Posted by psgels on 8 January 2013 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Zettai Karen Children The Unlimited

Short Synopsis: Our lead character has esper powers.
I have not seen Zettai Karen Children, but I was able to follow this episode, and I enjoyed it. The music is quite good, and the animation is really solid, leading to quite a bit of eye candy during the action scenes. I like the story that revolves around espers and their powers, and the setting they’re placed in. The only problem so far is the cast of characters, which needs some definite work. I only had one character that caught my attention: the red haired guy. The white-haired male is too perfect and is way too busy trying to look cool, and the villains also seem bland and boring at this stage. I feel like this episode was a bit too forced as an opening, trying to show too much already in its opening episode, but it can keep up with the action of this episode, and add some good characterization as it goes along, it can end up becoming pretty darn good. Oh, and nice cliff-hanger.
OP: Best OP of the season so far. Has some cheesy bits, but finally something that feels different.
ED: Feels like the same vocalist as the OP on one of his lesser songs.
Potential:80%

Ishida to Asakura

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is a high school student with an afro.
Two minute episode alert! Although this one can’t be called moe this time. In fact, I’m not even sure what the hell it was that I just watched. Ishida to Asakura seems to go with lots of deadpan humour, and while I normally am a big fan of that those types of jokes, they were so completely random and nonsensical here that I have no idea whether the jokes in this show were bad on purpose or whether the creators just have a terrible sense of humour. In any case, this was weird.
OP: Dull, but different from the norm.
Potential: &!#%

Senran Kagura

Short Synopsis: Our lead character has boobs and is a ninja.
Artland…. I used to be a fan of them. And to think that now, they’ve got the biggest and most shameless fanservice series of the season. Ah well, at least it’s not the most generic: the fight animation was better than usual for this type of show: for once the animation budget didn’t just go into the boobs, but also the actual action. Although that doesn’t excuse the fact that this series is constantly reminding us what gender the lead characters are. The stupid premise of this show leads me to believe that it wants to be a tongue-in-the-cheek parody, but here is the thing about parodies: if you’re adhering to the tropes without really making fun of them, you’re just being lazy. This show does have a soundtrack that’s a bit too good for its own sake….
OP: Generic copy paste OP
Potential: 0%

12 Responses

  1. KaZuHiRo says:

    Artland did Mushishi and Legend of Galactic Heroes, right?

  2. Kaiserin Emma says:

    For all we know theres a possibility for this, Senran Kagura I mean to become like Demon king daimou(also done by artland) though where it turns into a guilty pleasure.

  3. Litho says:

    I’m gonna give Isihda & Asakura a go, simply because of the seemingly infinite potential percentage you gave it.

    • Puran says:

      I watched it too… It looked like Cromartie’s little brother at the start, but then it got even weirder than Cromartie. And Cromartie is very weird…

      I… … I don’t know what I just watched…

  4. mistress_kisara says:

    The Unlimited was awesome! Did not expect that :p this wasn’t suppose to be on my to-watch list now I’m hooked :p

  5. Sywen says:

    ZKC:the unlimited seems interesting. The white haired guy (kyosuke) you’re referring to was the villain in the original ZKC. He got quit a lot of character background there.

  6. Gavrilo says:

    Senran Kagura is my guilty pleasure for the season. It’s a weak series no matter how you look at it, but that never prevented me from watching something before (except when my schedule was really tight, which is not the case right now). Ishida to Asakura also caught my attention, if only for the sheer level of insanity. I hadn’t even considered The Unlimited because I have never seen Zettai Karen Children, but it looks like it’s ok for me to dive in.

  7. Entrav says:

    Well, at least they are just focusing on the fan service in Senran Kagura. Might as well go with what it’s got.

  8. aaron says:

    okay well im not trying to be an ass here but WHY THE HELL DIDNT ANY BODY HERE NOTICE THAT POWER THAT WASNT IN THE ORIGINAL ANIME THAT HE USED HE LOOKED LIKE THE GODAMN NOBLESSE WITH SSJ HAIR can some one explain if he gets that power in the manga you know the one where he turns his pin upsidown

    • Kiseki says:

      His super saiyan powers aren’t in the manga at all. From what I know, The Unlimited was originally just a character song album/song and they turned it into some power.

  9. aaron says:

    and fan service is that all you think about in an anime lol

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  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 04:42 AM)
    Even Anno admitted that Evangelion’s success was heavily reliant on Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s unique and attractive character design. It was familiar but still original. Rei and Asuka’s designs as well as the plug suits and the look of ye Evas had a huge impact in the industry and inspired a whole slew of future animators. You could’ve done the same exact series with a cruder art style and it wouldn’t have been nearly as good.
  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 04:19 AM)
    @Aidan: art-style is integral to the overall quality of a product, that’s why it irks me so much when Type-Moonies endlessly praise Nasu and underappreciate Takeuchi as if he didn’t contribute all that much to Fate’s success.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 02:38 AM)
    @Bam, it’s a rough style admittedly. But mate I played Umineko with the original artwork. It’s hard to find anything worse than that…expect Higurashi’s artwork…(shivers)
    Ryukishi, great writer but not an artist.
  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 12:24 AM)
    You guys made me want to go see Fury Road in IMAX now.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: you know I tried looking into Muv Luv since it’s supposedly a seminal LN, but that character design is horrendous. The story sounds interesting but there’s such a divide between that and the art style that there’s no way I can get into it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 02:04 PM)
    Another Muv luv spinoff gets an anime adaption. Sure, lets adapt everything except the work that made it famous in the first place.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 04:10 AM)
    Muthafuckas cancelled the Constantine tv adapatation…
  • Emma
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:45 AM)
    Come to think of it, Tsugumi’s personality at odds with her monster design. I’m getting reminded of that mech from zone of the enders dolores that had the personality of a young girl .
  • Emma
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:43 AM)
    @Aidan: The bear will be explained as it was done so recently enough in the manga, Ochiai remains however a very dull villain.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:27 AM)
    You know when grabbing screenshots Sidonia really does look better when you look at it in still images. I really do think that if they just gave the models more natural movement then it would look metric tons better.

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