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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  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 03:48 AM)
    How would that be toxic?
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 02:31 AM)
    From a critical perspective it was rock solid. Directing, writing, soundtrack – all were excellent. A great cliffhanger for this arc of the teenage condition.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 02:27 AM)
    ratsgnoF: thanks, may skim through those later.
    Personal reaction to the finale: welp. Things are a complete mess, Yukino x 8man would be a toxic relationship and Yui x 8man would be far healthier, potentially even good.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:43 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:40 AM)
    Here are some of the monologues that weren’t really shown in the anime. They’re very well written. https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/first-memorandum/ https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/second-memorandum/
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:11 AM)
    Ah, then yes, almost certainly. I’d go as far as to expect the author also spends significant time with teenagers to capture their mentality so well.
    I imagine it’d be easier for teens to get emotionally invested, but I’d also say there’s a deeper level they wouldn’t really ‘get’ until older. We can evaluate what we see with a hindsight teens cannot have, so we aren’t worse off for being older.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:58 AM)
    Ah yes, the author being like hachiman, thats what I was getting at.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:57 AM)
    While watching yahari, one other thing went through my mind “Y’know were I a teenager watching this I can only imagine just how much/even more I’d be getting from this”
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:49 AM)
    I’ve only seen first eps for both, but I have hope for Euphonium also being decent on the character front. Plastic Memories looks like it could easily turn out badly and the premiere gave no cause for hope. And I’ve yet to find someone defending it, so unless you’re bored I’d give it a pass.

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