Posted by psgels on 3 October 2010 with categories: Hakuouki, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, Some Quick First Impressions

Hakuouki Hekketsu-Roku

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is surrounded by the Shinsengumi.
I watch these first episodes of second seasons of series that I originally dropped, in order to check whether or not I missed something: did they actually improve through their course? How have things progressed so far? In the past, I have revisited a few series that I originally dismissed this way. So, what does Hakuouki do? A recap; perfect. I dropped Hakuouki after episode five, and after watching this recap, I have to admit that I probably dropped it at its weakest episode. This episode just kept the twists coming here, which were actually quite interesting. They were a bit cheesy, and I saw little change in the villains, but the story turned out better than I expected: this is not like Vampire Knight which devolved into nothing more than angst and bishies. This second season also promises to be a lot more varied here. I still have two problems, though. The first is that this recap episode nearly worked a little too well. It perfectly summarized twelve freaking episodes in just twenty minutes. These pacing issues also were part of my issues with the first episode: it was just so damn slow at times, with little to make up for it. The second problem is the female lead. I like her premise, but the creators forced her too much into the harem role: she has to be everywhere, she has to be involved with everyone, and her whining holds back scenes that she has no business in whatsoever. For me to actually finish the second season of this series, I demand two things: make every moment count, and develop Chizuru significantly.
ED: Decent.
Potential: 40%

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is a detective who can see spirits.
Yeah, you don’t want to watch this series as a murder mystery. At that area, it’s nowhere near as good as series as Ayatsuri Sakon: the introduction moves too fast, the culprit is revealed way too soon and at no point does it try to make the viewer wondering what’s going on, or unravel clues. Instead, this show is more of a thriller and character study. When looking at it that way, the fast pacing is going to be interesting for the future of this series, it will be more able to concentrating on “why is everything happening”, rather than “what’s going on”, and with the right execution it will be a good way to spend its limited time of 13 episodes on its characters. Koichi Mashimo’s absence on this Bee-Train series hurts, though: I’m really missing his characterization here, and that’s what worries me the most about this series. Still, even though the characters could have been better portrayed, I’m not denying here that this wasn’t a good episode: it started off slow, but it steadily got better and better, resulting in a great climax for a first episode that really made me intrigued, especially when it got all artsy with the buildings and the random people. The soundtrack is not as good as usual Bee-Train series, but nevertheless it’s among the best of the season when it finally shows its real colours.
OP: Quite intense, and surprisingly varied in tone and atmosphere for an OP. Works well.
ED: Beautifully sung. I like the concept of combining pictures from the pasts of the characters.
Potential: 80%

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake Nai

Short Synopsis: Our lead character has a weird sister.
There is a new male lead cliche that has been emerging during the past number of years to join the ranks of “your typical loser”. I’d like to call him the “Kyon-clone”: neither a loser nor too popular, he snarks himself through the series and tries to be the voice of reason amongst a cast of weird people with his voice acting having nowhere near the charms that Kyon had. It’s a cliche I see quite a while used in harems, and it’s starting to get annoying. Ore no Imouto has another one, and he does little to set himself apart. In any case, I was really fearing this series, though THANK GOD it’s not as abysmal as KissXSis was; there was little fanservice and the two siblings didn’t seem to be in love. Instead, it’s more like Nyan Koi: occasionally able to raise a chuckle, but most of all boring. For now, at least, because I have one HUGE problem with the way this episode portrayed the lead characters’ little sister: she’s a freaking tsundere! I appreciate this series for including a bit of wit in its dialogue and all, but they really weren’t subtle with those hints!
ED: It’s more like some insert song than an ED, but it’s generic J-pop anyway.
Potential: 10%

9 Responses

  1. rrw says:

    Never thought you interested to watch Haruhi

  2. rufe says:

    I hardly think Kyon was the first…

    Anyway, I like Nakamura’s VAing almost as much as Sugita’s (sometimes more as it can be more natural)

  3. Kalandra says:

    Kyon might not be the first one in that role, but he sure has popularize it.

  4. fathomlessblue says:

    I like your policy of giving a dropped anime’s second season a go, with any luck you might actually change your mind on Arakawa under the Bridge. Then again, sods law will probably ensure the upcoming episodes the weakest yet.

  5. Alec says:

    I too, realized the cliche after watching MM and Imouto. I bet this kind of stereotype wont last 4 a while

  6. Ncrdrg says:

    Well, the charm of Imouto is exactly that you see yourself with an incredibly cute sister having very awkward hobbies. And her being a tsundere is what makes her cute because she’s just an immature kid.
    Tsundere can work depending on the setting. In harems I find it annoying. Also when the character is an adult or just being plain ridiculous. But that girl is just 10-12 at most and it’s not a harem. And she’s so cute it’s hard to say no.

    I liked the manga so I admit I’m a bit surprised by the very low percentage you’re expecting from the series… especially when you consider Hakouaki getting 40%. I watched the entire first season (It’s an ego thing, I don’t drop series I start). The series gets much weaker near the end to the point of severe annoyance with the main character.

  7. Frost says:

    Really enjoyed Shinrei Tantei… The pacing was perfect IMO, and its nice to have a main character that isnt a whiny teenager for once… Instead he was cool and quiet

    It felt like it would be a sort of episodic series which Im not a fan of, but since the end hinted at a plot, it was probably my favourite 1st ep of the season along with Bakuman

  8. akani says:

    For me, Oreimo is one of the best shows of the season. It is NOT ABOUT INCEST. I repeat, IT IS NOT ABOUT INCEST. It’s about an evolving sibling relationship that showcases aspects of otaku subculture, and it really does a good job of being realistic.

    Sure, you can label Kirino as a tsundere, but little sisters mainly DO act bratty and anyone would be embarrassed at being found to like that kind of stuff. Kyousuke is a realistic brother who, at the same time is weirded out by the fact that his sister is an otaku, accepts her, tries to understand her, and helps her whenever she needs it.

    It deals with how society view otaku and trying to fit in. I don’t think there will be any fanservice or incest because that’s not what Oreimo is about.

    I still can’t believe you gave it that low of a score. I do question your standards sometimes…

  9. Happy!! says:

    About Hakuouki, if it changes anything, I guess the reason why Chizuru is like every is because it’s based off a visual novel/game and majority of the story is told in Chizuru’s perspective.
    IMO opinion the second season is a better pacing than the first, and I swear the extra stuff that was slow paced was just fanservice for those who played the game.

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  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:21 AM)
    Gah, Juuzou is one of those irksome shounen-esque characters that never sat all that well with me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:17 AM)
    @Raggers: The part with that locked up ghoul who Amon went to meet up with who he had history with, that was a great moment for Amon’s character and it had a kind of silence of the lambs feel to it.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: I found it generally unevenly paced.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: The whole thing had its ups and downs for me, I loved the first four volumes,after the stuff with gourmet and mado was done with I found myself tiring of it but then got into it again after Kaneki broke down and snapped, then somewhere after the kanou reveal it started losing me again and the ending threw me off.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 03:31 AM)
    Out of interest, where do you feel the first manga went wrong? I may have missed its flaws since I marathoned it in ~8 hours.

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