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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  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 02:59 AM)
    @Mike It’s really interesting how much success he found as an illustrator after essentially quitting manga. I have a really old pencil case by him that I’ve had for years.
  • Mike
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:14 PM)
    @Kaiser Takahashi was one of the first to take it out of “smut” made for men and gave the genre to girls.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 09:34 PM)
    My palette is cleansed after Legacy. I think I can make a push and finish Mirage Sessions by Monday.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.

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