by far the best of all the first episodes I’ve seen this season so far. It’s only one episode, and the creators have already shown that they know and understand their characters. The chemistry between the hugely varied cast was just awesome to watch. And on top of that, they actually portrayed English football fans really well, INCLUDING actual English, that gets spoken in full sentences, rather than your usual lazy Engrish. The animation also is just awesome: finally we have another series that attempts to experiment with its own style. The football matches are animated really smoothly. At first I thought that Ookiku Furikabutte would naturally become this season’s best sports series, but damn. It’s got some serious competition. And really: this season rocks because we haven’t even gotten to the best stuff yet!
OP: One of the best OPs of the year so far. J-Polka. What brilliant mind thought of that?
ED: Fun and exciting.
Potential: 90%

Hakuouki

Short Synopsis: Our lead character gets involved with the rather shady business of the Shinsengumi.
Another show, that while it has its problems, also has a ton of potential. Let me get these problems out of the way first: this series does suffer from the harem syndrome: the creators pulling a really far-fetched plot twist just to put the main characters amongst a group of bishies/moe cute girls. The reason the creators pull here is simply one that asks: why hasn’t this happened before? The acting also leaves a lot to be desired. The characters aren’t as well portrayed as they could have, and the characterization for all of the bishies feels kind-of bland. However, this episode focused a lot on characters, just interacting and talking to each other. The script did make up for the sub-par acting, and while the dialogue was nowhere near Amatsuki-levels, it still was surprisingly interesting (speaking of which, Deen: when is that second season going to arrive?!), not to mention that this series has got a pretty interesting back-story that verges on horror during the tense parts. The lead female is also surprisingly likable as well. And I guess that that’s one thing that female lead harem characters often have in favour of male leads: while male leads are often made to be as bland and uninteresting as possible, female leads always have some sort of story behind them that defines their character much, much better and Hakuouki is no exception.
OP: Slightly catchy.
ED: Surprisingly good ballad.
Potential: 60%

SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is the umpth incarnation of the lead character of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novels.
Sunrise… why? Just… why? This premise is awful in every single way. It’s the ultimate of all cheap cash-ins, combining the popularity of the Gundam Franchise with the one of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms franchise. So why the heck did you find it a good idea to give this show so many excellent background artists, and such a good soundtrack? These are COMPLETELY WASTED on such a silly script. Seriously Sunrise, is it that much to ask for you to go back to the way you were around ten years ago, in which you just kept delivering awesome premise after awesome premise, trying out new things?
ED: Cheesy J-rock
Potential: -20%

17 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    Goodness, Hakuouki has some pretty visuals. Giant Killing I didn’t even notice on the chart, stuck as it was near the inferior Ring ni Kakero and Major.

    I love that I run into so many things I never would have watched otherwise around here. :)

  2. PL says:

    Just finished Giant Killing, it is absolutely awesome…couldn’t agree more.

  3. mds says:

    i’ve told you before that there wouldn’t be a second season of Amatsuki,because the production is discontinued due of some drugs scandal (or that what i’ve heard)

    but I hope that Deen will continue to adapt anime from GFantasy/Zero-Sum magazine.They’re both awesome manga magazines (although both of them are fuuulll of bishies)

  4. BlueYoshi says:

    FINALLY, Deen is going to give us something awesome again (no normal bishies, no vampire bishies). I hope someone subs Giant Killing ASAP.

    I swear, this will be the season I actually start watching anime again. And before the two Noitama series have even begun, there are already 3 shows I am genuinely interested in watching(Angel Beats, Rainbow, Giant Killing).

  5. Kiseki says:

    female leads always have some sort of story behind them that defines their character much, much better
    Tell that to Tsukiko from Starry Sky. >>;

  6. Earl says:

    how many eps is giant killing likely to run to? I’m not a fan of those 12-13 ep shows feels too short for me

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Earl: don’t worry, it’s going to run for 25 episodes.

  8. Moon says:

    Romance of the three kingdoms … is cheap?

  9. psgels psgels says:

    I’m not saying that RotTK is cheap. I’m saying that just about every anime adaptation is. I mean, changing the lead characters into cute girls or silly robots. If that isn’t cheap then I don’t know anymore.

  10. inkka says:

    Giant Killing is totally awesome.(Although I can understand it a little when I watch raw).At least OP can tell why this show rocks.(Agree with you.this is the Best Op in a while.)
    I didn’t understand why many people complain about animation in this show. Because of some unique character design? Hmm..But for me I love this style a lot.

    Waiting for sub too.I wish this show will have one.

  11. Tuskus says:

    I believe you meant to say “soccer”. Football is the far superior sport that uses that weird-shaped ball and was played by the characters in Eyeshield 21.

  12. mambo says:

    no,only america that started the term “soccer”. Every country beside america always call it “football”.

  13. Earl says:

    giant killing’s first episode was great! i hope it continues to be good will be watchng this series

  14. greengreen says:

    no,….Australia calls it soccer as well. Not only America.

    and, other than these two countries, I’m sure others also call it soccer.

  15. Patrick says:

    Only 3 countries use soccer in their national federation to designate ¿european? football: USA, Canada and Samoa. All the other countries in FIFA use the word football.

  16. spacelion says:

    australia has rugby union, football and aussie rules(called footie on purpose to differentiate it from football) .

    Whatever, there’s only 1 sport where a shorter player can run with a ball, dodging opponents who aren’t allowed to physically grab him, and score from close range. Basketball comes close, but 5’6″ people don’t play basketball.

  17. Leo says:

    Um, J-Polka? Sorry for being nitpicky, but it doesn’t sound anything like polka. They’re like a Japanese version of Flogging Molly or the Pogues (celtic or irish punk). Heh, it is still pretty strange though, a bunch of Japanese guys pretending to be Irish.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:49 PM)
    @Emma I think Deen makes some really good looking anime. People tend to give them crap for some of their mid-2000 stuff and justifiably, but their recent stuff and early stuff is really quite visually arresting.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:43 PM)
    Now granted,deens adaptation of sankarea had some pretty neat visuals behind it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:14 PM)
    Granted that none of those manga had the type of mass appeal that Sankarea has, but they’re some pof the best manga I’ve read within their specific genre (sentimental ecchi comedies/romances). I love his art style too. It just works so well for sappy romantic stuff. Inu Neko Jump will always be one of my favorite manga.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:12 PM)
    On the subject of Sankarea, I’m about as big of a Hattori Mitsuru fanboy as anyone could be and I have to say that Sankarea is my least favorite manga of his. His strengths and weaknesses just don’t lend themselves very well to that type of horror/drama plot. Umisho, Inu Neko Jump, and Otogi no Machi no Rena even were all better manga.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:47 PM)
    To be fair to the series though, I thought that the owl was pretty cool.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:18 PM)
    But I’ve heard complaints about the fanservice of rea not making sense considering her past/background and I’m inclined to agree.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:16 PM)
    Ha, and once again another shounen ruined by not being a seinen manga.
    @Aidan: Sometimes..sometimes I feel its the fans that should be writing these things instead…well the good ones =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:05 PM)
    @K-Off, Potentail for Rea to go berserk and starting a zombie apocalypse? Or at least enough to have her slowly lose her mind and chiro having to resort to more and more desperate measures to protect her and stop her from hurting others. There was plently of potentail in the premise, just that the author didn’t have the balls to take it that far.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 PM)
    Wasn’t awful now by any means but I’d rather stop with it before any good memories of it get ruined =<
    I think I'm just fed up with these shounen comedies/dramas and pandora hearts is also the last time I take a chance on a shounen fantasy show.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:48 PM)
    Although as a whole sankarea never really geled together for me, series of genre clashing and a master of none, there were little pockets of interest and the art was good and moments did feel like something more. Some of the fanservice, comedy also felt misplaced.

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