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
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.
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.