Posted by psgels on 28 May 2014 with categories: Seasonal Previews

Some trends for the upcoming summer season: the series aimed at girls seem to be getting big again after a long drought. The problem is that like the series aimed at boys, a lot of them are looking to be really bad. Beyond that, there are lots of series that have concepts that have been done to death by now. I’m nearly inclined to dub this season “The Summer of Dead Horses”.

On the good news though, there are quite a number of series that are looking to have some serious potential. And not in the way of the Autumn of 2013 in which everything seemed great, only to feature many, many disappointments, but actually in the way that there will be a lot worth watching here, series that take themselves seriously, or are trying out something different. Well, many. Many for the standards of the past few years.

As usual, lots of assumptions follow. I do not read manga so I have no idea about any original source material and stuff. My impressions are purely based on the stuff that I can say something about, like the staff, premise and promotional material. These ain’t full reviews, yo.

Series that I Don’t Look Forward To

Momo Kyun Sword

Why I don’t like it:`Yeah, this one is going to be terrible. It’s in the genre where cute girls with lots of boob fight with big powers, while at the same time raping the original story of Momotaro (the kid who was born from a peach). I mean, just look at the art here the creators weren’t trying to be subtle about the characters’ cleavage in any way were they?

Pripara

Why I don’t like it: It’s yet another one of those shows there to promote idols. Seriously, that too has turned into a complete dead horse. I wouldn’t mind so much if we just got one of these shows once in a while or something, like what it used to be in the past, but nowadays they’re everywhere! Idols are not so special that they deserve this many series people! The only saving grace here is that it’s from the director of Milky Holmes, but this isn’t a genre he can parody so well because it would make the idols look bad. Blegh.

Himegoto

Why I don’t like it: This is a stupid cross-dressing show with a ridiculous premise. The worst thing is that it’s the same bloody premise that every single bad cross-dressing series uses for its shenanigans: for some contrived reason a dude needs to enter a female only high school and therefore he needs to dress up like a girl. Blah boring! Skip this one!

Jinsei

Why I don’t like it: Well first of all it’s a light novel adaptation with an overly cute girl on the front page. That’s one of the clearest early signs that this will be bad. And yeah, it’s a dull school series. The premise however does hold a tiny shred of potential: it’s about the writer of a life advice column of the school newspaper that follows a few of the life advice requests he needs to write about. If they can deal with those requests intelligently, then this might make a chance. But then I direct your attention back to the covers of the light novels, which all feature overly cute girls in suggestive poses and yeah… this one’s gonna suck.

Survival Game Club

Why I don’t like it: Blah blah, another club full of girls at school that does something. Again something we’ve seen waaaay too many times by now. This time it’s about survival games, and is that me or does that really sound eerily similar to that Gainax show about the gun club that came out last Autumn?

Persona 4 The Golden

Why I don’t like it: Ooh, I still remember what a disaster the original Persona 4 anime was, and now they’re planning to make more! It was completely incomprehensible for people who didn’t play the game. It spent huge amounts of time on things that didn’t matter, and flew through the important bits. It was littered with bad humour. It was the first point at which I realized that Seiji Kishi had completely lost it with his new style, and he’s back. However he really turned into a Shinbo-wannabe right now by assuming the task of chief director while another director is the real one. And I know that having a chief director and a director is more common and all, but none are trying to rip off Shinbo as blatantly as he is. I have a pity with the fans of the Atlus that they keep getting stuck with this guy. I mean in the span of a couple of years he managed to turn me off completely to their games.

Nobunaga Concerto

Why I don’t like it: Normally I’m a bit more lenient on historical manga that look kindof serious. But for god’s sake come on! A high school boy who travels back in time and who must become Oda Nobunaga? Is that the best you can think of? Let’s try to rape his character even more by turning him into a high school boy for god’s sake. Japan has many more interesting time periods. You don’t have to stick with this guy. Here is the weird thing: when Sengoku Basara did it, the warring states era was hardly ever used as a setting. After that though, every single historical series suddenly was about that bloody period, to the point where there was hardly anything else. I mean come on Japan: move on!

Francesca

Why I don’t like it: You just know that this one will be bad: it’s basically one big advertisement for Hokkaido (like, the island), personified in a cute girl. As a zombie. Or at least, something that’s supposed to be a zombie. WHATEVER IS ON THAT PROMO IMAGE IS NOT A ZOMBIE.

Akame ga Kill

Why I don’t like it: This one doesn’t seem like anything special: it’s just another show in which a boy and a girl use magical powers to fight some evil empire. The weapons look stupid, the character designs bland. The sole salvation here is that there isn’t a school to be found, but that’s nowhere near enough to make up for the blandness of the rest.

Hanayamata

Why I don’t like it: Here’s a case of talented people being wasted on the wrong project. I mean, these people aren’t bad at all. They worked on some really good stuff: Madhouse, Reiko Yoshida and Atsuko Ishizuka (the latter in particular: she’s one of the few female directors who actually made it into the big leagues and consistently gets assigned to projects). However, what’s the show about? High School Girls dancing. Now Yosakoi is something that we haven’t seen before and all, but there is no hint whatsoever that there will be any depth here. Tip for future promo artists: don’t feature an all-cute girl cast on your image who look way too much like each other and nothing else. That’s just bland and boring!

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!

Why I don’t like it: For god’s sake stop milking out the Fate franchise! It’s done, it’s over! Enough already and think of something new here. this is just getting ridiculous!

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Why I don’t like it: Yeah, this one will be really bad, all of the warning signs are there. A promo full of only cute girls, they all use magic, they are all of nobility, and there is exactly one guy who gets to be special and ends up inbetween them for contrived reasons. Next!

Shounen Hollywood

Why I don’t like it: Aaagh! More idols! Such creativity! This one does come from the director of Sukitte Ii na Yo, however can we for god’s sake tone it down on the sheer number of these things?

Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?

Why I don’t like it: Yup, many warning signs that this is going to be terrible. All the male characters are absent from the main promo art on the website, character designs who all look the same aside from hair, eyes and boob sizes, a bland premise for a show. Not to mention Shin Oonuma and Silver Link being at it again. This is one to skip.

Argevollen

Why I don’t like it: Aaah yes, finally! Xebec is going back to making mecha series, the thing that they did that they were actually good at, until they radically shifted their focus towards producing crappy fanservice shows. Tatsuo Sato will write it, and this is a guy who also wrote Mouretsu Pirates, Basquash, Madesico, Shingu, and adapted Azumanga Daioh, and the director will be… what?! Atsushi Ootsuka? The director of To Love-Ru, Kanokon and Ladies Versus Butlers? Some of the worst shows Xebec has ever made!?! Seriously, you really couldn’t get anyone better? And yeah, the trailer confirmed that this is just going to be a dumb action series with a generic plot.

Magimoji Rurumo

Why I don’t like it: I do have to hand it to Rurumo: it’s got its own premise. It’s not completely original, but at the very least it has a premise that doesn’t attempt to rip off as many other generic series as possible. However, that does not mean that I look forward to a series with a tagline called “Pervert and Apprentice”. I find sex jokes bad really easily, so this show is going to have to try really really hard not to be annoying. So yeah, that’s not going to happen.

Love Stage

Why I don’t like it:Kenichi Kasai, the director who gave us the brilliant rendition that were the first season of Nodame Cantabile and Honey and Clover! After years of silence he’s finally back with another series: shounen ai! Fans of shounen ai: rejoice! Non-fans of shounen-ai: keep waiting. He may be brilliant, but he isn’t able to make people buy a genre they previously weren’t into.

Dramatical Murder

Why I don’t like it:Oh my god, BL with an actual plot! The problem with boys’ love series is that they’re just too often entirely dedicated to fanservice, to the point where the fanservice gets completely in the way of any potential that might have been there. Show me a great series that has a gay couple in it and I won’t complain at all. The reason I’m not looking forward to this is the one who’s going to adapt this: Machida Touko. Her adaptations comprise Amnesia, Allison to Lillia, Ookami Kakushi… basically lots of series that completely botched any potential that their original source material had.

Rail Wars

Why I don’t like it:Here’s an interesting one. The premise is creative, I like that, and I really want to like this series, but everything else is throwing up red flags: the guy who adapted Kanokon will adapt this, it’s based off of a bunch of light novels, the stereotypical character descriptions, and how the poses that the characters are all making are all trying a little too hard. Don’t get me wrong, these don’t immediately mean that we’re dealing with a bad series here. But there are an awful lot of hints that do point into that direction.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Why I don’t like it: I don’t really have anything to whine about here. It seems like a standard romance, just not a special one. It will work decently if the creators take care in developing all of the characters, they don’t make the romance too stupid or convoluted, the usual stuff. It won’t stand out in any way though, which is why I’m not looking forward to it.

Free – Eternal Summer

Why I don’t like it: Well, this obviously had it coming, the actually well produced slice of life series with lots of gay undertones. What sets Free apart from the shows like Utapri is that it actually bothers to put some effort into its characterizations, and making the characters come alive rather than portraying them as a bunch of cardboard boxes. They’re stil stereotypes, but hey at least it’s something: it’s progress. I’m obviously not going to watch it, but I do have a question to the fans of the series: does it really warrant a second season, or is this just milking it?

Ao Haru Ride

Why I don’t like it: Don’t get me wrong: Ao Haru Ride looks like a very solid romance. I can just say with certainty that the premise just isn’t interesting enough that I’m going to continue watching it. I mean, it’s got the director of Yahari blahblah, a solid scriptwriter, a premise that’s neither good nor bad or overused. It’s just another high school romance that doesn’t try to pretend it’s anything else. And I just don’t want to watch those shows any more.

Bakumatsu Rock

Why I don’t like it: Oooh, the cheese. Plus this show gets points for being historical and not featuring Oda Freaking Nobunaga. This sounds like a series that’s so bad that makes it worth watching at least an episode, featuring some bizarre love child between AKB0048 and Utapri. It will be glorious. Gloriously bad, but glorious. (For those uninitiated, this is a show about a bunch of bishies who try to save the Bakumatsu era with hard rock!)

Psycho Pass Recap

Why I don’t like it: This entry is just here to prevent confusion, which will very likely to be there considering how bad rumours can spread over the internet. Psycho Pass Season 2 will air for the upcoming fall season. I am psyched about that one. This summer season meanwhile will re-air the first season as an 11-episoded series with 50-minute episodes, and a few re-cuts here and there that probably will not amount to much. However, they’re really trying to make this one big, and they’re really profiling this series as targeted towards adults. This is good, Noitamina is slowly but steadily returning to what actually made it good. This is actually pretty important here, because this isn’t trivial. Out of all the possible series to focus on, the producers chose Psycho Pass. Not Guilty Crown, not Fractale. Psycho Pass. They really want to keep the original spirit of the timeslot going.

Series I Am Looking Forward To

Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus

Summary: “In Victorian-era London, on the night of Ciel Phantomhive’s tenth birthday a fire destroyed his manor and killed both of his parents. In a moment of death Ceil strikes a deal with a demon, his soul in exchange for revenge. This demon becomes his butler and calls himself by name of Sebastian Michaelis, to protect and serve Ciel until the deal has been completed. One month after the fire Ciel returns from being missing, with his new butler Sebastian. Ceil is now the head of the Phantomhive corporation, handling all business affairs as well as the work as the Queen of England’s guard dog and looking for his parents murders.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: A-1 Pictures
Director: Noriyuki Abe
Series composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino

Impressions: OH GOD NO! The new season of Kuroshitsuji has a completely new staff behind it. Noriyuki Abe is actually a very skilled director: before directing Bleach he gave us Great Teacher Onizuka, and that was no fluke even with a very strong source material. Kuroshitsuji is exactly the kind of series that can get something great out of him again. The first two seasons were adapted by Mari Okada, and this actually fitted her very well as a series with the craziness that went on. For season three though… we have to deal with Uber-troll Hiroyuki Yoshino. If you don’t know him, be glad. This is the guy who wrote the original story for Seikon no Qwaser, Guilty Crown, Code Geass, Mai Otome. This guy writes grandiose stories which are often so grandiose and convoluted that they collapse in on themselves. His adaptations are hardly ever complete, even when well written. You’re almost guaranteed to get a completely botched up ending here, even though the endings are what I loved about the first two seasons of Kuroshitsuji. And to make things even worse, Ichiro Okouchi, the original creator of Code Geass and the writer of Valvrave is joining in for the scripts!

First-Glance Potential: 30%

Tokyo ESP

Summary: “The science fantasy story begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a “flying penguin” to the top of New Tokyo Tower — only to have “fish swimming in the air” suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: ?
Director: ?
Series composition: ?

Impressions: Because no staff has been announced whatsoever, I’m going to go and give this one the benefit of the doubt. Why? The bits of creativity in the premise and the promo artwork. Because of that it might have potential, but the whole premise is one that really can go both ways: from great to terrible. It needs to be more than “girls fight each other with supernatural powers”. We’ve seen that so many times before. Give us some depth here.

First-Glance Potential: 50%

Sailor Moon Crystal

Summary: “Usagi Tsukino was a normal second-year middle school girl whose own life changes one day when she encounters a black cat. The cat’s name is Luna who can talk and bears a crescent moon on her forehead. Luna tells Usagi that she is the chosen guardian of justice with the power to transform into Sailor Moon. Usagi now has a new responsibility which is a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal as well as the other chosen guardians to protect the Moon Princess. During her mission, she must deal with various enemies sent by Queen Beryl who is also after the Illusionary Silver Crystal.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Toei
Director: Munehisa Sakai
Series composition: Yoji Kobayashi

Impressions: First of all I should exclaim that I’m not a Sailor Moon fan. My relationship with it was a weird one, because it was one of the series that I watched on Dutch television before I actually discovered the internet. However, it had just the bad luck to air at a really inconvenient time in the morning, right before Card Captor Sakura. I LOVED Card Captor Sakura, and in comparison Sailor Moon seemed just a cheap knock-off (I only learned later that it in fact was quite a bit older) with some annoying characters and a romance purposefully dragged itself out for ages. Not to mention that the network ended up cancelling giving Card Captor Sakura an even more impossible timeslot in favour of Sailor Moon. So that’s not the reason I’m looking forward to this. The reason I’m looking forward to this is that it’s the first ambitious shoujo series we’ve had in many years now. We seriously needed something to revitalize the genre, and Toei really seems to have allocated a big budget to make it happen. For that, I want this series to succeed. Not for Sailor Moon, but for the shoujo genre as a whole. It used to be one of my favorite genres, but it got completely pushed aside by the shounen genres to the point that the only shoujo shows we nowadays get are school series.

First-Glance Potential: 70%

ALDNOAH.ZERO

Summary: “In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. However, war breaks between humans on Earth and those who immigrated to Mars.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: A-1 Pictures
Director: Ei Aoki
Series composition: Katsuhiko Takayama
Original writer: Gen Urobuchi
Music: Hiroyuki Sawano

Impressions: Yup, we’ve got a solid one here. The winner of the most creative website, and overall it’s got a really solid casting behind it with an original story by Gen Urobuchi, directed by Ei Aoki who is very consistent as a director (you may remember him from one of the Kara no Kyoukai movies and Fate Zero), the music from the guy who wrote the score for Shingeki no Kyojin and Kill la Kill (and Kalafina for the opening yay!). Yes, this is ambitious. The key deciding factor for this one will be the series composition: Gen isn’t gonna write it this time, someone else is. So who will it be? Katsuhiko Takayama, the guy who in the past adapted ef, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Ga-Rei Zero, Hantsuki, only to afterwards completely lose it with Boku no Pico, Asobi ni Iku Yo, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, Majikoi, Sasami@Ganbaranai and Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. So, the matter for this series will entirely depend on one thing: does this guy still have it? Can he still write serious stories, or has his mind been diluted too much by writing senseless crap? I mean, if that’s well, then the rest of the creators can make something out of it. He is the one who will make or break this show.

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Glasslip

Summary: “I won’t forget the summer we met. The place was a little town tucked in between the ocean and the mountains. There, they met a transfer student. The sun is so dazzling, and the fireworks are so fleeting. A story that starts in summer that six high school students experience.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: PA Works
Director: Junji Nishimura
Series composition: Rika Sato, Junji Nishimura

Impressions: There was a time at which I worshipped Junji Nishimura, the guy behind Simoun, one of my favourite series in like, ever. Then came Kyou Kara Maou… and Nurarihyon no Mago… and Dog Days… and I really started to doubt this guy… however this time, I’ll bite. This guy is brilliant at original stories, which is exactly what this series is: he’s both writing and directing it so he should have an amount of control that should allow his talents to surface again after so many years (dear god, I feel old now that I realize that True Tears was already six years ago!)

First-Glance Potential: 75%

Barakamon

Summary: “The slice-of-life comedy manga centers around the ikemen (handsome) 23-year-old calligrapher Seishu Handa, who moves to the remote Gotou Islands off the western coast of Kyushu. Seishuu grew up in the city, and the manga chronicles his interactions with the people of the island, who drive tractors on public roads and don’t enter through his front door when they visit. On top of that, Seishuu’s house becomes a hangout for the island’s children.” – (Taken from AN)
Produced by: Kinema Citrus
Director: Masaki Tachibana
Series composition: Pierre Sugiura
Music: Kenji Kawai

Impressions: After many years of absence, Kenji Kawai is doing the soundtrack for another series! Awesome! And it’s quite an interesting slice of life series which really seems to be aiming to bring something new to the table. We know that it’s in able hands, with the director of Tokyo Magnitude,

First-Glance Potential: 80%

Tokyo Ghoul

Summary: “The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Studio Pierrot
Director: Shuhei Morita
Series composition: Chūji Mikasano

Impressions: Now this is an example of how you grab my attention. Promo art that stands out and immediately tells you that something is going to happen here. The premise may not say much, but we know that we’ve got ourselves a horror story, plus it’s made by people who are outside of the conventional anime business. The Shuhei Morita directed Freedom, which was actually a pretty good science fiction series, and he has done many other short indie films, rather than big titles. They also got an actual playwright in in order to adapt this series, rather than picking from the usual scriptwriters, and I’m really curious what difference he can bring to the table.

First-Glance Potential: 90%

Zankyou no Tokyo

Summary: “On a summer day. A massive terrorist bombing suddenly struck Tokyo. The culprits behind the act that woke up this complacent nation from its slumber, were just two boys. Now, the culprits known as “Sphinx” begin a grandiose game that encompasses all of Japan.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: MAPPA
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Music: Yoko Kann

Impressions: Now this series screams Noitamina, this series understood it. It’s not even that the characters are teenagers that can distract from that. Here we have a series with a skilled and famous director, lots of production behind it, looking ambitious from all sides and dealing with actual current issues that are grounded in the real world, rather than just the fantasy that most anime series are stuck at. The trailer looks and sounds excellent, and with Shinichiro Watanabe being really busy this season, this series is something to look out for!

First-Glance Potential: 95%

Space Dandy 2

Summary: ” Space Dandy is a space hunter, someone who is paid to search for new, undiscovered alien species. It’s an industry where the prize goes to the person who finds aliens the fastest. Dandy searches unknown planets for strange beings with his companions, QT the worn-out robot and Meow from Betelgeuse. Meanwhile, they’re being chased by minions of the Gogol Empire, for reasons that are still a mystery.” – (Taken from ANN)
Produced by: Bones
Chief Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Director: Shingo Natsume

Impressions: Two Shinichiro Watanabe series in one season. Holy balls this is going to be awesome. And with Space Dandy, we already know what kind of a series it is: every single episode is different. Shinichiro Watanabe can handle two series at the time because of how much freedom he can give out with this series: every episode is basically in the hands of a group of talented people, and they’re instructed to be as creative as possible. The first season already showed that that was a great combination, as long as you don’t expect the next Cowboy Bebop. However, I do wonder what the creators have in store for closure. The second season needs that, something to really leave behind a fantastic taste.

First-Glance Potential: 100%

61 Responses

  1. Flawfinder says:

    As a guy who didn’t like Free, I can say that no, it did not need this. It’ll probably be Chuunibyou 2 all over again. Oh well, it makes the fujoshi happy, so I can’t complain too much that they’re getting their swimming boys. But at least give Rei more importance.

    Anyways, I think this season looks pretty decent in terms of potential. Kind of want to see Rail Wars just for the premise and Witchcraft Works has left me more open to JC Staff magical girlfriend stuff, though I doubt this one will be nearly as fun. I’ll see when these shows actually come out.

    You forgot SAO II though. Just saying. :P

  2. rubix22 says:

    For a little clarification, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun isn’t a romance. Sure there’s “shoujo” involved, but it’s not what you think.

    Also, there’s an anime for Akame ga Kill? What? When did this happen? By White Fox? Oh god, my PTSD is kicking in.

  3. Vawn1337 says:

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is actually a hilarious manga. Its not big in the romance department as it appears to be. Im really looking forward to it.
    Akame ga Kiru should at least be good. Its going to be A LOT darker than you’re expecting from the promotional pictures of the series. Nothing really stands out in terms of plot or characters, but the action is done really well.

    • Litho says:

      Yeah. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki is pretty damn funny in manga format. I suspect psgels will miss out on that one.

  4. ninjarealist ninjarealist says:

    You should check out the Francesca PV only because it’s literally the worst anime PV I’ve ever seen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za7xzhz8Vdg

    This one could be so bad it’s actually funny.

  5. Houlgrave says:

    I’ll be the first up to bat to defend Akame ga Kill here: the manga is very solid and a lot of fun. Whether or not that kinetic quality will translate to the anime or not is another story entirely, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. :)

    • Chad says:

      I agree entirely, I’m not too much of a fan of these “first impressions”. They’re entirely unfounded and the author didn’t seem to do any research on them.

  6. Edge says:

    I am actually offended that you wrote of akame ga kill like that lol. I’m aware that his is purely based on first impressions on the synopsis so you dont have much to work with, but i do hope you do give series like that a chance since akame ga kill is way more dark and amazing than you seem to think it is at first glance

    • umibozu says:

      Akame ga kill Starts off. . Okay. but as time goes on The Authors bad writting habits start to show. It pretty much shows that the Author is Trying to hard at being Gen Urobuchi without understanding what makes character deaths important, and why Gen does them right (AgK does them wrong.) As it goes on the bad writing starts to show so much that I just had to drop the series as a whole. so yeah Psgels was right on that one.

  7. AidanAK47 says:

    “For god’s sake stop milking out the Fate franchise! It’s done, it’s over! Enough already and think of something new here. this is just getting ridiculous!”

    …I…I actually argee with this sentence completely. Shocking though it may be.

    Don’t listen to Edge. Akame no kill wants to remain shounen so bad that the only way it can is by making the villains cartoonishly evil. So killing is morally right and none of that actual complex dilemmas of a job that involves killing people. I is also dark in the same way that mortal kombat is dark. Childish wannabe dark.

    • Shadell says:

      I kind of get the feeling you read 2-3 chapters of the manga, then dropped it before any of the sympathetic villains got introduced or the main characters started getting killed off en mass. The series does have a weak start and does frequently resort to cartoonish degrees of evil in its villains at times. At the same time, there are many in a certain recurring villain group that manage to become as sympathetic as the protagonists while remaining firmly in the antagonist camp,fighting, killing and being killed by the protagonists.

      The ‘darkness’ of the series being referenced is, I believe, the tendency to gleefully and arbitrarily murder main characters which does wonders for raising the suspense because the usual shounen sense that all the characters you like pretty much have long term plot immunity and are almost certainly going to survive if not win every fight… is completely gone by the time the second or third well developed protagonist dies.

    • JaK says:

      akame no kill is bad bad shounen that tries to hide the hollowness of its story with extremely badly placed gore :)

    • Jalapeno Bagel says:

      Akame is well-done, solid shounen and that’s all it wants to be. The real villains are detestable at a basic level and the “rivals” are well-rounded, but also on a clearly different path from the protagonists. It has fun with itself, at the very least.

  8. b00bage says:

    Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo ESP I’m sold.

  9. Raven says:

    Tokyo Ghoul loos like my must see next season, love a good horror series.

  10. random person says:

    Tokyo ESP gets an anime? How the hell did I miss that
    With right adaptation it can turn out pretty well

  11. Progress says:

    Glad to see the return of Psycho Pass, and Zankyou no Terror in noitaminA. Though I wouldn’t be so quick to assume noitaminA is returning to what made it so good, since we are getting another LN adaptation in Winter 2015.

    I’m apprehensive about Kuroshitsuji and Aldnoah; I did like the first 2 seasons of Kuroshitsuji and the Urobuchi+Sawano combo for Aldnoah, but given A-1 Pictures recent record I’m not too optimistic.

  12. Shell says:

    Finally a season with series that seem interesting! For the past 2 seasons I’ve practically been tearing my hair out because of all the mediocrity. Ao Haru Ride is a really solid shoujo manga, so there is something to look forward to. Zankou no Tokyo and Tokyo Ghoul both look really good, crossing my fingers for those two.

  13. guest says:

    I just wanne say – and prevent disappointment – that imo Tokyo Ghoul isnt really worth looking forward. its not horror – sure, it starts that way but after three/four? chapters, its more like some bizarre form of slice of life???
    However, thats only the impression I got after reading some of the chapters. I dont know if the story changes once again, but I think that after the plot crossed a certain line, its not possible anymore to stick to the horror genre.
    Like I said – please correct me if Im wrong, but Id describe it as a childish series, trying to look mature – but only in the beginnung.

    • SerRompalot says:

      I’m up to the current latest translated chapter, and I can tell you that the slice of life is there so that the main character can fight to return to some measure of normalcy.

  14. Fer says:

    psgels, I think you’re being way too narrow-minded and prejudiced about the staff of Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus.

    Let me explain in detail.

    One reason is that Yoshino already wrote several episodes of the first season of Kuroshitsuji (6,7,10,15,19,20). Did you all hate those episodes or something?

    He’s already familiar with the property and not an entirely new person. That said, Yoshino didn’t work on the second season at all.

    Another reason is that you’re generalizing too damn much. Yoshino has also written Sora no Woto, Macross Frontier and other shows that didn’t have those problems you mentioned. He also wrote My-Hime too, not just My-Otome.

    And finally, I think your knee-jerk overreaction to the presence of Ichiro Okouchi as merely an episodic script writer is even less justified than the above. He will just write a few episodes, not the

    But how’s that a problem? Did the episode Okouchi wrote for Space Dandy (5) offend you? Or how about the episodes he wrote for Eureka 7 (6,20,26)? As far as full series go, he also adapted Azumanga Daioh, Planetes and Shigofumi, so don’t act like he didn’t write anything you ever enjoyed.

    Expecting that Kuroshitsuji will suddenly turn into Guilty Crown or Valvrave has no basis in reality. Only in bias and ignorance. If anything, I think the fact Kuroshitsuji is more comedic, even if it also has drama involved, will be a good thing.

  15. m says:

    I intend to take a look at ALDNOAH.ZERO, Glasslip, and Zanyou no Terror. I’ll continue watching Space Dandy, since the creators haven’t convinced me not to yet.

    Gen’s involvement in a work doesn’t really pull as much weight with me after 2013, but apparently it’s still enough to lead me into another mecha series.

    Some of the promotional material for Glasslip has me concerned about the mix of visual styles they’ll be using, and the visuals are all I’m willing to expect from a P.A. Works production until I’ve seen it. A plus here for me is that Mari Okada isn’t the writer. Another reservation is that there may be some nano.RIPE mixed into the episodes for dramatic effect.

    I have little confidence in Zanyou no Terror, but it could be interesting. Eden of the East washed its justification of ignoble deeds for promoting an authorial social agenda through kiddie romance and an entire cast of antagonists doing even worse deeds, so you could at least be distracted from it. Unless they reveal a larger cast, Zanyou no Terror seems destined to rely on the character development of Risa Mishima to distance itself.

    The Akame ga Kill manga, which I’ve read most of the extant chapter of, reminds me mostly of D.Gray-Man, without the same level of moral ambiguity. I think it’s pretty bad and wouldn’t spend my time watching an anime of it.

    I want to compare Tokyo Ghoul to something you’ve watched, but I don’t think I can without it being a spoiler so I’m not going to. I would say that it’s more of a psychological work. I found the manga a little interesting for a while.

    I’m still not confident that I know what Space Dandy is. It has been a silly, episodic wander through pop scifi, and sometimes it’s been a little experimental with its art style, but it’s also left itself a lot of crumbs that could be used to tie its multiverse together into some greater point. It could also have been completely frivolous, and everyone just watched Watanabe’s Sealab.

  16. sonicsenryaku says:

    Tokyo ESP has some pretty good source material; the series is cool, it’s funny (without relying on an ounce of cliche sexual anime jokes), and its a pretty well-executed, fresh take on people with supernatural powers. The humor is self-aware but not in that cheesy fashion. The story has its layers and the MC is very very Competent; she’s probably the best thing about this series and the characters in general are all a joy to watch. Tokyo ESP is one of those series that while not necessarily bringing anything new to the table (besides being a fresh take on the supernatural powers genre), its execution is noteworthy. I just really hope the staff behind the series dont mess it up and give it the adaptation it deserves: slick animation, sharp writing to match the comedic and serious elements, and staying true to the refreshing characters that make the series great. Give it a try when it it airs, I think you’ll dig it as something to watch regularly even if you dont plan on blogging it.

  17. hal says:

    Nothing I really, really look forward to here. Except for Sailor Moon maybe. But depends how it’s going to turn out. Sailor Moon was the first series I fangirled about back in Elementary school when it first aired. And the series that made me an anime fan to begin with.
    Ao Haru Ride is an enjoyable shoujo, though nothing special, maybe I’ll take a look, when I’m bored. I’ll probably take a peek at aldnoah, glasslip and zankyou no tokyo. I didn’t like the first Kuroshitsuji Season and the 2nd wasn’t really for me either, even though I’m following the manga relatively regularly. I guess it’s exactle because of that. I just don’t like Kuroshitsuji enough to watch the same thing I read before. (I think season 3 will follow them manga again, as far as I know?)
    About Free 2nd season? I don’t know if it’s justified, I would think not. I’ve watched the first season until about episode 8? Then I got bored by it and dropped it.

    Haah, I just want a good high fantasy story again. Hitsugi no Chaika this season is really refreshing. Even though it’s not the best thing ever that happened to the genre. But at least it’s better than those contemporary fantasy series with a school setting. Why do japanese people like them so much?
    Just give me some Spice&Wolf, FMA or Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu style series again, thanks.

  18. nodbgp says:

    Barakamon is the jewel of this season as far as I care.

  19. Mazz says:

    You know it’s gonna be a bad season when the show you are most hype about is space dandy S2…

    Seriously though, none of these shows jump out to me as much watches. I’ll probably check out quite a few, at least 10 of them, but I don’t see myself sticking around for more than a few episodes with these. I’ll still watch Dandy S2, because I still have a sliver of hope left in it, I’ll watch the terror anime because I still believe in watanabe. I’ll probably catch up with both Tokyo series, and probably aka game no kill. sailor Moon, the new urobochi show (I’m more excited sawano is doing the music honestly), and probably a few more shows for shits and giggles. But right now none of them have my hype like jojos and ping pond did this season, or dandy and silver spoon did last season, or kill la kill before that. Hopefully something keeps my attention.

  20. Ebod says:

    Oh my god finally the Circus arc for Kuroshitsuji!

    Psgels, please don’t write it off before you get a chance to watch it! The circus arc is one of the best arcs in the entire manga, and actually the reason I went from “psssh this series is just pretty fanservice” to “shit the plot is actually damn good.”

    It’s twisted and dark and gory and, as a fan of your blog for years, trust me, it’ll be right up your alley.

  21. starry says:

    Free! S2 is just being made because it prints money for Kyoani. I believe it has had the best sales for the company since the K-On movie.

    Dramatical Murder is pretty bad, people like to think its good just because its a cut above all the other shitty BL.

    Sailor Moon will be nice, after being delayed a whole year already. Hopefully it’ll follow the manga a lot closer then the filler filled and character bastardization of the first anime.

  22. Rayzakk says:

    I love it when people tell it like it is. If you don’t like something say it. I’ve seen to many people make excuses for animes that are really bad and try to prove they’re really good. Keep telling it like it is.

  23. Perry Tanko says:

    Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
    Hey, that actually might not be that bad.

  24. Jeevas says:

    I have very little interest with mecha/space sci-fi genre but I’m giving Aldnoah a chance just because Shimura Takako (Wandering Son, Aoi Hana) is the character designer.

  25. rawr says:

    LOL~ Trust me… you’ll rarely see actual romance in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. In fact, the author rarely gives romance scenes. And if it does look like we’ll get a scene, it’ll turn into a comedic/gag scene most of the time. Not really complaining, they are usually funny. She’s a good author and I especially love her other series Oresama Teacher (where she also trolls with the romance SIGH MY FANGIRL HEART). I don’t think I dislike any of the characters in either manga (though I read them a long time ago) so that’s pretty good. The female main characters are awesome.

    & The author *definitely* likes to give the spotlight to side characters and develop them… if you like that too. Give it a chance! :)

  26. kero says:

    i kinda wish you’d explained what the premise of ao haru ride, since you said you didn’t care for the premise, and i’m like ‘but what is it?’

    • Nicole says:

      Hopefully I don’t butcher this (or spoil anything)… It’s basically about a girl (Futuba Yoshioka) and a guy (Kou Mabuchi) who reunite in high school after Kou left their middle school in the middle of the year due to his mother’s health. After his mother passes, he moves back to where Futuba lives and unexpectedly begins attending her high school. In middle school, Kou and Futuba had started falling for each other, but Kou was forced to move before they could pursue anything. When they finally come across each other again, Kou is no longer the same person that he once was. The story follows their romance (or lack thereof), and the difficulties they have to overcome in the on and off pursuit of each other.

      I love the manga so, so much! Hopefully the anime will stay pure and properly reflect it.

  27. Meh, first off you could save the trouble of the first half of this article as a list of ‘Anime I Choose to Not give a Chance to’. Basing opinions on shows through PVs, key visuals, and trailers are a bit weak imo. I tend to wait and see how the show is by watching the first episode at least giving it a shot. Also, the shows that you are predictably expected and somewhat mainstream.

    As for me, I will be watching Sabage Desu and Hanayamata. I might take a look into Akame ga Kill, Rail Wars and that Idol Duet show with the long title. Space Dandy II I’ll be watching on Toonami along with AoT of course. Variety is the spice of life, I say and keep it coming.

  28. tutututu says:

    Watching:
    Sailor Moon Crystal
    Space Dandy
    Psycho Pass
    Ao Haru Ride
    Barakamon
    Glasslip – the PV for this one has no glass, but many chickens.
    Zankyou no Terror
    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
    Aldnoah.Zero

    Tokyo ESP (?)
    Nobunaga Concerto (?)
    Akame ga Kill (?)

    Surprising amount of potential for summer, like last year.

  29. Maskie says:

    Tokyo ESP manga is made by same person who did Ga-Rei manga. I don’t think that ever got adapted to anime, though prequel Ga-Rei zero was anime..

    Anyway, I’d say that its a lot more similar to Ga-Rei than “Girls fight girls” series.

  30. JohnB says:

    Shouldn’t it be Zankyou no Terror instead of Zankyou no Tokyo?
    I dont know, but the first time I’ve heard about it the title had Terror instead of Tokyo.

    Anyways Im totally looking forward to Zankyou no Terror/Tokyo and Tokyo Ghoul! and Im curious to how ALDNOAH.ZERO will turn out…

  31. carnival says:

    Just to support what a couple of people have said earlier, but you sohuld definitely give Akame ga Kill and Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun a chance!

    Akame ga Kill starts off as your typical plan shounen but gets really dark and complex! I was honestly shocked and not expecting it at all when I began reading. I think you should at least give it a few episodes to get it’s groove going.

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is like 99% comedy and 1% romance. It’s absolutely hilarious, though I will admit that I’ve never really enjoyed 4-komas that were converted into animes, so I’m not sure I’ll be checking it out personally. On another note, I’m surprised that Ore-sama Teacher (by the same mangaka) doesn’t have an anime considering it’s much funnier, longer, and plot-driven.

  32. Prodigy says:

    While I can see why you might not give most of the ones listed a chance, I don’t see how Nobunaga Concerto went into that list. A high school student that goes back in time and meets a young Nobunaga who’s bored of his life and so decides to switch places with said student. A bit different from what I thought from your summary, it’s hardly ‘raping’ the character Nobunaga considering he literally isn’t the person.

    Most manga and anime of this setting or dealing with this character are shallow but this seems to take a “what if” approach from a more mature perspective and has potential, not to mention it seemed like it won some awards. I hardly see any reason to write it off and I think it has potential unlike the others on the same list.

  33. elior1 says:

    from what i know since this version of sailor moon going to follow the manga close this is going to be dark and little violent like the manga was

  34. Sam says:

    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is more of a comedy/ gag rather than a romance. The manga is just all comedic… one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. You should give it a shot.

    I’m for sure going to watch Barakamon. It’s so great that the anime has a good director because I just love the manga.

  35. Nicole says:

    I’m so excited for Ao Haru Ride! I hadn’t realized it was being made into an anime until I read this post. It is one of the only manga I have followed from the first chapter’s release (after reading Strobe Edge by Sakisaka Io).

    This season’s offerings are definitely intriguing. It’ll be interesting to see what actually turns out. Can’t wait ^-^

  36. retard says:

    nice post but seriously what is up with there being a nobunaga anime every season. this is getting stupid.

  37. Alt says:

    Its kind of funny. You put Tokyo ESP on the list. Then a couple entrys down you talk about how excited you are that the guy who worked on Ga-Rei Zero is working on a new show.

    Thats not the funny part.

    The thing that I think is funny is that the Tokyo ESP manga is not finished. Segawa Hajime finished Ga-Rei a few years ago.
    Why didn’t they just make Ga-Rei?

    Its kinda silly.

    I also agree that its silly that there is a nobunaga anime every season.

  38. kazid33 says:

    Very well.

    Watched the last episode of no game no life the best 13 episode series of the year and meaby the best series of the year.

    I seems that the next season turn to be weak and the best series will be airing in october.

  39. Animeat says:

    I will defintely watch aldnoah, tokyo esp and space dandy :D and ofcourse the ultimate SAO II :D

    I will try the akame and magi. I hope they are good.

  40. Adena says:

    Free! is a nice slice of life and considering how they ended the first season, it definitely needs a S2. I wouldn’t say it deserves it, though. It does it’s job, but in average form. That OP/ED is definitely for the girls and nothing more. I’m still watching it because I like it, but because it’s the greatest thing ever.

    DMMD is the first VN I’ve ever played, and I have to say it’s really not bad. It has some really good plot, it’s just that being a BL once the romance picks up nothing else really matters once they fuck. For a supposed romance, it comes out of nowhere, though. There was nothing but plot before the dude started feeling gay, so once the sex came up it really shocked me because I’d forgotten the game was BL up until that point. That said, I doubt the romance will be a big part of the Anime so it could turn out pretty good if they do the character progression well.
    After seeing who is working on it my expectations are nonexistent, so I hope it at least is watchable.

  41. meow says:

    Just took a look at Space Dandy season 2. Fun. Actually managed to make me laugh. Really curious to know if the same cast voiced all the characters in this episode. XD Cos if they did, seriously, BRAVO!

    SAO Season 2. FINALLY Sinon shows up. Salivating for episode 2. VERY, INCREDIBLY CURIOUS if xxxxxx’s new avatar gets it’s own seiyuu. Seriously doubt it but…hm…there’s no way I can mistake xxxxxx’s standard voice for a xxxx’s. No way.

    Rail Wars. Fun. Really sweet visuals but…a lot of suspension of disbelief required. >.>; You really got to turn off half your brain for this one. But kids should love it. Reminds me of Servant x Service, which actually fell closer towards the realm of plausible to me, robot teddy bear and all. Still some cool trivia about the Japan Rail system, which is probably real.

    • meow says:

      Space Dandy 2 Episode 4 – OMG did they just do a Glee episode? And they threw in ET AND Brundlefly for good measure. Those are just the references I could recognize. Anybody spot anything else?

      Barakamon – Really awesome level of funny. Love the rotary dial episode.

      Akame ga Kill – The premise kinda reminds me of Wanted. I wonder if it might have a similar plot twist later.

      SAO 2 – I’m trying to figure out if anyone could possibly mistake Kirito’s voice for a girl’s. I just can’t do it but maybe it’s too familiar to me. Hmm…

  42. Lem says:

    I pretty like Nobunaga Concerto. I’m addicted to it – as well as Love Stage.

  43. Machi says:

    I just have to point out Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is not actually a standard romance by any stretch. There is romance but it hardly takes center stage rather it is how romance is interpreted into shoujo manga that the series actually centers on. It would be more correct to say that it is a series concerned with insight on the creative process of a making a shoujo manga, with a lot of jabs to it that it never takes itself very seriously.

    My concern is the manga format is very light and casual that I wonder how a TV series could adapt it.

  44. Gan_HOPE326 says:

    And re-reading this with hindsight at the end of the season… Aldnoah.Zero has disappointed many. Zankyou no Terror, idem. And I have to actually admit that the best anime of the season (bar Barakamon which I didn’t see) was most likely… Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.
    Yep, the sleeper 4-koma meta-comedy with romantic tones. WAT A TWIST!

  45. Ryan says:

    Please try reviewing, kuroko no basket, I would really like to read your opinion about this series which a lot of anime watchers find it hard to get in to since not a lot of them like or play basketball( or sports ), if you are also that type, then all the more better to hear a review from you since your perspective will be a great standpoint for all. Thanks ! :D

  46. Jimmy says:

    So many shows. I will never find the time to watch them all. It seems in 2014 there is a lot more BL. And a lot more Moe than before, than again that’s probably been said a thousand times before. Although it fell apart in the end Death Note was an interesting little title.

  47. king says:

    your site suck

  48. aff says:

    deixa se ser mimizeiro bla bla bla eu não gosto, parece ser um velho recaldo reclamão!! se fecha parça

  49. aff says:

    deixa se ser mimizeiro bla bla bla eu não gosto, parece ser um velho recaldo reclamão!! se fecha parça affe

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Vonter
I watched some episodes of KonoSuba yesterday, reminds me of Those Who Hunt Elves. And I suppose it might be an easy recommendation because it mainly comes down to; do you find it funny? or fun? If not, skip.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While yes its true of watching those slice of life shows week by week is better, I felt that when reading the manga for Aria it was easier to marathon by reading it rather than watching.
SuperMario
Flying witch have the same atmosphere, but it's a purely slice of life anime. I love Aria too and I agree that watching it 1 episode a time is the best way to enjoy it. Can't think of other serious anime that have those calming elements for now
Anonymous1042537
Yeah, I noticed they all have pretty different structures from one another (ACCA's political, Mushishi's naturalistic, Monster is a thriller, Rakugo's about a specific art form, 3-gatsu is ostensibly about Shogi, etc.) but I found that I found some similar calming elements in them (to different degrees of course).
Anonymous1042537
Thanks, I'll definitely check Aria out!
AidanAK47
One of the hardest shows to marathon besides Bakemonogatari. Though Bakomono gave me a headache after a few episodes whereas Aria just had me so mellow that I could drift into sleep at any second.
AidanAK47
Don't know if you could call it a sub genre as the examples you listed are all really different from each other.
Though in the vein of calming shows I think you can add the Aria series to the list. That show is so relaxing that you find yourself nodding off to it. Not out of boredom but it just has that effect on you.
Anonymous1042537
Do you guys know if there's a specific subgenre like this, or am I making it up? And are there other anime with that kind of feel. Not exactly slice of life, but in the general vicinity of it.
Anonymous1042537
The Great Passage was another great example. It delved into the seemingly boring subject matter of dictionary-making, but it was a surprisingly charming show. 3-Gatsu no Lion also looks promising, I enjoyed a lot of the first season (but wasn't a fan of the forced comedy sometimes).
Anonymous1042537
Like the episode where Tenma first meets Grimmer on the train to Prague and they have a picnic on the mountain was so dang good. I really need to rewatch that.
Anonymous1042537
There are some elements of that style in other shows too, but to a lesser extent. Like some parts of Rakguo (mainly season 1) was very soothing. Naoki Urasawa's Monster had some fantastic, almost melancholic episodes like this.
Anonymous1042537
It seems that most anime w/ that kind of style usually also have another genre mixed in. Mushishi was also very naturalistic, ACCA had a political underpinning.
Anonymous1042537
It's sort of in the vein of a "Mushishi" style show. I suspect it's an emerging subgenre of slice of life that's meant to be very calming, relaxing, atmospheric which I really am digging.
Anonymous1042537
I really hope there are more shows like it; not that it was perfect, but it was certainly unique and hit a lot more than it missed. I really like those cool, quiet shows you can enjoy with a nice cup of tea before you go to sleep.
Anonymous1042537
Ironically though, I would say that the first half of ACCA (up until the big flashback) is better enjoyed week by week, or at least that's what I found.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It felt good marathoning a show again rather than waiting week by week and next weekend I'll probably marathon house of five leaves.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Forgot to mention...there were certainly a share of moments in Acca that feel fanservish to the female audience =P
SuperMario
@Aidan: haven't noticed that. Will fix it soon.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Only problem I can see is that the posts have no spaces in between paragraphs.
SuperMario
... to be near my laptop for an entire week. First time that I had to blog entirely through my phone. Seemed to work out fine but I had to borrow screenshots from other source (I thank you that other source) ^^
SuperMario
*unless* rather than *as long as*. This has been a crazy week for me as I didn't have a chance
SuperMario
@anon1039488: I find the idea of limiting excess to exclusively stream an aime is a dumb idea; because as long as people have a chance to expose to the anime they won't really care to check it out. So I detest owning the legal streaming account, but I always pay back by buying DVDs/Blurays that I liked
SuperMario
I watched House of Five Leaves by the same mangaka and I really enjoyed it. Nataume Ono is a pretty excelent storyteller (a bit mixed on her art-style thou)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I agree that the first dew episodes of ACCA were not that engaging but the endingg neatly tied up all loose ends. I still feel Grossular's act is kind of messy (why was he under such control from Lilium? He's not that kind to be in such passive role to be honest) but other than those I don't have any real complaints.
Anonymous1039488
Competition is good, but it makes it cost so much to legally watch everything. That's why a lot of people pirate I feel.
Anonymous1039488
You have Crunchryoll and Funi, fine. Then there's Daisuki which is kinda random. Then Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu all have some random anime, though it seems that mainly Amazon has current series
Anonymous1039488
I don't have Amazon Strike, which is like their new venture into anime I guess. There's too many streaming services to keep up with tbh
Kaiser-Eoghan
To be honest I'm pretty crap when it comes to supporting things, I don't pay for almost all the things I watch/read/play, I don't have a crunchy or amazon account, I still pirate legal streams.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Is it a case that your country is blocked? Maybe go for a vpn? If you absolutely have to you could pirate the show...
Anonymous1039488
I wanna watch Re:Creators but don't have Amazon... :( alas
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel like I need to wait and see approach with sekaisuru Kado...this prologue phase is...long...
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wish it had been 24 episodes long though to better organize itself.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Favourite characters were Jean, Groslur and Nino.
Can’t say I cared for the goofy interactions between Jean’s workfriends though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet for whatever I could say about the pacing, when the twists happen they creep up on you and the show mostly lands every one of them, even if I’m not exactly pleased that sometimes the series does the “I pulled it out of the hat/ass” approach.
I’m relatively indifferent on the art/animation.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I did feel it picks up, improves by the mid-mark and to an extent the wait is worth it and things do come together even if I wasn’t always totally confidant with how it was getting there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Having the protagonist go from district to district to flesh out the settings a decent enough idea and the main characters a fairly chill, cool guy.
Though the dialogue does create suspicion, intrigue, it does also plod/pad in equal measure at times.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Finally decided to sit down and watch Acca.
This show had its lovers/haters I’m sure, having watched it my feelings are mixed.
It is a slight breath of fresh air I’ll give it that and makes me want to maybe re-assess of adaptations of the author’s work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The only assayas film I've encountered so far that I disliked was Irma Vep, even though the lead actress was great, the surrounding performances, especially by Jean-Pierre-Lenaud were awful. Sils Maria I was initially evasive of because I'd heard that the relationship between Binoche and Stewarts characters was under-unexplored.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Weersathakul's films are something else entirely...Otherworldly yet still cinematic. I feel a bit underwhelmed after watching the Unknown girl. The identity of the culprit, for example, feel forced for me that take me out our their naturalistic style. I'mmin between Clouds of sils maria too, know it's a good movie but it feels pretentous at times, like the movie Youth
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I also got round to watching Unknown girl by Dardenne, it carries enough moments of their brilliance but I felt they didn’t have as much mastery over their usual pacing style this time round, for the first time it felt like a thriller that played out like a drama, rather than a drama that has a pseudo thriller feel to it.
Going to watch Clouds of sils Maria next.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The entire second half, which I’d have watched an entire film about is very atmospheric and dreamy/esoteric nearing just exactly the kind of thing I like.
The way he uses/shoots Thailands geography along with his cinematography is impressive, particularly in that second half.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: He shoots something simple like a chopping scene in a strangely engaging way, the scene with the old woman going into the cave is also very impressively shot and that one driving scenes with that pop song in the background has an airy feel to it.
In some ways I agree that there’s a bit of sensuality to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It’s the kind of film that feeling tired/relaxed when watching it isn’t a condemnation of it(although a share of moments in the first half could be patience testing), it’s the sort of film where you aren’t really aware of anything outside of watching the film when you watch it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I finally looked into a Weersathakul film, Tropical Malady. I don’t even know how to give a star rating for this film.
SuperMario
I'm still on the fence with Alice & Zouroku. Like the title suggests, the warm chemistry between those two are its strongest point, but those moments are far and few in between as the story progresses and I don't care one bit about the Red Queen storyline. I might drop this one if the story doesn't improve
SuperMario
@Lenlo: 3 episodes anf Berserk still hasn't grabbed me as much. Yep facial expressions are really off-putting
Lenlo
Man... the facial expression in Berserk for the 3D models are, ever so slowly, killing me.
AidanAK47
Alright. Tommarrow I will get out all those posts I am late on seeing as the impressions are all finished.
AidanAK47
SukaSuka still has me mixed. On one hand there really are some great ideas and some well executed moments. But some of the dialogue is a bit typical of a light novel and the fanservice is really shameless. The massage at the end of the episode was something the show could really do without.
Konstantinos Travlos
I am in love with RE:Creators. I have no idea if they will keep it as good, but these two first episodes did all the right things.
AidanAK47
Alright, Easter made me lazy so it's time to play catch up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Puran: Or even Georgiou Nikolaidis while I'm at it, morning patrol is a great mood piece. Not familiar with the other guy.
Puran
@Kaiser: No Grammatikos recommendation? :)
SuperMario
I still enjoy Zero pretty much. I like the contrast between the beastfallen and Zero. The hilarious lines sound more like accidental to me, not the best product but I enjoy the ride so far
SuperMario
@Kaiser: agree with everything you said. Apparently Haneke put Flashmob on hold because the main actress was conflicting in her schedule, so he decided to do Happy End instead
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Does the old man represent gritty anime of old? I don't know honestly I'm just throwing it out there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: In case you hadn't heard, Haneke dropped the Flashmob movie and is now doing one about the refugee crisis.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: To whoever will be playing Godard in that biopic, I'd wonder if they could capture how incredibly douchey he sounds irl lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: There is such a big divide between 50s/60s Bresson and 70s/80s Bresson.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Lathimos and Avaranas remind me in an odd way of Tarr in that they're the only Greek filmakers people seem to talk about , Check out Koundorous and Theodorous Angelopolous' works if you can.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Meh, I don't like that sort of overly on the nose social commentary some American films and tv shows do in recent years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Godards extremely hit or miss with me. Hazanavicius did the artist I think, but I'd sooner recommend Biancnieves as a stronger example of a modern take on silent cinema or maybe a Guy Maddin film.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Lotznitza directed a gentle creature not Zvyagintsev, though the latter is a fantastic director, Leviathan's ending hit me very very hard, its gut punching and I appreciated that the return never went into too much detail regarding the father.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: off topic, I didn't realize Get Out having such buzz reception. It's coming here next week so I will get to watch it
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Michel Hazanavicius makes a biopic about Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky (the actress in Au Hasard Balthazard), which I think will be interesting. I considered The Lobster one of the best film out of that year so I anticipate his next movie a hell lot. Yep, I watched few movies from Andrey Zvyagintsev and he certainly is in my radar. Bleak, social commentary, technical impressive
AidanAK47
Oh, it's confirmed that was what was actually said in Japanese. Well...that's rather cringe worthy.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Can't say I am too fond of it myself. Though that arrow to the knee reference definitely sounds like something the translator added in.
Anonymous1026829
Holy shit Zero is hilarious. "I used to be a mercenary like you once. But then I took an arrow to the knee." "My magic is super weak so I need a powerful offering. Can you loan me your head please?" The comedy is so pointed and understated.
Vonter
I do like how contrasting Zelda is to Nier in the sense that. Zelda cares more about how the game plays and making the player have fun constantly but doesn't care about telling something. Nier Automata doesn't care what it throws to the player but cares a lot about it tells the things that happen to player.
Vonter
I think this is a hard game to score. Mainly because IMO the combat has wear out a bit do to the repetition and the sidequests have been a mixed bag with some being relevant to the plot or themes and some being just fodder to level up. On the other hand the game has a lot of implications, subtext and symbolism that so far has been enriching to reflect upon.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, Actually wrote up 4/5s of a review on Nier Automata but with the new season I haven't had time to finish writing the review. Though my thoughts on it are similar to yours.
Vonter
Nier Automata has a 10+ hour prologue. So far the game feels like it's more interested in delivering strong emotions than a compelling narrative, not that script is poor but seems disjointed in a way, circling around the themes of existentialism, purpose and truth without overexpositing about these things. It also some moments remind me of Fragile Dreams. Like the despair.
AidanAK47
The old man is the one I can't pin down. Been thinking he might represent the kind of anime that's critically lauded but sadly unpopular. Makes sense as he's one of the few on the opening that doesn't stand near ads for his anime. Or else he's a live action drama representative.
AidanAK47
Been wondering about the Re:Creators characters. We got the obvious representatives from Magical girl, Mecha, Light novel and video game. The knight girl looks like clear homage to Saber from Fate so a Visual novel representive? The psycho girl looks to be a chunni anime representative. And the guy who appeared at the end of ep 2 is clearly Shounen.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The Ramsay one sticks out as the most interesting to me as does the lathimos one. I'm curious about that Russian one about the woman looking for her imprisoned husband as I'd like to watch more contempory Russian films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If you can get passed the accents Ramsay did a strong piece of social realism in the 90s called Ratcatcher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I think the only Baumbach film I've seen is Frances Ha and I liked the new wavey feel it had. With The lobster and re-watching dogtooth I was able to get into Lathimos' pitch black humour alot more. I've never actually seen a hong-sang so film.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I still really enjoy it but I do get what you mean. Looking at the series overall so far it does feel like there was lost potential.
Amagi
I honestly still don't know what to think of LWA. I wasn't a fan of the formularic first half but the second half doesn't really catch me either. I loved the first OVA though.
AidanAK47
Well I will be damned. That G Koh commenter managed to predict the inclusion of Yggdrasil in Little Witch Academia. Nicely done.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: sadly i won't make it this year. I wanna try the Toronto International Film Fest next time whenever I have a chance
SuperMario
@Kaiser:you heard about this year's Cannes selection?Overall it's solid, not many that scream "masterpiece" for me.Overall I'm exciting for Hong Sang Soo's new movies (he has 2 movies screening at Cannes and 1 already aired at Berlin.What the hell),and The Killing of the Scared Deer(Yorgos Lnthimos), You were never really here (Lynne Ramsay),Okja(Bong Joon Ho) and Meyerowitz Stories(Noah Baubach)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm...just found out That Blame! 2017 is being done by a the Ajin director, not sure how I felt about that.
AidanAK47
Think this is the best time to end the series too as the difficultly was getting to be a bit too cheap.
AidanAK47
Lore wise it's pretty disappointing. Ending the game with an enemy that doesn't really have that much relevance. But Gameplay wise it was excellent. The final area was just beautiful.
Lenlo
Ringed City was a great piece of DLC and a good way to end the series imo.
AidanAK47
Dark souls sure can give you workout. Finally got around to finishing the ringed city DLC. Funny thing is that people were raving about how hard Midir was when I didn't have that much trouble with him. Gaol gave me some trouble but I managed it. Hardest was the demon prince and god I hate multi stage boss fights. Such a goddamn pain.
SuperMario
Atom still waiting for suitable subs. I swear to God, for a completist like myself the wait is unbearable, especially it should've been available already
HelghastKillzone
Yes it is.
Anonymous1020539
I mean...
Anonymous1020539
Re:producers is really great
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I can see myself chancing more of it, I kind of caught into its rhythm a bit.
AidanAK47
Novels are actually really short. About 90 pages long per volume. They really could cover this in a single cour.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, SukaSuka? From what I could tell it covered the first two chapters of the light novel. Each novel has 5 chapters. Though the first and last chapter are more of a prologue and epilogue respectively.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually if shuumatsu's first episode is going faster than the novel, roughly how much so? Its still obviously a slow burn in animated format but how much was covered in episode 1?
AidanAK47
Could have done without the huge infodump but otherwise still loving Re:Creators. Seeing a magical girl shocked over her own level of destructive power was great.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I liked the use of music early on in shuumatsu and theres a good mood set up early on along with a good opening scene but the later parts of the episode except maybe for the after credits bit get a shrug from me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Kado has made its hook, now it needs not to keep holding its cards and get going.
SuperMario
hmmm, don't know what to think about Kado ep2. Still good but I expected more
SuperMario
But really my mentality is that this site comes first. Getting more traffic and improve the site are my top priorities, then "what I wanna do for myself" comes later
SuperMario
@Travlos: guess you won't have to read me this season :). Haven't checked out the last episode of Kado yet but based from the first 2 episodes I think you'd enjoy that show.
Don’t worry. It’s something Aidan and me both agree on. We pretty much write for ourselves, otherwise we couldn’t have stayed this long. I get a chance to go off track once in a while to write something I wanna write.
Konstantinos Travlos
@SuperMario. I am definitely watching Shingeki no Koyjin 2, Shingeki no Bahamut 2, Re:Creators, Little Witch Academia, and probably Kado and Zero Kara. I may also do Zipang this season.
On the reaction reaction. What you say is ok. But remember, a hobby is something you do for yourself. There is a limit to how much you should care about the views of others. :)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Or if I can use a quote from Chang from Black lagoon : "A fragranced shit will forever still retain the smell of shit"
Lenlo
As most likely the biggest Berserk fan in this chatbox, its better but that doesnt make it good. Spraying fabreeze on crap doesnt make it any more appealing. Yet I will watch it anyways.
Anonymous1018231
You don't even know
Anonymous1018231
Lies Aidan it is soooo much better
Anonymous1017807
Tbh I'm enjoying Alice to Zouroku so much simply because I identify with the old guy's no-nonsense attitude. It's fun to see the annoying loli get put in her place. X.D
AidanAK47
Anyway Bam is supposed to be covering it. Seeing as he covered the first season.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I watched the first episode of the second season. Better? Yes, but only slightly.. It has all the same problems as the first season.
Anonymous1017501
and nobody's covering it lol
Anonymous1017501
Like dramatically
Anonymous1017501
It really is much better
Anonymous1017501
You know guys its not too late to start watching Berserk Season 2...
AidanAK47
I just get annoyed when interaction is like "HUMAN, YOUR EMOTION RESPONSE IS DIFFERENT. I THEORIZE THIS IS THE REASON YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE IS DIFFERENT."
Their is a definite layer of pretentiousness in how it's written, seeing how nobody gets annoyed when every character tries to psychological profile them.
AidanAK47
@Mario, I have heard word that these two episodes were a prologue story and the real story is going to kick into gear next episode. But if the characters keep talking like this then it's not going to matter what happens. It will just be terrible.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Jojo part 5 died for this. That makes it all the sadder. Plus it's two cour so this show is gonna be on for half a year.
SuperMario
Being said all that I will follow it for 1 more episode
SuperMario
And then that girl who passed away because of the reset. I feel my emotions drying up at that point. Tasteless. Heartless
SuperMario
Wanna say the same thing regarding Sagrada Reset as well. I have the feeling the show tries to sound smart that ultimately if I hear someone talks like this in real life, I would go punch his face. Manipulating the social worker by slitting your own wrist? WHAT? Asking a girl about her rules, then whenever she answers you give your own warped opinions on it to sound like you know it all? WHAT
Anonymous1016169
@Aidan: Lol, Sagrada reminds me of how I used to write. Pretentious, overly complex dialogue that nobody would use in real life unless they were trying too hard. It grits on my ears so much that I don't think I can keep watching it, especially because this is probably how it's going to be for the whole series.
Anonymous1016169
@Amagi: I feel your pain. I used to enjoy those types of shows, but I've found more and more since getting out of high school that they just make me want to take a nap. It doesn't help that they're everywhere. X.D
AidanAK47
God Sagrada Reset is frustrating. So many good ideas, all absolutely ruined by the dialogue and characters. If you just changed the dialogue a bit and made the characters emote more then this would be so very interesting. But they manage to drain the life out of the story.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, in most cases you can easily write off the ones not worth your time based on the summery. Occasional those kinds of show can turn out to be worth watching but it just doesn't happen often enough.
Amagi
Nothing against those types of anime in general, but it's just not aimed at me I guess. - I also should specify: school (semi)harem, not school alone. I enjoy Tsuki ga Kirei.
Amagi
I really love this season but I should stop testing the school- and shoujo stuff. It's almost never worth the time and it always bores me so much that I have to stop watching anime for a few hours.
Anonymous1016169
@Travlos: Why does a hobbyist artist care when someone critiques their art or a fanfic writer care about reader feedback? When you do something you enjoy, it's normal to want to improve and other people's opinions are important for that.
SuperMario
@Travlos: because 1) We still need to listen to what readers say to improve and 2) we're debating more about rating system, which I also feel the need of upgrading. btw, any shows that catch your interests so far this season?
Konstantinos Travlos
Why do you guys care about what someone thinks about your reviews? You are doing a good enough thing as is, and t is a hobby. Do your thing and do not lose time on this.
Anonymous1015915
I think I'm just gonna follow sukasuka and re:creators this season. Seem to of shown the most potential universally.
Anonymous1015442
Soy and almond milk are also available as alternatives for the lactose intolerant.
Anonymous1015442
From the manga it seems like it would translate well into an anime with the right production values so I think I'm going to try it. I was mostly concerned that they'd push the melodrama even more through the roof, haha. I did see some of the reviews on it here and they made me hopeful that it was fairly well-executed.And of course the milk can be chocolate. Just not vanilla, vanilla milk is yuck i
Lenlo
Its certainly making me happy I waited until the end of the season to binge it.
SuperMario
I'd have the milk as well... Need more milk to my life.
SuperMario
Hope Scum's Wish entertains you, Lenlo. ^^
Lenlo
I will say the sound design has been great for Scums Wish though I have not read the manga to see how it matches up
Lenlo
I dont think "enjoyed" is the right word for this kind of show, but I do know im going to finish it.

Also, can the milk be chocolate?
Anonymous1015350
@Lenlo: That's true, but I also feel like everyone here needs some milk. And I've been reading the Scum's Wish manga and can't decide if it'll be worth it to watch the anime.
Lenlo
Scums Wish, 4 episodes in, has been the perfect little dose of depression I crave from each anime season.
Lenlo
I have to say, its a pretty fun break from super srs anime discussion sometimes
Anonymous1014938
There's so much sass in this chatbox sometimes I can't even. :.D
AidanAK47
Also please note that if data gathering results do not support your hypothesis that there will be no refunds
AidanAK47
I will have you know my data gathering services are quite expensive and I don't operate until paid.
Anonymous1014125
Aidan is providing the data for us.
Lenlo
You do know that for the scientific method, you make a hypothesis and then you run experiments to produce data to prove or disprove said hypothesis. It cant just sit in limbo and then you go "I was right". You have to provide data at some point. At this point, you have yet to provide any data to support what you say.
Sir Robin
You seem to have never heard of the scientific method then Aidan. You don't need proof before you formulate an hypothesis. Fortunately this most recent development of you being wrong supports it.
AidanAK47
I am sure Sir Robin would be delighted to hear this but I think I was wrong in my assessment of SukaSuka(Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?) That insert song at the begining of the episode was masterful and a number of things have changed my mind about it. It may be more interesting than I first expected. First novel was still pretty boring though.
AidanAK47
Should have another impressions post up today. As for what I am covering that's Little Witch Academia, Attack on Titan and Sekaisuru Kado.
AidanAK47
At least we never have to fight tooth and nail to cover something as what we want to cover never clashes.
SuperMario
Which mean 2 PA Works, 2 original shows and 3 slice-of-life shows. Well done Mario for being predictable and consistently boring as ever
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