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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