Posted by psgels on 12 May 2012 with categories: Spring 2012 Kaleidoscope

#1: Natsuiro Kiseki – 06: Brilliant characterization! Developing the same character in two different ways, based on a simple whim. This show just keeps getting better! – *** (Awesome)
#2: AKB0048 – 02: I have been asked very persistently by a certain someone whether or not I’m going to blog this series. I’m going to withhold that answer for next week, though. Why? Because I want to know what happens next. The intro is done, and what now? Will this turn into yet another boring school series like so many series with promising first episodes have done (lookin’ at you, Saint Seiya…), or will it evolve with the promise of these first two episodes? So far it’s good stuff, though. – ** (Excellent)
#3: Nazo no Kanojo X – 05: This episode again contained that mysterious charm that this sereis has with its bizarre fanservice, even though it was a beach episode. It was restrained, and very nicely played with that. Now if only the male lead were a bit less bland. – ** (Excellent)
#4: Jormungand – 05: Interesting back-story arc with the addition of Koko’s brother here. Good to see Jonah’s backstory earlier. – ** (Excellent)
#5: Kimi to Boku – 18: Aw, what a cute little romance. Naturally this only blossomed after one of the two had to move away, so that’s a bummer, though. – *+ (Great)
#6: Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki – 18: This has to be the most tsundere cat I have ever seen. This episode really shined in how it managed to emote the different cats here. – *+ (Great)
#7: Hunter X Hunter – 30: The fight was boring with again unimpressive animation, attack names and weird musical choices. The aftermath however was surprisingly dark, and actually done better than the first season. Also YES! Kurapika’s arc has started! One detail that I think the 1999 series did better there is that we saw things from Kurapica’s perspective there: when Nen was used, we didn’t see anything. – *+ (Great)
#8: Shirokuma Cafe – 06: This episode had too much panda. the charm of this series is that all of the other characters are hilarious too. Although the punchline at the end of the episode was as hilarious as usual. Why the village people of all things? – *+ (Great)
#9: Medaka Box – 06: Well, this episode did stand out by subverting its own cliches a bit, but I don’t know… it still feels so forced for some reason. – * (Good)
#10: The Legend of Korra – 05: So the only way they decided to spice up the tournament arc was with having a very menacing and egotistical end boss and a lot of yelling for romantic reasons. Not the most interesting episode. – * (Good)
#11: Sankarea – 06: Agh, this show is frustrating! On one hand it’s well acted and written. But the attempts at comedy are so cringe-worthy. It’s also that grandfather who tries way too hard at being funny, resulting in especially the first half of this episode to turn into a chore to sit through bad jokes. – (Enjoyable)
#12: Saint Seiya Omega – 06: You know, the more I’m watching this series, the more I’m convinced that it doesn’t really look all that good. You can have a great character-designer, but even those designs look rather ugly if you don’t use it. – (Enjoyable)

19 Responses

  1. komporrhmwn says:

    You’ve come a long way, psgels.

  2. Stars says:

    Very excited for the following eps of HxH, esp to see more of Kurapica’s arc (!!!) and the wrap up of the training arc. Great episode I thought.

  3. Meow says:

    I agee with the animation part but i dont see why peope prefer animes with shouting the ability’s name rather than it being written
    Its the best way to show the viewer what the ability is called without having to say it since future characters wont say the names
    1 second of written material and people are like ‘then why do we have manga this is anime we wanna watch ot read fuuuu’
    And nen is already out in the open so no need to try and be pointlessly subtle about nen
    I’d much rather see a blue beasts face made of nen lol

    • Puran says:

      No one preferes shouting the ability instead of writing it. Neither of those things should happen.

      • jroldo says:

        i disagree, imagine if inu yasha was ova’d and only throughout the first 10 episodes does he say “iron reaver soul stealer”, and also minimal use of his power names once their introduced.

        once your into episode 150 there’s no reason to have a battle where the protagonist screams the power names 4 times a fight, it gets boring and it makes the viewer realize how boring the content has become DUE to the repetitive use of words

        i agree that powers should be labeled >shouted, but in some rare instances its necessary(labeling/shouting power names[in action anime]) for the feeling the producer is trying to create

      • Vonter says:

        But how will the victims know what its killing them?

    • tktym says:

      I was pissed at this episode, in the old series the animation was REALLY good, they made it a point to show how well GON was moving when he released his ten whatever, it was really awesome it was really the turning point that got me hooked on this series, then this version does what it did. . .followed by the stupid “wtf” music -.-the ending of the ep couldnt save it for me.

  4. hgfdsahjkl says:

    psgels

    read chapter 53,53,54 and 55 for Hisoka’s fight because from the preview I can tell they will screw it

  5. cru says:

    why no korra entry yet Psgels?

  6. WatcherZero says:

    You should really retry Naruto SD (for example ep 6), it much improved when it dropped the toilet humour of the first couple.

  7. Kevin says:

    HxH 2011 = Best anime in years

  8. Anca says:

    I’m glad Saint Seiya is doing a proper old-school tournament arc, I really missed that in HxH when they wrapped up the tower in like two episodes.

  9. Bunny says:

    well psgels im happy akb0048 was the top of the week! and the next episode will make you wanna blog the shit outta it ;) its such a powerful show!!!!!!! the moeness is just moving! haha

  10. Carbine Gammaximon says:

    Jormungand did it for me this week with a nice spin on a back story. That ending music is creeping up on me, as well as jormungand’s soundtrack.

  11. Leica says:

    This is your first Saint series I suppose right?

    They usually go like this and I thought from the beginning that the whole introduction phase and perhaps the entirety of the premise might not be for you.

    • Anca says:

      The Lost Canvas didn’t go like this? I mean, the first scene of the main character as an adult was his promotion to Silver Saint, and he never became or even tried to become a Gold.

      (I haven’t seen any other Seiya though).

  12. rufe says:

    You really should watch *this* week’s Kimi&Boku

    Something finally happens!

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:32 AM)
    The only way a live action ghost in the shell film would work is if Mamoru oshii directed it.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:29 AM)
    Wait wait…his Van helsing film is a reboot sorry I confused it with the other one.

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