Posted by psgels on 22 August 2012 with categories: Summer 2012 Kaleidoscope

#1: Hunter X Hunter – 44: This really was the single best episode of the 2011 Hunter x Hunter series. THIS is why I kept watching through the first arcs despite my issues. And tho think that we’re not even near the best parts yet! This really was unique in a shounen-series how they handled the battle and especially the aftermath with Uvogin, this is really where the creative powers and uses of those powers start to appear. And in most series, they would be completely overpowered, but Hunter X Hunter managed to balance them out in a really good way. – 6/8 (Awesome)

#2: Saint Seiya Omega – 20: Holy crap! This really was the second stand-out episode for Saint Seiya omega: the director personally oversaw the episode direction here, the character-designer personally directed the animation, and it really shows. The fight scenes were short, but really powerful, the animation was really expressive and the build-up to the end of the episode was just perfect. What happened in this episode was on hindsight not that special, but damn: the execution made it work so well! – 6/8 (Awesome)

#3: Kokoro Connect – 07: It’s interesting: the climax of the first arc of this series may have been a bit contrived, but it is getting used here really well: without it this episode would have been completely different and everyone would just have hidden in their room much more easily. The rest of this episode consisted out of everyone blurting out attacks at each other with a lot of drama being created from that. The most interesting part ended up being the effect that it had on the different characters. – 5/8 (Great)

#4: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 19: This episode was all about politics, a good change of pace and I actually liked the ideas that the characters had, even though they remain in the veins of this show of not making any sense. This actually was a good change of pace, because I had gotten a bit tired of the constant action. Unlike that, the dialogue and diplomacy has gotten far from boring in this series. – 4.5/8 (Good)

#5: Phi Brain – 44: Well, “it” has finally happened, although it was mostly meant for build-up here. Something interesting is going on here though: at that point where this show started to do the whole “four episodes in a row about the same puzzle”, my suspense of disbelief got completely broken. At this point it has really recovered again. There were some things in this episode that just didn’t make sense, but I didn’t really care about them, and instead I was much more interested in Kaito and how he is trying to save Freecell. – 4.5/8 (Good)

#6: Polar Bear Cafe – 21: The first half of the episode was standard panda trolling, brought up by Lama’s antics. In the second half… things got a bit weird. We finally get an episode dedicated to Panda’s little sister, but the way in which it did it was just surreal, even for this series’ standards. – 4.5/8 (Good)

#7: Tari Tari – 08: This week showed the conclusion for Sawa’s story. It was nice, but also a bit forced in how it solved everything. The lead-up to it was good, and Sawa has definitely gotten fleshed out after this arc, but I’m still missing something from Tari Tari. So far the only episode that really stood out was episode 2. Aside from that I’m getting a bit of a “been there, done that”-feel from it. It’s still charming and enjoyable, but I get the feeling that it could have been more. – 4.5/8 (Good)

6 Responses

  1. Stars says:

    HxH AWESOME Kurapica is so badass, loved his theme music. This is going to get so epic

  2. UltimateReaper says:

    I am very pleased with Kokoro Connect, it was a nice surprise, I really feel for Inaban, she shoulders her pain all alone
    Unlike the other characters who are somewhat more connected to each other. I suppose I like the fact that this show is playing around with the flaws of people and human emotion. Its this kind of stuff I find interesting. I’m a bit of a “people” nut to begin with, human beings fascinate me so to speak.

    About to watch Hunter X Hunter, lookin forward to it, its been another nice surprise for me.

  3. RABUJOI says:

    Heartseed’s first “experiment” – the body-swapping – brought the StuCS closer together; particularly Iori and Taichi. His second “experiment” is tearing the group apart.

    It’s amazing – and pretty scary – how easily a friendship can be bruised or even broken in just one conversation in which someone goes too far.

    One bright point (for now) is how Taichi and Iori manage to coexist amicably this week without falling all over each other in unbridled passion. They’re being mature and subtle in their “more than friends” relationship, without being cold or distant.

    In fact, with Yui and Inaba reeling, they’re the rock of the group. We’ll see if their composure lasts.

  4. LyreSaint says:

    Yeah, while a greatly executed episode, the outcome was very predictable. In a forum we were making bets on how it would happen instead of what would happen.

    It was nice to finally see Eden in action after all the hype. He’s based on a Bronze Saint from the original series (Omega’s staff actually said that in a magazine) and that character also thoroughly defeated the protagonists the first time they fought him. It took Seiya, backed by his friends’ cosmo, using the Dragon Shield and Nebula Chain, and assisted by the Sagittarius Gold cloth to defeat him. Can’t wait to see how Omega is going to go about it.

  5. wicked says:

    If anyone was wondering why Tenzo didnt kiss Mary even though they were lovey dovey from the beginning, it’s because he cant. If he showed his face to her, he’d have “lost” the match, therefore concede the right to challenge Tori to England.

    Random seaweed Horizon pulled out was Tori’s private covering in episode 2

    A lot of the plot of has to do with history recreation, and how nation skirts actually replicating the event using different tactics, or use the event to its advantage. Like England is using it to strengthen the their military prowess by further powering up the EX. Caliburne II There’s also the politics of the aftermath of a world war.

    A lot of bits and pieces makes sense on its own, and the political negotiations are actually quite interesting, the fact that business has huge influence is interesting as well

  6. Alael says:

    Funny to see the highest score you have awarded so far with the new system (6/8) goes to Saint Seiya Omega! But I agree, this episode rocks! Can’t wait to see Aquarius/Cygnus Hyouga make his comeback!

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  • ratsgnoF
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 07:27 AM)
    @Emma I agree. When you look back, teenagers are retarded and do a lot of stupid stuff.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:51 AM)
    @ak184: Sporadically mildly entertaining with an enjoyable final stretch. Though at times I found myself falling in and out with the series.
    @Aidan: I would be more than happy to read your yahari review.
    @RatsgnoF: Looking back at being a teenager, I can’t say that moment of a persons life isn’t free of melodrama.
  • ak184
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 11:53 PM)
    Out of curiosity, for those who were watching it, what did you all thought of jojo stardust crusaders? Now that it has recently ended
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 05:35 PM)
    IMO I think that emphasizes how important their relationships are with each other. It shows how the characters have developed and change. They’re very vocal about how they feel and what they want. To the point where it would seem melodramatic.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:17 PM)
    @Emma, I never disliked the movie. And I do think it did that archer vs Shirou fight much better. But the problem with it is that it basically removes coherency from the story. People would just be downright confused watching it if they have no knowledge. The movie is pretty much fan service.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:13 PM)
    I was actually thinking of writing up a Yahari review. Overall I enjoyed it but I felt that it got far too melodramatic at points over relatively little. It just felt like the characters where making mountains out of molehills.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:59 AM)
    That exactly why it’s so good. It’s not very cliche like most animes. The characters themselves have very interesting personalities. Personalities that are actually unique. Not those personalities that every main lead has. Very cliched anime is bad. I can literally predict what happens next watching it the first time. Seeing those 3 interact and struggle is very enjoyable It’s kinda down to earth in a way.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:02 AM)
    I think, watching Yahari, that its time I stopped bashing the “Too many teenagers thing in anime”, better to make the teenage characters we get actually interesting people.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:57 AM)
    If they do plan a season 3, it probably won’t be out for about a year or two. The last 2 episodes were adapted from volume 11 which was released 5 days ago.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:48 AM)
    That final episode of Yahari’s second season pretty much left me saying “Season 3 where and now”
    And “You can’t end this here”.

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