Posted by psgels on 6 January 2013 with categories: AKB0048, Some Quick First Impressions

Minami-Ke Tadaima

Short Synopsis: Our lead characters are three sisters living together.
I watch Minami-ke really if I have nothing better to do: it’s not bad or anything, but the pacing is a bit too slow for me to actively watch it if I have other stuff to do. Having said that though, this episode did make me laugh. It’s got the type of humour that tries to be funny by being annoying: the entire episode was basically Kana (one of the three sister) being an ass towards everyone. And that did lead to some funny moments. There were other parts that were formulaic, though. For example, for some reason the creators found it a good idea to have these chibi-shorts in between the different sketches here that are just unfunny and just serve to turn the characters into caricatures of themselves. We’ll see. It’s not like there’s much competition this season.
OP: Dull and generic.
ED: Again dull and generic
Potential: 60%

Haitai Nanafa

Short Synopsis: Our lead character finds a magical girl from a tree.
Three minute moe shows again! Alert! This is even a remnant of past seasons that took forever to get released. I have no idea why. Out of all the 3-minute moe shows though, this one is the best, because it actually impressed me with something: it’s got eye candy! I really did not expect that, but this show’s art design looks really good actually, something that I really did not expect. The rest though…. it’s about a bunch of magical girls. This was just the introduction but its comedic timing felt flawed (bad build-up). It was nothing special, but heck: people actually spent some effort into this one so I guess it’s at least something and I guess it was charming… enough.
ED: Way too long, but again quite pretty.
Potential: 60%

AKB0048 Next Stage

Short Synopsis: Our lead characters are idols who fight in guerrilla concert against an evil government.
Hell yeah, one of the two bright lights of this season has finally aired. The gorgeous visuals along with the well produced songs are as addictive as ever, making this a really enjoyable animated musical. The characters themselves set themselves apart by being so energetic and expressive, so that even the pointless fanservice felt charming, rather than annoying. This episode served as the set-up for the second season, really: it gave a face to some parties that were previously just mentioned and it changed the way in which the idols are selected from some random force to viewer-based voting. I wonder how far it will go with this, actually: there are so many dodgy sides about this, and I hope that the creators get the freedom again to address this. This episode already started by hinting at how competitive it can be, but it needs to do more. But there are plenty of episodes left to do this. The villains, the people from DES, remain a bunch of idiots, though.
ED: Visually boring (recap), but a good song, and well used with the climax of the episode.
Potential: 85%

26 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    Notice at the end of the episode, that creepy guy in the DES building had some sort of glowing ring. And of course, that strange cube. This WILL be interesting.

  2. Cytl says:

    M-maybe I’ll watch this. I would have to start with S1, though.

  3. Litho says:

    Holy shit!! 85% for this??

  4. DmonHiro says:

    Yes, 85%. Jeez, what will it take to get people to understand that this show is really good?

  5. Reso says:

    I hear Haitai Nanafa is broadcasted in QAB channel, which is broadcasted in Okinawa.

    Right now, it sucks to be living there.

  6. DmonHiro says:

    Haitai Nanafa was actually pretty cute, and got a few laughs out of me. More then I can say for the rest of the 3 minute shorts. Of course, this one isn’t subbed. Why bury the diamond and dig up the turds?

  7. Tomtom says:

    Reasons why AKb48 isn’t ‘good':

    -Retarded setting, story concept and action scenes(zero ‘believeability’ on all these accounts whatsoever)
    -As a consequence of this, none of the action and non of the drama has any emotional impact (i.e. it’s impossible to take anything serious, even when the show is not trying to be funny).
    -Full of clichés
    -Terrible music/ songs (last point is subjective of course)

    Reasons why I still enjoy watching it:

    -Looks pretty
    -Makes you smile
    -Quite entertaining character dialogue with good voice acting
    -Cute girls

    • DmonHiro says:

      1. Setting is based on real life events in feudal Japan, where entertainment was outlawed for anyone expect nobles and royalty. The working class only had the right to work, not to be entertained. Also, shows about books being banned are realistic, since that also happened before. Why is taking it to the next level not believable?

      2. Read above.

      3. Mostly true, but at this point, what isn’t? Actually, AKB0048 is much more original then any other idol-based anime that aired so far.

      4. Subjective. I like the music. Some don’t.

    • DmonHiro says:

      PS: The action scenes are identical to Macross and Aquarion. Only without the mecha. We’re OK with people dodging bullets, but if they’re singing while doing it? What the hell?

      • JaK says:

        oh please dude Idolm@ster was way better then this

        1.better character designs[ this one has some terrible one's]
        2.somewhat believable story not like this where idols fight guerrilla wars :|, an anime which got a s2 probably because it panders to akb48 fans who blindly buy anything that has akb48 in it *Hint* [check the oricon charts]

        but anyway hate or like is subjective you like it good :D but it annoys the hell out of me

        • DmonHiro says:

          WRONG. The anime sold decently, but AKB48 fans did NOT like it. AKB48 fans despise anime fans.
          This anime might have made some anime fans into AKB48 fans, but not so much the other way around. If what you said was true, then the anime would have sold way more then it did.

          • Kaiserin Emma says:

            Thank came as a surprise to me dmon, I would have thought that interest in the band itself would have given the show significant or high sales, guess I was wrong.

          • alachad says:

            I can’t speak for Japanese AKB fans, but all of the foreign fans of AKB I know enjoyed the anime very much. And also enjoy quite a lot of other anime.

            Of course, foreign fans tend to like AKB for different reasons than Japanese fans.

  8. Tomtom says:

    “Setting is based on real life events in feudal Japan, where entertainment was outlawed for anyone expect nobles and royalty. The working class only had the right to work, not to be entertained. Also, shows about books being banned are realistic, since that also happened before. Why is taking it to the next level not believable?”

    A military orginasation/ idol group consisting of 10-15 year old girls (that fly around, singing, on skateboards) fights against a regime (in space, ofc). This regime is apparently filled with sociopaths that have no quelms with firing deadly weapons at 11 year old girls. When the girls sing they gain superpowers by generating the ‘power of radiance’.

    Rather than retarded.. am I allowed to call it, uh, far-fetched?

  9. Tomtom says:

    I didn’t really mean to. I quite enjoy light-hearted stuff like this time to time ;). While I do feel that a silly premise tends to make a story unambitious from the get-go, it can still satisfy a need for mindless entertainment.

  10. Agreed. AKB0048 has so much depth, and in many aspects it is way over the top compared to other series this season.

    Sadly, it’s still underrated and not selling well, mostly due to the conflict between the idol and anime scene, as DmonHiro already pointed out.

    But, it might get better soon. Psgels to the rescue :)

  11. yup900 says:

    Also Haitai Nanafa doesn’t have BDs/DVDs listed anywhere, Amazon Japan doesn’t even have information it. Odd for an anime that’s already been broadcasted once, everything else at least hints on BDs but the official site for this anime has nothing about a potential BD/DVD release.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.

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