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April Roundup

::Note:: I will be going on a brief hiatus until the 5th May because of the usual deadline scramble. In the meantime, you can listen to me and my smexy Irish accent on the Bakacast

Tokyopop closed this month. Actually they didn’t, they simply closed their American base of operations, which still leaves their European bases of operation alive and well. Not that you’d know that from reading ANN. Besides, most of the news from this month is still fallout from the earthquake and the country gradually recovering from that.

A quick note, since there’s a lot of anime in this monthly roundup: I won’t be covering TV anime I only watched one episode of (Moshidora, Lotte’s Toy, etc). I also won’t cover OVA’s that I only watched 1 episode of that are less than 10 minutes long. There’s still 22 anime in this monthly roundup anyway.

A Grade

A- Madoka Magica

Episodes 11-12

Episode 11 was everything that was good about Madoka, simple as. The final episode, perhaps less so. Certainly by Madoka standards, the pacing was totally off, with the naked floating through space scene dragging out for far longer than it needed to do. Still, that was all overshadowed by the fact it produced an ending to fit the story. Minor problems like pacing seem so insignificant compared to the fact it produced an ending that fit the series. Bravo Madoka Magica. It will be interesting to see what your popularity does for the future direction of anime. Best case scenario is more original anime with focus on plot. Worst case scenario is more cute girls with no personalities.

B Grade

B Steins;Gate

Episodes 1-4

SteinssemicolonGate is simply a very solid show. It knows what it’s doing and goes about its business in a composed fashion. It gives us entertaining characters and reveals its mystery slowly but with enough weight behind it to permanently keep our interest. It may be nothing to get overly excited about and it’s not going to blow the world apart, but it feels like a strangely long time since I’ve had an anime I can stick up in the ‘Solid B Rating Zone’ that wasn’t a movie or OVA, so I feel this is really worth celebrating. That is, providing it doesn’t all fall apart when they reveal their mystery.

B You are Umasou

I feel lame for falling for this as badly as I did. But come on guys, Umasou is the cutest little enthusiastic dinosaur ever! You are Umasou is a kids movie, but one with such heart behind it that I couldn’t help fall for it. Not that it’s without its problems. The animation is certainly nowhere near the standard of most of these kids movies, certainly not when you compare it to Welcome to the Space Show or whatever the latest Ghibli offering is. Plus the story does sorta forget about Umasou himself in the final scenes. But it has far more great moments in it. Heart remembering his roots in raising Umasou. The ‘bouncing on your head’ training montage. The race scene which had me tearing up like the massive baby I am (except I didn’t cry because I am an evil man with a heart of stone). I loved this movie, I really did.

B Fireball Charming

Episodes 1-3 + The Making of…

Have I fanboy’d enough over Fireball yet? Do you not yet know how much I love these shorts? If anything, the fact I only gave it a B would be the most surprising aspect to most of you. Mainly because, at only 2 minutes an episode, there’s a limit on how good Fireball can possibly be. But it manages to be as good as a series of shorts, each at only 2 episodes long, can be. Also, oh boy did the animation budget ever take a leap this season. Plus, I was totally won over to Drossel’s new design when she revealed the wheels in episode 2. Also, did you see the ‘Making of Fireball‘? Just watch it man, it’s so awesome in so many ways!

B Blue Exorcist

Episodes 1-2

This score is a bit of a hyped up one based on the second episode, because the first one wasn’t all that special. However, after several seasons of getting burned on shounen anime, for this to come up with such a thrilling episode was like a bright light shining out of the heavens, proclaiming “OK fine, we’ll try rip off FMA again since that’s the only shounen you seem to like Scamp“. I welcome this with open arms. FMA is what I what from my shounens. Comedy shounens descends into yelling, light hearted shounens are too dumb to appreciate and so much of the other stuff trips over itself with remarkable consistency. Imagine a proper shounen anime that’s intelligent with good animation and decent writing that I can actually enjoy again. Please deliver on the promise of that second episode Blue Exorcist.

B- Koisento

Dancing deers. Sniggering deers. Hoards of deers taking down 2 giant Buddha robots piloted by men with massive afros wearing shiny dicky bows. Whats not to like! This, in my mind, is what anime is. That sort of mad, imaginative plot points surrounding what is, at heart, a very simple romance story. You’re looking at the guy who got into anime via Love Hina, and whose favourite anime of 2010 was Arakawa Under the Bridge. It was only 25 minutes long though, and was certainly not without its problems. Plus there’s also the elephant in the room: The CGI. Every single character was done entirely in CGI, and anime still hasn’t cracked it yet. The problem is the facial features look painted on rather than part of the body. But hey, I’m willing to forgive them when they make something like Koisento.

B- Young Animator Training Project

Just pretend I didn’t write about Oji-san no Lamp last month and group them all together here. The Young Animator Training Project was quite entertaining to watch. It felt like one of those old compilation sets, like Genius Party or Neo Tokyo. The problem was that, as it was mainly a training project, it didn’t really exist to showcase extremely talented individuals. It was made to give experience to future animators. That meant there didn’t feel like there was a single absolute stand out piece in there. I know a lot of people love  Oji-san no Lamp, and indeed it was pretty good, but it was also a bit unremarkable. My personal favourite was Kizuna Ichigeki because it was the only one that felt like it was actually showcasing animation talent, as well as being a whole heap of fun. Kizuna Ichigeki > Oji-san no Lamp > Banno Yasai Ninninman > Tansu Warashi. I’d be interested in hearing other folks ratings of the 4 though.

B- [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Episodes 1-3

Well it’s not the world beater I was hoping it would be, but [C] has still been an entertaining show. The plot is high concept and has the potential to collapse around itself in its own self-importance, but is held together incredibly well by the sheer strength of the writing. The dialogue in this show is clever, the characters all have clear personalities while not over-exaggeration them (except in the obvious case of Masakaki, where the over-exaggeration is entirely the point) and the concept alone is bizarre and intriguing enough to keep the show fascinating even during the exposition dumps. Honestly, I would have otherwise given this a B, but the derpy CGI really does look stupid.

B- Denpa Onna

Episodes 1-3

No show from the spring season (therefore discounting Madoka) reaches the highs in quality that Denpa Onna can. Sometimes it can be so incredibly cutting, clever and hover the right side of utter brilliance when it wants to. Thing is, there’s also a lot to dislike too. Do you have to rotate through the harem? Or have these massive extended scenes of dialogue that lead to nothing? It’s clear Shaft are going for the same thing they had going with Bakemonogatari with a touch of Arakawa to it, and it’s largely succeeding. It’s nowhere near as funny as Arakawa, nor is the dialogue quite at Bakemonogatari levels (although it’s closer in quality than you’d think). Also, the (overage) girls in Bakemonogatari are hot. Not so big on the girls in Denpa Onna. Yeah sorry, but I don’t get turned on by my aunt.

B- Ano Hana

Episodes 1-3

After the first episode of Ano Hana, I was incredibly unenthusiastic. The show seemed to be trying to get us to feel sad about these characters without letting us to get to know the characters in the first place. You will feel sad for this person because sad things are happening to him. But hey, I’ve been proven wrong. The show has decided to take a more upbeat track, letting us get to know the characters, massively helped by introducing a new character who is actually fun to watch. Neither does it try to shove anything down our throats by giving us dramatic moments, like effing Toradora did. The writing is consistently good between episodes and the characters are growing on me. Well how about that eh? Maybe I’ll end up liking this show after all.

C Grade

C+ Hanasaku Iroha

Episodes 1-4

Well, so much for the good writing of the first two episodes. Guess it was too much for PA Works to handle keeping such consistently good writing. I still enjoyed episode 3, even if the writing went to pot, and I could have forgiven it as a once off, but the 4th episode wasn’t particularly good either and didn’t have the mitigating factor of having Ohana in bondage gear. Oh well, it’s still a fun show, even if comparing it to classical literature is a bit of a joke now.

C+ Kaiji Season 2

Episodes 1-3

Zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa…I better actually say something about the episodes though, shouldn’t I? What is there to say though? It’s still Kaiji. There’s still people just off screen whispering zawa zawa zawa into the microphones. Kaiji’s nose is still impossibly long and he still cries at every available opportunity. They still spend almost an entire episode explaining the rules of the game, despite the fact the rules are rather simple and it could have easily taken a quarter of that time. The fact that a guy is cheating is still as incredibly obvious as ever, and yet Kaiji still doesn’t seem to grasp that that is the case. And yet I’ll still put myself through this every week. Because it wouldn’t be Kaiji without all those things.

C+ Tiger and Bunny

Episodes 1-4

From a strong first episode, Tiger and Bunny has sort of flailed around since then. It’s still kind of fun, but the instant appeal of the premise has worn off and it hasn’t been replaced by anything I can latch onto as of yet. Tiger is a cool character, but it’s hard to develop the buddy cop routine they’re trying to do when Barnaby has such a non-existent personality. There’s potential, but since the show relies on their personalities bouncing off each other, it hampers the entire anime when Bunny can’t pull that off. Also the cheese can be overbearing without being believable nor that fun. It’s a decent show, but not the insta-hit some people seemed to think it was going to be at the start of the season.

C Supernatural

Episodes 11-18

Supernatural can be incredibly frustrating at times. Each episode seemed to be going through this pattern of Dean suggesting they do something cool followed by Sam whining saying they had to find/listen to Dad. Then there would be the token awful romantic couple scene of the episode, which every single time made me want to punch the writer for producing such crap. Then the series would somehow pull a twist that made me believe in the show all over again. A scene with Sam and Dean made me re-believe in their great chemistry and how their personalities bounce off each other, and I’m back on the Supernatural train again. It’s not a particularly good show, but it has enough moments to keep me going. Plus there’s only 4 episodes left. I want to see this out to the end.

C Deadman Wonderland

Episodes 1-2

Sorry Deadman Wonderland, but I will never, ever be able to take you seriously. You’re simply too stupid, with a scenario concocted by someone with the IQ of the typical Hanazawa Kana-voiced character. That doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy watching you though. You’re camp enough to be entertainingly stupid, which just enough deliberate campness to you that I don’t feel like tossing you into the “So Bad It’s Good” pile. You nail the atmosphere and are quite pretty to look at too, when you’ve not got dark patches covering dismembering. You’re not very good, but you’re the kind of ‘not good’ I can get behind.

C- Nichijou

Episodes 1-4

The most annoying thing about Nichijou is that, when it manages to be funny, it’s of the proper laugh out loud variety. I loved the hyper exaggerated chase sequence after the dirty drawing. I love the short skipping rope gags. I love the idea of Sasahara’s character and his sheer fanciness. But why oh why do you have to drag out your jokes so much. And they’re often jokes that aren’t even funny. Mai is the worst, I simply don’t find her deadpan stuff funny, and they drag those jokes out the most. Actually no, worse is when they decide to have an extended sequence of Nano and the Professor eating cake, for no reason other than be cute. Why these damn extending cake eating scenes Japan? Cake is the cancer that is killing the anime industry.

C- Morita-san wa Makuchi

Episode 1

This was a short OVA about a girl who never says anything, simply leaving everyone else to blabber away to themselves. At least, that’s what it says on the tin. What it’s really about is a bunch of girls being insufferably nice to each other and making the occasional implied-yuri advance. Which generally I would stab my eyes out while watching, but this approached it in such a laid-back manner that it was kinda funny. Not that I’d watch anymore of it, but a C- for an OVA from this genre is a massive achievement in of itself.

D Grade

D+ Ore no Imouto: True Route OVA

Episode 14

This episode reminded me that, even without Kirino, Ore no Imouto still has plenty of things I didn’t like about it. How it would over-react during scenes that might have otherwise been effective. How they would have long, heartfelt speeches about how great their perverted fantasies are, which I could get behind if what they were saying didn’t end in simply “but I just love this stuff” without giving a decent reason why they like it. Where is the Kuroneko elitist mode of thinking when you need it? The one that makes an effort to explain why they like what they like? For shame because, in the grand world of anime, the Kirino route of thought seems to win out over the Kuroneko route, and Ore no Imouto is a constant reminder that that is the case.

D Tea for Universe, Tea for Life

Episodes 1-2

This would be a hopelessly boring anime if it wasn’t so baffling. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s so po-faced and serious most of the time, but then pulls these bizarre facial expressions alongside people stopping mid-fight to marvel in awe over the handicraft of the sword the other person is holding. Whether it’s comparing his lovers pale supple breast to a rare tea cup or pulling constipated expressions over the simplicity of a housing architecture, I’m never quite sure how much of this I’m supposed to be taking seriously. Bafflement and a good opening song forced me to watch the second episode, but there’s no way I could sit through 39 episodes of this. Plus the opening isn’t that good. It’s just made look good by all the other shitty openings this season.

D- Highschool of the Dead OVA

Well this was just softcore porn. Obviously I should have expected that, but…well, put it this way. In the 3+ years I’ve been watching anime as they came out in Japan, HOTD is the only fanservice-centric one I’ve cared about enough to check out the extra episodes of (well, there was a show called They Are My Noble Masters from a few years back I rather liked, but I’m pretty certain if I watched it again today I’d hate it). Hence my experience with these super-fanservice OVA’s is minimal. But still, even their swimsuits were just unoriginal boring string bikinis. I expected a bit more ingenuity from this. This is the show that had a sword wieling, black thong apron combo wearing, hum-vee riding zombie massacre, along with the infamous bullet time tits. I was hoping for something a bit more original than “they all get high and have sex”.

E Grade

E+ The Epic of Zetbach

This OVA is baaaaaaaad! But at least it’s bad in a refreshing kind of way. A classic example of “So Bad It’s Good”. The sword defeating people with quadratic equations and the half-life formula was certainly a sight to behold as it chopped down awkward CGI horses. Or how stoic everybody was, no matter what went on around them. Maybe they also realised how obvious all the plot twists were and were long since resigned to being killed by Isaac Newton trapped in a machete.

E- Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze

On the other hand, Kawamo may not be as bad as The Epic of Zetbach, but it’s so lifeless and horrendously boring that it deserves my ire far more than Zetback can muster. At least Zetbach is fun to laugh at in its awfulness. Kawamo is a josei one shot OVA about a women moving back to her hometown and meeting the sweetshop guy with the lovely hands and weirdly shaped head. It was a lot like Makoto Shinkai films in that there was little to no story worth telling with characters that haven’t an ounce of personality to them, yet spend the entire thing commentating on every little aspect of the story. Show, don’t tell! Argh, why do people like this stuff argh!

F Grade

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55 Comments

  1. Posted May 1, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Looks like you picked your episodics well this season, unlike last season (cough Fractale).

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Don’t jinx it!

  2. Random
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Hmmmm
    A lot of B grades
    I suppose you should move them around a little

    Madoka is on your top 30 yet it gets an A-
    Does that mean only legendary shows get to reach A?

    Most people consider Ano hana as the best show (other than Madoka) this month, though, I think it is theme related ( to their own childhood?)

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Nah, I like my rating system. Firstly, because there’s very little to differentiate between your average B- type show. That’s where most shows gravitate towards and whatever little differences make it stand slightly above or below are the B and C+ categories. That’s just how things go.

      Also, giving stuff an A+ would diminish the impact when a truly legendary show comes along and it finally achieves an A+, or alternatively when the F- comes along

      • Posted May 3, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

        I agree with the dude, why on earth did Madoka get A- yet it’s in the top 30? No one said give A+, just A.

        So basically you don’t even find the top 30 list good enough (why is it even 30 then, make it less to fit only A level anime, is A- that rare to deserve putting in there?) or your rating system doesn’t actually reflect how much you like the anime.

        el oh el

        Also, the average of the norm is C, not B, so I hope you didn’t imply that the average show you watch gets a B by saying “That’s where most shows grav­it­ate towards” because it simply does not work out unless you meant most shows YOU watch.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

        The only episodes of Madoka that were worthy of an A were 8-11. And I did give the 9-10 episodes an A last week. If a show consistently got A- ratings, it would probably place around the 30th spot. Imma happy with my ratings.

        Also B- is where the shows I think are good enough to watch gravitate towards. There’s a difference.

  3. Posted May 1, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Plus, DAT CAPE (as you so kindly showed in your screencap). And, yes, the behind the scenes short is funny. I enjoyed Drossel striking her poses while being a complaining diva.

    zawa zawa zawa zawa zawa

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    here’s the thing with Supernatural. It’s made of episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and season two is…

    ugh. I’m a Sam fan but just ew. No. Once you hit seasons 3 and 4, it gets miles better because Dean has a contract to hell and then Castiel gripped him tight and raised him from perdition.

    I like to think that Supernatural is a sort of watered down Panty & Stocking. Crossover fucking when. pantyanddeaninthesameroomhowfastwouldtheyfuckohlawd

    And I had originally written Blue Exorcist to be okay, but nothing special. Then episode 2. I was screaming. WHY DID I HAVE TO BE REVEREND FUJIMOTO? ;3; PRIESTY!!

    • luffyluffy
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

      I forgot a few. I dropped Denpa Onna. Not sure why, but I Helmet-Tan and Orgasm Arms killed it for me. Dat opening though. Yum.

      Tiger & Bunny is still staying high in quality for me, as Tiger is delicious, and Bunny is FUCKING BATMAN.

      Nichijou is fine, Just watching it every week to fill up time. Sasahara is indeed delicious.

      Deadman Wonderland has a fantastic opening, but it’s still eh to me. Interesting though.

      OreImo is shit.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Dat opening is an ear worm. As in, the type of ear worm that eats out your eardrums and leaves nothing but a permanent ringing and intense pain in its wake

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted May 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        Aha, Scamp you hater.

  5. mcm38
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    that one anime about a guid to losing your virginity at age 30 or something is pretty good to. Didn’t see it? only 10 mins long episodes. Altough not that spectacular it still makes me laugh.

    • mcm38
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Umasou? O,O It made me suddenly remember DRR. Oh right Simon’s Sushi. I can never get enough of that man. XD

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      I’ve watched everything this season. Everything. If it’s not here, that means I thought it was shit

  6. Hogart
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Sense of humor is such a difficult thing to pin down.. Arakawa and Fireball yes, Hyouge Mono no? Perhaps it has to be completely silly, and not just eccentric?

    But then, a love of Umasou is something that’s universal enough to make me not care about sense of humor anymore :)

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t call Hyoyge Mono eccentric. But then again, I have no idea what I’d call it, it’s too…different. But no, I don’t find it funny

  7. Posted May 1, 2011 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    In two months off anime, the only anime I’ve felt a serious temptation to watch is the Umasou movie. No joke.

    • Hogart
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 3:15 am | Permalink

      Damn, those pink lines are getting in the way of your Umasou fix? Ouch.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Make that be the first thing you watch upon your return.

      Then follow that up with Fireball

  8. Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Is it wrong that my favorite thing from the whole Fireball universe has been that making of video? I’m hoping they have more projects like that but I’m loving this new season so far. Glad you have been posting about it so much because it would’ve slipped under my radar otherwise.

    And I’ll have to give that Young Animator Training Project a go after seeing it rank as high as it did.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      I loved it too, and I could totally see why it would be someone’s favourite from the entire series because it mocks even itself. The scene where the two of them are practicing their lines, only for Drossel to turn to the camera and go “wtf does this mean anyway?”. Ah Fireball~

  9. Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    In the order I liked them: Tansu Warashi, Oji-san no Lamp, Kizuna Ichigeki, then Banno Yasai Ninniman. By visuals though, I’ve got the same order as you.

    I’m the same with most of these ratings, too. The only drastic differences would be Hyouge Mono and Ano Hana. The latter is the best of the season for me, and I like Hyouge Mono even if it gets a bit dull and concentrates more on tea pots than actual tea. ;_;

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Tansu Warashi really didn’t do it for me. I saw what they were going for. The whole ‘learning from your parents on how to take care of yourself when you move out to live alone’ thing, but I felt it didn’t nail that properly. It felt like a much shorter story dragged out to fit 25 minutes.

  10. Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    hmm…i’ll have to check some of those shows out…later. later later @_@ i’m having trouble enough trying to keep up with the 2 i watch <_<

    omg crying dinosaur movie? must watch now. /land before time nostalgia

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      I’m having trouble keeping up with all these as it is o_0

  11. hikaru
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    You’re right, Bunny is rather flat as a character. But for me, Tiger more than makes up for it. I loved the “Oh, that? That’s a building” sequence in episode 3 =D

    Hyougo Mono was too baffling. I dl-ed two episodes but dropped it after the first.

    I can’t stand Deadman Wonderland. It’s seems to me to be in the same vein as Battle Royale and I can’t take that stuff T_T

  12. Posted May 1, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I wish Denpa Onna would ignore his school friends altogether, because Erio and his aunt are genuinely entertaining. It still feels like a poor man’s Bakemonogatari, though.

    I still maintain OreImo is funny and well-written even if it’s otaku bait.

    And you gave a C- to a yuri subtext show that even I passed over? There may be hope for you yet.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      The only problem with the Aunt and Erio is they’re trying to make us attracted to a cousin and an aunt. Also, one is a loli and the other is an older women acting loli and squeaky. Mind you, both of these complaints are “this is not what turns me on”…

      • Posted May 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

        The cousin bit doesn’t bother me (yeehaw southern states) and his aunt is all kinds of unsettling. It’s not what turns me on, either, but it’s not like I’m watching it for its fap value. I just enjoy the screwed up conversations they have with the main character.

        Also, that aunt is 39 like Yoko Litner is 14. Japanese women may be immortal, but there’s a limit.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

        The show is presenting them as fap bait though. We’re meant to find them attractive, what with all the zooming in on thighs and all that, and they really aren’t

  13. Posted May 1, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I love Umasou~ <3
    It's so…. powerful. *sniff*

    • Posted May 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      It’s probably because Heart reminds me of a deliquent. I have a very soft spot for awkward deliquents. One reason why Harima Kenji is one of my favourite characters, probably.

  14. Anonymous
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    God damn Scamp. You watch a lot of fucking anime. At this pace you’ll either die before you burn out, or burn out in such a blaze that you die.

    Love to see You are Umasou on the list. Loved the film and highly recommend it as well. Personally I checked out the 20 shorts before watching the film, because why not. Secret: I was in tears after every fifth episode. The film cuts down a lot and introduces Heart’s biological parent. But was great in itself.

    It is also not about Umasou. I prefer the series resolution to the first story with Umasou racing and ending up with a herd of fellow dinosaurs. Though the film gave us an awesome fighting sequence instead so there’s little to dislike.

    Ru’s a dick. A loveable dick. Te, Shi, I and A are also d’awww.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      I’m surprised yet delighted to see so much love for You Are Umasou. I downloaded it on a whim simply because it showed up on the torrent list. I should probably write a review about it just to get more people to watch the thing. It worked for Fireball, so why not You Are Umasou!

      I haven’t seen the TV shorts, but the animation in them is so…umm, non animated that I wasn’t particularly interested originally. Although, after the movie, I have to give them a shot

      • alexvoda
        Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

        Here is another person glad people liked Umasou.
        I kept an eye out for this one since about October and it didn’t disappoint me.
        On the other hand KoiSento let me down. The dear are great. The CGI is interesting (from the “this is what we can do with 3D CGI in anime” point of view). What I didn’t like was that they used the dear to get the plot moving on every occasion they had because it seams unskillful. Also the time frame seams wrong. Year 2710? Really?
        About Blue Exorcist, I read ahead and IMO it’s no FMA. It’s just that the overall situation is much more messed up and it lacks all the mysterious side FMA had. Sure the FMA vibes are there and are obvious but something is missing. Also they killed the most awesome character in the entire series.

      • Anonymous
        Posted May 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

        Oh, there’s absolutely no animation whatsoever in the TV shorts. And there’s only the one narrator voice. It’s 100% an early morning children’s cartoon. But it’s about a dinosaur. A T-REX EVEN! And the stories are imho just d’awwww, poor Heart-oh.

        Time to listen to what you sound like on a podcast and thereby tank my image of you Scamp. Ruin it good or ruin it not.

  15. luffyluffy
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, your hiatus ends in the past?

    H-Have you been time traveling?

  16. Posted May 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Try seeing Moshidora,it’s quite good in my opinion.They have executed the anime very well,applying concepts of management to baseball.It’s good decent drama too!

  17. Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Sorry I meant ‘It has got decent drama too’

  18. Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Until March 5th? That’s one long hiatus…

    • Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Other then that, My Little Sister suffers from one thing no matter what. No matter how great Kirino is, the writer can’t write, and is forced to use the same cliches over and over…

  19. romulus
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    m(_ _)m Where could you find Koisento subbed? I just love these standalone OVAs and I’m waiting for this one since it aired. As a fellow dependant of mighty Empress Drossel I beg of you, tell me.

    IMO you severely underrate Nichijou. I understand your point, but this anime aims for more than being funny. It still retains that pure randomness the first episode had with extra meaning. Don’t you think Mai is the biggest troll of them all? She is not being a deadpan character for the jokes. Same with Robogirl – please notice how she is the most reliable/exploited in that household. No plot whatsoever is a prerequisite for all this. It’s an awesome show pretending to be mediocre.
    IMO you overrate: Hanasaku Iroha, Deadman Wonderland. They are plain stupid, period.
    You miss out on a decent comedy with omitting A channel. It’s made of 50% girls being insuf­fer­ably nice to each other and 50% Azumanga Daioh. Some say it’s similar to lucky star, I can’t decide as I havent seen that yet.
    [C] disapointed me a bit, still good though. But what score is it exactly? “I would have oth­er­wise given this a B” you wrote and you have given it exactly that. And that hiatus until when??

    • Posted May 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      I think 50% is too much for Scamp.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Use the links under the ‘Resources’ tab on the sidebar. Even namedropping Drossel won’t lighten me up when people use the comment section as a google search bar >:(

      • Posted May 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

        *patpat* Unless you’ve been in the blogsphere for awhile, you don’t know which of those resources are torrenting sites. It’s not like people do it a lot on here and when they do, the commenters point them in the right direction. ;)

  20. alexvoda
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I initially planed to write a reasonably long comment in order to address some of the complaints I read about Madoka (complaints like “why didn’t she fix everything?”, “why didn’t anyone before try the same?”, “Kyubey can’t be emotionless as he claims because then he wouldn’t care if the universe ends.”).
    Also, since in time I researched a bit of literature on time travel an proposed variants, I had some interesting explanations on how time travel works in PMMM I haven’t seen anywhere else.

    Unfortunately I couldn’t post when it ended and though I intended to post today (right after Walpurgis night, which would have been kinda cool) I realized this would have been a much better fit for a blog post rather than a mere comment. Also as a comment it will be rather miss-aimed. It is probably more suited for wiki.puella-magi.net

    Actually I want to thank you because your blog is the first one that made me wish to start blogging (mostly anime but also some other stuff). This is a feat the anime blogs on animenano and some other tech blogs like gizmodo, lifehacker, engadget and a few minor ones couldn’t achieve. I am not sure where to start with this (I think debuting on a multi-editor blog would be easier) but I do hope to be blogging by the summer anime season.
    So take that demise of anime bloging.

    As for PMMM, for which I have only words of praise, it is a series I will surely remember and recommend.

    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      Actually those questions about Madoka have been extensively answered by commenters in other popular blogs. A friendly reminder that not to worry, the world is surviving without your help!

  21. OHEMGEE
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I have to say, I have an unusual fascination with Deadman Wonderland, despite it’s flaws. I think it’s the show I look forward to watching most this season. haha.

  22. Posted May 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Wooot awesome list and grades for shows!

    Top favorites for me would be Nichijou, Deadman, Ao no Exocist! Then again that list can change after the season ends hahah.

  23. AzarelHikaru
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    After reading your comment on Hanairo, I thought about the mood of episode 4, and I think its lightheartedness fits. Episodes 1 and 2 were more serious because Ohana was still upset and trying to adjust to a new environment. So the do-rama was perfect. By episode 4, Ohana has mostly adjusted to the inn’s environment, so it’s now about her everyday life. And not everyone lives in a soap opera everyday.

    Episode 3 is still an aberration though. Completely out of place.

  24. mcm38
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    -.- Bakacast? Are they also Irish? Btw, I tought it was going to be an interview with you only Scamp, so who were the other guys if it wasn’t just you?

  25. 3242
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    So let me get this straight,
    Cake is the Animes Industry Cancer,
    and your tags are F Grade.
    ..yey

  26. 3242
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    So let me get this straight,
    Cake is the Animes Industry Cancer,
    and your tags are F Grade.
    ..yey

  27. MoogleDee
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    I’d like to thank you for high words about Steins;Gate. Okarin is easily my favorite male character I’ve seen in an anime in a long time.

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