Posted by psgels on 30 March 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews

Some seasons of anime are better than others, but the past winter season has hit a really low point. If you ignore the sequels, then it has been the worst season I ever blogged. Out of the series that did catch my attention enough, Kotoura-san turned out to be best. Not perhaps because it was the most consistent, but because it was the only show that really managed to stand out in a way. Yeah, it’s nothing special, but at least it’s something.

It’s especially the first and the last episode in this series that made sure of that. Perhaps they’re overdramatic at times, but the first episode plays really well with its mood-swings, making for a nice introduction, and the last episode wraps everything up nicely with a lot of character-development, making for a nice conclusion. Kotoura-san’s characters are by no means good or sophisticated; they’re all really simple teenagers without much depth. Still, they are genuine. That gave them a charm that I missed in all other non-sequels this season.

The series does have some big problems, though. You know the saying “it’s not about the destination, but about the journey”? Well that totally does not apply for Kotoura-san. I mentioned above that for Kotoura-san, it’s start and end are great. Inbetween though… it clearly had difficulties in filling everything in. This results in a pool episode, a beach episode, and a silly crime story that all feel really forced. The creators had some nice ideas for the characters, but they didn’t know what to do with them. Because of that the journey in this series can be really tedious because there really is not much interesting stuff going on. It also does not help that the antics of the bunch of perverts in this series gets annoying really fast. Still, it’s fun. It charmed and entertained me more than the other series this season.
One-Sentence Review: Kotoura-san is about mind-readers: it’s honest and genuine and that gives it a charm that makes it worth watching, despite the fact that it doesn’t know how to use half of its airtime…
Suggestions:
B Gata H Kei
Hitohira
Mahou Tsukai Tai

6 Responses

  1. Kiraly says:

    I liked the cliche episodes – they’re cliches because by now they’re a staple of anime highschool life, and it was a joy watching Kotoura experience them. That is, watching Kotoura live a normal life, with normal joys and hijinks rather than the dark depression she started with. One thing the anime did 100% right: making me attached to its main character.

  2. AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

    Got to say, Kotoura wouldn’t have as much trauma if she just learned to keep her mouth shut.

  3. Gavrilo says:

    What about Zettai Karen Children – The Unlimited? Ok, it’s a spin-off, but that was definitely the highlight of the season for me besides sequels. I don’t know if you dropped it, but it’s worth a try.

  4. Shirencel says:

    I thought that crime arc started out quite interesting … until it ended with that ridiculously cheesy conclusion |D. Oh golly, that was… quite the theatrical play…
    Still, I also really enjoyed Kotoura-san throughly. I especially liked Mifune and Muroto, to me they’re basically a couple already x) Yes. A nice little show. Even if not much happened, sometimes it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  5. Avalon says:

    This season did mostly suck (not counting sequels)…though I think Maoyuu Maou Yuusha deserves at least a mention. I personally liked it better than Kotoura. Even Sasami-san was interest with its crazy ideas…

  6. Darthnozo says:

    Honestly Kotoura-san had the most potential within its first episode as far as the Winter season goes. The initial plot and execution was a definite 10 for me. With few exceptions the overall cohesion (and personally my interest) tapered off after episode 4. The last two episodes somewhat redeemed this anime though. Multiple half-assed and messy antagonist shifts. Lack of character development in the main two characters. Last word: give the series a first 4, and make up your own ending. You’ll love it.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 03:42 PM)
    @Emma, why did you bother dropping Sankarea? It just ended.
    Not that it was a good ending by any means. Feels like the series has been trolling me from the begining. All those promising hints to go dark and it doesn’t ever deliver.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Bam: Thats becoming increasingly true, over the years I’ve found it also makes it very difficult to follow them all.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:54 AM)
    @Emma: I’ve found out that keeping too many shows, manga, games or books could lead to a sharp reduction of interest in all of them. That’s why I focus on a few “projects” at a time
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:40 AM)
    Even Tetsugaku letra too =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:39 AM)
    Jesus I’ve being dropping too much stuff lately, the makai ouji manga, sankarea, pandora hearts, put chihayafuru on hold, dropped the shigatsu no kimi manga too.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:37 AM)
    @Bam: True I suppose, still good tho =D
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:36 AM)
    @Emma: familiar tropes can still be entertaining if executed correctly. And regarding the twist I think it was heavily foreshadowed throughout the episode.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:29 AM)
    The biggest surprise for me with bahamut is that at first, before I watched it I had no expectations and despite it being so shounen heavy its still enjoyable to me.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:25 AM)
    @K-off: for sure.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    I mainly say spoilers because it was quite the twist.
    Any case thanks for changing it.

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