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April Roundup

This spring season is a good season indeed, and yet I have a hard time leaping into praising these series as readily as I might have done in previous seasons. My two favourites of the season are stuck in the B+ territory of anime I love but can’t quite go all out with my declaration of my love for it yet, while most of the rest are stuck in C+ territory of anime I like but can’t quite come out and fully get into them that gives the series that shove up into B territory. So forgive me if I hold off declaring this season a success until maybe next month.

::Note:: I won’t be including anime that I only watched one episode of. I’ve said everything I have to say about them in my first impressions posts.

A Grade: One of the tops of the year. Get ready for some fan­boy­ing here

A Dur­arara!!

I love this show. Absolutely bloody love the thing. Izaya, Shizuo, Celty, Shingen, Kida, Shinra ah, they’re such a crazy and diverse set of characters that I feel like I’d never tire of watching them getting intertwined in this plot. It will, unfortunately, never be a great as Baccano but I’ve never held that against it. It’s like complaining that every Brazilian footballer is not as good as Pele. It may be true, but by saying that you’ve proven yourself to be a total idiot.

A– Full Metal Alchem­ist: Brotherhood

I’m loving these fights! This is how you do action anime. None of your punchup power-ups that is nothing more than a contest of sheer strength. These fights have tactics and the characters have brains. Little things like Kimblee throwing pebbles into the air so can find where Al is is what makes these fights so entertaining. My problem with the series now though is that it’s starting to drag out this final day. The last episode in particular started to grate a little.

B Grade: Hugely enter­tain­ing stuff. Not amaz­ing but def­in­itely worth watching

B+ Arakawa Under the Bridge

My frustration with Shaft over the years has been mainly due to the fact that I know they are capable of making series like this and Bakemonogatari but are such a hit or miss studio that anticipating their latest anime is often a painful experience (f*cking Bund). This time it’s worked though. The feel-good hit of the season, Arakawa has been an absolute joy to watch. Shinbo is a bit of a one-trick pony but that’s one fine trick he’s able to pull.

B+ Angel Beats

A beautifully constructed masterpiece it is not, but that hasn’t stopped Angel Beats from being ridiculously entertaining. It’s just so much fun to watch and guess what the story behind this world is. The characters are such a nonsensical bunch, they feel like they could quite easily be a bunch of School Rumble minor characters. You can easilly imagine the girl balancing the broom to fit right into one of the nonsensical situations the School Rumble cast get into.

B- House of Five Leaves

I know there’s some people who might dry foul if I say this, but House of Five Leaves is best enjoyed with your brain turned off and letting yourself sink into the atmosphere. I’m not a fan of this mangaka by any stretch and I think she writes some of the most banal dialogue around, but Manglobe have done such a fantastic job of this that I’m actually not bothered by it in the slightest de gozaru~

C Grade: It’s good enough to keep watch­ing but it’s not that memorable

C+ Big Windup Season 2

I think my problem here is that this anime is better to marathon than watch weekly but I’ve become so entrenched in my weekly watching ways that I find it hard to actually marathon any anime anymore. It’s even worse now that I’ve started the series. The week break has the unfortunate ability to completely wipe my mind of what happened in the previous episode to the point that I’m incapable of properly following the game. Maybe I just need time to get used to this weekly format.

C+ Giant Killing

I think my problem here was my pre-season impressions for this show didn’t turn out as planned. The tactics aren’t as pronounced as I thought they would be, Tatsumi isn’t as badass as I hoped he would be and the football isn’t as realistic as I think it could be. A lowered expectations has helped though and I’ve certainly enjoyed the last episode more than the first few, although I think that may be more down to the Prince. I just have a thing for fabulous characters.

C+ Rainbow

Started very poorly but I think I’m finally beginning to warm up to Rainbow. There are some parts to it that are way too overdone but I’m actually starting to really enjoy this series, although I feel uncomfortable using standard phrases like ‘enjoy’ and ‘warm up’. The nature of Rainbow is that you don’t strictly enjoy the series the same way you do Arakawa or Angel Beats. Still, it has the manly An-chan and he alone makes this series worth watching.

C Hetalia World Series

Yup, it’s finally gotten to the point that Hetalia has lost its main charm and any laughs that come from this series are more of an episode by episode basis. If this was any other series I might have dropped it by now but at 5 minutes per episode I can’t see myself doing that anytime soon. Besides, when it does produce a good episode it really does light up my day just that little bit extra.

C Senko no Night Raid

I don’t know why I’m failing to warm up to this series. From an objective standpoint I’m able to look at plot twists, little revelations and so on and think ‘that was a clever twist’. But I just can’t get into the show. Episode 3 is a great example of this. It had a lot of the things that make me like an episode but never once did I feel that entertained except, typically, when the girl gave the little moe yelp when the other bomb went off in the distance rather than the one she was disarming herself.

D Grade: I’ve lost interest in this anime. If it’s a D then I’ve prob­ably dropped it

D B Gata H Kei

Just not a well made series. As amusing as the premise is, they’re so lazy with the premise that there’s little to no actual quality jokes coming through. It just felt like the creators phoned in on this one. If the people working on the show didn’t have the enthusiasm to work on this anime, how am I supposed to have the enthusiasm to watch the thing? Give me some Angel Beats where Mr.Maeda is convinced he’s working on the greatest anime ever over this anyday.

E Grade: Unlike D grades where I drop out of dis­in­terest, E grades are dropped in Disgust.

F Grade: Any F stand­ard anime I would only watch 1 or 2 epis­odes of so god only know how an anime could last to the end of the month and still get an F but I’m sure it will hap­pen some day

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9 Comments

  1. Taka
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I still don’t get your h8 over B Gata H Kei but whatevs.

    you know something I’m liking that I didn’t expect to like? Hakuouki. I mean the first episode was abysmal since all they did was sit around and talk. The subsequent episodes have been pretty good. Maybe it’s because I’m not really familiar with the history of the shinsengumi but so far there is hardly any love love stuff and it’s all just about shinsengumi ripping up the choshuu. Lot of, dare I say, good action. The chick is kinda stupid but most of the time she gets put on the backburner for more stabbing and slicing.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I cant believe I’m enjoying Giant Killing as much as I am, espically because I dont even watch Soccer, and this is my first sports anime. God, it’s just too much damn fun. I was rooting for ETU during their entire (half)match and I boiled with raeg at Tsubaki getting kicked :I

    Also, hey Scamp, you getting tired with Hiroshi Kamiya yet? God, his voice is everywhere :I Otonashi, Izaya, Araragi, and Kou are starting to blend together :I(Because I didnt watch Gundam 00 subbed and I have yet to watch Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei :I)

  3. Posted May 1, 2010 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I think Arakawa is my favorite of the season so far. It’s everything I hoped it would be and more. Clearly it must be great if Jesus approves.

  4. Posted May 1, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I need to catch up on Durarara!! so badly…

    Rainbow is either one of those series preparing for a strong second half that it’s building up to or going to be a waste of time…

  5. Posted May 1, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I think your comments were quite reasonable. I can’t complain about any list where Durarara comes out on top. I lost interest in FMA halfway through the original adaptation and just have not been able to work up the interest to check the new version out. I might reshuffle the Bs, but I can understand them all being in that category. Everything below Giant Killing I’ve dropped, so I might have given them a lower grade, but I agree with the general placement.

  6. Scamp
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    @Taka

    This will be the last I ever mention B Gata. I’ve said all there is I can by this stage

    You’re tempting me with Hakouki but I think the 10 I’m watching now is fine for me

    @luffyluffy

    I never thought I’d like Full Metal Alchemist because I have no interest in real life Alchemy…(just because you don’t like something IRL doesn’t mean you won’t like a show about it)

    I admit, I’m totally oblivious to voice actors. I’ll recognise their voice when they first start talking but then I tend to forget and get immersed in the character themselves.

    @Shinmaru

    What Would Jesus Watch (WWJW)

    @Janette

    Like Xam’d? Damn you Xam’d, I’m still pissed off about the second half of that show

    @Joojoobees

    Rainbow does improve considerably after the first episode so I’d reccomend giving that a second chance unless you totally despised the thing

  7. Posted May 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Also, I’m glad someone is enjoying Angel Beats as much as I am…I’m starting to feel hard-pressed to find people who actually like it.

  8. Posted May 2, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Even though I have been an avid supporter of B Gata H Kei, I have to agree with you that it’s extrememly lazy, the plots in each episode have ALL been cliche, and the humor only comes in spurts. The first episode was good, but it’s really gone downhill for me.

    FMA:B owns the world.

  9. Posted May 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Lol you just noticed that part about FMA:B? My club has been rampant over jokes of “Promised Season” since ep51~ because it’s going to take most of the remaining 13 episodes. With the Dragonball Z Alchemy of recent episodes I think the writer is finally bringing out his shounen-loving soul.

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