Posted by psgels on 31 January 2012 with categories: Monthly Summaries

It’s a solid season. There are few series that really stand out as amazing, but there really are a lot of solid stories this time, and there’s actually surprisingly little crap. It’s definitely an untypical winter season with a lot of series focused either on summer, or just being completely upbeat contrary to the kinds of series you usually see released at this time of the year.

#31 (new) – Senki Zesshou Symphogear – (4,75/10) – I was very surprised to see how many people actually liked this, so with that I at least tried to give this series a few more episodes just in case I really was wrong. But after four episodes, I can’t take it anymore. The amount of stupidity and fake shock factor here is just way too much. The characters do nothing to make themselves more engaging, the entire cast is just painful to watch. This is one of those shows that feels made by people who want to make something epic, but have no idea what it really takes to actually do that beyond explosions.
#30 (19) – Amagami SS+ – (5/10) – I refuse to spend more time on this crap. Especially now that it also started to introduce completely stupid and pointless drama.
#29 (new) – High School DxD – (5/10) – Want some boobs but don’t want to watch porn? Well, then this show is for you. Otherwise, stay away at all costs!
#28 (new) – The New Prince of Tennis – (5,5/10) – This is just completely stupid. I gave this until the second episode, but that was just too much. Why would you bother to give someone a completely stupid power as having a tennis racquet with only two strings… if you don’t even use this?
#27 (18) – Persona 4 The Animation – (5,75/10) – I give up. I can’t take it anymore, I don’t want to watch this. This show moves way too fast, and yet at the end of the day it doesn’t really accomplish anything. The summer holiday arc in particular stands out: that could actually have been a good story with a good concept behind it, but things moved at such a rate that they were impossible to properly follow unless you’ve played the games. AIC was already one of my least favorite production companies out there, and seeing how they treated what could have been an interesting story doesn’t really make that better.
#26 (new) – Zero no Tsukaima – (6/10) – Thank god that this is the final one. There are just too many bad points about this show that it’s seemingly impossible for it to redeem itself to me at this point.
#25 (new) – Brave10 – (6/10) – I lasted about two and a half episodes for this one. This series is just crap: bishies fighting each other who are way too busy trying to look cool, amongst a female lead who grows exponentially more annoying with every single episode.
#24 (16) – Guilty Crown – (6,75/10) – I realized something this month: the creators are making up this story as they go along, don’t they? I mean, previously this series was just bland. This month however, something changed. What caught my attention above all is how incredibly convenient everything that Shu pulled out of his ass was. Never before were the things he did here hinted at all, and all of them turned out to be exactly what he needed at exactly the right time. I mean, this is even worse than Code Geass:at least that series realized it made no sense and just went to hell with it. This show is actually trying to take itself seriously at the same time. It’s very jarring to see the entire cast suddenly make a 180 degree leap in personality while crap like this goes on at the same time. I mean, Mirai Nikki may have plotholes, but even they aren’t as blatant as the stuff that this series pulls.
#23 (new) – Recorder to Randoseru – (7/10) – I can’t get anything out of this series. It’s just a collection of pointless skits that are all just forced. Once in a while it gets a good joke, but most of them are just badly delivered or just don’t work n the first place. It’s also just too short to just build up for anything, really.
#22 (new) – Kill me Baby – (7,25/10) – I’ve also dropped this series. It’s better than I expected, but in the end it’s just a collection of random gags that fall flat more often than not. Over the course of four episode, there is nothing that really progressed or changed, so I see no point in continuing this thing.
#21 (new) – Area no Kishi – (7,5/10) – The problem with this series is that it’s really inspired by Adachi. Sure, it’s about football techniques while Adachi’s series are more about slice of life, but this month was entirely centered around the big Adachi inspired twist. And sorry, but with that in mind, I just can’t help but compare and realize how bloody melodramatic that was.
#20 (15) – Bakuman – (7,5/10) – It’s getting harder and harder to watch this series. I thought that things were missing, and that the first season could be more exciting. I did not expect the creators to turn this into a bloody soap opera. The drama between the characters is just completely annoying and uninteresting. And the bad twists just keep coming. It’s still interesting to see these characters evolve, but I don’t want to watch 40 more episodes of this thing. Because it’s going to be so goddamn long, this one’s on the verge of being dropped.
#19 (new) – Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou – (7,75/10) – Danshi Koukousei is a hit and miss comedy. When it misses, it’s very awkward. When it hits, it’s awesome. There are times when the characters aren’t really sure what personality they’re supposed to have, but the skits that work totally make up for it.
#18 (26) – Nisemonogatari – (7,75/10) – Don’t get me wrong: I really want to like this series. This series has a really good artistic direction. Heck, it’s actually more toned down than Bakemonogatari, and actually focuses on the characters instead of random scenery, eyeballs or blank screens. The story for once isn’t formulaic (or at least so far) and it actually devotes a lot of time to flesh out the characters. But seriously. This show has the most fanserivce of the entire season, and with High School DxD that’s really saying something here! It’s all incredibly pointless and grating. I mean, I understand that there’s functional nude: if nudity fits in this storyline, go ahead and show it. This show though is just showing episodes where characters randomly walk around naked for no particular reason, for the largest amount of their airtime! I mean, why bother giving the characters clothes at all if you’re going this route anyway?
#17 (new) – Listen Girls, I am your Father – (7,75/10) – I think that this one is the surprise of the season. It started off incredibly bad and generic, but there was a surprising amount of heart in the later episodes. Now please don’t turn this into another Astarotte no Omocha, because I like how down to earth this show has been so far. And drop the obvious fanservice, please.
#16 (new) – Thermae Romae – (7,75/10) – The best episode was episode 4. Episode3s 5 and 6 were a bit less interesting,but still it’s a very solid comedy overall. Also, I’m not asking for terrific animation. Heck, I’m just asking for animation on the level of Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki, where things actually do not feel like a bunch of cardboard cutouts sliding across the screen.
#15 (new) – Ano Natsu de Matteru – (7,75/10) – Look, I fully understand why this series gets its praises. The characters are well acted. It’s full of cliches, but everything about this series is well written and delivered. I still consider it a very good series. But the main cast just gets on my nerves too much. The lead character still is too much like the same annoying harem lead, and the romantic cliches in the scenario are just things of which I’ve seen too many to really enjoy at this point.
#14 (new) – Inu X Boku SS – (7,75/10) – This show has the potential to go into really interesting directions. With 3 episodes its themes are already quite engaging, but its big problem is that it’s too one-sided at the moment. This both goes for the drama, and the characters. The rest of the series will need more variety.
#13 (new) – Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki – (8/10) – This turned out to be a very charming series with only five-minute episodes. It makes great use of its time (all skits re about 30 seconds long; compare that to Recorder to Randoseru which drags on its scenes beyond belief)and every skit has a lot of energy and well done punchlines to remain funny.
#12 (new) – Another – (8/10) – Another doesn’t seem to offer anything new, nor will it end up as one of the better horror series out there. Still, it is one thing: very solid. The dialogue is natural and detailed, outside of a few points here and there where it’s trying a bit too hard, and it already delivered a pretty solid atmosphere so far with some good build-up.
#11 (9) – Last Exile – Ginyoku no Fam – (8/10) – The big problem with Ginyoku no Fam is, well, Fam. Fifteen episodes in, and it still doesn’t really feel like she belongs in this series. Apart from that though, I still am really drawn into this series. The setting is still rock-solid and the series continues to expand upon it, the action is just amazing and the side characters are also growing more on me.
#10 (13) – Mirai Nikki – (8,25/10)

Mirai Nikki has improved a lot over the past month. It’s gotten more fun to watch, the characters have become more interesting and especially the dynamics between Yukiteru and Yuno improved here. The show still is full of plotholes, but something tells me that the author wasn’t particular on avoiding these things.

#9 (new) – Mouretsu Pirates – (8,25/10)

The great thing about the three big sci-fi shows this season is that they’re all completely different, and yet none is inferior to the other. Mouretsu Pirates stands out with its slow execution, really allowing the characters to play themselves out. In the meantime it mixes this with hard sci-fi and interesting theories behind this setting. This series is laid-back, yet very interesting to watch. It’s definitely not what you’d expect based on the title and promo material.

#8 (new) – Aquarion Evol – (8,25/10)

This is another surprisingly fun series to watch. On paper a show that explores males versus females seems very dull, but this show actually made it a very fun series to watch. It also has the biggest production values of the season, and it really leads to a series with gorgeous visuals and music. The direction also is very good here and it’s a very engaging series so far.

#7 (new) – Rinne no Lagrange – (8,25/10)

Rinne no Lagrange has very sharp direction. The chemistry between the characters is quite witty, and it’s also taking care to subtly flesh out the setting it takes place in. It’s got characters who at first sight are annoying cliches, and yet turns out to be completely different. Like the other two big sci-fi shows, it’s consistently fun to watch.

#6 (8) – Hunter X Hunter – (8,25/10)

As the series goes on more and more, ti also gets better and better. This was pretty much as expected though, because at this time this series still is very nearly the equivalent of just rewatching the first season. There are a few differences here and there, but I still don’t feel like they’re big enough to warrant this complete remake. The big difference between this series and Full Metal Alchemist – Brotherhood is that Brotherhood just took 15 episodes to get to the new content. At what point can we start to expect this series to reach new material? Episode 40 or something? The good news however is that the series has been a huge success, and Hunter X Hunter has actually managed to conquer a place in the top 10 of TV-ratings. So when we’ll finally get to the point where we’ll get new content, it’s pretty certain that they’ll extend this past the original 45 episodes that were promised. Of course, that brings along other problems of long running shounen, but let’s not worry about that one for now.

#5 (11) – Phi Brain – (8,25/10)

Phi Brain really surprised me in how good it became. Ever since Rook appeared, there hasn’t been a wasted moment, and it delivered some really good character development here, both on the side cast and the main cast. These people actually succeeded in making a show about solving puzzles.

#4 (10) – Tantei Opera Milki Holmes – (8,5/10)

This show is madness! Seriously, this is even crazier than the first season. Every episode so far has been completely hilarious and delivered some of the wtf-like scenarios. The acting and performances are also completely hyperactive and full of energy, and the animation is also really well done. If you’re looking for something with a ton of energy, then look no further. This show thrives on being completely stupid and crazy, and I really like how it’s being delivered so far.

#3 (4) – Chihayafuru – (8,75/10)

Chihayafuru has surpassed itself this month. There was so much emotion put into just this one tournament, and the creators perfectly went into the heads of the lead characters. It was everything that a mid-climax should be. The big question now is: how the heck are they going to finish it?

#2 (2) – Natsume Yuujin-Chou – (9/10)

This season started with a rock-solid set of episodes. In fact, it’s had the best opening episodes of any season of Natsume so far. Where the third season was all about Natsume’s development, this is more varied, and has a bit of everything here. And somehow, all of them work really well. This show is both heart-warming as tense, and this series is still happily adding all kinds of details to Natsume’s character, as if it’s far from done yet.

#1 (3) – Hyouge Mono – (9/10)

Well, it took a while, but in this month we finally got to see the finale of Hyouge Mono. And it really was worth the wait. The way in which this series decided to close off was really well chosen, and it set a really high standard for the other endings for the rest of the year. We can only hope that they’ll make more series like this.

51 Responses

  1. Skoopman says:

    While I agree with most of the scores I have to say that Mirai Nikki, despite being one of my favorite Mangas, has a terrible production value. The animation quality seems to be dropping every freakin’ episode.

  2. gan says:

    If you’re planning on dropping Bakuman,you’re going to miss the better parts which come later on.I agree with you that they have this cheesy drama here,but hey,it’s not so horrible either.You must have gotten used to the high standards from what the other series are offering,but romance/drama was never Bakuman’s strong point to begin with.
    It’s a very different series out there than your regular shonen with power-ups/fights etc. The creativity of the authors is praiseworthy

  3. CJay says:

    Completely agree with you on Symphogear. That show is just completely atrocious.

    On the other hand, I feel that the rating for Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is really low. That is actually one of my favorites this season. I agree that its not very consistent but overall I find it hilarious.

    Guilty Crown’s half way climax was one of the worst episodes of anything I have ever seen. I’m also really glad to see Phi Brain up so high because it really deserves that after the last episode

  4. F says:

    I hate to “that guy”, but I find you are way too critical of Nisemonogatari. It’s certainly not the best show this season but to rank it below Mirai Nikki, Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!, and Ano Natsu de Matteru is just ridiculous.

    That said, I’m glad you gave Hyouge Mono and Natsume Yuujin-Chou the praise they deserve. Both are excellent, well-executed series that I would recommend to anyone.

    • Puran says:

      Why? So far it has been nothing else than semi-humorous banter and fanservice. The production values and aesthetics are nice, but that is all it has going for it right now.

      If it goes ahead and makes the plot interesting (which might start next episode??) I might forgive it for its first few episodes. Psgels might too since he “wants to like it”. There just isn’t much reason to (yet?).

      • F says:

        If you’re not watching it for the “semi-humorous banter”, then why watch it at all? It’s a series whose plot is driven primarily by dialogue and character development, not action. I happen to find the plot pretty interesting, especially the subtle foreshadowing of future events and throwbacks to past events to give a circular notion to the story as a whole. The fanservice is really just the icing on this stylistic and interesting cake.

        • Puran says:

          Because so far, the banter is not really advancing the plot. It’s just banter for the sake of banter (ok there is *some* char development).

          I liked the plot in Bakemonagatari. Nisemonagatari (SO FAR) is just semi-humorous banter and fanservice. The plot only somewhat started in the last episode. The first 3 episodes could be missing and I would still be able to follow the plot.

          As I said in shoutbox, I like Nissio Issin’s plots, but not necessarily the way he writes dialogue.

          With all that said, if the plot starts becoming more involved in the next couple of episode, I can easily see myself liking this.

  5. zo says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t give Hyouge Mono a 90 seeing as how you seemed to like it so much :/

    • Hogart says:

      Yeah, maybe now all those people who kept telling him he underrated Madoka will finally start to understand his ratings a bit better. Oh, who am I kidding :)

      • kero says:

        It really should have been rated higher though!

        Haha

        I think it’s just one of those things though. When your views align with someone else’s 90% of the time, the 10% of the time when it doesn’t feels really jarring.

  6. Wiles says:

    I agree with F. I have some disagreements with the rest of the list too, but Nisemonogatari is where I find your logic most flawed. Not so much about how good the show is, but how you found the fanservice to be lacking and random.

    The fanservice we’ve seen so far has all been pretty beneficial to the series’ characters and their dynamics. Kanbaru has already been established as a perverted freak and Sengoku as a girl transitioning from childish innocence to adulthood. The nude moments with Shinobu and Araragi seemed more like an indication of how close and similar they were instead of just being random. Fanservice has happened to pretty much every character in Araragi’s harem, and normally, this would be distasteful in the sense of excessive sexualization of women. But Araragi is officially hooked up with Senjougahara, which means the fanservice layers on their relationship and character instead of taking away from it. Araragi, who’s been depicted plenty of times as a pervert, always strays away from the action when it counts, showing that he’s a character who values relationships more than sex. The fact that Senjougahara is jealous, but also noticeably affected by the fanservice shows her closeness with Araragi’s harem and her own values as a person. I mean, here we have actual subtle characterization happening because of the fanservice, but you seemed to have completely missed out on it.

    • Oroboros says:

      Well, we must accept the fact that Psgels is not a critic. Never was. He’s an otaku with plenty of time. The opinions of an otaku are based on taste, which is incompatible with the criteria of the true critic. While there is no disputing taste, a true critic has serenity of mind, a delicate taste, are well-practiced and well-versed in comparison between animes, independent of prejudice and have functional senses. Having two or three of those isn’t enough.

      • Wiles says:

        sure, but he’s also a blogger that evaluates these shows, which means part of his function is to try and act the role of a critic.

        • Oroboros says:

          Indeed. A blogger who takes his impressions for granted and pretends they’re objective is not a critic. That u could see past the obvious “titillation” factor automatically makes u a much better candidate of a true critic.

          Psgels reminds me of those knee-jerk readers who couldn’t see past the surface violence of American Psycho to grasp the innate meaning of satire and existentialism.

          That he cannot see past the titillation of Nisemonogatari classifies his reviews as opinion, not criticism.

      • psgels psgels says:

        I already had a lot of problems with the fanservice in Bakemonogatari, so seeing this being done even more in the sequel has obviously ticked me off. I get that it’s supposed to flesh out the characters and all, but there is just so much of it and it’s there so often that it’s become very shameless in my opinion.

        Also, Ouroboros: I’m not really an otaku, or at least I don’t consider myself one. Really. I’m just a guy who likes anime a lot and who likes writing about it.

        • Wiles says:

          I understand that you’re entitled to your opinion, so I’ll just put this as an alternative perspective on the fanservice. With so much fanservice, putting them into context with one another as a whole is sort of obligatory. And once that’s done, you see depending on who’s the subject of the fanservice, Araragi treats them quite differently. In the case of Sengoku, Shinobu, and Hachikuji, he’s quite oblivious to the “shamelessness” because of how he sees them as people. Just like how you wouldn’t have much of a reaction seeing your younger sister nude, Araragi doesn’t care too much about their fanservice, or, in Hachikuji’s case, is comfortable enough with his brotherly role to initiate fanservice. This establishes the clear sibling dynamic that Araragi places on these characters and his own sort of childishness. In the case of Hanekawa, Senjougahara, and Kanbaru, Araragi is quite aware of them as women and the effects show. But he makes it clear that he’s not willing to step over certain boundaries, which just develops his character even further as a person with a high sense of integrity and morals.

          Bringing in my own opinion, if fanservice disgusts you or something, that’s one matter. But showing contempt for fanservice that’s so closely tied to the characters and their relationships just because it’s fanservice…well, that’s not really a matter of taste. It’s more like blind hatred and it does keep you from fully enjoying a series, especially if, like you said, it’s being used so much and so often.

          • Puran says:

            You’re overcomplicating it. The problem is, there isn’t much else than fanservice in the series yet. As I said above, right now it’s semi-humorous banter and fanservice. That’s all. It might prove to be significant later, or the plot might get more… involved, but right now I’m kinda getting bored with it. (I mean the only time I was amused, was with the courage series in the first episode).

        • Oroboros says:

          Alright. I won’t call u that term (is it a perjorative?) and please do keep up the good work. :)

    • Hogart says:

      I’m going to be an ass here, but only because you’re expecting way too much of psgels. It’s not logic.. it’s opinions. Holding psgels to a higher standard because he blogs is.. just odd. Unless you go around telling every blogger the same thing?

      I mean, it’s only fair that if you’re going to hold psgels feet to the fire, that you go onto Nise fansites and tell them that their opinions are a bit too lofty, and they should simmer down because they’re being illogical, isn’t it?

      • Wiles says:

        I hold psgels to a higher standard because he does make some really insightful comments and I enjoy his blog. I’m using Nise more as an example for the benefits of fanservice because I’d like to see what insights he’d have from them instead of just casually lopping it off to the side as trash. But, ok, perhaps I am a little out of line for having expectations from a casual blogger.

        • Hogart says:

          Bearing in mind that (as I mentioned to Ouroboros) I screwed up my post (sorry), I don’t think you are “out of line”.. but I do think you may be going a bit overboard.

          You seem to think psgels can’t see past the fanservice, and that his opinion about the fanservice means he’s written off everything else about the show. I didn’t get that impression at all.

          The fact is, Nise doesn’t NEED all that fanservice to tell it’s story. And for some of us, it’s an impedence to our enjoyment. To others it is not. But we’re still watching the show, because we DO see the good bits.

          • Wiles says:

            Based off my impressions (which may or may not be correct), I saw that he was enjoying the series more than Bakemonogatari because a lot of annoying aspects got fixed. But the fanservice stood out for him as the main negative issue, so that was the issue I concentrated on. Perhaps my wording choice wasn’t very good, but rather than not needing fanservice to tell its story, I wanted to point out examples of how the fanservice enhances the story. Whether or not psgel accepts fanservice as being useful is up to him. But because psgel enjoys subtle characterization based off a lot of his blog posts, I wanted to point out a different perspective that showcased that about Nisemonogatari while putting fanservice in a different light that might be of interest to him.

            aside from that, I can understand why you think we might be “attacking” psgels because of our comments, but this is ultimately us rationalizing our own opinion as you said it. rationalizing an opinion creates logic, because you’re connecting specific aspects with your opinion. an opinion is trivial in the manner that it doesn’t have much argumentative weight to it. it’s completely subjective and a matter of preference. rationalizing it steps up your opinion.

      • Oroboros says:

        Incorrect. Psgels is an anime blogger who sets up his opinions as criticism because he is not keeping his thoughts about anime to himself. He is sharing them with the world as judgment of aesthetic merit.

        When I or u say that some show is awesome we are not just saying something purely subjective, random and inconstant. We are also making a statement that this show is awesome and I think you will agree too.

        Psgels saying Nisemonogatari is inferior due to fan-service is telling us something definite about the aesthetic merit of the show.

        Now I don’t think your analogy holds– this isn’t some anti-Nisemonogatari hater site.
        Also how do u know I’m not debunking some fanboy somewhere? ;)

        • Wiles says:

          More specifically, I think simply saying a show is awesome and then giving one-sided comments is an opinion, but then attempting to give objective reasoning that people can connect to is when it starts to become logic and/or criticism.

        • Hogart says:

          Damn, when I wrote my post I didn’t realize I was actually responding to two people; my fault for posting while at work. My analogy can go right to hell.

          I agree with you that he’s not a critic, so there’s no argument there. I’d like to suggest, however, that you’re being a bit presumptuous to think psgels doesn’t see the good parts of Nise.. he flat-out mentions that he does. His blurb was just dominated by his opinion about the fanservice (much like Nise is dominated by fanservice to begin with).

          Also, I can’t be sure, but you seem to be saying that it would be better to limit an opinion to something trivial, rather than trying to rationalize it? I don’t want to put words in your mouth, though if that is what you were saying, I disagree wholeheartedly. One’s opinions will never change if they don’t learn why others disagree, and sharing your opinions is a great way to discover those disagreements.

  7. Wiles says:

    “but also noticeably affected by the fanservice shows her closeness with Araragi’s harem and her own values as a person.”

    sorry, meant *unaffected here.

  8. Gavrilo says:

    I really don’t get why can’t bloggers and reviewers just admit that a certain comedy series wasn’t appealing to them. Instead, they have to go blaming the script, jokes, characters, when there’s nothing wrong with them. Indeed, it’s a quite subjective matter, that’s why it feels arrogant to try imposing your opinion like it was a fact. I put Gintama on hold a loooong time ago and don’t feel like returning to it anytime soon, but you don’t see me going around saying Gintama is awful, do you?

    As for Symphogear… Yeah, I feel kinda silly for having defended it earlier – but the first episode was definitely the best. It still has potential, though.

    • Hogart says:

      I think it’s fair for someone to say WHY they didn’t like something. I believe people just read posts like psgels with some snooty, condescending tone of voice like he’s armchair quarterbacking (and he might be sometimes). It’s only the same arrogance we all apply to our own opinions, but it’s easy to forget that he’s probably not swirling fine wine and passing judgements like a film critic on high.

  9. Noob says:

    For Symphogear, i’ve heard it was orginally programmed for 24 episodes but was cut to 13 episodes, the problem being that they warned the writers very late, that’s why it’s such a mess (I guess they also randomly cut budget as well). If I was the writer and the producers pulled such a thing on me, I would lose all motivation so I don’t see Symphogear ever picking up.

  10. Hogart says:

    Hunter x Hunter got a fair bit better in my eyes this month, and I’m happy Chihayafuru has kept up it’s entertainment somehow. I’m looking forward to catching up on Phi Brain, too.

    But it sounds weird to hear you say that there’s surprisingly little crap and then go on to describe 10 or 11 of the 31 shows in a way that sounds like they’re.. well, crap. I guess that’s the problem with empty words like “crap”.

    • Wiles says:

      ^I agree with the last statement, although I guess it could just be because some of the series are ongoing from fall season.

  11. rufe says:

    I think you should be looking forward to the next arc of Natsume. It was one of my favorite recent arcs…except maybe the end of the newest volume.

  12. Cholisose says:

    I always like these month summaries, though I do have to wonder about the rating system at times. For example, Kill Me Baby is given a 7.25, which sounds like a rather good score (especially for a silly gag comedy), but there’s apparently “no point in continuing it.” Similarly, people are upset with Psgels’s viewpoint of Nisemonogatari (which he is 100% entitled to), and yet it IS being rated a 7.75. Which is a very high score! It’s only one point less than Chihayafuru, which has been given nothing but constant praise on this blog.
    More so, the shows at the very bottom of the list are in the five range, which seems rather generous when considering how much they’re being derided. Are these being rated based on how much the shows are actually enjoyed?

    Anyways, I’m certainly glad to see Natsume Yuujinchou so high up the list. It’s a rather unique series in general, and I quite like all the characters. Always looking forward to seeing more of them.

    My main disagreement though will be in regards to Another, which I feel in many ways is a breath of fresh air for the anime horror genre. Another just has this atmosphere that’s being taken much more seriously than the average anime set in school. The characters seem more realistic, and the mysteries are being handled really well. Every episode has left me theorizing more and more about what’s going on with class 3, Mei, Kouichi, and the events of 26 years ago. The only series that’s gripped me this much with its mystery is probably Higurashi, though even then the general tone and plot style is quite different. I’m really anxious to see how Another will play out.

    • psgels psgels says:

      As for Kill me Baby: it got a relatively high rating because some of the jokes are quite good. The “getting nothing out of it” mostly means that I have no reason to continue watching it because there is no progression in the episodes. Because of that I’m not going to contnue in the hopes of it getting better.

      Also, I need to have a better place where I explain what the ratings mean. At the m oment they can be found at the bottom of the review index pages, but I admit that those are very hard to find. I’ll just quote them here; just divide them by 10 and you’ll have the ratings that I use for these monthly summaries.

      100/100: The perfect anime. I’ve yet to encounter one, though.
      97,5/100: The best of the best of the best, my all-time favourite(s).
      95/100: Truly amazing and outstanding series, the best of their genres. These series made a huge impact on me.
      92,5/100: Simply fantastic anime. These series have many areas in which they stand out like no other.
      90/100: Anime that achieved exactly what they set out to do. Incredibly solid productions with so many things to like about them.
      87,5/100: Awesome series. These stand out in many different areas and provide a very solid experience.
      85/100: Excellent series. They may have a few flaws here and there, but overall they remain wonderful series with quite a few memorable moments.
      82,5/100: Series with this score are destined for greatness, although they may have a few flaws here and there.
      80/100: Very good series, worth the watch. They may lack highlights, but remain really enjoyable nonetheless.
      77,5/100: Enjoyable series. While not the best of the best, they’ve got quite a few good points and are nice to watch, save for a few flaws.
      75/100: Series that are either nothing special, or shows that could have been awesome, yet were plagued by too many flaws.
      72,5/100: These series did quite a few things wrong here. They’ve got some nice parts, but overall they’re not worth it.
      70/100: Very flawed series that are only enjoyable if you’re really bored.
      65-69/100: The epitome of mediocrity. These have one or two good points, but mostly they’re just bad and boring.
      60-64/100: The bad stuff. Some redeeming qualities, mixed with a whole lot of garbage.
      50-59/100: Garbage, stay away.
      40-49/100: Utter crap.
      <39: Downright Terrible

    • F says:

      My problem wasn’t the score – in fact I more or less agree with the score. Rather, my problem was how he could rank such cliché shows (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!, and Ano Natsu de Matteru, etc) that are also riddled with “fanservice” above Nisemonogatari.

      And I know it he didn’t see the show exclusively as fanservice, it was just the focal point of his criticism.

      If you find nothing in Nisemono’s plot and don’t care for the fanservice (which is atleast creative compared to the other shows I mentioned), at least it has witty dialogue and stylistic design going for it. What can you say about the other shows?

      Of course, these are my biased opinions.

  13. Rednights says:

    Ouch on the New Prince of Tennis, though I’m having a stupid amount of fun watching it. I think I set my logic reasoning aside during the first episodes of the original series anyway. I’ll give it to you though that 2 strings was downright insulting to my brain.

    Checking out Mouretsu Pirates, the art doesn’t seem to match the description

  14. Dalx says:

    Well Persona 4 is just destroying his own ranking in psgels blog. I tought it was getting good at ep 12 then we got trolled with the summer arc.

    Still to see it below Guilty Crown is very very sad. I may call bias by the previous episodes because the pacing of the main plot is getting better (Rise, Teddie and Mitsuo were pretty good). Still it is not a work or art or anything like that so don’t bother trying to debunk me.

  15. JR says:

    It’s hilarious reading all these people defending Niso as if it was Tolstoy.

    Listen up: it’s a pretentious, talky show designed to make you feel witty while you watch girls in various states of undress — and as of the last episode, if screenshots are anything to go by, small underage girls to boot. If that’s your thing then fine, enjoy it. But don’t expect the rest of us to.

    • F says:

      Ahhh- I really don’t want to flood the response section with pointless debate, so I’ll just say you are entitled to your opinion. It’s fair to call it pretentious, but the dialogue is legitimately witty. No one’s forcing you to like it, anyway.

  16. Suzushina Yuriko says:

    Like many others have said, I legitimately cannot understand how you rate your anime. It’s not the system I have a problem with, it’s kind of your entire line of thinking.

    I don’t understand how Persona 4 got a lower score than Guilty Crown when you stopped blogging it at episode 8 and you couldn’t stand blogging Guilty Crown for more than three episodes. Persona 4 at least has some likeable and consistent characters with back stories and a straightforward goal in mind (although going from investigating murders to comedy is jarring, yes). Guilty Crown’s characters are flat and boring, and it pulls its entire story out of its ass. You even agreed with me and said that “It’s very jarring to see the entire cast suddenly make a 180 degree leap in personality while crap like this goes on at the same time.”

    Perhaps I am biased because I know the entirety of Persona 4’s story and how its characters developed in the game, in contrast to me dropping GC at episode 11. But just felt that this was a tad too unfair. It felt like you gave GC a higher score because it looked prettier or something when that abomination of a series should only have gotten a 3 or 4 at most.

    And I’m not going to join the Nisemonogatari debate because you have tons of people hounding on you for that already.

    • Starry says:

      fyi he only blogged about P4 for eight episodes because it won the guarantee to blog fall season contest. At this point though, its clear that the anime is meant to be a love letter to an already existing fanbase for the game rather then trying to pull in new viewers.

    • psgels psgels says:

      The circumstances were indeed different: I blogged Persona for a longer time because if won a contest of what show I should blog. Plus, my expectations for Guilty Crown were much higher (Noitamina and all).

      At this point Guilty Crown is very flawed, but at least it has a few good elements, the pacing is still fairly decent and the acting isn’t entirely terrible. Persona however has become downright unwatchable in the way that it rushes through its scenarioos without actually accomplishing much. I’m not someone who played the games, so I see no reason to continue watching it if it solely caters to that audience.

      • Flawfinder says:

        As a game player, I don’t think it’s really good either. I’m one of the few people who liked Persona Trinity because it tried to be its own creation (away from Persona 3) and despite some anti-climaxes and a slow pace, it still had decent atmosphere. Persona 4? The pacing is rushed, the atmosphere is nonexistent, and the editing is terrible. It’s trying to cram so much into 26 episodes instead of being its own creation. You know those rumors about how Persona 4 is having behind-the-scenes trouble? Yeah, it shows. Big time.

        My advice? Play the fucking game. It’s pretty cheap, it’s one of the best PS2 games ever, and it has better pacing and atmosphere.

  17. moochi2000 says:

    although i know that no one is personally attacking psgel’s taste, it seems like everyone is trying to rationalize why nise is awesome. i think we get the point and seeing the same kind of arguments over and over again is excessive.

    anyways, i’m disappointed that hunter x hunter is ranked so low. i’ve also watched the original series but this is one of the few anime that i consistently seek right after it is released in japan. i know the surprise element is taken away but the story is just so interesting! i think it’s tough to be a blogger, so ganbatte! it’s difficult to justify why you like or not like an anime when others don’t agree.

  18. jreding says:

    For some reason I really like Brave-10 – it is a really fast-paced action show with decent animation and you have to take the characters with humor. Oh, and the OP and ED for me are maybe the best of the new shows. Usually, I’m not into bishies but in this show they are at least not annoying. I think it’s underrated.

  19. burnout says:

    LOLed at the harsh treatment of so many anime but I imagine it’s not undeserved. Either that, or you’re close to getting burned out like it happened to me some years ago. Haven’t been able to watch more than 1-2 shows per season since then, and even then not necessarily to completion. I’m not sure if I should tell you to hang in there or speed towards the cliff :)

  20. Al Pacino says:

    ”I was very surprised to see how many people actually liked this”
    I am very surprised too how many people like this blog when they have few pic and few text. People like Symphogeah because is funny and can explain they mistake. Like the first episode the attack of Noise happend simultane with the attack of the girls,who is a very valid interpretation so they don’t stay watching the Destruction. And this serie know how big epic, just you can’t argument against.

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Lenlo
Rakugo, continues to be great and gets another time skip. Im always surprised by how engrossing it is just listening to these people talk.
Lenlo
Makes me sad, just like Berserk. Got an entire shelf dedicated to it but its just so slow. stupid boat.
Lenlo
Vagabond was phenomenal, but its been on hiatus for years now hasnt it
Kaiser Eoghan
....well without spoiling towards the middle of that rakugo episode and all throughout during that middle part, my opinion on Yotaro's character went far up.
Kaiser Eoghan
Struggling to remember the name of that josei samurai manga from the 90s (or earlier 2000s), had a gender bending theme.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've already read kenshin and vagabond, I loved shigurui death frenzy and sword of the stranger but found samurai champloo uneven. Theres a kagemusha manga but I haven't read it and I've yet to see/read blade of the immortal.
Kaiser Eoghan
At a glance I'll go against the grain and say I think demi-chan is funnier than konosuba, going on one episode of each.
I've been watching a fare share of samurai films in the last two years and lately so I'm open to wathing more anime/reading manga dealing with samurai.
SuperMario
Hand Shakers, how I love to watch it jumping off the cliff. This show contains lines like "I don't understand... even if I did understand... but I don't understand." It isn't a dialogue that we encounter too often I'm sure.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Sounds good to me. With me covering Little Witch Academia, Saga of Tanya the evil and Rakugo this season is well covered.
SuperMario
so I've decided to blog 3-gatsu, Scum's Wish and ACCA this season. A bit worry about the latter as I still don't have much to talk about that. Let's try it and see what happens; I say
SuperMario
Okay, I'm not hot on Onihei this week, as if the main theme about these two episodes were "people can be corrupted" then I'm not buying it. ACCA, on the other hand, was still very solid of building up the world and its big events to come.
AidanAK47
I have played all the big roguelikes and found they have the same problem. I argee on procedural generation. Even if the map is different every time you are essentailly going through the same rooms and doing the same things.
Masky
Though to be honest, I don't like procedural(or designed room and then game connects them randomly) games much. I much enjoy hand designed dungeons since I rarely play games through more than once anyway so roguelike's appeal of "Every time you play it through its different!" doesn't appeal to me much and hand designed dungeons are much more memorable
Masky
Can't really comment further on that since I don't know which roguelikes you have played, and neither I have played gungeon so I don't know if its badly designed to the point you can't do anything if rng says so. Though I guess there is nothing wrong about liking luck based games, if roguelike in question is truly unbeatable if rng says so, well, its really badly designed one if you ask me.
AidanAK47
Take my last run. Made it up to the fourth floor. Got plenty of guns but none were really useful. Even then ran out of ammo for all of them and the game was cheap about giving out ammo. Plenty of money but shops with nothing worth buying. Over 5 heart containers but no goddamn health. Died on the boss because I rolled out of a bullet into another bullet. Pretty much unavoidable.
AidanAK47
@Masky, that's the theory but in pretty much every roguelike I played its not the case. If the RNG decides you are going to have a bad time then you are going to have a bad time. Skill can only bring you so far. I have played this game for 7 hours and I know I could have finished it in 2. Only thing stopping me is a dice roll.
Masky
Like, the thing with roguelikes is that they can get easier/harder depending on luck, but well done one should be completable even without any upgrades at all if you are skilled enough.
Masky
Thats not the really case with roguelikes though, unless game design is bad and includes insta kill traps and such that are unavoidable if you are unlucky
AidanAK47
I hate roguelikes. Been playing enter the Gungeon and I just lost all patience with it. Getting real tired of my victory being decided by a RNG. It never feels satisfying to finish a roguelike because I know my victory was determined by pure luck.
AidanAK47
So we got to rely on fansubs for it when it's airing.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Nope. I think because netflix only puts up full seasons they are only planning to put it up when it's finished airing. Or when it's dubbed.
SuperMario
But how does the Netflix thing work? So of I have a Netflix account I can watch the show weekly?
SuperMario
@Aidan: that's a dumb way to do things really because unless you watch the show weekly, everyone gonna forget that it even exist. Just look at Re-Life last year
Lenlo
thought*. Words are hard.

Eventually found the actual first ep though and enjoyed it.
Lenlo
Was funny. I tried to find the first Ep for Little Witch, found original short made afew years ago, watched it and though "This is very similar to the original... Whats new".
AidanAK47
Little witch is one of the best shows this season and yet I can't get subtitles because Netflix doesn't release shows weekly. Motherf*cker.
Lenlo
Ore Monogatari I enjoyed. It was a nice romance that actually explored what happens after the confession. Also the 2 leads are just precious.
Lenlo
Alright but unmemorable seems like a good summation.
SuperMario
@Lenlo: one good thing about Seiren is if you don't like this romance, the whole thing gonna reset after episode 4 so there's a chance that you might end up like it. Agreed that the comedy wasn't very good. Alright but unmemorable
SuperMario
@Topgavin: I watched like first 3 episodes and stopped because I didn't have much time there, but I enjoyed what I saw. A well-written and endearing show in my book
Topgavin
Has anyone here watched Ore Monogatari before? Because in the 4 years I've watched anime, I've never heard of it (I guess it did come out 2 years ago) and yet it's turning out to be one of my favorite shows. Always great going into a show expecting nothing and getting pleasantly surprised.
AidanAK47
Only one more impression to go. Should have it up tomorrow.
Lenlo
Im really not feeling Seiren. Its "comedy" isnt for me and I just dont find it very enjoyable to watch so far. Im curious if it gets any better but 2 episodes in it just isnt that good.
HelghastKillzone
That ending scene is an entire side-story compressed into that. Don't expect anymore of it from here on out as the it sticks to ruthless military/fantasy pretty well.
LookingForKeys
@Topgavin I think it was good, making it the second episode. That way the first set up the world the story will be in, and showed how much of a monster the "little girl" really is right at the end, and then made ep.2 the explanation. Nothing against Tanya trying to rip "God" a new one.
That after-credits scene, though...
SuperMario
Hmm, as much as I like Seiren's omnibus format, it doesn't turn out really hot this second episode. Demi-chan, on the other hand, still maintains its endearing tone. Might blogging Demi-chan instead
Topgavin
Yeah, that second episode was much better than the first. Dunno why they didn't start with that to be honest, waste of an opportunity for a good hook episode. The voice for the main girl still sounds weird to me though; I get it's supposed to sound weird because it symbolizes 'her' being out of place and her personality and body being a mismatch, but it'll certainly take some getting used to.
AidanAK47
Youjo Senki, now we are talking. Like Helghast said, Did the god scene way better than the LN and manga. Made it less comedic and more intimidating.
Lenlo
Oh man that Rakugo intro. Not sure what to think, but first time seeing it I liked it
Kaiser Eoghan
I sort of like good will hunting because I kind of saw a bit of myself in Damon's character when I watched it ages ago.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Remaking psycho and ruining the shower scene, for shame van sant, for shame.
Kaiser Eoghan
Its easy to ripoff some obscure thing though and get away with it. The dogtooth director essentially stole an old Mexican film to make that.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yeah, that following some guys from behind like they were on a RPG games, which I think actually fit with the tones of Elephant. I have such mixed feeling with Gus van Sant too. Don't really think he's a great director.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Although Istvan Szabo is probably a little more well known for that Mephisto film that updates the Faust story. Zoltan Fabri's the fifth seal is a very thought provoking war movie.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I remember seeing a film documentary that featured Gus van sant in one section, they showed clips of tarrs films, Sant ripped of the cinematography and stole the style from some British short film to make Elephant.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: agree on the other Hungarian filmmakers, I don't know much about them either.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Scorsese's Silence was a big comeback. I really really emotionally connect with spiritual crisis stories.
SuperMario
@kaiser: yep, definitely check wreckmeister down. Althought I admit that watching his 2-hour plus films will feel like 5-hour anyways
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I'm more tolerant of darker teenage/coming of age films/stories. Les Demons was a big surprise.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Though its kind of frustrating, I do think Tarr probably takes attention away from other hungarian filmakers because no-body knows who the hell the others are.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Man, wreckmeister was so visually arresting I started getting dreams from it.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I would consider Tarr to be kind of a poor mans Janco, Angelopolus and Tarkvosky rolled into one. I don't entirely "get" wreckmeister and man from London but they are great atmospheric mood piece experiences.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I had been wanting to watch Belar Tarr's Turin Horse and Werckmeister Harmonies for so long now. Well, Fat Girl is shocking haha, but I'm normally drawn into those kind of films anyway.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Margaret took like 5,6 years to release because he couldn't cut it down in the way he wanted. The final cut if I remembered correctly was edited by Martin Scorsese
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Only a HDcam for moonlight now.
Kaiser Eoghan
I looks like my lineup is witch academia, rakugo and youjo senki, well the most latter one until I get bored.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I sense a directors cut for manchester, it feels like it need another 30 minutes.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: right up my valley. Watch Kenneth Lonergan's previous works Magaret and You Can Count on Me. Magaret is very messy but have a raw dialogue and interactions as well
SuperMario
Now the first episodes are over, I will keep on covering 3-gatsu, as for the other twos atm I have 3 options: 1) full romance/anti-romance high school Seiren/Scum's Wish. 2) slice-of-life moe monster girls Demi-chan/Maid Dragon and 3) Mature,dark Onihen/Acca (which although I like them I don't have much to talk about).If you guys have any preference on which shows you like covered then let me know
Kaiser Eoghan
@Helghast: At this point I'm watching youjo senki as an entertaining guilty pleasure.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Too many reboots upcoming, will wait for the dvds instead. I want to explore more of manchester by the sea's director's work. I also want to finally get more into Bela Tarr's stuff.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I was rather shocked by A Ma souer/fat girls final act. Scenes with the Italian in the bedroom were initially creepy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it's a nice review Kaiser, a bit jealous with you that you've seen those 3 films which are touted as the best films of 2016. Also Fat Girl, haha, I love that movie.
Kaiser Eoghan
Poor yotaro =< you have so much stuff going down on you =<
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki episode was so good today. That revamped scene with God just fitted so right.
AidanAK47
A official release of that game in the west is apparently coming but it's been a few years and not much news about it.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Ah yes that was the one.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Had to think for a moment on that one but I think I was talking about this. https://vndb.org/v3144
Kaiser Eoghan
Now I'd hardly consider myself a studio trigger fan, but I watched the first witch academia episode there, it was actually kind of fun, got the same reaction from me as flipflappers did, that magical, special feeling.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I also, of interest reviewed Kenneth Lonegrans new film: http://letterboxd.com/shao_liu_ringon/film/manchester-by-the-sea/
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Moonlight got some feels out of me though it could of been more, it ends abruptly and with 20 extra minutes they could have spent a bit more time on each section of his life.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I checked out lala land, ending was very well executed, one of three scenes in the film that were impressive visually. The whole thing looked pretty and Gosling and Stone had some decent chemistry. Although it didn't resonate emotionally as strongly as the musicals of Jacques Demi did.
Kaiser Eoghan
MOM I want aiyoku no eustia and I want it now.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've never heard of himawari or tokyo babel. The hellsing comparison at least interests me in dies irae. What was the name of that visual novel again that was coming out soon, Aidan you described it as "And Kaiser would love it because its supposed to be really fucked up".
Kaiser Eoghan
I vaguely remember the anime for 11 eyes, it was very forgettable, even the voice acting was poor, hated the childhood friends and the pacing was poor, those black knight things were kind of interesting though.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: You'll have to add me onto the list of those unsatisfied with the ever 17 writer, I read one of those games and felt it was a bunch of interesting bait that never paid off.
AidanAK47
Anyway I plan on doing a review of 11eyes here when I finish it.
AidanAK47
Can't say I was a fan of Ever17. That was a really good twist but when it came to explaining it their was a lot of contrived development. Generally not a fan of the writer. Looseboy, Ryukishi, Gen and Nasu are more my kinda thing
AidanAK47
@Anon, it is nice that so many VNs are on steam but I wish they wouldn't be stupid with the whole no adult content thing. Not so much for myself but to prevent idiots from writing negitives reviews because the game doesn't have sex. VNs can grip you in a way anime simply can't and while they require pathence and time those can be some pretty powerful stories.
Anonymous678956
@Aidan, I am so happy steam's so VN-friendly now. I think it's a very good type of media. Like anime, it has nice visuals, music and some movement but also the inner monologue and text amount of books. It's the perfect combination. Plus, the routes, which are often puzzle pieces and PoVs you have to go through to understand the whole story. True routes like the one of Ever17 blew my mind.
AidanAK47
Hopefully the two VNs I bought of steam turn out better. Tokyo Babel is supposed to be alright and I heard really good things about Himawari.
AidanAK47
I am about a third of the way through the game and really not much of worth has happened. The concept is interesting but the execution is sorely lacking.
AidanAK47
I went in expecting it to be a mixed bag and it's pretty below my expectations. It's just not really well written and the protagonist is a moron. THere isn't really routes and instead you are pretty much stuck with his childhood friend as the main love interest. Problem with that is her character begins and ends with loving the main.
Anonymous675376
@Aidan, damn. 11Eyes is on my reading list as well. Although I almost expected it to not be as good as I thought it'd be (back then). Guess I would have enjoyed it if I was able to read it while the (shitty) adaption aired, maybe I have seen/read too many series by now. Guess I'll still give it a try some day though.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I haven't heard the OST or watched the intro video. I only know it be reputation and have decided to walk into it as blind as I can. Still slightly worried as I was somewhat looking forward to reading 11Eyes for a couple of years and now that I am reading it it's well...not good.
Anonymous675376
@Aidan, same here. I was waiting years for this, since I saw the intro video for the first time. Also, that OST!
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki is already leagues better than Izetta. It's going to be top anime of forever and ever. (maybe not)
AidanAK47
And finally Dies Irae is funded. May actually be able to play and finish the game before the anime airs. If the hype is real behind this baby it could be a new personal favorite Visual Novel of mine. Already looking promising with it being like a cross between Hellsing and Fate/Stay Night. Two things I most certainly like.
Lenlo
@Masky, in regards to style over substance thats where im at with Gurrne Lagann.
Topgavin
Yeah, I'll probably watch the next episode to see whether it can redeem itself. Hopefully it can but considering 1st episodes usually get a lot of budget, there's some severe doubt in there.
AidanAK47
I actually argee with character designs and voices are bad in regards to female characters. Still the next episode might change your mind if we get more into the main characters head.
Anonymous671470
It's boring
Topgavin
Also, it seems I disagree with a lot of people in thinking Youjo Senki will be a massive trainwreck. The character designs are awful, the voice acting is mismatched but most of all the premise just seems so very dumb. If I wanted to watch a badass kill people I'd go watch Hellsing or Drifters, because at least those don't have some op, disproportionate loli as the mc.
AidanAK47
Gets even more complicated when you account for Satire and Parody. You could equally argue all examples listed as being as such.
AidanAK47
Little Witch Academia is a decontruction of Harry Potter....I don't believe that but honestly if I tried I could put some reasoning behind that statement.
Topgavin
In the end, it always comes down to opinion (as with every discussion about anime, for some reason). You could spin any and every series as a "deconstruction", which is why people shy away from using the word. You could argue NGE, Madoka and Re:Zero are all deconstructions yet also argue Gundam, Precure and SAO are depending on what points you weigh more importantly.
Masky
Like, if deconstruction is supposed to be just "break the elements and then play story how it would realistically go down" well I haven't watched NGE, but as far as I know it does have stuff that isn't typical to mecha genre besides the "It would fuck up kids" thing plus "realistically how it would play out" is pretty subjective thing. I mean, its mainly about how cynical bastard the writer is :P
Masky
Like I said, I don't fully agree with it because I find video's speaker's attitude annoying, but I found it semi convincing. Main thing I don't find convincing about it is that I don't think its hard to turn video's own arguments agaisnt it and say that by its own logic NGE isn't deconstruction either, like Aidan just said earlier
Masky
And I don't really have energy for checking out the "correct" one. If there even is one. Anyway, the hipster video I was talking about was titled "What Actually Is A Deconstruction?" if you want to check it out.
Masky
Hmm, well, it does depend on definition you use. Like if you use "realistic" thing, well, Magical Girl shows don't usually have "You turn into monsters" thing going on and reason why NGE's pilots go crazy is from dangerous situations rather than evas making them do so. But honestly, I don't really have strong opinion on matter since word seems to be one of those with several different meaning
SuperMario
for me Madoka IS a deconstruction of Magical girl, and yeah like what Aidan said
SuperMario
I think part of Utena is a deconstruction of "prince riding horse and save the girl" because that notion is just a foundation for Utena to become a prince herself and save other girl. That's breaking it apart and resemble it again in its own way. Don't have to be dark/ don't have to be real either
AidanAK47
@Masky, That's just debating semantics. Besides that difinition would pretty much mean that Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't a decontruction either. Madoka isn't a decontruction because it's dark. It's more in its aspects of criticising why a girl should throw her ordinary life away for something as dangerous as being a magical girl. It does take plenty of the typical tropes and turn them on its head
SuperMario
@Masky: Genre deconstruction is such a tricky word that I normally try to avoid using because there's really no set characteristic about the term and different people have different opinions about what constitute "deconstruction". For me, I disagree that deconstruction have to be dark and real, hmm can't say it well but I will give you an example:
Masky
But yeah, I guess I could try to find the video if you guys are interested, though like I said, I got hipsterish feel from the video and felt rather annoyed through it even though I did get what the point was and found it sort of convincing besides my annoyance
Masky
(not that liking NGE is hipsterish, its just that I find NGE to be more style than substance sort of series <_< Anyway, guy didn't dislike madoka or anything, he just seemed to dislike people using word deconstruction wrong in his opinion)
Masky
(especially with how much they seemed to praise Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Masky
I mean, I think the guy was being somewhat hipsterish, but its true the being darker take on genre isn't same as deconstructing the genre
Masky
@AidanAK47: Some other guy on youtube did video that had actually pretty good point about how Madoka isn't really deconstruction, if you go by definition of "Break it down to parts and then play them straight to show how horrifying it would be in real life"
Anonymous670441
Gente - Ristorante no Hitobito
Kaiser Eoghan
If anything its the hate I have for certain characters that makes it more effective.
Kaiser Eoghan
The obsessional level of attachment is just uncomfortable to me, I don't want to get THAT attached to a non-real character.
Kaiser Eoghan
Its literally just a case of "Okay lets look at this picture of this character, she looks interesting, no feelings or expression from me, apply this fetish, fap, get release, go home. "
Kaiser Eoghan
Or drooling/dribbling/heavy breathing/grinning over the characters. I abhor alot of the anime girls I find attractive or am indifferent, even when looking at ecchi/hentai drawings I'm straight and clinical with it.
Kaiser Eoghan
I mean to each their own. But I really hate the level of emotion/devotion to moe/finding the characters attractive. Such as celebrating their birthdays, going on about how cute/hot they are, how important it is that they're virgins. Or not being being self-aware of how irritating the characters are.
Lenlo
Anime hipster is pretty accurate. His general treatment of the current state of anime is annoying, as is his obsession with moe. Maybe its cause I cant stand moe most of the time, but it bugs me.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Lenlo: Essentially my brothers view on digibro.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I don't usually feel the need to correct errors in your reviews as the errors are generally un-important, but I think you meant to say apprentices rather than appearences in the Rakugo review, just bringing that up as it felt like kind of a throw off.
AidanAK47
Which is kinda like saying Madoka wasn't a magical girl deconstruction because Sailor Moon and Nanoha had dark elements too.
AidanAK47
Went and read the reddit comments on it and seems I was right on the money.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, He's basically a anime hipster. For example, I saw a thumbnail of his which had Saitama on it and below it "Is There Meaning In "Subverting" Shounen Tropes?" and I thought "Okay, he's going to go on about how OPM isn't subversive and then list a bunch of arbitrary examples in an attempt to redefine what is actually subversive"
Lenlo
I have lots of issues with Digibro. Dude has some good points, but other very horrible ones. Some issues he feels strongly about and gets kinda biased on imo.
Anonymous669202
acca looks visually interesting, and I personally really dig this kind of show, but it seems that it's definitely not for everyone
AidanAK47
Time to live up to my word. Four posts incoming.
AidanAK47
Man, Little witch Academia was so good. I disagree with the whole Digibro thing about being able to recognise a great show in it's first episode but watching this makes me think that this really is going to be something special.
AidanAK47
Alright, gonna put in effort today and have 3 or 4 first impressions posts done. That should knock out near half the season.
Kaiser Eoghan
Had a flip through handshakers. Garish is the word I'd use to describe it visually, it takes you out of the show.
Topgavin
ASuperMario From the first minute I can already tell it's by the same people that made K. Those colour filters and the extremely jarring/obvious city CGI is unmistakable.
SuperMario
Hand Shakers, literally makes my hands shaking. It's an abosolute mess. Highly recommended to check it out because it's so terrible it's great to watch
Vonter212
Yeah, and it's also a literal woman in refrigerator plot device, since that the thing that pushes the story forward.
Masky
I'd say that having to hide your sister's body in fridge would count as daaaaaaark and edgy, but when the body is wearing only underwear, and for some reason main character put metal things in fridge to keep body standing(I guess to not knock fridge open from inside?) I think it goes to "exploitation" you are talking about
Vonter212
@Masky - Did someone said doing dark things for drama? That's the bread and butter to get despair. Unless it's for the sake of perversion. Then it's just exploitation.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Masky: His other works dead tube and scumbag go further in the unhinged regard.
Masky
*relies on easy "let's do [x dark thing] for drama!" thing
Masky
Geez, Mayonaka no X Giten is fricking disturbing/disgusting ._. I'm pretty sure that writing relies on e, but I can't help but think mangaka is trying to make corpses sexy.
SuperMario
I found Onihei to be quite good, actually one of the most solid new episode I watched this new season. Guys, check them out
Vonter
I just hope it doesn't fall into the same misstep Kabaneri or Inuyasha or Bleach fall by making a villain so over the top that it crossed the line of not having a satisfying downfall.
Anonymous657941
@Vonter I think they just moved on. I lost interest rather quickly and I guess even the fans did that at some point, like with some other long-running series. There is much more new and more direct "fujo" stuff out there, many of them probably switched. Don't know what happens in the manga but maybe the story got worse or contained things some people didn't like.
Vonter
January will be loli dictator month (for me) :p. World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil (new), Seraph of the End. For some reason I stumble into three curious series with little power hungry girls. If I can ask, why did Owari Seraph's hype died, I remember back it was mentioned more often. It still has the fujoshi fanart but still, I don't see people bringing it up.
SuperMario
@CATski: well, if you didn't like its first 3 episodes I dont think the rest gonna change your mind. Have you finished Erased then? How did you like it?
SuperMario
But I understand it's difficult to speak in front of camera, get some time to get used to it
SuperMario
@kaiser: I won't commend on poem as I'm terrible at it myself but younneed to work more on presentation Kaiser. Small little things like looking directly at the camera or say "thanks for listening" in the end can connect you to the audience better
Anonymous657071
Ok. I'll give the thing another chance. *clicks torrent* XD. CATski.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Topgavin: You might like centaur no nanami if you like demi-chan.
Kaiser Eoghan
Damn...repeated myself =<
Kaiser Eoghan
There are these things called slam sessions done in bars where people get up and read out stuff in front of a crowd and read stuff out. Actually watching rakugo made me think about practicing for that kind of thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: the video I did was of me reading out a short piece of writing I did, a poem. lol I uploaded it to the wrong youtube account too I just realized =P
[link src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypBZ2hBDBYs&t=11s
I"] was recording this from my mothers laptops inbuilt cam while reading off my desktop.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I think it's a good idea for you to try out reviewing movies/stuffs in youtube channel. I'll be very interesting to listen to them
SuperMario
@Topgavin: Agree. Demi-chan was so charming. Definately one of my favorite so far this new season
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