Posted 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 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 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
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:32 PM)
    @Aries SSY is a GOAT-tier anime IMO. Shows like that don’t always come around that often.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:31 PM)
    RandomC has some pretty good writers. I like Zephyr and Guardian Enzo a lot.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:59 PM)
    @Aries: you’re not the only one. It just fails to click on either an emotional or intellectual level.
    I’m following lostinanime, which is very much like what psgels’ blog used to be (long, episodic posts) and RandomC.
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:40 PM)
    i’m only reading moesucks myself but….it’s a bit pretentious sometimes
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:38 PM)
    also which anime blogs are you guys reading these days that were on psgels level
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:35 PM)
    am I the only one who doesnt think Zankyou no terror is all that great? It’s okay but it’s not on the same level as aku no hana or Shinsekai Yori.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 01:03 PM)
    PSYCHO-PASS Extended Edition is worth a (re)watch.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 10:28 AM)
    @Aidan: My current ranking of the visual novels I’ve played goes like this:
    1. Swan song 2. Saya no uta 3. Sharin no kuni 4. Kara no shoujo 5. G senjou maou 6. Fate/stay night.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    @Aidan:And though not a big thing, I really liked the soundtrack to this and felt it went a long way.
    The investigation and notebook parts were a nice touch. I also thought the bits where the game put you in the head of the killer were very effective.
    So yeah another good recommendation from you, you know your stuff in any case.
    Issues then, any time it stopped being serious, didn’t like the h-scene I got, Tojiko is kind of annoying.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    @Aidan:Of the characters I was most interested in the adults , mostly Reiji and Natsume.
    The plot/mystery itself was engaging, well paced and thought provoking, its good to read a story that gets me using my head. In addition to being moody and immersive the game also lingers on and stays with me after playing which is a good sign of its impact. I also was quite fond of the depressing and macabre nature of the game

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