Posted by psgels on 31 July 2011 with categories: Monthly Summaries

How good do I consider this season to be? Well, to put it like this: I’ve got eighteen series this season that I’d rate at 8,25/10 or higher. In other words, there are eighteen series that I really, really like airing at the same time. The last time such a thing happened was back in September of 2009, and this season we’ve only just started yet!

The main flaw of this season pretty much what has been the main flaw of every season for the past years: length. There are quite a few series that aren’t going t fit their stories in their allotted time, and there again are too few series that dare to go beyond 13 episodes. With the way that the anime sales have bloomed over the past years though, I really hope tat soon we’ll be able to say goodbye to this very annoying trend.

#33 (new) – Mayo Chiki – (2,75/10) – Now this was just horrible. Just one big excuse for cute girls and fanservice and nothing more. The premise is based around the entire cast being complete and utter morons, and it’s just another one of those really bad fanservice comedies that pop up every season. Ignore this one at all costs! Dropped.
#32 (new) – Manyuu Hiken-Chou – (3/10) – Look. I often tell fanservice shows to be a bit more creative. I have said before that I have nothing against creative fanservice that fits within the setting of the series. And yeah, I guess that Manyuu Hiken-Chou does get creative… but I DID NOT MEAN CREATING OUTRIGHT PORN!
#31 (new) – Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel – (3,75/10) – What the hell happened here? I mean, the original OVA was decent: it was nothing special, but it had some nice morals and showed that being a mahou shoujo really isn’t as easy as it seems. Then this show comes along and it pretty much turns into a really stupid kaitou-busting show full of the most annoying moe antics and stereotypical characters. There’s nothing enjoyable about this: the characters just try to be as energetic as possible but completely forget to be entertaining or even remotely interesting! Dropped.
#30 (new) – Nyanpire – (4/10) – Unfortunately Gonzo’s first series in two years turned out to be Bad Gonzo. I mean, making a kids’ show is one thing, but this was just one huge commercial for a crappy J-Pop band who does the ED. The jokes are also completely unfunny: when I watch a comedy, I want to watch something that makes me laugh, not cringe! Dropped.
#29 (new) – Uta no Prince-Sama Maji Love 1000% – (4/10) – I prepared myself that this would be a campy series. But I never could have imagined the amount of stupidity and cheese that this show ended up delivering. Just about every character is hamming it up, and not to mention how ridiculously stupid the entire premise of this show is. I gave up at the point where the teachers actually forbade the characters to have any romances with each other. What the hell? Isn’t that why you’d want to watch this show in the first place? Dropped
#28 (19) – Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu – (4,25/10) – I’ve seen this one recommended quite a few times, but based on the first episode of the second season, I really don’t get the appeal. It’s just a show about a bunch of idiots and cute girls. I did not find anything even remotely funny about that one episode I watched, and it was a complete chore to sit through. Was that just me, or was it really a bad episode for this series to start with? Dropped.
#27 (new) – Rou Kyuu Bu! – (4,5/10) – This is bad. I mean, for starters we have a show about grade schoolers with a ton of fanservice, but the creators also succeeded in putting together the most obnoxious cast imaginable. The five lead girls all try to act as annoyingly moe as possible. On top of that though, it tries to have a serious story. Those parts don’t mesh! Dropped
#26 (new) – R-15 – (5/10) – Now, there are shows about idiots. Those idiots however completely pale in comparison to the characters in this series: this is the epitome of stupidity. It’s just a bunch of morons pretending to be geniuses filled with random fanservice. It’s nice to see how creative it can get with that for just one episode, but after that it just gets repetitive and actually tries to take itself seriously. There’s no way in which that’s going to work. Dropped.
#25 (new) – Morita-San wa Mukuchi – (6/10) – So, this is nothing but various sketches around a shy girl, nothing more. While I can understand where the creators are coming from, you can’t just base your entire series around this; it’s way too one-sided and forced. Not to mention the utterly poor direction of this thing.
#24 (new) – Yuruyuri – (6,5/10) – At first it looked to be different, but in the end Yuruyuri unfortunately turned out to be exactly what it says on the title: very unsubtle lesbian jokes. It started off pretty decent, but after only three episodes they ran out of inspiration and just kept going with dull lesbian and boob jokes. Dropped.
#23 (new) – The Idolm@ster – (7,25/10) – The Idolm@ster is tolerable, but after three episodes I have to wonder: what makes this show worth watching? The interesting direction of the first episode was immediately dropped, and instead every episode so far has focused on one of the different girls. The first two being the Kugimiya Rie Tsundere and the really shy girl who is afraid of men. The drama around them was weak (especially the one around the tsundere) and the rest of the side characters only used their airtime to just further establish the fact that they’re a bunch of walking cliches. Dropped.
#22 (new) – Nekogami Yaoyorozu – (7,25/10) – So, this show is tolerable. Aaand… that’s a bit of the problem here: yes, it’s better than most of the moe antics shows out there, but still it only gets a chuckle out of me every few minutes. There really are very few reasons to keep watching this series. Only go for this one if you’re really bored. Dropped.
#21 (new) – Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Uragi – (7,5/10) – Okay, so right before I went on my holiday, I wrote up a quick first impression for this series, and published it. At least, that’s what I thought happened, but that post got lost somehow, so that’s why there is no first impression of it. In any case, beyond being the series with the villain with the silliest name, Itsuten is a very cheesy romance show with a lot of angst and moe. Its story does have some potential, but the annoying moe antics, overacting and fanservice certainly aren’t helping its case at the moment.
#20 (new) – Sacred Seven – (7,75/10) – The big problem with Sacred Seven is that it could have been so much more: it’s an original story, it’s got an excellent director, an excellent scriptwriter, and what do they come with? A school emo mecha series. So far in the past four episodes, the emo part is what hurts this series the most: the characters just aren’t well fleshed out and because of that they feel rather unengaging. There are moments where it really shows to be exciting (most notably the second episode), but so at this rate it’s not going to be amongst the highlights of this season. It does have a very good OP, though
#19 (13) – Showa Monogatari – (8/10) – Oooohh…. what the hell happened to that thirteenth episode? I’ve been waiting for ages now and still nothing. This show has had by far the weirdest airing schedule I have ever seen. As for this month, only one episode aired, and in terms of script it was very good. Overall the cast has received quite a bit of depth by now. The bad part is that Kouhei’s voice actor really can’t act, which really hurt during the dramatic bits.
#18 (10) – Sket Dance – (8,25/10) – The music arc was a bit of a disappointment and it lacked the whimsy of the rest of the series, though the other episodes were as fun to watch as ever. This series is really at its best when it manages to stuff in its high amount of energy.
#17 (new) – Dantalian no Shoka – (8,25/10) – After watching Gosick, it is refreshing to see that the main character here actually has a retort to all of his female companion’s insults. Dalian still is smarter than he is, but at least he can have a normal conversation with her without sounding like an idiot. Overall the mysteries in this series need a bit of work, but the atmosphere is really good, and the animation is also quite impressive. Will this work with only 12 episodes, though?
#16 (new) – Blade – (8,25/10) – You know, after the way in which the X-Men turned into a disappointment, I kind-of wrote this series off. Especially when it showed that it had Madhouse’s acting problem again. It’s indeed a bit of a cheesy action series and all, but I don’t know. This series has something, I just can’t put my finger to exactly what. In either case it still has the potential to become the best Marvel series so far if it pulls through: it wisely spends a lot of time on both its main character and villain, and on top of that the side-characters all wisely avoid some of their biggest pitfalls: the female side-kick is useful without hogging over the screen, the enemy vampires pose a threat by killing people actually very often, the main character is bad-ass yet not overpowered. Oh, and this show follows a black vampire slayer in the middle of the Philippines. Thank you, Madhouse for really trying to go around the world instead of just keeping with the same base setting over and over again.
#15 (20) – Nurarihyon no Mago – (8,25/10)

A major improvement. The direction is snappier, the story is more interesting, the pacing moves along faster and the atmosphere is more varied. You can really see that a different staff is adapting this series this time, and alongside all the other flops of Studio Deen this year, it’s good to see that at least here they’re showing that they can still put out a good series.

#14 (new) – Ikoku Meiro no Croisée – (8,25/10)

This one turned out to be a series about cultural differences. It’s quite an interesting variation to the usual slice of life set-up, and I really have to praise Satelight for putting down a very authentic portrayal of France of a century ago. the background art in particular is just great. There are some problems in the character department (mostly because of one particularly annoying character), but overall it’s a heart-warming series so far,

#13 (6) – Hana-Saku Iroha – (8,25/10)

During the past month, Hana-Saku Iroha has been really good, but not as good as during June. This mostly is because the main cast didn’t receive that much attention and instead the side-cast was really well developed. What the next month needs to do is give the same treatment to the main cast.

#12 (new) – Kami-Sama no Memo-Chou – (8,25/10)

This series stands out because it had the best opening episode of the season amongst Penguin Drum. After that it dulled in a bit in order to focus on character building, but there still is a lot of potential here. It’s especially the dialogue that’s well written and the mysteries are well built up, but there are weaknesses. Some bad guys are just plain stupid, and it also has JC Staff-esque fanservice that is completely overused and often out of place.

#11 (new) – Blood-C – (8,25/10)

This show is definitely not for everyone, in top of being completely different in tone compared to the other parts of the blood franchise. It’s a simple series that really just planned to use its first four episodes to build up its atmosphere, but I really like it so far. The atmosphere works, the fight scenes are just completely amazing, and I’m really eager to get to the point where this show starts off for real. The big potential pitfall is that there will be too much build-up, but so far it’s heading into the right direction.

#10 (new) – Usagi Drop – (8,5/10)

This one’s by far the most realistic show of the season. It chronicles how hard it is to take care of a young child, without exaggerating this. There’s a good backstory due to the strange family construction that this series takes place in and the dialogue is all wonderfully down to earth.

#9 (12) – Ao no Exorcist – (8,5/10)

At this point, I’m really watching Ao no Exorcist for the characters: they’ve grown into a lovable bunch with excellent chemistry and the relationships between them are all really well done. So yeah it’s a shounen series, with its share of cliches, but that’s not important here at all.

#8 (11) – Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji – (8,5/10)

The past month has been a lot of build-up, but the tension was still very high and it was very entertaining to watch. There were times at which it took a bit long to get to its point, like with the old guy episode, but it’s not like we’re back to the really slow pacing of the first season. Now all that’s left is to wait whether or not it’s actually going to pay off.

#7 (new) – Kamisama Dolls – (8,5/10)

This turned out to be a very enjoyable and action-packed thriller. It’s all well directed and balanced, alternating between action, drama, comedy and horror quite nicely and while it does have some fanservice cliches, it’s got an intriguing and nicely fleshed out cast of characters and the exciting parts of this series are really delivering so far.

#6 (new) – No.6 – (8,5/10)

Excellent music, excellent animation, excellent characters and an excellent setting. No.6 is a very solid adventure series with strong, constantly evolving characters in an interesting setting. There’s only one problem with this show, but it is a really big one: the length! There’s no way in which 11 episodes is going to be the right number for this one.

#5 (12) – Natsume Yuujinchou – (8,75/10)

The third season of Natsume Yuujinchou has had a wonderful start. Somehow, the creators actually managed to make it increasingly better with every single episode. The atmosphere is still really soothing, yet the stories it tells are strong and well thought out. It’s still a heart-warming story and what’s more: Natsume’s development is really kicking in now. It’s been a major theme of this third season and every episode seems to contribute to it in one way or another.

#4 (2) – Hyouge Mono – (8,75/10)

This was a month for the plot to progress for Hyouge Mono: a lot of changes have been made, a lot of characters have developed, and risen up in ranks, giving a completely different feel to the series. On top of that, Sasuke is just as eccentric as he’s ever been, and this series is giving him more and more incentives to show that eccentricity. It’s still a rock-solid series with amazing acting and characterization that obviously isn’t for everyone.

#3 (new) – Mawaru Penguin Drum – (8,75/10)

This is good. It’s by var the best series of the new season. The direction is wild, vivid and detailed with all kinds of references of which you’ll never know whether they’re symbolism or foreshadowing. The characters are great, the chemistry between them is awesome, the story is imaginative. Just about everything works here.

#2 (4) – Steins;Gate – (9/10)

What a plot! This month Steins;Gate really revealed how much thought went into its plot and narrative structure, and it was glorious. There are so many questions that it’s asking and the time travel plot is now really hitting some high notes with all of the interconnected twists and turns it takes.

#1 (9) – Tiger & Bunny – (9/10)

At this point, Tiger & Bunny has become bloody brilliant. Every episode has delivered an amazing story that gave a ton of development to the main cast, the main storyline has gotten better and better, and just about every character ended up more enjoyable to watch.

30 Responses

  1. gandalf8 says:

    I quite like Nekogami Yaoyorozu. It really is just like a normal slice-of-life series, but instead of focusing on school kids (which are dime-a-dozen), its characters are all gods. Although it doesn’t actually have any outstanding aspect, in my opinion it doesn’t need to. This show is mainly about the shenanigans of a few gods/goddesses who are living among the humans, and imo it does it well, and I’m very entertained watching it. I guess with all the shows you’re already watching, a show that isn’t very exciting content-wise would lose out.

    And I totally agree with Tiger & Bunny at No. 1. This months episodes were truly amazing, I really can’t wait to see how the story develops.

  2. Esmeralda31 says:

    I agree with all your votes… Uta no prince sama is really the worst anime I have ever watched.
    Tiger & Bunny instead is the BEST EVER.
    i have no idea what the end will be, hoping in a happy ending…. ( not sure knowing Sunrise)…

  3. Tomtom says:

    Pretty much agree with the top 10 as well (at least for the 8 of them that I’ve watched so far). For me, Hs-iroha is top 5 though. I should get into Hyouge Mono as well but have little spare time atm :'(.

  4. Perrin4869 says:

    I must say that, since the beginning of the season, I have been terribly underwhelmed by the new shows. Kamisama Dolls plain sucks, I can’t stand the premise of a NEET loli detective (yes, I can’t believe I just wrote that. Whoever thought this is a good premise for anything? And what’s with the “It’s the only NEET thing to do” catchphrase?). No.6 is good, not great, Blood-C I can’t seem to get into, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée annoys me a lot. It’s just too… unrealistic. It got the bad fortune to air in the same season as Usagi Drop, which make an authentic portrayal of a little girl, not the thing shown there…
    Which brings me to Usagi Drop and Mawaru Penguin Drum which I love to death and stay up until they finally get released to watch them. Which would still make this season special, considering it is not always I have an anime I truly look forward to watching. And seriously, any season containing Mawaru Penguin Drum would be outstanding, no questions asked… Still, I was expecting to have more awesome series, so I was left somewhat underwhelmed.
    That’s my two cents.

  5. zzer0 says:

    You say that penguindrum is by far the best show for the summer season, but the score you gave it is the same as your score for Natsume 3 and only .25 higher than your scores No. 6, Kamisama Dolls and Usagi drop:/

  6. Wandering Bunny says:

    Man, you sure like to insult the series you don’t like a lot…
    Respect points: -2

  7. Firechick says:

    I agree with your analysis on Mayo Chiki, even though I haven’t watched it. I mean, that disguise is soooo blatant and horrible! Even Team Rocket put on better disguises than that!

  8. Wandering Bunny says:

    Also, gotta get this out of my chest but, as much as I love Penguindrum, it’s overrated and people are regarding it too highly for the wrong reasons.
    So far the show is both too werid to make some episodes fun and too normal to really be considered so great. I mean, think about it; for now it’s just about two guys on quest to save thier sister by stalking some girl because a penguin hat told them to… …Okay I guess that dosen’t sound normal but in the end the first few episodes were no different from slice-of-life with penguins (and a few dramatic scenes but not as much as comdeic ones and foreshadowing no one can make jack off anyway).
    So far, the shows isn’t that special, but with all the time spent foreshadowing it’s pretty clear that it can throw a bomb at us at any minute and become spectacular.
    But, the point is that it haven’t yet…
    And we won’t know how truly good it is until we get there.
    Therefor, fans arn’t rooting for it because it’s that good of a show as much as because they believe it will be… Which is kinda wrong if you ask me. To like something you know nothing about more than the stuff you do just because it’s unknown and full of mystery is just wrong…

  9. Perrin4869 says:

    Hey, that’s not true! I don’t like Blood-C or No.6 very much, but I didn’t insult them! I insult series that I find ridiculous. Seriously, “NEET Loli Detective”. I can’t believe I wrote that again. Who comes up with those things!? Seriously, I feel insulted by them.
    And, also, having Polish ancestors makes me a born complainer…

  10. Deyes says:

    WanderingBunny was talking about psegels, not yo Perrin4869. He always critiques him yet still visits (anger management I suppose – release it online so in life you can stay normal). I agree with him (or her perhaps? though: if psegels doesn’t like a show, he’s really harsh in such a way that it’s insulting to those who do enjoy the show. This is why I only read blogs about shows that he likes (and I like as well) ’cause then he actually has nice input. Simple as that right? Don’t like it – don’t read it.

    Penguindrum is also not overrated. Overrated is used so often these days it’s silly. Majority rules: people really enjoy penguin drum and that’s that. You just don’t happen to agree (that it’s for the “right reasons”), but that doesn’t make your opinion fact.
    Though I suppose, if someone rates it a 10 on MAL (why people even rate stuff they haven’t finished is beyond me) and you don’t agree and give it a 7 – then yes, it’s overrated by the people rating higher than a 7, but only in your opinion.
    Sorry, not an attack (clearly, I hope, based on my choice of words), but it’s just a pet peeve of mine and I have issues shutting up once I get going :p.

  11. Hogart says:

    @Perrin4869: I hear ya on the Polish ancestry :S

    I’m well over my lack of understanding when it comes to Blood-C, but I have to say that I’m quite surprised you found Kamisama Dolls and Kamisama no Memo-chou all that enjoyable, psgels.

    Memo-chou just isn’t my cup of tea, relying almost entirely on characters that I just don’t find appealing.. but that’s just me.

    But Dolls.. What’s so appealing to this show that makes it that much better than, say, Sacred Seven? It’s creatively lazy, the characters are flat and generic, etc etc. Is it just riding high off the greatness of it’s OP/ED?

    I also agree with Wandering Bunny that Penguindrum is getting far too overhyped, to the point where it’s being sold as something more than it seems to be. I’m opting to not listen to all the raving, because that kind of expectation nearly ruined Madoka for me. I’m going to treat Penguindrum as “just another show” and let it amaze me – so far it hasn’t, aside from the first ten times I watched that transformation sequence.

    Steins;Gate, on the other hand.. if it’s even half as good plot-wise as the Internet Murmur Machine indicates, I’ll probably love it to bits when I finally find the time to marathon it. Thanks, psgels, for that Kaleidoscope post that hinted that I ought to pay attention right from episode one..

  12. Puran says:

    BakaTest season 2 is abysmal.

    I found the first season to be entertaining, but kinda lost steam on the way. It still had its moments.

    Season 2 is a big step down. The first episode was terrible, and then the episodes afterwards actually managed to get worse. You did good in dropping it early.

  13. Cholisose says:

    Nice post, interesting to see what made your top spots.
    So far I’ve been quite pleased with how many good shows we’ve had this summer season. We have a great variety of stuff this season. My favorites at the moment are probably Croisee, Nura Clan (surprisingly!), Natsume Yuujinchou, and Usagi Drop. I have hope in Dantalian, Blood-C, and Kamisama Dolls as well though. I especially want Dantalian to get better–I’m liking it so far, but I’m hoping it will wow us by the end…
    And Nekogami is a fun diversion, I think. Very tame and silly–Squid Girl meets Touhou, I’d call it.

  14. Gintoki says:

    Totally agree with your number one choice, psgels! Though Tiger & bunny has always had great action, it was nice to have taken a break from all the pizzazz and thrills and replace it with some awesome character development. These past episodes let us see the personal lives of those behind the superhero personae (notably Kotetsu) which was an excellent way of building up the drama for future arcs. I can’t wait to see how their going to tie all the characters together!
    Also: No ranking for Gintama this month psgels? Don’t tell me it’s been DROPPED?;_; I understand if you have considering the number of shows you’ve been reviewing, or even just plain viewing, but I’ll pray you’ll at least take up watching major arcs.

  15. Tiger & Bunny. Great show..except the last episode kotetsu realyl got on my damn nerves…

    That fool is using the *Im not going to communicate* line that so many lame anime use
    to build false suspense, I can kind of tolerate it with high school kids, but this fucker is like 40 years old, a fking ADULT and he cant communicate. . .that just a bunch of bullshit.

  16. hika says:

    Regarding No.6, I guess they could always release an OVA (or two? Kind of like Higashi no Eden…), or an outright season 2 if they can’t wrap the story in 11 episodes. So far the pacing’s pretty good though…

  17. swa says:

    I really love Penguindrum and all, but it’s just that Usagi Drop is… well… the best of the new season, at least that’s the way I feel like. With the exception of Usagi Drop not being in there, I pretty much agree with your Top 5.

  18. Wandering Bunny says:

    @Perrin4869: I was reffering to Psgels like Deyes said. Sorry, I should’ve probably write more clearly.
    And haha, I get what you mean about polish ancestors. Have ’em as well. No wonder we’re the main complainers on this page~

    @Deyes: I realize your just stating your opinion but please try to be less rude about it. (I mean “anger management”? that’s totally getting into the personal insulting line here no matter how you look at it man…)

    Anyway I don’t think I criticize Psgels that much, and it’s never really meant as an attack.
    Plus, I don’t really think there’s something wrong with criticizing and all..
    I mean Psgels like all other blogers wirte these stuff so people would read it. Therefor why is it wrong for us readers to express our opinion on whatever he writes?

    “Penguindrum is also not overrated. Overrated is used so often these days it’s silly. Majority rules: people really enjoy penguin drum and that’s that. You just don’t happen to agree (that it’s for the “right reasons”), but that doesn’t make your opinion fact.”
    …Which is why I clearified what I meant by the term (being praised too highly for the wrong reasons).
    Saying the term is used often isn’t really an argument nor is the majority rule thing.. You merely say Im wrong then talk about something that’s not really related… (Note: Im not saying Im 100% correct (technically no one can be considering the subject of this debate is entirely subjective), but just that your argument doesn’t make much sense.)

    Also, I never said my opinion was a fact… Please don’t say stuff like that just because you intrepreted it that way. Afterwards I get a really bad reputation when other people read your comment and also quickly assume Im an obnoxious snob from what you said.

  19. Kim says:

    @Perrin4869 Usagi Drop might be more realistic than Croisee but your mistake is Yune is not meant to be a little girl like Rin.

    Rin is a little girl, Yune is 13 years old (confirmed) and while young is capable of traveling to another country on her own to work. She is not a little kid that needs to be taken care of like Rin.

    Sure she looks young but don’t be deceived by character designs.

  20. Neriya says:

    If you’ve got 18 shows from this season at or above 8.25, and you’re ranking “tolerable” and dropped shows around the sixes and sevens and giving only criticism about them then your scale seems rather flawed. Wouldn’t it be better to drop the silly decimals and make better use of the 10 point scale?

  21. Deyes says:

    @Wanderng Bunny

    1) I’m a sarcastic person, the “anger management” was a joke, but it makes sense that it gets misunderstood, so I do apologize. Sorry. I don’t read every post clearly, but the ones I do I do see you criticize quite often but.. I didn’t say that was a bad thing. As a matter of fact, I often hear myself thinking “hear hear” so.. don’t take that the wrong way.

    2) Was a pet peeve tangent, totally my wrong. You actually used proper arguments as well, and you directed it towards people who basically rate it as the best show of the season, therefor overrated can be used. I just always get annoyed when I see it without a simple “imo”. See.. I’m the one who needs anger management.. as well :p
    If it helps, it also annoys me when someone calls a show “best show of the season/year/decade” as that’s an overstatement and due to the difference of genres you can’t make that claim (without an imo.. which I can’t criticize but even then: is it possible to really pick 1 that’s above everything else given the wide variety? Also depends on your mood at the time I assume.)
    The “fact” statement came based on your description of the show. The one thing that can’t be denied is that a lot of people favor this show is due to mystery that gets a hint (in the form of symbolism) every episode and the discussion that follows after trying to figure out what’s to come. While the episodes on their own so far follow a more slice-of-life with penguins scenario indeed, there is more going on and that is discussed. But yea, clearly the show is enjoyed by several groups of people:
    1) People I mentioned; they who discuss it.
    2) People who praise the show before it started airing because it’s by Ikuhara, the Utena guy!
    3) People who see it as a slice-of-life comedy and get shocked every time they’re reminded Ringo is not just funny crazy.
    4) People who sincerely enjoy it but don’t feel the need to hype it up yet as not much has happened yet.

    Funnily enough, I haven’t come across people who flat out dislike it.

  22. Kim says:

    I have also came across people who dislike Mawaru. It is definitely my favorite show of the season so far but I agree it is being over hyped. This will only hurt the show in the end because even if it is a great show (which I think it is so far) even great shows do not live up to hype.

    Still for now Mawaru is my favorite show of the season. I think it has delivered. But we only have 4 episodes of a 24 episode series. Anything can happen. It can be brilliant all the way through or it can jump the shark. We won’t know till it ends.

  23. Deyes says:

    I think in the case of Penguindrum, that we won’t get to see any beefy plot happenings until the final episodes. Utena was the same way, it had tons of character development but not much in the way of plot (besides the small bits and pieces, symbolism and hints). I wonder if that’ll eventually turn people off or not.

  24. Can you feel it? says:

    SPOILER:
    All anime is homosexual.
    Figure things out for yourself. Just because he rates ‘Tiger and Bunny’ highly doesn’t mean you look stupid if you don’t like it. Crap season as usual. Directors couldn’t care less(probably too talentless) about making a compelling emotive story. The ones that do can’t get funding.

  25. paj says:

    Mawaru Penguin Drum: I really couldn’t get into this show I may be in the minority but I can’t what is so special about it. The puns and the jokes I get are the usual ones that I can say see in other shows. It is ironic that I do like comedy but for some reason I just can’t enjoy this show. I really do enjoy tiger and bunny but I wouldn’t list it in my top 5. As for steins gate it is an okay show but I still wouldn’t rate in my top 5 either.

  26. mds says:

    sometimes your judgment just doesn’t make sense.i KNOW that Mayo Chiki is bad and all,but putting it lower than Manyuu Hiken Chou is just totally wrong.

  27. psgels psgels says:

    mds: my reasoning was this: yeah, they’re both bad fanservice shows. However, while Mayo Chiki is bad and generic, Manyuu Hiken-Chou… isn’t exactly generic. At least for that I didn’t give it the lowest score this season.

    Neriya: this is just the rating system that I feel most comfortable with. I don’t really feel like trying to create a rating system that is evenly distributed, and the one I use is mostly based on the school system, where 6 is the bare minimum to pass and 8 stands for “good”.

    Wandering_bunny: yeah, I probably was a bit too harsh for the shows I don’t like this season. Next time I’ll try to be a bit more objective there.

  28. Tomtom says:

    What are you people talking about? Manyuu Hiken-Chou is such a great metaphor for modern society. Very thought provoking show.

  29. August 1 says:

    The finale of Showa monogatari aired quite a while back.

    http://www.megavideo.com/?v=U0EKVL0S

  30. Lightstream says:

    No.6 is #6 :D

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Kaiser-Eoghan
And its quite natural.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Florida project succeeds through its free flowing nature/narrative and manages to be hilarious all the while managing to never allow you forget its also a kitchen sink drama, the best performances come from William Dafoe and the girl. At the end it gut punches the audience emotionally.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: also expecting Florida Project, 3 Billboards, and The Shape of Water in my end
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, Kino was a bit too slight this week.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Just Lu, disaster artist and happy end left now for the year. Maybe the new Godzilla.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I felt that Sion Soni's Noriko's dinner table did the irl acting thing better.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I'm going to watch The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Consider I regarded The Lobster as one of the best film of that year and Dogtooth and Alps impressed me a lot; I have high hope for this one
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mooooommm, I want my Lu over the wal subs and I want them now OMO!
Niello
...Can't torrent where I am, grrrr.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm quite fond of Go Nagai's devilman, so I'll be interested in seeing Yuasa's adaptation of it whenever it comes out.
SuperMario
@Kasier: ha! thanks Kaiser. Finally it's out... gonna download it now
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Here is a link to Night is short walk on girl English subbed: https://nyaa.si/view/979508
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: OR JUST MONIKA Amirite =P
SuperMario
in all seriousness though, I hope they can use one week break to smooth out their production.
SuperMario
so Just Because's taking a break this week. The reason: just because
Lenlo
Mhmhmm Inuyashiki was great this week. I just love this show.
Amagi
The hell- no didn't know that. I really wouldn't have expected tribute songs to this series
Niello
@Amagi: Did you know this exists? And it's by Igorrr no less. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhQQ57N-9ys&list=PL9ku-W0xIzd4EYUL9bUG2CZXBIy7cCiSk
Niello
And yes, I'm just waiting and waiting for the day the anime get announced. No doubt it'll becomes a classic.
Niello
@Eoghan, I don't think it becomes a mess though, the story threads all come together amazingly well.
KTravlos
I too recommend at least watching 2nd episode of Tanya before passing judgement.

Looking forward to the Urasawa manga as well!
SuperWooper
@Anonymous: Thanks! Reading blog posts used to be my go-to distraction when I took breaks at work. Now I have to take breaks from writing them. It's a grind at times, but Star Crossed ought to be alive for a while yet.
Amagi
Adaptions for series like these only work when they're passion projects. If they're not they end up like the Dies Irae anime.
Amagi
It's another one of those series I really wish to see as an anime with music, movement and so on. But same as with Made in Abyss, it needs a cometent director and one that is in love with the work or else it will be a letdown
Amagi
@Niello: Yes and I fucking love it. The gritty style, the setting, the characters and designs and so on. @Kaiser didn't know she was under Nihei that's cool. I love these sketchy styles
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: yes and more people I believe should so, despite that its kind of become a mess, I take the thing as one big black comedy. The woman who drew it interestingly enough apprenticed under Tsutomu Nihei.
Niello
Anyone here read Dorohedoro?
Anonymous1566521
Just passing by to say like the place, it's kinda perfect to read for whenever I take a break. And most importantly I haven't read anything stupid. Hopefully it won't die anytime soon:0
Vonter
Masky - Overlord has an OP isekai, yet I find that series compelling do to the world building, and how even with power and influence, the MC plays like a chessmaster and not brute force his way into doing something.
AidanAK47
@Masky, I wouldn't write off Tanya so fast. Make it to episode 2 at least.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel I need to actually properly get into Godzilla for some frame of reference before the anime film, I've only seen the new one and the original.
Amagi
Or the Hiroshima movie
Amagi
I know you can't have everything but considering that we currently have Blame, the Itoh movies, Lu over the Wall, Godzilla or Napping Princess this is rather a let down
Amagi
Meh, not really happy about the anime film festival decision here - a few good movies are there: heaven's feel, motherfucka (from the tekkonkinkreet guy) and another one that sounds great but other than that a lot specials like conan movie #718 or something, the third part (why?) of persona 3 and other movies that are just specials of series I dropped at some point
Masky
*WWI
Masky
I mean, op isekai mc is boring whether they are hero or villain, thats how tired I'm of that trope at least
Masky
So was wondering what was up with that Tanya the Evil show and was disappointed to find out its "Isekai were MC is evil and WWII esque fantasy setting"
Anonymous1566013
dragon ball kai
Anonymous1566013
dragon ball z
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: That Godard biopic you mentioned is showing tonight and on sunday afternoon, at the very least I'll be checking out Le Chinoise in preparation for it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: and right after I just watched Loving Vincent in theatre, it's available online
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Blame! got released ages ago and no one watched it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Out in cinemas in Dublin in 3 weeks though, might aswell wait.
SuperMario
Also Lu over the Wall is out, with Russian subtitle. So anyone here who can understand Russian, you're in luck
Amagi
@Kaiser: Thanks, I love quite many anime movies. Guess I have something to watch this weekend.
AidanAK47
Not many I am afraid. Though I do like it's music.
Anonymous1565678
who is fairy tail fan here
Kaiser-Eoghan
For those interested anime Godzilla is out in a few weeks. Also Genocidal organ, napping princess and in this corner of the world are out as is the Fate/ilya movie.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm interested enough to read more of that Urasawa manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't point out errors (although its part of my job at work to lol) but I feel that one thing was noticeable in the Kino review, soap instead of soup is mentioned.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I quite like it when anything deals with religion or conviction in a mature way, it makes me feel things.
AidanAK47
Not really keen on following a Urasawa manga while it's ongoing considering how much of a slow burn his stories usually are.
Amagi
To the English only people: the Urasawa manga is translated into English now - it's on Mangastream (so beware of the watermark, but better than nothing)
Anonymous1565136
The anime?
SuperMario
... still on course with the anime (my phone acting up again)
SuperMario
@afgm: welcome back mate. It has been awhile. Hope you're
Anonymous1564565
@Amagi, The sign post with Iyami's teeth symbol read something like Buddhist reseach facility, which only makes it weirder.
Amagi
Also that Iyami clone seems to be the same as the running guy on page 2 (which was also the promo page posted on sites like ANN)
Amagi
Thank you very much anon. I love how international this chat is. But what you said makes the story feel even weirder. Really wonder what this is about but I can't say I am not interested now
Anonymous1564565
This is weird, really weird.
Anonymous1564565
[spoiler] As expected, now he's in another trouble. ...He mistook a crow for a blue bird that will bring happiness. And then we go back to the scene at the beginning when he hallucinate about someone calling. ...Is that Iyami from Osomatsu-san?
Anonymous1564565
[spoiler]Then because Trump is currently popular, their plan to is mass produce the mask with the guy's factory? (He's totally getting dupe isn't e?)
Anonymous1564565
[spoiler] The wife won a lottery and got a free vacation ticket to a luxurious cruise ship. She then left the husband with another guy. The Trump parody hag person is Beverly Duncan. Then one of the husband coworker put on a mask of Trump and start mocking.
afgm
I feel like the site is finally coming back into its own :)
afgm
(and great old writers)
afgm
Great new writers on the site
Anonymous1564565
[spoiler] He's trying to look at tax avoidance and discuss it to his fam. The turns out the gov start checking so that plan was a bust. Now they are looking at potential confiscations, including their flip flop factory.
Anonymous1564565
[Spoiler] So the guy seem to be having some kind of hallucination of someone calling him, even though there's no one in that direction.
Anonymous1564565
@Amagi "but it's in Thai", :)
Amagi
I am really looking forward to the Pluto anime. But I guess it won't come earlier than spring 2018 or something.
Amagi
If it was Japanese I'd at least understand a few parts (and almost everything if it was French) but now I have not the slightest idea what this is about but it does look interesting. I also liked Urasawa's earlier one shot. The one after Billy
Amagi
Not sure if I am allowed to link scans so here an indirect (last post) one I found, but it's in Thai (I hope someone who understands it will translate that chapter into English) https://www.reddit.com/r/manga/comments/780rve/sl_how_long_until_we_see_the_1st_chapter_of_naoki/
Anonymous1564517
It shows a lot of shots though that bring back memories of Urasawa's earlier works. Its great that he's going weird; Urasawa is one of the best at producing unique series, even if his methodical writing and storytelling style is always evident.
Anonymous1564517
Is it Mujirushi? I saw some French advert for it, (nothing said except that it's launching soon), but I can't find anything else on it.
Amagi
There is a (sadly, non-English) scan for Urasawa's new manga and it looks weird. Hundreds of masks of some presidential candidate that looks like a female Trump and a weird and shady guy at the end.
Lenlo
That said, why is PUBG on any of these lists. Its still in beta
Lenlo
Horizon on the other hand is easily understood and fits the open world mold well. I like Nier more, but Horizon is still a really good game.
Lenlo
Everyone knows it exists, but not everyone likes it/could finish it/understands it.
Lenlo
Thats the thing, it still is a niche. Its in the same category of Souls games now
Niello
Nier may not be a new IP, but it's an IP that finally rise from obscurity after being a really niche cult hit for years.
Niello
Why would being weird a negative for Nier? Doesn't that imply creativity?
Vonter
I suppose because Horizon is a new IP and also less weird than Nier. I haven't played it, but presentation alone has marked a great impression of that game.
Niello
Why is Nier in only 3 categories and Horizon Zero Dawn so many even where it's not deserve?
Niello
I still think Maho Yome is super overrated. The show so far has been more about spectacles than anything. I get it, the manga is pretty good, still not one nearly even one of the best though.
Vonter
PUBG I feel its an odd choice. Mainly because it's the only game listed that I wasn't aware it existed.
Vonter
The game awards are near, and so here are the nominations for all categories:
http://thegameawards.com/awards/
Anonymous1562244
KT Here. they did not force it. They let the circumstances do the talking and it was powerful.
Anonymous1562244
KT Here: Yes psgels is a man, yes for a long time I was under the impression he was a woman. Now and Then, Here and There is indeed excellent. The thing was exactly that, a frank depiction of what child soldiers go through. Considering how most shounen shows are essentially about kids engaging in war, the frank and gritty depictions was welcome if dis-concerning. And as Super pointed out they did
SuperMario
Yeah, I can give the show a full review (says the guy who is currently behind on his weekly post). But be mindful that as this show is in my top 10 anime, my rating might be even higher than psgels' (Usually my taste is different than his but in Now and Then we are pretty much on the same page)
SuperMario
The shounen element is for me, intentional as Now and then plays by the typical shounen rules (with a bery typical shounen protagonist) entirely in its first episode before slaming every brutal things towards him. Yep, they imply many dark contents make it much more disturbing. That girl (I think her name is Mary)'s circumstance ripped my heart
Nielllo
@Mario: I'd be interest in that! The atmosphere to me is like Jing the Bandit King but less surreal and more shounen.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The scene where the girl is raped/abused in the prison. It stands out for the fact they imply it rather than showing.
SuperMario
Actually, I can re-watch it over the weekend and give it a full review. Again, it has been awhile so I'm intrigued to see how the show's holding up for me now
SuperMario
They're brutal but not for the sake of being brutal, I never feel the show as heavy handed on its brutality, or sugarcoating the optimistism of the main character. The show is about the scar of war and for that imo they really deliver the message
SuperMario
That's what happen when I prepared to write a long comment, but work held me up so I had to cut it short. It's been awhile since I last saw Now and Then, but I feel the show has a frank and down to earth depection of the terror of war...
Nielllo
@SuperMario, You'll need to explain it to me man...
Anonymous1561608
@Psgels is woman
Anonymous1561597
Really???
SuperMario
@Niello: i love Now and Then. One of the rare series that I rated 10/10. I feel all the drama is raw, and effective
Nielllo
The last time I check, the scanlation group doesn't have the translator position filled up. At this point I'm probably going to order the remaining volumes at some point and just try to read it in Japanese. The worse thing is it's a josei so the text doesn't have furigana and I'll be stuck with just Kanji.
Nielllo
That sums up my feeling for Now and Then, Here and There really well.I took a look at the raw of the last chapter and it pretty much ended like how I think it would (mostly the epilogue, so not much spoiler)
Kaiser-Eoghan
With how slow the updates are for Amatsuki's manga I will probably re-re-read the whole thing again when it ever finishes. I disliked the protaganist of now and then here and there , while I did enjoy the misery the characters went through as it made for good drama and that dictator guy was suitably effective, I never got the FEELs watching it.
Nielllo
My taste generally align well with psgels (hurray for seeing potential in Amatsuki? that one surprised me, really didn't expect a 90/100, not complaining of course), but can someone explain to me, the appeal of Now and Then, Here and There?
Kaiser-Eoghan
*are many
Kaiser-Eoghan
I suppose we do live in the introvert age, so there probably are who have plenty of time to burn.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I agree about the having more time when your young thing definitely though, I'd argue I probably had too much of it, we probably don't use that time as well as we should come to think of it looking back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Which means I also have more time because I'm not in a relationship.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know this will sound terrible, but I don't really bother associating with women beyond necessary interaction.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*or hikkimori
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not upset about this, just means theres extra time to be filled because everyones too pre-occupied in their spare time.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I save well and don't have many people to buy for , I also pirate everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wouldn't call myself a NEET of hikkikomori, but genuinely do have absolutely no life, so I pretty much only leave my home for part time work/food/cinema trips. I don't party or drink and I see old friends once or twice a year (They've all moved), maybe my brother slightly more but not as often as most people would.
SuperMario
@Vyse: haha, you have a wild imagination. I'm pretty sure he's man
SuperMario
@anon1561372: pretty much what Kaiser said. He did came back a few months ago for monthly summaries but it seems life's swallowing him again. Would love to see him back to be honest
SuperMario
@Aidan: well, I'm at a stage where I don't have either enough time or money or anything concrete for my life. So I envy those who have plenty times to burn
Kaiser-Eoghan
Psgels professional and social life became more demanding and had a bout of writers block. Going by the photograph and voice on some of the podcasts he did, psgels is very much a man.
VyseLegendaire
psgels is a female
Anonymous1561272
@SuperMario Where did he go? Did he just stop completely?
AidanAK47
Well his posts were not as long as ours and I think he did them mostly in his secondary school years and you have plenty of time to burn back then. I remember I used to make a point of finishing games 100% back then and I replayed a ton of them over and over again.
SuperMario
And back in the day, psgels could blog like 3 or 4 posts per day, many of them on the same day of its airing. How the hell could he do that consistently for almost 10 years?
SuperMario
Fell asleep yesterday while writing Houseki review. Now that bastard will have to wait until later tonight (It's morning here). Apologize for that
Niello
Really? I thought the manga art is gorgeous. The beginning, not so much, but her art really improved. I love how whimsical it is. Other characters not so much, but Mahmut's design is really a step down from the manga.
KTravlos
ah you will hate me. Much as I love the story, I just cannot find the character art pleasing. On that one point for me the animated version was better. For example I much preferred the depiction of Einstein in the anime than in the manga. Now this is a personal thing, but I am shallow, and I do read manga partly for the art. So I am torn. I prefer the manga for the story but the anime for the art
Niello
@KTravlos: As a fan of the manga, I wouldn't say it's for us manga reader at all. I dropped this abomination long ago, I just can't stand it. It got butchered just like Amatsuki was, and tha's by the same director. I really really hope he never get to touch on an adaptation ever again.
KTravlos
also the Altai episode this week showed all the problems of the series. The pace was just too fast. Essentially this was just an episode for manga readers. Very very problematic
KTravlos
@SuperMario. I actually think that a double review of Altiar and AS would work better, as a way to talk a bit more expansively on the whole genre
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh hey awesome, new black mirror episodes in December.
Anonymous1558371
it's not really a plot twist, but it is a drastic change.
Anonymous1558371
I honestly don't know how well the anime will handle it. I'd like to think they will surpass the manga because they put a lot of care into the scene. It involves a fight scene and they have been handling those well, so I'm hopeful.
SuperMario
@anon1558097: will that shock plot twist whatever-it-is even make it this season? I'll be honest but if I have to compare the current anime to what I've read from the manga so far (first few chapters), The manga is more inventive and awe-inspiring for me
Anonymous1558097
@Mario: DON'T. I'm having a much better time enjoying the show ever since I stop comparing it to the manga. Still a shame I won't be getting the initial shock reaction from what's going to happen in the second half though.
SuperMario
Now you guys are really tempting me to read on the houseki manga, but I WON'T
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really wish that we could see more of the snail race things in houseki , the Gems and moon people have had their turn.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Honey and clover had a much stronger balance of humour and drama, with sugatsu I feel its the drama that stands out best.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay major major MAJOR houseki spoilers....sensei is really....
.....
.....Saitama from onepunch man.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I've only seen the first season.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And anyone who breaks your Dia(mond) must be destroyed.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: just look at the lastest episode (27), juggling, bouncy, silly in the first half and then emotional depth in the second. Well, that's a 3-gatsu's tone we pretty come to expect now
SuperMario
@Kaiser: ANYONE DARE TO MAKE MY HINA CRIES WILL HAVE TO PAY. I share the exact same sentiment with Rei
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will say this...it is...an un-evenly paced series...but always jolts you before you get too bored with it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Looks at 3-gatsu screenshot*
Hina =< ; _ ; QmQ *cry**tears*
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am reasonably satisfied with how the houseki manga is in its latest chapters, coming together and the answers it gave.
SuperMario
@Nielo: wow, thanks. I'll definately pay more attention to that. Love to pick up those little details like that so I'm all ears if you pick up something else
Kaiser-Eoghan
I noticed that discord button. If more show up on it I'd consider joining it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: What will happen is that I'll end up marathoning it when more episodes get released, much like I did with first. The guy from the first series (Germain his name was) was a hard act to follow , so far I do think this is more enjoy than the little of the second season I saw.
SuperWooper
LOL, thanks for catching that.
SuperMario
@Wooper: I always enjoy "deep-friend" chicken as well. Tasty, taysty
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