Posted by psgels on 21 August 2011 with categories: Summer 2011 Kaleidoscope


Blade – 08
Okay. That was one mid-boss that I didn’t see coming. With this, I’m sure: on top of having the best characters out of the Marvel-series, Blade also has the best story.

Sket Dance – 20
I’m… not sure what to think of this episode. You see, my opinion of this series has gone down during the second half; it just isn’t as funny as it used to be, and more and more jokes fall flat or just don’t work. And here this episode comes… and it’s entirely devoted to bad jokes. I don’t mean the jokes that are so corny that you’re forced to laugh. No, this episode was entirely about either jokes that fall flat, or jokes that are so ridiculously obscure that on a few people who know the context will get it. The subbers also completely missed the point of this episode by trying to explain them. But yeah: listening to jokes falling flat over and over remains annoying, whether they’re tongue in the cheek or not doesn’t matter here.
Rating: * (Good, but very annoying))

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji – 46
And this is the point where this show is starting to drag on again for me. This really reminds me of the first season again, in the arc where Kaiji’s ears were on the line and things took absolutely forever to move on. This episode… did not really know what it should talk about while waiting for Kaiji to run out of nearly all of his balls (so that it can really ramp up the tension next episode) and just started to repeat the same thing over and over again. Especially that narrator was guilty of that. The background on Ichijou was nice, but didn’t really fit well at this stage. Oh, and the creators are trying too hard with the old guy. Being insane is nice and all, but those antics serve no purpose and distract from what’s really important here: defeating that damn bog.
Rating: (Enjoyable)

Dantalian no Shoka – 06
This episode was… strange. Not only did the main characters make no appearance whatsoever, they were replaced by a priest like figure and a girl with the worst fashion sense imaginable. Normally I just use that as an insult against shows who give their characters overly complicated outfits, but this girl actually walks around in a straitjacket. In any case, what I like about Dantalian is how its mysteries are always incredibly far-fetched, yet imaginative. This episode was no exception and it came together really nicely at the end. The town it all placed in also was really well designed, and I don’t just mean the live action-like buildings that were used: the entire scenery and city lay-out just looked unique.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

Usagi Drop – 07
This episode started a bit out of place when it was suddenly revealed that Haruko has relationship problems and ran away from home, and for about four minutes this suddenly turns into a romantic comedy. Daikichi’s acting also felt a bit unnatural and overall it felt a bit weird. And then this episode just made up for it with a terrific analysis of Haruka’s character. This show is about raising a child as a single parent, and this time it took a look at the cases where being a single parent is just impossible: housewifes. Haruka really feels like she made the wrong decisions during her twenties, even though she kept looking to the future. The thing however remains that the creators used Haruka’s character to prove a point they wanted to make, instead of doing it the other way around. Because this show is so realistic, this does stand out.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. tomphile says:

    There wasn’t too much of a mysterious this week for Dantalian and I quite liked the introduction of the new characters. They’re going to be a good foil for the main cast.

  2. gandalf8 says:

    I’ve always had this feeling to Dantalian, as if each story is rushed through. This was especially evident in episode 3 with the 2 episodes-in-one. I would have loved this series more if they took the time to really flesh out each story rather than rushing through the major points in each standalone episode. I guess they had no choice with it being just a short 13 episode series. Hopefully one day I get to read the light novels, the original material to enjoy the full story of Dantalian no Shoka.

  3. Hogart says:

    I really liked the Twilight Zone feeling of this ep of Dantalian, though it was really cheesy. Though the new duo were over-the-top and still annoying, it was nice to get a break from Dalian and Huey’s usual boring schtick. I agree with tomphile that there’s a lot of potential for to tap by introducing them, but also with gandalf8 that there’s probably no way they’ll do so in 13 episodes.

    Usagi Drop kind of annoyed me. It got on my nerves to only see the wife’s side of the story, and it was tough to empathize with her without that material. She seemed more like a fickle woman than a woman scorned. But at least the series doesn’t go out of it’s way to portray her like a saint, as it does with Rin and Daikichi, so that’s a bonus.

  4. Whisperer says:

    man, I love Sket Dance, it’s currently the only anime that I eagerly await each week. Bossun’s facial expressions are just epic. Hell, I’ve seen 50 episodes of Gintama so far and, while that one does manage to make me laugh like crazy sometimes, I’d pick Sket Dance over it in an instant.

  5. info600 says:

    @ Hogart : I hope you get scorned and “outlawed” by your inlaws (if you get married)
    …there is such a scenario where the wife loves the husband but hated by her inlaws; darn, it hit rather uncomfortably close…doubt reading the manga before hand can lessen the impact here…

  6. Hogart says:

    @info600, I am married. And I’m well aware of the inlaw problem.. this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of it :)

    I just can’t empathize with a wife who runs away from home because she’s too timid to talk to her husband. It’s understandable, but the moment she starts to shift all of the blame to him is the moment when the story needs to explore it more fully or risk becoming insipid – and it didn’t do that (yet).

  7. info600 says:

    @ Hogart: I have a suspicion that her relationship with her husband is just as bad (check Reina’s conversation with Rin earlier in the episode)

  8. Hogart says:

    Exactly why I was annoyed.. I hope I’m really just being too impatient :)

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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